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Supervisor David Canepa asks Questions the other Supervisors don’t want to know the answers too.

By Michael G. Stogner

SMC Supervisor David Canepa

Yesterday April 19, 2022 at the Board of Supervisor Meeting Agenda Item 12 was titled Surplus Safety Equipment, This item was put on the Agenda at the request of Supervisor Canepa at the last meeting.

None of the remaining Supervisors had any questions about the Deliberate well planned moving of $10M of PPE purchased with FEMA monies from the secured location at the San Mateo County Event Center in September 2021.

Through Supervisor Canepa’s skilled questioning technique he was able to get answers to these questions.

Possible liability of San Mateo County having to Refund the $10,000,000.00 to the Federal Government.

The monthly expense of $23,000 per month now for the storage of the PPE in 5 locations.

Mike Callagy is thinking of Building a Wharehouse to store the FEMA funded PPE.

The Dr. Jim Lianides/Mike Callagy/Staff and possibly other word crafters “Progress Report” which was supposed to be an “Independent Investigation.”

San Mateo County Executive Mike Callagy said at the 2:58:25 mark “I think there was things in the Report that were Inaccurate that need to be Cleaned Up.” “That those changes did take place.”

That means that That Mike Callagy and his TEAM word crated the Dr. Jim Lianides Report. All FIVE San Mateo County Supervisors were cool with that.

April 19, 2022 BOS Meeting

How many of the 760,000 SMC Residents knew about Agenda Item 12 yesterday?

Not mentioned was James Brown President of the Wine Country Marines of Sonoma.

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San Mateo County PPE Scandal.

By Michael G. Stogner

Photo taken in November 2021

The Five Supervisors of San Mateo County don’t want the residents/voters to know the Truth about the More than $10M of PPE purchased with Federal Grants FEMA according to James Brown President of the Wine Country Marines of Sonoma.

On January 13, 2022 Mike Callagy County Manager and Supervisor David Canepa, Candidate for Congress, both high ranking San Mateo County Government Officials told ABC 7 News Investigative Reporter/Journalist Dan Noyes who broke the story that they didn’t know anything about the More than $10,000,000.00 of PPE that was moved out of the SMC Event Center. They both were QUICK to identify this as a MISTAKE, and they had NO Idea how this happened, “They were calling in the Marines” and an Independent Investigation was going to be ordered to make sure this never happened again. Notice the Investigation was not meant to identify How many San Mateo County Employees knew about this and for how long.

Here is one of Mike Callagy’s employees who knew in September: Iliana Rodriguez,

I offer these 2 e-mails as a start, this is getting close to answer the question, Who Ordered the More than $10M of PPE to be moved from the secure and protected building at San Mateo County Event Center in September 2021?

Iliana Rodriquez works for Mike Callagy

Iliana Rodriquez Deputy County Executive

From: Steve Perich sperich@smcec.co Sent: Monday, September 27, 2021 3:49 PM To: Iliana Rodriguez IRodriguez@smcgov.org Cc: Dana Stoehr dstoehr@smcec.co; Avinesh Pal apal@smcec.co

Subject: PPE Update
Hi Iliana,
As you probably are aware, all PPE has been moved out of Fiesta Hall and is currently stored in a fenced area between Gates 9 & 10.
The Red Cross was only able to take the 10 adjustable hospital beds (MASH type). Their storage area was not large enough to accommodate the remaining five bariatric beds nor the five “home style” hospital beds, all of which are in the outdoor storage area.
The plan is to move as much as possible into Sequoia Hall after the SaaStr Conference, to protect it from the elements. The would require the County to rent Sequoia Hall as it would be filled with PPE.
The following items would be relocated first. If any space remains, we will move the most useful of the remaining into Sequoia. Masks Gloves Beds
All remaining FMS items and empty containers Bleach
Please let me know if you are in agreement with the above.

Thanks, Steve

Next day September 28, 2022 e-mail confirms 5 people knew about it

Jas Sandar Linked in page

From: Iliana Rodriguez Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7:59 AM PDTTo: Steve Perich sperich@smcec.coCC: Dana Stoehr dstoehr@smcec.co; Avinesh Pal apal@smcec.co; Jas Sandhar jsandhar@smcgov.org Subject: RE: PPE Update
Hi Steve, I am in agreement.

