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San Mateo County, why would Mark Church Reject This?

By Michael G. Stogner

Mark Church SMC Elections Officer

Letter sent October 6, 2021 to San Mateo County Government Official Mark Church.

Dear Chief Elections Officer Church,

I’m very excited that Board of Supervisors President David Canepa, along with San Francisco County Board President Shamann Walton, has petitioned the Secretary of State to create regulations that will allow San Mateo County and other counties to conduct pilot projects for an open-source paper ballot voting system in the November 2022 election.

Nothing is more important to democracy than confidence in the security and transparency of our elections.  As former Governor Jerry Brown said just last Friday in San Francisco, “These voting machines have to be…open to observation. We gotta know. There can be no obscurity here — nothing, nothing hidden. That’s what open source means. I’m all for it.”

It is simply unacceptable that San Mateo County and other counties can only choose from expensive commercial vendors that use secret software.  That’s why I’m hoping you’ll join President Canepa and take advantage of the tremendous opportunity that San Mateo County has to conduct a small pilot project of a non-profit open-source voting system at no cost to the county.

If successful, a proven open-source voting system could end up saving San Mateo County millions over current corporate vendors — and give all voters more confidence in the transparency of its voting systems.

I’m hoping you’ll join President Canepa and President Walton in leading California and the nation towards more options and greater transparency in its elections systems.

Sincerely,
Brent Turner
80 Cabrillo Hwy N  Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1650

Response today from Mark Church, (No Way in Hell) (Never going to happen) my words.

Dear Brent,

Thank you for your email in support of Open Source Voting Systems.

While Open Source Voting Systems are potentially viable for future elections, our in-depth 2018 Election System Request for Proposal (RFP) established that no Open Source Voting Systems met the stringent certification requirements established by the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Dominion Democracy Suite Voting System was selected as a result of its extensive experience in state and national elections along with its ease of use, efficiency, accuracy and ballot design. The   Dominion Voting System is used by over 40 counties in the State of California, establishing a secure network of users and support systems. Our experience with the Dominion Voting System over six elections has been positive in terms of ease of use, transparency and accuracy. Rather than purchasing our Dominion Voting System, we decided to lease our system in order to allow the development of Open Source Voting Systems as a possible alternative in the future.

In 2022, my office will be focused on the post-Census redistricting process and conducting the Gubernatorial Primary and General Elections. At this juncture, our office is not positioned to pilot the development and implementation of an untested voting system. Nonetheless, I am committed to considering Open Source Voting Systems as these systems become available and are certified in the State of California.

Sincerely,

MARK CHURCH
Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
& Chief Elections Officer
County of San Mateo
650.363.4988 p
650.780.9952 f
mchurch@smcacre.org
www.smcacre.org

Who else in San Mateo County Government is opposed to Open Source Voting Machines? That would be good Information for the Residents/Voters to know.

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Dr. Scott Morrow on Vaccines.

By Michael G. Stogner

Dr. Scott Morrow

Dr. Scott Morrow issued a statement Yesterday Jan 19, 2021. Here are the takeaways. Plan for 1 more year.

Late Summer is August “Many will get first dose by late summer.”

“If you are confused, don’t be alarmed. We are all confused,” Morrow said residents should instead focus on practicing gratitude and patience.

“The solution is to ramp up production,” said Morrow, adding, “I don’t know how feasible this is.”

It’s unclear how many doses have actually been shipped into the county or how many have been administered. Other than the fraction of doses shipped to County Health, local officials are unable to track shipments to multi-county health care providers or the commercial pharmacies treating long-term care facility residents and staff.

Getting vaccinated will not immediately exempt inoculated residents from COVID-19 health restrictions, noted Morrow who suggested mask wearing, social distancing and not gathering will be necessary through most of the new year.

Let’s give the new Federal Administration who is actually interested in giving the vaccines to the American Public a couple of weeks to see what they say.

Stay Safe, Wear a Mask, be Nice

San Mateo County Health Statement Jan 19, 2021

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Supervisor President David Canepa is Silent.

By Michael G. Stogner

SMC Board of Supervisor’s President David Canepa

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa is well known for his Interviews and Opinions in front to the television cameras. His opinions on the COVID-19 Pandemic have been like a Roller-Coaster up and down and all over the place.

