Volume XXXII Number 31 August 1, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Dayana Mendoza talks about winning Miss Universe crown

By Kiko Martinez

It was a memorable night for Latinas around the world when Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoz, 22, was crowned Miss Universe on July 13 during the 56th annual pageant held in Vietnam. This marked the fifth time in the pageant’s history that a contestant from Venezuela won the prestigious title.

Along with Mendoza, three other Latinas (Miss Colombia, Taliana Vargas; Miss Dominican Republic, Marianne Cruz Gonzalez; and Miss Mexico, Elisa Najera) made up four of the final five contestants. Miss El Salvador, Rebeca Moreno, was also named Miss Congeniality.

While in New York City last week, the new Miss Universe spoke about pageant protestors, controlling her emotions before the big event, and why everyone should visit Venezuela at least once in their life.

I read that you’ve always been interested in learning about different cultures. Spending the last few weeks with all the other contestants from different parts of the world, whose country was the most interesting to hear about?

Dayana Mendoza: I had the opportunity to share with all [the contestants], but I would say my roommate, Miss Italy [Claudia Ferraris]. I was really close to her. We were like sisters. I’ve been to Italy a lot of times. It’s like my second home, so when they told me she was going to be my roommate I was happy. I got to practice my Italian with her.

Did you ever think about the one billion people that were watching you that night?

Before the opening I thought about it and got nervous. But I told myself that I had to calm down and control my emotions and enjoy my moment.

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Latinos on Edge in Pennsylvania Town
By Cristina Loboguerrero
SHENANDOAH, Penn. — In this seemingly quiet Pennsylvania town, racial intolerance is widespread and many Latino residents choose to stay home to avoid any confrontation.


“Learn how the Centro can be a cultural home for you”
Centro Cultural de la Raza will host community forum
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
After a year since a seven-year boycott ended, el Centro Cultural de la Raza will have a community forum on Saturday, August 2, at 4 p.m.


“Aprende cómo el Centro puede ser un hogar cultural para ti”
Centro Cultural de la Raza tendrá un foro comunitario
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Después de un año desde que terminó un boicot comunitario que duró siete años, el Centro Cultural de la Raza tendrá un foro comunitario el sábado 2 de agosto a las 4 p.m.



Stories


Otay Mesa Tested To Relieve Traffic Congestion at the Border
By Mariana Martínez
The long wait at the border has worried government officials, business owners and thousands of families, people who depend on the flow of goods and people to survive. Many answers have been on the drawing board; from a third border crossing to a binational airport and even double-stacked checking points.

Prueba Piloto en Otay Mesa Para Aliviar el Congestionamiento del Tráfico en la Línea
Por Mariana Martínez
Las largas esperas en la línea internacional han sido motivo de preocupación de gobernantes, empresarios, vendedores y familias, que dependen del flujo de bienes y personas para subsistir. Las respuestas a las largas filas, tan contaminantes, han sido muchos planes: la tercera garita, el aeropuerto binacional o las dobles casetas en cada punto de revisión.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
FlipflOpbama
“Es hora de derribar muros”, dijo en Berlín el seguro candidato Demócrata a la presidencia de Estados Unidos. Ante 100 mil espectadores, Barack dijo además que “se deben derribar las barreras entre países pobres y ricos”.

Steve Padilla
Tony – Don’t Suffer the Fools
San Diego City Councilman Tony Young did the right thing. Sometimes the price in politics of doing so means definite headaches and pains. Unfortunately, the world of politics often values patronage and relationships over principles, and places emphasis on appeasing other politicians instead of on community objectives and delivering results. Many politicians talk the talk but few walk the walk, showing the courage to make even long time friends angry for the public good.


Closing of Historic Arizona Radio Station Signals Larger Crisis of Latino Media
By Roberto Lovato
This story from the Arizona Republic tells the sad, but increasingly not-so-uncommon story of the impending closure of radio station KNUV-AM (1190), better known as “La Buena Onda,” a historic and important source of information for Spanish-speaking migrants in the very contentious Phoenix area.