Thank you much for all your help. Iliana

Iliana Rodriguez Deputy County Manager County Manager’s Office400 County Center, 1st Floor Redwood City, CA 94063 Phone l 650-363-4130Email l irodriguez@smcgov.org

Why didn’t Scott Johnson, Iliana Rodriquez, Jas Sandhar, Dana Stoerh, Steve Perch, Avinesh Pal, come forward on January 13, 2022 and simply tell the truth?

April 19, 2022 BOS Meeting Agenda Item 12: Update Surplus Safety Equipment aka $10,000,000+ PPE at San Mateo County Event Center. The Government provided this Press Release about the meeting.

County of San Mateo Board Meeting Update: April 19, 2022

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  • San Mateo County <sanmateocounty@service.govdelivery.com>To:michaelgstogner@yahoo.comTue, Apr 19 at 2:09 PMActions from today’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting.county of san mateo newsThe San Mateo County Board of Supervisors met via videoconference April 19, 2022. Below are the results of selected items on the agenda: HOUSING
    • Adopt a resolution authorizing the County Executive, or Director of Department of Housing as designee, to execute a Memorandum of Understanding between the County of San Mateo and the City of East Palo Alto for due diligence activities regarding a potential real property exchange.
    The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt the resolution. See Regular Agenda, Item No. 7, for more information. SHERIFF
    • Introduction of an uncodified ordinance approving a Military Equipment Use Policy for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.
    The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the introduction of an uncodified ordinance with Supervisor Warren Slocum dissenting. See Regular Agenda, Item No. 8, for more information.TREASURER
    • Adopt a resolution approving the amended 2022 San Mateo County Investment Policy Statement.
    The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to adopt the resolution with Supervisor David Canepa dissenting. See Regular Agenda, Item No. 9, for more information.BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
    • Introduction of an ordinance amending section 3.53.030 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to add an exception to the prohibition on firearm possession on County Property, permitting a person to possess a firearm for the purpose of immediately turning in that firearm to the San Mateo County Sheriff or any person or persons designated by the Sheriff at a County-sanctioned firearm buyback event taking place on that County Property, and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety
    The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the introduction of an ordinance. See Regular Agenda, Item No. 11, for more information.HOUSING
    • Adopt a resolution:
    • A) Approving and adopting a form resolution from the State Department of Housing and Community Development, authorizing the County’s application to the Homekey Program for funding in a total amount not to exceed $22,074,495 to cover capital and operating expenses for a 53-unit hotel in the City of San Mateo (“Project”); and
    • B) Authorizing an allocation of up to $10,396,410 in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds, or other funds as determined by the County Executive, as a match of local funds from the County required by the Homekey Program, in the event the County’s application for funds from the Homekey Program for the Project is approved.
    The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt the resolution. See Consent Agenda, Item No. 32, for more information.
    •  Measure K: Adopt a resolution:
    • A) Authorizing and directing the Director of the Department of Housing, or designee, to execute an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Alta Housing Corporation (“Alta”) to afford the parties sufficient time to negotiate the terms of a Ground Lease Agreement and all documents evidencing and securing a predevelopment loan related to the operation and management of a permanent affordable housing development for homeless individuals and households/families or those who are at risk of homelessness (“project”) on County property located at 1818 EL Camino Real in Redwood City; and
    • B) Authorizing and directing the Director of the Department of Housing, or designee, in consultation with County Attorney, to negotiate and execute a Ground Lease Agreement and all documents evidencing and securing a predevelopment loan, in a total amount not to exceed $1,500,000 in Measure K funds, with Alta housing corporation, to cover costs associated with the operation and management of the subject property; and
    • C) Authorizing the Director of the Department of Housing, or designee, to execute contract amendments, which modify the County’s maximum fiscal obligation by no more than $25,000 (in aggregate).
    The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt the resolution. See Consent Agenda, Item No. 33, for more information.Videos are generally made available the same day as the board meeting unless delayed due to technical issues.

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The Wine Country Marines are excited to announce a partnership with the San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management.

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County News.com is also requesting the Partnership Agreement mentioned above.

January 12, 2022 San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management DEM Director Daniel Belville who works directly for Mike Callagy communicated with James Brown President of Wine Country Marines out of Sonoma. The next day January 13, 2022 at 6:00 PM the WCM posted on their Facebook page:

WINECOUNTRYMARINES.ORG
Large Donation of PPE
The Wine Country Marines are excited to announce a partnership with the San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management. Specifically, the County DEM has graciously donated to the Wine Country Marines a very large supply of excess inventory of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that they were p…

PPE Donation to Community Organizations
Time & Location
Jan 25, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
San Mateo, California

On January 17, 2022 I requested a copy of the Document for Donation of $10M PPE to Wine Country Marines James Brown.