Yahoo/Sent

  • Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>To:Dave Canepa,Bill Silverfarb,Dave Pine,Don Horsley,Carole Groom and 2 more… Sun, Jan 17 at 8:33 AM
  • Hello Dave,
    Can you tell me how many long term care residents have received the first and second doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine as of today?
    How many long term care residents does SMC have?
    Last weeks Burlingame’s Facility outbreak brought back memories for me personally, that is where my father spent the last days of his life.
    I think we can agree this population is the most likely to fill the Hospital ICU beds once they get COVID-19 and most likely to die.

  • Thank You, in advance for your response.
    Michael G. Stogner, San Mateo County News.com

I will publish the answer as soon as I get it.

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San Mateo County 12,000 COVID-19 Vaccines injected in Arms.

By Michael G. Stogner

Last week I asked San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy how many vaccine injections into arms have taken place in the entire county. Once I saw that Operation Warp Speed being promoted by our Federal Government telling us that 20,000,000 Americans would be vaccinated by December 31, 2020 was really less than 3,000,000, I wanted to know what is actually happening in San Mateo County.

This morning I received an e-mail from SMC Manager Mike Callagy in response to my question.

 Over 12,000 individuals have been given their 1st dose.

San Mateo has about 750,000 residents.

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San Mateo County President of Supervisors David Canepa wants to close Schools.

By Michael G. Stogner

SMC Supervisor President David Canepa

President of the San Mateo County Supervisors wants to close all schools. San Mateo County has 1 available ICU Bed. That’s 1 for the whole County. Santa Clara County next door has 1 Death and 60 Emergency Room Staff that are Positive for COVID-19.

San Mateo County is supposed to have 25% of it’s ICU Beds and trained staff available. If the number of ICU Beds and Staff total number is 82 than 21 ICU Beds and Staff should be available, again today SMC has 1 available. That is what everybody should be worried about.

“To even have conversations of keeping schools open, probably not the most responsible to do at this point in time.” said Supervisor David Canepa.

It’s interesting that it has taken this long for an Elected Supervisor of San Mateo County to take this position. Now lets see what happens.

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S.J. Kaiser Permanente 43 ER Staff COVID-19 Positive.

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: Jan.5, 2021 Now 1 Dead 60 Positive, the deceased worked on Christmas Day.

The health and safety of our patients, employees, and physicians is our highest priority. To date, we have determined 60 staff members out of those present in the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Emergency Department on Dec. 25 have tested positive for COVID-19. Working with our infectious disease specialists, we are continuing to investigate the outbreak to determine the potential causes and using contact tracing to personally notify and test anyone exposed, based on CDC and public health guidelines. Given the prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities, it is often difficult to pinpoint the specific exposure leading to COVID-19 infection.

KARL SONKIN
KAISER PERMANENTE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

43 staff members at the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center Emergency Department tested positive for COVID-19 between Dec. 27, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2021 Thats six days.

That’s Santa Clara County right next door to San Mateo County, That’s also 43 Staff Members that must be replaced during a staffing shortage.

SMC County Manager Mike Callagy

Now in San Mateo County, the question of how many residents have been injected in arm/shot up with the Vaccine have gone unanswered by San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy.

From: Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>To: Mike Callagy <mcallagy@smcgov.org>

Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2020, 8:41:00 AM PST Subject: Total of COVID-19 Vaccines in Arms


Hello Mike,
Can you please tell me how many COVID-19 vaccines have been injected into arms in San Mateo County as of December 30, 2020.


Thank You
Michael G. Stogner San Mateo County News.com

It would be great if County Manager Mike Callagy could answer that question as of December 30, 2020 as I asked and also as of Jan. 3, 2021 now.

As we have all learned from Operation Warp Speed aka Happy Talk It’s one thing to ship doses it’s entirely different to inject arms aka shoot up.

San Mateo County, What is the answer? and why would County Manager not answer that simple question or have somebody answer it.

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San Mateo County is Now under Stay at Home Order until January 7, 2021

By Michael G. Stogner

Posted December 16 at 12:45 p.m.
Redwood City – As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge and ICU capacity declines, San Mateo and 10 other Bay Area counties are under a mandatory Regional Stay At Home Order that takes effect Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11:59 p.m.

