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                             The Golden Gate

                                       Summer 2010 Special Issue

SPORTS                       CULTURE                                            ENVIRONMENT

Olympic                      Sweet 15                                           Goats
dreams                       Latin tradition,
                             modern times
                                                                                fired up
MacCanDo does                PAGE 6
                                                                                Hunger fights
it big PAGE 4                                                                   flames PAGE 3

                                                                                                                     argue with Grant
                                                                                                                    supporters on the
                                                                                                                   steps leading to
                                                                                                                  the Walnut Creek
                                                                                                                 Superior Court.

    OPEN                                 Activists in support of Johannes Mehserle clash
                                         with those who call him a killer BY EMMA CHIANG

    WOUNDS                                  Cries of “Justice for Oscar Grant” and “Free Mehserle”
                                        clashed over a crowd of approximately 300 demonstrators in
                                        support of either Oscar Grant or Johannes Mehserle in front
                                       of the Walnut Creek Superior Court on Monday, July 19. The
                                       rally remained civil and calm, despite the two sides hurling
                                        heated words at one another.
                                              Started by a single activist, the 139-member Facebook
                                            group Free Mehserle organized the rally in support of
                                              the former BART police officer. On July 8, Los Ange-
                                                les County Superior Court convicted Mehserle of in-
                                                  voluntary manslaughter in the Jan. 1, 2009 death of
                                                    Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident. Mehser-
                                                     le shot Grant at the Fruitvale BART platform in
                                                                                                  MEHSERLE continued on Page 11

                                                                         DON’T SHOOT: Pro-Grant demonstrators
                                                                          lay on the ground and mimic the position
                                                                            he was in when he was fatally shot by
                                                                                                       PHOTOS BY BEATRICE ESTEBAN — [X]PRESS 2.0

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                                                    MEET THE STAFF..............................................................PG 2
         SEE MULTIMEDIA AND MORE ONLINE AT:         ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION..............................................PG 2
                                                    URBAN FARMING IN HAYES VALLEY................................PG 5
         XPRESS.SFSU.EDU/BAMMA/2010                 ACTIVISTS RALLY AGAINST NEW ST. LUKE’S...................PG 8
                                                    BLACK FARMING SUMMIT..............................................PG 10
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                                                              ALI THANAWALLA — [X]PRESS 2.0
                                                                                              BAMMA CLASS OF 2010
                         TONY LAU, 15 Lick-Wilmerding High School                       ing and photography. “I like tak-
                                                                                        ing pictures because pictures convey a clear-
                            As a boy scout in San Francisco’s Troop 3, Tony Lau         er message than words sometimes,” Lau said. With no
                         enjoys how being a part of one of the oldest troops in         prior journalism experience, he said he wants to learn
                         America allows him to try new things. The 15-year-old          more about the field. Lau said he enjoys listening to the
                         said he enjoys swimming for Lick–Wilmerding High               news on radio stations such as National Public Radio
                         School’s varsity boy’s swim team, woodcarving, shoot-          and KQED. — Tiffany Do

                   PEARL KHUU, 14                                           BEATRICE ESTEBAN, 17
                    Lowell High School                                      James Logan High School

                       Pearl Khuu lives in San Francisco and has               If Beatrice Esteban is not talking, she
                     many interests, including dancing and writ-            is constantly flipping her pen in her
                     ing. Her energetic personality prefers the             hand or bouncing her legs. Esteban is
                      upbeat and fast rhythm of hip-hop but she             very outgoing, likes living a fast-paced
                       also likes to dance ballet to develop dis-           life, and is usually not found at home.

                                                                                                                                                     BAY AREA
                         cipline. She is involved in College Track          “I don’t want to be one of those peo-
                          San Francisco, which helps high school            ple who lives their life going through
                          students look into various colleges and           the motions,” Esteban said. Aside

                          help them attend summer programs like             from enjoying hands-on activities, Es-
                       BAMMA. This summer at College Track,                 teban loves keeping up with politics and
                       she volunteers at a summer school for in-            literature. Her love for literature led her

                      coming freshmen. Khuu has only begun her              to pursue journalism, and next year she
                     journalism career here at BAMMA and said,              will be the editor-in-chief for her high
                     “I like writing and taking pictures of nature,         school’s online publication, The James

                     and I also want to see if journalism is the            Logan Courier, in Union City.
                     thing for me.” — Tony Lau                                                        — Hannah Kim

HANNAH KIM, 16 Palo Alto High School                          Kandell to a journalism convention at Columbia Univer-
                                                              sity in New York this spring. The small group environ-
  Hannah Kim’s bright backpack is a reflection of herself:     ment of BAMMA appeals to her since she “can form closer                                EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
quirky and bold. Although she gained journalism experi-       relationships with people,” she said. A junior at Palo Alto                            Zoneil Maharaj
ence at Voice, the online publication at her school, Kim      High, Kim does community service projects with Interact
wants more experience in a different arena through BAM-       Club and runs cross-country. She hopes to attend Dart-                                 CIIJ DIRECTOR
MA. She and her classmates accompanied adviser Paul           mouth College as a journalism major. — Beatrice Esteban                                Dr. Cristina Azocar, Ph.D.

                        EMMA CHIANG, 15                                     XAVIER CORENA, 16                                                        Ronnie Lovler
                         Balboa High School                                 Metwest High School
                                                                                                                                                     NEWS EDITORS
                             Emma Chiang is co-captain of Bal-                 Xavier Corena is a passionate Salvadorean                             Angela Hart
                           boa High School’s soccer team, runs              who wants to take over the world with his                                Eric Gneckow
                            on the cross-country team and par-              music and writing. A photographer and                                    La Toya Tooles
                            ticipates in Forever Rely On God, a             reporter for Metwest High School’s
                            Christian club. She never stops ask-            newspaper, he writes songs and po-                                       VIDEO EDITOR
                              ing questions and takes interest in           etry in his free time. The 16-year-old                                   Eric Lawson
                               talking to people about their sto-           Oakland resident is fascinated with
                               ries; it helps give her a perspective        different cultures and can speak                                         PHOTO EDITOR
                               on life and how to treat others. She         Spanish, English, French and Italian.                                    Suzy Salazar
                              thinks that journalism is becoming            Corena joined BAMMA to learn more
                              a lost art, but needs to continue to          about journalism. He accomplishes                                        MULTIMEDIA EDITOR
                            be told. “The media is not giving peo-          everything that he sets his mind to.                                     Ali Thanawalla
                           ple the truthful story,” Chiang said. “I         “A person is not what they are born,
                           believe that the voiceless should be             nor what they wish, but what they                                        DESIGNER
                           heard. Journalism is the key.”                   discover and accommplish,” Corena                                        Tom Guffey
                                                       — Anita Tam          said. — Valeria Carias
                                                                                                                                                     ADVERTISING MANAGER
                                                                                                                                                     Eva Charles

