Category Archives: Those Who Matter

Nine County Vote is pretty Un-Democratic.

If You Ain’t Got the Money, Don’t Cross the Bridge, Honey OR Close Your Eyes and Open Your Wallets

I get it. The more people we have come here the more dollars we need from taxpayers to pay for infrastructure. My issue is this: They told us they were going to build to create affordable housing, but then they need to increase costos and taxes everywhere to pay for the infrastructure. Toll Lanes. Bridge fare increases. All of this equates to gentrification. Even if you were one of the lucky few to obtain one of the few, true, affordable housing units they’re building, where will you find more money merely to exist here on a daily basis?  Kind of kills the thing that housing advocates are advocating for in the first place.

The other scary thing is that they are setting this up for a pretty Un-Democratic win. How? Last year was the very first year that they created a Nine County vote. (This happened to be for measure AA.) You no longer need to get a majority vote per County if you do it this way. You only need to get a majority vote with all nine counties combined. It removes power from the voters. In order to ensure all of this taxation that is coming down the pike, get ready to see Nine County votes on a regular basis.

Removing voter power and continuing new taxation is a win for our politicians. The money spent to sell you on every single tax and measure that comes down the pike is a immense. One gigantic advertisement. Perhaps we should start asking where has the money gone? All of the money we have given already? All of the money you promised would go toward the things you are bringing up new taxes for? I think some are starting to take the blinders off and ask these questions. These Nine County votes are a technique to quiet you.

Two valid concerns they hope you won’t pay attention to. Just close your eyes and open your wallet.

Lisa Taner

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San Mateo County News.com says Thank You Ronald Pierce for this information.

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Hillsbrough resident Zain Jaffer arrested for Child Abuse, including a charge of oral copulation of a person under 10, assault, and attempted murder.

By Michael Stogner & Sarah Navratil

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe recommended bail be $300,000 Why was it set so low? He was arrested October 15, 2017 at 4 AM. The first print media to cover this important story was the SFGate 5 days later. D.A. Steve Wagstaffe has a daily e-mail of what he considers Newsworthy that he sends to his special reporters. This story did not make that list, Why?

He was the CEO of Vungle on October 15, 2017 the day he was arrested. Now he is former CEO of Vungle.

The alleged victim’s were his 1 and 3 year old children. His own father called the police.

The attempted murder charge was dropped before the media even heard about this case, what was the hurry? Charges dropped in a couple of days? I know in the Political Prosecution case of a former Sheriff Deputy Juan Lopez who made a mistake and ran for Sheriff, He has had NO Charges dropped in 4 years, none.

Zain Jaffe’s attorney is Daniel Olmos of Nolan, Barton, Bradford, Olmos LLP of Palo Alto.

 

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California State Bar, Dumpster Fire.

The California State Bar just had a Dumpster Fire, What was in it and what caused the fire?

Jane Q and John Q

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Filed under Board of Supervisors, California Bar Association, Carlos G. Bolanos, Carole Groom, Dave Canepa, Dave Pine, Don Horsley, Prosecutorial Misconduct, San Mateo County, San Mateo County News, San Mateo County Superior Court, Steve Wagstaffe, Those Who Matter, Warren Slocum

SMC DDA Melissa KcKowan gets Public Reproval with/duties effective August 31, 2017

The Sate Bar case number 13-0-13293 has issued a public reproval with/duties. She was charged with 2 counts of dishonesty. Think about it San Mateo County has a prosecutor who is dishonest. Now think about this her two bosses Steve Wagstaffe and Karen Guidotti have known that for several years. What does that say about the entire District Attorney’s Office. What does it say about the 7 businesses that look and act like Newspapers, all 7 refused to notify the 780,000 residents of the charges and the first trial date of April 17, 2017. 2 papers refused to allow me to blog about it.

