Monthly Archives: April 2021

Around Bosco: New Science Teacher Mr. Rummel Requerme Joins The Bosco Team

by Andrew Fierro

Mr. Rummel Requerme becomes one of the newest additions to the Bosco community. Find out a little more about him!

Q: What college did you attend?

A: I attended UCLA. Go Bruins!

Q: What did you study?

A: I switched my major a few times but landed on Biology. So I guess you can say I’m a powerhouse…of the ‘self’.

Q: Favorite music, artist or genre?

A: It really depends on the time of day, but I’ve always found myself coming back to either John Mayer or Bruno Mars.

Q: Favorite color or colors?

A: Always has been blue. Go Braves!

Q: Favorite movie?

A: Back to the Future, hands down. Who doesn’t love this movie?!

Q: What you like most about teaching?

A: Having the opportunity to not only have a voice but actively give others a voice when going through lessons. I guess the boys are alright, too…sometimes.

Q: What do you like most about Bosco?

A: The snacks in the Teacher’s Loun-  I mean the students and faculty. 

Q: Favorite place to eat?

A: You can never go wrong with some Chipotle or McDonald’s.

Q: Canes or Chick Fil A?

A: Raising Cane’s. Chicken tenders for daysssssss!

Q: Favorite sport and favorite team?

A: Basketball, LOS LAKERSSS (although that loss to the Mav’s really hit me deeply)

Q: Favorite TV show?

A: I’ve always been conflicted on this one. I love some New Girl, but Big Bang Theory & Modern Family come in real close. 

Q: Favorite video game if you have one?

A: Fortnite. Aha I’m kidding. Probably the Uncharted Series on Playstation. 

Q: How has it been teaching through ZOOM and then only a handful of students in person?

A: It’s been real tough, not going to lie. But the students have been really on top of it, even more than me, and been enthusiastic since Day 1. It’s always nice to see their happy, but mostly tired, faces nevertheless. 

Q: How long have you been teaching?

A: This is actually my first year teaching. I’ve led leadership programs and mentored in the past though. 

Q: Where are you from if not California?

A: I am from a sad place called Victorville. However, I did grow up in Downey and even went to Alameda/Carpenter until I moved when I was 10

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a teacher? 

A: My mom has been an elementary school teacher her whole life so I’ve been subliminally influenced by her. I learned to be vocal and helpful from her and to be childish and silly from my dad. So, I’ve always dreamed of providing that type of environment for students (since all my teachers were really strict and not funny).

Q: Dogs or cats?

A: I owned a Turtle. I know that doesn’t answer the question, but I thought I’d let you know. What was that? Answer the question? Okay okay…dogs. 

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: I like playing and writing music during my free time. I do like playing video games when I have the time. Traveling was big for me before the pandemic but the commute to Bosco is a great adventure in and of itself.

Q: Do you have a favorite holiday?

A: Christmas, man. Something about the season and the energy that really makes you FEEL happy and peaceful. Christmas music is also universal throughout the entire year and really gets you hyped.

Q: What made you decide to come to Bosco?

A: The atmosphere; it’s unlike any other school. As you can tell, the faculty and staff really emphasize the need of being a leader more than strictly a teacher. That’s a necessity in any environment, but a lot of schools lack that. So I would say the principles and values of Bosco is what really drew me to it.

Q: If you could vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?

A: Iceland. I really want to check out their system for clean energy and the dozens of things that their culture has that really differentiates themselves from other countries. I’ve also heard their chocolate is fire.

Lampoon: Which Bosco Bathroom Reigns Supreme?

by Zachary Gardiner

The most important thing to a Bosco student, next to a heightened education, stellar athletics and a warming sense of welcoming brotherhood, is a comforting place to relieve one’s self.

St. John Bosco High School has six bathrooms, all in different locations, offering many different services, ranging from powered hand dryers to automatic urinals. Some are well kept, some are too hard to be kept. Today these six bathrooms will be ranked from best-to-worst. 

