Volume XXXII Number 20 May 16, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Sweetwater Mariachi Foundation Awards $32,000 in Scholarships

Winners Participate in Mariachi Music and Ballet Folklorico Program

Blending music with cultural tradition, the innovative mariachi program is booming in Sweetwater schools and it’s paying off for students.


Sweetwater student musicians entertain the crowd at the 12th Annual Mariachi Scholarship Foundation gala and dinner held May 9 at the San Diego Marriott on the bayfront.

A total of 23 Sweetwater seniors were rewarded for their involvement in the music program with scholarships from the Sweetwater Mariachi Foundation. The scholarships ranged in value from $1000 to $2,500. Four students in the Ballet Folklorico program also earned scholarships worth $750 each.

In addition to the graduating seniors, three middle school students earned scholarships of $250 each toward their college educations. Another four students from Southwestern College, who are also involved in Sweetwater’s mariachi program, also received scholarships.

“As a school district that embraces the strength of its diversity, Sweetwater is especially pleased to provide a home for such a rich cultural experience,” said Board President Pearl Quiñones. “The mariachi program is a big incentive and inspiration for our students who must demonstrate a commitment to academic achievement as well as for the music.”

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Estamos hartos de Hillary Clinton
Por Eduardo Stanley
Analysis
La batalla por la Casa Blanca se va a decidir entre dos candidatos en noviembre de este año. El candidato Republicano ya está decidido. El otro, todavía no.

Commerce in Tijuana Drops Dramatically
By Agustín Durán
TIJUANA — “How are sales?”



Stories


No Country for Good Men in Chihuahua: Drug Trafficking, Violence, and Repression
By Victor M. Quintana
FIRST ACT: Fiction vs. Reality
Fiction: In the film No Country for Old Men (Cohen Brothers, 2007), evil, as represented by Javier Bardem’s excellently portrayed drug trafficker-paid hitman, moves implacably through the Chihuahua desert’s dusty Texan towns, injuring, killing, destroying, getting what he wants. Good, personified by Tommy Lee Jones’ also excellent tired old Sheriff, is impotent against the triumphant march of evil, which he watches, resigned, on the verge of his retirement.

The Flap over McCain’s Mexican Connection
Dr. Juan Hernandez knows how to play politics on both sides of the border.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Es la ley…
Al Cónsul de México en Chicago, Manuel Rodríguez, le parece que la ley hay que cumplirla porque es la ley y punto. Así lo expresó por radio hace unos días, cuando le preguntamos por qué se expedían las llamadas “Declaratorias de Nacionalidad Mexicana por Nacimiento”.

El controversial Blackwater en la frontera
Activistas de la comunidad los quieren fuera de San Diego
Por Mariana Martínez
Activistas y miembros de la comunidad en San Diego buscan detener la posible entrada en operación de un centro de entrenamiento militar operado por el controversial contratista de servicios militares, Blackwater.

USD Student Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
University of San Diego senior Pauline Gonzales has been awarded a prestigious Ful-bright Scholarship. She is the third USD undergraduate in two years to receive this honor.

Latino Families to Gather at UCSD for Comienza Con Un Sueño College Outreach Event
Many Latinos from an early age are encouraged to pursue a college education as a means of dreaming big, dreaming past their parents’ lives in many cases. College is often seen as a vehicle for fulfilling family and community hopes and wishes for a better tomorrow.
Carri Fierro and Rafael Hernandez, UCSD Student Educational Advancement


Chargers Fund School’s New Workout Facility
National City Students and Staff Have New Opportunity for Fitness
Students and staff at Granger Junior High are celebrating the opening of their new state-of-the-art fitness center. Equipped with rows of cardio machines and weight sets, the exercise room was built with the help of a $40,000 grant from the Chargers Community Foundation.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
¿Ya te llegó tu cheque de estímulo? No te dejes engañar
Si usted hizo su declaración de impuestos y está esperando el cheque de estimulo económico que emitirá el gobierno, debe estar alerta.

Deportees Get Help From Border Ministry
By Luis Garcia Jr.
Getting deported is something regular American citizens don’t have to worry about on a daily basis. Many might forget that the struggle of a deportee doesn’t end once he or she is out of the U.S. With hardly any money, food, or clothes the real struggle starts once the deported immigrant is back in Mexico. It can be especially hard when immigrants are left in a city or town they have never been in before, in a place where they have no connections with anybody and with no way to get back home.

Bush signs legislation for National Museum of the American Latino
NHMC Congratulates Xavier Becerra effort to secure Latino Cultural Legacy
The National Hispanic Media Coalition joins citizens across the country today in congratulating Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-31) for the passage of bill H.R.512. The bill, sponsored by Becerra and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, in the House of Representatives, establishes a commission to study the feasibility of a National Museum of the American Latino and brings the nation one step closer to realizing the full vision of President Lyndon B. Johnson and others in recognizing Latino contributions to America’s past, present and future.

Celebraron el Día Mundial de la Risa 2008 con Gran Evento
Por: Paco Zavala
El ser humano fue diseñado para realizar infinidad de actividades, todas con una destreza inusitada y una de las más importanes y despreciada por muchos, es la facultad que tenemos para reir.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Steve Castañeda is the right choice for seat #4
City of Chula Vista

To say that the last year-and-a- half has been a difficult one for incumbent city council person Steve Castañeda would be putting it lightly. He was falsely accused of taking advantage of his position as a city councilman and exonerated. There was no evidence of him doing anything wrong. Then he was accused of lying to a Grand Jury. Again he was exonerated in a baffling case that should have never been brought forward in the first place.

