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Governor Newsom Reverses Gator’s Parole

by The Editors on January 18, 2023

Mark “Gator” Rogowski, the pro skateboarder who has spent the last 30 years in prison for the 1991 rape and murder of Jessica Bergsten will not be paroled. The parole board voted to approve his release on June 14, 2022, however, California Governor Gavin Newsom has reversed Rogowski’s parole for the second time, according to a story on

On November 4, 2022, Governor Newsom once again rescinded Rogowski’s parole. . . While citing Rogowski’s work to reform himself, Newsom wrote that Rogowski has “made efforts at self-improvement,” having participated in “significant self-help programming, including substance abuse prevention, anger management, and sex offense desistence courses,” [however] “Despite the constructive steps,” Newsom said a recent verbal disagreement with another prisoner and Rogowski’s inability to understand what caused him to act in such a violent way are reasons for his decision to repeal the parole board’s decision.”

Gator, who is currently serving a 31-years-to-life sentence, comes up for parole again in December 2023.



Parole Board OK’s Gator’s Release, Again

by The Editors on June 15, 2022

Former pro skateboarder Mark “Gator” Rogowski, who was convicted of raping and murdering a girl in his Carlsbad, California condo in 1991, has again been approved for release from prison by the California Board of Parole. That doesn’t exactly mean he’s going to be leaving San Diego’s RJ Donovan Correctional Facility any time soon.

In 2019 California Governor Gavin Newsom overturned the board’s first release ruling in Gator’s case and San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan is asking him to do it again, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

In a statement, Stephan said family and friends of 22-year-old Jessica Bergsten “deserve the continued promise of justice in this case. “Our office argued strongly against releasing this violent defendant,” she said.

Governor Newsom has 60-90 days to decide what should happen in Gator’s case. If he doesn’t nothing, then Gator will be scheduled for release. Guess we’ll know sometime in the fall.

Click here to sign a petition to keep Gator in prison.
Or here to sign a petition in favor of release.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]



Mid-June New News Lister Lists

by The Editors on June 16, 2021

Summertime, and the parking it loathsome. Beach is packed, and the tourists are lame. Oh, your Daddy’s tired and your ma is on fire, so sunscreen up little grommet, tighten up your game. Here are the latest news headlines you can use. Yes, we’re still doing this and by hand to boot. Enjoy
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The Skateboarding Is Not A Crime Film Fest

by The Editors on August 29, 2013


Brooklyn, New York’s BAMcinematek has lined up one seriously deepcollections of skateboard filmmaking as they present Skateboarding Is Not A Crime. The 24-film series runs September 6-23, 2013 at The BAMcinematek and BAM Rose Cinemas. No one deconstructs what many of us take for granted like the New York art crowd and this festival is no different. Here’s an example:

The ultimate in counterculture coolness, “skating” has made an irresistibly sexy subject for movies thanks to its rebel-athlete superstars, SoCal slacker fashion, and jaw-dropping jumps, ollies, tricks, and stunts.

Right. That said, this collection of skateboarding film includes the classics from every era featuring The Devil’s Toy from 1966, Scott Dittrich’s Freestylin‘, Spike Jonze’s Yeah Right, and Hollywood classics like Thrashin’ and Gleaming The Cube. For the entire breakdown of all 24 films and a schedule of the screenings, follow the jump.


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Gator Will Not Be Paroled Just Yet

by The Editors on February 9, 2011

Gator LaLooks like Mark “Gator” Rogowski will be spending another seven years in California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo before he gets a second chance at parole, according to a story in the San Diego Union Tribune.

Deputy District Attorney Richard Sachs argued that Rogowski remained an “unreasonable risk to society” and should remain imprisoned, according to a news release provided Tuesday by the District Attorney’s Office. . . . One of the victim’s family members appeared at the hearing and made a statement urging the parole board to keep Rogowski incarcerated. . . .Convicted killers in California are rarely granted parole at a first hearing.

Gator is currently serving 31 years to life in the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo for the first-degree murder and rape of Jessica Bergsten in Carlsbad, California in March of 1991.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune via Skatedaily]


Hosoi’s New MLM Coffee Business

by The Editors on October 24, 2008

002Christian Hosoi has signed on with Healthy Coffee USA, Inc. as a member of the companies “founders club” according to a press release on Businesswire. And to help Healthy Coffee drinkers out with just who Christian is, they offered up this bio:

Mr. Hosoi emerged as one of the top competitors of vert riding alongside such pros as Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, Lester Kasai, and Mark “Gator” Rogowski, with an eventual rivalry developing with Tony Hawk with two contrasting styles in both skateboarding and lifestyle — Christian, known for his flair and graceful style, and Tony, raising the bar with his technical ability and difficult tricks. Hosoi invented the Christ Air and Rocket Air, and was renowned for pulling huge aerials, at one point holding the world record.

Leave it to a company from Newport Beach, CA to launch a multi-level marketing business around coffee. Want to become a distributor? Just talk to Mr. Hosoi and he can hook you up.

[Link: Businesswire]

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