Volume XXXI Number 01 January 05, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Operation Tijuana: Armed forces arrive at the border

By Luis Alonso Pérez

Tijuana, the booming small town south of San Diego is considered the world’s busiest border crossing, but also one of the favorite drug smuggling routes to the United States.

For decades Tijuana has been the battleground for rivaling drug trafficking cartels looking to take over the territory, operating without difficulty through a circle of impunity supported by corrupt politicians and police officers.

An unidentified Mexican soldier reviews weapons and their registry to make sure that are in order at a local police station on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 in Tijuana, Mexico. The review is part of Operation Tijuana, which will eventually involve more than 3000 army and police being sent to the city to fight organized crime and drug trafficking. Photo/David Maung

Last year 23 police officers where shot dead and there were more than 350 civilian assassinations, most of them allegedly related to organized crime.

This week the Mexican government announced that it will send more than 3,000 soldiers and federal police as part of an operative aimed to regain control of Tijuana and disarticulate drug cartels.

300 federal police officers arrived at the border city Tuesday morning commanded by General Héctor Sánchez, an experienced senior officer who has headed similar operations throughout the country.

“At first we are going to do an intense intelligence work through mixed patrolling, so we can have presence and work on prevention, and intelligence work on specific targets we come across.”

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Operativo Tijuana: Las fuerzas militares llegan a la frontera
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Tijuana, la creciente ciudad ubicada al sur de San Diego es considerada la frontera más transitada del mundo y al mismo tiempo una de las rutas favoritas para el ingreso de los narcóticos a Estados Unidos.

Un tren repleto de juguetes con rumbo a Tecate
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
En Tecate existen familias tan pobres, que sus hijos no reciben ningún juguete durante la Navidad ni el Día de Reyes Magos.

A train full of toys heading to Tecate
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
In Tecate there are families so poor, that their children don’t receive any toys on Christmas nor on Día de Reyes Magos [Three Wise Men Day].

Students’ Science Interest Grows as Proteins are Made to ‘Glow’
Cutting-edge labs made possible through UCSD partnership
On a recent Saturday morning, San Ysidro High students Elvida Garcia and Karen Flores were in a classroom learning to isolate and purify samples of DNA.


Fence In The Sky — Border Wall Cuts Through Native Land
By Russell Morse
Photos by Ryan Furtado and Josue Rojas
SANTA CRUZ, Ariz. — The swath of land in southern Arizona that bleeds into the northern Mexican state of Sonora is a sprawling, largely uninhabited, desert divided by mountains and spotted with shrubs. Driving down dusty roads with a punishing sun overhead, it seems almost lifeless.

Latino Man of the Year: Antonio Villaraigosa
Commentary By Juan Esparza Loera and Vicki Adame
Early during his first term in the state Assembly, Los Angeles Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa tried to sooth the worries of people concerned about anti-immigrant legislation coming from Washington, D.C. and Sacramento.

Antonio Villaraigosa: Persona Latina del Año
Comentario Por Juan Esparza Loera y Vicki Adame
A principios de su primer término en la Asamblea del estado, el demócrata de Los Ángeles Antonio Villaraigosa trató de calmar la preocupación de la gente en cuanto a la ley antiinmigrante que venía de Washington, D.C. y Sacramento.

Passport not required for U.S. citizens returning by land
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
The law that will require all U.S. citizens to show their passports when arriving by air to the United States beginning on Jan. 23, will not affect San Diegans that visit Baja by land, customs officials said.

El Pasaporte no es requerido para los ciudadanos de E.U. que regresan por tierra
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
La ley que requerirá a todos los ciudadanos estadounidenses mostrar su pasaporte cuando lleguen por aire a los Estados Unidos iniciando el 23 de enero, no afectará a los sandieguinos que visiten Baja California por tierra, anunciaron agentes de aduanas.

Jerry Ford and Rios Elementary’s 6th Grade Class of 1974
By E.A. Barrera
On August 9, 1974 I was a student at Rios Elementary School in that netherland of communities near Lake Jennings sometimes called El Cajon, Lakeside, Flinn Springs and Johnstown. All week, as this nation has said goodbye to former president Gerald Ford, I have been reminded of that day and that time of my life.

