Volume XXXII Number 13 March 28, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Lucha el Santo En Acapulco. Lo Vitorean Niños Que Se Le Unen Por Defender A Tortugas Marinas

Por Sergio Flores Hernandez

ACAPULCO, México - “¡Para que no anden comiendo tortuga!”, gritó El Hijo del Santo desde el ring del Centro Internacional Acapulco a sus contrincantes y al público, poco antes de ser proclamado junto con sus aliados Canek y Rayo de Jalisco, los vencedores de la lucha que libraron contra Blue Demon Jr. Rey Misterio y el Hijo de Cien Caras.

El heredero del legendario Santo, Rodolfo Guzmán, antes de subir al ring habría hablado sobre su nueva responsabilidad como vocero de COSTASALVAjE con sede en San Diego, California, para luchar contra “los enemigos del mar” que han puesto en riesgo la vida marina, entre ellos a las tortugas marinas.

“Lo que mi padre hizo en las películas ahora yo lo estoy haciendo en la vida real, tratando de hacer algo con este personaje por el bien de nuestro planeta”, dijo el héroe ambiental. Y es que, en Guerrero y Michoacán se transmite en Radio y Televisión los tres cortometrajes en los que El Hijo del Santo lucha contra “el Chupacaguas”, “el Pirata Rapaz”, “el Aguas Negras” y los “Zombies comehuevos de tortuga”.

DEPREDACION ALARMANTE

Ya en la lucha, en las tribunas donde asistieron unos 5 mil acapulqueños, principalmente niños, se sumaron a la lucha del Hijo del Santo pero a favor de la conservación de la tortuga marina en las costas de Guerrero que según datos del Secretario Técnico de la Mesa Guerrerense de Protección a las Tortugas Marinas Víctor Berdejo, la depredación de esa especie en peligro de extinción es alarmante.



Educational Reformer and Feminist
Gracia Molina de Pick to be Honored at UC San Diego’s César Chávez Celebration

By Judy Piercey
Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick, an activist in the international feminist movement and lifelong proponent of educational reform—especially for Latinos and Chicanos—once said, “Your individual life only has meaning if you unselfishly engage as sisters and brothers in the fight for equality, justice and peace.”


Immigration Issue Won’t Die
By Juan Esparza Loera
“The atmosphere is clearly very toxic on this issue. The political perception is that there is a strong base that really, really hated the bill. This was really a vote about politics and about race. There is tremendous anger that Congress has left the (immigrant) community exposed. They try to use this issue for political gain.”



Stories


Superdelegates Can Rock the Vote
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The instant it was apparent that neither fierce Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama would get the 2025 delegate votes needed for the Democratic nomination, the spotlight fell heavily on the party’s 800 super delegates.

Steve Padilla
LESS IS MORE
Take the arguments used by some in support of at least one June ballot measure to their logical conclusions and you might get some interesting results. O.K., let’s play along. If all public officials with significant responsibilities are elected, then their work will be better, more transparent, more responsive, less corruptible and less subject to outside influences. They will be more accountable to the public and the public will be better served. So, if every official is elected then government will truly be servant of the people, and all will be right with the world. Right. Wrong.

Volunteers follow Chavez’s footsteps, build playgrounds
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Eleven year old Alejandro Rico-Contreras wanted his school to look better, to have a new playground for students.

Voluntarios siguen pasos de Chávez, construyen parques
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
El niño Alejandro Rico-Contreras, de 11 años, quería que su escuela se viera mejor, que tuviera un parque para los estudiantes.

A Salute from One CCC to Another
By David Muraki
Before they became known as Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation, many of the young men who served in World War II were part of the Civilian Conservation Corps. They were the “CCC boys” who planted trees, built parks and trails, and fought fires and floods.


Concluye La Gira de Trabajo de La Secretaria Patricia Espinosa Cantellano por La Frontera México-Estados Unidos
· En su visita al Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Colef), la Secretaria Espinosa Cantellano se reunió con el Gobernador de Baja California, José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, con el presidente municipal de Tijuana, Jorge Ramos Hernández, con personalidades de esa ciudad y de San Diego, así como con académicos de ese centro de investigación científica y docencia, especializado en el estudio de la problemática de la región mexicana colindante con Estados Unidos.

Obama Campaign Announces National Chair of Latino and Hispanic Fundraising
The Obama Campaign announced the appointment of Francisco “Frank” Sánchez, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Transportation, as the National Chair of Latino and Hispanic Fundraising. Sánchez, is also an advisor on Latin American policy for the campaign. In his new capacity, Sanchez will Co-Chair along with Illinois Attorney, Manny Sanchez, the Obama Hispanic Leadership Council. This newly formed Council will work with the national finance team to increase the already growing enthusiasm and fund-raising efforts for the Obama campaign in the Hispanic Community.

