Volume XXXII Number 17 April 25, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Campaign for Open Competition in Chula Vista Gets Underway

On Wednesday afternoon the Citizens for Jobs and Fair Competition escalated their efforts to open the contracting process in the City of Chula launching a signature gathering effort to qualify an “Open Competition and Anti-Discrimination in Contracting Initiative.”

The initiative is in response to what the independent contractors feel is a biased contracting structure that locks them out of the process. This in part is supported by an ambivalent city council. According to George Hawkins, president of the San Diego Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors of America, the Chula Vista city council has turned a deaf ear to their efforts to ensure that all contractors have a fair shot at the contracts.

Jaime Mercado, boardmember of the Sweetwater Union High School District, spoke on the importance of fairness and opportunity for all.

The independent contractors use the proposed Gaylord project for the bay front as an example of them being locked out where they say only union employees would be allowed to work.

The initiative intends to amend the Chula Vista Municipal code to add a chapter regarding bidding and contracting on public works projects. In part the proposed measure states “that the City or Redevelopment Agency not fund or contract for public works projects where there is a prerequisite or requirement to use only union employees.”

Larry Brightfelder, chairman of the Chula Vista’s Taxpayer Association, said “the initiative ensures open and fair competition for everyone. Chula Vista voters will guarantee the highest levels of local and minority participation in publicly funded jobs while providing more competition to ensure lower costs.”

General strikes a blow against state corruption
By Mariana Martínez
At least 41 public security officials in Baja California have been accused of being involved with organized crime and responsible for docens of violent crimes, including killing of police chiefs, protecting criminals, tampering evidence and even freeing known drug dealers.

El General Polito da golpe contra la corrupción
Por Mariana Martínez
Al menos 41 elementos de agencias de seguridad pública de Baja California han sido señalados por nombre y apellido, como colaboradores del crimen organizado y responsables de docenas de crímenes que van desde asesinatos a mandos policíacos, secuestros, protección de delincuentes hasta manipulación de pruebas y liberación de narcotraficantes.

Steve Padilla
Bake the Right Cake

How do you unravel a promising bay front project? Let me count the ways. There’s not that much difference between ruining a good bay front and ruining a great recipe for a cake or dish. You start by freelancing. Change the ingredients, add some here, and throw out some there. Don’t forget to use old stale ingredients and methods on hand instead of something new and fresh. Work alone in the kitchen, ignore the directions and ignore what has worked, even if for no other reason than the good recipe is not yours.


Baja doctors fed up: goverment inaction on kidnappings insulting
By Mariana Martínez
More than 300 doctors both in public and private practice demand safety for all Tijuana residents, specially for doctors who in the past months have been affected by at least 23 kidnappings, along with hundreds of extortions and threatening phone calls.

Doctores de Baja indignados: falta de acción del gobierno en los secuestros
Por Mariana Martínez
Más de 300 doctores de práctica privada y pública reclaman seguridad para los tijuanenses, especialmente los de su gremio que se han visto fuertemente afectados por la seguridad y que según sus propios miembros han ocurrido al menos 23 secuestros de médicos en los últimos meses, además de extorsiones telefónicas y amenazas.

Capitol Hill Sparks Fly Over Guestworkers
By Kent Paterson
With thousands of foreign workers granted H2-B visas to work legally in the US hospitality and other industries every year, debate over the future of the guestworker program is growing. For instance, employers in resort communities argue they cannot find enough willing local workers to fill available jobs and must resort to contracting foreigners. Opponents of the H2-B system, meanwhile, contend it is depriving US citizens of employment opportunities while creating a sub-class of easily exploitable workers.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Número Equivocado
Si es cierto que el hombre es el único animal que se tropieza dos veces con la misma piedra, entonces el Secretario de Seguridad Nacional, Michael Chertoff, es un animal.

“Borders shouldn’t be barriers”: Baja California Governor
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Baja California Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán was in San Diego last week to strengthen binational relations between San Diego County and Baja California.

“Las fronteras no deben ser barreras”: Gobernador de Baja California
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
El Gobernador de Baja California, José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, estuvo en San Diego la semana pasada para fortalecer las relaciones binacionales entre San Diego y Baja California.

