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Chinedu V. Okobi, SMC’s George Floyd.

By Michael G. Stogner

Chinedu Valentine Okobi

Sunday, October 3rd at 2:00 pm, Chinedu Okobi Remembrance Rally led by the San Mateo NAACP, Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, Island United Church, Justice For Chinedu, the families of victims who died at the hands of law enforcement, community leaders and members. 

Tomorrow 2PM-3:30PM

Location: 400 County Center Building, Redwood City, California.

San Mateo County Residents don’t know very much about Chinedu V. Okobi’s Homicide, and that is exactly what the Government wants. When I say government I’m also including the Media/Newspapers.

Chinedu Valentine Okobi, is San Mateo County’s George Floyd, the difference is the world saw George Floyd Murdered because of a very brave 17 year old girl who videoed it and placed it on the internet before Law Enforcement, Elected Officials could get there hands on it. That is what happened in San Mateo County.

First lets start at the Top with Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, He is a LIAR, that is NO SECRET.

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos Omits Community Service Officer (CSO) Joseph Gonzales name. He was Very Involved.

Chinedu V. Okobi was not running in and out of traffic, before Deputy Wang targeted him. Chinedu did NOT immediately assault Deputy Wang. Chinedu died on El Camino Real in San Bruno/Millbrae. The Six Sheriff Employees did not provide ANY life saving Measures for 9 minutes after they killed him.

Chinedu Valentine Okobi, was a 36 year old Father, Son, Brother, Moorehouse College Graduate, who was simply walking on the sidewalk on a sunny afternoon in Millbrae, when SMC Sheriff Deputy Wang got attracted to him.

I will be joining this group of very good humans tomorrow. I remember when I first met them at a Board of Supervisor Meeting, I thought to myself, These are my People.

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Another El Granada Man, Arrested for Lewd Acts with 11 yr old girl.

By Michael G. Stogner

It’s time San Mateo County residents are honest about sex crimes against children especially those living in areas where the Sheriff’s Office is the Law Enforcement Agency.

From the Grand Jury Report:

Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes Unit 

In 2007 the Sheriff’s Office discovered that the two assigned detectives were not funded. They were then eliminated from the budget. Further, in April 2007 to fund the Jail Planning Lieutenant; the Sheriff combined the duties of the SHOP sergeant with the general crimes sergeant. Therefore, in April 2007, the Sheriff’s Office eliminated funding for the dedicated sexual offense enforcement unit within the investigations division resulting in case coverage of one sergeant (25% time), one detective (50% time) and two other detectives (25% total time). This represents a 75% reduction from four dedicated Full-Time-Equivalents (FTEs) to one FTE shared among four persons, as well as the elimination of county-wide coordination among cities. The Sheriff’s Office budget approved by the BOS shows the following appropriations for SHOP: 

What else happened in 2007 involving the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office top 1&2 guys?

What happened in early 2010, “Gross Misconduct in the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office” Porn and Violent Rape Video being shared with 45 of SMCSO’s finest MEN. What did the Supervisors do about it?

Kaylan Charles Freeman of El Granada arrested January 2021

Grand Jury Report

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office NEWS RELEASE

Incident Date:Location:
Type of Crime/Incident:

Suspect:

July 29, 2021 6 pm

El Granada, CA

PC 288(a) – Lewd acts with child under 14-year-old

(3 Counts)

H&S 11377(A) – Possession of a controlled substance

Michael Banister – 35 years old

Summary: On August 2, 2021, Sheriff’s Office Detectives started investigating a case involving an 11-year-old child who was sexually assaulted on 3 different occasions by a family friend. He was identified as suspect Michael Banister from El Granada, CA. The sexual assaults took place near his residence while he was babysitting the child.

On August 31, 2021, Detectives obtained a $500,000 arrest warrant for Banister for the above sexual assault charges. Shortly after the warrant was issued, Bannister was placed under arrest by Deputies from the Coastside Patrol Bureau without incident. Banister has a lengthy criminal history from Oregon and had recently moved to El Granada within the past 2 years.

If you have any information about the suspect, please contact Detective J. Fava at 650-363- 4192 or email jfava@smcgov.org.

Written by: Sergeant Joe Cang – Investigations Bureau

Case #: 21-7134 Release Date: 09-01-2021

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER • Lieutenant Eamonn Allen • 650-363-4800 • PIO@SMCGOV.ORG400 COUNTY CENTER • REDWOOD CITY, CA 94063 • 650-599-1664 • https://www.smcsheriff.com

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Former San Mateo County Sheriff Activity League Director (SAL) Barbara Bonilla in Court Today.