                         TIFFANY DO, 17 Abraham Lincoln High School                    She cooks traditional food from Hong Kong, where she          BUSINESS & PRODUCTION
                                                                                       was born, such as fried rice and eggs but she also loves      Barbara Landis
                           Tiffany Do is a determined and fearless 17-year-old         to experiment. “If I fail, I can just try again,” Do said.
                         senior at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francis-         She has been interested in journalism since middle            PHOTO LAB MANAGER
                         co. She is a unique girl who holds a passion for writ-        school and in her junior year of high school, she was the     Scot Tucker
                         ing. In her spare time, Do loves to blog about her inner      opinion page editor with her own column.
                         thoughts and feelings and shares jokes with her friends.                                                  — Pearl Khuu      I.T. CONSULTANT
                                                                                                                                                     Arun Unnikrashnan

                                                                                                                                                     STUDENT RESIDENT
                  VALERIA CARIAS, 16                                        ANITA TAM, 15                                                            ADVISERS
                   Woodside High School                                     Galileo High School                                                      Eric Lawson
                                                                                                                                                     La Toya Tooles
                       Valeria Carias may seem like a normal                   Anita Tam, a San Francisco native, is
                     girl, but after words escape her lips, new             pursing her dreams as she encourages oth-
                           facets of her personality begin to show.         ers with theirs. She attends Galileo High                                ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
                            She likes writing stories about witch-          School and will be a junior next year.                                      [X]Press 2.0 is produced by high
                              es and vampire, as well as reading            In her free time she reads about poli-                                   school students participating in the
                               vampire novels. Born in El Salva-            tics in the local newspaper. “Reading                                    Bay Area Multicultural Media Acad-
                                dor, Carias came to the U.S. at the         the newspaper helps me feel con-                                         emy.
                                 age of 2. Now 16 and not knowing           nected to events around me, it helps                                        BAMMA is a summer journalism
                                 where her adventures or wonders            me learn more about society,” Tam                                        camp coordinated by the Center for
                                would take her, she took a daring           said. She has an interest in jour-                                       Integregation and Improvement of
                               attempt to experience Journalism             nalism and next year she plans to                                        Journalism at San Francisco State
                              through BAMMA. “I want to un-                 be an announcer for her school’s G-                                      University.
                                derstand what a journalist is,” she         House T.V. show. Her advice to others                                       For more information or com-
                                  said.                                     is: “Even if your interests change, keep                                 ments, please contact Dr. Cristina
                                                  — Xavier Corena           working hard and you will succeed.”                                      Azocar, Ph.D. at
                                                                                                     — Emma Chiang                                   or call 415-338-7434.
                                                                                                              PHOTOS BY ERIC LAWSON — [X]PRESS 2.0
GOLDEN GATE [X]PRESS 2.0 -                                                                                                            SUMMER 2010 3

  WEEDgoats prevent wildfires
  City Grazing’s

  Electric fences surround a small section of
an arid, desolate field in San Francisco’s Bay-
view Hunters Point district. Amid what is
widely accepted as the most polluted, poor
and perilous part of the city, something un-
expected is hard at work.
  Here, in the middle of the San Francisco
Bay Railroad yard, adjacent to the water,
surrounded by greasy trucks and loud trains
— 80 adult goats graze in a dry, grassy field.
  And, they’re hungry.
   The sound of trucks on grav-      to the bare inch above the
el and a loud roar of a tractor      ground between shards of glass
engine mix with the sound of         left from the industrial history.
birds chirping and water rush-          Brauer likes to keep the goats
ing. Chunks of cement recycled       within an hour of San Francisco.
from old buildings rest among        They were recently deployed to
pieces of disassembled trains        a hillside in Oakland.
around the site.                        The Oakland backyard was
   The goats, ranging from 5         overgrown with blackberries
months old to 4 years old, work      and ivy vines. It was so full that
for a San Francisco-based com-       even a grown adult could bare-
pany called City Grazing. The        ly walk through it, Brauer said.
year-old company deploys                “I was thinking, ‘Oh, it’s going
goats anywhere from the Oak-         to take a couple days because it
land hills to residential back-      was an acre yard.’ I could bare-
yards, and it’s gaining more         ly get through it,” Brauer said.
and more business, said Carla        “But the owner called me the
Brauer, communications direc-        next day and was like, ‘Get the
tor for City Grazing. Bay Area       goats, they’re going to eat my
residents are becoming more          house down.’”
aware of the human impact on            City Grazing built fences
the natural world, she added.        on the Oakland hill where the
   The goats act as an alterna-      goats worked to prevent them
tive to pesticide use and aid in     from escaping and eating any-
fire prevention by eating plant       thing they got their hooves on.
matter that act as fuel for fires        The goats, with names like
which are more likely this time      Oreo, have a natural instinct
of year. Fire season begins in       that prevents them from eat-
May and lasts until October, ac-     ing plants that are toxic to them
cording to CAL FIRE, the state’s     such as rosemary plants, ac-
fire authority.                       cording to Brauer.
   “This time of year we’re get-        “They are like eating ma-
ting a lot of calls because grass-   chines. They eat your weeds;
es are starting to dry out and       they eat whatever weeds you
people are realizing it’s fire sea-   don’t desire in your garden,”
son,” Brauer said. “What they’re     said Trevorton Rose, an em-
doing is creating a fuel break       ployee that does various jobs
so if a fire is coming and gets       like redistributing the goats at
to a place where the goats have      the San Francisco Bay Railroad.
grazed, it basically finds it’s had      “But goats have very dis-
a loss of fuel plants.”              tinct personalities. Every one
   The herd of goats prefer to       of them has their likes and dis-
eat blackberries and ivy but         likes,” Brauer said.
will settle for anything that           This summer, City Grazing                                                                                  PHOTOS BY HANNAH KIM — [X]PRESS 2.0
grows, from poison ivy to this-      partnered with San Francisco          AT WORK: City Grazing leashes goats near their designated work area. Children from the San
tle weeds, she added.                Society for the Prevention of         Francisco SPCA help take care of and feed the goats to help them adjust to humans.
   As the goats bask in the sun      Cruelty to Animals. Children
on a grassy field, they munch off     take care of baby goats, train        camp, the goats will rejoin with     “Providing children with op-      to play with. They need some
the weeds, which are trimmed         them and get them comfortable         their mothers and start work       portunities to interact with and    company, so we just help them
                                     with human beings.                    right away.                        care for animals gives them a       out and give them love. Give
                                        Exposure to small goats               “The idea is that we expose     sense of empathy for other an-      them kisses,” said Isabella Spa-
       SEE GOATS AT                  helps the children who partic-
                                     ipate in summer camp become
                                                                           children to different animals,
                                                                           their needs, their behaviors,
                                                                                                              imals,” Routhier said. “And in
                                                                                                              the long run, it’s these kids who
                                                                                                                                                  gat, 11, a participant in the SPCA
                                                                                                                                                  summer camp.
       WORK ONLINE:                  familiar with animals by work-
                                     ing with the goats, who are just
                                                                           and so on,” said Laurie Routhi-
                                                                           er, Humane Education Manager
                                                                                                              will help to make a more hu-
                                                                                                              mane world in the future.”
XPRESS.SFSU.EDU/BAMMA/2010           five months old. After summer          at San Francisco SPCA.               “And they need someone
4 SUMMER 2010                                                                                                   GOLDEN GATE [X]PRESS 2.0 -

