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
“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
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WORLD CUP FEVER
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.
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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
BY JACINTA CHANG
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 mercurynews.com/mosaic THE MOSAIC
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
LOCAL SOCIAL ACTIVIST
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
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-
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
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, 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
BY TALIA MOORE
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
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Plaza de César
Chávez was packed
soccer fans on
June 17 during an
of the Mexico vs.
Brazil World Cup
game. More outdoor
screenings will take
place at nearby St.
James Park during
the World Cup
BRAZIL vs. MEXICO
DEATH OF SAN JOSE REP
will the arts Fantastic four app team
BY HALEY KIM
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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(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 mercurynews.com/mosaic 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
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
abikeshare.com), 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
SF UNVEILS PLANS TO REDUCE
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.”
SILICON VALLEY RESPONDS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
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-
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SAN JOSE REP | FROM PAGE 4
casting, and off-beat directorial choices
SWING, SNAKES & SOUNDS
(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.
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.”