Volume XXXII Number 18 May 2, 2008

FrontPage Stories

SWC students say no to education cuts

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

The signs students were holding during a forum on state education budget cuts at Southwestern College sums up the overall feeling at the community college in Chula Vista:

“SWC supports education.” “No cuts to education.” “Education cuts never heal.”

The purpose of the forum, which took place on Friday, April 23, was to raise awareness about the current state fiscal situation and its impact to education, especially at the community college level.


State Senator Denise Ducheny, SWC president Dr. Raj K. Chopra, and Dr. Jean Roesch, Southwestern Community College District Governing Board Vice President.

Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, who represents the local 40th. District and is chair of the Legislative Budget Committee, was present at the forum to address the state education budget cuts that will largely affect Californians.

“This is a difficult year for California,” said Ducheny, who has remained actively involved in educational issues that largely affect the citizens who reside in the 40th District.

“Not only will it affect public education, but also health care, foster care, welfare, and senior services,” she said.

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Estudiantes de SWC le dicen no a los recortes a la educación
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Los letreros que los estudiantes traían en las manos durante un foro acerca de los recortes a la educación en Southwestern College representa el sentimiento general en el colegio comunitario en Chula Vista:


Barack Is Cut From a Political Cloth, Not From a Prophetic One
By Joe Ortiz
As a person who formerly functioned as an evangelist (1979 to 1985), I had the privilege of preaching at many of the predominately black churches in South Central Los Angeles. Also, as one who was deeply involved in the civil rights movement (from 1969 through 1999) I also had the privilege of working with mostly African Americans in South Central Los Angeles, as well. One of those efforts was serving as the press deputy for then California State Senator Diane Watson when she ran for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1992 against Yvonne Burke, a former US Congresswoman.

This Year, May 1st is About Believing in America
By Rich Stolz
Analysis
The May Day Mobilizations of 2008 aren’t about reliving the past, as some media outlets might suggest. The events that grassroots immigrant leaders planned for May 1, 2008 in more than 100 cities across the United States were specific to the moment, and represent growing power, unity and hope.

Pamela Bensoussan candidate for city council seat #3 Chula Vista
By Daniel Muñoz
When you first meet Pamela Bensoussan you do not see a politician, she doesn’t look the type, not that there is a type. Your first impression of her is ‘what a nice lady.’ Nothing wrong with that, but politicians usually have a certain feel about them that you don’t get from Bensoussan. But don’t let first impressions fool you, yes she is a nice lady but she is also passionate: she is passionate about her city, about the issues, and passionate about her campaign.



Stories


In Mississippi, Work Is Now A Felony For Undocumented Immigrants
By David Bacon
JACKSON, MS - On March 17, Mississippi Governor Hayley Barbour signed into law the farthest-reaching employer sanctions law of any on the books in the U.S. Employer sanctions is a shorthand name for laws that prohibit employers from hiring immigrants who don’t have legal immigration status in the U.S. That provision was part of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, passed by Congress in 1986, which for the first time in U.S. history required employers to verify the immigration status of employees.

The Youth Voting Gap
By Joseph Kahne and Chris Evans
This election year, we have seen a huge increase in the number of young people who are voting. If we look at who these young voters are, we find that the majority are college-educated. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Education (CIRCLE) one in four young people who voted on Super Tuesday had been to college. Only one in 14 of these young voters had no college experience.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Una lana por allá
Todavía no aterrizaba el Papa Benedicto XVI en Estados Unidos, cuando ya le estaban preparando el terrenito para la discusión sobre inmigración que se sabía estaba en la agenda de sus cotorreos con George W. Bush.

Terror on everyone’s mind
By Mariana Martinez
15 dead, six wounded and four arrested are not the only results of the so called “narco-killing” that happened early past Saturday in Tijuana.

La Población Está Aterrorizada
Por Mariana Martinez
15 muertos, cuatro detenidos y seis heridos no es el unico saldo de la llamada “narco-matanza” ocurrida el sábado pasado en Tijuana.

Congressional Dems Probe the State of Minority Owned Businness
By Wendy Sefsaf
A summit held over the past week in Washington took a look at the state of small business, what many call the “backbone” of the America economy.


