Volume XXXII Number 16 April 18, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Catholics celebrate faith on basilica lawn, greet Pope

After fires, San Diegans there for blessing

By Jennifer Rios
Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON - To see Pope Benedict XVI, 15-year-old Shannon Gilmore had to tell a small lie.

Shannon, of Laurel, Md., who suffered an aneurysm in November and was in a coma for three weeks, neglected to mention to her doctors that she would be missing her physical therapy session Wednesday afternoon.

Juanita Rodriguez, 73, with daughters, Yvonne and Loretta Rodriguez at Catholic University, holds her souvenir poster. Juanita and Loretta paid for Yvonne’s plane ride from San Diego, where wildfires destroyed her home. SHFWire photo by Jennifer Rios

“Well, I didn’t ask,” she said quietly, “I’m just playing hooky.”

On the blanket she shared with her family rested the homemade birthday sign she made for the pope, who turned 81 that day.

On the lawn in front of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, thousands of Catholics and members of other denominations waited all afternoon. The pope met with U.S. bishops in the basilica at 5:30 p.m. and took part in vespers, an evening prayer service.

Pope Benedict returns to the campus of Catholic University, which includes the shrine, after Thursday’s Mass to meet with Catholic educators and members of other faiths at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center across the street. The campus will host a fair for students, faculty and staff who will watch the Mass on a giant TV and see other entertainment.

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The US Presidential Election Unfolds in Mexico
By Kent Paterson
Democratic Party activists Dee Dee Camhi and Larry Canady say enthusiasm is running high among the rank-and-file membership. Welcoming an infusion of new members, local chapter meetings draw between 30-60 people. What sets Camhi’s and Canady’s branch of the Democratic Party apart from many others is that it is located outside the United States, in Banderas Bay, Mexico, to be precise. First organized in November 2007, the Costa Banderas chapter of Mexico Democrats Abroad now counts more than 200 members. The chapter represents US citizens residing in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, as well as in the emerging, new gringo “colonies” located just to the north of the well-known tourist resort in the state of Nayarit.

Red Tape Cut for In-kind Donations
Charity gifts no longer face year long delay in crossing border
By Mariana Martínez
At the end of last year the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club in California decided to donate an expensive piece of equipment to the Castro-Limon Foundation in Tijuana, a non-profit working to take care of children and families battling cancer.

Cambio en la ley de Aduanas Agilizará los Trámites Para la Importación de Donaciones
Los regalos de caridad ya no enfrentarán esperas de hasta un año para cruzar la frontera
Por Mariana Martínez
A finales del año pasado, el grupo de Rotarios de Thousand Oaks California decidió donar un equipo de cirugía a la Fundación Castro Limón en Tijuana, conocida por su labor con los niños que tienen cáncer.

A new era for Barrio Logan
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
The first Barrio Logan Community Plan Update Stakeholder Committee meeting took place on Tuesday, April, 15th.

Una nueva era para Barrio Logan
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
La primera junta del Comité de Accionistas de Actualización del Plan Comunitario de Barrio Logan tuvo lugar el martes 15 de abril.


Maclovio Rojas, 20 años de lucha por la dignidad
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Jacqueline Hernández era una niña de 10 años cuando su familia llegó a la tierra en medio de la nada de lo que ahora es el poblado Maclovio Rojas hace 20 años.

Maclovio Rojas: 20 years of struggle for dignity
By Pablo Sainz
TIJUANA – Jacqueline Hernández was 10 years old when her family arrived in a place in the middle of nowhere that today is the community of Maclovio Rojas.

Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
A un año de la peor masacre escolar en Estados Unidos ¿Hemos aprendido?
Fue una mañana de abril que quedó grabada para siempre en la memoria de este país; ese día, un joven perturbado mentalmente, que venia presentando conductas extrañas, inició la cadena de ataques que terminarían con la vida de treinta y dos personas y la suya propia en la Universidad Politécnica de Virginia.

Surfiesta Californiana Libera Tortugas Marinas en Acapulco
Es Embajadora De La Organización Costasalvaje
Por Sergio Flores Hernandez
ACAPULCO, México- Hayley Conant, campeona juvenil de surf, originaria de Orange County, California y Embajadora de la organización ambiental Costa Salvaje, liberó en Acapulco tortuguitas marinas y se pronunció por un mar limpio y salvar a esa especie del peligro de extinción.

Senate Approves Bill Including Latino Museum, César Chávez Provisions
WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Senate passed legislation that includes provisions which could lead to the creation of a National Museum of the American Latino, and also paves the way for the designation of various historic sites around the country after the legendary César Chávez. The Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (S. 2739), which the Senate passed last week, includes both the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of the National Museum of American Latino Act of 2007 (S.500/H.R. 512), as well as the César Estrada Chávez Study Act.

Community Notes:
Cancer Survivors Honored During Chula Vista Relay For Life 24-Hour Campout Raises Funds for Cancer Research, Education and Programs

Political Notes:
San Diego Mayoral/City Council/City Attorney Forum

Urban League Career Fair/Expo
In its ongoing effort to promote diversity and inclusion in employment, The Urban League of San Diego County through its employer volunteer network the Career Fair Committee is presenting the 19th Annual Barbara E. Webb Diversity Works! Career Fair/Expo. It will be held Thursday, April 24, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at San Diego’s Golden Hall Concourse at 202 “C” Street.

Editorial and Commentary

Guest Editorial:
For Earth Day, let’s make sure the environment is a campaign issue
By Hank Kalet
The environment appears to be the forgotten issue during this year’s presidential election.

