Volume XXXII Number 10 March 7, 2008

FrontPage Stories

UCSD students help improve border environment

By Luis Alonso Pérez and Mariana Martínez

Environmental consequences of human activities know no boundaries, but fortunately for a unique eco-system at the México-US border, neither do the answers to help save the planet.

In Tijuana, lack of proper urban planning and services has caused thousands of residents to live in unsanitary conditions, such as the ones in Terrazas de San Bernardo, an illegal settlement of over 10 thousand families, where there is no interest (or perceived obligation) from the government to provide basic services.

Oscar Romo hands a camera to a woman holding cameras from a group of students from San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego waiting for a group portrait after the students helped to make porous bricks that will be used to pave roads in the Tijuana community of San Bernardo. The project, coordinated by Romo, will use the materials that allow water to seep back into the ground in an attempt to reduce water runoff, which creates erosion and carries pollution into the Tijuana River estuary. Photo - David Maung

Terrazas is a place where waste water runs thru the streets and accumulated garbage leads to a constant fight against pests like rats, flies and cockroaches.

The situation worsens during the rain season, when the topography of Tijuana leads for massive muddy rivers that take trash (including refrigerators and mattresses) all the way to the Tijuana Estuary in the US side of the border.

The contamination has lead to the loss of 40 acres of precious ecosystem, known to be the last filter between the inland water system and the open sea.

In Cuba, China Emerges as a Major Player
By Louis E.V. Nevaer
HAVANA—Beijing is moving forcefully to fill the power vacuum left by Washington’s indifference to the first peaceful transfer of power in Cuba in almost a century.

Steve Padilla
The 90-Mile Sandbox
Talking. We urge our children to do it from their earliest ages to resolve differences. Even in the sandbox, we counsel there is no harm attempting to understand where the other person is coming from, even if the answer just explains why they keeping throwing sand in our eyes. We teach this on the playground, at home and in school even when we as adults do not follow our own advice.


How Clinton Won Texas: Hispanic Media Weigh In
By Peter Micek
Hillary Clinton won the Texas primary, and she has Latino voters to thank. The reasons, according to Spanish-language media, have more to do with politics and name recognition than racial prejudices.

Valdez is first Latina president of Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Lourdes Valdez started her career in banking as a teller 17 years ago.

Valdez es la primera presidenta latina de la Cámara de Comercio de CV
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Lourdes Valdez comenzó su carrera en la banca como cajera hace 17 años.

Off the Streets: A Resident of a Tijuana AIDS Hospice Tells Her Story
Stories Against the Silence: HIV/AIDS in the Latino Community
By Adolfo Flores
Editor’s Note: HIV in the Latino community profiles Marcella Lopez Bravo, a patient living with AIDS at Casa Hogar Las Memorias - the only AIDS/HIV hospice in Baja California. Latinos only make up about 15 percent of the U.S. population, but they account for 18 percent of new HIV cases in the United States. “Stories Against the Silence: HIV/AIDS in the Latino Community” aims to bring awareness to this growing but silent epidemic.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
La Lana Propia…
Como dice el viejo chiste, cuando se habla de las remesas que mandamos los mexicanos en el exterior a nuestras familias, hay noticias buenas y noticias malas.

The Green Veil
By Javier Sierra
It’s a little late for Mardi Gras, but let me tell you about another masquerade.

UCLA launches network to study health care disparities affecting minorities
Group includes distinguished faculty from universities across the nation
By Enrique Rivero
The UCLA Department of Family Medicine, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has launched the Network for Multicultural Research on Health and Healthcare, a group that will study health care disparities affecting minorities with chronic diseases.

Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
El Cáncer de Seno Mata
Mi primera mamografía a los 21 años fue una experiencia traumática, la plancha de hierro que me presionó el pecho por una serie interminable de segundos me mantuvo alejada de los rayos por más de quince años.

Por Alfredo Trillo
A propósito de la celebración del Día Internacional de la Mujer el 8 de marzo, aquí les mando: EVA.

Community Notes:
Northwest Civic Association Town Hall Meeting
The Northwest Civic Association will welcome acting Library Director Leah Browder at its Town Hall Meeting at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library auditorium (4th & F Street), Monday March 10th at 6:00 p.m. Ms. Browder will update NWCA on our Library’s strategies to maintain its high level of service to our community in this time of economic challenges. Jim Sandoval, Director of Planning & Building, will unveil a new approach to the revitalization of the west side of Chula Vista. Come to the NWCA Town Hall meeting to get the latest scoop on what’s happening in our neighborhoods. Free. For further information, please call 619-429-0610. www.northwestchulavista.org

Se Anuncia Nueva Fecha de Inicio para SPRINTER
OCEANSIDE, CA — El North County Transit District (NCTD) ha anunciado el 9 de marzo como la fecha de inicio para el servicio del tren ligero SPRINTER. NCTD y sus contratistas han estado tra-bajando incansablemente para comenzar el servicio en enero. Esta fecha, sin embargo, no consideró el tiempo que llevaría completar y aprobar las inspecciones regulatorias y de seguridad. La nueva fecha refleja el tiempo que dichos trámites requieren, se le informará al público con suficiente antelación y habrá tiempo para que se finalicen los últimos detalles de la operación.

Facilita Consulado de México Recuperación de Vehículos Robados
El nuevo servicio disponible en el portal internet del Consulado permitirá saber en forma automática e inmediata si un automóvil robado ya fue recuperado en San Diego por autoridades de aduanas, y si fuera el caso, conocer el procedimiento para solicitar su devolución.

