Volume XXXIII Number 06 February 6, 2009

FrontPage Stories

Nonprofit director appointed to Chula Vista school board

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

The executive director of a non-profit social services agency has been appointed as the new member of the Chula Vista Elementary School District this week.

Douglas Luffborough III will serve the remaining two years of former board member Bertha Lopez’s term. Lopez was elected to the Sweetwater Union High School District board in November.

Douglas Luffborough III is congratulated by his daughter after he was appointed to the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

“I’m very excited to be part of a school board that values the education of our children,” Luffborough said after his appointment.

The district school board voted 3 to 1 to appoint Luffborough at a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 3, after a process where community input was taken into account and after receiving 23 applications for the position.

The board decided to appoint the new member instead of holding a special election that would’ve cost an estimated $600,000. The board publicly interviewed the seven finalists before selecting Luffborough for the seat.

During his interview and presentation to the board, Luffborough said that he was the best candidate for the job because he has a very special reason to become a board member: His daughter, who is a student at a school in the district.

“She is the first reason why I decided to apply for this seat,” he said. “I want her and all the children in the district to have the best education possible.”

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FCC to Investigate Link Between Hate Speech and Hate Crimes
By Joe Torres
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Growing up, how often did your parents tell you this in their effort to protect you from school-yard bullies?

Gen Y’s Jobless Aren’t Crying in Their Martinis, They’re Networking Online
By Rupa Dev
Chris Hutchins, 24, was a management and business strategy consultant when he moved from New York to San Francisco last November. One month after settling in at the San Francisco office, Hutchins was laid off. He wasn’t pleased, but he didn’t get upset about being jobless.

Napolitano Finessing Immigrant Crackdown
By Tom Barry
Like Michael Chertoff, her predecessor as chief of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano doesn’t have the power to change immigration law. She’s there to administer the department, enforce the law, and keep the homeland secure.


Apoya ONU Construcción De Hidroeléctricas En México
Afectan Presas Medio Ambiente Aseguran Ambientalistas
Por Sergio Flores Hernández
ACAPULCO, México- A pesar de que organizaciones ambientales como Costasalvaje han advertido que las presas hidroeléctricas afectan el medio ambiente por la emisión de gases de efecto invernadero, el Representante Residente del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo PNUD, Magdy Martínez-Solimán aseguró que esas obras son necesarias para la generación de empleos y el desarrollo de un país como México.

Conmemoran el Día Internacional en Memoria de las Víctimas del Holocausto
Rabino Mendel Polichenco, el Cónsul Honorario de Israel en Baja California, Lic. Gregorio Goldstein y el Director de la Universidad de las Californias Internacional Antonio Carrillo, inauguraron exposición de fotos del Holocausto

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Estimulando la Economía
Esta semana (haciéndole de pitoniso trasnochado y contando con que el Senado no me falla), se aprobará el llamado “Paquete de Recuperación e Inversión Económica 2009”, el plan de Barack Obama para la recuperación del capitalismo estadounidense.

Traditional “Sobadores” healing immigrants’ pain
By Mariana Martínez Esténs
Don Juventino Luna, is a 58 year old man from Irapuato, Guanajuato, who came to the North in search of a decent wage working in the California fields. But he quickly found that his grandmother’s teachings where even more valuable than his labor under the hot sun.

Sobadores tradicionales curan el dolor de emigrantes
Por Mariana Martínez Esténs
Don Juventino Luna, de 58 años, originario de Irapuato, Guanajuato llegó al norte como muchos para hacer dólares trabajando en el campo, pero encontró que las enseñanzas de su abuela materna eran más apreciadas y mejor pagadas que su trabajo de jornalero o en construcción.

Assemblymember Block Announces Study on New CSU Campus in Chula Vista
Career educator thinks new campus a boon to community
Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) today announced the introduction of Assembly Bill (AB) 24, a proposal to study the feasibility of a new, 24th California State University (CSU) Campus in Chula Vista

Por Marangely Rodriguez
¡Cuidado con las tarjetas de crédito!
En días recientes, la Reserva Federal de los Estados Unidos dio a conocer las nuevas regulaciones que protegen a los consumidores poseedores de tarjetas de crédito contra prácticas abusivas y erróneas en las tasas de interés por parte de las instituciones bancarias.

¡No Se Deje!
Por Lic. Jess J. Araujo
La Ley Local Prevalece Sobre La Ley Extranjera o Tradiciones Culturales
Los inmigrantes a cualquier país deben informarse inmediatamente lo que la ley permite y prohíbe. Muy a menudo los inmigrantes se sorprenden al saber que las leyes del país al que se trasladan difieren grandemente de las de sus países nativos. Algunas veces las diferencias son pequeñas y algunas veces son grandes. Un caso reciente en el Norte de California ilustra el problema.

Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute & Ford Motor Company Provide Opportunity for Hispanic College Students To Intern in Nation’s Capital
The deadline for Hispanic college students to apply for the 2009 Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program is quickly approaching! Internship applications are due by Friday, February 20, 2009.

Grand Jury Indicts Ten Defendants in Widespread Home Foreclosure Rescue Scam
Ten people have been indicted by the Grand Jury on a huge real estate fraud scheme that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from victims. The scam was discovered last summer after the suspects victimized some 400 homeowners

Political Notes:
Applicants Needed To Fill Vacancy of County Elected Office
New Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk will Replace Recent Retiree, Greg Smith
County Supervisors have begun the appointment process for a new Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 27.

Editorial and Commentary

Guest Editorial:
No Child Left Behind should be re-examined
By Annette Fuentes
President Obama needs to examine the No Child Left Behind Act.

It’s Time to Rethink Our Welfare Policy
By Seth Wessler
Earlier this week the New York Times reported that even as many states have skyrocketing unemployment, their welfare rolls are shrinking. As a researcher for a racial justice think tank, I’ve been traveling the country collecting accounts of how this recession is playing out in the lives of every day people. Millions who are out of work, losing homes and struggling to stay afloat are nevertheless denied access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The punitive rules established after twenty years of racially coded frenzy to “end welfare as we know it” have left Americans with no safety net during this deepening economic crisis.

California Needs American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan
By Bob Filner
Just one week after our new President Barack Obama was sworn in with a call for “action, bold and swift” to get our economy back on track, Congress has taken the first step in delivering a job-creating plan to implement his vision. 

Investing in Our Human Infrastructure
By Riane Eisler
Over half a million people lost their jobs last month. There’s no question we need a job-creation plan. The real question is what kind of plan will most quickly stimulate the economy and at the same time provide the best long-term investment for our nation.

“Steele and Guts!”
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
Michael Steele is a black Roman Catholic lawyer who is the complete antithesis to what America’s leftwing media, Democrats and white supremacists ever expected to be Republican National Chairman. He defeated a gaggle of white male Protestant Republicans.

Televisión gratis
Por José R. Uzal
El próximo 17 de febrero o a más tardar en junio llegará la televisión digital y la televisión volverá a ser gratis.

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

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I have a question from one Mexican to another: Why do gabachos think we know everything about plants? During conversations with the estadounidenses , I will get asked about plants, pruning, how to keep roses alive, etc. I understand many of my compatriotas working over here are gardeners (and the best at it!), but that does not give us all a botany degree. Please help me figure it out.

First Person
Latino Studio Head Gino Cabanas
By Al Carlos Hernandez
CEO of The Vine Entertainment, Gino Cabanas is a film, television, and music producer who broke into the multi media business in Hollywood a few years ago by signing a 60 million dollar development deal.

Writing Erotica
As much about anticipation as it is about sexuality

By Marcela Landres
According to Publishers Weekly, Ellora’s Cave, a successful e-book publisher of erotic romances, saw a 20% growth in e-book sales from 2006 to 2007, the same year Kensington, Avon, and Harlequin started new erotica imprints. While the economy may be cold, erotica is clearly hot. Read this month’s Q&A with Michelle Herrera Mulligan, editor of the erotica anthology Juicy Mangos, to learn more.

From coast to coast, Chinese in U.S. celebrate New Year
Though her family is in China, Song “Sally” Chen celebrated the Chinese New Year in the traditional way with her Chinese friends in the United States last week.

South San Diego Community Challenges Recession With Art
San Ysidro — Casa Familiar took the very risky step of investing in the creation of a community Art Space when the economy was beginning its downward slope in 2007. Today, two years later, with an Economic Recession recently made official and a worsening political climate in neighboring Tijuana, the existence of this alternative cultural space is just that much more important.

Can “El Travieso” stop Darchinyan from becoming the next Mexecutioner?
By Steve Galindo III
Current IBF, WBA, and WBC Jr. Bantamweight titlist, Armenian Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan wants to make one thing real clear. He has no problems with Mexicans; he just has no respect for his Mexican opponents. His opponent for his fight tomorrow night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Jorge “Travieso” Arce is no exception.

Junior Robles to be Honored by the San Diego Hall of Champions, finally!
National City’s Junior Robles is being honored posthumously as the third recipient of the Ernest H. Wright Sr. Humanitarian Award. The award will be presented by the San Diego Hall of Champions on Feb 18 at the 63rd annual Veijas Salute to the Champions dinner at the Town and Country.

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