Volume XXXI Number 47 November 21, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Sweetwater Soccer Tournament Provides Opportunity

By John Philip Wyllie

Like Bumble bees returning to their hive one by one the yellow and black school buses of the Sweetwater Union High School District descended upon the soccer fields adjacent to Bonita Vista High School. Inside, students beaming from ear to ear were proudly wearing the uniforms of their respective schools. Brimming with an infectious enthusiasm, these developmentally disabled students were about to participate in the Fifth Annual Sweetwater Union High School District Soccer Tournament.


Students from Bonita Vista High pose before playing in last week’s tournament. Photo credit: Donna Pagel

With an estimated crowd of 1,500 students and parents on hand to witness this spectacle, the event took on a carnival-like atmosphere enhanced by the music blaring from the loudspeakers and the sweet smell of carne asada waftng over the crowd. On the sidelines, Leo the Balloon Man entertained the student spectators with his incredible array of balloon animals and objects fashioned into hats. Long lines of hungry students swallowed up the nachos, candy, and sodas being sold to raise money for these students.

On the fields several games were going on simultaneously and the action was fast and furious. What the students may have lacked in skills was more than made up for with enthusiasm.



The Mexican visits San Diego
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
If you ask Gustavo Arellano why his ¡Ask a Mexican! column is so popular, he’ll tell you that’s because everybody in the United States is interested in Mexicans.


The Mexican visita San Diego
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Si le preguntas a Gustavo Arellano por qué su columna ¡Ask a Mexican! es tan popular, te dirá que la razón es que a todos en los Estados Unidos les interesan los mexicanos.


Obama Supporters Find Novel Way to Reach Out to Latino Voters
By Jenifer Fernandez Ancona
Last spring, America saw the potential power of the Latino community as a political force. Millions of people, in cities across the country, poured into the streets, marching in solidarity for equality and justice for immigrants. In November of 2006, Latino voters proved again that they could help deliver victories, as their turnout increased by 33 percent in congressional races and was much more heavily Democratic than in years past, according to a recent report by NDN’s Hispanic Strategy Center. The GOP’s constant drumbeat of anti-immigrant rhetoric has opened up an incredible opportunity for Democrats and progressives to solidify Latino voters as a reliable —and fast-growing— part of our coalition.

Migrant Leaders Launch New Tri-national Initiative
Angered by what they perceive as a hardening US stance on immigration-related issues, Mexicans from a variety of political forces are mobilizing to support migrants north of their border. For the first time, leaders of Mexican immigrants residing in the US and Canada convened a meeting in the Mexican capital to demand stronger action from the government of President Felipe Calderon. Held November 16-17, the sometimes raucous First Parliament of Mexican Migrant Leaders November attracted nearly 600 participants. Twenty Mexican legislators from different political parties and representatives of the National Migration Institute (INM) were on hand for the proceedings.



Stories

Saving the Tijuana River Estuary
UCSD Researcher and Students Fight on Both Sides of Border to Restore Vital Coastal Wetland
By Ioana Patringenaru
Oscar Romo is walking on a dirt road just a few miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border, the ground crunching softly under his feet. It’s a typical sunny day in the Tijuana River estuary. Birds fly by. Families walk on the beach. But Romo is worried.


Femicide Fighter, Esther Chavez Cano, Honored by New Mexico State University
By Kent Paterson
In one way or another, Esther Chavez Cano has touched countless lives throughout the world. In the judgment of El Paso labor activist Victor Munoz, collaborating with the longtime Ciudad Juarez women’s rights activist shaped “who I am.”


California Sends Help to Tabasco Flood Victims
By Martín E. Martínez
Ana María Carrizales is worried about her relatives in Mexico because their town in the southern state of Tabasco has been flooded and cut off from the capital city for two weeks now.


Looking Past the Fence and Into the City: UCSD Students Go Beyond Tijuana’s Tourist Trek in Border-Crossing Class
By Christine Clark
How does the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana shape the characteristics of the Latin American city? How is the Latin American city different from the city in the United States? These are the questions posed by a new course offered by Sixth College, Cultural Art and Technology 124: Border Crossing.

Más empleos para adultos mayores
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
En Baja California existen alrededor de 184 mil personas mayores, lo que representa el 7 por ciento de la población.

Radio Bilingüe ‘Diploma en Mano’ series tackles education gap
As poor graduation rates and low college enrollment plague the nation’s growing Latino community, Radio Bilingüe will launch its new “Diploma en Mano” Radio Series beginning Nov. 26 on the daily talk show, Línea Abierta.


After recalls, toy-buying season uncertain time for parents, retailers
By James Baetke
As a mother of a 6-year-old daughter, Michelle Lawson said it’s hard to avoid Chinese-made toys.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Marangely Rodríguez
Vámonos de viaje… pero primero unos consejos…
Ya llegan las fiestas de fin de año, cuando compartimos con los seres más queridos y amista-des en reuniones familiares muchas veces en otra ciudad o estado. Para que tu viaje de reunión familiar sea más agradable y seguro, te traemos los siguientes consejos.

