That in it’s self is Historical for any City in San Mateo County, to Question Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe’s Version of events in the Shooting Death a Homicide of Sandra L. Harmon on May 5, 2020 at 845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California.
September 28, 2020 Letter to The Honorable Xavier Becerra and Supervising Deputy Attorney General Joyce Blair.
I’m just going to talk about Bullet Point 1 and 4
#1 The first deputy turned off his body camera in violation of San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office policy.
The City was asked to Identify the Deputy so the public would know who the City was talking about. They chose not to.
Just because somebody says something is true, doesn’t mean that it is.
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe have told the world that Sheriff Deputy Dominguez turned off his Body Worn Camera BWC. To this day that is all that it is. The WORD of the Sheriff and District Attorney. There is NO EVIDENCE provided (AXON LOG RECORDS) to prove that statement to be TRUE. As a matter of Fact, the San Mateo County Counsel has done everything possible to make sure the AXON LOG RECORDS do not get released to the PUBLIC. Just ask John Ullom.
#4 Although the Deputies have said that they fired at Ms. Harmon form some distance away from her, certain pistol shell casing were found very near Ms. Harmon’s body. In addition there were inconsistencies in the location of casings recovered at the scene.
You wouldn’t know from reading Bullet point #4 that the subject was Tampering with Evidence at a Crime Scene. Specifically the moving of and placing 3 Pistol Shell Casings from one location to another.
This Tampering with Evidence at a Crime scene is kind of a Big Deal.
The 3 Pistol Shell Casings caused 2 Bullet Holes that was never mentioned in the Official reports. This alone changes the ENTIRE OFFICIAL REPORT.
During the City of Half Moon Bay Special Meeting held September 1, 2020, San Mateo County Sheriff Captain Saul Lopez gave his annual report to the Council. Part of his report included the Sheriff Activities League and all the efforts his Deputies had accomplished and how many children and families were impacted. After his presentation Councilman Harvey Rarback asked probably the most important question of the entire meeting. He asked Captain Saul Lopez if he could comment on the SAL financial situation?
That situation would be the DOJ Embezzlement and Laundering Investigation of Barbara Bonilla that has been going on for a long time. I was the only reporter to write about it on February 28, 2020 and at that time I could only report that Barbara Bonilla was escorted out of her office and was on administrative leave. Since that time we know she has quit the SMC Sheriff’s Office, which I still don’t know why, has been removed from the State & National PAL Organizations. To this day she has not been charged with any crime. I now know thanks to Sheriff Captain Saul Lopez that that Investigation by the Department of Justice is ongoing and he informed the council he was unable to comment on the subject.
My question to the Half Moon Bay City Council and the City Manager is this, What was the first date that Sheriff Captain Saul Lopez informed you that the Top Executive for the San Mateo County Sheriff Activity League was removed from her office and there is an Investigation ongoing. Was it before my article February 28, 2020? Did he ever report it to you?
The meeting also pointed out exactly how our system works, SAL interacts with children teaching them important life lessons and when one of the adults gets caught, the children learn how the system really works, the adults keep quiet, nobody talks about it. The entire council should put this subject on the agenda. Ask Captain Saul Lopez what did he know and when did he know it?
This might just be a First in San Mateo County History. They are Fundraising to find the right Candidate to replace SMC District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe in 2022.
Chinedu Valentine Okobi
As some of you know on October 3, 2018, Chinedu V. Okobi was killed by Six Sheriff Employees, One Sergeant, 4 Deputies and a Civilian CSO. December 31, 2018 Deputy Coroner Heather Diaz ruled the Manner of Death was a Homicide. There was No 911 call because Chinedu hadn’t committed ANY crime. He was simply walking on a sidewalk while Black.
March 1, 2019 Steve Wagstaffe notified the public that he would Not be filing any Criminal Charges against the Sergeant and four Deputies. He never investigated the sixth Sheriff Employee who was involved in the Homicide.
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.
As some of you know I personally requested Carlos G. Bolanos resign from San Mateo County Law Enforcement on May 14, 2007 Certified Mail.
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos has a bad habit of lying to the public. He has been doing that for a long, long time. San Mateo County Supervisors Warren Slocum, Don Horsley, Dave Pine, Dave Canepa and Carole Groom, County Counsel John Beiers, David Silberman, County Manager Mike Callagy are all fully aware of this and are not only fine with this fact but endorse this behavior.
