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Months after an alleged hate crime sent shockwaves through the San Jose State campus, there is a plan for change.
A task force handed down more than 50 recommendations Friday in the hopes that administrators will take action.
Still task force member Gary Daniels isn't ready to claim success.
"I have no reason to be optimistic," says Daniels.
He says their final report, released Friday, means nothing without action.
"Yes this incident happened to an African American student but it could have happened to anyone. And it likely will happen to another student unless something is truly done on our campus," says Daniels.
The incident at San Jose State involved four white students, who are now charged with misdemeanor battery and hate crimes for harassing their black roommate.
Afterward there were protests on campus, and from administrators, the promise of change.
"It's just really shocking and disheartening to have something like that happen on campus," says student Jacquelyn Guerra.
"I don't think things are going to change immediately," says student Victor Hernandez.
Judge LaDoris Cordell, who headed up the task force, hopes change will be swift.
"A crisis is a terrible thing to waste," says Cordell.
And she hopes it will be a catalyst.
Among the recommendations handed over Friday were create an Office of Diversity, require extensive training for faculty and RA's, and establish a user-friendly link on university website for reporting hate crimes.
University President Mohammad Qayoumi released a statement Friday saying, "There are no easy or quick fixes. I am committed to thoughtful and sustainable actions..."
"The President is aware of that skepticism. And I have said to him in a very public fashion... it is now up to you to prove them wrong," says Cordell.
The task force hopes the university will have an action plan within 45 days and give public progress reports.Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:01:19 -0700
The explosion in the stands at AT&T Park Wednesday night startled players and left fans- including Diane Lundquist and her partner Noel Grandrath with ringing ears.
The two women were sitting about 30 feet away from spot where police say a 21 year-old man threw a lit M-80 firework.
"All of a sudden, just heard a really, really loud bang," said Lunquist. "Looked over, kind of like, 'What was that?' and saw a lot of smoke billowing up from where those special seats are right along the wall."
"[I] saw a few people exiting the area with their hands over their ears because obviously it hurt," said Grandrath. "My left ear is actually still sore today."
San Francisco prosecutors say Paolo Allesio Pavone of San Bruno threw the explosive from his seat in section 142 at a Coors Light beer stand. He faces felony counts of possession of a destructive device in a public place and possession of an incendiary device, and a misdemeanor count of discharging dangerous fireworks. If convicted, prosecutors say Pavone could be registered as an arsonist.
"There was the possibility of injuries to others, there was the possibility of panic, people running getting hurt," San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon told KTVU. "I think this person probably thought it was funny but obviously it's not."
Fireworks experts say the M-80s are banned in many counties for good reason.
"They are extremely powerful, they've been rated to be as powerful as a quarter stick of dynamite," said Jeff Thomas of Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, the company that did the opening day fireworks at AT&T Park last week.
On Friday afternoon, Pavone entered a plea of not guilty and mouthed "I'll be alright," to family members in the courtroom. The judge agreed to reduce his bail from $2.4 million to $100,000.
Attorney Paul DeMeester said his client has never been in trouble and indicated the higher bail was an overreaction to other violent incidents linked to Giants games.
"What the original bail reflected was probably the Brian Stow case, and the damage to the Muni buses case during the World Series celebration," said DeMeester.Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:21:57 -0700
KTVU has confirmed that the hiker found dead Thursday night on Mount Tamalpais was a fourth grade teacher at an Oakland school for disadvantaged children.
Marie Sanner, 50, had been hiking on Mount Tam when she disappeared Thursday.
Sanner was the second woman found dead in the area within five days.
Marin County's Mt. Tamalpais, known as The Sleeping Princess in a Miwuk Indian Legend, was bustling with hikers Friday.
Jackie Mohanna of San Francisco told KTVU she and her daughter hike the Matt Davis trail every Friday. She knew of the deaths adjacent to the trail.
“They're saying it's unrelated from what we read, but it's too much of a coincidence," said Mohanna. "(Someone's)pushing these women over the edge.”
People left flowers Friday near where 33-year old Magdalena Glinkowski's body was found Saturday. She was from Menlo Park and had been missing two weeks. Officials say her body showed no sign of trauma, toxicology tests are incomplete.
Then about a half mile away off the Matt Davis trail, late Thursday, searchers found Sanner's body. The Mill Valley woman had only been missing a few hours.
Both women were down a rocky drainage common in the area.
"It shocked me and it worried me a little bit because I also hike quite frequently around Mount Tam," said Filipa May who lives on the mountain.
Hikers told KTVU, here where cellphones are iffy, the deaths have upped safety concerns. They say bright clothing, a whistle, or a GPS-satellite tracker can mean life or death.
"I hope it doesn't deter people, gives us more appreciation of what we have and be safe and aware," said hiker Theresa Salcedo of Daly City.
Investigators tell KTVU there is nothing that links these two deaths and no obvious signs of foul play although they say they have not yet ruled anything out.Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:55:23 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories