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San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy.

Yesterday July 5, 2018 the Board of Supervisors announced Mike Callagy is the next County Manager.

Here are his qualifications.

Callagy joined San Mateo County as one of three deputy county managers in 2013 after a 29-year career with the San Mateo Police Department where he ran day-to-day operations and retired as the deputy chief. In 2016, he was named assistant county manager. He holds a law degree from Santa Clara University, a Bachelor of Arts and master’s degree in public administration from the College of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in homeland defense and security from the Naval Postgraduate School.

San Mateo County Leaders always say this: “The Board selected Callagy after a nationwide recruitment and several rounds of interviews.”

John Maltbie’s 2017 pay & benefit total compensation was $597,524.82

You can be sure Mr. Callagy’s will be close to that plus remember he is retired police officer with 29 years so he will be close to $700,000 per year as a double dipper.

San Mateo County Manager Position is a very powerful position (purse strings) and Clerk to the Supervisors (sets the Agenda Items like #7 on July 12, 2016), similar to the Sheriff, and the District Attorney Office. The difference being the public is responsible for voting on the Sheriff and District Attorney.

Mike Callagy “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this great organization with a Board of Supervisors that is dedicated to seeing its constituents thrive and that supports our committed County employees who are making positive impacts to all who live, work and visit here,”  That sounds like a Chamber of Commerce and the San Mateo Daily Journal motto.

Question for the residents of San Mateo County,

How many of you knew about the Nationwide Recruitment effort to fill the County Manager Position? How many public meetings were held? How many members of the public made comment?

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By Michael G. Stogner

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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.

By Michael G. Stogner

 

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San Mateo County’s 2018-19 Property Assessment Roll Reaches Record High after Seventh Consecutive Year of Growth

Roll Value Increases by 8% to $222.5 billion

(Redwood City, CA) San Mateo County Assessor Mark Church today announced the county’s Property Assessment Roll increased year-over-year by $16.5 billion, or 8.03%, to a record high of over $222.5 billion in assessed value, again setting a new milestone for the county.

“2017 marked another year of substantial roll growth for San Mateo County,” said Church.  “The combined assessment roll has increased nearly 60% in the last eight years alone.  This is the seventh consecutive year in which a new historical high has been set.”

“Commercial construction, major property transfers, and a continued strong residential market have all contributed to the roll’s significant increase,” Church added.  “With the lowest unemployment rate in the state and continued growth of the labor force, San Mateo County’s local economy is amongst the strongest in the nation.”

San Mateo County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state for the fourth consecutive year, at 1.9%, according to the California Employment Development Department.

“Our strong job market and economic growth continue to push the demand higher for housing and commercial space,” said Church.  “As has been the case for several years now, the high demand and the inventory shortage in every sector of real estate, are the driving forces behind escalating real estate values and rents throughout the county, resulting in another record-breaking assessment roll for the county.”

The 2018-19 Property Assessment Roll reflects consistent growth throughout the County.  Total assessed values increased in all 20 cities and unincorporated areas, with increases ranging from 3.98% to as high as 11.4%.  The County’s unincorporated areas, which include San Francisco International Airport (SFO), experienced a growth rate of 6.06%.

 

The top 5 cities in percentage growth are:

·       East Palo Alto (+11.40%)

·       Daly City (+11.33%)

·       South San Francisco (+11.13%)

·       Menlo Park (+11.06%)

·       Brisbane (+10.78%)

The shared property tax funding base is approximately 1% of the county’s Property Assessment Roll and will thus increase to $2.22 billion.  Approximately 45% of revenue is allocated to schools within the county, 25% to the County, 18% to cities, 10% to special districts, and 2% to former redevelopment agencies.  “The county’s share will be 25%, or approximately $556 million, an increase of $41 million over last year,” noted Church.

The Property Assessment Roll is the assessed value of all properties as of January 1 each year, and reflects changes in ownership, new construction, value declines, and value restorations from the previous January 1.  The Property Assessment Roll is composed of two sections, the Secured Roll and the Unsecured Roll.  When combined, the two sections are referred to as the Combined Roll.

 

SECURED ROLL

The Secured Roll represents nearly 95% of the total Assessment Roll and includes 221,355 commercial and residential real properties.  This year, the Secured Roll increased to $211 billion, an increase of over $16 billion, or 8.2% more than 2017-18, reflecting continued economic growth in the county.