From: Michael Stogner michaelgstogner@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10:55 AM
To: Michelle Durand mdurand@smcgov.org
Subject: Document for Donation of $10M PPE to Wine Country Marines James Brown
CAUTION: This email originated from outside of San Mateo County. Unless you recognize the sender’s email address and know the content is
safe, do not click links, open attachments or reply.

Hello Michelle,
I hope things are going well for you.
Could you please send me a copy of the Donation agreement to Wine County Marines, James Brown mentioned on his Facebook page January 13, 2022 6:00 PM
The Wine Country Marines are excited to announce a partnership with the San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management. Specifically, the County DEM has graciously donated to the Wine Country Marines a very large supply of excess inventory of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that they were provided by FEMA, to be shared with the community at large.

Thank You, Stay Safe
Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County News.com


Caiti Busch <cbusch@smcgov.org>

To: Michael Stogner

Cc: Jennifer Stalzer

Thu, Apr 14 at 5:02 PM

Mr. Stogner, 

There was no written agreement between the County and Wine Country Marines that predates the January 27, 2022 agreement I produced to you.  There was no written agreement prior to January 13, 2022 at 6PM, and there is no separate Financial Agreement.  Because Mr. Brown is not a County employee, I cannot know what he meant in his blog post, but as far as we are aware, he was not referring to a written record.

Thank you,

Caiti

Caiti T. Busch

Deputy County Attorney

(she/her/hers)

cbusch@smcgov.org

650-363-4768

The reason I asked for this document is simple, every time someone gives me more than $10,000,000 of something I like to have some kind written verification, proof, evidence etc that I in fact do have the authority to distribute this PPE which was paid for with FEMA money.

It took San Mateo County Government 90 days to say the truth.

There was no written agreement between the County and Wine Country Marines on or before January 13, 2022.

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San Mateo County Manager Mr. Callagy, How is that possible?

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy

Thanks to ABC 7 News Investigative Reporter Dan Noyes on his January 13, 2022 report of San Mateo County Government moving and leaving more than $10,000,000.00 of PPE outside and unprotected at the San Mateo County Event Center. He also reported the Convoy of Garbage Trucks full of PPE that left the site in the previous two months.

In his first report of several, Dan Noyes Interviewed Mike Callagy and Supervisor David Canepa a Candidate for Congress. They both stated They had No Knowledge of this. They both were quick to call it a MISTAKE, and launch an Independent Investigation to assure the public this would never happen again. Isn’t that nice.

The Question I have for San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy and ALL FIVE County Supervisors is, How is that possible?

A New Name for an Expanding Mission: Department of Emergency Management 

“Frequency and complexity” of emergencies prompts change

SMC County Manager Mike Callagy takes the OES away from the Sheriff Office on December 6, 2021

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Don Horsley has a Tantrum, again.

By Michael G. Stogner

I have personally seen this several times going back to when he was on the Sequoia Healthcare District Board with Jack Hickey. He simply is unable to control his childish outbursts. As soon as Mr. Hickey started to speak about a topic Don Horsley wanted to control, He would interrupt him.

He did it again, this time to Supervisor David Canepa. Watch the ABC 7 Video below at the 2:06 mark

Yesterday the Board of Supervisors were having the regular scheduled meeting and Item 5 was an update on the more than $10,000,000.00 of PPE (according to Dan Noyes Investigative Journalist who first broke the story on Jan 13, 2022).

This is the same PPE that President Don Horsley said “Remember it’s just a bunch of Buckets and Mops” he made that statement at the January 25, 2022 BOS Meeting Item #12. Why would SMC Government order so many Buckets/Mops and Bleach in the First Place, and why wasn’t it used by the Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in SMC by now?

March 22, 2022 BOS Meeting Video

ABC7 News Bay Area Video on Cost of Cleanup

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San Mateo County and Deleting E-mails, What is the policy today?

