Volume XXXI Number 05 February 2, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Literacy Changes Lives

Council on Literacy, which recently named a Latino CEO, has many programs for adult learners

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

Growing up in Jalisco with his grandparents after his mother died when he was barely four, Ramon Gomez didn’t have the opportunity to go to school.

The family used to move from rancho to rancho, from one side of Jalisco to another, looking for agricultural work, following the crops. Their main source of income was the cultivation of corn, something that gave them just enough money to eat and survive on a daily basis.


Ramon Gomez at the Carlsbad City Library Adult Learning Program.

“I didn’t have the economy to go to school,” said 44-year-old Gomez.

Without school, he never learned to read and write.

Looking for better opportunities, he migrated to the United States when he was only 15, but lacking basic literacy skills, he conformed to dead-end jobs.

“I used to work at McDonald’s, just to pay the bills,” he said.

Although he was able to learn English just by hearing it, he couldn’t get a better job because he couldn’t even read or write his own name.

“I lost many good opportunities because of this,” Gomez said.

At home, he couldn’t help his children with school work.

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La alfabetización cambia vidas
Council on Literacy, que recientemente nombró a un director ejecutivo latino, tiene muchos programas para estudiantes adultos.
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Creciendo en Jalisco con sus abuelos después de que muriera su madre cuando él apenas tenía cuatro años, Ramón Gómez no tuvo la oportunidad de ir a la escuela.


Maestra de San Ysidro sorprendida con premio de $25,000
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Después de emigrar a San Diego de la vecina ciudad de Tijuana, Elva de Baca dijo que se dio cuenta que quería ser maestra.


San Ysidro teacher surprised with $25,000 educator award
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Soon after migrating to San Diego from the neighboring city of Tijuana, Elva De Baca said she realized she wanted to become a teacher.

The Sins of the Fathers: The Children of Undocumented Immigrants Pay the Price
ANALYSIS
By Alfredo Gutierrez
For the undocumented in America there is little doubt that the iniquities of the father are visited upon the child. On November 7th, for instance, an astounding 71 percent of voters in Arizona passed a referendum (Proposition 300) which states that only U.S. citizens and legal residents are eligible for in-state college tuition rates, tuition and fee waivers, and financial assistance. These are kids brought by their parents to this country as young children, in many instances infants in their mothers’ arms, and in every instance as children for whom the decision to come here was made without their participation. And yet, they shall pay the price, perhaps with their futures. The same referendum would deny childcare to the U.S. citizen children of undocumented parents. Yes, the child is a citizen of the United States, but voters in Arizona have concluded that to provide the child with care is to reward the parents for the sin of seeking a better life in America.


Bush Bails on Education
By Donal Brown
President George W. Bush is asking Congress to re-enact the No Child Left Behind Act even though the act has failed to significantly boost the performance of under-achieving students.


Stories

Centre City Approves $1.5 Million for Barrio Logan
By Raymond R. Beltran
Barrio Logan — This Wednesday, the Centre City Development Corporation approved $1.5 million for the redevelopment process in Barrio Logan, where, for years, activists and residents have raised awareness about the health affects of living next to industrial businesses.

Regresan armamento a policía municipal
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El sábado 27 de enero la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) devolvió la totalidad de las armas que había incautado a la Policía Municipal, como parte de las investigaciones iniciadas a partir del arranque del  operativo Tijuana.

Lula y Calderón chocan en Davos
Igual que su antecesor, el presidente mexicano regaña a presidentes y países latinoamericanos que no están de acuerdo con él (y Washington)
Por Eduardo Stanley
Durante el Foro Económico Mundial de Davos, el pasado viernes 26 de enero, el presidente mexicano tuvo oportunidad de hablar ante un concurrido y selecto auditorio. Pero, para su sorpresa, recibió una firme respuesta del presidente de Brasil.


Se Cumplen 150 Años de Haberse Rubricado la Constitución de 1857
Por: Paco Zavala
En el convulsionado siglo XIX, México promovió y firmó dos constituciones, una en 1824 y la otra en 1857. La segunda constitución fue jurada el 5 de febrero del mismo año por eso se celebra el próximo día lunes 5 de febrero en todo el territorio mexicano la firma de esta Carta Magna.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Escala Móvil de Miserias
Hace medio millón de años, cuando muchos de los activistas de hoy del movimiento migratorio éramos jóvenes, la izquierda mexicana comprometida y envuelta en el movimiento obrero sindical levantaba una demanda que sonaba a sueño: la escala móvil de salarios.

