November 1, 2002

Community Notes:

Operation Gobble Alert!
10th Anniversary Crusade

For the past decade, I have led successful efforts to fight hunger and provide for struggling families during the holiday season. Our success can be attributed to the many generous, energetic and caring people across the state who have come forward to give of their time and resources. However, far too many families still go hungry.

This year, I want to reach out to underserved families in three new regions: San Jose, the Inland Empire and Sacramento. To do so will require more people to step forward to share in the true holiday spirit. We are especially in need of major sponsors. It would mean a great deal to me if you would consider helping us brighten the outlook of more forgotten families this Thanksgiving. There are several ways that you can get involved. As a business owner or private citizen, your sponsorship, donation or volunteer efforts can ensure the success of this vital program. The hope and joy that your kindness can generate is beyond measure-especially when seen in the eyes of a hungry child.

I encourage you to join us as we make every effort to provide for those in need. You may contact the regional representatives below for more information on how you can help. Thank you so much for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!

San Diego: Lorena Gonzalez or Denisse Roldan: (619) 525-4305 or or

From the desk of: CRUZ M. BUSTAMANTE, Lieutenant Governor State of California.

Acclaimed Chicana Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo to Speak as Part of Cal State San Marcos Women’s Rites Symposium

The Mexico-born and Chicana-identified filmmaker Lourdes Portillo will screen and speak about her films that focus on Latina identity during a special evening presentation, Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:00 p.m., at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Center Theater.

This event, which is free to the public, is part of the Cal State San Marcos Women’s Rites Symposium, which is being held Nov. 5-7 to celebrate the roles of women in modern arts and culture.

Portillo will discuss, among others, her recent film, “Señor-ita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman),” that deals with the disappeared women of Juarez. One of Portillo’s earlier films, “The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo,” was nominated for the Academy’s Best Documentary in 1985 and won 20 other awards internationally. It helped her gain PBS funding for her next film, “La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead,” which won critical acclaim.

This event and others within the Women’s Rites Symposium are made possible through support from the university’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts and Arts & Lectures Series, as well as a California State Lottery Grant and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

No reservations are required. The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., in Escondido. More information about this performance and the Women’s Rites Symposium is available at 760-750-4137 or at

Local Star Mario Lopez Supports Educational Fundraiser

Local native Mario Lopez is slated to attend the inaugural Pardee Homes Ocean View 5K Race/Walk for Education on November 9, 2002, at 8:00 a.m. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Sweetwater, San Ysidro and Chula Vista school districts.

Actor/producer Mario Lopez, well-known for this role as AC Slater on “Saved by the Bell,” plans to make a special guest appearance at the race to cheer on participants. Lopez was born in San Diego, attended Chula Vista High School, and now actively supports local community events, especially for educational causes. Lopez is currently in his second straight season portraying police officer, Bobby Cruz on the USA Network series “Pacific Blue.” He is also known for his depiction of Olympic gold medal diver, Greg Louganis in “Breaking the Surface; The Greg Louganis Story” which brought him critical acclaim. His film credits include, “Colors” and “Depraved.”

All race participants will receive a free t-shirt, food, beverages and giveaways. In addition to the 5K run, there is also a free 5K race for children 12 and under. All kids’ race participants will receive a commemorative medal.

“This is the beginning of what will become one of the premiere running events in South San Diego,” said Carlene Matchniff, Director of Community Development for Pardee Homes. “Pardee is committed to the Ocean View Hills community and is dedicated to supporting education throughout the region.”

The race takes place in the Ocean View Hills Neighborhood Park, located on the south side of Ocean View Hills Parkway. Registration fees for the 5K race are only $20 until November 6th. Participants can also register on the day of the race for $25 beginning at 6:30 a.m.

For more information about the race and for on-line registration, visit or call 858.268.1250.

NASSCO To Hold Job Fair November 9 Over 400 Jobs Available

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics will join with Workforce Partners and the Employment Development Department (EDD) to stage a Job Fair November 9, 2002, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The Job Fair will be set up on site at NASSCO’s shipyard, located at 28th Street and Harbor Drive, in the parking lot near Gate 6. There will be over 400 jobs available with “on the spot” interviews so applicants are advised to bring their work history.

NASSCO will be offering paid training for welders and shipfitters, with wages starting at $9.04 per hour and increasing to $11.45 after completing a 6-to-8-week course. The journeyman pay scale can go up to $17.07 per hour. NASSCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Directions to the Job Fair:

From I-5 (North of National City): Take I-5 South to 28th Street/National Avenue exit.

Keep left at the fork in the ramp and merge onto S. 28th Street. Follow to Harbor Drive.

From I-5 (South of National City): Take I-5 North to the National Avenue exit. Turn left onto National Avenue then immediately turn left onto S. 28th Street. Follow to Harbor Drive.

Or, take the San Diego Trolley to the Harborside Station, which stops directly across from the entrance to NASSCO’s shipyard.

“Hispanic Business Fair” To Offer Valuable Seminars In Spanish

Southwestern College will host a free “Hispanic Business Fair” geared to Spanish-speaking business owners on November 12, 2002, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Student Union East/Cafeteria. Southwestern College is located at 900 Otay Lakes Road in Chula Vista. Special guest, Congressman Bob Filner, will be on hand to welcome attendees to the event.

Throughout the day attendees can visit informational booths and attend seminars that will be presented in Spanish on such topics as Record-keeping, Requirements of Employment Tax; Programs, Services and Financial Counseling, Sales and Use Tax, New Changes That Affect the Small Business; Business Planning and Management; and Resources Available for Small Businesses.

Sponsors for this year’s event include the following: Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Administration, Southwestern College Small Business Development and International Trade Center, State Board of Equalization, Employment Development Department, California Franchise Tax Board; Department of Labor; Service Corps of Retired Executives and the Social Security Administration.

Attendees will also be treated to a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch courtesy of Union Bank. Following lunch, a panel of experts will share information and be available to answer questions. Free parking is available in Student Parking Lots J and O.

For additional information, call 619-557-5717.

Return to the Frontpage