Volume XXIX Number 39 September 30, 2005

FrontPage Stories

National day of protest against the Iraq war in San Diego

Photos and text by Luis Alonso Pérez

While World Bank and International Monetary Fund executives where celebrating their annual meetings in Washington D. C. last Saturday 24th, over 100 thousand protestors marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, until they reached the White House, demanding the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

But demonstrators in the capital weren’t alone. Thousands of Americans from Los Angeles to Milwaukee and from Seattle to New Mexico, organized rallies to protest against the military occupation as a part of a national mobilization called the National Day of Protest.

Youthful Chicanos/as gathered at City College in preparation of Peace March to Balboa Park.

In San Diego, over two thousand people met peacefully in Balboa Park, after most of the participants marched from City College and the Santa Fe train Station. Before the march, rallies where held at both places.

At 1 pm the participants extended their banners, raised their signs and took the streets of San Diego. It was a very diverse group, not only activists and college students, but families with kids, couples and individuals from every ethic group: Asians, Latinos, Africans, Caucasians, and Middle Eastern. Age didn’t matter, you could see children holding their parents hands and grandparents in their wheelchairs being pushed by their sons. Some people where walking with their bicycles, others with their dogs.

Día nacional de protestas contra la guerra en Irak en San Diego
Fotos y texto por Luis Alonso Pérez
Mientras ejecutivos del Banco Mundial y el Fondo Monetario Internacional celebraban su Asamblea Anual en Washington D.C. el pasado sábado 24 de septiembre, más de 100 mil manifestantes marcharon por la Avenida Pensylvania hasta llegar a la Casa Blanca, exigiendo el retiro inmediato de las tropas estadounidenses de Irak.

Killing of Puerto Rican Nationalist Adds ‘State Terror’ to Terrorism’s Crimes
By Roberto Lovato
“What happened in Puerto Rico is nothing less than state terrorism!” yells Nuyorican activist Frank Vergara during a large protest of the recent FBI killing of 72-year-old Puerto Rican nationalist leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios on the Caribbean island.

District 8 candidate is a political outsider
• Matthew Moncayo said he will bring a common-people perspective to San Diego’s City Council.
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Although he unsuccesfully ran for mayor as a write-in candidate last July, Matthew Moncayo said he’s more prepared to run for the District 8 seat in San Diego’s City Council.

Candidato para el Distrito 8 es un desconocido politico
• Matthew Moncayo dice que traerá una perspectiva de la gente común al cabildo de San Diego.
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Aunque corrió sin suerte para Alcalde en las elecciones de julio, Matthew Moncayo dijo que está preparado como candidato para ser regidor del Distrito 8 del cabildo de la ciudad de San Diego.


Landmark State Election Held
Voters in the border state of Coahuila went to the polls on Sunday, September, 26, to elect mayors, state legislators and a new governor. A big victory for Coahuila’s long-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) did not surprise anyone, but the election showcased new voting procedures, election reforms and get-tough-on-crime measures that could be adopted elsewhere in Mexico.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Segundo desafuero, segundo
“Es el tema fundamental en el cual podríamos tener ciertos riesgos y de que nuestros connacionales pudieran ser condicionados de alguna forma para emitir su voto en favor de un partido político o de un candidato, y por otra parte, también para nosotros es esencial el aspecto relacionado con el Registro Federal de Electores, con la expedición de credenciales de elector, y a su vez, también con aquellas manifestaciones que hagan nuestros connacionales, de querer votar en el extranjero, porque eso, lógicamente, tenemos que cuidar que no se altere el padrón electoral”.

A 37 Años de Distancia de la Masacre de Tlaltelolco
Por: Paco Zavala
¿Qué fue lo qué sucedió el 2 de octubre de 1968 en Tlatelolco? Aquella masacre de estudiantes de triste memoria, de la que se sabe que su único pecado fue el de rebelarse en contra del sístema político y muchas otras razones vinculadas con el mismo, existentes en aquellos días, allá por México, ciudad capital. Todo, no lo sabemos y si lo sabemos, lo sabemos cojo e incompleto, porque sobre éste tema muchos son los involucrados, muchos son los culpables, muchos son los Judas, muchos fueron sobornados y muchos se han lavado las manos.

Victims Sought in Immigration Fraud Case After Defendants Plead Guilty to Felony Charges
San Diego District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis announced that her office is seeking additional victims in an immigration fraud case after two defendants pleaded guilty to felony charges. Potential victims would have used the services of the now-defunct Legal Services Network on Fifth Ave. in Downtown San Diego between 1993 and 2005.

