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Bay Area Rapid Transit, BART is Very Dangerous, Ride at your own Risk. Three Deaths in 5 days.

By Michael G. Stogner

This should be the warning sign as you enter the parking lots and stations. Ride at your own risk, You are responsible for your own Safety.

BART which serves a small part of San Mateo County at Millbrae and SFO International Airport had Three Deaths by Assault in 5 days all on the boarding platforms.

Gerald Bisbee 51 R.I.P 7/18/2018

Don Stevens 47 R.I.P. 7/21/2018

Nia Wilson 18 R.I.P. 7/22/2018

The Guardian article on just one of the 3 deaths think about all the people impacted.

 

 

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San Mateo County’s District Attorney Office needs a Performance Audit.

 

 

Performance Audit conducted in accordance with auditing standards promulgated by the Comptroller General of the United States.

This is not a new idea former Town of Atherton Finance Director John Johns R.I.P. made this recommendation in 2010. It was a good recommendation then and is now.

With the Zain Jaffer x Vungle CEO case 7 felonies including oral copulation of a child and assault of a Hillsborough Police Officer simply disappearing from the legal process after a private meeting between the District Attorney’s Office and Mr. Jaffer’s attorneys.  DA Steve Wagstaffe believed he was guilty of these charges from day one for almost 8 months, right up until the private meeting at the District Attorney”s Office which included a presentation of the entire defense. That is what a trial is for.

Steve Wagstaffe and Karen Guidotti became the Judge and Jury in the Zain Jaffer case.

How many cases in the last 10 years has a Defense Team made a private presentation at the DA’s office?

How many of those presentations resulted in the District Attorney filing a motion to dismiss the entire case?

Judges are the last layer of Oversight for the People of California. When they see a suspicious or questionable motion from the District Attorney’s Office they should not only deny it, they should report it to the State Bar. This motion by Steve Wagstaffe and Karen Guidotti was both suspicious & questionable. Now we just have to find out Why?

Why did Hon. Judge Stephanie Garratt grant the motion to dismiss? There already was a Preliminary Hearing that determined there was enough evidence for every charge to move forward. She could have denied the motion, Wagstaffe could have tested his evidence on the Grand Jury to get an indictment if he thought his case was weak. Instead he choose to dismiss the entire case and Judge Garratt assisted him in that effort.

* Those Who Matter* email from Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, he was noticing the residents of San Mateo County that there is a special group of people above the law.

e-mail sent 4/25/07 10:20 AM

Greg and Carlos

Just a quick word of support from me as you go through a difficult time. To those who matter, your decades of outstanding work in law enforcement are all that count and your integrity is not the slightest marked by the modern media’s efforts to make a story out of a non-story. Hard as it is to think it now, remember it will be yesterday’s news and irrelevant by tomorrow.

My positive thoughts are out there for both of you.

Steve

For those readers who don’t know this e-mail was written to San Mateo County Sheriff and UnderSheriff days after they both were caught and detained as Customers of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including at least one child. April 21, 2007 FBI Sting Operation Dollhouse, Las Vegas Nevada.

The Matthew Graves (also 30 yr. old man) case should be looked at, He was sentenced to 34 years in prison, 4 of those years are for violating a Restraining Order. This should be compared to Mr. David Bohannon being arrested twice by the Menlo Park Police Department. The second time was for violating a Restraining Order, The exact same thing Matthew Graves got 4 years in prison for.

SMDJ Article Matthews Graves

The Board of Supervisors of San Mateo County should order and pay for the Audit.

San Mateo County Supervisors contact info:

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San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe hasn’t satisfied Zain Jaffer.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe is talking more about the Zain Jaffer former Vungle executive found by police straddling his 3 year old son while fully naked in the backyard of his Hillsborough home at 4:00AM. Now 17 days after the entire case was dismissed without a preliminary hearing or any witnesses testifying under oath, Mr. Wagstaffe feels he has not done enough to satisfy Mr. Jaffer. Here is his latest PR statement to SFGATE, he did not send this to me co-owner of San Mateo County News. Note: Mr. Wagstaffe has refused to identify the alleged prescription medications that caused Mr. Jaffer to be Not Conscious while assaulting several people, resulting in 7 F’s & 1M charge. The DA’s Office quickly eliminated one felony charge of Attempted Murder.

The Charges that remained up until July 2, 2018:

Charge #1 Attempted Oral Copulation or Sexual Penetration with a Child 10 years of age or younger. PC 664.288.7(b) Felony

Charge #2 Forcible Lewd Act Upon Child, PC288 (b) Felony

Charge #3 Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, PC 245 (A) Felony

Charge #4 Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, PC 245 (A) Felony

Charge #5 Child Abuse, PC 273 (A) Felony

Charge #6 Child Abuse PC 273 (A) Felony

Charge # 7 Battery Upon a Peace Officer & Designated Person, PC 243 (b) Misdemeanor

SFGATE 7/19/2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: After the publication of this story, officials at the San Mateo County district attorney’s office said they wanted to clarify that “we do not believe that there was any sexual conduct by Mr. Jaffer that evening and for this reason we dismissed the sexual abuse charges. The physical injury charges were separately dismissed because we believe that the injuries were the result of Mr. Jaffer being in a state of unconsciousness caused by prescription medication.”