The order prohibits private gatherings of any size, except for outdoor church services and political demonstrations. Restaurants must stop offering in-person dining and can offer only take-out and delivery.

Many businesses and activities must close, including salons and barbershops. Retail can remain open at 20 percent capacity. Nonessential travel and the use of hotels or short-term rentals for leisure is banned.

The state of California announced the order today as regional ICU bed capacity fell below 15 percent, a trigger threshold. The order is meant to prevent crowding and mingling among non-household members and overwhelming the health care system.

The order is less sweeping than the lockdowns ordered in the spring. People can continue with essential activities like going to the doctor, buying groceries and picking up takeout food.

The rules will remain in effect for at least three weeks.

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San Mateo County Happy Talk

By Michael G. Stogner

Todays LATIMES article titled Stay Away, San Mateo County tells outsiders. By Hayley Smith

I call this Happy Talk because Without Enforcement and a real Stay at Home Order in place this is just Silly Talk. Dr. Scott Morrow is the only person who has the authority to issue a Stay at Home Order.

Dr. Scott Morrow

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow “the need for people to take personal responsibility over their actions and risks.” Everybody knows that is Not going to Happen.

SMC County Manager Mike Callagy

“We are in a public health crisis with alarming rates of COVID-19 transmission,” San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy said in a statement. “While we absolutely support our local business serving our local community, we do not want nonessential travel and nonessential activities such as crossing counties for an outdoor restaurant or salon. This is the time to stay close to home.”

Who is going to listen to a County Manager? It would have been nice if his statement said We Absolutely Support our Healthcare Workers but it didn’t.

SMC Supervisor David Canepa

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa implored outsiders to stop visiting.

‘You respect your stay-at-home order in your own county. Please respect our ‘stay out’ order in San Mateo County.’ ”

This is the best example of Silly Talk, There is NO Stay Out Order, this comes from one of the Five Supervisors of San Mateo County.

This is probably the most important statement in the article.

San Mateo County has reported an average of 354 new cases per day, a 120% increase from two weeks ago, according to The Times tracker.

Stay Safe Best of Health to You

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Dr. Scott Morrow “It’s in Your Hands.”

By Michael G. Stogner

Dr. Scott Morrow

That simple statement is refreshing. It has always been in Your Hands. Nobody likes being told what to do. I’m one of those people, if you tell me not to do something it makes me want to do it, even if I didn’t want to do it in the first place.

I first had to look up the word Pandemic, I didn’t know what it meant, I thought I did but I wanted to check, it turns out I didn’t.

Then add No Symptoms, Airborne, No Cure, No Treatment, No Vaccine,

Then add The Trump Administration conducted the Crimson Contagion Exercise from Jan. though Sept, 2019. Google it.

You are responsible for Your Health and Safety everything you do has risks.

Best of Health, Stay Safe, Wear a Mask

Article It’s up to You, Figure it out.

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Amazon Prime, The Real Activist. Brent Turner

By Michael G. Stogner

Full Disclosure I’m proud to call Brent Turner my Friend, I’ve known him for about 20 years. I have observed him Warning the Supervisors of San Mateo County, California for many years at BOS Meetings.

I personally say: Thank You Brent Turner

If you don’t have 30 minutes to invest watching this Documentary, that is understandable you are busy doing Very Important Things. That is exactly what Big Business, Politicians and the Media count on. Think about the 20 years Brent Turner and others have Invested on your behalf.

The Real Activist

30min 2020 13+U.S. elections are being hacked by foreign governments because corporate-owned proprietary vote counting software is severely outdated and subject to undetected manipulation that is changing vote counts and election results. The Real Activist questions the legitimacy of the government itself through the personal lens of open source software activist Brent Turner. Directors Soul SoulJody Banks StarringBrent TurnerPeter CoyoteR. James Woolsey Genres ActionSpecial InterestDocumentary Subtitles English [CC]Audio languages English

Note: I mailed in my ballot on October 3, 2020 that is the very least I could do. Don’t get Distracted until this issue is solved we are all on this ride together.

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