Gran Evento Para el Reciclaje de Electrónicos
Los consumidores están invitados a llevar sus aparatos electrónicos, usados y descompuestos para ser reciclados sin costo alguno

Editorial and Commentary

A Hillary/Obama Ticket?
Why not!

For Senator Hillary Clinton, Tuesday’s Primary elections had the potential of ending any realistic chance she had to become the Democratic Party’s Presidential candidate. But, proving to be a fighter and showing that her campaign is far from over Sen. Clinton, instead, righted her ship and put a stop to the string of victories that Senator Barack Obama had amassed, with victories in Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island.

Por Irma Montoya
¿Cómo mediremos el progreso de la mujer el Día Internacional de la Mujer, 2008?

The October Wildfires – Equal Protection for All?
By Bob Filner and Kevin Keenan
Earlier this week, the County and City of San Diego issued separate reports that evaluate the region’s response to the October wildfires and recommend areas for improvement. While we welcome this effort to take an honest and straightforward look at what went right and what went wrong in order to plan for the next disaster, we are deeply troubled that some of the most egregious shortcomings in our fire response related to the protection of immigrants, non-English speakers and other vulnerable populations were not addressed.

Separados por un idioma
Por José R. Uzal
Los Estados Unidos fueron una colonia de Inglaterra. Como en todas las colonias, sin importar el imperio a que pertenecían, el idioma se corrompía. Los ingleses miran a sus primos de América con el mismo desdén que los capitalinos han usado siempre con los provincianos. Los españoles no nos enseñaron a pronunciar la “c” y la “z”, y nos condenaron a no sesear para identificarnos rápidamente como coloniales. Los estadounidenses, por similar razón, no fueron ejercitados en usar el acento y el vocabulario de la aristocracia inglesa.

Las patrañas del gobierno municipal
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
En tiempos de elecciones y en medio de una virtual recesión económica, la cuestión migratoria normalmente flota en la atmósfera política estadounidense. Las estrategias políticas no sólo se maquinizan a nivel federal, sino también en los gobiernos municipales. En Costa Mesa esos movimientos los hacen desde el mismo concejo municipal, sin vergüenza y a plena luz del día.

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

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: Mexicans are angry that the United States might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely. Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these Mexicans. Let’s say I break into your house. Let’s say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, “I’ve made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors. I’ve done all the things you don’t like to do. I’m hardworking and honest—except for when I broke into your house.” According to the Mexicans:

First Person:
Homie Remembers Meeting Sally
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Found myself and Miss Sally at the dog park again yesterday and realized that she had just turned 3 years old and remembered the decision to get her and what a blessing she has turned out to be.

Realizan Visita al Palacio de la Cultura de Tijuana Estudiantes de Pedagogía de Diversos Estados de México
"También lo visitaron periodistas internacionales de América"
Por: Paco Zavala
Corre el año y con el mismo se desarrollan múltiples actividades vinculadas con los quehaceres culturales, artísticos y de espectáculos en las diversas instalaciones del Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura del XIX Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, dentro de los que contamos con la Casa de la Cultura Altamira, Casa de Cultura Playas, Archivo Histórico de Tijuana, Palacio de la Cultura de Tijuana y su Auditorio, además de los espacios logrados después de la firma del convenio con ICBC y con el Centro Cultural Tijuana.

El hip hop busca un nuevo espacio en Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Es un frío viernes por la noche en el centro de Tijuana.

Nuevamente en Pantalla la Cinta "Ofrenda Desnuda" Dirigida por Carlos von Son
Por: Paco Zavala
El aclamado director de cine Carlos von Son, nos comunicó que su primera realización independiente "Ofrenda Desnuda", Cruce de Fronteras, se proyectará nuevamente como parte de los eventos programados a presentarse en el Monthly Cine Club del Palomar College.

Señor Flavio: Expanding the Borders of Rock Latino
The Argentinian bassist, composer, singer and producer, Señor Flavio has a new album. The ex-member of The Fabulous Cadillacs, presents “Supersaund 2012”
By James Klein
(KPRENSA) - As a member of the legendary Argentine rock band The Fabulous Cadillacs, Flavio Cianciarulo is widely recognized as a father of rock latino. On March 4th, he debuts his new CD as the Señor Flavio with his band Mandinga Project. “Supersaund 2012” is the name of this work. It is composed for 13 diverse, intense songs that reflect the constant growth of this great artist.

Señor Flavio: Ampliando las Fronteras del Rock Latino
El bajista, compositor, cantante y productor argentino, Señor Flavio lanza un nuevo álbum. El ex-miembro de Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, presenta “Supersaund 2012”
Por James Klein
(KPRENSA) - Como un miembro del grupo de rock argentino legendario Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Flavio Cianciarulo es reconocido extensamente como un prócer del Rock latinoamericano. El 4 de marzo, él lanza su nuevo disco como Señor Flavio con su banda Mandinga Project. “Supersaund 2012” es el nombre de este trabajo, compuesto por 13 canciones intensas, de diversos estilos y se refleja el constante crecimiento de este gran artista.

Suburban Angst in Brazil … “Alice’s House”
Reviewed by E.A. Barrera
“I’ve always wanted to tell a story that was simple, without death, without heroes, nothing, except ordinary people, like you and I.”

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