The growth of the San Mateo County Secured Roll is primarily due to the following factors:

·       Increased Values in the Local Real Estate Market.  Sales and changes in ownership totaled $7.2 billion, which is 45% of this year’s Secured Roll increase.

The median price of an existing single-family home in San Mateo County was $1,770,000 as of April 2018, according to the California Association of Realtors.  This is the highest median home price in the state and is an increase of 18% over the previous year, topping San Francisco County for the second consecutive year.

·       New Commercial Development.  Major commercial projects in the county, consisting of 80,000 square feet or more, accounted for more than 1.1 million square feet of new development coming to market in fiscal year 2017- 2018.  Another 18.7 million square feet are under construction, 9.4 million square feet have planning approval, and 28.8 million square feet are under review.  In all, 56.9 million square feet of new construction remain to be built.  Approximately 5.5 million square feet of new construction have been completed in the last three years.

Top 5 Cities for New Commercial Development

 

The following cities have the greatest amount of square footage of new commercial development, consisting of projects that are 80,000 square feet or more, that are either pending, approved, or under construction:

·       Redwood City – 12.9 million square feet

·       Menlo Park –  9.7 million square feet

·       South San Francisco –  8.8 million square feet

·       Brisbane –  8 million square feet

·       San Mateo – 5 million square feet

Growth in the technology and life science sectors continues to drive the demand in office, housing, hotel and retail.  Completed projects include the Marriot Springhill Suites in Belmont, Serramonte Center Phase I in Daly City, Gellert Market Place in Daly City, Belle Haven affordable housing and Greystar Haven apartments in Menlo Park, One Marina Hotel in Foster City, The Cove Hotel Marriot in South San Francisco, and Bay Meadows Station 4 in San Mateo.

Office development owned and leased by Facebook was the largest driver of increased assessment in Menlo Park, accounting for over $700 Million of new construction. These and other projects and transfers helped drive a significant increase in the combined roll value in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

In the north-county areas, South San Francisco, Brisbane, and Daly City have all seen substantial increases due, in part, to construction of life science projects such as The Cove, and expansions by Genentech and Prologis.

·       Restoration of Assessed Value: Proposition 8/Decline in Value Program.  The Proposition 8/Decline in Value Program provides property tax relief to property owners when the market value of a property falls below its assessed value.  The number of residential properties qualifying for the Proposition 8/Decline in Value Program has dropped significantly from 34,700 properties in FY 2011-12 to 488 properties in FY 2017-18.  On the commercial side, only 53 properties remain in the program from a high of 604 properties in FY 2012-13.

Over the next few days, approximately 2,088 property owners enrolled in the program will be mailed their 2018-19 Assessed Value Notices, with about 787 being fully restored to their factored base-year (Prop 13) values.

·       Annual Inflation Factor.  Proposition 13, which governs property taxation in California, ties the annual inflation factor to the California Consumer Price Index (CCPI) issued by the California Industrial Relations Board and limits annual inflation increases to no more than 2%.  This year an annual inflation factor of 2% was applied to the 2017-18 assessed value of all real property that did not have a change in ownership or any new construction during 2017.

 

Foreclosures

There were 55 Trustee’s Deeds recorded in calendar year 2017, a 36% decrease from the 86 recorded in 2016.  Notice of Defaults decreased 11% from 524 in 2016 to 465 in 2017, continuing the downward trend in defaults since the high of 5,058 in 2009.

“Foreclosure activities continued to decline, another important indicator of the strength of the current market,” said Church.

 

UNSECURED ROLL

The Unsecured Roll comprises approximately 5% of the Property Assessment Roll and includes the valuations of business/personal property and possessory interests (leased government property).  This year, the Unsecured Roll increased to $11.4 billion in assessed value, an increase of more than $546 million or 5.05% more than 2016-17.  Most of the Unsecured Roll is personal property, which typically depreciates and is not limited to an inflationary value increase, as is real property on the Secured Roll.

PROPOSITION 13 – 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Church noted that 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978.  Proposition 13 changed California real property assessment from a system based on “current fair market value” to one based on “transaction value,” factored annually for inflation.  It was a reaction, in part, to the perception that elderly people were losing their homes due to rapidly increasing property taxes.

