Volume XXVI Number 20 May 17, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Neighborhood Healthcare Pace Maker Awards Dinner Raises $30,000 For Community Health Care and Health Education Programs

ESCONDIDO —More than 260 patrons dressed in festive Caribbean attire celebrated Neighborhood Healthcare’s fourth annual fundraising event, “Return to the Caribbean,” Saturday, May 4. The event provides Neighborhood Healthcare with an annual opportunity to recognize and reward volunteers working in community healthcare.

Escondido resident and Pace Maker winner, Margaret Estrada, has been instrumental in making sure every child in Escondido has a library card. She was also recognized for her service to community healthcare. She receives a Pace Maker award from Lori Holt Pfeiler, Mayor of Escondido.

Proceeds from the auction event totaled $30,000 that will provide health care services and health promotion for those most in need in Inland North County communities. Neighborhood Healthcare (formerly Escondido Community Health Center) has six health care clinics in Escondido, Temecula and Pauma Valley.

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Census: More in US Speaking Spanish
By Genaro C. Armas
WASHINGTON — Luis Espinoza started a Spanish-language newspaper in Jackson, Miss. Steve Morris learned some Spanish and hired a bilingual salesperson at his lumber products store in Santa Ana, Calif.

From Oaxaca to UCLA: A Zapotec’s story
By Conrad Fox
May 14, 2002 -- It has been a long search, but Felipe Lopez has found himself.

GOP wary of immigrant welfare cut
Renewal of ’96 law has political cost
By Judy Holland
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2002 — When Republicans captured the House in 1994 for the first time in 40 years, their rallying cry was the 10-point “Contract with America,” which included deep cuts in welfare benefits for legal immigrants.

Bush’s Snub of Criminal Court Undermines World Justice
By Amy Ross
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is now a reality. But the United States won’t be at the table. Office space has been rented. Professionals from around the world will serve as judges, attorneys and translators, tasked with prosecuting human rights violations such as war crimes and genocide. But the U.S. chair will be empty.

“Accountability” Versus Science in the Bilingual Education Debate
By James Crawford
How should we judge the success of bilingual education, structured English immersion, and other programs for English language learners? Many members of the public, and most journalists, seem to rely primarily on standardized tests of student achievement. Thanks to the “accountability” movement, scores from a growing number of tests—reported by district, school, grade, and numerous demographic categories—are easily accessible via the Internet. For those interested in educational issues, the temptation to download and analyze these numbers can be irresistible. That’s especially true when the experts are divided about what works. It seems that research evidence can always be cited to support one conflicting theory or another. Frustrated laypersons tend to ask: Why not draw our own conclusions based on “real world” test results?


Sherman Charter Rejected By SDUSD Board
By Yvette tenBerge
On Tuesday, May 14, the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) school board voted 3-2 to reject Sherman Elementary School’s proposal to convert to a science and technology-focused charter school.

Teachers Say “Enough is Enough”
By Yvette tenBerge
 Thousands of protesting teachers covered the sidewalks and lawn outside of the 4100 Normal Street offices of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Tuesday, May 14 to speak out against the education reforms and management style of Superintendent Alan Bersin.

Play Hits Home for Young Latinos
By Yvette tenBerge
Latinos and African-Americans make up the majority of those suffering from the AIDS virus in the United States, and a San Diego-based director and his cast are offering a brilliant new play in hopes of stopping this deadly trend.

Oceanside Airman Serves at Stationary Airfield
by John Dendy
Camp Justice, Indian Ocean — The son of an Oceanside couple serves his country on a watery edge in the war on terror. His new, albeit temporary, home is a narrow tropical jungle reef in the Indian Ocean, about 1,000 miles south of the southern India coast.

Baja Business Executive Named AIU’s New Alumni Association President
The undersecretary of business development of the state of Baja California has been named president of the Alliant International University Alumni Association.

