Volume XXV Number 8 February 23, 2001

FrontPage Stories

Entrevista Exclusiva:

Cuatro Razones Para Celebrar - Octavio Arévalo, Tenor Cantante de Opera

Por: Paco Zavala

Teniendo como marco la sala de prensa de la Compañía de la Opera de San Diego, CA. en el piso no. 18 del edificio del Civic Center lugar en el que fuimos atendidos muy amablemente por personal de la misma compañia, tuvimos la enhorabuena de charlar con el joven tenor mexicano Octavio Arévalo, quien por primera vez visita esta ciudad, en la que debuta estrenando la ópera "Fausto", por esta razón el tenor Arévalo tiene cuatro razones para celebrar porque debuta con ésta ópera, en el Civic Theatre en la ciudad de San Diego también por primera vez y en los EE.UU.

Octavio Arévalo

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More Hispanic households in the U.S. are joining middle class, study says
By Eduardo Porter
February 14, 2001
-- Despite the widespread belief that Hispanics in the U.S. are "mired in poverty," they are quickly climbing the economic ladder, with more than one million Hispanic households joining the ranks of the middle class during the past two decades, according to results of a study set to be released Tuesday.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Majority of Black, Hispanic Families with
Children Would Get Nothing from Bush Tax Plan
Washington — The majority of black and Hispanic families with children would receive no tax cut if the Bush tax plan becomes law, according to a new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan policy institute in Washington D.C.

Transferred from the Military -- Human Rights Groups Scrutinize Mexico's New
Attorney General
By Kent Paterson
— Campaigning for the Mexican presidency, Vicente Fox declared he would take the army out of police work. But as president, Fox named an army general as the nation's civilian attorney general.

Presidente De La UC Richard Atkinson Pide Que Se Elimine el Examen SAT I En
El Proceso De Admisión A La UC
Calificando al énfasis excesivo que se le da a los exámenes escolásticos SAT I en el proceso de admisión como "el equivalente educacional de una competencia de armamento nuclear", el presidente de la Universidad de California, Richard Atkinson, anunció domingo (18 de febrero) que está recomendando que la universidad no requiera más el examen SAT I como requisito a estudiantes que soliciten admisión a uno de los 8 planteles del sistema universitario que otorgan títulos de bachillerato.

UC President Richard C. Atkinson Calls For Ending SAT I Test Requirement
Calling the overemphasis on SAT I scores in admissions "the educational equivalent of a nuclear arms race," University of California President Richard C. Atkinson will announce Sunday (Feb. 18) he is recommending that the university no longer include the SAT I test as a requirement for students applying to UC's eight undergraduate campuses.

Noticias de México...
...Ignora paradero autoridades educativas
"Desaparece" funcionario
El paradero del coordinador educativo en Mexicali, Jesús Enrique López Ramírez, desaparecido desde que su casa fue cateada y asegurada por el Éjercito, es desconocido hasta para el Secretario de Educación y el Delegado Municipal del Sistema Educativo Estatal (SEE).


David Artis `Reaches Out' Beyond Academics as New Director of Academic
Enrichment Programs
Seemingly a bit embarrassed, David Artis, Ph.D., glances at the empty shelf space in his office at the University of California, San Diego. "Most of my reference books are still in transit," he says.

Bush Nominated Barrales as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the
Office of Governmental Affairs
, Feb. 20 — The President today named Ruben Barrales as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Extensive Border Region Diabetes Study to Begin This March
This March, the U.S.-Mexico border states in conjunction with federal governments from both countries will begin an extensive and joint diabetes prevalence study of border communities.

Juan Pablo II Envía Regalo a Sanguinario Guerrillero "Tirofijo"
BOGOTÁ — La noticia de que S.S. Juan Pablo II envió de regalo un "medallón de paz" a Manuel Marulanda, alias "Tirofijo", jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), está produciendo conmoción en innumerables católicos colombianos que tienen la certeza de que el comunismo, doctrina que inspira a la sangrienta narco-guerrilla, continúa siendo "intrínsecamente perverso", que "no se puede admitir que colaboren con el comunismo en terreno alguno los que quieren salvar de la ruina a la civilización cristiana" (cfr. Pio XI, Encíclica "Divini Redemptoris") y que no puede existir ni "reconciliación" ni "acuerdo entre la luz y las tinieblas, entre Cristo y Belial" (San Pio X, Encíclica "Communium Rerum").

Sempra Energy Announces Proposed Power Plant in Baja California
Sempra Energy Resources, the independent power generation subsidiary of Sempra Energy, today officially announced plans to build a $350 million, 600-megawatt power plant near Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. The plant, known by its Spanish name, Termoeléctrica de Mexicali, will be connected to the U.S. electric grid via a new, 230,000-volt transmission line.

UCSD Awarded Verizon Foundation Grant to Fund Ambitious Computer-Based
Math, Science Effort at Gompers Secondary
Studies have shown that access to computers, including the Internet, are important for enhancing student entry and academic success in such highly technical fields as science, math and engineering. However, access to computer technology is often difficult for low-income students— a situation that has been termed "the digital divide."

Conservation Scholarship Available For High School Seniors
The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County (RCD) is offering three or four $500 scholarships to local high school seniors wanting to pursue a career in the areas of resource conservation and/or agriculture.

Market Creek Plaza Celebrates Food 4 Less Opening With Community Celebration
and Showcase of Local Musical Talent
Some of southeastern San Diego's most promising, new musical talents will take to the stage at Market Creek Plaza to celebrate the opening of the new Food 4 Less grocery store and to preview the city's newest, most accessible entertainment venue —the Plaza's outdoor amphitheater. Market Creek Plaza is hosting a free community event, including food, activities, and musical entertainment on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m., following of the Heritage Day Parade.

