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Editorial: Unfortunate choices in sheriff's race

 

San Mateo County voters who want to cast ballots in the race for sheriff have three candidates to choose from. Two are on the ballot: Appointed incumbent Carlos Bolanos and challenger Mark Melville, a county sheriff's deputy on active duty. A third, write-in candidate, Heinz Puschendorf, is also on the Sheriff's Office roster, listed as a deputy, disabled.

Those who remember and continue to be troubled by Bolanos' 2007 escapade in Las Vegas, when he and then-sheriff Greg Munks were detained at an illegal brothel, face a dilemma in this election. Should your vote go to an experienced law enforcement administrator whose generally progressive policies are a good fit for the county, but who has yet to adequately explain just what happened in Las Vegas, or apologize to the public for how the county was ill-represented by his widely reported actions? Or should you support a candidate whose administrative experience is dwarfed, if it exists at all, when what's at stake is the functioning of a multi-million-dollar public safety agency with, according to the Sheriff's Office website, more than 800 sworn and civilian employees?

We are among those who remain disturbed by Bolanos' lack of accountability for the Las Vegas debacle, but see him as the only viable choice among the candidates to run a huge bureaucratic agency whose level of functioning has serious consequences for our communities.

Why were there no better choices in this race? Some of the blame must be placed on the trio of county supervisors – Don Horsley, Warren Slocum and Adrienne Tissier – who in 2016 appointed Bolanos, then undersheriff, to replace Munks after his mid-term retirement, refusing to allow others to apply for the job and ensuring that Bolanos would have an incumbent's advantage in this race.

The slim board majority pushed through Bolanos' appointment despite the urging of community members – including former county supervisors and now congressional representatives Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier – to conduct an open process and invite applicants for the position.

The two congresswomen wrote at the time: "We do know that there are members of law enforcement who would be willing to compete for an appointment but who feel severely disadvantaged to compete in an election under the present circumstances."

To vote in this race for either of the challengers, whom we find to be unqualified for this important job, would be understandable from the perspective of a desire to vote against Bolanos – wanting to cast a feel-good protest vote. But one only needs to consider the consequences of so many past protest votes, including the instability of governance in Washington, to realize how destructive they can be.

If you vote, cast your vote for Bolanos, and hope that next time we have real choices.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

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Carlos Bolanos Illegally Appointed Sheriff 7/12/16 now Candidate for Sheriff 2018.

Refuses to answer one simple question. How many minutes were you detained the night of April 21, 2007?

Under 60 minutes? or over 180 minutes?

FBI Human Trafficking Sting "Operation Dollhouse."


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2018 at 9:40 am

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The Almanac knows Carlos Bolanos is dishonest, and they are ok with that.

"when what's at stake is the functioning of a multi-million-dollar public safety agency with, according to the Sheriff's Office website, more than 800 sworn and civilian employees?"

San Mateo County Voters, The Sheriff's Office is your office to fill not an Advertising Business.


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Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 25, 2018 at 9:56 am

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It is refreshing to see that the Almanac agrees that Carlos Bolanos has the experience and skill-set to run this MULTI HUNDRED million dollar enterprise.

Carlos's experience as the Redwood City Chief of Police (before becoming under-sheriff) should not be discounted. His fiscal, and legal acumen from DECADES of operating and leading law enforcement agencies "dwarfs" the other candidates (That is the Almanacs word not just mine). We should remember that the County Jail (a large financial obligation for the county)is also under his direction. So all his experience is relevant and needed.

He commands the respect of his deputies and the public (well except the 5 of you who have FLOODED the Almanac Town Square Blog).

I for one have voted for Carlos because he is the right man for the job. I voted for him because know him, worked with him, and respect him to serve the public in keeping San Mateo County and it's residents safe and secure.

Roy Thiele-Sardina


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Posted by What you're saying
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2018 at 10:06 am

The Almanac says" Forget about the trafficked minors" and just hold your nose and vote for the lying Bolanos.

Got it

The issue is that along with Munks , Bolanos as law enforcement had no regard for the law decided to visit an illegal brothel where the FBI found underaged trafficked girls. At least NY AG Eliot Sptizer had the grace to resign after he was caught frequenting prostitutes- and they weren't trafficked minors.
That was one giant administrative mistake that has demoralized the deputies.

Vote Mark Melville for Sheriff.


