Volume XXXI Number 35 August 31, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Local artist feeds her faith through art

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

Although Paula Casillas was born in Pala during the poverty-stricken Depression-era, she was able to nurture her love for artistic expression through painting and drawing.

In recent years, Chula Vista artist Paula Casillas has found inspiration on Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Also, while her family struggled to make ends meet, Paula, who’s now 83, said she was always surrounded by art at home, even if in a more subtle way.

“My mother used to cut copies of artwork by the old masters and other colorful pictures from magazines and paste them on our walls as decorations,” Paula said. “I would look at those pictures and imagine what I would do to improve upon them from my perspective.”

She had an uncle who was a priest, José María Silva, who once carved a Virgin Mary on wood. That wooden figure had a tremendous influence on young Paula.

“I used to love staring at that Virgin Mary for hours,” she said.

In a way, Paula used her artistic skills to escape from the poverty her family was living at the time. She would draw and travel to other worlds through it.

“For me it was a comforting activity, my quiet time, time for myself,” she said. “Art was a natural thing for me.”

At elementary school, she would daydream about art, something that affected her grades in other subjects, Paula said.

“I was interested in art to the point of distraction,” she said.

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Artista local alimenta su fe a través del arte
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Aunque Paula Casillas nació en Pala, al norte de San Diego, en la era de la Gran Depresión económica de Estados Unidos, ella pudo desarrollar su amor por la expresión artística a través de la pintura y el dibujo.

A “Public Friendly” Budget
By E.A. Barrera
With San Diego’s kids heading back to school on September 4, Trustees of the San Diego County Board of Education have instructed local schools’ superintendent Carl Cohn to investigate creating a “Budget Design Committee” made up of people outside the normal budget process. The Trustees voted unanimously during their August 7 meeting to assign Cohn the task of making the 2008-2009 budget process more “public friendly” and easier to understand.

Melting Down the American Dream
The Sad, Comical Journey of Alberto Gonzales

By Roberto Lovato
Alberto Gonzales went down dreaming.


Bush’s Immigration Clampdown
By David Bacon
A year ago, in the middle of the nation’s most bitterly fought union organizing drive, management at the Smithfield Foods pork slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, North Carolina, sent a letter to 300 workers. The company, Smithfield claimed, had been notified by the Social Security Administration that the workers’ numbers didn’t match the SSA database. Come up with new numbers, the company ordered, that could pass the “no-match check,” or they’d be fired within two weeks.

Inician clases con problemas en Baja California
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Un difícil inicio de clases afrontaron esta semana miles de niños y adolescentes que cursan la primaria o secundaria en Baja California.

Latino children in California have it tough
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
There’s no doubt about it.

Niños latinos en California la tienen difícil
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
No hay ninguna duda.

SDSU Establishes New Guaranteed Admission Compact with City Heights Collaborative Schools
“College Avenue Compact” to be announced this Friday at Monroe Clark Middle School

When ninth-graders at Hoover High School start classes next month, they will discover that studying hard and getting good grades will now come with an even greater reward upon graduation.

Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
¿Cómo, cuándo, dónde?
De camino a la universidad

La universidad está en los planes de los hispanos, o por lo menos así lo dicen las encuestas que indican que más del 98 por ciento de los estudiantes de origen hispano, pretenden ingresar a las filas de la educación superior. Sin embargo ese sueño, por diversas razones, se hará realidad sólo para unos pocos.

Blinded by Power
By Javier Sierra
Grover Norquist, the Republican Party’s most influential ideologue, who has been called the Lenin of the anti-tax movement, years ago proclaimed that his ultimate goal for the federal government was “to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”

El Peor Ciego Es el Que No Quiere Ver
Por Javier Sierra
Grover Norquist, el ideólogo más influyente del Partido Republicano, hace años proclamó que su meta final era reducir el gobierno federal “lo suficiente como para poder ahogarlo en una tina de baño”.

Former Chula Vista Mayor Stephen Padilla Named to Walden Family Services Board of Directors
Walden Family Services (WFS) has elected former Chula Vista mayor and city councilman Stephen Padilla to its board of directors. Mr. Padilla joins the 15-member board and will serve a 3-year term.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Elvira se fue
O se la llevaron, más bien.

Fondo Disponible de 2.5 Millones de Dólares Para Indeminizar a Extrabajadores de la Empresa Agricola Harry Singh & Sons
· La fecha límite de recepción de formularios de reclamo por correo certificado –con el matasellos respectivo- es el 12 de octubre próximo.

College Programs and Scholarship Information
College Assistance Migrant Program Renewed at Cal State San Marcos
The U.S. Department of Education announced it will renew a grant funding the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) for another five years at California State University San Marcos. The grant, totaling $2,118,369, was one of nine awards presented nationally. CSUSM received the first grant in 2002 in the amount of $1,975.00.

Public Invited to Learn About Funds for Neighborhood Improvements
Ten Meetings Scheduled Throughout the County in September
The County of San Diego’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) invites residents and local organizations to attend one of several meetings to get information about approximately $11.6 million in federal funds for community development and affordable housing.

La Venta Empieza el Próximo Mes en Canyon Ridge de Pacific Scene Homes
Las primeras ventas empezarán a partir del Sábado 15 de Septiembre en Canyon Ridge, una nueva comunidad de Pacific Scene Homes cerca de Paradise Hills Park en la ciudad histórica de National City.

