Category Archives: Those Who Matter

Mark D. Melville for Sheriff 2018

It’s Time for Change

Mark Melville is a San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy who is running against his boss Carlos Bolanos who was illegally appointed on July 12, 2016 by 3 Supervisors when it wasn’t on the agenda. Had the Supervisors opened the appointment process Mark would have applied in a minute.

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San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Melissa McKowan Trial Dates changed to August 15-18, 2017.

The State Bar of California has charged her with 2 counts of Dishonesty. That sounds shocking enough all by itself, This is not the first time the Bar has investigated her for this same behavior. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe and Deputy Chief Karen Guidotti have also Investigated her for the same allegations and she was dishonest in her responses to Guidotti.

The Question is How is she still employed by San Mateo County?

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San Mateo County Harbor District’s Closed Door Session ended before it could start.

June 5, 2017 6:30PM El Granada, California The District had scheduled a closed door session to discuss the Bankruptcy of Cartel Management/Titians of Maverick and its impact on the District who had issued a 5 year permit.

Commissioners Edmundo Larenas and Sabrina Brennan refused to attend if attorney Steve Miller was going to attend. Robert Bernardo and Virginia Chang Kiraly were ok with it, WHY?

Hanson Bridgett LLP the law firm representing the District was the cause of the abrupt but not unexpected ending before the start of the closed meeting. There were two members of the public who spoke during the public comment section. I Michael G. Stogner spoke to inform the District that I had filed a criminal complaint with the District Attorneys Office on May 8, 2017 that covered the vote to issue a 5 year permit was illegal, the Commissioners were notified that Discussion of the permit was on the agenda and only the discussion, 2 of the Commissioners understood that and complied one recused himself and one abstained. The other three made a motion and voted for something that wasn’t on the agenda which means the public had no idea this might happen. This happens more often than you would think in San Mateo County. The Supervisors did it on July 12, 2016 agenda Item 7 for example. The difference was the District’s attorney and Manager clearly informed the Commissioners that they were there that night to Discuss the subject of a 5 year permit. Part of my comment identified Hanson Bridgett LLP as being 100% responsible for all cost to the taxpayers for any expense related to the 5 year permit because they allowed the 3 Commissioners to create this permit that night knowing it was wrong.

The other public comment was by John Ullom who told them “I told you so.”

John and I were the only members of the public who attended the meeting.

Virginia Chang Kiraly closed the meeting as Sabrina Brennan tried to read a letter into the record. VCK would not allow it, she knew what was going to be read because she had received a copy of the letter earlier.

At issue is the fact that Hanson Bridgett LLP is the cause of the 5 year permit existing in the first place. There are several legal issues because of that and 2 Commissioners see the obvious Conflict of Interest in allowing Hanson Bridgett LLP to attend the closed session meeting.

Hanson Bridgett LLP should be terminated Immediately and all costs related to the 5 year permit should be recovered.

Legal counsel is the public’s safety net when elected official want to do something illegal. They are there to guide the elected officials. That did not happen in this case.

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Griffin Guess Cancels Auction to sell San Mateo County Harbor District Permit.

Griffin Guess owner of Cartel Management Inc, & Titians of Mavericks has canceled the Auction that was set for June 7, 2017. The reason given was there was not one buyer who would put up the $50,000 deposit with a $1,000,000 min. bid.

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San Mateo County’s Biggest Misconduct Case. Former Deputy Juan P. Lopez has just switched attorneys. Tony Serra has replaced Stuart Hanlon.

The reason I call this the biggest Misconduct case is it involves, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and County Counsel Office all conspiring to harm Juan P. Lopez.

It has been almost 3 years since District Attorney told the public Juan Lopez was involved in smuggling a cell phone and drugs to a gang member in his jail cell. To this day there is NO EVIDENCE of that being true.

 

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SMC Open House by MTC & ABAG Meeting May 4, 2017

San Mateo County Open House Sequoia High School

Multi-Purpose Room

1201 Brewster Avenue

Redwood City

Thursday, May 4

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Mateo Daily Journal Article

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Where does a Senior apply for San Mateo County’s affordable Housing?

According to the Yes on K. Neighbors for Affordability and Quality of Life with major funding by Seton Medical Center and MidPen Housing Corp. FPPC#1387689 flyer.

County of San Mateo Measure K

To ensure San Mateo County Quality of life by retaining/improving critical facilities/services such as: Providing affordable homes for Seniors.

Where do Seniors apply? Not online on the County’s website, Why?

Do you just have to be a Senior?

Who is the contact person responsible for the applications? What is the qualification process?

I asked Supervisor Dave Pine these questions, He referred me to Michelle Durand Chief Spokesperson for San Mateo County, she answered

“The County does not have a waiting list for affordable housing.”

Here is a list of hoops to jump through.

Affordable Senior Housing

How to Find Affordable Senior Housing in San Mateo County

You may be eligible for affordable senior housing if you are at least 62 years old (or almost 62), can live independently, and are on a fixed income or have an annual income that is no more than 80% of the current Area Median Income.

1) Get a Complete List of Affordable Senior Housing

Find the list of “Affordable Rental Housing” from the Department of Housing (DOH) and look for developments that are listed as senior housing. 

2) Expect to Join Waiting Lists

Because there is not enough affordable housing for all the seniors in the County, you may need to join waiting lists instead of finding housing immediately. You may join as many waiting lists as you want, however, the more lists you join, the higher the chance that you will find something sooner rather than later. 

3) Make Lots of Phone Calls
  1. Using the list of affordable housing in the County, call the contacts (usually the property manager) for senior housing developments that you are interested in to find out about their eligibility requirements and waiting lists. 
  2. Call affordable housing developers who have senior developments in San Mateo County. Ask them if they have any open waiting lists at their existing properties; ask if they are building any new projects that will be accepting applications in the future; also ask about joining their “keep informed” list for future projects. 
  3. Call city housing staff to ask if they know of any new senior developments in their city that might be accepting applications in the future; also ask if it is possible to be put on a “keep informed” list for future projects. 
4) Consider other Options
  • ƒHousing Authority Programs – The Department of Housing home page (www.smchousing.org) contains the most up to date information.  Visit often to find out waiting list information or other housing opportunities. 
  • Shared Housing – One of the programs funded by DOH is a home-sharing program through HIP Housing that matches home providers that have an extra room or a separate unit available to a home seeker who is looking for a place to live. Click here for more information on the home sharing program.  

Waiting List Closed

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