Volume XXXI Number 48 November 30, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Music has no borders

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

San Diego. Buenos Aires. Barcelona.

These three places might seem like worlds apart from each other, both in culture and in distance, but a group of bands has made a musical experiment that has tried to close all the gaps among the three cities.

The international Sin Fronteras Project [Without Borders Project] brought together the music, enthusiasm, and political statements of San Diego’s Gadfly, Buenos Aires’ Azteca Tupro, and Barcelona’s Go Lem System.


Members of the Sin Fronteras Project before a recording session.

The result was an album of the same name that was released in 2006. It has sold out, but four of the songs can be played through the project’s MySpace site: www.my space.com/proyectosinfronteras.

The songs are a blending of reggae, ska, dub, rock, punk, and electronica. The lyrics are in English and Spanish and anything in between. The four sample songs on Myspace are Apocalipstick, La llorona, Eleonorita, and Piedra.

Sin Fronteras was first planned back in 2001, when San Diego’s Tommy Dubs, vocalist and guitarist of Gadfly, spent some time in Buenos Aires and met Aztecas Tupro. Then, in 2006, they brought along Go Lem System from Barcelona, and the three bands recorded the album in Buenos Aires that year.

La Prensa San Diego interviewed Dubs to learn more about this international music project that might as well be a statement that, without a doubt, music has no borders.


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La música no tiene fronteras
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
San Diego. Buenos Aires. Barcelona.
Estos tres lugares podrían parecer estar mundos a parte de cada uno, en términos de cultura y distancia, pero un grupo de bandas ha hecho un experimento musical que ha tratado de cerrar todas las brechas entre las tres ciudades.


Pursuing Hispanic Votes
By Neil H. Simon
California native Susan Gonzalez worked for the first President Bush in the early 1990s, but on a Sunday evening this September, she sat with a houseful of Washington, D.C.-area Sen. Hillary Clinton supporters watching the Univision Democratic Forum.


Continúan las muertes en la frontera
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Natalio Rico Gómez de 34 años de edad, abandonó la ciudad de Monterrey rumbo a la frontera norte con la intención de cruzar hacia Estados Unidos. Por desgracia su sueño se vio truncado y murió solitario en la región montañosa que divide a México de Estados Unidos.



Stories

New CTA President Shares Goal for 2008: Improve NCLB
By Amanda Martinez
Editor’s Note: As the first Latino president of the California Teachers Association and a former bilingual teach-er, David Sanchez is especially aware of the failure of the No Child Left Behind law – especially in a state where 48 percent of the student body of public schools are Latino. Sanchez spoke before a gathering of ethnic media reporters sponsored by New America Media on November 13th.

Report finds achievement gaps, disparities in California schools
State lags behind much of nation in student outcomes; academic success particularly elusive for African Americans and Latinos
By Arif Shaikh
A UCLA report released today reveals a “national opportunity gap” in education, with California lagging behind most other states in student outcomes and fundamental learning conditions.


John F. Kennedy
Por Dagoberto Márquez
Cuando días antes comenté que escribiría sobre JFK, no faltó quien dijera... ¿Y por qué? Y contesté, porque fue un buen hombre, un buen presidente. Un buen norteamericano, cuando sólo pude haber dicho ¿Y, por qué no? Pero sí, fue un buen hombre, eso es lo que pienso. Y no es porque año tras año se le recuerde tal vez sinceramente, tal hipócritamente, vaya usted a saber. Pero el caso es que aquél hombre fue un buen presidente, uno del “imperio” como ahora y desde hace tiempo se le llama al sistema norteamericano, toda vez que la potencia de que hablamos representa los intereses más claros, los más puros y cercanos (aunque no los únicos) del modelo económico conocido como El Capitalismo. Pero sí, fue un buen presidente, eso es lo que creo, indistintamente de que haya gente que tenga un poco de razón cuando considera que el sistema norteamericano, gobierne quien gobierne, es lo mismo. Una suerte de “la misma gata, sólo que más revolcada” toda vez que sus intereses son de alguna forma los mismos, gobierne el partido que gobierne, es decir, los que protegen y los que seguirán protegiendo, al menos en teoría, su sistema de vida, el “american way of life” como se le conoce.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
El diccionario correcto
Las guerras, como toda actividad “humana”, tienen su propio diccionario. Por ejemplo, desde que George W. Bush decidió atacar a Irak, habló del “régimen” en vez del “gobierno” de Hussein. El cambio de palabra pretende (y logra) degradar al enemigo en la mente del lector.


