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									                                                         HIGH SCHOOL URBAN JOURNALISM WORKSHOP FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

                                SWIM SMARTS                        Live sounds                                                             BIKE PARTY
                                PAGE 5 > Olympians                 PAGE 8 > Lead singer                                                    PAGE 5 > Cyclists bring
                                share their secrets with           Eric “Funky Lim”                                                        nighttime color to the streets
                                aspiring athletes                  Cotton of the                                                           as they roll through San Jose

                                                           Dreamers’ divided lives
                                                           Teen immigrant dreams of reunification
                                                           with deported mother

                                                           BY KELLY SONG
                                                           Mosaic Staff Writer

                                                               David Gonzalez, a 19-year-old undocumented stu-
                                                           dent, remembers the day his mother left for Mexico
                                                           three years ago and never came back.
                                                               After taking a leap of faith to visit Gonzalez’s dy-
                                                           ing grandfather, his mother was unable to return to the
                                                           United States because no one in her family held proper
                                                           documents. She is currently stuck in an extremely dan-
                                                           gerous area in Mexico, where there are drug wars, cartels
                                                           and violence.
                                                               “We fear for her life, and we feel that she deserves to
                                                           be back with her family,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t need
                                                           her as much as my little 12-year-old brother does. He
                                                           deserves to grow up under the guidance of my mother.”
                                                               Gonzalez and his younger brother Manuel are now
                                                           living in separate homes.
                                                               They are one of thousands of families torn apart by
                                                           the deportation of undocumented immigrants. Roughly
                                                                                                           GO TO PAGE 6             David Gonzalez, 19, and his brother Manuel, 12. (Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)


          Plaza de César Chávez was filled with die-hard soccer fans during an outdoor screening of the Mexico vs. Brazil World Cup game. See more on PAGE 4. (Iris Hung/Mosaic)

Community programs narrow Silicon Valley’s digital divide
BY ANTHONY BERON                                                    for AP Biology to make graphs and chart data, I had no idea          available for lower-income consumers, nearly 90 percent of
Mosaic Staff Writer                                                 what to do, because I didn’t have any experience on my own           Americans have a cell phone, but 20 percent do not own any
                                                                    with it — and I didn’t know how to practice using the appli-         other kind of computer, according to a 2014 Pew Research
   For Brianna Mims, using her smartphone to draw up                cation on my phone or tablet.”                                       poll.
graphs on Microsoft Excel or navigate her way around online            New projects aimed at increasing technological compe-                Oakland Technological Exchange West, which was start-
applications is a common challenge that at times prevents           tency have been implemented in parts of Silicon Valley and           ed by former IBM employee Bruce Buckelew in West Oak-
the completion of an important amount of her schoolwork.            are now mirrored by other local efforts in the San Francisco         land, sells refurbished computers for $100 to people after
   Mims, an incoming senior at Archbishop Mitty High                Bay Area to diminish this “digital divide.” However, for a           they attend a free, three-hour course on how to use word
School in San Jose, does not own a desktop computer.                growing number of those like Mims, their computer prob-              processing programs and the Internet.
   “It is definitely hard to type on my phone because the           lems stem from not being able to get ready access to proper             Tam Pham chaperones first-graders from San Jose to the
keyboard takes up like half of the screen, so trying to write       equipment that would allow them to more proficiently use             Tech Museum of Innovation each Friday of the month to
essays and applications are things you can just forget about,”      word processing programs and other important software.
                                                                                                                                                                                             GO TO PAGE 8
she said. “And when I tried to use Microsoft Excel last year           With growing numbers of affordable cellular devices

                                      MEDICAL POT SHOPS                                                                    Audrie’s law would outlaw
  San Jose debates regulating marijuana                                                                                    cyber-bullying, raises concerns
                                                                                                                           BY ENYA KUO                              date rehabilitative sex offender
                                                                                                                           Mosaic Staff Writer                      treatment for juveniles convicted
Mosaic Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                                                    of sexual assault, and allow open
                                                                                                                              The California Legislature is         courtrooms in such cases.
   San Jose dove deeper into a running
                                                                                                                           working on a proposed sexual                It would also make cyberbul-
national debate on how to effectively
                                                                                                                           assault and cyberbullying law in-        lying, using electronic technology
regulate the marijuana industry when it
                                                                                                                           spired by the case of Saratoga           and communication such as cell-
passed an ordinance restricting marijuana
                                                                                                                           High School student Audrie Pott,         phones and social media to harass
dispensary locations, implementing addi-
                                                                                                                           who committed suicide in 2012            others, a crime with additional
tional security measures, and mandating
                                                                                                                           after she was sexually assaulted at      sentencing and fines. The bill was
that marijuana be grown locally.
                                                                                                                           a party and photographs of the           amended in the Assembly Public
   Most city councilmembers believe the
                                                                                                                           assault were distributed to class-       Safety Committee June 24 to re-
ordinance will cut down on marijuana-re-
                                                                                                                           mates.                                   place a mandatory sentence provi-
lated crime and marijuana sales to under-
                                                                                                                              “Audrie’s Law” would include          sion and instead require mandato-
age people. Opponents, though, do not
                                                                                                                           unconscious and developmental-           ry sex offender treatment.
believe the ordinance provides a workable
                                                  The All American Cannabis Club gathers signatures at the San Jose        ly disabled victims in California’s         “I am thankful that the Assem-
                               GO TO PAGE 8       Bike Party. (Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)                                       definition of forcible rape, man-                                 GO TO PAGE 8
2 Friday June 27, 2014                                                                                                                                             THE MOSAIC

                                                                                                                                              THE SOCIAL NETWORK

                                                                                                                   LOCAL SOCIAL ACTIVIST

                                                                                                                      KEEPS CALM
                                                                                                                     as death approaches
       Jose Montes de Oca, 61, openly discusses his terminal cancer diagnosis. (Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)

         BY TONJANAE WATSON                                 friends and family call, the man who says           huge impact. His college friend, Peter           Lujan. Montes de Oca said that dedicat-
         Mosaic Staff Writer                                he has a religious experience every day             Ellis, said he dedicated his life to people      ing his life to God every day allows him
                                                            said, “I find myself consoling them.”               and their families. “In some ways he was         to have no fear and live his life to the
            Few people receiving a fatal progno-               This inspirational man was born in               the founder of Alum Rock Counseling.”            fullest.
         sis publicly announce they will soon die;          Dos Palos in the Central Valley. He                    Montes de Oca is also straightfor-               “I really do believe and have faith
         even fewer deal calmly with death ap-              learned about social activism from his              ward. Answering his doctor’s call, he            that when I’m gone I’m going to be in
         proaching. But Jose Montes de Oca of               mother, who helped farmworkers. After               said, “No news is bad news. Give it to           a better place,” he said. “But that doesn’t
         San Jose is a rare person. On June 18,             graduating from San Jose State in 1975              me straight.” The doctor said that the           mean that I’m just going to lay down and
         Montes de Oca posted on Facebook                   with a B.A. in sociology, he worked for             cancer had returned to his liver and en-         die. I’m going to fight. I’m a fighter. But
         that he has three to six months to live            28 years at the Alum Rock Counseling                tered his bloodstream. Rather than feel-         when it’s all said and done, I win.”
         because of his liver cancer.                       Center. Soon he will be ready to launch             ing depressed, Montes de Oca posted                 He’s planning his bucket list, consid-
            But before “life happens,” this social          the Compadre Project to recruit and                 the news on Facebook; it brought a great         ering such activities as marlin fishing
         activist will remain busy. He hopes to             train mentors for high-risk Latino youth.           return. The news spread from network             in Cabo San Lucas and revisiting New
         create a program to support at-risk teens,         Like the 100 Black Men organization,                to network, and long-lost cousins have           Mexico. He’s asking for prayers. “I’m
         visit favorite wineries, and see the Grand         Compadres will “teach them what it is to            gotten in touch. He said, “It’s just bring-      asking for a miracle to happen to my liv-
         Canyon. Meanwhile, Montes de Oca’s                 be a straight-up person, so that they can           ing my family together again in ways that        er and my blood, and I’m asking for an
         nonchalant announcement, two days be-              be successful.”                                     I didn’t anticipate.”                            opportunity to serve, that’s it.”
         fore turning 61, brought an unexpected                Montes de Oca’s involvement in the                  His calm is rooted in his faith. “He’s
         response. As surprised and saddened                community and his work have made a                  a godly man,” said his girlfriend, Lupe