When asked about their opinions of the different bathrooms of Bosco, seniors Parker Beam and Aaron Pena both rated the 200 building bathrooms in their top three.  Pena rated the top floor as his favorite, while Beam rated the bathroom on the ground floor by the basketball court the highest. Both are kept clean, however the ground floor bathroom boasts six stalls – including one handicapped – six urinals and three automatic hand dryers. This makes sense, considering that this bathroom is made most available to guests of the campus. 

Both students rated the 300 building bathroom in the middle tiers of their lists, likely as a result of its pungent smell. This bathroom also seconds as a janitor’s closet. What keeps it in the middle grounds is its size. It has 4 stalls and 4 urinals. The sinks are usually functional. 

Both Beam and Pena rated the 400 building bathroom at the bottom of their lists. This bathroom is about as bad as it can get. Terrible smells, overflowing sinks, unsavory puddles – not good at all.

Without further ado, here are the official rankings of the 6 bathrooms of St. John Bosco. 

1) 200 building, ground floor

The crown jewel of high school bathrooms. Kept clean as the first bathroom made available to the public when events are held on campus. The many stall doors have sturdy locks, and there are plenty of urinals. It’s as good as it gets on the bottom floor of the 200 building.

 2) 200 building, third floor

This is your average restroom. 3 stalls, 3 urinals, sinks that don’t work all that great and just your average paper towel dispenser. This bathroom has a window facing out towards the front of the school and on a good day with no smog, you can see the downtown Los Angeles area.

3) 200 building, second floor

This bathroom is nearly identical to its counterpart on the third floor; however for some reason, this one always has more people in it, often resulting in the occasional overflowing sink and wet paper towels on the floor, but overall a well-kept bathroom.

4) 300 building

This is where things begin to go downhill. Although it does have a whopping four stalls and four urinals, this bathroom is often neglected when it comes to basic cleanliness. Toilets are always clogged, toilet paper is always missing, and for some reason, there’s always this lingering smell.

5) Track bathroom

This bathroom is the second bathroom most available to visitors so it is kept clean. However, this is the smallest bathroom on campus. Located by the baseball field in the corner of the school, the soccer, lacrosse and baseball crowds often use this restroom. Unfortunately, it only has one stall and two urinals.

6) 400 building

This is the worst bathroom on campus by far. The smell is terrible, and it’s almost guaranteed that at least half of the toilets are clogged.

Well, with that, it appears as if the 200 buildings ground floor restroom is the best on campus! Let’s hope it doesnt deteriorate like some of the others anytime soon. In the meantime, keep relieving!

News/Op-Ed: The Trial of Derek Chauvin Sheds Light on Killing of Angel Zapata Hernandez As Well As the Future of Police and Criminal Justice Reform

by Joseph Theisen

On April 20th 2021, almost a year after the murder of George Floyd, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison procescuded Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer, and convicted him on two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter.

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On May 25th 2020, George Floyd was killed while being arrested for allegedly using a fake $20 bill. This caused America to take a stand against police brutality, causing several demonstration of civil protesting around major cities of the country.

The three other police officers, Thomas Lane, Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, have not yet presented themselves to trial but are being prosecuted for aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. Chauvin has not yet been sentenced to a specific amount of years. However, he could receive as few as twelve and a half years or as many as 40 years. These extremes are unlikely, and his sentence will probably be somewhere in the middle.

George Floyd’s murder was not by any means the first time a police officer has killed a black man in America, but it was one of the most impactful on our society in recent history. This fateful day sparked many police reforms across America in Congress and on smaller scales, such as in specific police departments in towns.

The killing of George Floyd metaphorically woke up many people in America, heading in the right direction towards progress being made, but there is still a long way to go to achieve equality.  On October 15th 2019, just a few months before George Floyd, Angel Zapata Hernandez, a 24 year old Latino man was killed in a similar manner to George Floyd.  Hernandez was stopped by an MTS code compliance inspector while walking over railroad tracks, and an Allied Universal security officer came over to the scene. 

