Volume XXXII Number 29 July 18, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Hispanics tired of the rhetoric, they want solutions

Presidential candidates in San Diego

By Mariana Martínez

The struggle over the Latino vote has become the priority for the presidential campaigns of both parties, as it has become clear with their last public addresses in Latino forums, the assumed presidential candidates are aggressively fishing for Latinos- especially young Latino votes, the clear motive for an unprecedented million dollar investment.


Laura Araujo, right, and Isabel Olivieri take photographs of themselves with a cut out figure of presumed presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, Barak Obama. Both are from Tijuana, Mexico. Photo - David Maung.

But besides songs in Spanish and quick visits to Mexico, the quest for Latino votes has put the candidates in front of a population that’s disillusioned about federal polices, untrusting, hungry for explanations, and more results.

This was evident during the recent Annual National Council for La Raza convention held in San Diego, the third large Hispanic stage where both candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain before their next appearance, in Los Angeles, in late July.

NCLR, President Janet Murgía was warm in her welcome of both candidates, as they took the stage at the Convention Center, where both times over 3 thousand people came to hear them. McCain had to deal with the loudest protests.

While there where just a sad dozen or so Minutemen protesting outside the building. McCain was only able to say a few words before a group of people started booing him, asking for their sons to come back from war. The raucous was such that he had to stop his address.

“This things happen once in a while my friends” said McCain, waiting for security to escort the protesters out.

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Why Service Workers Are On Strike at University Campuses and Medical Centers
By Frank D. Russo
Over 8,500 service workers represented by AFSCME Local 3299 began striking at ten UC campuses and five medical centers yesterday. They have been negotiating for almost a year for a fair contract, but have remained deadlocked for months. An overwhelming 97.5 percent of the workers authorized a strike in May.

Los Hispanos están cansados de retórica, ellos quieren soluciones
Candidatos Presidenciales en San Diego
Por Mariana Martínez
El forcejeo para obtener el voto latino se ha convertido en la prioridad de las campañas presidenciales de ambos partidos, como ha quedado claro con las apariciones públicas de las últimas semanas de los presuntos candidatos a la presidencia de ambos partidos.

A Quinceañera Election Party
By Vanessa Cárdenas
The political story of the moment is the Latino vote. As presidential candidates John McCain (R-AZ) and Barack Obama (D-IL) present their cases to the leading Latino advocacy groups, the message everywhere is about how pivotal the Latino vote will be this year. It almost feels like a quinceañera party for Latinos—where we will “come of age” as voters in the United States.



Stories


Análisis
De la injusta y absurda congelación de precios
Por Dagoberto Márquez
Estimado lector, Fina lectora, el gobierno de Felipe Calderón ha hecho uso de un recurso retórico en materia de control de precios porque la medida ni es oportuna ni es justa, me refiero a la anunciada hace poco lógicamente. Dicho gobierno, en acuerdo dizque con diversos y acaudalados empresarios, anunció el congelamiento limitado en alcance y espectro, de poco más de una veintena de productos aunque haya cacareado que el mismo se hizo en ciento y tantos. Del anuncio y toda vez que dos (productos) sí corresponden al paquete prioritario en términos nutricionales, lo demás es puro cuento, un recurso retórico porque en qué puede ayudar que el congelamiento de precios se imponga en productos que no se consumen realmente. Se dice esto porque en la dichosa medida no se contemplan ni la leche, ni la carne, ni el huevo, ni los granos, ni el aceite para cocinar ni nada de eso. Como puede ser de su conocimiento, tampoco se contempla el tipo de productos básicos que son los elementos que complementan la preparación de la comida como lo son el gas LP, la electricidad o la gasolina para el coche por cuando uno va al mercado, tampoco todo lo que tiene que ver con la producción de las tortillas. De manera que vista así la cosa, ¿dónde está la ayuda y el apoyo al pueblo?. La respuesta es que no lo hay, no existe, es sólo una medida retórica y punto.


En la Disputa por el Voto, la Migración es Tema Obligado
Por Marco A. Romero
Como era de esperarse, el drama de la inmigración ilegal ha sido motivo de polémica durante la reunión del Consejo Nacional de la Raza. Incluso los candidatos presidenciales Barack Obama y John McCain –en riguroso orden alfabético para no herir susceptibilidades-, han debido exprimir el talento persuasivo de sus redactores de discursos, para abordar el tema de la manera más redituable en términos de votos.