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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 25, 2018 at 10:10 am

Prostitution should certainly be legalized, but it is amusing nonetheless to have a Sheriff with such bad judgement and/or disrespect for the law.


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Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 25, 2018 at 10:13 am

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@What you're saying

You should remember the proverbial

"In a world of blind men, the one eyed jack is king"

Melville's LACK of ANY management experience disqualifies him from managing this LARGE and COSTLY agency.

Carlos continues to be the most qualified candidate for the job. You may not like ONE aspect of his past, but you have put NOTHING up about why your candidate is qualified to operate anything. No experience.

Carlos Bolanos is the RIGHT choice.

Roy


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Posted by What you're saying
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2018 at 10:20 am

If one has good administrative experience, then one as undersheriff of a semi large department( we're not talking Chicago or NYC) would have had the good sense to not set foot on the property of an illegal brothel where there were minors. Shows a lack of common sense, abuse of power and contempt for women and the citizens of San Matwo. Lots of experience but still made a very bad , unlawful decision

I rest my case.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2018 at 10:39 am

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He commands the respect of his deputies and the public

Heinz Puschender has told me and Dave Price He was ordered by Carlos Bolanos not to mention Operation Dollhouse.

Think about that, In 2007 Heinz was the President of the DSA when that illegal order was given by Carlos Bolanos.


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Posted by look at it, fercrissakes
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 25, 2018 at 11:49 am

Putting your rep on Heinz? Okay.

Bold.


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Posted by StevenJacobs
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 25, 2018 at 11:58 am

I have an issue with the allegation that Melville lacks management experience...

He has been a police chief, city manager, and has done other things that require managing a budget. Bolanos is putting way too much emphasis on the importance of managing a "large" organization and "multi-million dollar" budget, because it's the only unique qualification he does have.

First off, it's county and government money, which generally has a pretty standardized set of restrictions on how it's spent anyway. Second, 70% of it is personnel costs (i.e. employee salaries, benefits, etc). Where does the rest of the money go? Well, anyone that works in government knows there's contracting, some organizational costs, etc., etc.

Freaking people out with the importance of managing the finances is deterring from the actual political points and issues at stake.

The department is critically low staffed, Bolanos is insanely restructuring the department to be executive level management heavy, when it's the line staff and boots on the ground staff that are needed.

He won't get body cameras for the department or spend his so called $16 million dollar surplus (which...if you know government budgeting is really a load of bull because there's only so much money you can roll over from year to year).

Also, the Undersheriff usually has a pretty extensive role in the technicalities of the administration of the budget, so it makes sense that he appoint an expert in that sort of stuff, which he will likely do given that one of his talking points has been getting the experts in to positions where they are needed.

Bolanos has lowered requirements needed to serve in specialty positions and be promoted rather than maintain a high standard which should also be analyzed critically and make you question his leadership


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Posted by StevenJacobs
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 25, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Let me amend to say that it makes sense that MELVILLE would appoint an expert and has been making a point to state in his campaign that he needs to put the right people in the right place to get the job done, which also applies to the Undersheriff and management of the money.





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Posted by StevenJacobs
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 25, 2018 at 12:11 pm

I almost forgot, CBS news did an investigative pieces and found that the whole Vegas trip used county vehicles from the sheriff's department that were in violation of county policy. I think it was about $16,000 or so that was spent.

Bolanos was undersheriff at the time...so probably dealt a lot with the budget and operations. If he were fiscally responsible, wouldn't he have made sure to stop that from happening and not sent county vehicles in the first place?


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 25, 2018 at 12:27 pm

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The slim board majority pushed through Bolanos' appointment despite the urging of community members – including former county supervisors and now congressional representatives Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier – to conduct an open process and invite applicants for the position.
The two congresswomen wrote at the time: "We do know that there are members of law enforcement who would be willing to compete for an appointment but who feel severely disadvantaged to compete in an election under the present circumstances."

Suggestion: Elect Mark Melville in the Primary. That will give him an extra 5 months to prepare for the job. After 6 months on the job, a vote of confidence could be taken. If called for, this could lead up to the open appointment process sought by the two congresswomen and MANY others. If not, Mark might go on to be the best Sheriff ever!


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Posted by LilyK
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2018 at 1:11 pm

To manage a law enforcement organization, one would think that having credibility and possessing true integrity would absolutely be a requirement.

