Volume XXXII Number 33 August 15, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Friendship, Torn

By Mariana Martínez

The sea crashes on to the rocky beach, with the marbled sand black and white, looking like paradise with the sound of norteño music lingering in the background, but this view is violently interrupted by a metallic wall, penetrating the sea, salted water responding to the aggression by corroding the metal sheets.

Here, right under the light house, thousands of families have gathered for summer days, weekends and holidays, meeting to share, kiss, and hold hands, for over 30 years. Lone men coming from the US side to see their kids grow across the fence, while they cry in their mother’s hands because they want their dad. Adults visiting their elderly parents and lovers separated who promise to see each other again.


Activists speak on the U.S. side of the border fence during a vigil to protest approval to construct three miles of controversial border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Photo - David Maung.

“Coming here is the only way to keep going while being apart” said Juan, a restaurant worker in the process of becoming a permanent US resident. Juan comes to the border to visit his wife and kids, currently living at her parents’ house in Tijuana.

This is Friendship Park, the last place in San Diego County where families can see each other and meet across the border fence.

But, with the approval of the triple fence project, even this weak point of contact is about to disappear, furthering the distance between immigrant families, already split.

The park was established in 1971 by then first lady Patricia Nixon. Micaela Saucedo, activist and now director of the Refugio Elvira Shelter, remembers those times of her childhood, when she used to cross the hills to go to playas, to visit the park with her families.

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Se Rompe la Amistad
Por Mariana Martínez
El mar se estrella contra la playa rocosa, cuya arena veteada negra-blanca parece cualquier orilla del mundo, con sonidos lejanos de música norteña, pero este es un paisaje violentado por una muralla metálica que a diario penetra al mar, que responde al abuso carcomiendo sus barrotes.

¡Obamanía full swing! O cogiendo vuelo en el festival
Texto y foto de María Dolores Bolívar
El fin de semana de agosto 9 y 10, salió el sol para la calle Logan. Presentes estuvieron las organizaciones ACORN, Clubes de César Chávez, Ángeles de la Frontera, entre muchas otras, y todas con su entereza ciclópea por estos tiempos adversos, especialmente duros para cualquiera que venga del sur del país. Tiempos en que el promedio para las familias implica perder la casa víctima de la crisis hipotecaria, perder los hijos —víctimas de las drogas o la guerra— o ver esfumarse el sueño de la educación para todos no tanto por lo inaccesible en costos como por la premura que implica sobrevivir en una economía que exige para salir a flote tres turnos diarios. Y en este cuadro dramático… quién cuestiona el ánimo que caracteriza hoy al golpeado barrio bravo de San Diego, Logan. Su ánimo y su belleza interior se equiparan a ese sol que dibujó sobre un lienzo quien así coronó su corto mensaje “pride” en tiempos en que tener orgullo es proeza, a no dudarlo.

National City Middle School the Best of Class
The year of 2007-2008 for Exploratory Technology is another one to remember for the students of National City Middle School. They continue to dominate in many areas of technology at the San Diego County Fair.



Stories


“Our health is not for sale!”
Southwest Chula Vista residents protest expanded power plant plan
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Diana Vera lives about 400 feet from the MMC peaker power plant near Main St. in southwest Chula Vista, where the majority of residents are Latinos and low-income families.


“¡Nuestra salud no se vende!”
Residentes del suroeste de Chula Vista protestan el plan de expandir una planta energética
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Diana Vera vive muy cerca de la planta de energía MMC cerca de la Main St. en el suroeste de Chula Vista, donde la mayoría de los residentes son latinos y familias de escasos recursos.


Protestan asesinatos de activistas
Exigen a empresa petrolera que aclare su participación en crímenes de sindicalistas ocurridos en Colombia.
Por Eduardo Stanley
LOS ÁNGELES — Miembros del sindicato United Steelworkers (USW), que agrupa a casi un millón de personas de varias ramas industriales de Estados Unidos, Canadá y el Caribe, activistas comunitarios y diferentes organizaciones, marcharon el 22 de julio frente a las oficinas centrales de Occidental Petroleum en esta ciudad por su posible participación en acciones ilegales y hasta asesinatos en Colombia.

Laguna Salada, a death trap during the summer months
By Mariana Martínez
The majestic desert in Baja California has been the scene of a tragedy, once again.

Laguna Salada, trampa mortal durante los infernales meses de verano
Por Mariana Martínez
El majestuoso desierto de Baja California ha sido una vez más escenario de una tragedia.


Oasis of Hope for Migrants in the Desert
By David Maung
Ocotillo — It was difficult to distinguish the tears running down Laura Hunter’s face from her sweat as she read a prayer in the searing heat of the desert.


Almost there, San Ysidro...
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Southwestern College is one step closer to opening a $ 5.6 million brand new, state-of-the-art Higher Education Center at San Ysidro in the spring of 2009.

