Volume XXVII Number 41 October 10, 2003

FrontPage Stories

The Villa Resident’s Fight for Muro

By Raymond R. Beltran

Along Beyer Boulevard lies a small, tightly knit Catholic community of 400 individuals occupying the Villa Nueva Apartments. Growing up alongside one another, these residents share decades of history, and the compassion of living in one of Southern Cali-fornia’s U.S. Housing and Urban Development project. They can openly divulge the years that they’ve been each other’s confidants through indigent holidays and domestic disputes.

Villa Nueva residents protest the ousting of long time manager and resident Felipe Muro. Photo by Imelda Jaramillo.

Up until the last five years, the Catholic Augustinian run Villa Nueva Apartments, or The Villa as it has become known, has had its accomplishments with the late Augustinian, Father John Blethen. They’ve been supplied 35 top of the line computers, with the help of former mayor Maureen O’Conner, three youth centers, a day care, a place to study Catholicism, and an on site preschool area where a number of the present adults/residents have attended while growing up in The Villa. With all of the progress this San Ysidro community has made along the years, the residents here attribute it to Fr. Blethen as well as one of his protégés, the long time resident and now former manager of The Villa, Felipe Muro.

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México del Norte
Jorge Mújica
El Día de la Raza
Llega el 12 de octubre y las típicas celebraciones de Cristóbal Colón, el marinero perdido que viajó de un continente a otro sin saber bien a dónde iba. Igual de perdidos están los celebrantes, porque a pesar que el viaje ya cumplió la mitad de mil años, todavía no saben bien qué celebrar.

Chula Vista Educator Wins $2,000 National Award for Innovative Teaching
Jorge Cortez, a teacher at Juarez-Lincoln Accelerated School in Chula Vista, has been recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative educators in the 2003 Education’s Unsung Heroes Awards program, presented by ING. One of 100 winners, Cortez now will vie with other winners for one of the top three prizes - an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.


From North to South: A Trail Blazed in Femicide and Impunity
Found raped and murdered on a Nuevo Laredo street in early January 2003, Olga Lidia Osorio died before she could realize her dreams of moving up in the world. The brutal killing of the 16-year-old computer school student jolted the Tamaulipas border city and moved its citizens to demand justice in the case.

With Trepidation and Hope, Ethnic California Readies for Arnold
By Brian Shott
As a Hollywood film star and ex-body builder prepares to take California’s helm, members of the state’s ethnic communities are reflecting on an extraordinary recall campaign that broached several “minority” issues but remained, they say, exclusive, elite and threatening.

La Prensa Persa
Why do I come to America?

By Kathy Hadizadeh
As a minority from Iranian community living in United States, I feel quite outraged. Only by remembering a quote from Forrest Gump makes me feel a little bit better: “My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” That is so true. Especially when you come from a country that is listed under Axis of Evil, and you are dealing with a box of bitter, dark chocolate that not everybody likes!

Politica a la Mexicana
Futuro Incierto

Por Luz Aída Salomón
Hoy, el Presidente mexicano, Vicente Fox está ante un dilema: retomar el camino del crecimiento económico y el desarrollo social en un clima de democracia política, y para enfrentarlo se ha propuesto sacar al país del estancamiento a partir de las reformas de Estado, energética, fiscal y laboral.

Hands Across the Border Program Protects the California/Baja Environment
CARLSBAD – Leucadia Wastewater District transferred 16 items of surplus wastewater treatment equipment to the State of Baja California Wastewater Utility in Mexicali, Tecate, and Ensenada, providing mutual environmental and health benefits on both sides of the border.

Hispanos ven poca mejoría en el desempleo
Número de latinos sin trabajo casi se duplica desde que Bush entró a la Casa Blanca
Washington, D.C. — Los hispanos continúan luchando con una alta tasa de desempleo, a pesar de una leve mejoría. De acuerdo con un informe gubernamental publicado hoy por la Oficina de Estadísticas Laborales, 7.5 por ciento de latinos estuvieron sin empleo en el mes de septiembre, comparado con 6.1 por ciento de la población en general. El desempleo entre los latinos es de 43 por ciento más alto desde que el Presidente Bush entró a la Casa Blanca.

