Volume XXVII Number 34 August 22, 2003

FrontPage Stories


Created by Cuban based artist Raul Cordero, the “Rolling Landmark” made its debut in Holland, travelled across Europe and found itself on the Mexico-U.S. Border. Cordero recreated the Las Vegas sign making stops in several places, changing the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas” sign to “Welcome to Antwerp” or “Welcome to Zulte.” Cordero documented in video, photographs and slides the stops and the trajectory.

The sign was re-constructed in Tijuana, traveled to Chula Vista, National City, and San Diego during the month of July. For Cordero, the piece’s intention is to be the geographic interactive experience of a non-permanent landmark, rather than an object to be seen at any specific location. Every time the landmark stops in a new location, it accepts the name of the city and works as a “new” landmark in each place.

The “Rolling Landmark” is part of Cordero’s series the “Hello/Goodbye Series” in which he showcases the paradox that the gesture humans use to greet each other is also used for the opposite action – to indicate good-bye. The exhibit left San Diego for Los Angeles where it was part of the Iturralde Gallery’s LA International Absolut Biennial.

“Prop L??”
By Raymond R. Beltran
The question makes councilman Luis ‘Louie’ Natividad irrate and substitute his answers with hostile banter. It turns Ralph Inzunza into a momentary amnesiac, which can only be cured by tangible proof of the matter. The new acting National City Police Chief Penu Pauu, as upstanding as he seems, claims to have no clue to where the answer could be, and former National City Police Chief Skip DiCerchio points the finger right back at community residents. Activist Terry Hanks is serving time for raising the issue, and while these elected officials swat the community to the wayside, president of the Committee on Chicano Rights Herman Baca and fellow National City residents and voters are left asking, “What happened to Proposition L?!”

Una menor de 13 años permaneció 43 horas escondida en un auto en custodia de autoridades del buró de aduanas y protección fronteriza
By Mariana Martinez
Alrededor de las seis de la tarde del pasado sábado 9 de agosto, fue detenida una camioneta tipo “van” en la garita de San Ysidro por los agentes de protección fronteriza; en el vehículo, conducido por el ciudadano norteamericano identificado como Michael James Murphy, en donde fue encontrada una mujer de 34 años de edad escondida en el interior del tablero.

13-year-old Found Two Days After Customs Impounds Van
By Mariana Martinez
On Saturday, August 9, around six p.m., a van was stopped at the San Ysidro border crossing by border protection agents. The car was driven by a man identified as Michael James Murphy, an American citizen who tried to cross the border with a 34-year-old woman hidden in a special compartment found behind the van’s dashboard.

This Summer In America, Love Divided, War United
By Richard Rodriguez
“Love” springs easily to American lips. In American English, love can connote an abiding emotion, an appetite, or a sentimental flash-in-the-pan. The word does not distinguish between a sacrament and an eating disorder.

Assumption of Hispanic Support of Bustamante Is Misplaced
A campaign based on government largess to remedy perceived racial grievances may fall flat
by Carlos Ortega
California Political Review — A recent NBC News/New York Times national poll of Hispanics appears to undermine Democrat hopes that, if the Gray Davis recall passes, California’s Hispanic electorate can be counted on to support Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, insuring that the governorship stays Democrat.


Research Center Study Reveals Low Wages for Immigrants
A new study by UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center reveals that in 38 metropolitan areas across the United States, both U.S.-born and immigrant workers earn very low wages in “brown-collar” occupations — those employing many recent immigrant Latino men. The study also reveals that earnings are lower for minorities than for whites in those occupations.

Logan Height’s National Night Out Was a Great Success!
On Tuesday, August 5th, the San Diego Police Department’s Central Division celebrated National Night Out with a Crime-Free Walk from police headquarters in downtown to Central division’s station in Logan Heights. Public Officials, community leaders, local organizations and churches came together to walk with the police to celebrate community spirit, cooperation and commitment for safer neighborhoods.

Young student leaders meet with key officials in Mexico City
Students from San Diego and Tijuana share their ideas with prominent politicians in Mexico City.

Outreach, clinical trials shine light on Latino health disparities
By Joseph Peña
In 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention targeted minority populations disproportionately affected by breast and cervical cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, child and adult immunization levels, HIV/AIDS and infant mortality.

