Volume XXXII Number 19 May 9, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Jose Preciado wants to represent you on the County Board of Education

By Daniel Muñoz

If you have ever gone to a political debate or forum in the South Bay then you already know who Jose Preciado is. For years now Jose has been the preferred choice as moderator. For those of you who have yet to meet Jose, he is someone you will not soon forget. He is an imposing man who displays a nimble mind, a soft sense of humor, and a dedication to education.

Jose Preciado has always been the facilitator of the political debates but never the focus, that is, until now. Today Jose is running hard to be the next Hispanic representative on the County Board of Education, District 2 to replace current member Nick Aguilar who has decided to step down.

District 2 is in the South Bay and includes the school boards and districts of National City, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Coronado, San Ysidro, and the Sweetwater Union High School District. The County Board has the responsibility of the Migrant Education program and Juvenile Court and Community schools, Regional Occupational Programs (ROP), and Special Education to name a few.

In the race for district 2, along with Jose, is Yuriy Pavlo Bilokonsky, a Libertarian who so far is running a stealth campaign, and Jerry R. Rindone, councilman for the City of Chula Vista who has been termed out and is now running for the County Board of Education.

For those who know Jose from all the community meetings it came as a bit of a surprise that he had decided to throw his hat into the ring for this seat. “I decided to run for this seat in December,” stated Jose. “I did so because Nick (Aguilar) had made the decision not to run and I saw that as an opportunity to continue to have a voice that looks out for South County interest on the Board of Education. When I say South County interest, I mean the whole community of South County, but in particular those interest from low income backgrounds, from diverse backgrounds that would otherwise not be represented on the board.”

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The Devil’s Breath profiles undocumented migrants who died in the Harris Fire
By Mariana Martínez
“Devil’s breath” is what Native Americans call the Santa Ana winds, a condition that brings extremely dry, hot weather into heavy brush areas, causing massive wildfires that propagate quickly.

El Documental El Aliento del Diablo Trata de Migrantes Mexicanos Muertos en el Incendio de Harris
Por Mariana Martínez
El Aliento del Diablo es como los indígenas americanos le llaman a los vientos de Santa Ana, una condición climática que lleva una extrema resequedad en el ambiente que mezclada con un clima cálido causa incendios forestales que se propagan rápidamente.

Divided Party Far Greater Peril to Obama and Clinton than McCain
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
ANALYSTS
Clinton and Obama’s divvying up of North Carolina and Indiana between them further deepens the two perils the Democrats face. One is that neither heavy hitter can deliver the knockout punch that the Democrats desperately need to get on with the business of mounting a united front against McCain. The other is the much talked and much worried about peril of a divided party and what that means.

Steve Padilla
All The Right Moves
Everyone concedes that youth and young adulthood are times of self-discovery. These years sometimes include the wild, crazy, and fun-loving adventures of our high school and college age years. We celebrate them, and they are cherished parts of American culture. They are supposed to grow our character and spirit at a time when our intellect is challenged and our skills are sharpened. These years are meant to be our “coming of age.” But the line between healthy growing experiences and self-destruction can be crossed with sobering and deadly consequences. When it is, strong action to correct it is appropriate and justified.



Stories


The Political Winds of May
The turnouts might have been much smaller than in 2006 when perhaps millions participated in the Great American Boycott, but pro-immigrant and pro-labor actions yesterday still underscored how International Worker’s Day is making a comeback in US political life. In dozens of communities across the US, immigrant advocates and their allies organized diverse actions.

Law in Tijuana prohibits tinted windows in cars
By Mariana Martínez
Since May third, there is a new controversial law in Tijuana that prohibits tinted windows in cars, and the city of Rosarito has adopted the new law.

En Tijuana entra en vigor ley que prohíbe los vidrios polarizados en los vehículos
Por Mariana Martínez
Desde el pasado 3 de mayo entró en vigor en Tijuana una controversial ley que prohíbe los vidrios polarizados en los vehículos que circulan por la ciudad y también la ciudad de Rosarito ya se ha sumado a la medida.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Centavos si…
Ser inmigrante indocumentado en México (del Sur), cuesta una lana. No nos referimos a lo que cuesta pagar un pollero o las tortas en el camino de atravesar la República Mexicana para llegar a Estados Unidos, sino a las multas que el gobierno puede cobrar simplemente por ser indocumentado y estar en México.


New Health Clinic Focuses on Refugee Health Care
By Jessica Nicholas
Worldwide, there are almost 14 million refugees. These are people who have been forced to leave their home country out of fear of losing their lives. According to the International Rescue Committee, approximately 80,000 refugees have resettled in San Diego since 1975.

Sublime Courage
By Javier Sierra
What motivates the angels among us? What drives them into defending the rest of us against the worst injustices? Where do they get that sublime courage that elevates us all?


Coraje Sublime
Por Javier Sierra
¿Qué motiva a los ángeles de nuestras sociedades? ¿Qué les impulsa a defendernos a todos contra las peores injusticias? ¿De dónde sacan ese coraje sublime que a todos nos engrandece?

St. Augustine High School Senior Awarded Gates Millennium Scholarship
St. Augustine High School Senior Tomas Garcia (Class of 2008) is the recipient of a dream scholarship that provides financial support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, said James Horne, Principal.

AT&T Expands its Support for Sweetwater District Robotics Programs
Jaws dropped and applause erupted when a check for $7,500 grew to $23,500.

