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Deputy looking at a steep climb in running for sheriff

 

Editors note: Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos responded to requests for comment after the March 28 issue of The Almanac went to press. His comments and Mr. Melville's emailed rebuttals are included in this online version of the story.

Deputy Mark Melville of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is on a road less traveled. In the June 5 primary election, he's a challenger for an elective office in which challengers are rare in San Mateo County: the election for county sheriff.


Mark D. Melville (Photo courtesy Melville for Sheriff campaign)

Carlos G. Bolanos (Photo courtesy of San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)
It's a matter of civics for Mr. Melville. "Everybody keeps getting the job handed down to them," he said. "This has got to stop. We have got to have an election."

Elections Office records show a pattern of sheriff's races in which there is no opposition, and in recent elections the second in command, the undersheriff, has gotten the job when a sheriff retires.

Don Horsley, now a county supervisor, ran unopposed for sheriff in 1993, 1998, and 2002, records show.

Greg Munks, Mr. Horsley's successor and his undersheriff for about 14 years, ran unopposed in 2006 and 2010, and won with a 98.56 percent majority in 2014, with the 1.44 percent going to then-deputy Juan Pablo Lopez, a write-in candidate.

Mr. Lopez, who had candidate filing problems, "was going to try to make a true election of it. It didn't happen, unfortunately," Mr. Melville said when asked to comment.

The current sheriff, Carlos G. Bolanos, served as undersheriff for Mr. Munks for 10 years. While the election on June 5 will be his first, he is running as an appointed incumbent. The Board of Supervisors in July 2016 voted 3-2 to appoint him sheriff when Mr. Munks decided to retire early. The appointment was made with no opportunity provided for interested people to apply for the position.

That split vote notwithstanding, Mr. Bolanos now has the endorsement of all five supervisors as well as the elected officials in Sacramento who represent the Peninsula, the county district attorney, and a long list of other local officials and people in law enforcement.

Asked about that long list in a phone interview, Mr. Melville replied, "Carlos got all of his endorsements when there was only one horse in this race. The county seems to roll over and endorse the incumbents. ... It's an uphill battle. I'm not letting that discourage me."

When asked to comment, Mr. Bolanos said he continues to get endorsements on a regular basis. "Many folks have endorsed me because they know I'm the most qualified person for the position," he told The Almanac. "Mark Melville made his intentions known about a year ago. He's had every opportunity to go out and get endorsements if he chooses to and if people are willing to endorse him."

In an email seeking further comment, Mr. Melville said he's spoken to many elected officials "who told me they endorsed Mr. Bolanos because they did not know there was another candidate in the race." He recalled someone telling him, "I thought it was a done deal once he got appointed." He said he continues to seek endorsements.

Well-oiled machine

Asked why contested elections for sheriff are so rare, Mr. Melville said he didn't know but had an opinion. "The county machine is a well-oiled machine," he said. "The political machine in this county is pretty tough to crack."

After then-deputy Lopez took on Mr. Munks in 2014, within a year he had been arrested twice and charged with conspiracy in connection with a jail inmate having access to a cellphone, and with violations of election law, including perjury. A judge recently dismissed the conspiracy and perjury charges, but Mr. Lopez still faces several election law-related charges, with a trial set for May 14. Mr. Lopez's attorneys describe his case as retaliation by county officials over his run for sheriff.

When the Board of Supervisors elevated Mr. Bolanos to sheriff in 2016, there were a couple of notable complaints. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park - both former county supervisors - co-signed a letter saying they knew of people in law enforcement who would have competed for the job, and that the incumbency bequeathed to Mr. Bolanos would leave competitors "severely disadvantaged" in an election.

"Her comments were right on the money," Mr. Melville said of Ms. Speier.

He said he sat down with Mr. Bolanos to let him know that he had a challenger. "He was very cordial," Mr. Melville said. "We talked about differences of opinion and philosophies. We agreed to disagree amicably. There hasn't been any animosity between us."

A principal point of disagreement is management style, Mr. Melville said, noting that he manages from the bottom up and that Mr. Bolanos does the opposite.

"I don't recall us having a discussion about management philosophy," Mr. Bolanos said. "He told me very politely he was going to run for sheriff. I said good luck and that was it."

Mr. Melville's recollection differs. "In our meeting, we talked about my predictive policing model. The predictive policing approach will not replace traditional policing. Instead, it enhances existing approaches such as problem-oriented policing, community policing, and hot spot policing, predominately done at the line level."

As head of the Sheriff's Office, which employs about 400 deputies and corrections officers, "You have to run the organization from the top because you're the leader," Mr. Bolanos said. "As the leader, I do manage the organization from the top. I don't really know what (bottom-up management) means."

Mr. Bolanos, Mr. Melville said in an email, favors intelligence-led policing, which is more hierarchical in nature and emphasizes a top-down approach. "The street officers gather information, which is studied by analysts and is then passed up to the executive level where it is reviewed and a plan is formulated. This solution is sent back down to operations for implementation," he said. "This was discussed," Mr. Melville added.

He described bottom-up management as a process where “team members are invited to participate in every step of the management process.”

Mr. Melville also said he would prefer that Mr. Bolanos not make high-level appointments in the department until after the election. "He might tell you that those promotions are necessary now, and I would disagree with that," Mr. Melville said. "If he wins fine. If I win, then I'll make the promotions."

"We do disagree," Mr. Bolanos said. "I've been running the office for two years. I know how difficult it is to run a complex organization like the Sheriff's Office."

He has named an undersheriff, two assistant sheriffs, three captains, six lieutenants and nine sergeants. Many of the vacancies came about as a result of promotions, he said. "I'm unclear how someone could run the organization without filling these positions."

Mr. Melville in an email said he agreed that the Sheriff's Office "is a complex operation to run."

"Putting the right personnel in the right position makes managing the operation that much easier," he said. "Since I've worked here, we have added management and supervisory positions that in my opinion are easily questioned."

A debate is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Woodside Methodist Church at 2000 Woodside Road in Redwood City.

More transparency

Mr. Melville, a deputy since 2008, is a former police officer in Half Moon Bay and Brisbane; a former fire captain in Brisbane; a former police chief, city manager and elected city council member in Gustine, California; and a former city manager and director of public safety in Livingston, California.

If elected, Mr. Melville said he would bring transparency to the Sheriff's Office. "We in law enforcement do a horrible job" at transparency, he said.

Asked to explain what he means by transparency, Mr. Melville said he was referring to responding to complaints and educating the public. "Officers have to understand that everybody gets treated with dignity and respect. Period. I won't tolerate anything less than that. ... I'm not saying that they're not (being so treated), but we're going to be better at it. ... It's community policing taken to a higher level."

Mr. Bolanos said he thought the Sheriff's Office was doing "a very good job" at transparency, including through social media, the website and "constant engagement" with the community. "We strive to be very transparent," he said. "Ask any question and inquire about any system or policy and we'll respond with the information if we have it."

In an email, Mr. Melville said that transparency "starts with who we are on the street, meeting and dealing with the public."

"We meet and deal with folks on the street every single (day) and we as an agency are who we are perceived to be by each and every contact," he said. "Everyone will be treated with dignity and respect and nothing less."