By Michael G. Stogner

LATIMES Editorial Today March 28, 2022

Deleting government emails too quickly is not OK
A fundamental principle of a free and open society is that citizens have a right to know what’s going on inside their government.
A crucial way Californians exercise this right is with the state’s Public Records Act , which allows people to see email correspondence, contracts and other documents held by local and state officials.
It’s how, early in the pandemic, journalists were able to reveal the details of California’s scramble to obtain medical masks, including the collapse of a nearly $800-million deal with a politically connected vendor and the decision to secretly wire nearly half a billion dollars to a company that had been in business for just three days — only to quickly call off the deal and claw back the money.
Emails obtained under the law allowed The Times and environmental activists to expose how Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration worked to influence decisions in favor of a controversial water desalination plant. And documents The Times obtained under the law showed that the state parks department let some employees live at government-owned homes in some of California’s most scenic locales for cut-rate rents averaging $215 a month.
The law is clear that state agencies must, with some exceptions, release records in their possession. But what’s not clear is how long they must hang onto those documents. And this is critical, because the government can effectively hide records it doesn’t want the public to see by destroying or deleting them before anyone asks for them. Nothing to see here! Literally.
Legislation moving through the Capitol addresses the issue by requiring that all state agencies retain digital and paper records for at least two years. State law already requires that local governments do this, but state agencies have been allowed to decide for themselves how long to hang onto different kinds of records, and the range is huge. Just within the California Environmental Protection Agency, for example, retention timelines vary from 90 days for informal emails, to a decade for documents related to environmental justice investigations of birth defects, to permanent storage of correspondence with tribal governments.
Recently, when the Department of Insurance announced plans to start deleting emails after 180 days, an employee complained that they needed access to older emails to keep track of past communications in enforcement cases. The department, already facing litigation for not releasing detailed calendars requested under the Public Records Act, backtracked on the plan to speed up email deletion.
Assembly Bill 2370 would make clear that all state records, including email, must be retained for at least two years. Its author, Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Greenbrae), is running for insurance commissioner this year with a campaign echoing the same concerns raised by Consumer Watchdog, the group that sued current Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara for calendars detailing his appointments with industry executives who contributed to his campaign. So this bill clearly has some political overtones.
But that does not negate the fact that it would advance government transparency and serve the public interest. We urge the Legislature to continue advancing the bill.
Similar legislation passed in 2019 but was vetoed by Newsom, who said it would be too costly to store data and hire the necessary personnel to manage retaining records. The Legislature’s price tag on that bill was vague, saying that “state costs could reach into the millions of dollars.”
Lawmakers ought to do a more thorough cost analysis this time around, including taking into account advances in technology that are continually reducing the cost of data storage. And then weigh that against the moral penalty for keeping the public in the dark.

San Mateo County Government E-mails should be preserved Not Deleted.

San Mateo County News.com December 8, 2018 Article

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Take SMC Manager Mike Callagy’s Keys and send him home, TODAY.

By Michael G. Stogner

$23.5 Million is an update, I’ll give you that. 1:37:18 mark

Agenda Item #5 Update on Event Center Surplus Safety Equipment

This was the title for Agenda Item 5 of the March 22, 2022 Board of Supervisors Meeting. That might explain why there was only ONE public comment on this topic.

The person that put this on the Agenda was San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy, with the approval of County Counsel.

I would say this was more of a regurgitation of the same story that Mr. Callagy has been promoting since January 13, 2022, when he told ABC 7 I-Team Investigative Reporter Dan Noyes that he knew nothing about it.

San Mateo County News.com Article March 21, 2022

In San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy’s Presentation he fails to mention these three, that I reported on the day before in the above article.

Deputy County Manager Iliana Rodriguez, San Mateo County Chief Financial Officer Roberto Manchia, Department of Emergency Management Director Daniel Belville.

County Manager to the Board of Supervisors March 22, 2022 “I think the Important thing is that we are TRANSPARENT. We own up to it, and we learn from it”

I personally think the Important thing is tell the truth from the Get Go.

Let me give a simple example, On January 13, 2022 SMC County Manager Mike Callagy never mentions James Brown or the Wine Country Marines a 501-C in Sonoma. He did say “We brought in the Marines.”

He doesn’t mention Iliana Rodriquez of his office has been vetting James Brown and WCM since December 2021.

Mike Callagy, Don Horsley, David Canepa, Carole Groom, Warren Slocom and Dave Pine. You are NOT TRANSPARENT.

Board of Supervisor Meeting March 22, 2022 Item 5 starts at 1:36:00

Red Flag 1:39:00 mark, “The other goods were eventually moved outside for temporary storage and were regrettably ah remained there during the significant storms last fall LEADING TO THE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION.” What do you know about this Independent Investigation so far? What is the scope of this Investigation? Is the Investigation about the significant storms? Why was there an update without having this Investigator make a presentation at the BOS meeting?

Red Flag 1:39:11 mark, “We’ve been lucky enough throughout this AFTER ACTION to really partner with Wine Country Marines to continue to work on distributing these surplus equipment. Everybody knows what an AFTER ACTION is, Right?