  ON THE RUN: Joseph Morrison (front) and Dominic Eik (back)
   practice track and field at Kezar Stadium in preparation for
          the upcoming national Junior Olympics. Morrison
           hurdles while Eik sprints.

                                                                                                                                               PHOTOS BY PEARL KHUU — [X]PRESS 2.0

Getting on track
                                                                                                                          It’s not just about the Junior
                                                                                                                          Olympics for Tenderloin youth
                                                                                                                          BY TONY LAU
                                                                                                           pics torchbearer. “People picked    pelled 12 out of 17 athletes to ad-
   Dominic Eik is fast. The thirteen-year-old sprinter’s calve mus-                                        time out for me even though I       vance to the Junior Olympics.
cles tense as his coach says, “Take your mark.” His silver Nike shoes                                      was in the worst projects in Jer-      Not only are athletics impor-
                                                                                                           sey City.”                          tant, schooling and grades are
push against the solid starting blocks at Kezar Stadium. The neu-                                              A neighborhood profile on        also a big part of MacCanDo’s
rons of the brain shoot through his body simultaneous to the com-                                 described the Ten-       program.
                                                                                                           derloin, situated in central San       According to Beverly Garth,
mand, “Go!” His legs, like a spring, propel him forward and he’s off                                       Francisco, as 50 square blocks      a MacCanDo parent, McDaniels
into the dust…                                                                                             populated by prostitutes, drug      has helped her children obtain a
                                                                                                           dealers and mentally unstable       better sense of who they are.
   Eik is a member of MacCanDo    Norfolk, Va. from Aug. 1-8. The      discus and javelin.                 people.                                “He’s very involved with his
Tenderloin Youth Track Club, a    MacCanDo team will participate          The track team is led by Mc-         McDaniels said he takes his     kids, works very hard to devel-
program for youth ages 5 to 18    in over 15 events — from javelin     Daniels, a two-time North Coast     passion for running and spreads     op them and I am particularly
that boosts self–esteem through   and hurdles to sprints and long      Athletic Conference 110m high       it to youth in the Tenderloin who   pleased with his view in academ-
track and field.                   jumps — in what will be their        hurdle champion.                    can benefit from the rigor and       ics because if they don’t do well
   “The club made them real-      second trip to the 61-year-old na-      McDaniels developed a rigor-     discipline of sports, instead of    in school, they wouldn’t do well
ize that they can achieve more    tional competition.                  ous track program seven years       running the streets.                in track and field,” Garth said.
things in life besides looking       Eik and his brother, Chris-       ago to help at-risk youth around        “No matter how bad the kid         In one case, the coach helped
down at themselves,” said Mac-    tian, are training for the upcom-    the Tenderloin district because     is… my job is to make him know      an athlete’s grade point average
CanDo founder and coach Rob-      ing competition. Nicky, as Eik       he said people did the same thing   that he can achieve anything that   jump from a 1.39 to 3.0.
ert McDaniels.                    is called by his teammates, will     for him when he was a kid grow-     he wanted to achieve through           The mentor’s strategy?
   Eik is among 12 teammates      compete in the 4x100 relay, long     ing up in Jersey City, N.J.         track and field,” McDaniels said.       “To focus him on track first,”
who qualified for the national     jump and 100m dash while his            “I was an at-risk kid myself,”       His enthusiasm and unique       McDaniels said. “In order to be-
Junior Olympics, to be held in    brother will compete in shot put,    said McDaniels, a 2008 Olym-        coaching techniques have pro-       come a great athlete, you have to
                                                                                                                                               have clarity and vision and I told
                                                                                                                                               him to put that in his works like
  IN THE PIT: Dominic Eik leaps into the long                                                                                                  he worked out on the track.”
  jump sand with his teammates cheering                                                                                                           This is the second year Mac-
  him on. Arian Garth stands by the pit,                                                                                                       CanDo has had an all-year round
  waiting for his powerful landing, to                                                                                                         program. The track team runs
  measure Eik’s distance.                                                                                                                      on Tuesdays and Thursdays and
                                                                                                                                               weight lifts on Mondays and
                                                                                                                                               Wednesdays. During off-season,
                                                                                                                                               the participants run on beach-
                                                                                                                                               es, cycle, swim and do strength
                                                                                                                                                  This has helped Garth’s daugh-
                                                                                                                                               ters, Arian Garth, 9, and Lauren
                                                                                                                                               Tate, 11, get into shape. “Their
                                                                                                                                               health is better,” Garth said.
                                                                                                                                                  Back at Kezar Stadium, the
                                                                                                                                               dust settles at the starting block.
                                                                                                                                               Dominic Eik is already near-
                                                                                                                                               ing the finish line. His heartbeat
                                                                                                                                               rapidly increases, his feet pound
                                                                                                                                               the track and his sweat trickles.
                                                                                                                                               His speed is uncanny but, unlike
                                                                                                                                               many kids like him, he’s not run-
                                                                                                                                               ning away.
                                                                                                                                                  “I was born to run,” he said.