                                                              Carl Sibley           challenged, but also is a procrasti-      pates in swimming, cultural clubs
                                                              Carl Sibley, 16, of   nator and likes comfortable sweats.       and advanced placement classes.          MOSAIC PROFESSIONAL STAFF
                                                              Mountain View,        — Tonjanae Watson                         She will be a youth ambassador to
                                                              is an upcoming                                                  Japan later this summer. In Mosaic
                                                              junior at Bellarm-                     Iris Hung                she wants to learn new skills and        Executive Director
                                                              ine College Prep.                      Iris Hung, 16, is an     tactics to apply to her journalism       Marcos Cabrera
                                                              He writes for the                      incoming senior at       class and school newspaper. Luisa
                                          school newspaper, The Cardinal,                            Mills High School        also enjoys Broadway music, blog-
                                                                                                                              ging and graphic designing, and
                                                                                                                                                                       Director Emeritus
                                          and belongs to the school journal-                         in San Mateo. She                                                 Joe Rodriguez
                                          ism club. He sees journalism as “a                         has cultivated her       hopes to attend Boston University.
                                          marriage between exploring and                             artistic talent in       — Bahaar Muhar
                                          writing.” He lives with his parents,      drawing from a young age. She                                                      Managing Editors
                                          a younger sister and three pet her-       bought her first digital camera                            Nathaniel               Sharon Noguchi
                  Anthony Beron           mit crabs, each of whom he loves          in sixth grade, and took journal-                                                  Robert Salonga
                                          very much. Carl describes himself         ism in her junior year. Iris enjoys                        Competing in the
                  Fifteen-year-old                                                                                                             wrestling match
                  journalist      An-     as creative, calm, pensive and ratio-     photographing sports and clubs
                                                                                                                                               that would de-          Photo Editors
                  thony Beron en-         nal -- traits that resonate in his mel-   and writing sports features. She
                                          low voice. His favorite class is En-      prefers photography over writing                           termine his pro-        Nhat Meyer
                  joys taking public                                                                                                           gression in CCS,
                  transportation,         glish, best read was the fifth Harry      because photographs portray more                                                   Karl Mondon
                                          Potter book, and favorite movie is        accurately what interests her in the      Nathaniel Dalerio, down by two
                  which he likens                                                                                             points, needed to to tie the match
to “floating down a river” with           the modern remake of “The Pink            world. Iris’ dream photojournalism                                                 Design Director
                                          Panther.”                                 assignment would be to shoot such         to head into overtime. He gave it
other people, or extremely slow                                                                                               his all and began the difficult ma-      Julie Reynolds
teleportation. Since his family has       — Anthony Beron                           sports teams as the San Francisco
                                                                                    Giants, San Jose Sharks, or FC Bar-       neuver, but time ran out. While
forgone Internet access in the
                                                           Cohen Price              celona. She hopes to work for the         Nate was disappointed, he ac-            Copy Editors
home, Anthony spends his free                                                                                                 cepted the result and felt that, “It
time reading fiction (favorite books                       When        “Careful     Associated Press.                                                                  Chuck Carroll
                                                                                                                              was a reminder that every second
include “Fahrenheit 451” and “All                          Cohen”          Price    — Calyse Tobias                                                                    Patty Hannon
                                                           steps into the                                                     counts.” Nate, part of the Alisal
the King’s Men”) and his favorite                                                                                             High School wrestling team, be-
newspaper, the New York Times.                             room, it’s to the                         Jacinta Chang
                                                                                                                              gan wrestling because of his fam-        Editoral Assistants
On weekends, he enjoys sailing on                          chorus of Be-                             Holding a milk tea
                                                           yonce’s       “Single                     in one hand while        ily. He comes from a line of male        Mariana Barrera
San Francisco Bay. Anthony ad-                                                                                                wrestlers, from both sides of the
mires the East Coast for its “edgy”       Ladies.” A track star at Eastside                          Instagramming                                                     Gianna Dimick
                                          College Prep in East Palo Alto, Co-                        artsy photos in          family. He has been wrestling since
feel. After college, he aspires to live                                                                                       the seventh grade. But he has been
in New York. He lives in Oakland          hen is fourth in his league for the                        the other, Jacinta                                                Guest Advisers
                                          triple jump, but it is his passion for                     Chang might seem         writing since the fifth grade. Nate
with his parents, younger sister and                                                                                          enjoys writing poetry. It’s some-        Elliott Almond
pit bull mix named Dino.                  writing that brought him to Mosa-         like your typical 16 year-old rising
                                          ic. The first night, after an intense     junior. But look closer, and you’ll       thing to take the edge off life.         David Early
— Carl Sibley
                                          game of ping pong, which neither          see that she has a passion for every      — Cohen Price                            Sean Webby
                 Bahaar Muhar             of us could play with any ounce of        aspect of life, whether it is plan-
                                                                                                                                               Talia Moore
                 Bahaar       Muhar       skill, we agreed that by the end of       ning events, trying new recipes, or                                                Web Designer
                                          Mosaic program we would be ei-            keeping sports scores. In addition                         Concussions and
                 is a rising senior                                                                                                            crutches      nev-      Kimberly Chua
                 at Lincoln High          ther great journalists or great ping      to being a chapter and regional of-
                                          pong players.                             ficer for the student business club                        er stopped Talia
                 School in San Jose.                                                                                                           Moore from doing        BAY AREA NEWS GROUP
                 Born in Phoe-            — Nathaniel Dalerio                       DECA, Jacinta will be the Web edi-
                                                                                    tor for the Mission San Jose school                        what she loves.         Publisher
                 nix, Ariz., Bahaar                                                                                                            The San Fran-
moved to India when she was 11                              Enya Kuo                newspaper and scriptwriter for its                                                 Sharon Ryan
                                                            Enya Kuo, 17,           TV station. Jacinta hopes to voice        cisco native, an incoming senior
months old, then moved to San                                                                                                 at George Washington High, has           Executive Editor
Jose as a 3-year-old. At her school,                        loves tea brew-         her opinion through writing and                                                    David J. Butler
                                                            ing and inDesign        photography in the Mosaic pro-            played soccer since she was 4. Her
she is active as theater stage man-                                                                                           most recent injury, a concussion         Managing Editor
ager, editor-in-chief at the campus                         and is a rising         gram and beyond.
newspaper, president and founder                            senior at Irving-       — Kelly Song                              from heading a ball, hasn’t dimin-       Bert Robinson
                                                            ton High School                                                   ished her passion for the game.          Pressroom Manager
of the journalism and Make-a-                                                                                                 Off the field, Talia writes songs
Wish clubs and captain of the bad-        in Fremont. Born in Taiwan, the                             Kelly Song
                                                                                                                              and sings in her school’s Chamber
                                                                                                                                                                       Stan McCallum
minton team. Outside of school,           passionate young writer moved to                            A writer for a
                                          the Bay Area with her family nine                           Redwood Shores          Choir. Talia is passionate about
she participates in Bhangra Indi-                                                                                             breaking down social stereotypes         THE MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD
an dance and volunteers for the           years ago. Since junior high, Enya                          community paper,
                                          has immersed herself in journal-                            Kelly Song strives      and fighting for equal opportuni-        Publisher
American Cancer Society. Bahaar                                                                                               ty. Her favorite subject is English,
lives with her parents, two foreign       ism and will be an editor-in-chief                          to find a story in                                               Gary Omernick
                                                                                                                              and she is the editor-in-chief of
exchange students whom she looks          of her school newspaper. She is a                           every aspect of                                                  Executive Editor
                                          classically trained pianist, but plays    life. The rising junior at Carlmont       her school’s news Website. In her
to as older siblings, and her three                                                                                           downtime, Talia might be listening       Don Miller
younger siblings.                         ragtime at festivals and concerts.        High School dreams of pursuing a                                                   Managing Editor
                                          She loves Italian and Taiwanese           career in journalism. She also loves      to indie and R&B music, sketching
— Luisa Simpao                                                                                                                or sipping Earl Grey.                    David Kellogg
                                          food, reading, traveling and fol-         playing the violin and plays in the
                                          lowing the blog “Humans of New            San Francisco Conservatory of             — Enya Kuo
                 Calyse Tobias
                 Calyse Tobias, a         York.” She dreams of living in a          Music. She founded a non-profit                                                    SJSU
                 rising high school       small but organized apartment in          foundation to raise money to build
                                                                                                                                                                       Director of Journalism
                 senior at West           New York City.                            a school in Kenya. Adventurous                                                     Robert Rucker
                                          — Talia Moore                             and daring, Kelly enjoys anything                          Tonjanae Watson,
                 Valley Commu-                                                                                                                 17, could be Dis-       Production Manager
                 nity College’s Se-                                                 that will give her a thrill: ziplining,
                                                           Haley Kim                parasailing, and riding roller coast-                      ney’s Princess Ti-      Tim Burke
                 nior      Advantage                                                                                                           ana or Cinderella,
program in Saratoga, is a member                           Born and reared          ers, to name a few. Through Mo-                                                    University Housing
                                                                                                                                               because both are
of the Mosaic photojournalist                              in San Jose, Haley       saic, Kelly hopes to achieve what                                                  Rachel Delucci
                                                           Kim does not like        every journalist wants: the ability       nice, generous people like her.
staff. She inherited her passion                                                                                              An upcoming senior at Archbish-
                                                           doughnuts, loves         to tell a good story about anything
for photography from her father’s                                                                                             op Mitty in San Jose, her favorite       SPONSORS
childhood love for cameras. Calyse                         nail polish, and         and everything.
                                                           enjoys shopping at       — Jacinta Chang                           subjects are electives. Though she       San Jose Mercury News
started shooting with her Canon                                                                                               doesn’t read music, Tonjanae plays
D200 in the seventh grade. She and        Anthropologie. Haley, 17, attends                                                                                            Joe Parisi/Thermacorp
                                          a San Jose charter school called                            Luisa Simpao            the piano, and her favorite song         Bay Area News Group
a friend started a web magazine                                                                                               is “Titanium.” She wants to be a
in 2012 and reviewed and photo-           Summit Public Schools: Rainier.                             Luisa      Simpao,                                               San Jose State University
                                          Haley has a passion for arranging                           who moved from          screen actress, has done a com-
graphed the local music scene. Ca-                                                                                            mercial and was an extra in “I’m in      Monterey Herald
lyse is also a writer, is opinionated     words on a page and delving into                            the     Philippines
                                          fantasy and realistic fiction, as well                      at age 10, will be      Love with a Church Girl.” If she         Dow Jones News Fund
and can talk for hours about fem-
                                          as fashion design. She is a sweet                           a senior at Mills       were a pair of shoes, she would be       CCNMA Latino Journalists of California
inism and society. The well-round-                                                                                            Jeremy Scotts, because “they stand
ed Calyse plans to attend UC-Santa        girl who you probably should not                            High School this                                                 Castellano Family Foundation
                                                                                                      fall. She has par-      out in a crowd and are not like ev-
Cruz and hopes to work at Nation-         mess with. In just four years, Haley                                                                                         The Martin Family
                                          has received a gold and two silver        ticipated in the school’s journalism      eryone else.”
al Geographic.                                                                      class since 10th grade; this year         — Haley Kim
— Iris Hung                               medals in Kuk Sool Won martial
                                          arts competitions. She likes to be        she will serve as editor-in-chief.
                                                                                    Besides journalism, Luisa partici-
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       Net neutrality advocates get carted off Googleplex
BY CARL SIBLEY, KELLY SONG,                             at Google headquarters in Mountain View          logo and hosting links to online petitions,         ers. Google intern Carlos Guillen, 19, took
ANTHONY BERON and ENYA KUO                              on June 24 after they refused to leave for the   similar to its actions in 2012 when opposing        a flier, but said the demonstration was mis-
Mosaic Staff Writers                                    night.                                           feared censorship posed by the Stop Online          directed because Google employees are al-
                                                           Fueled by vegan pizza, poppy-seed gra-        Piracy Act. SOPA called for the total reduc-        ready aware of the net neutrality issue.
   Police arrested 10 “Occupy Google” ac- nola bars and organic strawberries, about 20                   tion of digital copyright infringement.                “But there’s a lot of people out there
tivists pushing to preserve Internet equality activists gathered earlier that day in front of                “Google is pro-net neutrality, and they         who don’t even know about this. So it seems
                                                                           the Googleplex to urge        have the power and the resources to actu-           like they’re targeting the wrong group,” said
                                                                           the Internet giant to take    ally make a huge game change in this short          Guillen.
                                                                           a stronger stance sup-        window of time,” said Rebecca Towne, a                 Protesters did not say how long they
                                                                           porting “net neutrality,”     23-year-old East Bay activist.                      would be demonstrating at Google.
                                                                           which until recently was          The demonstration’s origins date back              “We planned to arrive, and that was about
                                                                           the prevailing practice by    to January when the U.S. District Court of          as far as our plans went,” said an activist who
                                                                           telecommunication com-        Appeals in Washington, D.C., overturned             went by the alias “Tom James.”
                                                                           panies to transmit all on-    the Federal Communications Commission’s                “Google is the tertiary goal,” he added.
                                                                           line content equally.         “open internet order,” allowing Internet ser-       “The primary goal is to get people really
                                                                              The 11 p.m. arrests        vice providers such as AT&T, Comcast, and           talking about net neutrality.”
                                                                           boosted local media at-       Verizon to determine connectivity speeds               Oakland resident Alex Forester wore
                                                                           tention on the issue, with    based on how much a Web content provider            rainbow-colored pants as she strummed a
                                                                           news outlets and social       pays. Critics say allowing this to stand would      guitar and improvised songs that called for
                                                                           media covering the day’s      lead to Web censorship and open doors for           Google to take direct action.
                                                                           events.                       powerful Internet companies to dominate                “Google has such an audience and so
Occupy Google demonstrators pitched tents in front of the company’s
                                                                              Demonstrators called       smaller ones.                                       many things that they can do,” she said. “So
headquarters to call attention to net neutrality. Ten demonstrators
were arrested for trespassing later Tuesday. (Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)        on Google to show sup-            The demonstrators pitched tents in front        I think they have a social responsibility and
                                                                           port by blacking out its      of the Google building and handed out fli-          we need to make them accountable.”