The FDA should issue a National Warning if the above statement is true.

Question to think about, Why would the District Attorney’s Office feel the need or obligation to clarify anything for Mr. Jaffer? He was facing life in prison if found guilty of the 7 felony counts. Steve Wagstaffe solved that for him.

Question? Steve Wagstaffe says “we do not believe.” That is why we have Juries, what did the evidence prove? If you didn’t believe it why did you charge him in the first place?

What could have possibly happened from October 15, 2017 to July 2, 2018 to cause this entire criminal case to simply disappear? And now 17 days later Steve Wagstaffe feels some pressure to make more public comments. What would cause that?

What about the 2 CHILDREN? CPS took them that morning, have they returned them because of Steve Wagstaffe’s actions?

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San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos’s slow response in Angela Hernandez missing person case.

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Update 7/18/18 : Medical Condition Hernandez would later learn from doctors that she was suffering from a brain hemorrhage during the first few days after the crash. She also had four broken ribs, fractures in both of her collarbones, a collapsed lung, ruptured blood vessels in her eyes and extreme sunburn on her hands, feet and face.

Update: Interview of Chad & Chelsea Moore the couple who found Angela Hernandez.

Update: Angela Hernandez has been found alive near Big Sur. A couple walking on the beach reportedly discovered her wrecked Jeep nearly 200 feet down a cliff. Big Sur Fire, the CHP and Monterey County Sheriff responded to the couple’s 911 call.
They say she appeared to have a shoulder injury and was talking and could walk.
She says she has been there since July 6, That is 7 days and nights.

Another Interview of Chad & Chelsea Moore

Update: Angela Hernandez has posted these pictures of the wreck on her Facebook.

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Here are some facts Angela Hernandez was last known to be at the Safeway Store located at 70 N.Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay on the evening of July 5, 2018. She planned to sleep in her 2011 White Jeep Patriot with Oregon Plates 436KSQ. The next morning at 7:54 AM a text was sent from her phone to her sister “about to start driving” her destination was Lancaster California about 6 hours away. About 8 hours later her cell phone pings at 700 Hwy 1 Davenport California. She was not seen in Davenport, She was last seen in San Mateo County. There are news reports of videos showing her vehicle in Monterey County it turns out the “video of a similar car driving by” MCSO doesn’t identify it was her jeep and no evidence of Angela in the similar car that drove by. So Angela could still be in San Mateo County. There was no Amber Alert issued by SMCSO. Cell Phone data should have compared Cell Tower Pings of all cell phones at the same towers at the same time to see if there was a match. It has now been 7 days since Angela has been seen or heard from.

Just as his staff was quick to take the life (within 20 seconds of arriving on scene) of Hispanic teenager Yanira Serrano-Garcia, in 2014, San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos is now slow to find another Hispanic girl, 23 year old Angela Hernandez, gone missing in his jurisdiction. Rather than cause an all out search for the missing girl and commit the full resources of his agency, newly elected Sheriff Bolanos seems content to palm the matter off to a neighboring jurisdiction, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, leaving the girl’s relatives to search. In fact, his agency has now announced it ended its search for her, ABC-7 July 11, 2018 9:07AM San Mateo County Sheriff Office “Search Party Cancelled.” The next day the SMCSO put this video up.

Should San Mateo County residents expect more from Sheriff Bolanos, a controversial figure who had previously been detained by the FBI, in 2007, in a Las Vegas human trafficking investigation? After all, the trafficking of women does connote a certain contempt for women, devaluing their individual worth as human beings. Or is this again a case of the missing youth being a person of color (Hispanic) versus a person who mattersjust as in the Yanira case?

Has Sheriff Bolanos mobilized the full resources of his agency to find this woman -brought in additional shifts of personnel; called a Phase Three Tac Alert, bringing in additional personnel from neighboring San Mateo County law enforcement agencies; used his agency’s plane; utilized his search & rescue unit; opened up a coast-side command post; methodically searched all coast-side roads; assigned a ranking member of his agency to run the search and keep the community updated versus one lowly detective; etc.?

Has San Mateo County learned NOTHING from the Richard Moss tragedy?

And what is his agency’s solve rate for major crimes -it seldom arrests & books anyone, in comparison to its peers?

