Volume XXXI Number 49 December 7, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Student Artwork to Highlight Annual Holiday Card

A Tiffany Elementary School first-grader has won the district-wide Holiday Greeting Card Competition.

Student Maleyna Acayan earned a $100 cash prize with her colorful entry of herself and friends holding hands under blue skies with the heading “Peace on Earth.” Maleyna’s design will be used by the Chula Vista Elementary School District in its annual holiday greeting card.

In addition, Maleyna’s teacher, Ms. Andy Jones, will receive a $75 cash award. Student Shiva Mohmadi, a third-grader at Arroyo Vista Elementary, and student Larissa Yanofsky, a fourth-grader at Chula Vista Hills Elementary, took second and third place, respectively. The runners-up and their teachers will also receive cash prizes.

Each of the students and staff members will be recognized at the Tuesday, Dec. 11 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

“They each did a wonderful job capturing the spirit of the season,” said Superintendent Lowell Billings, Ed.D. “Maleyna did an especially good job for being one of our youngest contestants.”

The cash awards were sponsored by California Coast Credit Union. In all, 28 entries were judged in the district-wide competition, nominated from individual school-wide winning cards.

Catholicism with Tijuana flavor
Verbena Guadalupana celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
The first thing one notices at the Verbena Guadalupana, outside Tijuana’s Cathedral, are the many images of Our Lady of Guadalupe –and the smells of traditional Mexican food that surrounds the area.

Catolicismo con sabor tijuanense
La Verbena Guadalupana celebra a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Lo primero que uno nota en la Verbena Guadalupana, afuera de la Catedral de Tijuana, son las muchas imágenes de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe –y los aromas de los antojitos mexicanos que rodean toda el área.

Steve Padilla
Sometimes I just scratch my head and ask - what year is it again? Are we making progress in our country today or do things just seem upside down and definitely sliding backward? Maybe it’s me, I keep thinking it’s the year 2007 (almost 2008). I was thinking we live in a culture that respects and protects our diversity, nurtures and appreciates knowledge and the advances of science, and tries to use them to our benefit. Maybe I’ve got one of the numbers wrong – I keep putting a “20” where the “5” belongs. Who knew, 507 A.D? Huh.


President Felipe Calderon: Year One
Marking his first year in office, Mexican President Felipe Calderon delivered a state-of-the-union speech on Saturday, December 1.

Latino Hero of Cedar Fire Running for Supervisor
By E.A. Barrera
Sitting at a Starbucks in Mission Hills with his father and attorney, Rudy Reyes shows a determination to turn a tragedy into a triumph. Now 30-years old, the 1995 graduate of El Capitan High School in Lakeside was severely burned during the 2003 Cedar Fire. He and his family — who live on Wildcat Canyon Road near the Barona Indian Reservation managed to escape the fires alive. But Rudy sought to make sure his mother and the others made it out first. By the time he was ready to leave and tried to start his car, the smoke and heat of the fires was too much and the engine would not turn over.

Encuentran “narcotunel” en Tecate
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Un túnel clandestino de aproximadamente un kilómetro de longitud que conectaba a un contenedor de camión en Tecate, California con una bodega al sur de la frontera, fue encontrado el pasado lunes 3 de diciembre por autoridades agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Un pasito a la derecha
Quejándose de que sus colegas Republicanos simplemente dan por muerto el tema de la inmigración, Jim Sensenbrenner volvió a la carga el mes pasado, y con ocho colegas (por lo menos esta vez no hay ningún Demócrata entre ellos), presentó una versión renovada de la HR4437.

Democratic Hispanic Caucus Elects New Leadership
The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Hispanic Caucus elected a new Chair and Vice-Chair on Friday November 30th during the DNC’s 2007 Fall meeting, the last full gathering of DNC members before the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Acting Chair Ramona Martinez (Denver, Colorado) was elected Chair and Eliseo Roques (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was elected to serve as Vice-Chair for the caucus.

