Volume XXV Number 48 November 30, 2001

FrontPage Stories

Christmas Wishes

By Yvette tenBerge

Modern-day holidays are incredibly commercial. As the years go by, Christmas becomes less centered around religion and helping others and more focused on purchasing expensive items. La Prensa San Diego was looking to do a festive photo spread on the children and youth in one of San Diego County's communities. What do children wish for themselves, for their families or for their community?

The Sherman Heights Community Center, located at 2258 Island Avenue, opened their doors to us. These children serve as a reminder that not all wishes are elaborate. Very few of these children asked for the pricey items that are continuously splashed on our television screens. All of them mentioned their families, and most of them had a special Christmas wish for the families affected by the September 11 tragedy.

(left to right) Cassandra Renfroe and Kareem Kattes.

Kareem Kattes, age 8, and his sister, Cassandra Renfroe, age 7:

(K): "I always get excited about Christmas because we always get presents that we like. This Christmas my wish is for a pack of little, toy cars: one with a Jeep, a Toyota Paseo and a dump truck."

(C): "My wish is for my mom. I wish that she had a beautiful house and a nice car. Also, my wish for the people in New York who died is that they would feel well. I wish that they weren't dead."

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Deseos Navideños

Por Yvette tenBerge

Los días festivos hoy en día son increiblemente comerciales. Año tras año, la gente, en la Navidad, está menos centrada en la religion y en ayudar a nuestros semejantes, sino mas enfocada a la compra de objetos caros. La Prensa San Diego estuvo buscando hacer una serie de fotos navideñas de niños y jovenes en una de las comunidades de San Diego. ¿Qué desean los niños para ellos mismos, sus familias y su comunidad?

El Centro Comunitario Sherman Heights, ubicado en 2258 Island Avenue, nos abrió sus puertas. Estos niños nos recuerdan que no todos los deseos son elaborados. Muy pocos de estos niños pidieron regalos muy caros que continuamente se anuncian en nuestros televisores. Todos mencionaron a sus familias, y casi todos tienen un deseo navideño muy especial para las familias afectadas por la tragedia del 11 de septiembre.

Kareem Kattes, 8 años, y su hermanita, Cassandra Renfroe, 7 años:

(K): "Siempre me emociona la Navidad porque siempre recibimos regalos que nos gustan. Esta Navidad mi deseo es de un paquete de pequeños carritos; un Jeep, un Toyota Paseo y un troque de decarga".

Christian Sánchez

(C): "Mi deseo es para mi mamá. Deseo que tenga una linda casa y un lindo carro. También deseo que la gente en Nueva York que murió se sientieran bien. Deseo que no se hubieran muerto".

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Latinas Increasingly Running for, Winning Office
By Marisa Trevino
DALLAS (WOMENSENEWS) — Rose Rodriguez's local paper dubbed her the "Cinderella Candidate" in 1999 when she won her first El Paso City Council election.

HNBA Swears In New President; Angel G. Gomez 25th President
McLEAN, Va. — At the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) 26th Convention in Philadelphia, Angel G. Gomez of Chicago, Ill., was sworn in as the organization's 25th President.

Newly Appointed Latino California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno Honored At San Francisco
City Hall
The First Latino Justice To Serve on State's High Court in Over A Decade
November 21, 2001- The San Francisco and California La Raza Lawyers Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association and Mayor Willie L. Brown, City of San Francisco hosted a celebration in honor of California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno Tuesday, November 27, at San Francisco's City Hall. Justice Moreno, appointed by Governor Davis, who served on the federal bench in Los Angeles beginning in 1998, becomes the first Latino justice on the high court in 12 years and only the third in its over 150-year history.


Paisano Protection Program Starts its Christmas Season Operations
On December 3, Mexico's Paisano Program will initiate its Christmas season operations. In effect throughout all of the year, but intensified between early-December and mid-January, the Paisano Program's goal is to stop the exploitation of Mexicans and Mexican Americans by corrupt Mexican officials when these people return from the US to Mexico to visit family over the holidays.

Apoya movimiento ciudadano a la Lic. Rosario Ruiz Camacho
Por: Paco Zavala.
El fervor político que prevalece en Tijuana en estos días lleva y trae noticias. Con el cambio de la administración pública municipal que se realizará el próximo 1 de diciembre, surgen diversos comentarios, también se alimentan las diferentes propuestas de la comunidad, se escuchan la proposición de nuevas ideas e inquietudes que se reflejan con la esperanza de que las cosas cambien para mejorar las condiciones comunales, en fin un millar de panoramas aparecen hoy en día.