Chula Vista Police Activities League Annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive
As you are all well aware, these are uncertain economic times and even more so for the poorest in our communities. In an effort to lessen the burden on these families, the Chula Vista Police Activities League (PAL), the Chula Vista Welfare Council and Chula Vista Elementary School Nurses have partnered once again for the 2007 Chula Vista Police Activities League Annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive.


Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Thanksgiving Day, a day to come together as a community
At Thanksgiving we take the opportunity to express our thanks for all that we hold dear to our lives and for those things we are grateful for. Our sentiments have been heartfelt and sincere. But in some years those sentiments take on an extra special meaning. A good example would be the year of the 9/11 terrorists attacks. This year the recent fires in our county have once again served as a reminder of all that we should and need to be thankful for.


Comentario:
¿Por qué celebramos el Thanksgiving?
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Aunque usted no lo crea, el “Thanksgiving” es una contradicción a las costumbres y a la ideología norteamericana. En esta sociedad se idolatra al consumismo, se hace reverencia al materialismo y se venera al individualismo.


Commentary:
Children suffer effects from deportation raids
By Yolanda Chávez Leyva
Kids suffer tremendously due to deportation raids.


Commentary:
Bonds Innocent Until Proven Guilty
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
President Bush did the right thing when he said that he wouldn’t make any public comment about the five count federal indictment of former San Francisco Giants slugger and home run king Barry Bonds.


Comentario:
Los debates
Por José R. Uzal
Faltan 12 meses para las elecciones presidenciales del 2008. Los aspirantes a las nominaciones de ambos partidos están enfrascados en largos y aburridos debates. Todos los aspirantes están contra la inmigración y el terrorismo. Ninguno tiene la menor idea de cómo resolver los problemas que enfrentan al país o qué hacer con la inmigración y el terrorismo. Solo se preocupan por no decir nada que sea mal interpretado por la prensa.


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Chula Vista’s budget troubles laid at the feet of last administration
The Book of Genesis tells us that some three thousand years ago Joseph explained to the Pharaoh that there would be seven fat years followed by seven lean years. Lesson: save some surplus in the fat years so you will have enough in the lean years! Does this sound like rocket science? Apparently the former Mayor and his council thought so. If “fat years followed by lean years” was true three thousand years ago, is it still true today? You know it is. Today it is called the “business cycle,” and if anything is as certain as death and taxes in the United States, it is the business cycle.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Por Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: What’s the deal with Spanish-language car dealership commercials that feature bikini-clad porn star-wannabes copulating with used cars? I just saw one where three girls were rubbing melted chocolate on each other. Surely, no one in mainstream Caucasian America could get away with such overtly sexual, misogynistic advertising. Does this type of ad actually convince people to buy cars?


Celebra su XX Aniversario la Compañía de Danza “Ticuán”
Por: Paco Zavala
Dice el refrán que: “No hay víspera que no se llegue, ni fecha que no se cumpla”, pues así es. El próximo 24 de noviembre, en dos regias presentaciones: una a las 4:00 pm. y otra a las 7:00 pm. la Compañía de Danza “Ticuán”, en la Sala de Espectáculos del Centro Cultural Tijuana, celebrará su Vigésimo Aniversario de haber iniciado actividades, demostrando con el colorido, alegría y los movimientos corporales de sus coreografías por qué es una de las compañías mejor concebidas.


El Oratorio “El Mesías” de Georg Frederich Hándel en la Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis en Tijuana y St. Paul’s Cathedral de San Diego
“Intervienen: Coro Opera de Tijuana, Coro PACEM de San Diego y Coro Pro Música Ensenada”
Por: Paco Zavala
El monumental oratorio de Georg Frederich Hándel, “El Mesías”, se representará los días 30 de noviembre a las 8:00 pm. en St. Paul’s Cathedral de San Diego y el 1 de diciembre a las 8:00 pm. en la Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís, por la calle 3ra (frente al Parque Teniente Guerrero) en la ciudad de Tijuana.


Holiday Calendar of Events:
Your Holidays Start Here Nov. 22... at the Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Take a drive with family and friends to kick off the holiday season during the 13th annual “Holiday of Lights” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds starting Thanksgiving night. Featuring more than 400 lighted, animated scenes, this spectacular 1.5-mile, drive-through light show is designed to get patrons in the holiday spirit. The displays are organized into themes, which include: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the Twelve Days of Christmas and Elves at Play. Patrons drive their vehicles along the world-famous Del Mar Racetrack to view the festive holiday displays from the comfort of their cars.


Barons Dynamic Duo Set the Pace in Cross Country
By John Philip Wyllie
It has been an incredible season for a pair of young cross county competitors from Bonita Vista High. On November 10, Sofia Garcia took top honors and finished ten seconds ahead of BV’s second place finisher Cristina Hernandez in the Metro Finals at Rohr Park. Their one-two finish catapulted the Barons to a league banner and gained the pair admission into the CIF finals held last weekend at Morley Field. Remarkably, both girls are just freshman.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
A Week of Sad News
Forgive me my friends, for being a week late with this Bullfight World column. I was in the hospital.

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