Volume XXXII Number 40 October 3, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Channel 4 SD’s Shades of San Diego Wants to Tell Your Story

By Michael Klam

A trip down San Diego surface streets west from El Cajon to the beach is like traveling through different worlds.

In City Heights, Somali locals prepare to fast for Eid. In Barrio Logan, Chican@s dance Baile Folkórico. And in OB, lady bikers from East County bare their tattoos and eat Texas Barbecue.

From Marshall Islander students at Garfield Elementary in North Park to the Chaldeans — about 35,000 Iraqi Catholics living in the El Cajon area — San Diego brims with stories of community and diversity.

Sandra Torres (second from left) and Jessie Chang (right) sit with Walt McCoy of the Nergo League after shooting their Tribute to the Negro Leagues show. Far left is a student intern, Nikki Jimenez.

In a day, interlopers can visit the Buddhist Temple of San Diego for a Dharma message to cleanse the soul, sit in on a San Diego Southern Baptist mass to bask in the high notes of praise, and meet up with the unbelievers, agnostics, skeptics and secular humanists of the Atheist Coalition to discuss the benefits of science literacy.

Yet many San Diegans have no idea about the city’s vast demography, from the beauty of its cultural diversity to the multiplicity of its ideologies. And these diverse communities, despite their geographic proximity, often live separate lives, worlds apart.

When producers Sandra Torres and Jessica Chang took the reins of Channel 4 SD’s “Shades of San Diego,” a bi-weekly show designed to raise awareness about San Diego’s different ethnic communities, they knew they had enough material to last a lifetime.

The Postville 28 — Women Immigrants Fight To Stay In U.S.
By Marcelo Ballvé
POSTVILLE, Iowa— The women could have just packed up a few belongings, gently broken the news to their children they could no longer remain in this country, and gone back to Mexico and Guatemala.

California Needs “Dream Act” Now More Than Ever With Recent Court Decision
By Peter Schrag
The three-judge decision earlier this month that jeopardizes tuition breaks for thousands of California’s illegal alien college students may be legally correct. But it’s likely to lead to a self-defeating economic strategy the nation will regret.

Mona Alvarado-Rios Candidate for National City Council
Public service is a family tradition
By Daniel Muñoz
In National City the Alvarado family name is synonymous with public service. Al Alvarado is the long-time aide to Congressman Bob Filner and organizer of the all-star baseball team, San Diego USA, which annually plays international teams. Rosie Alvarado, Al’s wife, is a long time member of the board for the National School District in the city. Now their daughter Mona Alvarado-Rios looks to continue the family tradition of community service by running for National City, City Council.


Narco 101
Frontera NorteSur
The news from Mexico does not cease to startle, with the latest story seemingly outdoing the previous one. Two dozen execution victims are found slain in a rural field. Grenades are tossed into crowds celebrating the country’s Independence Day in Morelia, Michoacan, a colonial city designated a world heritage site. A long-imprisoned kingpin launches a website with cool photos like any other star.

Violence in Mexico Forces Families to Emigrate
By Lydia Cacho
CANCUN, Mexico - A few weeks ago in Tijuana, three families told me that for the last few months they have been living in San Diego. They moved to the United States because one of their children was the victim of a kidnapping in Mexico. (They crossed the border back into Mexico to hear me give a reading from my book.)

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Secuestros y Rescates
¡McCain tiene razón! La economía es una cosa muy difícil de entender. Al menos la economía que practica mi tocayo Bush desde la Casa Blanca. Dice la voz popular que “el que la hace la paga”, pero aquí no es así, particularmente en la industria de la vivienda.

Economic Crises Hits the Working-Class Hardest
By Mariana Martínez
“I have been here 20 years and this has been the hardest I’ve experienced, the hardest of all, I tell you….” says Aurelio Jaime waiting to take the trolley to a job interview.

La Crisis Económica Está Golpeando Muy Duro a la Clase Trabajadora
Por Mariana Martínez
“He vivido aquí 20 años, y este es el año más difícil que me ha tocado de todos, el más difícil la mera verdad…” dijo Aurelio Jaime, mientras esperaba en la parada del Trolley para ir a una entrevista de trabajo.

California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Opposes Proposition 2
Leading Latino Organizations Agree, Prop. 2 is Anti-Consumer, Anti-Worker, and UN-SAFE
The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) has announced its opposition to Prop. 2 and has joined Californians for SAFE Food in the fight to stop the dangerous and costly Prop. 2 ballot initiative, ‘Standards for Confining Farm Animals. Initiative Statute.’

