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Early returns show Christina Corpus in lead against incumbent Sheriff Carlos Bolanos

Original post made on Jun 8, 2022

The mood was buoyant as supporters trickled out of Christina Corpus's election night watch party. In one of the county's most contentious races, Corpus has taken the lead over incumbent Sheriff Carlos Bolanos.

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Posted by Thoughtful
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 8, 2022 at 10:24 am

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Christina Corpus won this election. It isn't close. She won with enormous headwinds against her. Carlos Bolanos should do the right thing and call her to concede.


Posted by azzurri
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 8, 2022 at 1:26 pm

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Hope Ms.Corpus win, Its time to move on.


Posted by Westbrook
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 8, 2022 at 4:15 pm

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She may very well be the best candidate. I don't know. we'll find out. but please stop telling me she is a woman and a Latina as if that has anything to do with being a sheriff.

That's an insult to her qualifications, I hope people didn't vote for her because she is a woman and a Latina,


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 8, 2022 at 4:32 pm

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Westbrook: One of the reasons people voted for Corpus is because she is not Carlos Bolanos, who was caught in an FBI sting in a seedy brothel where underaged trafficked girls were found. That he has refused to discuss the sordid incident is an insult to all voters.


Posted by Marina
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 8, 2022 at 4:44 pm

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@Holly Really disappointed Redwood City Pulse did not mention that FBI sting. I remember in 2018 getting ads about it on Youtube and the report from CBS 5 is still there. Luckily, new leadership is coming to the Sheriffs Office!


Posted by gtspencer
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jun 8, 2022 at 6:03 pm

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She will be as disaster. Especially when she doesn't fulfill any of her promises made to everyone. Civilian oversight will cause people to leave. You all thought Joe would be a better choice how's that working out for you all lol!


Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 8, 2022 at 6:24 pm

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gtspencer:

right now it's working out just fine [Portion Removed]. If deputies leave because of oversight, we're probably better off without them. Now, if we get rid of the other corrupt law enforcement official in this county we'll really be making progress.


Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 8, 2022 at 6:25 pm

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Gtspencer,

Joe is working out much better tban the person he defeated and I am sure Corpus will do tbe same. In both cases it is nice to have someone ethical in the office.


Posted by Westbrook
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 8, 2022 at 7:13 pm

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Holly, that's fine as I said if she is qualified for the job, then that's great,

but because she grew up poor, is a woman and a Latina has nothing to do with her qualifications and ability to run a very complicated office.

I Don't know why the reporter even brought that up.

I'm tired of identity politics,


Posted by SMC Resident
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 9, 2022 at 10:54 am

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Transparency?
It appears that no one asked Corpus what she knows about the $10 million of Personal Protective Equipment that was left out in the open at the San Mateo Convention Center and how her husband, John Kovach was involved. Who retired abruptly after the discovery.


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 9, 2022 at 4:30 pm

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Updated results just now. Corpus has increased her lead. She won:

CHRISTINA CORPUS 36,598 54.49%
CARLOS G. BOLANOS 30,545 45.48%


Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 9, 2022 at 5:57 pm

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SMC Resident:

Are you responsible for what your spouse does? Didn't think so.


Posted by gtspencer
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jun 9, 2022 at 6:47 pm

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Menlo Voter you must by one of the sliver haired followers that she lied to about what changes she will make when she is elected. The whole campaign was based on lies and promises that will not be kept. But then again it's not to hard to fool you "sheeple"


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 10, 2022 at 8:38 am

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ABC calls the race an "upset." Web Link


Posted by Thoughtful
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 10, 2022 at 10:22 am

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I just wanted to comment on the appalling nature of discourse in our county elections, especially for sheriff. This one has turned out to be no exception. Rather than a spirited debate about issues, the goons are again appearing to threaten candidates…even candidates who have now won.

When other candidates have run for sheriff in past years, such as Mark Melville or Heinz Puschendorff, supporters of Bolanos/Munks have crawled out of the woodwork, anonymously, with veiled threats, innuendo about damaging their career and reputations, and a general sense of "you crossed a line by running against the boss."

Now that Christina Corpus has won, the same disturbing trend is occurring right here. Instead of graciously conceding the race as he should, Bolanos' acolytes are back with the same bullying tactics.

This is a poor reflection on Bolanos and underscores how much a change was needed in the sheriff's office.


Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 10, 2022 at 1:22 pm

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Deputy spencer:

not silver haired, just an ex-LEO that can't stand having a Sheriff that was caught in Operation Dollhouse and who never would talk about it and never faced any discipline for it.

I notice you didn't respond directly to my comment, just an ad hominem attack. Typical response of someone that has no facts to back up what they say. And that's what you've provided, ZERO facts.


Posted by SMC Resident
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 10, 2022 at 3:39 pm

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Menlo Voter.

You may not be responsible, but will you be transparent about the matter? Also, what about the embezzlement case that happened under her watch?

