Volume XXXI Number 34 August 24, 2007

FrontPage Stories

PROBEA: 15 Years of Bio-regional Environmental Education

By Michael Klam

At the heart of every nonprofit ecological organization, there is always a dreamer. But it takes more than ideas and passion to realize the dream. Business savvy, practicality, the ability to balance the books and get things done are just as important as carrying out ecological projects and galvanizing people for a cause.

Doretta Winkelman, Binational Education Director, and Karen Levy-Szpiro, Binational Education Program Manager.

Doretta Winkelman, a dreamer with a head for business, co-founded the PROBEA project in 1991 with her partners Merle Okino O’Neill and Suzanne Brown. Winkelman now serves as director of binational education for the San Diego Natural History Museum, and PROBEA has its offices there in the museum in Balboa Park.

Collaborator and current PROBEA instructor Judy Ramirez joined the team early on. Under the motto, “Neighboring communities in harmony with nature through environmental education,” the project created a partnership with 10 organizations, half from the United States and the other half from Mexico.

Collaborators Dolores Monterrubio of Sistemas Bilingües Especializados and Laura Silvan of Proyecto Fronterizo de Educación Ambiental played essential roles in bringing the program to life in Mexico.

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Elvira Arellano: Deported mother, immigration activist
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Elvira Arellano has put a face on the thousands of families that have been separated due to a deportation.

Elvira Arellano continúa su lucha en México
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Elvira Arellano fue deportada hacia Tijuana la noche del domingo 19 de agosto después de permanecer un año resguardada en un santuario en Chicago para evitar ser regresada a México y separada de su hijo Saúl.


Baja California News
Sorting Out a Pivotal State Election

Now that the initial clouds of smoke have cleared from Baja California’s August 5 election, political actors and analysts are assessing the local, national and international repercussions of the raucous race. Final results announced by the Baja California State Election Council show the conservative National Action Party (PAN) of President Felipe Calderon as the winner. Not only did the PAN manage to retain control of the governor’s office, but the party re-conquered the city halls of Tijuana, Mexicali and Tecate as well.

Otro verano fatal para los migrantes
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La tarde del lunes un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza que deambulaba por una zona cercana a la garita de Tecate encontró a una mujer inconsciente que aparentemente se había colapsado en su camino hacia los Estados Unidos y abandonada por el grupo con el que viajaba.

Students Reveal Dynamics Behind L.A. Dropout Crisis
By Irantzu Pujadas
LOS ANGELES – Research conducted by students from five Los Angeles County high schools found that disconnect and alienation from educators and adults is a main contributing factor to the student dropout rate.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
No Match para Todos
Tengo aquí a la mano, a la hora de escribir esta columna, dos papeles que de una u otra forma se refieren al mismo tema. Del lado derecho, las declaraciones de un tal Michael Chertoff, Secretario de Inseguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos, y del lado izquierdo (nomás pa’ complacer a quienes se deleitan acusándome de izquierdista), la carta de una compañía de trabajadores temporales del pueblo de Alsip, Illinois.

San Ysidro schools get a charismatic leader from their own backyard
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
When Manuel Paul was growing up in San Ysidro, he attended Sunset Elementary School, the only elementary school in this border community at the time.

Las escuelas de San Ysidro tienen nuevo líder local
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Cuando Manuel Paul estaba creciendo en San Ysidro, asistió a la Escuela Primaria Sunset, la única escuela primaria en esta comunidad fronteriza en aquel entonces.

Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Tiene derecho a permanecer sobrio
Todo lo que beba será usado en su contra

Mezclar alcohol y gasolina no es un juego. Anualmente miles de personas pierden la vida en accidentes de tránsito relacionados con el consumo de alcohol, y a pesar de los esfuerzos de las autoridades las cifras se mantienen estables.

Community Notes:
Congressman Filner presents flag to Don Diego VFW Post #7420
By Dottie Fieger and Publicity Chairman Socorro Williss
Something exciting happened to Don Diego’s “friendliest Post” on Saturday, August 18th. In recognition of the Post’s support of our community, Congressman Bob Filner of California’s 51st District presented member with United States Flag that flew over our Nation’s Capitol on April 25, 2007.

