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SMC Harbor District Meeting 5/26/15 & Open Meeting Laws

Discussion in 'The Other Side Of The Hill' started by Michael Stogner, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    Silence was the response of all these people when a theft was reported and a threat of arrest if John Ulom turned on the Verison Live Stream device before the meeting was over. The person who had the stolen device falsely claimed the Ulloms of Citizen Access TV did not have the authority to broadcast. Here is the law

    Any meeting of a public body that is open to the public shall be open to being photographed, broadcast, webcast, or otherwise recorded and/or transmitted by audio or video means. As used herein the term “broadcast” shall also include the transmission of signals by cable.

    This meeting was very special and very well attended for such short notice. Law Enforcement at least 3, 2 South San Francisco Police Officers in uniform and 1 San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy, plain clothes business suit. You had the 5 Commissioners, Steven Miller Hanson Bridgett LLC Legal Counsel, Glenn Lazof Interim General Manager

    Supervisor Don Horsley and his staff Chris Hunter and Nicholas Calderon,Mark Simon former political reporter SF Chronicle 30 yr experience now with SamTrans. Bill Silverfarb reporter for San Mateo Daily journal.

    That is a lot of people with experience in Public Meetings.
     
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  2. Dan Ullom

    Dan Ullom Administrator Staff Member

    This issue had nothing to do with the law. There were no police enforcing the law. They all acted and one stated it was not his problem.
    This was about citizens trying to prove that THUGS rule our county.
    With the help of our elected officials and law officers they were proven right.
    Even the press will not bother to question things even when told an obvious lie. Not one paper published anything about the incident. Who are they afraid of?
     
  3. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    • This is an e-mail I sent to the City Manager of South San Francisco regarding the theft of a verizon Live Stream device that Citizen Access TV had secured on the window at the Oyster Point Yacht Club the published location of the SMC Harbor District Meeting.
    Hello Mr. Futrell

    Would you please contact your Police Chief and determine what happened at the meeting why the officers supported the position of not allowing the Live Stream device owned by Dan and John Ullom to be turned back on in a timely manner. The device was stolen from it's location on a window facing the ferry terminal within about 6 minutes of the start of the meeting and then turned off. The brothers who own Citizen Access TV supply for FREE live coverage of Public Meetings in San Mateo County and have done so for awhile.

    There are two parts to this the theft itself, which was discovered quickly when a customer texted the brothers to ask what happened to the live coverage that went dead. Your Police Officers ignored the theft, John Ullom found the device in the Bar next door but the person who had it refused to give it to him until after the meeting. Your officer finally assisted John in getting the device back but instructed him NOT TO TURN IT BACK ON.

    Your Police Officer had no right making that statement which comes with an implied threat of jail.

    This sends a Terrible message about Public Meetings in South San Francisco

    Thank You for looking into this.

    Michael G. Stogner
     
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  4. Boney Bills

    Boney Bills Member

    Michael, I am certain you will share whatever response you get. Thanks for your efforts,
     
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  5. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    Yes I will, here is the Headline of the e-mail SSF Police response to theft at San Mateo County Harbor District Meeting 5/26/2015 and it was sent May 28.

    So far no response. I'm now going to cc the City Council Members.
     
  6. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    Here are the responses,

    To
    • Everything South City
    CC
    • Michael Stogner
    Kamala, there will be no press release from the PD. I need to look into this incident. Also I will be scheduling a meeting with Mark Depaula over this issue at his request. I frankly don't have any other information at this time.

    Thanks,

    Jeff

    Chief Jeff Azzopardi
    South San Francisco Police



    On Jun 4, 2015, at 09:51, Everything South City <everythingsouthcity@gmail.com<mailto:everythingsouthcity@gmail.com>> wrote:

    Good Morning Chief,

    Please, will there be a press release or information for the public made available regarding this issue? I know our City has had a good reputation of transparency so it would be good to see this resolved. Thanks for sharing any information that we can share with the public.