Tradición Robada
Piden a comerciantes respetar la cultura Latina este Cinco de Mayo – en lugar del alcohol
Por Adolfo Gonzales y Jovita Juárez
A la industria del alcohol le importa poco la cultura mexicana y mucho menos el Cinco de Mayo. Sólo le importa el dinero. Por eso cuando la comunidad le pide respetar la cultura Latina, y este día festivo en particular, la industria del alcohol no escucha.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Nuestro granito de arena contra el calentamiento global
El calentamiento global es una realidad que nos afecta directamente. Si bien es cierto que muchas de las causas de este fenómeno están más allá de nuestro círculo de influencia también es cierto que podemos hacer pequeñas cosas, que en suma, son un beneficio incalculable para nuestro planeta.

Local Students Awarded Top Honors
Local Southwestern College student, Adrian Del Rio earned Certified Student Leader credentials during the recent National Conference on Student Leadership in Atlanta. Del Rio was one of 96 students attending the conference to earn this award by scoring high on an examination of leadership skills. The exam tests candidates on the skills necessary for the effective leadership of student organizations including running effective meetings, resolving conflicts, creating and inclusive and diverse environment, and launching successful publicity and promotional campaigns. Del Rio is currently serving Southwestern Community College District as a Student Trustee.

Recorren las Instalaciones del Centro Cultural Tijuana Niños de Escasos Recursos
Por: Paco Zavala
Con base en una petición dirigida a la Directora General del Centro Cultural Tijuana Lic.Teresa Vicencio Alvarez, por la Presidenta del DIF Estatal de Baja California, Sra. Carmina Capuchino de Osuna, esposa del gobernador del estado Sr. Guadalupe Osuna Millan, en la que se solicita la anuencia para que 300 niños de escasos recursos visitaran las instalaciones del Centro Cultural Tijuana, la solicitud fue aceptada de inmediato por las autoridades directivas encargadas de la administración del citado centro de cultura.

Month of May Events on the SPRINTER Line
Extra trains to run for this Sunday’s Cinco De Mayo event at the Oceanside Pier
Take North County Transit District’s (NCTD) SPRINTER light rail train to reach special events in North County this May. The Oceanside – Escondido SPRINTER train runs half-hour service on weekdays from approximately 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., with hourly service on the weekends.



Obituary
Jose Manuel Lerma
1929 – 2008



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Steve Francis is our choice for Mayor of San Diego
The mayor’s race for the City of San Diego is between Steve Francis and Jerry Sanders. With the incumbent mayor Jerry Sanders we know what we are getting and quite frankly we don’t like we have seen, nor do we feel very good about another 4 years of his leadership.

Commentary:
Another Day in Blighted Paradise
By Michael Chung Klam
“Blight.” It’s an ugly word that comes off the tongue like indigestion.


Comentario:
Laura Bozzo Vergüenza Para el Perú
Por Carmen G. Kcomt
Cuando vivía en Perú y aparecio esta señorita Laura en la escena pública –que no recuerdo en que año fue— pensé que sería una presentadora más, como cualquier otra de talk shows, es decir una más para la competencia de quién pone más basura en su show para acumular más rating... Pero al cabo de los años y ahora mirando este asunto desde fuera del Perú resulta que no fue una más, sino que es la peor presentadora que pudo aparecer en Perú.

Comentario:
La Gasolina
Por José R. Uzal
El alza en el precio del barril de petroleo se debe a la especulación bursátil y pone al desnudo la crisis del dólar como patrón monetario internacional. La Reserva Federal, nuestro Banco Central, ha decido obviamente permitir que el dolar continué su precipitoso desvalorizaron. El petroleo se cotiza en dolares y mientras el dólar se debilite el precio del barril se fortalecerá.

Commentary:
Juan’s Story: Undocumented But Not Un-American
By Sally Kohn
The first thing I noticed about Juan when I met him is his presence. For a young man, just graduated from high school — that period when most of us were shy and awkward at best — Juan is confident and vocal, the kind of person with clear potential to be a leader in whatever field he might choose.


