Volume XXXI Number 27 July 6, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Cristina Rodriguez Crowned Miss National City 2007

Miss National City 2007 With Royal Court: Left to Right: 1st Princess Perla Cedillo; Miss NC 2007 Cristina Rodriguez; 3rd Princess Janette Verdugo; 2nd Princess Candy Arias, Miss NC 2006 Leah Muñoz. Miss Mendoza serves one full year as the city’s ambassador to various community functions, business mixers and socials, festivals, carnivals, parades, ribbon cuttings, and community outreach programs. Most importantly, Miss National City serves as a mentor for our young National City community and is often asked to do motivational speaking for them and their families. Miss Rodriguez’s first official function will be at the National City council meeting July 10 at 6 pm as they say farewll to Miss National City 2006.

Court Ruling on Race Not a Death Knell For School Excellence
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Civil rights organizations and the top Democratic presidential candidates lambasted the Supreme Court’s narrow ruling that jettisoned the racial balance plans in the Louisville and Seattle school districts. Their anger was predictable and justified, but it ignores two things. The first is that most big city school districts have been re-segregated for years. And according to Harvard University’s Civil Rights Project, segregation in school districts has gotten worse in the past decade.

Campaign to Replace Atkins Underway – Whitburn Endorsed by Frye, SDDC
By E.A. Barrera
In keeping with the national trend to start the 2008 political season very early, candidates for San Diego City Councilwoman Toni Atkin’s seat have started their campaigns and have already participated in one debate. Atkins, who has represented the 3rd City Council District since 2000 is prevented from seeking another term due to term limits.


Immigration Reform Failure Uncovers New Status Quo
By Elena Shore
SAN FRANCISCO — Immigrant rights groups, who came down on different sides of the immigration reform bill that failed in the Senate, agree on one thing: things are going to get worse before they get better.

Minutemen Harass Catholic Church in Fallbrook
By Mark R. Day
The San Diego Minutemen have zeroed in on a new target, but not an old one for vigilante groups — the Catholic Church. In recent weeks, they have set up picket lines at St. Peter’s Church in Fallbrook and have been harassing its pastor, Father Edward “Bud” Kaicher, staff members and parishioners for helping Latino workers.

Immigration-Political News
The US Senate’s Rejection of Immigration Reform Sends Political Ripples into Mexico
Widely condemned across Mexico’s political spectrum, the US Senate’s failure to pass an immigration reform bill has touched off reactions that could influence the course of Mexican politics as well as bilateral US-Mexico relations.

Voto electrónico: Baja California implementara plan piloto de casillas electrónicas
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El próximo 5 de agosto Baja California llevará a cabo elecciones para elegir gobernador, alcaldes y diputados en los 5 municipios que componen el Estado.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Pero no somos gratuitos
A los que si les costamos es a los servicios locales y estatales. Según el Consejo Nacional de Investigación, mientras que los inmigrantes beneficiamos el ingreso federal, salimos fregando a los estados.

Making high school a little bit less scary for freshmen
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
For many students, the transition from middle school to high school can be very difficult.

Haciendo que la High School sea menos atemorizante para nuevos estudiantes
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Para muchos estudiantes, la transición de la secundaria a la high school puede ser muy difícil.

Taking higher education closer to the community
Southwestern College opens new center in Otay Mesa, has big plans for San Ysidro

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
When Southwestern College opened the Higher Education Center at San Ysidro in 1988, it was meant to be a “living monument” for the victims of the 1984 massacre that took place in the same location where the education center was built.

Llevando la educación superior más cerca de la comunidad
Southwestern College abre nuevo centro en Otay Mesa, tiene grandes planes para SY

Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Cuando Southwestern College abrió el Higher Education Center en San Ysidro en 1988, tenía la meta de ser un “monumento viviente” para las víctimas de la masacre de 1984 que tomó lugar en esa misma ubicación donde el centro educativo fue construido.

UCSD Theatre Professor to be Honored for Lifetime Achievement
Jorge Huerta, professor of theatre at the University of California, San Diego, has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement in Educational Theatre Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

Inicia la Campaña Especial de Difusión y Procuración de Fondos de IME Becas
El pasado 20 de junio dio inicio la campaña especial de difusión y procuración de fondos del programa IME Becas en los Estados Unidos.