By Michael G. Stogner

Barbara Bonilla

Update: Next Court Dates are July 21, 2021 @ 1:30 PM and September 21, 2021 @ 9:00 AM

If you would like to listen you can call 1-206-279-9589 Code 599028 at 1:30 PM.

You may recall Barbara Bonilla was much more than just the Execute Director of San Mateo County Sheriff Activities League when she was escorted out of her Office on February 10, 2020.

She was the Campaign Manager for Carlos G. Bolanos for Sheriff 2018. She also worked at Redwood City Police Department for Carlos G. Bolanos when he was the Police Chief there.

She was a:

San Mateo County Sheriff Employee

San Mateo County Parks & Recreation Committee, Commissioner

Redwood City Rotary Member

California PAL and National PAL Board Member.

How is the SMC Sheriff Activities League a 501 C?

What Has the SMC Sheriff Activities League done to make sure this NEVER happens again, since the Embezzlement and Money Laundering Investigation by the State of California Attorney General and the San Mateo County Sheriff Office, which any reasonable person would know was an obvious Conflict of Interest.

Here is a short list of who knew about the Embezzlement and Money Laundering Investigation.

Bill Nicolet, Assistant Sheriff Gregory Rothaus, Coastside Lutheran Church, Correctional Medical Group, Dani Gasparini & Alyn Beals, David Amann, Donald Hack, Greg Munks, Henry Gaw, Jeff Ira, Kiwoba Allaire, Lori & Eric Lochtefeld, Jim Hartnett & Rosanne Foust, Assistant Sheriff John Munsey, Maloney & Associates, Marshall Realty, Jonathan Shipman, Neil & Kate Layton,Pete Liebengood & Alicia Aguirre, Phillip Raiser, Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, Steve Wagstaffe, Trisha Sanchez, Warren Slocum, Don Horsley. Adam Alberti.

San Mateo County News.com was the first News Media to write about Barbara Bonilla being on Administrative Leave from Sheriff Activities League Headquarters in Redwood City.

February 28, 2020 Article

How is that possible? With all those people who had knowledge about Barbara Bonilla, that Not One of the SEVEN Print Media in San Mateo County wrote an article about it in January or February?

The California State Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting Barbara Bonilla, What have you heard from them about this case? How did they come up with these charges? Is Barbara Bonilla really the only person involved?

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San Mateo County Sheriff Vehicle involved in the Death of a CHP Traffic stop suspect.

By Michael G. Stogner

Last night around 10:30 PM April 6, 2021 the CHP made a traffic stop in the Southbound lanes of Highway 101 just south of Millbrae Ave. The deceased exited his vehicle and before could be arrested and placed in the CHP vehicle he ran across the 4 southbound lanes and crossed over the divide and was struck and killed by the San Mateo County Sheriff SUV driven by Sgt. Andy Ward who was traveling northbound 101 in the fast lane.

The deceased was a 30 something year old male not identified yet.

It’s not clear yet wether he was handcuffed when he ran?

No mention of this on Sheriff’s Website.

Sheriff’s Website

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Another False Statement by SMC Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos.

By Michael G. Stogner

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

This should come as no surprise to any reasonable thinking resident of San Mateo County.

His identification was unknown until January 2021 when detectives received a break in the case from a witness who identified the suspect as 30-year-old Kaylan Freeman from the San Mateo County Coast.”

That is a False Statement, Just ask San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Gonzales, The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office knew who Kaylan Freeman was since March 2014.

Press Release

The real question is, What was the Sheriff’s Office really doing since 2012?

Sheriff’s Office eliminated SHOP and all dedicated, sexual-offense investigators with a 75% reduction in staffing in 2007 right after Operation Dollhouse the FBI Sting Operation.

What happens when San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos lies to the public? Nothing.

Update: I forgot to mention during the Campaign for Sheriff 2018 Candidate Mark Melville told every Editor who met with him that Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos was a LIAR. Not one of the Print Media Newspapers printed that.

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Barbara Bonilla Case Continued.

By Michael G. Stogner

Barbara Bonilla

Barbara Bonilla former campaign manager for Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos 2018 run, and former Executive Director of San Mateo County Sheriff Activity League, Former San Mateo County Sheriff Employee, former San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Commissioner, former State of California PAL Board, former National PAL Board, former Redwood City Rotary Board president waived time today. She appeared in Court in front of Hon. Judge Susan Greenberg today at 2:25 PM by ZOOM.

