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RWCPD giving Award to D.A. Steve Wagstaffe

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner, another community, on Oct 24, 2013

Stephen Wagstaffe Prosecutor of the Year Award:

The Stephen Wagstaffe Prosecutor of the Year Award is presented annually to a prosecutor who has performed his or her duties with outstanding job performance, enthusiasm, teamwork and integrity. Additionally, this award acknowledges exemplary work by the nominee in the pursuit of justice and promoting and maintaining a positive working relationship with members of the Redwood City Police Department.

The timing is perfect right before the election in June, How would anybody know how he has performed his duties.
Why is a Police Department giving this award?

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 24, 2013 at 7:47 am

The Town of Atherton knows how well Steve Wagstaffe does his job when he was asked to investigate illegal conduct of a Police Officer.... No Investigation and No Charges
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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Oct 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

Wasn't Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos originally with the Redwood City PD?


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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Oct 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Michael, I would like to make sure I have all of this correct. First, the RWC Police Dept. has an award that it has named after Wagstaff? Second, they have named him the recipient this year? THird, how may times and to whom has the award been given in the past? Can you guide me any place where the guidelines for receiving the award might be written down? I'm almost afraid to learn the answers to these questions because while my personal opinion has long been that Wagstaff is as corrupt as public officials get, I would really hate to learn that RWCPD has somehow been negatively affected.


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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Oct 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Michael, never mind, ignore my previous questions. I should have known to check into your post more thoroughly before responding. I just saw the RWCPD invite to their awards event. I'm sure you knew Wagstaff is getting a career legacy award, not the prosecutor of the year award named in his honor. While I am not a Wagstaff fan, I also am not a fan of posting false inuendos on this forum about anyone. Shame on you.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Wagstaffe has a "legacy" all right. A legacy of corruption. He no more deserves a legacy award than he does a prosecutor of the year award.

corrupt

adjective

adjective: corrupt

1. having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.

"unscrupulous logging companies assisted by corrupt officials"

synonyms: dishonest, unscrupulous, dishonorable, unprincipled, unethical, amoral, untrustworthy, venal, underhanded, double-dealing, fraudulent, bribable, criminal, illegal, unlawful, nefarious;

informal: crooked, shady, dirty, sleazy

"a corrupt official"



antonyms: honest, law-abiding




evil or morally depraved.


"the play can do no harm since its audience is already corrupt"


synonyms: immoral, depraved, degenerate, reprobate, vice-ridden, perverted, debauched, dissolute, dissipated, bad, wicked, evil, base, sinful, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, profane, impious, impure; More


informalwarped

"a corrupt society"



antonyms: moral




archaic

(of organic or inorganic matter) in a state of decay; rotten or putrid.


"a corrupt and rotting corpse"





2.



(of a text or a computer database or program) made unreliable by errors or alterations.




verb

verb: corrupt; 3rd person present: corrupts; past tense: corrupted; past participle: corrupted; gerund or present participle: corrupting



1.



cause to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.


"there is a continuing fear of firms corrupting politicians in the search for contracts"


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2013 at 6:42 am

Who, this is what it said.

Stephen Wagstaffe Prosecutor of the Year Award:

The Stephen Wagstaffe Prosecutor of the Year Award is presented annually to a prosecutor who has performed his or her duties with outstanding job performance, enthusiasm, teamwork and integrity. Additionally, this award acknowledges exemplary work by the nominee in the pursuit of justice and promoting and maintaining a positive working relationship with members of the Redwood City Police Department.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2013 at 6:49 am

Who, I know how strange this sounds but it came directly from the Redwood City Police Departments site.

Web Link


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2013 at 7:04 am

Who, Thanks for noticing the name of the award, I've been waiting for someone pick up on that, incredible isn't it,

I don't understand why you think I made it up.


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2013 at 7:20 am

I am waiting with baited breath to find out who the "Steve Wagstaffe Prosecutor of the Year" will be.

Perhaps the newly retired Al Giannini- you know, the prosecutor who was singled out by the Northern California Innocence Project on their 2010 report on Prosecutorial Misconduct, as being one of the worst offenders in the state of California - will be this year's recipient?


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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

Michael, I did not mean to indicate that I thought you were making anything up. My point was that Wagstaff is getting a special career legacy award, not the Prosecutor of the Year award that bears his name. Your original post was worded such that I read it to indicate you were saying that he was getting the prosecutor of the year award. I went to their website and read the invitation to the awards event and saw that was not the case. If I misread/misinterpreted your meaning/intent then my apologies. @MenloVoter, as is often the case, I absolutely agree with you. One final comment, if I was a prosecuting attorney, I'm not sure I would want my name on this award.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2013 at 9:39 am

Thank You Who,

It is a little confusing both statements came from the Redwood City Police Department Source.