Melville has both.

After all, anyone can train, learn, and develop experience to manage a large organization.

T


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Posted by BooToTheGoodOldBoys
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on May 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm

The Almanac supports good old boys. Horsley, Bolanos, Woodside council members with conflicts of interest and agendas all get votes of confidence. We're not fans of holding our nose to vote. Melville for sheriff and hope to see new blood running for Board of Supes and Woodside council.


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 25, 2018 at 3:46 pm

I will never vote for Bolanos for anything. He has already demonstrated a level of corruption unacceptable in a law enforcement officer. I have no confidence that he will uphold laws governing behaviors of other members of the department.

He didn't control his own behavior or make good choices when he thought he was not being watched. That isn't a quality I want in our sheriff. I do not believe he has universal respect of the department. If he does, then the whole department needs cleaning up.

Bolanos has so compromised himself that I fear he'd be vulnerable to blackmail & bribery. There's widespread corruption among guards at the jail. They've taken money to allow cell phones & drugs to be given to inmates. (Lots of coverage about this. over the last couple of years.)

The only thing that kept him from being prosecuted in Las Vegas was a "professional courtesy" extended by LV to Bolanos & Monks. I'll never trust Bolanos nor the people who think a mature man just made a little mistake & we should vote for him anyway.


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Posted by Craig
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2018 at 4:17 pm

The Sheriff's office has been plagued with incompetent leaders for many years, especially Horsley, who now apparently wants Balanos to become the next Sheriff. Why, because he has a Spanish surname? Who knows for sure.
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It is unfortunate that the choices are slim, but days of Earl B. Witmore are gone. I would go for Melville only because he come from the rants and probably has some street smarts...but who knows?
Good luck SMSO!


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Posted by What you’re saying
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2018 at 5:38 pm

Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo and the San Mateo Democrats made the decision not to make an endorsement in the Sheriff race. Given the obvious distaste the Almanac has for Bolanos’s childish refusal to take responsibility for his actions, why on earth did the Almanac make a decision to endorse at all? The poster who wrote that the Almanac supports good ole boys is right. I expected far, far better of the Almanac.


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Posted by Zbig
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on May 25, 2018 at 9:34 pm

Bolanos wasn’t arrested in Vegas, he wasn’t charged. Stogner has had 11 years to dig up something — anything — that would show criminal activity on the part of Bolanos. We have nothing more than we did 11 years ago. No evidence from Stogner. It’s put up or shut up time.


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Posted by LilyK
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2018 at 11:46 pm

The fact that Bolanos was even present when he was in town to represent law enforcement speaks volumes about his integrity.

Not being arrested or charged with a crime does NOT excuse that kind of behavior from a top official.


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Posted by Recursion
a resident of another community
on May 26, 2018 at 12:15 am

Almanac says hold your nose and vote for Bolanos even though he’s corrupt because he has experience.

First, is that good experience or bad experience?

Second, Melville has management experience. Same editorial could have said don’t vote for Obama in 2008 because he lacked experience managing an institution the size of the federal government. (And, in fact, most presidents).

Moran importantly, if the requirement is going to be you need to have management experience at the SMC level, we will NEVER break the cycle of corruption of candidates like Horsley, Munks and Bolanos, with heir corrupt hand-picked successors.

This guy was found at an underage prostitution house!! Key word is underage. This wasn’t speeding or pushing his wife during an argument or getting caught with an adult hooker. The sheriff and undersheriff wanted to have sex with underage human trafficked sex slaves when the only role they should have played if they wound up there is helping to RESCUE them. They are completely despicable human beings.

People say he didn’t have the judgement to not be there. I think it’s more like impunity. He may have been right.

Now it’s up to the voters.

The Almanac has done a grave disservice to SMC voters with this ill-conceived editorial.


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Posted by Recursion
a resident of another community
on May 26, 2018 at 12:24 am

And by the way, how many “Menlo Moms” would complain about such an individual even living near where they live or children go to school?

This is so hypocritical and corrupt!


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Posted by What you’re saying
a resident of another community
on May 26, 2018 at 3:33 am

ZBig: The “ Bolanos wasn't arrested “ excuse - a complete red herring - has been desperately trotted out by the unrepentant Bolanos and his pals for weeks. As this story shows, none of the Johns who were destined at the brothel were arrested. Neither were the trafficked wonen- one of whom was just 15. As the story says, the purpose of the sting was to arrest the pimps and traffickers onlyWeb Link

You might want to take a look at that channel 7 news story on Operation Dollhouse and watch the interviews with neighbors who said they knew bad activities were going down there at the brothel.