Next Court Appearance is March 10, 2021 Time: 1:30 PM Case Number 20SF01336A

I would tell you the name of the State of California’s Prosecutor if I knew it and I’m sure the person said it twice now but to be honest I could barley hear what they were saying, I had to listen by phone.

This case was investigated as an Embezzlement and Laundering case involving SAL FUNDS.

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Barbara Bonilla in Court Today.

By Michael G. Stogner

Barbara Bonilla SAL, Ca.PAL, Nat.PAL Sheriff Bolanos Campaign Manager

Update 11:15AM 12/21/2020 Barbara Bonilla appeared per Zoom, Next Court Date: Jan 21, 2021 1:30 PM SDR and Feb. 4, 2021 Preliminary Hearing.

12/21/2020 9:00 AM Courtroom 4B Arraignment 20SF013661A 

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Michael Wendler

The main Question is What Happened to the Laundering Investigation?

Here are the current charges:

BONILLA, BARBARA

  DescriptionStatuteLevelDate
001PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony03/01/2017
002PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony09/15/2017
003PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony10/14/2018
004PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony12/18/2018
005PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony02/15/2019
006PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony03/01/2019
007PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony10/21/2019

On February 10, 2020 Barbara Bonilla was escorted from her office of Executive Director of San Mateo County Sheriff Activities League (SAL). The SAL is a division of the Sheriff’s Office. At that time Barbara Bonilla was employed by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Barbra Bonilla is well connected and well known for her Fund Raising abilities. She was also Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos’s Campaign Manager for his 2018 run for Sheriff. April 2017 She donated $1,000 to his campaign. She was on the Boards of National PAL, California PAL, Redwood City Rotary, San Mateo County Parks and Rec Commission.

In May of 2020 she resigned from the Sheriff’s Office. Why? She was not charged with any crime and even if she was it doesn’t mean there is any evidence of a crime. The former Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez case is a prefect example of that. “Smuggling a Cell Phone and Drugs to a Hells Angel Gang member in SMC Jail.” ZERO evidence to support those charges, they were dismissed.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe referred the Criminal Investigation to the State of California Attorney General because he was a member of the board of SAL. He wanted to avoid the Appearance of a Conflict of Interest. That is always a Good Idea when Public Trust is an issue.

San Mateo County Sheriff’Office should have done the same. Why would Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and all Sheriff Employees think they should Investigate Barbara Bonilla at all. If Steve Wagstaffe couldn’t Investigate it for an Appearance of a Conflict of Interest certainly the Sheriff’s Office had more of a Conflict of Interest.

The A.G.’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office worked together in the Criminal Investigation of Embezzlement & Laundering. The DOJ had expected to have Barbara Bonilla Arrested as early as April 2, 2020, but that arrest did not occur. Why?

Laundering Money, one of the easiest ways to accomplish this is Prepaid Gift Cash Cards you buy at many Stores. Did this element exist in the SAL Investigation? YES it did.

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos News Release December 4, 2020 Bonilla Arrest

The last sentence in the SMCSO News Release dated December 4, 2010 says: “this investigation is still underway and being handled by an outside agency.” It doesn’t identify that outside agency WHY?

When I asked SMCDA Steve Wagstaffe who’s Criminal Investigation was this he informed me it was the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

December 12, 2020

Good morning Michael,

It was charged by the Attorney General’s Office, so it would be described as a DOJ case.  I believe that is how it would be listed in statewide statistics, since I believe they list the prosecuting agency. But the investigating agency would be the Sheriff’s Office.

Thanks

Steve

At this moment it is still unclear Who the Investigative Agency was and is.

Normally I would attend the Court proceeding, Today I will not, there is a Pandemic. Stay Safe

Welcome to San Mateo County

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Another False News Release by SMC Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos.

By Michael G. Stogner

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

A reasonable person in San Mateo County would know by now not to believe anything Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos or his Public Information Officers publish or provide to the public.

The News Releases dated October 3, 2018 involving the Homicide by Deputies of Chinedu V. Okobi is just one example.

The Recent Homicide by Deputies of Sandra Lee Harmon May 5, 2020 Half Moon Bay is another.

