Volume XXXI Number 31 August 3, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Some Chula Vista mobile park residents not happy with city plans

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

Many Chula Vista residents who live in mobile home and trailer parks do so because they can’t afford other types of housing in the city.

The majority of mobile home park residents is made up of low-income seniors and Latino families.

Recently, the City of Chula Vista has made several proposals regarding mobile home parks that have raised several issues among residents.

One of the most common questions has been the impact of proposed zoning regulations on mobile home parks.


Theresa Acerro (right) and Emilia Perez explain the Mobile Home Park Closure Ordinance to the residents at a recent rally.

In December 2005, the city adopted a new General Plan. To implement that plan, a draft document called the Urban Core Specific Plan was prepared, which would apply new zonings to certain areas in northwest Chula Vista.

If park land owners decide to sell their properties, they would need to follow regulations included in the Mobile Home Park Closure Ordinance.

“Under the law private property rights are protected, and the City can not prohibit mobile home park owners from either selling their land or using their land for another purpose,” said Chula Vista Housing Manager, Amanda Mills. “We can, however, require the land owner to compensate displaced park residents and follow strict procedures when they decide to close a park. The proposed changes provide a more specific closure process and spells out relocation benefits. The proposed changes also include an additional payment for low income families.”

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Algunos residentes de parques de “trailas” en Chula Vista no están contentos con planes de la ciudad
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Muchos de los residentes de Chula Vista que viven en parques de casas móviles y trailas lo hacen porque no pueden pagar otro tipo de vivienda en la ciudad.

Between Worlds: President Richardson or Latino President Richardson?
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
There was a touchy moment for Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson in June 2007 when the Spanish-language TV network Univision announced that it would hold its Democratic candidate debate in September 2007. A testy Richardson threatened to withdraw from the debate unless he could give a presentation in Spanish rather than speak through an interpreter. He got his way. The same week, Richardson, with much fanfare, announced the names of key Latino backers nationally.


Mujeres Making Movies
By LaVon Rice
Two stray dogs in Vieques, Puerto Rico were responsible for the naming of Chica Luna Productions. There, alone working on a documentary about the U.S. military occupation of Vieques, cofounder Elisha Miranda befriended and adopted the canine pair, which were named Chica and Luna. “Chica luna,” or “girl moon,” also sounded like a good name for the women of color artists’ collective that she was launching with friends Sonia Gonzalez and Sofía Quintero. “I thought that would be a really interesting name,” Miranda recalls. “We’re women that howl at the moon.” And how apt for “artivists” who use their voices to challenge stereotypical images of women of color.


Baja California lista para las elecciones
Por Luis Alonso Pérez.
Este domingo se llevarán a cabo las votaciones para elegir gobernador, alcaldes y diputados en Baja California.


Stories

Tijuana celebra el 60 aniversario del Frontón Jai Alai
Por Luis Alonso Pérez.
El antiguo edificio del Jai Alai, un icono de la cultura tijuanense cumplirá 60 años de su apertura el próximo 11 de agosto, por lo que se ha preparado una celebración cultural y astronómica a beneficio de la educación.


Tecnología Fronteriza
Por Luis Alonos Pérez
Para que la región fronteriza de México y Estados Unidos logre mantener la competitividad comercial e industrial ante países como China e India es necesario, entre otros factores, agilizar los tiempos de cruce internacional e incrementar la seguridad fronteriza.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Puercos y Porquerías
  Como buenos mexicanos, los ciudadanos de México del Norte somos afectos a los buenos chorizos, salchichas, manitas de puerco, chuletas de lo mismo, costillitas, y no se diga un buen tocino. Pero no se preocupe el lector, que esta columna no es exclusiva para vegetarianos, y no vamos a ponernos a hablar sobre los daños y peligros que trae consigo la carne de puerco.


Jorge Mújica Recibe el Premio a la Libertad de Expresión en Estados Unidos
  Jorge Mújica (ganador de dos Premios Nacionales de Periodismo de la Asociación Nacional de Publicistas Hispanos), recibirá el sábado el Premio a la Libertad de Expresión, otorgado por la Biblioteca Newberry, institución privada de investigación de ciencias sociales, que reconoce a las personalidades que se destaquen en la lucha por preservar esta libertad garantizada en la Constitución estadounidense y la fundación McCormick Tribune del Museo de la Libertad.


“Those Who Can, Teach” Affirms UCSD Theatre Professor in Receiving Career Achievement Award
“As you all know, [they say] ‘those who can’t, teach.’ Well, ‘THEY’ got it all wrong,” says theatre professor Jorge Huerta. “It should read, ‘THOSE WHO CAN, TEACH.’ It is such a noble profession, one that I am so proud to be a part of.”


Eastlake High’s ‘Titan Bot’ Team Among The Very Best
Robotics team finishes 8th overall in International Botball competition
Overcoming adversity has been a constant in the Eastlake High Botball team’s success this year. Two days before the regional robotics competition, the first-year team scrambled to replace the bot’s “brain.” The change worked as the team claimed the top spot in that competition against other southern California schools. At the international contest, technical difficulties landed the team in 19th place after the initial seeding rounds.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Karina Flores-Hurley
La Poderosa Arma de la Genética
Agentes de policía, médicos forenses y muestras de ADN forman parte de la típica escena de crimen que vemos en las películas. Es así como percibimos la investigación genética: un arma capaz de hallar hasta al más escurridizo de los delincuentes.