When Hernandez saw the security officer, he took off and was pursued for about 100 yards at which point the two men tackled and handcuffed him.  After the incident, one of the men stayed on top of him with his knee on Hernandez’ neck and continued to do so for six minutes.  When the two men could not feel a pulse, Hernandez was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. 

No charges were brought against either of the MTS employees, and the family of Angel Zapata Hernandez reached a $5.5 million settlement.  No matter the situation, a security guard should work to deescalate situations before resorting to killing someone in pursuit, and in this case, the guard got away without any charges. 

This was a case in which a minority man was killed, and it was brushed under the rug and largely silenced in the media. America has a long way to go, and the American citizens are the ones that need to make sure these changes happen. With the current political climate and many citizens being tired of living under fear, several reforms can be lobbied in government in order to prevent a catastrophe like that of George Floyd or Angel Zapata Hernandez.

News/Op-Ed: Across All Major Sports Leagues In The United States, Athletes Create A Culture For Change

by Aeden Alexander

For the past year, the United States has been in the midst of an ongoing battle with racism, discrimination and bigotry. In the past few years, there has been no shortage of celebrities and athletes coming out, voicing their opinions and using their platforms as a bully pulpit to aide in ending racism and making the United States of America a better place.

For the past year, the United States has been in an ongoing battle of ending racism, with many different celebrities and athletes attempting to help this cause and really make America a better place.

As the Derek Chauvin trial has come to a close and resulted in what was perceived as justice for George Floyd, many big athletes came out and spoke on what the guilty verdicts really meant for their communities and the United States as a whole.

While many celebrated the decision, many also came out and took the chance to talk about how this is just the beginning in something much greater. However, some also said that the verdict should not even be celebrated, because it should be expected.

But, for America, this is the perfect place to be, as this gives the chance for kids who look up to sports stars, like Lebron James and Serena Williams, to feel as if they are heard and their concerns are recognized. Both James and Williams have trail blazed a path for the next generation to follow so they don’t have to fight and deal with racism at an older age.

Moreover, James and Williams, likely inspired by the activism of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have also paved the way for other athletes, regardless of their sport, league or level of play, to use their platforms for the greater good of society. 

Yet, not just the athletes take part in voicing their opinions. Other people, like the owners of sports teams and league commissioners, have come out and made sure that they promote social justice in many shapes and forms. 

In the past and the present, the owners, commissioners and players associations across all the major sports leagues agreed to make warmup shirts featuring social justice statements on them, creating flexibility in game schedules in case of cancellations due to social justice issues and allowing room for political dialogue without any pushback from the leagues themselves. 

The athletes in our current world have an increased role in society, as they provide both sports entertainment as well as acting as a voice for activism in the United States. Of course, there are many dissenting points of view on this issue, as some believe that athletes should not have this much say in socio-political debates and shouldn’t use their platforms for societal change.

At the end of the day, athletes are concerned citizens too, and their activism shall continue as long as they are given approval by their respective leagues, coaches and team owners. 

Around Bosco: Bosco Celebrates The Annual Mother And Son Mass And Breakfast, Honoring The Actions Of A Community Stronger Than Ever

by Ryan Tavera

The annual mother and son mass and breakfast celebrates the special bond between mothers and sons in these times of confusion and uncertainty to uplift all members of the Braves family.

Despite continuous setbacks due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual mother and son breakfast was celebrated on April 25, 2021, hosted in the Saint John Bosco quad. Thanks to the contribution of facuity and the parents association, the Bosco community was able to honor all hard-working mothers that are a part of the Bosco community. 

The event consists of students and their mothers participating in mass together, following a gathering in the quad to celebrate with friends and family, while enjoying a selection of staple breakfast items and music. 

Director of Enrollment Management Mrs. Becky Ellison feels that the event highlights the idea of togetherness and celebrating the relationship between parents and their son within the Bosco community. 

“Parents are the primary teachers always. The Salesian way of teaching is really about accompaniment and that’s not just with your teachers it also with your parents. I think it’s really important because it celebrates students’ relationships with their families,” said Mrs. Ellison. 