                                                                                                                                                        SEE THEM IN
GOLDEN GATE [X]PRESS 2.0 -                                                                                                               SUMMER 2010 5

  From an empty lot, Life
                 rgotten parcel                                  thr ives as a farm                                                BY
                                                                                                                                      H   A N N A H KI M

          A   fo

 A formerly empty lot in the heart of Hayes
Valley was seemingly invisible for nearly
20 years to the people who live there — a
homeless encampment littered with vodka
bottles, needles and tents that went up and
down with the sun.
   What was once an old freeway       Garden of Eden, with lush greens
ramp is now a community garden        and the promise of fruit.
that grows more than fava beans          The farm, which opened Jan.
and tomatoes. The volunteers at       24, attracted droves of volunteers
the Hayes Valley Farm are grow-       who completed its 18-month plan
ing the possibility of sustainable    in six months. Plans includ-
agriculture on a 2.2-acre lot — in    ed building soil, raising honey-
a city with more that 10,000 peo-     bees and forming compost pits,
ple per square mile.                  Rosenberg said.
   In two of 22 Central Freeway          Every week, the momentum
land plots that were torn down        grows. Since this experiment be-
in 2002, community activists said     gan, more than 3,000 volunteers
they cut the chain-link fence,        put in over 8,000 hours of work,
cleaned up the used drug needles      directors said.
and killed the invasive ivy that         “We’ve gotten almost three
choked the surrounding trees.         times as much done every day
   “It was a place where you may      than we thought we were going
not want to be. There was a lot       to,” Rosenberg said. “And you
of crime, a lot of prostitution, a    couldn’t have honestly told me       ect that was halted in November       fined to this chunk of land in cen-   DIRTY WORK: AJ Adams, a
list of drug use and distribution,”   that there would be 150 people       2009 in response to the real es-      tral San Francisco.                  regular volunteer at Hayes
said Jay Rosenberg, co-director       showing up every week.”              tate bust. The commercial and            “There is so much more hap-       Valley Farm, moves manure.
of Hayes Valley Farm. “Many              The farm is funded by a           residential real estate developer     pening and being produced here
people considered this a black        $50,000 grant from Mayor Gavin       for the project, Build, Inc., has a   besides the soil,” Rosenberg said.   super healthy, really productive,”
spot in their memories and for-       Newsom’s Executive Directive         history of acquisitions in neigh-     “So many people have learned         Haughwout said. “This is really
got about the vacant lot.”            for a Healthy and Sustainable        borhoods that are transitioning       about growing food, so many          a teaching environment of what
   The farm sprouted like the         Food for San Francisco. Though       from affordable to expensive, ac-     people have taken home little        can be done.”
                                      the agricultural experiment is       cording to their website.             seedlings and raised them and           On that same day, Christina
                                      temporary, directors say it is          Directors said that in two to      started gardens in their yards,      Powers, 25, a student at City Col-

       VISIT THE                      spreading throughout the city by
                                      volunteers sowing the seeds for
                                                                           five years, one parcel will be re-
                                                                           placed by a 239-unit residential
                                                                                                                 have attended our workshops,
                                                                                                                 class, and our tours, and are
                                                                                                                                                      lege of San Francisco, painted the
                                                                                                                                                      first brush strokes of a chicken:

       FARM:                          their own gardens at home.
                                         The two lots are zoned for a
                                                                           building, the other parcel will be
                                                                           developed in 12 to 18 years.
                                                                                                                 looking at starting gardens in
                                                                                                                 their neighborhoods.”
                                                                                                                                                      yellow feathers on a mural lining
                                                                                                                                                      the border of the farm.
XPRESS.SFSU.EDU/BAMMA/2010            residential development proj-           However, the farm is not con-         On a recent day, Margaretha          “I feel this is crucial knowl-
                                                                                                                 Haughwout, a teacher at Univer-      edge that a lot of people miss out
                                                                                                                 sity of Santa Cruz who regular-      on,” Powers said. “I meet people
                                                                                                                 ly volunteers at the Hayes Val-      here in the city who’ve never
                                                                                                                 ley Farm, watered the vegetation     even been on a hike or touched
                                                                                                                 surrounding the farm.                the ground. So I hope this influ-
                                                                                                                    “There’s an amazing vibe here,    ences people to really get back
                                                                                                                                                      to their roots, and maybe it’ll be-
                                                                                                                 BEGINNINGS: Volunteer Zoey           come a trend.”
                                                                                                                 Kroll plants calendula seeds in
                                                                                                                 the farm’s Alphabet Garden.

                                                                                                                                                         PHOTOS BY TONY LAU — [X]PRESS 2.0
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EMMA CHIANG — [X]PRESS 2.0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PRESENTING A WOMAN: Above, Mariana Plata poses with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            her young cousins before mass. At left, Georgina Nicolai
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            makes last-minute adjustments to her daughter’s hairpiece.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Below, Plata takes pictures with her escorts in front of the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            VALERIA CARIAS — [X]PRESS 2.0

                                                                                     Quinceañeras evolve in the light of
                                                                                     a modern age BY VALERIA CARIAS
                                                                                                                                                       VALERIA CARIAS — [X]PRESS 2.0