Pemex Plans Fuel Supply Reduction
In an unpopular move, Mexico’s state-owned Pemex oil company announced it will reduce gasoline supplies for Baja California soon. Ramiro Zuniga Salazar, president of the Onexpo Baja Gasoline Station Operators Association, said Pemex informed gas station operators in a July 7 letter that it would begin reducing gasoline deliveries of the Magna brand from 80 million liters to 72 or 74 million liters per month. A gallon is equivalent to 3.8 liters.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Nuevos braceros
John McCain, quien será nominado candidato del Partido Republicano a la presidencia de Estados Unidos en medio de protestas masivas en contra de la guerra en septiembre, visitó México y además de llevarse una guardia personal para que los paisanos del sur vayan viendo de cerca de la compañía de mercenarios Blackwater, dejó clarito su programa de inmigración en caso de ganar en noviembre.

Ejemplo a Seguir: Comerciantes Vecinos y Autoridades Limpian el Palacio de la Cultura de Tijuana.
Por: Paco Zavala
En un hecho inusitado y digno de los mayores mere-cimientos y felicitaciones, la Lic. Concepción Ornelas, Coordinadora del Palacio de la Cultura de Tijuana, adscrito a el Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura del XIX Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, enclavado en la calle Segunda y Constitución del Centro de la ciudad, tomó la iniciativa y, en un acto sin precedentes, la Lic. Ornelas y sus colaboradores dieron el ejemplo a otras dependencias de gobierno para que con deseos de hacer las cosas, más que con recursos, tomaron la escoba, el agua y el jabón y a hacer el aseo de este importante centro de cultura.


Chula Vista City Council Guts Climate Change Recommendations
In response to developer opposition, the Chula Vista City Council abandoned their commitment to reduce carbon emissions and adopted a weak, largely voluntary program on July 10. This retreat came despite an outpouring of public support for the strong mandatory carbon reduction measures recommended by the city’s own Climate Change Working Group.

A Drilled Reputation
By Javier Sierra
The worst thing you can do when you are in a hole is keep on drilling. The country is in a hole called energy crisis and oil addiction. But Senator John McCain and President Bush are planning to keep on drilling.

En un Hoyo Cada Vez Más Profundo
Por Javier Sierra
Lo peor que podemos hacer una vez que nos hayamos caído en un hoyo es seguir perforando. El país está en un hoyo, llamado crisis energética y dependencia petrolera. Pero lo que el Senador John McCain y el Presidente Bush planean como solución es seguir perforando.

Radio Bilingüe’s Hacia el Voto 2008 sets sights on live coverage of presidential conventions
The nation’s growing Latino voting population – experiencing its greatest surge yet – will get a close up look at the upcoming national presidential nominating conventions when Radio Bilingüe dispatches a multi-media news team to Colorado in August and Minnesota in September for special gavel-to-gavel coverage on its award-winning daily talk show, Línea Abierta.


Hacia El Voto 2008, Cobertura en Vivo de Las Convenciones Presidenciales Nacionales
Descripción del Programa: Línea Abierta de Radio Bilingüe sale nuevamente de gira para realizar la cobertura de las convenciones Demócrata y Republicana, con el fin de hacerlas llegar a las audiencias de habla hispana.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Cáncer de Seno: Tú puedes ser la solución
El cáncer de seno es el más común entre las mujeres hispanas. En Estados Unidos un promedio de 15 mil mujeres latinas son diagnosticadas cada año con esta enfermedad según cifras de la Sociedad Americana Contra el Cáncer.

More active families, more healthy families
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Esther Beltran has lost 40 pounds in six months.

Familias más activas, familias más sanas
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Esther Beltrán ha perdido 40 libras en seis meses.


Housing Commission youth and adult education programs win national awards
The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) has won four Awards of Merit from the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). These included awards for the agency’s bilingual computer literacy and youth financial programs:

Community Notes:
Community Priorities, Assets Issues and Opportunities
Please come and participate in the Barrio Logan Plan Update Community Workshop that will focus on existing planning, zoning, urban design and transportation information. This information will be used as the base line for creating the new community plan



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Leadership by Example
This past week Jesus Gandara, superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District welcomed the teachers and staff of the district back to school with a multi-media presentation that had been described as inspiring and entertaining. This is an annual event that is used to present the goals, the accomplishments, and the challenges facing the school district.


