Volume XXV Number 9 March 2, 2001

FrontPage Stories

Seniors keep the heart of Mexico beating strong in Barrio Logan

by Yvette tenBerge

Members of La Rondalla stand outside of the Paradise Seniors Center, ready to sing. Photo by William Bloomhuff.

Harmonized voices accompanied by the strumming of guitars and the shaking of maracas drown out the sound of heavy rain and traffic outside. A dozen men and women, all between the ages of 50 and 80, sit in chairs arranged in a loose circle. Some play instruments, balancing them carefully on their knees, and others clutch well-worn sheets of music. All belt out the Spanish language lyrics to La Rondalla, their group's theme song, perfectly in tune.

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Election Analysis.....
Inzunza Gets a Free Ride in District Eight
By: Dan Muñoz Sr.
San Diego, Ca — What happens when the City throws a party and no one comes? In a sense that is what happened in this Tuesday's election for the vacant District 8 Council seat. The County Registrar of Voters sent out the invitations to the districts 44,748 registered voters. Sadly, only 7780 (17 percent) accepted the invitation. Having better things to do, 36,968 (83%) of the invitees were no shows.

Two San Diego Faith-Based Organizations Receive Government Job Grants
by Yvette tenBerge
Two San Diego faith-based community organizations dedicated to providing job training and other innovative services to "high-risk and hard to employ" individuals were among 21 California faith-based organizations selected this week to receive a cut of the $5 million in grant money awarded by Governor Gray Davis.

Double Fence Will Make It Twice As Hard To Preserve Unique Natural Area
By Rasa Gustaitis
The rusty fence that runs between San Diego County and Tijuana, extending into the Pacific surf as a line of high steel bars, stands for all the ironies and contradictions of United States border relations with Mexico.

Noticias de México...
México: Los zapatistas iniciaron la "Marcha por la dignidad".
La noche de este sábado Marcos junto a 19 hombres y 4 mujeres, todos comandantes zapatistas, llegaron a San Cristóbal de las Casas. En medio de miles de indígenas zapatistas, miembros de la prensa mexicana e interncional, así como de cientos de delegados y observadores extranjeros, Marcos realizó un discurso anunciandola im-portancia de la marcha próxima a emprenderse.


Pinochet Judge Has Changed His Mind — Judiciously But Completely
By Roger Burbach
Judge Juan Guzman is a paradoxical figure — born into an aristocratic family and a social conservative, yet his rulings reveal compassion for the poor and oppressed.

San Diego City Schools Combines Literacy and Nutrition Education With "Meet
The Author" and Pear Bear Program

San Diego City Schools Food Services teamed up with the Pear Bureau Northwest to promote literacy and healthy eating through it's most recent Meet the Author program. Last week 340 third grade elementary students had the opportunity to meet the author of The PearBear Chronicles, Maggie André.

Board of Governors Tourism Council Creates New Proposals to Improve
U.S.-Mexico Border Tourism
- Top tourism representatives from each of the U.S. and Mexican border states have created four new proposals to help attract more visitors and enhance their travel experience in the border region.

Call State San Marcos Partners With Middle School to Teach Parents About Kids
and Schools
Children at Grant Middle School in Escondido will watch their parents graduate in early March. The parents are getting a helping hand in how to encourage their children to succeed in school. Each Wednesday, more than 100 parents gather at Grant Middle School in the Escondido Union School District for the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), in partnership with California State University San Marcos' GEAR UP program. Parents who successfully complete the current nine-week program will "graduate" on March 7.

North County Program at Cal State San Marcos Grooms Business, Government,
and Non-Profit Leaders
California State University San Marcos is looking for a few good leaders. Leadership 2001, the program promotes and produces capable leaders for North San Diego County, is accepting applications until March 15 to fill the program's 25 coveted spaces.

UCSD, Grossmont College, Cuyamaca College, Grossmont Union High School
District to Launch `UniversityLink'
El Cajon — "UniversityLink," a partnership between the University of California, San Diego, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, and the Grossmont Union High School District will be formally launched 8 a.m. March 2, 2001 at the East San Diego County Regional Chamber of Commerce First Friday Breakfast program.

