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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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San Mateo County Forest Fire

By Michael G. Stogner and Sarah Navratil

Woodside California, Skeggs Fire

A Forest Fire that started 9/11/2017 Monday night by lightning has burned 50 acres and is 10 % contained as of last night. Currently there are 229 Firefighters working on it.

Kings Mountain Road is closed between Highway 35 (Skyline Blvd and Woodside Road.)

This is a Big Deal

Update as of 2:36 PM 9/13/2017 Fire is 30% Contained.

Update as of 6PM 9/15/2017 Fire is 100% Contained.

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California Commission on Judicial Performance Court Date.

By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil

San Francisco, California August 17, 2017 Hon. Judge Susan Bolanos heard arguments on the Commission’s Confidential determination of its data. This agency has Never been audited in nearly 57 years,

The Law Firm Wagstaffe & Kerr LLP represented the public funded agency Commission on Judicial Performance. They are claiming the agency has the authority to determine  the information the State of California Auditor is requesting is Confidential and the State of California has no right to see it.

Think about it, this agency was formed to assure the public that nobody is above the law, including Judges

San Mateo County residents will recognize the Wagstaffe brothers involvement in protecting “Those Who Matter.” SMC Chief Deputy District attorney Steve Wagstaffe authored the “Those Who Matter.” e-mail the very first day the public became aware of our top two Law Enforcement Officers the Sheriff and UnderSheriff Carlos G. Bolanos were caught and detained as CUSTOMERS of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves at 3474 Eldon Street, Las Vegas Nevada, April 21, 2007 in an FBI Sting called Operation Dollhouse.

Here is the e-mail our top law enforcement official sent to the customers.

e-mail sent 4/25/07 10:20 AM

Greg and Carlos

Just a quick word of support from me as you go through a difficult time. To those who matter, your decades of outstanding work in law enforcement are all that count and your integrity is not the slightest marked by the modern media’s efforts to make a story out of a non-story. Hard as it is to think it now, remember it will be yesterday’s news and irrelevant by tomorrow.

My positive thoughts are out there for both of you.

Steve

The Commission on Judicial Performance, the first judicial disciplinary body of its kind, was established by legislative constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1960 as an independent state agency. The commission’s mandate has always been threefold: to protect the public, enforce rigorous standards of judicial conduct and maintain public confidence in the integrity and independence of the judicial system.

26 Questions for Audit

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Obituary, Richard W. Moss

Richard William Moss October 11, 1994 – May 25,2017

Richard William Moss, 22, died at about 7:15 a.m., Thursday, May 25, 2017, from injuries sustained in a one vehicle accident on California Highway 1 at Montara State Beach.

This is being written by his loving Dad, Dan Moss

Wow. I never in a million years thought I’d be writing my son’s obituary. Richard was the baby of the family and one of the sweetest people you would ever have known. His loss is such an unnecessary tragedy. He was driving to his work in Moss Beach, CA that fateful Thursday morning after picking up some breakfast at the McDonald’s at Linda Mar in Pacifica, CA. He was driving south on Highway 1 on a stretch of road called Devil’s Slide.

At first, we didn’t know he had crashed and died. My wife, Kathleen and I weren’t notified that he was missing until 6 days after he went missing. We organized searches which brought out the most wonderful people in the world to help find him. The number involved eventually reached into the thousands. On July 13th, we found the wheel to his car on the boulders at the surface of the water on Montara Beach at low tide. The tire on that wheel had the same DOT number as the receipt from the purchase that Richard made for the tire about a year ago.

It appears his car went over a cliff into the ocean over 100 feet below. We’ll never actually know what happened because there are no video cameras in this section of the highway and no witnesses have stepped forward. A simple thing like a guard rail or temporary barrier would have saved his life. As of this writing, we still have not found Richard or his vehicle. We do have proof that he has passed. The evidence includes one of the wheels from his car, part of his front bumper and his AAA Card.

In addition to Richard, a young girl, 20 years old at the time, by the name of Rose also died in the exact same spot in September of last year. In June of last year, another young girl crashed down 150 feet on the mountain side of the same highway, not far from Richard’s death site. She lived, even though the car was crushed, because, as her mother explains, she’s only 5 feet tall. If she was any taller, the crushing car would have broken her vertebrae, ending her life as well. For some reason, CalTrans doesn’t seem to care about these 3 young people even though they claim that traffic safety is their number one concern. I wonder what they would be doing if it was their child that had died or been permanently scarred from a crash at this part of the highway because of no guard rails or temporary barriers.

Richard Moss was born October 11, 1994, in San Mateo, California. He lived in Montara, CA from birth to age 15. He lived in Hawaii from age 15 and graduated from Waialua High School in 2013. In the summer of 2013, Richard moved back to Montara, CA to pursue a career as an electrician.