Women’s Health
Breastfeeding Your Baby
By Kenneth L. Noller, MD
Breast milk is nature’s perfect baby food. It provides your baby with complete nutrition, helping to build strong digestive and immune systems and protect against respiratory infections, some childhood cancers, and obesity.

Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not to Eat Barrilito and Miguelito Candies
Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat Barrilito and Miguelito candies imported from Mexico after tests by CDPH found levels of lead that could cause health problems. Eating lead-contaminated candy is particularly harmful to infants, young children and pregnant women.

Ética Cibernética
Enséñeles a sus hijos una conducta apropiada cuando usan el Internet

¿Que es la ética cibernética? ¿Y cómo se la enseñas a tus hijos? Simplemente, la ética cibernética es un código de conducta apropiada para usar el Internet. Una manera práctica de entender que es la ética cibernética y tocar este tema con nuestros hijos es: una conducta aceptable en el Internet es lo mismo que tener una conducta aceptable en la vida cotidiana.

Surviving a Financial Set-Back
Consumer Credit Counseling Services provides tips on how avoid financial trouble when times get tough

Even with the best-laid plans, financial setbacks can happen. If an illness, injury or job loss causes you to face a financial crisis, do not assume that things will improve quickly. Living as though nothing has changed is the number one mistake people make during challenging times. Instead, create a realistic plan to get you through the hard times, and determine a reasonable amount to pay to your creditors each month.


Xochitl’s Last Dream: the Gates of Heaven Were Open
By Mark R. Day
When Xochitl Gamez Figueroa lie dying, she told her mother that the gates were open and it was time for her to go. After her three year-long battle with cancer, Xochitl, 36, passed away Aug. 11, leaving behind her husband Dionicio and six childen, the youngest only a year old.

Yolanda Retter Vargas
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Yolanda Retter Vargas, Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) Librarian and Archivist, on Saturday, August 18, 2007.

Rosalie Ann and George Stoops
Over a twenty-five year period, Rosalie Ann Stoops was “Mom” to 300 people from around the world. Rosalie accepted foreign exchange students after her husband Arthur passed away suddenly of a complication of a World War II injury at age 56, and 31 years of marriage. Prior to this, she was the cook at Nazareth House, the orphanage and convent attached to the Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Rosalie Ann Stoops passed peacefully on June 16, at Hospice Austin, at age 81, with her son, Art and faithful dog Tanner, at her side.

Editorial and Commentary

The significance of the Elvira Arellano deportation
The Elvira Arellano situation is really no different than millions of others in the United States: An illegal worker in the United States trying to keep her family together in the U.S. Her son is eight now and a citizen of the States. Where the difference lies is that Elvira chose to seek sanctuary in a Methodist church in Chicago.

“The Day Police Rioted!” Remembering the August 29, 1970, Chicano Moratorium
By Herman Baca
Thirty-seven years ago, forty thousand Chicanos from throughout the U.S. marched in Los Angeles, California, to protest and demand an end to the war in Vietnam... a war that was destroying our youth. Three people were killed at the protest, Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Salazar, Angel Diaz, and Lynn Ward, while hundreds more were hurt and jailed.

Just Another Option?
Junior ROTC helps Pentagon “get them while they’re young”

By Jorge Mariscal
The controversy at Mission Bay High School (MBHS) over the establishment of a Marine Corps JROTC has reopened the debate about the role of the military in our public schools.

Contemplating Statues and Changes of Hearts
By Ernie McCray
Before putting a few words together regarding the statue for Pete Wilson, I thought I’d watch the news first. And no sooner than I clicked on the TV there before me on channel 8 were the words “VIDEO SHOWS MINUTEMEN DESTROYING MIGRANT CAMP” (aka people’s homes) and images of a woman trying to pull down a tent and a man emptying somebody’s cerveza on thirsty ground.

La tragedia del caso Arellano
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Ante la mirada atónita y el llanto de su pequeño hijo Saúl, los oficiales del servicio de migración detuvieron a Evira Arellano, la arrestaron, inmolaron sus derechos de madre e inmediatamente la pusieron al otro lado de la frontera.