Fourth Annual Latino Graduation Family Celebration
The Latino Graduation Committee would like to inform you that our annual event will take place Saturday, May 18, 2002 at San Diego State University’s Open Air Theatre from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The purpose of this event is to provide all graduating Latinos at San Diego State University a personal ceremony in which their families can participate. The graduates will have the opportunity to be accompanied by two significant others to receive their certificate.

Fundación Cisneros Launches Innovative Website Exploring Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
The Fundación Cisneros, a Caracas-based philanthropic organization dedicated to the future of Latin America, announces the launch of an innovative Website based on the Colección Cisneros, which includes a major collection of modern Latin American art. The Website is the most recent of the Fundación’s ongoing efforts to bring the achievements of Latin American artists to a global audience, and to use the visual arts as a basis for rich educational experiences. Located at www.coleccioncisneros.org, the site is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

La Mujer Hispana en los Estados Unidos No Está Informada Sobre Los Problemas de Salud Asociados Con la Epilepsia
Más de un millón de mujeres en los Estados Unidos no están concientes del aumento de riesgo con problemas de disfunción sexual, fertilidad, maternidad y osteoporosis. Todas ellas son mujeres que tienen epilepsia.

Community Notes:
LULAC Raises Scholarship Funds
On Sunday, April 28, the League of United Latin American Citizens held its first Bingo fundriaser of the year. The funds collected from this fundraiser will benefit the June 22, 2002 Scholarship and Award recipients.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
Nuestra naturaleza humana
¿Ha tenido alguna vez un día en que se siente bien, todo le sale bien, hasta que de pronto viene alguien y le desbarata todo?

Mexican Standoff in Governor’s Race
The horses are on the track, pawing at the ground and ready to race towards the winners’ circle. Wearing his usual colors - gray on gray, Jockey Gray Davis, is riding a proven winner, Stud-plotter. He is facing off against a young challenger, Jockey Bill Simon, whose young filly recently upset the much older thoroughbred, “Mejor-Que-Nada,” ridden by Jockey Riordan. Older track hands were of a mindset that the horse and Jockey should have been sent out to stud years ago and retired. Handicappers are now calling it a sure shot that Simon and his young filly will be eating track dirt all the way and will be a sure bet to lose. Grey Davis will win hands down. The heavy wagers have their money on Stud-Plotter to win big time!

Hmmm!! Ketchup de color morado!
Por Lourdes Davis 
Parece que cada año, a finales del verano, las mujeres tenemos el mismo problema, qué hacer con todo el tomate rojo que todavía tenemos en la parcela (garden).Estoy hablando de esa fruta roja que en México llaman “jitomate”! Y lo más sorprendente es que México es el único país en el que el tomate rojo es conocido como “jitomate”.

In Our Pursuit of Free Trade, Let’s Ensure Humane Workplace Conditions
By Laura Podolsky and Maria Mejia
President Bush is expected to promote free trade in Latin America in the next few weeks. While he’s there, he might want to talk to Sonia Gonzalez, who lives in Guatemala.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
The True Color of Gray
Gray Davis Tuesday announced that his state faces a record budget deficit of $24 billion, mostly because the relatively few wealthy citizens who pay most of the state’s taxes lost money on their investments last year. A report in Wednesday’s Washington Post says, “The budget crunch shows how deeply California has come to rely on a relatively small number of its most affluent citizens to pay the state’s bills.” The wealthiest 5 percent pay 70 percent of the state’s personal income taxes, the newspaper said. Davis has proposed what he called “extremely painful” cuts in state services, at a time when a growing number of poor people are demanding more state services.

Tezozomoc Speaks...
El otro día, as I sat outside mi jacalito, a friend came by and asked “Tezozomoc, que es menudo that all your cuates eat when they are all tronados?” Well, for all you gente that have wondered what’s in that delicious menudo… Pos, as any Madrecita knows, or any Barriologist (One who is ȁmuy de aquellas”), mi amigo de la Tribu Cuauhtemoc, said: “Menudo is nothing but cow’s stomach, (You know, the Gabachos call it TRIPE). La Jefita told me: “Le pongo a little maíz, chile, onions, cilantro and stir in a lot of love and there you are! There, for all you culturally deprived folks, now you know!