From birth, Richard was a wonderful human being. Even though he was the baby of the family, we considered him to be an old soul. He was very comfortable in this world and happy to be around others. He was someone that everyone wanted to be around. He had no enemies and not a mean bone in his body. He had many qualities such as he was a trier. He would try different foods and then settle on his favorites like Orange Chicken from Panda Express, Katsu Chicken from L&L Hawaiian or Musubi from the Paalaa Kai Corner Store. He was saddened when the Grass Skirt Grill closed in Haleiwa, HI. He loved their teriyaki cheese fries. In addition to food, he tried different sports growing up and settled on Skateboarding and Roller Hockey. He loved to watch Football and Ice Hockey. Richard and I enjoyed a Raiders Game in September, 2016.

Richard William Moss October 11, 1994 – May 25,2017

Richard had a natural intelligence that in a sweet way led him to do things in an efficient, logical way. In other words, he would think things through so as not have to double back or do things over. This also led him to have no interest in school from the first grade on. It was all Kathleen and I could do to help him graduate from High School and we did it. It was a struggle for us, but as all things with Richard, a nice struggle. No yelling and screaming that normally accompany a parent teenager disagreement. He had such an easy gentle way about him. He would have us do things for him (usually revolving around food) without any fuss. He’d say come on Pops, let’s have Panda Express and even though I didn’t want to, we’d have Panda Express. Even as he was getting older, Richard would come up to me if I was sitting on the couch, on the computer or watching TV and lay his head on my shoulder. I miss that. A lot.

From a young age Richard was always friendly and never confrontational. That’s not to say that he would let his brothers beat on him. He stood up for himself. Richard discovered early on that asking for forgiveness was much better than asking for permission. In some cases, not even letting us know what he was doing. I’ll never forget talking story with one of my friends in Haleiwa, HI. She was proudly showing me a video of her teenage son free diving in caves, actually lava tubes, in an area called Sharks Cove on the North Shore of Oahu. When I was looking closer I noticed that her son’s friend freediving with him looked familiar. It was Richard! What? I couldn’t believe it, but I should have. He loved the adventure and knew that if he had asked me for permission, the answer was more likely to be no than anything or there would be some other restrictions.

He moved to Hawaii to be with me, his dad. That was his sophomore year in High School. After about a week of paperwork he finally started school. I warned him that at the new school, he’s the Hauli from the mainland and he may be eating lunch alone for a week or so. Richard came home from his first day of school and proudly reported that not only did he not eat lunch alone, he had lunch with many new friends, most have now been friends for life. As a testament to his character, all his friends from preschool, grammar school, high school, sports, skateboarding and work are still his friends today. There are countless examples of Richard making friends and just knowing how to make others feel comfortable around him. He was at ease hanging out with adults, friends his own age, children and seniors. It didn’t matter to Richard.

He loved becoming an electrician. Richard’s boss became one of Richard’s good friends and one of his coworkers was his one of his best friends. Richard would typically eat dinner at his boss’ house after a long day at work. Last September Richard and I went to a Raiders game with his coworkers. It was so cool, knowing that Richard was happy in his career and loved his coworkers and we all love the Raiders.

Survivors are many. His Father Dan Moss, Mother Julie Elden, Step-Mother Kathleen Penfold and Hanai Dad Dave Gibbs. Siblings, Tom Spurgeon, Erin & Erik Wurster, William Moss and Nick Moss, Hanai sister & brother Nicole & Brit Espinoza. Other survivors are his Grandmothers, Mildred Grigsby & Gwen Penfold, Grandfather & Grandmother, John & Joan Elden. Uncles and Aunties include Stephen & Laurie Moss, Kevin & Marlene Moss, Beth & Dale Ford, Debbie & Rich Fisher, Lindy Penfold & Joe Norton, Leslie & Terry Lambert, Greg & Cricket Elden and Diana Baca.

Richard William Moss October 11, 1994 – May 25,2017

There are many more survivors. I’m going to list as many as possible. Nieces and nephew, Kaitlyn Wurster, Alexa Wurster, Taylor Wurster & Gavin Wurster. Cousins: Anathea Fitzgerald, Carolina Fitzgerald, Ephraim Fitzgerald, Morgan Fitzgerald, Nabie Haden Espinosa, Elisabeth & Cameron Diegle, Giavanna Diegle, Francesca Diegle, Brigham Diegle, Diana & Samuel Spears, Boston Spears, Bennett Spears, David Moss, Ellen Ford, Emma Ford, Olivia Ford, Brett & Jessi Belvel, Michael Belvel, Megan & Brian Callaghan, Travis & Alexia Fisher, Reed Fisher, Deanna & Sean Fratellone, Amelia Fisher, Carly Fisher, Andrew Fisher, Charley Elden, Keith Elden, Storm Baca and Tricia Elden. As well as many many friends on the Coast in California where he lived recently and in Hawaii. Some of those friends include Kulia Schmidt, Braden Holden, Sunny Berlin, Trevor Cuzick, Eric Brovarney, Devlan Rocha, Stirling Goulet, Willie McCord, Josh Richards, Greg Felde, Jose Cruz, Sylvestre Cruz and many, many more.

