Volume XXIII Number 51 ~ December 23, 1999

FrontPage Stories

Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas

La Prensa San Diego has had the pleasure of celebrating 23 Christmas'. It has been our pleasure to bring you what we felt was the news of our community, our city, state and nation during these years.

We couldn't have done it without our loyal staff. They are the heart and soul of La Prensa San Diego. They are the strength of our organization. Their hearts and souls are entwined with their community. Together they are linked through the pages of La Prensa sharing their vision of a better world, a better life, and a better future.

As we move into the next century, we can only pray that God will give us the wisdom to collectively see his vision for the 2000 century. We pray that He will give us the ability to interpret our world and then let us pass it on to you.

We celebrate, together, the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ and pray that in the future, La Prensa will still be here with you. We look forward to the new millennium and seek to join with you in successive anniversaries of the birth of Jesus Christ.


Feliz Navidad

Publishers: Daniel L. Muñoz Sr. & Lydia H. Muñoz

Editor: Daniel H. Muñoz Jr.


Reporting & Administrative Staff: Maria Delgado, Berenice Cisneros, Francisco Zavala,
Lyn Sherwood, Francisco Reyna.
Distribution Staff: Maria Irma Ochoa, Mario Armenta, Gioconda Mendoza, Eulalio Porras,
Jose Diaz, Rocio Bobadilla

Un Minuto Con El Obispo Gilberto Chavez
El Calor Divino de la Navidad
En unos pocos días celebramos con gran alegría la Navidad del Niño Jesús, el penúltimo de este segundo milenio. El viene a salvarnos cubriéndonos con un calor divino para sacarnos de la indiferencia y frialdad. El llega para transformar nuestra humanidad con su amor incondicional. En esta Navidad celebramos el Año Santo, el Año Jubilar.

The Christmas Spirit Shines Through With LULAC Christmas Baskets
By Daniel Muñoz
For the LULAC membership, the Christmas season doesn't officially begin until the annual Christmas brunch is underway.

Special Report:
Panama Canal hand over prompts fears, hopes and "independence"

By Franc Contreras
Panamanians had waited to hear the words for almost a century. During the ceremonial transfer of the Panama Canal on December 14 former President Jimmy Carter said simply, "It's yours."

Venezuela Appeals for Help
Venezuela suffers today a serious emergency caused by the worst torrential rains in 100 years. This catastrophe has so far left 100,000 people homeless, has caused more than 100 deaths, and has produced more enormous material losses. In addition, countless people are still missing.


President Clinton Appoints Two San Diegans to Eight Member U.S.-Mexico
Border Health Commission
The President has announced the appointment of Dr. Rosemarie Marshall Johnson and Blair Sadler both of San Diego as member of the U.S., section of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission.

Nueva Documentación de Casos de Discriminación Contra Minorías por
Parte de Instituciones de Préstamos Hipotecarios
Washington — De acuerdo con un nuevo informepreparado por el Instituto Urbano del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano, minorías tratando de comprar viviendas continúan enfrentando prácticas discrminatorias por parte de las instituciones de préstamos hipotecarios.

"Una Pesadilla"
Legisladores de California acordaron que pro-vida, pro-familia
causa grandes retrasos en 1999
Por Maria Elena Kennedy
La sesión legislativa de 1999 en California produjo varias leyes que pasaron a pesar de la fuerte oposición de grupos de pro-familia y pro-vida, incluyeron medidas que requerían a los hospitales Católicos y a las escuelas a proveer anticonceptivos a sus empleados, proveer apoyo estatal a asociaciones homosexuales, y establecer clínicas en escuelas públicas que puedan referir a muchachas menores de edad a clínicas de aborto sin el conocimiento de sus padres o consentimiento.

Proposed Expansion of Brown Field Poses Threat to Quality of Life
in South San Diego
Pardee Homes, one of San Diego's leading homebuild-ers with 75 years in the homebuilding business, has been joined by thousands of South Bay residents and businesses in opposition to the proposed expansion of Brown Field. The united opposition is based on a thorough review of the Brown Field Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which reveals the project poses an unmitigated threat to the quality of life now being experienced in south San Diego. Pardee's extensive review of the EIR has concluded that noise, traffic and safety impacts from the project are neither adequately evaluated nor mitigated in the EIR.

