Volume XXX Number 40 October 6, 2006

FrontPage Stories

Learn how to make your own Calaveras for Día de los Muertos

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

Día de los Muertos is less than a month away. It is time to start thinking about setting up those altars in honor of our loved ones who have gone before us.

It is also time to buy the Calaveras, or sugar skulls, to put the names of the people we want to honor.

Calaveras are a type of traditional Mexican ornament/treat used on the Day of the Dead. They are primarily made of sugar and are shaped in the image of skulls, usually with colorful designs.

Back from Tomboctou, an independent Latino-owned art gallery in San Diego, is offering workshops where you can learn to make your own Calaveras at the same time you learn about the history and traditions of Día de los Muertos.

This year, though, instead of purchasing the Calaveras at stores or at the candy shops in Tijuana, wouldn’t it be more meaningful and fun to make your own Calacas?

Every Saturday and some Sundays until October 28, Back from Tomboctou, an independent Latino-owned art gallery in San Diego, is offering workshops where you can learn to make your own Calaveras at the same time you learn about the history and traditions of Día de los Muertos.

“There’s a lot of interest out there about making Calaveras because of what they represent during Day of the Dead,” said Maribel Saman-Delucca, owner of Back from Tomboctou and Calavera instructor.

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Aprenda a hacer sus propias Calaveras para el Día de los Muertos
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Día de los Muertos será en menos de un mes. Ya es tiempo de empezar a pensar en poner esos altares en honor de nuestros seres queridos que ya se fueron.

Borders are not about political lines
By Patrick Osio, Jr
International borders are not about political lines dividing countries. Borders are about people living across each other separated by a political line. When people divided by borders are of different cultures, speak different languages and there is significant economic disparity between them the differences often become political problems.

Santificará el Vaticano a Monseñor Rafael Guizar y Valencia
Por: Paco Zavala
La grey católica de Cotija, Michoacán y de toda la República Mexicana está de plácemes, porque un hijo de estas hermosas tierras será ungido en santidad, Monseñor Rafael Guizar y Valencia, será canonizado como tal.


Aguirre Calls for “Homeless Zones” ... Endorses Propositions “B” and “C”
By E.A. Barrera
City Attorney Mike Aguirre announced his support for City Propositions “B” and “C” on the ballot this November, telling a meeting of local Democrats that it was the only way to get control of the city’s financial mess. He also said San Diego needed to develop “homeless zones” throughout the city, as a way of organizing and controlling the homeless population of San Diego.

Sanctuary Status Leaves National City With Bloated Bill
Some immigration advocates express distaste for mayor
By Raymond R. Beltran
For the second Saturday in a row, city resources and streets were shut down to make way for the influx of an estimated 400 immigration protestors on both sides of the spectrum, Minutemen outnumbered by pro-immigrant advocates three to one.

La muerte de la seguridad en Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La mañana del 21 de septiembre un grupo de sicarios acribilló al subdirector de la policía municipal de Tijuana, Arturo Rivas Baca, cuando manejaba de su casa a su trabajo.

Foro de la Mujer Emprendedora en Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El papel de la mujer en México ha cambiado substancialmente durante la última década y ahora más que nunca ha dejado atrás el papel de madre de familia y se ha vuelto la cabeza de familia.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Otro ladrillo en la pared
Como era de esperarse, la mayoría Republicana en el Congreso de Estados Unidos terminó por aprobar la construcción de un montón de millas de muro en la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos. No es la propuesta original del congresista de Wisconsin Jim Sensenbrenner de ponerle barda a toda la frontera, sino solamente a “algunos kilómetros clave”. Son “nomás” 1,126 kilómetros (unas 700 millas).

A Threat Becomes a Glue
By Rene P. Ciria-Cruz
WATTS — Arturo Ybarra admits things didn’t look very promising in Watts in the late 80s when waves of Mexicans and Central Americans began arriving. By 1989 Latinos had surpassed blacks as Watts’ majority population.