¿Realmente las cortes actuan por el mejor interés de los niños?
Por Carmen G. Kcomt
Soy peruana y puedo decir que en Perú existen organizaciones de todo tipo que ayudan a las mujeres, ya sea en temas de violencia doméstica, autoestima, cuestiones de alimentos, consultorios jurídicos gratuitos para mujeres, etc. algunas cumplen sus finalidades, otras, no por falta de recursos económicos.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
El que gasta lo que puede sabe lo que tiene
No es casualidad, todo está fría y sistemáticamente calculado, inmediatamente después del 31 de octubre se bajan las brujas, los esqueletos y las arañas de las vitrinas y empieza la danza de Santa Claus.


Is Your Medicare Drug Plan Naughty or Nice?
By Grace-Marie Turner
The holidays are here again. That means it’s time for decorations, gifts, family, friends, and food. But during all the celebrating, seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D should carve out time to consider whether they want to stay with their current prescription drug plan.


Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Helps Wherever Help is Needed
It’s sobering to consider how much we take for granted in our every day lives. Hot water in the shower. Breakfast on the table. Locking your door as you leave the house. Gas in your car. Paved roads. Plumbing.

Staying Off the Naughty (Spending) List:
Ten Ways to Manage Your Finances and Avoid Post-Holiday Regrets
The holidays are upon us, bringing all those images and sensations we cherish—the glow of the menorah, the fragrance of home-cooked meals and sugar cookies, and the sounds of the season in holiday songs, laughter, and shrieks of joy from kids discovering Santa’s generosity. But for many of us there are a few not-so-joyous holiday sights (a purse overflowing with credit card receipts) and sounds (the ca-ching! of the cash registers marking our escalating debt). These negatives can easily outweigh all that we love about the holiday season, especially when we consider the financial consequences we’ll still be suffering long after the last gift is opened.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Reverse 911 works as long as you speak English
The City and County of San Diego, as well as the State of California, are now going through the process of reviewing how well the governments responded to the emergency of the fire storm that raged around us. This was the same process that we went through in 2003 that brought about some positive changes with this year’s fire emergency.


Commentary:
California’s Under Funded Infrastructure: Feinstein Urges San Diego to Increase Funding of Fire Services
By Susan Duerksen, MPH
US Senator Dianne Feinstein said in a hearing today that San Diego has failed to adequately fund fire services, and that the under-funding contributed to the devastation of the wildfires that hit the region five weeks ago.


Commentary:
Iraq 3.0
By Sheldon Richman
One gets the feeling that even the White House realizes the mess it’s made of Iraq. The other day the newspapers reported that the Bush administration has scaled back its objectives rather substantially. We might call it Iraq 3.0. First the plan was to create a democratic paradise which, domino-like, would spread freedom throughout the Middle East. When that didn’t work, the administration shifted to simply bringing some kind of order to Iraq, reconciling the three largest groups — Shi’a, Sunni, and Kurd.


Commentary:
NAFTA, Inequality, and Immigration
By Laura Carlsen
In June I took a television crew out to Cabeza de Juárez, a sprawling public housing project on the outskirts of Mexico City. Here families live on the edge of survival —the precariousness of their lives makes them a sensitive barometer of changes in the Mexican economy.


Comentario:
Dictador electrónico
Por Jose Uzal
Mientras Castro languidece en su lecho de muerte, Hugo Chávez, el presidente de Venezuela y dictador en entrenamiento trabaja activamente para conseguir el objetivo de su mentor: destruir a Estados Unidos. El peligro más grande que presenta el hispano Chávez, es que parece ser un mequetrefe. Nada más lejos de la verdad. El incipiente dictador es un formidable adversario, con dinero, con poderosos aliados y con acceso a la economía norteamericana. Esto lo sitúa en una perfecta posición para ser una quinta columna y destruirnos desde dentro.


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
The TJ Sound
In doing research about San Diego musician who have their roots in Logan Heights, I encountered a lot of stories about the great rock and roll bands and performers like Benny Holman, George “Chato” Ruiz, Larry Green, Ronnie Montoya, Peggie Menifee, Steve Andrews and so many others too numerous to mention.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Por Gustavo Arellano
SPECIAL LONG-QUESTIONS EDITION
Dear Mexican: With a scant four weeks before I cram my mochila with a few clothes for me and a horde of presents (read: bribes) for my future cuñadas, sobrinas, y mi mera suegra, I found myself terror-stricken tonight as mi novio and I watched a home video of his family doing varios familial things like hiking to the top of a hill and battering a Barney-esqe piñata on his mother’s birthday. He will not be making the maiden voyage with me, and while he swears to me that his lady-kin are muy amable and great fun, I am terrified! I do know his father, and we’re great friends. But, the problem is I have tattoos, which seem to be more taboo in rural Mexico. At least, I’m going in December when I might be able to hide them, depending on the weather around Christmas in Guanajuato. Do you have any advice for a terrified, tattooed, white American (Spanish speaking, by the grace of God) daughter-in-law to-be on her first visit to meet her the matriarchy of her future marido?


