Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My Election Recommendations

De Paula, Lopez, and Stogner
The upcoming Election on June 3, 2014 gives us three opportunities to positively change politics in San Mateo County.

Generally I hesitate to make recommendations on how, and for whom people should vote, as I tend to piss people off with my angry, biased, and too-frank comments.

But, as all of the local papers have made their ill-advised, County-Mouth-Organ recommendations, I figured I’d make some recommendations of my own, and hope that you’ll vote for these good folks in spite of how miserably intolerable I am….

Vote for Mark De Paula for County Supervisor in District 2, Vote for Michael Stogner for County Supervisor in District 3, and WRITE-IN Juan Lopez (deputy Sheriff) for the office of Sheriff of San Mateo County.

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Sheriff  (For voters in ALL San Mateo County Districts):

The current Sheriff (Sheriff Greg Munks) is running uncontested on the ballot. (He’s the only candidate listed.) Munks was busted along with his Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos in Las Vegas in 2007 in an FBI sting at an illegally operated brothel that was using underaged, possibly trafficked prostitutes.

Munks with his scholarship recipients.
Munks and Bolanos were released, and have never spoken publicly about their status, other than Munks’ comment: “I believed I was going to a legitimate business -- it was not. (I won't) be answering any more questions or talking about this anymore in the future..” (Even though the brothel was at a private residence, not a massage parlor, and prostitution (adult) is not legal in that part of Nevada. Authorities describe the location (pdf) this way: "run-down apartments and homes with mattresses on the floors and the stench of cigarettes, urine and feces in the air") A credible source has indicated that the ensnarement and release of Munks and Bolanos  poisoned the sting operation, resulting in the release of other men who were there to take advantage of sex slaves -- some of whom were underage. Two of the several people running the brothels were convicted and received suspended sentences. Bolanos said that he didn't go in, he was just waiting in the limo; as there was no apparent investigation, I suppose we can either assume Bolanos is either lying or telling the truth.

Sometime subsequent to this (2010), the Sheriff disbanded the County Sex Crimes Division citing budgetary concerns, in spite of the fact that the San Francisco Peninsula is one of the most significant areas of rampant trafficking activities in the entire country.

An article in the Palo Alto Daily Post has documented a recent incident that occurred in a public venue in which Mark De Paula (running for District 2 County Supervisor) asked Sheriff Munks what his status was with regard to the “Operation Dollhouse” sting. Munks’ reply was to suggest to an officer with him that De Paula “probably doesn't belong here.” The other officer escorted De Paula out so that they could “discuss” De Paula's undesirable presence.

Munks is clearly not the guy who should be in charge of investigating trafficking crimes or sex crimes against children.

Write In: Juan Lopez (Website, Video Statement, Mercury News (pdf)): Fortunately, there is a formal write-in campaign for Juan Lopez. Look around – you’ll see his flyers posted in the local Starbuck’s etc…

His name won’t appear on the ballot, but HE IS a REAL and viable candidate. Just write his name in on the write-in line rather than voting for Munks.

Juan Lopez is, and has been, a hard working Sheriff’s Deputy in San Mateo County for many years. Here are just a few points from his platform. Lopez has said that he wants to run a clean campaign, and indeed, does not appear to have spoken ill directly of Sheriff Munks, but he has made clear his intention to run things a bit differently:

Analysis of Crime Trends
Currently there is no crime analyst or sustained analysis of crime trends in the County. I will change this by creating a full time position to direct the resources of the county efficiently and inform you of crime trends which need to be address.

Protect Against Sex Crime
Currently there is no sex crime unit at the Sheriff's Office. It was disbanded several years ago. This decision was short-sighted and flies in the face of reality on the ground, with approximately 300 such cases received a year by this office. Not to mention the need to pro-actively monitor sex registrants in our jurisdiction. I will change this, restore and fully staff the unit - to protect our children.

Protect Against Domestic Violence
Currently there is no dedicated domestic violence unit. I will change this and fully resource what county leaders have already identified as an important issue.


District 2 County Supervisor:

The incumbent is Carole Groom. Carole was very recently caught in a significant lie with regard to the protection of Sam Trans accounting whistleblower Ling La, who was terminated after she reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in accounting discrepancies. (Mercury News (pdf))

This kind of behavior is reprehensible, and Carole should not be re-elected.

Vote Mark De Paula (Website): Fortunately, De Paula (The very same guy who was trying to get to the bottom of Sheriff Munks’ bust detailed above) is running against Carole Groom. Mark IS on the ballot, so just tick the box next to his name if you're a voter in District 3.

Mark has been a longtime resident of the area – he grew up here. He’s promising to serve only one term, and is for transparency, independent oversight and auditing, and balanced budget, among other things.

District 3 County Supervisor:

Vote Michael Stogner (Website, YouTube) who is running against incumbent Don Horsely.

Stogner is a long time victim’s advocate and taxpayer advocate, and champion of removing corruption from local government. He was one of the first people that I can recall to really call attention to Munks’ misbehavior in Las Vegas, and question his current status, as well as question why the County's District Attorney  in communication with Munks about the issue would call it a non-issue, and that it would all blow over.