Study Finds High-School GPA Outweighs SAT I Scores in Predicting Minority Students' College Success
High-school grades are far more reliable than SAT I scores in predicting how well minority students will do in college, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis.

Immigration reform still on the table
by Stevenson Jacobs
MEXICO CITY, November 23, 2001 — The Foreign Relations Secretary on Thursday denied reports that an immigration reform deal with the United States had been derailed due to security concerns after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying officials expect to iron out details for a plan by early next year.

Las preguntas y preocupaciones de sus hijos acerca de los eventos del 11 de septiembre y el antrax,
son importantes
Por Dra. Sylvia Fernández-Fein
Cuando hable con sus hijos sobre la amenaza del antrax y los eventos del 11 de septiembre, es muy importante que considere dos aspectos. Primero, asegúrese de darle a sus hijos la oportunidad de preguntarle sobre lo que está sucediendo; déjeles saber que sus preguntas y preocupaciones son relevantes. No es necesario que le de a sus hijos información que no soliciten, más aún, responda específicamente a sus preguntas. Y segundo, recuerde que sus hijos se sentirán seguros si usted muestra calma. Puede expresar su tristeza sobre los acontecimientos, pero hágalo de manera serena y transmitiéndoles un sentido de seguridad.

Diabetes: Not an Equal Opportunity Disease for Latinos
By Assemblywoman Sally Havice (D-Cerritos)
Blindness. Kidney failure. Amputation. There is a common chord that links these illnesses together —diabetes rearing its ugly and destructive head. But if the horror of these traumas don't catch your attention, diabetes surely will create concern when people learn that those with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart attacks or strokes. If your concern is still not at a heightened state of alert, then maybe this will be the clincher. Life expectancy is 15 years less for people with diabetes than the non-diabetic population.

Por Fabián Doman
Diabetes: cuidemos a los más pequeños
Escondida dentro de las enfermedades crónicas "socialmente aceptadas" no le entregamos a la diabetes la importancia que tiene. Tampoco nos preocupamos por advertir el vertiginoso crecimiento que la enfermedad ha tenido en los últimos años ni por prestarle atención a los alarmantes pronósticos que señalan que en los próximos 25 años el número de diabéticos se duplicará en regiones como América Latina. O que en Estados Unidos está apareciendo la "Diabetes Tipo 2" en niños y adolescentes, variante conocida como de "Los no insulinodependientes".

Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) Urges At-Risk Groups to Get Vaccinated For Flu
San Diego's Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) expects no shortage of flu vaccines this season. Delays in the delivery of the vaccine, however, could mean that some people would get their flu shot later than others.

San Ysidro Health Center Offering Free Drive-Thru Flu Shots
Once again, flu season has found the San Diego health care community scrambling for vaccine. San Ysidro Health Center is ready to help out with free drive-through flu shots on Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

New Web-Based Resource Launched To Fight Domestic Violence
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice (DOJ), in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced today the launch of a new Web-based resource, "Toolkit to End Violence Against Women," aimed to strengthen prevention efforts and improve services to victims of domestic violence.

USD To Host U.S. — Mexico Rotary Peace Program
Mexican Border Coordinator, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico & Other Dignitaries to Attend
Top officials from Mexico and the United States, including Mexico's Coordinator for U.S. Border Issues Ernesto Ruffo Appel and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Jeffrey Davidow, will speak at a Rotary Peace Program at the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Dec. 7 and 8.

Citizens Group Sponsors Essay/Scholarship Contest
San Diego County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) announced it is sponsoring an essay/scholarship contest on the importance of personal responsibility in the civil justice system. Cash prizes in the amounts of $1000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to the top three finalists selected in this county-wide competition.

Help Make History Come Alive at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park!
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is embarking on an exciting monthly living history program in 2002. State Parks is committed to educating Californians about San Diego's rich California Indian, Californio, or early-Mexican; and U.S. heritage. The historic park needs all types of people to help reenact these important events in San Diego's early history and/or financially support this effort. Living History involves making history come alive with people dressed in historical period clothing by demonstrating or reenacting historic events, trades, or crafts.