Hispanic and Asian Pacific American Caucuses To USCIS: Immigration Fees Must Be Affordable
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) respond to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) announcement of fee increases for immigration applications, naturalization applications, and mandatory fingerprint checks.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por:José López Zamorano
¿Un Mensaje para Escuchar?
El Mensaje del Estado de la Unión sigue siendo sin duda uno de los más importantes actos políticos del año. El presidente tiene la oportunidad de hablar directamente a la nación. Es una oportunidad única para escuchar una evaluación honesta del pasado, una reflexión mesurada del presente y para trazar una hoja de ruta hacia el futuro.

Community Notes:
Public Meeting: Paradise Valley Hospital
On December 12, 2006 various community organizations, medical professionals and community members invited SD politicians to hear the community response to the sale and possible closure (from non profit to profit) of Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California.

Editorials

Editorial:
National City’s First Step Toward a General Plan
On Tuesday at the Kimball Senior Center in National City, approximately 150 people showed up to begin the process of developing an agenda or, if you will, the beginning of a General Plan for the City of National City.


Commentary:
Our Governor’s Health Plan
By James Santiago Grisolía, MD
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has brought his star power to the health care crisis. While California legislative leaders Fabian Nuñez and Donald Perata have their own proposals, the Governor’s plan is more detailed, even though it has not been introduced as a formal bill. The impact has already been felt as far as Washington, where President Bush felt pressured to add last-minute health initiatives to his State of the Union speech.


Comentario:
El Plan “Schwarzenegger” Promete Mucho para la Salud
Por el Dr James Santiago Grisolía
Arnold Schwarzenegger, el gobernador de California, ha traido su fama de “superstar” a solucionar la crisis de medicina Americana. Aunque los líderes de la legislatura Californiana, Fabian Nuñez y Donald Perata, tienen sus propias propuestas, el plan del Gobernador es más detallada, a pesar de que no se presenta en forma de legislación formal. Su impacto se registra hasta Washington, donde el Presidente Bush se sentía presionado para añadir unas iniciativas de salud al último minuto a su plática del Estado de la Unión.


Comentario:
Guerra contra la droga
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Los síntomas de la campaña contra el crimen organizado se siente más en tierras norteamericanas que en México, donde el gobierno de Felipe Calderón inició una guerra sin cuartel contra los capos de la droga.


Commentary:
Cuba at The Crossroads?
By Dr. H.W. Henke
An article on Haiti that appeared in Time magazine in January 1973 – at the end of the dictatorship of “Papa Doc” Duvalier and the commencement of his son “Baby Doc’s harsh rule– states: ‘There is also a sound on the city streets that to most urban Americans is unfamiliar: laughter.’” The sentence might as well have been written about today’s Cuba. That may only amount to a trite observation, but, despite Fidel Castro’s grave illness, there are many more hearty smiles and – yes – real laughter to be encountered in today’s Havana, despite the greater privation than conceivably in any major American city.

La tortilla: golpe a los pobres en México
ANÁLISIS
Por Dagoberto Márquez
La producción de granos básicos en México se caracteriza por dos cosas principalmente: por tener como el grano más importante al maíz, primeramente, y por ser deficitaria en la producción de este, en segundo término. Si usted se creyó el cuento de que producíamos lo suficiente, ahora ve que aquello fue una vil mentira, una más de las muchas a que nos tenían acostumbrados. Y no se vaya con la finta, no hemos “abierto” la puerta a las importaciones porque ésta nunca se ha cerrado, así de simple. Dicho en otros términos, México compra maíz a los Estados Unidos y ocasionalmente a otros países desde hace mucho tiempo y no ha dejado de hacerlo por la simple y sencilla razón de que lo necesita dadas las pésimas decisiones que se han tomado con respecto al campo. Ahora bien, al margen de tanta especulación informativa, vamos a intentar explicar, así sea brevemente, qué pasa en relación con el brutal incremento en el precio de venta de la tortilla, el más importante y sagrado de nuestros alimentos en esta región del planeta. ¿Le parece...?