"We will be much more engaging in our policing efforts," Mr. Melville added.

Mr. Bolanos, he said, "stated that, 'We strive to be transparent.' In my opinion, that is not enough. We will be transparent, we will tell you what we do, why we do it, and how we do it, and open ourselves up to the public as to how we can do it better. I'm not discounting social media, it does serve its purpose, but the face-to-face contact is where we earn respect."

Another focus for Mr. Melville: Putting the right people in the right positions. "It's not my organization," he said. "It's their organization. This is not about Mark Melville. This is about the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. We can be better than we are."

Addressing human trafficking is another priority. Mr. Melville said he recently attended a presentation on the subject in San Mateo. "I was, like, wow," he said. "I was surprised. We need a unit that investigates all these massage parlors, all these low-end motels, and (to) try to ID, obviously with the help of the public, persons that might be involved in this. ... We have to protect our children. That's really big in my book."

Mr. Bolanos' campaign website includes community policing and combating human trafficking as priorities.

In 2007, before Mr. Melville joined the department, Mr. Bolanos and Mr. Munks were detained by Las Vegas police in connection with an FBI sting operation involving illegal brothels. Police found Mr. Munks inside a brothel he said he thought was a legitimate business. He apologized for his "lack of judgment," adding that neither he nor Mr. Bolanos had broken any laws.

Both men were detained, but neither was charged with a crime.

Mr. Melville said that while more information about the incident is coming out, he declined to review it. "We know that the incident did occur," he said when asked about the atmosphere inside the sheriff's office. "I would say that it's something that concerns everybody, but nobody wants to talk about it."

Asked for a comment, Mr. Bolanos replied in an email "I will continue to focus on running the Sheriff's Office and my qualifications to continue to be the Sheriff."

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17 people like this
Posted by De Paula
a resident of another community
on Mar 29, 2018 at 12:24 pm

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Thanks to Dave Boyce for mentioning a little information about OPERATION DOLLHOUSE.
Undersheriff Carlos G. Bolanos stated he was in the limo when the F.B.I. and 4 other law enforcement agencies raided the illegal brothel residence. Two Las Vegas Police officers Lt. Karen Hughes and Officer Bill Cassell place Carlos G. Bolanos inside the illegal brothel.


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Posted by De Paula
a resident of another community
on Mar 29, 2018 at 12:29 pm

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Three people have taken back their endorsements for Carlos G. Bolanos. Two Half Moon Bay Council members and one activist.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
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on Mar 29, 2018 at 12:48 pm

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Carlos Bolanos was inside the private residence according to the Palo Alto Online article published April 24. 2007.
I have no idea with The Almanac wants to promote this fantasy story, when his sister paper got it right from the get go.
Web Link

Aslos Bolanos was not elevated, It was an Illegal Violent Coup that appointed him to Sheriff July 12, 2007


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 29, 2018 at 1:22 pm

Munks said at the time that they went to that location for massages. The location was not one where licensed masseurs/masseuses would operate - run down & seedy house in a seedy neighborhood. There are massage services readily available by appointment through hotels & gyms in town. At the time, I asked a relative who works in law enforcement in LV if this could have been an innocent mistake. The answer was "No." Lack of any action toward SMC's personnel was a "professional courtesy."


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 29, 2018 at 4:18 pm

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Correction.
It was an Illegal Violent Coup that appointed him to Sheriff July 12, 2016 BOS Meeting Agenda item 7.


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Posted by Kelse650
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 29, 2018 at 5:49 pm

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I would say Mr.Bolanos is really good at talking the talk, but terrible at walking the walk. How can he be transparent when he keeps changing the subject and not actually answering the question asked? For example, I saw him speak at a candidate forum and two questions were asked of him about questionable topics (his involvement in the Vegas brothel and the issue where under his leadership where an officer failed to act on a tip off on a teacher having a relationship with a student). He sort of answered the officer question but completely dodged the question about Vegas and changed the topic. We know he was there, but he said he felt it wasn't something to be discussed in a public forum. There's a major disconnect here. He can say what he wants, claim credit on social media for the successes of the hardworking staff on the streets, but now I see two instances where he's done the exact opposite of what he's said. That's not a candidate that demonstrates integrity at all.

Stand up and address the controversial issues if you claim you're transparent and don't say you support ending human trafficking when you were detained in a brothel with illegal workers.


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Posted by Endorsements
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 29, 2018 at 6:06 pm

Which Menlo Park elected officials have endorsed Bolanos?

Menlo Park City Council Member Catherine Carlton
Menlo Park City Council Member Kirsten Keith
Menlo Park Mayor Peter I. Ohtaki
Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board Director Virginia Chang Kiraly
Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board Vice President Rob Silano


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Posted by Endorsements II
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 29, 2018 at 7:08 pm

So are the two Half Moon Bay Council members and the activist who rescinded their endorsements of Bolanos going to endorse Melville? Not sure what the point is if they’re not then backing Melville. What is Melville doing to secure endorsements? What are citizens doing to voice their displeasure to elected officials about the Bolanos endorsements?


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Posted by Voter in SMC
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on Mar 29, 2018 at 9:05 pm

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The endorsement thing for Bolanos sucks...long list, seems impressive, could turn voter's heads to think he's more qualified. Think those people endorsing him have any idea about his arrest in a bordello?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 29, 2018 at 9:22 pm

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How Important are Endorsements anyhow, lets look at a couple District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe who authored the famous "To Those Who Matter." e-mail of condolences about 4 hours before any of the 800,000 residents of the County ever heard word one about Operation Dollhouse. So that kind of discounts the value of an honest endorsement, Now lets look at Sen. Jerry Hill who was in Las Vegas that same weekend and he refused to investigate or fire Carlos Bolanos. Next Rich Gordon also refuse to investigate or Fire Bolanos

So now that the public is finding out that Carlos Bolanos was in fact Inside the residence when he was handcuffed and in a lineup outside. Did he and his boss/friend supply their proper identification to the law enforcement officers? Were the two them transported to LVMDP and placed downstairs? Did two other San Mateo County Sheriff Office Officers go to the LVMPD to get them out? Were they promoted?

That's a few questions Carlos can answer or avoid.


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Posted by De Paula
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on Mar 29, 2018 at 9:43 pm

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Edorsements11 --- I sent out the video from the March 13, 2018 San Mateo County Board of Supervisors --to all San Mateo County- City Council members -- it stated if you are endorsing Carlos G. Bolanos for Sheriff in the June 5, 2018 election, please withdraw your endorsement..


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Posted by Endorsements II
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 30, 2018 at 6:00 am

Jerry Hill's name is on the endorsement list for "Recall Judge Aaron Persky."


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Posted by Endorsements II
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 30, 2018 at 6:59 am

Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo demanded that the Supervisors investigate the Operation Dollhouse incident back in 2008, but now they've gone radio silent. How come? At least they haven't endorsed Bolanos, but still, in this #metoo era, they need to speak out.

Web Link


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2018 at 8:31 am

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Endorsement Missing

Ashely Bolanos daughter of Carlos Bolanos she was the second child of his to be hired by Ed Wood. She works at 911 dispatch, the other Mike Bolanos was hired by Ed Wood at Burlingame Police Department.

