Volume XXXI Number 06 February 9, 2007

FrontPage Stories

I Am My Rooster

By David Cruz

Editor’s Note: When a young Chicano filmmaker documented cock fighting in his East Palo Alto neighborhood, he learned that critics had more of a problem with the scenes showing the sport than they had with the conditions that lead young men to fight roosters for money and respect.

EAST PALO ALTO, CA — Recently, I made a short film called “The Death of a Rooster Fighter,” exposing the Bay Area rooster fighting scene. As a youngster growing up in East Palo Alto, I would see my uncles and neighbors training their roosters and involved in an underground economy that initially attracted me to this subject.

So little is known about rooster fighting, and even less about the lives of the people who live to raise roosters. The video we made followed the story of a 19-year-old young man in East Palo Alto named Marco who continues the sport as it was passed down to each generation of his ancestry.

From behind the camera, I was able to show a young Chicano rooster fighter speak about his love of God, this sport and his animals. At one point, when asked to respond to critics who say rooster fighting is cruelty to animals, Marco said that he cared deeply for his rooster. He went on to say, “I am my rooster.”

There was also a unity that was fostered between Marco and his dad as a result of their passionate participation in caring for the roosters, something empowering for our community where fathers are often missing.



Black and Latino Groups Join to Question Police Shootings
By Raymond R. Beltran
EMERALD HILLS — District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis found herself under fire from black and Latino groups this past Monday evening when she met with them to address community concerns about police officers’ use of deadly force.


U.S. Schools Benefit from Mexican Largesse
By Louis E. V. Nevaer
At a time when Americans throughout the country are frustrated by the failure of public schools to teach their children, Mexico is increasing its efforts to help struggling school systems deal with immigrant children who speak Spanish.


More students scoring college credits long before the first tuition bill
By Paul Kita
WASHINGTON — About a quarter of American high school students are putting their pencils to advanced placement tests in hopes of gaining an edge in the competitive college process.


Stories

Paciencia paisano, que ya merito llega!
Por Eduardo Stanley
El pasado 31 de enero, la Oficina de Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) confirmó que aumentará un 86% el costo de los trámites migratorios a partir de junio. Para suavisar el impacto, dijo que en realidad se tratará de un 66%, después de ajustes y consolidación de gastos. En otras palabras, no chillen porque no es para tanto.

Promociona Nuevos Cursos el Centro de Estudios Superiores del Noroeste
Por: Paco Zavala
La educación, una de las prioridades más importantes en México, es objeto de una atención meticulosa, tanto de las autoridades encargadas de este rubro, como de las instituciones de impartirla. El Centro de Estudios Superiores del Noroeste (CESUN), es una universidad con licenciaturas en la banca y finanzas. Esta institución está situada en Blvd.Cuauhtémoc Sur Ote. No. 2800, Fracc. América (a dos cuadras del Toreo de Tijuana).


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Premio Nóbel…
Pues con la novedad, de que acá en México del Norte estamos revisando los reglamentos del Premio Nóbel, para ver si hay modo de crear uno nuevo y dárselo al expresidente irlandés-mexicano, Vicente Fox Quezada.


Focus on Community:
Health Care and the South Bay
By Patty Chavez
How utterly shameful, that a prosperous country such as the United States is the only developed nation in the world who cannot offer a basic service like medical care for everyone. Oh, there are many that blame – and are great at pointing the finger — but the bickering never results in any solutions. And at the helm of the debates you always find those who spew rhetoric - blaming the poor, the uneducated, and the immigrant — to hide their own short-comings: a failure to offer a basic service that is socially and morally the right thing to do.


Getting My GED When I’m Sleeping Outside
By Alex Gutierrez
It is the first day of class, and I arrived at 5:45 p.m., a full forty-five minutes early. I thought I wouldn’t make it to school on the east side of San Jose, coming from downtown on the city bus. It’s actually good I have some extra time before class starts, since the trip over was tiring.


UCSD Nurse Midwife Delivers 1,000th Baby
A nurse midwife at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center recently delivered her 1,000th baby.


Second Annual Heritage Walk for Literacy
What has over 1,800 legs and local businesses love to support? The second annual Heritage Walk for Literacy Campaign at Heritage Elementary School in Otay Ranch. Heritage Elementary School is very excited to partner with the San Diego Cosmopolitan Lions Club for a second successful year of the Heritage Walk for Literacy Campaign to raise funds for books for English and Spanish Immersion classrooms. Last year the walk generated over $20,000 that was used to purchase books and literacy materials for each of the Heritage classrooms. This year’s walk will be held at Heritage Elementary and nearby Heritage Park on Friday, February 23, 2007 from 8-10 a.m.


Community Notes:
Chula VistaGeneral Meeting Notice
Monday, February 12, 6:00 p.m.at Chula Vista Library (4th & F), Civic Center Branch Auditorium



Obituario
Réquiem al “Padre Lupe” El Amigo
“Jesucristo les dijo a sus apóstoles en la casa de mi padre hay muchas habitaciones y me voy a prepararles una y cuando este lista vendré por ustedes para que estén donde yo este…”


Editorials

Editorial:
City Manager search should be done in public
Chula Vista City Council bogged down in making selection
As a resident of the City of Chula Vista, when you stop and think about who is running your city, which most hard working citizens might not during their daily routine, you probably would say it was the City Council and would give them all the credit for a well run city. But you would be wrong. The most important person in Chula Vista is the City Manager, he is the person that is guiding the city on a day to day basis, making decisions for the city.


Commentary:
Passing the Buck on Health Care for Undocumented
By Rene P. Ciria-Cruz
Well-meaning people can be fooled by politicians some of the time because they’re so hungry for good deeds from public officials. Sometimes, we just fool ourselves.