Minority Business RoundTable Supports Call For Education Reform: Special
Interest in Low-Income and Minority Communities
-- The Minority Business Round-Table (MBRT) supports the call by the Business Coalition for Excellence in Education for federal efforts to raise student achievement, particularly in minority and low-income communities.

Political Notes:
Democratic Caucus Opposes GOP Plan to Separate Colleges by Race, Ethnicity
At this morning's (2/28/01) Democratic Caucus meeting, the Caucus unanimously passed a resolution offered by Democratic Education Committee Reps. Major Owens (NY), Ruben Hinojosa (TX), Patsy Mink (HI), and George Miller (CA), the Ranking member on the committee.

Assemblymember Christine Kehoe Announces Applications for Chicano/Latino
Youth Leadership Project Conference
Assemblymember Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced that applications are currently being accepted for positions in the Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP) Conference, which will take July 21-28, 2001, on the campus of California State University, Sacramento.

Genética 101 (I)
Por Juan Serrano
Breve Reseña del Genoma Humano
Haga el ejercicio mental de escoger las dos personas que usted crea que son más diferentes entre sí. Una puede ser muy alta y gorda, la otra diminuta, una negra, la otra blanca, una peluda, la otra pelada, una extremadamente inteligente, la otra bastante torpe. Aunque estas dos personas aparentemente no podrían ser más disímiles, la ciencia ha comprobado que genéticamente son iguales por lo menos en un 99.9%.

Todos Los Latinos Deben Unirse A La Lucha Contra El VIH/SIDA
Por Helene Gayle
Los Latinos son la minoría que más rápido está creciendo en los Estados Unidos. Su influencia está aumentando en todos los sectores de la sociedad. Sin embargo, las comunidades hispanas enfrentan una crisis sanitaria que amenaza con poner en peligro su salud, prosperidad y potencial humano. Esa amenaza es el VIH/SIDA.

Senior Community Centers Receives Funding to Create Mental Health Program
Senior Community Centers, a nonprofit agency helping low-income seniors in San Diego, has received a $667,800 grant from The California Endowment, the state's largest health foundation, to create the Cross Cultural Senior Mental Health (CCSMH) program. This program was one of 46 funded through The Endowment's Special Opportunity in Mental Health Funding Request for Proposals (RFP).

San Diego Regional Energy Office Launches $2M Incentive Program for
Commercial Energy Efficient Roof Upgrades
The San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO) announced today that it is launching the "Cool Roof Program" under contract with the California Energy Commission (CEC). The Cool Roof Program is one of several statewide programs created through the passage of Assembly Bill 970 in response to the recent energy shortages.

Chula Vista Offers Energy Saving Programs For Small Businesses, Residents
Chula Vista is offering two new energy conservation programs that will directly benefit residents and small businesses. In addition, the city's residents and businesses are indirectly benefiting from wide-ranging energy conservation efforts taken by the city in the past 10 years with further steps planned to conserve energy in public facilities.

Meet our New Marketing Manager Hal Breslow
Hal Breslow will be busily occupied in La Prensa's Marketing Department organizing and managing our marketing efforts. Hal came to us from a tourist magazine "What's Happening in San Diego" where he was employed as Director of Marketing. His marketing efforts were mostly directed towards the Tourist and Convention market.

Yvette Aguilar tenBerge Joins La Prensa San Diego Reporting Staff
We are pleased to announce the newest addition to La Prensa San Diego's stable of writers, Yvette Aguilar tenBerge. She arrived from Cusco, Perú, where she was employed as a staff writer with "New World News International" where she covered current events, religious festivals, culture, Latin News, and participated in marketing, advertising and design duties.

Community Notes:
Free Swimming Instruction for Community Youth
The San Diego Lifeguard Service, a few years back, became aware that three of the 12 city owned pools were closed nine months of the year. As a result of community interest, the city has re-opened these urban pools year- round. Now that the pools are accessible we are removing the remaining barrier which is affordability.

Letter from the Jungle
by Albert Simonson
This is an easy getaway!
I have the temple to myself now, except for all the bats in the dripping stone ceiling and a friendly tarantula checking out my rotted K-Mart shoes. Next time I'll get footwear at Alpine Shoe and Western Wear.