   Mariana Plata, wearing a tangerine dress, cradled a doll with a                                          tered the ceremony, Plata said,
                                                                                                            as she stepped into the full
                                                                                                                                                  GROWN UP: Mariana Plata
                                                                                                                                                  wears a dress in the style
matching dress as she moved around the dance floor of a hall dec-                                            rites and rituals that make up a      common of the Latin coming-
orated for a queen. She presented the doll to a room of 70 guests,                                          quinceañera.
                                                                                                               Diana Ferrusquia and Arlene
                                                                                                                                                  of-age ceremony for girls, the
sharing one last moment of her childhood.                                                                   Santos are no strangers to the ex-
   It’s the last doll she’ll ever have. Today she becomes a woman.                                          orbitant intricacies that encom-
                                                                                                            pass the quinceañeras of today,
                                                                                                                                                     Though the tradition usual-
                                                                                                                                                  ly calls for these essentials and
   Plata is celebrating her           my daughter’s,” Nicolai said. “It   The twang and pluck of a guitar   they said.                            the dress to come in pink or lav-
quinceañera — her 15th birthday.      was simple because we did not       rang out over loud speakers. A       Santos has worked at Joanna’s      ender, modern styles have be-
A quinceañera is a tradition that     have much money, but it was         trumpet blew. Bows slid across    Bridal and Fashion in San Fran-       come more vibrant. Now, some
was at one time only celebrated       beautiful.”                         violin strings.                   cisco’s Mission district since it     girls opt for a black or bright or-
in Mexico. Then, girls arrived at        Meanwhile, the birthday girl’s      “Everybody kept asking if I    opened seven years ago. The           ange dress instead. The ceremo-
the church in a horse and car-        eyes began to shine over with       felt nervous before mass, but I   store offers everything from bi-      ny was once small and intimate.
riage. Plata rode to church in a      tears. Mariachi music played in     wasn’t,” Plata said.              bles and champagne glasses to         Now, they have become large
black stretch limousine.              the background at the church.          That changed once she en-      rosaries and tiaras.                  and glamorous, Santos said.
   The Latin American celebra-                                                                                                                       “Quinceañeras have changed.
tion, similar to the Jewish rite of                                                                                                               They are becoming more bold,
passage called a bat mitzvah and                                                                                                                  more independent,” said Ferrus-
the American “sweet 16,” dates                                                                                                                    quia, whose family owns Latin
back to 500 B.C. and is deeply                                                                                                                    Bridal, another shop in the Mis-
rooted in Hispanic history.                                                                                                                       sion.                                                                                                                                                                              HANNAH KIM — [X]PRESS 2.0
   However, not every girl wants                                                                                                                     Santos said she witnessed the
one, and not every girl can af-                                                                                                                   heated discussions between girls
ford it.                                                                                                                                          and their parents when choosing
   Evandelina Herrera, Plata’s                                                                                                                    a dress.
76-year-old grandmother, sat                                                                                                                         The price of the dress repre-
outside San Luis Veltran church                                                                                                                   sents that sentiment, Ferrusquia
in San Leandro last week before                                                                                                                   said. “Quinceañera dresses go
Plata’s mass.                                                                                                                                     for $98 to $3,000.”
   Glowing with pride, Herrera                                                                                                                       As Mario Plata, 44, twirls his
smiled at her granddaughter.                                                                                                                      daughter in the $500 tangerine
   “I am very excited,” Herrera                                                                                                                   dress, he doesn’t care how much
said. “It’s a beautiful feeling.”                                                                                                                 it cost. He is proud of his daugh-
   Herrera couldn’t afford to have                                                                                                                ter today.
a quinceañera when she turned                                                                                                                        “I am very happy and excited,”
15. In fact, this was the first time                                                                                                               Mario said. “This will be a mem-
Plata’s grandmother, who came                                                                                                                     ory of her lifetime.”
to the Unites States in 2002 from
Mexico City, participated in the                                                                                                                  Editor’s note: Quotes from Evan-
Latin coming of age.                                                                                                                              delina Herrera, Georgina Nico-
   Plata’s mother, Georgina Ni-                                                                                                                   lai, Mario Plata and Arlene San-
colai, 40, said it’s important to                                                                                                                 tos are translated from Spanish to                                            HANNAH KIM — [X]PRESS 2.0
carry on this tradition. She cel-                                                                                                                 English.                              THE CHAMBELANES: Above, Mariana Plata’s four escorts sit
ebrated her 15th birthday with                                                                                                                                                          and watch her mass ceremony in the San Luis Veltran Church.
a quinceañera, but it was not as                                                                                                                                                            At right, Mariana Plata climbs into her limousine with her
extravagant as her daughter’s.                                                                                                                                                                                       escorts after her mass ceremony.
   Last week’s ceremony cost
$8,000 and took over a year to
plan, according to Plata’s par-
                                                                                                                      HANNAH KIM — [X]PRESS 2.0                                                                                                                                                                                      HANNAH KIM — [X]PRESS 2.0
ents.                                 WELCOME TO ADULTHOOD: Mariana Plata, 15, receives a blessing from her grandfather
   “My quinceañera was not like       during her mass ceremony at San Luis Veltran Church in San Leandro.                                         XPRESS.SFSU.EDU/BAMMA/2010
8 SUMMER 2010                                                                                                            GOLDEN GATE [X]PRESS 2.0 -

Activists rally against
St. Luke’s redevelopment
Hospital says less beds won’t affect                                          Michelucchi said. “A hospital is
                                                                              something that is desperately

services BY BEATRICE ESTEBAN                                                  needed in a society that highly
                                                                              values money and prestige.”
                                                                                 Throughout the entire pro-
   Community activists protested       a new, larger building containing      test, activists chanted the phrase:
outside St. Luke’s hospital in the     80 beds instead of the current 229     “No cuts, no cuts; no ifs, and, or
Mission district last Thursday in      beds.                                  buts.”
response to plans to tear down            While the new facility will con-       They invited Miller to speak
the current building and con-          tain fewer beds, it is not a drastic   about the plans for St. Luke’s but
struct a new facility in the same      problem because there is a sur-        cut her off, repeating the chant
Cesar Chavez Street location.          plus of rooms, some of which are       multiple times.
   Protesters are upset because        even being used as offices, Miller         “There are more than 10 hos-
they fear service cuts, but a quick    said.                                  pitals in San Francisco, and only
look into St. Luke’s reveals a seis-      “We need a new hospital that        two are in southeast San Francis-
mically unstable hospital with         is safe,” said Miller. “I know it’s    co,” said 16-year-old demonstra-
more empty beds than full, ac-         scary to think that you’re going       tor Jaime Chavarria. “Pollution in
cording to hospital administra-        from 229 to 80, but we are actu-       this area means that medical care
tors.                                  ally building a larger hospital. It    is most highly needed here. We
   Approximately 50 people,            sounds like a cut, but there are       need to add to health care and
youth and adults alike, assembled      plenty of beds that we don’t need.     help people.”
to deliver 1,000 signed postcards      It’s wasted space.”                       Kevin McCormack, media re-
to Chief Administrative Officer            The new St. Luke’s location is      lations manager for the medical
Dionne Miller and give speeches        being built with security in mind      company, thinks that St. Luke’s
about the hospital. Tearing down       because the existing building          provides more than enough re-
the existing facility will deplete     would not fare well if an earth-       sources.
an essential Mission district life-    quake struck, according to Miller.        “On average, we see about 50
line, they said.                       The 150-year-old hospital would        to 55 overnight patients a day,
   Miller, who is also vice presi-     be in violation of a bill requir-      and many of our beds are unoc-
dent of clinical services at Cali-     ing that hospitals be replaced or      cupied,” McCormack said.
fornia Pacific Medical Center,          retrofitted in order to meet safe-         McCormack went on to say
arrived with security officers to       ty standards in the event of an        that plans to consolidate two of
ensure her safety.                     earthquake. The bill, called Sen-      CPMC’s hospitals into a 555-bed                                                      TIFFANY DO — [X]PRESS 2.0
   CPMC took control of St. Luke’s     ate Bill 1953, was passed in 1994.     campus on Van Ness are cur-                                               KICKER: Annie Liu, 17, an
Hospital in 2007. Protesters re-          Groups protesting late last         rently underway. Although this                                            incoming senior at Galileo
called plans to close the hospital     week included the Chinese Pro-         consolidated campus will also be                                          High School, spoke at the rally
that year. Instead, however, the       gressive Association and People        funded and supervised by CPMC,                                            outside St. Luke’s Hospital on
company has made many chang-           Organized to Demand Environ-           the campus is unrelated to the                                            July 14. At left, a computer-
es to the St. Luke’s campus since      mental and Economic Rights.            St. Luke’s project in the Mission,                                        generated street view of what
then. CPMC trained new nurses,         They carried signs that read           where the protest took place.                                             the new St. Luke’s campus will
upgraded operating rooms, intro-       “healthy people over profits” and          Protesters are angry that the                                          look like.
duced new services and remod-          “St. Luke’s is our lifeline.”          company has the funds to build
eled facilities.                          Parents, patients and nurses        a bigger facility in another side                                         St. Luke’s administration still
   Now, the San Francisco-based        from St. Luke’s also attended the      of the city while downsizing St.                                          believes that consumer input is
medical company is moving for-         protest. Many people spoke pas-        Luke’s. They are also concerned                                           very important.
ward with plans to replace the         sionately about the importance         because St. Luke’s takes care of                                             “We are always interested in
existing, outdated hospital with       of health care for the uninsured.      community members who do not                     IMAGE COURTESY OF CPMC   how people feel,” said McCor-
                                          Mary Michelucchi, 63, a regis-      have health insurance.                                                    mack. “St. Luke’s is an important
                                       tered nurse who has worked at St.         The hospital includes an inten-    hammad, an organizer for Cole-      part of the community, which