Why is a Police Department giving such an award in the first place? How would anybody know how the prosecutors are doing their jobs unless they were in the courtroom. How many case did he work last year?...very few he's the DA.

Was Sean Gallagher considered? He is a very good prosecutor IMO.


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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

Another aspect of how the recipient is selected that would be interesting to know is what metrics are used to measure performance against the criteria stated in the description of the award. For example, are points awarded on the basis of percentage of convictions, percentage of cases accepted for trial vs total number of cases presented by the PD, number of plea bargains negotiated (cost savings metric). I'm not saying that any of these are meaningful or worthy metrics, but rather as an example of the reasons I view an award such as this to be necessarily too subjective to be very meaningful. Then again, perhaps that is the reason they named it after Wagstaff.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2013 at 11:57 am

Bolanos was previously w/RCPD, & prior, Palo Alto PD, along w/Munks.

I love this - it's tragic & funny. He has an award named after him AND is its recipient??


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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

@Hmmm, no, that was the confusing part for me, too. Its really more tragic (I won't say funny" than that. Wagstaff is getting a "career legacy award" at the same dinner where they will award the FIRST ANNUAL Steven Wagstaffe Prosecutor of the Year Award to someone. Can you spell brown noses all around.


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Posted by 'Lt. Columbo'
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I wonder if when he accepted it

if he sneezed

and then the people coughed?


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2013 at 7:39 am

Anyone know who won? I can't find anything on the internet.


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Posted by Go figure
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm

In case anyone is wondering why cops worship Wagstaffe, refer to this e-mail he sent to San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks and Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos when they were both caught in an underage prostitution house in Las Vegas:

e-mail sent 4/25/07 10:20 AM

Greg and Carlos

Just a quick word of support from me as you go through a difficult time. To those who matter, your decades of outstanding work in law enforcement are all that count and your integrity is not the slightest marked by the modern media's efforts to make a story out of a non-story. Hard as it is to think it now, remember it will be yesterday's news and irrelevant by tomorrow.

My positive thoughts are out there for both of you.

Steve

Cops know Wagstaffe turns a blind eye to any transgressions they make. This is what this so-called "award" is really about. And I agree with WhoRUpeople. The "Steve Wagstaffe" corrupt cop award is announced and Wagstaffe is given an award on the same night. This is over the top, and should be in a comic book instead of actually playing out in our county.


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

To the Almanac reporters and editors:

We will ask again. What is going on with that document we gave to your paper concerning Wagstaffe and law enforcement back in 2011? We worked hard to get dates and details for you. We were told two weeks ago that it would be reviewed but have not heard anything since.

Progress reports?


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

As I said before. The cops kiss Wagstaffe's a** because he covers theirs. Just as Go Figure has noted.


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Posted by 'Lt. Columbo'
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Where in this county is a watchdog GROUP?
Where in this county is a victims advocate GROUP?

Where is a data base for the people so that we will have a GROUP voice?

The Wagstaffe Kingdom has got to be the most corrupt administration of table-turning liars and thieves I have ever researched - really in it deep, and all the way up to the top, too.

The way this nation is going to fall? Is exactly through corrupt district attorney offices, and, their strong arms: the police chief offices. All across this country, if people do not begin to come together in groups to fight this degree of brazen bullying and corruption, this IS exactly how this country will fall - precisely through these two office-entities, alone, and with the people allowing it to happen - the fear and complicity of the people, alone.

Does anyone SEE what goes on in the supervisor meetings wherein Dave Pine sits there somehow (among those others puppets), I do not know HOW the man stays sane, there - with his one sane, lone, voice, asking yet again to have a moment to discuss an item which has been brought before them again and again, and for which citizens want to be heard and for very critical, important reasons, too - and yet, Dave Pine is once again blocked. And by WHO? Well, by good ol' boy, Don Horsely, all he has to do to take command, is to bury his head in the minutes of the meeting and mutter some nonsense and all the other supervisors merely sit there as if they never had a clear thought of their own in their lives, ever - mouths ZIPPED and in total summission to Dom!

With Dom Horsely at the helm, why should they have to weigh in and give any opinions? Is it there JOB to weigh in? duhhh? Ya THINK? How much do they get paid for sitting there like dead puppets?