Aside from this, where is San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, the sheriff turned supervisor, whose constituents coast-side residents are? Why hasn’t he weighed in, with a commitment to find the youth to include adding to the reward offered by her relatives? Surely, he sees the need for vision and leadership, in the matter -remember, Sheriff Bolanos left the San Bruno Police Department to coordinate and manage the YouTube facility active shooter, several months ago, while he took a back seat role.

Where was and is the leadership San Mateo County residents should expect of Bolanos with a staff of over 800 and in excess of a 180 million dollar budget?

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San Mateo County Domestic Violence Protocol. Was it followed in the Zain Jaffer Case?

You might recall on July 2, 2018 Hon. Judge Stephanie Garratt (a former prosecutor for Steve Wagstaffe) granted the DA’s motion to dismiss all charges. I don’t think the Hon. Judge Donald Ayoob would have granted that motion.

According to District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe, police had originally gone to Jaffer’s residence after his father had told them he (Jaffer) had assaulted him. If the father lived there and the two cohabited, this would also have qualified as an act of domestic violence -triggering police to adhere to the County’s Domestic Violence Investigation Protocol to which Hillsborough PD is a signatory.

While at the residence, police allegedly heard a child screaming in the back yard and found a naked Jaffer straddling the child trying to force his 3-year-old son’s face into his genitals (a sex crime), according to Wagstaffe.

After stopping Jaffer which included using a taser, placing him into custody, making the scene safe, and ensuring the two children and father had been provided immediate medical aid, officers should have frozen the scene [the residence]; caused the child who had been sexually assaulted & his assailant (Jaffer) to be given a sexual assault examination, at the Keller Center; authored an affidavit seeking a search warrant for Jaffer’s residence, person, cellphone, vehicle(s), business office, electronic devices (computers, iPads, etc.), and internet service provider for evidence of the crime, child pornography, and drugs -Wagstaffe said LSD was involved.

Officers should have ensured samples of Jaffer’s blood and urine had been taken and preserved, contemporaneous to the assault, for later examination -addressing any question of whether or not he had drugs onboard, at the time of the described offenses; Wagstaffe indicated LSD had possibly been involved whose clearance half-life averages 3 hours, while its metabolite clearance half-life averages 12 hours.

If Hillsborough PD did not have anyone with the requisite knowledge and or skill set to conduct such an investigation, the agency should have sought assistance from the district attorney’s office who has its own cadre of “top flight” investigators -or so they would have us believe. Certainly, once the case had been submitted to the district attorney for charging, Mr. Wagstaffe should have recognized what investigative tasks were required and ensured they were done -any golden rods Steve?

It would be interesting to learn what direction / guidance, if any, the district attorney had provided to Hillsborough PD to help them or could this be like the fraud which had occurred at the San Mateo County Transit where Wagstaffe’s assistant, Assistant District Attorney Al Serrato, characterized false debits (journal entries) and attendant felonious diversion of 2.5 million dollars of public monies as unusual accounting practices -now we know why Al, a former Special Agent, is no longer with the FBI.

The investigating officers should also have summoned the County’s crime lab personnel to examine the victim’s and suspect’ s respective clothing, injuries, and the crime scene.

In short, it appears neither the County’s domestic violence nor sexual assault investigation protocols, respectively, had been followed and, consequently, Mr. Wagstaffe had been afforded and acted upon an excuse to drop all charges for a person that matters. DA Stephen Wagstaffe didn’t even put on a preliminary hearing where a judge could have considered the evidence and decided whether it was sufficient to hold Mr. Jaffer to answer. Why not Steve?

The County’s residents deserve better, a level playing field, professional law enforcement, and justice, not the corrupt facade Mr. Wagstaffe would have you accept.

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Results Certified for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election

Mark Church has certified the June 5, 2018 Election results for San Mateo County.

The Sheriff Office race was an exciting one with three candidates. Mark Melville and Heinz Puschendorf both San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies and Carlos Bolanos the illegally appointed Sheriff who started his campaign over three years ago to make sure no deputy would run against him. That didn’t happen. Mark Melville told several editors including Jon Mays of the San Mateo Daily Journal in May that he watched a 3 minute video of Concerned Citizen Mark De Paula’s presentation to the Board of Supervisors on March 13, 2018. He described it as brilliant and clearly stated based on that presentation it proved that Greg Munks and Carlos Bolanos were liars. Heinz Puschendorf was a last minute write in candidate told several reporters including Dave Boyce that in 2007 when he was the President of the Deputy Sheriff Association DSA he was ordered by UnderSheriff Carlos Bolanos not to talk about or mention the FBI Human Trafficking Sting Operation Dollhouse where he was caught and detained as a customer on April 21, 2007.

Melville and Heinz were very brave to offer their services to the residents of San Mateo County. Look no further than the last write in candidate former deputy Juan P. Lopez.