      Will student evaluations be                                                                           Streak of police shootings spurs
      the future of teacher tenure?                                                                         public discussion on deadly force
      Mosaic Staff Writer

          Maki O’Bryan faced the teacher from hell her junior year at George Wash-
      ington High School in San Francisco. The teacher was constantly late to class,
      talked about her personal life, put down her students and the school and gave
      bad grades to those who even questioned her.
          “If she didn’t have tenure I don’t think she would even work here,” said
          So O’Bryan, a rising senior, wishes California law would not protect ineffec-
      tive teachers like her dreaded AP English teacher.
          Students like O’Bryan just might get their wish.
          In a lawsuit known as Vergara vs. California, a Superior Court judge this
      month dismissed five laws on teacher employment. As a result, California may
      soon revise how its public school teachers are granted tenure, laid off and dis-
      missed. Judge Rolf Treu ruled that teacher tenure laws violate students’ rights
      to an equal education and harm in particular minority and low-income families.
          In revising those rules, a key element will be how schools evaluate teachers.
      Should students’ and parents’ opinion count? Some students say that even
      when a teacher with poor skills or a bad attitude makes it difficult to learn, stu-
      dents can’t do anything about it.                                                                  Marbella Bravo holds a sign as demonstators draw a huge interagency law enforcement response
          Christopher Leong-Sanchez, a rising senior at James Lick High School in San                    in Salinas. Residents were upset after a a man carrying pruning shears was killed by Salinas Police
      Jose, had to put up with a teacher who did little but give worksheets all year. “I                 officers. (David Royal /Monterey Herald)
      went to the vice principal about it. She said she couldn’t really do anything about
      it, I had to deal with it.”
          Dana Dela Cruz, of Mills High School in Millbrae, also believes schools usu-                   BY NATHANIEL DALERIO                                suspects and shooting guns out of suspect’s
      ally don’t listen to students -- although once, during her freshman year, students                 Mosaic Staff Writer                                 hands. There is no such thing as “shooting
      who complained about a frequently absent teacher who gave confusing assign-                                                                            to wound” in the police department, he said.
      ments got the administration to help improve the teacher’s behavior.                                   Three officer-involved fatal shootings             Social media, such as the YouTube vid-
          “Student evaluations should definitely have consequences, but that doesn’t                     have riddled the city of Salinas since March,       eo of the shooting of Mejia, is also having
      necessarily mean ‘bad’ teachers should be fired; teacher training and workshops                    an unusually high number for a city that av-        a growing effect on the perceptions of the
      can also be an option,” Dela Cruz,15, wrote.                                                       erages one police shooting per year, putting        police department and how members of the
          Sometimes, parent opinion does matter. At Alamo Elementary in San Fran-                        the public up in arms against those sworn to        community judge an officer’s use of force.
      cisco, parents complained in December 2012 about a first-grade teacher’s multi-                    protect them.                                          “It can be a great tool but it has its draw-
      ple absences. At the end of the school year, the teacher transferred to another                        These incidents have raised varied per-         backs,” says Critchley, “On the one side, it
      school — satisfying Alamo parents, but possibly creating problems elsewhere.                       ceptions of law enforcement, and questions          allows us to be more involved with the com-
          “The current system isn’t working to ensure that every classroom has a qual-                   about officer training for situations where         munity and improve understanding as well
      ity teacher,” said Joe Speaks, one of the parents who complained to the board                      the public is in danger.                            as receive and provide feedback much more
      of education.                                                                                          The most recent shooting, of Carlos Me-         quickly otherwise. On the other hand, we
          Some teachers fear student evaluations would benefit popular teachers and                      jia, 44, occurred May 20 and a video of the         have no filter for the false information oth-
                                                         not necessarily competent ones.                 shooting went viral soon after, sparking a          ers can post.”
                                                         But Ryan Nordvik, who solic-                    protest that ended in a clash between police           The Salinas Police Department’s policy
                                                         ited students’ reviews each se-                 and protesters.                                     manual states deadly force is “force rea-
                                                         mester when he taught physics                       The demonstration turned violent after          sonably anticipated and intended to create
                                                         at International Studies Acad-                  the mysterious shooting of a bystander,             a substantial likelihood of causing death
                                                         emy in San Francisco, said he                   Constantino Garcia, 23. The young father            or very serious injury.” Also according the
                                                         values their judgment. He said                  was given CPR by an officer who was then            manual, deadly force is the last resort for
                                                         a good solution would be to                     injured by a bottle thrown from the crowd.          any police officer used only when all other
                                                         have anonymous evaluations by                   Garcia was rushed to a local hospital where         avenues for subduing the suspect, such as
                                                         students, or to consider a stu-                 he died from his injuries.                          Tasers and pepper spray, have failed.
                                                         dent’s feedback for all of his or                   Some were upset by the three officer               “Tasers can have mechanical failures and
                                                         her teachers.                                   shootings because they involved Latino              OC (pepper) spray can miss,” Officer Dave
                                                            Not everyone agrees. Prima-                  victims, sparking accusations of discrimi-          Shaw said.
                                                         ry among critics, teacher unions                nation. Police responded with statistics in            Shaw said in his 26 years of duty, there
                                                         oppose having performance                       a statement released before the protest: “In        have been a number of occasions when he’s
                                                         evaluations count in teacher                    Salinas, 77 percent of the population is Lati-      had to draw his firearm only to holster it
                                                         dismissal and layoff decisions.                 no … 8 out of 10 of the small number of             when suspects complied.
                                                         Both the California Teachers                    people who commit violent crimes would                 “The suspect has the most control of
                                                         Association and California Fed-                 probably be Latino.”                                the situation; it’s how he chooses to use that
                                                         eration of Teachers plan to ap-                     Critics of the police shootings said offi-      control that dictates the outcome,” he said.
                                                         peal Vergara. Frank Wells of                    cers acted too rashly, and put themselves in           At the beginning of their careers, police
                                                         the CTA said student evaluation                 unnecessary danger that led to deadly force.        officers go through six months of police
                                                         is problematic. “Actual evalua-                 Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris,          academy where they are trained on how to
                                                         tion should be done by people                   who is representing Mejia, said at a press          respond to different situations. Overreac-
      Christopher Leong-Sanchez voices his opinion       who have been trained to do it,”                conference that “under the Constitution             tion, as well as underreaction, can result in
      about the current controversy over teacher         said Wells.                                     and under the state law of California, a po-        dismissal.
      tenure. (Iris Hung/Mosaic)                            Royce Branning, a recent                     lice officer cannot put himself in harm’s way          Officers then undergo field training
                                                         graduate of Menlo-Atherton                      through negligent conduct, and then shoot           through the department. After that has been
      High School agreed. “I don’t think many students, myself included, are capable                     himself out of it, and then expect the Con-         completed, they train continually. To do this,
      of objectively evaluating how good a teacher is at their job,” he said. “Different                 stitution and the laws to protect him.”             Salinas police offer Advanced Officer Train-
      teaching styles appeal to different students, and the grade a student receives can                     Spencer Critchley, the Salinas Police De-       ing, a biannual mandatory eight-week pro-
      alter his or her perception of the class and teacher.”                                             partment’s public information officer, said         gram, Shaw said.
          But some charter schools, which are independently operated from elected                        when a suspect becomes an imminent threat               Officers learn new skills as well as review
      school boards and mostly employ non-union teachers, consider student opin-                         to the public, second guessing isn’t a privi-       old ones. Lessons include process of law, of-
      ions in reviewing teachers. Among them is Summit Public School: Shasta, in                         lege allotted to police officers.                   ficer safety, drivers training, and the use of
      Daly City. “Generally, I think that kids are good at knowing when they are                             “Police don’t shoot to punish people,”          force, both lethal and nonlethal.
      learning and when they’re not learning,” Summit math teacher Zack Miller said.                     Critchley said. “Every officer would agree             These programs are taught in-house at
      Even though students may not always say the right things for the right reason,                     that no one deserves to be shot without trial,      the Salinas Police Department. Officers
      Miller said, his experience with student surveys has always been good and his                      but when their life is in danger, or the lives      undergo certification training to then come
      colleagues seem to think it’s fair. Perhaps the public school system may follow                    of the community are in danger, they aren’t         back and teach other members of the de-
      Summit’s lead.                                                                                     trained to wound, they’re trained to stop the       partment.
          Leong-Sanchez of James Lick said an evaluation only by administrators isn’t                    threat.”                                               “The training and preparation never
      going to do a school justice. “You need to hear it from the victims, from the                          Critchley said that a lot misconceptions        stops, everyone from the chief down partic-
      students themselves because they are the ones being taught by the teacher.”                        are rooted in media and that in TV and              ipates in these programs,” Shaw said.
                                                                                                         movies, people see officers tackling armed
4 Friday June 27, 2014                                                                                                                             THE MOSAIC