This idea that the relationship between mother and son can be so crucial and important in a young man reaching adulthood is something that must be cherished and celebrated. Vice President of Advancement, Ms. Amy Krisch shares this same sentiment and feels the event highlights that exactly.

“Our mothers play such a big role in how the school forms the young men into a Bosco man and their such a critical piece of it. The bond between a mother and son is just so important and it’s important for you guys as students to be able to continue to have that bond with your mom,” Ms. Krisch said.  

While the event highlights that strong and valuable connection between mothers and their sons, the event also showcases Bosco’s strong sense of community and togetherness. As seen throughout this challenging last months, Bosco families have established a community effort to get through several obstacles, while highlighting what it means to be a Bosco Brave.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limitations, the event was much more spaced out and separated, in order to maintain COVID-19 safety precautions. However, the event still managed to captivate that sense of a welcoming and loving atmosphere that the Bosco community provides. 

Thanks to the determination and persistence of faculty and the parents association alike, the event was an extraordinary success. Parents such as Mariah Ruiz, Allie Arredondo, and Veronica Figueroa have given it their all in order to see the event come to fruition. The perseverance and service of the Bosco community truly highlights the sense of community and commitment that being a Brave is all about, giving families hope, that not even a great disaster can destroy the bond established among the Bosco community. 

News/Op-Ed: Former Vice President Walter Mondale Passes Away at 93

by Joshua Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief

On April 19, 2021, the 42nd Vice President of the United States, Walter “Fritz” Mondale, passed away peacefully at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota from natural causes. Serving under Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, Mondale transformed the office of the Vice Presidency, which was previously seen as an undesirable position in Government. 

American Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale, campaigns in Illinois, September 11, 1984. (Photo by Robert R McElroy/Getty Images)

According to numerous reports, former Vice President Mondale was aware of his declining health and inevitable death; sending memos to staff members as a form of goodbye while also informing them that he was at peace. Additionally, only one day before he passed away in his sleep, Mondale talked to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and 42nd President Bill Clinton on the phone, saying goodbye as he and his family were expecting the inevitable.

Prior to his death, Mondale held the unique distinction of being the oldest living former Vice President. Upon his death, such a title became held by former Vice President Dick Cheney, who is 80 years old. Ironically, former President Jimmy Carter, whom Mondale served as Vice President, is the oldest living former president at 96 years old. Upon hearing of his former Vice President’s death, Carter released a statement expressing grief, love and respect for Mondale. 

In a political state of affairs that can best be described as polarized, Walter Mondale serves as an example of an elder statesman who was a respected member of the political establishment in the United States. Not only was Mondale nationally respected by Democrats for his trailblazing career, he garnered the respect of traditional conservatives, who were drawn to his outreach, his willingness to reach across the aisle and negotiate when it came to legislation, as well as his overall transformation of the role of the Vice Presidency. 

The life of Walter Mondale is one that can best be described as illustrious. A devoted public servant, Mondale served the United States in many different capacities. From May 4, 1960 to December 30, 1964, Mondale was the 23rd Attorney General of Minnesota. From December 30, 1964 to December 30, 1976, Mondale served as a United States Senator from Minnesota. From January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981, he served as the 42nd Vice President of the United States. 

In 1984, Mondale ran a bold campaign against Incumbent President Ronald Reagan, tapping Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate, making her the first woman to appear on a federal presidential election ticket in American history. Despite Mondale being well respected across all sides of the political spectrum and making a running mate selection that was well ahead of his time, the potential of a Mondale-Ferraro Administration failed to gain significant traction, as Mondale was defeated by popular Incumbent Ronald Reagan in a landslide, winning only one state, his home state of Minnesota, and the District of Columbia. 