California Governor In Big Trouble With Latinos
New Poll Shows Governor trailing 64%, 21% with key group
A new poll of California Latinos shows a deep dislike of Governor Schwarzenegger. In this poll of 600 Spanish-dominant likely voters, the governor has higher disapproval ratings than President Bush, and is losing to his opponent Phil An-gelides by 64% - 21%. Spanish-dominant Latino voters make up about 10% of the California electorate, with all Latinos now making up about 18% of the electorate as a whole.

Por Por José López Zamorano
Con el mes de septiembre llega el rito anual que da oportunidad a políticos de todos los colores de llenarse la boca de hispanidad. Se emiten bellas proclamas en español en la Casa Blanca y en el Congreso, y se celebra con bombo y platillo la herencia hispana como pieza valiosa de la identidad nacional.

Breast Cancer: The Risks and Prevention Methods
By Ana Hernandez-Bravo
October is the time of year in which much of the public’s attention is drawn to information about breast cancer. There are numerous fundraisers, educational materials, and awareness spots that aim to continue the fight against breast cancer.

New UCSD Cross-Border Program Aims to Assess and Treat Tuberculosis in Tijuana
A two-year project to support Mexico’s efforts to control and prevent tuberculosis (TB), to be spearheaded by Richard Garfein, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, has been funded with a $324,810 grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project, called “PreveTB” aims to diagnose these infections in vulnerable, hard-to-reach populations and link infected individuals with appropriate treatment programs in order to prevent further spread of the diseases.

Realiza Consulado de México Dos Ferias de Salud Para Atender Necesidades de Inmigrantes
• La primera de éstas tendrá lugar el próximo miércoles 11 de Octubre en el estacionamiento del Consulado General de México en San Diego, CA.

Hilton Hotels Becomes “Founding Corporate Partner” of Hispanic Hotel Owners Association
BEVERLY HILLS – At the 27th Annual United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) National Convention & Business Expo, Hilton Hotels Corporation announced that it has become “Founding Corporate Partner” of the Hispanic Hotel Owners Association (HHOA). Hilton received the exclusive sponsorship designation by providing initial funds required for the asso-ciation’s formation and preliminary development.


In this week’s edition we will take a look at Proposition 1A through 1E and try to provide a succinct and clear picture of these propositions and our recommendations. There are 13 statewide propositions and 19 local propositions on this year’s ballot. I guess we could call this the year of the Proposition. If these five propositions, 1A-1E, pass they will total a whopping $37.3 billion dollars in bonds.
Proposition 1A: Transportation Funding Protection

Our Congress Debated Immigration Reform For Two Years, And All We Got Was This Lousy Fence Bill?
By Frank Sharry
How did we get from there to here?
The past two years has witnessed an extraordinary set of developments in the U.S. immigration policy debate.  It’s worth recalling some of the high and low lights…

Fraternizing With the Enemy, Thanks to Marie Waldron
By Raymond R. Beltran
This Wednesday night, I met Alberto Lara and his buddy Luis Aguirre. The latter seemed like a late-thirties, hard working, well-mannered individual. Blue jeans scuffed at the knees, long sleeve shirt with a construction name displayed like a billboard across his back and powdered in white dry wall dust. Plasterer probably, my dad is one.

Business as Usual at Chula Vista’s City Hall
By: Robert Castaneda
At Chula Vista City Hall, a culture of political cronyism, frequent backroom dealings and a general lack of respect for the will of the people have all been prevalent for far too long. Most of the time, this kind of behavior goes unnoticed by the general public, but when it is aired out, so many of us simply accept it as business as usual.

El Muro y la economía de mercado
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
“La economía de libre mercado es como la corriente de un río”, subraya Adam Smith, máximo exponente de la economía moderna y autor de la obra célebre, La Riqueza de las Naciones: “Las personas podemos crear un dique para contener el caudal de un río, pero eventualmente las aguas sobrepasarán los muros de contención del dique y terminarán por arrollarlo”, dice.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
In Response to: “The 2006 San Diego Women Film Festival Graces MOPA and the Centro Cultural (front page, Sept 29, 2006)”
As a woman filmmaker, I am troubled to hear that The San Diego Women In Film Foundation, a progressive advocacy organization, would cross a social justice picket line at the Centro Cultural de la Raza, which is upheld by many women artists and filmmakers.