Comentario:
La Estrategia de McCain
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Estamos a un poco menos de dos años de las elecciones del 2008 y ya empezamos a percibir los primeros movimientos estratégicos de los potenciales candidatos a la presidencia.


Comentario:
Un Pérez cualquiera
Por José R.Uzal
No hay experiencia que defina más al hombre que cambiar de cultura. Nadie abandona su tierra natal a menos que encuentre motivaciones básicas y poderosas como querer comer o no querer morir. Raramente son más del 10% de cualquier sociedad los que se van. El 90% se queda y se enfrenta al hambre y la muerte antes que abandonar su patria. No es cuestión de ser mejor o peor, es ser diferente. Es estar dispuesto a pagar el precio del destierro. El emigrante abandona sus prerrogativas generacionales, sus amigos de la infancia, sus costumbres, sus comidas típicas y su familia. Cambian todo por la esperanza de una vida mejor o simplemente para sobrevivir.


Commentary:
Heart disease in women is prevalent, serious
By Dr. Jennifer Mieres
February is American Heart Month, and it serves as an important reminder of the need to address the impact of heart disease on women.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS:
It hasn’t been a good 13 months for Ted Martinez, Jr. First, he was fired as President of Grossmont College for standing up to Omar Suarez the Chancellor, the same Suarez who re-wrote his own contract and is under investivagation. And now in a cost cutting move Mayor Sanders has eliminated the position that Martinez had filled the past year: Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Neighborhood and Customer Services. Last day on the job will be in April. Hmmm, wonder if he has served long enough to qualify to receive a pension???

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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Dear Readers: Mucho comments about my Feb. 1 column regarding the metamorphosis of Mexican names into seemingly wacky nicknames—Nini from Alejandrina, for instance, or Chely from Araceli. I argued such changes occurred thanks to linguistic laws; some of you had other theories. Here are the best:

Raiderette Stand-up comic
First Person:
By Al Carlos Hernandez

If you don’t know by now, you need to ask somebody. Actress and comedian Anjelah Johnson, a small Chicana, part Native American, is blowing up Google Video with her routine on going to the nail salon.


Novedades Editoriales:
Presentamos las Ultimas Publicaciones Editoriales de Varios Autores
Por: Paco Zavala
El esmero que demuestran las empresas que se dedican a imprimir libros y a distribuirlos, aportan un gran servicio a la comunidad en todos sus entornos, al traernos en pequeños rectángulos de papel perfectamente encuadernado la información que en ningún otro sitio podremos encontrar: los libros.


The Hidden Mexicans of Deer Canyon
By Mark R. Day
Filmmaker Juan Carlos Frey told his audience that the only thing that keeps homeless migrant workers living near Rancho Penasquitos from being accepted as human beings is a piece of paper. After watching his 71 minute documentary, most of the viewers agreed. The undocumented status of most of the migrants has made them prone to harsh living conditions, exploitation, fear of deportation and exposure to hate crimes. And there is no sign that these men will get that piece of paper any time soon.


Estrella Morente: Su arte es más que la ficción
Por James Klein
NUEVA YORK (KPRENSA) — El 25 de febrero, Volver, la película por el director español Pedro Almovador, puede ganar el Academy Award para Mejor Película del Idioma Extranjera y Penelope Cruz puede ganar el Academy Award como Mejor Actriz para su trabajo en la película. Si eso sucede, la actriz y el director ciertamente darán gracias a Estrella Morente.

Festival de la Canción Latinoamericana de California Cumple 27 Años
Ya comenzaron las inscripciones para el 27avo Festival de la Canción Latinoamericana de California 2007. Una trayectoria de 27años, el talento de los participantes, el entusiasmo del público y el apoyo de los medios de difusión internacionales en Español, han consolidado a este festival como una de las competencias musicales y poéticas internacionales más respetadas y queridas en el mundo de habla hispana.  


¡TIC TAC TIEMPO!
The Revelations, universal music at the Belly Up

It seems like Panamanian-turned-Rasta-turned-Chicano activist with Elijah Emmanuel, but with no drawbacks for any community that his music reaches. This Panama native has been formulating his Reggae style in San Diego for over a decade and solidified a cause in 1996 with his group, The Revelations.

Lancers Rely on Playmaker Najera
By John Philip Wyllie
As the girl’s high school soccer season winds down, the South Bay League has turned into a three-horse race between Marian Catholic, Southwest and Hilltop. Over the next two weeks, these teams will face each other and ultimately only one will remain standing. If the Hilltop Lancers emerge triumphant, it will be in no small measure due to the efforts of their skillful center midfielder, Andrea Najera.

Ramos Revved Up About Roller Hockey
By John Philip Wyllie
Roller Hockey is a sport that often flies under the radar, but San Diego has become a haven for this rapidly developing offshoot of its more well-known cousin, ice hockey. Bonita Vista High School’s Max Ramos can’t get enough of it.


Los Chiefs contratan al tackle ofensivo mexicano Ramiro Pruneda
El Presidente Carl Peterson  de los Chiefs anunció que el club acordó por dos años  con el tackle ofensivo Ramiro Pruneda. Como es la costumbre y la política del equipo, no se divulgaron más términos de este acuerdo.


A Sad Farewell to Plaza ‘El Toreo’ de Tijuana
Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Barring a miracle or an equally unlikely political commutation, by the time that you read this edition of La Prensa San Diego, Plaza de Toros “El Toreo de Tijuana” will have been torn down and a large piece of Tijuana history will have been consigned either to dusty history or a new center of commercial enterprise. Somehow, Bullfight World anticipates the latter.

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