Despite the landslide election loss that put a stain on Mondale’s illustrious career in public service, his impact as Vice President of the United States is one in which has redefined the office of Vice President and has allowed modern-day President’s to put significantly more value on the office of the Vice Presidency. Rather than the Vice Presidency being a crapshoot in which one acted merely as a symbolic figurehead, Mondale changed the Vice Presidency into an office that allowed future Vice Presidents to assume a wide range of responsibilities and duties, which aided future Vice Presidents such as Al Gore, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden in having lasting impacts on their respective administrations despite not being the primary shot callers. 

After his election loss in 1984, Mondale continued to be on the radar in the legal and political scene. Once he was back in Minnesota, Mondale joined the Dorsey and Whitney law firm, as well as the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. In 1993, after having not held public office since 1981, Mondale was called to serve his country once again by 42nd President Bill Clinton, whom he served as the 24th United States Ambassador to Japan from September 21, 1993 to December 15, 1996. 

After that, Mondale still wasn’t finished, returning back home to Minnesota to serve as a part-time teacher at the University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Right up to his death, Mondale remained active behind the scenes in the Democratic Party, offering a ringing endorsement of current President Joe Biden and shedding some optimism in a time that seems increasingly grim. 

In Minnesota, Mondale was particularly influential to current Senator Amy Klobuchar, who also ran for the Democratic Nomination, leading a gritty campaign as she vied for the presidency, though she ultimately came up short despite proving many naysayers wrong. Klobuchar, who was a college intern for Mondale in 1980 during his final year as Vice President, learned that Mondale was a truly great man, who was overwhelmingly honest. Klobuchar also learned from Mondale the ability to apply oneself to a job, even if it wasn’t the job that was envisioned – as was for Klobuchar, who was taking down serial numbers of furniture instead of working on briefings like she wanted. Klobuchar credits the lessons she learned from Mondale as a reason why she is currently a Senator for Minnesota. 

Whether many realize it or not, Walter “Fritz” Mondale, the 42nd Vice President of the United States who served only one term in office, is one of the most consequential figures in American history. While he may best be remembered as the man who got trounced by Ronald Reagan in the 1984 Presidential Elections, what he is really known for in Washington, D.C, Minnesota and beyond was for being a man who was perhaps much too ahead of his time. From crafting housing legislation to having unprecedented influence and transforming the office of the Vice Presidency all the way to tapping a little-known female United States Representative to be his running mate in a consequential election, “Fritz” was as good as they come. 

In times that are so polarized, Walter Mondale serves as a throwback example to the prototype establishment politician who was decent, honest, hardworking and respected all across the political spectrum. When time seemed to move quick in Washington, D.C., “Fritz” moved at his own pace, always one with the present, tackling issues as they may have come. Mondale may have been a trailblazer who was ahead of his time politically, but he was always in harmony with the present, never too sure to count his chickens before they hatched. Right up until he felt the inevitability of death, he was at peace, enjoying the moment and the present just as he did throughout his illustrious life of public service. The tao – the ideology of being one with the present – is Walter Mondale, and his life of public service and the legacy he left behind shall serve as a vessel for an America divided.

News/Op-Ed: After A Year Of Tragedy, California Is Finally Seeing The Light With Vaccine Rollouts And Dipping COVID-19 Cases

by Andrew Fierro

As the state of California opens up COVID-19 vaccinations to all people 16 and older, many more young adults are being vaccinated everyday, which is having a positive effect on the state’s COVID-19 cases. 

Beginning on April 15th, all California residents over the age of 16 are now available to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Adults and young adults all over the state are lining up to receive the vaccine in large numbers. The young adults who are 16 or 17 years of age are eligible to schedule, with their parent or guardian’s consent, a local vaccine which is to be Pfizer only. 

With these vaccines being rolled out to millions, the state has seen a positive result in COVID-19 cases and is on par with the targeted date of a June 15tth reopening. Over 24 millions doses have been administered in California with many more being done everyday. 

Many students have received the vaccine due to athletic concerns and one Bosco student who has obtained his is junior Joshua Joson. 

“I received my Pfizer vaccine last thursday on April 15th, and will receive my second shot in the middle of may, it took about an hour all together, and I felt no pain or sickness afterwards,” Said Joson.

