Volume XXVI Number 43 October 25, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Roads of steel: Baja California Railroads

By Mariana Martinez

A pilgrims Peninsula.

From the dim light of dawn come clanging of wheels, metal and smoke; the train arrives. From its core come women, children and men, families that join their whispers to those from the station vendors:

— Pork skin, bean or sausage gorditas, what can I get you?

— Tongue tacos, chimichangas, quesadillas

— Taxi?

In the middle of the Baja Californian landscape, the anxious porters help the families with their boxes, trunks and bags, in which they bring there roots and hopes.

A train wagon

The Sonora-Baja California railroad was built under the initiative of the Transit and Railroad commissioner, Ing. Ulises Irigoyen, during Lázaro Cárdenas Presidency in 1937. Threatened by the expansionist views in the United States, México feared for their Baja California territory. Far away from the capital, with precarious communications and little population, the peninsula seemed a likely target; something was needed to bind it to the rest of the country.

Several railroads were being built around the country, so Irigoyen came up with a plan to build one in Baja California, starting in Mexicali and going all the way down to Benjamín Hill, in the state of Sonora, from there, the tracks could hook up with the rest of the Mexican railroad system, all the way to Guadalajara.

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Camino de Hierro: Trenes de Baja California
Por Mariana Martinez
Una península de peregrinos
De la tenue luz del amanecer se escuchan pasos, pasos de ruedas, metal y humo; llega el gran tren. De sus entrañas salen mujeres, niños, hombres, familias enteras que funden sus murmullos al de los vendedores de la estación:

Ducheny Makes War In California’s Boxing Commission
By Fiona Manning
A war has been simmering for two years within the official ranks of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). In one corner is the state’s Medical Director, Dr. Paul Wallace. In the other is commissioner Al Ducheny.

Celebración del “Día de Muertos”
Por: Paco Zavala
Por lo que se sabe a la fecha el mexicano siempre se ha burlado de la muerte, de mil maneras lo hace, se “pitorrea” de su existencia y de lo que haga o signifique, para el mexicano es un símbolo de burla.


U.S. EPA and North American Development Bank Provide $18 Million to Tijuana Municipality Money to Help Tijuana Sewer Rehabilitation
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with the North American Development Bank, presented an $18 million grant to the governor of Baja California Norte in Mexico for the rehabilitation of Tijuana sewers.

Governor Davis Announces Appointment of Salcido to San Diego County Superior Court
SACRAMENTO — With the appointment today of Deputy District Attorney DeAnn M. Salcido as a Judge of the San Diego County Superior Court, Governor Gray Davis has appointed ten women judges in San Diego since taking office —an historic level of representation by women on the San Diego County Bench.

Estudiantes del Colegio Southwestern Aprenden Cuidados de Emergencia en Ambulancia Dentro de un Salón de Clases
mulador de Ambulancia Donado por American Medical Response
CHULA VISTA — Hasta el año pasado, los estudiantes paramédicos del Colegio Southwestern aprendían cuidados de emergencia en una ambulancia vieja que conducían por todo el recinto colegial y se descomponía a cada rato. Sus dolores de cabeza han terminado.

Former Bishop of Chiapas Humanitarian, Defender of the Poor to Lecture October 28 at UCSD
A Catholic Bishop who championed the rights of the poor in the impoverished Mexican state of Chiapas and rose above rampant adversity from the state’s political factions and military powers will speak Oct. 28 at the University of California, San Diego.

Por Yamel Catacora
Estudiando a la hermana
Es suficiente ser mujer para estremecerse ante el sólo pensar en que se nos diagnostique el cáncer del seno. Más de una habrá sentido esa sensación escalofriante al realizarse el primer auto-examen o bien, la primera mamografía. Nada se compara al alivio que produce un resultado negativo.

Market Creek Plaza Food 4 Less Reaches Milestone With Over One Million Shoppers
Market Creek Plaza, San Diego’s innovative neighborhood-strengthening commercial and cultural center, reached a major milestone with its anchor tenant, Food 4 Less, reporting nearly 1.5 million customer transactions since opening its doors in January, 2001. The success of Food 4 Less has exceeded expectations, and will help drive future success for the Plaza and for the community. But it’s not a typical success story.

Wells Fargo Launches Financial Resources Online en Español
Wells Fargo & Company announced the launch of Servicios En Español — or Spanish Services — a Spanish online resource center on http://www.wellsfargo.com specifically designed to help Spanish speaking consumers and small business owners access valuable financial services information, 24/7, that can help them grow and prosper.

