Volume XXXII Number 30 July 25, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Welcome Home Raymundo Pacheco

By Tom Barry

It’s time for the Mexican government to take some responsibility for the immigration crisis.

Now that more Mexicans are failing to make it across the northern border, or find themselves back in Mexico after being deported from the United States, it’s time for the Mexican government to demonstrate that it—and not the U.S. government—is primarily responsible for the welfare of its citizens.

Raymundo Pacheco, 28, is a Mexican citizen deserving of government help. In June Pacheco, originally from Santa Cruz Nexila, a small indigenous village in central Oaxaca, was deported from California to Tijuana. Since 2002 Pacheco had been working as a farmworker in the fields of Salinas Valley in California. His father, Primo Pacheco, and other members of his extended family continue working there, unable to visit Ray-mundo for fear that they would be unable to cross again into the United States.

Deposited across the border with no money, no local family ties, and no job, Pacheco had nowhere to go. So he joined the rising population of homeless immigrant men, women, and children in Tijuana.

Today, Pacheco lies in an intensive care unit at the Red Cross hospital in Tijuana. An organization of fellow Oaxacans in San Diego is trying to raise money for the unfortunate farmworker. That’s because Pacheco no longer has a chance of finding a job himself, and it’s unlikely that he’ll ever work again, on either side of the border.

On July 5, the homeless Pacheco was run over by a cargo train, losing both his legs, his left arm, and part of his right arm. Walking along the train tracks, he was pulled under, losing first his legs, and then his arms as he tried to pull himself free.

The Red Cross after numerous attempts was finally able to locate Pacheco’s remaining family in Santa Cruz Nexila, and his mother and sister have arrived to be with him in the hospital.




Latino Congreso Builds For Progressive Latino Vote
Immigrant and labor rights, peace, economic and environmental justice, and equality are prioritized
By Rosalio Muñoz
More than 1500 Latino public officials, civil and labor rights leaders, and community leaders and activists from 20 states participated in the 3rd annual National Latino Congreso reaffirming a progressive Latino agenda to bring out a 10 million Latino voter turnout to change the direction of the country in the 2008 elections. “We can’t have another eight years like the last,” declared Lillian Hernandez Lopez, President of the East Coast based Hispanic Federation to roaring cheers in opening the Congreso, held July 18-20 in Los Angeles.


Ambulantes de sueños
Por María Dolores Bolívar
Sobre el plato de loza barnizada desborda una langosta mediana. La tradición dicta que se sirva con mantequilla pero yo la he pedido sólo cocida, optando por la sencillez que me heredó mi tierra sonorense. Apenas caben, además de mi flamante crustáceo, una cucharada de frijoles caseros y el arroz floreadito, de ese que aún mi abuelita hubiese aprobado, a la primera vista.



Stories


Mexican Middle Class Fuels Ascendance of ‘Greater Mexico’
By Louis E.V. Nevaer
For a generation, Mexican intellectuals have pondered the possibility of a “Greater Mexico” – the idea that Mexican immigration to the United States was so persistent and sustainable, that Mexican culture could “re-settle” lands lost to the United States at the conclusion of the Mexican American War. Americans, clinging to the belief of a “melting pot,” dismissed that notion, arguing that Mexican immigrants would follow historical norms and assimilate into mainstream American life, as previous generations of newcomers did before them.


Busting Borders and Betting Blackjack on Cruise Ships
By Kent Paterson
Long established on downtown Puerto Vallarta’s boardwalk, artist Rosa Elena Isidore paints and sells peaceful, soothing scenery on a street that’s not so tranquil anymore. As mid-day tropical sun starts to peel off the skin, cruise ship visitors swoop into downtown in air-conditioned buses equipped with video screens and ice-coolers. Navigating the cobblestone streets, which are still better suited for donkeys than autos, is a challenge amid the careening buses and the bulging waistlines of hundreds of parading foreigners.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Sin Papeles, Con Pantalones
En Francia, sin duda alguna, se hacen algunas cosas con más pasión. Pero allá no hay pleito por el nombre que le dan a los inmigrantes sin papeles. En vez de andar peleándose por decirles “ilegales” en vez de “indocumentados”, les dicen simplemente “Sans-papiers”, Sin Papeles.