Hispanic Americans see little improvement in unemployment rate:
Number of unemployed Latinos almost doubled since Bush took office
Washington, D.C. — Hispanic Americans continue to struggle with very high unemployment, despite a slight improvement in the jobless rate. According to a government report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 7.5 percent of Hispanic Americans were unemployed in September, compared with 6.1 percent of the general population. Unemployment among Latinos is 43 percent higher since President Bush took office.

Third Border Pedagogy Conference – “We All Share the Same Children”—Set for October 11, 2003 at Cal State San Marcos
Two education professors at California State University San Marcos believe the delivery of education to young Mexican immigrants new to the border region may be damaged because of a lack of knowledge and understanding about differences between school systems in the two nations.

El Soporte Informativo Para Millones de Hispanos
“Cielos Claros” para corazones saludables
Durante los últimos veinte años hemos visto mejoras importantes en la calidad del aire en gran parte de los Estados Unidos.  Pese a estas mejoras, millones de estadounidenses todavía viven en áreas que no cumplen con los estándares de salud para la calidad del aire de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos. Mientras la calidad del aire es una preocupación de todos los estadounidenses, los hispanos tienen una razón específica para entender los riesgos que la contaminación ambiental representa para su salud.

Language Access Breaks Ground in California
It has been nearly 40 years since the 1964 Civil Rights Act banned discrimination based on national origin. But a recent poll of California immigrants, conducted in 11 languages by Bendixen and Associates, indicates that they still do not receive equal access to health care. The poll, commissioned by ethnic media coalition NCM and sponsored by The California Endowment, shows that language is one of the primary barriers to access to health care in California.

Y-ME San Diego Launches New Breast Cancer Screening Project Targeting Hispanic Women in San Diego County
Y-ME San Diego has received funding from the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and AVON to launch a two-year breast cancer-screening project in San Diego County. The project, A Day For You, will target uninsured and underinsured Hispanic women residing in San Diego County.

Y-ME San Diego Ofrece un Nuevo Proyecto de Cáncer del Seno Para las Mujeres Hispanas en el Condado de San Diego
Y-ME San Diego ha recibido fondos de Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization y AVON Foundation Inc., para un proyecto de dos años sobre Cáncer del Seno en el Condado San Diego. El proyecto, Un Día Para Tí, está dedicado a ayudar a las mujeres hispanas que no tienen aseguranza y que residen en el condado de San Diego.

Lieberman Calls for Creation of “American Dream Fund” To Help Immigrants Learn English
Proposal part of comprehensive immigration reform plan
PHOENIX, AZ – Saying that immigrants have played a vital role in our nation’s culture and economy, Joe Lieberman today called for the creation of a new “American Dream Fund” to help immigrants who want to learn English do so more quickly. The fund, a public-private partnership, is one element of a wide-ranging immigration reform plan offered by Lieberman in September.

940 Million Dollar Man and Recent Buyer of Anaheim Angels -Arturo Moreno- to Keynote National Latino Business Expo
LOS ANGELES - In a rare public appearance outside of the Angels’ home field, Arturo Moreno, owner of the Anaheim Angels, will keynote the Latin Business Association’s National Latino Business Expo Luncheon, scheduled for October 21 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Moreno recently purchased the Anaheim Angels franchise from The Walt Disney Companies for $180 million dollars.

Third Round of Hall of Famers Sought
Sweetwater District inducts next class of alumni

The military, public service, the arts, business... these are just a few of the arenas that Sweetwater District graduates have conquered since crossing the stage at graduation. Sweetwater is on the lookout for its third class of inductees, but time is quickly running out for nominations. Less than two weeks remain until the October 15 deadline to submit graduates and their stories.


The voters of the State of California have spoken and they let their will be known - Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, is the new governor. We may not be happy with the results but it is a snapshot of an outcome determined under a compressed time frame where ample time was not available to politically analyze the candidates and the underlying issues.

When is a community meeting Not a community meeting?

The proposed Filipino Village in National City is one of Mayor Nick Inzunza’s pet projects and is on the fast track to becoming reality. The city has already acquired federal monies to improve Plaza Boulevard, which is underway, and there are banners on the street proclaiming Filipino heritage.

Columbus Day: Holocaust and the Doctrine of Discovery
By Roy Cook
On each October 13, Tribal people observe others celebrating Columbus Day. What do we celebrate/observe? In 1492 Columbus’ ships appeared off the coast of San Salvador. The Taino Indians greeted Columbus with unimaginable hospitality. Columbus reported to his queen: “So tractable, so peaceable, are these people, that I swear to your Majesties there is not in the world a better nation. They love their neighbors as themselves, and their discourse is ever sweet and gentle, and accompanied with a smile; and though it is true that they are naked, yet their manners are decorous and praiseworthy.” Columbus soon lost sight of the generosity and kindness of the Taino people.