Etc. Etc. Etc.
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

First Person:
Ugly Betty is cute
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Most American Latinos were proud to know ABC’s Ugly Betty, Salma Hayek’s adaptation of the popular Novella that debuted last week, and were very impressed at the big budget major network effort. ABC, based on the success of George Lopez is amiable to bringing quality Latino flavored programming to its prime time line-up, and for the first time for Latinos, being in a line up is a good thing.

Dear Mexican: How can you explain the disparity between Japan and Mexico? Japan is a nation a fraction the size of Mexico, with zero natural resources, suffered a devastating war of four years that included two atom bombs, yet has reached the highest in educational achievements, technological advancements and economic power.

For the Vecinos
Getting Fresh Up in the Hills
By El Vecino
If you’d have told me last week that I’d be sitting in the patio of a posh kick back like Fresh Seafood Restaurant and Bar in the midst of La Jolla grandeur, munching on some ahi burgers and sipping on fine wine, I’d have said, “Yeah, just let me finish this Adalberto’s bean and cheese burrito real quick.”

Tequila, Mexico’s beverage
Tequila Expo 2006 in Tijuana features more than 300 brands.
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Without a doubt, tequila is Mexico’s most popular drink.

El tequila, la bebida de México
La Tequila Expo 2006 en Tijuana presentará más de 300 marcas.
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
El tequila es la bebida mexicana por excelencia.

Participó la Joven Estudiante Laura Isela Alvarez Como Princesa en las Festividades Septembrinas
Por: Paco Zavala
La jovencita de 15 años de edad Laura Isela Alvarez Egurrola, participó en las pasadas Fiestas Patrias que se realizaron en la Presa Rodríguez de Tijuana, B.C. en el evento “Señorita Independencia”, en el que fue coronada como princesa el pasado mes de septiembre destacándose por su belleza.

“Hago cine nómada”
Cineasta mexicano Alejandro González Iñárritu decodifica a “Babel”
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Con tan solo tres películas, el cineasta mexicano Alejandro González ha sido capaz de alcanzar un nivel que muchos directores de cine soñarían durante toda su vida. Desde que “Amores perros” impresiono a críticos y públicos en general con su mezcla de historias y personajes sacados del corazón de México, el director no ha parado de hacer o promocionar su trabajo.

Teatro Izcalli presents Chicano Rehab y Mas!, a series of different actos on various issues (like racism, sexism, the representation of Latinos in Hollywood, and higher education) relevant and important to the Chicano/Chicana experience. This outrageous comedy inside the Chicano mind takes place Friday, Oct 6th, and Saturday, Oct 7th, 2006 at MAAC Commuity Charter School (1385 3rd Ave) in Chula Vista. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets:  $10.00 For more info contact us at:  619-336-8376 or teatro@izcalli.org.

Lopez Establishing Herself with U.S. Soccer
By John Philip Wyllie
In the twenty odd years of its existence, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has seen a lot of great players come and go, but until recently there has never been a Mexican-American player among them. That changed in March of 2005 when University of Portland defender, Stephanie Lopez made her debut against Denmark in the Algarve Cup. Since then, she has added six additional caps including one last weekend against Chinese Tapei at Carson’s Home Depot Center.

Bermudez Hopes to Realize the Dream of His Father
By John Philip Wyllie
Years ago, Hugo Bermudez Sr. dreamed of becoming a professional cyclist and made the physical and financial sacrifices necessary to realize that dream. Shortly before entering his first professional race his racing bicycle was stolen and his plans were dashed. Times were tough back then and raising enough money to replace the stolen bike was pretty much out of the question. So his racing dreams got put on the back burner and in favor of getting an education, raising a family and making enough money to support that family comfortably.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood

Juan Antonio Adame Triumphs in Tijuana
An excellent herd of bulls from Celia Barbosa and two triumphant performances by Mexican matador Juan Antonio Adame were the highlights of the corrida de toros, celebrated Oct. 1, in the Hurtado family’s “Beautiful Bullring by The Sea.”