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QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ASKED

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner, another community, on Jan 21, 2013

In response to the article "Money Train" by Jon Mays, on January 18, the following questions must be asked now that San Mateo County residents pay the highest taxes in the State of California.

The supervisors who campaigned for this tax measure had significant conflicts of interest that have never been properly disclosed.

For example, Adreienne Tissier is the CEO of Bay Relations, Inc. Its clients? The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Seton Medical Center, Caltrain and Sam Trans.

Why did Seton Medical Center put up most of the money to fund the $1.4M of Yes on Measure A, and also supply the campaign staff? Presumably it feels it is a likely beneficiary of a good chunk of the $60M, and perhaps then it can spend more money with Ms. Tissier's company?

Before the supervisors start spending the $60M of taxpayer money on such things, or giving more raises to San Mateo County law enforcement, I'd like to see our debt paid down. There is $962M of unfunded pension liabilities. Let's pay $50M on the first year, $45M for the second, $40M for the third, and $35M for years four through ten. This would only pay off $380M, but it's a good start, and the numbers are a good illustration of how dire the county's finances are.

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Posted by answers
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Michael, instead of reporting this here... for anonymous people to comment on, you should try posting the source article to Facebook. I'd be surprised if real people are willing to agree with your wild speculation.

I do recall you telling me, to my face, that you refuse to ever be interviewed by the Daily Journal because you had been victimized by one of their articles. You see, if you want to accomplish something real, you need to find a way to work with people, without calling everyone a scoundrel. There is a lot to be done, for sure, and I think you will accomplish more by getting real people interested.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Answer, I appreciate your input, I have posted on FB and for your information I get along with Jon Mays and Michelle very well. As you know I prefer people post under their real name but I respect them choosing not to like you have. This subject will get to the right audience, so give it some time.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2013 at 11:04 am

Here is the source article recommended by Answers.

Web Link


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

Bay Relations has been involved in questionable campaign activities in the past. Visit: Web Link

And, Ms. Tissier and Michael Pacelli of Bay Relations attended a Sequoia Healthcare District Board Meeting on May 30, 2002.

NEW BUSINESS:
President Faro thanked the directors for changing their schedules in order to attend this special meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ways the Board can improve its communication with the public, non-profit agencies and the press in addressing the issues
raised in the 2002 Grand Jury Report. Penny Greenberg, the District's legal counsel, has been asked to assist with the District's response which is due August 5.
Mr. Gibson introduced Adrienne Tissier and Michael Pacelli of BayRelations and indicated they were available to assist the District in preparing a communication and public education plan. BayRelations, established in 1972, has extensive experience in
public awareness and community outreach. Ms. Tissier acknowledged that it is important to promote the many beneficial actions taken by the District in financially assisting nonprofit agencies as well as educating the public about the District.

Web Link


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 5, 2013 at 7:53 am

I thought the Almanac blog was the right place to post my idea of paying down SMC Unfunded Pension debt by $50,000,000 the first year.

County Manager John Maltbie is recommending $50,000,000 pay down at nextmeeting.

Web Link


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Posted by Carlos Myers
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ASKED

Micahel: Nice topic, although editorially, a questionable use of all caps.

Perhaps you missed the question (not a MUST, for you, apparently) that was asked of you in the thread about your pulling of papers ("Michael Stogner, one of seven Atherton residents who applied for appointment to a vacant City Council seat last month").

When did you move to Atherton, or have you? Above you are listed as being from another community?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Carlos, I have been unable to access that thread this morning and the Almanac is aware of it and is working on it. The answer to your question is yes I did move to Atherton a couple of weeks ago and it was made public with my filing at the Town of Atherton and is and has been available to the public.

You are right about the caps.

I hope this answers you question, if not I am available for a conversation about it.


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Posted by My...
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Seems some cops, err, posters, feel threatened by Stogner's candidacy. Maybe that all started when he saved the life of an Atherton elder back in 2010 who was days away from keeling over due to criminal medical neglect, after the Atherton PD flat out refused to do anything about it despite months of impassioned cries for help from her daughter. The perp jumped in front of a train several weeks later, and was good buddies with the chief at the time, Glen Nielson. Oh yes, another APD nemesis, Kathy McKeithen, was also there to barge into the house and save her life. Very ironic, wouldn't you say?


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Posted by J Ryan
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Funny place, A-town. Folks ask questions about issues or candidates and are accused of calling someone a carpetbagger or whatever. Other folks ask questions and are labeled as bad guys, with a vague reference as to their occupation.

The funny part being: in Atherton, if you're a called bad guy poster in their mind, they refer to you as a COP.

Different world ya got there, boys and girls. F Scott Fitzgerald was right.


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Posted by Trust but verify
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 5, 2013 at 11:26 pm

My... speaks the truth. A physician even contacted the Atherton PD about that situation, asking that they intervene, and still nothing was done. Why is a matter of speculation, but none of it good. A debt of gratitude is owed to Mr. Stogner, not flippant remarks.


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