Andamos en esto
Por María Dolores Bolívar
Los emigrantes se resguardan de su tiempo, de los gobiernos, de la historia. Su visibilidad los vuelve vulnerables y a veces, también, invisibles, extraña paradoja. Parecería que han hecho un conjuro. Están sin estar… “No hay nada que perder…” me comentó un amigo que se subió con un grupo de ellos en una camioneta que cruzó por el lado de Otay. “Van convencidos de que se juegan su última carta.” Y a diario tientan a la suerte… “¡Qué más…!” dijo Martín. “Qué otra queda”, terció Manuel.

Por Rebeca Logan
De nuevos ciudadanos a nuevos votantes
Hace pocos días en la Arena Deportiva de Los Ángeles se reunieron más de 15 mil personas de todo el planeta. Pero no llegaron al estadio para ver un partido de básket o un concierto, llegaron para dar el último paso en su largo camino hacia la ciudadanía de Estados Unidos, y el primer paso como nuevos votantes.

The health effects of the border commute
Part 2
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Sitting inside your car for a couple of hours everyday can have effects in your physical health.

Latino Health: What the Numbers are Telling Us
With September coming to an end, it marks the end of Latino Health Awareness Month. Several events took place all across California to raise awareness and knowledge about the health issues affecting the Latino community. Many of these activities were sponsored by the Network for a Healthy California (www.cachampionsforchange.net/en/index.php) and included park festivals and healthy cooking demonstrations. Latino Health Awareness Month marks a time to reflect not only on your personal health choices but also the health of your community.

Wal-Mart saluda a estudiante local en homenaje al Mes de la Herencia Hispana
El mayor comerciante minorista del país honra a beneficiario de becas de San Diego por excelencia educativa
Wal-Mart, el mayor comer-ciante minorista del país y uno de los principales empleadores privados de hispanos, celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana del 1 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, demostrando su dedicación a la educación superior al honrar a varios estudiantes beneficiarios de becas Wal-Mart otorgadas a través del Hispanic Scholarship Fund o HSF (Fondo de Becas Hispanas). Elizabeth Muñoz, nacida en Santa María, es uno de esos estudiantes que al alcanzar excelencia académica aparecerá en la campaña de publicidad de Wal-Mart, como un ejemplo de la dedicación continua de Wal-Mart a la educación superior. Esta dedicación a la educación es el centro de enfoque de la campaña nacional del comerciante minorista “La mejor herencia es una buena educación”, la cual coincide también con el lanzamiento de la página Web de Wal-Mart, AhorraMasViveMejor.com.

Community Notes:
TB Case Reported at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center at National City
HHSA Working with School Officials to Identify Those Who May Have Been Exposed
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is working with Southwestern College officials to notify students and faculty who were possibly exposed to tuberculosis (TB).

Editorial and Commentary

Jaime Mercado is still the best person for Sweetwater’s School Board
Jaime Mercado is running for re-election for seat #4 - Sweetwater Union High School District. In our opinion, Jaime is the best person for this seat and deserves a second term to accomplish the goals that he has set out for this term.

Pearl Quiñones Provides Continuity to the SUHSD Board
Pearl Quiñones has served two terms on the Sweetwater Unified High School Board and is looking to represent Seat #2 for a third term. We believe that Quiñones brings the experience and knowledge to the district to see it through another four year term.

“Sí Se Puede”
A Phrase with a Rich History

By Teresita Perez
Much to my surprise, over the past few years the rallying cry “Sí se puede” has become pretty ubiquitous. This phrase, which literally translated means, “yes, it can be done,” was the chosen phrase used by participants in the immigration reform marches in 2006. Later on, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) adopted the English equivalent “Yes we can” as his presidential campaign slogan.

“Sí Se Puede”
Una Frase con Tradición

By Teresita Perez
Sorprendentemente en los últimos años el lema de “Sí se puede” se ha convertido bastante común. Esta frase fue escogida por los participantes de la reforma migratoria en el 2006. Más tarde el Senador Barack Obama (D-IL) adopto el equivalente en inglés “Yes we can” como su lema presidencial de campaña.

Thinking of Obama With my Children on my Mind
By Ernie McCray
Barack Obama’s campaign seems to be “just my imagination running away with me” but, in actuality, it’s possibly a fantastic voyage into what can become a promising reality. And this tall old gray bearded black dude is ready.

Open the Borders
by Jacob G. Hornberger
Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders, by Jason L. Riley, is one fantastic book on the national immigration debate. Riley’s new book, combined with Phillipe Legrain’s 2007 book Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them, provides the definitive case for open borders as the solution to America’s immigration “crisis.” (I’d also recommend The Future of Freedom Foundation’s 1995 book The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration.)

