Volume XXXI Number 45 November 9, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Stephanie De La Torre: New Leadership and New Direction for The Centro

By Michael Klam

Stephanie De La Torre, the new Executive Director of the Centro Cultural de la Raza, is counting on a little help from her friends.


Stephanie de la Torre will try to lead The Centro Cultural de la Raza into new, more inclusive paths.

In what seems to be a new era of common vision, the Centro’s promise lies in its stakeholders. They will have to get along with each other and remain accountable to one another through a system of community-created checks and balances.

“The Centro belongs to all of us,” said De La Torre, “and staff and the community are working together towards the same mission of rebuilding and bringing the Centro back up and running.”

De La Torre began her new position at a crucial time. This year, a seven-year boycott of the Centro by artists and activists ended. With the support of a team from the National Conflict Resolution Center, Save Our Centro Coalition (SOCC) members and the Centro board produced a resolution agreement that re-established the institution’s Arts Advisory Committee and Community Advisory Council.

De La Torre will work directly with the Arts Advisory Committee to advance programming. “I have a really broad network of artists and elders who have been involved with the Centro over the last 37 years,” De La Torre said.

“There’s a past that exists,” she explained, “but I think everybody is on the same page to bring the Centro forward. This is an exercise for all of us in healing. You can’t make everybody happy, but ultimately, it’s about what’s best for the community,” she said.

The resolution also instituted new policies to encourage community participation by directly confronting conflicts of interest and keeping the Centro’s practices open and transparent.

“We do have to be honest,” said SOCC/Centro Transition Team member Victor Payan, “There was a tremendous amount of dysfunction before, art was being destroyed and the community was being slandered.”

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Recordando a los migrantes caídos
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Los migrantes caídos, héroes anónimos que perdieron la vida en busca del sueño americano, fueron recordados el pasado día de los muertos, por activistas sociales con una pieza artística que colocaron la barda fronteriza de Playas de Tijuana.


Did the GOP Scare Off Latino Voters?
By Juan Esparza Loera
The way Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sees it, Republicans blew their chances at getting more of the Latino vote in upcoming elections because they failed to support comprehensive immigration reform.



Stories

The Border Responds to Mexico’s Big Katrina
Stunned by the massive tragedy unfolding in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco, US-Mexico border communities are pitching in to aid flood victims. In Tijuana newly-inaugurated Baja California Governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan instructed state officials to coordinate a supply collection.


Catholic Relief Services se compromete a donar $1.5 millones para responder  a las inundaciones en México y el Caribe
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) hoy anunció una oferta inicial de $1.5 millones para ayuda de emergencia a las miles de personas afectas por las severas tormentas que han causado las peores inundaciones en la historia de México y azotaron la República Dominicana, Haití y Cuba.


La Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores Abre Dos Cuentas en los Estados Unidos Para Recibir Donativos de Ayuda a Tabasco
Con motivo de la emer-gencia registrada en el estado de Tabasco, y en particular, a raíz del mensaje que dirigiera el Presidente Felipe Calderón el jueves 1º de noviembre, se han recibido numerosos ofrecimientos de ayuda del exterior, gran parte de ellos, de la comunidad mexicana en los Estados Unidos.


Este es un llamado urgente  de ayuda
La naturaleza se ha ensañado contra San Diego en los pasados incendios, y desde diversas partes de USA y de México se recibió ayuda, hoy, el pueblo hermano de Tabasco, México, está devastado por las torrenciales lluvias que han inundado más del 70% del territorio, más de un millón de habitantes han salido de sus viviendas, de una población total de dos millones, cerca de millón y medio está afectado en sus pertenencias.


Chaos of war is captured by photojournalists’ lenses
By Kellie Ell
WASHINGTON - Kael Alford spent more than two years photographing a war-torn Iraq. One day a missile landed on a civilian home. The father, drenched in blood from his two young children, carried their dead bodies to the hospital followed by his injured wife. Alford learned doctors didn’t want to waste precious time because the wife was too injured to save. Their one surviving child, a bandaged teenage boy, sat on the floor of the infirmary watching his mother bleed to death. Alford snapped a photo at that moment.

Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition Reports Diversity Progress On Network TV But Shortfalls Still Exist
The Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition released its seventh annual Diversity “Report Card” outlining diversity performance grades for ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX television networks. The report cards are based on statistical information provided by each network and measure performance in eight categories: diverse actors in regular and recurring roles, diverse directors, writers/producers, entertainment creative executives, program development, supplier diversity and overall network commitment to diversity initiatives.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Lecciones de fuego
Más de 15 mil hectáreas fueron arrasadas por los recientes incendios en California, además del enorme costo ambiental que nos afecta a todos, el fuego destruyó más de dos mil viviendas, causó varias muertes y dejó un camino de destrucción lamentable.


Non-Citizens May Be Eligible for Disaster Recovery Aid
People who are not U.S. citizens may be eligible for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following the California wildfires that began in October.


The Peace Corps and WEF: Growing a Legacy of Public Service
By Diana Gomez
Recently, the Water Environmental Federation held their 80th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference at the San Diego Convention Center. This year marks a special milestone for WEFTEC. Since 1928 The Water Federation has been providing access to the world’s best science, engineering and technical practices to protect the environment.


Asamblea de la Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres Comienza Destacando Recientes Logros de la Mujer en la Política
*Insulza afirma que existe una tendencia hemisférica de igualdad de oportunidades en el ámbito político que no tiene precedentes en la región


Tijuana rinde honores a sus agentes policiales
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La Policía de Tijuana una de las agrupaciones más desprestigiadas del país. Sometida a revisiones exhaustivas por las autoridades federales por los vínculos de algunos agentes con el crimen organizado, y denunciada por locales y foráneos por sus frecuentes extorsiones y abusos de autoridad.


