For anybody that read the August 16, 2022 letter sent by San Mateo County Government to Rob Bonta the Attorney General of California you could see in the first sentence the cause of the letter “RECENT PUBLIC ATTENTION.”
Mark Racop has concerns about getting a Fair Trial in San Mateo County, He should be Very Concerned, Who in their right mind wouldn’t be? I’ve said for about 22 years San Mateo County Courts should be CLOSED until the Supervisors can assure the residents of Fair and Level Playing field in our Courts. They have NEVER been interested in that subject matter.
An 11 year old could figure out Who in San Mateo County is Responsible for the PPE Scandal at the San Mateo County Event Center.
It’s San Mateo County Executive Officer Mike Callagy.
Supervisor David Canepa who is also a Candidate for Congress who has been spending a lot of his time and SMC Taxpayer Money on fundraising and standing on corners promoting himself for Congress.
The Palo Alto Daily Post recently published this:
Then, earlier this year, there was the scandal over the $10 million in personal protective equipment, or PPE, that was left outside in the rain at the county Event Center. The coverup was worse than the crime. The county tried to mislead people about the dollar amount of the PPE damaged and failed to identify who was responsible for this fiasco.
The Palo Alto Daily Post knows who is responsible. All of the Candidates for Supervisor knew who is responsible. Only one Candidate for Supervisor told me that Mike Callagy should be fired.
That Candidate for District 2 Supervisor of San Mateo County was Mr. Cameron Rolfe.
The 760,000 residents of San Mateo County might have first starting hearing about the more than $10M of PPE and the Convoy of Garbage Trucks filled with PPE leaving the San Mateo County Event Center in November or December of 2021. The Breaking News Story was brought to you by ABC7 News Investigative Reporter Dan Noyes on January 13, 2022 it aired at 6:12 PM.
The simple question I have had since first hearing about this PPE Scandal is, How is Mike Callagy still employed by the FIVE Supervisors of San Mateo County. Why was he not placed on Administrative Leave on January 13, 2022?
Notice the DATE of this e-mail, it is BEFORE Mike Callagy had any knowledge according to what he told Dan Noyes.
From: Michael Callagy <MCallagy@smcgov.org> Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 9:58 PM To: Peggy Jensen; Scott Johnson; Michelle Durand; John Nibbelin; Roberto Manchia; Justin Mates; Daniel Belville; lliana Rodriguez
Subject: Re: PPE loss documentation
Peggy yes you are correct as that is the approach | was going to take on the purchase. | think Dana and her staff will start the clean up tomorrow as it appears it is all individually packaged. It will need to be wiped down, but every package | opened was dry on the inside. The process of getting it indoors will take through Friday. There is a ton there. It would be great if we got a definitive answer from the VA on their desire to take lots of the PPE. Almost all of the gowns expire May 2, 2022. The approach I’m taking is this is surplus, (goggles, buckets, face shields, odd sized gowns, bleach) not hospital grade that we moved outside as we were trying to give it away. We made a mistake not moving it back inside, but with all that was going on with our focus on boosters and then Omicron and testing, it got lost in the process. We appreciate it being called to our attention and we are looking for a home for the items. Our medical grade gloves, gowns, mask, etc. are secured and occupying almost 7000 sq feet of space. We have distributed a great deal of PPE to local medical facilities (| will need to know where) and have enough PPE to last several years.
This e-mail was sent 14 minutes before the Board of Supervisors Meeting on January 25, 2022. Alex Tourk is the Owner of a Public Relations Firm and his monthly fee has been reported to be $15,000 per month. SMC County Manager Mike Callagy hired him, Did he need the Supervisors permission for that hire, or is he paying for Mr. Tourk’s services out of his own pocket.
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Subject: Re: Heads up for BoS mtg
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I would give Don a heads up just in case they get out of line and he can keep order.
The above e-mail is in response to the below e-mail sent 2 minutes earlier by Michelle Durand. WCM stands for a 501C called the Wine Country Marines of Sonoma, California. The President of WCM is James Brown who is also the CEO of West Coast Security, San Carlos, California.
On Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 8:44 AM Michelle Durand <email@example.com> wrote:
Good morning all
Just spoke with the WCM president who said ABC7 plans to join the meeting via Zoom bc they received a call from Brent Turner who said he plans to attend and question the decision to work with his organization. In James words, Brent said he wanted to “cause a ruckus.” I told him Brent is not unfamiliar to the Board and staff.
So based on these two e-mails 2 minutes apart we can see the Michelle Durand had a conversation with James Brown the President of Wine Country Marines about ABC7 attending by ZOOM the BOS meeting that starts in 16 minutes. Wouldn’t all Governments want the Public’s Business to be viewed by the Public and wouldn’t they welcome the News Industry and Reporters to attend.
Think about that for a moment, it’s a San Mateo County Government Public Meeting on Zoom.
Who was Alex Tourk concerned about getting out of line?
There was only one Supervisor that even bothered to ask any questions and that was David Canepa. Don Horsley quickly jumped all over him.
At the 330:35 mark Supervisor/Candidate for Congress David Canepa asks this question, “There is some PPE that has gone unaccounted for right? That was a great great question, it’s too bad he didn’t wait for Mike Callagy to answer it. ABC7 Investigative reporter Dans Noyes who broke this story on January 13, 2022 reported a “CONVOY of garbage trucks filled up with brand new PPE” in the previous 2 months that would have been November-December of 2021.
At the 3:33:00 you can hear Don Horsley the President of the Board of Supervisors interrupting Supervisor David Canepa’s question. Did Don think David was getting out of line?
The San Mateo County PPE Scandal continues to grow as is always the case when the simple facts are lied about. It’s always the Coverup that becomes the story.
San Mateo County Government doesn’t want a citizen/resident, or employee asking any pesky questions like, How did you choose the Wine Country Marines of Sonoma California to distribute the more than $10M of PPE on January 25, 2022? How many other 501C’s from San Mateo County did you consider?
On January 14, 2022 I published my first article about the More than $10M of PPE that was left outside unprotected at the San Mateo County Event Center I included a link to ABC7 News I-Team Investigative Reporter Dan Noyes excellent coverage and Breaking Story that included Interviews with Mike Callagy and Supervisor David Canepa who were quick to call this a Mistake. I said “This was not a Mistake”
A reasonable person might ask what would make me say that?
It’s really quite simple, I have been reporting on Organized Crime, Corruption, Money Laundering, Embezzlement in San Mateo County Government and the Courts for 22 years.
Again I say Thank You, Dan Noyes for bringing this very Important story to the San Mateo County Residents.
I was the first reporter to report that San Mateo County Risk Manager Scott Johnson had declared on NOVEMBER 10, 2022 that he had personally inspected the PPE outside the SMCEC and in his opinion it was a TOTAL LOSS. That is 64 days before Mike Callagy and David Canepa said it was a MISTAKE.
September 27, 2021 e-mail informing San Mateo County Government that the PPE is now OUTSIDE. That is 108 days before Mike Callagy and David Canepa said it was a MISTAKE.
From: Steve Perich firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Monday, September 27, 2021 3:49 PM To: Iliana Rodriguez IRodriguez@smcgov.orgCc: Dana Stoehr email@example.com; Avinesh Pal firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: PPE Update Hi Iliana, As you probably are aware, all PPE has been moved out of Fiesta Hall and is currently stored in a fenced area between Gates 9 & 10. The Red Cross was only able to take the 10 adjustable hospital beds (MASH type). Their storage area was not large enough to accommodate the remaining five bariatric beds nor the five “home style” hospital beds, all of which are in the outdoor storage area. The plan is to move as much as possible into Sequoia Hall after the SaaStr Conference, to protect it from the elements. The would require the County to rent Sequoia Hall as it would be filled with PPE. The following items would be relocated first. If any space remains, we will move the most useful of the remaining into Sequoia. Masks Gloves Beds All remaining FMS items and empty containers Bleach
Please let me know if you are in agreement with the above.
Excellent reporting by Dan Noyes, How many San Mateo County Officials and Employees knew about this and did nothing about it. Hopefully some of it can be saved. How did Dan Noyes get access to walk around and video all of the damaged boxes. I’m glad he did, it demonstrates a lack or Security by SMC. Also a big Thank You to the person who reported this. This was not a Mistake.
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