Programa municipal apoya a mujeres mixtecas en Tijuana
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Al igual que miles de indígenas mixtecas que salen de sus pueblos en los estados de Oaxaca y Guerrero, en el sur de Mexico, María emigró hace varios años a Tijuana.

A program helps Mixteca women in Tijuana
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Just like thousands of Indigenous Mixtecas that come from villages in the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, in southern Mexico, Maria migrated to Tijuana several years ago.

Por: Karina Flores-Hurley

Por un Año sin Violencia
Todavía recuerdo mirar incrédula la llegada del 2000; y aunque parece ayer, aquí estoy escribiendo mi primer artículo para el 2007. Increíble. Y haciendo un breve análisis mental de lo ocurrido en estos siete años desde el cambio de milenio, concluí que las cosas en sí no han cambiado mucho. Parece, más bien, que los que hemos cambiado somos nosotros.

Las Girl Scouts se Encuentran en Todo el Mundo
Al escribir este artículo, una de mis metas es contarles quienes somos las Girl Scouts, a quienes sus hijas ven en las escuelas a las que asisten.

City Seeks Public Input on New Rules for Accessory Dwelling Units
Community Meeting Set for January 11
Learn about proposed changes to an ordinance that regulates accessory second dwelling units in the City of Chula Vista at a special community meeting Thursday, January 11 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to review and comment on the revisions during the two-hour session, which will be held in the Chula Vista High School cafeteria, located on the south side of K Street, just west of Fourth Avenue.

El Gobierno de México Otorga Becas a Migrantes Mexicanos en Estados Unidos
Con el objetivo de mejorar las condiciones de vida de los inmigrantes mexicanos en Estados Unidos y elevar su nivel de escolaridad, el gobierno federal, mediante el Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME), puso en marcha un programa de becas en beneficio de nuestros connacionales en territorio estadounidense.


Saddam Hussein is Dead, Now What?
The hanging of Saddam Hussein this past week brought zero sat-isfaction and in fact we looked upon this as a sad commentary on this whole Iraq mess. We stopped and asked ourselves, in today’s modern age and as a Christian country, hanging was contrary to our core beliefs. Yes, Hussein should have been deposed and held accountable for his genocidal actions towards his countryman. But now that he is dead, what has changed?

The Death of a Convenient Monster
By Ibrahim Ramey
Saddam Hussein is dead. And it’s hard for most people to imagine anything sacrilegious or wrong about his execution.

End Draft Registration!
by Sheldon Richman
Whenever U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, the New York Democrat who will soon chair the House Ways and Means Committee, calls for resumption of military conscription, a host of powerful figures, Republican and Democrat, civilian and military, chime in at once to repudiate his proposal. They respond that the U.S. military doesn’t need or want a draft. It’s good to hear them say that, and let’s hope they mean it. The draft has no place in a free society because it is slavery, the kind that can get you killed or put you in a position where you might kill someone else.

Secretos del Diamante
Por Dr. Humberto Caspa
Esta semana, en uno de los tazones de fútbol americano, un jugador de la universidad de Boise State, Ian Johnson, le pidió la mano a su amante en pleno partido y ante las cámaras de televisión. Se arrodilló y le ofreció un anillo de matrimonio. Johnson no es el único “loco” enamorado. Muchos pretendientes expresan su secreto amoroso con un pedazo de diamante. ¿Qué secretos guarda este brillante?

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

Dear Mexican: Why do non-Mexicans consider it a compliment when they tell Mexicans they don’t look Mexican? I am 100 percent Mexican—5’7”, with black hair, brown eyes and olive skin—and ever since I left my hometown of El Paso, I’ve been subject to this backhanded compliment.
No Soy Italiana, Pendejo

Oaxaqueños Publish New Magazine
By Mark R. Day
Sociologist Gaspar Rivera offers us a new slant on the life of Benito Juarez. Photojournalist David Bacon gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Oaxaqueño farm workers surviving in California’s orchards and canyons. And in Fresno, Argentine journalist Eduardo Stanley profiles Margarita Cordova, construction supervisor, mother and immigration activist.

