Maria Contreras-Sweet SBA Administrator

August 29, 2014

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Small businesses create social mobility, according to Latina SBA administrator

By Pablo J. Sáinz

Maria Contreras-Sweet is a prime example that anyone can earn the American Dream with effort and dedication.

Since April, she has been the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.

No small feat for a woman who immigrated to the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico, at the age of five, along with her single mother and five siblings. She rose through the corporate world ranks, founding the first Latino-owned bank in California in more than 35 years.

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August 30, 2014

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County Library and Dreamer Assistance Host Immigration Workshops

The El Cajon Branch is hosting the Dare to DREAM Workshop Series, which supports undocumented teens and adults between ages 15-32 in their educational and professional development.  The series is being offered by the San Diego Dreamer Assistance Network and will launch in September at the El Cajon Library, 201 E Douglas Ave.  The Dreamer […]

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August 18, 2014

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Calling all Chula Vista Residents!

Chula Vista is moving from at-large elections to elections by district. A new—and historic—Districting Commission in the City of Chula Vista will decide new district lines. MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD! Come to a workshop to learn the background and essential information, and to hear about opportunities for you and your community to be […]

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August 29, 2014

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People age 50 and over represent diverse group

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By Pablo J. Sáinz When Marie Rose Escobedo retired from her job in human resources a few years ago, she knew she wasn’t going to be the typical retiree that stays home doing nothing all day. “I’ve been involved in my city’s affairs for a long time, so I always wanted to be a volunteer […]

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August 29, 2014

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Las personas mayores de 50 años representan a un grupo diverso

Por Pablo J. Sáinz Cuando Marie Rose Escobedo se jubiló de su empleo en recursos humanos hace ya algunos años, ella sabía que no iba a ser la típica jubilada que se queda en casa sin hacer nada. “Todo el tiempo he estado muy involucrada en los asuntos de mi ciudad, así que siempre quise […]

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August 29, 2014

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Fred Ross. The man who found Cesar Chavez

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By Gabriel Thompson La Voz de Austin On June 9, 1952, Fred Ross knocked on the door of a modest house on San Jose’s eastside. The house belonged to Cesar Chavez, then an anonymous 25-year-old struggling to support his family through part-time work at a lumberyard. Ross launched into his pitch, talking about how Mexican […]

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August 22, 2014

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Miss National City 2014 cares about her community

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By Pablo J. Sáinz Aida Castañeda’s middle name is Cuahutli, which in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, means “eagle that flies.” That name truly captures Castañeda’s life: In her 24 years, she has been accomplishing many great things, but her future looks even brighter, flying like a strong, proud eagle. “My dad wanted all […]

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Latest From Stories

August 29, 2014

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Reclaiming Life from Streets of Death

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By Kent Paterson Frontera NorteSur On a recent afternoon, dozens of pretty white handkerchiefs fluttered in the breeze from the fence of the Benito Juarez Monument in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Embroidered in beautiful blue, green and red letters, the words spelled out very ugly messages: October 13, 2013 Juarez, Chihuahua A man known as Lucky […]

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August 29, 2014

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Tecate de fiesta: 70 años de éxito en Baja California

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Por Citlalli Rodríguez La cerveza que lleva el nombre de uno de los 5 municipios de Baja California: Tecate celebra este año su 70 aniversario de la exitosa fundación en esta localidad con una serie de eventos que resaltan la belleza y atractivos turísticos de lo que comenzó siendo solamente un par de rancherías entre […]

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August 29, 2014

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Mateo Camarillo: “He encontrado el Sueño Americano”

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Por Pablo J. Sáinz Mateo Camarillo se mudó a San Diego de su natal Tijuana siendo un niño. Desde entonces, se ha convertido en uno de los activistas chicanos y empresarios más activos en San Diego. Su vida es un perfecto balance de activismo social y espíritu empresarial, algo que dijo ha podido lograr gracias […]

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August 29, 2014

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Mateo Camarillo: “I have found the American Dream”

By Pablo J. Sáinz Mateo Camarillo moved to San Diego from his native Tijuana as a little boy. Since then, he has become one of San Diego’s most active Chicano activists and entrepreneurs. His life is a perfect balance of social activism and business entrepreneurship, something he said he has been able to accomplish thanks […]

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August 29, 2014

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Southwestern College Awarded $2.475 Million Federal Grant

Funding will boost completion rates for Latino students A five-year effort to increase completion rates for Latinos and language learners at Southwestern College has been given a financial boost. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the college $2,475,000 over five years for its Puertas al Futuro (Doorways to the Future) grant application. Funding will […]

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August 29, 2014

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¡A lavarse las manos!

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL El Soporte Informativo Para Millones de Hispanos Por Luisa Fernanda Montero Hasta hace muy pocos años, cuando el hombre carecía de las maravillosas herramientas que le ha dado la modernidad, la muerte era un asunto de jóvenes; muy pocos llegaban a la edad madura y muchos no alcanzaban la adolescencia. Antes de […]

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August 22, 2014

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The Mission to Mexico: California Governor Jerry Brown’s Diplomatic Coup

By Kent Paterson Frontera NorteSur Largely overlooked by the U.S. media, California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent mission to Mexico may have recast the future of U.S.-Mexico relationships in a bigger way than any other U.S. leader has achieved in contemporary times. In an agenda-packed tour of three days at the end of July, Brown not […]

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August 22, 2014

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Xavier the X-man wants to keep on helping children

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By Pablo J. Sáinz The first time Xavier the X-man sat down behind a radio station’s microphone at the age of 16 in his hometown of Salinas, he said he felt he was in a privileged position: In a position to influence others, in a position to help others, in a position to make a […]

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Latest From Editorial and Commentary

August 29, 2014

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We ask the question: Why are Jim Cartmill and Bertha Lopez running for office?

Editorial: This week we celebrate the contributions of the working man/woman of America on Labor Day. We celebrate his toil, sweat, and sacrifice to make this a great nation. It is the labor of the working man and woman who move this nation forward. While we celebrate the working man/woman, we are reminded that Labor […]

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August 29, 2014

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Inequality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Empowering Workers

Commentary: By Robert Borosage On Labor Day, families gather, politicians pay tribute to values of hard work, and some workers even get an extra day off. But this Labor Day arrives with working families struggling to stay afloat. Working family incomes haven’t gone up in the 21st century. Inequality reaches new extremes. Corporate profits are […]

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August 29, 2014

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Labor Day: Skills for a Lifetime

Commentary: By Thomas E. Perez As the Secretary of Labor, I have a unique opportunity to meet with employers around the country of all sizes and from an array of industries. So many of them tell me the same thing; they’re ready to grow their businesses and to hire more people. But here’s the rub: […]

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August 29, 2014

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A need to Demilitarize our Society

Commentary: By Jimmy Franco Sr. The present surge in the use of heavy weaponry and violence on the international front by the leaders of our government is beginning to penetrate all facets of our society. This increase in militarism and the use of aggressive tactics to resolve problems are now becoming the political norm in […]

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August 29, 2014

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“Redskins” es un insulto

Comentario: Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D. Después del abandono de los Raiders a Oakland, la ciudad de Los Ángeles ha buscado imperiosamente un equipo de futbol que, no solo enaltezca las cualidades innatas de su gente, sino que ese equipo se convierta en una inversión que produzca beneficios económicos para toda la comunidad angelina. Qué les […]

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August 22, 2014

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Ferguson is a wake-up call for America!

Editorial: As we watch the daily news of the protest and police reaction to the protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, it has become crystal clear that despite the general understanding that we live in the land of the free, the police killing and their response has once again proven that many of us are not free. […]

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