Web Link


Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 10, 2022 at 3:42 pm

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Deputy Spencer:

do you anything factual to add to the conversation or just more ad hominem nothing burgers?


Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 10, 2022 at 3:47 pm

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SMC:

it happened under her watch? Was she with the SMCSD at the time this occurred? She certainly wasn't the Sheriff at the time, Bolanos was.


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 10, 2022 at 4:43 pm

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Bolanos gave almost the same response about Operation Dollhouse in 2018 as he did this week.

Web Link

“I refuse to apologize for something I didn’t do,” Bolanos told the Post in an interview.“Even if it would put everything behind me and I would not have to answer to it again, I wouldn’t do it. I didn’t do anything wrong,” Bolanos said.Alluding to the constant rumors about the Las Vegas episode, Bolanos said yesterday, “It’s been 11 years which is a longer sentence than someone committing a robbery.”

______
Interview in 2022
Web Link
Bolanos had also faced criticism after he was detained at an east Las Vegas brothel by the FBI in 2007 along with then-Sheriff Greg Munks. In an interview before the election Bolanos said he didn’t commit any crime and “really doesn’t have much to say beyond that, it’s been 15 years.”


Posted by gtspencer
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jun 10, 2022 at 6:15 pm

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Holly L and Menlo Voter you two should go on a date lol


Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 10, 2022 at 7:21 pm

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Deputy Spencer:

do you have ANYTHING besides ad hominem attacks? Any facts? No? Then go away, you're nothing more than a troll.


Posted by gtspencer
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jun 10, 2022 at 7:46 pm

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Lol but you're still responding hah


Posted by BoganInCalifornia
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Jun 11, 2022 at 7:16 am

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I see comments here and elsewhere that Corpus made promises she can't keep. The noisemakers are people who were likely due favors from Bolanos and now find their the IOU worthless.

Corpus promised changes, but the first ones will need to be in the command structure. She will need to surround herself with loyalists who share her vision.


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 13, 2022 at 4:31 pm

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New vote tallies updated just now. Corpus keeps increasing her lead:


CHRISTINA CORPUSCHRISTINA CORPUS
60,307
55.74%

CARLOS G. BOLANOSCARLOS G. BOLANOS
47,843
44.22%


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 13, 2022 at 4:32 pm

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Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 13, 2022 at 4:38 pm

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42,000 ballots left to count. What's taking them so long???


Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2022 at 8:43 pm

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SMC Resident I’m still laughing at your posting an article you think points a finger at Corpus when it actually says more about Bolanos because the criminal running the finances at the Athletic League was also his campaign manager while she was stealing! Total egg on your face.


Posted by Thoughtful
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 14, 2022 at 1:17 am

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Bolanos won’t concede and it’s taking a really long time to count the remaining ballots. What’s going on? Must just be a coincidence, like the long time it’s taking to charge Paul Pelosi with DUI. It’s not like Bolanos has friends within the county who deal with elections and vote counting, right?


Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 14, 2022 at 7:57 am

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@MenloVoter,

we have had this discussion about what happened in Las Vegas before. he was sitting in the car smoking a cigar when his boss went in. NOTHING nefarious or illegal about that right.

he has served both Redwood City and the County with honor, as I am sure you did in whatever jurisdiction you served. as an anonymous commenter you should behave and be more civil. as you know I find anonymous mudslinging cowardly and that includes you.

Roy Thiele-Sardina


Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 14, 2022 at 8:06 am

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Roy:

Nothing nefarious or illegal? Seriously? If what you say is correct, it's info I've never seen before, he went to a house of prostitution with his boss who was arrested. He then refused to say anything about the crime his boss committed. That makes him complicit in the law breaking by his boss. That makes him just as guilty as Munks in my book.

Posting facts isn't slinging mud Roy, it's posting facts. They may not be facts you or Bolanos like to hear, but they are facts.


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 14, 2022 at 11:01 am

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Roy: If Bolanos did nothing illegal that night, why for the past 15 years has he shut down reporters when they ask about it?


Posted by Thoughtful
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 14, 2022 at 2:14 pm

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Roy, you can't be serious. Did you ever see photographs of the house in Las Vegas? There were bars on the windows. The FBI was in the middle of raiding the place because underage girls were being forced to act as prostitutes against their will.

Bolanos touts his many years of law enforcement experience. Did he really sit outside not having any idea of what this place was about? Was Munks getting a "massage" at this rathole when he was staying at a 5-star hotel on the strip with luxury spa services?

Absolute best case, as Menlo Voter points out, is Bolanos turned a blind eye to the crime his boss was committing. As a senior law enforcement officer. And far from a victimless crime.

And we all know it's very unlikely that the best case is the truth here. After all, why would Bolanos be taken along to sit in a car while Munks is getting a "massage" or having sex with an underage girl? Isn't that something Munks would have just done by himself if it just involved him? Why bring witnesses who were completely uninvolved? It makes zero sense.

