Volume XXX Number 36 September 8, 2006

FrontPage Stories

“Just political garbage”

Chula Vista Mayor fights back

By José A. Álvarez

For the past year, Mayor Steve Padilla has been involved in a series of controversial issues: The public announcement of his homosexuality. The hiring and firing of his personal bodyguard. The appointment of a councilmember. The controversial car allowance and redevelopment stipend. The payroll advances. The photographing of his opponent’s guests at a fundraiser. All this while running the city and a campaign for his reelection. Recently, Padilla agreed to sit down for a one-on-one interview and for nearly forty minutes he answered questions on the political turmoil that has embattled his administration, his opponent Cheryl Cox, and his campaign to remain at the help of the city.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mayor’s responses have been edited because of space constraints).

Question: In Chula Vista, incumbents have a history of always coming up on top during elections. In the June primary you came in second. Were you surprised by the results?

Padilla:No.

Q: How come?

Padilla: A very, very low turnout. Historically, when we look at the turn out precinct by precinct on election day, some of them were 18 percent, historically low. There had been a very concerted effort in the previous four, five months to sensationalize things that frankly, I think a lot of them really aren’t issues.

Q: A couple of them were issues?

Padilla: There were a couple things that if I had to do over again, I’d do it differently perhaps. Perhaps they were mistakes that I made, but they weren’t earth-shattering mistakes. I think they were mistakes that you learn from. But they certainly weren’t issues that indicated that the city was on the wrong track. I think when you combine the fact of who was voting, how low the turn out is —and the lower the turn out is the voters tend to be a little more hemogeneous in terms of the demographics. They are not diverse.They’re more conservative. I think when you combine that, I am very happy with where we came out. So, when you combine all those things, it says to me we can win this election without a doubt. The turn out in November will probably be two to three times larger. I wasn’t surprised and I am not disheartenend.

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Old Globe Seeks to Increase Hispanic Audience with Noche bajo las estrellas
By Michael Klam
The bell ringing between acts next week at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park will be yet another call to increase diversity as the theater continues efforts to broaden its Spanish-speaking audience.


La Prensa San Diego Office Burglarized!
It is with regret that the Publishers of La Prensa San Diego reports that the main offices of La Prensa San Diego were broken into, by unknown individuals, this past Labor Day weekend of September, 2006. The robbery was discovered by the Editor of La Prensa San Diego Daniel Muñoz Jr. upon his return from the Labor Day Holidays on the 5th of September, 2006.



Stories

Palabra de Mujer fuera del aire
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Los micrófonos de Estereo Frontera fueron cerrados para Sonia Flores, conductora del programa Palabra de Mujer, por desobedecer órdenes del gerente de la estación de no hablar sobre las elecciones presidenciales mientras el Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE) llevaba a cabo el proceso de verificación de votos.


Sensitivity May Solve Suspension Rate Among Latino Students
District staff optimistic about creating cultural awareness
By Raymond R. Beltran
While 300,000 students returned to school this week, teacher Pamela Moorehead lost about half of her twenty students, all having returned to comparative schools that they were expelled from in City Heights.


A War Report...A Narco War Report
The news reports are graphic: “7 Bodies Found,” “Attack with Grenades,” “Three Kidnapped and Others Murdered,” “Two De-Quartered Bodies Found.” Iraq? Afghanistan? Guess again. The death toll and motives might be different, but the newspaper headlines in question actually hail from Mexican newspapers that print daily stories about narco-violence that’s extended from northern border states to the central and southern parts of the nation. Depending on the estimate, anywhere from 1200 to 1400 Mexicans have been slaughtered in violence connected to organized crime since the beginning of the year, but it is widely suspected by the press and other close observers that the real number of victims is higher. If current murder rates continue, the body count will equal or surpass the figure for 2005.


Hispanos dejan de ser los más pobres en San Diego
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
De acuerdo con un análisis realizado por Centro de Iniciativas Políticas (CPI) los niveles de pobreza individual en la comunidad hispana del condado de San Diego han descendido alrededor de 3% en los últimos 5 años, poniéndolos detrás de la comunidad Afro-Americana, que ha registrado un incremento menor al 3% en el mismo periodo.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
No son números
Por alguna casualidad del destino, tres números de la vida real andan relativamente cercanos.


Border Shelter Sees Population Shift
By Vicki Adame
TIJUANA, Mexico — The statue of La Virgen de Guadalupe sits in a corner in the courtyard at Casa del Migrante. Placed on the concrete floor below the figure are candles, nickels, photos and a round medallion key chain with a single key and Ralph’s Club card dangling from it.


Local Latina receives Fullbright grant
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Erlinda “Chulie” Ulloa believes that science and medical research should serve the underserved.

Latina de San Diego recibe beca Fullbright
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Erlinda “Chulie” Ulloa cree que la investigación médica debe servir a los más desamparados.


Editorials

Editorial:
Labor Day 2006 Will Not Bring Fond Memories to La Prensa San Diego
It was with fond memories that La Familia Munoz, returned from celebrating the long weekend of Labor Day. As was our custom, we had gathered with family and friends and kicked off the Holiday with a Mexican cook-out that featured some of our favorite dishes.

Comentario
Cerca del autoritarismo, lejos de la democracia
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
No se pudo esperar de otra manera. Los jueces del Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación de México (TEPJF), así como el jurado que sancionó a Rodney King en Los Ángeles en abril de 1992, hicieron prevalecer los preceptos jurídicos sobre la razón y la política.