Recently Sheriff Bolanos after 45 days released a video presentation of the Execution of Unarmed Sandra Harmon on May 5, 2020 7:25 PM at 845 Main Street Half Moon Bay, California. Sheriff Bolanos was quick to inform the public that she fired her shotgun at Deputy Dominguez who was taking cover behind his SUV Patrol Vehicle which was parked sideways right in front of her about 20 feet away. He reports to his sergeant that she fired two rounds which just happens to be all the shotgun holds which means it is now empty. Threat is diminished substantially. Adding to that threat downgrading is the fact that she no longer is in possession of the shotgun. At the 8:00 mark of the video provided to the pubic by Sheriff Bolanos you can hear Deputy Dominguez yell Put you hands up and see Unarmed Sandra Harmon with hers hands up and above head you can also hear FIVE shots being fired at her by 8:06 mark. Why?
Sheriff Bolanos is a master at misinformation, he and most of the media focus on Sandra Harmon Jay Walking & Reaching for an Empty Gun instead. If that sounds familiar it should Chinedu Okobi killed by 6 Sheriff Employees October 3, 2018. All violated their Oath refused to provide medical aide for more than 8 minutes and Lied about it.
San Mateo County Residents should ask Sheriff Bolanos What is your policy regarding a Deputy shooting at an Unarmed citizen? So far it is Kill Now Lie Later.
Sheriff Bolanos doesn’t mention it at all. He should RESIGN. Sheriff Bolanos tells us that Deputy Dominguez did not turn on his Body Camera for the conversation and shooting of Sandra Harmon. I might point out Deputy Dominguez has not said that. Deputy Dominguez went by himself to the motorhome with no body camera on is the story Carlos Bolanos is pushing. Why would a reasonable person believe that?
The good news is even if that were true, it really doesn’t matter because the In-Car Camera /Audio System will have recorded his conversation and we will be able to clearly hear the Shotgun Blasts. A reasonable person would expect to see damage to the patrol car with 2 rounds fired at a Deputy taking cover behind it less than 20 feet away.
What did Sergeant James E. Goulart recommend? What was the plan if he encountered the woman with a Shotgun, why was he alone?
That is exactly what happened when Yanira Serrano-Garcia was killed by Sheriff Deputy within 20 seconds of exiting his patrol vehicle. He was alone and No Plan. That 911 call was a Non Emergency Medial assistance call.
Chinedu Okobi’s Homicide by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees October 3, 2018 there was NO 911 call. No Plan
The use of Axon II Body Worn Cameras is intended to enhance the mission of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office by capturing contacts between members of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the public. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office issues Axon II Body Worn Cameras to members for use during the performance of their duties. Members who are assigned a Axon II Body Worn Camera shall wear the device when working uniformed assignments and will activate the Axon Body II Worn Camera as provided by this policy.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office equips marked patrol vehicles with an Axon in-car camera system. Members will use the Axon In-Car Camera System in conjunction with their Axon Body II Worn Cameras during the performance of their duties. Members who are assigned a marked Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle will use Axon In-Car Camera System as provided by the In-Car Camera System policy.
San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos finally releases some highly edited version of what they claim happened. Here is what a reasonable person would not see in this creation.
You do not see the body camera video of the FIRST Deputy who fired at her. You do NOT see Sandra Harmon firing her shotgun period. You do not hear her shotgun being fired.
This is why the residents should demand all videos be released the day of the event. Today 41 days after her death the Sheriff produces Video with no captions of who is shooting, how many shots for each Deputy. Not one Deputy used a lesser force while she was unarmed and several feet from the shotgun.
Why did Sheriff Bolanos star in this video? When Chinedu Okobi was killed by Six Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018, Sheriff Bolanos issued two False News Releases with about five false statements, Now he is staring and he knows the Video does Not show her shooting her gun, and how many shots were fired at her and missed when she was unarmed?
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.
Morning Michael. As this is a personnel matter, it would be inappropriate to comment. But I do appreciate you reaching out. Warren Warren Slocum San Mateo County Supervisor Proud to represent District 4@warrenslocum 650.363.4570
From: Michael Stogner <email@example.com> Sent: Friday, February 28, 2020 8:45:07 AM To: Warren Slocum <WSlocum@smcgov.org> Subject: Sheriff Activity League,
Hello Warren, 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?
