Volume XXXI Number 29 July 20, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Planes, Trains and Dead Sea Scrolls

By Michael Klam

With its concentration of museums, gardens and theaters, Balboa Park is San Diego’s cultural epicenter. In a single day you can take a class in botany, learn to do the tango, view a fresco, ride a mini-train, sip tea among Birds of Paradise and Indian Shots and catch a world-class production under the stars.

You’ve got community artists at the Centro Cultural de La Raza and the World Beat Center on the southeast side, flamingos roaming wild (sort of) on the northeast side, the Museum of Man to the west, the roses to the east, the fountains, the pond, and the orchids spreading their waves of liquid and color throughout.


Johanna Saretzki, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for the San Diego Natural History Museum standing in front of the pictures that depict Israel and San Diego asking the question “can you tell the difference?”

In short, Balboa Park is a place where San Diegans can roam and find everything from peaceful places under the trees to worlds of exploration and thought-provoking exhibition in galleries and museums.

On June 29, The San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) — a binational museum dedicated to researching and exhibiting the natural evolution and diversity of Southern California and Baja California — opened the most comprehensive display of the Dead Sea Scrolls since their discovery in 1947.

The scrolls, one of history’s most important archeological treasures, give insight into ancient Israel and the origins of Judaism and Christianity. Found near the Dead Sea in a region remarkably similar to San Diego, the scrolls include both biblical texts and non-biblical descriptions of community values and culture. Written as early as 250 BCE, their themes range from moral guidance to social identity, from deep connection to transcendence.

The exhibit itself is a journey (with text and audio guidance in English and Spanish). You are first greeted by pairs of photographs and asked whether or not you can tell which is San Diego and which is Israel. The photos are so similar — beautiful, arid, Mediterranean-style climates — that you find yourself second-guessing your first impressions, especially the final beach and cliff shots.

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Time for Barrio Logan residents to pull out those old demands
By Raymond R. Beltran
Quietly, the Mercado Project is officially back in the hands of the city, beginning this past Monday.


Violencia opaca propuestas en debate
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Bajo un tenso clima de protestas y enfrentamientos violentos se llevó a cabo el primer debate oficial entre candidatos a la gubernatura de Baja California.


Stories

For Mexico, ‘Local Residence’ Now Includes New York and Los Angeles
By Louis Nevaer
Mexico City – When news came earlier this month that the immigration reform bill had died in the U.S. Senate, Mexico’s Foreign Relations Ministry didn’t blink an eye.


Se unen alcaldes fronterizos
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Alcaldes de las ciudades fronterizas del norte de México y sur de Estados Unidos llevaron a cabo una reunión en la que discutieron los temas más relevantes para una de las fronteras más dinámicas del mundo.


Panel urges Congress to consider new approach to immigration reform
By Garesia La’Shay Randle
WASHINGTON
— Congress ought to deal with immigration reform the way it has often dealt with controversial issues - appoint a bipartisan commission to figure it out.


The Billionaire and the Border
Considered by some to be the world’s richest man, Mexican magnate Carlos Slim is increasingly showing interest in the US-Mexico border region. Slim´s latest foray into the borderlands was at an economic development conference held in the Sonora state capital of Hermosillo this week. At an event attended by business leaders and government officials from all the US-Mexico border states, Slim suggested that the Border Governor´s Conference, which is scheduled to meet later this summer, play a leading role in pushing a new development plan for both sides of the border. Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and Sonora Governor Eduardo Bours were among elected officials in attendance at the Hermosillo meeting.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
De mal en peor
La derrota en el Senado del proyecto bipartidista de reforma migratoria, que a pesar de su imperfección, era un primer paso en el largo camino que hay que recorrer para solucionar un problema que afecta a la nación; significa la continuidad de una crisis que lamentablemente ha de tocar fondo antes de que reaccionemos efectivamente como comunidad.


Dr. Raj Chopra to take over as Southwestern College Superintendent on August 1
The Southwestern Community College District Governing Board of Trustees approved a contract last Wednesday night to appoint Dr. Raj K. Chopra as its new Superintendent/President. The contract, which is effective August 1, 2007, through June 30, 2009, provides an annual salary of $189,000, plus expenses. The vote was 4-0, with trustee Yolanda Salcido absent.

Women’s Health:
What Women Should Know About HPV
By Kenneth L. Noller, MD
Human papilloma-virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection and affects both men and women. HPV causes genital warts and cervical cancer. Most sexually active individuals will have an HPV infection in their lifetime, and 80% of women will have had one by the age 50.

Business Notes . . . Notas de Negocias
Steren Opens its First U.S. Store
The Leader in Electronics Launches SterenShop in Chula Vista
Steren, the electronics leader in Mexico for more than 50 years and 25 years in the USA selling only to wholesalers, announced that it has opened its first SterenShop retail store for business professionals and electronics consumers in the United States.

Community Notes:
“The Truth about Redevelopment” and how it has effected the lives of residents and small businesses in other communities, as well as a critical look at the history and finances of the CV Redevelopment Agency is the topic of the Monday, JULY 23, 2007; 6:45 PM; meeting of the Southwest Chula Vista Civic Association at the MAAC Charter School, 1385 Third Ave. (between Palomar and Quintard). Please join in the important discussion about the future of Chula Vista. For more information please call (619) 425-5771.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
The Iraq War, The Bush Legacy, and Democracy
After 9/11, President George W. Bush requested that Congress give him executive power to declare war on terrorism. President Bush went into Afghanistan to crush the terrorists, Al Qaeda and capture, “dead or alive,” Osama Bin Laden. Terrorist are still in Afghanistan and Bin Laden is alive and apparently doing well.


