Volume XXX Number 44 November 3, 2006

FrontPage Stories

Day of the Dead honoring fallen migrants

By Luis Alonso Pérez

Last Thursday, the people of Mexico celebrated Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. A sacred day when the souls of the dead return to this world to visit the loved ones they left behind.

Like every Day of the Dead since 1994, the year that Operation Gatekeeper tightened border security and diverted migrants to remote and dangerous areas, human rights defenders and immigration advocates hang crosses on the border fence as a way of honoring the men, women and children who lost their lives in their pursuit of the American dream.


Dia de Muertos skull carries names of migrants who died crossing the border.

Last weekend, artists and activists from San Diego and Tijuana placed a large paper skull on the border fence, with the names of more than 4,000 migrants who have died while trying to cross the border illegally since Operation Gatekeeper began.

Claudia Smith from the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation is one of those activists.

“Every year we ask ourselves how many more migrants will we have to honor next year, and every year there are hundreds more. This year there were more than 400 hundred.”

Twelve years have passed and now migrants face a new danger, because last week President Bush signed the Secure Fence Act, a law that authorizes the construction of 700 miles of additional fencing along the US-Mexico border.

For Claudia Smith, the new border fence will only result in more dead migrants.

“The strategy consists of constantly pushing migrants away from populated areas, so it’s harder for them to cross the border. So migrants will take even more terrible routes, where the possibilities of being rescued are absolutely minimal. But migrants will keep trying to cross, even if it’s under, over or around those walls.”

But for some social activists like Dolores Huerta, Co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, the new wall will never be built, because the funds have been authorized but have not yet been approved.

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Día de los muertos en honor a los migrantes caídos
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El pueblo de México celebró el Día de los Muertos el pasado jueves. Un día sagrado en el que los espíritus de los muertos regresan a este mundo para visitar a los seres queridos que han dejado atrás.


An inclusive candidate for the 78th. District
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
If elected to the State Assembly, Democratic candidate Maxine Sherard said she would represent the interests of all ethnic groups in the 78th. District.


Una candidata inclusiva para el Distrito 78
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz

Si es electa a la Asamblea Estatal, la candidata demócrata Maxine Sherard dice que representará los intereses de todos los grupos étnicos del Distrito 78.


Barrio Logan student leaders recognized
By Pablo Jaime Sainz

Without a doubt, Barrio Logan is home to many leaders in the community.



Stories

Miles de Bajacalifornianos marchan contra la inseguridad
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Víctimas de la inseguridad en Baja California encabezaron la marcha más concurrida en la historia del Estado y expresaron sus reclamos frente a los edificios de las autoridades de los tres niveles de gobierno en Tijuana.

Oaxaca’s Unrest Echoes America’s Civil Rights South
By Louis E. V. Nevaer
MERIDA, Yucatán – Mexicans were both apprehensive and relieved to see Federal forces seized control of Oaxaca City’s central square last Sunday, where thousands of protestors had occupied since May demanding the resignation of Oaxaca State governor Ulises Ruiz.

Oaxaca urge
Por Raúl Ramírez Baena
Presidente de la Comisión Ciudadana de Derechos Humanos del Noroeste, AC
Mientras escribo esta columna, la PFP y el Ejército han comenzado a intervenir en Oaxaca para “poner orden y restablecer la paz” en esa entidad.


Real Estate Development Grips Mexico’s North
Backed by some of the world’s biggest names in capital, mega-projects are transforming the landscapes of northwestern Mexico. Representatives of US tycoon Donald Trump, for instance, recently announced a new $200 million-dollar condominium development slated for Baja California’s Rosarito Beach area, a popular tourist destination located about 30 minutes south of San Diego. Sources inside Trump Ocean Resort Baja disclosed that the 400-unit condo complex in the exclusive, ocean-front Punta Bandera zone will be flanked by a shopping center and world-class restaurants.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
El bueno y el malo
Cuenta el chiste que el apostador novato andaba preguntando cuál era el gallo bueno para apostarle toda su lana de una sola vez.

National City Voters Have a Promising Blue Collar Choice on the Ballot
By Raymond R. Beltran
Bill Goulet doesn’t have big bucks or favorable endorsements, and some local papers have turned his campaign for National City city council into an aside, or an anecdote, when highlighting the local big wigs.

Muchos temas en la contienda por la Mesa Directiva de las escuelas de San Ysidro
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Aunque por fin hay un grado de estabilidad en el Distrito Escolar de San Ysidro, varios de los candidatos a la Mesa Directiva están de acuerdo en que todavía hay mucho por hacer cuando se trata de darles una mayor educación a los estudiantes.

Many issues in San Ysidro schools board race
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Although there’s finally a degree of stability at the San Ysidro School District, several of the candidates to the governing board agree that there’s still a lot to be done when it comes to giving students a better education.


Declining enrollment, a major issue in the South Bay Union race
By Pablo Jaime Sainz

Without a doubt, declining enrollments has affected the South Bay Union School District for the past few years.


Menos alumnos, un tema importante en la contienda de South Bay Union
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz

Sin duda, el declive en la matriculación ha afectado al Distrito Escolar de South Bay en los últimos años.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por: Karina Flores-Hurley
Uniendo esfuerzos para romper el silencio

“Estuve a punto de matar a mi esposa más de una vez”, me confesó con voz firme Luis Ortega durante una entrevista para el programa radial ‘No Más Silencio’. Su increíble naturalidad para tratar un tema tan delicado no es pura casualidad. Este ex abusador es hoy vocero en contra de la violencia doméstica. Pero para rehabilitarse, primero tuvo que perder a su familia y pagar tiempo en la cárcel.