After being given the vaccine, patients will be asked to wait for a certain amount of time in order to make sure that there have not been any reactions to the vaccine. Now due to this wave of vaccines, California has seen for the first time in a long time a positive trend in cases in the state.

The Bosco students being vaccinated are now able to practice their sports in confidence without the worry of being affected by the virus.

“Being a student athlete, getting the vaccine has taken some stress off of my shoulders knowing that I don’t have to worry about contracting the virus and missing time of school and my sport,” Joson said. 

The vaccine being opened to people over the age of 16 helps high school students be able to participate in all the highschool activities that they are usually offered. There will be a higher output of high school sports because of the vaccination being administered to more and more high school students everyday.

There are many different sites in the state that are offering the vaccine, but each individual may have a different level of difficulty in getting their vaccine. Due to priorities over different jobs and students, some people may have to wait longer in order to get an appointment to become vaccinated. 

Anyone who receives a Pfizer vaccine will have to receive a second shot in order to become fully vaccinated. Though there have been many positives with the COVID-19 situation in california, one negative has been the Johnson and Johnson vaccine being halted. Though the vaccine is being halted, the state’s health officials said that this halt will not have any effect on the distribution timeline. 

Almost one third of adults in California are vaccinated with 50% of adults all over the U.S. receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. These high rates of vaccination are having an extremely positive effect on the country and state in terms of case numbers. 

California has seen the lowest 7 day average of COVID-19 cases in the state as of April 18th since May of last year. The cases, deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have all substantially lowered since the rollout of the vaccine. 

With California set to fully reopen on June 15th including a positive trend in terms of COVID-19 cases, the state is finally seeing some positive outcomes since the beginning of the pandemic. Hope is here!

Life Of A Brave: How COVID-19 Has Impacted College Admissions

by Jackson Smith

There has been very little change in the college application process for Bosco students despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to college counselor Ms. Alyssa Skipper. Yet, there’s been a seismic shift in which colleges Bosco students have chosen to apply.

Ms. Skipper explained that students have been looking into backup options much more. Additionally, people are looking to stay closer to home, choosing local schools such as Cal States and UCs, while also choosing to look at community colleges more. This is partially because the pandemic has put financial stress on people, but also because staying in-state and going to a community college significantly decreased the overall expenses of college. 

Even though community colleges are being looked at more in the wake of COVID-19, in recent years, it was already becoming a more popular option than ever before for Bosco students because some have not been entirely ready for a big four year college, either financially or emotionally, according to Ms. Skipper. Additionally, community college can be a stepping stone for students in need of further academic development. 

The application process has undergone slight changes for the class of 2021, and possibly for 2022 as well. Namely, the SAT and ACT are no longer required for almost all colleges. However, students can choose to give their scores for those tests if they so desire, according to Ms. Skipper. 

Ms. Skipper believes that the lack of SAT and ACT requirements may not go back to how they were, at least for some colleges. It is largely because colleges nationally are reporting record high numbers of applications from the past year because the SAT and ACT requirements previously acted as a barrier for some students to apply to certain schools. The schools are realizing that they can get more applicants, and strong applicants at that, and the colleges would not want that dynamic to disappear after COVID-19 by reinstating SAT and ACT requirements. 

Other than the SAT and ACT part of the application, the process is generally the same, but in the absence of standardized test scores, the other parts of the applications are going to be weighed more heavily. This means that the essays students write, as well as the extracurriculars activities in which they partake, are going to be scrutinized in finer detail. 

According to Ms. Skipper, scholarships have changed for students in a much bigger way than before. Athletic scholarships could be more difficult for students to come by because of the delayed sports seasons and financial hits that colleges have endured. Some other states started sports seasons earlier or even at a regular pace, meaning that colleges have been looking at some players out-of-state for a significantly longer time than Bosco student-athletes. 

Furthermore, the way colleges look at the AP exams has even changed, according to Ms. Skipper. Students have done better this last year on the AP tests than before the pandemic, and this was because the college board did not expect that classes would get through the full amount of curriculum.