Carlos Bolanos created a third Assistant Sheriff position for Ed Wood. He had never been a Sheriff Officer before that,

The Almanac should inquire to see if Ed Wood was on Administrative Leave from 911 when he was hired?


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Posted by Investigate, please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 30, 2018 at 8:53 am

The Almanac needs to investigate Ed Wood’s employee history at 911


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Posted by Kelse650
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 30, 2018 at 9:21 am

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Regarding Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo...i wrote to both of them and called. Going to keep calling. My thought is that they need the community to overwhelm them (it's also an election cycle for them I believe)...they need the fire lit from us to take action. Instead of questioning, let's take action. I'm writing again and calling again!


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Posted by Investigate,please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 30, 2018 at 9:30 am

Kelse650: women voters should organize in San Mateo County on this matter. Someone should draft a letter and have women sign , and give to Speier and Board Supervisors and press. There is no excuse in this #metoo era for Bolanos, with his history to be endorsed and elected.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:33 pm

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Questions for candidate Carlos Bolanos for Sheriff 2018.

Web Link


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Whoa! That last question: “ Have you ever threatened any San Mateo Sheriff Officer if they spoke about Operation Dollhouse?”

Is that question just a shot in the dark or is it based on information?


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Posted by Confused resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm

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I've read the article and I'm a whole lot confused. The current sheriff, states that "We do a very good job at Transparency."In addition, the sheriff states, "We strive to be very Transparent," and

"ask any question or inquire about any system or policy and we'll respond if we have it." Yet, when Mr. Boyce asked the sheriff to comment on being detained by the FBI in connection with illegal brothels, The sheriff REFUSED to comment, stating that he was concentrating on running the sheriff's office and his qualifications to be sheriff. The first and most important qualification to be sheriff is INTEGRITY. The second is TRUTHFULNESS. Also, what happened to #3, TRANSPARENT? You, Mr. Bolanos have failed the sheriff's office and the good people of San Mateo County. This is a true black eye on the County.


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Posted by Charles Pierre
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:57 pm

Sheriff Bolanos may have the endorsement of many politicians that look at the Sheriff's Office from the outside and feel that Bolanos is doing an adequate job. But I can assure you after having conversations with friends of mine that work within the Sheriff's Office not all of his employees feel the same way. However, for obvious reasons....specifically job security, you probably won't find many willing to speak out.
The point I am trying to make is that every voter should take the time to read and educate themselves about each of the candidates before making their decision. As some have said....San Mateo County politics are deeply rooted in the "good Ole boy" network and this is our chance as voters to make a difference.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm

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The Sheriff Office belongs to the Residents,
Not Don Horsley, Warren Slocum Adrienne Tissier, John Maltbie & John Beiers.

The residents get to ask Carlos Bolanos any question they want answered, not the questions he feels like answering.

Whoa! That last question: “ Have you ever threatened any San Mateo Sheriff Officer if they spoke about Operation Dollhouse?”

Is that question just a shot in the dark or is it based on information?

It is not a shot in the dark, I never write about anything I'm not sure of. Start asking the patrol officers that question and just watch the responses it started in 2008.


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 30, 2018 at 4:59 pm

San Mateo County sheriff's good ole boy office sounds like something out of Alabama, circa 1954.

Where is Supervisor Dave Pine in all of this? Hard to believe he would fall lock step in with rest of sheeple Supervisors.

Citizens: Keep calling and emailing Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo, as Kelse650 suggested.

And Timesup is interested in hearing about incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 30, 2018 at 6:36 pm

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Politicians. Party before country or in this case county. These politicians are endorsing Bolanos because that is what their democratic party handlers are telling them to do. Also, in this state and especially this area, god forbid, anyone vote for someone that's not a democrat. Hence, the sheeple voted for Munks after he was arrested in a whore house featuring under age girls. Yes, GIRLS.

And the board of stupidvisors did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to discipline Munks or Bolanos for being caught in a whore house featuring under age girls. Yes, GIRLS. Such political courage is awe inspiring.

And our glorious corrupt DA, Wagstaffe, emailed Munks telling him that to "those that matter" this was no big deal. That's right, "those that matter" are clearly NOT the voters and citizens of San Mateo County.

San Mateo County, the most corrupt county in California.


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Posted by Kelse650
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 30, 2018 at 6:58 pm

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I'm working to reach out to women's organizations to get them involved or at least informed about the importance of this election. Every voice matters and since Mr. Bolanos has had the connections to cover up his actions and keep them quiet, it's up to us to spread the word and do the work to get as many people as informed and motivated to participate in this election.

I'm not sure the average resident has any idea that the Sheriff has direct effect on their life. They'll probably go to their ballot and think: "well, I've not had any significant run ins or situations where it's been bad, so I guess the guy that's there is fine" and they check the box for incumbent.

I've lived here since 2009 and heard nothing about Bolanos/Munks in Vegas. I think he's riding on people not knowing and the county not being informed. The more of us that show interest in bringing incidents under Bolanos' leadership to light, the more likely we reach more people and at least let them know that his track record is questionable and there's the potential for an outsider with different experience whose seen a lot of different things bring in a fresh perspective.


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Posted by Party Endorsements
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 30, 2018 at 8:09 pm

Menlo Voter, you wrote endorsers are being told to do so by their Democratic Party handlers. Actually more Republicans have endorsed Bolanos in Menlo Park than Democrats.

Catherine Carlton
REPUBLICAN

Kirsten Keith
DEMOCRAT

Peter I. Ohtaki
REPUBLICAN

Virginia Chang Kiraly
REPUBLICAN

Rob Silano
DEMOCRAT




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Posted by De Paula
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2018 at 9:00 pm

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mark.nagales@mail.house.gov
Mark Nagles is a great guy, e-mail him if you are in Jackie Speier District. If you e-mail her on her website there is not an electronic paper trail that you have contacted her. Jackie has been standing up nation wide on women's issues. Now that this election for Sheriff is in her backyard , Jackie is silent.


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 31, 2018 at 4:38 am

Kelse650:

RecallAaronPersky movement has a list of endorsements, including many women's groups. I have reached out to many on the list, including National Political Caucus for Women- Silicon Valley. See list here:Web Link

Email contacts are on individual websites. The more people contact them, the better.

Note Jerry Hill endorsed the recall effort. Hypocritical of him when he won't even address Bolanos incident.


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 31, 2018 at 8:47 am

Kelsea650: Roseanne Barr has been very vocal about sex trafficking, and has been Tweeting about it on the last two days. Just Tweeted to her about the San Mateo race between Bolanos and Melville and asked her to support Melville.

Melville campaign needs to go on Twitter and get this race known, nationally. Forget about the local press for now.


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Posted by De Paula
a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2018 at 10:42 am

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Dr. M. Alexis Kennedy of UNLV wrote a report from a grant given by the U.S. D.O.J. in 2008 for SHARED HOPE INTERNATIONAL. Page 9 column 4 it states undesheriff Carlos G. Bolanos was caught and detained in OPERATION DOLLHOUSE. the title of this report --DOMESTIC MINOR SEX TRAFFICKING Las Vegas, Nevada.
Please read full report below, but see PAGE 9 Column 4.
What more do the voters of SAN MATEO COUNTY NEED ?

