Volume XXXI Number 51 December 21, 2007

FrontPage Stories



Obama Surge Stalls with Latinos
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
A local Latino rhythm-and-dance troupe gyrated on a stage emblazoned with brown plastic cacti and colorful piñatas. The group was a warm-up act for the main event: A speech by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on a campaign stop in heavily Hispanic San Antonio, TX., last July.


Chula Vistans submit signatures in favor of initiative
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
A group of Chula Vista residents submitted required signatures to the City Clerk to qualify a ballot measure that tries to protect the character of Third Avenue Village by limiting high-rise developments.


Residentes de CV entregan firmas a favor de iniciativa
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Un grupo de residentes de Chula Vista entregaron las firmas requeridas al Secretario de la Ciudad (City Clerk) para calificar para la boleta electoral a una medida que trata de proteger el carácter de Third Avenue Village al imponer límites en edificios de gran altura.


Poll Explores Racial Tensions Among Minority Groups
Blacks, Hispanics and Asian Americans are both optimistic and concerned over race relations
By Christine Senteno
WASHINGTON — The first-of-its-kind poll on race relations between blacks, Latinos and Asians, released yesterday in Washington, D.C., revealed that while ugly stereotypes still hold strong between groups, a majority of those in each group said they should put aside their differences to work toward building better communities.



Stories

Pedro Zapeta: Economic Threat or Financial Guru?
District Court chose to keep $49,000 of his money and graciously allowed him to keep $10,000
By Philip Knab
Talk about killing an ant with an anvil. That is exactly what the United States District Court and customs agents did to Guatemalan immigrant Pedro Zapeta. He left them no other alternative. Zapeta was a greater economic threat than $100 a barrel oil or a sub prime mortgage. He knew how to retire on a minimum wage salary and had to be stopped before his secret spread to credit card crazed consumers.


Holiday Welcomes and Woes Greet Migrants
In the United States, the mass media frequently reports on holiday flight delays and other nightmares facing millions of air travelers. In northern Mexico, where automobiles and buses are preferred means of transportation, travelers, including many US residents of Mexican origin, also confront numerous troubles in their annual migrations to spend the holidays with loved ones.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
La Hipocresía Galopante
No hay pa’ donde hacerse. Entre los precandidatos Republicanos a la presidencia, las propuestas sobre inmigración van de “duro” a “más duro”, y terminan en “durísimo”.


Casa Refugio Elvira
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Las mujeres migrantes que sean deportadas hacia Tijuana durante la noche ahora cuentan con un hogar donde resguardarse. Se trata de Casa Refugio Elvira, un albergue que busca ayudar a las mujeres indocumentadas repatriadas bajo las mismas condiciones que Elvira Arellano.


ANUNCIA PRESIDENTE FELIPE CALDERON INICIO DEL PROGRAMA REPATRIACIÓN HUMANA
Discurso del Presidente Calderón en el Día Internacional del Migrante
Tijuana, Baja California. Lunes, 17 de Diciembre.- Me alegra mucho estar nuevamente aquí en la puerta de México y de América Latina, en la frontera que resiste en la historia y en el presente.


Obispos se Hacen Eco del Llamado Urgente del Papa a Trabajar por el Desarmamiento Nuclear y el Cuidado Ambiental
WASHINGTON – El Papa Benedicto XVI eligió el desarmamiento nuclear y la preocupación medioambiental como los temas principales de su mensaje para la Jornada Mundial de la Paz, que se celebrará el próximo 1 de enero de 2008. El mensaje, que este año lleva por título “Familia humana, comunidad de paz”, se dio a conocer al público el 11 de diciembre.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Xavier Serbia
Nuevo plan para no perder su casa… pero ojo a los detalles
Hace pocos días el presidente George W. Bush presentó un plan hipotecario para ayudar a más de un millón de familias que verán sus préstamos hipotecarios reajustarse a una nueva tasa de interés.

Linking air pollution to illness and death, and those who support changes
By Senator Jenny Oropeza
SANTA MONICA – We are killing our children by poisoning the air they breathe.

Baja California busca ser destino de Turismo Médico
Por Luis Alonso Pérez y Mariana Martínez
La industria médica de Tijuana ha puesto en marcha la articulación de un cluster de turismo de salud para incrementar el flujo de pacientes estadounidenses que buscan servicios médicos con menores costos.

Protecting Latinos and Their Finances: Reiterating the need for increased financial literacy this holiday season
For Latinos all over the country, the holiday season is an important time for giving and for getting in touch with family. This translates into more remittances sent back home, increased usage of pre-paid phone cards, and increased purchases using credit cards. In fact, Latinos sent $50 billion in remittances to Latin America in 2005 alone. And to communicate with family members abroad, prepaid phone cards are essential. Credit card usage is also on the rise among Latino households, with about 56 percent of Latinos reporting owning one or more credit cards. However, Latinos must be vigilant when engaging in financial transactions so they do not end up losing money or with unmanageable debt.


Se Necesitan Miles De Trabajadores En Las Casillas Electorales Para La Elección Primaria Presidencial
El Registro de Votantes del Condado de San Diego está solicitando ayuda del público para trabajar en las casillas de votación de la elección primaria presidencial que se llevará acabo el 5 de febrero. La elección tendrá lugar la fecha más temprana que el estado de California haya establecido en décadas.


