Volume XXXI Number 52 December 28, 2007

FrontPage Stories

A 100 year-old treasure in National City

Mexican woman will celebrate 101 years in 2008

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

Dolores “Lolita” Salas was born 100 years ago in the small town of Tenamaxtlán, Jalisco.

This year that’s starting, 2008, will mark her 101 birthday, on February 24, Day of the Mexican Flag.

“I feel pretty good, but I don’t like that I can’t walk,” Lolita said a recent afternoon at Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center, in National City, where she has lived since 2002.


Lolita Salas con su sobrina Lucy Villaseñor en Windsor Gardens.

Lolita is a lively, chatty, viejita that has a lot of friends at Windsor Gardens. She’s known for her positive attitude and her interest in always starting a good conversation.

“I like to talk a lot,” said a smiling Lolita, as she’s called with love.“

Lolita particularly likes to spend time with her 77 year-old niece, Lucy Villaseñor, who visits her often at Windsor Gardens.

“We like to open the vault of memories and remember aspects of earlier days,” Villaseñor said. “My tía likes to talk about her childhood in Jalisco, of the fiestas, of the traditions.”

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Un tesoro de 100 años en National City
Una mujer mexicana celebrará sus 101 años en el 2008.
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Dolores “Lolita” Salas nació hace 100 años en el pueblito de Tenamaxtlán, Jalisco.


NAFTA at Fourteen: Historic Showdown Looms
As the 14th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) fast approaches, rural opponents of the trinational pact are stepping up their mobilizations on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Mexican farm groups and their supporters are gearing up for border-wide actions on January 1, 2008 to protest the final elimination of tariffs on corn, bean, sugar and powdered milk.


Steve Padilla
REFLECTIONS ON COMMUNITY
This time of year brings many things, especially reflections about hope, and what matters most in life. We gather around our family and friends, nurture strong bonds, re-establish some old ones and lay the foundation for new connections both with ourselves and with others. This time is about more than craziness, stress, and holiday chores dominating our time and thoughts. It’s a time to reflect.


The GOP’s Six-Ring Circus
By Scott Galindez
Perspective
The Actor, the Preacher, the Police Chief, the Doctor and the Venture Capitalist.



Stories

Patrulla Fronteriza habla sobre gases lacrimógenos
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
A raíz de la controversia mediática en la que se vio envuelta la Patrulla Fronteriza, después de una serie de ataques con gas lacrimógeno hacia presuntos “coyotes” en el lado mexicano, la corporación estadounidense distribuyó un video que muestra agresiones hacia sus agentes.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Terrorismo Casero
“¿Qué haría usted si fuera presidente y las tropas todavía estuvieran en Irak, cuando los inmigrantes ilegales comiencen a tomar acción y bombardear edificios y otras cosas?” La pregunta no es un invento, sino de la vida real. La hizo Beau Bowman, un niño de quinto grado de primaria en una escuela en Iowa, en una entrevista con Barack Obama.


ICF to Create Center for Cross-Border Philanthropy
Heirs to Wal-Mart Gift Property; New Center Will Promote Building Sustainable Communities in the Border Region
With globalization and advances in telecommunications blurring borders, International Community Foundation will establish the ICF Center for Cross-Border Philanthropy to help promote greater cross-cultural understanding in today’s globally interconnected communities.


Huerta Heads Latino Event For Clinton
By E.A. Barrera
Labor and Women’s rights organizer Dolores Huerta headlined a campaign event for New York Senator Hillary Clinton this past Sunday, December 23 in Chula Vista. Huerta, who worked closely with Cesar Chavez, lead a campaign phoning party at the home of local Latino activist Bea Fernandez.


A New Year Brings New Hope for Early Education
By Gregory Taylor
New Year’s is a time for reflection on where we’ve been, the lessons learned, and how we can better ourselves for the future. Unfortunately, many resolutions to help our children better succeed in school have been broken.

Western Union: Stealing So Much More Than Money
By Francis Calpotura
On International Migrants Day it is important to reflect on the contribution of migrants to their home economies. This year, remittances sent home by migrants reached $300 billion worldwide. That’s $300 billion towards food, medicine, and the support of local development efforts. But business and government are plotting to rob immigrants of our hard-earned money. This is why immigrants have set their sights on Western Union.

Mercado Development Proposals Presented at Community Meeting
Redevelopment Agency receives two proposals; Details presented at January 8 meeting
The Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Diego and potential development partners will be presenting two proposals for the highly anticipated development of a Mercado commercial center in the heart of the Barrio Logan neighborhood southeast of Downtown San Diego. A public meeting will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at the Perkins Elementary School at 1770 Main Street in Barrio Logan.


CalHFA Partners with Habitat for Humanity for Affordable Housing
The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) is again partnering with Habitat for Humanity to stimulate new homeownership opportunities for more Californians.
CalHFA has authorized additional funding of up to $5 million for the purchase of homeownership first mortgages originated by Habitat for Humanity affiliates in California. The partnership enables California Habitat for Humanity affiliates to better leverage existing resources and generate more funds, enabling them to build more affordable homes that are urgently needed throughout the state.