The residents of San Mateo County remember what the Foster City Gang of 3 did to their City Manager.

Foster City Manager Peter Prinejad was FIRED for ZERO reason. The residents of Los Altos Hills are the winners in that case they now have a Great City Manager.

Still many more questions to be answered.

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San Mateo County’s $10M PPE story.

By Michael G. Stogner

This is a work in progress, more questions remain.

As it turns out Several San Mateo County Employees knew a lot about that PPE product.

Here are three who knew according to San Mateo County Counsel.

Deputy County Manager Iliana Rodriguez, San Mateo County Chief Financial Officer Roberto Manchia, Department of Emergency Management Director Daniel Belville.

“County Manager Mike Callagy was not involved in these discussions and did not authorize the distribution of equipment to or through Wine Country Marines on or before January 13, 2022, and he did not have contact with Mr. Brown or Wine Country Marines on or before that date.”

San Mateo County was looking to Donate the More than $10M of PPE Prior to September 2021

This took a little while to get this information from San Mateo County Government. As you will remember on January 13, 2022 at 6:12 PM, ABC News Investigative Reporter Dan Noyes broke the story to the residents of San Mateo County. What we learned from Interviews with County Manager Mike Callagy and Candidate for Congress and former President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors David Canepa, Neither of those two gentleman and the rest of the Board of Supervisors had a clue about the more than $10M of product. They didn’t know it was moved, wet, or about to be DONATED by the Wine Country Marines on January 25, 2022.

In December 2021, a MassVax employee working at the Event Center suggested to Deputy County Manager Iliana Rodriguez that Wine Country Marines, a non-profit organization, might be a potential recipient organization.  Ms. Rodriguez thereafter began vetting Wine Country Marines to determine whether it would be an appropriate recipient.

Question? How many other 501-C’s were vetted?

California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)

On January 12, 2022, Mr. Belville spoke to representatives from CalOES, who approved donations to non-profit organizations. Question did they approve THIS donation?

January 12, 2022 Mr. Belville spoke to James Brown of Wine Country Marines, who agreed to help donate and distribute the equipment and PPE to organizations in need. 

You might be asking, When was San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management created? The answer is December 6, 2021 by San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy.

SMC Website DEM

On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 12:46:45 PM PDT, Caiti Busch <cbusch@smcgov.org> wrote:

Mr. Stogner,

We’ve looked into your request, and, after reasonable inquiry, here are the facts:  Prior to September 2021, when certain safety equipment stored at the San Mateo County Event Center was moved outdoors, the County was looking to donate surplus safety equipment and PPE stored there, including equipment and PPE that was never moved outside. 

As part of this process, the County was vetting potential organizations to whom it might donate the supplies.  In December 2021, a MassVax employee working at the Event Center suggested to Deputy County Manager Iliana Rodriguez that Wine Country Marines, a non-profit organization, might be a potential recipient organization.  Ms. Rodriguez thereafter began vetting Wine Country Marines to determine whether it would be an appropriate recipient.

In early January 2022, San Mateo County Chief Financial Officer Roberto Manchia directed Department of Emergency Management Director Daniel Belville to confirm with the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) that supplies could be donated to non-profit organizations.  On January 12, 2022, Mr. Belville spoke to representatives from CalOES, who approved donations to non-profit organizations.

That same day, Mr. Belville spoke to James Brown of Wine Country Marines, who agreed to help donate and distribute the equipment and PPE to organizations in need.  On January 13, 2022, this arrangement was confirmed, and Mr. Brown posted as much on his blog.  No PPE or safety equipment was given to Mr. Brown or Wine Country Marines prior to January 13, 2022.  We are also not aware of any County employees who communicated with Mr. Brown or Wine Country Marines prior to Mr. Belville’s discussion with Mr. Brown on January 12, 2022; as far as we know, the only person related to the County who spoke with Mr. Brown before this date about this issue was the MassVax employee who originally suggested Wine Country Marines to Ms. Rodriguez.

County Manager Mike Callagy was not involved in these discussions and did not authorize the distribution of equipment to or through Wine Country Marines on or before January 13, 2022, and he did not have contact with Mr. Brown or Wine Country Marines on or before that date.

We will continue to investigate your records request, and, as indicated in my March 11, 2022 email, I will provide an update on or before March 24, 2022.

Thank you,


Caiti

Caiti T. Busch

(she/her/hers)

cbusch@smcgov.org

650-363-4768

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