Volume XXXII Number 08 February 22, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Catharsis in “The Clean House”

By Michael Chung Klam

It seems like the perfect formula for a telenovela tragicomedy: Lane’s successful surgeon husband leaves her for an older woman, Ana, who has a lust for life and a serious illness.

Matilde’s father, a renowned Brazilian comedian, commits suicide after telling the perfect joke to his wife, who laughs herself to death.

Lane is a wealthy, white doctor like her husband, who hires Matilde, a Brazilian immigrant maid, to clean her splendidly white house… but Matilde despises cleaning and dreams of being a comedian and discovering the perfect joke not unlike the one that killed her mother.

Lane’s sister, Virginia, has a cleaning fetish, so she and Matilde make a vow of secrecy that will soon be disrupted by the messiness of love, loss and friendship.


Claudia Vazquez & Ivonne Coll. Photo by Ken Jacques

What could become a melodramatic yarn that slips into stereotypes and bad jokes, instead takes on a metaphysical, lyrical life in the hands of award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. Her 2004 romantic comedy “The Clean House” opens at the San Diego Repertory Theatre on Feb. 29.

The play, which won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005, carries the audience from cleaning the floorboards to cleansing both the mind and the spirit.

“This is a very dignified play,” said Ivonne Coll, who plays Ana. “There are no stereotypes, no gang members, no ‘Ay ay ay!’”

“I’ve never seen this type of work that better represents us,” said the Puerto Rican-born actor.

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Unión a través del arte en el Fandango Fronterizo con el Son Jarocho
Por Carlos von Son
El grupo Border MeetUp presidido y organizado por Daniel Watman desde hace cinco años, lleva organizando eventos culturales y de impacto social como clases de salsa, brigadas para limpiar la playa de ambos lados de la cerca, bailes y demás. La filosofía del grupo es principalmente unir gente y culturas, de la cual surge su expresión emblemática de “si el problema es la frontera que separa, la solución es la unión”. También músicos y bailarines como Jorge Castillo, Christian Attendini y Eduardo García apoyan a este evento.


Steve Padilla
DUMB IDEA
Dumb ideas have a way of sticking around. Unlike many recyclable goods, one persistent dumb idea is again surfacing for air that still lacks any real reusable value. With tough financial times facing many cities, some with ties to our port tidelands are again whispering and talking about dissolving the Port of San Diego.


How Will Community College Access Be Impacted by the Budget Cuts?
By Carolyn Goossen
Editor’s Note: The $4.8 billion proposed budget cut targeting K-12 and community colleges could further cramp access to community college for thousands of students. NAM education editor Carolyn Goossen spoke with Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of Campaign for College Opportunity who has been advocating for legislation to help low-income students in middle school, plan for college, and offer them community college fee waivers.



Stories


Latinos: The Most Desired Voters in Texas
By Manuel Martínez, Rodrigo París and Antonio Ruiz Camacho
SAN ANTONIO – Like Latin lovers, the Democratic presidential candidates court the votes of Texas Latinos, reports Spanish-language Rumbo newspaper.

Aeropuerto de Tijuana busca mejorar imagen
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La noche del 30 de enero un grupo de viajeros esperaba tranquilamente su vuelo en el aeropuerto de Tijuana, cuando un fuerte rechinido de llantas rompió el silencio.


From Catholic to Protestant
Many Catholics from Mexico to Argentina when migrate to the U.S. change to a different Christian denomination. What are the reasons behind these changes?
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Consequences
Changing Christian denomination can bring consequences for many immigrants, some families have even been destroyed because of the change, said Alberto Hernandez, a sociologist at Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana and author of the study “La conversión religiosa como proceso transnacional” (“Religious Conversion as a Transnational Process”).


De católico a protestante
Muchos católicos desde México hasta Argentina cuando emigran a Estados Unidos cambian su religión a otra forma de cristianismo. ¿Cuáles son las razones de estos cambios?
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Consecuencias
El cambio de denominación cristiana puede traer consecuencias para muchos inmi-grantes, incluso familias se han destruido debido a esto, indica Alberto Hernández, sociólogo del Colegio de la Frontera Norte en Tijuana y autor del estudio “La conversión religiosa como proceso transnacional”.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Bilingüe, Trilingüe, Gringo
El 21 de febrero, México celebró el Día Internacional de la Lengua Materna, entre otras cosas entregando el Premio Nezahualcóyotl de Literatura 2006 a los y las mejores escritores en lenguas indígenas. Para amenizar la fiesta, se presentaron al público la novela zapoteca “Xtille zikw belé, ihén nháljhe Ke Yu Bza o”, (en español “Pancho Culebro y los nahuales de Tierra Azul”), de Mario Molina Cruz, y los poemas en náhuatl “Chikome xochitl” (Siete flor), de Juan Hernández Ramírez.


