Volume XXX Number 02 January 13, 2006

FrontPage Stories

“I am not going to be pushed around”

Chula Vista’s new councilmember fights back

By José A. Álvarez

Her appointment has been heavily criticized and her experience questioned. Patricia Chávez, however, is brushing all her critics aside. The newly appointed Chula Vista Councilmember said she wanted the job to bring community issues forward, not to promote other people’s agenda.

“People are going to say what they want to say,” said Chávez, 34, from her new office. “Council members are here to represent the community. We’re here to lend a voice.”

Patricia Chávez, Chula Vista’s newly appointed City Council representative.

In mid December, Chávez, a stay-at-home mom, public relations consultant, and community activist, was appointed to serve the remainder of Patty Davis’ term, which ends in December. Davis resigned from the Council early last month due to illness.

A total of 19 candidates applied for the position. Chula Vista Mayor Steve Padilla and the three other council members quickly narrowed down the list to three and unanimously appointed Chávez to the vacant seat, beating two political veterans, Russ Hall and Dan Hom.

The process by which Chávez was selected and her political experience have been questioned and severely criticized by some residents and the editorial board of the Union-Tribune. Hall, a member of the city’s Economic Development Commission, went as far as calling for Chávez’s resignation.

When questioned about the criticisms, Chávez said she did not know the exact motivation behind them.

“A lot of things have been said by a lot of people, but I am not sure who they are,” Chávez said, pausing to think what her next comment would be. “They don’t think I know what’s going on. I have no political baggage and maybe that’s what we need… What they are saying gives me even more strength to work harder to get the community issues out.”

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Youth Migration on the Rise
By Rodrigo Vera
Part One
(Editor’s Note: The following piece is part one of a two-part series that focuses on a recent migration report by Mexican researchers Blanca Villaseñor and Jose Moreno Mena.)
In their report “The Truncated Hope,” Mexican researchers Blanca Villaseñor and Jose Moreno Mena provide additional evidence about the increased migration of Mexican youth to the United States. Drawing on data culled from the experiences of undocumented youthful migrants detained or sheltered in the Tijuana and Mexicali regions of Baja California, the authors report big leaps in teenage migration after 1996, citing for example, a Mexican National Migration Institute statistic that revealed overall youth migration increased 50 percent from 1999 to 2000.

El Valle de Guadalupe: Wine with a distinct flavor
By Katia Lopez-Hodoyan
Most people have heard of its existence, its wines and its non-commercialized charm and in essence, these factors have somewhat contributed to the area’s mystery and attraction. Now, thousands living in the border region have begun to take a higher interest in El Valle de Guadalupe and it’s not hard to see why.


Hojalata: Más que un poemario, un espacio de expresión para los escritores tijuanenses
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
“El oficio de escribir es tan importante como el del albañil, el del maestro, del abogado, el médico y el del carpintero” expresó Adrián Saénz, integrante del grupo Poeta No-Lugar, durante una presentación de la revista Hojalata, el resultado del trabajo comprometido de un grupo de jóvenes escritores y del legado de la larga tradición literaria del antiguo taller de poesía de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC).

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
El que pega primero...
“La política es el arte de buscar problemas, encontrarlos, hacer un diagnóstico falso y aplicar después los remedios equivocados”, definió uno de los hermanos Marx hace casi un siglo. No Carlos, por cierto, sino Groucho Marx, el genial comediante estadounidense.

Hand me back clothing
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Irrespective of race, gender, economic class or SAT score, most of us have been victimized by the familial tradition of wearing clothes your older siblings have outgrown or have grown tired of, these are called “Hand me Downs”.

MLK Calendar of Events:
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration & Parade in Stockton Community
The King Chavez Academies (Arts, Athletics and Primary) will celebrate the 77th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a community celebration and parade on Tuesday, January 17, 2006. An opening ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m in front of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. mural on the east side of the campus located at 415 31st St. in San Diego. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and march students around the school campus and community. The parade will end with a short ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in front of the school.

Vacancy on the Lower Sweetwater Fire Protection District Board
Supervisor Greg Cox is issuing public notice that a vacancy exists on the Board of Directors of the Lower Sweetwater Fire Protection District. Because the three-member Board currently has only one member, less than a quorum remains. Therefore the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will make an appointment to fill one vacancy.

Lo que necesitas saber para lograr tu propósito este año 2006
Por Doctora Luz
“No eres tan incapaz. Si tú quieres, ¡tú puedes!”

Community Groups Challenged to Unite in the 2006 Fight Against Drugs
The President of the Church of Scientology International, Rev Heber C. Jentzsch, is challenging community groups to unite in a massive campaign to educate people around the world on the real facts about drugs, in the face of statistics from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes World Drug Report, showing an estimated 200 million people, or 5% of the worlds population age 15-64, consume illegal drugs.

Memories in the Making (Creando Memorias)
San Ysidro -- La Asociación de Alzheimer, en colaboración con Casa Familiar y el San Ysidro Health Center, ofreció el Martes, 13, la primera clase de arte para personas que padecen la enfermedad de Alzheimer en un sitio comunitario en todo California y en sí, la primera para la comunidad Latina. Los participantes tienen la oportunidad de comunicar sus recuerdos y emociones mediante una forma muy placentera de libre expresión.

The Elizabeth Hospice Hosts Informational Meeting for New Diversity Program
ESCONDIDO — The Elizabeth Hospice will host an informational meeting on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the Escondido Apostolic Church to launch the first and only exclusive Spanish Speaking Hospice Volunteer Training in San Diego County. Escondido Apostolic Church is located at 1717 E. Lincoln Ave. in Escondido. The informational meeting is free and open to the public. All community members are encouraged to attend and learn how hospice services can help meet the needs of terminally ill patients in the Latino community.