Stogner’s platform includes focus on elimination of corruption in San Mateo County government, as well as many critical budget reform oriented goals: balanced budget, pension reform, etc... as well as  elimination of prosecutorial misconduct, single-point database for whistleblowers, and many other good and necessary reforms.

Go read his website and watch his position videos; you'll see that he is motivated to serve the people of this county, and serve them with integrity and passion and respect. 



VOTE Mark De Paula District 2 County Supervisor
VOTE Michael Stogner District 3 County Supervisor
WRITE IN Juan Lopez for Sheriff




21 comments:

  1. Great post, Deep!

    May I recommend that people vote for attorney Ray Buenaventura for Superior Court Judge. His opponent, Stephanie Garratt is endorsed by a long list of corrupt individuals, including former DA Jim Fox and Munks.

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  2. Here is the list of Garratt's endorsements. Sickening. They include the Carol Groom and every single prosecutor in the DA's office, and even former San Mateo prosecutors like Jennifer Ow who last fall was found by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to have committed prosecutorial misconduct.

    http://garrattforjudge.com/endorsements/4583027669

    http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2014-05-12/attorney-commissioner-run-for-judge-slot-seat-to-be-vacated-by-upcoming-retirement-of-judge-craig-parsons/1776425123047.html

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  3. What was Munks THINKING, posting that photo of himself with the underaged Hispanic girls on his official website? Aren't there more photos of him with the girls, Deep?

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    1. OH, well, I figured I should give some equal time to the Sheriff, and highlight some good that he's done for the community. That's just the "Queen of the Festival" scholarship program that the Sheriff has put on for some of the young girls in the county.

      They put it on every year during the "North Fair Oaks Community Festival." The Sheriff gives thousands of dollars away to the girl who wins and the runners up.

      They've been doing it every year in August. Since 2007.

      Yep... just double-checked that... since 2007.

      http://www.northfairoaksfestival.org/queen-festival

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  4. Ewww! That look on Munks' face as he crowns that young girl is particularly creepy.

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  5. Thank you for your election endorsements. This is helpful.

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    1. P.S. I've just noticed the latest Court Calendar event. What's this - Appeal Scheduled For Dismissal? Does this mean what I think it means?

      I doubt the child molester will ever stop appealing or playing other games, so I do not believe my lying eyes.

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    2. Always read the "ayres' Court Dates" tab for better detail on what you see on the calendar.

      That's the due date for the dismissal -- 30 day notice basically. Shysters always do everything at the last second possible, so odds are, there will be an opening brief delivered just before the deadline.

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  6. Michael Stogner, candidate for Board Supervisor, said on his Facebook page today that he, Juan Lopez and Mark de Paula will all be at the San Carlos Hometown Days Fair this weekend in San Carlos. He also posted this:
    "If anyone would like to meet San Mateo County's Write In Candidate for SHERIFF JUAN LOPEZ just let me know, He would be happy to meet the residents of SMC and discuss any subject YOU are interested in. Not one of the county's newspapers have interviewed him."

    Stogner's phone number on his campaign page is: 650-921-7001

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  7. So, will Steve Wagstaffe investigate the crime that his son Joe committed, or will he just continue to attack the victim? The FBI has been informed of the crime.

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    1. What crime has he allegedly committed?

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  8. The crime committed by Wagstaffe's younger son is known to many- including Steve Wagstaffe's siblings and many who know the siblings. It's astounding how many know and how many are sympathetic to the crime victim. At least one newspaper is aware of it but can't print anything until the victim goes public.

    We will keep you posted.

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  9. I am filling out my June 2014 ballot. Wagstaffe is running unopposed for the position of San Mateo County District Attorney, correct?

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    1. Wagstaffe is running unopposed, but people who do not want him are leaving the space next to his name blank.

      A surprising number of people did this in the last election.

      He is leading a double life and will not last a full term.

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    2. Okay. Just thought I'd check with this site to see if there might be a legit write-in candidate (other than the usual Donald Duck). Thanks for confirming.

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    3. I have *heard* -- although this may be entirely incorrect -- that leaving blanks can trigger audit and potential invalidation of ballots.

      AGAIN -- NO idea of how valid this is, so you're on your own.

      Here's what I always do: I pick a LOCAL citizen who I like and write them in for these positions. (I happen to like to write in Michael Stogner, as I know that he's a thorn in the side of many in local government, and I happen to think that that's a good thing.)

      He usually gets my write in vote for Sheriff too, although this year, I'll be writing in Juan Lopez, since he actually is in the running for Sheriff!

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    4. So to be perfectly clear: If I were in Stogner's district, I'd vote for him for Supervisor, AND write him in for DA, and then write in Juan Lopez for Sheriff..

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    5. Oki doki. Thanks!

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  10. How about voting for Deep Sounding for DA?

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    1. There's a job I don't want! Yeesh -- Talk about a DA with a bias and a sharp axe to grind...

      Maybe Dave Pine?

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  11. Hey! The Mercury News refuses to endorse Munks for Sheriff because he still refuses to answer questions about his visit to the brothel with the under aged girls.

    They also suggest that voters writ in Lopez's name for Sheriff to send Munks a message:
    http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_25870116/write-juan-lopezs-name-ballot-sheriff-and-see

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