Por Beverly Lyles
La comunicación y los condones: la mejor protección contra ETS
Entre los jóvenes hispanos, el promedio de actividad sexual está más alto y el uso de anticonceptivos está más bajo que otros grupos. Durante la última década, el uso de anticonceptivos se ha reducido lentamente pero constantemente, mientras más y más jóvenes hispanos optaron por tener relaciones sexuales.

Health Extravaganza
The 6th Annual Health Extravaganza to be held at the Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) located at 4343 Ocean View Blvd. This even is free and open to the public!! Children’s Hospital, Sharp Healthcare, Scripps Hospital, and Paradise Valley Hospital will all be attending the event and giving Free Health Screenings and giving our Free Information. The extravaganza will be held Saturday, August 23, 2003, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Construyendo una amistad con el trabajo y la enseñanza continua
Por Mariana Martinez
Los días empiezan pronto en esta ciudad. El desayuno se toma a las 7 a.m. seguido de una plática y presentación de las actividades del día, luego los voluntarios van hacía las diferentes áreas; algunos construyen con madera y otros en el suelo trabajan con piedras o en murales de mosaico, otros tantos trabajan en jardinería y otros arreglan tomas de agua y enchufes.

¡No Se Deje!
Demanda Colectiva Por Deportaciones Ilegales
Por Lic. Jess J. Araujo
Durante los años treinta del siglo pasado hubo una gran movilización de las autoridades de Inmigración en los Estados Unidos, en conjunto con otras autoridades estatales y locales. Dichas autoridades deportaron a cualquiera que tuviera el aspecto de latino o hispano sin importarles que muchos de ellos ya eran ciudadanos americanos o tenían los permisos necesarios para estar aquí legalmente. Se estima que fueron cientos de miles los que fueron deportados ilegalmente. Todo bajo la excusa de que ellos eran los que habían causado la Gran Depresión económica, que en ese entonces sufría este país.

Oral History Project to Gather Stories of Mexican Railroad Laborers in the Sa Gorgonio Pass
Grandson of longtime worker hopes to raise awareness of Mexican heritage in the area
Luis Estrada was a railroad man through and through. For 33 years, he worked for Southern Pacific Railroad in the San Gorgonio Pass, the major east-west corridor for rail traffic moving through the San Bernardino Mountains between Los Angeles and points east.

To L.A. in Time-Warp California Cruising with an 1850’s Road Map
by Albert Simonson
Every time I drive up to L.A., it seems like there are more houses, more cars, more maniacs, more everything. I wish it were the way it used to be. You know - just me and the road.

Gangs - A Community Response
By California Attorney General Bill Lockyer
Gang violence is widespread, dangerous and deadly in many California communities. Last year, 653 people were killed in Los Angeles alone, an 11 percent increase primarily attributed to gang violence, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

College is Possible with the California Golden State ScholarShare College Savings Trust
With the increasing cost of tuition and the added competitiveness to get into college, particularly in California, parents often feel discouraged by their child’s chances of attending college.. While it may seem like only a dream, the reality is that there are options available for parents who want to start saving for their child’s college education now.

Cultural Arts Office/Carlsbad Offers Grants For Projects
Grants Available For Youth Programs

La Biblioteca Pública de Oceanside Inaugurará la Nueva Biblioteca Móvil
La nueva, vivamente ilustrada Biblioteca Móvil, andará en las calles de Oceanside muy pronto. El camión de 32 pies proveerá computadoras, libros, información, y materiales para aprender Inglés en ciertas vecindades como parte del programa “Adelante” de la Biblioteca Pública de Oceanside. Reemplazará el antiguo y pequeño vehículo que sirvió a la comunidad desde 1991.


Time to educate our children
Amidst the furor over the recall election and the horror of the ongoing war, summer vacation has rapidly come to an end for the thousands of children who attend traditional school. Parents are out buying school clothes and registering the young students. Administrators are already at work and teachers are busily preparing their classrooms in anticipation of greeting their young learners.

New Governor? We Need a New Vision of California
By Tracey Vackar; Uvaldo Martinez; Sven Voss
A few hours before Arnold announced his gubernatorial plans, the staff of the California Coastal Commission had an announcement of their own: Desalination would be bad for our beaches.