Una Nueva Campaña Contra La Obesidad Infantil
La campaña “Mantente en forma. Come correctamente. ¡Qué bien luces, California!” se extiende a los padres latinos de California para educarlos en materia de salud y nutrición. Las escuelas de California ofrecen un amplio apoyo para los eventos programados.


Editorials

Editorial:
Steve Padilla is the Best Choice to Lead Chula Vista into the Future

The City of Chula Vista, formerly considered a bedroom community to the City of San Diego, is now the second largest city in the County. Chula Vista is the twenty first largest city in the state of California. As Mayor Steve Padilla has stated, Chula Vista is larger than 75% of the state capitals in the nation.


Editorial:
Chula Vista City Council Race

In the race for Seat No. 1 on the Chula Vista City Council are two equally qualified, passionate Hispanic candidates: Patty Chavez and Rudy Ramirez, which, in a good way, makes this a tough recommendation.


Editorial:
BALLOT RECOMMENDATIONS


Commentary:
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON NOV. 7th
By U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

On November 7th, each of us will have a chance to exercise a fundamental right that lies at the center of our democracy and our identity as a nation – the right to vote. Throughout history, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil Rights Movement, Americans have fought and died for the right to make their voices heard at the ballot box.


Comentario:
¡Pobre Angelides!
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Mientras la contiend electoral a nivel federal ha sido dominado por una retórica de la Guerra en Irak, el terrorismo y el caso Foley, las elecciones estatales –por lo menos en California— no han tenido un factor determinante.


Opinion:
Pearl Quinones States her case to the next mayor of National City

(Editor’s Note: The following commentary is in response to our Editorial on the Mayoral race for National City, published October 27, 2006.)
This Tuesday the election for Mayor of the city of National City is about an obvious choice between the status quo in our city given two candidates for mayor, Ron Morrison and Michael Dalla (that have nearly fifty-years at City Hall) or me, Pearl Quinones a candidate for Mayor that is currently serving on our Sweetwater School Board.


Commentary:
Gerrymandering creates bumpy road to Congress for Democrats
By Josh Swartzlander

WASHINGTON - Democrats may be sailing toward the Nov. 7 election with the political wind at their backs, but they’re struggling against the current because of a statehouse tool known as “gerrymandering.”


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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Dear Mexican: Not long ago, I attended a Los Tigres del Norte concert at a small hall with no dance floor. The people attending were supposed to sit down and enjoy the music. Five minutes into the music, these jumping beans started dancing in the aisle. Within minutes, half of the attendees were going up and down the aisles dancing to the music. It’s not the first time I’ve seen Mexicans create improvised dance floors. Why do Mexicans love dancing so much?

For the Vecinos
Las Cuatro Milpas, A Cozy Cocina with Deep Bowls of Beans, Tortillas
By El Vecino
There’s three places I take my out-of-town friends when they come visit San Diego: Chicano Park because I like to torment the tourist with a relevant history lesson before entering my city, Mission Beach because somehow green, sludgy water and gang fights makes them feel like they’re in America’s Finest City, and Las Cuatro Milpas because I’m sure not going to take a bunch of fly by night riff raff into my Nana’s house for the best beans and tortillas.


Posible Casino en el Cortijo San José
Por: Paco Zavala
En nuestro deambular y vagabundear por los terrenos costeros tijuanenses, en algunas ocasiones escuchamos comentarios que no sorprenden, lo dejan impávido y asombrado. Lea usted amable lector, comentando con un residente del área de Playas de Tijuana, soltó el “borrego”, de la pretensión del actual gobierno municipal de convertir las instalaciones del Cortijo San José en un casino.

Aterciopelados: Oiga el sonido de Colombia Moderno
Por James Klein
BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA (KPRENSA)
– Aterciopelados, la banda colombiana de rock está de vuelta tras cinco años de búsquedas independientes y trabajos personales. ‘Oye’ , el nuevo disco del dúo retorna al escenario del rock con un sonido extraordinario y orgánico. Un sonido que refleja el crecimiento personal y cultural de los artistas y su patria. La banda está actualmente en una gira en los EEUU para presentar el nuevo disco.

Chile’s Los Tres returns with new CD and renewed interest
by Francisco H. Ciriza
While the do-it-yourself approach is most often associated with the independent music scene, Chile’s Los Tres is hardly representative of that marginalized segment of the music industry.

Sentir que es un soplo la vida
Almodóvar una vez más demuestra su maestría con Volver

Por Jose Daniel Bort
El director ha captado la imaginacion de dos generaciones de cinéfilos en todo el mundo, y no tiene ningún visto de parar. Su típica entrega de una película cada dos años no falla, y ahora nos llega su mejor película en mucho tiempo, Volver.


¡ Tic Tac Tiempo !
Kicking-off the four-day push to get out the vote for the November 7 General Election, the ¡Mi Voto Cuenta! / Maibibilang Ang Boto Ko! / My Vote Counts! campaign is holding a non-partisan celebration to promote voter empowerment and turnout in San Diego’s historically disenfranchised communities. Heralding the 4-day GOTV weekend, ¡Fiesta Voto! is to take place on Friday, November 3 from 4 to 7 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church (719 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92113) in Barrio Logan. This nonpartisan event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Jessica Nolan at (714) 390-6301 or email at jessica@justicesandiego.org


BULLFIGHT WORLD
by Lyn Sherwood

Barrera Triumphs in Final Tijuana Corrida: Crowd Turns on Plaza Judge: “Otro Juez!”
Antonio Barrera registered a huge triumph, while the plaza judge found himself on the receiving end of a huge protest, last Sunday, in the final corrida de toros of the 2006 Tijuana season. Gary Sloan reports.