The Californian

Hello, you fluffy stressball!

Kairo is an emotional support dog in Eghosa Hamilton’s sociology and English classes.

Emmy Burrus, News Editor

February 11, 2020

In recent years, many Cal High students have been comforted by furry friends on campus, courtesy of administrators and staff. Started a few years ago,the school has brought in service animals to comfort overly stressed students as they prepared during finals week. California law insures that service...

Dublin High copes with losses

Dublin High school students are coping after the loss of three sophomore boys who died in a tragic car crash in Pleasanton on Christmas Day.

Sabrina Contreras, Co-Managing Editor

February 11, 2020

Tragedy struck Dublin High  over winter break when five students were involved in a terrible car accident that left three dead and two hospitalized on Christmas Day.  The five teenagers were in a car driving south on Foothill Road near Castlewood Drive in Pleasanton around 10 p.m. when their...

Libraries hit with ransomware attack

The San Ramon Library was among the libraries throughout Contra Costa County impacted by a ransomware attack.

Liann Bielicki, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

Friday, Jan. 3 was just another normal day at Contra Costa County libraries, until a ransomware attack struck, forcing them to close their systems and lock out library patrons.  The problems persisted through Jan. 22, affecting all 26 community libraries in Contra Costa County and the administrative...

Pin Pals club gives back to the bay

Pin Pals co-presidents and seniors Clarissa Mendoza, left, and Riya Belani pose with one of the pins that their club has designed for Saugus High School in Santa Clarita. Proceeds from pin sales went to support the Southern California school which experienced a shooting on Nov. 14 that killed two students.

Angela Deanne Paloma, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

Seniors Riya Belani and Clarissa Mendoza have made a lasting impact not only on Cal High, but on Bay Area communities and beyond, through their club Pin Pals.  Pin Pals is an organization that the two seniors started at Cal during their sophomore year. The club provides an opportunity for students to give back to the community using their t...

Seniors organize coding event

The SRC Hacks (pronounced source hacks) coding event, run by seniors Chris Liu, left, and Andrew Moshkovich, will be Feb. 22-23 in San Francisco. Participants will create their own coding projects over a 24 hour period.

Nick Harvey and Jett Gold

February 11, 2020

Hackers, please start your computers. Seniors Andrew Moshkovich and Chris Liu are co-running the second SRC Hacks contest later this month. Unlike most coding events, SRC Hacks (pronounced “source hacks” and  formerly known as SRC Code) focuses on introducing beginners to the field. Liu...

Does Cal High really recycle?

Cardboard boxes are placed in one of the recycling dumpsters in the back parking lot.

Jeana Lee and Isaac Oronsky

December 17, 2019

It’s Friday afternoon and all students are off campus. Biology teacher Erica Steadman has had a long week and is eager to go home.  But first she sorts through her classroom’s recycling bin to separate recyclables from trash. Steadman adds the recycling to bags she has been filling all week.  On...

School installs vape detectors

A new vape detector, pictured just to the right of a smoke detector, was just installed in the first floor gender neutral bathroom last month to discourage students from vaping.

Ronnie Gogoi and Liann Bielicki, Staff Writers

December 17, 2019

School administrators are fighting back to prevent vaping in campus bathrooms.  In early November, new vape detectors were installed in three campus bathrooms as part of a pilot program being tested by Cal and Dougherty Valley high schools. The phase is tested for efficiency and to determine...

School webstore hacked

Emmy Burrus, News Editor

December 17, 2019

After hearing complaints from concerned parents who had money taken from their bank accounts, Cal High administrators discovered on Nov. 7 that the school’s webstore had been hacked. This incident forced many families to cancel their credit cards after they had money stolen and, in some cases, their...

Custodians are school’s unsung heroes

Custodian Ricky Galvao mops the commons floors after lunch. He's one of 13 custodians who work at Cal High.

Angela Deanne Paloma, Staff Writer

December 17, 2019

They’re not seen frequently, and when they are, they’re typically overlooked. They are the unsung heroes of Cal High: the custodians. And they are led by one man: Roberto Manrique. Manrique has worked at Cal since April 2007. He and his night crew spend eight to 10 hours a day preparing the...

SRFC girls’ soccer coach arrested

Ronnie Gogoi and Angela Deanne Paloma, Staff Writers

December 17, 2019

San Ramon FC Soccer Club  Director of Operations Luke Enna was arrested on Oct. 30 on suspicion of sexual assault of an former female player, several Bay Area media outlests reported. A former Dougherty Valley High School assistant girls soccer coach, Enna was booked into Contra Costa County...