Volume XXXIII Number 17 April 24, 2009

FrontPage Stories

“Barrier breakers” dominate media awards

Southwestern College’s "The Sun" is a journalism boot-camp for Latino students

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

Sun staff is all smiles after earning their ninth consecutive Pacesetter and General Excellence awards. Photo by Edgard Aguilar

The next generation of Latino journalists in San Diego County might be already working in a Chula Vista community college’s student newspaper.

Southwestern College’s student newspaper, The Sun, is the laboratory where Latino students gain lots of experience in all aspects of journalism, from reporting and writing to designing and updating online content.

In March, The Sun won the top awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) Convention in Sacramento.

Students from The Sun earned their ninth consecutive Pacesetter and General Excellence awards, the top recognition given by America’s largest community college journalism organization.


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Obama Leaves Mexico Dry
By José Luis Sierra
JUAREZ, Mexico — Presidents Barack Obama and Felipe Calderón met April 16 in Mexico City to announce a “new era” of cooperation. But here at the border, skepticism lingers over their series of announcements that seemed to do little for any hope of real change.

Bayshore Bikeway completed ahead of schedule and ready for summer fun
In 1975, planning for a 24-mile bike route around San Diego Bay began. On April 18th, 2009, amidst mariachi music (courtesy of Southwest High School) and sizzling carne asada, elected officials cut the ribbon on the newest section of the Bayshore Bikeway. As Supervisor Greg Cox stated, “The best ideas come from the community.”



Stories


Whose ‘Tea Party’?
By Adrian Ramirez
As I marched down the streets of downtown San Jose with about 40 other pro-immigrant protesters, anxiety was building inside of me. About 1,000 protesters were gathered at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The demonstration was one of more than 300 Tax Day “tea party” protests held across the country to demand an end to tax increases and bailouts.

Border Walls: Et tu, Obama?
Flor Crisóstomo, public face of the U.S. immigrant rights movement, believes Obama will treat all people as full human beings
By Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
President Obama is not to be confused with former president Bush… yet on the issue of immigration, failure to act today essentially means that we continue to live under BushObama policies. This holds true for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan also.

Se establece organización Guatemalteca en San Diego
El día de hoy se estableció una nueva organización de chapines en esta ciudad, la Asociación Guatemalteca de San Diego.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Violando papeles
Siempre me ha llamado la atención que en Estados Unidos se hable de “abuso de drogas”, en vez de drogadicción. El término ése de “abusar de las drogas” se me hace como poner la carreta delante del burro, y darle cualidades humanas a un objeto. El que “abusa de las drogas” me suena así como a un cuate que torturó un carrujo de mariguana, o que secuestró una pobre pastilla de alucinógenos.

California Hispanics: Pro-Choice
By Suzanne Heibel
Contrary to social stereotypes, the majority of California Hispanics not only support a woman’s right to choose, but they also want continued government funding for birth control as well as sex education in schools, according to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Assemblymember Block to Chair Key Education Committee
Speaker Bass also appoints Block to serve on three additional committees.
Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) announced his appointment by Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) as Chair of the Select Committee on K-16 Articulation, Access and Affordability. The select committee is tasked with investigating the expansion of educational opportunities, communication and collaboration between K-12 schools and higher education systems; keeping fees and textbook costs low and financial assistance high; and other related issues that arise during the term of this legislative session.

Chicano Park Day Celebration April 25th
Mujeres, Adelitas del Parque! is the theme of the 39th Annual Chicano Park Day to be held on Saturday, April 25th, 2009, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, in historic Chicano Park, located in the Barrio Logan community, south of downtown San Diego. This family event is free and open to the public.

Community Notes:
May Day Immigrant Rights March
FRIDAY, MAY 1ST, 2:30 PM: May Day! Immigrants Rights March @ City College (Park St.) March to Chicano Park for Program. Now Is The Time For... *An END to ICE Raids, Detentions & Deportations *Legalization & The Right to Migrate *Dignified Work for All (Pass Employee Free Choice Act -EFCA & Employee Non Discrimination Act- ENDA) *Equal Access to Education (Pass Development Relief Education Alien Minors Act- DREAM Act) *An End to Wasteful Spending on Border Fences.

The Mercado Report: The Latino market power
By Humberto Caspa
About twenty-five years ago, when ‘reaga-nomics’ became synonym of open-market economics and Arnold Schwarzenegger just had his first dose of success with Conan the Barbarian, Latinos had few Spanish-language radio stations to listen to. We just didn’t have many options in the market.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Los padres, el aprendizaje y la comida
Si es padre de familia, seguramente sabe lo que es tratar inútilmente de alimentar a un pequeño de dos a tres años que se niega a ingerir los alimentos claves para su sano desarrollo.