Editorial and Commentary

Adios, Alberto
It is with mixed feelings that we say Adios to Alberto Gonzales as he leaves his post as Attorney General of the United States.

Will the University of California Serve the People?
By Jorge Mariscal
One of the more laughable media spins on the recent forced resignation of the University of California’s president claimed that Robert Dynes was “praised by women and minority activists for his push to diversify UC’s 10 campus system and by associates for his extraordinary intellect” (blackvoicenews.com). This sentiment is certainly not shared by those of us who battled with Dynes over equity issues during his tenure as chancellor of UC San Diego.

¿Amigos o Amo y vasallo?
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Cuanto más me entretengo analizando la relación del Secretario de Justicia Alberto Gonzales, quien acaba de renunciar de su puesto político, y la del Presidente George W. Bush, más la hago parecer a la relación del amo y del vasallo.

Extending NAFTA’s Reach
By Laura Carlsen
Faced with opposition from the left and the right, George W. Bush, Felipe Calderon, and Stephen Harper met August 20-21 in Montebello, Canada, to discuss the little-known second phase of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Declarations to the press acknowledged public concerns about the content and the secrecy of the talks, but said nothing to clear up doubts about the closed-door proceedings or disclose specific policies under discussion.

Political and Immigration News: The Border’s Summer of Discontent
It’s as if all the contradictions of the US War on Terror, immigration reform, US-Mexico relations, free trade, and sagging economies on both sides of the border have burst at the seams, and at the same time. As the record hot summer of 2007 crawls to a close, the political barometer on the US-Mexico border is tipping red. Barely a day goes by without hunger strikes, human chains, border crossing demonstrations, marches, and calls for economic boycotts.

Marti Emerald is set to announce her candidacy for San Diego council district 5, on Labor Day. This is not exactly news. What is news is that Lorena Gonzalez is being mentioned as her campaign manager. Hijole! Emerald, who has no Hispanic credentials what-so-ever, looks like she trying to shore up this glaring hole with Gonzalez at her side.


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

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: A new line of Speedy Gonzalez clothing came out earlier this year. As a black vendor in a predominantly Mexican market, I immediately thought about selling some of these items. I am 35 and, although I remember the cartoon coming on when I was a young kid, I can’t really remember much about the cartoon with the exception that he was very quick. Is Speedy Gonzalez a disliked character by Mexicans? I certainly wouldn’t want my customers to think I’m being racist. ¡Arriba, arriba! ¡Ándale!

First Person:
Tex Mex Legend, Johnny Hernandez
 By Al Carlos Hernandez
If you are a 1st or 2nd generation Tex Mex Chicano you already know that Johnny Hernandez is a southwestern musical icon.

El Monólogo “La Historia del Tigre” con el actor Bruno Bichir en los teatros de la UABC
Por: Paco Zavala
Bruno Bichir, actor mexicano nacido en México, D.F., descendiente de una familia de actores; su padre Alejandro Bichir, es un excelente actor y director de teatro, su señora madre Maricrúz Nájera, es una estupenda actríz, sus hermanos Demián y Odiseo Bichir, actores.

Culminan Actividades Vinculadas al Programa “Celebrarte, 25 Años del CECUT”
Por: Paco Zavala
Indiscutiblemente, el futuro de la humanidad son los niños, que poco a poco se van formando hasta llegar a adultos y, por supuesto que esta formación tiene que ser y debe ser bien equilibrada y que mejor forma que conduciéndolos con mucha inteligencia, vigilando cada uno de sus pasos en un ambiente de salud mental, corporal y espiritual.

“Ladrón” will make you laugh… in Spanish
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
You might as well call it the Latino “Ocean’s Eleven.”

“Ladrón” le hará reír… en español
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Bien podría llamarle la “Ocean’s Eleven” latina.

Calendar of Events:
Iggy Racing and the San Diego Blood Bank are hosting a blood drive on Friday, August 31st, 2007 at 3302 32nd street, San Diego. Please contact Iggy Silva at (619) 283-0461 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Radio Bilingüe presenta “Chilefornia”, una serie que bosqueja la presencia chilena en California
Radio Bilingüe presenta una serie cultural especial titulada “Chilefornia,” que marca el trigésimo primer aniversario de la llegada de los exiliados chilenos al norte de California. Esta serie de diez programas nos cuenta una historia hablada de las contribuciones de la inmigración chilena y comienza nuestra celebración del mes nacional de la herencia latina.

Aguillon Hopes to Continue her Winning Ways at SDSU
By John Philip Wyllie
There will be plenty of new faces donning the black and red when SDSU open its women’s soccer schedule on the Aztec Sports Deck this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. against Toledo. Temecula resident Adriana Aguillon, a former all-league Grossmont College midfielder, is one of the13 newcomers this fall and she is excited about the upcoming Aztec season.

Andujo Following the Family Tradition
By John Philip Wyllie
On the verge of becoming one of the county’s elite Football Top 10, Eastlake High School will be led by its trio of returning all-league players: Derek Witte (QB) Dyson Waddles (RB-SS) and (RB-DB) Jeremiah Andujo. Andujo, the Titans MVP and an All-Mesa League defensive back in 2006 will focus primarily on lugging the leather this time around. He is excited for the opportunity. Football, you see, is in his blood.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Sixty Years Ago, The King of Toreros Died
It was Aug. 28, 1947. Linares was celebrating its traditional Feria de San Agustin. And, as no great feria is complete without bullfights, the Linares plaza de toros would feature “The Monster,” Manolete.

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