Mary Ann Takemoto discusses becoming the Interim Vice President of Long Beach State Student Affairs

Long Beach State President Jane Close Conoley officially announced Oct. 8 that Mary Ann Takemoto has been promoted to Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. The decision came after the university placed Vice President Carmen Taylor on leave on Tuesday, Oct. 2, the same day that former Associated Students Inc. employee Jamie Williams was officially charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. University Police Detective Christopher Brown said an investigation about Williams and Taylor is currently underway. Takemoto could not elaborate on why Taylor was placed on leave because it is a “personnel matter.” However, Takemoto has already hit the ground running in the position with a plan. “My plan is to continue to move our Division of Student Affairs forward with all of the initiatives we already have going and in place,” Takemoto said. “I think we have a great team of professionals in our division and they’re all working on a number of initiatives and programs.” One of Takemoto’s major goals is to keep the partnerships going between students, Associated Students Inc. and her division, as she believes the only way to reach success is to continue the “collaborative work” that has kept

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President Conoley confirms Carmen Taylor’s separation from campus

President Jane Close Conoley sent out an email 4:40 p.m. Monday confirming Mary Ann Takemoto as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. CSULBMary Ann Takemoto is serving as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. Prior to this decision, she was the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. “This decision comes in the wake of Vice President Carmen Taylor’s separation from her position with the campus today,” Conoley said in the email. It is unclear at this time as to why Taylor was officially placed on leave; however, her employment status was linked to an investigation of former Associated Students Inc. employee Jamie Williams, according to University Police Detective Christopher Brown at a press briefing, Oct. 5. University officials told the Daily 49er that they were looking into whether the two were connected. This story will be updated. This story was updated on Oct. 9.

Compton resident says former ASI employee was on drugs at time of murders

A former Associated Students Inc. employee, Jamie Williams, who is facing capital murder charges, may have been high on PVP, or “bath salts,” when he was arrested, according to longtime family friend and Compton resident, Brandy Riley Fletcher. According to Fletcher, Williams was seen running out of his stepfather’s house naked Sept. 28 with blood on his face and told Fletcher’s brother to call the police. She added that Williams told her brother, who was standing outside, that he just shot everyone in the house. Williams, 43, was formally charged with two counts of murder with a special circumstances allegation of multiple murders and one count of attempted murder, Tuesday. Facebook Jamie Williams is currently being held after being charged with the murder of his stepfather and stepsister. Fletcher’s mother lives two doors down from Eddie Talley Jr., 65, who was shot and killed alongside his 13-year-old stepdaughter Brittany Malone, and Talley’s wife who is still in critical condition, she said. Fletcher gave her account of what happened that night. Fletcher, who works with campus security at Compton High School said that the 600 block of West Palmer Street, where the shooting occurred, is a tight-knit community. “I’ve

By | 2018-10-06T13:59:32-07:00 Oct 6, 2018 | 1:52 pm|Categories: Crime, Long Beach, News, Showcase|Tags: , , , , , , |

Former LBSU employee visited President’s Suite, UPD and Office of Student Affairs on day he allegedly committed double homicide

This story was updated 5:40 p.m. Oct. 5. See timeline below of Jamie Williams' movements on campus Sept. 28 Hours before former Associated Students Inc. employee Jamie Williams was arrested in connection to a double homicide in Compton Sept 28, he visited several Long Beach State offices including the President’s Suite and the Office of Student Affairs. This was after he showed up late for a morning meeting with Facilities Management and began sharing his frustrations. By 8:30 p.m., Vice President of Student Affairs Carmen Taylor told a University Police Officer that Williams, 43, had been arrested in connection to a double homicide, just hours after he had left campus.    Taylor and the officer were attending an off campus event together when she received the information, according to a timeline presented at a news briefing held by officials from the Office of Public Affairs and University Police, Friday. It was reported to University Police that Williams was “anxious” and visited several offices on campus to air his grievances. According to UDP Detective Christopher Brown, Williams wanted to “tell his story.” Several sources who were on campus that day said that Williams was disclosing information about an intimate relationship with

Former LBSU employee charged with two counts of murder, VP of Student Affairs is placed on paid leave

Former Associated Students Inc. employee Jamie Williams was formally charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder Tuesday. On the same day, Vice President of Student Affairs Carmen Taylor, who made $210,478 in 2017 according to Transparent California, was placed on paid administrative leave, with Mary Ann Takemoto, associate vice president of Health and Wellness in Student Affairs, taking her place. However, university spokeswoman Terri Carbaugh said she could not comment as to why Taylor was placed on leave, as it is a personnel matter.   “At this time, Mr. Williams’ connection to the campus is under review,” Carbaugh said. It remains unconfirmed whether the two university employees knew each other. CSULBCarmen Taylor is currently on paid administrative leave from her position as Vice President of Student Affairs. “We’re looking into it,” Carbaugh said, when asked about the connection between the two. “...[W]e look into allegations such as these with a sense of objectivity, for we don’t want to cast judgement one way or the other.” Williams, who left his position at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center in March 2018, was arrested Friday in connection to a shooting which killed his father and

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