Category Archives: San Mateo County Sheriff Office
By Michael G. Stogner
Governor Gavin Newsom announced this morning that all Parking facilities at state beaches on the San Mateo County Coastline will be closed for the July 4 weekend. Local leaders are expected to close all SMC beaches and Gov. Newsom has stated he will close state beaches in Counties closing local beaches.
No Parking equals No Beaches
If you don’t live on the coast Stay Away, Stay Home, Protect the residents that do.
If you see Brent Turner make sure you tell him Thank You. A perfect example of one single person can make a difference.
Same goes for Pacifica Mayor Deidre Martin a true elected Leader.
From County Manager Mike Callagy to me this AM. “So like Dr. Scott Morrow has said, assume everyone you come in contact with and everything you touch outside your home is infected and use the precautions listed to prevent yourself from becoming ill.
By Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos told the City of San Carlos Leaders “He could not recall an issue justifying spending money on an oversight system.”
Nobody is asking for a System. Carlos G. Bolanos has a history of misleading the public.
Here is just a short list of ISSUES that come to mind.
Sandra Harmon May 05, 2020 Killed by Sheriff Deputies, Deputy Dominguez firing 5 shots at Unarmed with Hands Up above her head. He Bolanos claims she fired her 2 shot shotgun at Dominguez while he was taking cover behind his patrol car which was parked sideways. Not a mark or scratch on the patrol car of the Deputy. He claims Deputy Dominguez did not turn on his Body Worn Camera and that is why there is NO EVIDENCE provided to prove Sandra Harmon fired ANY shots.
At the 8:02-8:08 mark you will see Sandra Harmon Unarmed with hands above her head and you will hear 5 shots being fired at her.
February 10, 2020 SAL Executive Director Barbara Bonilla was escorted out of her office and is being investigated for embezzlement. She was Sheriff Bolanos’s Campaign Manager in the 2018 election. She has resigned from the Sheriff’s office since Why? She she hasn’t been charged with any crime. She has been removed from State and National PAL Boards.
September 14, 2019 Redwood City Police arrested SMCSO Sergeant Luis Aquino for DUI and refusing to take both blood and breath test. Sheriff Bolanos and David Silberman refused to provide his Booking photo. San Carlos: An additional $50,000 was also approved for DUI services.
October 3, 2018 Chinedu V. Okobi Homicide in Custody just like George Floyd, No 911 Call, just a Moorehouse Graduate and father walking on the sidewalk in the middle of the day, No crime committed before Deputy Wang got attracted to him a large Black Man he was dead minutes later.
December 31, 2018 San Mateo County Deputy Heather Diaz Coroner “I have determined the manner of Death to be Homicide.”
HOMICIDE PROTOCOL* 36 year old male involved in a physical altercation with San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies. March 1, 2019 District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe confirmed it was a Homicide at the very end of his Press Conference where he announced no criminal charges would be filed. KQED, CBS5, and San Mateo County News.com all reported Homicide.
One ISSUE was the many False Statements provided to the Public by Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos per his News Releases dated October 3, 2018 and March 1, 2019.
June 3, 2014 Yanira Serrano killed by Deputy within 20 seconds of getting out of his patrol car. It was a non emergency 911 call for medical assistance.
2014 Lets not forget what Carlos G. Bolanos and many others have done to destroy former Sherif Deputy Juan P. Lopez since he filed to run for Sheriff of San Mateo County. Smuggling a Cellphone and Drugs to a gang member in Jail. Sure he did, 100% False Charges.
2009/10 San Mateo County Sheriff Male staff 46 of them sharing Porn and Rape video on County Computers.
April 21, 2007 Operation Dollhouse, Las Vegas Nevada
Regarding Citizen Oversight and or an Audit of his work
Sheriff Bolanos said he was open to but felt removed accountability from leaders of organizations. I have no idea what that means
“I believe they’re dysfunctional primarily because you have people who are not experts in certain fields making determination on what is appropriate or not,”
“With me as an elected official the voters have the greatest civilian oversight and can replace me with someone else.”
How would the voters ever know what he is doing or how he is doing it without an Audit.
You can’t possibly manage what you don’t measure.
By Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos released a Public Relations Video 45 days after Sandra Harmon was killed by Deputies. The original claim made by Sheriff Balanos was She shot first, Newspapers reported a Shootout which requires bullets going both ways. It would be so simple to prove that release Deputy Dominguez’s Body worn video, his MAV audio from the Dashcam which was right there at the scene. It would have recorded the single or double shot allegedly fired from the shotgun that we see on the ground. That would also answer the question How & When did the Shotgun get on the ground. Did she start the shootout and then lay it down only to be shot at while her hands were in the air?
Sheriff Bolanos tells us that things moved so quickly that Deputy Dominguez was unable to activate his Body Worn Video. That’s unfortunate because that would have confirmed Bolanos’s Story.
Deputy Dominguez Body Worn Video was working just fine from the 3:30-6:29 mark. Sheriff Bolanos claims it wasn’t on less then a minute later. So to recap The Sheriff Office has had 45 days to edited and create a shot fired or shootout as they told the residents of San Mateo County.
Instead they provide a video showing NO Shots Fired by Sandra Harmon and show Deputies firing at an unarmed woman with her hands up.
So far this is OK with the 750,000 residents of San Mateo County
What would you do if you were unarmed hands above your head and Deputies are firing at you from close range? I think a reasonable person would try to defend herself even if the shotgun was not loaded. What choice did she have? Follow more legal orders while they reload?
Sherif Carlos G. Bolanos release all video and audio like you should have 45 days ago.
By Michael G. Stogner
March 1, 2019 San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe confirms Chinedu Okobi’s death was a Homicide. 47:30 mark.
A reasonable person would ask why the Six Sheriff Employees were not arrested and charged? In George Floyd’s Homicide all Officers were fired and criminally charged.
I’m not surprised the residents of San Mateo County don’t know this information, Reporter Anna Schuessler sat in front of me at the press conference and heard as we all did it was a Homicide. Her article the next left out the most important word in the story Homicide for some reason. Thats 84,000 readers that were not informed.
Deputies cleared: Taser death decision likely trailed by lawsuit, pledge to use medical equipment
By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal staff Mar 2, 2019
The Residents of San Mateo County should get a second opinion from the A.G.
By Michael G. Stogner
The Attorney General Embezzlement Investigation of San Mateo County Sheriff Office Division started who knows when. Sheriff Activities League Executive Director Barbara Bonilla was escorted from her office located at 3551 Edison Way, Redwood City, California on February 10, 2020. The Sheriff’s Office has reported she has resigned from the Sheriff’s Office which is unusual since she has not been charged with any crime yet.
Also Sheriff Bolanos daughter Ashley Bolanos was an assistant to the director at the Sheriff’s Activity League for 3 years. She is now a 911 Dispatcher making $155,000 per year.
A reasonable person would expect Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos or Public Information Officer Rosemerry Blankswade to issue a News Release on February 10th or 11th, not the case. You would expect all five SMC Supervisors to express their shock and dismay at this news. Not the case.
I asked Warren Slocum SMC President of the Board of Supervisors for a comment.
As this is a personnel matter, it would be inappropriate to comment. But I do appreciate you reaching out.
Warren Slocum San Mateo County Supervisor Proud to represent District 4@warrenslocum 650.363.4570
From: Michael Stogner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2020 8:45:07 AM
To: Warren Slocum <WSlocum@smcgov.org>
Subject: Sheriff Activity League,
I know you and you wife are active with SAL.
I writing a story about the removal and replacement its Executive Director Barbara Bonilla, with Retired Assistant Sheriff Jeffrey Kearnan.
Do you have any comment?
Michael G. Stogner San Mateo County News.com
San Mateo County
Sheriff’s Activities League
3151 Edison Way
Redwood City, CA 94063
Same address as Community Policing Unit / School Resource Unit listed below.