Perspective:
National City Spotlight: A Tale of Treasure and Taxes
By Ted Godshalk
Avast there mateys, this much is for sure: With Dead Man’s Chest, the pirate ship known as the Disney Corporation will rake in lot more loot than National City will with its sales tax increase. While Pirates and their attending ghouls certainly bring in bags of doubloons for the Imagineers at Disney, piracy does not go over so well in the public arena. Taxes and land grabs don’t either. Nigh.


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
Why The People’s Tribunal?
By Mike MacCarthy
Many thanks for the August 18, 2006 news story “Lack of Accountability Equals Lack of Education for Some”. In this piece, reporter Raymond L. Beltran mentioned an organization called The People’s Tribunal (TPT) that is currently prosecuting San Diego City Schools (SDCS) for failing in their duties and responsibilities. TPT has already indicted and served the city school board, its members, and current superintendent, Dr. Carl Cohn. The tribunal will take place at Gompers Middle School auditorium beginning Friday, September 8 (6-8 p.m.) and end Saturday, September 9, 2006 ( 8-2 p.m.); it is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be served and there will be several opportunity drawings for student/parent school-related prizes. The Tribunal is designed to separate fact from fiction concerning the actual state of education in city schools, and to bring to light legal and funded remedies within SDCS that are currently available to parents, grandparents, foster parents, adoptive parents, and community activists.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS:
Horale mi Gente, Este Chavo esta bien encabronado with what they did to El Jefito y La Prensa! Esos Mensos son unos SUATOS… El Jefito spent 26 years in various Mitotes en WWII, Japon, Korea, Vietnam y luego, paso 30 anos, en mitotes struggling por La Raza….Este Indio doesn’t know quienes lo hicieron, Pero asi no se la trata ONE of our Gente!


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

¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Dear Mexican: What is it about the word “illegal” that Mexicans don’t understand?
Mondo Minuteman


La Primera Dama del Hip-Hop latino está aquí
El álbum debut de Pearl está nominado para los SD Music Awards
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Cuando Perla era una niña, recuerda que siempre estuvo rodeada por los boleros románticos que su padre tocaba en su guitarra.


The First Lady of Latin Hip-Hop and R&B is here
Pearl’s debut album is nominated for SD Music Awards
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
When Pearl was a little girl, she remembers that she was always surrounded by the romantic songs known in Spanish as boleros her father used to play with his guitar.


Grupo Compay Segundo: Trayendo el calor de Cuba a Baja California
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El calor musical de cuba invadió Baja California durante las presentaciones que el Grupo Compay Segundo realizó durante una breve gira por tierras fronterizas, poniendo a bailar a miles de personas que asistieron a las presentaciones realizadas en las ciudades de Tijuana, Mexicali y Rosarito.


América según Andy Warhol: Últimos días para admirar sus obras en el SDMA
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Según Andy Warhol todos tienen su propia América.


¡TIC TAC TIEMPO!
Latinas, empower yourself to be an effective voice in your community at the Latina Womens Empowerment Conference on Sept. 9, 2006, 7 a.m. at Mount Miguel High School.The conference is designed to empower the Latina Student by emphasizing a commitment to education, dedication and involvement in the Hispanic community, and responsible leadership. Contact Sylvia Sposato (619) 644—8400 ext. 112


Exitos Finales Del XXVI Festival De La Cancion Latinoaericana De California
La cantautora Blanca Sandoval, de Manteca, California, resultó ganadora del primer lugar, («Disco de platino»), en la categoría “Canciones Originales Románticas-pop” del 26° Festival de la Canción Latinoamericana de California, celebrado recientemente en la ciudad de San Francisco. El tema laureado, “A veces”, fue interpretado por la cantante Alma Galván quien, por su cálida y profesional actuación, se hizo acreedora al trofeo “Mejor Intérprete 2006”.


Aztecs’ Perez Back to Plan “A”
By John Philip Wyllie
Oceanside High product Jose Perez was once one of the most feared receivers in San Diego County. Torching Valley League defenses for 1,112 yards during his 2002 senior campaign, Perez was a major contributor to the Pirates CIF championship that season. In the spring of the following year he appeared headed for SDSU. There was only one problem. As good as he was on the gridiron, Perez was an even better baseball player. When the New York Yankees drafted him in the seventh round of 2003 MLB draft, Perez traded in his pads and helmet for a glove and a bat and pursued his dream of playing big league baseball for three years. Advancing as far as a Single A, Perez found that he could go no farther. So now, he is back to his original plan: pursuing an education and a football career at SDSU.


Former Aztec Perez Back in the Nets for Mexico
By John Philip Wyllie
When Mexico takes on the United States in women’s soccer on September 13 in Rochester, New York, San Diego fans may recognize a familiar face in the Mexican goal. Former San Diego State Aztec, Sophia Perez is likely to fill that role for Leonardo Cuellar’s rapidly improving side. When these two teams met in October of last year, the U.S. prevailed by a 3-0 margin. Not too many years ago, lopsided 13-0, affairs were more the norm, so Mexico is clearly closing the gap. Their goal in Rochester will be to close it even further.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood

Mexican Legend Silverio Perez Passes Away at 91
The bullfight world is in mourning, due to the death, Aug. 27, of Silverio Pérez, 91, one of the true legends of Mexican bullfight history. Suffering pneumonia, Pérez died at his Pentecostes ranch, near Mexico City. Born June 20, 1915, he began his career in 1931, following the death, by a bull, of his brother, Cármelo, in Spain. Silverio was considered one of the primary stars of that which has been labeled “The Golden Age” of Mexican bullfighting.


HABLA DONNIE EDWARDS
Entre temporadas, organicé un viaje a Europa con un grupo de 20 estudiosos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Como saben, mi interés en este tema continúa creciendo mientras más me adentro a la historia y a las historias personales de los protagonistas.