Volume XXXII Number 42 October 17, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Russell Coronado: Second try, a victory for sure for Chula Vista school board

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

When school psychologist Russell Coronado ran for the Chula Vista Elementary School District board four years ago, he didn’t get elected.

But even though he only had a handful of volunteers and no major endorsements, he was still able to garner nearly 34 percent of the vote with four candidates on the ticket.

Now that he’s running once again for Seat 4 of the Chula Vista Elementary School District, the panorama has completely changed in his favor, something that makes him confident he’ll be elected this time.

“This time I have a larger group of volunteers, I have been endorsed by Congressman Bob Filner, Councilman Rudy Ramirez, Nick Aguilar of the County Board of Education, along with the Democratic Party and a large volume of community members, teachers and parents,” Coronado said in an interview with La Prensa San Diego. “I am 100 percent confident that with the support and energy of all these individuals and organizations, I will be elected to the Chula Vista Elementary School Board.”

And he might be right. Coronado is not only the sole candidate for Seat 4 who still has two children as students in the district, but he’s also the only candidate who supported a community based proposal for equal representation in the board. (All of the board members reside in the Bonita area).

“I have a vested interest in what happens in the school because I have children who are directly impacted by the decisions the school board makes,” said Coronado, who’s 40 years old. “In addition, because I have elementary school aged children, I have the opportunity to interact on a daily basis with other parents in the district. I am able to relate on a personal level to their stories… their hopes, their concerns, their successes and their challenges. These real time conversations give me a perspective that the other candidates do not have.  These experiences will translate into a governing philosophy that values children’s well-being as well as placing their academic and social success as a top priority.”

The professional educational background that Coronado would bring to the board also makes him an ideal candidate.

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Russell Coronado: Segundo intento, victoria segura para las escuelas de Chula Vista
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Cuando el psicólogo escolar Russell Coronado se postuló para la mesa directiva del Distrito Escolar de Chula Vista, no salió ganador.

Archie McAllister Fighting for Diversity for the Chula Vista School District
Candidate Chula Vista Elementary School Board Seat #2
By Daniel Muñoz
The Chula Vista Elementary School District serves the City of Chula Vista, Bonita, Sunnyside, and South San Diego. It is a district with 44 schools and approximately 27,400 students. It is the largest district of its kind in the state and covers an area that is 103 square miles. Bonita which is 5.1 square miles with a population of about 12,500 with four schools as a part of the district and is home to all five school board members!

Beware of Accidental Disenfranchisement
Voting Rules Have Changed
By Laura Goode
Voting in America isn’t as simple as it seems.

On the Trail of the Disappeared
Searching for Immigrants Who Went Missing in Mexico
By Jorge Morales Almada
Two years after she left El Progreso, a small community in Yoro, Honduras, the remains of Martha Lidia Zúñiga were found in the Arizona desert. During that time her family lived in uncertainty. They hadn’t heard anything from her since she left for the north. She was lost. She disappeared. Until one day they got the news they had always feared: she was dead.


La vida de los sin papeles en Tijuana
Por María Dolores Bolívar
¿Quién decide los límites de la patria…? “Un patote”, contestó despertando las risas de quienes lo rodeaban, uno de El Salvador cuando le preguntaron qué animal había en el escudo de la bandera mexicana. “¿Cómo se dice plátanos en Puerto Rico? – Suelen usar en EEUU con quienes tienen o fingen el acento caribeño-” “¡Cánteme el himno nacional!” Yo por si acaso me puse a canturrear para mí las tres primaras líneas: “Mexicanos al grito de guerra, el acero aprestad y el cañón, y retiemble en sus centros la tierra, al sonoro rugir…” ¡Uy! Cuántos de mis antiguos estudiantes de civismo se habrían quedado en las primeras estrofas, considerando el nerviosismo con el que la memoria se cierra como almeja en esos mínimos instantes en que nos queda la última batalla por ganar.


Stories


Braceros De La Segunda Guerra Mundial Obtienen Acceso A Sus Ahorros De Trabajo
Los trabajadores deben presentar un reclamo en la Embajada o el Consulado Mexicano en EE.UU.
La bufeta de abogados Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. de Chicago, IL., hoy anuncio que miles de trabajadores mexicanos del campo y de vías férreas podrían recibir pronto el dinero retenido de sus salarios por trabajo realizado en Estados Unidos durante la era de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, como resultado de un acuerdo judicial de una demanda colectiva que recibió aprobación preliminar de una corte federal el viernes 10 de octubre de 2008 en San Francisco, CA.