Perhaps Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and all Five Supervisors can explain how none of them made the Embezzlement Investigation known to the residents of San Mateo County, the people they work for. While they are at it they can explain how S.A.L is a 501(c)
|Name in IRS Master File||SAN MATEO COUNTY SHERIFFS ACTIVITIES LEAGUE|
|Address||400 COUNTY CENTER 1ST FLOOR SRU|
REDWOOD CITY, CA 94063-1662
|NTEE Classification||Youth Development Programs, Other|
|NTEE Type||Youth Development|
|Subsection||501(c)(3) (View the list of codes)|
|Foundation Status||Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)|
|Deductibility||Contributions are deductible|
|Affiliation||Independent – the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).|
|Group Name||[Not Applicable]|
|Ruling Date||June, 2011|
|Form 990 Revenue Amount||$1,740,104|
|Latest Form 990 Return||June, 2019|
|Filing Requirement||990 (all other) or 990EZ return|
|Fiscal Year End||June|
|IRS Forms 990 |
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
|(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)June, 2018June, 2017June, 2016December, 2015December, 2014|
By Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County Board of Supervisor meeting June 2, 2020 at the 40:10 mark, Supervisor Horsley said “My reaction as somebody who was in Law Enforcement when I saw that Murder of George Floyd I was embarrassed & ashamed.” He went on to say. “I’m not going to bash Law Enforcement.”
I have personally asked former School Teacher and Sheriff now Supervisor Don Horsley if he has watched the video of Chinedu V. Okobi’s Homicide by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018. He has refused to answer my question.
You will notice the Government does not mention the word Homicide. They have known it was a Homicide since Deputy Coroner Heather Diaz determined the Manner of Death to be Homicide on December 31, 2018
Supervisor Don Horsley has a long history of saying words that are not consistent with the truth/reality. That includes under oath, August 2, 2004 a Federal Hearing held in San Mateo, California.
The residents of San Mateo County should have the Attorney General of California give a second opinion on the Six Sheriff Employees, Homicide of Chinedu Okobi.
By Michael G. Stogner
Did anybody mention Chinedu V. Okobi’s name that night? He was killed on El Camino Real, in Millbrae in the middle of the afternoon, by six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018. San Mateo County Coroner ruled the manner of Death a Homicide on December 31, 2018. Chinedu Okobi had committed No Crime, when Sheriff Deputy Wang became interested in him. Yes Chinedu was a Black man walking on the sidewalk.
Chinedu Okobi and George Floyd were both killed by law enforcement and both deaths ruled a Homicide. The difference is a brave 17 year old girl who videoed the Murder and put it on the internet for the world to see before it could be destroyed or edited.
Police response was at times unnecessarily intimidating,
I knew I wanted to publish this letter as soon as I read it, in my opinion it is addressed to the wrong people, The five Supervisors couldn’t care less what the residents think or feel. It should be addressed to ALL San Mateo County Residents.
Here it is:
Good morning San Mateo City Council Members, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Chief Barberini, and Sheriff Bolanos –
On Wednesday evening, June 3, I attended and spoke at the Black Lives Matter Protest in San Mateo. From the moment I walked up to City Hall, witnessed the speeches, and marched from City Hall to the San Mateo Police Department, I was inspired and proud. That is, until SMPD and related police forces showed up unprovoked in masses in riot gear to greet the peaceful protesters.
Shortly after 7pm, when the protest was scheduled to end, a group of Sheriff vehicles – marked and unmarked – sped down Franklin Parkway towards the hundreds of individuals, families, and children still standing peacefully in the street. As had been specifically planned in coordination with SMPD, the protest was scheduled to end at the San Mateo Police Department with a time of silence and reflection. Instead, when the riot forces began rushing to the scene, people were forced to quickly make way while at the same time fearing what these forces had come to do. I personally witnessed an older gentleman literally jump out of the way of a sheriff car backing up into the driveway. Children were running into the arms of their parents in tears. This as multiple law enforcement officers jumped out of their cars, either dressed in or grabbing full riot gear to don, displaying batons, bright-colored zip tie restraints, rubber bullet guns, and other riot paraphernalia. This was nothing more than an unprovoked, blatant show of force which negated the otherwise positive nature of the demonstration.
Three of the people standing on Franklin Parkway were me, my husband Rob, and my daughter Kaiya. Prior to this incident, Kaiya had been jumping up and down on the curb, collecting new rocks, and galloping through the street like a horse without a care in the world. This changed in one moment, when she then dove into my arms in hysterics. There have been very few times where I have been so afraid for my life, and never a time when I have been so afraid for the life of my daughter. There is no way to describe what that moment felt like for me, and my 22 month old daughter doesn’t have the words to describe what it was like for her. I’ll never know how much this first real interaction with law enforcement impacted her.