       SEE THE                         Luke’s for 35 years, expressed dis-
                                       may at the decisions made by the
                                                                              sive care unit and a Walgreens
                                                                              pharmacy. These resources of-
                                                                                                                    man Advocates for Children and
                                                                                                                    Youth, a child advocacy program
                                                                                                                                                        raises a lot of concern and pas-
                                                                                                                                                        sion. We’re happy to work with

       RALLY:                          hospital’s management.
                                          “It will be extremely difficult
                                                                              fer services that many uninsured
                                                                              people have difficulty obtaining
                                                                                                                    based in San Francisco’s Excelsi-
                                                                                                                    or district.

XPRESS.SFSU.EDU/BAMMA/2010             to see a stripped-down facility,”      otherwise, according to Saad Mu-        In the midst of all the chaos,

        CIIJ would like
        to thank those
        who have made
       BAMMA possible:
GOLDEN GATE [X]PRESS 2.0 -                                                                                   SUMMER 2010 9

entice hackers
Experts weigh in                      Ways to protect your phone
                                      and information:
on ways that users                    • Always update your software.
can stay protected                    • Use more updated browsers
                                      (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Google
BY TIFFANY DO                         Chrome).
                                      • Only jailbreak your iPhone if
                                      you are an expert.
   Smartphones are a great hit        • Do not lend your phone to
among Bay Area citizens, but          somebody you do not know.
another group of fans also love       • Do not go on malicious
the popular devices: hackers.         websites.
   Just as information stored         • Never leave your phone
on a computer can be a target         unattended and in plain sight.
for hackers, Internet-capable         • Create a secure password that
phones pose similar security          no one will guess. Do not share
flaws, according to Collin Mulli-      your password.
ner, a Ph.D student at the Tech-
nical University of Berlin who
specializes in mobile phone se-      phone conversations, text mes-
curity.                              sages and one’s location can also
   “Right now, you can still say     be tracked, according to Grey
smartphones are at lower risk        David, an IT administrator for
because most phones don’t have       iSEC Partners, a security con-
as many features as desktop          sulting firm.
computers,” he said.                     But users aren’t helpless.
   Smartphone use is on the rise,        “The first thing would be:
and the number of users are ex-      update your software as much
pected to grow to more than          as possible,” said Sai, who runs
one billion by 2014, according to, a research
Parks Associates, a digital tech-    project that he conducts him-
nology research firm.                 self. “Don’t use old versions of
   According to Mulliner, who        web browsers, because almost
has done presentations on mo-

                                                                            Another semester is over,
                                     certainly they have severe vul-
bile phone security, a smart-        nerabilities.”
phone is essentially a computer          Sai also said using “better”
in your pocket. Although cases       browsers such as Mozilla Fire-

                                                                            but ... FALL ‘10 is coming!
of hacking from mobile devic-        fox and Google Chrome, rather
es are not as frequent as that       than Internet Explorer, can help
of hacking from computers,           ward off hackers from access-
smartphone users still face the      ing information from one’s web
same risks that desktop com-         browsers. Mulliner also recom-
puters present. The vulnerabili-     mends not downloading appli-            We would like to thank the many generous advertisers whose
ties include exposing one’s web
browsing history, settings, pref-
                                     cations from “fishy looking web-
                                                                             continued support makes it possible to publish the Golden Gate
erences and location, according          Jailbreaking iPhones, install-      [X]press. Without you, we would not be one of the best college
to Sai, a leading member of San      ing an altered version of the
Francisco-based hacker club          operating system, is popular            publications in the nation. Without your advertising, the student
Noisebridge.                         among users to personalize the
   “Smartphone users would           phone. However, Mulliner does           editors, reporters and photographers would not achieve their post-
face all the same risks that you
would face in any web browser,”
                                     not recommend it since it “dis-
                                     ables many security features.”
                                                                             graduation successes. We hope to see you in the FALL of 2010!
Sai said.                                The installation of open
   When the opportunity pres-        source software can do a more
ents itself, hackers can obtain      efficient job at protecting infor-          Our first Fall Semester issue of the Golden Gate [X]press is:
sensitive data either physically     mation on an iPhone, according