Imagine what the outcome of this election would have been had Jon Mays printed the brave statement Mark Melville made in May. He and Jerry Lee didn’t think it was newsworthy, 83,500 readers didn’t know about a candidate deputy calling his boss a liar.

That is a big deal. Another big deal is that 100 voters spelled Heinz Puschendorf correctly.

To the 52,996 voters for Mark Melville, I recommend you send him your e-mail addresses so that he can keep you informed if anything bad should happen to him. Same for Mr. Puschendorf. Note Mark Melville has not conceded yet, with close to 30,000 votes in Carlos Bolanos favor 81,032.

In another race between Nancy Magee and Gary Waddell for Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Waddell conceded right away with less than 1% difference.

Magee 65,683 Waddell 64,485

For the record I believe SMC Sheriff Deputies Heinz Puschendorf and Mark Melville.

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A Those Who Matter case. Zain Jaffer all charges dismissed by District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Why?

This would be a perfect case to be reviewed by a Citizen’s Oversight Committee.

What did CPS do to protect those two children? Though District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said the children — who suffered cuts and bruises but no fractures — were allegedly taken into custody by Child Protective Services immediately after the incident, he said their current location is not known by his office.

San Mateo County has a Domestic Violence Protocol signed by all Police Departments was it followed?

Zainali Jaffer case 17NF012415A was arrested in the backyard of his home in Hillsborough October 15, 2017 at 4AM. Police found him fully naked straddling his 3 year old son pressing his face into his genitals. He was charged with a lewd act ( oral copulation) on one of his children, child abuse and battery on a police officer and emergency personnel. His father who was also assaulted called the police.

Yesterday at the request of Steve Wagstaffe San Mateo County’s District Attorney, Hon. Judge Stephanie Garrett (a former SMCDA prosecutor) granted the motion to dismiss all charges. I don’t think the Hon. Judge Donald Ayoob would have granted this motion.

The Charges that remained up until July 2, 2018:

Charge #1 Attempted Oral Copulation or Sexual Penetration with a Child 10 years of age or younger. PC 664.288.7(b) Felony

Charge #2 Forcible Lewd Act Upon Child, PC288 (b) Felony

Charge #3 Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, PC 245 (A) Felony

Charge #4 Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, PC 245 (A) Felony

Charge #5 Child Abuse, PC 273 (A) Felony

Charge #6 Child Abuse PC 273 (A) Felony

Charge # 7 Battery Upon a Peace Officer & Designated Person, PC 243 (b) Misdemeanor

DDA Sharon K. Cho 229296 scho@smcgov.org told the court.

“The acts that were charged we would say occurred.” “But that sort of misses the point.” “Because legally we have to ask ourselves what was it that caused those acts, given the information given to us? “We just can’t prove that what resulted was voluntary intoxication versus this was someone suffering from a mental breakdown and some kind of psychosis.”

Is that really true? What were the results from the blood test that morning?

What happened? The DA had the evidence in October 2017 to charge Mr. Jaffer. What changed from that day to yesterday?

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors should verify that the public’s interest was served in this case especially since it is closed.

How did all of those charges simply get dismissed? The answer is simple for “Those Who Matter”. The Legal Process was abused, skipped, non existent. Who did this, Steve Wagstaffe and his TEAM. They became the Judge and Jury in this case.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said a team from his office met with Jaffer’s defense counsel for several hours to hear the evidence they planned to use in his defense. Though prosecutors initially thought Jaffer may have been under the influence of LSD, they learned an analysis of the combined effects of medications he was on had not been done and had resulted in behavior of which he was not conscious. Says who?

What date did this meeting take place, who attended, How long did it last?

Wagstaffe said prosecutors including Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti, reviewed the evidence in the case, including that presented by police, and decided to dismiss all charges. If this were True it seems like a National Warning would be in order.

The Hillsborough Police Officers were wearing Body Cameras and there is video.

Mr. Jaffer was arrested on Oct. 15 at 4AM after his father called police and told them that Jaffer was in the backyard of their home on the 1000 block of Lancaster Road in Hillsborough, abusing his 3-year-old son.

Police found Jaffer in the backyard completely naked, straddling his son, who was crying, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Gizmodo 7/3/2018

According to San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Jaffer’s father called the police in the middle of the night following a violent altercation with him. When the police arrived, Jaffer was holding his son down and proceeded to grab him in the crotch area.

The DA said that when police arrived, they saw him touching the child inappropriately. Police commanded Jaffer to stop assaulting his child, but he didn’t, and instead began choking the child with his legs around the child’s neck, according to Wagstaffe.

Zain Jaffer’s attorneys are Daniel Olmos of Nolan, Barton, Bradford, Olmos LLP of Palo Alto, and Patrick E. Clancy of Pleasant Hill.

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S.F. Chronicle 7/19/2018

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