Volume XXXI Number 23 June 8, 2007

FrontPage Stories


Facility Opens in San Ysidro for Those Seeking Citizenship
By Raymond R. Beltran
San Ysidro - The opening of a new facility by group Hermandad Mexicana may be a gateway to long-desired advice for immigrants who have delayed asking about gaining citizenship, for any reason.


First Person:
The Fifth Time’s the Charm — Getting Past the Exit Exam
By Jovan Parham
Editor’s Note: One-third of the class of 2006 didn’t pass the California High School Exit Exam. The anxiety and stress students on the bubble feel as they race against time to qualify to walk across the stage causes some students to give up and others to buckle down. Jovan Parham, 18, is a content producer at YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia and a high school graduate looking forward to college next fall.

Military Ramps up Recruitment of Poor
By Charlene Muhammad
Final Call
President George Bush’s recent veto of a bill that would provide for emergency spending and a withdrawal deadline from the Iraq war has heightened peace activists’ concerns that a prolonged stay would foster more aggressive military recruitment tactics in low income and communities of color, due to its drop in new recruits.


Stories

Ciudadanos se unen a la lucha contra la delincuencia
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La incontenible ola de delincuencia que ha golpeado a Tijuana ha sembrado temor en las conciencias de la población, pero al mismo tiempo ha generado un grave sentimiento de impotencia, ya que la ciudadanía se siente ajena a los temas de seguridad pública y no conocen formas de participar activamente por una ciudad más segura.


Madre Coraje
La activista Cindy Sheehan decidió alejarse del movimiento pacifista, pero su renuncia retrata crudamente la sociedad norteamericana

Por Eduardo Stanley
El pasado 28 de mayo, Día del Recuerdo (Memorial Day, en honor a los caídos en las guerras), Cindy Sheehan decidió dejar de ser “el rostro” del movimiento contra la guerra en Estados Unidos, según explicó en una carta de aproximadamente 1245 palabras.


Paseo Peatonal Elevado: Un puente hacia la modernización de Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Las grandes ciudades del mundo se distinguen por monumentales obras que logran unir la funcionalidad urbanística con la vanguardia arquitectónica.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
La guerra de los números
Dice una encuesta que dice otra encuesta que la mayoría de las encuestas no sirven para nada. Dicho de otra forma, las encuestas son la forma de demostrar matemáticamente que uno tiene la razón sin tener que comprobarlo.


Una Matinal Inauguración de la Exposición de Pintura Infantil “Ven a Pintar con Nosotros”
“39 Obras Infantiles en Exhibición todo talento y creatividad”
Por: Paco Zavala
Cuando nacemos no sabemos todo el potencial que cargamos en nuestros arneses de vida; con el paso de los años, bajo la observancia y el apoyo de nuestros padres o mentores, los vamos desarrollando poco a poco, para que a través del tiempo y de la vida irlos consolidando, formando nuestra personalidad y nuestro futuro, en algunos casos, geniales y productivos.


Sweetwater Students Take Up the Cause to End Global Warming
It’s not often that the environment takes on rock-star status, but in assemblies across 12 schools in the Sweetwater Union High School District recently, polar ice caps, stranded penguins and greenhouse gasses were the stars of the show.

Today’s TB Lesson: Public Health Demands Public Understanding
By Bruce Underhill, MD and Ross Porter
When it comes to commenting publicly about tuberculosis (TB), an infectious (but not very) disease that’s rare in the United States but widespread in some other parts of the world, government officials are wary. Ring the alarm bell too fiercely, and they’ll create the policy equivalent of a panic response. Say nothing, and the resulting ignorance allows TB to take root more firmly in the USA as elsewhere in the world.

El Embarazo y El Fumar En San Diego
El fumar en lugares públicos es un asunto polémico que nos preocupa a todos. Como se demostró el 1ro de Mayo del 2007, por voto unánime, el ayuntamiento de la ciudad de San Diego, extendió la nueva ley para la prohibición de fumar en parques y playas en la ciudad de San Diego, donde se incluye banquetas, embarcaderos y el Puente de Cabrillo. La prohibición de fumar en estas áreas públicas al aire libre está enfocado a reducir basura y disminuir el impacto negativo del humo de segunda mano que afecta al público.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Karina Flores-Hurley
Una Vacuna Contra el Cáncer
Imagínese encontrar la solución a miles de muertes por cáncer en el mundo. Esta realidad, que hoy parece tan lejana, ya empezó a ponerse en práctica en un tipo de cáncer; una enfermedad que cada año cobra la vida de miles de mujeres: el cáncer cervical.


Community Notes:
Northwest Civic Association General Meeting at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium (4th & F Streets), Monday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m. Topic: Planning Our Future: Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together. John Schmitz from the City of Chula Vista Planning and Building Department will help unlock the mysteries of modern urban planning. Free & all are welcome.


New USCIS Fee Schedule Announced, Substantial Overall Fee Increases
Despite large public response, immigrant families will still face cost prohibitive application fees
WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its final fee schedule for immigration benefit applications and petitions, with some troubling changes that will have a direct impact on many Hispanic families.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
June: A time to honor our students
June, it could be argued, is the greatest month of the year. June is a month of hope, renewal and a sense of accomplishment as the traditional school year closes. Graduates of all ages close a chapter in their lives, and prepare to move on to greater challenges.