Walking is good
A project targets areas in Chula Vista with high number of pedestrian accidents.

By Pablo Jaime Sainz
When Tina Zenzola asked the English as a Second Language class students how many of them walked to get to most of their destinations, more than half of the 30 students raised their hands.

Caminar es bueno
Un proyecto se enfoca en áreas de Chula Vista que tienen altos números de accidentes peatonales.

Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Cuando Tina Zenzola le preguntó a las estudiantes de la clase de inglés como segundo idioma cuántas de ellas caminaban para llegar a la mayoría de sus destinos, más de la mitad de las 30 estudiantes levantó la mano.

Por Ricardo J. Galarza

Katrina y Rita: La Historia Continúa
Ya lo advertíamos el año pasado desde esta columna, en el recuento de los daños causados por los huracanes Charley, Frances e Iván, que dejaron pérdidas de 24 mil millones de dólares y un saldo de 88 muertos en tan sólo cuatro semanas.

Sweetwater District Schools Reach Out to Katrina Victims
From bracelets to backpacks, district students find creative ways to connect with those affected by the devastating hurricane
Students of all ages and abilities in the Sweetwater District are doing their part to raise funds and needed items for victims of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated parts of the Gulf Coast. They inspired staff members, their peers and their parents alike to reach into their pockets and meet a need.

Avian Flu Crisis — A Question of When
EDITOR’S NOTE: The avian flu virus, H5N1, has the potential to kill millions once it learns how to jump from human to human. So far, most people who become infected have worked with live chickens. But scientists say it’s a matter of time before avian flu makes the leap. The virus most recently surfaced in Indonesia, where four people have died. Andrew Lam spoke with Dr. David Relman, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University.
By Andrew Lam
LAM: Should we ask if avian flu will jump from animal-to-human transmission to human-to-human transmission — or is it a question of when?

With graying of America, workplace grows more diverse
By Patrick Henning
California’s workforce has been called the most diverse on earth. It’s about to get even more so. The forces of economics and demographics are combining to change the face of the workplace in California and across the nation. It’s called the “graying of America,” and it’s time for all of us – employers and workers, the private sector and government – to prepare for it.

Jobtoberfest 2005 Job Fair
To promote October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the San Diego Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and QUALCOMM present Jobt-oberfest 2005, Job Fair.

Kellogg’s Honors Icons César Chávez and Celia Cruz
The César E. Chávez Foundation is proud to announce that its namesake César Chávez — along with salsa great Celia Cruz — will be featured on select packages of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2005 (September 15 - October 15, 2005).

Lawn care businesses feel pinch of soaring gas prices
By José A. Álvarez
Joaquin Porfirio has been doing landscaping and lawn care work for more than 13 years and never has he seen his expenses grow so much. The culprit? The soaring gasoline prices.

Negocios de jardinería afectados por los altos precios de la gasolina
Por José A. Álvarez
Joaquín Porfirio lleva 13 años podando céspedes y realizando trabajos de jardinería pero nunca había visto sus gastos crecer tanto. ¿La razón? El creciente precio de la gasolina.

Get Your Garden Ready for Fall in Three Easy Steps
By: Dan Carney
On September 22, 2005, autumn begins in the Northern Hemisphere. If this fact inspires you to cross the celestial equator of your garage and dig out your rusting shovels, then you’re on the right track. Autumn is the best time to take stock of your garden and get ready for the months ahead. Cooler temperatures and our normal rainy season usually start in October, making this an ideal time to plant California native and other climate-adapted plants. It’s also an important time to make your landscape as fire-safe as possible – especially if you live on the edge of a wildland area. Here are some steps you can take to help you grow a healthy garden, use the right of amount of water, and make your property more fire-defensible:


Special Statewide Election Scheduled For November 8, 2005
By now, all Registered Voters of the State of California will have received their Official Voter Information Guide which provides the Voter with all the necessary information to make an informed decision about the merits or demerits of the Propositions that will be in your Ballot on Election Day Tuesday November 8, 2005.

The Publisher of La Prensa San Diego recognizes the fact that there are very few media outlets which are directed to inform the Mexican American on the merits of the Initiatives being proposed. Our points of view on the Propositions are analyzed from the perspective of our community, their needs, and interests of the Mexican American voters. With these qualifications, the Board of Editors of La Prensa San Diego, will be submitting recommendations to you, the voters, that we hope will assist you on making your choices on this upcoming Election.

Proposition 73: An Amendment to the California Constitution which will define and prohibit an abortion being carried out on unemancipated minors, until 48 hours after a Physician notifies the minor’s parent/guardian. Except or with a parental waiver.in a medical emergency.

