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A call to the Almanac

Original post made by Hotel Operator on Apr 30, 2014

Good morning, Mr. Gibboney. This is your wake-up call.

Your paper has recently noted voters don't have much choice in county elections. What is your paper doing about this?

Are you contacting Michael Stogner to sit down with him and see if you can provide a meaningful endorsement?

Are you contacting Don Horsely to see if he intends his "no salary" commitment to endure for a possible second term? During that call, are you going to ask him if he's going to accept Stogner's invitation to debate?

For that matter, would you host and moderate such a debate?

Are you investigating possible crimes committed by a member of the D.A.'s family against another family member, and the cover-up by the D.A.? Have you asked Wagstaffe about this? Or is that meant to just be reported on (or not) if someone else uncovers it?

All of these are WELL within the boundaries of ethical and accepted journalism. You're all we have.

Comments (10)

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

I think hosting a meeting and debate with Sheriff Greg Munks and Write In candidate Juan Lopez would be an excellent opportunity for the public ask some important questions. A contested election for Sheriff is healthy for our county.

Posted by Please investigate, a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Apr 30, 2014 at 11:24 am

As one commenter said a few days ago, there is indeed a Cain and Abel story at play here. Hope the Almanac investigates this.

Posted by lawyer and politician - yippee, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Is Stogner running for sheriff? Seems like as a politician, that is all he talks about.

Is that healthy for our county?

Posted by Michelle , a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Yippee if your attorney I think you should read it again. Juan Lopez is running for San Mateo Sheriff.

Posted by lawyer and politician - yippee, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 30, 2014 at 12:36 pm

@Michelle - "Yippee if your (sic) attorney"

And you should look at the question - is Stogner running for sheriff? Seems like as a politician, that (the sheriff) is all he (Stogner) talks about.

Yippee, just another lawyer and politician.

Posted by A question that needs to be asked, a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I found out only recently that Sheriff Munks disbanded the Sex Crime unit at the Sheriff's office, not long after his own run-in at the house for underaged prostitutes in Las Vegas.

Why did Munks disband the Sex Crime Unit in the Sheriff's office? Has anyone in the press asked him about this?

I knew some of the detectives in that unit and they were top-notch and very dedicated.

Thank goodness Juan Lopez has raised this issue in his campaign for Sheriff. Will the Almanac be interviewing him?

Web Link

Here's one of his platform issues.

Protect Against Sex Crime

Currently there is no sex crime unit at the Sheriff's Office. It was disbanded several years ago. This decision was short-sighted and flies in the face of reality on the ground, with approximately 300 such cases received a year by this office. Not to mention the need to pro-actively monitor sex registrants in our jurisdiction. I will change this, restore and fully staff the unit - to protect our children.

Posted by Confused, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 30, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I am not clear as to what Deputy Lopez means when he says there is currently no sex crimes unit. Is he referring to the Sexual Habitual Offender Program which was significantly reduced and then folded into another program?

Here is a 2010 Grand Jury report about San Mateo law enforcement who work in sex crimes which talks about the reductions.

Web Link

Sure would be helpful to the public if Lopez would speak to the press

Posted by Ironic, a resident of another community
on May 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm

(Post removed. Please don't make unsubstantiated allegations here.)

Posted by Just asking, a resident of Woodside: other
on May 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Wondering whether the Almanac will be doing an interview with Deputy Juan Lopez, who is running for write-in candidate for Sheriff. Many citizens would be interested in knowing how he would improve the Sheriff's office and his feelings about how it is being run today. Does the Almanac plan to interview both Lopez and Munks on their platforms? This affects ALL citizens of San Mateo County.

Editor's note: We are working on election stories, including on the write-in candidate for sheriff.

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on May 5, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Sexual Habitual Offender's Program aka SHOP was funded in 2007 at just over $631,000. It got gutted in 2008 and in 2009 received less than $11,000 total.

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