Por Karina Flores-Hurley
Es verano: sol, calor y las vacaciones escolares
Para ellos, es la mejor época del año. Para los padres, la de mayor preocupación. La escuela terminó, han llegado las vacaciones y la pregunta es ¿Qué deben hacer mis hijos en su tiempo libre?

Is Grandma Doing Meth?
County Officials Expose the Faces of Meth

Six people sat on chairs outside Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. Their ages ranged from a young person to someone in his 60s.

Plan Today for Pregnancy Tomorrow
By Kenneth L. Noller, MD
The days that immediately follow conception are some of the most important in the development of a child. Because nearly half of all pregnancies in the US are unintended, many women will learn that they are pregnant before they’ve had a chance to make lifestyle changes beneficial to both mother and growing fetus. Whether you’re actively trying to have a baby or not, it’s never too early to prepare for a healthy pregnancy, birth, and baby.

The Power of Conserving Water
By Luis Generoso
Each of us can be a water conservation hero. Every individual possesses the power to control how much water we use and when we use it. Whether it’s waiting to do full loads of laundry or watering the garden during the evening and early morning hours, a small heroic action of using water efficiently makes a big difference.

Community Notes:
Northwest Civic Association’s General Meeting will be at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium (4th & F Streets), Monday, July 9th at 6:00 p.m. Open Forum Night. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to voice their opinions on issues which are important to them (i.e. School Board District elections, building heights, the bay front, infrastructure, KOA Riverwalk, cheese sandwiches, the City Attorney initiative, etc.). Free & all are welcome.  Northwest Civic Association’s mission is “To empower the diverse residents of Northwest Chula Vista to enhance, protect and preserve the unique character, quality and heritage of Northwest Chula Vista through education and group action.” For further information, call 429-0610. www.northwestchula vista.org.

Editorial and Commentary

Education still failing minority children 53 years after Brown V the Board of Education
Last week in a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, desegregation was struck down. The case revolved around voluntary desegregation plans in Seattle and Louisville with the court majority stating that race can’t be used to achieve diversity in K-12 education. In reality, for Hispanic students and ethnic minorities, this ruling will have little if any impact in today’s world.

Turn Off Spanish TV to Fast-Track Leaning English?
by Greg Alabado
When California Governor Arnold Schwar-zenegger was asked what could be done to help Latino students pass the required high school exit exams during an interview, he forewarned the audience that he knew his answer was politically incorrect and could get him into trouble. His response to the question was simply for Latino students to just turn off the Spanish television set.

The Open Box of Hypocrisy to Advocate Slavery
By Efrain H. Logreira
What would you do if at age 65 you went to collect your Social Security and your share of the funds was not available to you? If you contributed 10% of your income to your 401k plan for twenty years and upon retirement, you could not obtain your money. How would you feel? What about if you owned a company and your long time friend and neighbor, who also owns a company, says to you: “I don’t have enough workers, can I employ yours for a while?” You both agree and sign a contract sharing the responsibility of employing these workers, but your friend does not pay them. Who should be held accountable, your friend or both of you? These scenarios exemplify what happened between the United States and Mexico when they instituted the first grand scale Guest Worker Program between the two countries.

El Acuerdo
Por José R. Uzal
Es obvio que los políticos, el gobierno y los mercaderes de mitos y mentiras en la prensa nos han “echado el muerto encima” de la inmigración a nosotros los hispanos. No hay proyectos de ley para mejorar la política migratoria de Estados Unidos. Solamente hay propuestas para decidir si explotarnos o expulsarnos.

Amigos hasta la muerte
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Después de todo, el apodo de “Scooter” le chanta como un guante a Lewis Libby. Como un motociclista escurridizo que transita por las autopistas congestionadas del sur de California, “Scooter” Libby se burló del sistema jurídico norteamericano y quedó libre de pecado a pesar de que las leyes lo hallaron culpable por mentiroso y por obstruir a la justicia. Su amistad con el Presidente George W. Bush valió en lingotes de oro.

