Volume XXIX Number 01 January 7, 2005

FrontPage Stories

A look back at the year 2004, a year unlike any other!

By Daniel Munoz

“How the San Diego Community Got Lost While Mapping Chicano Art” By David Avalos.
A collage by David Avalos. Story published July 30.

At La Prensa San Diego we have been publishing for 29 years now and through all those years none felt quiet like this year. In 2004 terms such as divisive, polarizing and political quagmire became a part of our everyday language. And that did not include the conversation about the war in Iraq, from which the only news we talked about was bad news.

For the Hispanic community this year was a year of self realization, of sorts. For years we have been prepping for the year of the decade, always awaiting its arrival, and to be left wanting. In a sense it did arrive in 2004, albeit not in the form and fashion anticipated.

There were changes for the Hispanic community, nationally and locally, some of which were significant, others were subtle yet profound.

We will take a look back at a sampling of the stories that we highlighted in the pages of La Prensa San Diego throughout the year and the changes within the Hispanic community, as it continues to adapt and grow.

January 2004 – Politics Off and Running

The year 2004 was a Presidential election year and January found us already in full campaign mode. Coupled with the Presidential election, California’s Primary was to be held in March which meant that almost all state and local campaigns were in full swing. The early Primary would create a long and excruciating political year, that only a political junkie or pollster could love.

The year started out with President George W. Bush laying out his Immigration Policy, proposing to give legal status to millions of illegal workers, at the same time portraying the Republican Party as a compassionate conservative Party and of course appealing to the Hispanic voter. What Bush proposed was an immigration policy that was sorely lacking in details. As it turned out this policy proposal floundered, the conservatives, of course, considered it to lenient and the Democrats found it lacking, so it went no-where.

The first of the year also marked the first significant political movement as the politicians started to jockey for position with the March Primaries rapidly approaching. California Primary Elections had historically been held the first week of June, until the year 2000. Former California Governor Pete Wilson decided that California needed a greater voice in the presidential elections and moved the Primary Elections to March. For better or worse, this made local political campaigns a year long, and in some cases much longer.

Several campaigns have been in full effect since October 2003 when candidates could officially file their intent to run. Peter Q. Davis had been running to become mayor of San Diego since the summer of 2003. Vince Hall and Lori Saldana have also been campaigning for the 76th Assembly District since the summer, and all three candidates for San Diego City Attorney’s office had been campaign for several months. So, if the campaign season seemed interminable, that’s because it was.

Interesting, this year a large number of seats went uncontested. In District 2 and 3 for County of San Diego Board of Supervisors, the incumbents got an automatic pass to another term. The same could be said for City of San Diego Council District 5, City of Chula Vista Council seat 3, and County Board of Education 2nd and 4th District, all of which went unopposed. This was to only name a few, and many others faced only token opposition.

In Chula Vista, city council seat #3, there was no shortage of candidates, five residents filed for the seat. They were, Rudy Ramirez, Dan Hom, Robert Solomon, Steve Castaneda, and John L. Nezozzi.

One of the key races for the year was, who was going to serve on the San Diego City School Board. Three seats were open which meant the complexion of the board was going to dramatically change no matter who got elected. The predominately Hispanic District D had four Hispanics file for the seat. Unfortunately two of the candidates, Lupe Corona and Pilar Arballo, failed to qualify due to a lack of signatures, which lead to them running as write-in candidates. This was unfortunate in that they would have provided stark contrast to the two candidates who did qualify.

In the 76th Assembly race six candidates filed their papers. Among them was a little known Democrat Lori Saldaña.

In 2004 Hispanic print media became a hot property. New Hispanic newspapers and media groups started up this year. The Los Angeles based La Opinión’s and their owners, the Lozano Family and CPK Media announced they were leaving their partnership with the Los Angeles Times/Chicago Tribune Publishing Company and combining forces with El Diario/La Prensa to form the first ever national Spanish-language newspaper company in the United States, Impremedia LLC. Looking to make inroads into La Opinión’s stranglehold on the LA market the Tribune Publishing Company, introduced their publication Hoy to the Los Angeles markets. May the Spanish-language newspaper wars begin!

This was the backdrop by which the New Year started out.

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Reseña del Año 2004
Por: Paco Zavala
Acaba de terminar el año 2004 y tal parece que cayó un gran peso de encima de nuestros cuerpos y de nuestras almas. El año que acaba de finalizar fue un año muy difícil y complicado.

