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City of Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County Counsel, Conflict of Interest? Sarah Gatliff case.

By Michael G. Stogner

Sandra Lee Harmon R.I.P. was killed May 5, 2020 at 845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California. She was killed by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy David Dominguez, who fired 11 hollow point bullets at her at close range. San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office claim the Body Worn Camera that was working perfectly just minutes before the Homicide was turned off by Deputy Dominguez.

The City of Half Moon Bay and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office have made NO CORRECTIONS since Yanira Serrano Garcia was killed on June 3, 2014 by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Trieu.

Both Sheriff Deputies responded alone, with NO PLAN. Both Homicides had Evidence Tampering. Yanira was shot and killed within 20 seconds of Deputy Trieu exiting his vehicle.

How hard would it be for the City of Half Moon Bay and the Sheriff’s Office to change the procedure that would stop Deputies from going by themselves. DO NOT go to the scene ALONE, Have a Plan.

The current plan is Let Them Sue us It’s Not Our Money.

The City of Half Moon Bay is represented by San Mateo County Counsel again.

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San Mateo County, Felony Porn Distribution, When has that ever mattered?

By Michael G. Stogner

How many of the 45 Male San Mateo County Sheriff Employees were ever Investigated by the Redwood City Police Department and the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office? They were Distributing Pornography and a VIOLENT RAPE VIDEO on San Mateo County Computers located in the 400 County Center Building. How many of the 45 SMCSO Employees shared that Porn with under aged girls or boys?

Ask Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, Sheriff Captain Christina Corpus or D.A. Steve Wagstaffe what did they do when they found out about it?

November 23, 2021 Dr. Dylan Edward O’Connor pled nolo contendere to one count of PC 288.2 a misdemeanor. Why was he Investigated at all and the 45 San Mateo County Sheriff Employees never Investigated. He lost his career, What did any of them lose? Nothing.

Dr. Dylan O’Connor’s next court appearance is February 28, 2022.

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FPPC, “You don’t want to be investigating your own agency.” and they Didn’t.

By Michael G. Stogner

FPPC Commissioner Catherine Baker

Thank You, to the Los Angeles Times for following up on the complaint of Commissioner Catherine Baker. I think it’s fair to say that inquiry caused the Attorney Generals Office to get involved. Time for an AUDIT of the FPPC complaints. The FPPC had the complaint for 7 months and Never Investigated it.

The Complaint was filed in April 29, 2021 with FPPC Enforcement Division.
LATIMES November 12, 2021 Requested information about the Investigation.
November 12, 2021 FPDC Enforcement Division recused itself.

LATIMES Article November 23, 2021

Watchdog complaint hidden for months
Case against member of state Fair Political Practices Commission was filed in April.
STATE ATTY GEN. Rob Bonta has been asked to assume control of the inquiry into Catharine Baker, a member of the Fair Political Practices Commission. (Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press)
By John Myers
SACRAMENTO — A campaign finance investigation against a top official at California’s political watchdog agency sat in limbo and hidden from public view for months, raising questions about whether the government organization holds its own members to the same standard as candidates and campaigns across the state.
The complaint against Catharine Baker, a member of the California Fair Political Practices Commission and former Republican legislator, was filed in April with the agency’s enforcement division. On Nov. 12 — the same day The Times requested information regarding the case — the FPPC enforcement division recused itself from the investigation and asked state Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta to assume control.
“I’m very surprised by this,” said Bob Stern, former FPPC general counsel. “The question then becomes, what other cases are they not disclosing? Is this one bad example or typical of how they are operating?”
Commission Chairman Richard Miadich said he instructed staff members months ago to move the case to the attorney general and provided a copy of an email dated April 29 confirming that directive. But he said he didn’t know why the transfer of the case didn’t happen until just a few days ago.
“We have never had a situation where a sitting commissioner has had a complaint filed against them,” Miadich said Monday. “We needed some time to do our homework.”
A statement from Bonta’s office confirmed receipt of the documents but offered no other details.
Baker was appointed to the commission in December, one of five members who oversee the implementation and enforcement of California campaign finance laws. She served in the state Assembly from 2014 to 2018 representing portions of the eastern Bay Area and disputes the allegations contained in the anonymous complaint, submitted through the FPPC’s online system in April.
“The anonymous complaint is incorrect, both on the facts and on the law,” Baker said in a phone interview.
At issue is whether she failed to properly file paperwork related to a possible 2030 campaign for the Assembly and whether additional disclosure of donors was required when transferring $125,000 in leftover funds from her 2018 campaign committee to an account for a possible future campaign.
“Our filings were complete and accurate and filed on time with the advice of legal counsel to ensure full compliance,” she said.
Complaints made against political candidates and campaigns are reviewed by the state commission’s enforcement staff. If an investigation is launched, FPPC officials inform the parties in question and disclose the inquiry in an online system the public can access.
But after the staff examination into Baker’s activity began, the information was not displayed in the online database. Miadich told The Times that the agency’s “transparency portal” is designed to provide information on cases under the commission’s jurisdiction and that, in this case, the information being gathered by FPPC staff members didn’t fall under that category.
“At no point were we actively investigating this complaint,” he said.
On Nov. 12, The Times asked the commission’s press office whether an investigation into Baker was underway and, if so, the status of the inquiry. That same day, Chief Enforcement Officer Angela Brereton sent a letter to Bonta asking his department to take over the case.
“Because Commissioner Baker is currently in office, the Commission is recusing itself from this matter,” Brereton wrote, also noting that FPPC staff members “have not made any determination” on whether Baker had violated state campaign finance regulations.
Miadich said Monday that Brereton could have made clear that plans to transfer the case had been in the works for some time.
“I think it would have been helpful for her to contextualize that letter,” he said.
Stern, a co-author of California’s landmark Political Reform Act, said that the commission’s actions could be perceived to some as giving Baker special consideration and that FPPC investigators should have quickly handed the case over to Bonta.
“It’s all appearances,” he said. “You don’t want to be investigating your own agency, particularly commissioners.”

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