And the DA at the time – and still the DA! – said this was a "non-event to people who matter."

The hubris from all three is just staggering.

And you can bet all three of them would be throwing the book at Joe Citizen for doing something that required far more connecting of dots.


Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 14, 2022 at 3:24 pm

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@Thoughtful

thanks for your thoughts on this. did you see the FBI report? I did. he was doing exactly what I said.

unless you know otherwise your mudslinging as an anonymous poster is cowardly. I and Peter Carpenter have said this MANY times. unless you are willing to put your name on it, be polite like your mother taught you.

cowards the lot of you.

Roy


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 14, 2022 at 5:23 pm

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Roy Thiele-Sardinia. You couldn't possibly have seen the entire FBI report. NO ONE has seen the unredacted report, despite numerous freedom of information requests filed by a number of citizens. Many of the pages are almost entirely blacked out. The FBI will not release the unreacted report to anyone.


Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 14, 2022 at 6:18 pm

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Roy:

please point out where anything I said was "rude" if factual. What I've said are facts. As Holly notes, I'm not sure how you got your hands on the FBI report. Even if you did, what difference does it make if Bolanos was outside of a place that was obviously not a place to get a massage rather than inside? Given that he was detained, initially refused to identify himself (a crime), and then only did so after being taken to LVPD. And again, if he actually stayed outside, why did he stonewall after finding out what was going on inside the house Munks was inside of? If he wasn't involved why not say so instead of stonewalling? I think we both know the answer to that. And again, if Bolanos wasn't involved why did he not publicly declare what Munks did to be criminal and disgusting? Again, you and I know the answer to that as well.

You can call me a coward all you want to, but it doesn't change the facts. And it doesn't make those facts "mud" just because you don't like them or who they're coming from. They are FACTS.

Thankfully, all of this is moot as Bolanos will be gone. Hopefully, we can get rid of Wagstaffe next. Another SMC corruptocrat who's departure is long overdue.


Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2022 at 7:03 pm

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I’ve always been curious why Munjs and Bolanos were so lazy that they went to that nasty-sounding place where prostitution was illegal when not far from them was legal prostitution. And if you want a decent massage and you’re staying at a hotel it’s pretty easy to arrange via a spa or concierge.

Re being anon here - Roy loves to complain about it but he has the luxury of not worrying about his safety. Good for Roy but the rest of us prefer to ensure our safety.


Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 14, 2022 at 7:23 pm

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Hmmmm:

not only is it about safety, its about security. The corrupt powers that be have shown what they do when they feel they've been crossed a la the sergeant that tried to run against Munks and was falsely arrested on charges that never went anywhere. But they did have the effect of trashing his life and finances.


Posted by SMC Resident
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 15, 2022 at 6:51 am

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Hmmm:

Don't care for either Corpus or Bolanos. Let's see how the Sheriff's Office will spend the taxpayer's money once Corpus is in charge.


Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 15, 2022 at 8:27 am

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@Menlo Voter,

calling someone a "corruptocrat" is mudslinging. call your mother and apologize

Roy


Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 15, 2022 at 5:02 pm

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Roy:

Wagstaffe is corrupt. No mud slinging there, just the truth.

Since my mother passed four years ago, I'll have a hard time making that call.


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 15, 2022 at 6:09 pm

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We've known for more than a decade that Wagstaffe is corrupt. Web Link


Posted by gtspencer
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jun 15, 2022 at 6:44 pm

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You guys go on that date yet???


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 16, 2022 at 3:05 am

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"California's First Two Latina Sheriffs Beat Incumbents in Stunning Upset"

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"As for why Corpus beat out Bolanos - a man who still hasn't been able to beat back the time in 2007 when he was detained at a Las Vegas brothel in an FBI sting dubbed "Operation Dollhouse." Bolanos has always contended he thought the establishment was a legitimate massage parlor.

"Well, he's not a likable guy," said Corpus' campaign manager and reserve deputy Victor Anenelle."





Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 16, 2022 at 4:24 pm

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And... Christina Corpus continues to increase her lead

New updated figures today: Corpus leads by more than 15,000 votes. A nearly 13 % lead.

CHRISTINA CORPUS 69,599 56.26%
CARLOS G. BOLANOS 54,069 43.71%


23,000 more ballots left to count.


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 17, 2022 at 4:35 pm

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Todays' updated results. She still continues to gain. Only 8000 ballots left to count

Corpus: 77,966. 56.65 %

Bolanos: 59,610. 43.31 %


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 21, 2022 at 4:35 pm

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Final results just out:

Corpus: 82,408. 56. 66%

Bolanos: 62,474. 43.10 %


Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 23, 2022 at 4:34 pm

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Today's updated results:

Corpus 82,547 56.86%

Bolanos: 62, 574. 43.10 %


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