Volume XXVI Number 18 May 3, 2002

FrontPage Stories

San Diego Youth Honored with Hispanic Heritage Awards

By Paola Hornbuckle

In a room buzzing with anticipation, the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation honored the six high schools seniors selected from San Diego to receive its prestigious Youth Awards. Local luminaries from the entertainment, political, and business sectors attended the ceremony, which took place on April 25 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

From Left to Right, Top Row: Oscar Hurtado (Exxon), Tom Andriosi (Dr. Pepper), Phyllis Swatch (NBC), Carmen Luna (Chase and MC Inc.), C. Creville (Microsoft) and Michael Dominguez, (Ex. Director for HHAF)

Bottom from L to R: Donald Diaz (Mathematics sponsored by Exxon), Karla Navarrete (Leadership/Comm. Service sponsored by Dr. Pepper), Ana Hernandez-Bravo (Literature/journalism sponsored by NBC), Michelle Ramirez (Academic Excellence sponsored. by Chase and MC Inc.), Esteban Molina-Estolano (Science and Tech sponsored by Microsoft), and Linda Moreno (Sports sponsored by HHAF)

The Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation is a national organization based out of Washington D.C. dedicated to promoting Hispanic excellence and to providing much-needed role models to inspire Hispanic youth. Each season, HHAF honors five notable Hispanics who have distinguished themselves in various fields at their national Gala presentation in Washington D.C.

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The Heroes of El Pueblo
By M.J. Philippus, Ph.D
and John F. Garcia, Sr., M.A.

The celebration of Cinco de Mayo is a remembrance of the 5th of Many of 1862 in which outnumbered Mexican forces defeated French invaders at the city of Puebla. Actually there were two battles at Puebla. The second one lasted from March 17th to May 17th in 1863, thus passing through May 5th of 1863.

Doctors, Educators, Civil Rights Leaders Across California Vow to Defeat Connerly’s “Dangerous” New Initiative
Public health, education, environmental and civil rights organizations across California pledge to fight Ward Connerlys “race information ban,” an initiative measure that will prohibit the collection, analysis or use of information pertaining to race or ethnicity by state and local governments in California. The Sacramento businessman and anti-affirmative action activist said he submitted enough signatures to qualify the initiative for either the November 2002 or the March 2004 ballot.
Distinguished Alumni to be Honored at USD
Leaders in Business, Education, Government, Law & Healthcare to Receive Awards
Two University of San Diego business school alumni, whose family business, Xignux, has become one of Mexico’s leading industrial conglomerates with exports to more than 40 countries, will be honored at the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Awards May 11.


By Raoul Lowery Contreras
“The Civil War will not be over until the French are out of Mexico,” General U.S. Grant told the President of the United States in 1865, three years after French troops landed in Mexico.

Zio Mario’s Celebrates Cinco With Flavor
By Yvette tenBerge
Hungry San Diegans are in for a treat this Cinco de Mayo thanks to the entrepreneurial and culinary vision of the Espinosa brothers, a trio made up of an American certified public accountant (CPA), a Tijuana-based physician and a Mexican lawyer.

Sweetwater Administrators, Teen Take Top Regional Awards
The Sweetwater District has captured two “Administrator of the Year” awards presented recently by the Association of California School Administrators, Region 18.

Minority Health Care Bill Passes House
Watts resolution raises awareness of national crisis
WASHINGTON – A resolution raising the level of awareness on the disparity of health care between members of minority communities and other Americans passed the House of Representatives today. House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts, Jr. (R-Okla.), sponsor of the legislation, made the following statement:

El Procurador General John Cornyn Se Reune Con Altos Funcionarios Texanos y Mexicanos en la Lucha Contra el Crimen Internacional
SAN ANTONIO - El Procurador General John Cornyn se reunió en días pasados, con oficiales del orden público de Texas y México para trabajar juntos contra la delincuencia internacional.

Three Blighted Urban San Diego Neighborhoods Make Strides to Become a City of Villages Pilot
Safer streets. Homeownership. A pedestrian-oriented commercial retail center. Neighborhood beautification. Community involvement. Those are just some of the goals that were communicated to more than 50 key attendees by representatives of the Bronze Triangle CDC (Community Development Corporation), which represents the Grant Hill, Logan Heights and Stockton neighborhoods.