Young and Cohn Endorse Obama … Campaign Opens San Diego Office
By E.A. Barrera
The 2008 Presidential campaign officially got underway in San Diego on December 2 when Illinois Senator Barack Obama became the first candidate to open an office in the county. A Democrat running for his party’s nomination, supporters of Obama picked up two key local endorsements, as San Diego City Councilman Tony Young and former San Diego Schools Superintendent Carl Cohn both publicly endorsed Obama.

Por Patricia Guadalupe
Las elecciones primarias: Tú también puedes participar
Seguramente ya ha visto mucha cobertura sobre las elecciones presidenciales del año que viene y los esfuerzos de los candidatos para conseguir su voto. Probablemente también se ha enterado de los esfuerzos por parte de varios grupos hispanos de registrar votantes y hacer que la comunidad latina salga en gran número y tengan un papel determinante en quién será la próxima persona que ocupe la presidencia.

Travelers reminded of new document requirements beginning January 31, 2008
Documents Proving Citizenship and Identity Will be Required When Entering The United States Through Land and Sea Ports of Entry
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) remind the traveling public that as of Jan. 31, 2008, all adult travelers will be required to present proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, and proof of identity, such as a driver’s license, when entering the United States through land and sea ports of entry. DHS will be issuing a notice in the Federal Register formally announcing the change.

Existe Más de Una Manera de Calificar al Programa Telefónico California Lifeline
La Comisión de Servicios Públicos (PUC, por sus siglas en inglés) recordó hoy al público consumidor que es posible ahorrar dinero en sus cuentas telefónicas locales residenciales por medio del Programa California LifeLine.

Hidden Holiday Hazards
Angie’s List offers easy ways to childproof during the holidays
For many homeowners, putting up decorations and trimming the tree are some of the most enjoyable traditions of the season, not to mention how fun it is for children. However, the addition of colorful ornaments and sparkling lights can quickly create potential safety hazards for kids.

Editorial and Commentary

In this Presidential race, Hispanic issues are off the table
It is a shame that when it comes down to the discussion of His panic issues it all boils down to one: The all encompassing discussion on immigration. Every day there is another news story and at every debate, be it Democratic or Republican, the Hispanic community is only mentioned in relation to immigration.

Anti-Immigrant Rage Dehumanizes the Undocumented
By Roberto Lovato
The focus of this week’s Republican debate on immigration makes one thing clear: We have entered the age of selective humanity. In other words, some humans are more human than others. Nowhere in the debate talk of “illegal aliens” and “sanctuary mansions” or who or what is “American” was there any notion that the undocumented were humans.

America failing its less fortunate young
By David A. Love
America is failing its most vulnerable children.

CSUSM ‘Whiteness Forum’ Underscores Racial Terrorism
By Mark R. Day
Is racism the result of the bad attitudes of a few bigots? Or is white supremacy a systemic evil that pervades all of our society’s institutions, including government bodies, electoral politics, the media, even many churches?

Big 4 Gambling Deals – A Bad Deal For Education And For California—“No” on 94, 95, 96 and 97
By Marty Hittelman
Every once in a while voters get a chance to correct a legislative mistake. The Secretary of State has officially qualified four referenda, Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97, for the February 5, 2008 ballot. That means voters will have a chance to reverse the “sweet heart deal” that the governor and the majority of the legislature made with a few wealthy Tribes. Of course, I’m referring to the Big 4 Gambling Deals — a political giveaway that would result in unfairly benefiting four of the state’s wealthiest and most powerful Indian tribes at the expense of other tribes, workers and taxpayers.

Las repercusiones del voto venezolano
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
“El poder político finalmente descansa sobre la ciudadanía”, nos dice Nicolás Maquiavelo en su obra seminal El Príncipe.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
How about ‘none of the above’ on the Charger’s issue?
Paper or plastic? Firing squad or lethal injection? East side or bayfront? See? We always have choices. But the one choice we never seem to be given except on multiple choice tests is: “none of the above?” Now I admit that this might not be a viable alternative for the first two questions and, after attending several of the Charger/Chula Vista town hall media events, it seems obvious that we won’t have it on the stadium issue either.

Hola Amigos: Esto Indio tiene mucho problems, qué lástima!