Ya casi, San Ysidro...
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Southwestern College está un paso más cerca de abrir las modernas instalaciones del Centro de Educación Superior (Higher Education Center) en San Ysidro en la primavera del 2009.


Conservadurismo y post modernidad en la cultura
Por Víctor Manuel Domínguez
La imposibilidad de concertar acuerdos donde no aparezcan prejuicios, temores, falta de confianza en los artistas y sus proyectos ha provocado que los debates entre quienes integran las filas de la Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC), y los que rigen la cultura se hayan convertido en un diálogo entre sordos.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Ahorre! No se deje arrastrar por la crisis
Llámese crisis, depresión o recesión, lo cierto es que la situación económica por la que atraviesa Estados Unidos, va para largo.

Excuse me, do you speak Esperanto?
Por Marco A. Romero
Mentes prominentes, hicieron publicar en España, recientemente, un manifiesto en el que asumían que el castellano es juntamente la lengua común y oficial de todos los ciudadanos españoles.

Ready for back-to-school? Only if your child is immunized.
By Mayte Prida
It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the 4th of July, but believe it or not, fall is just around the corner and that means getting our children ready for the classroom. For many parents, that means trips to the store armed with back-to-school shopping lists for things like crayons, erasers and notepads. But another back-to-school ritual shouldn’t be overlooked: call your pediatrician to find out if your child has the immunizations he or she needs to enter school or daycare. It’s important to find out now, before the school year starts.

¿Listos para el regreso a la escuela? Solo si sus hijos están vacunados
Por Mayte Prida
Parece que fue ayer que estábamos celebrando el 4 de julio, pero aunque parezca increíble, el otoño esta a la vuelta de la esquina y debemos preparar a nuestros niños para el regreso a la escuela. Para muchos padres, esto significa acudir a las tiendas a comprar los artículos necesarios para el regreso a la escuela, como crayones, borradores y libretas. Pero, los padres no pueden pasar por alto el ritual que conlleva volver a la escuela: llamar a los pediatras de sus hijos para saber si han recibido todas las vacunas necesarias para volver a la escuela o guardería. Es muy importante que los padres consulten con los doctores antes de que comiencen las clases.

Notas Politicas:
Bensoussan Fundraiser
The League of Conservation Voters San Diego and the Chicano Democratic Association, in support of Chula Vista City Council Candidate, Pamela Bensoussan, will host a fundraiser, Saturday, August 30, 2008 at the home of Humberto & Lisa Peraza. To RSVP contact Leslie at (619) 239-1721 or leslie@kmstrategies.net. Host Committee: Jose Preciado, Bruce Reznik, Jamie Gonzalez, Lorena Gonzalez, and Laura Hunter. www.ElectPamela.com

Community Notes:
A New Palm Avenue
Join us at Community Workshop #2 for the Palm Avenue Commercial Corridor Master Plan. Help plan and design a Palm Avenue that is vibrant, livable, and consumer and pedestrian friendly.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Police Brutality issue needs to be addressed!
Not brushed under the rug, with business as usual
Reaction to Herman Baca’s guest commentary published last Friday, August 8, 2008 “Chula Vista – Mayor Cox and City Council Condone ‘Police Brutality!’” was immediate and all too predictable. Mayor Cheryl Cox responded with the generic response that, “peace officer personnel matters are by law, confidential, I cannot discuss details of the incident or the investigation that followed.” Chula Vista City Councilman Rudy Ramirez in a phone message responded to Baca’s commentary with an equally evasiveness response that “he would talk with the police.”


Commentary:
What You’re Not Hearing
By Israel Ortega
From rising gas prices and global warming to the war in Iraq and health care, the presidential hopefuls haven’t hesitated to bring up many of the pressing issues facing America. And yet there is one issue that both candidates have avoided so far — even though it could threaten our nation’s livelihood for generations to come.


Comentario:
Lo Que No Estás Escuchando
Por Israel Ortega
Con preocupaciones como el precio de la gasolina, el calentamiento global, la guerra en Irak y el sistema de salud, los candidatos presidenciales han tenido mucho de qué hablar. Y sin embargo existe un tema que ambos candidatos han evitado – aunque pueda peligrar nuestro país por generaciones.

Comentario:
Incongruencia de McCain y Obama
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
El debate sobre los hidrocarburos continúa y seguirá propagando noticias a medida que nos acerquemos al “Día D” en noviembre. Tanto el republicano John McCain como el demócrata Barack Obama presentaron dos tipos de proyectos distintos recientemente.

Comentario:
Oportunidad
Por José R. Uzal
Las ironías políticas que produce nuestro sistema democrático no tienen límite. La xenofobia ha sido la tabula rasa que mide la política local en Estados Unidos. Es difícil para los extranjeros de la primera generación incorporarse al sistema político y llegar a ser electo si tienen un acento pronunciado.

TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
Resignation Remorse: Greg Sandoval wants his job back. Special, some say secret movida, almost came to past Wednesday night with a special agenda item put on Southwestern College board meeting to retract Sandoval resignation. School board members didn’t like the set up and left the room, no quorum. Item now set for September.