La magia de la Navidad
Por Dagoberto Márquez
Con excepción de las fiestas patrias septembrinas, cuando México se viste de luces, colores, olores, sabores, mujeres guapísimas, música vernácula y miles y miles de lentejuelas, no existe otra época más hermosa para nosotros los mexicanos que la época navideña, la que vivimos ahora pues con ella recordamos el advenimiento del Niño Jesús, el hijo de la Virgen María y de San José aquí en la Tierra, el hijo unigénito de Dios Nuestro Señor, el padre de todos nosotros. Esta época, recordada y celebrada por prácticamente todo el mundo, nos llena de alegría, atenuando la tristeza que por muy diversos motivos ensombrece a veces nuestra vida, haciendo más pasadera la existencia porque recordar que hubo un Niño cuyo propósito fue la paz del mundo y que su nacimiento fue largamente anunciado, nos digna a la paz y a la reconciliación así haya gente que, tonta y torpe, se empecina generalmente en lastimarnos o en desunirnos.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
A Christmas Message
Every year one of our great joys is in writing our yearly Christmas Message. For us here at La Prensa San Diego, Christmas is about the birth of Christ and an affirmation of our beliefs. We embrace the birth of Jesus the Son of God and we take solace and comfort from the love of Our Lord.


Comentario:
Una navidad con mucha incertidumbre
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Parece que Santa Claus no va a visitar a algunas casas en esta navidad. Por lo menos las tiendas comerciales están sintiendo el pesar de una economía que todavía no se recupera del amargo tropezón en los precios de las viviendas y el alza de la gasolina. Mucha gente prefiere quedarse en sus casas mirando televisión en vez de salir y gastar su dinero en los centros comerciales.


Commentary:
Time to Pull the Plug on the Flawed California Health Care Deal
By Donna Gerber
Comprehensive healthcare reform is a dream that millions of Californians are hoping to achieve. But at some point it’s time to recognize that the steamroller to pass a bill no matter what it contains can actually make matters worse.


Commentary:
Immigration: Losing the War of Ideas, Again
By Tom Barry
In the war of ideas over immigration, liberals are in disarray. Anti-immigration advocates have created the ideological frameworks—security, rule of law, nationalism—that now frame the raging immigration debate. Meanwhile, immigration advocates find that their own humanitarian, economic, and historical arguments supporting liberal immigration flows have little resonance in the public debate.


Commentary:
A Modern Day Tea Party
By Jodie Evans
There is a great tradition of war tax resistance in the United States. When our political leaders have not listened to the will of the people, individuals have engaged in civil disobedience. By refusing to cooperate, we take away the legitimacy from a reckless state.

Public Forum.... El Foro Público...
Developers thrive in Chula Vista, meanwhile senior citizens have to learn to do with less
This week I had a call from a very distraught senior citizen who had just learned that the dances she attends at Norman Park Center every Tuesday night would be no more in January when the City cuts the hours at the center and closes at 4 p.m. She wanted me to know that some of the dancers, including her, have been attending for twenty years. Someone had referred her to us for help.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
SPECIAL YEAR-END EDICIÓN
Apologize for the shortened column this week, but there are tamales to make…


First Person:
A post modern Latinos Christmas
By Al Carlos Hernandez
A flood of familial emotion that gains momentum throughout the year seems to pool into alchemy stew of color, visceral pine, arroz, tamalianic scents, and surreptitious sounds during the Christmas holidays. Yeah, I made up the word “Tamalianic” Y qué?


Radio Bilingüe ‘Raíces II’ series depicts California’s diverse grassroots artists
“Raíces II: Art Moments on Radio,” a new Radio Bilingüe series, will help Latinos and especially immigrants learn more about the cultural traditions of diverse Latino groups and non-Latino communities.


Narración de Cuentos Infantiles Vinculados con la Navidad
Por: Paco Zavala
Indudablemente que las fiestas navideñas son para que los niños las disfruten en grande, rebozando alegría por todos los poros corporales, pero además invadidos por el espíritu y el recogimiento navideño, algo que está muy lejos de suceder, por lo tanto el celebrado Jesús, siempre está ausente de la mesa en la que se encuentran las viandas de la famosa cena de navidad.


Jacqueline Grace is a Chula Vista rising star!
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Keep an eye out for Jacqueline Grace, San Diego: She might be the next major singer to come out of the county.


¡Jacqueline Grace es la siguiente estrella de Chula Vista!
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Mantén el ojo abierto para Jacqueline Grace, San Diego: ella podría ser la siguiente cantante importante en salir del condado.


MYRA: Young Disney Artist Grows Up
Experienced at a very young age what only some of us can dream of
By Reyna Trevino
MYRA burst onto the scene 6 years ago with a Debut Album on Buena Vista Records, a Spanish album with Hollywood Records, her First Feature Film Role and Primetime Network Debut.


Magno Evento El Ballet Clásico de Moscú se Presenta en Ensenada con “El Cascanueces”
Por: Paco Zavala
En estas fiestas decembrinas, lo que se desea es descansar, disfrutar del ambiente, de la familia. ¡Ah! y también de los eventos maravillosos que año con año se presentan en los diversos escenarios establecidos en la periferia del estado.


Lopez Loaded with Talent
By John Philip Wyllie
He is only a sophomore and has just one year of wrestling experience under his belt, but that hasn’t stopped Bonita Vista heavyweight (189 lbs.) Cody Lopez from amassing an impressive 15-1 record since the start of the high school wrestling season. His only loss came when he wrestled up from his weight class to face someone more than 20 lbs. heavier. Lopez has certainly caught the attention of former Mexican Olympian and current Baron Coach, Gabe Ruz.


Magracia Double Dipping for Barons
By John Philip Wyllie
It is not unusual for high school athletes to excel at more than one sport. There have been countless examples of good football players that have traded in their pads and helmets for a bat and ball, but Bonita Vista High senior Elie Ma-gracia has taken that concept one step further. She is starring on two varsity teams simultaneously. Magracia is the starting point guard on the Barons (3-2) basketball team and the primary playmaker as a center midfielder on the Barons (3-2) soccer team. Needless to say, this feat requires an enormous amount of energy and desire as well as coaches that are flexible and supportive.


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