    Best,
    Kamala Silva Wolfe

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    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com<mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>>
    Date: Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 8:29 AM
    Subject: Fw: SSF Police response to theft at San Mateo County Harbor District Meeting 5/26/2015
    To: Everything South City <everythingsouthcity@gmail.com<mailto:everythingsouthcity@gmail.com>>
    Cc: Mark De Paula <msrz@sbcglobal.net<mailto:msrz@sbcglobal.net>>, Doug Radtke <me@dougradtke.com<mailto:me@dougradtke.com>>, Jack Hickey <jackcapp@sbcglobal.net<mailto:jackcapp@sbcglobal.net>>, Lamont Phemister <llpmtv@gmail.com<mailto:llpmtv@gmail.com>>, Katie Utehs <katieutehs@gmail.com<mailto:katieutehs@gmail.com>>


    Dear Council members,

    I was hoping to have wrapped this up by now but as you can see your City Manager has not responded to my e-mail in 7 days. So here we are let me brief you. May 26, 2015 5:30 PM the SMC Harbor District held a Public Meeting in SSF at Oyster Point. John and Dan Ullom owners of Citizen Access TV arrived about 1 hour early to set up their 2 cameras and equipment in order to Broadcast Live to the public. They have been doing this for FREE. Someone stole the Verizon Live Stream device, I'm still checking value most likely over $400 within minutes of the Broadcast. John Ullom searched, found device in Bar, had a SSF Police get it for him only to be told Do Not Turn it On before this meeting is over. Also other personal and negative comments form the officer.
    This was well described by John Ullom in public on two different occasions 1st was at the break approx 58:00 on PCTV video and 2nd at the 1:01:00 mark.

    Why was't someone arrested for the theft? Why did your police officer interfere and cause the meeting to not be Broadcast.

    Thank You

    Michael G. Stogner

    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    From: Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com<mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>>
    To: "mike.futrell@ssf.net<mailto:mike.futrell@ssf.net>" <mike.futrell@ssf.net<mailto:mike.futrell@ssf.net>>
    Cc: Kevin Mullin <kevin@kevinmullin.com<mailto:kevin@kevinmullin.com>>; Mark De Paula <msrz@sbcglobal.net<mailto:msrz@sbcglobal.net>>; Lamont Phemister <llpmtv@gmail.com<mailto:llpmtv@gmail.com>>; Jack Hickey <jackcapp@sbcglobal.net<mailto:jackcapp@sbcglobal.net>>; Doug Radtke <me@dougradtke.com<mailto:me@dougradtke.com>>; Don Horsley <dhorsley@smcgov.org<mailto:dhorsley@smcgov.org>>; Dave Pine <dpine@co.sanmateo.ca.us<mailto:dpine@co.sanmateo.ca.us>>; Warren Slocum <wslocum@smcgov.org<mailto:wslocum@smcgov.org>>; John Maltbie <jmaltbie@smcgov.org<mailto:jmaltbie@smcgov.org>>; John Beiers <jbeiers@smcgov.org<mailto:jbeiers@smcgov.org>>; Adrienne Tissier <atissier@co.sanmateo.ca.us<mailto:atissier@co.sanmateo.ca.us>>; Carole Groom <cgroom@co.sanmateo.ca.us<mailto:cgroom@co.sanmateo.ca.us>>; Michael Callagy <mcallagy@smcgov.org<mailto:mcallagy@smcgov.org>>; Dan Ullom <danu828@gmail.com<mailto:danu828@gmail.com>>; Jerry Hill <senator.hill@senate.ca.gov<mailto:senator.hill@senate.ca.gov>>

    Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:23 AM
    Subject: SSF Police response to theft at San Mateo County Harbor District Meeting 5/26/2015

    Hello Mr. Futrell

    Would you please contact your Police Chief and determine what happened at the meeting why the officers supported the position of not allowing the Live Stream device owned by Dan and John Ullom to be turned back on in a timely manner. The device was stolen from it's location on a window facing the ferry terminal within about 6 minutes of the start of the meeting and then turned off. The brothers who own Citizen Access TV supply for FREE live coverage of Public Meetings in San Mateo County and have done so for awhile.

    There are two parts to this the theft itself, which was discovered quickly when a customer texted the brothers to ask what happened to the live coverage that went dead. Your Police Officers ignored the theft, John Ullom found the device in the Bar next door but the person who had it refused to give it to him until after the meeting. Your officer finally assisted John in getting the device back but instructed him NOT TO TURN IT BACK ON.

    Your Police Officer had no right making that statement which comes with an implied threat of jail.