La propuesta de ampliación para Brown Field amenaza la calidad
de vida en el sur de San Diego
Miles de residentes y negocios de South Bay se han unido a Pardee Homes, uno de los principales consuctores de hogares de San Diego, con 75 años en el negocio de construcción de viviendas, para oponerse a la ampliación propuesta en Brown Field. La oposición combinada está basada en una revisión concienzuda del Informe de Impacto Ambiental de Brown Field (EIR), el cual revela que el proyecto presenta una amenaza no mitigada a la calidad de vida que se experimenta en la actualidad en el sur de San Diego. La vasta revisión del EIR por parte de Pardee ha llegado a la conclusión de que los impactos de ruido, tránsito y seguridad provenientes del proyecto no están siendo debidamente evaluados ni mitigados en el EIR.

San Diego County Awarded Federal Funds for Emergency Food
and Shelter Programs
San Diego County has been chosen to receive $869,094 in federal funds to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs. This is the tenth largest Emergency Food and Shelter (EFS) program in the United States and will include all 18 incorporated cities and the county. San Diego County has received EFS funding each year since 1983.

Hispanic Radio Network/La Red Hispana
Por Yhamel Catacora
Cuando un vientre bueno da frutos malos
La revista TIME optó esta semana por desempañará los hechos de la tragedia que vivieron padres y alumnos de la escuela Columbine en Littleton, Colorado, tras el ataque armado protagonizado por dos jóvenes, Dylan Klebob y Eric Harris, que se suicidaron después de matar a 13 otras personas. La revista publicó extractos de una de las cinco cintas grabadas por los jóvenes que explícitamente revelan sus planes de vengarse, y de "ser la chispa que despierte una revolución de los desposeídos".

Hispanic Radio Network/La Red Hispana
Por Consuelo Luz
Encontrando la Navidad
Aunque la Navidad se observa en el mes de diciembre, es importante que en ese día especial abramos los ojos a los milagros que ocurren todos los días, en distintos lugares del mundo. He aquí los testimonios breves, que fundamentalmente en esta época del año, nos recuerdan que siempre existe una esperanza.

Harbor Police Deliver a Special Holiday Season for
Logan Elementary School Students
Rather than walk home from school, 100 Logan Elementary School students got to ride shiny new bikes home, for keeps —compliments of the Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department.

Tradiciones Mexicanas para La Navidad
La Navidad es una festvidad religiosa entre as familias tradicionales y en las zonas rurales.

Christmas In Mexico
Mexican Traditions for Christmas
Christmas for Mexicans, in traditional homes and rural areas, is a religious holiday.

Recetas Tradicionales Mexicanas Para Navidad

Holiday Classics Made Easy
This year's holiday menu should be extra special after all, it's the twentieth century finale. Serve a menu of classics in tribute to the past, but give it a contemporary update to welcome the new millennium.

Intercession Classes Start January 3 & 4
Applications are being accepted for early January intercession classes at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges. Students attend class daily and can complete a general education course in only three weeks. Grossmont College offers intercession classes from January 3-21. Cuyamaca College offers intercession from January 4-21.

Sam Walton Community Scholarship Applications Available at Local High Schools
The nine San Diego County Wal-Mart stores are helping local high school seniors to realize a college education by making applications available for a $1,000 Sam Walton Community Scholarship.



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

Poets Corner
Y2K Story
By Ramon Borunda
T'was the night before Y2K, and all through the nation,
We awaited The Bug, the millennium sensation.

Calendar of Events:
By Berenice Cisneros

All About My Mother a Film by Almodóvar
A Greek saying states that only women who have washed their eyes with tears can see clearly. This saying does not hold true for Man-uela. The night a car ran over her son Esteban, Manuela cried until her eyes ran completely dry. Far from seeing clearly, the present and the future become mixed up in darkness.

A Decade To Remember: The NFL In The `90s
The Gulf War…Beanie Babies… the Internet.
All are symbolic of life in the 1990s, the last decade of the millennium.
NFL fans will remember the '90s for "Wide right"… "The Triplets"…2,000 yards… and "This one's for John."

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