San Mateo Police Department released a statement indicating there were “additional challenges” and therefore a “supplemental group was deployed.” SMPD further stated, “Fortunately, at no point did these officers, or any other personnel have to employ any use of force and no arrests were made.” That bare statement reflects a generally negative set of expectations for what everyone agreed would be a civil, peaceful demonstration. No mention of the blatant and unnecessary display of force. No recognition of the impact on the peaceful protesters who lined the streets. Could it have been worse? Absolutely. But should we strive to do better? I thought that was the commitment SMPD made in their letter to the community denouncing George Floyd’s death and that was reiterated during the Town Hall earlier this week. Actions speak much louder than words.
This is not a situation in which you need to wait for other people to determine what happened and why in order to determine right and wrong, and understand the right thing to do. In this letter and in my prior discussions with many of you, I am describing the actions of our local law enforcement, which are not in dispute, and explaining how they were received by attendees including my own family. This is an example of our system functioning as intended, and of your collective complicity.
No one on our City Council looks like me. To be honest, not many people in our city look like me. I have shared my perspective, as a black woman in our city, as the ONLY current Black Elected Official in our city, and I have been told – subtly or overtly – what every other black person in our country is told – we don’t believe you, and we need to wait for the white men in power to tell us what really happened.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so disappointed. Please know that if you truly stand with Black Lives Matter, actions like these and the insistent failure to acknowledge them directly and seemingly intentionally miss the point. If you believe my life matters, that means you believe me and my experience. You think it is valuable and that my story is ALL you need to denounce these scare tactics, and blatant displays of force.
Councilwoman Lee recently had a rock thrown through her window. She recounted that terrible event from her perspective, she told her story, and action ensued. No one said, we are going to wait until we have all the evidence before we are going to speak out. Why is this experience so different?
I’m asking for two things:
To the San Mateo City Council and San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, I am asking you to take a stand. To publicly address and denounce these scare tactics and blatant displays of force utilized by law enforcement at the end of the evening.
To Chief Barberini and Sheriff Bolanos, I am asking for ownership. A lot went well, and you have repeatedly shared that. Own what didn’t go well and make reparations.
Remember this was a Successful Peaceful Protest in the middle of a Pandemic. Congratulations to all involved.
By Michael G. Stogner
I want to thank the 17 year old girl who videoed the Murder of George Floyd by 4 Police Officers. Had she not been there and done that the rest of the world would have never known about the Homicide by Law Enforcement. It would have been reported on a back page Black man died at the Hospital from physical exertion resisting arrest and failure to comply with a lawful order.
The Police Chief fired the 4 police officers within 24 hours that was the right thing. He did not arrest them that was the wrong thing to do.
Chinedu Okobi was killed by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees. Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos didn’t fire anybody and instead issued two False News Releases within hours of the Homicide.
Both George Floyd and Chinedu Okobi died at the scene of the crime and both were transported to hospitals to be pronounced dead at a different location.
George Floyd had a knee on his neck for approx. 9 minutes and Chinedu Okobi was sat up for approx. 9 minutes with his head down to make sure he could NOT breath even if he did become responsive which he did not.
The Attorney General took over the George Floyd Murder case and charged the other officers. The California Attorney General has remained silent in Chinedu Okobi’s Homicide.
By Michael G. Stogner
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos continues to hide information from the public about ‘Those Who Matter” When he finally does disclose what he is forced to, and he Misleads the Public, as he did with Operation Dollhouse, calling it a massage parlor mistake when it was Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including a minor. Or when he interfered with a criminal investigation involving his son at the Pioneer Saloon in Woodside.
You would not know from this Press Release that Embezzlement of Sheriff Activities League monies stolen from the children of the County was the subject. There has been no arrest, no booking photos, no nothing coming from Sheriff Bolanos on his own. So 59 days after the fact he issues this vague misinformation piece.
A reasonable person would know the Attorney General would not investigate Irregularities. A Sheriff Employee would not resign for Irregularities.
It wasn’t that long ago that both Carlos G. Bolanos and his daughter Ashley Bolanos were President and Administrative Aid for S.A.L