Web Link


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2018 at 11:03 am

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The Office of Sheriff belongs to the residents of San Mateo County not a small group of "Those Who Matter"

One simple requirement should be He/She should be Honest and Trustworthy.

Residents now is the time for you to ask both candidates whatever questions you have.


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Posted by SMCSO DIRT
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 31, 2018 at 11:35 am

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It is so very disappointing to hear about the inner workings of the sheriff's office. I have spoken with several sheriff's office employees and am sad to say all are counting their years until they can retire. These are proud people, with integrity, but if you are not in the "in crowd" and don't "suck-up" you will never move ahead. What I have been told is, promotions have not been based on experience or seniority, not in many years. In fact, since Bolonos has been in office, it has been a "pay to play" environment, meaning if you test for a promotional exam and you haven't given to the Bolanos campaign you do not stand the same chance (regardless of experience or seniority) as those that have given money and their name for the "endorsments".

As Mr. Stogner mentioned about the retaliation at the sheriff's office, I have been told it's alive and well. Does anyone really believe for a second that not one sheriff's office employee has endorsed Mark Melville or even given him a donation for his campaign? It is100 percent because of retaliation.

According to my sources the under sheriff, Trisha Sanchez's husband, retired sheriff's office Lieutenant Thomas Maloney, has been "mentoring" individuals for the sheriff's office sergeant's promotional exam for several years. He charges several hundred dollars for his "services". Once again if you do not "pay to play" and pay for Thomas Maloney's "services" you will not be afforded the same opportunities to promote. This is a total conflict of interest being that under sheriff Trisha Sanchez has control and input on these promotions.

If you check his website, like I have you will see that Thomas Maloney has been contracted to complete projects that his wife is in charge of distributing funds for.

This actually happened back when Supervisor Don Horsley was the San Mateo County Sheriff and Munks was the under sheriff. However, this kind of behavior goes towards the "good ole boy" network and these people sticking together and protecting each other. Oh and to the whole Carlos Bolonos endorsement list.

I was utterly disgusted and sick to my stomach after hearing this. Two deputies were on patrol and made a bet with each other. One deputy told the other deputy that he would buy him a coffee if he urinated on a concrete roadside memorial. The roadside memorial, located on the San Mateo coast, was that of a small girl that had been killed in an automobile accident. The one deputy took the other up on the bet and urinated on the memorial of this innocent child.

This deputy has since been promoted to a training officer, "training and mentoring" new deputies and also promoted to a detective. What is going on in this department?

As I said prior I have spoken to a few employees and also learned that in the "new" jail, the one on Maple Street, that the correctional officers and deputies have a hard time getting breaks. Even bathroom breaks are an issue, let alone a lunch break. This is due to poor hiring practices, thus lack of personnel.

This has become such a problem that many females are getting BLADDER INFECTIONS from being unable to get someone to relieve them so that they could use a restroom. What century are we living in? This is BARBARIC!

How can this be happening in San Mateo County. Is this the way the Sheriff's has been operating? Someone needs to stop this runaway train before it crashes.

If true, the incidents I have listed, in addition to what the other readers have posted indicate that Bolonos is not fit to run the Sheriff's Office. In addition, to Operation Dollhouse, Bolonos appears to be a bully in his own domain, and won't stop at anything to keep his job. We, the residents of San Mateo County, need to STOP him, and STOP HIM NOW.


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 31, 2018 at 12:58 pm

A young woman in her twenties who was sexually harassed by her boss, the much older Ed Wood, in the San Mateo County 911 office has published an essay about the harassment and about San Mateo County's failure to not only properly investigate the harassment, but to promote Ed Wood to assistant sheriff. Who made Ed Wood Assistant Sheriff? Carlos Bolanos.

Very sad essay. Do the Board of Supervisors know that one of the assistant sheriff's in the San Mateo Sheriff's office had been under investigation for sexual harassment?

Essay here: Web Link


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Posted by More Dirt
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Mar 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Thank you for the information, SMCODiIRT . I am taking a screen shot of it in case Almanac deletes it. Several years ago, a female deputy sheriff sent a document to a victim's advocate about the abuses by employees of San Mateo Sheriff's office. All of the San Mateo press were given a copy, including the Almanac , as well as Board Supervisors, like Dave Pine. Some of most egregious abuses alleged: deputies were viewing pornography on their office computers, including some fairly high ranking officers. One of the porn videos it is alleged they were viewing is absolutely horrifying. This should not ever be tolerated now more than ever in this #metoo and #timesup era
It would be more of the same under Bolanos.
Elect Mark Melville.


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Posted by More Dirt
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Mar 31, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Mark Melville is now on Twitter. @Melville4Sherif


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Posted by Petition
a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Check out this petition to Speier and Eshoo and the public to make the climb less steep.
Web Link


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Posted by More Dirt
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Apr 1, 2018 at 3:43 am

Whoever started this petition: great idea!! Everyone who wants to make real change in the corrupt good ole boy San Mateo government, please sign the petition. Vote Mark Melville!

Web Link


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2018 at 7:58 am

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

To all San Mateo County residents I would suggest that Sabrina Brennan's Support or Endorsement is more powerful then District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Sen. Jerry Hill, Rich Gordon, Marc Berman, Kevin Mullen, Supervisors Don Horsley, Warren Slocum, Dave Pine, David Canepa, Carole Groom, etc all put together.

Sabrina Brennan Supports Mark Melville for San Mateo County Sheriff 2018


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Posted by More Dirt
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Apr 1, 2018 at 8:40 am

The purpose of this petition is in addition to supporting Mark Melville, to get Jackie Speier to endorse Mark Melville. It would be a very big deal if she did. Please forward this to everyone you know. They do not have to live in San Mateo County. In fact, as Rep. Speier is very concerned with her national profile, it would be to our benefit to get people from all over the country to sign.

Pass it on!! Web Link


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm

It would be far less of a "steep climb" for Mark Melville if the Bay Area media would do its job and hold Sheriff Bolanos's feet to the fire and ask him some tough questions. I know his stock response - as well as his cronies'- is to say it happened 11 years ago, so, so what.. But most of the #metoo incidents that have been reported since New York Times broke the Weinstein story happened decades ago ago.

It is my understanding that San Mateo Supervisor candidate Dan Stegink- running against Don Horsley- has made some strong criticisms to reporters about Bolanos, and yet somehow his statements on this matter almost never make it into the papers. The time has come for reporters to get tough on Bolanos - and Horsley for defending him


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Posted by Endorsements for Melville
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Has that former Half Moon Bay mayor and councilman who rescinded her endorsement of Bolanos, endorsed Mark Melville? Has anyone sent her the petition?


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Posted by SMCSO DIRT
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 1, 2018 at 3:36 pm

SMCSO DIRT is a registered user.

Since the wrongdoings within the Sheriff's Office have started to surface, it seems that more and more department employee's want to come forward and speak about and incident they are painfully aware of. The following are a few more such incidents the people of San Mateo need to be made aware of.