Web Link

Bolanos and Munks knew they were playing with fire when they showed up there. And this incident will dog Bolanos for the rest of his career, and life.

Many elected officials are never arrested for their misconduct, like NY attorney General Eliot Spitzer after he was caught hiring prostitutes- but he still had the grace to resign and to apologize.

Bolanos still hasnt learned that the more he refuses to talk about the incident , the angrier and more suspicious many voters will be


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Posted by Jackie Speier will never endorse Bolanos
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 26, 2018 at 6:06 am

Jackie Speier was horrified and disgusted by Bolanos and Munks being caught at illegal brothel. She will never endorse Bolanos. Her staffer voted not to endorse at the San Mateo Democrat meeting in April.


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

When the original story about Bolanos & Munks being found in that Las Vegas brothel during a planned raid, I asked a LV District Attorney if this could have been an innocent mistake, since our 2 sheriffs claimed they thought they were going to a "legit massage parlor." The answer was a very strong "NO."

The run-down house was in a seedy part of town, several miles from the strip & downtown. Hotels have in-room lists of various vendors & services including legitimate massage parlors. The DA further said that anyone who found this particular house knew how to access information for brothels offering illegal services & that no tourists looking for massages could have ever found the place.

The DA I asked is my sibling, so I strongly believe what I was told. I'll NEVER vote for Bolanos or anyone who supports him. The Almanac is way off-base here.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 26, 2018 at 10:01 am

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Roy is perfect example of what is wrong with SMC. A privileged elite that thinks the status quo is just fine. He's willing to ignore the unignorable to elect another SMC crony. People like Roy are the reason we have the most corrupt county in California.


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Posted by JBK
a resident of another community
on May 26, 2018 at 11:32 am

According to research reports and police statements, the Johns (i.e. the guys paying the women for services) were detained. Bolanos was detained.

He has changed his story multiple times from saying he was "in the limo, "outside the property", etc.

That's a major lack of integrity right there, covering up and changing the story.

The men paying for acts were detained, Las Vegas metro released a statement telling the people they should be questioning their two law enforcement officials about why they were detained "inside" one of the cities brothels.

Lying, changing the story, and covering up a mistake he claims was "nothing" is a perfect window into how much he values his reputation as opposed to being as morally uptight as possible to maintain the honor and responsibility carrying the title of "sheriff" bestows upon you.


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Posted by Living in 2018
a resident of Atherton: other
on May 26, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Hey Roy:

Harvey Weinstein has tremendous experience making movies, and he's made some great ones.

James Levine is a world-class experienced musician and is a fabulous conductor.

Kevin Spacey is one of the best actors around. I love watching him in just about anything.

Steve Wynn is an extremely experienced casino owner/operator and has built and run some fabulous Las Vegas destinations.

Bill Cosby has many years of experience as a comic and entertainer. He's funny and I've loved watching his shows.

Garrison Keiler has been on the radio forever and is a brilliant comic and storyteller.

Charlie Rose is one of the most senior and experienced TV journalists and interviewers around.

The former CEO of LuluLemon and President of Nike are highly experienced and effective business executives.

What all of these men (and many more) have in common is: (1) they've lost their jobs, (2) they've been disgraced, (3) (with the exception of Cosby and Weinstein, and this just happened yesterday) they've never been arrested for anything they did, and…

perhaps most importantly, (4) what they've been accused of has little if anything to do with how well they perform their jobs. If I want to watch House of Cards, it's because Spacey is a very talented actor. His past sexual history doesn't affect the quality of his performance. Same with Levine conducting an opera, or visiting the Wynn casino.

But Bolanos is law enforcement. Integrity, character, and just plain obeying the law squarely intersects with how well that job can be performed.

Why does Bolanos get a pass, but all of these other great men don't? (By the way, in some of these cases, I felt it was somewhat unfair to apply today's standards of conduct to behavior that in some cases took place decades ago).

Do you really think Bolanos could get any job in our government of any substance that involves proper vetting? Could a federal judge get confirmed with this history? Could the FBI Director? Could the police chief of any major city?