Criminal Charges Filed Against Immigrants at Unprecedented Rate
By Alex Meneses Miyashita
Criminal immigration violation charges are being filed by the federal government at unprecedented levels this year, a report by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) reveals.


Diversity Gap Grows in UC Med Schools, Says Report
By Ekaterina Basilaia
Juan Jose Guerra is now an obstetrician and gynecologist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. But when he was going to medical school in the 1980s, he got little encouragement to do so.

Bringing Research into Area Classrooms: Socrates Fellows Program Teams High School Teachers with UCSD Grad Students
By Michael Dabney
Building upon the success of its BioBridge science education outreach program, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has this summer launched an enhanced initiative to further bring the excitement of scientific research directly into area high school classrooms. The new program has an interesting twist: participating UCSD doctoral students in research benefit as much as high school teachers and students.

Steve Padilla
Bigger Isn’t Better
Things were different then. My daughter and her high school friends can hardly imagine I grew up without them: cell phones, laptops, ipods. “What do you mean?” they ask. You mean you couldn’t just “go on line”, enter a word or phrase and have a world of information at your fingertips? How about a dictionary with pages or an encyclopedia with volumes, – did you say searching by hand? What? Laughter is the response when I explain a really cool “video” or arcade game was one in which we stood in front of a small monitor and moved a control stick in one of only four directions, right, left, forward and backward as you helped a biting yellow circle with eyes gobble up dots. Pac what?


“Hasta que la Economía nos Separe”
Por Marco A. Romero
Hubo una época en que las parejas se divorciaban por motivos predominantemente subjetivos como la incompatibilidad de caracteres, es decir porque simple y llanamente se había hartado el uno del otro. Ahora, la disolución del vínculo conyugal es más racional, la causa de la separación puede ser una mera estrategia financiera.

LCLAA Opposes the Elimination of Down Payment Assistance Programs
Impact on the Latino Homeownership would be Harmful
Washington, DC – On behalf of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and the 1.7 million Latino workers that make up our constituency, we want to express our deep concerns over the possible elimination of down payment assistance programs in the housing bill, H.R. 3221, and how it could disproportionally impact Latino working families.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Manejar y ahorrar si es posible
Los precios de la gasolina continúan aumentando y mientras la tendencia parece no tener control, se hace indispensable buscar la forma de economizar el precioso líquido y ahorrar dinero.

Defienden Tiburones en Zihuatanejo, México
Pretenden Borrar Imagen Negativa Por Ataques
Por Sergio Flores
ZIHUATANEJO, Gro. — Con gran éxito, entre entusiastas niños y adultos fue lanzada aquí la campaña “¡El Rey Tiburón en peligro de extinción!”, diseñada por la organización ambiental Costasalvaje para contrarrestar la imagen negativa del escualo tras los ataques que en abril y mayo dejaran dos surfistas muertos y un herido en las playas de los municipios de La Unión y Zihuatanejo; Guerrero, al sur de México.


Calcule Sus Beneficios Futuros De Seguro Social
Por Yolanda York
Este mes el Seguro Social introduce su nuevo «Retirement Estimator» (en español, Tasador de beneficios por jubilación) en www.segurosocial.gov. (Este servicio sólo está disponible en inglés.) El predecir la cantidad de sus beneficios se ha convertido en algo mucho más fácil que antes.

Community Notes:
Southwest Chula Vista Civic Association, (PO Box 6064, Chula Vista, CA 91909 (619) 425-5771, http://www.swcvca. org) will hold a FREE Community Meeting to discuss the Plans for the Chula Vista Bayfront on Monday, July 28, 2008 at 6:45 PM At the MAAC Charter School 1385 Third Ave. (near Quintard)



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
It’s July 25th, do you know where your budget is?
June 15th is the Constitutional deadline for the State of California to have a budget in place for the fiscal year which began on July 1. This deadline of course means absolutely nothing. It wasn’t until July 8 that the Democrats proposed a budget, and until this week there hadn’t been much public discourse on the subject.