                                                                                                                       (Jacinta Chang/Mosaic)

                                                                                          (Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)

        Plaza de César
   Chávez was packed
           with die-hard
         soccer fans on
     June 17 during an
     outdoor screening
      of the Mexico vs.
      Brazil World Cup
   game. More outdoor
   screenings will take
    place at nearby St.
    James Park during
          the World Cup
                                                                                         (Jacinta Chang/Mosaic)

                BRAZIL vs. MEXICO
                                                                                                                       (Jacinta Chang/Mosaic)


How long
will the arts                                           Fantastic four app team
                                                          fights against death
Mosaic Staff Writer

    Theater fans and professionals knew
that the San Jose Repertory Theatre was
in trouble -- they could see so in the dwin-
dling audiences. Yet many were still dis-
appointed, stunned and sad as the city’s
first resident professional theater abruptly
closed its doors this month, and are wor-
ried about the vitality of the arts in San
    “I couldn’t see it happening,” said
Jomar Martinez, a San Jose State student
who acted in the Rep’s “A Christmas Car-
ol” and “The Snow Queen.” He described
the Rep as high quality and intelligent, of-
ten opening the eyes of its audience.
    David Kahn, who heads San Jose
State’s theater and broadcasting depart-
ment, called the loss devastating.
    Yet the Rep’s ongoing financial and
artistic woes had prepared some fans for
its June 11 closing. Steve Hartman of San
Jose, a patron of the Rep for more than                              Twin sisters Anushka Walia and Anjali Walia, 15, of Fremont demonstrate their app at the Technovation
                                                                     competition in Santa Clara. (Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)
25 years, said that the Rep wasn’t very well
managed. Hartman said the theater has
been emptier in recent years. “The best
evidence of this is the dominating major-      BY COHEN PRICE                                    op more engineering skills in young women.          throats start to close up, which threatens
ity of white and bald heads in the audi-       Mosaic Staff Writer                               The event is a technology entrepreneurship          their breathing.
ence,” he wrote in an email.                                                                     program that trains young women to devel-              In order to relieve symptoms, the girls
    Theater companies must balance busi-           Throat itches, tongue gets sticky, throat     op mobile apps, then present them in a com-         need to inject themselves with an Epipen, a
ness with artistry, said longtime season       narrows, breathing turns to gasping. These        petition. This year the challenge drew 842          portable dose of epinephrine that improves
ticket holder Larry Stone. Often, though,      are the annoying and sometimes fatal reac-        teams from 19 countries around the world.           breathing and reduces wheezing and swell-
“The creative side begins to dominate          tions that can happen to people with food         It was sponsored by Iridescent, a Mountain          ing. However, the effects of the Epipen last
business,” said Stone, who is the Santa        allergies who eat the wrong food.                 View-based nonprofit organization.                  only for a while, until patients can get emer-
Clara County assessor, and said this may           Of course, they don’t usually intend to           The Fantastic Four were vying for first         gency medical care and doctors ensure that
have happened at the Rep. “They went           eat the wrong thing; it tends to happen by        prize of $10,000 and planned to donate their        everything is OK.
a little sideways in trying to do more         accident -- sometimes when traveling abroad       winnings to organizations that research food           “It’s really nerve-wracking,” Vaishali Walia
provocative things than the community          and information is mistranslated.                 allergies.                                          said about the heart-dropping situations.
was ready for.”                                    Some may ask, how to resolve such a               “I thought they did really great; all teams        The Fantastic Four plan to continue
    Hartman wrote in an email, “the few        problem? Anjali Walia, Anushka Walia, Jes-        were really great,” said Vaishali Walia, the        production of their app — which they had
attempts at ‘topical’ play themes didn’t at-   sica Singh and Sriya Lingampalli, all rising      Walia twins’ mother. “They are extremely            named Foodini but will rename — and soon
tract new theatergoers and seemed diffi-       sophomores at Irvington High School in            happy with second place, they never expect-         hope to make it accessible for free to anyone
cult to relate to for older subscribers.” He   Fremont, have come up with an answer.             ed to get this far.”                                in need of it.
named shows that centered around cur-              The girls formed a group called the Fan-          However first place went to a group called         Using some of the programming skills
rent topics, like high-tech companies, and     tastic Four, which developed a mobile app         “Health in a Drop,” and their app ApaPura,          that they learned at Technovation, they will
that confused longtime older theatergo-        to translate dietary needs into four languag-     which gives users a map of the quality of lo-       add at least five more languages to the app.
ers, yet didn’t communicate well enough        es. The idea was inspired by twins Anjali         cal wells and provides suggestions for water        They also plan to add other features, such as
to reach young high-tech employees.            and Anushka Walia, who share an allergy to        treatment options.                                  allowing the app to send users an email of all
    “A similar problem occurred sever-         garbanzo beans and peanuts, which landed              Vaishali Walia has experienced terrifying       their dietary restrictions.
al years ago when a new artistic director      them in the emergency room multiple times.        moments after her daughters ate the wrong              “We want to make sure that everyone has
took charge and made many changes to               The team finished second June 18 in the       food. She explained how an itchiness starts         the freedom to live their life the way they
the traditional slate of plays,” Hartman       Technovation Challenge in Santa Clara, an         around the girls throats, which gradually           want to,” Anushka Walia said.
wrote. “The new ‘edgy’ plays, colorblind       international competition designed to devel-      spreads around their body in hives. Their
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                                                                                                                                  BIKE party

(Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)                                                                                                             (Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)

                                                       (Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)

Cyclists rolled through San Jose during the Neon Rave Ride
 Bike Party on June 20, accessorized with eccentric outfits
   and glowing bike decorations for the 17.9 mile nighttime
ride. San Jose bike parties take place on the third Friday of
                    every month, each with a unique theme.                         (Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)

                                      OLYMPIC SWIM MEDALISTS
                                   offer advice to aspiring athletes
By ENYA KUO and LUISA SIMPAO                       ing and going to the pool,” he said.                   “When I was studying, I was 100 percent           just wears you down, makes you sick.”
Mosaic Staff Writers                                  “It’s not always glamorous, but at the end       focused on that, and when I was done, I                 “So pace yourself,” Stewart said, “outside
                                                   of the day, you do feel like you’ve gotten          would take a step back. I wouldn’t pay atten-        of your sport and outside of your studies
   Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps, Na-            something done, and I think that’s special.”        tion to that at all, and I’d focus on swimming       and the lifestyle aspect of college... Always
than Adrian, Missy Franklin, and Mel Stew-                                                             or whatever else I was working on,” he said.         do studies first.”
art appeared at the Santa Clara Arena Grand        Elevate everything                                     Despite his athletic success, Adrian said
Prix on the weekend of June 19 and shared              Two-time Olympian and three-time                that sports “is not something that everyone          Prioritize
their thoughts on juggling academics, ex-          Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian said the             can make a living out of forever, so you’ve              Incoming UC Berkeley sophomore and
tracurricular activities, personal health, and     key to balancing school and athletics is striv-     got to go to college. You’ve got to do your          four-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin
sports.                                            ing for excellence in everything, not just the      best in both.”                                       ranked first in both 100 back and 200 free,
                                                   sport.                                                                                                   second in 100 free, and third in 200 back in
Set goals                                              “You have to elevate all aspects of your        Pace yourself                                        Santa Clara. The 19-year-old Franklin, who
    Michael Phelps, the most decorated             life,” said the UC Berkeley graduate. “It’s            Mel Stewart, who won three medals at              finished her first year at Cal in May, recalled
Olympian of all time with 22 medals, said          about time management and compartmen-               the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, witnessed the           her college experience so far as fun and ex-
that it’s important to set a goal and stay ded-    talization.”                                        consequences of student athletes who failed          citing.
icated to it.                                          Adrian recalled his college self as “a kid…     to keep up with their academics.                         “I don’t think I knew what I was going
    “I can pick something, set my mind to it,      on the college team,” swimming short course            “In the height of their training sea-             to get myself into for college, but it’s been
and not let anything stand in my way of me         and developing his strength. Throughout his         son, rolling into midterms, everyone starts          wonderful. I love school. I’ve actually really
being able to achieve that,” said the three-       time at UC Berkeley, Adrian became a Pac-           dropping like flies,” said the former 200 fly        enjoyed the added pressure of school,” she
time Olympian, who tied for first with UC          10 and NCAA in multiple freestyle events            world-record holder. “All have got colds.”           said.
Berkeley’s Tom Shields in the 100 fly, placed      such as the 50 and 100 for individual events           Stewart stressed the importance of aca-               Franklin advised students who struggle
second in the 100 and 200 free, and placed         and the 200 and 400 for relay events. He            demics, especially in the vibrant, social envi-      with balancing their studies, sports, and so-
third in the 200 IM at the meet.                   graduated in 2012 with honors and a degree          ronment of college.                                  cial life to prioritize. Her own first priority
    The journey won’t be easy, Phelps said,        in public health.                                      “College is a whole lot of social and a           has always been school, she said. When she
but the results will be rewarding.                     At the Grand Prix, he placed first in the       whole lot of fun, but that can overtake you,”        has big tests coming up, studying becomes
    “There are sacrifices that you do have to      100 free with a time of 48.17 seconds—he            he said. “If you get behind, you’re playing          her priority just as how “focusing in the pool
make from time to time. For swimmers, that         and Phelps were the only two swimmers in            catch up. Then you’re dealing with the men-          and working hard” becomes her priority
is getting up at 6:30 or 6 o’clock in the morn-    the event to break the 49-second barrier.           tal stress, and the mental stress kills you. It      when her team has a big meet coming up.