Of course not! Bolanos only got appointed to this job because a bunch of corrupt supervisors with tons of conflicts of interest (like Bolanos hiring Horsley's son, etc.) jammed him in.

Here's another one: if Joe Taxpayer in San Mateo County was found trying to visit an establishment with underage sex slaves, would Wagstaffe say he was confused, thought it was a massage parlor, "people who matter" wouldn't care, or prosecute him?

You know the answers to these questions. You're as much of a fraud as Bolanos is for spouting this nonsense.


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Posted by Makes sense
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 26, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Excellent points, “ Liviing in 2018.”


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Posted by Makes sense
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 27, 2018 at 5:50 pm

It has come to light that a San Mateo Deputy Sheriff named “ Jessica” has been texting voters on behalf of Carlos Bolanos and asking for their support. When some voters have told her they’re not voting for Bolanos because he has refused to answer questions about Operation Dollhouse, Jessica pushes back by posting false information anout Melville. For instance she says Melville has cooperated with ICE on illegal immigrants. No, that would be Bolanos.

Melville finally pushed back today by posting on Facebook that a Bolanos campaign is spreading lies about his stances. Google it.

I would say that the Almanac’s decision to endorse the corrupt Bolanos is most unfortunate.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 27, 2018 at 7:05 pm

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"I would say that the Almanac’s decision to endorse the corrupt Bolanos is most unfortunate."

But, typical.


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Posted by Makes Sense
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 28, 2018 at 3:53 am

See comment from Jody Williams on April 6, 2015

Web Link

Ms Williams is the founder of Sexworkers Anonymous and has been featured on many talk shows, including the Phil Donahue show. Ms Williams is a resident of Las Vegas. It was she who observed the illegal activity at the brothel where Munks and Bolanos were eventually detained . She hounded the Las Vegas cops for months to do a drop on that brothel. They had it under observation for six months.On the night of the drop, she brought along an outside freelance reporter to observe what went down. Reporters need to speak with her. Let’s just say that what she observed about Bolanos at the brothel and what he says occurred there are completely at odds.

She has a genuine concern for the trafficked women found at Dollhouse who were not interviewed by Homeland Secuirty, as women normally are in these raids. They were just let go into the night.


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Posted by A Fresh Start
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 29, 2018 at 12:16 pm

Experience does not replace integrity, honesty, or a moral compass.

Stop the corruption and vote for the better person. Mark Melville has the experience- He has been in law enforcement for 30 years. He has been a police chief, a city manager, and council member.

Everyone knows that the person that runs the office is the Undersheriff.....The word is that Melville has already identified the new undersheriff. This person not only is the most qualified in the county but is a person of high morals and integrity, and commands the respect of the people.

Bolanos has been running the office for eight years. Look at where the office is at?!? Lowest Morale, corruption on the command staff level, and inadequate services for the county. So much for the experience!


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Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 29, 2018 at 1:49 pm

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@A Fresh Start

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My endorsement is for EACTLY the reasons I stated earlier. His exemplary record as a Police Officer, Chief of Police Under-Sheriff and now Sheriff.

He is the right man for this job, and I endorse him because of it.

I will remind you that I do so using my real name (not some pseudonym.) and I have NEVER hidden behind aliases like most of you in this blog. you should all be ashamed of yourselves for having any negative comment or spewing vitriol while cowering behind an alias, shameful.

Roy Thiele-Sardina


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Posted by Is it legal?
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on May 29, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Pretty sure it’s illegal for the Bolanos campaign to be texting citizens out of the blue to ask for their support. Let alone then disseminating false information about Melville campaign. Does Almanac know about the legality of this?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 29, 2018 at 5:03 pm

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Roy Thiele-Sardina

That is one thing you and I both agree on. I couldn't imagine why I would write a comment If I didn't put my real name to it.


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Posted by Is it legal?
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on May 29, 2018 at 5:13 pm

“ Jessica” from the Bolanos campaign sent a text to a citizen last week - which is illegal- in which she said “ As a female volunteer that [ sic] has worked with Sheriff Bolsnis for over 20 years I can tell you that these stories are inaccurate and untrue.. “

Come on ! What kind of “ volunteer” has worked with Bolanos for 20 years? Sure sounds like someone who’s worked with him in law enforcement. Is he getting deputies to illegally text to citizens for him?


