Volume XXX Number 47 November 22, 2006

FrontPage Stories

A hope for children with cancer in Baja California

San Diegans can do a lot for Fundación Castro-Limón.

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

María Paloma Mejía, 11 months of age: leukemia.

Juventino Merced Álvarez , 10 years of age: brain tumor.

América Villarreal, 16 years of age: ovarian tumor.

These three children have in common facing the terrible disease that is cancer. They all come from low-income families, too. None of them had medical insurance.

But the three of them also share the hope that gives Fundación Castro-Limón, a non-profit in Tijuana that offers free integral support for children with cancer in Baja California.

A few weeks ago, the foundation began its annual fundraiser campaign called “Para continuar mi vida deposita una moneda” (“To continue my life please deposit a coin”) that tries to contribute to the treatment of the children that are currently receiving cancer treatment.

And during the three years since it was founded, Fundación Castro-Limón has survived thanks to donations from businesses and individuals in order to give integral treatment to some 50 children with cancer from all over the state, said Delia Avila, the organization’s institutional relations coordinator.

“Our mission is to give a hope of life to children with cancer,” she said.

Children admitted to the program for their treatment must be from disadvantage backgrounds, must not have received treatment before, and must not have health insurance, she said.

“Integral treatment includes everything: From analyses and tests to companionship and social work,” Avila said. “We try to increase the quality of life for these children.”

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Una esperanza para los niños con cáncer de Baja California
Los sandieguinos pueden hacer mucho por la Fundación Castro-Limón
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
María Paloma Mejía de 11 meses: leucemia.


Acteal: Definitely a Little Different, Definitely Recording
By Raymond R. Beltran
Fourteen year old Juan Gonzalez Gomez was pretty hyped listening to his alto saxophone solo through the ears of Mark Kamoo, a local music producer who runs Earthling Studio in El Cajon.


The Other Side
By Dennis Romero
Editor’s Note: The writer has received a New America Media Ethnic Media Award for 2006 for his feature story profiling Latinos opposed to illegal immigration, reprinted here. NAM recognized outstanding ethnic media reporters this week in Washington, D.C.


Resistance and Repression in Oaxaca
By Luis Hernández Navarro
A profound political crisis is shaking up Mexico. The rules that regulate the balance of power between elites have been violated. From above, there is no agreement or any possibility for one in the short term.



Stories

Caught In The Housing Bubble
By Jennifer Wheary
Toward the end of October, the Federal Reserve Board finally took a break after steadily raising interest rates for the last two years. Yet mortgaged homeowners haven’t had a chance to catch their breath. In October, new home prices took their biggest plunge in 35 years, according to the Commerce Department. If that wasn’t enough to give home-owners pause, the National Association of Realtors also said last month that we’ve hit the sharpest year-over-year drop on record for the median sale price of existing homes.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por: Luisa Fernanda Montero
Más vale puente que muro
A pesar de los sobresaltos que pudieran generarse entre los dos líderes de naciones que erigen muros entre ellas, George W. Bush y Felipe Calderón tuvieron lo que el futuro mandatario de los mexicanos llamó un encuentro cordial.


Los niños latinos corren más riesgo de desarrollar diabetes
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Noviembre es el Mes Americano de la Diabetes, y es un buen momento para hacer concientes a los padres latinos de los riesgos que enfrentan sus hijos.

Latino children are more at risk of developing diabetes
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
November is American Diabetes Month, and it is a good time to promote awareness among Latino parents about the risks their children face.

Analizando la cara femenina del VIH en la frontera
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La frontera México-Estados Unidos es una región percibida como “moderna” por muchos, donde la libertad sexual se ha alejado de los modelos sociales conservadores del interior de México y la información sobre las enfermedades de transmisión sexual está al alcance de todos.


Hispanic MBA’s announce The chapter’s Second Annual Gala “Empowering the Leaders of Tomorrow”
The San Diego Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s announces its Second Annual Scholarship and Partners Gala, to be held at the Wyndham San Diego at Emerald Plaza, on December 2nd, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight. NSHMBA-San Diego celebrates scholars Maria Gonzalez, Robert Paz, Phillip Goldstein, Juanita Penagos, Nivalda Rodrigues-Pinguet and Marcos Santos-Rivera who together received approximately $25,000 from NSHMBA in 2006.

Become a helping hand during the Holidays
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Tis the season of giving, and in San Diego County there are many Latino children and families that, due to economic hardships, won’t be able to have a Christmas dinner or won’t receive a new toy as a gift.

Sea una mano amiga esta Navidad
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Es la temporada de dar, y en el Condado de San Diego hay muchas familias y niños latinos que, debido a problemas económicos, no podrán tener una cena de Navidad o no recibirán un juguete nuevo como regalo.

A feast remains feasible – even at the last minute!
By Caroline E. Ruse
For those who caught Thanksgiving fever a little late —say, the morning of the big day— it’s not too late to prepare a (nearly) homemade feast. Experts in entertaining offer tips to tweak tradition and cut corners, so that even turkey procrastinators can rest easy.


Avoiding the Annual Holiday Gain
It’s that time of year again ~ yep, time to gain weight! But according to Director of the Center for the Treatment of Obesity at UCSD Medical Center, Santiago Horgan, M.D., with a little planning and effort, people can avoid this annual holiday tradition that destroys good eating habits and challenges well-toned physiques.