Immigrants Say: ‘Do Not Take Advantage of a Foreigner’
By Tram Nguyen
Maria, a single mother, had supported her family by cleaning office buildings in San Jose ever since she arrived in the U.S. 11 years ago from Mexico. But after 9/11, she was fired for being undocumented. “This did not matter to them before,” she explained. “They hired me and paid me $12 an hour for a decade. But I lost my job and couldn’t find another one for nine months.”

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Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

La Musa de Tarantino
Uma Thurman es la novia en Kill Bill

By Jose Daniel Bort
Toda la película se basa en ella. El personaje central de la nueva cinta del “Auteur” Tarantino es un personaje sacado de la nada, que fue ofrecido a la actriz Uma Thurman inclusive antes de tener historia, destino o relación con otros personajes.

Quentin usa a Uma para matar a Bill
Alucinante explotación de géneros es Kill Bil
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Tarantino a secas, el amado, odiado, reverenciado, temido y discutido director pop de los noventa, tardó seis años en traer un nuevo producto a las pantallas. Valió la pena la espera.
Los Dioses de Hollywood en la Escena
Por: Paco Zavala
Cualquier ser humano tiene una trayectoria en su vida, buena o mala, productiva o improductiva y no sé cuantas cosas se pueden involucrar en el correr de la vida de cualquiera.

San Diego Museum of Man Sponsors “Fiesta de Tequila” Trip to Ensenada
Tequila enthusiasts take note: for the second consecutive year the San Diego Museum of Man and Galeria Pérez Meillón of Ensenada --in conjunction with the Seminario de Historia de Baja California-- will present the Fiesta del Tequila, October 25, 2003.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Indudablemente la música popular tiene un arraigo muy fuerte en los núcleos poblacionales más nutridos, porque el pueblo eleva al rango de ídolos al artista o agrupación que más le simpatiza, no importa su calidad interpretativa o musical, no, simple y sencillamente se admira, se coloca y ya, no se discute y el ícono encumbrado, así lo siente y se proyecta al nivel que se le permita llegar.

Organizan Concurso de Calaveras y de Ofrendas para Celebrar la Fiesta de los Muertos
Por: Paco Zavala
Cada año tradicionalmente el pueblo de México, celebra los días 1 y 2 de noviembre la Fiesta del Día de Muertos.

U.S. Falls In WWC Semis, Plays Canada Saturday for 3rd Place
By John Philip Wyllie
Four years ago, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team took American soccer from the depths of obscurity into living rooms across the country and on to the front pages of magazines and newspapers throughout the land. It would have been a fitting conclusion to the brilliant World Cup careers of pioneering players such as Mia Hamm, Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Brandi Chastain if the U.S. had won this year’s tournament at home in front of its legion of loyal fans. Unfortunately, a highly talented, well-disciplined team from Germany had other ideas. And when the dust settled after their epic semifinal struggle at Portland’s PGE Park last Sunday, it was the Germans giving each other congratulatory hugs and flashing relieved smiles.

Youngsters Highlight Pardee Ocean View 5K Run and Walk
It was billed as a fun-filled day for the whole family but it was the youngsters who stole the spotlight as 13-year-old Julia Hernandez won the Pardee Ocean View 5K Run and Walk Saturday morning.

Jaguars in ‘Shock And Awe’
Playoff chances fade after loss to Grossmont

By Jaime Cárdenas
The Southwestern College football program is in a state of disbelief following Saturday’s 76-34 loss to Grossmont College in El Cajon.

Natural Born Leader
Defensive team captain draws interest from Division one schools

CHULA VISTA –Jaguars Linebacker Myles Bush may not be a doctor – yet – but he definitely operates like a surgeon on the field.

It’s Revenge For Morales, Hernandez and Marquez!
By Fiona Manning
A sell out crowd of 11,000 at Staples Center in Los Angeles watched one of the most spectacular cards seen on Cali shores for some time on Saturday night; witnessing some impressive firsts: a brutal 3rd round KO victory for Erik “El Terrible” Morales in his first foray into the super featherweight division.