Michael Phelps congratulates Nathan Adrian for his win during the 2014 Arena Grand Prix Santa Clara swim meet . Right, Olympian Missy Franklin talks to Shannon Vreeland. (Iris Hung/Mosaic)
6 Friday June 27, 2014                                                                                                                                    THE MOSAIC

                                                              Pro and CON
        The American Dream                                                                                  The myth of the
        is not just a dream                                                                                 American Dream
       BY JACINTA CHANG                                                                                      BY BAHAAR MUHAR
       Mosaic Staff Writer                                                                                   Mosaic Staff Writer

          “Mommy, I want to be a princess.”                                                                     If I asked you to close your eyes and picture “The American Dream,” you
          My mother smiled at my 3-year-old self as she patted my head and said,                             would most likely imagine a house with a white picket fence around a perfectly
       “You can be anything you’d like to be.”                                                               mowed lawn displaying a couple with their two children, possibly a dog, in a
          I hail from a middle class family, and my parents immigrated from Taiwan                           land of perfection. Now open your eyes and welcome to the world of reality.
       years ago to study in America. Both my sister and I were born here, in the heart                         The mid-twentieth century definition of the American Dream has drastically
       of Silicon Valley.                                                                                    changed because of the domination of popular culture, consumerism and dif-
          My mother always tells me that she has achieved her American Dream. To                             ferent personal objectives in today’s generation. Whatever era it may be, I think
       her, the American Dream is raising her daughters in a safe and healthy envi-                          “The American Dream” is nothing beyond three simple words that deliver false
       ronment. All she hopes for is that we may find happiness ourselves, and live                          expectations; life and its struggles are the same around the world.
       our own American Dreams. My mom has raised us to believe that in America,                                In India, I met a lot of relatives who said, “You’re so lucky that you are
       anything is possible, as long as you work hard                                                        settled in America; if only we could too.” I would say thanks, but actually ques-
          I know what you’re thinking: here’s a teenage girl who has fallen into the trap                    tioned, “Why? What’s so special in America?”
       of the false American Dream perception. This poor girl is caught in an unpop-                            My parents moved to America in 1997 with little money to make sure I was a
       pable bubble, and can’t process the reality.                                                          U.S. citizen. Every year on my birthday my dad tells me how he came to Amer-
          I beg to differ.                                                                                   ica so that he could open a land of opportunities for me — education, careers
          As a first generation Asian-American, I believe in the American Dream. I                           and other benefits.
       am not, however, speaking of the nice house in a meadow with a white picket                               He also shares that he had to send me to India when I was 11 months so
       fence. Nor am I speaking of the “Modern” American Dream, the notion that                              that he could “make money and get settled.” I returned when I was 3.
       success is equivalent to being a corporate CEO with three Gucci purses, a Rolls                          At first, I would respect my parents, admiringly: “Wow, they did that!” Now
       Royce, and a chauffeur to drive it.                                                                   that I’ve matured, I think, what was the point? I wonder, was it worth for them
          The definition of the American Dream wasn’t always this way. During the                            to send me to India? Isn’t the whole purpose defeated if they came here to live
       19th century, immigrants from Europe came to America to seek political and                            in prosperity but instead had to struggle and didn’t even see my early childhood?
       religious freedom. Others wanted a piece of land and a family to call their own.                         I don’t think that my parents’ sacrifice was worth it. Thirteen years later, my
       Around the mid-1800s, everyone’s dream was to strike it rich with the discov-                         parents had my sister, Zaara. I remember the smile on my parents’ faces when
       ery of gold. By the 20th century, Americans sought a higher social order and,                         Zaara walked her first steps. It made me hate my parents’ decision even more
       during the civil rights movement, social justice and racial equality.                                 to send me back home. I envy Zaara for all the love and affection that she was
          But in Silicon Valley, the American Dream takes on its own twist. Success is                       blessed to have and I missed out on.
       increasingly defined by high-ranking positions, wealth, power, and lavish homes.                         I agree that we now have a wonderful home and I have the privilege to go to
       Education is a huge focus, and getting into top colleges is the ultimate goal.                        a good school, but at what cost? Even today, my dad is always working hard at
          This is where the argument that the American Dream is not real kicks in.                           his stores; my mom still comes late from her hospital. My dad is always rushing
       Many believe that it is merely a false concept, and that living the Dream is                          to get around. I see my mom stressing over tiny things. Is this the American
       impossible.                                                                                           Dream? More like the American Nightmare.
          Many immigrants leave their homeland behind to chase after this “American                             I believe that it’s all in the mind. My parents, especially my dad, always adored
       Dream”. Unfortunately, most immigrants encounter hardships in America. Few                            the Western life even though they could have had a good life back home. Like
       make it to the top, earning the title of “successful,” and, ultimately, achieving                     many other immigrants, my dad desired to immigrate to America because he
       this “American Dream.”.                                                                               was under the impression that he would be greeted with open doors. However,
          The Dream may seem unattainable, but in truth, the issue isn’t the Dream                           after coming, my parents still had to face challenges and make sacrifices.
       itself — it’s the definition an individual gives the American Dream.                                     David Autor, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of
          I believe that the American Dream isn’t an ethos set in stone. There simply                        Technology, in a study done by National Public Radio said, “There is a wide-
       is no real definition of the American Dream, for it varies for each and every                         spread belief that the United States has become a more class-bound society, a
       person.                                                                                               place where rising above your station has become a lot harder. The growing
          My definition is a bit different from those in the area: I don’t view wealth,                      income inequality has made a gap between income levels.”
       status, or technology as the key to success. Instead, my American Dream is                               Autor added, “A person who’s born at the bottom is further behind than
       simply to be happy. I hope to major in college something I’m interested in,                           ever before.”
       something that fits who I am. Later on in life, I’d like to find a job that can                          Even though it’s not explicitly stated that upward mobility is declining for
       offer opportunities to see new sights and meet new people. A nice house and                           immigrants, I believe it is. Immigrants start from the bottom of the triangle. In
       Pomeranian wouldn’t hurt either, but that’s just me.                                                  order for them to raise their social class, they have to pass many challenges. Is
          The American Dream is wholly and entirely real: it’s just up to individuals to                     it worth it?
       determine their own American Dream. So many are unsatisfied with their lives                             There are many more similar stories. The end result isn’t worth it. Families
       in America because they seek what they believe is the “real” American Dream:                          give up all they can yet it’s not enough. They’re chasing something that can’t ac-
       status, wealth, or even a white picket fence. In the process, they overlook what                      tually be captured. The Dream is similar to a thin string that people hold on to
       they enjoy about America, and the opportunities they’ve had in this country.                          because they hope and believe it will bring them success. But it’s called a dream
          They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and with life, it’s the same                        because it’s only a dream.
       thing. Society’s definition of success and the American Dream often blinds us                            The American Dream has always inspired hope and optimism; when one
       from seeing the gifts we already have. If one strives to fit a definition of the                      thinks that anything is possible, it becomes much easier to dream. While I really
       Dream that is not their own, one simply cannot live the American Dream.                               encourage people to continue dreaming, people must realize that they’re only
          I never did become a princess. And I highly doubt I ever will. I probably                          dreams.
       won’t get to spend the rest of my days happily ever after in a lavish castle. I                          You can’t rely on a three word phrase for success. I wish people — especially
       might not even have a little house with a newly-whitewashed picket fence.                             immigrants — understood that there is no real “wonderland” where becom-
          Who knows, one day I might live my own version of the American Dream,                              ing and achieving anything you want is possible without effort, challenges, and
       and catch a glimpse of happiness, a glimpse of my own white picket fence.                             sacrifice.