Elección Estatal Especial Programada Para el 8 de Noviembre, 2005
Hasta ahora, todos los votantes registrados del estado de California habrán recibido su Guía de Información Oficial del Votante, la cual provee todo lo necesario para que el votante haga una decisión bien informada sobre los méritos y deméritos de las proposiciones que estarán en la Balota el Día de la Elección, Martes 8 de Noviembre del 2005.

El Editor de La Prensa San Diego reconoce el hecho de que hay muy pocos medios que están dispuestos a informar a los Mexicoamericanos de los méritos de las iniciativas propuestas. Nuestros puntos de vista en las proposiciones son analizadas desde una perspectiva vista por nuestra comunidad, sus necesidades e intereses de los votantes Mexicoamericanos. Con éstas calificaciones de la Mesa Directiva de los Editores de La Prensa San Diego, les haremos llegar las recomendaciones a ustedes los votantes, de las que esperamos los ayuden a tomar sus decisiones en la próxima elección.

Proposition 73: Notificación a los padres de familia sobre abortos. Una menor embarazada (una soltera menor de 18 años) puede hacerse un aborto en California sin decírselo a sus padres.

Special Statewide Election Scheduled For November 8, 2005
Proposition 74: Public School Teachers. Waiting Period for Permanent Status. Dismissal. Initiative Statute.
Teachers have become the scapegoat for everything wrong with education in California and this proposition is just another attempt by our political leadership to divert attention from the real problems within our school districts. The problems within our school district is that our children, Hispanic/minority students, are not getting educated and it has very little to do with teacher tenure. And firing and hiring new teachers will do little to change this condition.

Elección Estatal Especial Programada Para el 8 de Noviembre, 2005
Prop. 74: Maestros de escuelas públicas
Los maestros se han convertido en chivos expiatorios por todo lo malo que pasa en la educación en California y ésta Proposición es solamente otro intento de nuestro liderazgo politico para desviar la atención de los verdaderos problemas dentro de nuestros distritos escolares. Los problemas dentro de nuestros distritos escolares son que nuestros hijos, estudiantes minoritarios/Hispanos, no están siendo educados, y tienen muy poco que ver con los maestros. El despedir y el emplear a nuevos maestros hará muy poco para cambiar ésta condición.

An Unconstitutionally Teachable Moment
By Neal McCluskey
Journalists, pundits and colleagues consider Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) an expert on the Constitution. They note that he carries a copy of the supreme law of the land in his pocket at all times. He cares about it so much, in fact, that he slipped an amendment into a 2005 appropriations bill requiring all institutions that receive federal funds, including thousands of schools, to teach about the Constitution every September 17, the anniversary of its signing. In doing so, over the last few days (September 17 fell on a Saturday, so Friday and Monday events met the law’s requirements), Byrd provided a perfect “teachable moment,” a chance to explain how, when it comes to education, federal policymakers have ignored the Constitution for decades.

Apoyo Para Elección Compasiva
Por Rosalba Rodriguez M.D. Internal Medicine & Medical Oncology
Lo único que la mayoría de las personas le temen más que a la muerte, es un sufrimiento prolongado previo a un final próximo.

EU: de la Reforma Estructural al Balance Regional
Por: Manuel R. Villacorta O.
Todos los sucesos económicos, políticos, sociales, culturales y naturales que están ocurriendo en Estados Unidos y el mundo en general, han sido mencionados, analizados y considerados por diversas instituciones —públicas, privadas, globales y locales— que se involucran en el futuro de la humanidad. Y coinciden las estimaciones proyectivas serias en que se avecinan fenómenos sociales muy convulsionados, producto de dos hechos en particular: el agravamiento en las condiciones de vida en los países pobres y el reajuste económico que están experimentado las naciones más desarrolladas del mundo, especialmente Estados Unidos.

Schwarzenegger Shows no Mercy on Gays
(Editor’s Note: Working with the Political Science class of Dr. Humberto Caspa at UC San Marcos, La Prensa San Diego will, periodically, be publishing political commentaries from the students perspective. It is our goal to provide space for these students as they develop their critical thinking skills.)
By: Norman Vigil
Once at the forefront of the battle for civil liberties, today California has been relinquished to the sidelines. Governor Schwarzenegger announced this month that he would veto a bill that would have allowed gay marriage to be legally recognized by the state of California.

