Volume XXX Number 39 September 29, 2006

FrontPage Stories

Latino Officer of the Year, an example for youth

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

For Officer Cecilio Flores it was just another day patrolling the streets of Barrio Logan. He suddenly noticed smoke coming out of an apartment window.

Presuming the apartment was on fire, Flores began yelling and knocking on the apartment door in attempt to warn anyone inside.

Hero, Officer Cecilio Flores chatting with two San Diego High students.

When no one responded Flores took immediately action by entering the smoke filled apartment. 

Inside, he located a disoriented man and saw the silhouette of another person standing in the distance. Flores assisted the disoriented man to safety outside of the apartment. 

The man told Flores that his 18-year-old brother, with Downs syndrome, was also still inside. 

Flores re-entered the apartment and removed the younger brother from apartment kitchen, which was engulfed in flames.

Flores escorted the younger brother to safety and entered a third time to search for additional occupants. 

The older brother was treated and released at the scene. The younger brother suffered minor burns to his head and arms and was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Officer Flores and his partner were both treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

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Oficial latino del año, un ejemplo para la juventud
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Para el Oficial Cecilio Flores era otro día más patrullando las calles del Barrio Logan. De repente miró que salia humo de una ventana de un departamento.

The 2006 San Diego Women Film Festival Graces MOPA and the Centro Cultural
By Michael Klam
The San Diego Women Film Festival, now in its fourth year, will showcase nearly a hundred short and full-length films in two locations in Balboa Park, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) and the Centro Cultural de la Raza.


Buchanan Gets Ugly — Again
By Cecilia Muñoz
WASHINGTON, DC — After a quarter century as an immigrant rights and civil rights advocate, I shouldn’t be surprised when the debate over our nation’s immigration policy gets ugly. It’s a regular feature of a difficult and often emotional issue.

Buchanan Muestra las Uñas Otra Vez
Por Cecilia Muñóz
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Después de un cuarto de siglo de participar en la defensa de los derechos de los inmigrantes, no debería sorprenderme cuando la discusión sobre la política migratoria nacional se torna desagradable. Es algo constante en un debate difícil y habitualmente emocional.

Policía de Tijuana implementará tecnología para combatir el crimen
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La madrugada del martes 19 de septiembre fueron encontradas tres personas sin vida a las afueras de Tijuana. Otros tres cuerpos fueron localizados 13 horas después.

Las luchas de los emigrantes Ecuatorianos en España: Reflejo de la dura realidad de los migrantes Latinos.
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La difícil situación económica y la falta de oportunidades que enfrentan los países empobrecidos ha generado complejas redes migratorias internacionales hacia países ricos, la cual se ha visto severamente agudizada durante las últimas décadas.

Minutemen Appear to Oppose Sanctuary for Immigrants in National City
The idea only “memorializes” laws already in place, says Mayor
By Raymond R. Beltran
“Insane-za” read some picket signs. And others, “Send Inzunza back to Tijuana.” The San Diego Minutemen surprisingly mustered up an approximate 100 supporters to oppose National City Mayor Nick Inzunza’s idea to create a safety zone for undocumented migrants.

Beyond Just Getting Along
By Rene P. Ciria-Cruz
Editor’s Note: This is the third of a six-part series on the role of longtime black and Latino community leaders in creating amicable relations in South Los Angeles, which has been suddenly transformed by the massive influx of Latinos.


Angelides Swimming Up Stream In Race for Governor
As an observer of the Democrat Phil Angelides’ race for Governor of California, it is akin to watching the annual trek that the great Alaska King Salmon takes as it battles up stream each year. It is a long laborious trip that leaves the Salmon bruised, battered, exhausted and after this treacherous trip with just enough energy to lay eggs and die. This in essence best describes the Angelides campaign.

Democracy for Puerto Rico, Equality for Latinos
By Jeffrey F. Farrow
On one level, the current immigration debate is about law enforcement. The underlying issue, however, concerns a major change in the make-up of the U.S. population. The change is empowering millions of people of Latin American origin, and altering American society and politics. The question posed by the issue is whether Latinos can gain full equality and acceptance in the United States.