Within the past 6 months or so, two individuals who were employed (now recently retired) with the sheriff's department did construction work on the side. These two individuals were asked by a female Lieutenant if they could remodel one of the sheriff's sub stations. She told them she would compensate both of them 60 hours of overtime pay every two weeks, without actually have to work a minute of overtime in their assigned classifications. In return, they would contract for workers and oversee their work product to remodel a sheriff's satellite work site. Is this not a felony type crime, misappropriation of County funds? Mr. Wagstaff could you weigh in on this? However, in typical "good ole boy" fashion this Lieutenant was promoted to Captain! Does this sound familiar, remember Edward Wood, running the communications division commits sexual harassment and then is promoted to assistant sheriff! Both of these incidents were under the watch full eye of none other than Carlos Bolanos. When is this going to stop? I'm both amazed and thank full this type of information and wrong doings' are finally beginning to come out! I could only imagine the amount of like incidents, illegal of course the citizens of San Mateo County haven't heard.

Under the regime of Don Horsley and Greg Munks, a captain was demoted to sergeant for basically stocking a female employee. The demotion was the punishment, with a caveat, that he could promote back up, but never to a higher rank than female he harassed. The female victim ended up retiring as a Lieutenant and the sergeant was able to promote up to the rank of Lieutenant and then retired a couple of years later. Many feel this now Lieutenant should have been fired, but NO.

Another Bolonos supporter, a retired police chief from the South San Francisco police department, at the time of OPERATION DOLLHOUSE was the president of the San Mateo County Chief's Association. His wife, just happened to be a dispatcher with the county. This Police Chief, like DA Wagstaff backed then Sheriff, Greg Munks and Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos during the Operation Dollhouse aftermath. This Chief's wife was shortly thereafter was hired at the sheriff's office as a deputy. With only a short period of time as a deputy, she rose quickly to the rank of sergeant. Then within a few years took a medical retirement from the county. If I'm not mistaken, this Chief is currently hired as a private contractor with the county to do law enforcement background investigations.

As you can see, the system in place takes care of those who take care of them, Horsley, Munks, and Bolanos. If there is true transparency within the Sheriff's Office, maybe Bolanos might want to address these issues, but I'm thinking not..


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Posted by Investigation, Please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 1, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Thank you SMCSODIRT. We know that there are many employees at the San MateoSheriff’s office who are very upset about what is going on but are too afraid to speak out. Encourage your colleagues to sign the petition to have Jackie Speier endorse Mark Melville. She has not endorsed anyone yet. The fact that she has not endorsed Bolanos speaks volumes. There is a way to sign the petition so your name will not be made public. But please sign.

Web Link


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Posted by De Paula
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2018 at 1:15 am

De Paula is a registered user.

If you need to see more information on Shared Hope International the link is below.
Dr. Kennedy wrote the report about Las Vegas OPERATION DOLLHOUSE.
Web Link


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 2, 2018 at 3:39 pm

The father of a victim of Dr. William Ayres has just signed the petition to get Jackie Speier to endorse Mark Melville for Sheriff. Web Link

Please sign the petition.


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Posted by K T Barr
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 2, 2018 at 3:55 pm

"Roseanne Barr has been very vocal about sex trafficking, and has been Tweeting about it on the last two days."

You're kidding, right?

The garbage she has been tweeting is demonstrably false, and borders on pizza-gate level conspiracy wackiness (comes form the same alt-right garbage sites.)

She's just great at respecting our National Anthem though.... not.


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 2, 2018 at 4:10 pm

KT Barr: Ms. Barr has been speaking out against sex trafficking for years. Google it. As for her national anthem rendition, so what? What has that got to do with sex trafficking and Carlos Bolanos, who was caught in an FBI sting in a filthy brothel with underaged trafficked girls? Your vitriol seems a tad bit misdirected. What's your opinion on a sheriff who was caught in a filthy, rundown brothel with sex slaves and who refuses to answer any questions about it?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Can anybody confirm:

Recently Bolanos told a group interested in how his campaign was going that he was being subjected to some "Mud Slinging," but nothing serious, they've got nothing on me, nothing for me to worry about.

If this is true all he has to do is answer some questions he has been hiding from for 11 years. That's not Mud Slinging.


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Posted by K T Barr
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 2, 2018 at 5:17 pm

@investigation

Why would someone bring Barr and her tweets in to the discussion when she was demonstrably wrong? "Google it", as you say. Seriously, if you are using her and her 4chan conspiracy theory tweets as a way to drum up publicity, you ought to think twice. Perhaps also google the pics of her in nazi gear in 2009. Call it satire if you like, but the alt-right has propagated those photos all over without the satirical 'context'.

"As for her national anthem rendition, so what?"
As far as her disrespecting our Anthem and our country? It's her and your right to do so. It is my opinion that it is wrong. I would never think of using her, a liar and someone who has demonstrated such disrespect, as a standard bearer for your conspiracy theory.

On second thought, never mind. Perhaps this group understands *exactly* what they are doing by involving Roseann Barr.

Mea culpa.


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 2, 2018 at 5:20 pm

KT Barr: I asked you about your thoughts about Carlos Bolanos being detained in a filthy brothel with underaged trafficked girls, and you won't answer the questions. Maybe try Daily Kos? Also, it's "Roseanne" with an "e."


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Posted by K T Barr
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 2, 2018 at 5:37 pm

I'm confused. You involved R Barr into the thread, by claiming to invite her via tweet or whatever. I advised caution for the obvious reasons she lies about fringe conspiracy theories, disrespects our country and the anthem, etc..

Then you claim I'm a member of some leftest blog? Offended I dropped an "e" off of Roseanne?

Yikes!

As for your question, that seems to be another indication of how far off topic the half dozen of you have taken this thread ("Deputy looking at a steep climb in running for sheriff") and many of the other hijacked threads (such as the social security meeting announcement.)

Just trying to help, but apparently the club above doesn't care to hear other voices unless they echo their own.

Good evening, sir/madam.


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm

How is bringing up Carlos Bolanos's being caught in a brothel with underaged trafficked girls "hijacking" the thread? The brothel incident is mentioned in the Almanac story. Methinks it's you who is hijacking the thread. Someone's feeling the heat.. What are your thoughts on Operation Dollhouse?


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 2, 2018 at 5:43 pm

This is a good time to remind people who want an end to corruption in San Mateo County to sign the petition to get Jackie Speier (who came out hard against Bolanos in 2008) to endorse the #metoo candidate Mark Melville

Web Link


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Posted by De Paula
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2018 at 6:46 pm

De Paula is a registered user.

We need this movement to have the following political beliefs--Liberal, Progressive, Conservative.
San Mateo County Sheriff ‘s election- June 5, 2018.
San Mateo County Voters need to “DO THE RIGHT THING.”
Please vote for Mark D. Melville for San Mateo County Sheriff.


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Posted by Bar (1 r)
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 2, 2018 at 7:41 pm

Any one asking the wrong question or opinions here gets run off by the "club".


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Posted by Dead man walking
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2018 at 9:06 pm

Isn’t Melville aware of what happened to Juan Lopez, another deputy who dared to question the annointment process San Mateo County uses to choose its sheriffs?

