Volume XXVI Number 07 February 15, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Project Concern International To Help In Tijuana Fire Relief Efforts

Project Concern International, parent organization of the Border Health Initiative, is accepting donations for victims of last Sunday's devastating fires in Tijuana

The fires, which were whipped into action by heavy Santa Ana winds, consumed 80 houses and left an estimated 400 people homeless. Two people are reported to have died in the blazes.

photo - David Maung
Colonia Nueva Aurora, a Tijuana community where 32 homes were destroyed by fires on Sunday, February 10.

One of the hardest and poorest hits areas was Nueva Aurora, a neighborhood directly straddling the city's municipal dump. Most people here make their living by salvaging scrap metal and garbage, which is sold for recycling. Basic services such as water, electricity and paved roads are scarce and the vast majority of homes are built from used lumber, cardboard and other items found in the dump. About 150 people lost their homes in Nueva Aurora.

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Project Concern International Ayuda A Los Damnificados De Los Incendios en
Tijuana
Project Concern International, organización matriz de la Iniciativa de Salud Fronteriza, está aceptando donaciones para los damnificados de los devastadores incendios del domingo pasado en Tijuana.

Educator Applies for Job: Cornelius Runs for SDCS Board
By Yvette tenBerge
It is 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 11, and San Carlos residents have gathered at the home of a retired district teacher to learn more about Dr. Robert J. Cornelius, one of four candidates vying for San Diego City Schools'(SDCS) District B seat. Within moments, this calm, education expert has developed a relationship with his audience unlike any developed by other candidates. Those present find themselves not listening to him as someone running for office, but as a professor outlining the history of education.

Periodista Mexicano José Gutiérrez Vivó, Recibe El Premio Internacional de
Periodismo

Madrid, España — El Rey de España, Juan Carlos I, entregó hoy al periodista mexicano José Gutiérrez Vivó, el Premio Internacional de Periodismo "Rey de España", presea que distingue a lo más destacado del periodismo de habla hispana.

Es Interesante Conocer la Historia
Algunos tenemos la idea de Juan Diego como la de un indio ignorante y no es así
Por Miguel Vázquez
Nieto de Netzahualcóyotl y emparentado también con el emperador Moctezuma I, el noble Juan Diego nació en 1474, en lo que hoy es el pueblo de Santa Clara Coatitle. Su nombre original era Cuau-tlizatzin Ixlilxóchitl. Fue dueño de vastas propiedades e instruído en el sacerdocio y en el arte de la guerra, consiguiendo el grado de Caballero Aguila. Juan Diego tuvo dos esposas a la vez, Beatriz y María Lucía. Con la primera procreó tres hijos, y con la segunda, dos hijas. Al convertirse al cristianismo, decidió vivir únicamente con María Lucía. Ya era viudo cuando en 1531, se la apareció la Virgen en el Tepeyac, a la que consagró los últimos años de su existencia. Murió en 1548, a los 74 años de edad.

Stories

Los Niños ayuda con proyectos de legumbres hasta fondos de inversión
Por Rosa Barajas
TIJUANA - Cuando Tere Franco quiere hacer una salsa, solo tiene que ir al patio de su casa para cortar chiles y unos tomates. O si quiere preparar unas acelgas para su familia, no tiene que ir a buscarlas a la tienda porque también las tiene ahí, sembradas en su pequeña hortaliza.

From Salsas to neighborhood Unity; Chula Vista Group Makes a Difference
By Rosa Barajas
TIJUANA — When Teresa Franco wants to prepare salsa, all she has to do is go to the yard outside her house and cut some chiles and tomatoes. Or if she wants to prepare some beets for her family, she doesn't have to go searching for them at the store because she also has them there, growing in her vegetable garden.

First Ever Latino Elected President of Fish & Game Commission
Sacramento — The California Fish and Game Commission elected Governor Gray Davis' Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Michael Flores, as its new president.

Report Card on Bersin's Blueprint
By Mike MacCarthy
(Editor's Note: In order to continue bringing the news about the San Deigo Unified School District, we welcome writer Mike MacCarthy who will contribute a biweekly column to La Prensa San Diego highlighting the issues, primarily at school board meetings.)
In my February 1st column, I mentioned the importance of all voters understanding what's at stake for their children in the upcoming school board primary on March 5th-now only 18 days away. To many, San Diego's city school board is nothing more than six politicians wasting taxpayer time and money for their own ends. In truth, what the city school board decides has a profound effect on your child or grandchild's future.

