Volume XXX Number 46 November 17, 2006

FrontPage Stories

10 years of success, 10 more years of goals

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

A non-profit that encourages students to excel in their education is celebrating its first decade with a noble goal: To get 100 kids from Barrio Logan to attend college in the next 10 years.

So far, the Barrio Logan College Institute has helped 21 students from disadvantaged backgrounds reach that goal. Six more students will continue on into higher education in the next year.


Barrio Logan College Institute staff recently highlighted their achievements since it’s beginning in 1996, while mapping the road for the next decade, to get 100 kids from Barrio Logan to college in the next decade.

The 100-student goal is part of BLCI’s strategic plan that was presented to community members, supporters, parents, and students in the institute’s 10-year anniversary Open House, that took place on Thursday, November 15.

At the event, which was attended by about 150 people, BLCI staff highlighted some of the achievements the program has made since it was founded in 1996, while mapping the road for the next decade.

“It was an opportunity to honor the hard work of our students and their families,” said Diana Getrich Villegas, BLCI executive director. “It was also a chance to invite new people in the community to get involved. They were able to see the type of success we have.”



10 años de éxito, 10 años más de metas
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Una organización sin fines de lucro que alienta a los estudiantes a sobresalir en su educación está celebrando su primera década con una noble meta: Lograr que 100 jóvenes del Barrio Logan lleguen a la universidad en los siguientes 10 años.


Chula Vista School Board Opts for Appointing Cox’s Available Seat
By Raymond R. Beltran
In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, the Chula Vista Elementary School District school board decided to appoint a replacement for exiting trustee and future Chula Vista mayor Cheryl Cox by January 30. The alternative would have been to call for a special election.

As Census Reports Deepening Racial Divide, Lawmakers Fail to Provide Solutions
New Report Gives California Officials Low Marks on Racial Equity in Session Plagued by Missed Opportunities
By Menachem Krajcer
(Oakland, CA) — In the wake of startling Census numbers, new research from the Applied Research Center (ARC) documents the failure of California lawmakers to address a deepening racial divide that threatens the security and well-being of all Californians. FACING RACE: California Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity 2006, evaluates the Governor and Legislature on their support for proactive legislation to close long-standing disparities in health, education, income and other key indicators. With the legislature scoring a “C-” and Governor Schwarzenegger a “D,” the report reveals partisan politics is standing in the way of progress in the nation’s most diverse state.

Young Latina Women Changing the Face of U.S. Politics
By Daffodil Altan
WATSONVILLE – On Tuesday night, 16-year-old Claudia Guzman made a last minute plea to voters on behalf of a candidate just barely a decade her senior. She was one of many young women volunteers working the phones for city council candidate Mireya Gomez. In another office, 13-year-old Jessica Ruiz dialed voters and asked them in Spanish if they needed a ride to the polls.



Stories

Celebran el XCVI Aniversario de la Gesta Revolucionaria Mexicana de 1910
¿Se Esperan Barruntos de Tormenta Revolucionaria para el 2010?
Por: Paco Zavala
Hace 196 años, en 1810, la República Mexicana se tiñó de sangre con el movimiento armado que se gestó con motivo de la Guerra de Independencia; hace también 96 años, en 1910, cuando se desarrolló el movimiento armado de la Revolución Mexicana. Ahora estamos a solo cuatro años de que llegue otro 10, o sea el 2010, ¿Qué pasará con el pueblo mexicano? Cuando se celebren 200 años de una gesta y 100 de la otra, ¿Será repetida la hazaña en la que miles o millones de mexicanos bañen de sangre el suelo patrio?


Mayors Mobilize Against Border Walls
Mayors in Texas and the northern Mexican border state of Coahuila are mobilizing their opposition to the new series of border walls planned by the Bush Administration.


Eva Longoria says border fence won’t work
By Isaac Garrido
WASHINGTON - TV star Eva Longoria said she can’t solve the immigration debate but hopes the new U.S. Congress represents opportunity for the Latino community.

Editorials

Editorial:
Republicans have lost the struggle to gain the Minority Voters!
For the Republican Party, the fallout from the mid-term elections continues. They lost more than just the Election. The Leadership of the Republican lost whatever standing they had as a viable, political party. For the Hispanic community the Republican Party is now at the same level as all other minor political parties such as the Green Party, Peace & Freedom Party, the Independent Party.


Commentary:
The Repudiation of Bush
By Sheldon Richman
“Power tends to corrupt,” Lord Acton famously said. “And absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The voters apparently agreed.


Commentary:
High Court Must Strike Down Mandatory Deportations
By Benita Jain
Editor’s Note: The fusing of the war on drugs and the “war on immigrants” has led to the serious misapplication of immigration law, writes Benita Jain, staff attorney at the Immigrant Defense Project of the New York State Defenders Association and a member of the Steering Committee of the Detention Watch Network.


