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Editorial: Sheriff made mistakes, but is best choice

Original post made on May 21, 2014

Greg Munks has put in nearly eight years as San Mateo County sheriff. There are surely high points of that career — getting the new jail off to a good start and adjusting to Gov. Brown's "realignment" program sending felons convicted of nonviolent, non-serious crimes to county jails to complete their sentences — but there was one low point, and now a second one, where his judgment failed him and the fallout reverberated, and reverberates today, particularly among his enemies.

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Posted by Small problem here
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

Munks has made the correct decision by not answering questions. While this editorial is well-meaning, it doesn't think just one move ahead on the chessboard. The problem for Munks is that as soon as he answers questions, he either has to wind up resigning, or look like a total, incredible, liar.

That's because Munks' rationale that he and Bolanos thought they were going to get a massage after an athletic event brings up some obvious and unanswerable questions. Here are just a few:

1. How did these two crack law enforcement officers mistake a squalid, residential home with bars on the windows and odors of urine and feces (according to the Las Vegas papers) for a massage parlor?

2. Why go to a massage parlor so far out of Las Vegas, when there are tons of reputable massage parlors there. For example, the spa in Munks' own hotel.

3. When Munks walked into the alleged massage parlor, and didn't see a counter with a clerk offering massage services, or a sign with massage prices, and underage women not dressed as massage therapists, but dressed as prostitutes (or not dressed at all), how could he not do an immediate about face and leave?

I'm sure I could think of more.

The long and short of this is that if any thought is given to the issue, the conclusion is not "Mr. Munks is the only real choice in the race," but that "Juan Lopez is the only real choice in the race." This is because this was a house of illegal underage prostitution, and there could be no plausible mistake about it.


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Posted by Deluge
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 21, 2014 at 10:24 am

2007.

Elected afterward.

No one has found a more worthy candidate to run for the office in the entire county. (write ins?)

The noise comes from the usual suspects. Why couldn't they find a better candidate?

In a county full of democrats, why couldn't they find one to run against the Republican?

Munks pulled a detestable thing by visiting one of the illegal brothels in Neveda.

His detractors scream, mostly anonymously, mostly online. Then late at night they turn on HBO and watch that series about a legal brothel in Nevada. I guess it keeps them off the street where they could do real harm.

Prepare for the deluge below.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

Stay focused……WRITE IN Juan Lopez for Sheriff of San Mateo County


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Posted by wonder
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Not a single candidate in the last two elections has been organized enough to file papers?

Why not, if this guy is so evil?


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

"Not a single candidate in the last two elections has been organized enough to file papers?

Why not, if this guy is so evil?"

Just a theory, but perhaps because those that would want to aren't members of the SMC "aristocracy" and don't want to put themselves in the line of fire of the SMC corruptocrats?


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Posted by straight talk
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

straight talk is a registered user.

Also, "adjusting to Gov. Brown's "realignment" program sending felons convicted of nonviolent, non-serious crimes to county jails to complete their sentences" is a core function of his job which he is obligated by federal court order to do - not an "accomplishment".


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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Where has he been a supervisor in the sheriffs office (Lopez). But Stogner just gave him the kiss of death!


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