City to Rename Park to Honor Ron Ortega
The City of Oceanside will hold a formal Park Re-naming Ceremony on Saturday, December 1, 2001 at noon at Recreation Park, 132 Brooks Street, to honor the late Ron Ortega, a well-known regional softball athlete and longtime Oceanside resident.

Tribute to Latino Medal of Honor Recipients in Phoenix, Arizona
From: Maria Valdez
LULAC Sylvestre S. Herrera Council #1087 of Phoenix, Arizona is planning a dinner and presentation on March 2, 2002 in Phoenix to honor the 11 living Latino Medal of Honor Recipients. Plans are also being made to produce a video of LULAC and it's relationship with the 11 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, our nation's highest military honor.


U.S. Lurching Toward Undeclared War!
The Chicano-Mexicano communities in this country can empathize with the Middle-Eastern peoples living in America, whose origins and roots go back to antiquity. The complaints being voiced by Middle-Eastern American citizens, resonate with the Chicano community who have raised the same types of allegations of racial discrimination and harassment throughout the last century.

City Council must choose between the Boy Scouts or the Gay Community
Normally, the renewal of the lease between the City of San Diego, Balboa Park, and the Boy Scouts of America is a mere formality. But this year things are a little different. This year the Gay community is challenging the lease and is determined to kick the Boy Scouts out of Balboa Park.

The New UC Admissions Guidelines Will Destroy the Integrity of the Admissions Process
By Edwin A. Locke
With great fanfare the Board of Regents of the University of California have announced new university admissions policies. These policies will downgrade academic qualifications (grades and test scores) and will use a policy that includes factors such as the students' "struggle against poverty or athletic or artistic ability." The supporters of these changes promise that they will not use the new policies to promote raced-based admissions.

I Was a Catholic Schoolgirl: What Franklin Graham Doesn't Know About Me
By Asma Gull Hasan, An American Muslim
Until last week, I had never heard of Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son. I also presume that he had never heard of me either: a twenty-something, American Muslims author of Central Asian descent. Despite our never meeting though, Franklin felt free to comment on my religion. He said, "The God of Islam is not the same God. He's not the son of God of the Christian or Judeo-Christian faith. It's a different God, and I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion." So the first time I did hear of him, he was calling my beliefs evil and wicked - an introduction of himself to me I'm sure he intended to make.

Foro Público ... Public Forum
Open Letter to Laura Bush
I read that you met in the White House with 11 women exiled from Afghanistan to talk about women's rights - that's great.

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

PASACAT Presents a Philippine Christmas Experience
Ask a Filipino the best time of year to see the Philippines, they will always respond, Christmas time. "It's festive, colorful, and the aroma of delicacies create memorable experiences," reminisced Tessie Cruz, PASACAT Treasurer. "The whole town would come together and decorate the streets in preparation for various religious feasts. A sense of family would be felt as children would visit their ninongs and ninangs (godparents) and greet them with the gesture of respect —the mano po— taking the back of an elder's hand and placing it on their foreheads," Cruz continued with a gleam in her eyes.

Juan García Ponce recibió el Premio Juan Rulfo 2001
Guadalajara, México — "En una ocasión me preguntaron: "¿Has sido fiel alguna vez en tu vida?", y yo contesté: "Sólo a la literatura". Así comenzó el discurso con el que Juan García Ponce agradeció en voz de su hijo Juan el premio de literatura Iberoamericana y del Caribe Juan Rulfo 2001, que se entregó en el marco de la XV edición de la Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara. El escritor, quien dice que su vida "está hecha de literatura", es el tercer mexicano en recibir este reconocimiento, uno de los principales de la lengua española junto con el Premio Cervantes.

de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Una de las ciudades más visitadas del orbe en su febril y permanente correr manifiesta siempre una actividad cultural asombrosa, tomando vertientes de distinta conformación y colorido.

Battle Day 2001 at San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park
Each year the California State Parks along with the San Pasqual Volunteer Association performs the Re-Enactment of the Battle of San Pasqual. The original battle took place within the San Pasqual Valley on December 6, 1846 and was recorded as the Bloodiest Battle in California during the Mexican War. The annual Re-Enactment at the park has become a welcome San Diego North County tradition.

Calendar of Events...
by Berenice Cisneros
Nativities from Around the World
Tomboctou Gallery is currently holding an exhibit of folk art nativities from around the world. Running through the 6th of January, 2002. Store is located at 3564 Adams Ave., San Diego. For other gallery events you may call 282-8708.

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