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Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

Playwrights Project Presents Scenes by Castle Park Middle School Writers
Student playwrights at Castle Park Middle School in Chula Vista will see their characters spring to life in readings by professional actors on Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The public is invited to enjoy scenes created by 7th and 8th graders in SEEDS (Stimulating Educational Excellence through Drama Standards), a comprehensive program created by Playwrights Project and Castle Park Middle School.

It’s a Grand Finalé! Gustavo Romero Completes the Athenaeum Beethoven Festival in July
It’s become a summer tradition: Gustavo Romero, the work of a single composer, and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library sponsoring sold-out concerts at The Neurosciences Institute. It started in 1999, when Romero performed the solo piano repertoire of Chopin as part of the library’s 100th anniversary celebration. In 2000, he played the Leipzig keyboard works of Bach. And last summer, he performed Part I of the Athenaeum Beethoven Festival, in a brilliant perusal of the composer’s piano sonatas.

Aztlan Fest 2002-El Festival Chicano Más Grande del País Regresa!
Ahora en su tercer año consecutivo Aztlan Fest 2002 regresa más impresionante que nunca. Tras repetir la hazaña de colocar a más de 30 artistas en dos escenarios en Los Angeles y con un espectacular DJ Lounge. Iniciando el 1 de junio en Phoenix y 2 de junio en Tucson, 5 de junio en San Diego, 8 de junio en el Grand Olympic Auditorium Parking Lot Grounds y 9 de junio en San Jose.

Concurso Literario Nacional.
Por: Paco Zavala
La manifestación literaria en todos sus géneros, estilos y formas, desde que se tiene memoria ha servido a la humanidad para dar salida a las diferentes maneras de expresión, pues haciendo uso de la pluma y el papel el individuo ha postergado sus ideas y pensamientos, de acuerdo con la época en que se desarrollen los acontecimientos, así, de esta manera han llegado hasta nuestros días.

Con impresionantes escenas se está presentando “El Holandés Errante”
Por: Paco Zavala
En un estupendo e impresionante montaje escénico, la romántica y dramática ópera de Richard Wagner El Holandés Errante (The Flying Dutchman, Die Fliegende Hollander o El Buque Fantasma), se está presentando en el Civic Theatre de San Diego, traída al escenario por la Opera de San Diego, acompañada en los roles principales por extraordinarios cantantes.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
La semana pasada se celebró el día de las madres, el viernes 10 en México y en otros países y el domingo 12 en los EEUU. La mayoría de los comercios de todos los giros hicieron su agosto, unos vendiendo regalos, otros vendiendo flores, los restaurantes vendiendo comida y ya pasó el día tan sonado del Día de las madres y la realidad vuelve a ser realidad. Pero este año casi no se oyeron las mañanitas, ese canto tradicional que se entona cada que alguien celebra su onomástico u fechas importantes como el del Día de las Madres, ojalá que esta tradición no se pierda. Nuestras viejecitas merecen esto y mucho más que esto.

Calendar of Events . . .
by Berenice Cisneros
Forum Fronterizo
San Diego Dialogue’s next Forum Fronterizo on “Pubic Health Preparedness and Emergency Response in our Binational Region” will be held on Monday, May 20 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel in Mission Valley. The forum program will bring top experts and public health officials from both sides of the border to inform our public of recent initiatives to increase health preparedness in our region. The hotel is located at 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego. For more information call (858) 534-8638.

Quinones Enjoying Life as a Professional
By John Philip Wyllie
Later this month, the eyes of the world of soccer will be turned toward Japan and Korea as the 2002 World Cup gets under way. Next year however, it will be the women’s turn and Chula Vista’s Linnea Quinones expects to once again be in the nets for Mexico as the Tri-colores will strive to win its first ever Women’s World Cup game. She knows the way she performs in China’s 2003 Women’s World Cup will be determined largely on what she does this year to prepare. As the reserve goalkeeper for the WUSA Champion San Jose CyberRays, she hones her skills every day against some of the world’s best players.

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