Volume XXXII Number 24 June 13, 2008

FrontPage Stories

A Trail to Literacy

Elva C.de Baca and her students in front of the mural. Photo by David C. de Baca

Students from Sunset Elementary School will lead a community-wide beautification project to enhance the outdoor area surrounding the San Ysidro Public Library, which is literally walking distance from the U.S./Mexican border. They will remove rubbish, plant “reading trees” to provide shade, paint and decorate benches, and create a “Trail to Literacy” pathway connecting the library to the school. Together with Master Artist Victor Ochoa they painted a mural to depict a sense of belonging for everyone in the community. The intergenerational project will be documented in photo galleries displayed in public venues and on a DVD to be donated to the library.

The mural sketch was a compilation of ideas from Sunset students and was drawn by Maripaz Ortiz. Ochoa coordinated the painting. The third grade students painted the mural and MAAC students refined the final painting. The mural depicts students beautifying the community, which is the goal of the Trail to Literacy project.

The “Trail to Literacy” is a part of the “Milken Festival for Youth” a community service program that gives young people opportunities to build a better world. Since 1987, more than one million students have put their time, enthusiasm and creativity into service projects that revitalize their neighborhoods, spread goodwill and encourage civic engagement.

Zapateando contra la globalización
Por Arturo Barradas
PLAYA VICENTE, VERACRUZ — El plan era juntarnos y tocar desde temprano. Esto fue programado a las 4 de la mañana, junto a una nevera que ya no tenía cervezas, en el parque de Playa Vicente, Veracruz.

Why Congress Can Kiss My Gas
By Jasmyne A. Cannick
The Democratic initiative to tax big oil profits was just another Washington “dog and pony show” designed to make you and me feel better. Blocked by Senate Republicans, the measure failed to achieve the 60 votes required by Senate rules to proceed. The vote was 51-43.

Spanish-language media key to victory with Latinos
By: Gebe Martinez
While the dust was still settling last week in the Democratic presidential race between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain was kicking up his general election advertising war — on Spanish-language radio.

No Rest for the Working Poor
By Laura Carlsen
Globalization continues to break down its own myths, especially in developing countries.


Green Industry Maquiladora Unveiled
In this US election year, politicians of all persuasions talk about “green” jobs as the wave of the future. But while the US whittles away time in making the inevitable transition to a fossil fuel-free economy, German investors on the Mexico-US border now have a jump-start on their Yankee competitors. Ironically, to gain an edge in the emerging green economy, they are taking advantage of the North American Free Trade Agreement originally promoted by the US government.

House committee look for new ways to curb gang activity
By Will Skowronski
WASHINGTON - Stable upbringings and early-age prevention programs, not handcuffs, will keep youths out of gangs, a well-known civil rights attorney told House members Tuesday.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
No Estamos Solos
A veces son sentimos solos, aislados, lejos de nuestra tierra y nuestras noticias, o nos encerramos en una ciudad, un barrio, un suburbio, y pensamos que estamos solos. Esas veces se nos ocurre que los ataques y las leyes absurdas en contra de la inmigración están dirigidas solamente contra nosotros.

UCSD’s Cross Cultural Center – A Grand Space to Celebrate Diversity
By Doris Enriquez Malabad
LA JOLLA — was a day that will forever be remembered by the students, staff and faculty of University of California-San Diego, for it marked the ‘new beginning’ of its Cross Cultural Center. This historic transfer of CCC from its previous location is a sweet realization of a dream, where ”community wisdom and ideas take on an increased importance.”

Realizaron Interesante Semana de Arquitectura en la Universidad de Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Tijuana, continúa sonando fuertemente en todos los ámbitos de desarrollo, pero sobre todo en el nivel profesional. Alumnos de la Carrera de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Tijuana (CUT), organizaron, bajo la coordinación de la Arq. Gloria Alicia Morales Mendivil, la 2da Semana de Arquitectura, bajo el título “Ser Arquitecto”, del 19 al 23 de mayo pasado, la cual se llevó a efecto en las instalaciones de la propia universidad.

Finney Elementary Student Wins College Scholarship Grand Prize
With her short essay comparing every student to a piece of art, Myrtle S. Finney Elementary student Josefina Vega won the grand prize in the “Save Me a Spot for College” scholarship contest. Josefina won a total of $2,500 in scholarship money through The Campaign for College Opportunity.