Thank You, Michael G. Stogner San Mateo County News.com
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League
3151 Edison Way Redwood City, CA 94063 Office: 650-257-3400
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)
Think about this when you read the Nice description below about children and San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies, This goes back to when Supervisor Don Horsley was Sheriff of San Mateo County and had a Deputy Mary Koziol R.I.P. who worked as Resource Officer at Garfield Elementary School K-8 in Menlo Park. Her partner reported her sleeping with a female student at that school to SMCSO Sgt. Al Cantera who reported it to Victoria O’Brian who reported it to Sheriff Don Horsley, The results he had a talk with her, she didn’t stop he promoted her to Sgt.
Ask Supervisor Don Horsley what actions he took as Sheriff when he learned she was having sex with one of the female students? Remember K-8
SAL was founded in 1997 by former Sheriff Don Horsley with the purpose of strengthening relationships between youth, deputies, and communities to aid in the intervention and prevention of juvenile delinquency in San Mateo County through positive, dynamic programs. The program was in North Fair Oaks and had a small presence on the coast, serving approximately 1,000 youth per year. In 2009, former Sheriff Greg Munks expanded the SAL program to 12 locations throughout the county, increased deputy support and established a community policing substation that was a permanent home for SAL programs. The program grew to serve approximately 3,500 youth per year.
Today, under the leadership of Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, the SAL program continues to thrive and is serving over 11,000 youth per year in programs, presentations and special events throughout San Mateo County. In light of events in 2015, President Obama called for law enforcements agencies to engage in community policing to build relationships with their communities. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, thanks to our leadership, has been engaged in community policing practices for over 20 years and continues to be a progression organization that adapts to the needs of our communities.
Now S.A.L. is in the News again this time for Embezzlement of $500K-$800K. Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos says he expects the Attorney General of California to finish it’s Investigation within 3 weeks. When did the A.G. Office open it’s investigation?
The former Executive Director Barbara Bonilla was Escorted out of her office February 10, 2020 and placed on Administrative Leave. I wrote an article about it on February 28, 2020. She also was a top official with California PAL and National PAL.
Michael Stogner <firstname.lastname@example.org>To: Don Horsley Cc: Chris Hunter Thu, May 28 at 6:16 PM
Hello Don, I’m doing an update of my S.A.L Executive Director Barbara Bonilla being on Administrative Leave Story, that I wrote Feb 28, 2020. I was the only SMC Media to report it, Now I am updating it to include Embezzlement Allegations and others involved. I know you have known about this for almost 5 months. Would you like to make any comment at this time, When did you first became aware of it, did you report it to the A.G.? Are you aware of the Sheriff’s Office doing an internal Investigation? Do you think that is appropriate considering who is involved? Can you tell me what date Barbara Bonilla resigned? Her name is still on the website.
Thank You Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County News.com
Don Horsley chose not to answer any of my questions, He did make comments to HMBR reporter Libby Leyden, Horsley said “he was only aware that Bonilla was on administrative leave.”
I had to laugh when I read that because I would not have been able to write my article February 28, 2020 if it had not been for Supervisor Don Horsley talking about Embezzlement by Barbara Bonilla, and another individual that Don named which I will not name at this time.
The real story here is the hiding from the 750,000 SMC residents for 5 months an Embezzlement case. One of the main reasons to hide it is to make sure the guilty people are never charged. The coverup how many great corporations are involved with Sheriff Activities League. The money is stolen from the kids, how many prominent leaders in SMC knew for 5 months about the embezzlement and kept their mouths shout.
That is a Great Lesson to teach our children of San Mateo County.
October 18, 2019 Article about Chinedu Okobi Homicide by six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees. In response to questions about Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos issuing 3 News Releases 2 on October 3, 2018 and 1 on March 1, 2019 all containing False statements.
Supervisor Don Horsley said that he thinks that the sheriff’s office has been transparent through the investigation and was unconcerned that it took five months for the inaccurate information to be corrected.
“I think it was good of them to correct the statement,” he said.
The reality is Don Horsley was ok with the lies for 5 months and then He lied about them being corrected. Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos NEVER corrected the False statements he just Deleted it.