DREAM ACT | FROM PAGE 1                            before the age of 16, lived in the country for
2 million have been deported from the Unit-        at least five years and be between the ages
ed States since 2009.                              of 12 to 35. They also must have graduated
    The issue is heavily debated across the        high school, obtained a GED, or accepted to
country, with many arguing that undocu-            a college, and demonstrate good moral be-
mented immigrants should not be accepted           havior by abiding by the law.
as legal citizens. But nearly as many believe          “My parents decided to immigrate to the
immigrants who contribute to the country           United States because they wanted us, their
or whose parents brought them over as chil-        children, to have a better life. They thought
dren should not be automatically sent away.        there [were] more opportunities in the Unit-
    “There’s this negative stigma against un-      ed States. They wanted us to get a better ed-
documented immigrants,” Gonzalez said.             ucation,” Gonzalez said.
“They view them as criminals. But all they             Gonzalez struggled in school at first. He
do is work hard, try to get a better life for      had never spoken English, and it was diffi-
their children. And yet, they’re still being de-   cult for him to make friends.
ported at an alarming rate.”                            “It left me with this sense of trying to fit
    His parents emigrated from Mexico when         in, and I wanted people to like me, so I start-
he was 7 years old. Gonzalez said he was ex-       ed doing a lot things that were not smart. I
cited to come to America, a perfect world he       was trying to get respect from people that
pictured as a little boy. One by one, David        did not care about my well being. But you
and his family crossed the border to meet          learn from your mistakes,” Gonzalez said.
their father, assisted by “coyotes” — individ-         One life-changing experience inspired           David Gonzalez hopes his mother can return to the United States soon. (Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)
uals specialized in smuggling people across        Gonzalez. A speaker from the Omega Boys
the U.S.- Mexico border — who posed as             Club — a group dedicated to building a pos-         Multiple posters from different campaigns           church to collect signatures for his mom. He
their legal guardians.                             itive life for young people — spoke in an as-       adorn the walls of his room, and David              wants the U.S. Senate to create a private bill
    Many undocumented youth have been              sembly at David’s school.                           keeps a little alligator keychain on his bag as     that would allow his mother to return.
living in the United States for most of their          “I went to the Omega Boys Club hoping           a reminder of his mom.                                  He says his involvement in immigration
lives but are still unrecognized as citizens.      to get scholarship money but I came out                 Gonzalez recently graduated from Rich-          rights campaigns is his way of expressing his
The DREAM Act (Development, Relief,                with a family,” Gonzalez said. “They taught         mond High School and is now a student at            love for his family, and his strong belief that
and Education for Alien Minors) is pro-            me so many things about what was going on           San Jose State, an accomplishment he once           all human beings deserve the same rights is
posed immigration reform designed to grant         in this world, and most importantly about           thought was impossible as an undocument-            what drives his passion for change.
citizenship for qualifying minors over a six-      myself. So I started learning about what real       ed student. He is striving to make his parents          “It’s basically standing up for what I be-
year period. Through the DREAM Act, un-            friends are, and I started changing a lot of        proud.                                              lieve is right. I got tired of how my family
documented students will be able to become         my habits. Being around those kinds of peo-             “They were working hard to try to give          was separated, and I haven’t seen my mom in
legal citizens and possibly obtain a perma-        ple, I got inspired to give back to others and      us a better life. I feel like I could pay them      three years,” Gonzalez said. “I want to make
nent residency.                                    help out.”                                          back by doing the best I can in school and          a difference. I want to give back and speak
    Gonzalez and his brother would both                Gonzalez pointed to a hand-drawn pic-           succeeding in life,” Gonzalez said.                 for those whose voices can’t be heard.”
qualify for the bill if passed. Applying mi-       ture in his room, on which he drew his fam-             Gonzalez continues to fight for his moth-
nors must have entered the United States           ily and wrote, “Stop Dividing Our Families.”        er. On Sundays, Gonzalez travels to his local
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         Bike share program expands horizons                                                                                                             shootings
                                                                                                      dition that they return it to another rack         prompt gradual
                                                                                                      within 30 minutes. If customers exceed
                                                                                                      the 30-minute deadline, they must pay an           shifts in how
                                                                                                      additional fee for every subsequent half
                                                                                                      hour.                                              schools respond
                                                                                                          “Bike Share was developed to be a
                                                                                                      last-mile commute which works well with
                                                                                                      existing transit infrastructure,” Borrmann         BY LUISA SIMPAO
                                                                                                                                                         Mosaic Staff Writer
                                                                                                          Loo’s average bike share trip is a route
                                                                                                                                                            An increase in school shootings since
                                                                                                      from his home near the Diridon train sta-
                                                                                                                                                         the Sandy Hook Elementary School mas-
                                                                                                      tion to San Jose State, where he and his
                                                                                                                                                         sacre in 2012 has led schools nationwide
                                                                                                      wife proceed to take a dip in the campus
                                                                                                                                                         to implement new response tactics to min-
                                                                                                      swimming pool. Wearing matching bright
                                                                                                                                                         imize casualties in the case of a gunman
                                                                                                      yellow T-shirts and navigating in single
                                                                                                                                                         at school.
                                                                                                      file, they used the bikes for a trip down-
                                                                                                                                                            The shooting at Sandy Hook in New-
                                                                                                      town on a recent Monday.
                                                                                                                                                         town, Conn., was the second deadliest mass
                                                                                                          “There’s no need to own a bike, no
                                                                                                                                                         shooting by a single person in the United
                                                                                                      need for space for one at home, no main-
                                                                                                                                                         States, when Adam Peter Lanza opened
                                                                                                      tenance,” Loo said.
                                                                                                                                                         fire two weeks before Christmas, killing six
                                                                                                          He mentioned a few ways he thought
                                                                                                                                                         faculty members and 20 first-graders.
     Bike Share cycles are becoming more visable in downtown San Jose. (Iris Hung/Mosaic)
                                                                                                      the program could improve, noting that
                                                                                                                                                            Since the incident, there have been 74
                                                                                                      the bikes were often slightly damaged or
     BY CARL SIBLEY                                   station, Bay Area Bike Share has met its                                                           school shootings, compared with 24 re-
                                                                                                      coated in sap, so he proposed an awning
     Mosaic Staff Writer                              projected goal and prepares to shift into                                                          ported in the two years before that, raising
                                                                                                      over the bikes to keep them cleaner. He
                                                      high gear.                                                                                         the urgency of how schools deal with such
                                                                                                      said he would like more stations along The
         Chudo Loo doesn’t own a bike. Yet he            “In the near future we will expand the                                                          tragedies.
                                                                                                      Alameda, one of the busier streets in San
     still pedals along the busy bike lanes of        number of bikes by 300 and the number                                                                 The newest tactic of “Run, Hide, De-
                                                                                                      Jose. With the proposed stations, Loo’s
     downtown San Jose with his wife close            of stations by 30 within the five existing                                                         fend” was implemented after years of de-
                                                                                                      wish might come true.
     behind him.                                      Bay Area Bike Share cities,” said Ralph                                                            velopment as schools applied their knowl-
                                                                                                          Adults are not required by law to wear
         Loo is one of the 1,800 San Jose mem-        Borrmann, a spokesman for the Bay Area                                                             edge to modify school safety policies.
                                                                                                      helmets while riding, but Bay Area Bike
     bers of Bay Area Bike Share (www.bayare-         Air Quality Management District, which                                                                “We hope that it gives people some
                                                                                                      Share advises that customers wear helmets, a bike rental program           oversees and funds Bay Area Bike Share.                                                            tools to help them survive the worst sce-
     that has spread across Silicon Valley and        “The Metropolitan Transportation Com-                                                              nario anyone could ever face as an un-
                                                                                                          The program does not provide hel-
     beyond.                                          mission has allocated additional fund-                                                             armed civilian,” said Capt. Alan Cavallo of
                                                                                                      mets with their bikes. Borrmann said a
         The program began last August when           ing to expand into the East Bay cities of                                                          San Jose State University Police. “We hope
                                                                                                      commercial mode of helmet distribution
     the Alta Bicycle Share company chose the         Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland as soon                                                           it gives them some ideas and helps them
                                                                                                      is being tested, and Bay Area Bike Share
     Bay Area as one of the regions for its bike      as reorganization issues with the bike sup-                                                        think ‘what if ’ so they have a plan.”
                                                                                                      offers a $10 helmet rebate coupon to all
     share program, a system that has already         plier are worked out.”                                                                                The first shift in school emergency re-
     been implemented in cities such as Wash-            The Bay Area Bike Share system can be                                                           sponse came after the April 1999 shooting
                                                                                                             Borrman says the Bay Area is an ideal
     ington, Chicago and New York.                    confusing at first, since unlike many other                                                        at Columbine High School in Colorado,
                                                                                                      environment for such a program, thanks
         Currently the bike share program only        bike rental programs, it’s meant for short                                                         which resulted in 15 deaths, including the
                                                                                                      to its infrastructure of bike lanes and
     extends to five Bay Area cities: Redwood         commutes, not for tourism. Customers                                                               suicide deaths of the two shooters. That
                                                                                                      good year-round weather.
     City, San Jose, Mountain View, San Fran-         use a credit card to gain a temporary or                                                           incident proved that the natural instinct to
                                                                                                          “There is a strong pre-existing bike cul-
     cisco and Palo Alto, with 70 stations total.     annual membership, which allows them to                                                            flee was not enough.
                                                                                                      ture,” Borrmann said.
     With the recent completion of its 70th           check out a bike from a rack with the con-                                                            After that, school lockdown procedures
                                                                                                                                                         were implemented during which teachers
                                                                                                                                                         were trained to lock classroom doors and
                                                                                                                                                         keep students quiet and hidden to divert

                                                                                                                                                         shooters from what they might believe
                                                                                                                                                         were empty classrooms.
                                                                                                                                                            The lockdown procedure was the stan-

                                                                                                                                                         dard until Sandy Hook, where Lanza en-
                                                                                                                                                         tered classrooms and killed two teachers
                                                                                                                                                         and their students. Because lockdown was
                                                                                                                                                         not enough, law enforcement and school
BY KELLY SONG                                       placement especially for transgender youth,       panelists and speak-                               officials realized they needed to advise
Mosaic Staff Writer                                 who often find themselves isolated in the         ers, including elect-                              physical resistance as a last resort.
                                                    LGBTQ community.                                  ed officials, com-                                    Elements of “Run, Hide, Defend” have
   In a new campaign, civic leaders are con-           Kate Calimquim, program manager for            munity leaders, and                                shown some effectiveness. In late May, six
necting two of San Francisco’s most visi-           the Castro Youth Housing Initiative in San        LGBTQ communi-                                     UC Santa Barbara students were killed by
ble populations to alleviate the hardships          Francisco, says she believes homeless youth       ty members, argued                                 Elliot Rodger. The shooter’s carnage was
of what they say is a neglected group of            will be able to grow into successful young        for more culturally                                reduced as students of the Alpha Phi so-
LGBTQ and homeless communities.                     adults by being provided with more educa-         friendly      policies                             rority house refused to open their doors to
   According to San Francisco’s 2013 Point-         tion and health services.                         and resources for                                  him.
In-Time Count, 29 percent of the homeless              “I find that they’re incredibly resilient,”    education, nutrition                                  In early June, a student in Seattle Pacific
population in San Francisco identified as les-      Calimquim says. “Having a space to stay           and housing.                                       University opened fire at the campus, leav-
bian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and city       where their identities are supported, nur-           Other plans to                                  ing three wounded and one dead; students
                                                                                                                             AJ, 21, is an employee
leaders say that number is growing.                 tured and cared for, they can blossom to          reduce      LGBTQ of the LGBTQ Youth               attacked and held down Aaron Ybarra as
   San Francisco isn’t the only place where         branch out in other goals”                        homelessness in the Space in San Jose.             he was reloading his gun. More recently,
homelessness in the LGBTQ — “Q” stand-                 The city of San Francisco is tackling the      San Francisco area (Calyse Tobias/Mosaic)          15-year-old Jared Padgett shot a classmate
ing for queer in variations of the description      issue with a plan to reduce LGBTQ home-           include providing                                  at Reynolds High School in Portland, Ore.,
— community is gaining attention. Across            lessness by 50 percent within the next five       more social services to address substance          before he met police forces and shot him-
the Bay Area, young leaders are pushing for         years. City officials are already allocating      abuse, sexual health, education, and unem-         self in a school bathroom. When shots
more public recognition of this homeless            funding and resources, and will collect statis-   ployment.                                          were first heard from the boys’ locker
subset.                                             tics to measure their progress.                      District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who         room, the school was immediately locked
   “There’s an astronomical amount of                  Bevan Dufty, director of the Mayor’s Of-       serves on the Budget & Finance Committee           down.
LGBT youth that are homeless,” said AJ,             fice of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships         of San Francisco, says he supports strength-          In addition to their extensive roles in
a 21 year-old transgender staff member at           & Engagement in San Francisco, says she           ening displacement protections in the city         responding to an active shooter on school
the LGBTQ Youth Space in San Jose, who              was inspired to bring up the issue after con-     to provide more stable living conditions.          campuses, police have been involved in
asked not to be fully named out of privacy          ducting a survey last October at the LGBTQ           “The San Francisco LGBT community               training both officers and school officials.
concerns. “Most resources that are there for        Connect, an event where homeless residents        is among the most resourceful and effec-           In August 2013, the San Jose Police De-
people that are homeless are for people that        were offered help in the form of dental care,     tive communities in the world,” Wiener             partment began offering countywide train-
have a healthy family environment or need           hygiene kits and food packages.                   says in a statement. “We have successfully         ing for schools and youth centers in active
such things like that. Those aren’t catered            Dufty says 29 percent of the homeless          faced some of those most difficult chal-           shooter response.
specifically to LGBTQ people.”                      residents who received supplies identified as     lenges imaginable, whether the continuing             “‘Run, Hide, Defend’ gives people
   AJ says LGBTQ homeless youth should              LGBTQ, adding that represents a huge chal-        HIV epidemic, attacks on our civil rights, or      something to think about,” said Sgt. Jason
be given more resources, such as accessible         lenge in the San Francisco community.             bullying of our young people. Working to-          Pierce, head of the School Liaison Unit of
shelters with experienced staff, more ac-              HOPE held an LGBTQ Homelessness                gether, we can successfully face this housing      the San Jose Police Department, noting
cessible mental health services for people          Policy Forum on June 16 at the LGBTQ              crisis as well.”                                   that officials “have to give them the tools
who don’t have insurance, and more job              Community Center in San Francisco where                                                              to defend themselves.”