¿Hijos malcriados y padres alcahuetes?
¿Hijos independientes y padres tolerantes?

Por: Doctora Luz
¿Cómo fue que llegamos a esta situación?: Hijos malcriados y padres alcahuetes. Hijos independientes y padres tolerantes. En los capítulos anteriores (correspondientes a la primera y segunda parte), se explicaron los patrones de enseñanza que utilizan los padres en la crianza de sus hijos. De manera breve, recapitularemos lo concerniente al tema pasado, pero nos enfocaremos en otros factores que intervienen en el compor-tamiento de los hijos, como lo son: aspectos culturales, idiosincrasia, costumbres y, sobre todo, la vida familiar en los Estados Unidos.


Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Immigration debate revolving around fear and hate
In 1996 Hazleton, Pa., had become a cause to celebrate for the anti-immigrant movement when the town passed some of the toughest ordinances to date. The ordinances punished undocumented immigrants for trying to live and work there, and employers and landlords for providing them with homes and jobs. For the anti-immigrant movement, they saw this as local government taking control where the Federal government failed in controlling immigration.


Commentary:
Revamp the Fairness Doctrine – Equal time in the media is needed
By Alex Nogales
Conservatives are decrying any talks of bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. It’s an attack on our first amendment rights, they say, the liberals want to muzzle us. That is bogus. The Fairness Doctrine which was made moot during Reagan’s Administration required broadcasters to offer competing viewpoints in a balanced manner when presenting controversial issues. There are compelling reasons why Latinos and others are demanding a version of the Fairness Doctrine.


Comentario:
No, aquí no Sir Beckham
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Solamente el glamour de Hollywood y la maquinaria económica del equipo galáctico y sus aliados comerciales hicieron posible la llegada del jugador más bonito –no el más técnico— a las canchas de fútbol (soccer) norteamericano.


Commentary:
NAFTA Made a Mexican the World’s Richest Man
By Louis Nevaer
MEXICO CITY — Which country could give the son of a poor immigrant from an impoverished faraway land so many opportunities as to make him the world’s richest man? Mexico.


Comentario:
El futuro de la Ley No Child Left Behind y el estudiante del idioma inglés
Por Don Soifer
Para quienes trabajan en las políticas públicas y el público lector de la prensa, el actual debate acerca de cuáles son las mejores políticas para la educación norteamericana ha evolucionado hacia el referéndum de una sola vasta ley federal — la “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB, por su sigla en inglés). La decisión acerca del futuro de esta ley, será el asunto educativo más difícil e importante para Washington, en el tiempo que falta para las próximas elecciones nacionales.

Commentary:
English Language Learners and the Future of NCLB
By Don Soifer
For policymakers and newspaper readers alike, the debate over the best policies for American public education has evolved into a referendum on one, vast federal law — The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Deciding its future will be Washington’s most important, and most difficult, education business between now and the next national elections.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
Iraqie politicians estas no dummies.
Despite Pres. Bush’s time line to show progress by September they took the month of August off for vacation. No Iraqie in their right mind and who can afford it, stays in Baghdad when the temperature hovers at around 105 and there is no shade in a desert. So like all good politicans they got out of the kitchen when the heat gets too hot!



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arenallo
Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans say “¡Ojalá Dios quiera!”? Ojalá refers to Allah the Muslim god, and Dios is the Christian god. Do Mexicans want to cover their bases and get a double blessing, or maybe they can’t make up their minds? ¿Qué pasó con los dos dioses?
White Paddy

MERECIDO HOMENAJE A BLANCARTE
** Autor del mural “Orígenes” que engalana desde 1992 la Sala de Espectáculos.

Writer Alejandro Morales to Receive Luis Leal Literature Award
Alejandro Morales, a novelist and professor of Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine, is the recipient of this year’s Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The award is presented annually by the University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, and the Santa Barbara Book Council.


LAMC: Latin Aternative Music Continues to Evolve
By James Klein
NEW YORK (KPRENSA) – The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) took place in New York last week. LAMC presents the more adventurous side of Latin music, mostly rock and electronic music by latino artists. LAMC is the only conference directed specifically toward the marketing of alternative music in Spanish. Now in its eighth year, the conference showed that this genre of music continues to evolve.


LAMC: La Música Latina Alternativa Continúa Evolucionando
Por James Klein
NUEVA YORK (KPRENSA) - La Conferencia Música Latina Alternativa (LAMC, por sus siglas en inglés), se llevó a cabo en la ciudad de Nueva York la semana pasada. LAMC presenta el lado más atrevido de la música latina, en su mayoría con espectáculos de música rock o electrónica. LAMC es la única conferencia dirigida específicamente hacia el mercadeo de la música alternativa en español. Ahora en su octavo año, la conferencia mostró que este estilo de la música continúa evolucionando.


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