Unidos, Comerciantes de Ambos Lados de la Frontera
Demandan Soluciones a Problemas de las Garitas
Por Marco Antonio Romero
Líderes empresariales de California y Baja California constituyeron la Cámara Binacional de Comercio Fronterizo, para promover la modernización de la infraestructura en las garitas, agilizar los cruces y enfrentar futuros desafíos.

Bienvenido a casa, Raymundo Pacheco
Por Tom Barry
A petición de nuestros lectores se hizo la traducción al Español de la siguiente historia que se publicó la semana pasada en Inglés (7/25/08).
Ya es hora de que el gobierno mexicano asuma alguna responsabilidad por la crisis migratoria.


Realizaron el Primer Simposio de Historia de Tijuana en el Palacio de la Cultura
Por: Paco Zavala
Atendiendo una invitación girada por el H. XIX Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, a través del Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura y del Archivo Histórico de Tijuana, la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, a través del Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas y la Sociedad de Historia de Tijuana, A.C., el pasado miércoles 23 de julio se convocó a una Rueda de Prensa para informar a los medios sobre la realización del Primer Simposio de Historia de Tijuana.


El Estrecho de Anián
Por Marco A. Romero
Algunos científicos predicen que el océano Artico pronto será navegable, al menos durante el verano, a causa del deshielo polar. Nos podemos imaginar colosales buques mercantes de 400 metros de eslora penetrar el estrecho de Bering desde el Pacífico, luego circundar el Polo Norte hasta desembocar, sin contratiempos, en las aguas del Atlántico. Comparativamente, el canal de Panamá parece un arroyo apacible.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
¡Otra víctima del racismo! ¡no podemos guardar silencio!
Si no despertamos como comunidad y asumimos nuestros compromisos cívicos y morales como hispanos, vamos a tener que acostumbrarnos a recibir los embates de la discriminación y el racismo hasta limites insospechados.


Latino children in foster care need Latino foster parents
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
When he was chief of the San Diego Police Department, David Bejarano used to notice that many of the Latino criminals he helped put behind bars had one thing in common: They had been part of the foster care system.

Los niños latinos necesitan padres provisionales latinos
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Cuando era jefe del Departamento de Policía de San Diego, David Bejarano notaba que muchos de los criminales latinos que ponía detrás de las rejas tenían una cosa en común: habían sido parte del sistema de hogares provisionales (foster home system).

Cereal Hype!
Pretty Packaging at the Grocery Store
By Crystal Nguyen, M. A.
Walking down the cereal aisle, I caught myself running towards an orange and blue colored box of cereal bars that featured a musical pop star on the package. The cereal bars had edible magenta colored music notes on it and I could get free bonus stickers. It may seem silly and strange for a 25-year-old female to jump for joy over a box, but that was when I realized that the marketing team did their job. They got me!

Save Friendship Park
‘Save Friendship Park’ will be the theme of a binational interfaith prayer vigil, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. Aug. 3 at Border Field State Park. The purpose of the vigil, according to John Fanestil, executive director of San Diego Foundation for Change, is to express opposition to construction of a triple fence along the border, particularly at Friendship Park on Monument Mesa in the park at its border with Mexico.


Community Notes:
El Programa “EMPLEO”
El Consulado General de México en San Diego, le recuerda a la comunidad los servicios que ofrece el Programa “EMPLEO”, consolidado como un mecanismo para proporcionar orientación y asesoría jurídica a la comunidad hispana, sus derechos y obligaciones en materia laboral, independientemente de la calidad migratoria del solicitante. El Programa “EMPLEO” constituye una alianza entre diversas agencias gubernamentales, consulados y organizaciones no gubernamentales, que consiste en orientar a aquellas personas que enfrentan abusos en sus centros de trabajo (acoso sexual, despido injustificado, salarios no pagados, discriminación y denuncia de condiciones de trabajo insalubres o peligrosas) a través de la línea telefónica gratuita 1-877-552-9832. Toda información proporcionada es totalmente confidencial.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Will the real Barack Obama please stand up?
For anyone under 30 years of age, you probably don’t remember the television show “TO TELL THE TRUTH.” The show had three contestants, two would lie, and one was sworn to tell the truth. A panel of judges would try to determine which contestant was lying, and who was telling the truth. At the end of the show the host would ask the real, non-lying, guest to stand up for all to see. Like the panel of judges on “TO TELL THE TRUTH,” the Hispanic community is attempting to figure out before election day who the real Barack Obama is on the immigration issue.