Catch a showing of Cop Land on Netflix with Sylvester Stallone. Bolanos reminds me of the character played by Harvey Keitel. Not a very warm and friendly guy. Someone who can definitely put you down on the ground, and in a hole in it.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2018 at 6:50 am

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

This is a perfect example of what the residents and most of the Deputies in the San Mateo County Sheriff Office, have been putting up with for 11 years of misinformation.

This is from the article above: "In 2007, before Mr. Melville joined the department, Mr. Bolanos and Mr. Munks were detained by Las Vegas police in connection with an FBI sting operation involving illegal brothels. Police found Mr. Munks inside a brothel he said he thought was a legitimate business."

The Almanac refuses to publish the fact the Carlos Bolanos was INSIDE the single family residence with the Sheriff.

Their sister news media the Palo Alto Online and the Las Vegas Review both quoted 2 Las Vegas Metro Police Officers who were working the sting that night Spokesperson Bill Cassell and Lt. Karen Hughes who placed Carlos Bolanos INSIDE. The articles were published April 24,25, 2007. Also no mention of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including child.
as Mark De Paula has shared the FBI data he personally received with all elected officials, many didn't want to hear it or see it.

11 years of misinformation to the San Mateo County residents, a simple Google search 10 minutes max.

Carlos Bolanos should have been FIRED by the end of April 2007. He was an at will employee.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2018 at 7:06 am

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

These are the questions the residents of SMC and over 400 Sheriff Deputies want answered by Carlos Bolanos.

Web Link


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Posted by Mobilize!
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 3, 2018 at 7:23 am

We know Bolanos is a bad guy. We know he's enabled horrible things (his detainment in Operation Dollhouse, promotions of individuals with sexual harassment complaints, turning a blind eye, impacting community members by not filling vacancies so they are short public safety and operating at critically low levels, and the list goes on).

We've got to mobilize together collectively and effectively.

We're wasting time and effort getting stuck in the weeds of details about specifics of where Bolanos was and who and who is not publishing it. This stuff is important, but we ought to focus on getting Melville elected, which means talking to as many San Mateo voters as we can.

What we need to talk to them about is: registering to vote now, finding a universal concept or something that speaks to them directly that evokes passion and mobilizes them to vote, and giving facts (simple, not getting tangential or conspiracy driven) about why Bolanos is a bad person (enabling harassment, being detained in an illegal brothel with exploited women and minors, allowing pornography to be passed to senior officials on county emails and not holding them accountable, etc).

The number of people voting for Melville is the step we have the possibility of influencing by at least collectively getting people informed with simple facts and making it relevant to them personally.

The petition is a place to start. If you're involved in any clubs or have San Mateo connections reach out to them, even anonymously if you've got stories of Bolanos allegations. He only gets to he a bully as long as we let him. Melville is the key to change as is Stegnik who is running against Former Sheriff and current Board of Supervisors chair Horsley

(Click the blue text for the link to petition that says 'web link')
Web Link


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2018 at 8:24 am

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

I have requested the San Mateo County Supervisors to Un-Appoint Carlos Bolanos as Sheriff.


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Posted by Mobilize is right
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 3, 2018 at 8:54 am

Mobliize is right: " We ought to focus on getting Melville elected, which means talking to as many San Mateo voters as we can. "

Call and email Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo. Talk to friends who aren't plugged in to the Sheriff election. Forward them the petition.

Web Link


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Posted by SMCSO DIRT
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 3, 2018 at 9:20 am

SMCSO DIRT is a registered user.

We need to begin contacting our representatives.

JACKIE SPEIER 650-342-0300

ANNA ESHOO 650-323-2984 or 408-245-2339

They need to take a look into the way this corrupt county is operating.


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Posted by Mobilize is right
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 3, 2018 at 11:17 am

Thanks, SMCODIRT. Many of us have contacted Speier and Eshoo's office. Some have called and emailed multiple times.

Here are the emails from Speier's two long time staffers. Sending email to them might be faster than going through website

mark.nagales@mail.house.gov

brian.perkins@mail.house.gov

You could send them the petition!

Web Link


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Posted by SMC Resident
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Apr 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm

So glad all this is coming out. I hope enough people reads this information to make a difference. It’s time the residents of San Mateo County have a Sheriff’s Office that they can be proud of and not just a joke of a law enforcement office that misuse our tax money. Here’s another example of the misuse of tax money. A Legal Office Specialist (LOS) that is involved in Bolanos’ campaign recently received a big promotion. Public information that’s available on the following website. Web Link Search for Le-Christensen.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Carlos Bolanos's Leadership, Just ask and if we have the answer we will get it to you.

I have reason to believe the Assistant Sheriff Jeff Kearnan retired 2-3 weeks ago. The Sheriff Office website still shows him as one of the 3 Assistant Sheriff. That should take more than a few minutes to delete from the website.

Here are my e-mails to the Sheriff's Office

RE: RE: Assistant Sheriff Jeff Kearnan

SHERIFFS_PIO <PIO@smcgov.org>
To:
Michael Stogner

Apr 3 at 10:44 AM

Hello Michael,

I have not received that information regarding Kearnan’s last day of work yet. Can you help me understand why you need this information please?

Thank you.



Detective Rosemerry Blankswade

Public Information Officer

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

400 County Center Redwood City, Ca.

Office: 650-363-4800

Cell: 650-421-1243





From: Michael Stogner [mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2018 6:21 AM
To: SHERIFFS_PIO <PIO@smcgov.org>
Subject: Re: RE: Assistant Sheriff Jeff Kearnan



Hello Rosemerry,

Thank You for getting back to me and Yes if you could on Monday confirm the specific date, that would be great.


Michael


On Saturday, March 31, 2018, 9:00:06 PM PDT, SHERIFFS_PIO <PIO@smcgov.org> wrote:


Hello Michael,

Jeff Kearnan has retired, but I do not have access to when his last day of work was until Monday when Personnel Services is open. Please let me know if you need the specific date still and I can see if that information is available come Monday if you like?



Thank you.



Detective Rosemerry Blankswade

Public Information Officer

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

400 County Center Redwood City, Ca.

Office: 650-363-4800

Cell: 650-421-1243





From: Michael Stogner [mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com]
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:49 AM
To: SHERIFFS_PIO <PIO@smcgov.org>
Subject: Assistant Sheriff Jeff Kearnan



Hello,



Can you tell me if Jeff Kearnan has retired and if so what was his last day with the SO.



Thank You

Michael Stogner

www.sanmateocountynews.com


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Posted by What?
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Public information is public information. You do NOT need to answer the question about why you want to know. That's an attempt at intimidation.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

From Questions to ask Carlos Bolanos:
Re: Operation Dollhouse FBI Sting.

What role if any did SMCSO Officers Jeff Kearnan & Tom Gallagher play in assisting your release?

Did they show up at the LVMPD facility to get you out?

Both men are now retired, I wonder if Carlos Bolanos had them sign a Non Disclosure Agreement? To protect their Pension.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Today San Mateo County Sheriff Office Website, Jeff Kearnan still there.
Web Link


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Supervisor District 3 Candidate Dan Stegink Quote: "Even if Mr Bolanos wins, he is unlikely to complete his term."