Southwestern College Successful in Meeting Budget Challenge
By Raj K. Chopra
In my more than 30 years of experience in education, I have weathered many financial crises. Some have been worse than others. The budgetary crisis the state of California – and subsequently its public education system – is facing right now is one of the worst I have ever witnessed. It seems the state’s deficit continues to increase on a seemingly daily basis. When will it end? How are we, as gatekeepers of state funds, supposed to plan for tomorrow? The answer: look to the past, as it tends to repeat itself.

Puppet workshops empowers children in Tijuana’s old dump
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
When you’re growing up next to an old garbage dump and your parents make a living as trash pickers, looking for things to sell from other people’s trash, the future doesn’t look very promising.

Taller de marionetas ayuda a niños del antiguo basurero de TJ
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Cuando estás creciendo al lado de un viejo basurero y tus padres se ganan la vida como pepenadores, buscando cosas que vender en la basura de otros, el futuro no parece muy prometedor.

Por Rebeca Logan
Tu casa esconde grandes peligros para tus hijos
Pocos nos damos cuenta que los envenenamientos accidentales o intoxicaciones ocurren todos los días.

SBDC to provide FREE training to teach small businesses the CalTrans bid and RFP process
Between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008 Caltrans anticipates receiving in excess of $6.5 billion Federal and State funding for the reconstruction of California’s roads. If your small business provides services from asphalt to fencing; from backhoes to traffic control; from catering to engineering, you need to prepare your business to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Editorial and Commentary

Proposition 98 and 99: Eminent Domain propositions are found lacking
The issue of Eminent Domain for local communities is an issue that is all too familiar and is one that does not bring a smile to those who have had to deal with it.

Northwest Civic Association holds successful political forum
Candidate Russ Hall a no show
This past Monday, April 21, the Northwest Civic Association (NWCA) of Chula Vista hosted the first political forum of the year for the candidates running for city council. La Prensa San Diego was a sponsor of the event, but for all practical purposes NWCA did the lion’s share of the work in organizing this event.

Should Police Probe Suspects’ Immigration Status?
Street Violence and Special Order 40
Many black community members believe they suffer because of illegal immigration
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Editor’s Note: Immigration, police checking immigration status, gangs, and ethnic tensions between the Black and Hispanic communities,are issue that impact us all. The gunning down of star football player Jamiel Shaw II in Los Angeles, has once again brought these issues into focus and has stirred up the debate on gang violence and whether the LAPD should modify its rule that bans law officers from probing the immigration status of suspects. Commentators Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Jasmyne A. Cannick weigh in with their views.

Special Order 40 Not the Problem, Just Another Distraction
If this is really a movement to end gang violence, then why is it limited to Latinos?
By Jasmyne A. Cannick
In case you weren’t aware, sound bytes from politicians and well meaning street corner activists on the evening news don’t end gang violence. Neither do rallies, candlelight vigils or press conferences on the steps of City Hall. And despite what some are trying to feed us, not even the proposed modifications to Special Order 40, a Los Angeles Police Department rule that defines when officers can inquire about the immigration status of suspects, can do anything to put an end to L.A.’s gang infestation.


By Herman Baca
“DA’s integrity-unit case ends in acquittal, mistrial,” reported the SD Union (4-23-08) concerning the so-called ethics charges brought by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis against C.V. City Councilperson Steve Castenada. Dumanis political charges, and the jury’s verdict confirmed what many San Diegans have long suspected, but has been common knowledge in the Chicano community, Dumanis District Attorney office is:

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Castaneda family thanks the community for their support
Steve Castaneda found Not Guilty

Our family would like to thank the jurors that found our brother, son, and father, Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Castaneda NOT GUILTY given completely unsubstantiated charges leveled at him by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

Hijole,you make one little mistake and the next thing you know you’re having to print a retraction. April 11 in Tezozomoc we were talking about the shooting and investigation of Rachael Silva and her attorney Michael Pancer, noting that Pancer was remembered for handling the case of, now here is where the mistake was made, we should have said Ralph Inzunza, Jr, but we mistakenly identified his brother, the former mayor of National City, Michael Inzunza. Mi culpa.