It’s Finally Here – South Bay Expressway
South Bay Expressway, the highly anticipated 10-mile state-of-the-art toll road extending from SR 54 in Spring Valley to Otay Mesa Rd./SR 905 near the International Border crossing, today announced it will open to traffic in time for the holidays on Monday, November 19. The opening of South Bay Expressway is a significant regional and national event that will draw officials, press and industry professionals from across the country. The Ex-pressway’s opening will be preceded by a weekend of special events.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Bush Administration Once Again Failing in Leadership
Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan has put the President of the United States in a bind when he declared a state of emergency, suppressed the media, cancelled elections, beat, bloodied, and jailed protesting lawyers. Musharraf doused the flame of Democracy.


Commentary:
Immigration Raids Leave American Children Behind
By Maribel Hastings
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For every two adults detained in immigration raids, a child is left behind. Two thirds of these children are U.S. citizens, more than a third are under six years old, and nearly two thirds are under 11, according to a study by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Urban Institute. The report, “Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America’s Children,” is the first to analyze the issue. The authors of the study called on Congress to hold hearings on the experience of children who have been affected by raids.


Commentary:
A Matter of Life or Death: Health Care Reform in California
By Heather Lacayo
When Laurelyn found a lump under her arm, she didn’t go immediately to the doctor. She didn’t have health insurance and hoped it might just go away. She was 29 years old, very healthy, and almost never got sick.


Commentary:
Don’t Get Burned Twice
By Jon Coupal
Those who have suffered loss in the fires that have ravaged Southern California could, along with other California citizens across the state, get burned again.


Comentario:
Vota o nos botan
Por José R. Uzal
En Estados Unidos lo que cuenta no es el peso del voto de cada individuo. Lo que en realidad cuenta son los pesos y el total votos. Los hispanos somos un poderoso bloque económico con un poder adquisitivo combinado de más de un trillón de dólares; pero no somos todavía un bloque importante de electores. A pesar de ser la minoría más numerosa de EE.UU. el voto hispano es significativo solo en Florida, California, Illinois y Nuevo México, estados que pueden afectar los resultados del conteo electoral nacional.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS:
$9 Trillion:
Hijole, este pobre Indio doesn’t even know what 1 trillion is. The brain can’t comprehend, imagine what a trillion looks like. But, $9 Trillion that is the projected debt for the United States next year.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Por Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: Is Lou Dobbs right when he says that close to 80 hospitals in California have been closed down because of the illegals, or is he lying?
Cabrónes No Necesitamos


First Person:
Hooking Up While Hispanic
By Al Carlos Hernandez
My wife and I were watching one of those dating shows and she commented that it must be hard for college educated, middle class Latinos to make a real love connection.


Young Berkeley entrepreneur goes straight to the top with one-of-kind sweatshirts
By Jazmyne Young
Sweatshirt designer Ali Madigan is already dressing music superstars like M.I.A. in her one-of-a-kind Boozey hoodies, named after a childhood nickname. Her $600 pieces can also be seen on Bay Area rappers like Stunna of The Pack.


Presentan Gran Temporada Teatral de la Obra “ A 8 Columnas” de Salvador Novo
Por: Paco Zavala
La historia del teatro en Tijuana, es muy corta, pero se ha fortalecido de tal manera, que las instituciones públicas, sindicales y privadas, se han echado a cuestas la tarea de impulsarlo hasta donde sea posible. Para lograrlo se necesita de la inclusión de muchos elementos y factores y uno de los más importantes es el público, hay que educarlo en este menester y para tal efecto se está trabajando.


Presentó Concierto de Jazz Iraida Noriega Jazzista Mexicana en el Instituto de Cultura de Baja California
Por: Paco Zavala
La extraordinaria jazzista mexicana Iraida Noriega se presentó el pasado sábado 3 de noviembre en el Foro del Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, interpretando lo más granado de su repertorio. Con una sala a medio llenar de entusiastas admiradores la artista apareció en la escena con la sencillez que le caracteriza y dió inicio a su concierto.


Brazilian, Spanish films come to San Diego in November
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
A Brazilian woman returns to her village with a newborn son after being abandoned by her husband. She’s poor, uneducated, and has little hope for the future.


Películas de Brasil y España en noviembre
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Una mujer brasileña regresa a su pueblo natal con su hijo recién nacido después de ser abandonada por su marido. Ella es pobre, sin educación y con pocas esperanzas para el futuro.


Ramos-Jimenez a Rising Star for the Titans
By John Philip Wyllie
Eastlake High School’s girl’s tennis team captured the Mesa League title and a coveted CIF tournament berth this season by virtue of a talented lineup from top to bottom. Among the most productive players was Mexican-born sophomore Marcela Ramos-Jimenez.


Azhocar at the Heart of the Mustang Defense
By John Philip Wyllie
At 5-3 and on the verge of reaching the CIF playoffs, the Otay Ranch Mustangs have relied on their stifling defense this season to keep them in every game. At the heart of that defense is 5’11” 220 pound senior middle linebacker Mike Azhocar.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Tijuana Matador Debuts, Bombs, In La Plaza Mexico
Aficionados from both sides of the border traveled Nov. 4 to Tijuana and Casa Pla-cencia’s taurine bar “El Burladero” to see the inaugural bullfight of the Plaza Mexico season, which was broadcast by television.


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