2008 Arthritis Walk is The Year of the Young Hero
Latina girl named as one of the honorees
Clarisa Gomez is one of four children being honored by the Arthritis Foundation, San Diego Area Chapter at the 2008 Arthritis Walk. The theme for this year’s walk is The Year of the Young Hero, honoring the more than 3,500 San Diego County children who suffer from some form of Juvenile Arthritis (JA). The 2008 Arthritis Walk is on Saturday, May 17th, 8:30am at the Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown San Diego. To register for the walk or learn more about arthritis, visit www.arthritis-sandiego.org/walk.

Consejos para estirar tu presupuesto a la hora de comprar
Cada día cuesta más llenar el carrito de compras en el súper, ese es el eco común que escuchamos ante la creciente alza de los productos de primera necesidad. Es por esto que la mayoría de los consumidores han puesto en práctica lo que por experiencia les ha servido para ahorrar. Aquí algunos de los consejos:


Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Proposition E reflects the concerns of the residents of Chula Vista
Somehow, somewhere along the way Proposition E became ma-ligned as the root of all evil for the future of the City of Chula Vista! If we are to believe all that is being said about this proposition, it will thwart our future health care, bring down a church steeple, and forever drive away future developers from investing in downtown Chula Vista. All this is all being rained down on Chula Vista residents by one man, Earl Jentz. This is what the opponents to Prop. E would have you believe!

Editorial:
Pamela Bensoussan for Seat #3
City of Chula Vista
We believe that Pamela Bensoussan is the best candidate and indeed, the best person, to represent the City of Chula Vista as the next member of the city council, Seat #3.

Comentario:
Mi Pobre Bolivia
Por Humberto Caspa
Mi pobre Bolivia. A inicios de la época Republicana, este país exuberante, de montañas blancas incandescentes, de gente milenaria, llena de un historial épico, fue desmembrada en pedazos por sus hermanos del continente. Hoy, sus propios hijos la quieren ultrajar y dividirla en dos partes desiguales.

Comentario:
La juventud cubana: mito y realidad
Por Lola Reyes
La juventud es la fuerza más activa y pujante de cualquier sociedad. Aunque en Cuba se caracteriza por jugar similar rol, las autoridades gubernamentales las emplean en sus propósitos de perpetuarse en el poder.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
Who truly represent the working class Latino Majority in San Diego County?
The answer to this question surprised even me; for my answer is “No one represents the Latinos of San Diego County.”


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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
SPECIAL INTERN EDICIÓN
By Gustavo Arrellano
Dear Readers: My recent column regarding the dissimilarities between Scots and Mexicans provoked a surprising amount of angry responses—by real Scotsmen furious that letter writer Great Scot could be so pendejo. Here’s the best reader carta:


First Person:
GETTING PUNKED AT THE PUMP
By Al Carlos Hernandez
I’ve been obsessed lately over increasing gas prices. When I leave the house in the morning the local service station is at one price, coming home later based on CNN news management, the price has gone up a few cents, and this gets me incensed. Never thought I would live to see 4 bucks plus a gallon, it may hit 5 and that’s no jive.


Tijuana Sound Machine: Bostich + Fussible del colectivo Nortec dan a conocer su nuevo CD
Por James Klein
(KPRENSA) – Bostich+Fussible “Tijuana Sound Machine”, presenta nuevos tracks creados por los fundadores del colectivo Fussible (Pepe Mogt) y Bostich (Ramón Amezcua) mientras se encontraban de gira con el Colectivo Nortec que los llevara a Latinoamerica, Estados Unidos, Europa, Japón y Australia.


Tijuana Sound Machine: Bostich + Fussible of the Nortec Collective present their new CD
By James Klein
(KPRENSA) – Bostich + Fussible “Tijuana Sound Machine”, presents new tracks form the founders of the Nortec Collective, (Pepe Mogt) and Bostich (Ramón Amezcua), created while they were on an extended world tour that carried them through Latin America, the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.

¡Novedad! El Cantautor Peruano Andrés Herrera por Primera Vez en “El Lugar del Nopal”
Por: Paco Zavala
Con la realización de tres extraordinarios conciertos “El Lugar del Nopal”, abre el mes dedicado a múltiples celebraciones, dentro de las que contamos con el Día del Trabajo, la Batalla del 5 de Mayo en Puebla, el Día de las Madres, el Día del Maestro y por si esto fuera poco se suman los días dedicados a los estudiantes.

Celebra 2do Aniversario el Sótano de Rita con la Exposición “Yuxtaposición 3x”
Por: Paco Zavala
En un ambiente de fiesta como corresponde a una importante celebración el sitio de cultura en la Revolución “El Sótano de Rita”, celebró su 2do aniversario de actividades dedicadas a impulsar el arte, la cultura y a los artistas fronterizos.


Hilltop’s Perez de la Torre Talented & Driven
By John Philip Wyllie
Hilltop High School’s Eira Perez de la Torre had no great expectations at the beginning of the current swimming season. As a freshman competing against girls that were sometimes three years older, there was no reason to be overly confident. But with the season now winding down the Lancers freestyle sprint specialist remains undefeated.

Hermanos Quintero Castañeda Con Linaje De Campeones
MONTERREY, Nuevo León — En 2005, Eumir Quintero dio una agradable sorpresa no solo para el deporte de Baja California, sino también en el deporte infantil mexicano cuando arrasó en el medallero individual durante la Olimpiada Nacional, en ese entonces, celebrada en Veracruz.

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