Sweetwater Students Vie for Honors in Robotics Competition
FIRST is a unique varsity sport of the mind
Cutting-edge technology comes together with the excitement of a sporting event at the 2008 San Diego Qualcomm Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The top high school science and engineering student teams in San Diego will be putting their technology creations to the test in hopes of winning $5 million in scholarship funds.


Cantante grupero de Tijuana asesinado
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Jesús Pulido amaba cantar. Lo hacía desde pequeño, y lo hacía tan bien que desde los 12 años comenzó a ganarse la vida en los escenarios.


Miles de tijuanenses participan en boda colectiva
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Mil 167 parejas unieron legalmente sus vidas el pasado 14 de febrero en la explanada del Centro Cultural Tijuana, como parte de una boda colectiva especial con motivo del día del amor y la amistad organizada por el gobierno municipal.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Marangely Rodríguez
Peligrosas drogas al alcance de tus hijos: En tu propia casa
Uno de cada cinco adolescentes en Estados Unidos se ha drogado con medicamentos para el dolor. Uno de cada cinco ha utilizado estimulantes o tranquilizantes. Uno de cada diez se ha drogado con medicamentos para la gripe. Estas cifras del más reciente estudio de la Asociación para una América Libre de Drogas (Partnership for a Drug-Free America) dejan sin aliento a muchos padres considerando que este tipo de droga la tienen sus hijos al alcance del botiquín.

Community Notes:
California Friendly Landscape Class
The City of San Diego is offering two residential low water use gardening classes for its residents. This Class offers: garden design for homeowners, benefits of using California friendly plants, sprinkler system basics for homeowners, and an introduction to irrigation scheduling. The 4-hour course was developed for the residential customer and covers the basics of irrigation systems, watering and fertilizing, basic landscape design and plant identification. Hands-on exercises and demonstration displays help involve the participants further by giving them a better understanding of irrigation hardware and plant-water-soil relationships.

San Diego Saves ayuda a contar con ahorros para más tarde
Comer en casa, en lugar de hacerlo fuera. Guardar las monedas y depositarlas en una cuenta bancaria. Alquilar una película en vez de llevar a toda la familia al matinée. Esto es algo que los residentes de San Diego podrán hacer entre el 25 de febrero y el 4 de marzo para tener ahorros y no deudas.


Lo que debe tenerse en mente al presentar la declaración de impuestos
El estado de California está pidiendo a sus contribuyentes que presten mayor atención al momento de rendir cuentas al fisco; urgen que se aseguren de obtener los reembolsos que les corresponden y eviten ser víctimas de fraudes al presentar su declaración de impuestos, como advierte también una especialista de Extensión Cooperativa de la Universidad de California.


Obituary
In Loving Memory of Robert J. Garcia
November 1, 1937 - Febraury 12, 2008.
By Charles Vasquez
Bob Garcia was someone we cared about and loved. Bob was not only a close friend, he was someone you could count on, someone you could trust and talk with.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Yacht loop hole exposes a lack of character in Government
Last week we editorialized about the California budget deficit and the impact upon education. We talked about the present lack of funding and future firing of thousands of public education teachers and the impact that this would have. We asked the question of what kind of California did our legislatures envision? We stated that this budget deficit and the cuts the legislatures would make would reflect their vision of the state and define their priorities.


Commentary:
National City Proposition “D” The 8¾% Sales Tax
National City Politicans “Adding Insult to Injury!”
By Herman Baca
What’s wrong with this picture?


Commentary:
Fidel Castro Resigns, End of an Era Creates Opportunity for Change
By Dan Restrepo
Fidel Castro’s formal resignation as Cuba’s president marks the end of an era. Although it remains unclear how much influence he will continue to wield, after 49 years of formal rule by Fidel Castro, it is clear that Cuba will never be the same. It is also long past time for the free will of the Cuban people on the island to guide its future.


Comentario:
“Más de lo mismo” o “el cambio”
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Estados Unidos vive unos momentos sin precedentes. La faceta de las elecciones se ha movido por dos caminos sinuosos y diametralmente distintos. Por un lado se encuentran los conservadores virando por una brecha estrecha que conduce a la población norteamericana a otros cuatro años de “más de lo mismo”, mientras los demócratas se han incrustado en un terreno amplio hacia el cambio.


