Volume XXXI Number 24 June 15, 2007

FrontPage Stories

LULAC Inspires Students and Honors the Military

The 22nd Annual Scholarship and Educational Awards Program

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), San Diego Council #2842 have for the past 21 years presented students with recognition and inspiration awards. This year, the 22nd awards presentation, was perhaps the best program of them all.


Keynote speaker General Angela Salinas with 6th Grade Incentive Award recipient Teylor Lopez, pictured with Vic Salazar (right) and his mother Elisa Lopez. Photo by Charles Jordon.

This year Bea Estrada, president of LULAC, not only wanted to recognize 48 outstanding students but also wanted to recognize our military community with this year’s guest speaker, Brigadier General Angela Salinas, Commanding General of MCRD.

General Salinas gave an inspiring and entertaining presentation that related with the young students in the audience, with her coming from a low income family eating beans and tortillas, being the first in her family to graduate from college, and at the same time serving as a role model of success as she became the first Hispanic Latina to achieve the rank of General.

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National City Landowner says He’s Guilty by Association
eminent domain a cloud of uncertainty for a small business
By Raymond R. Beltran
On the corner of 18th Street and Cleveland Avenue in Old Town National City, just west of the Interstate 5 Freeway, trucks, diesels and residents, dump metals and service their vehicles. It’s been that way for some time.


Who Killed the Immigration Bill, and Who Wants It to Come Back?
By David Bacon
Within hours of the Senate vote to kill its comprehensive immigration reform bill, the lobbyist for software giant Oracle Corporation had already declared that Silicon Valley’s proposal for more guest workers was still alive. “We don’t think its dead,” Robert Hoffman told the San Francisco Chronicle. Microsoft Corporation CEO Steve Ballmer threatened to move more high-tech jobs out of the country if electronics corporations didn’t get more contract migrant labor. Other corporate spokespeople also announced they were looking for ways to revive the Senate bill in which they’d invested so much political capital.


Stories

Political News
The Battle for Baja California
Amid a charged political environment, candidates for state and municipal offices in Baja California are blazing the campaign trail. Leading up to the August 5 election, a whirl-wind of negative campaigning, controversial court rulings, accusations of government interference, church- state flirtations, allegations of attempted vote-buying, and conflicts between election authorities and the state government have so far marked the process. Stirred into an already hot pot is a re-warmed dash of the Roberto Madrazo- Elba Esther Gordillo rivalry that split the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the run-up to last year’s presidential election.


Baja California se protege ante sismos
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Baja California está ubicada al final de una zona geográfica con altos niveles de actividad sísmica conocida como la Falla de San Andrés, conocida por su amplio historial de terremotos.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
La Reforma ha Muerto…
Si no muerta, la pretendida Reforma Migratoria que en realidad no era migratoria sino de seguridad nacional, está definitivamente en estado de coma. Cinco senadores Republicanos tuvieron a bien darle un fuerte golpe en la cabeza que la dejó medio muerta.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Si no es ahora, ¿cuándo?
El frágil hilo que sostenía la esperanza de millones de inmigrantes cuyo futuro depende de las decisiones que tome – o deje de tomar – el Congreso estadounidense, se ha roto y todo parece indicar que será muy difícil volverlo a enlazar.


Joven Latina Local Gana Medall De Oro Regional De Los Premios Juveniles De Deporte De La Herencia Hispana
Alexia Armenta, estudiante de 18 años residente en San Diego, es un perfecto ejemplo del antiguo ideal griego de “mente sana en cuerpo sano”. Esta apasionada graduada de la escuela Patrick Henry High School no sólo guió a su equipo de fútbol (soccer) a ganar tres Campeonatos de la Liga del Este (Eastern League Championships), dos Colegiales Junior (Junior Varsity) y uno Colegial, sino que ha logrado todo esto a la vez que mantenía un GPA perfecto de 4.0. No es extraño, pues, que esta destacada alumna y atleta hispana cursará estudios en UC Santa Barbara comenzando este otoño.


Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez Named Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President for Research in Academic Affairs
Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez has been appointed dean of graduate studies and associate vice president for research in academic affairs at California State University San Marcos beginning July 1. Gonzalez has served the campus for 16 years and most recently held these positions on an interim basis.