First Person:
What a Blessing
Part III (Part II published December 30, 2005)
By Heriberto Escamilla
On Thursday night, when the house had finally fallen asleep, I had a dream that has been reoccurring lately. It was in fact the third night in a week that I had the same dream. In the dream, feel an urgent need to use the bathroom, but can’t seem to find an appropriate place. When I finally do find a toilet, something is inevitably wrong, either I can’t open the door, or there are too many people around watching.
Cluninary/Food Page:
Weekly food recipes/themes & Recipe archieves -- Enjoy


City Council Races Send Strong Signals of an Emerging Political Awareness Amongst Hispanic Candidates!
To say that it has been an interesting political week would be putting it mildly.

Alito Sounds Death Knell for Individual Rights
By Marjorie Cohn
Yesterday, (January 9), the Senate Judiciary Committee began its confirmation hearings on the nomination of Samuel Alito for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

La Picardía de Alito
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Samuel A. Alito Jr. sigue volando y continúa aleteando con fervor rumbo a la Corte Suprema de Justicia. Durante el proceso de confirmación, los senadores demócratas no le han podido cortar las alas a pesar de una ronda de preguntas fulminantes. A veces hicieron estremecer el semblante agitado del juez ítaloamericano, pero al final él siempre ha sabido recomponerse. Si los demócratas no utilizan la carta del filibusterismo, es muy probable que Alito encuentre un puesto en la mesa redonda de la máxima corte jurídica del país. Su curul está exactamente ubicada en un extremo del lado derecho de la mesa.

Everyone Wants A Piece of Martin Luther King Jr.
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The scramble to snatch and grab a piece of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy has not diminished one bit in the 20 years since the first King national holiday was celebrated.

America Latina se Aleja de EU.
Por Manuel R. Villacorta O.
Era evidente y lógico que las relaciones económicas y políticas entre EU y América Latina se estaban deteriorando paulatinamente, básicamente porque la política exterior del departamento de Estado enfocó su interés principal en Medio Oriente. Ha habido un grave error de subestimación.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
For a Native American’s Execution, Where Is the Press? Lack of Press Attention to Clarence Ray Allen’s Execution May Be Seen As Race-Based
by Barbara Becnel and Elizabeth Terzakis
On January 6th, La Prensa ran an opinion piece by Jasmyne Cannick (“Another Execution Nears – Where Are the Protesters?”) accusing the African American community and its leaders of a lack of activity in the ongoing struggle to end the death penalty since the state of California killed Stanley Tookie Williams on December 13th.

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

Organice y Solucione Problemas Comúnes con “Máxima Eficacia”
Por: Paco Zavala
En estos tiempos tan complicados, en los que el tiempo y la organización a veces andan de cabeza, como nuestros negocios, hogar o trabajo. Es importante encontrar una solución radical o completa, con la finalidad de lograr compostura en los conflictos que en estas circunstancias se manifiestan. Para paliar o atenuar el estrés que como consecuencia resulta, aparece la salvación a esta problemática, en el libro “Máxima Eficacia” de Brian Tracy.

“El cine de terror ha mejorado mucho”

Por Gustavo del Cobre
Aprovecha una pausa del intenso rodaje del nuevo film de Oliver Stone sobre la tragedia de las torres gemelas en Nueva York para recordar la filmación de “Hostel” de Eli Roth, la película de terror que promete causar una conmoción cuando se estrene en todo Estados Unidos.

Obtienen Resultados Satisfactorios en el Programa “Apromac” 2005-2006
Por: Paco Zavala
Desde el año 2002, fue creado el Programa de Apoyo a la Promoción Artística y Cultural, (APROMAC), con la finalidad de promover la capacitación de la sensibilidad de artistas, creadores y promotores culturales de Baja California, por medio de un intercambio a través de programas establecidos por el Centro Cultural Tijuana.

Yim Making a Splash in the Barons’ Pool
By John Philip Wyllie
The way Jessie Yim looks at it, her multicultural background is an advantage. Growing up in the U.S. with Mexican and Chinese heritage, she can claim three distinct cultures as her own.

Cuevas Sets a Sizzling Pace
By John Philip Wyllie
A year ago, the Bonita Vista Barons recovered from a slow start to win the Mesa League boys soccer championship and advance to the CIF Division I San Diego section final. Many of the players that made that team a success have now moved on, so if the Barons are to achieve the same kind of success this year it will be due to some new faces. One of those belongs to the Barons crafty sophomore center midfielder, Arturo Cuevas.

It’s “Undisputed”, Zab Wasn’t Super!
By Mike Indri
The stage was set. The Theater at Madison Square Garden would play host to Zab Judah’s mandatory WBC welterweight title defense against light hitting Carlos Baldomir, almost a 15-1 betting underdog. It was supposssed to be a fight that would amount to presumably nothing more than a mere prelude to the undisputed welterweight champion’s tentatively scheduled mega-fight against boxing’s pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Sycuan Ringside Promotions Statement from President Glenn Quiroga on Carlos Baldomir
First, of course, we at Sycuan Ringside Promotions congratulate Carlos Baldomir on his terrific performance and tremendous victory in capturing the World Boxing Council welterweight championship Saturday night in New York City. We’re thrilled by that awesome showing, one that has catapulted both Carlos and Sycuan Ringside Promotions to the forefront of the boxing world.