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS:
This war in Iraq has gotten so far off course it would be a laughing matter except for the fact that people are dying. The Iraqies asked the US for more new and improved weaponary and the US turned them down because the Iraqies would not be able to handle the sophisticated weaponary… Hey, isn’t this the country that was supposed to have weapons of mass destruction???

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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Dear Mexican: How do Mexicans get such ridiculous nicknames from seemingly normal names? For instance, José becomes Chepe, Eduardo is Lalo, Gabriel becomes Gabi, and Guillermo devolves into Memo.
It’s Marcela, Not Chela


Book Review:
Beautiful-Ugliness … The Life of the Immigrant in Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street
By E.A. Barrera
The dreams people live with as they move through life - they will either set us free or crush us in disappointment. Sandra Cisneros speaks of the dreams a young girl and the people around her employ to get them through the day. It is the dream of the immigrant idealized by the Statue of Liberty. It is the reality of the life spent hoping for a better tomorrow because the nightmare of today can butcher us if we forget that dream.

ESCENARIOS:
Llegó al Reperthory Theatre en San Diego Don Quijote de la Mancha
“Con actores de cine y televisión, un musical en el Teatro de Horton Plaza”
Por Ursula Tania
Con actores de cine y televisión, El Repertory Theatre lleva al escenario el espectáculo “Don Quijote de la Mancha”, que se presenta en temporada de miércoles a domingo en el Lyceum Theatre en Horton Plaza, hasta el 4 de febrero.

Marco Renteria: Musician with local ties establishing himself among legends
By Francisco H. Ciriza
Marco Renteria’s descriptions of his current position are pretty clear: He’s living a dream. The relative new comer to the world of rock en Español holds down the low end, pounding out thumping bass lines in one of Latin music’s all-time biggest band of rockeros , Mexico City’s Jaguares.

Macuilxochitl's Kiva:
Poncho Sanchez
By Francisco H. Ciriza
Poncho Sanchez was born on October 30, 1951 into a large Mexican-American family in Texas, but grew up in the Los Angeles area. There he was inspired by a broad range of Latin and non-Latin popular music and especially by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria. It was just a matter of time before the music business and its biggest names would make room for the robust always smiling Sanchez.


Renovan y Enfrentan Ideas en la Asociación Nacional de Actores
Por: Paco Zavala
Visitamos las renovadas y flamantes oficinas de la Sección IV de la Asociación Nacional de Actores, ubicadas en esta ciudad de Tijuana. Estas oficinas han tomado una dimensión moderna en sus instalaciones debido a que les dieron una “mano de tigre, no de gato”, al renovarlas en su totalidad, las cuales lucen fresca y placentera la estadía en su interior, felicitaciones por tan atinada determinación, la verdad desde hace mucho tiempo la necesitaban.

¡TIC TAC TIEMPO!
San Diego Photographer Anthony Mournian Pays Tribute to Chicano Park History
San Diego photographer Anthony Mournian has been making a name for himself exhibiting his emotional and humanistic collection of black and white photos of last year’s immigration marches in San Diego. From the first annual Fiesta del Sol Festival in Sherman Heights to evening exhibits in Balboa Park, his photos have struck a chord in Latino families who, at times, find themselves the focal point of his lens.

Lopez a Solid Defender for Barons
By John Philip Wyllie
Heading into the Mesa League soccer season Bonita Vista coach, Jason Murphy was anticipating another great year from his stellar junior center midfielder Arturo Cuevas. When Cuevas, battling for a header caught an elbow in the nose, the season took an unexpected turn. With his nose badly broken the skillful Cuevas was forced to the sideline. Without his offensive spark the team now has to rely heavily on its defense. That is where Clayton Lopez comes in.


Arciaga to Resume Football Career in Europe
By John Philip Wyllie
Six years have passed since the 2001 football season which saw Tyler Arciaga establish several new passing records for the Bonita Vista Barons. What hasn’t passed is Arciaga’s desire to continue playing the game that he loves. So this weekend the now 24- year old quarterback will board a plane for Austria and begin his professional career playing for the Danube Dragons of the Austrian League of the European Federation of American Football. It has been quite a ride for Arciaga who parlayed his football scholarships into a bachelor’s and master’s degree for UNLV and an additional MBA from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. As bright as he is athletic, Arciaga received several good offers to begin his career in business upon his graduation, but he has opted to head in a different direction. At least for now.

What’s Going On, Here?
Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing seemed to go right?

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