Hilltop High Wins Academic Decathlon Title
For three consecutive years, Hilltop High School in the Sweetwater Union High School District has won the annual San Diego County Academic Decathlon. In the 20th Annual local Decathlon, Hilltop defeated San Dieguito Academy in the San Dieguito Union High School District and Granite Hills in the Grossmont Union High School District which captured second and third respectively.

The Colonias of Doña Ana County, New Mexico
by Greg Bloom
FNS Editor
In Mexico, the word "colonia" denotes a community or neighborhood. In the US, "colonia" is the term used for an infrastructure-deficient neighborhood inhabited mainly by Spanish speakers, mostly from Mexico, and located in one of the four US states that border Mexico. In the US, colonias are communities that lack some or all of the following: water and sewer systems, gas lines, paved roads and safe housing.

11 de Septiembre: Una fecha, dos horrores distintos
por Javier Hurtado
Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Pregunte a alguien en Chile que sucedio el 11 de septiembre, y posiblemente le responderan que fue un dia negro. Sin embargo, no le estaran hablando de los atentados terroristas de Osama bin Laden sobre el World Trade Center y otros simbolos de la magnificencia de los EE.UU., sino que del golpe militar -que en 1973- sacudio a esa nacion Sudamericana.

Sept. 11: One date, two different horrors
By Javier Hurtado
Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Ask anyone in Chile what happened on Sept.11, and they would probably say it was a dark day. But they are not talking about Osama bin Laden's terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and other symbols of the U.S. magnificence, but the military coup -in 1973 - that took place in that South American nation.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Yhamel Catacora
"Corazón de mi vida"
"Más vale perder un minuto que perder la vida en un minuto", dice la frase que tan bien conocemos, pero cuando hay que ponerla en práctica, olvidamos la antigua sabiduría y sobre todo el sentido común. Eso pasa a menudo con el uso de los cinturones de seguridad.

Innovative Program Helping The Homeless
As the police van pulled up on the beach boardwalk in Pacific Beach, a homeless man was standing nearby. San Diego Police officer Larry Fixsen and County of San Diego Eligibility Technician Patti Haynes stepped out of the van to talk to him. After a few minutes, some forms were signed and the man climbed into the vehicle. No handcuffs. No heated words. No arrest. After many months of consideration, the man was ready to be taken to Volunteers of America, a downtown detoxification program for his alcohol addiction.

San Diego Housing Commission Partners With The Family Health Centers of San
Diego to Make "House Calls"

The San Diego Housing Commission has partnered with the Family Health Centers of San Diego to offer a "Mobile Medical Clinic" for public housing residents. The clinic debuted at a recent grand opening ceremony.

Update on Nonresident Tuition
Effective January 1, 2002, undocumented students will no longer be required to pay out-of-state tuition to attend the state's public community colleges and universities. As a result of the new law, undocumented students who meet certain requirements will be permitted to pay the in-state tuition rate, which is considerably more affordable. The University of California (UC) Regents voted at their January 2002 meeting to adopt this law on a conditional basis. Pending the outcome of future legislation that protects UC's from financial liability, will determine whether the law will be implemented throughout all the UC campuses.

UCSD Joins With Community in Sponsoring Cesar Chavez Essay Contest For
Students: Entry Deadline March 1

The University of California, San Diego is joining with the San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee in sponsoring the third annual Cesar E. Chavez Essay Contest for students in San Diego County to honor the life and achievements of the late civil rights and labor leader.

Six $1,000 Scholarships Available For High School Seniors
The San Diego Chapters of California Special Districts (CSDA) in cooperation with the Water Agencies Association of San Diego County will award six scholarships of $1,000 to local graduating high school seniors interested in special districts. Noteworthy applicants attending a high school within the Otay Water District will also be considered for an additional $500 scholarship, awarded by the Otay Water District.

Chino-Americanos Celebran el Nuevo `Bayquiao' del Caballo
Este año, tal como lo hicieran sus ancestros por miles de años marcando la víspera del nuevo año lunar chino, el 12 de febrero, la china-cubana Yilam Wong abrirá todas las puertas y ventanas de su humilde hogar de la calle Clarín y Rey Pelayo en la ciudad oriental de Santiago de Cuba para lograr, según sus milenarias creencias, el bienestar de su familia con la salida del año viejo, dandole así entrada a uno nuevo y feliz.

