Volume XXXI Number 50 December 14, 2007

FrontPage Stories



Latino Students Lag Far Behind
By Irantzu Pujadas
The 2007 California Educational Opportunity Report, released at the end of November, shows that Latino students lag far behind white and Asian students on every indicator of school success. As a result, Latinos are dramatically underrepresented in California’s public institutions of higher education, in high paying jobs and in middle-class lives.


Immigration Shaping Up as Wedge Issue
By Elena Shore
Editor’s Note: Republicans, once a divided house on immigration, are trying to turn it into an electoral wedge issue in 2008 while nervous Democrats in front-line states are lining up behind enforcement-only measures. Immigration experts participating in New America Media’s Access Washington teleconference said 2008 will see some nasty anti-immigrant rhetoric.

SAN FRANCISCO — Republicans are attempting to turn immigration into a wedge issue in the 2008 presidential elections. But their move to the right could cost them votes from the fastest growing voter bloc in the country: immigrant and Latino voters, according to experts on Access Washington, a New America Media-sponsored conference call with ethnic media.


Univision Debate: Republicans Make Hard Sell to Latinos
By Elena Shore
The first Spanish-language Republican presidential candidate debate couldn’t have come at a better time for the GOP. Latino support for the Republican Party has dropped substantially when the Latino vote is more important than ever. The candidates’ jostling over who is tougher on immigration has alienated Latinos even further.

Humanistas denuncian ataques de la Patrulla Fronteriza a Tijuanenses
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La noche del lunes 26 de noviembre lucía como una típica noche de otoño en la colonia Libertad, famosa por su colindancia con la barda que divide a Tijuana de San Ysidro.



Stories

Businesses partner with Sweetwater schools to fund special programs
A running program at Montgomery High and a robotics club at Hilltop High got monetary boosts recently, thanks to generous donations from local businesses.


Christmas Dollars Flow North
All along the US-Mexico border, familiar, seasonal scenes are taking shape at international crossings and on highways. Weighted down with presents and goods of all kinds, immigrant caravans fleeted with pick-ups, SUVs and any four-wheeled vehicle that moves are headed south to visit hometowns, relatives and friends for the winter holidays. Meanwhile, long lines of cars and pedestrians inch across the US border on their way to Christmas shopping sprees in popular malls and border shopping districts.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Criminales imperdonables
Como todos los años por estas fechas, el presidente de Estados Unidos acaba de otorgar sus perdones a una bola de criminales. No, no me refiero a los 12 millones de indocumentados, porque si algo está clarísimo después de tanto tiempo y tanta marcha (a pesar de lo que diga Lou Dobbs), es que entre los famosos 12 millones hay muy pocos criminales.


Plans vary, but candidates all have answers to health care questions
By Kellie Ell
WASHINGTON - Miles Fawcett’s daughter Serena was 9 weeks old when she was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare condition in newborns in which the bile duct is either missing or not working. In January, Fawcett had part of his liver removed and transplanted to his little girl. Now 1½ years old, Serena is healthy.

Life Sentence
By Javier Sierra
The brush of destiny painted a very bad stroke on Olga Argüelles’s town. One hundred years of toxic bombardment have devastated Anapra, New Mexico, with a life sentence of an endless source of inmates for the state’s prisons.


USCIS Announces Fee Waiver for Fire Victims
Waiver Will Help Applicants Who Lost Residence and/or Employment
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials will give special consideration to fee waiver requests from applicants who lost their residence and/or employment as a direct result of the October wildfires in Southern California and are seeking to replace certain documents.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Marangely Rodríguez
Regala alegría y seguridad en Navidad
En días recientes  muchos padres de familia se han alarmado por el retiro de juguetes que contienen pinturas tóxicas que pueden causar envenenamiento por plomo.


María de Guadalupe
Por Dagoberto Márquez
Ocurrió hace cerca de 500 años. 476 para ser exactos. Se dice que se le apareció a Juan Diego, un mexicano de ascendencia indígena y que sus apariciones fueron varias, no sólo una. La fecha exacta inicia un 9 de diciembre, en el cerro del Tepeyac, una loma no muy alta que está atrás de donde se erige la antigua basílica, allá en el Distrito Federal.


Head Start Children Receive 25,000 toys from Neighborhood House Association and Toys for Tots
More than 10,000 San Diego County Head Start children have received toys from Neighborhood House Association and Toys for Tots this holiday season. This is the 11th year in a row that Neighborhood House Association (NHA) has joined with the Marine Reserve Center 4th Tanks Battalion in San Diego to give over 25,000 toys to needy Head Start children.

Buyers Find Homes to Treasure at Esmeralda by Pardee Homes
Home shoppers seeking top value in a new home and the established conveniences of a master-planned community can find hidden treasures with Pardee Homes’ exclusive, limited time offers of new homes at Esmeralda at Ocean View Hills. The Treasure Hunt value promotion features just one “Treasured Home” each week at this popular south bay neighborhood, where new homes are priced from the low $600,000s.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Preuss School Scandal breaks our heart
If the recent audit report on grade fixing had been at any other charter school, it would have been disappointing news, but not necessarily surprising. The fact that it was the Preuss School on the UCSD campus that there was grade fixing and cheating, goes way beyond disappointing and cuts through the heart of the Hispanic/minority communities of San Diego, and through charter schools in general.


Comentario:
El efecto de Oprah en la política
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
El estadio de la Universidad de Carolina del Sur abarrotó a más de 30,000 almas el fin de semana. Esa gente no estuvo allí para ver un partido de fútbol americano, sino para gritar a los cuatro vientos la salida a la tarima política de Oprah Winfrey, la carismática conductora de televisión que hoy se ha convertido en el As del Senador Barack Obama y está a punto de ponerle en la punta de los candidatos demócratas para las elecciones presidenciales del 2008.