Montgomery Elementary is Home to Two Leadership in Biliteracy Honorees
Robin León has been a bilingual teacher for 32 years. Parent Ana Mendoza has served as chairwoman of the District English Learner Advisory Committee. León and Mendoza each are integral to the success of John J. Montgomery Elementary School.

McDonald’s Awards $80,000 in Scholarships to Local Hispanic High School Seniors
Ten outstanding students of Hispanic descent will start college with $8,000 already paid toward their education thanks to a scholarship from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, Southern California McDonald’s and San Diego County McDonald’s.

John McCain and Barack Obama to Speak at NCLR Conference in San Diego
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), announced that presumptive presidential nominees Senators John McCain (R–AZ) and Barack Obama (D–IL) will speak at the 2008 NCLR Annual Conference held at the San Diego Convention Center, July 12-15. Other speakers at the Conference include San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former NCLR President and CEO Raul Yzaguirre, CEO of Fred-die Mac Richard F. Syron, New York Times best-selling author Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez and internationally renowned motivational speaker Samuel Betances.

Los Testigos de Jehova están muy satisfechos con la nutrida asistencia a su asamblea de distrito
Los testigos de Jehová tienen miles de razones para recordar con alegría la Asamblea de Distrito “Guiados por el espíritu de Dios” de 2008. Muchos vecinos de la comunidad asistieron a distintas sesiones de esta asamblea anual de tres días.

Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Mujeres, Hermanas, Hispanas Unidas Contra el Cáncer de Seno
¿Cuáles son las causas del cáncer de seno?, ¿Qué hace que algunas mujeres lo padezcan y otras no?, ¿Es el cáncer de seno consecuencia de ciertas influencias como el cigarrillo, el alcohol, la alimentación o simplemente el ambiente en que crecimos? O ¿Tiene nuestra raza algo que ver con la posibilidad de que el cáncer llegue a nosotras?

Chronic disease: America’s health care crisis
By Mayte Prida
With the presidential election season in full swing, health care is a topic continually under the microscope. Everyone from health policy experts to individual patients wants to improve health care in America. But the only way to do this is to focus on the prevention of chronic diseases. Why? Because chronic diseases are the single greatest threat to our nation’s health and to our health care system in terms of lives lost and money spent.

Frutas y verduras frescas para residentes de City Heights
El nuevo mercado al aire libre dará acceso a la comunidad
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
La mayoría del tiempo, para familias de escasos recursos tiene más sentido comprar cuatro sopas “Maruchan” por un dólar que comprar una libra de manzanas frescas por dos dólares o más.

Fresh fruits and vegetables for City Heights residents
New farmers’ market brings access to community
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Most of the time, for low-income families it makes more sense to buy four cup of noodles for a dollar than to buy a pound of fresh apples for two dollars.

Pledge to Try Transit in North County on June 19, National Dump the Pump Day
NCTD Transit Services Help Passengers Save Money and Reduce Emissions
With high gas prices on everyone’s mind, North County Transit District (NCTD) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the third annual national Dump the Pump Day on June 19. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2008 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, conserve gasoline, and help reduce greenhouse gases.

Editorial and Commentary

The Clinton Loss: from a Hispanic perspective
By now for those interested and who care, have read all the ana-lysts reports of what went wrong with the Hillary Clinton campaign for Presidency. 16 months ago it was considered a foregone conclusion that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Party’s candidate for President, Barack Obama was a mere oddity at the time, so to see her campaign fail offers us an opportunity to dissect what went wrong.

What a sweet, gracious, generous speech; Hillary embraces Obama!
By Don Williams
Hillary Clinton can flat deliver a speech, and her latest is for the ages, because there was nothing flat about what she said or how she said it Saturday shortly before 1 p.m. The speech soared to high eloquence and descended to moments of sweet reflection, delivering its crucial, head-line grabbing message in wave after wave of electrifying support for Barack Obama.

Bush’s War Policy: The Top Campaign Non-Issue?
By Elan Journo
It’s staggering to think that as we march toward a seventh year at war, Iraq (let alone Afghanistan) is hardly an issue on the campaign trail. Of course, nobody has forgotten about the war. But there’s been no substantive debate on it, either.