In addition, Richard’s extended Ohana (Family in Hawaiian), numbers in the thousands now because the search for him brought us all together.

We wish to thank all of you that have helped in any way to find Richard, when we were unsure of his whereabouts and now that we have focused the search in the ocean. You’ve contributed your time, financially, shared your miles, loaned equipment, vessels, some of you have been injured on the searches and in many other ways. We are overwhelmed by the number of good, solid people that there are in the world and we count ourselves as blessed. We sincerely appreciate everything and we’re glad to count you in as our Ohana.

We will have 2 Memorials/Celebrations of Life. One on August 27th from 12-5 at Long Branch in Half Moon Bay, CA. The other will be at Alii Beach Park in Haleiwa Hawaii on September 10th from 12-5.

In Lieu of Flowers, a donation can be made in Richard’s name to: The Tony Hawk Foundation God bless you all and God bless Richard
Below are some memories of Richard from his loved ones:

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San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe is being Investigated by the California State Bar.

By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil

Stephen M. Wagstaffe

That is all we are going to say for now. More as we get it.

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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

State Bar

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Letter to the Editor

Sabrina Brennan

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

 

California is shrinking

It’s time to accept that coastal California is shrinking. A new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts chronic Bay Area flooding from rising seas as early as 2060. “Cities around the San Francisco Bay will begin to experience more frequent and disruptive flooding in the coming decades and will have to make tough decisions around whether to defend existing homes and businesses or to retreat,” said Erika Spanger-Siegfried, senior analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS and a report author.

The Pacific Institute calculates that San Mateo County will lose more in property value than any other county in the state. Property damage in the county is estimated to be in the region of $39 billion, with sea level rise projected to affect more than 100,000 residents.

In July, the Mercury News reported that San Mateo and Marin Counties and the City of Imperial Beach filed a lawsuit in Marin County Superior Court. The suit alleges that, “major corporate members of the fossil fuel industry, have known for nearly a half century that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products creates greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes climate.”

The suit argues that 37 oil, gas and coal companies actively worked to “discredit the growing body of publicly available scientific evidence and persistently create doubt” in “a coordinated, multi-front effort.”

The suit asserts what many of us already accept as fact, that fossil fuel companies “have promoted and profited from a massive increase in the extraction and consumption of oil, coal and natural gas, which has in turn caused an enormous, foreseeable, and avoidable increase in global greenhouse gas pollution.”

Armoring the coast and building levees in the Bay will be an unimaginably expensive public undertaking, and that doesn’t include relocating highways, railways, airports, and other critical infrastructure.

Last month, the Guardian reported that Mayor Serge Dedina said that up to 30% of Imperial Beach could be affected by climate change. “As the lowest-income, highest poverty-rate city in San Diego County, we have no capacity to pay for the extensive adaptation measures.” Within 15 years flooding could affect tens of thousands of Marin County residents and cause upwards of $15.5 billion in property damage. “This lawsuit is intended to shift those costs back where they belong – on the fossil fuel companies,” says Marin County supervisor Kate Sears.

A well-funded army of lawyers is organizing to defend deep-pocketed multinationals that include San Ramon-based Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell, while at the same time the Plaintiffs continue to approve new development within sea level rise inundation areas. These new developments will add to the already huge cost of removal and replacement of hospitals, schools, airports, fire stations, police stations, ports, roads, railroad tracks, pump stations, sewage treatment facilities, power plants, utilities, hazardous material sites, and more.

As communities become dependent on costly levee systems to stay dry, and climate projections continue to worsen, we will soon be spending exponentially larger sums of money to protect development now being built in inundation zones. One good example is the 8-mile long levee do-over in Foster City that is now budgeted for $90 million. That levee must be rebuilt three feet higher or residents will be required to buy costly flood insurance.

In addition to suing oil companies our elected representatives have a responsibility to protect the public from the huge financial burden sea level rise will bring to coastal California. They can do this by using their powers to implement policies that limit development in known inundation areas and to prohibit future shoreline armoring in favor or wetland restoration.

Suing the fossil fuel companies is a great start to holding those responsible for the coming disaster to account, but that must only be a beginning. Without common sense and practical pragmatic legislating any legal action becomes nothing more than a show. If they really want to leave a lasting legacy current local legislative bodies must show through use of their powers that they have an understanding that development in inundation zones is literally pouring money down the drain. Anything less is going to be an expensive and complex disaster.

Sabrina Brennan is a resident of Moss Beach

This op-ed does not represent the views of the San Mateo County Harbor Commission

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