    This sends a Terrible message about Public Meetings in South San Francisco

    Thank You for looking into this.

    Michael G. Stogner
     
  7. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    To
    • 'Michael Stogner'
    CC
    • Kevin Mullin
    • Mark De Paula
    • Lamont Phemister
    • Jack Hickey
    • Doug Radtke
    • and 11 more...
    Mr. Stogner


    Thank you for your email regarding the Harbor District meeting of May 26, 2015, which as I appreciate it was a chaotic and contentious meeting.


    Since receiving your email I understand Mr. Michael Callagy, copied on your email and copied hereon, has scheduled a meeting with our Police Chief, Jeff Azzopardi, to discuss the events of May 26, 2015. Meeting directly with the Police Chief is a more appropriate means of providing facts and expressing concerns in this instance. I defer to that meeting and to the Chief’s ability to evaluate the allegations in your email before commenting further in this matter. If you are not attending the meeting with Mr. Michael Callagy, I encourage you to meet with Chief Azzopardi as soon as possible to provide additional facts so he may conduct a proper investigation.


    Thank you again for bringing this to my attention.

    Mike

    Mike Futrell
    City Manager
    City of South San Francisco
    400 Grand Avenue
    South San Francisco, CA 94080
    650.877.8500 Cell: 650.676.0173 mike.futrell@ssf.net

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  8. Dan Ullom

    Dan Ullom Administrator Staff Member

    If you can find out when this meeting is happening I will try to attend. Hopefully John will attend also. It seems silly to investigate a crime if you do not talk to all involved, victims, suspects and witnesses.
     
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  9. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    Will do on time, its even more silly for the SSF Police Chief to tell Mark DePaula "That didn't Happen." not a very good way to start anything.
     
  10. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    To
    • Futrell, Mike
    Dear Mr. Futrell,

    Thank You for your response,

    I wanted to respond to your comment "I appreciate it was a chaotic and contentious meeting."

    I was there and I did not experience it as you have described. I found it to be honest and lively with the participation of many concerned citizens, very well behaved and everyone said what they wanted to say. That is the American way.

    Michael G. Stogner
     
  11. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    San Mateo County Harbor District Meeting May 26, 2015
    These are just some of the people the SSF Police can Interview.

    Partial list of Attendees

    5 Commissioners and one staff member

    Steven Miller Hanson Bridgett LLP

    Glenn Lazof Interim General Manager

    San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley and 2 staff members.

    Staff Chris Hunter

    Staff Nicholas Calderon

    Mark Simon SamTrans/Caltrain PENTV former political reporter SF Chronicle 30yrs experience

    Bill Silverfarb reporter for San Mateo Daily journal

    SMC Sheriff Deputy Doug in business suit

    2 SSF Police Officers in uniform

    James Han Lee

    Mark DePaula

    Michael Stogner

    John Ullom

    Dan Ullom

    Kathryn Slater-Carter, Montara Water District

    Dr. Mary Larenas speaking for Ed Larenas

    Pamela Fisher of Advocates For Open Government (AFOG)

    Shaunn Cartwright of the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC)

    Tom Linebarger, retired, Redwood City

    April Vargas

    Leonard Woren, El Granada Sanitary District

    Bill Kehoe, Midcoast Community Council

    James Lee Han, Redwood City

    Jeff Clark(e) & wife, Titans of Mavericks
     
  12. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    I found out today who requested the Undercover Sheriff Deputy at that meeting. It was Supervisor Don Horsley

    Michael,

    The legislative aide for Supervisor Horsley's office requested security for the Supervisor, and as such, the Sheriff's Office provided security to protect the Supervisor, not to take part in dealing, or interfering, with the public. Also, in regard to your question on the deputy's attire, the deputy detailed to the event was in plain clothe in order to avoid drawing attention to himself or his detail.

    Rebecca Rosenblatt
     
  13. Dan Ullom

    Dan Ullom Administrator Staff Member

    Are they saying the offices there were to protect Horsley ONLY and to hell with everybody else. The officer (uniformed) knew a theft had been committed but didn't want to deal with it. Reminds me of Wagstaff's note to Monks "the people that really matter" The citizens of San Mateo County are obviously not any of those people.
     