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

By Gustavo Arellano
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:
Don’t leave handshake hanging
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Have you ever had the experience when someone very interesting or attractive is smiling and waving at you, and it is clear that you don’t know them but would like too? You look around in disbelief as they get closer, not knowing what to do?

Spanish Radio Training
Using the online program, students take the course from the comfort of their home, on their own computer
The Academy of Radio & Television Broadcasting announced approval and accreditation for the world’s first Radio Broadcasting Online training program dedicated to Spanish-speaking applicants. A shortage of well-trained Spanish speaking broadcasters exists in the broadcasting industry, and this shortage is most evident in Spanish-speaking radio and TV.

Tortilla Art for the 21st Century
Art Review by Robynn Takayama
When Rene and Rio Yañez gather people for tortillas, don’t expect a meal with beans and rice. Instead, your eyes are in for a feast including a sketch of Speedy Gonzalez on a tortilla that says, “Transgenic corn makes me speedy”; a tortilla with the immigrants crossing sign embraced in a heart; and gargoyles sitting atop a giant genetic corn husk comprised of kernels of skulls. Welcome to Tortilla Art for the 21st Century, a three-week exhibition of over 25 artists who will paint, print, and adorn tortilla art.

El Festival Infantil “Ven a Pintar con Nosotros” Celebra su XVIII Edición
Por: Paco Zavala
En México se ha designado el día 30 de abril de cada año para celebrar “El Día del Niño”. Para realizar esta celebración las instituciones que albergan o educan a los infantes y niños, preparan una serie de eventos para esta fecha.

‘Cruces’ Comes to El Centro Cultural de La Raza at Balboa Park
By Mark R. Day
As this edition of La Prensa San Diego goes to press, it’s quite possible that a few more migrants attempting to cross the border into the United States will expire from hunger and exposure somewhere in the deserts of northern Mexico.

‘Cruces’ se presenta en el Centro Cultural de La Raza en Balboa Park
By Mark R. Day
Mientras se prepara para imprimir esta edición de la Prensa de San Diego, existe la posibilidad de que algunos migrantes estén intentando cruzar la frontera hacia los Estados Unidos. Probablemente estén falleciendo de hambre así como por estar expuestos al clima extremoso de los desiertos y montañas del norte de México.

Únense las Voces de la Soprano Olivia Gorra y el Tenor Fernando de la Mora en Lucia de Lammermoor
“Una trágica historia de amor que se desarrolla en la Escocia de fines del siglo XVI”
Por: Paco Zavala
Lucía de Lammermoor es una historia de amor que termina en una verdadera tragedia. Lucía es una ópera en tres actos de Gaetano Donizetti, sobre un libreto escrito por Salvatore Cammarano, inspirado en la novela de Walter Scott, intítulada “The Bride de Lammermoor”. Su primera representación se realizó en el Teatro San Carlo, en Nápoles, Italia.

La Peña Andaluza en California Invites you to celebrate The Re-creation of The Pilgrimage of El Rocio in San Diego
In the most authentic Andalusia style, nearly a million pilgrims flock to El Rocio, Spain every year during the Feast of Pentecost to pay homage to the statue of the Virgin Mary.

Iron Man: El Hombre de Hierro Llega al Cine
Por Gustavo del Cobre
Desde que exactamente ocho años atrás Marvel Enterprises incursionó en las grandes superproducciones cinematográficas con la primera de las tres “X-Men”, el filme de Bryan Singer que hizo saltar la taquilla recau-dando más de ciento cincuenta millones de dólares sólo en Estados Unidos, la empresa que es sinónimo de grandes historietas de aventuras se ha ido convirtiendo en un verdadero pilar del cine hollywodense.

Mustangs Velasquez Among the County’s Elite Runners
By John Philip Wyllie
There are many reasons why the Otay Ranch Mustangs are currently the county’s top-ranked track & field team. One of the biggest is senior long distance runner Brandon Velasquez.

Bullfight World
by Lyn Sherwood

When a famed Mexican matador retires from bullfighting, it’s usually a long process, for he goes through a retirement ceremony in each of the major plazas de toros in which he has performed.

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