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Posted by Mobilize is right
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 3, 2018 at 2:28 pm

For those who dismiss that Operation Dollhouse incident in 2008 because it was a "long time ago" and not relevant, wel,l the Mercury News has done a series of stories this week about an incident involving the current Santa Clara Sheriff who is up for election that took place TWENTY-FIVE years ago! Web Link


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Posted by Mobilize is right
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 3, 2018 at 2:29 pm

Where did Dan Stegink make the quote today about Bolanos not finishing his term? Was it in a paper?


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Posted by Mobilize!
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 3, 2018 at 9:37 pm

It's definitely up to us to effectively mobilize.

Sent a request over to mercury news with the excuse they can't cover because their too busy, yet they've got multiple relevant stories about Santa Clara Sheriff issues and Board of Supervisors appointing unethical candidates. Posted a simple comment saying look at San Mateo County to them and it disappeared into the ether. Definitely feeling stallwarted.

There are huge things happening right now, but we gotta keep plugging forward person by person to get the votes. Melville has posted and shown he's passionate about working to end gun violence and providing active shooter education, which is highly relevant based on the horrendous shooting we saw today in our own backyard.


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Posted by CONCERNED CITIZEN 2
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 4, 2018 at 12:35 pm

CONCERNED CITIZEN 2 is a registered user.

We need to contact Mark Melville and find out what we can do to help. Yard signs, bumper stickers, chatting with neighbors and friends. If there's events you think he should go to or any other ideas. The time is now or we will be stuck with the corrupt "good ole' boys" network.


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Posted by De Paula
a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm

De Paula is a registered user.

Page Nine --column 4-- Dr. Kennedy mentions in her report for SHARED HOPE INTERNATIONAL-------------
OPERATION DOLLHOUSE.
Web Link


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Posted by The official report
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Apr 4, 2018 at 1:46 pm

The report Mr. Depaula cites. "Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking- Las Vegas" was funded by a grant from the United States Department of Justice. Authored by Alexis Kennedy, Ph.D and Joey Pucci, M.A. Page 9.

The report cites Bolanos and Munks BY NAME. It says,"Similarly, in April 2007, there was minimal local coverage in Las Vegas when the San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks and his undersheriff were found at an illegal brothel during Operation Dollhouse and allowed to leave the scene without arrest. Media seemed to accept without question the response of Sheriff Munks when he stated that he thought the establishment, located in a private home in Clark County, was a "legitimate business." Additionally, most media in their coverage of Operation Dollhouse that MINORS were also found among the prostituted women in one of the illegally operating brothels."
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This report was funded by a grant from the United States Department of Justice.


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Posted by The official report
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Apr 4, 2018 at 2:11 pm

I had no idea that in 2009, in response to heated criticism for their failure to deal with the Munks and Bolanos scandal the then members of the San Mateo Board of Supervisors appointed something called a "Citizens Review Panel" to look into the scandal. Only trouble is, they forgot to inform most of the 34 people they appointed for the review that they were on it.

From Mercury News story, August 14, 2009, by Shaun Bishop.

Quotes Norm Heise, a Belmont resident and former member of the county's civil
grand jury, the supervisors' initial inaction proves the body would be
incapable of conducting a fair investigation.

Instead, the county's civil grand jury should probe the sheriff's trip and
expand its investigation into "how the county's good-old-boy system was at
work" in the board's lack of action, Heise said.

But another former civil grand juror, Dave Mandelkern of Hillsborough, said
supervisors have an imperative to explore not only the sheriff's brothel
visit but the efficacy of the entire department.

"The shocking part about all this last year was the closing of the ranks
down at the county center and their treating it as a bad PR event, instead
of looking at how the sheriff is running his operation," Mandelkern said.


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Posted by The official Report
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Apr 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

I knew that San Mateo District Attorney and former DA Jim Fox had defended Munks and Bolanos in their emails to them after Operation Dollhouse and that the Supervisors passed the buck. But I had no idea of the extent to which every single official whose job it was to do something about Munks and Bolanos passed the buck and said, "Not my job."

From Contra Costa Times, April 19, 2008: States Visit to Illegal Brothel May Be Reviewed " by Shaun Bishop.

The money paragraph:

"County supervisors have said the sheriff as an elected official is
accountable only to the voters, and District Attorney Jim Fox has said if a
crime occurred, it did so outside his jurisdiction. County Manager John
Maltbie, who was accused by the sheriff's department 15 years ago of
allegedly trying to solicit an undercover policewoman posing as a
prostitute, restricted his probe of the incident to whether county funds
were spent on the trip. They were."


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Posted by The Official Report
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Apr 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm

From Palo Alto Daily News, April 18, 2006: "Operation Lockdown: County Office Lets Sheriff Weather Brothel Scandal: Speier Calls For Investigation" by Shaun Bishop:

Asked why he sent such a supportive message when all the facts weren't out,
Fox said he knew his office wouldn't be prosecuting the case had any crime
occurred because Las Vegas is out of its jurisdiction.

Fox has the power to initiate a grand jury investigation into "willful or
corrupt misconduct in office," but said he doesn't believe the Vegas
incident qualifies.

Asked whether he condones the sheriff's conduct, Fox said: "I'm not in a
position to judge other people other than people who commit crimes in my
jurisdiction."

Chief Deputy District Attorney Wagstaffe also said he wouldn't have sent a
note had the incident occurred in San Mateo County.

Both Fox and Wagstaffe said they don't believe the incident compromises the
sheriff's ability to do his job.

"He is a man of integrity, such that it would not in any fashion affect his
office's ability to enforce all the laws of the state of California,"
Wagstaffe said.

_

Unbelievable statements from Fox and Wagstaffe.


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Posted by The Official Report
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Apr 4, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Well, what do you know: A year after he Munks/Bolanos Operation Dollhouse incident, as a result of media reports and complaints from citizens, Jerry Hill actually gave back money he had received from Munks for his campaign.

From "Official Accountability", May 10, 2008, Contra Costa Times by Michael Manekin:

"In the weeks since the San Mateo County Times revisited the sheriff's
brothel scandal, the issue has once again begun to foment debate in the
county. It has even affected the state Assembly campaign of Supervisor Jerry
Hill, who had received some $4,800 from Munks and his wife before pledging
to return the money after the articles ran in the Times."

___

Why is there no media pressure now during this important and historical #metoo era to extract details once and for all from Bolanos about his visit to the brothel? . He owes it to voters.


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Posted by CONCERNED CITIZEN 2
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 4, 2018 at 2:45 pm

CONCERNED CITIZEN 2 is a registered user.

Feel free to contact Mark Melville at cell # 650-730-3187 or at melville4sheriff2018@gmail.com. If you want any yard signs or bumper stickers just leave your address and he or one of his staff members will deliver whatever you want.

Now's the time to contact Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo. We need to get them on board. We need to be a thorn in their sides.

Melville just finished an interview with the Daily Journal, I will post the information when it comes out.

Thanks for reading and GO MELVILLE!