                                                                                      Wednesday, August, 25
or through an Internet connec-       to Mulliner. “But in order to in-
tion. According to many mobile       stall it, you have to give up some
device related corporations and      protection put in place by Ap-
security companies, leaving a        ple. It’s more or less a trade off.
phone unattended in the pub-
lic eye and having it found by an
                                     If you need security and know
                                     what you are doing, jailbreak
                                                                               Advertising deadline for this issue is Aug. 18
individual with malicious inten-
tions can lead to loss and ma-
                                     it. If you need security but are
                                     more or less clueless, don’t do          Advance proof deadline for this issue is Aug. 11
nipulation of information.           it.”
   “Suppose you have physi-
cal access to somebody’s An-
                                         Amy Storey, a representative
                                     for the Cellular Telephone In-                               Contact:
driod phone,” Sai said. “The         dustries Association, said that
default method of security on
those phones is you have a lit-
                                     while current phone technolo-
                                     gy might limit the functions of
                                                                                                 Eva Charles
tle slide pattern that you do on
the screen. The trick is if you
                                     a smartphone, “Complete free-
                                     dom without concessions for
look at an Android edge-on, you
can see the pattern of oil that
                                     security come at a cost. This
                                     would require the customer to                  
somebody’s finger has left on         take a larger role in protecting
the screen as they’re unlocking      themselves against spam, virus-        Unless you have established a commercial billing account with us,
their phone all the time and you     es and other kinds of threats.”
can easily replicate that. And if        Creating challenging pass-         all advertising must be prepaid by check, money order or credit card.
you do that, then you’re on the      words is one safety strategy that
phone and you can do whatever        Heidi Flato, a Verizon Wireless        If you wish to establish an account, please return a completed credit
they can.”
   According to a 2009 study by
                                     representative, suggests people
                                     do to protect their information.
                                                                            application form to our office no later than August 11, 2010.
media analysts Universal Mc-             “Never use any word in any

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   “A virus will probably de-        check for this type of change.”                              staffed prior to the beginning of classes, your
stroy your data. The bigger risk         Mulliner advises people to
is a Trojan that steals your pri-    take the same measures in pro-                               phone call and email messages are important to
vate data, like the address book,”   tecting both their smartphone                                us. We will respond as quickly as possible,
Mulliner said.                       and computer because, “your
   Other than the physical loss      iPhone is a computer; it’s just a                            Thank you for your patience.
of one’s phone and attracting        smaller one.”
viruses, information such as
10 SUMMER 2010                                                                                                         GOLDEN GATE [X]PRESS 2.0 -

Black agriculture movement grows in CA
Summit calls for a                                                                                                                                        “USDA, as many other com-
                                                                                                                                                       munity organizations, are doing

national agenda                                                                                                                                        what they can to build farmers
                                                                                                                                                       markets [and] other farmer-sup-
                                                                                                                                                       ported entities to create better
BY XAVIER CORENA                                                                                                                                       eating opportunities for urban
                                                                                                                                                       residents,” Dolcini said.
   Chanowk Yisrael owns a half-                                                                                                                           “The residents of Oakland, like
acre in Sacramento, and he wants                                                                                                                       every other city in California, are
to grow a farm on it. But unlike                                                                                                                       hard-hit by a bad economy and so
the stereotypical “Farmer John”                                                                                                                        the resources that have existed
most people imagine working                                                                                                                            historically certainly aren’t there
the land, Yisrael is black.                                                                                                                            in the number that they used to
   Twenty-five people from a                                                                                                                            be,” said Dolcini, who valued the
range of backgrounds gathered                                                                                                                          state’s agriculture industry at $36
at the opening of the four-day                                                                                                                         billion.
Black Agriculture Summit last                                                                                                                             Y. Armando Nieto, the execu-
Thursday in downtown Oakland                                                                                                                           tive director of California Food
to discuss a new way forward                                                                                                                           & Justice Coalition, said “Our
for the historically marginalized                                                                                                                      systems are breaking down, our
black farmer.                                                                                                                                          food systems are breaking down,
   “Black agriculture is the foun-                                                                                                                     the water system is breaking
dation of black culture,” said                                                                                                                         down — everything — because
Michael Harris, co-chair of the                                                                                                                        we have an unsustainable econ-
Black Agriculture Summit Plan-                                                                                                                         omy.” Nieto was there to learn
ning Team. “If we do not have                                                                                                                          about the black coalition and un-
the proper nutrients in our bod-                                                                                                                       derstand their mission.
ies, we’re going to have less than                                                                                                                        According to Nieto, minorities
optimal health.”                                                                                                                                       are growing in California where
   The summit was an example                                                                                                                           they are no longer a small per-
of how black farmers gathered to                                                                                          EMMA CHIANG — [X]PRESS 2.0   centage of the population and
help each other strive in the agri-   HANDS ON: Tehuti Kagelmi, dressed in traditional African clothing, played African hand drums                     have to advocate for advance-
cultural business. “The goal is to    before the Black Agriculture Summit in Oakland. His playing set the mood for the summit.                         ment in the agricultural busi-
provide a framework to develop                                                                                                                         ness.
                                      a national black agricultural ac-      to Harris, the cost of one acre,     is the reason why many fail, he         “One of the things that was en-
                                      tion agenda,” Harris said.             including supplies and mainte-       added.                               couraging about the black sum-

       ATTEND THE                        “In California, the main obsta-
                                      cle is the cost of land. The second
                                                                             nance, can add up to $20,000 for
                                                                             crops that won’t be harvested un-
                                                                                                                     Val Dolcini, state executive
                                                                                                                  director with the United States
                                                                                                                                                       mit was sort of a challenge to
                                                                                                                                                       African Americans to become

       SUMMIT:                        obstacle is access to clean water.
                                      The third obstacle is financial
                                                                             til 100 days later. For many small
                                                                             agricultural businesses, that’s
                                                                                                                  Department of Agriculture, ad-
                                                                                                                  dressed the difficulty of starting
                                                                                                                                                       more involved in the system,”
                                                                                                                                                       Nieto said.
XPRESS.SFSU.EDU/BAMMA/2010            inputs,” Harris said. According        a large amount up front, and it      a farm.

Popular Dolores Park
playground gets an F
on city’s report card
New playground to                     swing set, searching for whatev-
                                      er fun her small hands can reach,