By: Herman Baca
National City residents, it’s coming, and we don’t mean Halloween. On Sunday October 1, 2006 NC residents will begin paying 8 ¾% (from 7 ¾%) sales tax, or 60 to 90 million dollars more over the next 10 years. National City’s (the poorest city in SD County) sales tax will be the highest in SD County and California, only Almeda County has 8 ¾%!

Do We Want our Children to Create a Peaceful World or Not?
By Ernie McCray
How can our children even come close to creating a better world, a more peaceful world, if those who are dedicated to helping them become change makers lack support?

Hispanic Heritage Month is a Time to Celebrate
By State Assemblywoman Shirley Horton
Over the generations, many people from different walks of life have pounded in their stakes and raised their children and grandchildren in California. Our diversity makes us unique from other states and brings us tremendous pride. California is a great place to live and the melting pot of different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and individuals are important reasons why.

Defending Civilization
By Jim Lopez
Pope Benedict XVI was giving a lecture in Regensburg, Germany on how all faiths could be distorted and how there are elements of Islam that can be used to justify violence, as there are in Christianity and Judaism. To make his point, Pope Benedict XVI quoted the Byzantine emperor Manual II Palaeolgus, who noted that “show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and then you shall find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” 

En defensa de la civilización
Por Jim Lopez
El Papa Benedicto XVI estaba disertando en Rgensburg, Alemania, sobre cómo todas las religiones pueden ser distorsionadas y cómo hay elementos del islamismo que se pueden usar para justificar la violencia, como los hay en el cristianismo y el judaísmo. Para explicar su posición, el Papa Benedicto XVI citó al emperador bizantino Manual II Palaeolgus, que dijo “simplemente muéstrame lo que Muhammad trajo de nuevo, y luego encontrarás cosas malvadas e inhumanas, tal como su orden de divulgar con la espada la fe que predicó”.

El poder dual
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Hoy, casi nada es previsible en México. Tal vez si despertamos al genio del politólogo y filósofo boliviano René Zabaleta Mercado, quién hoy descansa en paz en las alturas de su altiplano Aymara, nos pueda ayudar a entender el laberinto que se ha formado alrededor de la política mexicana.

Seems the Minutemen are calling for a boycott of Miller Brewing Company for Supporting “Illegal Aliens”. The press release doesn’t say how Miller supports them?? Anyway, I think I am going to do my part and support Miller Brewing by going to buy a 12 pack. Finally a cause I can get behind!

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

Hace 500 Años Murió Cristóbal Colón el Descubridor de América
“El iniciador en la creación del imperio más grandel del mundo”
Por: Paco Zavala
El navegante que con su gran aventura marítima aportó la base para crear el imperio más grande del mundo, “El Gran Imperio Español”, el pasado mes de mayo de este 2006, cumplió 500 años de haber fallecido. En mayo de 1506, supuestamente falleció Cristóbal Colón, el “Descubridor de América” y desde entonces sus restos no han descansado para la eternidad, es más, hoy día, no se sabe con exactitud en donde se encuentran sepultados.

Letter from Oaxaca: Performing in the Flames
By Guillermo Gomez-Peña
“Opening day arrived, and while we were setting up in the Museum, 50,000 citizens had gathered outside to support the teachers. The sound of their loudspeakers intertwined with the sound of our rehearsal.”
Dear friends:
On August 1st, my performance art troupe La Pocha Nostra began our annual “summer school” in the Mexican city of Oaxaca. Each summer we conduct two intensive workshops, one for ‘beginners” and another for seasoned performance artists. The result is a public performance at MACO (Museum of Contemporary Art, Oaxaca). Artists come from as far away as Canada, the US, the UK, Spain, Holland, Australia, and Peru to collaborate with indigenous Oaxacans working in experimental art forms.

Photographer Anthony Mournian Captures the Essence of People
By Raymond R. Beltran
Photographer Anthony Mournian doesn’t seem to talk politics much. Photos from his Minolta 35 mm speak instead, and when some people see his black and whites from the April 9 immigration marches, they say he’s biased. He agrees, because to him, the photo of a little girl holding a sign that reads “I Am Not a Criminal” isn’t about the sign. It’s about the little girl.