They Can Change the World One Speech at a Time
Students Call Attention to the Environment, the Less Fortunate, and Social Justice
Halecrest Elementary student Elias Mooring came to a profound realization as he distributed soap to girls at an orphanage in Tijuana. It wasn’t the soap that brought them joy. The girls were happy, Elias realized, “because they saw that someone cared about them.”


Sweet Success in Improving Diabetes Care
By Jessica Nicholas
Project Dulce, a Whittier Institute for Diabetes at Scripps Hospital program, has been working to bring quality diabetes education to underserved, low-income, and ethnically diverse people in San Diego since 1997.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Patricia Guadalupe
Votar: un pequeño paso para usted, un gran paso para nuestra comunidad
Hace poco un funcionario de inmigración dijo ante el congreso que este año ya se han procesado un altísimo número de solicitudes de ciudadanía y que muchos inmigrantes ya serán ciudadanos antes de las elecciones de noviembre.

Community Notes:
Journey for Better Jobs
Monday March 31
9:30 A.M. to 2 P.M.
San Diego Convention Center to San Diego County Administration Center



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
San Diego Police Gone Wild – Again
What started out as a case of road rage, as de-scribed in recent news reports, escalated into a life and death situation! A man with a gun fired five shots hitting a woman and her child. Under normal circumstances the man would have been arrested for attempted murder. But these aren’t normal circumstance; this particular man was an off duty San Diego Police Officer, Frank White!


Commentary:
What’s fueling the increase in violence against Latinos?
By Justin Akers Chacon
While the majority has rejected in the primaries immigration as a wedge issue, the politics of divisiveness remain entrenched in the mainstream. As a result, the poisonous residue of immigrant scapegoating has accumulated in the margins, fueling the rise of hate groups setting their sights on Latinos, regardless of citizenship status.

Commentary:
Honoring the Legacy of Cesar E. Chavez
by David G. Oddo
I have been an enthusiastic supporter of Cesar Chavez and the farm worker movement since 1968. In September of that year, I was a freshman at the University of San Diego High School and the UFW-led grape boycott was in full swing. One day, my father handed me a “Boycott Grapes” button, and he told me that I should wear it to school. When I asked my father how I should respond to questions regarding the boycott, he calmly told me: “Tell your fellow students that you like to eat grapes, but that you don’t like the way in which farm workers are being treated.”

Commentary:
When Will We Latinos Realize We Are Black?
By Paul Garza, Jr.
Latinos and African-Americans share the bottom rung on all social indices in America; what the first Clinton presidential campaign correctly referred to as the ‘misery-index’. These ‘miseries’ include: appallingly low educational attainment; high dropout rates; low per capita income; high rates of incarceration, teenage pregnancy, obesity, heart disease, diabetes - you name it and we are there together.


Comentario:
Baile Tapatío de Comercio
Por Israel Ortega
¿Has aprendido los pasos del baile tapatío; bailado en los pasillos del Congreso y a través de la campaña Presidencial? Si respondiste no, la razón tal vez se deba a que no eres un político tratando de estar a favor de mejorar nuestras relaciones con nuestros amigos en Latinoamérica y en contra del libre comercio.

Comentario:
El desencaje
Por José Uzal
Los desencajes económicos comienzan afectando a los segmentos más pobres y al agudizarse impactan a las cúpulas. Hemos llegado al punto de ver a la Reserva Federal, nuestro banco central, hacer maniobras para salvar las grandes empresas financieras y al mismo tiempo reducir las tasas de interés a los bancos para tratar de mantener su liquidez.

Comentario:
La guerra y sus cínicos
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Mientras veía las noticias a través de una de las cadenas de televisión, una madre de familia era entrevistada por un reportero en torno a la guerra en Irak y las consecuencias que le había causado a ella y a su familia.

TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
Gov. Bill Richardson says he felt inspired by the speech made by Barack Obama on race stating that he felt touched by the speech. Quién sabe! Guess being appointed US ambassador to the United Nations and as Energy secretary by the Clinton administration didn’t touch him.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Readers: Belated April Fools, amigos! So many of you fell for my hoax of a farewell column last week (don’t any of you know that the feast day of St. Melito falls on April 1?) that I’m compelled to actually call it quits just to bask in your love and hate anew. But I don’t want to be another welfare wab—and so, the Reconquista continues…


First Person:
Just A Walking the Dog
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Part of my new responsibility as a Pet Parent is to take Miss Sally our puppy for a daily walk. Everyday around 5pm, I bundle myself up negotiate with Miss Thing regarding the putting on of her training leash, and then hit the road.