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

Por Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I was born in beautiful El Paso, and my parents are from Juaritos. I always wondered why Mexican restaurants en los Estados Unidos use queso amarillo—which I associate with los Estados Unidos—on their food instead of queso asadero or queso Oaxaca, which taste so much better. And who came up with Tex-Mex or New Mexican food names?

First Person:
By Al Carlos Hernandez
It is the time of the year when family men spend several G’s buying presents for everybody and their mamas, only to be rewarded with a joke tie or a dime bottle of mega Pharmacy cologne.

Fifty-Seventh Annual Las Posadas & 1st Annual 4-Day Fiesta Navidad December 12-15 In Historic Old Town San Diego
Historic Old Town Community Foundation presents Fiesta Navidad, a 4-Day FREE evening celebration. A large part of the Christmas tradition is one of gift giving and the Old Town community gives this free event as its holiday gift to all of San Diego.

Bordocs: El documental emigra hacia Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Hay veces que la realidad supera la ficción y las ciudades fronterizas como Tijuana lo han demostrado una y otra vez, al convertirse en escenario de historias increíbles o desgarradoras que sacan a flote algunos de los problemas más profundos de nuestra sociedad.

“Anthology of the Cuban Spirit” Sizzles at the City College Saville Theater
From sultry Cuban music to the sounds of the Beatles, the San Diego City College dance department presents a diverse and dynamic fall concert, an “Anthology of the Cuban Spirit,” on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 at the Saville Theater on campus.

Viva satire! Rick Najera’s “Sweet 15 (Quinceañera)”
By Michael Klam
You’ll have to leave your patriotism, your religion, and your sense of propriety at the door for this one. And above all, you’ll have to abandon political correctness. It could be just what you’re looking for, just what you need to flush out your paradigms, your dogma, and to rethink your rituals.

Puerto Rican filmmaker Franc. Reyes presses on
By Kiko Martinez
Filmmaker Franc. Reyes is still rising in the industry. Winner of the Emerging Filmmaker Awards at the 2002 Alma Awards for his film “Empire,” which starred John Leguizamo and Peter Sarsgaard, Reyes, who is of Puerto Rican decent, went on to make the 2007 film “Illegal Tender” (out on DVD Dec. 18). The movie starred Rick Gonzalez, Wanda De Jesus, and Dania Ramirez.

Tributaron Merecido Homenaje al Dramaturgo Emilio Carballido
“La UABC y el CECUT otorgaron un reconocimiento”
Por: Paco Zavala
En un ambiente cordial como corresponde a un evento de esta naturaleza la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, a través de la Escuela de Artes y el Centro Cultural Tijuana, representados por sus respectivos directores: Lic. Teresa Vicencio por el CECUT y el Artista Plástico, Sergio Rommel Alfonso Guzmán por la UABC, entregaron al dramaturgo Emilio Carballido un “Reconocimiento”, por sus valiosas aportaciones a las letras, teatro y cultura nacional e internacional, en el marco de la 2da Semana Cultural de la Escuela de Artes de la UABC y en el instituído ciclo “Reconociéndonos” organizado por el 25 aniversario del CECUT, instituciones que celebran 50 y 25 años respectivamente.

Ricky Hatton “Ready to Go”
By Gary Todd
Ricky Hatton (43-0 with 31 knockouts) faces Floyd May-weather the undisputed, unbeaten world welterweight champion Saturday 8 December, in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a highly anticipated match between two champions.

Cervantes Conference Woman of the Year
Cervantes also nominated for the 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year
Former San Diego State water polo standout Elana Cervantes was named the 2007 Mountain West Conference Woman of the Year by the NCAA. Despite not being selected as a finalist, Cervantes was also nominated for the 2007 NCAA Women of the Year award.

Long Optimistic as Aztecs Continue to Improve
By John Philip Wyllie
The good news is that the San Diego State Aztec Football Team improved upon its 2006 record this season and moved up in the Mountain West standings. The bad news is that even with that slight improvement they were just 4-8 overall and mired in sixth place in their conference and well out of any postseason consideration. Long suffering Aztec fans can barely remember the last time the Aztecs played in bowl game (1998). And it could be a while before Aztecs head coach Chuck Long has them ready to play in another one, but they are at least improving.

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