Volume XXX Number 24 June 16, 2006

FrontPage Stories

Viva la Lucha!!!

Pro Mexican Wrestling in San Diego

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

Ruben Zamora remembers that in 1984, when he was still a kid, his uncle took him for the first time to see lucha libre in Tijuana´s municipal auditorium.

It was an experience that changed his life forever, he said.

“I learnt about the world of masks, of capes, of the great Mexican wrestlers”, said 33-year-old Zamora. “It was really something amazing. I became obsessed with lucha libre.”

Frequently, Zamora and his family would cross the border from San Diego to see lucha libre live. But, after a while, he didn’t go for 15 years, due to the security risks that existed at the municipal auditorium back then.

“They used to throw glass bottles, there were fights between wrestlers and the public… It wasn’t a good place for a kid,” Zamora said.

Even though he stopped attending the shows in Tijuana, his love for lucha libre was kept alive through the television presentations that showed in Spanish networks. Every Sunday, he could watch his favorite Mexican wrestlers.

Now Zamora wants other Latino children to learn about the magical world of lucha libre. That´s why he´s become a local lucha libre promoter and on Saturday, June 24, he will bring some of the most recognized wrestlers in Mexico for an event that will take place at the Montgomery High School gym.

His promotion company is called Viva la Lucha! and every month he´s planning to organize a show of professional wrestling, of the highest quality, like the one you can watch on television, he said.

“Since I´m close to Tijuana, I´ve met many of the wrestlers and now I´m sort of a bridge for them in the U.S.,” Zamora said. “Here in San Diego there are smaller promotions that organize shows but it doesn´t look like professional wrestling. On the other hand, I like to see a good show, I think that people deserve much more. That´s why my events will be of the highest quality.”

In the June 24 card will be very popular wrestlers among Mexican fans in the U.S., such as Shocker, TJ Boy, and Fobia.

Also, for all the children there will be a special lucha with the sensational Mini wrestlers, such as Octangocito, Mascarita Sagrada, and Piratita Morgan.

Without a doubt, one of the most famous stars that will participate is 12 time champion Konnan, who, by the way, has lived in San Diego County for the past 14 years.

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¡¡¡Lucharán de dos a tres caídas!!!
Lucha libre profesional en San Diego
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Rubén Zamora recuerda que en 1984, siendo todavía un niño, su tío lo llevó por primera vez a la lucha libre en el Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana.


Diversity is valued at County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector Office
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
When Dan McAllister was elected to the Office of Treasurer-Tax Collector in November, 2002, and took office in December of that year, he said that he didn’t like what he found there in terms of diversity.


La diversidad es importante en la Oficina del Tesorero del Condado
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Cuando Dan McAllister fue electo a la Oficina del Tesorero-Recaudador de Impuestos en noviembre del 2002 y tomó posesión del puesto en diciembre de ese año, dijo que no le gustó lo que encontró en términos de diversidad.


¡Mundial divino tesoro!
Por Ricardo J. Galarza
Borges decía no entender la pasión por el fútbol, al que consideraba —en uno de esos juicios lapidarios tan común en él— “una forma del tedio, un juego tonto, en el que 22 hombres vestidos de niños corren detrás de una pelota”.



Stories

La difícil situación de los menores migrantes
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Diego Hernández tiene 16 años y la semana pasada dejó su pueblo de Salvatierra, Guanajuato con su primo José –también de 16– con rumbo a Tijuana, buscando cruzar la frontera y dirigirse hacia Los Ángeles, donde los espera su hermana mayor.


The difficult situation of migrant minors
By Luis Alonso Pérez
Diego Hernandez is 16 years old and last week he left his native town of Salvatierra, Guanajuato with his cousin Jose, who is also 16 years old. They headed north towards the border city of Tijuana and entered the United States without documents. They where on their way to Los Angeles, where his older sister awaits him, but after two nights of walking trough the mountainous region they where detained by Border Patrol agents and deported back to Tijuana.


Por amor a Sarita: La huelga de hambre de una madre obligó a autoridades a buscar a los asesinos de su hija
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Durante ocho días la señora Sara Elena Ruiz Meza rehusó ingerir alimentos y acampó afuera del edificio del gobierno del Estado para exigir a las autoridades que continuaran con la investigación del asesinato de su hija de Sara Benazir Chavolla Ruiz, una joven de 15 años que fue secuestrada y asesinada por sus captores, al ser expulsada de un auto en movimiento con sus manos atadas a la espalda.