Por Elbio Rodríguez Barilari
El telefonazo inoportuno
La embarazosa situación que se ha producido entre México y Cuba, como entre Cuba y Uruguay, no le hace bien a nadie.

Don’t Let Someone You Love Die of Stroke!
By James Santiago Grisolía, MD
Every year in the United States, more than 500,000 people suffer from a “brain attack,” or stroke. Many of us have a grandparent or other relative who is still paralyzed and disabled from a stroke. In many cases, this tragedy is preventable, if we realize that a “brain attack” is an emergency like a heart attack, and call 911 at the very start of stroke symptoms.

¡No Deje Usted Que Un Ataque Cerebral Mate A Un Ser Querido!
Por James Santiago Grisolía, MD
Cada año en los Estados Unidos, más de medio millón de personas sufren un “ataque cerebral”. Muchos de nosotros tenemos un abuelo u otro familiar, incapacitado debido a un ataque cerebral: un infarto o quizá un derrame cerebral. En muchos casos es un desastre previsible, pero es requisito darnos cuenta que es urgente, llamando al 911 para conseguir ayuda médica lo más pronto posible.

Rene G. Santiago is HHSA’s New Central Region General Manager
Rene G. Santiago has been selected as the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency’s new central region general manager.

Community Notes:
Chicano Park Murals Vandalized
Five historic murals at Chicano Park were defaced with graffiti during the middle of last week. Described as “a hateful incident” but not as a hate crime in of itself.

Sharp rinde honores a residente de San Diego que vence circunstancias desfavorables
Tommy Luján recibirá de Sharp HealthCare el premio Espíritu de Aguila
Decir que a Tommy Luján le gusta el golf es como decir que Tiger Woods es más o menos bueno para jugarlo. A Luján le encanta el juego. Y además, lo juega bastante bien.

Community Residents and Business Honored at 4th Annual Escondido Community Health Center Pace Maker Awards, May 4
Four community residents and one corporation will be recognized for their volunteerism, patronage and support during Escondido Community Health Center’s 4th annual Pace Maker Awards Dinner and Endowment Auction, “Return to the Caribbean,” May 4 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Miller Brewing Company apoya a los distribuidores a promover el consumo responsable;
Mes de la Conciencia sobre el Alcohol inaugura la Campaña del 2002 “Live Responsibly” “Viva Responsablemente”
Miller Brewing Company reanuda su liderazgo en programas para ayudar a aquellos que venden y sirven licor a fomentar el consumo responsable de sus productos con el lanzamiento de una campaña en abril, el Mes de la Conciencia sobre el Alcohol.

Cinco de Mayo
Calendar of Events
Cinco de Mayo Con Orgullo
The San Diego Cinco de Mayo con Orgullo Coalition celebrates the “First Annual Alcohol and Tabacco-Free Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival,” Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. San Diegans are welcome to come and enjoy this family celebration filled with great food, entertainment, resource booths, crafts and prizes. Admission is free and open to the public.

Opportunities for Crafters in San Diego
By Valerie Colston
Is your idea of an exciting night out is at the midnight madness sale at your local Michael’s Art and Crafts stores. You know who you are-the crafting obsessed. You love creating and giving your handmade gifts to appreciative friends and family but you are tired of contributing to the billion dollar craft industry and getting nothing but a pat on the back in return. You would like a piece of the crafter pie. Does this sound familiar?


A Challenge to California’s Equal Opportunity
By George Stevens,
Councilmember City of San Diego
The Racial Privacy Initiative, crafted by Ward Connerly, chair of the deceptively named American Civil Rights Coalition, is being touted as a proposal to protect our racial identity by eliminating box checking. Connerly argues that the initiative has nothing to do with privacy, and everything to do with destroying the progress that has been made in equal opportunity. It would prevent state and local government agencies from collecting information on race, ethnicity, color, or national origin with few exceptions.