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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: As a Mexican, I’m always ashamed of the fact that a lot of Mexican women just come to the U.S. to have babies and to utilize this country’s welfare. I know a lot of them that just keep having children and they do not pay a dollar for the hospital care. They even lie about their marital status so they can get all the benefits without having earned them! But my question is this: Am I culero to feel that way? Do I betray my Mexican sisters because I think that if they can’t support a family on their own, they should not populate at our system’s expense? Many of the people I know have had more than one baby!

First Person:
Tower of Power, Horn Blast from the Past
By Al Carlos Hernandez
The seminal R&B horn driven funk master supreme band Tower of Power has reached way back into their trick bag and has issued a 2 disc CD set entitled The East Bay Archive Volume 1. The two joint set is a concert captured live on April 23, 1973 at a club in Boston. The anal audio cats need to stand down and stop sniveling the sound quality. The CD as one would expect is not up to TOP studio standards, the sound is that of an authorized Bootleg, but worth every penny if you have ever taken a music lesson or have at least one ounce of hip in your dance DNA.


Reyes stars in Lifetime film ‘Little Girl Lost’
By Kiko Martinez
If you don’t recognize actress Judy Reyes from her no-nonsense role as nurse Carla Espinosa on the hit show “Scrubs,” chances are you probably don’t own a TV set.


Defendiendo Mi Cultura
an original student film about Activist Herminia Enrique’s ongoing fight to defend her culture
BestFest America, the largest student film festival in the country, announced its line-up of 54 award-winning films to be screened at the 2-day film festival in San Diego from August 16-17, 2008. The festival will run from noon to 10pm each day at the JCC’s Garfield Theater located at 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. This year over 500 students submitted their films for consideration from as far away as Bend University, Australia to as close to home as local college and high schools.

Presentaron al Público Interesante Documental Sobre Inmigrantes Intitulado “Made in L.A”
Por: Paco Zavala
La pasión, el calvario, el drama, los sinsabores que vive todo aquel que por azares del destino se convierte de la noche a la mañana en inmigrante en cualquier país del mundo, una vez más se refleja en un documental intitulado “Made in L.A.”, fue presentado en el Centro Cultural Tijuana el pasado mes de noviembre de 2007, como parte del foro “Bordocs de Tijuana”.

Festival De Cine Latino de San Diego Inaugura Serie Cinema en tu Idioma
La Comedia Romántica Chilena Pretendiendo
El Festival de Cine Latino de San Diego del Media Arts Center San Diego se complace en presentar su novena serie anual Cinema en tu Idioma, exhibiendo nuevo cinema latinoamericano, mexicano y español. La serie de 4 meses inicia este próximo agosto con la presentación de “Pretentiendo” (Ugly Me), que cuenta con la actuación de Barbara Mori, del 22 al 28 de agosto en UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas en Hazard Center. Cinema en tu Idioma 2008 recibe fondos de The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.


Desarrollan Excelente Programa de Actividades en “El Lugar del Nopal”
“Ferra” Cantante argentino, ganador de Viña del Mar en este escenario
Por: Paco Zavala
El pasado mes de julio el Centro Culutural Independiente “El Lugar del Nopal” cumplió 13 años de haber iniciado su funcionamiento, cumpliendo día a día con las expectativas dispuestas desde su fundación.

Rodriguez Goal Helps Lift U.S. to Olympic Soccer Q-Finals
By John Philip Wyllie
After being embarrassed by Norway 2-0 in their opening match and not impressing anyone in barely edging Japan 1-0 in their second, the U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Team sprang to life on Tuesday by trouncing New Zealand 4-0 in their final match of group play. While they were routing the Kiwis, Japan was pulling off a remarkable 5-1upset of Norway. The combination of these two events gave the U.S. the top spot in group G and a quarterfinal date today with Canada, a team that the U.S. has virtually owned since the inception of international women’s soccer in the mid-80s.


Correia Pitches Well in Return Home
By John Philip Wyllie
Former Grossmont High School and J.C. star Kevin Correia returned to his San Diego roots earlier this month when he was on the mound for the San Francisco Giants. The 27 year old Correia turned in 6 solid innings, but with little run support the Giants eventually succumbed to Padres 4-1 behind one of Greg Maddux’s better efforts.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Tijuana Bullfight Season Will Resume ... Maybe
The whole thing reads like a script for a soap opera. It’s a story filled with suspense, declarations, counter declarations, anger, and general hysteria, liberally spiced with innuendo, rumors, and ordinary gossip.


Jorge Cerna Named Aztec Basketball’s Director of Player Development
San Diego native fills position on Coach Burns’ staff
Jorge Cerna, a student manager with the Aztec men’s basketball squad the last three seasons, has been named the director of player development for the SDSU women’s basketball team, head coach Beth Burns announced Thursday. Cerna will be in charge of all of the program’s video needs.


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