Welcome to the jungle
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Believe it or not, there are still some people brand new to cyber space. If you are one of those folks the first thing you need to know is that Al Carlos is the best on-line columnist ever.

Esperamos un Año de Contrastes y de Progreso
Por: Paco Zavala
Despedimos un año que nos dejó pasmados y estupefactos con los acontecimientos sucedidos, pero como dicen pa’ mi tierra, “Gracias a Dios ya pasó”. Ahora esperamos que el año que acaba de comenzar nos traiga mucho progreso y bienestar, que de acuerdo con las premoniciones de los enterados en estos asuntos, así será.

Queda Sin Director “La Fea Más Bella”
Por: Paco Zavala
El día de ayer el mundo artístico mexicano sufre un fatal golpe, al perder a uno de los símbolos más representativos de la escena mexicana el actor y director de escena Sergio Jiménez.

Ninth Annual Multicultural Festival Celebrates Cultural Diversity
San Diego’s cultural diversity will again be celebrated at the Ninth Annual San Diego Multicultural Festival on Saturday, January 13, 2007. The free event will feature a variety of food, entertainment and fun for the entire family. The festival takes place from 11:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m., along the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade on the north side of Harbor Drive between Market Street and Fourth Avenue, across from the San Diego Convention Center. The festival coincides with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade at 10 a.m. near Petco Park.

Hijo de Pedro Infante presenta un sincero tributo musical a su padre 50 años después de su muerte
Acompañado del Mariachi Vargas de Tecatitlán y con un álbum que se titula “Padre Mío, Amigo Mío”, Pedro Infante Jr. le está rindiendo un emotivo homenaje de admiración a su padre, el ídolo mexicano del cine y de la música trágicamente fallecido en un accidente de aviación el 15 de abril de 1957.

A Brazilian Comedy That Mixes Love, Marriage, and Soccer
More Than a Family Comedy, “Romeo & Juliet Get Married” Speaks to the Never Ending Universal Search for Love, Passion and Happiness
The Media Arts Center San Diego is proud to present Brazil’s “Romeo & Juliet Get Married,” a Shakespeare-inspired comedy with a very Brazilian twist, for January’s installment of Cinema en tu Idioma. This vivacious comedy about love, passion, soccer, laughter, and the compromises we make for family will enjoy a one-week exclusive run at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center January 12 - 18.

Con un estilo muy especial
Guillermo del Toro cuenta su “Laberinto del Fauno” como tan solo un latinoamericano podría
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Lo más interesante de la última entrega del cineasta Guillermo del Toro al mundo del cine es la fusión de sus elementos, y como un creador con un gentilicio particular puede recrear sus pasiones en una visión que tan solo podría venir de Latinoamérica.

A traveling troupe of teen actors, The Community Actors Theatre, addresses drugs, alcohol, family abuse and death in a four skit performance called “Making Healthy Choices.” CAT is a seven member cast of 14 to 23 year olds raising awareness about issues affected young adults today and will begin this five skit performance this Friday, Jan 5, until next Sunday at CAT Theatre (2957 54th Street). Shows begin at 7 p.m. on Fri and Sat, and 3 p.m. on Sun. $8 cover. For more info, call 619-264-3391.

Rodriguez and Lewis a Deadly Duo for Mustangs
By John Philip Wyllie
Off to an impressive 9-3-2 start, the Otay Ranch Mustangs have demonstrated in the early going this season that they can compete with just about anyone when it comes to men’s soccer. Two of their three loses came very early before the team was even intact. And they knocked off several of the county’s perennial powers along the way as they prepared for their league season. Now that the players are settling into their positions the Mustangs are looking like strong league and CIF contenders.

Valderrama’s Future in Soccer Appears Bright
By John Philip Wyllie
Following in the footsteps of older her sisters Angelica and Diosolina, Veronica Valderrama is making a name for herself in local high school soccer. But unlike her skillful siblings, “Vero” as she is known on the campus of Otay Ranch High School, plans to parlay her play into a collegiate scholarship.

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