Rescatando de la penumbra las historias de la presencia mexicana en el Condado Norte
Por Carlos Vonson
La reciente obra titulada “North County” se estrena esta semana en la Universidad Estatal de San Marcos. La obra se basa en la recolección histórica de la presencia mexicana en las comunidades sandieguiñas desde la época de la Revolución Mexicana de principios del Siglo XX.

Let the Eagle Fly Comes to Southwestern College
By Mark R. Day
During my four years as a volunteer with the United Farm Workers in the1960s, I witnessed Cesar Chavez  giving countless speeches at rallies, kneeling in prayer, and venting anger and frustration when things went wrong with his strike and boycott.

Imprimen en Tapas Duras Nueva Edición de la Novela “La Desbandá” de Luis Melero
“El autor pasó veintiseis años entrevistando gentes de Málaga para escribir esta novela histórica”
Por Paco Zavala
Luis Melero, uno de los más grandes colosos de las letras españolas en la actualidad, escribió esta fascinante y fantástica novela de carácter histórico “La Desbandá”. Melero dedicó veintiseis años de su vida a redactar seis veces esta brutal edición bibliográfica, es un libro muy fuerte para lectores templados, terrible, desgarrador y a la vez humano, dibuja en forma perfecta las debilidades del ser creado por Dios, dizque con inteligencia, esta a veces se pierde en el marasmo y en la vorágine de la vida, un libro bellísimo, que en su contenido narra una historia aterradora, basada en realidades.

Abril Invade de Luto al Firmamento Artístico Mexicano
Por: Paco Zavala
Una vez más se acerca el cuarto mes del año y trae en su bagaje la tristeza que invade al mundo artístico mexicano al celebrar el aniversario luctuoso de renombrados artistas que ya partieron en el viaje sin retorno, pero el público que los admiró en vida los recuerda con cariño y nostalgia.

Varios Eventos para Celebrar el II Aniversario del Jardin Caracol y del Foro Luna
¨Un recorrido cultural y ecológico¨
Por: Paco Zavala
La ciudad de Tijuana, es una ciudad muy compleja y completa, cuenta con todos los adelantos que una ciudad moderna hoy día necesita, ¡claro! Aún falta mucho por hacer, sobre todo si consideramos el ambiente político que se ha vivido desde hace algunas décadas, los manotazos que le han dado los políticos y otros males que ha padecido y que no han podido erradicarse.


Rincón Literario Billingüe en la Biblioteca Central de Escondido
Rincón Literario cumple un año de reunirse en la Biblioteca Central de Escondido. Bajo la guía literaria de Miriam Ruvinskis, siguemos el último lunes del mes discutiendo la literatura y la diversidad cultural de autores latinos. Este mes, la obra es de Gabriel García Marquez, “Memoria de mis putas tristes,” lunes 31de enero a las 7:00 PM en la biblioteca central. La dirección del la Biblioteca Pública central es 239 South Kalmia Street en el centro de Escondido.

Museum of the Living Artists’ Poetry & Art Series 2008 Presents: 3 for $300 Poetry Slam
On Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., Poetry & Art hosts the first poetry/visual art combination slam for writers, artists and performers. Our second event of 2008 is a winner-takes-all poetry competition with a slight twist: Performers who bring and show visual art connected in some way to their poetry will earn extra points. Performers may also use (and are encouraged to use) artwork hanging in the museum’s current exhibit. Simply pick a painting, and we’ll display it front and center for the audience while you read. Winner takes home $300.


Mysterio proud to represent the ‘little dude’ in wrestling
By Kiko Martinez
At 5’6 and 160 lbs., Rey Mysterio isn’t what you would consider your typical professional wrestler.


Chula Vista’s Carlos Quentin has a New Start with White Sox
By John Philip Wyllie
From the time that Carlos Quentin attended Chula Vista’s Saint Pius XII Elementary School in the 1990s those around him could see that there was something extraordinary about him. He excelled in the classroom and there wasn’t a sport he couldn’t play and play well. Living in the Eastlake area, he could have attended Eastlake High School with a guy named Adrian Gonzalez, but his parents opted to keep him in Catholic school and he headed to University of San Diego High School instead. There he excelled in football, basketball and baseball, but baseball was always his number one sport and it earned him a scholarship to Stanford.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
The New Focus Is On Child Toreros
The late, great Juan Belmonte received the bug of afición to be a matador when he was a mere child. There are photos that show him “killing” his brother, during an early training session in his living room. He was only seven years of age.

Rely on Public Transit from North County for the 2008 Padres Season
Get to Petco Park Using the COASTER Train or BREEZE Express Buses along the inland route
North County Transit District (NCTD) will again run two transportation options for the 2008 San Diego Padres season at Petco Park. Padres fans can choose to take either the COASTER to reach every home Padres game or the BREEZE Express bus service along the inland route.


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