Proposition 13 Anniversary Results in Retelling of Myths
By Jon Coupal
As a consequence of Proposition 13 marking its 25th anniversary, we have seen numerous articles and commentaries on the taxpayers’ favorite initiative in publications around the state. Sadly, this has provided the usual suspects — those feeding at the public trough, left-wing pundits, and elitist academicians— with the opportunity to regurgitate uninformed opinions about Proposition 13 and have them published, in many cases, as if they were fact. Add Warren Buffet to the list of those who need to be educated on this important taxpayer protection.

Congressional Complicity in WMD Duplicity
by Jacob G. Hornberger
Why has Congress been relatively quiet on the executive branch’s deception about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction? The answer is easy: By abrogating its constitutional responsibility regarding its constitutional power to declare war, Congress made itself a silent partner in the president’s wrongdoing.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
(Editor’s Note: In response to our editorial “Isn’t It Time to Start Impeachment Proceedings” July 25, 2003, we received many letters. Due to a lack of space we are unable to print all of them but the following two letters reflect the sentiments of most of the other letters. If anyone is counting the letters for impeachment proceedings outweighed the others 3 to 1)

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

Los Nuevos Signos del Zodiaco
Por: Paco Zavala
Esta edición de Los Nuevos Signos del Zodiaco, que escribió Susan Miller, es un libro muy sustancial y completo.

Bazaar del Mundo to Host Largest Mata Ortiz Pottery Showcase in the Nation
The public can witness the creation of beautiful and collectible Mata Ortiz pottery during the fourth annual Mata Ortiz Pottery show, Friday – Sunday, August 29 – 31, at Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

La gran dama del cine Español Concha Velasco regresa a la pantalla de los Estados Unidos con Km. 0
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Es recordada por su actuación en más de ciento treinta películas, pasando por la chica “yeye” (donde la llamaban Conchita) hasta su rebautizo en la pantalla, donde era simplemente Concha. A pesar de su intachable carrera, muchos en los Estados Unidos no se han familiarizado con la exuberante belleza de esta consagrada actriz.

La rebelión del perdedor
La antítesis del film de verano es “American Splendor”

Por Jose Daniel Bort
American Splendor no es el típico film del género “biopic” donde la vida de una persona es analizada desde varios puntos de vista. Con notorias excepciones (y me atrevo a incluir “Frida” en ellas), este tipo de películas son aburridas y fastidiosas, donde la vida de la persona no es tan fascinante como se espera, los cineastas responden a agendas políticas soterradas y la ficcionalización de la realidad pierde su impacto en la traducción al género.

Representan en Tijuana I Pagliacci Ópera de Ruggero Leoncavallo
Por: Paco Zavala
Cerrando la preparación para el montaje escénico de la ópera “I Pagliacci” de Ruggero Leoncavallo (1858-1919), con intensos y exhaustivos ensayos la Opera de Tijuana, se enfrasca nuevamente en la tarea de representar para el público tijuanense los días 22 y 24 de agosto en el Teatro del Cecut una función operística.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
La violencia continúa en el Medio Oriente. Pero, ¿por qué se dá este fenómeno? ¿Por qué no se puede controlar? ¿Por qué no se puede terminar con este problema? Y, las respuestas flotan y son miles de respuestas, a la solución de este problema.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
The State of Bullfighting in Mexico and in Spain

Let’s set the scene with two truths: Spain is in the middle of a new Golden Age of Bullfighting, while the Mexican bullfight scene is in the doldrums.

Raul Franco’s Path To Glory
By Fiona Manning
Success has no come easily to California-born 140 pound slugger Raul Franco. He is however, the perfect example of what happens when you keep the pedal to the metal and refuse to give up: on Friday night, he faces durable Johnny Casas for the Fecarbox championship title in a bout to be held at the Gold Country Casino in Oroville, California.

Dominguez to Compete in Sunday’s Founders Cup
By John Philip Wyllie
For the second time this year a national championship will be decided in America’s Finest City. On Sunday afternoon USD’s Torero Stadium will play host to the third annual Founders Cup Championship of women’s professional soccer. While January’s Super Bowl set a new standard for hype and hoopla, Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. clash between the Atlanta Beat and the Washington Freedom promises to be much more competitive than Tampa Bay’s annihilation of Oakland.

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