Don, Greg, Steve, Carlos, RWC P.D. are pretty much all buddies and in the same private boys club, and many more powerful buddies we can be sure - state and federal friends as well - otherwise they would never get away with SO MUCH.

Maybe we have a good reason to post comments anonymously and to not join together as a group Maybe our fear and complicity is worth it? Lt. Columbo (moi) and 'crew' are not afraid, though.


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 2:47 am

'Lt. Colombo:'

Thank you for your post. God knows there are a huge number of citizens who have been lied to by Mr. Wagstaffe.They include both crime victims and criminal defendants, attorneys, families of victims and defendants, the Supervisors and the press and victim's advocates.

In another thread Deep Throat wrote that the California Bar had sent the warning. Wagstaffe will probably deny it but a number of citizens have seen the documentation.
Web Link

Ironically, the person who succeeded in getting the Bar to issue a warning is a PRISON INMATE.

He complained that Wagstaffe had lied to the press about the facts of his case.

The Bar sided with the inmate. They said they would be keeping the complaint on file in the event that others complained about Wagstaffe.

I wonder how many complaints they have on Wagstaffe? If citizens have other documented evidence of Wagstaffe lying in the form of emails or news stories, they should send them to the California Bar.




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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 8:33 am

Web Link


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Posted by 'Lt. Columbo'
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 11:51 am

Of course I could be very mistaken, but from what I could gather online by researching just a little bit about Steven Wagstaffe and HOW his office, and his strong-arms, the law enforcement, could possibly get away with SO MUCH. I found, quite easily online, that there also exists an interesting law firm,called, 'Kerr and Wagstaffe', and this is one powerful team, INDEED, and the photo's online of Jim Wagstaffe, who heads this team, well, he and Steven Wagstaffe both appear to be too similar-looking, so much so that the must be be twins (?) or maybe blood brothers but certainly fist cousins, and of course I am only guessing, though. Of course I could be wrong, incorrect, that is.

Does anyone know about this? What the relationship IS?

But I am not incorrect about this: Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr and Wagstaffe is also an instructor to our very own,Federal Judges.

And so, reporting to the Ca. Bar in my opinion right now, so far that is, and with everything else I and my distressed wife, together, are going through, here, now? My hunch is that reporting to the Bar is like mostly singing to their own choir - pretty nearly. I could be wrong though. My wife's situation is rather complex and I imagine their reaction to her problem would be similar to the one she received from the State Attorney's Office - no human name,and no referrals, and even sarcasm. This made her very distressed as she could not believe it, too.

So, this old friend, here, the Lt.? I am very tired and it's pretty near crippling to think of what could be wagered next. And, but, he and I, my wife and I are old, and so we're now wanting very much to be sure the young people become awake and get busy helping with the problems we have in this administration. You see? This is what she and I are all about now.

The real point is, that if a data base isn't first established to enable a GROUP of advocates for justice to converse, report, meet, and to act together with the strength that a solidarity group affords. Otherwise we will of course be hacking at the branches as individuals, fragmented, as they are NOT, and if we had a data base, we would have everything, really - in THIS day and age, it's a necessity, as I've heard this from people far smarter than ME! And, that San Mateo County needs one now - I heard this, too.

Mr. Stogner, Michael Stogner, sir, please count me as one of your friends, as I looked you up online too, and admire your work a LOT. Please contact me! My wife and I want to help in anyway we can, and together have a lot to offer you and your friends, YOUR team. And, fyi, I'm going to investigate more about that organization you have mentioned, 'The Service League of San Mateo County', the non-profit agency that you have mentioned online, and, that interests my wife and I very much now...


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Lt. Columbo:

I think you are right that citizens need to band together instead of chipping away at branches individually.

I hope that you contact Mr. Stogner.

As for the Wagstaffe family- let's just say that not all of the San Mateo DA's blood relatives are keen on him- for the same reasons that many citizens of San Mateo are not.


As for complaining to the State Bar about Wagstaffe's office: we strongly encourage you to do it. If you write a clear complaint with the facts to support it, there's a good chance that they will take you seriously.

The Bar is big on actual documents. If for example, you are filing a complaint on Wagstaffe, the best thing would be to have evidence of his false statements or whatever it is you are complaining about, in writing from him - either in emails or by statements he made to the press. Documentations of dates that you engaged in discussions with him are also important. If there is anyone who witnessed his false statements or misconduct, include their names and contact information.

Wagstaffe has been making grandiose public and private false statements about evidence and cases for many years. He's gotten away with it for so long because the local press never bothers to fact check him.