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Posted by JP
a resident of Atherton: other
on May 29, 2018 at 5:59 pm

Sorry..... Exemplary record? Are we talking about Bolanos?

I think you better stick with experience because exemplary is a far reach. Maybe you should do a little research on him before throwing out words around like that to describe him. Better yet, call the Salinas Police Department and see if they use the word exemplary when describing Bolanos.

BTW- The incident in las vegas that is being downplayed included young girls. These are the daughters of families who were not able to protect them. This could easily be one of our kids. Human trafficking is real. Bolanos showed no remorse. Even being in the parking lot (as he claims) is WRONG! This type of behavior and lapse of judgment should not be rewarded. Release the Sheriff's office from this dark cloud that has plagued the integrity of the department. Vote for Mark Melville!


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Posted by Is it legal?
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on May 29, 2018 at 6:58 pm

New KQED story up on Sheriff race: “ He’s not being truthful - San Mateo sheriff’s deputy running against his boss”
Web Link

Bolanos cowardly, refused to be interviewed for the story. Melville says Bolanos is is lying.

Then there is a ghastly, juvenile and unprofessional quote from Wagstaffe, who should know better : “ It does not give me any pause or concern because it is so phenomenally outweighed, “ Wagstaffe says. “ It’s the weight of an elephant versus the weight of a fly in terms of concerns about can this man have the ethics and integrity to do the job the right way.”

Apparently the #metoo movement passed by Wagstaffe and the good ole boy San Mateo network


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 29, 2018 at 7:07 pm

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Roy:

I have to make a living in this area and don't have the luxury of being a rich, elite like you. You using your name is likely to not cause any real repercussions for you. Not so for 99% of the rest of the world. Must be nice in that ivory tower.

The fact remains you continue to endorse a man that has shown a total lack of integrity and morals. You disgust me. I know you don't care, but that's the way it is. When they came for "them" I didn't care......until they came for ME. Best hope you're never the "me".


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Posted by Is it Legal?
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on May 29, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Web Link

Excerpt: So how will voters view all this? Lee Miller is a political science professsor at the College of San Mateo. He says this scandal isn’t new, but he’s not surprised Melville is bringing it back to life.

“ Right now you have a lot of issues with many voters concerning sexual morality and the treatment of women and the ‘ Me Too’ movement,” Miller says. “ So it could have some impact there.”


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 29, 2018 at 10:30 pm

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"“ Right now you have a lot of issues with many voters concerning sexual morality and the treatment of women and the ‘ Me Too’ movement,” Miller says. “ So it could have some impact there.”"

We can only hope. Never mind the Roys of the world.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 29, 2018 at 10:34 pm

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You know Roy, it really amazes me. You get all exercised about fire fighters going to the grocery store on duty, but you couldn't give two esses that the man you endorse was caught in a brothel featuring under age girls, never paid any price for it, never received any discipline, never apologized for his egregious behavior and refuses to speak about it. Seriously? You really are part of the "old boy's network aren't you? [Portion removed; argue your case but don't disparage other posters.]


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Posted by Q & A
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 30, 2018 at 5:47 am

Both Melville and Bolanos answered questions submitted by Special Needs Kids

Web Link

Bolanos's answers are mostly terse and he doesn’t respond to some questions

Question 3: “ Do you perceive any gaps in the services that the Sheriif’s Department currently provides for people with mental , physical or developmental disabilities?”

Bolanos: “None that I am aware of”

But in 2014 a San Mateo Sheriff Deputy shot and killed an 18 year old girl with special needs in Half Moon Bay who was holding a knife. Huge uproar over the Searrano case.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 30, 2018 at 7:25 am

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

"But in 2014 a San Mateo Sheriff Deputy shot and killed an 18 year old girl with special needs in Half Moon Bay who was holding a knife. Huge uproar over the Searrano case."

The San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy murdered Yanira Serrano Garcia R.I.P. within 20 seconds of arriving on scene. He Tampered with evidence and refused to give blood sample. UnderSheriff Carlos Bolanos never contacted the family.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 30, 2018 at 7:45 am

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Carlos Bolanos supported SMCSO Sgt. Jason Peardon's fraudulent IA investigation of Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez. He also supported SMCSO Det Armando filing a fraudulent instrument (FELONY) with the court to obtain a Search Warrant for Sheriff Deputy Juan. P. Lopez's cell phone.
Web Link


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Posted by Mystery man
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 30, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Who is Lou Covey of footwashermedia.com and what is his role in the election for San Mateo Sheriff? Asking for a friend...