Guest Editorial:
Homeland Security head wields too much power over the environment
By José Miguel Leyva
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is out of control.

Three Amigos Summit
By Manuel Pérez Rocha and Sarah Anderson
President George W. Bush will soon host what has become an annual “Three Amigos Summit.” The leaders of Mexico, the United States, and Canada will be gathering in New Orleans on April 21 and 22. What do you suppose is on the agenda? A rational response to immigration, perhaps? A thoughtful renegotiation of the unpopular North American Free Trade Agreement? Lessons from Canada’s affordable medicines program?

California’s Newest English Speakers Test For Success
By Don Soifer
It is often said that if you want something done, ask a busy person. Like, for instance, children who began school with limited or no English language skills, yet who succeed in learning enough to be redesignated as proficient in English, and moved into the mainstream.

En California, Los Alumnos Que Recién Aprendieron Inglés, Prueban el Éxito
Por Don Soifer
Frecuentemente escuchamos la expresión “si quieres que algo se efectúe, pídeselo a una persona ocupada”. Por ejemplo, los niños que comienzan la escuela con muy poco idioma inglés o sin inglés alguno, y que sin embargo, lo aprenden exitosamente, para luego ser re-designados como “estudiantes competentes en el inglés” e ingresar al sistema general de educación del país.

Medicina Amarga
Por Israel Ortega
¡El cielo se nos cae!

Por José R. Uzal
La profundidad del problema que las hipotecas sub-estándar esta causando en los mercados de valores mundiales y en la economía de EE.UU. no es totalmente evidente. El Fondo Monetario Internacional calcula que el costo total de esta debacle podria llegar a los 945,000 millones de dolares. Hasta este momento las perdidas declaradas por los bancos solo se montan en 200,000 millones. Esto indica lo que todavia queda por resolver.

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

Special Paperback Edition
Dear Readers: The paperback version of my book is out in stores now, cheap enough so that even a Guatemalan can afford it. Buy, por favor! Now, on to the preguntas…

First Person:
Mid Life Motorcycle Maniac
By Al Carlos Hernandez
I could have been damaged or inspired as a child to have to know nefarious Fat Freddie Martinez, who based on Biker Folklore, is touted as one of the founding Fathers of the legendary motorcycle club The Hells Angels.

Walkout, A Film About Chicano Student Protests, to Screen
UC San Diego Presents as Part of César Chávez Celebration
The HBO production Walkout (2006), a film that tells the true story of Chicano/a students in East Los Angeles in 1968 who walked out of their schools in protest of unequal treatment, will screen at 6 p.m. April 22 in the Student Services Multipurpose Room at the University of California, San Diego.

La Historia de como nació Ratones y Frijoles: La Ópera
Por Rally Hush Dean
Hace cuatro años atendí una convención de directores corales en Los Ángeles. Una de las sesiones estaba dedicada a los directores de coros juveniles. Los directores del Coro Juvenil de Washinton DC, del Coro Juvenil Glynn Ellen de Chicago y del Coro Femenino Sinfónico de Portland hicieron sus presentaciones durante esta jornada matinal. Estas tres organizaciones de gran prestigio nacional habían colaborado para producir una ópera de un acto para coros juveniles. El propósito de esta sesión era difundir el éxito del proyecto, así como convencer a todos los directores presentes en la sesión que habían viajado desde muchos puntos del país para que produjeran sus propias óperas corales. Mientras disfrutaba de mi café viendo la presentación de sus óperas, me iba sintiendo instantáneamente inspirada e imaginaba la excitación de realizar un proyecto teatral de esta magnitud con nuestros fantásticos solistas.

Grandiosa y Exuberante Demostración Dancística en la X Muestra Internacional de Danza
Por: Paco Zavala
Una vez más la ciudad de Tijuana se vestirá de gala con motivo de la décima celebración del Festival Anual de la Muestra Internacional de Danza, que se realizará del próximo lunes 21 al domingo 27 de abril, en el marco del festival dancístico de la ¨X Muestra Internacional de Danza. Cuerpos en Tránsito 2008¨, mismo que organizan coordinadamente el Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes a través de la Coordinación de la Nacional de Danza y la Red Noroeste y el Centro Cultural Tijuana, por supuesto con la participación de los grupos de danza participantes.

Participaron Grupos de Teatro en el Primer Festival “Tijuana Hace Teatro”
Por: Paco Zavala
Indudablemente que el teatro para los conocedores del tema es una de las más importantes ramas del arte escénico, existe la inquietud permanente en todos los sectores por practicarlo y estudiar todos los recovecos del mismo, es imposible hurgar en todos sus rincones, simpre hace falta el tiempo y los recursos para lograrlo en corto plazo, pero la inquietud y los deseos ahí están siempre latentes.

Baseball a Family Affair at CVHS
By John Philip Wyllie
Buried in the Mesa League baseball standings these last few years, the Chula Vista Spartans (12-4) are looking very much like a contender this spring as they prepare to begin league play. Head coach Jim Westlund believes that the family atmosphere that has been created at the South Bay school has been a key to the team’s recent improvement. Two of the biggest contributors have been brothers Jorge and Bernardo Rosas.

Cotto punishes Gomez - Margarito crushes Cintron!
No Surprises at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.
By Mike Indri
Atlantic City, NJ - With the Boardwalk Hall filled, and HBO broadcasting to millions at home, Miguel Cotto tore into Alfonso Gomez and in the same ring where the “Contender” fighter enjoyed his greatest win (TKO 7 vs. Arturo Gatti, 7/14/07), punished the likable and big willed fighter, sending Gomez to his most demoralizing defeat.

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