Comentario:
La historia de Juan: Indocumentado pero no An-Americano
Por Sally Kohn
La primera cosa que noté de Juan cuando lo conocí fué su presencia. Para un hombre joven, recién graduado de la escuela secundaria, ese período cuando la mayoría de nosotros eramos vergonzosos y torpes, Juan es confidente y vocal, el tipo de persona con potencial para ser líder en cualquier campo que él elija.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
Arizona may ban Chicano Studies if Senator has his way
Unlike many of the present day squatters in Arizona, I have deep feelings for Arizona. My mother’s family, the Elíases lived there for centuries.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arrellano
Dear Mexican: Whenever I see the television show COPS, the white folks pull over and hope no one searches anything where there are at least three syringes, one crack pipe and enough pills that would make CVS Pharmacy look like a corner drug store. The black folks are being pulled over for just leaving the scene of a domestic dispute being reported for slapping the bitch and kicking her new man in the crotch, regardless of the fact they have been separated, divorced and placed on restraining order at least TWICE in the last two years. But why is it that every time a cop tries to pull over a Mexican for a bad tail light or some other minor infraction, it turns into a high speed chase, until all the tires are shot out and the wheels fall off, and then the Mexicans bail out and try to outrun the German Sheppard? Couldn’t they for once just pull over and take a ticket? I mean, the police are not the Border Patrol, and the police dogs are not, like, Chihuahuas.
Dear Readers: The paperback version of my book is out in stores now, cheap enough so that even a Guatemalan can afford it. Buy, por favor! Now, on to the preguntas…


Michelle Bonilla teaches students reality of acting
By Kiko Martinez
As Emergency Medical Technician Kristin Harms on the long-running medical drama “ER,” actress Michelle Bonilla always has to be ready for the unexpected.

En Tijuana se Realizará la Feria del Libro
Por: Paco Zavala
Aún no existe la fuente que substituya al elemento que por siglos ha ilustrado a la humanidad, aún con la tecnología actual no existe todavía el conducto que substituya al libro, en este medio se encuentra todo lo que necesitamos para realizar una carrera o el medio por el cual obtenemos la información que necesitemos. Los hay de todos los colores, estilo de letras, géneros literarios, etc., etc.

Radio Bilingüe unveils historic digital archive project to preserve cultural programming
Using cutting edge technology to digitize, save and store hundreds of radio programs, Radio Bilingüe is unveiling a new web archival project that will preserve interviews and cultural programming featuring Latino community leaders and some of the top Latino performing artists in the world.

Calendar of Events
By Patty Sáenz
Chingazo Revue at the Centro
The Centro Cultural de la Raza in collaboration with three of San Diego’s top Chicano bands will host a Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 4th, Cuatro de Mayo at the Centro Cultural de la Raza with the premiere of the Chingazo Revue. Directed by renowned Latin jazz musician Bill Caballero, the Chingazo Revue features the talents of Chicano icon Chunky Sanchez and Los Alacranes, political messenger Quino and a little sabor and baile with Agua Dulce.

Super Soph Sanay Spectacular at Shortstop
By John Philip Wyllie
After getting off to a slow 1-3 start Bonita Vista’s baseball team has battled back to a 15-7 record. More importantly, they have opened their Mesa League season with five consecutive victories including a 4-3 extra inning thriller on Tuesday against highly regarded Eastlake. Mexican-born sophomore shortstop Oscar Sanay has been a major contributor to the Barons turnaround.


Garcia a Positive Influence at CVHS
By John Philip Wyllie
It has been a long time since Chula Vista High School was dominant in softball. The last time the Spartans won the league title (1993) most of the current players were still in diapers. But after posting a 11-4 record through their first 15 games the Spartans seem primed to make a run at this year’s Mesa League crown. Among the many talented athletes at coach Jackson Wyatt’s disposal is junior outfielder, Adriana Garcia.

High Level, High Expectations
TIJUANA, Mexico.— While, prior to the Olympics, Paola Espinosa has been rising a high medal expectation, Yahel Castillo has become a sweet revelation.


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