Commentary:
Obama and McCain in San Diego
Free Beer and Dog Tags at the NCLR Expo
By Jorge Mariscal
Strolling across the convention center with her granddaughter, Dolores Huerta, who made history with Cesar Chavez over forty years ago, received an occasional greeting from those who recognized her. But most of the well-dressed Latino and Latina 20- and 30-somethings hurried past her on their way to free salsa lessons sponsored by Ford or free beer provided by Miller Lite.


Commentary:
Notas por La Casa Politica
By Steven J. Ybarra, JD
If We Surrender the Terrorists will Win!

Comentario:
¿Son o no son iguales?
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Mucha gente piensa que el partido Republicano y el partido Demócrata son la misma cosa. Ahora que los medios de comunicación han empezado a reevaluar el proyecto de las políticas de los dos candidatos presidenciales, Barack Obama y John McCain, parece que las similitudes de sus políticas relucen más que sus diferencias.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Commentary on NCLR Fiesta hits home for many readers
In response to “National Council of La Raza Convention Political or, Everybody Loves A Fiesta?” by Herman Baca, President, Committee on Chicano Rights, published July 11, 2008



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: Why are there Mexicans in the Border Patrol? What a hypocritical thing to do to our people.

Little Julian Herrera where have you gone?
By Augie Bareno
In the movie “La Bamba,” the scene where the plane crashes and richie Valens mother screams “Richie, Not My Richie,” was meant to symbolize the heights to which Richie Valens reached in his short but meteoric career as a Rock and Roll star and the explosion and fire came to mean the loss of hopes and dreams of every Chicano teenager in California and elsewhere, who believed that they could one day be like Richie Valens. To this day, we all instantly recognize the tune and lyrics to “Donna,” Richie Valens’ slow Jam Classic. Sadly, not many remember that before “Donna,” there was another very special girl, her name was Linda. She was popularized in a Southern California hit record by Little Julian Herrera & The Jets called “I Remember Linda.”


Indigenous Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor Soars through San Diego and Lands at Chicano Park
By Remigia Bermúdez
From Eklutna, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, runners will take the journeys for peace and dignity, honoring sacred sites and fulfilling an indigenous prophecy to heal our Nations. “A re-unification of all Nations through the journeys of the human spirit” is in the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor. Culminating in the sacred womb of the Panama Canal on November 13, 2008, runners will come to, and have a stay at, our very own Chicano Park on July 23, 2008, arriving at about 6pm.

Reseña::
Inaugurarán próximamente “El Cubo” Nuevo Espacio para las Artes en el Centro Cultural Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
El pasado martes 15 de julio, a las 12:00 pm. fuimos convocados los medios a una Rueda de Prensa, por la administración del Centro Cultural Tijuana, para informarnos sobre los pormenores de la próxima inauguración de su nuevo espacio “El Cubo”, evento que se realizará el próximo mes de septiembre.


Tijuana’s Campillo Excited to be Pitching for Atlanta
By John Philip Wyllie
It has been a long, arduous road from the dirt fields of Tijuana to the manicured infields of the National League for Atlanta Braves pitcher, Jorge Campillo. His mother passed away while he was still in grammar school and he was raised by his grandmother and his dad. Life wasn’t easy growing up without a mom, but his participation on the baseball diamond was encouraged. By his teen years Campillo had developed into a formidable pitcher. Baseball became his refuge. Montgomery High’s extraordinary coach, Manny Hermosillo, remembers his 1996 campaign, the only season that he pitched for his always tough Aztecs.

Rodriguez Hopes to Make Impact at Summer Olympics
By John Philip Wyllie
On March 11, 2005 Amy Rodriguez became just the second Hispanic woman to ever play on the U.S. National Soccer Team. On August 8, she and her teammates will be in China to participate in the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics.

Inician Clavadistas Olímpicos Mexicanos Su Concentración
TIJUANA, BAJA CALIFORNIA— Parte del seleccionado mexicano de clavados que verá en acción en los Juegos Olímpicos de Beijing 2008, inicia su concentración a partir de este fin de semana en el Complejo Acuático del Centro de Alto Rendimiento de Baja California.


José Luis Castillo-Sebastian Lujan En El Sycuan Indian Reservation
El popular boxeador mexicano y ex-campeón peso ligero del CMB José Luis “El Terrible” Castillo (56-8-1, 48 KOs) peleará de nuevo, ésta vez contra el argentino Sebastian “Iron” Lujan (29-5-2, 20 KOs) en una batalla peso welter de 10 asaltos el miércoles, 30 de Julio, en vivo por ESPN2.


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