Volume XXXI Number 38 September 21, 2007

FrontPage Stories

National schools superintendent: “This is a strong community”

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

Dennis Doyle walks through the halls of Las Palmas Elementary School in National City, smiling, greeting the people he meets in English and in Spanish.

“Buenos dias!” he said. “Como le va?”

It’s been a few weeks since he started his job as superintendent of the National School District in late July, and Doyle already is a familiar face in the district’s schools.

Doyle comes to replace former superintendent George Cameron, who retired in June after 16 years in that post.

Before coming to National, Doyle was assistant superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District. He has a 27-year career in education.


National School District Superintendent Dennis Doyle participates in an interactive activity using the new digital board in this Las Palmas Elementary School classroom.

Doyle said that during the first week of school he visited classrooms in every school in the district. The first day of classes he rode a school bus to one of the schools.

He said that he’s encouraged by the enthusiasm he found at the district.

“It’s extraordinary the hard work of the staff, of the teachers, of the parents, of the students,” Doyle said. “I’m asking parents: ‘What else can we do to help our community?’”

There’s much to do at the National School District.

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Superintendente escolar de National City: “Esta es una comunidad fuerte”
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Dennis Doyle camina por los pasillos de la Escuela Primaria Las Palmas en National City, sonriendo, saludando a las personas que se encuentra en inglés y en español.


Sweetwater Students to Benefit from $3.2 Million Block Grant
State funds to support PE and Visual and Performing Arts instruction
Thanks to the state’s new Arts, Music and Physical Education grants, Sweetwater educators now have needed resources to develop a comprehensive curriculum for the district’s 42,000 students. The district’s $3.2 million funding allocation will be focused on providing professional development for teachers, as well as purchasing equipment and supplies to improve instruction in physical education and the visual and performing arts.


SICK YET?
By Steve Padilla
Right now somewhere in our community, as in our nation – a child and his or her family are walking into a hospital emergency room. They are there for medical care they can’t get anywhere else.



Stories

La Nueva Era de Urbanismo Latino
Por James Klein
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (KPRENSA) – La primera parte del siglo XXI será la era de las ciudades: la era urbana. Por primera vez en la historia de la humanidad, más de la mitad de la población del planeta vivirá en ciudades.


The New Era of Latino Urbanism
By James Klein
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (KPRENSA) – The first part of the 21st century will be dominated by cities. It will be urban. For the first time in the history of the humanity, more than the half of the population of the planet will live in cities.


Más braceros recibirán sus ahorros
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Esta semana fue aprobada una propuesta de ley que permitirá a más de 200 mil ex trabajadores agrícolas del programa Bracero acceder al dinero de su fondo de ahorro que les fue retenido por el gobierno mexicano por más de cuatro décadas.


Pastoral migratoria mexicana fortalece su trabajo
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Religiosos católicos dedicados a la atención y estudio del fenómeno migratorio participaron en el octavo Taller Anual de Capacitación Para la Pastoral de Migrantes, efectuado en la ciudad de Tijuana.


San Diego Housing Commission wins national awards for helping youth and adult residents excel in school and work
A national housing organization honored the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) for its efforts to improve the lives of local residents.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Jose Lopez Zamorano
En español o en inglés nuestro voto está contando
Hay que quitarse el sombrero ante la iniciativa de Univision de realizar un histórico debate entre los aspirantes presidenciales demócratas. Los detallistas podrán encontrarle insuficiencias al formato, en especial a la irónica prohibición de hablar en español, pero el carácter sin precedentes del foro pesó más que sus carencias.


Los cuentos viajeros
Por Yhamel Catacora
Para quien haya vivido una niñez con tele en blanco y negro o bien, sin tele, habrá crecido inconscientemente intentando no mentir, ni hurtar, y en lo posible no desobedecer a mamá y papá; y es que ahí, en un lugar oculto de la tal conciencia estaban los gusanitos, el lobo feroz, la bruja, los fantasmas, ¡el cuco! o los refranes con los que Esopo nos jalaba la oreja. Si hojeamos un poco nuestra niñez, quizás, concluiríamos que desde el sur Patagónico, hasta el norte mexicano nos han estado contando el mismo cuento, bien arropado con las costumbres de cada uno de nuestros países. Cuentos que han viajado por tierra y por mar, clandestinos a veces, para asentarse en cada una de nuestras tierras y allí, seguir existiendo.

Hispanic Heritage Takes Center Stage
Turn on the television, listen to the radio or rent a movie and you’ll find that the world has experienced an Hispanic culture explosion. We can’t get enough of infectious dance beats, sultry screen stars and the talents of many notable individuals beyond the world of entertainment. In addition, now, more than ever, Hispanic food choices are more readily available and enjoyed by many Hispanics and non-Hispanics. International food chains are even including tacos, fajitas and more on their mainstream menus.


Community Notes:
Southwest Chula Vista Civic Association Meeting
The Southwest Chula Vista Civic Association will meet on Monday, September 24, 2007 at 6:45 PM at the MAAC Charter School, 1385 Third Ave. (between Palomar and Quintard). Councilman Rudy Ramirez will speak about his first 8 months in office and the convention he went to on revitalizing cities. Assistant City Manager Scott Tolloch and Nancy Lytle will explain the process to be involved in the city’s planning for the future of southwest Chula Vista.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Hispanics Not In Ken Burns World
Several months ago the highly anticipated Ken Burns documentary on World War II, “The War” was screened for a select few. What came out of the screening was the fact that there was not one Hispanic documented during the 14 hour marathon. Not one mention of the more than 500,000 Latinos who served during WWII. Not one mention of the 13 Hispanic Heroes who were awarded Medal of Honors or the 70 Army Distinguished Service Crosses. The fact that Hispanics were totally omitted from the documentary outraged the Hisapnic community.