Editorial:
Politicans prepping us for a tax increase
Watching the budget debate is like watching a drama unfold before our very eyes. It has all the elements: education is the damsel in distress, the prison system is the evildoer, and the looming doom is a 10% across the board budget cut. The only missing piece to this drama is the white knight.

La Prensa San Diego Endorsements:
City of Chula Vista
City Council:


Commentary:
California Education to Latinos: Sorry, We Forgot That You Exist!
By Duane E. Campbell
After 20 years of using a California History-Social Science Framework which is ahistorical and misses the significant contributions of Mexicans, Latinos, and Asian to U.S. and California history, the State Board of Education will hold hearings on whether the current framework should be revised. I hope that you have an opinion.

Commentary:
Drug raid has SDSU concerned on image?
By Patrick Osio
What’s wrong with this headline (SD U-T May 11, 2008), “Drug raid has SDSU concerned on image”? How about being concerned about the young adults who lost their lives to drugs instead of the University’s image? How about the rampant usage of drugs not only on campus but elsewhere? How about the over 17,000 annual deaths due to drug usage in the US? And, how about the carnage taking place on a daily basis in Mexico due to its war against organized crime attempting to keep drugs out of US users’ hands?

Comentario:
Un negro porvenir
Por José Uzal
La historia de Estados Unidos ha sido una historia de excesos y correcciones. Los fundadores de esta gran nación crearon un documento de solo 7,000 palabras que cambió al mundo y estableció un sistema de gobierno basado el balance de los poderes del estado. Desde 1776 ese balance se ha movido de acuerdo a los eventos que han afectado al país a través de los siglos. El “negocio de EE.UU es hacer negocios”, comentó el presidente Coolidge describiendo brevemente la identidad nacional. Son los negocios y no la población los que afectan el balance gubernamental.

Violencia y marginalidad en Cuba
Por Víctor Manuel Domínguez.
Los niveles de violencia y marginalidad generados en Cuba a partir de 1959 son manipulados de forma sistemática durante la celebración de eventos donde se debaten “temáticas y esferas prácticamente olvidadas o ignoradas por la historiografía cubana”.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Mayor Cox not a strong mayor
I find it very interesting the recent discussions of Mayor Cox’s shaky 3-2 majority on the council. . . . . that the mayor cannot govern without a council majority. One paper encouraged us to elect a candidate who would be the third vote she could count on. (Gulp)



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: Why did the Mexican comedian Cantinflas never catch on in Hollywood? I thought he was supposed to usher in the Mexican wave of actors and movies that would help transform Hollywood. Instead, that movement ended up flat as a tortilla.

Regresa de Nueva York la Actríz Ursula Tania a El Sótano de Rita a Representar “La Hechicera del Norte”
Por: Paco Zavala
Regresa de Nueva York la talentosa actríz tijuanense Ursula Tania, directamente al foro del Centro Cultural Independiente “El Sótano de Rita” a reestrenar representando la obra “La Hechicera del Norte”. En su peregrinar por el mundo teatral “La Hechicera del Norte”, ha tenido bastante éxito en cada una de sus anteriores representaciones, tenemos la seguridad de que en este reestreno el éxito también se encuentre a su lado.

De punta a punta
El recorrido de un artista de la Ciudad de México a Santiago de Chile
The Art Institute of California, San Diego, en colaboración con enterArt Productions presentan De punta a punta; un diálogo cultural y artístico del 20 de mayo al 14 de junio de 2008. Acompáñenos y disfrute una serie de once retratos, desvanecidos delicadamente por un aura abstracta, creados por Héctor Herrera, un artista visual con una trayectoria impresionante y un futuro prometedor.

Titans’ Torres Tough on Pitchers
By John Philip Wyllie
Starting the week 20-6, the Eastlake Titans Baseball Team is in good shape to reach the CIF playoffs either as the Mesa League champion or as the league runner-up. With solid pitching and strong hitting the Titans are a well-balanced squad ranked among the top 15 in the county. A substantial portion of the credit goes to their star pitcher, infielder and hitter, Jomel Torres.

Herrera Twins Capture Mesa League Tennis Title
By John Philip Wyllie
While Sweetwater High School has produced some strong football, baseball and basketball teams over the years it has never by any stretch of the imagination been considered a tennis power. This season, a pair of remarkable twins changed that perception when they stunned their Mesa League opponents and became league doubles champions.

Once Boxeadores de BC Aseguran Medalla
MONTERREY, Nuevo León — Baja California metió a once peleadores en las semifinales dentro del boxeo amateur en la Olimpiada Nacional, disputada en el Parque Fundidora de esta capital.


Bullfight World
By Lyn A. Sherwood
First Bullfight of 2008 Season is May 25
Following all kinds of speculation regarding the Tijuana summer bullfight season and the continuing problems in border cities, Impresario Pepe López Hurtado has announced that the first corrida de toros of the 2008 season will be celebrated May 25 in Plaza Monumental de Tijuana, the “beautiful bullring by the sea”.


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