Commentary:
Latino Congresso 2008: Translating Resolutions into Reality
By Ty Coronado
“Translating Resolutions into Reality” was the slogan of the third annual Latino Congresso (congress). The congresso was held in Los Angeles on July 18-21. This was the third consecutive congresso since it was reinstated in 2006 and the fifth congresso since 1938. The first Latino congresso was held in 1938. It was then under the leadership of Chicano activists Bert Corona and was organized with the goal of uniting all Latino organizations throughout the state.

Commentary:
Railroading Immigrants…and the Constitution
By Kathleen Walker
Federal immigration officials swept into Postville, Iowa in May and detained nearly 400 workers at a kosher meat processing plant. Swiftly, local enforcement and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency arrested, charged with crimes, extracted pleas, and sentenced 297 of these individuals by the end of the following week. Apparently, this shock and awe strategy was specially designed to drop the hammer on undocumented workers doing backbreaking jobs under reportedly sub-optimal conditions.


Comentario:
Forzando a los Inmigrantes….y a la Constitución
Por Kathleen Walker
Los oficiales Federales de inmigracion barrieron Postville, Iowa, en Mayo y detuvieron a cerca de 400 trabajadores en una planta de proceso de carnes kosher. Rapidamente fuerzas locales y miembros de la Agencia de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) arrestaron, acusaron con crimenes, extrajeron declaraciones, y sentenciaron a 297 de estos individuos en una semana. Aparentemente esta estrategia de conmoción y pavor fue diseñada especialmente para caerles a trabajadores indocumentados que se rompen la espalda trabajando en trabajos con condiciones sub-óptimas.

Commentary:
U.S.–Mexico NAFTA Transportation Agreement Imperiled
By Chris Sweeney
The governing idea behind NAFTA is to remove trade restrictions so as to encourage the free-flow of goods and services across the North American continent. Along the U.S. – Mexican border, however, the reality is that the ground transportation of such goods remains highly congested and drawn out. Long-haul trucks from Mexico are restricted from operating in the U.S. except within designated commercial zones located in border-cities such as San Diego, El Paso and Brownsville. At these sites, the contents of a truck must be unloaded and transferred onto a domestic carrier in order to continue to their final destination. Authorities estimate that this obvious kink in the supply chain costs U.S. consumers $400 million a year.


Comentario:
Idioma esfumado
Por José R. Uzal
Aquí en EE:UU los neologismos se incorporan a nuestro vocabulario imperceptiblemente. Ya no alquilamos una propiedad ahora la “rentamos”. Si necesitamos mas dinero nos buscamos un “part time” ( partain),y el “weekend”( wikén),descansamos. Los autos baratos son “transportation” y nos comunicamos a través de nuestros “celulares”.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
SPECIAL LA RAZA EDICIÓN
Dear Mexican: What’s with calling yourselves “La Raza”? Being Mexicans, Chicanos or whatever isn’t enough—now you’re THE race? Sounds pretty racist to me.

Festival de Jazz en Baja
Por Ursula Tania
Este próximo sábado 9 de agosto, en los maravillosos escenarios del Valle de Guadalupe, acompañado de buen vino, usted podrá disfrutar de una tarde de jazz; con la acariciante voz de Iraida Noriega y su trío, y con el afamado trompetista Gilberto Castellanos, más grupos invitados como Ensenada Jazz, Tj Groove Station, Aché Colectivo, con su ritmo que te pone a bailar.

Latinas front and center on new SiTV reality show
Mishell Livio Velez hopes to use modeling as gateway to acting
By Kiko Martinez
Mishell Livio Velez moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting at the beginning of 2008, but when an opportunity to join a modeling show presented itself, she immediately saw the benefit of joining the cast.