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
National City Boxing gym getting screwed in court
A judge threw out the Community Youth Athletic Center’s lawsuit against the city of National City based on a technicality. The suit was originally filed last November contesting the city’s eminent domain powers, it’s our only hope of survival. Here’s what happened:



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
SPECIAL ELECTION EDICIÓN
Why won’t Mexicans vote for a black man?


First Person:
Nice Hat, What, They Couldn’t Guess Your Weight?
By Al Carlos Hernandez
There are three primary reasons for guys over thirty to wear a hat; to block out the sun, to support a certain team or cause, in lieu of combing hair, or to conceal the lack of hair thereof.


City of Men: Brazilian cinema comes of age
The new Brazilian film opens in the San Diego area on February 29th
By James Klein
(KPRENSA) – In 2002, the Brazilian film “City of God” burst onto the world stage. Based on real facts, it tells the story of the growth of organized crime in the shantytowns (known as “favelas”) on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the end of the sixties to the beginning of the eighties. The story is told through the eyes of a boy who is only 11 years old when the film begins.


City of Men: Cine brasileño llega a mayor de edad
La película nueva brasileña se estrena en el área de San Diego el 29 de febrero
Por James Klein
(KPRENSA) – En 2002, la película brasileña “Ciudad de Dios” estalló al escenario del mundo. Basada en hechos reales, cuenta la historia del crecimiento del crimen organizado en las favelas de la ciudad de Río de Janeiro, Brasil desde finales de los años sesenta hasta el comienzo de los años ochenta. La historia es dicha por los ojos de un chico que tiene 11 años cuando la película empieza.


Tres Ideas Serán Siempre Mejor que una: IMAC, ICBC, CECUT Finalmente Firman un Convenio de Trabajo Coordinado
Por: Paco Zavala
Los profesionistas que saben de estas cosas no se equivocan en sus conceptos dicen: que una mente lúcida es una mente productiva. Finalmente después de soñarlo por muchos años, tres importantes instituciones pertenecientes a los gobiernos municipal, estatal y federal dedicadas sus labores al apoyo, promoción y difusión del arte y la cultura, se han puesto de acuerdo firmando el pasado 13 de febrero un acuerdo de trabajo coordinado, el cual tiene como fin optimizar los recursos disponibles, eliminar prácticas de competencia y duplicidad.


El Mundo del Espectáculo Iluminado con la Presencia de Muchos Artistas “Cabanijazz Project” en Concierto
Por: Paco Zavala
A medida que se acerca la semana mayor del año, como así se le ha dado en nombrar a la Semana Santa, ahora que su celebración le corresponde al periodo de la tercera semana del próximo mes de marzo. Algunas familias ya preparan las maletas para ir a tirarse de panza a una playa, visitar algún sitio interesante, viajar al extranjero, visitar algun familiar o amigo o en el último de los casos quedarse en casita para realizar alguna compostura o arreglo o simplemente leer, chatear, o ver programas de televisión.


Longhorns Gomez Hopes to One Day Play for Mexico
By John Philip Wyllie
Judging from the way she plays, you would never guess that Rancho Buena Vista center midfielder Soledad Gomez is only a sophomore. With a key goal in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime victory over Bonita Vista High (17-8-1), she helped the Rancho Buena Vista Lady Longhorns advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF San Diego Section Division I Soccer Tournament. Gomez has been a primary contributor all season for the 17-5 Longhorns and she will be counted on again tonight when the Longhorns travel to Poway to take on the fourth ranked (16-5-3) Titans.


Arambula Claims CIF Wrestling Title
By John Philip Wyllie
Bonita Vista wrestler Hector Arambula was a main cog in the Baron machine that for the second year in a row, grounded the Mesa League competition into submission. Grappling in the 152 pound weight class, Arambula amassed an impressive 30-2 record, finished first in league competition, took top honors in five tournaments and had one third place finish. He was the only Bonita Vista wrestler to return from last weekend’s tournament with a CIF title. This weekend, Arambula and five of his talented teammates have advanced to the Masters Tournament. A good showing there will carry them into the state competition slated for next weekend in Bakersfield.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Adios Gary


City’s Aqua Camp Back by Popular Demand
Aqua Camp, an innovative program that introduces children to a variety of water sports, begins March 17 at the Parkway Family Aquatic Center (385 Park Way). This special Chula Vista Department of Recreation program, designed for kids 9 to 14 years old, offers an introduction to water polo, competitive swimming, diving and snorkeling. It also features a Junior Lifeguard training class that teaches basic water rescue techniques, First Aid and CPR.

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