“Prop 13 is still controversial after 40 years and has seen many challenges, including recent proposals to split the roll and assess commercial and residential properties differently,” said Church.  “Despite the growth limitations embodied in Prop 13, it is interesting to note that this year’s roll increase of $16.5 billion is larger than the entire assessment roll of $14.8 billion in 1978 when Prop 13 was passed,” he added.

Addenda:

 

Local Combined Roll – Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Local Secured Roll – Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Local Unsecured Roll – Fiscal Year 2018-2019

2018 Residential Decline in Value Summary

Graph of Historical Combined Property Assessment Roll Values, 2008 through 2018

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MARK CHURCH

Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

& Chief Elections Officer

555 County Center

Redwood City, CA 94063

650.363.4988

650.363.1903 fax

www.smcacre.org

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San Mateo County Elections Office Vault.

Per our observer,

Yesterday June 12, 2018 he asked staff what was in the vault. The response surprised him and might you also. Ballots for the Super Wealthy, San Mateo County Sheriff Office Deputies who are undercover, Witness Protection & Celebrity status was the answer.

You may recall in 2013 uncounted ballots were discovered in a vault at SMC elections office.

Mark Church has never notified the public of how many ballots his office received as of June 5, 6, 7, & 8. He only published votes tallied. This is not the way to give the residents confidence in the system. On June 5, 2018 at 8:05 PM he published the votes that he had been receiving since May 7, 2018. Mr. Church should have published how many ballots he had received as of June 5 that would establish the base, and every hour after that publish the additional ballots received. That would help with public trust.

As it turns out on June 6, 2018 Mr. Church tells an advertising business SMDJ that 70,496 ballots remain to be counted. That same day he tells a blogger Mark Simon that there are 45,000-50,000 ballots remain to be counted. Mr. Church could have avoided this by publishing this information on the County’s website. Mr. Church refused to respond to my e-mail regarding this very subject.

Yesterdays update added 21,235 ballots counted, that translates to 4,371 counted per day, based on that performance it will take 9 more days to count the remaining ballots of 40,000 if that is the real number, who knows? Mr. Church is not telling the public.

“The problem with taking so much time to announce results is it creates an impression of a botched election.” Brent Turner

Note: Write-In Candidates results will be published June 20, 2018 there is no mention of them at all on the County’s website.

SJMN Ballots in Vault 2013

SMDJ 70,496 Ballots Article updated

Lopez didn’t receive ballot told Vote was cancelled.

By Michael G. Stogner

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San Mateo County’s 70,496 Uncounted Votes as of Wednesday June 6, 2018

Chief Elections Officer Mark Church said officials had yet to count 70,496 votes as of Wednesday night.

Now the next question: What is that number for Thursday night and Friday night?

Why isn’t that information available on the County’s website.

Mark Simon of Political Climate reported this on June 6, 2018 : “County elections chief Mark Church told Political Climate this morning there could be as many as 45,000-50,000 ballots that have yet to be counted.

That is a 25,000 ballot difference and that is only to Wednesday.

This election was not the normal election, the residents have been misinformed by most of the Advertising Businesses through their endorsement pieces and most elected officials endorsed Carlos Bolanos for Sheriff when they should have investigated and fired him in 2007. The last few days of this election most likely had voters who voted for Mark Melville after they became aware of the truth about the night of April 21, 2007.

Time will tell.

Thank You to all the candidates who made themselves available to the residents of San Mateo County both on the ballot and the Write In Candidates.

By Michael G. Stogner

 

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UnderSheriff Trisha Sanchez Retired.

San Mateo County UnderSheriff Trisha Sanchez has retired as of June 6, 2018. That was 30 years to the day she started with the Sheriff’s Office. She was the first woman to serve as assistant sheriff in the Sheriff’s Office 150-year history. That also just happened to be  just one day after the election for Sheriff which looks like her boss Carlos Bolanos might be the elected Sheriff. There are still 70,000 votes to be counted. Trisha Sanchez was in Las Vegas on April 21, 2007 when her 2 bosses were caught and detained as customers of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including at least one child. She was also the decoy in a Sheriff Office Prostitution Sting in Redwood City in 1993 which netted San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie as a customer.

Best of Health and Luck to Trisha Sanchez in your retirement.

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San Mateo County Election Results.

It’s been almost 48 hours since the polls closed and the elections office does not have any results from Election Day.  Here are the results from mail in and early voting. There are still 70,000 votes not posted yet.

Election Results

by Michael G. Stogner

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