The debt that divides US
By Jose Garcia
Five thousand dollars, minus $600: That’s how much credit card debt my friend Ricardo has, now that he has applied his economic stimulus check to his card balances.

Immigration Raids Lead U.S. to a Moral, Legal Crisis
By Raquel Aldana
Postville, Iowa has been turned into a ghost town. Nearly a third of its residents, mostly undocumented workers from Guatemala and Mexico, sit in jail convicted of identity crimes or awaiting deportation. Hundreds more hide in fear. Their children, too scared to go to school, have left the town’s classrooms nearly empty. For this, Postville should thank their local police, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), and a failed immigration policy.

Entre la espada y la pared
Por José R. Uzal
El proceso electoral en Estados Unidos finalizo su primera etapa y se han determinado quienes seran los candidatos de ambos partidos.

Obama, El Candidato de la Esperanza
Por José Luis González
La señora Clinton hizo al final lo que tuvo que haber hecho desde el principio, renunciar a sus aspiraciones presidenciales, al menos por el momento, después que el candidato afroamericano rebasara el número de delegados necesarios para ser postulado por su partido.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Teacher appreciation
The final match of the CVESD spring soccer season will took place between Heritage Elementary and Discovery Elementary. The soccer program is lead by a teacher from Clear View Elementary School named Gerardo Morales. Teachers from participating schools VOLUNTEER to teach students, train with them, stay after school, and attend the games. Even when pink slips were handed out to a majority of teachers in our school district,  this program continued with optimism. 

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

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I recently went to a Los Angeles Dodgers game at Dodgers Stadium. It was good to see the familias having fun with their children, pero I then saw and heard something disturbing. There will always be rivalries in any sport, of course, pero the white people cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals would clap and cheer when their team did something good. When the Dodgers did good, the Mexican fans—mostly homeboys and paisas—were yelling profanities and flipping off other people. It was very sad that they would display such language in front of innocent, young, impressionable children, and it upset me that they made Mexicans look like ruthless, ignorant animals.

Letter to My Father:
Enjoy your dads while you can

By Edie J. Adler
Querido Papito Chulo:

First Person:
Forget hand me downs, hand it back
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Irrespective of race, gender, economic class or SAT score, most of us have been victimized by the familial tradition of wearing clothes your older siblings have outgrown or have grown tired of; this type of apparel is called “Hand me Downs.”

Spanish animator creates personalities in ‘Kung Fu Panda’
By Kiko Martinez
From a wild stallion to a family of gangster sharks to a pair of English sewer rats, animator Manuel Almela has given life to many different film characters in his 10-year career with DreamWorks Animation.

¡Bravos! ¡Hurras! ¡Aplausos! en Grandiosa Representación Operística
“Olivia Gorra y Fernando de la Mora, las estrellas”
Por: Paco Zavala
Noches inolvidables vivió Tijuana, noches plagadas de emociones en las que se vivieron el estallido de los bravos, hurras y aplausos que el público tributó al elenco artístico que participó en las tres representaciones de la ópera de Gaetano Donizetti Lucía de Lammermoor, en una coproducción del Centro Cultural Tijuana y el Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Gonzalez Getting His Shot
By John Philip Wyllie
Former SDSU Aztec and Mexican League star Edgar Gonzalez nearly gave up on his dream of playing Major League baseball, but now all the years of toil and frustration are finally paying off for the Padres new middle infielder. Eclipsed by the enormous shadow of his brother Adrian, Edgar Gonzalez, who is four years Adrian’s senior, has spent most of the last decade bouncing from one minor league club to the next awaiting his shot. He finally got the call on May 12 and he is determined to make the most of it.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
What’s going on with the Tijuana bullfights?
If I seem to be confused, it’s because I am. First, the corrida de toros originally scheduled for July 6 was canceled, because—we were told—there was a financial dispute between Tijuana empresa Pepe López Hurtado and matador “El Zotoluco.”

Republica Dominicana Se Corona Emotivamente Con Tres Jugadoras En Cuadro Ideal
MEXICALI, Baja California - En una emotiva ceremonia de clausura, Republica Dominicana no sólo alzó el trofeo de campeón femenil del continente, pues también acaparó tres reconocimientos entre sus jugadoras a nivel individual.

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