  14. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    It might turn out to be Supervisor Don Horsley was also the source who spoke with the SSF Police Chief causing him to send 2 officers to the meeting. The Chief would only say he spoke to someone and didn't offer to identify who. That is why I asked all Commissioners, and Glenn Lazof who said nope.

    Why did Supervisor Don Horsley feel he needed security? Why did he and his staff even attend the meeting?
     
  15. Mark De Paula

    Mark De Paula Active Member

    I am not a fan of Special Districts in San Mateo County, but the Harbor District is one that should remain.

    Why do I want the Harbor District free from the Board of Supervisors?

    The reason, I feel there is a motive, maybe a possible sell off of the South San Francisco property.

    Why was Supervisor Horsley at the last meeting?
    What other Special Districts has Supervisor Don Horsley attended in the past?
     
  16. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

  17. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    John and Dan Ullom, see if this gentleman looks familiar?

    County of San Mateo Hires Human Trafficking Program Coordinator to Combat Sale of Human Beings


    Posted by Christa Bigue on Jan 11th 2016

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    Human trafficking — it’s modern-day slavery, the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprise, and it’s happening right here in San Mateo County.

    And, Mike Brosnan, the County of San Mateo’s Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, wants to talk about it.

    “My job, simply stated, is to initiate a conversation with everyone surrounding the human trafficking subject – both sworn and civilian,” Brosnan said.

    Brosnan is as focused on that dialogue today, Jan. 11, 2016, Human Trafficking Awareness Day, as he is every day. Designating just one day of awareness on an issue that involves the sale of human beings by means of force, fear and coercion for the purpose of sexual and labor exploitation is just not enough, he said.

    “I want to create awareness, while at the same time build an infrastructure to dismantle human trafficking for the future,” said Brosnan, who describes his work style on the topic as passionate, inquisitive and optimistic.

    Brosnan comes to the newly-created position under the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office with more than 28 years of experience at the South San Francisco Police Department as a police officer, captain and deputy chief.

    He coordinates, leverages and enhances the efforts between law enforcement and allied agencies who are all working together to prevent trafficking of human beings and shut down any illicit massage parlors in San Mateo County.

    Brosnan said, San Mateo County has the potential for human trafficking within both commercial sex and labor trafficking found in businesses, homes and online especially since the Bay Area is a primary transit and destination for victims.

    “Human trafficking has no place in our society and by hiring Mike to help coordinate and leverage all the resources in our county, we are assured that there will be focus on this important issue every day,” said San Mateo County Deputy County Manager Mike Callagy.

    Callagy also serves on the California Massage Therapy Board which protects the public by certifying qualified massage professionals in California.

    To date, more than 10 illegal massage parlors have been shut down in the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County since 2012, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

    “The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has aggressively targeted those establishments where human trafficking may be occurring. We are proud that there are currently no illegal massage parlors existing in any of the areas that fall under the responsibility of the Sheriff's Office," Undersheriff Carlos G. Bolanos said.

    Still, there’s more work to be done, “to get the message across that this behavior is illegal and unacceptable, and we are not going to tolerate it any more,” Brosnan said. The perpetrators of human trafficking have become more sophisticated and organized, requiring an equally sophisticated response from law enforcement and its partners to disrupt and dismantle their networks.

    “Human trafficking, like many other emerging law enforcement issues, is about training, awareness, partnerships, and collaboration,” Brosnan said.

    His top priorities? To create awareness and build relationships, educate, train, prosecute, and make policy and procedural adjustments.

    “We need to educate our law enforcement personnel so they can complete full and proper investigations,” Brosnan said. “Human trafficking is about force, fear and coercion. Our investigators need to understand they may need to dig though very confusing statements and evidence to uncover the elements of that force, fear and coercion.”

    As important is educating community members because “they are our eyes and ears, our reporting parties and witnesses,” Brosnan said. “We need to raise awareness, and then welcome their suspicions through a quality investigative process to hold traffickers accountable. A well-engaged citizenry has proven to be beneficial many times over.”

    Other primary issues for Brosnan to tackle include educating victims by giving them hope for a better life and providing prevention and exit strategies.

    Yet he knows he’s up against a tough task and said the amount of human trafficking is rising because it’s such a money maker.