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

Macuilxochitl's Kiva
Jaguares and Pechanga Escort Rock en Español into Temecula
by Francisco H. Ciriza
Temecula – On all fronts, the consensus was, this is a great place. On a mild fall evening, with a crisp breeze cutting along the burnt orange sunset, the desert oasis known as Pechanga Resort & Casino provided a shining yet cozy backdrop for a memorable concert from one of rock music’s finest. A near sellout crowd of loyal Jaguares fans from throughout the region descended upon Pechanga’s 1,200 seat showroom theater for the latest Latino act to grace the stage at the state-of-the-art venue.

El hijo mayor de Raúl Julia busca su reivindicación
Raúl Julia-Levy le responde a la viuda del actor
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Raúl Julia-Levy quiere que el mundo sepa (y en especial Merel Polloway, la segunda esposa y viuda del actor puertorriqueño) que él no necesita la aprobación de nadie para sentirse hijo de Raul Julia y usar su nombre como actor profesional.

Representarán Nueve Obras Teatrales en el IX Encuentro de Teatro Tijuana 2005
Por: Paco Zavala
Con la participación de nueve compañías teatrales de los estados de: Nuevo León (2). Sinaloa (1), San Luis Potosí (1), Distrido Federal (2) y Baja California (3) el estado anfitrión, celebrarán el IX Encuentro de Teatro Tijuana 2005.

Las Matemáticas de la locura
Proof presenta una realidad única y tangible

Por Jose Daniel Bort
Llega a las carteleras ésta película que ha tardado casi un año en estrenarse debido a la controversia con respecto a la autoría de su casa distribuidora. “Proof” es una película de otoño, con aspiraciones de ser contada en el circuito de premios del próximo invierno, en especial gracias a la actuación de Gwyneth Paltrow como Catherine, la heroína de la historia.

The 6th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival doubles festival days

The San Diego Asian Film Festival celebrates its sixth year at the UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center (formerly Mann Theatres), September 29 - October 6. The festival promises to be a bigger and better experience with more than 130 short and feature films from the U.S., Canada, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Local Filmmaker Features Two Films at Cal State San Marcos
Independent filmmaker Louis Hock will present La Mera Frontera and The Mexican Tapes: A Chronicle of Life Outside the Law as a part of the Cal State San Marcos Arts and Lectures series at 7 p.m., Monday, October 10, 2005, in the Arts Building, Room 240.

Entretenimiento en casa
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Scary Movie 3.5
La versión sin censura de la tercera parte de la película de terror más cómica llega con muy buenas actuaciones dentro del genero de la parodia. Esta vez, “Scary Movie 3.5” viene burlándose de películas taquilleras como “The Others”, “The ring”, “Signos”, “Matrix Reloaded” y hasta el show de TV “American Idol”.

42nd Annual Cabrillo Festival Brings History to Life
Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2 at Cabrillo National Monument
Culture and History unite at the 42nd Annual Cabrillo Festival at Cabrillo National Monument. The main event of the festival, one of the oldest cultural events in San Diego, is the Open House on Sunday, October 2, from 10 AM – 5 PM. Taken from the pages of history, the Cabrillo Festival brings to life the story of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, an explorer sailing for the King of Spain in search of new lands and wealth who helped establish trade routes between Asia and the Americas.

Art Expressions Gallery Presents Focus Mexico: Two Painters, Two Photographers
Art Expressions Gallery announces the opening of Focus Mexico: Two Painters, Two Photographers, an exhibition of recent works by plein aire painters John Comer and Robin Hall and photographers Leland Foerster and David Lubbers.

Día De Los Muertos 12th Annual Commemoration In Sherman Heights Historic District
The community of historic Sherman Heights, the Sher-man Heights Community Center, and the Sherman Heights Neighborhood Cultural Council will commemorate Día de Los Muertos starting Friday, 30 September 2005, and concluding Tuesday, 1 November 2005.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With Leo Carrillo
Carlsbad-In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places will be featuring a special web page tribute to the City of Carlsbad’s Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park.

Perez-Pinal Focused on the Court and In the Classroom
By John Philip Wyllie
For years Bonita Vista High reigned virtually unchallenged and supreme in South Bay women’s tennis. The rows of league banners decorating the Baron gym attest to that. But this season the Barons find themselves competing in a league filled with ever-improving teams. The Eastlake Titans have supplanted the Barons as the defending league champions and the Lady Barons will be hard pressed to regain the title they virtually owned for many years.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Tradition.  Ritual.  Ceremony. The Essential Elements
At precisely four hours before the paseillo, the sorteo is held. The bulls are divided into pairs and their numbers are written on cigarette papers and tossed into a hat. Each matador or his assistant, according to seniority, puts his hand into the hat and retrieves a ball of paper. Those are the bulls that he will face, that afternoon.

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