BY BAHAAR MUHAR                                                     meaning that we will not have an environment to live in.           house effect that leads to climate change.
Mosaic Staff Writer                                                    Locals are taking action. The city of Palo Alto voted in           The second big thing to do is communicate about the issue.
                                                                    100 percent Carbon Neutral electricity in 2013. Many cit-          According to Altieri, the government does listen and takes no-
   There are only 15 years left before the environment can          ies around the Bay Area are considering Community Choice           tice and improvement may take longer than wanted, but we
no longer sustain life as it is now.                                Aggregation contracts, which allow the purchase of renew-          have to start somewhere.
   Sudhanshu Jain from Silicon Valley’s Citizens’ Climate           able electricity directly instead of through PG&E.                    Everyone hears about climate change and its impact. How-
Lobby said, “All human life could go extinct if we wait too            Altieri strongly agrees with Jain and said, “We interact        ever, the fight is still not being taken seriously.
long; we only have limited time left to make serious changes,       with the environment every day with everything and people             Bay Area resident and environmentalist author Paul Fleis-
we especially need to stop burning fossil fuels.”                   don’t wake up thinking that they’re going to go hurt the envi-     chman says, “Unlike the fight for women’s suffrage, civil rights
   Many environmentalists and ordinary citizens are trying          ronment, but everyone has an impact in some kind of way.”          and gay rights, this movement comes with a ticking clock. We
to take action regarding climate change. Citizens of San Jose          Altieri suggests two main ideas for citizens to do. First,      can get the word out through photos, videos, conversations,
must realize the importance of the issue and take action now.       people should become aware of the actions they take in their       protests and a combination of them all, but the hard part is
   According to Lisa Altieri, co-founder of 350 Silicon Val-        daily lives that impact the environment and think on how           finding a way that actually changes people’s minds.”
ley, close to the time since we started burning fossil fuels,       they can lower their carbon footprint. That does not mean             People must actively participate in efforts to better the en-
global average temperature has increased by 1.5 degrees             you have to go out and buy a fuel-efficient car, but it helps      vironment. This doesn’t mean they have to partake in protests
Fahrenheit. An increase in the global average surface tem-          to use a free online carbon calculator and manage personal         and rallies, but simple changes in everyday life can make a big
perature has led scientists and policymakers to agree that this     carbon emissions.                                                  difference.
warming is having a negative impact therefore warming must             What a lot of people don’t know about is that there is             “We must take action and lower our emissions over the
be kept below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the amount of         technology that can be used to improve. Instead of burn-           next decade. The good news: We have all the technology and
change in the temperature, not an actual temperature read-          ing fossil fuels, people can transition to solar energy. More      solutions to do this. The better news: If we do so, we will
ing, so a conversion tool is used. Statistics show that we will     people are adopting solar energy because it doesn’t produce        create jobs, save money and improve our health,” says Altieri.
pass this 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit limit in the next 20 years,        the harmful pollutants responsible for increasing the green-
8 Friday June 27, 2014                                                                                                                                                                         THE MOSAIC

                                                                                                                                                                                                  SAN JOSE REP | FROM PAGE 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                  casting, and off-beat directorial choices

                                                                                                                                                                                                  (like no balcony in the “balcony scene”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  for “Romeo & Juliet”) really put people
                                                                                                                                                                                                      He also said that other theater compa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  nies in San Jose produced more relevant
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lisa Mallette, executive artistic direc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  tor of City Lights Theater Company, also
                                                                                                                                                                                                  said that while relevance may help ticket
                                                                                                                                                                                                  sales, other factors, like timing and com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  munication, are important.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      But the primary question is: “How
                                                                                                                                                                                                  many hearts did you touch?” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      With the closing of the theater, many
                                                                                                                                                                                                  downtown businesses worry about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  economic impact. Eugenie Ooi, an em-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  ployee at Tengu Sushi across the street
                                                                                                                                                                                                  from the Rep, anticipated losing business,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  especially at night, from the Rep’s closing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      In addition, the loss of the Rep could
                                                                                                                                                                                                  harm other theater companies, said Mal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  lette. While some Rep patrons said they
                                                                                                                                                                                                  would continue supporting San Jose
                                                                                                                                                                                                  theater productions, individuals not as
                                                                                                                                                                                                  accustomed with theater might invest
    Russell Snead, left, with three snakes around his neck moves to the music of Cheeseballs while dancers groove and fans smile. (Iris Hung/Mosaic)                                                  It’s better for all the theater companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                  to be doing well than doing poorly, Mal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  lette said. She said that if someone goes
                                                                                                                                                                                                  to see a City Lights production and en-
    BY HALEY KIM                                                   the Sunnyvale Downtown Association. The audience             likes the old-school stuff,” like blues, jazz and ’70s’           joys it, it is more likely they will see other
    Mosaic Staff Writer                                            of mostly middle-age adults remains largely the same         music, he said. Cotton said band members love to play             shows. While City Lights has stayed in
                                                                   year after year.                                             songs that bring the crowd to the dance floor.                    the black for nearly 11 seasons, the com-
    A white-haired and bearded Russell Snead, with                      Businesses in downtown collaborate to produce               “I look forward to it,” said early arriver Gerri Vicente,     pany is currently lagging in individual
    three green rubber snakes bouncing around his neck             the 11-concert series and draw people to the area.           58, sitting with a group of friends. She said she has
    and keys on lanyards swinging on his chest, fell to his        Besides hearing music, visitors can also browse ven-         been attending for years, and that she enjoys almost all
    knees and wildly jammed on an air guitar to an oldies          dors for food, drinks, KettlePop and more. Antuzzi and       the bands. It’s a great way to get out of the house and               The Rep’s shutdown also means that
    hit in downtown Sunnyvale. He reveled in the mood of           Wyrick said that about 1,500 people attend each con-         enjoy summer, especially for people over 40, she said.            51 employees are out of work, said Mal-
    the Summer Series Music & Market, weekly free con-             cert. “It creates a sense of place downtown,” Wyrick             Viki Bird, a longtime Sunnyvale resident, said the            lette. Kahn of San Jose State wrote that
    certs that began on a sunny early evening June 18.             said. It is so popular that by 6:30 p.m., he said, South     best part of the festival is the music and watching peo-          many of the alumni worked there over
         The Wednesday concerts, on South Murphy Avenue            Murphy Avenue is a “nuthouse.”                               ple dance. Joe Nazareth, from Goa, India, said he loves
    between West Evelyn and West Washington avenues,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the years, and the department will miss
                                                                        At the first concert, members of the local cover        music and dancing, and that he can watch people and
    bring a different band to the stage each week. From            band the Cheeseballs were decked out in sequins,             quickly pick up steps.                                            the opportunities, including internships.
    5:30 to 8:30 p.m., visitors can set up lawn chairs to          sunglasses and coordinated cheery red-and-white out-             But music geared to an older crowd attracted few                  Some fans may migrate to companies
    lounge on the blocked-off streets, dance near the stage        fits. With synchronized arm motions and harmonized           teenagers. One young visitor, who gave her name only              like the San Jose Stage Company, which
    or dine outdoors at nearby restaurants.                        voices, The Cheeseballs had the audience filling the         as Ariauna, said there were “a lot of old people.” She            will honor Rep patrons’ unused tickets
         In the freewheeling atmosphere on opening night,          asphalt dance floor even before the last beats of the        suggested playing more songs from 2014 to appeal to               for its production of “Bonnie and Clyde.”
    a couple passionately kissed while dancing, preschool-         first song.                                                  young adults.
    ers held hands as they spun and jumped, and dancers                                                                                                                                               Elizabeth Monley, a 34-year Rep pa-
                                                                        Band leader Eric Cotton said outdoor festivals draw         Nevertheless, Ariauna said she liked the concert.
    high-kicked, waved their arms and swung their hips.            a built-in crowd.                                                Cotton said that with great food, good music and              tron, said, “The closing has created a real
         The festival’s format has changed little in 16 years,          “The hits are already there,” said Cotton, explaining   free admission, “Why wouldn’t you want to come?”                  depression amongst people in their sense
    said organizers Joe Antuzzi and Joe Wyrick, both of            the ease of choosing songs to play. “The older crowd                                                                           of loss in downtown San Jose.”