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

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I’m half-Catalan, and the women on my mom’s side of my family have spent most of our lives being hated by Mexicans. I’ve never understood it. My mom and aunts warned me as soon as I hit junior high that I was going to have a target on me, because they had one too when they were my age. It didn’t make sense—I had the same Mexican friends since kindergarten. Most of my life I grew up in a mostly Mexican neighborhood, and I spoke their language. But it didn’t matter—my mom, her six sisters and most of my cousins and myself have been called “coconut” or some other mean thing because of our background, and all of us have been threatened by at least one MEChA member. It wasn’t only our fellow students—none of us could take a Spanish class without a teacher telling us that we were completely wrong, and that no one talked or wrote like us anymore. But no males in my family ever experienced this. Can you please tell me why Mexican women hate Spanish women?

First Person
Fear and loathing behind the sales counter
By Al Carlos Hernandez
We were in Rite Aid/WalMart/Longs, whatever, the other day when this angry little guy in a mail order suit rudely cut the line, pushed up to the cashier waving the store’s advertisement and pointed to a $4.99 power strip. The customer was a foreigner because he was rattling something off a Peking menu, while wearing a 50’s tie, plaid shirt and cardboard looking shoes.

Demuestran el Arte Pictórico Fronterizo en el Mural “GraffiCUT”
Por: Paco Zavala
Ojalá los jóvenes que dedican o desperdician su tiempo en rayonear las paredes y los espacios: “sin ton ni son”, grafiteando y aportando un mal aspecto a la ciudad, además de demostrar una aberración social y artística, dedicaran su precioso tiempo y esfuerzo a crear espacios hermosos, en los que irradie la luz de la policromía del color y la belleza, creando murales en los que puedan demostrar su carácter, talento y facultades artísticas, expresando por medio del trazo, la perspectiva y el color sus inquietudes e inconformidad sobre normas establecidas, a las cuales rechazan, dejando permanentemente plasmadas en la pared su inconformidad.

Celebran la Segunda Edición del Festival “Sonidero”
“Concierto de Bandas de Alientos en la Delegación “Los Pinos”
Por: Paco Zavala
La culturización en Tijuana está siendo cubierta en todos los entornos, el “Sonidero” o “Los Sonideros”, como se le denomina a este género de fandangos de barrio, en los cuales los músicos, la música y los bailarines son netamente extraídos del propio barrio, para solaz esparcimiento y diversión del propio barrio, este género de eventos proviene de la capital mexicana..

History en Español premieres acclaimed documentary “Los Zafiros/The Sapphires” During Hispanic Heritage Month
As the Beatles were rocking Liverpool in the early 1960s, another great pop band was coming together in the tough musical neighborhood of Cayo Hueso in Havana. Playing a brilliant mix of American inspired Doo Wop, Afro-Cuban and traditional Latin forms, Los Zafiros became a sensation in Cuba and beyond before dissolving in the mid 1970s from the effects of the fast life, infighting and changing political and musical tastes. On October 5th at 8pm the acclaimed documentary “Los Zafiros/The Sapphires” brings the musical talents of the famed group to life once again with a special premiere on History en Español.

Networking: A Smart Step for Latino Writers
Q & A with senior book editor Johanna Castillo
By Marcela Landres
Johanna Castillo joined Simon & Schuster in 2005 and has been instrumental in building a formidable Latino publishing program. Johanna is one of those rare commodities that the book business sorely needs: an astute businessperson who is also a staunch bibliophile. Hailing from Ecuador, she brings a much-needed international perspective to an industry that is not receptive enough to talent beyond our borders.

Calendar of Events:
3 for $300 Poetry Slam
On Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m., Poetry & Art in the Museum of the Living Artist hosts another poetry/visual art combination slam for writers, artists and performers. This 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.

For “El Matador,” Loss is bittersweet
By El Gran Campeon
Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga couldn’t have selected a more appropriate anthem as he entered the ring to battle against “Sugar” Shane Mosley, one of the most renowned boxers, `last Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The song “El Matador” by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, tells the tale of a man who is on the run, after having his wild lifestyle catch up to him. For Ricardo Mayorga, the song embodies both his personal life, and his boxing career.

Lopez a Leader for the Eagles
By John Philip Wyllie
Establishing a new sport at any high school is never easy. During their first few years programs are subject to growing pains. Typically there are a lot more Ls than there are Ws in the won/lost column. Such is the case at Granite Hills High with its new field hockey program, but at least coach, Amber Studer has team captain Yesenia Lopez to help get the team over the rough spots.

Perez at Home in Aztec Secondary
By John Philip Wyllie
With the Aztec offense exploding for a season high 45 points last weekend much of the post-game focus was naturally on quarterback Ryan Lindley (433 yards passing with 4 TDs), Vincent Brown (8 receptions for 183 yards and 3 TDs) and Atiyyah Henderson (21 carries for 119 yards and 2 TDs).

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