Look, if a prison inmate can succeed in getting the Bar to issue a warning to Wagstaffe about lying , you can succeed, too.

As we said, the Bar said they were keeping a file on Wagstaffe. Go ahead and add to it.


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I would like to add to Mr. Stogner's helpful link to the California Bar.

You can get the actual complaint form at the following link.

Web Link

Mail your complaint to :

Office of the Chief Trial Counsel/Intake
The State Bar of California
1149 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, California 90015-2299


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Thank You, Lt Columbo for your support.

Web Link

I see they represent the California Bar Association and San Mateo County.

I agree with Lurker, complaints filed are an important step.


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Lt. Columbo:

How does one get in touch with you?


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Posted by 'Lt. Columbo'
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Thank you for your perspective and opinions, Lurker, for their is much in a name.

Please step back just one moment if you will, and trust me, that unless you, yourself, have personally been in a situation with them and so your having no idea then, of what it means to act alone as my wife and I are thus far doing you see? You are not at liberty to explain with any authority whatsoever nor surety either you see, as to who it is we ought to report to - such as your suggesting we contact The Ca. Bar - although we both appreciate your well-meaning approach. Oh, yes we always appreciate words of encouragement. It is always better than threats or out right scares.

The story about the prison inmate who's lawyer took a step forward? I'll have to investigate this, too - and how it happened. Every detail counts. Who, what, where, when...and follow the money trail....

Now, my wife and I live to see a data base set up and would do anything to this end for anyone who might be planning this sort of thing, as we have no funds (believe it or not!) nor expertise in web designing or setting up, etc.






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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm

"Lt. Colombo":

No matter who you are, anyone who files a complaint with the Bar has to write to the Chief Trial Counsel at the address in LA at their website. That's how it's done. There's no mystery to the process. It's very straightforward.

You have to act on faith that most people here wouldn't be writing on this blog if they didn't have their own interest and experiences with people and institutions mentioned on this thread.

And the inmate successfully got the Bar to issue the warning on his own. No attorney was involved.


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Posted by 'Lt. Columbo'
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I left my post for a long time,not at my computer, and so when I resumed and finished and hit 'submit', i noticed many responses.

Thank you each for your responses, suggestions.

Mr Stogner, thank you for acknowledging our resolute to be a part of your team. We wonder if you understand that some situations require some assistance, though? And if so, where you might refer my wife and I to?

Thank you so much, sir, Mr. Stogner, and please know that we will be doing everything in our corner, here, for you, too - and in your endeavors, as we see you have very good energy and sanity - like Mr. Pine! Dave Pine!


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm

The whistleblowers in the SamTrans case should file a complaint about Wagstaffe calling them liars to the Daily Post.


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Posted by 'Lt. Columbo'
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm

'No matter who you are' - We agree, it's never who you are, but WHAT you are about.

WHAT we are about? Is something for which you have no liberty to ask us to have some faith you profess. Be it the secular variety, 'quiet confidence', or, some hallucinating religious kind. No thank you for your blind faith.

'There is no mystery to the process' - we agree and never allused or supposed it was any mystery whatsoever. Your choice of words are interesting if not somewhat presumptuous and naive, too, to me - to read. To both of us, that is.

Without a GROUP, this is why there are a few people posting here. Believe me, I do know this.

Thank you again for your perspective and opinions, Lurker. It sure is better than getting threatened. I guess.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Lurker, I agree with you about the SamTrans Whistleblowers filing with the Bar, about Wagstaffe calling them liars. For the record and until SMC has a Single Point Data Base in place, I can inform the public of my 3 e-mails to the Board of Supervisors requesting a Citizens Oversight Committee be formed per Ordinance 04330. The response to all 3 e-mails follows.


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Posted by So Tired
a resident of another community
on Nov 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm

After reading all the posts in regards to Steve Wagstaffe - I now know why all my concers have fallen on deaf ears. I had requested assistance from the DA's office a while back, afew phone calls and then referred to the Chief Investigator with a letter of no help signed by the Chief Investigator on behalf of Steve Wagstaffe. Emails to the DA's office have resulted with no response. So by no response I am to assume I'm not worth the effort to investigate an issue. I was under the impression the DA's office was to work for the people. I sure could use some help and would like to get in touch with someone who cares about justice. Thanks.


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

I have just been informed that the inaugural Steve Wagstaffe Prosecutor of the Year Award was awarded to .....Steve Wagstaffe himself!


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Nov 6, 2013 at 2:51 am

Here is the full list of the recipients at the awards ceremony.

Wagstaffe's bio and photo are on page 16:

Web Link


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