DIGITAL DIVIDE | FROM PAGE 1                                     in a section of a large church.                                   The program was launched in 2011 by with them, how to use them,” she said. “We
increase their familiarity with electronics                           “Most digital illiterates are kids who                    the Palo Alto Housing Corp., a group that cover the latter, and that makes the whole
spanning from futuristic robots to old desk-                     struggle with English and live in extreme                      governs affordable housing in that city. The system work. Each part needs the other.”
top PCs. A sophomore at San Jose State, he                       poverty,” said Rosemary Baez, the center’s                     program works directly with Adobe Voices,
works as a part of a new community effort                        executive director. “Close to 100 percent of                   a part of Adobe Systems that
to increase technological proficiency.                           them do not even have basic computer skills.                   specializes in digital film-mak-
    “Just giving whatever kind of computers                      When they come in, they know what to do                        ing, to provide internships for
to people is not a solution; it’s only putting                   with the touch screen computers, but are                       students who live in affordable
a Band-Aid on part of the whole wound,”                          lost with normal computers.”                                   housing and teach them how to
said Pham. “With so many smartphones out                              “It is essential to start prevention (of tech             produce video on computers.
there at such cheap prices, lots of people                       illiteracy) at an early age, when most people                     Ana Angel, coordinator of
have electronics. But they’re usually still dig-                 are blank slates and are super curious about                   the program, remembers not
itally illiterate.”                                              everything,” she continued.                                    having a computer until college,
    At the Third Street Community Center                              The Digital Leaders intern program, lo-                   and cited that as one of the
in downtown San Jose, where Pham volun-                          cated 20 minutes northwest of San Jose in                      main reasons she chose to fight
teers, a large number of San Jose students                       Palo Alto, also serves students from low-                      the digital divide in Palo Alto.
in grade school from lower-income house-                         er-income families. It recently received a                        “The city’s school district
holds get help with their schoolwork and                         $20,000 dollar grant from the Knight Foun-                     gives everyone in the school
learn how to work on desktop computers.                          dation, which aims to connect students with                    district from poorer back- Interactive displays like this one at San Jose’s Tech Museum of
Nearly 150 volunteers and four instructors                       technology to improve their overall academ-                    grounds a MacBook laptop, but Innovation are helping children overcome the continuing digital
are employed by the center, which is based                       ic performance.                                                then nobody knows what to do divide. (Jacinta Chang/Mosaic)

POT SHOPS | FROM PAGE 1                                          businesses near blocks and surrounding                          AUDRIE’S LAW | FROM PAGE 1                                     criminal consequences.
    “This is a de facto ban,” said Sean Dona-                    blocks where dispensaries are located,” said                                                                                      “I don’t think they [the offenders] would
                                                                                                                                 bly Public Safety Committee unanimously
hoe, deputy director of the California Can-                      Jim Reed, Vice President of Public Policy                                                                                      have known of this law. If I didn’t go to my
                                                                                                                                 passed Senate Bill 838 ‘Audrie’s Law’ out of
nabis Industry Association. “We are looking                      for the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber                                                                                        school, I probably wouldn’t even know this
                                                                                                                                 committee. … Audrie’s Law modernizes the
for a workable ordinance to end the gray                         of Commerce. “We think the voters and                                                                                          law existed,” he said.
                                                                                                                                 consequences for those who sexually assault
area. A workable ordinance is not a de facto                     businesses want restrictions to find a mid-                                                                                       Saratoga High School Principal Paul Rob-
                                                                                                                                 intoxicated, incapacitated, and handicapped
ban.”                                                            dle-ground solution on regulating marijua-                                                                                     inson and three of the student journalists
                                                                                                                                 victims,” Santa Clara County District At-
    Supporters hope new regulations will                         na, and we think the ordinance struck the                                                                                      who covered Audrie’s case declined to com-
                                                                                                                                 torney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “The
improve community and business environ-                          right balance.”                                                                                                                ment.
                                                                                                                                 Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office
ments, such as schools and industrial parks.                         But Donahoe said problems with dealing                                                                                        The San Jose Mercury News reported in
                                                                                                                                 stands alongside the Pott Family and State
    “These regulations will tighten up rules                     pot to minors and unsafe conditions apply                                                                                      June that two of the three convicted juveniles
                                                                                                                                 Sen. Jim Beall in their efforts to create posi-
in regards to marijuana. We understand that                      to only a few problematic locations, and the                                                                                   in Audrie’s case have re-offended since last
                                                                                                                                 tive and reasonable changes from the pain of
people need medicated marijuana, but we                          ordinance will unfairly force the majority of                                                                                  year.
                                                                                                                                 Audrie’s tragedy.”
would like to discourage recreational usage,                     marijuana businesses to close.                                                                                                    “They’re not being rehabilitated” in the
                                                                                                                                    Debate remains, however, about whether
eliminating collectives in commercial neigh-                         Critics also oppose a new requirement                                                                                      current system, said Robert Allard, attorney
                                                                                                                                 Audrie’s Law would improve California’s ju-
borhoods,” Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen                             that marijuana sold in San Jose must be                                                                                        for the Pott family.
                                                                                                                                 venile justice system. Proponents cite needs to
said. “This is going to provide a safe envi-                     grown either in or next to Santa Clara Coun-                                                                                      Allard added that the proposed law would
                                                                                                                                 repair flaws in the system and impose harsher
ronment for our school children.”                                ty. Donahoe said many pot shops sell mari-                                                                                     fix how the justice system treats juvenile of-
                                                                                                                                 consequences for more serious crimes, while
    According to a city survey of San Jose                       juana products produced elsewhere because                                                                                      fenders by providing them professional care
                                                                                                                                 opponents question its effectiveness on ju-
residents, many worried that pot shops lo-                       they do not have the resources for marijuana                                                                                   and training about sexual assault and cyber-
                                                                                                                                 veniles. A main point of contention was the
cated near their homes and schools are not                       manufacturing.                                                                                                                 bullying.
                                                                                                                                 legislation’s original provision of a minimum
safe. The new ordinance sets zoning regu-                            “We want a regulated industry that can                                                                                        Opponents criticized the minimum sen-
                                                                                                                                 two-year out-of-home sentence for convict-
lations that will cut down eligible marijuana                    provide patients with access to safe and                                                                                       tence as unnecessarily punitive. Attorney Eric
                                                                                                                                 ed juveniles, which would have been the first
dispensary locations to less than 1 percent                      well-regulated products, as well as a variety                                                                                  Schweitzer, of the California Attorneys for
                                                                                                                                 mandatory minimum sentencing in Califor-
of San Jose’s area.                                              of them,” Donahoe stated.                                                                                                      Criminal Justice, conceded that the current
                                                                                                                                 nia’s juvenile justice system.
    Pot shops will also have to abide by                             Dave Hodges, head of the All American                                                                                      juvenile justice system is stretched to its limit,
                                                                                                                                    Some students at Saratoga High School
stricter security regulations: Distribution                      Cannabis Club, is leading his organization in                                                                                  but argued that Audrie’s Law and the extra
                                                                                                                                 said that while the law is imperfect, it would
locations must be fully equipped with se-                        challenging the ordinance. Members have                                                                                        institutionalization would act as neither a de-
                                                                                                                                 make consequences equal the weight of seri-
curity cameras and recording systems at all                      been walking through downtown and dis-                                                                                         terrent to juvenile crime nor an effective con-
                                                                                                                                 ousness for crimes like sexual assault.
times; medical marijuana must be locked                          tributing free shirts as they collect funds and                                                                                sequence to convicted offenders. Schweitzer
                                                                                                                                    Caleb Liu, a former Saratoga High School
and stored away in vaults or safes; and the                      signatures to form a petition.                                                                                                 also challenged the idea that Pott was sexually
                                                                                                                                 student, agreed with proponents’ view that
premises must be secured to prevent unau-                            “Right now we’re just reaching out to lo-                                                                                  assaulted at the party.
                                                                                                                                 the original three offenders’ sentences of 30
thorized entry.                                                  cals or anybody who needs a part-time job.                                                                                        If those crimes were committed, the laws
                                                                                                                                 to 45 days were light, but said the law prob-
    The ordinance also mandates that dispen-                     We’re trying to hire 300 people over the next                                                                                  that forbade those illegal activities in the first
                                                                                                                                 ably would not have made much of a differ-
saries cannot operate between 9 p.m. and 9                       30 days to help us in this cause,” Hodges                                                                                      place “clearly didn’t do anything,” he said.
                                                                                                                                 ence in Pott’s situation.
a.m., and those younger than 21 are barred                       said June 20, when club members attended                                                                                          “They’re going to do it whether you pass
                                                                                                                                    According to the Santa Clara County
from entering pot shops or buying marijua-                       the San Jose Bike Party to recruit new mem-                                                                                    the law or not,” Schweitzer said. “You can do
                                                                                                                                 Sheriff ’s Office, Pott passed out drunk at a
na products.                                                     bers.                                                                                                                          a lot of good for at-risk children by treating
                                                                                                                                 party and awoke with messages and drawings
    In a separate city survey, corporations and                      Donahoe and his allies say they will con-                                                                                  them like children, not like adults.”
                                                                                                                                 on her half-naked body. Three teenage boys
technology companies in San Jose voiced                          tinue to fight to keep their businesses alive.                                                                                    Raj Jayadev of the Silicon Valley De-Bug,
                                                                                                                                 admitted to the attack and to circulating cell-
concern that marijuana collectives near their                        “Whether a ban or a de facto ban, neither                                                                                  an organization involved in criminal justice
                                                                                                                                 phone pictures of the incident. Pott hanged
businesses drive away potential employees                        of these are a good public policy solution,”                                                                                   advocacy, said in the face of tragedies like
                                                                                                                                 herself in her Los Altos home on Sept. 12,
and customers.                                                   Donahoe said. “We have to find a better                                                                                        Audrie’s, lawmakers should consider chang-
                                                                                                                                 2012. Her mother, Sheila Pott, and Beall in-
    “There have been negative impacts on                         way, and we will.”                                                                                                             es that would work in the long run, “rather
                                                                                                                                 troduced Audrie’s Law in March 2014.
                                                                                                                                    Liu said teenagers are unlikely to stay up-                 than the knee-jerk response of minimum
                                                                                                                                 to-date or be knowledgeable about laws and                     sentencing.”

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