Calling All Entries!
San Diego Children Commissioned for 2003 Aviation Art Contest
Celebrating “100 Years of Powered Flight,” the San Diego International Airport, Port of San Diego, and San Diego Aerospace Museum are calling for entries in their seventh annual children’s aviation art contest.

Charger Girls Captain Kathy Perez Supports Ocean View 5K Run/Walk For Education
Charger Girls Captain Kathy Perez is scheduled to attend the inaugural Pardee Homes Ocean View 5K Run/Walk for Education at 8:00 a.m. on November 9, 2002, at 8:00 a.m.  Proceeds from the race will benefit educational programs in the Sweetwater, San Ysidro and Chula Vista school districts. 

“Los Jovenes y la Ley” Ahora Disponible en Español en el Internet
The State Bar of California (El Colegio de Abogados del Estado de California o “La Barra”) anunció hoy que su guía popular, “Los Jovenes y La Ley: Una Guía Para Los Padres de A-a-Z” está disponible en español en el Website, wwwcalbar.ca.gov.


Shirley Horton for the 78th Assembly District
Every ten years the California Legislature goes through the process of redistrict-ing. During this process the Party in power tries to accomplish two things, the first is to protect incumbents and the second is to create safe districts to ensure the election of a Democrat or Republican, depending on who is in power at the time. This was the case with the 78th Assembly District.

Endorsement Ron Morrison National City
Time for New Vision In National City
National City is facing a crisis: it is bursting at the seams. Visionary leadership is required at city hall to bring the changes necessary to move National City into the 21st century. Changes are required at City Hall.

Michael Giorgino A breath of fresh air in the 40th Senatorial District
(The 40th Senatorial District race presents two contrasting personalities Denise Ducheny, a Democrat, who was termed out of office in the 79th Assembly District, and is now attempting to get back to the State Capitol. She is contending against a political newcomer, Michael Giorgino, a Republican.)

Mary Salas for Mayor of Chula Vista
The residents of Chula Vista are in a unique position, in regards to the two individuals running for mayor of the city. Mary Salas and Steve Padilla are both equally qualified and both share a similar vision for the city. There is very little that distinguishes one from the other. And, the city will be well served by either one.

Francisco (Frank) Parra Receives our Support to be a National City Council Member
A newcomer to the political arena FRANCISCO (FRANK) PARRA, we believe, will bring to the National City Council the leadership to move the city forward into the future.

I Hate Hypocrisy, Is it time to bring back the draft?
By Rodolfo Acuña
There is nothing more repugnant than hypocrisy. I can accept the flaws of others but I cannot tolerate sanctimoniousness pretensions. For example, it mattered little to me what President Bill Clinton did in his leisure time. However, all of the religious talk and his characterization of Monica as “That woman!” offended me. But, when it all came down, the impeachment proceedings really did me in, i.e., Republicans and Democrats hypocritically casting stones at Clinton for doing what they themselves had done or were doing. It was intellectual dishonesty at its mendacious worse.

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

5th Annual “Día de los Muertos” Celebration Brings Mexican Folk Tradition to San Diego’s Bazaar del Mundo, Oct. 26 – Nov. 2
Special Frida Kahlo Activities Presented
Old Town San Diego’s Bazaar del Mundo will add a twist of international culture to the Halloween season when it presents the authentic trappings of an ancient Mexican folk holiday during its 5th annual Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) celebration, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 through Saturday, Nov. 2.

5 Razones por las que comemos en exceso
“Cómo desarrollar un plan de control de peso a largo plazo que sea apropiado para tí”
Por: Paco Zavala
La obesidad es un grave problema que en la actualidad agobia a los consumidores (al menos en los EE.UU). Las personas especializadas en el control alimentario, en tratar este problema y en encontrar las soluciones inherentes a esta calamidad, pocas veces o casi nunca las solucionan en forma completa y definitiva; por lo tanto, siempre se está en la búsqueda de alternativas que den cuando menos un respiro a esta problemática.

Music Reviews and Updates:
By Francisco H. Ciriza
Mexico’s mighty Rock en Español outfit, Jaguares, continues to establish itself as one of music’s all-time greatest groups, by releasing its fourth album this past Tuesday, “El Primer Instinto.” The band, led by singer, songwriter, sage, Saul Hernández has literally recorded the very definition of a truly acoustic or “unplugged” album.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Ya en unos cuantos días se celebran las famosas fiestas de “Halloween” y “El Día de Muertos”. De estas fiestas se les dará información en otra columna; por lo tanto, demos un recorrido por lo que acontece en los foros culturales del contorno tijuanense.

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