    “When the product and supply is a human, a trafficker can sell that human multiple times, a much greater potential for revenue. Human trafficking is a business and we, as a society, need to view it as such,” Brosnan said.

    He explained that like most business models, human trafficking uses supply (victims), demand (buyers), and distribution (traffickers / facilitators) to generate revenue.

    “If we truly want to disrupt and dismantle this, we have to build partnerships, collaborate, and engage in all three parts of the business and operation,” Brosnan said.

    Despite the obstacles, Brosnan’s optimism and passion for the job stand strong.

    “We are on the front end of social change within the human trafficking environment – both labor and commercial sex. I am encouraged by the level of outrage and engagement, and I believe we are going to see progress in raising awareness and fighting human trafficking wherever it exists,” he said.

    For immediate safety concerns, call 911. Reach the National Human Trafficking Hotline by calling 888-3737-888 or texting 233733 (BeFree).



    - See more at: http://cmo.smcgov.org/blog/2016-01-...inator-combat-sale-human#sthash.Nta8IYfY.dpuf
     
  18. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    SMDJ article of the May 26, 2015 meeting.
    Harbor District head resigns: Sabrina Brennan passes gavel to longtime fisherman Tom Mattusch
    May 27, 2015, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal
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    Sabrina Brennan



    Citing a campaign of retribution against her, San Mateo County Harbor District Commission President Sabrina Brennan tearfully resigned from her post Tuesday night, passing the gavel to longtime fisherman Tom Mattusch.
    “It’s been a long and exhaustive experience and I’m at my breaking point,” Brennan said at a special meeting held to reorganize the board.
    However, Brennan’s supporters at the meeting described her as a victim of misogyny including Moss Beach resident Bill Kehoe and Dr. Mary Larenas.
    “She’s being criticized for being a woman,” Larenas said.
    Recent allegations that Brennan threatened to make interim General Manager Glenn Lazoff’s life a “living hell” were the tipping point for fellow Commissioner Robert Bernardo, who called her a “walking lawsuit.”
    Bernardo said that Brennan had actively worked to pit groups against each other related to such topics as who will run the annual Mavericks surf contest and that she had led to skyrocketing legal bills for the district.
    She has displayed a “disturbing pattern of behavior,” he said.
    Even Commissioner Nicole David said she too has had “similar experiences with Sabrina” after discussing how Lazof had felt harassed by Brennan after only being on the job for three days.
    Most of the public who spoke at the meeting actually offered support for Brennan’s leadership and her desire to bring transparency to the oft-troubled district.
    But others, such as Mavericks pioneer Jeff Clark, said Brennan had attempted to “obstruct his livelihood” and that she “meddled in his business.”
    “I hate being here listening to everyone who drank your Kool-Aid,” Clark said about Brennan’s supporters.
    The commission voted last week 3-0-2 to stick with Cartel Management and Clark to produce the “Titans of Mavericks” event after Brennan allegedly showed interest in a competing bid from the World Surf League.
    Brennan abstained from voting to grant the special use permit to Cartel after previously approving the contract in years past.
    Bernardo said Brennan had “manufactured the surf conflict.”
    Both the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCo and San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury have called for the dissolution of the district, reporting that it would be better managed by the county.
    On Wednesday, LAFCo is expected to release a draft report on the district’s operations and many suspect the agency will once again side with dissolution.
    On May 4, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved to appoint Lazof as its interim general manager to allow Scott Grindy to return to his job as harbormaster.
    The district is conducting a national search to replace former 17-year general manager Peter Grenell, who retired early this year.
    Brennan and Grenell also butted heads before he announced his retirement.
    She filed a complaint against Grenell after first being elected to the commission in 2012.
    That complaint, she said, led to at least two complaints filed against her by employees of the district, including current Finance Director Debra Galarza, who alleges Brennan harassed her.
    “I have no control over the district’s legal fees,” said Brennan, who noted her own legal bills are mounting related to the complaints.
    “The complaints have been stacked up against me by staff,” she said.
    She was chastised for filing a “constant barrage” of public records requests to district staff by both her and her friends.
    After Brennan announced her desire to step down, she nominated Mattusch to take over as president, who was then approved unanimously by the board. David was then voted in as vice president. Brennan remains on the board.
     

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