Editorials

Editorial:
A Blessed and Joyous Thanksgiving Celebration Day to All Our Readers of La Prensa San Diego
Throughout the year, we have given thanks for the many wonderful things that we have been blessed to have received in our life. This year was no exception. We were thankful that when our offices were broken into and every computer and electronic device was stolen we were able to get back on our feet and not miss a deadline. The paper was out that Friday, as it has been every Friday!


Perspective:
Latino Candidates Make History on National, State, Local Levels
By Juan Esparza
FRESNO — Assembly Speaker Fabián Núñez already knew that voters in his Los Ángeles district would re-elect him Tues. Nov. 7 because he had the luxury of running unopposed.


Análisis
Muere gente en México
Por Dagoberto Márquez
Nunca en otras épocas habíamos tenido en el estado de Guerrero tamaño baño de sangre. Si acaso durante la época de Carlos Salinas hubo hasta magnicidios en México, las cosas no involucraron a la sociedad en su conjunto. En ese sentido, 2005 y 2006 han sido años marcados por decenas de crímenes y asesinatos cuyos responsables, o están muertos por ajuste de cuentas entre los mismos grupos, o siguen haciendo de las suyas arriesgando la vida misma inclusive. Al parejo de esto, las autoridades que procuran justicia se lamentan de su incapacidad generalmente o sólo atinan a declarar “estamos investigando” aunque sin mayores resultados. Por lo que ocurre, la sociedad de estas latitudes está aterrada, consternada verdaderamente.


Commentary:
A School Leader with the Soul of a Playwright
By Ernie McCray
Ah, it’s so refreshing having a man like Carl Cohn as head of our schools. A while back two dear friends of mine from the Playwrights Project and I met with him regarding restoring the levels of involvement we once enjoyed in San Diego City Schools.


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


Reseña:
Tres Interesantes Temas de Lectura
Por: Paco Zavala
El fascinante mundo de la lectura es insubstituíble, porque no existe nada que lo pueda reemplazar, es tanto el arraigo que toma en el individuo que lo cultiva, que lo convierte en la droga más difícil de erradicar, ¡Bendita sea ésta droga! ojalá así fueran todas las drogas que inundan el mundo y lo contaminan; la contaminación de la lectura es la contaminación más sana.

Death and the Secret Lives of Women - Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver”
Reviewed By E.A. Barrera
"Death is a continuation of my life without me ... life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.”


Cine de gran presupuesto
Déjà vu es entretenida y confusa
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Muy pocos productores en Hollywood están haciendo las grandes películas de muchos millones de dólares invertidos donde lo importante es la acción más que los contenidos. Uno de los pocos que lo está haciendo es Jerry Bruckheimer, productor de Armageddon y Pearl Harbor, quien viene una vez más con esta cinta Deja Vu.

Impartirá Interesante Taller la Especialista en Artes Escénicas Marisa de León
Por: Paco Zavala
Las inquietudes por aprender y enriquecer las necesidades de los sectores dedicados a la proyección de las artes escénicas y musicales, debe de estar soportado por un trabajo bien profesionalizado y para solucionar esta necesidad es importante adquirir la capacitación adecuada, para la próxima semana de noviembre nos visitará la Productora y Promotora Especializada en Artes Escénicas Marisa de León.

Teatro Máscara Mágica’s delightful nativity play, La Pastorela de la Estrella, lights up Globe’s Cassius Carter Center Stage this holiday season
The Old Globe is pleased to present Teatro Máscara Mágica’s award-winning production of La Pastorela de la Estrella, by Max Branscomb, directed by William Virchis, playing in the Cassius Carter Centre Stage December 7 – 23.


¡ Tic Tac Tiempo !
The monthly Chicano Park Steering Committee meeting is Sunday, November 26, at 3 p.m. Paradise Senior Center (1880 Logan Ave, west of Chicano Park). This 36 year-old committee is a grassroots organization comprised of volunteers who work towards the development and expansion of Chicano Park and the park’s annual celebration. If you’re down for this historic piece of nuestra tierra, come see how you can play a role in its survival. Meetings are every last Sunday of the month. For more info, visit them on the web at http://calacapress.com/cpsc/cpscwhatisthe.html

Voices of the Future Hear Echoes From the Past
Children Call on Their Imagination and Seniors Recall, Leaving a Written Legacy.
Los Bilingual Writers announces the publication of Los Bilingual Writers Anthology Book I written by Los Jóvenes (ages from 10-14), Los Abuelitos and Los Escritores, which include poems, prose, and book excerpts. The release will be held at the literary event Voces y Recuerdos Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at Our Lady of Angels Parish Hall 635 22nd Street, San Diego, CA 92102. Registration begins at 5:30 pm.


Downtown Comes Alive for the Holidays
The Third Annual Downtown for the Holidays program kicks off the holiday season with events, decorations, fun and excitement. Beginning November 16 with the opening of the Ice Rink in Horton Square and continuing with events and activities scheduled throughout December, downtown San Diego is a great place to come and enjoy the entire holiday season.

Ledesma Twins Have Hernandez Seeing Double
By John Philip Wyllie
Castle Park Cross Country coach, Hector Hernandez has been seeing double a lot lately, but that is understandable since a pair of identical twins is leading his fleet-footed league co-champion Trojan team.


Correspondent Gary Sloan Has Close Call
Bullfight World by Lyn Sherwood
Standing in the callejón is sometimes a very dangerous thing to do. Some bulls like to jump over the barrera, and anybody who in their way, as they traverse the callejón, is fair game. That includes bullfight photographers, whose works fail to impress rampaging bulls.


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