Commentary:
Who do We Listen To?
By Israel Ortega
With the eyes of the nation watching, General David Petraeus recently delivered a sobering report on Iraq to members of Congress. And yet, even before he’d said a word, many Americans had already made up their minds. Unfortunately, many of these Americans are our elected officials tasked with the unique responsibility of looking out for our best interests. It’s sad that, even with this critical issue, too many can’t set politics aside for the sake of our country and its citizens.


Commentary:
Why We Need Health Care Reform in California
By J. Mario Molina, MD
The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that the number of uninsured Americans rose to 47 million, with nearly seven million of them living here in California. If we don’t act now to address health care reform, we face the very real possibility that our health care system will collapse under the weight of the uninsured.


Comentario:
El mes de la hispanidad
Por José R. Uzal
El Presidente Bush, proclamó del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre de 2007 el Mes Nacional de la Hispanidad. Uno de sus prominentes opositores, la Honorable Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), líder del Congreso expresó al respecto: “Celebrar a la comunidad Hispana un mes al año no es suficiente. Los latinos merecen una oportunidad real de lograr el Sueño Americano aunque estén aquí por generaciones o acaben de llegar”. En mi opinión ninguno de los dos está correcto.

Commentary:
Racism in North County: Is it ‘Mississippi With Palm Trees?’
By Mark R. Day
How palpable, how blatant and how pervasive are racist attitudes toward Latinos in North San Diego County?

Comentario:
Rezago en las escuelas
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
La niñez es una de las etapas más preciosas de la existencia humana. Aquellos pequeños seres de la sonrisa permanente, de energía interminable, de ánimo al deporte y al entretenimiento, están de vuelta a los recintos escolares del país.

Comentario:
Abordando la Migración en México
Por Beatriz Zavala, Secretaria de Desarrollo Social, México,
Amalia García, Gobernadora de Zacatecas, México,
y Christina Gold, Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva de Western Union
En medio de la polémica presentada por el debate migratorio, casi no se ha prestado atención a las causas subyacentes de éste éxodo masivo.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Readers: I asked half-breeds a couple of weeks ago to write in with nicknames that describe their mixed Mexican heritage. Many, muchos responses continue to trickle in—gracias for the submissions. Following is a handy glossary that ustedes wrote, with the occasional Mexican commentary—enjoy!


First Person
LONG HAIR
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Was channel surfing a few months ago and I saw a guy younger than me going through this painful hair transplant procedure whereby they pluck hair from the back of the neck and transplant it like a bamboo clump in the front where the hairline is receding.


Documentary presents Mayan alternative to Gregorian calendar
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
What day of the week is it today? What date of the year? Do you know what time it is? Maybe your life is inundated with calendars, agendas, clocks, watches. Time, time, time.


Documental presenta alternativa maya al calendario gregoriano
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
¿Qué día de la semana es hoy? ¿Qué fecha del año? ¿Sabe que hora es? Quizá su vida está inundada de calendarios, agendas, relojes, despertadores… Tiempo, tiempo, tiempo.


Ofrece el Proyecto “Mi festival” Música Danza y Cine para toda la Familia
Por: Paco Zavala
En su primera edición del proyecto “Mi Festival”, mismo que se desarrollará el fin de semana comprendido del próximo jueves 27, al domingo 30 de septiembre en el Palenque del Parque Morelos y, en el que la familia disfrutará de excelentes espectáculos impregnados de música, danza y cine al aire libre.


Celebra 20 Años de Carrera Teatral Ursula Tania con el Monólogo “La Hechicera del Norte”
Por: Paco Zavala
Con una serie de eventos que se realizan durante el presente mes de septiembre la reconocida licenciada, actríz, bailarina y cuenta cuentos, Ursula Tania, está celebrando su XX aniversario de haber iniciado su tabajo como actríz en el medio.


Calendar of Events:
Defeating The Sunrise Powerlink... One Band (Comedian and DJ) at a TIME!
RANCHITA, CA — Fishbone, HR & the Dubb Agents and 40 Cycle Hum (starting their country-wide tour!) are headlining at Ranchita Rocks – the three day festival to raise money and awareness to fight the SDG&E’s Sunrise Power-link. These are just three of the dazzling line-up of 39 bands schedule to play September 28th, 29th and 30th. The best priced ticket in town – pre-sale only $25.00 with camping only $50.00.


Jurado a Baron Pacesetter
By John Philip Wyllie
While the weather in San Diego is generally mild, the beginning of September often brings with it intense heat. In years like this excessive humidity driven by tropical storms adds to the misery. It is the kind of weather that sends most people scurrying inside for the air conditioning. Despite that searing heat and occasional humidity Bonita Vista junior, Jazmine Jurado spends her afternoons running the hills and canyons adjacent to the school’s South Bay campus. She is currently the Barons top female long distance runner. Jurado knows that sacrifices must be made if she is going to remain in the top spot on what is a very competitive team.

The NFL Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
It took a while, but Tony Romo has arrived!
It wasn’t textbook and it wasn’t pretty, but the pace of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s ascent last season to star status catapulted from that of a rock climb to a rocket launch.

Castillo Taught - And Was Taught
It was a busy offseason for San Diego Chargers defensive end Luis Castillo, who put his “time off” to good use.


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