México del Norte
Jorge Mújica Murias
Unas de cal…
Nomás entre Texas, Nueva York y Tennessee, las fuerzas anti-inmigrantes se las arreglaron el año pasado para proponer la friolera de 285 iniciativas locales o estatales de ley para fastidiarnos.


Bob Hamilton: Making Waves in the 49th Congressional District
By Mark R. Day
Democrat Bob Hamilton, candidate for the 49th Congressional district, sat in his comfortable ranch style home overlooking the Fallbrook Golf Club and said he was hoping for a tsunami on Nov. 4, not the tropical kind, but a wave of voter anger that would sweep the Republicans from office at every level.

San Diego Latino/a Leaders, Join Others Throughout the State to Urge Californians to Vote NO on Prop 8
Latino/a leaders throughout the state of California joined together to speak out against Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that would eliminate the right to marry for same-sex couples.

Latina girls magazine talks back to Palin
Teen reporters respond to Palin’s abstinence-only stance
Latinitas, (www.latinitas magazine.org) the first digital magazine made for and by Hispanic girls, knows firsthand the effects of abstinence only sex-education, being America’s sub-group that experiences the highest level of teen pregnancy than any other community in the United States.


Se Aproximan Las Fechas Límite Para la Elección de Noviembre
Quedan Pocos Días Para Inscribirse Para Votar o Solicitar Una Boleta De Elector De Voto Por Correo
La Registradora Electoral del Condado de San Diego, Deborah Seiler, desea que quienes tienen previsto votar en la Elección General Presidencial el 4 de noviembre, que estén conscientes de las siguientes fechas límite.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por José López Zamorano
Hispanos, doblemente afectados por la crisis
Es una triste realidad que los hispanos hemos pagado históricamente los platos rotos por los problemas causados por otros. Por desgracia, la actual crisis financiera no ha sido la excepción y, nuevamente, estamos siendo víctimas dobles del descalabro económico.

Fitness Tips for Older Adults
By Ashley Withers
Physical activity is one of the best things someone 65 or older can do for their health. The National Institute of Health explains that being active can actually decrease risk of falls and fractures (http://nihseniorhealth.gov/exercise/toc.html) by improving balance, flexibility, and strength. However, by age 75 about one in three men and one in two women participate in no physical activity according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Mariscos Choy’s: Sabor 100% sinaloense
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Para mariscos, no hay nada como Sinaloa.

Chuey’s Restaurant, a Barrio Logan Landmark Sold to the San Diego Community College District for $2.6 million
Chuey’s Restaurant, the decades-old restaurant in Barrio Logan familiar to countless satisfied San Diego diners has been sold to the San Diego Community College District as the site for the new Cesar Chavez campus of the district’s Continuing Education Program.

Free Home Clinic For Distressed Homeowners
Are you having trouble making your monthly mortgage payments? Visit the City’s free HOME Clinic at the Civic Center branch library Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for assistance. At the clinic, distressed homeowners can access resources and services that can provide help in determining their options. Registration is required.


Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Pamela Bensoussan is the right person at the right time for the City of Chula Vista
If you have been to a Chula Vista City Council meeting lately, you would have to describe the meeting dynamics as dysfunctional. Constant Councilmember bickering, accusations, infighting, disdain of public speakers, polarization and in particular the actions of Mayor Cox, have become an embarrassment for the residents of this city.

Editorial:
Steve Castañeda has earned another term in office
When you look back on the first four years in office for Steve Castañeda you see a hard working young man who has dedicated himself to serving the best interest of the City of Chula Vista.


Ballot Recommendations
State Propostions and Local Elections


Commentary:
Why the Latino Vote Could Decide the 2008 Election
By Randy Shaw
In California’s 2008 February primary elections, Latinos made up 30 percent of all total voters.

Commentary:
Prop. 4: Strengthening the Family
By Vince Vasquez
This Election Day, California voters will enter the ballot booth and decide whether pregnant teenage girls should have stronger parental involvement prior to an abortion. Supporting a new mainstream policy will safeguard the emotional and physical health of young Latinas in our community.