News/Op-Ed: The Process Of California’s Governor Recall Elections Policy

by Joseph Theisen

After recent news of a potential recall election of Governor Gavin Newson, many people are left wondering how successful and how common is the process of recalling a governor in the state of California.

Recall Gavin Newsom petition gains signatures: Map shows where in  California there's most support - ABC7 San Francisco

Although different states have different criteria on when a recall is allowed, there are only 18 states that allow citizens to recall their governors, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin.  In California, laws to recall a governor are extremely lenient, meaning that they are subject to be recalled at any time, for even a small inconvenience. 

In addition, California has one of the lowest percent rates of population accepted on a petition.  Just twelve percent of the population has to sign a petition to start a recall election.  If this number is reached, and signatures are validated, a recall election happens. Meaning that anyone can run for governor once re-election occurs, as Arnold Schwarzenegger famously did successfully in 2003, after Governor Gray Davis was recalled in the midst of his term. If the opponent gets more votes than the current governor in the recall election, the incumbent governor will be replaced.

A petition created in February 2020 has reached about 2 million signatures of the 1,495,709 signatures needed for the recall process of Governor Newsom to begin. These signatures have to be verified, which will happen at the end of the month, and if the required amount of signatures are validated, a recall election will be set into motion.

According to Probolsky Research, 46.7 percent said they would vote no if casting a ballot today on Newsom being recalled from office, compared to 40 percent who said they would vote yes.  If these numbers hold up, Newsom will not be recalled. This is a common trend among all polls, although percentages are different, the outcome stays the same.

Although the signatures can be verified at the end of this month, the earliest the recall election would happen would be around early November, since the state of California gives its citizens the option to withdraw their signatures on the ballot for a short period of time.  If many people withdraw their signatures, and the number becomes lower than the required amount, the recall election will be cancelled. Newsom’s term is set to end in November of 2022, which means that if the recall is successful, Newsom would be the second governor to be recalled in the last 18 years.

If the recall is successful, the panel for potential governors is composed of mostly Republican candidates, which makes sense, considering that Governor Newsom is a Democrat. The idea behind, that the Democratic party does not want to select any candidates that would possibly split the vote between Newsom and the another candidate, causing Democrats to give up the spot. Results on whether or not there will be an election should be clear at the end of the month.

Sports: Lakeshow Is Back To Normal Operations

by Aeden Alexander

The defending NBA Champions Los Angeles Lakers are finally opening up the Staples Center to fans for the first time in 386 days.

Over a year later the 2020 NBA Champions Los Angeles Lakers have finally opened up the Staples Center to fan. There will be some new rules implemented and the Lakers are one of the last teams to let their fans into their home stadium. The reopening has been possible thanks to the fact there are new vaccines and lower cases in Southern California.

In their first game back with fans in the home crowd the Lakers host the Boston Celtics and plan to soon unveil their 2020 championship banner. The Lakers are expected to hold around two thousand fans at the Staples Center with a few restrictions to comply with the due to the limited capacity.

To begin with the fans have two options to get into the stadium. The first one is to either get vaccinated with both doses of either maderna, or pfizer and have sufficient proof of your shots with your vaccination card. The second option is to have a negative COVID test three days prior to your arrival. 

Many Laker fans have been looking forward to this return as they come off a red hot championship year. The team has also gotten a new and improved look as they made multiple key moves this past offseason.

The arena will look to have thirty-five percent capacity for the remaining home games and if they did not have two previously mentioned arena restrictions they would have been forced to comply with only a ten-percent capacity.

Once you have your ticket you will have it electronically on your device and are required to bring that device in order to have access into the game. When you get in the Staples Center there will be face masks required for ages two and up and must be worn at all times with no exceptions whatsoever.

No bags are allowed inside of the arena and everything must be able to fit in your pockets. All of the fans transactions will be either credit or debit with cash not being allowed at this time as an acceptable form of payment. Any food or drinks you wish to buy must be purchased after scanning a QR code.

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