El signo
Por José R. Uzal
En una emisora de radio, de las tantas que arengan a la población contra los inmigrantes, la presentadora sugirió que debiéramos dejar de usar guiones para identificar nuestra procedencia, por ejemplo, cubano-americano, mexicano-americano, afro-americano etc. Estoy totalmente de acuerdo. El único problema es que en su ignorancia, no sabía, o no quería saber que los guiones nos los confiere el gobierno.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
I am Latino and I am a Union leader!
In regards to “Are South Bay’s Tax Dollars for Public Projects Providing Opportunity and Benefit for All?” (August 17, 2007), it is true that that there is a proposed Gaylord Convention Center project and that the Sweetwater Union High School District will be refurbishing their schools. Unfortunately, nothing else in Mr. Joshua Ramirez’s political rant is factual.


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

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: Do you agree with immigration rights activists calling Elvira Arellano, who is an illegal immigrant AND a criminal I might add, the Mexican Rosa Parks? The very idea that these people refer to her as such is deeply disturbing. Rosa Parks was a legal resident of this country, and took a stand against the injustices against African-Americans AND, by extension, all other minorities in this country. I can’t imagine what goes through the minds of some of these people, when they made ludicrous statements comparing Arellano to Parks. I have a problem with illegal immigrants, period! I don’t care where they come from on this planet, illegal IS illegal.

Representará el Cuento “Con o sin Colita” el Grupo Ojo en Colaboración con Artescénico
Dirige el actor y director Jesús Quintero
Por: Paco Zavala
El teatro infantil es una de las vertientes no fortalecidas de esta manifestación del arte. Si existen esfuerzos muy importantes de algunas instituciones y de algunos grupos teatrales, pero tal parece que a la sociedad le importa un bledo el que sus hijos pequeños asistan al teatro, tal vez esto suceda por ignorancia, por falta de recursos o de tiempo, pero el caso está latente, ojalá y los padres de familia se concientizaran y entendieran que asistir al teatro desde pequeños nos ayuda a la formación adulta en gran medida.

Remodelaron la Sala de Espectáculos del Centro Cultural Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
En la estructura de las instalaciones del Centro Cultural Tijuana, existe un espacio dedicado a proyectar la esencia de los espectáculos que se generan en el área, así como los que provienen del interior de la república y del extranjero, este espacio es la Gran Sala de Espectáculos o simplemente el teatro de este importante Centro Cultural del Noroeste del país.

Baja Film Fest is a major movie platform in northern Mexico
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
For years, Baja California has been a major cultural center in northern Mexico.

Festival de Cine de Baja California, una plataforma importante
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Por años, Baja California ha sido un centro cultural importante en el norte de México.

Ayala Looking to Extend His Gridiron Career with Aztecs
By John Philip Wyllie
While his odds of seeing substantial playing time seem remote, Aztec wide receiver Simon Ayala keeps plugging away making sure that if he gets that eagerly anticipated call he will be ready. The Oxnard, California junior, a transfer from Moorpark J.C. is one of many talented wide-outs vying for playing time in the Aztecs pre-season camp. His touchdown reception during Saturday’s scrimmage didn’t hurt his chances, but Ayala is realistic about his prospects.

Arciaga Caps Football Career in Austria Ready to Move On
By John Philip Wyllie
After completing a successful two-year career at St. Mary’s University in Connecticut former Bonita Vista High School quarterback, Tyler Arciaga found that the desire to continue playing still burned brightly within him. When the opportunity was presented this spring he jumped at the chance to play in Austria’s fledgling football league. Now back in Bonita following a season with the Danube Dragons, Arciaga reflected upon football, living abroad and his future.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Jose Tomas’ TJ Performance May be Cancelled Over $$
The aficionados were ecstatic when it was announced that Spain’s José Tomás, who many consider to be the most artistic torero in the world, would soon perform in Tijuana.

Manny Pacquiao-Sized Dreams
Young Boxer Fights Through Anger

By Lloyd Garcia
I fell in love with boxing when I was just five years old. I think it all started when I saw my uncle and his friends watching a Mike Tyson fight. Being Filipino, my love for boxing is in my blood. It is a huge sport in the Philippines. Filipinos love boxing the way Thai people love Muay Thai (Thai Kickboxing).

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