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Posted by The Official Report
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Apr 4, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Thanks for the good info,CONCERNED CITIZEN 2. A reminder that there is an online petition asking Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo to endorse Mark Melville. Lots signed today. Only 4 more to go to 100. Let's go!

Web Link


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Here is what the Supervisors wasted taxpayer money on to trick the residents in 2008-9

Web Link


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Here is the Sheriff's response to James P. Fox and Steve Wagstaffe e-mails attacking the media about 4 hours before any local media printed one word. That is just Strange.
Web Link


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Posted by The Official Report
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Apr 4, 2018 at 6:06 pm

Thanks for posting that photo of the place which Munks and Bolanos believed to be a "legitimate place of business" where they could get their massage. *Cough*

Here's the spa at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where they were staying, which also offered massages: Web Link

Seems odd that they would eschew the lovely, true legitimate place of business for a filthy run down home where even neighbors knew bad things were happening.

Vote Mark Melville for San Mateo Sheriff!


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Posted by De Paula
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2018 at 12:51 am

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Please sign the movement to endorse Mark D. Melville for San Mateo County Sheriff--election June 5, 2018.


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Posted by Mobilize is right
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 5, 2018 at 5:55 am

New video up of Mark Melville speaking at Views and Brews event, Half Moon Bay, March 12, 2018. This is just the intro

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2018 at 6:35 am

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Posted by Mobilize is right
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 3, 2018 at 2:29 pm
Where did Dan Stegink make the quote today about Bolanos not finishing his term? Was it in a paper?

I was waiting for the San Mateo Daily Journal to publish it, Todays article fails to mention it, I've had the quote for 9 days.


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Posted by Mobilize is right
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 5, 2018 at 6:47 am

It's Mr. Stegink's responsibility to bring up the Bolanos/Horsley problem to the press. If he plays it safe, he's got absolutely no chance of winning. This is a very disappointing article.


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Posted by Mobilize is right
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 5, 2018 at 6:53 am

Here's the link to the San Mateo Daily Journal interview with candidates Stegink and Horsley today. Many citizens have asked Stegink to talk about Horsley's defense of Sheriff Bolanos at Operation Dollhouse. Very disappointing that he played it so safe and never mentioned it: Web Link

When is someone with real guts, who is in a position to do something about this, going to speak up to the press?


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Posted by SMCSO DIRT
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:13 am

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I don't think it's because these people are not standing up. The papers print what they want to print. I believe the San Mateo County Journal is partially owned by Greg munks'in-laws. You will never see anything negative about the good ol' boy Network. This network runs extremely deep and dirty.


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Posted by Mobilize is right
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:19 am

WqAt least the Daily Journal is deigning to post negative comments under the story Web Link


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Posted by Kelse650
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 5, 2018 at 11:39 am

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Lets get Melville in for sure! And, we should go look at that web link being posted to the article about Don Horsley vs Dan Stegink for the Board of Supervisors Seat. Voting out Don is important too...

After all, Don was the tie breaking vote that appointed Carlos Bolanos. He should have recused himself from the vote because he had a clear conflict of interest and violated the Brown Act by doing so. Bolanos hired Horsley's son as a correctional officer.

Check out the article over here about Stegink vs Horsley and weigh in support. Web Link


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Posted by SMCSO DIRT
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:45 pm

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Early February 2nd sergeants union endorses Carlos "the bully" Bolanos. Within days the new requirements come out for testing leiutenans...the requirements dropped significantly. One year on as a sergeant and the education requirements lifted.DIRTY..Welcome to the Sheriff's department...welcome to the county..intimidation and dirty to the core..


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Posted by SMCSO DIRT
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 5, 2018 at 10:05 pm

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Lieutenants..my apologies..


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Posted by Silly
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 6, 2018 at 1:13 am

Just an amazing thread. Tone deaf, yet preaching to the choir. Please continue amongst yourselves.


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 6, 2018 at 2:51 am

In this era of #metoo and #times up, how is this discussion “ tone deaf?” The incident and the names of Bolanos were singled out by a report called “ Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking,” funded by a grant for US Dept of Justice. If it is silly, why have neither Bolanos or Munks refused to discuss what happened?

This has never been resolved. Think of the minor trafficked girls on the site of Operation Dollhouse. I don’t want a Sheriff in charge with a past like that.
Many people who didn’t know about Operation Dollhouse until now are horrified and disgusted


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Posted by Mobilize is Right
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 6, 2018 at 5:24 am

The San Mateo Daily Journal endorses Horsley. What a surprise!!

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2018 at 5:38 am

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"Here's the link to the San Mateo Daily Journal interview with candidates Stegink and Horsley today. Many citizens have asked Stegink to talk about Horsley's defense of Sheriff Bolanos at Operation Dollhouse. Very disappointing that he played it so safe and never mentioned it: Web Link"

Dan Stegink did mention it to the SMDJ, They didn't print it, Now who are you disappointed with?


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Posted by CONCERNED CITIZEN 2
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 6, 2018 at 12:23 pm

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with some sheriff's department employees. Obviously the whole "operation dollhouse" came up. While on the subject, one of the individuals mentioned about a different incident that occurred between 2002 and 2004.

The individual told me this was when Supervisor Horsley was the sheriff. Greg Munks was the undersheriff at the time.

They told me that a detective with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department was accused of raping a female. After coming to light with Sheriff Horsley and under sheriff Munks the detective was taken off of the assignment.

The incident was investigated by the San Mateo County detective bureau, it was determined that a sexual assault had occurred.

Nothing else was done with the case. Once again swept under the carpet. The "good ol' boy" network strikes again.

The suspect has since been promoted back to a detective.

This lack of respect for women at the sheriff's department has got to stop and only we the voters of San Mateo County can change it. We are getting no support from the other elected officials.

Please research who you are going to vote for. Google the candidates and get some of the truth for yourself.

I, for one, am going to do my part and vote for Mark Melville and Dan Stegink.

LETS CLEAN UP SAN MATEO COUNTY TOGETHER.

#metoo

#timesup


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm

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"This lack of respect for women at the sheriff's department has got to stop and only we the voters of San Mateo County can change it. We are getting no support from the other elected officials."

You are getting support from 1 Elected Official out of the 3 who represent the citizens/residents.

San Mateo County Harbor District Commissioner Sabrina Brennan Endorses Mark Melville for Sheriff 2018. She is the only elected official in all of San Mateo County so far.


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Posted by Investigation, please
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 6, 2018 at 4:10 pm

Concerned Citizen 2: I am wondering if the rape incident you are referring to is the same one that San Mateo County Times reporter Bonnie Eslinger learned of. The incident she learned about occurred around 2001 or 2002. Ms. Eslinger- who now works for a legal news service- told me that in April 2011, she encountered the deputy in question in the rape incident, in the hall of the Redwood City courthouse. Eslinger said she asked the deputy about the alleged rape incident. She said the deputy said coldly, " I have no idea what you are talking about" and then turned on his heel and took off down the hall at a fast pace.


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Posted by CONCERNED CITIZEN 2
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 7, 2018 at 1:25 pm

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The deputy in question is still at the Sheriff's Office and sits on the DSA board. Has been on that board for many years.The most of anyone on the board.


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