Cerrada por Remodelación la Sala de Espectáculos del Centro Cultural Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
La febril dinámica de la ciudad de Tijuana, no se detiene en ningún momento de la vida activa de la increíble ciudad, su trabajo se desarrolla día y noche, permanentemente sin detener su rumbo futurista, en vista de mejorarlo y de superar los obstáculos que día a día aparecen y que pretenden enturbiar y detener la marcha, ¡pero NO!, eso no puede permitirse, la resolución está dada y la meta definida.

Gregorio Luke Presentará Los Murales de José Clemente Orozco Bajo Las Estrellas
Tijuana, B.C.- El viernes 1 de agosto a las 8:00 p.m. continúa en el CECUT el ciclo de conferencias multimedia Murales bajo las estrellas a cargo de Gregorio Luke en torno a los grandes muralistas mexicanos, en esta ocasión para hablar sobre la vida y obra de José Clemente Orozco.

San Diego Welcomes Venezuelan “El Sistema” Students to 4th Annual International Youth Symphony
The San Diego Youth Symphony and Rotary International Youth Exchange present the 4th Annual International Youth Symphony. Student musicians from all over the world will convene in San Diego to share their passion for classical music and to perform on August 8, 2008 at California Center for the Arts, Escondido and on August 9, 2008 at Crill Auditorium at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU).


The Chorus of “Ciudad de los Niños de Salamanca” Will Perform in San Diego
Mariana Martínez
Children are precious and vulnerable, many times victims of terrible circumstances including abuse and abandonment. Suffering that often continues as these kids enter governmental institutions or adoption agencies in their countries of origin.

Se Presenta Concierto en San Diego de ”La Ciudad de los Niños de Salamanca”
Por Mariana Martínez
Los niños, seres vulnerables y preciosos son muchas veces sujetos a circunstancias terribles, maltrato, abuso, abandono, frecuentemente continuado durante su entrada a las instituciones gubernamentales y el sistema de adopción de sus países de origen.

Calendar of Events:
Una Velada en Casa del Prado
La Escuela Cívica de Ballet para Jóvenes de San Diego (SDCYB) – la más antigua de su género en toda California sur – ha venido impartiendo clases y representando obras de ballet en el Teatro Casa del Prado, Parque de Balboa, por más de 63 años, proporcionando enseñanza de primera dirigida a alumnos de recursos económicos limitados, entre edades de 4 y 19 años, así como un programa de becas. Nuestros jóvenes intérpretes tienen oportunidad de bailar en público una vez al año 3 obras importantes, en dicho Teatro.


All-Star First Baseman Gonzalez Offers a Glimmer of Hope
By John Philip Wyllie
While the Padres season thus far can only be described as extremely disappointing, there have been occasional rays of hope breaking through those persistent clouds of gloom. No one has shone brighter for the Friars in 2008 than locally raised All-Star first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez. The former Eastlake High star is leading the team or is near the top in just about every offensive statistic imaginable including home runs (25) RBIs (82) slugging percentage (.518) appearances (107) walks (42) and average (.281). His defensive work at first base has been even more impressive. It’s no wonder that Gonzalez has won over legions of fans on both sides of the border.

EastLake Educational Foundation to Host Golf Tournament with Special Guests Adrian and Edgar Gonzalez of the San Diego Padres
The EastLake Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for technology and educational opportunities, will host its 13th annual Golf Tournament on Monday, August 18, 2008. San Diego Padres and EastLake High School graduates Adrian and Edgar Gonzalez are scheduled to play in the tournament, which will be held at the EastLake Country Club. Proceeds from the event benefit all six of the EastLake community’s public schools.

Six year-old World Champion Martial Artist
Otay Ranch resident, Angelo D’Ercole age 6, has recently returned from the World’s Martial Arts Championship in Orlando, Florida with two gold medals distinguishing him as a world champion of his category. Sponsored by the World Tang Soo Do Association, the classic biannual event was held on July 11-12th and drew more than 2,000 competitors to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. Martial art enthusiasts representing some thirty countries and ranging in all sizes, ranks and ages gathered for two days of competition skill, camaraderie, and the chance to become champions of the world. Angelo is a second grader at the Wolf Canyon Elementary in Chula Vista and has been practicing karate since age two under the tutelage of his parents and also his instructors, Larry and Leslie D’Ercole.


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