Commentary:
Are Immigrants and Refugees People of Color?
By Rinku Sen
Today, I could be considered a professional person of color because I’ve worked on race issues for more than 20 years. So colleagues are sometimes surprised that I wasn’t always of color. Until I was 17, I was an Indian immigrant and a “minority.”


Comentario:
Antiinmigrantes reciclan viejos argumentos
Por Eduardo Stanley
Aunque la propuesta de reforma a la ley de migración fue eliminada el jueves 28 de junio en el Senado de Estados Unidos, el debate continúa.


Commentary:
Is Ted Hayes the New Ward Connerly?
By Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad
Illegal immigration reform is a salient issue in America today. Particularly among the Republicans who consider this issue “a border crisis.” Congress’ effort to legislate a solution was met when a last minute Republican filibuster stalled a viable solution to addressing the 12 million resident aliens in the country, a measured naturalization process for those who qualified. It was said that it was too much like amnesty. But now the Republicans have pulled out their latest secret weapon, former homeless advocate now black Republican, Ted Hayes. Hayes, who came to the nation’s attention as a homeless advocate in the 1990s, has abandoned the homeless movement that has taken on a disproportionately African American hue (at a time when Los Angeles is the homeless capital of the nation) for a new “Black movement.” Illegal immigration.


Comentario:
El Modelo de Arizona
Por Israel Ortega
Para la mayoría de legisladores parece que solo existe una forma de mejorar nuestro sistema escolar: gastar más dinero. Desafortunadamente, este acercamiento no ha producido los resultados deseados. Seguimos gastando más sin mejorar nuestras escuelas públicas.


Comentario:
La Iglesia Católica requiere cambios
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
El reciente acuerdo de la Iglesia Católica de pagar $774,000 millones de dólares a 570 fieles religiosos en el Condado de Los Ángeles soluciona una parte del problema, no la encara del todo.



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


First Person:
Play Dating Is For Democrats
By Al Carlos Hernandez
I was getting drilled at the dentist the other day, musing over the fact that my lower lip felt like a rubber boxing glove, when I found myself in the middle of a conversation with the dentista on the right talking with the assistant on the extreme left about taking their kids to play dates. They used my stomach as a coffee table for the tools, and I suspect a scone, but was sedated, so they thought I wouldn’t mind. The jokes on them, being from the seventies the Novocain wasted my time.


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arrellano
Dear Mexican: Why don’t Mexicans ever drop their Spanish? Even third- and fourth-generation Mexican-Americans still speak the language to some degree or another. I speak Japanese, but I’m losing it quickly, and when my mother passes on, so will my language. The typical Asian-American kid may attend Chinese, Korean, or Japanese school on Saturdays, but guess what? They do it because their parents force them to attend, and I bet they speak English during recess.
Feeling a Bit Nippy


Cartagena de Indias: Cruceros Regresan a Colombia
Por James Klein
CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, COLOMBIA (KPRENSA) - En los últimos años la industria turística en Colombia ha mostrado una franca recuperación. Por ejemplo, en 17.6 por ciento aumentó el número de ciudadanos extranjeros que ingresó por vía aérea a Colombia entre enero y abril de este año, en comparación con la cifra del mismo período de 2006, informó este viernes el Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo. Por países de origen, el mayor número de visitantes provenía de los Estados Unidos, con una participación del 20.3 por ciento.


Playing Because of Passion
A conversation with Jorge Coulon of Inti Illimani

By Gabriel San Roman
Inti Illimani, one of the world’s best known musical ambassadors of Chile’s New Song Movement, visited Los Angeles and Tijuana this past week to mark their fortieth anniversary.


Entrevista exclusiva:
Renova en Tijuana Interesante Mural el Maestro Plástico Rosendo Méndez
“Refleja la historia de Tijuana a través de los tiempos”

Por: Paco Zavala
Después de contemplar el mural “Apuntes Históricos de Tijuana”, que realizó el Maestro Plástico, Rosendo Méndez, quedan en el recuerdo, los razgos y trazos ahí plasmados en distintos colores formas y perspectivas, los cuales nos remontan a los brotes de civilización en estas tierras de promición, en las que todo aquel que tiene la fortuna de arribar es siempre recibido con los brazos abiertos, aunque no faltan los ingratos que traicionan su arraigo y su terruño y lo complementan aquí.


¡TIC TAC TIEMPO!
Last week for Alida Cervantes’ Exhibit, About Me, in La Jolla
“I don’t have an identity crisis,” says Tijuana artist Alida Cervantes. “I just feel like I don’t belong to any certain group.”


Ayala Strikes Gold at Cal-State Games
By John Philip Wyllie
Thousands of athletes in 21 different sports from all over California descended upon San Diego for the annual California State games last weekend. The competition was held in pools and on tracks, diamonds, mats and courts from one end of the county to the other. Rancho Bernardo High School which hosted the wrestling competition was a beehive of activity both days with kids as young as six and as old as 18 testing their mettle against some tough competition in a prestigious event designed to simulate the Olympics.


THE VERY ESSENCE OF TAUROMAQUIA
Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Ernest Hemingway wrote, “Courage is grace, under pressure.”


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