Today’s Latino Professionals are Educated, Fully Bilingual and Assimilated: HACE’s Findings Shatter Stereotypes
The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) released the results of its 2006 Latino Professional Pulse Survey, “Making a Difference: Attitudes and Characteristics of Today’s Latino Professionals,” depict a population that is highly educated, fully bilingual, in almost all cases legally authorized to work, and with a family structure similar to the non-Hispanic white U.S. population. This survey also points to the fact that today’s Latino professionals have a more optimistic outlook on the economy than the overall population. They also value more than money when seeking jobs, are compassionate, and give philanthropic support to their communities on an annual basis.


Andean Gold Fever Sparks Cross-Border Battles
High in South America’s Andes Mountains, a battle continues between rural communities and a large Canadian mining company over the future of an environmentally and culturally-sensitive region. Sparked by a $1.5 billion-dollar project by the Barrick Gold Corporation of Canada, the dispute is an early test of how the new government of Chilean Socialist President Michelle Bachelet will balance environmental and economic concerns. Centered in the Huasco Valley that borders Chile and Argentina, the dispute pits indigenous and rural communities against Barrick Gold over the company’s Pascua Lama Project.


En la violencia doméstica nadie gana y nadie es rey
Parte III: Capítulo Primero
Por: Doctora Luz
Me provoca demasiada tristeza y enojo ver cómo las familias se destruyen por la violencia en la casa. Como psicóloga les pudiera platicar un sin fin de historias con una serie de consecuencias devastadoras. Lo que yo pretendo —a través de este medio— es el poder transmitir mi mensaje y llegar a influir en sus vidas para que mediten acerca de las consecuencias que conlleva la violencia familiar y todo lo que pueden ganar si trabajan en unión con su pareja; ya que, al fin de cuentas, fueron ustedes quienes escogieron a la persona con la cual pasarán el resto o parte de sus vidas. Y si consideran que no fue la elección idónea, entonces esto se convertirá en el reflejo de ustedes mismos.


Staying Safe Behind the Wheel
By Ana Hernandez-Bravo
In California everything is centered on cars. Unlike the “big East Coast cities,” the West Coast has yet to adopt a mass transit system similar to subways found in New York.


Communty Notes:
Bank of America announces third round of Neighborhood Excellence Initiative grants
The 2006 Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative is underway. Through this unique program, qualified organizations can apply to be awarded $200,000 in unrestricted general operating support to their work.


Cluninary/Food Page:
Weekly food recipes/themes & Recipe archieves -- Enjoy

Editorials

Editorial:
Graduation Day – A Day to Be Remembered!
June is Graduation month. From the Elementary school level, Middle School thru High School. Eventually many of our children continue on to the College/University level! Many a school campus is brimming with their school colors, flags are gently blowing in the wind, diplomas are piled high, and students are all excited as they look forward to closing one chapter in their life and beginning a new adventure.


Commentary:
Immigrant debate’s focus on National Identity could be good for all Americans
By Joe Ortiz
One of the phrases that have captured my attention more so than the “illegal” aspect of the immigration imbroglio is “National Identity.” The phrase is also presented as “American Identity” with supporting adjectives such as “cultural, traditional and creeds.” In this day and age, culture can mean many things to many people, but it’s basically the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; a set of shared attitudes, values, goals, traditions and practices that characterizes specific entities. Mexicans have a culture, so do Asians, Jews, Italians, as all ethnic groups do, and America has benefited greatly by them.


Commentary:
What Happened to the Protestors? Shame on those who did not Vote!
By E.A. Barrera
Roger Hedgecock loved this last election. All during election night as the votes were being counted and during his radio program the next day, right-wing sycophant Hedgecock exploded with glee as he and other conservatives realized liberal voters had stayed home. Barely a third of eligible voters bothered to cast ballots in this last election. The most pathetic turnout in recent history, what happened on June 6 spells potential disaster for progressive politics in America this November and beyond.


Comentario:
Estrategia contra el terrorismo
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
La muerte de Abu Muzab al-Zarqawi y su consejero espiritual, el jeque Abdel Rashid Rahman, es un indicativo elocuente de que la guerra contra el terrorismo organizado debe ser tratada en forma coordinada. La colaboración de efectivos de inteligencia estadounidense con agentes de otras naciones es imprescindible para romper el hermetismo de Al Qaeda. El terrorismo es un problema global y como tal debe ser interpretado por el gobierno norteamericano. La unilateralidad debe terminarse.