Commentary:
Community Television in Argentina: Ágora TV, a Window for Liberation
By Marie Trigona
Never before in Latin America’s history has media ownership been concentrated in the hands of so few. In Argentina, media concentration dates back to when the 1976-1983 military dictatorship censored most of the press and implemented harsh laws to prevent opposition from being publicly expressed. Media legislation from Argentina’s dictatorship is still intact today. Despite legal challenges, over the past decades groups have emerged that produce alternative and independent media for television, radio, and video to counter mass media’s misinformation.


Comentario:
Camino a las elecciones
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Estamos a un poco más de un año de las elecciones presidenciales. Sin embargo, los candidatos al máximo circuito del país ya están poniendo sus mercancías políticas en sus tiendas de campañas para que el votante nacional empiece a decidir por sus preferencias electorales.


Commentary:
Chula Vista Initiatives Will Move Forward and On To the Ballot
Chula Vistans for Community Input will re-circulate its General Plan Protection Initiative, which aims to protect the General Plan and give citizens a voice about building heights in Chula Vista. Chula Vistans for Community Input supports the right of the voters of Chula Vista to decide this matter. Over 20,000 people signed petitions, and the City Council can and should place this measure on the ballot.


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


Ask A Mexican
MUY CALIENTE SUMMER EDICIÓN
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I was sitting around with my daughter and her Mexican husband the other day talking about her past. Jokingly, I mentioned that when she was a teenager (30 years ago), lots of boys came by the house to see her. Her husband flew into a rage and said that Mexicans consider such a comment extremely discourteous. Since his anger seemed out of proportion to my comment, and most men are even a bit flattered to hear that their wives are or were attractive to other men, I’m wondering whether his anger is his problem or whether he was right about Mexican customs and I unwittingly had been discourteous.
Pendejo-in-Law?


‘Ask A Mexican’ Should It Stay or Go?
La Prensa San Diego has been publishing the syndicated column “Ask A Mexican” for eight months now. Gustavo Arellano has gained quite a reputation with his syndicated column where he often fields racist questions about Mexicans with answers that are colorful to say the least. Based in Orange County and publishing with the OC Weekly for the past three year, Arellano has seen his star rising ever since, appearing on television, radio, and contributing to newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and La Prensa San Diego.


First Person
LATINO WHO CAN’T SPEAK SPANISH
By Al Carlos Hernandez
A teacher once told me, “You Spanish kids don’t know nothing.”


The Sword Came With the Cross to Latin America
By Mark R. Day
When Pope Benedict XV recently told Brazilians that early missionaries in Latin America neither forced the Gospel on native cultures nor “imposed a foreign culture on them,” his remarks provoked a storm of criticism from indigenous leaders and the governments of Bolivia and Venezuela. Three weeks later the pope backtracked and admitted that indigenous human rights were violated. But the damage was done.


La diversión está en la ejecución
George Clooney y Co. se toman un Martini con Ocean’s 13
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Como una brisa mañanera, tomando tragos en copas gigantescas y con la naturalidad de, uno mismo, los actores de la serie de películas Ocean llegan a la tercera y al parecer final entrega de la saga.


Samantha García Joven Soprano Tijuanense Presenta Ramillete de Joyas Musicales
“Si me amas, si suspiras....” canciones de amor, ironía y añranza
Por: Paco Zavala
En el amplio escenario del Foro Chapultepec Tijuana, el próximo viernes 15 de junio a las 8:30 pm. se presentará la joven soprano tijuanense Samantha García, acompañada al piano por Aiko Yamada, en un interesante programa poético musical intitulado, “Si me amas, si suspiras...”, en el que se incluirán gemas musicales de todos los tiempos, referentes al amor, la ironía y la añoranza.


¡Tic Tac Tiempo!
Local Boxer Angela Isordia Learns a Lesson She Wants to Pass On
By Raymond R. Beltran
A local boxing program nearly killed her because she was one of few female boxers who wasn’t going to back down in the ring, but Angela Isordia is a long way from the street fighter she once was.


Akiane Art Tour 2007
Akiane (Ah-key-ah-nah) Kramarik may appear to be like any other carefree twelve-year-old, but her mind is filled with visions of God, angels, and Heaven – the constant inspiration for her work. An internationally recognized child prodigy, considered the only known child binary genius in both realist painting and poetry, she is more than a talented painter. She is a person with a mission: “I want my art to draw people’s attention to God and I want my poetry to keep their attention on God.”


Martinez Shines in South Bay Victory
By John Philip Wyllie
As a key player on Mar Vista High’s league championship volleyball team, opposite hitter Eric Martinez contributed to the Mariners undefeated league season and advancement to the semifinals of the CIF San Diego Section Tournament. Tuesday night, he played his final game as a prep athlete, this time representing the South Bay League All-Stars.


Gutierrez Proves Good Things Come in Small Packages
By John Philip Wyllie
On Tuesday night, some of the county’s best male and female high school volleyball players got together one last time for an all-star game pitting seniors from the South Bay League against those from the Mesa League.

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