New Free Phone Service for People With a Speech Disability Available Nationwide
March 1, 2001
Imagine that you have a speech disability and people can't understand, or tell the 911 operator what kind of help you need? Until now, many Americans with a speech disability have faced formidable obstacles to telephone use, but a new service called Speech to Speech is overturning these barriers.

Pagina Social
Montgomery High Students Enjoy Winter Ball
High school days often are a mixed bag of memories, sentiments, and emotions. Such a time was this years' "Winter Ball" sponsored by the Associated Student Body of Montgomery High School of the Sweetwater Union High School District. The student body was invited to attend the 2001 Winter Ball this past Saturday February 17, 2001 at the Westin Horton Plaza Hotel in downtown San Diego.


District 8 Election: A Choice Between Corruption & Morals and Ethics
The upcoming election February 27, 2001, may well determine who will replace former District Eight Councilman Juan Vargas, and complete his term or what two top vote getters will be in the runoff on April 17, 2001.

The Failures of District Only Elections
By Daniel H. Muñoz
It was just about ten years ago that the Chicano Federation, Attorney Mike Aguirre, et al, led the charge to change the way city council members were elected, from an at-large election to district only elections. The theory was to create a super Hispanic/minority district were the residents had the unique opportunity to elect one of their own, and minimizing the impact of outside interest, which at that time dictated the eventual winner.

Bustamante's Faux Pas — Is Just That, a Faux Pas
By: Julio C. Calderón
A man who lives by the lip - dies by the lip. Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante's use of the "N-word" in a room filled with African American labor leaders in Berkeley was truly unfortunate. The comment has received much press and generated much discussion. This may not be a mortal political wound, but it is one that leaves a permanent scar.

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
Extra Bucks for the Better Schools?
Politicians? Just whom do they represent? Now they've decided that only the so-called better schools will be rewarded with another helping of our tax dollars. This means that the students in these schools will be favored over the students in the non-better schools! This is pure discrimination, something that the so-called better schools are free to ignore when money rears its omnipotent head.

No sean Buffalos, gente!... No sigan la guia del "Onion"... (Translation: Don't be like the buffalos and blindly follow the "Union"!). Last Friday, el Jefito exposed District 8 candidate Ralph Inzunza Jr. as not being in line to get the Boy Scouts Eagle Award but he did get the Gay Caballero award from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender communities. This week the Editors of the ONION rushed to bless the Gay Communities candidate, Ralph Inzunza.

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

Book Report
Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child
Que Bonito es no hacer nada, How beautiful it is to do nothing, y después de no hacer nada and after doing nothing descansar. to rest.
(Dicho Mexicano) (A Mexican Proverb)
By Daniel Muñoz
At last a book that will touch your heart, with its tender beautiful heartfelt memories of the author, Elva Treviño Hart. Her autobiography will reach every Mexican American who in their childhood were by circumstance a migrant child, following the road to the next ranch, the next field with their familias.

Poet's Corner
Hoy tengo el espíritu
del pájaro Quetzal,
para volar hacia tu lado
mirarte desde lejos,
ya que no puedo ni tocarte,
ni sentirte.
solo amarte.

Dramática, Sentimental, Tierna, Apasionada, Sensual, Espiritual, Espectacular e
Intima La Opera "Fausto"

Por Paco Zavala
Tuvimos el placer de presenciar el sábado 17 de febrero próximo pasado la puesta en escena de la ópera "Fausto" musicalizada por Charles Francois Gounod, con libreto de Jules Barbier y Michael Carré, basado en el poema de Johnn Wolfgan von Goethe, obra que fue estrenada el 19 de Marzo de 1859 en el Teatro Lírico de Paris, Francia.

El Poder de la Imagen en el CECUT y Otras Actividades en Otros Espacios
Por Paco Zavala
En el in(fo) SITE, del Centro Cultural Tijuana, el próximo domingo 25 de febrero a las 11:00 horas se presentará la "Conversación IV", El poder de la imagen: intervenciones culturales como memoria pública en los espacios posmodernos.

En Escenarios
Por Arnoldo Varona
* * * * * Después de descansar en su casa de Miami los únicos tres días de vacaciones que tendrá éste año el cantante puertorriqueño Ricky Martin, en coordinación con su disquera Sony Records, comenzó la semana pasada lo que será una larga lista de presentaciones artísticas iniciada con visita a Ciudad de México donde se organizó una fiesta "íntima" de admiradores y amigos en un centro de espectáculos donde Ricky cantó en vivo junto a su habitual banda de música.

Calendar of Events...
by Berenice Cisneros
Children of Eden
SDSU Department of Theatre proudly presents a concert version of an exciting and surprisingly relevant musical, "Children of Eden." The staged concert will feature a full orchestra, completely student-designed production, and a grand-scale ensemble of both undergraduate students and SDSU's ten Musical Theatre MFA candidates.

Revancha de Holyfield-Ruiz
LAS VEGAS — El Campeón Peso Gallo de la FIB Tim Austin hará la sexta defensa de su título cuando se enfrente al contendiente No. 1 de la FIB Jesús Pérez en la cartelera preliminar de Holyfield-Ruíz 2 el sábado 3 de marzo, en vivo por pago por evento a las 9 PM ET/6 PM PT desde el Mandalay Bay Events Center en Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tecate Anuncia la Copa Tecate 2001
Labatt USA, importador de Tecate, una de las más finas y más vendidas cervezas de México, anunció un programa deportivo de cobertura nacional para identificar al mejor equipo hispano de fútbol amateur en los Estados Unidos.

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