Update May 28, 2020 Barbara Bonilla was escorted out of her office in early February and she has resigned as Executive Director. The Website today still shows her as the Executive Director. The subject matter is Embezzlement.
San Mateo County Sheriff Activities League (SAL) Executive Director has been on Administrative Leave for the last 3 weeks.
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos
Barbara E. Bonilla was also Campaign Manager for Carlos G. Bolanos’s for Sheriff 2018
Message about the program from Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos
“The Sheriff’s Activities League is an extraordinary program! I have seen the impact and difference that SAL has made for the youth of San Mateo County. The effective approach that SAL provides our youth has been instrumental in keeping the kids in our community safe while building positive relationships between law enforcement and our youth.
The relationship and interaction that a law enforcement agency has with the community is vital to maintaining public safety in building a strong community. SAL is a key program that provides our youth with the necessary skills for success. I am passionate about investing in our youth because they are the future of our community.”
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos has not made one public comment about this NEWS.
Board of Supervisors President Warren Slocum told me today “As this is a personnel matter, it would be inappropriate to comment.”
Barbara Bonilla is a current Director for Redwood City Rotary Club.
This is a developing story I’ll post as I get it. When you see how many people are on the Board of Directors you can imagine how many have known this information for at least 3 weeks. No other News Media has provided the residents with this story.
Update March 12, 2020 LATIMES, Barbara Bonilla is Vice President of California PAL. The similarities with San Mateo County The failure to take action. This goes back to when Supervisor Don Horsley was Sheriff of San Mateo County and Sgt. Mary Koziol R.I.P. Garfield School Redwood City.
Santa Monica to settle child sex abuse cases
City Council approves $42.6-million payout in suits alleging lewd acts with teenage boys by a police volunteer.
ERIC ULLER killed himself after molestation charges were filed. (L.A. County Sheriff’s Department)
By Richard Winton
For decades, Eric Uller served as the Santa Monica Police Department’s technology wizard, overseeing street cameras, creating crime maps and advancing its computers. But many knew him better as an ever-present volunteer in the Police Activities League beginning in the 1980s, helping young boys in the predominantly Latino Pico area. He would give kids rides in his unmarked police car.
But two years ago, Los Angeles County Special Victims Unit detectives arrested Uller on suspicion of lewd acts with teenage boys. Uller died by suicide in November 2018 after being charged with molesting four boys. More victims came forward and the number rose to 23, with cases dating from 1989.
On Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council agreed to pay those victims $42.6 million to resolve the ensuing sexual abuse lawsuits that were filed against the city. The settlement also resolves a claim by a woman that she was abused by another PAL volunteer.
A judge will decide how much each of Uller’s alleged victims will receive.
“These are lifelong neighbors and dear friends. To these men, thank you for being brave and coming forward, not only for yourself but for standing up for others,” Councilwoman Ana Maria Jara said after the vote. “Our community and this council walks with you on this journey toward healing and justice. Please know that your community will continue to grow stronger and bind us together with the purpose of ensuring this never happens again.”
Uller’s position with the city and his role as a volunteer with the PAL — a nonprofit operated by the city — gave him access to teenage boys. Authorities allege he molested them in his car, and sometimes under the guise of taking them for medical exams at his father’s medical office. He sexually assaulted one boy for years in the 1980s and 1990s, authorities alleged.
“The Police Department and city had repeated warnings and reports of his horrendous behavior,” said David Ring, one of several attorneys representing the victims. “Uller as authority figure preyed on the most vulnerable young Latino boys.”
Several former city employees told Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives investigating the allegations that they reported Uller’s misconduct to their bosses, and one even described him as being able to use a police car with the knowledge of top officials.
Uller’s former boss, retired Lt. Greg Slaughter, told detectives he witnessed Uller driving young boys “all over town” and reported it to his bosses. Slaughter also told detectives that an investigation launched after child pornography was found on a Police Department communications center screen “led to Eric Uller,” the report said.
The failure to take action against Uller earlier has spurred outrage in the community.
The investigation has also renewed an enduring question over how Santa Monica, a liberal bastion of wealth, treats its less-privileged residents.
School board member Oscar de la Torre, in an opinion piece in the Santa Monica Daily Press, accused the city of ignoring reports and rumors about Uller for years.