Commentary:
G8 to Poor Women: Let Them Eat Dirt
By Yifat Susskind
Two weeks ago, leaders of the world’s richest countries, the Group of Eight (G8), met to chart the course of the global economy at the luxurious Windsor Hotel Toya Resort and Spa in Toyako, Japan. While President Bush and his colleagues discussed world hunger over a six-course lunch, women in Haiti were preparing cakes of dirt for their children’s dinner.


Comentario:
Los olvidados
Por José R. Uzal
El verano es tiempo de entretenimiento y diversión. Todo toma un paso mas calmado. La política no escapa este ciclo. Se calman las pasiones y los líderes departen a disfrutar el tiempo muerto en sus lugares favoritos o viajando a remotos parajes para mejorar sus resumes.

Comentario:
Pies descalzos
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Más de diez años han pasado desde que la celestial Shakira hizo vislumbrar al mundo con su carisma, su música y una fundación, Pies Descalzos, la cual ofrece soluciones reales para mejorar la calidad de vida de los niños y para darles oportunidad de ejercer el derecho básico a la educación.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
Mayor proposes a new study for Hi-rises in Chula Vista
The Mayor is up to her old tricks, attempting to promote a high-rise redevelopment agenda under the guise of another unbiased report and proposing a new $120,000 expenditure for the purpose.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
SPECIAL TORTILLA CONTEST EDITION
Dear Readers: Gracias, merci, obrigado for the many submissions in our contest asking readers to argue in 25 words why corn tortillas are superior to flour, or vice versa. Below are the winners for some of the cities that carry the Mexican; see the full list at ocweekly.com. Don’t see your city, or don’t like the winner? Why didn’t you enter, you lazy Mexican?

Humanity is Not for Sale
Art brings awareness to the issue of human trafficking
By Maria Reyna
I recently had the opportunity to attend and be a part of the “Humanity is Not For Sale” event. I had the honor to exhibit some of my Arte, as well as an art workshop for children of all ages.


Forman Orquesta Comunitaria para Niños Tijuanenses
Por: Paco Zavala
La inquietud y el deseo de progreso de la ciudad de Tijuana, se manifiesta diariamente con sus movimientos demográficos, económicos y sociales y pese a lo que expresen los detractores, Tijuana continúa demostrando su pujanza, trabajo y prosperidad.


Gran Concierto de Guitarra Presentará Mariano Correa
Por: Paco Zavala
La guitarra es un instrumento maravilloso, por la comodidad de cargarlo con facilidad a cualquier parte, por la facilidad con que se puede aprender a pulsarla, etc., etc. Este instrumento de forma oval con ondulaciones en los costados a principios del siglo XVII, solo poseía cuatro cuerdas en los tonos de do, fa, la, re y en fa, si, re y sol. Hoy día este instrumento posee seis cuerdas y es conocida en el mundo entero.

Calendar of Events:
Summer Fun Under The Sun
Concert Performance to be held on Sunday, July 27th
The Southwestern College (SWC) Music Department of School of Arts and Communication presents Sunday Afternoon in the Park with George. The outdoor summer concert and picnic will feature music by George M. Cohan, George Gershwin and others. A performance by the award-winning SWC Concert Choir will be directed by Ron Gills and accompanied by David Castel de Oro. The summer concert provides enjoyment and music for the whole family.

Bajacaliforniana Mayra Garcia Lista Para Beijing
TIJUANA, Baja California — La bajacaliforniana Mayra García, representará por segunda vez en su carrera deportiva a México en los Juegos Olímpicos, luego de que obtuviera el pase a la justa dentro del circuito de voleibol de playa en Marsella, Francia, al lado de su compañera, la coahuilense Bibiana Candelas.

U.S. Hopes in China May Rest with their Depth
By John Philip Wyllie
Two days prior to the August 8 official Olympic opening ceremonies the United States will kick off the competition against Norway with a women’s soccer match. Unfortunately, it will have to do so without several of its key players. Abby Wambach, the team’s leading scorer and most dominant player was injured here in San Diego on July 16 during a friendly against Brazil. She had to be carried off the field after breaking both her fibula and tibia. Wambach’s goal scoring ability, size and aggressiveness will be difficult to replace. So will her leadership abilities.


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