La Palabra de Médico
Embarazo 101: Lo que toda mujer debe saber
Por el Gonzalo Garretón, MD, FACOG
Todos tienen una historia sobre alguna amiga que tuvo un parto difícil. Es importante recordar que el embarazo es un proceso natural. Noventa y ocho por ciento de los embarazos tienen como resultado un bebé y una mamá sanos. La mejor manera de disipar sus dudas acerca de tener un bebé es hablar con su médico, madrona o enfermera.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
New Year’s Resolution
Feliz Año Nuevo – Happy New Year. As we end 2007 we look back, not with a sense of fond-ness, but with a sense of relief that this year has ended and we look forward to a more promising New Year: hopefully.


Commentary:
Parents Thinking Critically
By Ernie McCray
Recently I sat at a meeting absolutely mesmerized by a number of Latina mothers who, with raised eyebrows and postures to match, spoke ever so eloquently and passionately in opposition to a JROTC rifle range that’s planned for Mission Bay High.


Commentary:
Challenging Our Students Will Help Them Succeed
By Susannah Bell
Editor’s Note: A recent University of Texas study shows that students who take Advanced Placement classes and exams get better GPAs and have a higher chance of graduating high school. A teacher found this to be true when she challenged her students to step up to take the AP English exam.


Commentary:
Cuba Changes, U.S. Policy Stagnates
By Wayne Smith and Jennifer Schuett
Change and continuity are the two words that best describe Cuba and its relations with the United States.


Commentary:
Xenophobe Tom Tancredo Quits GOP Race, But There’s Little Reason to Cheer
By Roberto Lovato
When I first met Tom Tancredo in 2004, he was a toupee’d David battling immigration policies backed by better groomed GOP Goliaths Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Bush. We were in New York, at the Republican Convention as the room we were in rattled with a great gnashing of his teeth after he read his party’s draft platform on immigration. The draft declared that “The Republican Party supports reforming the immigration system to make it more legal, safe, orderly and humane.” “They (Bush and Schwarzenegger) are using Clintonesque doublespeak” shrieked the then-little-know Tancredo, whose geniality, Old Glory tie and toupee combined with his acidic immigration rhetoric to give him that larger-than-life bizarro glow one finds in a Coen brothers movie.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Por Gustavo Arellano
As everyone knows, dogs seem to reflect their master’s personalities. Likewise, the breeds invented by a nation say a lot about that nation. Germans bred the German Shepard and Rottweilers: smart, loyal, faithful, yet a little cold, and not the kind of dogs you want to piss off. The French created the poodle: all about style, yappy, not great fighters, yet not as dumb as they look. Canadians created the Labrador retriever: good hunters and friendly family dogs. Gringos seem to have adopted the pit bull as the national dog—both are reactive killers of children.


Cierra el Año Presentando Extraordinario Recital la Escuela Superior de Música “Cuicacalli”
Por: Paco Zavala
En la Sala de Usos Múltiples del Colegio Eiffel se realizó el pasado sábado 15 de diciembre, a las 4:00 pm. el 2do Recital, denominándolo: Recital Navideño, presentado por la Escuela Superior de Música “Cuicacalli”, institución independiente dedicada a la enseñanza musical en los distintos instrumentos con los que cuenta la escuela y atinadamente dirigida por los extraordinarios maestros de música Olga Lidia Hernández Esparza, Directora y Marco Antonio Jurado, Subdirector, atendido en la Asistencia Académica por la amable señorita Lesli Mercadillo.


Puerto Rican newcomer leads cheers in new ‘Bring it On’ flick
By Kiko Martinez
Born and raised in Yonkers, New York, Puerto Rican newcomer Noel “Mouse” Areizaga, 25, stars as Ruben, a member of the West High Sharks cheerleading squad in “Bring it On: In It to Win It,” the fourth installment of the “Bring it On” series made popular by the first film in 2000. The new film has recently been released on DVD.


Cafe Tacvba Apoyan el Disco “Sino” con una Gira en los EE.UU
Por James Klein
NUEVA YORK (KPRENSA) – El grupo de rock mexicano Café Tacvba, que acaba de lanzar su primer disco en vivo, Un viaje, completa su gira de un mes por EE.UU esta semana en Miami. La presentación en Miami formaba parte de una gira que llevaron a los artistas a varias ciudades como San Diego, Phoenix, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans y Atlanta.


Jenni Rivera sale adelante
Se presenta en Pala Casino el cinco de enero
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Existen dos versiones de Jenni Rivera.


Jenni Rivera overcomes obstacles
She performs at Pala Casino on January 5
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
There are two versions of Jenni Rivera.

Anuncia Programación de Actividades Para el 2008 “El Lugar del Nopal”
Por: Paco Zavala
Este año 2007, fue prodigo en éxitos y triunfos, no para todos, pero para “El Lugar del Nopal”, ha sido así. Este sitio cultural independiente, desde que inició el ciclo anual, debido a su programación bien planificada, no ha parado, siempre tiene actividades, a veces con sala llena, a veces no sucede así, pero en lo que cabe tiene actividades permanentes.


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