SBA Announces New Patriot Express Loan Initiative
Program Focuses on Military Community Including Veterans, Service-disabled, Active-duty in transition, Reserve and Guard, Spouses and Related Groups
The SBA has announced the new Patriot Express Pilot Loan as the latest extension to the financial, procurement, and technical assistance programs the agency provides to the military community. Patriot Express is a streamlined loan product based on SBA’s highly successful SBA Express Program, but with enhanced guarantee and interest rate characteristics.

Anuncia la SBA Nueva Iniciativa de Préstamos Patriot Express
El Programa está Concebido para la Comunidad Militar, Incluyendo Veteranos, Discapacitados en el Servicio, Activos, Cónyuges
La agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa anunció el lanzamiento del nuevo Préstamo Piloto Patriot Express como la más reciente extensión de la variedad de programas de asistencia financiera, técnica y de contratos que la agencia ofrece a la comunidad militar. El Patriot Express es un préstamo simplificado que se basa en el altamente exitoso programa SBA Express, pero con mejores características de garantías e intereses.


Los Testigos invitan a los vecinos de la ciudad de San Diego a su asamblea “¡Sigamos a Cristo!”
En el transcurso de las próximas semanas, usted comprobará personalmente que los Testigos de Jehová creen en Jesucristo. Muy pronto, ellos llevarán a cabo una intensa campaña con el fin de invitar al público a darse cuenta del papel fundamental que Jesús juega en la vida de todo el mundo, lo que incluye a nuestros vecinos de San Diego.


Community Notes:
Chula Vista Redevelopment Corporation Seeks Directors
The Chula Vista Redevelopment Corporation (CVRC) is looking for dynamic leaders with professional experience to apply for its Board of Directors. Applicants must be Chula Vista residents.

Wellness & You
Kids Cooking Contest

The Kids Cooking Contest is designed as a Nutrition Education program to create an opportunity for students to learn about healthy foods and simple ways to prepare healthy snacks and meals. The contest cook-off was held Thursday, June 7, 2007 at the Chula Vista Elementary School District offices.


Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Immigration Bill is on life support
With the proposed immigration bill, what would have been a big surprise is if it would have been a sensible enough piece of legislation to actually pass. That it didn’t even reach the Senate floor was no real surprise. The bill was doomed from the start.


Community Commentary:
What is Redevelopment? And What Does It Mean for Chula Vistans
By Theresa Acerro
What is Redevelopment? There are a variety of answers, depending upon whom one asks. There is a pamphlet named ‘Redevelopment, The Unknown Government’ (published by Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform (MORR), August 1998), which paints a very negative picture. The websites of cities with Community Development Agencies attempt to paint a very rosy picture. The many people relocated from their homes by various redevelopment projects in San Diego certainly have their opinions. The owners of businesses replaced by Redevelopment Agencies that thought they were not “the best use” for a given piece of land also have their opinions.


Commentary:
Keep Working On Immigration
By Eliseo Medina
The Senate’s “grand compromise” immigration bill contains many flaws, but it has the potential to begin fixing immigration as we know it and put our nation onto a stronger course. As it stands, the bill would enhance our nation’s security by helping 12 million undocumented immigrants come out from the shadows and get on a path to citizenship. It also commits to ending the notorious visa backlog—no small feat for an underfunded government agency whose delays make many immigrants patiently wait for visas that never arrive.


Enfoque
¿ Cerrar filas... ?
Por Dagoberto Márquez
Días atrás, Felipe Calderón llamó a cerrar filas. Se entiende que a todos los mexicanos. Se entiende que en el marco de una situación complicadísima como exasperante. Digamos que dirigiéndose ante un público “Equis” como los jóvenes dicen ahora. Esto mediante un discurso gastado y nada revolucionario, sólo exaltado por los medios, no por todos afortunadamente, preponderantemente por la televisión comercial, ese medio informativo medio pusilánime y mediocre, la cual, como se entiende y sabemos, es bastante cómplice con asuntos del sistema, con asuntos del gobierno, lo encabece quien lo encabece casi-casi, algo irónico como de antología, de perfecta antología tratándose de lo que se trata. Sí hombre, un asunto de retórica, de cinismo y de hipocresía. También, un asunto de “patrioterismo”. Sí, de falso patriotismo y de oportunismo político, un asunto de complicidad y de maniqueísmo por parte incluso de los medios, de ciertos medios como son las televisoras. Sí señor, un asunto paradójico y deleznable que en nada conmueve porque se sabe de quién viene y de qué se trata. Es decir, porque se sabe que viene del grupo que en política y durante la contienda por la Presidencia de la República encabezó y asumió el fraude más descarnado y vil de estos tiempos modernos. Algo que nos encamina a una guerra civil casi-casi y no, no es guasa.