Commentary:
Why Don’t You Shut Up?
By Juan Esparza Loera
Editor’s Note: Venezuelans voted against Hugo Chávez, apparently agreeing with the King of Spain that it was time for the Venezuelan leader to “shut up.” There are a few more public figures that should do the same, writes the editor of the bilingual Latino newspaper, “Vida en el Valle”.

Commentary:
LA is Labor Territory
A report on the historic L.A. labor congress
By Rosalio Munoz
Next year labor contracts covering some 350,000 union members in 30 union locals in Los Angeles County will expire, while tens of thousands more are organizing for first contracts.


Public Forum... El Foro Público...
Preuss School Parents Speak Out
Ten years ago, the community came together to solve a difficult problem. Too few San Diego students from the inner city were going to college. An important segment of our community was missing out on the opportunity for a brighter future for their children.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Por Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: U.S.A citizens are sick and tired that for more than 40 years, Latin American elites have lived like monarchs because they pimp their poor to American businesses for cheap labor that American taxpayers have been forced to subsidize with health care, food, housing, education, and so forth costing taxpayers trillions of dollars annually. Meanwhile, our infrastructure, education and health care systems have deteriorated because our government spent our tax dollars supporting Latin America’s poor citizens. It’s way past the time for our government to tell Latin American government-elites to end their caste system and take care of their own people; we refuse to continue the travesty. It would be beautiful to see Latin American people given the opportunity to have a good life in their home country rather than leave their families and risk their lives to become part of the underclass in the U.S.A! Why do you support this modern-day slavery?


Teatro Mascara Magica’s “La Pastorela de la Raza” Brings Humor and Inspiration to the REP
Firefighters and their families will be honored, admitted for free to December 19 performance
Yelling “fire” in a crowded theater is immoral, which is exactly why Lucifer might do just such a thing.


Hispanic Arts Theatre proudly presents La Posada Magica – The Magical Journey
Hispanic Arts Theatre is very pleased to announce the San Diego Debut of the musical play – La Posada Magica – The Magical Journey written by Octavio Solis and music by Marcos Loya.

Representarán la Pastorela “Huele a Diablos” en el Sótano de Rita
Por: Paco Zavala
Las posadas son las jornadas en las que la familia de José y María piden posada para que pueda advenir el niño Jesús a este mundo y, para realizarlas se han designado los días comprendidos del 16 al 24 de cada diciembre, como es ya sabido.


Celebrate The Holidays
Celebrate The Holidays at the Valley Center Library
Carriage Rides, Story Times, Carolers and a Secret Santa Welcome Christmas


Samaris is pure candela
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Even before you listen to the new Samaris Cassno album you can tell that this Puerto Rican singer has candela (or heat).


Samaris es candela pura
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Aún antes de escuchar el nuevo disco de Samaris Cassano te puedes dar cuenta de que esta cantante puertorriqueña tiene candela.


Musical Navideño de la Orquesta Juvenil de Tijuana Dirigida por Pavel Getman
Más de Setenta Niños y Jóvenes en escena
Por: Paco Zavala
Con motivo de las festividades decembrinas del presente año, la Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Tijuana (SJT), presentará el próximo domingo 16 de diciembre a las 6:00 pm. en la Sala de Espectáculos del Centro Cultural Tijuana, su Concierto de Invierno, intítulado “Musical Navideño”, bajo la atinada Dirección Artística y Musical del Maestro Pavel Getman.


Recordamos al Charro Cantor Jorge Negrete en un Aniversario Más de su Desaparición
El actor-cantante fue Secretario General de la Asociación Nacional de Actores
Por: Paco Zavala
El mítico y exquisito cantante y actor mexicano Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno mejor conocido como Jorge Negrete, prototipo del charro mexicano, cumplió el pasado 5 de diciembre 54 años de haber fallecido en un hospital en la ciudad de Los Angeles, Ca., como consecuencia de una “Hepatitis C” contraída en sus años de juventud, la cual en su momento fue mal atendida.


A Ocho Columnas: Una lucha teatral entre el periodismo y el poder
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Desde sus orígenes la prensa mexicana, el “cuarto poder” de nuestra sociedad moderna, ha encarnado en su interior una feroz batalla entre la ética profesional y el poder político.


Barrick a Leader for Titans Defense
By John Philip Wyllie
Spending most of her summers in the warm waters off Los Barriles, B.C. has given Eastlake High’s Laura Barrick the opportunity to both improve her swimming and get in touch with her Mexican heritage. While her Spanish remains less than perfect, her maternal grandparents would be proud to see how far she has come speaking and understanding their native language. The summers spent south of the border have also improved her swimming to the point that the senior goaltender now serves as one of the captains on the Eastlake Titans Water Polo Team.


Hernandez Tallies Two for Tigers
By John Philip Wyllie
It is not by accident that Morse High School defender Joaquin Hernandez wears the number four on his yellow soccer jersey. He wears it in honor of Mexican team captain and Barcelona superstar Rafael Marquez. Wednesday afternoon (12-5-07) Hernandez turned in a Marquez-like performance scoring both of his team’s goals in a 3-2 losing effort against the 3-0-2 Bonita Vista Barons. A year ago he was a major force for the Tigers when they claimed the Eastern League title and finished as CIF semifinalists. This year Hernandez hopes his team can go even farther.

Cuyamaca College marks Disability Awareness 2007 with 10th annual wheelchair basketball game
The wheelchair basketball game that annually pits athletes from Sharp Rehabilitation and elsewhere against Cuyamaca College athletes in a lively demonstration of the skill and agility of the visiting San Diego Xpress team almost didn’t happen this year due to the wildfires in October.


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