Comentario:
Buenas intenciones. Mal procedimiento.
Por: María Elena Durazo y Ruben Guerra
California tendrá en las boletas electorales de este 4 de noviembre la Proposición 7, una de las medidas que ha generado mas controversia a nivel nacional. Habla sobre energía renovable y como nuestro estado es lider en el país en cuanto a energía se refiere, muchos ojos están puestos en esta proposición que en el futuro pudiera ser imitada en otras partes de la nación.

Commentary:
What about Latin America?
By Israel Ortega and Ray Walser
Halfway through the season’s presidential and vice presidential debates, it seems likely there’s going to be little discussion of U.S.-Latin American relations during this election.


Comentario:
El mes de la hispanidad
Por José R. Uzal
El Presidente Bush, proclamo del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre de 2008 el Mes Nacional de la Hispanidad. Uno de sus prominentes opositores, la Honorable Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), líder del Congreso expreso al respecto: “Celebrar a la comunidad Hispana un mes al año no es suficiente. Los Latinos merecen una oportunidad real de lograr el Sueño Americano aunque estén aquí por generaciones o acaben de llegar”. En mi opinión ninguno de los dos esta correcto.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Ron Morrison used to care about the people’s interest
The Committee on Chicano Rights President Herman Baca accurately summed up the ongoing problems in National City in his recent opinion editorial to La Prensa. Baca’s claim that Mayor Ron Morrison and the Council have squandered city funds while they promised they would use the sales tax to increase public safety is exactly on point.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: A group of very young soldiers in the Mexican Army were being chased through the castle by U.S. Marines. At the end of the chase, the Mexicans realized they were trapped on a balcony and, instead of dying on bayonets, they wrapped themselves in Mexican flags and leapt to their deaths off the balcony. Now these boys are revered as the Niños Héroes. What is it about running from a fight and committing suicide that implies bravery and heroism? I bet their commanding officer was calling them Niños Chingones.

First Person:
Cell Phone Spits Salsa
Al Carlos Hernandez
We have call waiting at the house. My wife and I have an ongoing dialogue about it. She always clicks. I am a devout non-clicker. The grown up scion all have their own cell phones, walk around with ear pieces, and holler at their homies because we have phat family time, anytime minutes.

Teen Producers Project Helps Local Teens Bring Out the Vote to New Citizens
In the midst of economic downfall and other prominent political issues, it is important now more than ever to become involved in the voting process. Local teens are helping spread the word on civic engagement through videos they created with Media Arts Center San Diego’s Teen Producers Project in partnership with The County of San Diego Registrar of Voters.

Gallery La Mesa Celebrates “The Day of the Dead”
Gallery La Mesa announced today that its Fall show, taking place on Saturday, October 18th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., is an exhibit celebrating “The Day of the Dead” by Victor Balcazar, a photographer who has documented the subject in Tijuana for several years.


Alexander a Natural on the Court
By John Philip Wyllie
In all of the league tennis matches she has played so far this year Constance Alexander has lost just one set. That is why this Bonita Vista High senior is an early favorite to win the Mesa League singles crown. To be that dominant one would assume that Alexander has been playing competitively for many years, but that in fact, is not the case.


Titans Jarin has lots of Options
By John Philip Wyllie
Just a generation or two ago Patrick Jarin’s family was living in Mexico. On Tuesday, the highly touted Eastlake linebacker returned from a recruiting trip to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. While impressed, Jarin is not sure at this point whether he will enroll at the prestigious New York academy in the fall. First he has to sift through all the other opportunities his talents on the football field have provided him.


San Diego State Men’s Basketball Picked to Finish Third in MWC SDSU earns three first-place votes
The San Diego State men’s basketball team has been picked to finish in third place in the Mountain West Conference’s 2008-09 preseason media poll released Tuesday morning at the league’s annual media day. SDSU received a total of 170 points, including three first-place votes, and was the only school to have both men’s and women’s programs picked in the top three as the women were predicted to finish in second.

Cristian Mijares y Vic Darchinyan se vieron las caras por primera vez.
Por Jesus Gomez Flores
El día de hoy lunes al medio día en un restaurante de la ciudad de Los Ángeles California localizado sobre la calle Olvera se vieron las caras por primera vez los principales actores de la función de box FOR THE PRIDE AND COUNTRY del próximo 1 de noviembre en el Home Depot Center de Carson California. El mexicano Cristian Mijares campeón mundial supermosca versiones CMB y AMB y el armenio-australiano Vic Darchinyan campeón mundial supermosca FIB cruzaron algunas palabras no en muy buenos términos.


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