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Posted by Mystery man
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 30, 2018 at 3:27 pm

Is Lou Covey working for Bolanos as a media consultant? !? Who exactly is " Jessica" who purports to have been " volunteering for Bolanos for the past 20 years?" Who is behind those illegal texts from Bolanos campaign disseminating false information about Melville?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 30, 2018 at 5:24 pm

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He offers his services on a political site.
Lou Covey
MAY 22, 2018 AT 4:14 PM
If any of your politician buddies need an answer on what to do in the new paradigm, have them contact me. It isn’t as hard as they think and a lot cheaper that what it used to be.


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Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 30, 2018 at 5:34 pm

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@Menlo voter,

your excuse to hide you identity is cowardly, and quite frankly you've used it before. so no new news there. If you feel that your opinion might hurt your standing in the community, then keep it to yourself. Grow a spine and stand up for your beliefs in person.

I think the Almanac does a disservice to the news by allowing all you anonymous trolls and hacks....but they know that.

@Michael G., thanks for using your real name.

Vote for Carlos Bolanos

Roy Thiele-Sardina



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Posted by Mystery man
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 30, 2018 at 6:13 pm

New York Times and major newspapers from all over countryb allow people to post under different names. Deputies fear retribution and retaliation from Bolanos and crew if they speak out. You’re on Bolanos’s Team. Think about those who aren’t. They fear getting arrested as Juan Lopez was. Get real !

The only coward here is Bolanos who refuses to man up and answer questions about why he was found at an illegal brothel in an FBI and immigration sting where trafficked minors were found

In other news, the KQED link to story about Operation Dollhouse, “ He’s Not Being Truthful” is finally working Web Link


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Posted by Mystery Man
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 30, 2018 at 6:16 pm

In related news, we were notified today that a former Las Vegas Councilman is investigating Operation Dollhouse and whether Bolanos and Munks were protected by other cops. Bring it on!


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 30, 2018 at 8:08 pm

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Roy:

your reply is as expected coming from one of our wealthy elites. As usual, you don't get it. Enjoy your ivory tower and your good ol' boys.

Notice you didn't reply to my other posts regarding your ridiculous nonsense about fire fighters shopping on duty vs you totally ignoring your good ol' boy Bolanos total lack of ethics. Big surprise. Keep attacking the messenger based on supposed "cowardice". In the mean time, I'll put my 10 years in law enforcement up against your record of "courage". I think I come out ahead.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
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on May 30, 2018 at 8:14 pm

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"The only coward here is Bolanos who refuses to man up and answer questions about why he was found at an illegal brothel in an FBI and immigration sting where trafficked minors were found"

Yep. But, Roy is willing to overlook that for a member of the good ol' boys club. In his mind Bolanos is "courageous". Friggin' hypocrite. Roy wouldn't know bravery if it bit him in the a**.


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Posted by Mystery man
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 31, 2018 at 2:33 am

Melissa Farley, psychologist and expert in sex trafficking and prostitution in Nevada says, “ Men who use women in prostitution do not view women as equals. “

This is a #Metoo issue.


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Posted by Mystery man
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 31, 2018 at 1:35 pm

The information out there is that the former Las Vegas council member and investigative journalist has been investigating Operation Dollhouse- along with other police corruption issues -for some time.


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Posted by Mystery man
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 31, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Is someone trying to keep the Sheriff story out of the top spot?


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 31, 2018 at 5:14 pm

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"Is someone trying to keep the Sheriff story out of the top spot?"

Probably


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Posted by KQED
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on Jun 1, 2018 at 7:32 am

In case people are new to this discussion: KQED story on Bolanos and Operation Dollhouse. “ He’s Not Being Truthdul” Web Link

Real men don’t hide from reporters


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
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on Jun 1, 2018 at 9:08 am

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"It does not give me any pause or concern because it is so phenomenally outweighed," Wagstaffe says. "It’s the weight of an elephant versus the weight of a fly in terms of concerns about can this man have the ethics and integrity to do the job the right way."

Says the DA with zero ethics himself.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 1, 2018 at 11:33 am

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Melville


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Posted by KQED
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on Jun 1, 2018 at 11:37 am

*Almost here *


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm

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Vote Melville.


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