Commentary:
That Passion We Call Soccer
By Eduardo Stanley
What is it about soccer that ignites such passion in so many people? Though I’ve read many articles about it, none has given me a satisfactory explanation. When I see the excitement of fans from any country in the world, their celebration of victory and despair of defeat, I always ask myself the same question.


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

First Person:
Mid-Life motorcycle mania
By Al Carlos Hernandez
I could have been damaged or inspired as a child to have got acquainted with the nefarious Fat Freddie Martinez, who based on Biker Folklore, is touted as one of the founding Fathers of the legendary motorcycle club The Hells Angels.


Opera de Tijuana Presenta Dos Operas en una Mini Temporada
Por: Paco Zavala
Los artistas músicos, estudiantes de canto operático y cantantes de ópera tijuanenses, están logrando un cambio en la fisonomía cultural de la ciudad, que merece un fuerte aplauso, han establecido la unión que desde hace muchos años se pretendía lograr y hoy, finalmente lo están sintiendo cristalizado. Ejemplo, la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, está anunciando la apertura de las carreras en Teatro y Danza, sueño de los tijuanenses de hace muchos años, según información en la carrera de teatro ya están agotadas las inscripciones. ¡Muchas felicidades!, por estos logros.


Presentarán un Libro en Tijuana y Compartirán Espacio en una Conferencia
“Diana Palaversich, Carlos Monsiváis y Mike Davis convergen visitándonos”
Por: Paco Zavala
Indiscutiblemente que el arte y la cultura van “viento en popa”, sujetos a los vaivenes propios de la vida actual en la ciudad de Tijuana. Sorteando la problemática que implica la propia gestación en todas su vertientes, se yergue enhiesta y retadora. Con todos los avatares habidos y por haber, estas corrientes se fortalecen día a día y permiten que la imagen de la ciudad viva la transformación.


Cuando las Palabras Sueñan
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Las palabras comunican, expresan e inspiran.
Las palabras sueñan y hacen soñar.
Las palabras son poderosas y el poder de las palabras de un grupo de niños y niñas angelinos fue compilado en un libro de poemas y plasmado en una colección de pinturas de los artistas Esaú Andrade y Guadalupe Valencia titulado “Cuando las Palabras Sueñan”, los cuales fueron expuestos el pasado sábado 10 de junio en el Multiforo del Instituto de Cultura de Baja California en Tijuana.


Lowrider 2006 Tour Hits San Diego on June 25th
QualComm Stadium to host the latest stop of the nationwide tour
Customized cars, bikini contests, live music by Lil’ Rob and Baby Bash.  These are just a few of the attractions that thousands of Lowrider fans can expect at Go-Lo Tour’s San Diego stop on June 25th. QualComm Stadium will play host to the daylong event, built upon the culture and spirit of Lowrider’s 2.6 million readers. 


Cotto uses his “magic” to overpower Malignaggi
By Mike Indri
NEW YORK — Having to compete against the Bernard Hopkins - Antonio Tarver showdown in Atlantic City didn’t faze the near sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden, which turned the hallowed halls of boxing’s Mecca a sea of red, white and blue with Puerto Rican flags honoring their beloved Miquel Cotto, the undefeated WBO Jr. Welterweight champion, who was taking on New York’s own Paul “The Magic Man” Malignaggi.


Guerra a Bright Spot for Struggling Surf Dawgs
By John Philip Wyllie
It is going to be hard for San Diego Surf Dawgs jack-of-all trades Nick Guerra to top his 2005 season. Guerra, a local product out of University of San Diego High School was selected as the Golden League’s Rookie of the Year last season. He was also a major contributor to the team’s 2005 championship run. So far this season the team has struggled to a slow 4-9 start, but Guerra has remained one of its bright spots.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
The Interview With Budd Boetticher
In the mid-60s, movie director Budd Boetticher was completing his cinematic masterpiece, Arruza, which would, as it turned out, become the final chapter in the life of one of the world’s greatest tor-eros. The “Mexican Cyclone,” Carlos Arruza, had retired as a matador, then returned to the rings, but in the role of a rejoneador. Boetticher had invested many years and a small fortune in the film, which was almost completed, when disaster struck. Carlos Arruza was killed, May 20, 1966, in an auto accident.

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