Volume XXXIII Number 16 April 17, 2009

FrontPage Stories

Border cooperation is bad news for criminals
By Mariana Martinez
Late Tuesday, Border Patrol agents contacted state police in Tijuana, asking for their help in stopping a kidnapping suspect and his 2 year-old victim, believed to be heading for the border and crossing into Mexico.

La Cooperación Fronteriza son malas noticias para los criminales
Mariana Martinez
La tarde del martes, agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza contactaron a autoridades estatales en Tijuana para que ayudaran a detener a un hombre que había secuestrado a un niño de 2 años de edad y parecía dirigirse hacia México.

Immigrant Housecleaners in Freefall
By Leslie Casimir
Since losing four of her seven cleaning jobs this year, housekeeper Veronica Nieto has started looking through trash — plucking out recyclable cans and bottles for cash to make the rent. The mother of three rarely shops for groceries anymore. Instead, she visits three food banks for staples such as rice, beans, and onions. She stopped her cable service.


The Political Economy of Holy Week
By Frontera NorteSur
Holy Week in Mexico is more than an annual celebration embracing cultural ritual, religious fervor and family reunion. The holiday season is an important one for tourism-oriented communities, perhaps never more so than in recession-wracked 2009. Tourism planners estimate about 16 million people (including more than two million foreigners) hit the country’s highways and airways during the week.

Study finds legalizing undocumented workers would increase taxes, help economy
By Heather Lockwood
WASHINGTON — A new report says legalizing undocumented workers would help, not hurt, the U.S. economy.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Ni pa’llá ni pa’ca…
Que si pero que no y más bien que quien sabe para cuando. Esa es, más o menos, la respuesta hasta la fecha por parte de la administración de Barack Obama respecto al tema de la inmigración. Más, bien, como quien dice, que no sabe todavía qué hacer con el tema.

The First 100 Days: Working For An American Recovery
By Congressman Bob Filner
The end of President Obama’s first 100 days is time to take stock of the enormous progress we have made on jumpstarting the American economy and laying the foundation for prosperity for years to come.

Por: Viviana Avila Lindo
Cómo evitar el estrés
La crisis financiera, las preocupaciones familiares, o situaciones de peligro son sólo algunas de las causas que tienen a la población de Estados Unidos sumida en el estrés. Esta condición que afecta a personas de todas las edades puede ser fatal cuando no llega a controlarse a tiempo y con el método adecuado.

¡No Se Deje!
Por Lic. Jesse Araujo
Mexicano Gana En Corte Caso Por 188 Millones De Dólares
José Ramírez Garza Cantú, un ciudadano Mexicano, ganó 188 millones de dólares en su demanda por difamación contra un empresario Americano. Este es el veredicto más grande hasta ahora a favor de un Mexicano contra un Americano en este país. También es el veredicto más grande por difamación en la historia de la litigación de EE.UU. y el tercero más grande de todas las clases de demandas en 2008.

Los Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Rinden Homenaje y Proporcionan Más de Medio Millón de Dólares en Becas
La Fundación Hispanic Heritage (HHF) anuncia el día de hoy a los ganadores de los Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards en San Diego. Quince estudiantes hispanos próximos a graduarse de la preparatoria, serán reconocidos por su liderazgo en la escuela y la comunidad. También serán presentados ante sus compañeros como modelos ejemplares durante una ceremonia en su honor. Esta ceremonia se llevará a cabo en la sede de la Universidad de San Diego el miércoles, 22 de abril a partir de las 6:00 p.m.

Residents Cautioned to Avoid Mixing Up Local and State Election Ballots
Residents in Chula Vista must register to vote by April 20 to participate in a special mail ballot election on May 5.

Community Notes:
First annual block party fundraiser
   The Vista Education Foundation will present its first annual block party fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p. m. April 25 at the North County Ford office building, 355 West Vista Way.  The Community funfest “Vista Unified Schools Get Connected”, will support VUSD students by bringing technology to the classrooms.  The party will include a D.J., dancing, entertainment by school groups and bands, and a Texas Hold-Em tournament.  Bring a friend and join us.

Editorial and Commentary

Prop. A: Can Chula Vista afford it?
For the residents of Chula Vista, the question is how much sales tax are you willing to pay? And for how long? Are you willing to pay an extra 1% sales tax for the next ten years? That is the question in a nutshell. We wish we could ask how much you would be willing to pay for fire and police protection but we can’t. The extra revenue generated if Prop. A passes goes into the general budget. Once it is there, it can be spent on anything. So there is a little caveat to these: Do you trust elected officials to spend your money wisely?