Podemos Ayudar a la Humanidad
Por Sergio Nogués
En mi juventud había una canción que me llamó mucho la atención, en la que el autor contaba que había tenido un sueño en el cual toda la humanidad, vivía en paz, se ayudaban unos a otros pues todos eran amigos y cuando despertó, su deseo fue que esto fuera realidad.


Bush "Breaks a Leg" - Has a Buffo Performance
Either President Bush stayed up looking at old Ronald Reagan flicks or the Prez missed his calling and should have gone into starring in grade B movies. His performance before the Congress as he delivered his first address was masterful. Unfortunately, his body language could stand to use a lot of polishing. Perhaps his handlers didn't notice, but 200 million viewers couldn't help but notice that every time the Prez stretched the truth he turned aside and smirked. And he did that a lot!

Global Gag Rule Hurts Women
By Selina Espinoza
As a woman whose job it is to improve reproductive rights and access to healthcare in Mexico, I have spent many years working with Mexican family planning organizations. These organizations provide women with the preventive healthcare they need to live healthy lives. They test their patients for cancer and sexually transmitted infections and provide them with contraceptives, vaccines, and prenatal care. One clinic that I work with vaccinates 6,000 children and pregnant women a year.

Federal court strikes down affirmative action in broadcasting
By David A. Love
As an African-American journalist, I take issue with a recent court ruling that will adversely affect the presence of minorities in the broadcast media.

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Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

En Escenarios
Por Arnoldo Varona
Después del tan pregonado y "dudoso" rompimiento entre Jennifer López y su novio Sean Combs que sospechosamente coincide con el juicio contra éste último en una corte californiana donde han salido a relucir asuntos tan privados como la ropa interior que usa el Daddy ("boxers" en vez de "briefs"), la cantante ha querido alejarse lo más posible del escenario judicial extendiendo su gira artística a través del Asia, pero siempre atenta al proceso legal.

"15 Minutes"
Por Arnoldo Varona
Durante su carrera artística Robert De Niro cronólógicamente ha buscado un balance de actuación dentro de los temas que le han sido ofrecidos, mezclando sus papeles entre comedias (Rocky and Bullwinkle y Wag the Dog) con obras más dramáticas (Men of Honor y Cop Land) pero se ha notado que sus mejores interpretaciones, las que le han dado sus mayores triunfos (Godfather II, Oscar en 1974 como Mejor Actor Secundante y Raging Bull, Oscar de 1980 como Mejor Actor) han sido temas donde predominan la violencia.

Con Diversas Actividades se Celebra El Día Internacional de la Mujer en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Como se dice y se grita a los cuatro vientos en todos los contornos del mundo, la mujer, la mas hermosa criatura que la naturaleza ha creado sobre la faz de la tierra, en un ciclo anual llega nuevamente a su celebración, para este efecto la Casa de la Cultura Tijuana, ha instituído toda una semana de actividades para celebrar esta fecha, que por ningun motivo o razón debe de quedar desapercibida.

Alternate Futures Film Series Is Out Of This World
The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) launches Alternate Futures, a new film series that showcases other-worldly experiences with some of the screen's finest science fiction creations. To add an air of nostalgia, we will begin each film with a `Flash from the Past' by featuring a nail-biting episode starring a true Serial superstar, Flash Gordon.

Enriquecida Narrativa en Confidencias del fauno
Por Paco Zavala
Confidencias del fauno, un libro con un contenido rico literariamente y con una narativa de un exquisito contenido latino.

Calendar of Events...
by Berenice Cisneros
Flamenco Vivo
Antonio Vargas is recognized as one of the world's leading Flamenco dancers and choreographers. He performs and teaches internationally, with works for theater, cinema and television. Flamenco Vivo Productions presents Maestro Antonio Vargas Dance program and performance schedule in San Diego during March and April.

Olimpiada Juvenil 2001
El Consulado General de México hace una cordial invitación a todos los jóvenes mexicanos o de origen mexicano del Condado de San Diego a participar en la Olimpiada Juvenil 2001.

Indian Wells Tennis Action Gets Underway Monday
Lindsay Davenport of Newport Beach and Alex Corretja of Barcelona, Spain will return to Indian Wells to defend their respective titles at the 2001 Tennis Master Series Indian Wells presented by Newsweek.

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