Now we have a News release issued December 4, 2020 by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office about Barbara Bonilla being arrested on December 4, 2020. On Friday, December 4, 2020, Bonilla was booked into the San Mateo County Jail on 7 counts of Grand Theft. Bail was set at $70,000. That is a Baldface Lie. If that was a TRUE statement there would be a Booking Photo dated December 4, 2020. Its that simple.

SMC Sheriff News Release 12/4/2020

You’ll notice there is No Booking Photo provided by the Sheriff’s Office, Why? Did any of the other print media request the Booking Photo of Barbara Bonilla? I have.

From the News Release: “SAL is a non-profit organization affiliated with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.” That is an understatement, Sheriff Activities League (SAL) is a Division of San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

From the News Release: “The investigation determined that approximately $25,000 was missing.

Did the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) Investigate the Sheriff Activities League Executive Director and others for 10 months for approximately $25,000 of MISSING money. The Investigation was for Embezzlement and Laundering not Missing money. Why did the Investigation take 10 months if it was only $25,000?

I would like to see what the DOJ says the total amount is, not what Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos says.

Why was Barbara Bonilla not arrested on April 2, 2020 as the DOJ expected?

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Half Moon Bay Beaches OPEN Labor Day Weekend.

By Michael G. Stogner

Half Moon Bay City Council voted 5-0 last night to keep the Beaches in Half Moon Bay Open while Monterey County, Santa Cruz County and the City of Pacifica have decided to Close Beaches and Parking Lots.

There is a Worldwide PANDEMIC, No Cure, No Treatment, No Vaccine but that has never been a concern for San Mateo County Leadership. They have consistently been dedicated to Staying off of the States Watchlist, or Getting Off of the States Watchlist. That might be why they have made so many changes to the Data Base, None of it matches.

Back to the Beaches of Half Moon Bay you can’t blame the elected officials in this case, so many moving parts and they don’t get paid for this. The City Manager, Assistant Manager, Sheriff, Chief of Police they do, the Chief who by the way said he would make some calls to see if he could get some extra staff to enforce the closure of Beaches if they voted to close. Think about that, He didn’t say Of Course I will get the extra staff I need to enforce your decision. This is San Mateo County, now known as Silicon Valley and the Police Chief says its going to be tough to enforce it. All five council members were OK with his response.

Even from a simple Math point of view, This is a very bad idea. Half Moon Bay and the SMC Coast experience Gridlock on normal weekends, watch what happens now. This is an invitation to the world the Party is in Half Moon Bay this Labor Day Weekend.

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X San Mateo County Sheriff Activities League Executive Director Barbara Bonilla, Investigated for Embezzlement & Money Laundering.

By Michael G. Stogner

There is no question Barbara Bonilla stole a lot of money from SAL. The question for San Mateo County Residents is so what, Who is going to do anything about it? You can already tell how this is playing out. Nobody said a word until it was finally written about.

Barbara Bonilla was also the former campaign manager for Carlos G. Bolanos for Sheriff 2018. I first reported that she was on Administrative Leave in an article dated February 28, 2020. Now thanks to another Concerned Citizen named John Ullom we have a much clearer picture of what has been taken place behind the scenes of Law Enforcement in California. Today I have asked the Sheriff of San Mateo County Carlos G. Bolanos if he would answers a few simple questions, He has refused to answer so far, I will publish if and when he responds.

To Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos & PIO Rosemerry Blankswade,              August 14, 2020

Hello Sheriff Bolanos, and Rosemerry Blankswade,
Can you tell me What agency escorted Barbara Bonilla out of her Office at SAL and what date did that action happen?
What date did she resign from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office?
Is the Investigation by Sgt Michael Leishman completed and if so what date was it completed and what was his recommendation?
Has she been arrested or charged yet?
Thank You
Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County News.com
To my knowledge Barbara Bonilla has not been charged with any crime and she has not been arrested, which makes her resigning from the SMC Sheriff’s Office in May even more questionable.
The DOJ has been conducting the criminal Investigation and San Mateo County Sheriff Sgt. Michael Leishman has been conducting some type of Internal Investigation most likely not criminal.
I do know that a Search Warrant and hopefully an arrest was expected on April 2, 2020. As of today there is NO Official Statement from the DOJ. Another interesting point is the Fact that SAL has Never been Audited. That is a terrible idea. Another terrible idea is how many Sheriff Employees were involved in this investigation. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe recused himself and his office because he is on the Board of Directors of SAL.
Now we wait to see what the DOJ is going to do. Remember Barbara Bonilla is not charged with any crime and has not been arrested. It’s been 7 months.

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