First Person:
UNLEASH THE ARTIST IN YOU
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Deep down inside everyone has a hidden artistic talent and or proclivity for the esoteric. Some of us play musical instruments; others act, paint, write, sing, cook, decorate, design, insult, spoken word, dance, tell wonderful stories, and or hold public office…


Balboa Park December Nights:
Celebrate 30 Years of Holiday Magic

Balboa Park December Nights presented by Barona, San Diego’s favorite kick-off to the holiday season, will take place for the 30th consecutive year on Friday, December 7, 5:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 8, noon-10:00 p.m. In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. both evenings. The beloved San Diego event features sparkling lights, theatrical and musical entertainment, and food, food and more food throughout the Park.


Festive 1800’s Holiday in the Park Celebration
Fiesta Navidad in Old Town

Special this December is a variety of events that offer visitors and shoppers the opportunity to experience the history of early San Diego.


Holiday Calendar of Events:
The Many Moods of Christmas And other Christmas favorites
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2007. Time: 7:00 p.m.
The La Jolla Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir with Orchestra will perform “The Many Moods of Christmas” by American composer Robert Shaw and other Christmas favorites. Come and join in singing some of the great Christmas carols with the rest of the congregation, and let your heart soar with peace, joy and hope at this wonderful time of year. Tickets are not required for this performance. A freewill offering will be taken before intermission. The doors will open at 6 pm arrive early for a good seat. The church is located at 7715 Draper Ave. across from the La Jolla Recreation Center. The concerts are held in the sanctuary, and there is free parking in the underground garage, which is accessed from Kline Street. Child care is available.

Immigration Raids, Education and HIV/AIDS Spotlighted in Premiere Benefit Screening of Youth-Produced Documentaries
Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD) is proud to screen three new documentaries at its 6th Anniversary Teen Producers Project Celebration and Student Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, December 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diego’s new Downtown location – 1100 Kettner Blvd., San Diego.

Concierto de Mauricio Díaz “El Hueso” y David Aguilar Destacados Cantautores
“La jazzista Turiya Mareya Multi-instrumentalista fungió de anfitriona”
Por: Paco Zavala
A través de los años la frontera tijuanense ha estado sujeta al desequilibrio en la promoción de sus corrientes culturales. Este fenómeno se ha manifestado así, tal vez por la afluencia permanente de diversas corrientes culturales provenientes de las distintas zonas del país, tal vez por la falta de apoyo, también podemos considerar la falta de interés por detectarlas en cuanto arriban y registrarlas promoviéndolas, porque por la falta de material no lo ha sido, artistas existen en todas las manifestaciones que el lector se pueda imaginar.

Inicia Gira Estatal la Orquesta del Centro de Estudios Musicales UABC-Ensenada
Por: Paco Zavala
Con la finalidad de recabar fondos para realizar una gira nacional, la Orquesta del Centro de Estudios Musicales UABC-Ensenada, inició el pasado jueves 29 de noviembre, una Gira Estatal, presentando un extraordinario Concierto Pro-Gira Nacional, en el que se incluyeron obras de Verdi, Beethoven y Tchaikovsky como: Sinfonía No. 5 de Tchaikovsky, Concierto para Piano Op. 37, no 3 en Do menor de Beethoven y La Forza del Destino de Verdi. Este evento se realizó en la Sala de Espectáculos del Centro Cultural Tijuana.

Reyes Twins Mean Double Trouble for Lancer Opponents
By John Philip Wyllie
Hilltop High School developed in recent decades into a wrestling power under the guidance of long-time head coach Tim Tyler. When Tyler stepped down before last season, he passed the torch to someone that was part of that winning tradition, Thomas Juarez. Juarez has kept Hilltop’s winning tradition alive. He heads into this season excited about his matching pair of top-notch wrestlers, twins Michael and Matthew Reyes.

Hilltop’s Hernandez has no Time to Rest On her Laurels
By John Philip Wyllie
Hilltop High senior Erica Hernandez barely had time to catch her breath as she tran-sitioned recently from field hockey to soccer. During the just completed field hockey season, Hernandez led the Lancers to a 12-5-2 record and a league championship. At sea-son’s end she was selected the Metro Player of the Year, but she only had a weekend to reflect upon her accomplishments. By Monday morning she had traded in her stick and skirt and was out on the pitch practicing her patented free kicks under the watchful eye of former San Diego Socker and current Mexican national indoor soccer coach, Rene Ortiz.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
A Sad Time For Aficionados
It has been a sad period for organized aficionados. First, the venerable Dick Frontain left this world, and now, we receive the news that the highly respected aficionado and journalist Dan Cook has departed.


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