Pobres Los Republicanos: Los Republicans can talk the talk, they just can’t walk the walk. They talk about being more inclusive and reaching out to the Hispanic community, but when it is time to stop and meet the community they are a no show. Every Republican candidate for President, with the exception of Duncan Hunter, skipped the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed officials 24th annual conference! (Shows how desperate Mr. Hunter is?

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

First Person
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Someone said in order to be truly cool or to accomplish great things in life, you have to have a nick name. I don’t know if that is true, but I know that a nick name that doesn’t degrade you or make you seem like a dork is a way of separating you from the other ratones in the rat race.

Charla con el Lic. Alejandro Rodríguez Director del Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura
Por: Paco Zavala
El pasado martes sostuvimos una larga y amena charla con el Lic. Alejandro Rodríguez, Director del Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura del Municipio, para solicitarle información vinculada con sus funciones, sobre las funciones y espacios del Palacio de Cultura del Municipio (edificio del Antiguo Palacio Municipal) y la organización del Festival Cultural de Tijuana, con motivo del 118avo aniversario de la fundación de la ciudad.

The 1st Annual Breakdance Jam: Breaking in the Park
The San Diego Civic Dance Association & KleenHouse Clothing are collaborating to present their first-ever “Breakdance Event” on Saturday, July 21, 2007 in Balboa Park.

Representan a la Dulce Odette en el Lago de los Cisnes
Por: Paco Zavala
Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski es el compositor de la música del portentoso y colosal ballet El Lago de los cisnes, basado en un cuento y el cual se narra usando para expresar su contenido, la expresión corporal por medio de la danza, una de las cinco artes básicas que ha impuesto la historia del arte a través de los tiempos.

“Standing Silent Nation” Documents the Clash of Native American Tribal Sovereignty with Government Policy
What does a family have to endure to create a future for itself? “Standing Silent Nation” is an eye-opening account of Native American reservation life that belies popular images of casino mini-states. It is the story of one Lakota family’s struggle to retain tribal identity and sovereignty against the odds of history and current government policy.

Artifacts Tell the Real Story of San Diego
Focusing on San Diego’s first inhabitants, a colorful kaleidoscope of Kumeyaay, Spanish, Mexican and early American settlers up to 1885, the Museum of San Diego History will unveil the second phase of its permanent exhibition in Balboa Park on July 19. The new exhibition examines the significant impact these influential cultures had in shaping the region’s identity and physical development.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Ochoa Triumphs With Gift Bull: Nothing But Tremendismo From Villaseñor
In this, perhaps the shortest season on record in Tijuana, a decent crowd turned out July 1 in the Hurtado Brothers’ “Beautiful Bullring by The Sea” to watch six bulls of La Venta del Refugio plus a gift bull given lidias by Rafael Ortega, Fernando Ochoa, and Omar Villaseñor. But, at the end, it was Ochoa who triumphed over his more spectacular counterparts.

Roy Jones: “I’ll take care of Hanshaw-then its Tito!”
July 14th PPV a prelude to Jones-Trinidad Mega fight
By Mike Indri
While a bit difficult to hear over Tuesday’s jumbled conference call, the legendary Roy Jones Jr. did apparently at least, sound like the Roy Jones of old, rather than simply an old Roy Jones. “I ain’t ready to give it (boxing) up just yet,” stated the former pound-for-pound king who began his dominant reign following a convincing victory in 1993 over Bernard Hopkins, picking up the than vacant IBF middleweight crown in the process, his first of what would eventually amount to seven major championship belts.

Carlos Baldomir Completa Pre-Pesaje de 30 Días Antes de su Pelea Por El Título Interino del CMB Peso Súper Welter vs Forrest el 28 de Julio
El ex-campeón del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo peso welter Carlos Baldomir pesó 166 libras y media el Jueves para su pesaje mandatario del CMB 30 días antes de pelear contra otro ex-campeón del CMB de las 147 libras, Vernon Forrest, el 28 de Julio en Tacoma, Wash., por el título interino del CMB peso súper welter.

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