San Mateo Daily Journal

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Filed under Board of Supervisors, California Bar Association, Carole Groom, Dave Canepa, Dave Pine, DDA Melissa McKowan, Don Horsley, John Beiers, John Maltbie, Prosecutorial Misconduct, San Mateo County, San Mateo County Clerk to Supervisors, San Mateo County Manager, San Mateo County News, San Mateo County Superior Court, Steve Wagstaffe, Those Who Matter, Victim's Advocate, Warren Slocum

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors give $350,000 of Measure A money to Samtrans to “Educate the Public”

By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil

Measure A was promoted to assure the public that Critical Services would continue. We are not sure how giving Jim Hartnett $350,000 to pay for outreach to see what is needed to pass a Tax Measure in November 2018 has to do with critical services. One of the speakers in favor of this terrible idea was Jim Hartnett’s wife, Rosanne Foust representing SAMCEDA. If the Supervisors had any interest in honesty or transparency they would have acknowledged that relationship upfront. SAMTRANS is spending a total of $650,000 for the Education Campaign. This is the same organization that had several accountants meet with the District Attorney’s Office to report that they were ordered to commit fraud, They told the DA where to find $2.5M and he did find it exactly where they said it was. The idea that Taxpayer money would be used against Taxpayers to pass another Tax Measure is typical for San Mateo County. The 2012 Grand Jury warned the public it’s leaders were misleading them, it’s now up to them.

SamTrans has hired two consulting firms to help with outreach and creating a technical as well as stakeholder working groups leading up to the November 2018 election. What’s not in this group is the residents of San Mateo County who will be paying for this and who’s Quality of Life is being destroyed.

Jim Hartnett’s wife Rosanne Foust SAMCEDA

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SMCHD Commissioner Sabrina Brennan not allowed to speak as a Private Citizen. Here is the real reason.

Sabrina Brennan has done it again, she has demonstrated that she looks out for the close to 800,000 residents and taxpayers of San Mateo County. She was concerned and she had good reason to be concerned. She was Not allowed to speak as a Private Citizen at the meeting, Here is her letter.

Dear Mayor Gupta, President Mattusch, Mr. Futrell and Mr. McGrath, 

 
I’m concerned about public safety and the safety of Harbor District employees.  
 
On Wednesday, Oyster Point Marina fuel system hazards were not discussed during a Special Meeting held at South San Francisco City Hall at 2:00pm. The meeting was specifically about the attached Draft Agreement.
 
The fuel system appears to be in extreme disrepair. As you know the fuel system is located in an area exposed to significant flooding. Please see the attached photo. 
 
The public and the unidentified people currently operating the fuel system are unaware of the safety concerns raised in the attached May 26, 2017 Fuel Dock Condition Assessment.
 
For years Drake Marine operated the fuel system at Oyster Point. Jim Drake sub-leased from Oyster Point Development. On Wednesday, I learned from Mike Futrell that the Drake Marine lease has been terminated. However some people are still operating the Fuel System at Oyster Point Marina.  I’m not sure who these people are but they don’t appear to work for Oyster Point Development (the current lease holder), the City of South San Francisco, or the SMC Harbor District.  
 
Who is providing oversight for the fuel system operation?  
 
Yesterday, I learned that the City of South San Francisco has performed a number of Fuel System inspections at Oyster Point. It’s my understanding that the Harbor District requested the inspection reports some time ago and has some of them but not the most recent inspection report. I would like to read all fuel system inspection reports including the most recent report. Please provide them unredacted. 
 
Yesterday, I also learned that Steven Miller, general counsel for the Harbor District sent a strongly worded letter regarding concerns about the fuel system at Oyster Point.  Please provide Miller’s letter unredacted.
Sincerely,
Sabrina Brennan

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Filed under Board of Supervisors, Carole Groom, Dave Canepa, Dave Pine, David Silberman, Don Horsley, John Beiers, John Maltbie, Letters to Editors, Sabrina Brennan, San Mateo County, San Mateo County Harbor District, San Mateo County News, Tax Payer's Advocate, Those Who Matter, Uncategorized, Victim's Advocate, Warren Slocum