unveil spring 2011                    while her older children climb
                                      up the green wooden play struc-
                                      ture with ease.
BY ANITA TAM                             “[One of] my daughters is 10
                                      and my son is 8. It’s safe for them.
   On foggy days, Dolores Park        But for 2-year-olds and 3-year-
may seem like the only place in       olds it’s not safe because they
the city with clear skies, a spot     don’t have stairs,” she said. “They
well-loved by kids and adults         have to climb up the [structure]
alike. However, it received a fail-   and they can easily slip, fall and
ing grade this year in the San        hurt themselves.”
Francisco Playground Report              The city intends to close the
Card.                                 Dolores Park playground in Oc-
   The report evaluates the safe-     tober, and a new playground is
ty and conditions of playground       scheduled to open spring of 2011.
equipment, cleanliness and up-           According to the San Francis-
keep issues that could cause a        co Playground Report Card, the
child to get hurt. Failing play-      city will spend $1.75 million in
grounds are targeted for renova-      funds from the Clean and Safe
tions.                                Neighborhood Parks Bond to
   Equipment problems such as         help prepare construction. Pri-
rusting slides, flooded grassy ar-     vate donations and $1.5 million in
eas and peeling paint on struc-       grants from the Mercer Fund will
tures caused Dolores Park to fail,    be used to build the playground,
said Sunya Ojure, director of the     according to descriptions by
Neighborhood Parks Council.           Portland, Ore.-based Koch Land-
   Some parents, like Jacob Kin-      scape Architecture, Inc., who
nicutt, disagree with the report.     also designed the Oregon Zoo.
Kinnicutt goes to the park with          The clean and flat surfaces
his daughter Cassidy, 3, at least     renovations will make Dolores
once a week. “She’s been com-         Park more modern. The play-
ing here since she was probably       ground will look completely dif-
16 months old and never hurt          ferent, but unique parts of the
herself,” he said.                    old park will remain. For exam-
   “It’s just another urban play-     ple, the wooden boat where chil-
ground that is fun to be [at],”       dren play will be reconstructed
said Iris Berggren, who comes         into a shipwreck. Also, the play
with her children about three         area will be accessible to all ages
times a month despite the envi-       and be separated from dogs.
roment. “It definitely requires           Berggren said she thinks that
more supervision for the parents      the new playground would be
because it’s open and there is no     too modern. “They tend to make
enclosed fence.”                      the new playgrounds a little too
   Elonda McCall watches her          clean, and a little too pristine,”
3-year-old daughter walk from         she said, “I kind of miss the old-
the rusting metal slides to the       style, rough environment.“
                                         McCall, on the other hand,
                                      said she thinks it’s a great idea

       VISIT THE                      since the little kids have nothing
                                      much to play with.

       PLAYGROUND:                       “It’s going to help a lot for the
                                      little kids,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                               EMMA CHIANG — [X]PRESS 2.0
                                                                             PURE JOY: While riding a swing, a young girl feels the wind and warm sunshine that Dolores
XPRESS.SFSU.EDU/BAMMA/2010                                                   Park is known for.
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                                                                                                                                        PHOTOS BY BEATRICE ESTEBAN — [X]PRESS 2.0
HEATING UP: Mehserle supporters argue with Grant supporters on the steps leading to the Walnut Creek Superior Court.

MEHSERLE: No arrests despite heated words
continued from Page 1                bers of the Contra Costa Coun-
                                     ty Sheriff’s Department and
   “I think Johannes Mehserle        WCPD, some dressed in riot
should have been acquitted,”         gear, were ready in case of any
said Aart Thome, 63. “The guy        interference, Perlite said. Pre-
made a mistake. We are human         vious protests in support of
beings; we all make mistakes.        Grant have sparked riots in
We all need forgiveness.”            Oakland, most recently follow-
   Pro-Mehserle advocates ex-        ing the July 8 verdict. Lt. Steve
pressed sympathy for the former      Skinner, 46, of the WCPD, said
officer and support for law en-       he wanted to ensure an ample
forcement. Those present held        police presence, but wanted to
signs that expressed messages        create a safe forum where all
like, “If U Don’t Like Police Offi-   voices could be heard.
cers, Next Time You Need Help,          “We are here for people to
Call A Meth Head,” as they pro-      express their first amendment
claimed that Mehserle should         rights,” Skinner said.
have been acquitted.                    Not only did protesters de-
   “People have to speak out         mand justice for Grant but also
against radical idiotic people,”     for past police-related killings
said Kevin Thomas, a Mehserle        of youth of color.
supporter with family members           “Those racists need to hear
in law enforcement. Thomas,          from Oakland,” said Yvette
like many pro-Mehserle dem-          Felarca, 40, a national organiz-
onstrators, said he believed         er with BAMN, regarding Free
Mehserle made a mistake and          Mehserle. “Mehserle’s verdict
should not be called a criminal.     wasn’t justice; the decision
   Members from the Coalition        wasn’t justice. This is not over,
for Oscar Grant, By Any Means        this needs to pay.”
Necessary, and other Grant sup-         Early in the protest, some
porters attended, outnumber-         coalition members reenacted                                                                                               COUNTER
ing pro-Mehserle demonstra-          the scene of Grant’s death. Ap-                                                                                           RALLY:
tors. Grant supporters rallied       proximately 10 people laid face                                                                                           Above, pro-
and spoke up against his death,      down on the ground, placing                                                                                               Grant dem-
Mehserle’s conviction and a ra-      their hands on their backs and                                                                                            onstrators
cial divide.                         pretending to be handcuffed.                                                                                              raised their
   “We will make people think           Near the end of the protest,                                                                                           fists when
different. We will come to           Grant supporters gathered in                                                                                              police closed
them; they have no idea what         the middle of Ygnacio Valley                                                                                              the gates on
is happening in Oakland,” said       Road in front of the courthouse                                                                                           them. After
Amanda Lon, 24, a San Francis-       shouting, “Oscar did not have to                                                                                          a peaceful
co State University student and      die, we all know the reason why,                                                                                          discussion,
special education teacher.           the whole system is guilty.”                                                                                              the demon-
   Tensions between the two             Forming two lines, they                                                                                                strators were
groups increased throughout          marched down the road toward                                                                                              allowed to go
the afternoon but did not esca-      the Walnut Creek BART sta-                                                                                                through. At
late to the point of violence. No    tion as law enforcement rushed                                                                                            left, pro-Grant
arrests were made, according to      to the front of the crowd to                                                                                              demonstra-
Lt. Mark Perlite of the Walnut       gain control. BART employees                                                                                              tors hold up
Creek Police Department.             closed the entry gate just as                                                                                             signs in sup-
   Approximately 100 mem-            the Grant supporters reached                                                                                              port of him.
                                     the station. Immediately, a co-
                                     alition member took hold of a
       HEAR THE                      loud speaker and organized the
                                     demonstrators into lines. BART
       DEBATE:                       officials raised the gates once
                                     everyone was calm.
                                                                         demonstrators said they are not
                                                                         done yet. Mehserle’s sentence
                                                                                                           in Los Angeles. The involun-
                                                                                                           tary manslaughter conviction
                                                                                                                                            however, a gun enhancement
                                                                                                                                            charge could raise his sentence
XPRESS.SFSU.EDU/BAMMA/2010              Pro-Mehserle and pro-Grant       hearing will be held on Nov. 5    could give Mehserle 2-4 years,   to 10 years.
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