La reelección en México:

Una propuesta para el fortalecimiento del Poder Legislativo y una forma para que los ciudadanos puedan evaluar a los legisladores y a los partidos
Lic. Enrique Davis Mazlum
En estos últimos días se ha estado escribiendo mucho sobre la viabilidad de la reelección inmediata de los legisladores y de los presidentes municipales, pero ninguna de las propuestas me ha convencido. Para poder analizar y proponer sobre este tema hay que dividirlo en cinco partes o cinco propuestas: 1) Senado de la República, 2) Cámara de Diputados, 3) Diputados Locales, 4) Presidentes Municipales y 5) Regidores. En este artículo me enfocaré solamente al Poder Legislativo.

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

TV Documentary “Mixed Feelings’ Explores Shared Fate of the Border
For many San Diegans, Tijuana represents the chaos of Avenida Revolucion with it’s painted zebras, hotdog carts and brightly colored buildings. But for those who call Tijuana home, it is a bustling metropolis growing faster than it can be mapped at a rate of 8 acres per day.

UCSD Alumnus to Explore Latin American/Latino/a Turf
UCSD alumnus Marc Zimmerman, professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will lecture May 8 at the University of California, San Diego as part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series. The event is free an open to the public.

Culture Clash Returns to San Diego With AmeriCCa
By Francisco H. Ciriza
The aggressive, intelligent, and often poetic comedy of the trio of Herbert Siguenza, Richard Montoya, and Ric Salinas, Culture Clash has returned to San Diego with its latest compilation of work. The group, originally from San Francisco, has presented its unique and fast-paced string of vignettes to San Diego audiences for years and once again landing San Diego’s Lyceum Theater for yet another extended stay.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
En unas ediciones anteriores escribíamos que levantó gran revuelo los movimientos que administración trás administración realizan que dizque para mejorar el arte y la cultura en el área de Tijuana y sus alrededores (No será que es para cuidar las espaldas del que sale o de los que salen, como se hacía a la antigüita en los medios políticos mexicanos, o será que es el mismo PRI el que sigue funcionando, nada más que bastante maquillado). No creemos que Kiko Vega haya dejado el agua turbia, porque el señor no tiene necesidad de aquilatar algún tesoro que corresponda a las arcas del pueblo.

Encuentro de Dos Culturas en “Don Pasquale”
Por: Paco Zavala
El pasado mes de abril la Compañía de Opera de San Diego llevó a la escena la Opera Bufa Italiana de Gaetano Donizzeti, “Don Pasquale” ópera basada en un libreto firmado por Michele Accursi. Esta ópera fue estrenada en París el 3 de enero de 1843 en el Theatre Italien.

Calendar of Events . . .
by Berenice Cisneros
Cinco de Mayo
Presenting at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, May 5th at 2:00 p.m., Mr. Marcos Labastida, a tenor from Baja California and Ms. Martha Jane Weaver, an American mezzo-soprano. The program will feature songs such as Sabor a Mi, Ojos Españoles, Granada, Cielito Lindo and Cancion Mixteca to name a few. This wonderful event is FREE and open to the general public.

Realizarán Extraordinaria Exhibición de Carros Clásicos en la Casa de la Cultura en Tijuana.
Por: Paco Zavala
La Casa de la Cultura en Tijuana, actualmente despliega una inusitada, febril e inusual dinámica en su funcionamiento. Todos sus sectores desempeñan una vigorosa actividad. Esto no es cosa de la casualidad, no, es debido a que la Casa de la Cultura-Altamira, hoy en día cuenta con una excelente administración que encabeza la activa, dilecta y dinámica Sra. Silvia Jaimes; en sus manos está que esta importante maquinaria que impulsa el arte y la cultura en Tijuana, funcione de las mil maravillas, ¡por qué no!, sí se puede, nada más hay que echarle muchas ganas y trabajar, trabajar, como solo ella lo sabe hacer.

Moreno Ready to Battle For Chargers Starting Berth
By John Philip Wyllie
A year ago, as an NFL rookie, former Castle Park High School star, Zeke Moreno was content with his back-up role with the San Diego Chargers. During the 2001 season, the former USC team captain saw most of his action on special teams, but occasionally filled in admirably at linebacker. When training camp opens in July, Moreno will arrive with a new goal in mind: to break into the Chargers starting lineup.

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