Dear Mexican: I once got into a fight with a cholo. We beat the crap out of each other but when all was said and done, I kicked his ass harder than he kicked mine and the cholo ran off swearing and spitting...

While Escondido and Vista propose racist anti-migrant legislation, National City welcomes migrants. Join the Border Angels, Gente Unidad, Si Se Puede and community members at a pro-migrant rally in saying YES to migrants and human rights. Join pro-immigrant advocates next Saturday, September 30th at National City 1200 in front of the Civic Center (1243 National City Blvd) and say yes to Migrants and Human Rights.

Estrellas Nuevas y Establecidas para los Latin Grammys
Por James Klein
NUEVA YORK (KPRENSA) — Las nominaciones de la 7a. Entrega Anual del Latin Grammy fueron anunciadas esta semana en una conferencia de prensa en Madison Square Garden en Nueva York. Los artistas que presentan las nominaciones incluyeron a Obie Bermúdez, Tego Calderón, Calle 13, Willy Colón, Fonseca, Alejandra Guzmán, India, y Los Tigres del Norte. En un año que reconoció a músicos pertenecientes a una gran variedad de estilos, las nominaciones celebran a artistas y profesionales creativos establecidos a la par de talentos nuevos. Los premios se presentarán el 2 de noviembre.

New and Established stars for the Latin Grammys
By James Klein
NEW YORK (KPRENSA) — The 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards nominations were announced this week at a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York. Artists presenting the nominations included Obie Bermúdez, Tego Calderón, Calle 13, Fonseca, Alejandra Guzmán, India, and Los Tigres Del Norte. The nominations celebrated both established artists and emerging talent. The 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be awarded on Nov.2.

CD Reviews:
By By Francisco H. Ciriza
Los Abandoned
21 Century rock! Taking everything from 80’s pop/rock to trendy loud guitars and electronic tidbits, this Los Angeles quartet cranks out fun, spunky, hits-to-be. Powered by the cute, if not sultry voice of Lady P (Pilar Diaz), ‘Mix Tape’ represents the latest development along the continuum of L.A. music featuring everything from Missing Persons spacey quirk to Van Halenesque testosterone-fueled rock. But perhaps more intriguing than the catchy yet tasteful music, is Lady P’s tactical delivery of Spanglish lyrics. Her gorgeous pronunciation of both idiomas is muy sexy and quite simply enthralling.

Hang Ten At Fiesta Del Rio In Imperial Beach
Celebrating the Tijuana Estuary and Its Cultures: Where Nature and Nations Meet
Imperial Beach – Join us on Sunday, October 8, 2006 at noon for activities ranging from children’s games, dancing, and cutting edge urban environmental art. Don’t miss the premiere of the Sloughs musical, performed by Mendoza elementary students, based on Dempsey Holder and the brave early surfers of the huge waves off the Tijuana River mouth.

Fleet Week Continues With 10th Anniversary Celebration
Some of the most highly-anticipated events of Fleet Week will take place this weekend, offering San Diegans and visitors a unique opportunity to pay tribute to the U.S. military.

Castillo Wants to Make Impact on the Field and In Hispanic Community
By John Philip Wyllie
Based on what we have seen so far, the San Diego Chargers could be in for one of their most memorable seasons in recent years. At the heart of that success has been their stifling defense which blanked the Raiders in the season opener and nearly shut out the Titans. Second-year defensive end, Luis Castillo is one of the many reasons the Chargers defense is thriving. He is looking forward to another banner year.

Former WBC Champ, Unbeaten Heavyweight Hawk Top
“Salute to Americas Heroes 2”
Former World Boxing Council light flyweight champion Eric Ortiz of Mexico City and highly regarded, young, undefeated heavyweight Shawn “The Sioux Warrior” Hawk of Los Angeles headline “Salute to America’s Heroes 2,” a benefit card at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton presented by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Sept. 29.