Our Neighbor Tijuana in 2004
By Luis Alonso Pérez
There’s a lot going on south of the border. Our neighbor Tijuana is one of the most violent, contaminated and fastest growing cities in México. Expanding more and more every year, as migrants arrive everyday by the hundreds, looking for an opportunity to cross the border or to find a job in a manufacturing plant.


Los Tres Reyes Magos llegan a Belén de Judea buscando al “Rey de Reyes” para rendirle tributo
Por: Paco Zavala
De acuerdo con la tradición el día 6 de enero de cada año celebramos la venida de tres personajes muy conocidos en México y en otros países de latinoamérica y del mundo: “Los Tres Reyes Magos”, Melchor, Gaspar y Baltasar, con su cargamento de oro, incienso y mirra y cada uno de ellos montados en un córcel, un camello y un elefante.

Por Karina Flores-Hurley
Nuestros Ojos, Espejos del Alma
Muchos nos referimos a ellos como los espejos del alma. Y es que nuestros ojos reflejan todo aquello que existe en el mundo exterior. Sin embargo, son muy pocas las veces que nos fijamos en su salud. Los ojos, al igual que cualquier otro órgano esencial de nuestro cuerpo, necesitan de nuestro cuidado para mantenerse siempre sanos. ¿Cuándo fue la última vez que te hiciste un examen de la vista? Si no puedes recordar la fecha, quizás sea tiempo de que visites a tu oculista.

Cal Grant Means Free Money for College
Students Should Apply Now to Meet March 2 Deadline
SACRAMENTO - California’s Cal Grant program today launches its latest campaign to connect qualified high school seniors with as much as $8,300 in free money for college.

Bronze Triangle Community Development Corporation Offers Free Tax Preparation For Low Income Families
This will be the third year that the Bronze Triangle Community Development Corporation will be doing free tax preparation for residents of Grant Hill, Stockton and Logan Heights. Last year volunteers prepared over 800 returns for low income families which put $1 Million back into the pockets of low income families in the Bronze Triangle.


Hidden Agenda in Governor’s Re-Districting Proposal
Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal to take re-districting out of the hands of the elected Legislator hands and place that responsibility in the hands of retired judges, that he would select! As a newspaper of general circulation, in the State of California serving the large and growing Mexican American/Latino population of the state, we speak out to sound a cautionary warning to our elected Legislators and the voting public. Do not be too quick to follow the Governor’s call to change the system.

Año 2004 ya pasó! As we start Year 2005, Tezzy will take you back to Year 2004 and bring back to your memory the things that most bothered este Indio. Tezozomoc put his two cents in most every week.

Be Careful For What You Wish For, You Just Might Get It
By Robert Castañeda
Last November a plurality of San Diegans voted for considerable change, but now many worry that change could come at a significant cost.

El Nombramiento de Gonzáles
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
En esta semana, un comité de asuntos jurídicos en el Senado de la República empieza a deliberar el nombramiento de Alberto R Gonzáles. Este forum es el primer escollo que el candidato del Presidente George W. Bush tendrá que lidiar para convertirse en el primer latino como Procurador de Justicia en la historia de Estados Unidos.

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

Scion Art Series
The 2004/2005 edition of INSTALLATION, Scion’s phenomenally successful art series featuring some of the country’s most accomplished street artists, has begun.

The SuperShow
The Voz Alta Project presents the “SuperShow” a collaboration between local artist and teacher James Watts, the El Nido Project and the San Diego Children’s Museum School, with an opening reception Saturday, January 8th 2- 9:00 p.m. The exhibition runs January 8 – February 12th.

Seventh Annual San Diego Multicultural Festival Celebrates Cultural Diversity
San Diegan’s will celebrate their unique cultural diversity at the Seventh Annual San Diego Multicul-tural Festival on Saturday, January 15, 2005. The free event will feature a variety of food, entertainment and fun for the entire family. The festival takes place from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. coinciding with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, and will be held on the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade on the north side of Harbor Drive between Market and Fourth Avenue, across from the San Diego Convention Center.

Veteran Puerto Rican Latin Jazz Guitarist and Pioneer Eddie Benitez Makes Rare San Diego Appearance
By Francisco H. Ciriza
It is said that a man is known by the company he keeps. Nothing could be more true in the case of veteran Puerto Rican Latin Jazz guitarist, Eddie Benitez.

Sin pena ni gloria
Este año la producción de cine y los latinos en la industria destacaron en cuentagotas
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Sinceramente, el año pasado fue mejor. Películas como City of God, In América, American Splendor, Mystic River, Lost in Translation, la tercera parte de Lord of the Rings, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Finding Nemo, Master and Commander y la pequeña pero genial Raising Victor Vargas hicieron del pasado un año para recordar.

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