Comentario:
La incertidumbre del matrimonio
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
“El público tiene derecho a saber de mi separación, pero no tiene por qué conocer los pormenores de mi vida privada”, subrayó acongojado el alcalde Antonio Villaraigosa. Aunque mucha gente se sorprendió por la ruptura con su esposa de 20 años, su separación no es más que un proceso “normal” dentro de las familias estadounidenses.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
In quoting the great movie, The Godfather, where he states “The more I try to get out, the more they pull me back in!” This is how this old Indian feels. Los políticos son muy pendejos!


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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: So often when we see Mexican bands perform in the U.S. and Mexico, the crowd at some point starts chanting “¡Cu-le-ro (Ass-hole!)!” Why does the crowd yell “Cu-le-ro” at a band that they seemingly adore and paid a lot of money to see perform? Even fellow Latinos are really confused by this one.


Happy Upcoming Fathers Not Loser Baby Daddy’s Day
First Person
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Being a Father and being a Baby Daddy are two different things. A Father is a real man who sacrifices, works hard, takes care of his wife and raises his kids irrespective of domestic circumstances. A Baby Daddy is a loser who sires a child, usually an absentee parent, who I consider an ignominious pariah on society and a traitor to La Raza.

Presentó su Poemario “Colección Privada” Nelson Herrera Ysla
“Por Tijuana en visita de buena voluntad el artista cubano”
Por: Paco Zavala
En uno de los eventos más destacados del mes de junio está la visita del cubano Nelson Herrera Ysla, quien se presentó el pasado martes 12 de junio en el Centro Cultural Tijuana, para exhibir su poemario denominado “Colección Privada”, y también el miércoles 13 dictó una extraordinaria conferencia sobre “El fenómeno de la Bienal de la Habana” en la cual se desempeña como parte del equipo curatorial.

Homenaje Anual a Mozart por la Orquesta del Festival Mainly Mozart Binacional
“Este año 2007 celebran el 251 aniversario de su nacimiento”
Por: Paco Zavala
El gran músico austriaco Wolgang Amadeus Mozart nació en Salzburgo, Austria, el 27 de enero de 1756 y murió en Viena el 5 de diciembre de 1791, con base en estos datos este año se cumplirán 251 años de su nacimiento, por lo tanto se han organizado una serie de actividades en el marco del Festival Mainly Mozart Binacional 2007.


Chambers of the Heart: Poetry Readings by collaborators from the exhibition, Mi Corazón Escondido (My Hidden Heart)
At the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum
Visual artist David Avalos created Mi Corazón Escondido through collaboration with other local artists. The exhibition offers a collective glimpse of Escondido where “the earth shakes under our feet,” states David Avalos, “inspiring some to dance with optimism and faith, and others to dig in their heels while breaking no new ground.” To give voice to this inspiration, poets from Mi Corazón Escondido will give a series of performances, bringing a new dimension to the controversial installation.


¡TIC TAC TIEMPO!
EVENTOS
Justice for Janitors march for new contracts and demand justice from irresponsible businesses. They meet Friday, June 15, noon at the SAIC building (4161 Campus Point Ct). For info, call 619-726-0809.

More than 200 Participate in Bi-National Volunteer Effort
Federal, state, and nonprofit organizations partner with REI to improve environment on both sides of the Border.
IMPERIAL BEACH - The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, California State Parks, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Refuge System, the Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association, WiLDCOAST, and Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) joined together at Border Field State Park and Playas de Tijuana, Mexico for a volunteer event on Saturday, June 2 to celebrate National Trails Day.


Zumaya Tabbed by Tigers
By John Philip Wyllie
In 2002, the Detroit Tigers selected fire balling right-handed relief pitcher Joel Zumaya in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Last year, with his blazing 100 + MPH fastball, Zumaya drew a lot of attention and was a major contributor to the Tigers American League championship team. With Zumaya’s younger brother Richard still available in the 43rd round of this year’s baseball lottery, the Tigers just couldn’t pass him up.

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