Hueso and Young disappoint working class community
Late Tuesday night the San Diego City Council decided that they had no alternative but to accept Mayor Jerry Sanders’ proposal and impose contracts on police officers and blue-collar workers mandating a 6% salary decrease.

Prop. A is bad business for Chula Vista
By Ed Herrera and Russ Hall
On April 1, California became one of the highest taxed states in the nation. Should Proposition A pass, Chula Vista will be amongst the highest taxed cities in the County. Proposition A is yet another 1% increase that will increase the sales tax rate to almost 10% for 10 years. Now, for the second time, Sacramento is proposing Chula Vista City Hall’s Proposition A’s fraternal twin—Proposition 1A which will double the state sales tax, income tax, and almost double the vehicle tax (“Car Tax”). It seems that while the proponents of Proposition A argue that working families deny the reality of City Hall’s self created budget crisis, it is proponents of Proposition A that deny the reality of our economic, job, home, and business crisis.

A Trip Filled With Hope
By Ernie McCray
I loved the image Obama projected abroad although I could have gone without the scene wherein our troops in Iraq stood wide-eyed listening to him, in so many words, say to them: “You don’t have much longer to stay but you just might end up shooting and ducking and covering your behinds in Afghanistan someday.”

The Civil War Continues After 144 Years
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
600,000 soldiers died fighting for or against slavery, racism and preservation of the Union between 1861 and 1865. Out of that war came the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. The 13th declared slavery dead. The 15th extended voting rights to those denied by slave status or skin color, which of course, white Southern America ignored for a hundred years.

Por José R. Uzal
El embargo a Cuba comenzó hace 47 años, cuando el mundo estaba en el apogeo de la guerra fría. Es una reliquia de aquellos tiempos que continua en vigencia y sigue siendo motivo de controversia.

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

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: In an earlier column, you mentioned that conservatives can’t have an argument against illegal immigration without it degenerating into a diatribe against culture. Here’s an argument that has nothing to do with culture: in California, we now have a severe water shortage. I work for a municipal water agency. We are asking that people ration 20 percent of their water usage. We must ration 15 to 17 percent of our water in order to make sure we don’t run out of water. Considering that the illegal immigrant population of California is approximately 16 percent, we would achieve our rationing goal just by illegal immigrants going back to where they came from.

First Person:
Dancing with A Dweeb, A love story
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Embarrassingly I am so inspired by the TV show Dancing with the Stars that I have to tell my own story about tripping the light fantastic.

Realizan el II Festival Arte, Música y Danza 09
“La Asociación Manitas Pintando organiza el festival”

Por: Paco Zavala
Se realizará el próximo sábado 18 de abril, a partir de las 6:00 pm., en la Casa de la Cultura Altamira de Tijuana, el II Festival Arte, Música y Danza 09, el cual es organizado y a beneficio de la Asociación Manitas Pintando.

International Community Foundation Hosts Classical Music Event:
Music Without Borders

To raise awareness and encourage charitable giving for the foundation’s initiatives, the International Community Foundation is hosting Music Without Borders, a benefit concert featuring world-class guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

A Clean Dozen Things to do at EarthFair
Sunday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Balboa Park
12. Satisfy your hunger for earth-friendly cuisine at the EarthFair food court off President’s Way near the Moon Stage. The vendors here distribute compostable serving ware that won’t end up in a landfill.

America’s top heavyweight is... Chicano
By Steve Galindo III
Last Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, 28-year-old Mexican-American Cristobal ‘The Nightmare’ Arreola staked his claim as America’s best heavyweight with a four-round thrashing of veteran Jameel ‘Big Time’ McCline. Fighting for just the 27th time in his professional career, Arreola would go on to leave a lasting impression on the meager crowd of 5,425 by overwhelming the 6’6” Mc-Cline with an explosive display of combinations, and body shots.

Torres Happy to Be an Aztec
By John Philip Wyllie
New SDSU football coach Brady Hoke should take a lesson from Aztec Baseball coach Tony Gwynn. There is a lot of talent to be mined right here in San Diego. Gwynn has capitalized on that homegrown talent by signing players like West Hills High grad Stephen Strasburg, Fallbrook High’s Erik Castro and most recently, former Montgomery Aztec Brandon Meredith and former Eastlake Titan, Jomel Torres. As a result, Gwynn’s 25-13 Aztecs sit atop the Mountain West Conference standings and are ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Valdivia Focused on Future
By John Philip Wyllie
Despite being only a sophomore Eastlake High pitcher Kristin Valdivia already has a varied arsenal at her disposal whenever she faces her opponents. Her development can be traced to an early start, a family that is just crazy about softball and intense competition on both sides of the border.

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