Community Notes:
Free Community Resource Fair Held in City Heights Area
Neighborhood House As-sociation's Head Start Program - Central East Area is holding a free resource fair that is open to the entire San Diego community on Friday, February 22, 2002 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons.
Jim Lisante
Dejemos el pasado atrás
Usar la ropa clerical puede crear un magnetismo muy especial. La gente responde en distintas formas a alguien vestido de sacerdote. En las mejores circunstancias, la gente saluda amablemente con la cabeza y una sonrisa, como diciendo, "gusto de verlo, padre". También están las miradas persistentes, más difíciles de descifrar. Algunos lo miran a uno más como si fuera un objeto que una persona. Y también la reacción más interesante de todas: esas personas que nunca van a llamar o escribir para quejarse, pero que al ver un sacerdote tienen la impresión de que pueden darle un mensaje para todo el clero.

Editorials

Editorial
Time for a New District Attorney

The election for the District Attorney for the City and County of San Diego has historically been a shoo-in. Since World War II, only three men have served as D.A. James Don Keller served for 24 years, Ed Miller served for roughly 30 years, and today we have Paul J. Pfingst, who is struggling to hang on for his second term.

Editorial
ELECCIONES PRIMARIAS
5 de Marzo, 2002
CONDADO DE SAN DIEGO
PROP A:
Enmendará la Carta Constitucional haciendo del Colector de Impuestos/Tesorero un oficial designado en lugar de dejarla como una posición electiva. El Oficial Administrativo del Condado sería la autoridad designada.

Editorial
PRIMARY ELECTION
March 5, 2002
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
PROP A: Will amend the County Charter, making the Treasurer/Tax Collector an appointed officer rather then leaving it as an elected position. The County Administrative Officer would be the appointing authority.

Commentary
The False Promise of School Vouchers
By Barbara Miner
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon take up school vouchers — the most important education controversy in half a century and arguably the Court's most important case this year.

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

The Brutal Murder of Four Missionaries in El Salvador in 1980 Becomes a Landmark Human Rights Test For The American Legal System in Justice and the Generals
In late 1980, the bodies of four American women were exhumed from a crude grave in war-torn El Salvador. The women —three Catholic nuns and a lay missionary— had been abducted, raped and murdered. An investigation led to the trial and imprisonment of five Salvadoran National Guardsmen convicted of committing the crime.

V-Day Comes to San Diego To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
V-Day is a worldwide movement to stop violence against women and girls. It is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

Todas las caras y todos los rostros de - Jenni Rivera _!
Por Félix Castillo
La Malandrina del Corrido, la Querida Socia, la controversial hermana de Lupillo Rivera, JENNI RIVERA recientemente nos permitió asomarnos un poquito a su vida y nos regaló todo un día de trato y convivencia... y fue, al menos para los que laboramos en Manoyo Productions y en su disquera Fonovisa, un intenso día de trabajo y creatividad...

Calendar of Events . . .
by Berenice Cisneros
Cappella Gloriana
The 13-voice choral ensemble Cappella Gloriana presents a concert of works by American composers at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw Street, San Diego. Admission is by donation at the door. Cappella Gloriana recently released its first CD entitled "Channel Crossings."

Agassi and Sampras Headline Pacific Life Open
By J. Fred Sidhu
Defending champion Andre Agassi and 2001 finalist Pete Sampras have entered the men's field of the Pacific Life Open scheduled for March 4-17 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Quinones Drafted by WUSA Champion San Jose
By John Philip Wyllie
It was a good thing that former Bonita Vista High and SDSU goalkeeper Linnea Quinones had a plane to catch on Monday!

Barrera vs. Morales set for Saturday, June 22 at MGM Grand
The World Featherweight Championship, "For Honor and Pride," between Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales will take place Saturday, June 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Bob Arum, president of Top Rank, and John Jackson, president of Forum Boxing, made the announcement earlier today.

Tyson Licensed in Georgia
For a mere $10 filing fee, Mike Tyson may have saved his $100 million dollar fight. Thomas Mishou of the Georgia Boxing Commission has confirmed that Mike Tyson filed for a license to box in the state of Georgia and was accepted because he met the state's simple requirement of submitting proof of his physical fitness. The Georgia Dome in Atlanta is the most likely venue in this state.

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