Commentary:
Wal-Mart Hills or Ocean View Hills?
By Councilmember Benjamin Hueso, District 8
The actual cost for area residents of the market giant WalMart run much deeper than the average consumer catches sight of. Just like most of you, I work long hours. I am the main breadwinner in my household with a stay-at-home wife and four children under the age of 6. So, please understand that I do appreciate lower retail prices, but as an elected decision maker, it is my duty to evaluate the much larger picture.


Comentario:
El epicentro del cataclismo migratorio
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Por muchos años, un buen número de sismólogos vaticinaron un movimiento telúrico devastador en el Sur de California. Dicho movimiento todavía no se ha concretado, pero mucha gente, particularmente familias latinas y ciudadanos latino-estadounidenses, reaccionan como si estuvieran sintiendo sus efectos trastornadores.


Commentary:
¡Lero! ¡Lero! Joe Turner Loser!
Founder of Save Our State bombs out in run for San Bernardino Unified board
By Daniel Maldonado
The people of San Bernardino, CA have spoken. And what they said was, “Don’t take us for fools, Joe Turner.”


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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
SPECIAL ONE-QUESTION EDICIÓN
Note to readers: The following is a serious, stat-saturated Mexican. I promise more dwarf- and Dirty Sanchez-related questions next week!


La Linea Collective, Tijuana Poetry by Way of Phone Lines
By Raymond R. Beltran
San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Arts’ former education curator, Monica Garza, was looking for new and innovative conduits between the community and the arts. Having ignored the abundance of incoming calls at the museum for some time, the light finally flickered on: phone lines.

Mexico’s evolution through the lens of Agustin Victor Casasola
By Luis Alonso Pérez
On November 11 the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts inaugurated the exhibition Mexico: The revolution and beyond – Photographs by Agustin Victor Casasola, 1900-1940. An exhibit that offers visitors more than 90 images on a wall and takes us in a historic journey though one of the most important chapters in Mexican history.

La evolución del pueblo mexicano a través del lente de Agustín Víctor Casasola
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La noche del sábado 11 de noviembre, el Museo de Artes Fotográficas de San Diego abrió sus puertas al público a la exposición México: Más allá de la Revolución – Fotografías de Agustín Víctor Casasola, 1900-1940. Una muestra que nos ofrece más que 90 imágenes en la pared y nos lleva por un recorrido histórico de una de las facetas más importantes de la historia mexicana.

Luces, Alegría y Regocijo durante los meses de Noviembre y Diciembre en el Lugar del Nopal
Por: Paco Zavala
Durante los meses de noviembre y diciembre las actividades culturales en las instituciones encargadas de difundir y apoyar las artes y la cultura en la ciudad de Tijuana, organizan festividades vinculadas con el Día de Muertos, la Revolución Mexicana, las Fiestas Guadalupanas, las Posadas, la Navidad y el Año Nuevo. Son dos meses en los que el bolsillo debe estar muy fortalecido para soportar los embates del costo de estas festividades, y luego se preguntan: ¿Por qué la cuesta de enero?


Sobre el Viejo/Nuevo panorama político
Bobby revive las lecciones del pasado en la dificultad del presente
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Los productores de la película Bobby decidieron evitar cualquier controversia alrededor de las elecciones de mitad de término y lanzaron su película justo después de la batida democrática en ambas salas del congreso. De haber sido un poco más valientes esta película hubiese reverberado en la estela de un partido desesperado por conseguir una voz certera e identidad.

Dos manzanas cercanas al árbol
Catalina Sandino Moreno y Wilmer Valderrama dan pasos en sus carreras sin olvidar sus raíces y compromisos
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Son dos de los mejores exponentes de la nueva generación de actores latinos de Estados Unidos, y ambos se aseguran de contar con su gentilicio a la hora de poner sus palabras en la boca.


¡Tic Tac Tiempo!
Known as the birthplace of a Zapatista revolution led by a community of organized Mayan soldaderos/as on January 1, 1994 (when NAFTA went into effect), Chiapas is economically the poorest and agriculturally the richest state of southern Mexico. Join the group Stand 4 Dignity as they host Concert for Chiapas on Sat, Nov 18, at 5 p.m. at 3704 Glen Verde Court in Bonita. For more info about this event, email stand4dignity@yahoo.com or call (619) 884-7926.

Sierra a Key to Trojan Defense
By John Philip Wylie
Just a few short years ago, Castle Park High School’s Raul Sierra was living in Tijuana in the land where futbol is king and football is something that is played primarily across the border. Tonight, the Trojans stellar defensive end will be counted on to pressure the opposing quarterback and to shut down the running game on his side of the field. Sierra feels confident that he will be up to the challenge. After all, he has overcome obstacles bigger than this one. So has his team. The Trojans have an odd habit of falling behind early, but fortunately, they are also strong finishers.


The Sorry State of Tijuana Bullfights
Last week, in Bullfight World, Gary Sloan wrote a wrap-up column, reviewing the “bests” of the 2006 Tijuana bullfight season.

Bullfight World: By Lyn SherwoodBut, let’s look beyond this past season, put on our wide angle lens, and look at the bigger picture of the condition of Tijuana bullfights.


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