Bailando Con Una Escoba
By Izzybeth Rodriguez
Una manera fácil de mantener un buen físico y controlar su peso es con la limpieza, un poco de música y caminado! Uno puede modificar cosas existentes en su vida diaria para incrementar la actividad física y uno puede hacerlo tomando pasos chicos. ¿Sabía usted que al barrer e aspirar uno quema por lo menos 10,000 calorías al año? El Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) recomienda que adultos hagan por lo menos 150 minutos de actividad física de intensidad moderada cada semana. Una manera fácil de llegar a esta meta es dedicando incrementos de 10 minutos a la actividad física durante diferentes horas al día. Sabe-mos que la actividad física es importante porque puede fortalecer al corazón y prevenir enfermedades crónicas como la diabetes tipo 2.

¡No Se Deje!
Todos Deberíamos Participar en el Censo de Estados Unidos
Por Jess J. Araujo
El artículo I, sección 2 de la Constitución de Estados Unidos establece los requerimientos para conducir un conteo exacto de la población cada 10 años. Este conteo, llamado el “Censo” requiere el conteo de cada persona en el país al principio de cada década. El próximo Censo comenzará el 1ro de Abril de 2010. Las formas del Censo son enviadas por correo a cada hogar o lugar donde viven las personas para determinar cuantas personas viven ahí. Las personas serán contadas en su “residencia usual” que ha sido descrita como “donde vive y duerme una persona la mayoría del tiempo”. Los representantes del Censo van personalmente a las casas u otros lugares donde viven las personas cuando las formas del Censo no son completadas y regresadas por correo como se requiere. Estos representantes van a las casas, apartamentos, remolques, campamentos y aún debajo de los puentes y edificios abandonados donde viven personas. Las formas nuevas del Censo son cortas y sencillas. Solamente es una página con 10 preguntas sencillas.


Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Hope is in the air
It serves the soul well, every now and then, to take a break, relax and just enjoy life a bit. That is what we are doing today!


Commentary:
Summit shows that U.S.-Latin American relations need giant leap
By Teo Ballve
President Obama’s recent meeting with Latin American heads of state marked a positive step, but he needs to make bigger ones to repair our relations.

Commentary:
One Lump or Two?
By Victor Kamber
If you can’t succeed, secede.

Comentario:
Sin embargo
Por José R. Uzal
El Presidente Obama ha cambiado la dinámica de las relaciones entre Cuba y EE.UU. Con un plumazo acabó con todas las limitaciones impuestas en los últimos 50 años por diferentes administraciones.

Commentary:
Sierra & Tierra
A Toxic Lesson

By Javier Sierra
The jingling gets louder and louder as you approach any of the four petrochemical plants that surround Cesar Chavez High School. When you arrive at any of them, you realize the jingling comes from the hundreds of aluminum tags attached to the maze of pipes making up the facilities.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arrellano
Dear Mexican: First of all, please don’t think that I’m a self-loathing Mexican; I was born in the U.S. to northern Mexican parents. As far as I know, my ancestry is just Indian, Spanish, and a little French. For some strange reason, I have developed an intense fascination, and you might say, love, for Arab culture, language, cuisine, etc., especially Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian, Palestinian, and Iraqi, and I don’t even have a drop of Arab blood in me. I hope to visit Lebanon someday, and Palestine (notice I said “Palestine” and not Israel), Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. I love the dabka, kibbe, kaffiyehs, qahwa, falafel, hummos bi tahini, baqlawa, Lebanese singer Fairuz, the ruins at Baalbek, the city of Beirut, and hell, too many other things too numerous to mention. Do you think I could be of Lebanese ancestry and not know it? I mean, there ARE descendants of Lebanese immigrants in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Would a D.N.A. test tell me what my ancestry is, and could it turn up libaneses in my family tree? Let me know.


Bebida Azteca a la Conquista Del Mundo
El Mezcal del Clandestinaje a Los Restaurantes Gourmet
Por Sergio Flores Hernández.
ACAPULCO, México — El mezcal, una bebida destilada de maguey que data desde la época de los aztecas, se empieza a colocar en restaurantes gourmet en México y se prevé que en diez años, este destilado conquiste al mundo con una creciente industria de productos orgánicos.


In search of memories lost
Renowned Argentina author Juan de Recacoechea has just published his new book “Andean Express” to rave reviews. The following is an edited vision for the new book.
By Juan de Recacoechea
The first time I saw the sea was when my father took me to the Pacific Coast. I was barely seven years old. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, few Bolivians had ever been to the coast. The only way to get there was the railroad connecting the city of La Paz, in Bolivia with the small port of Arica in northern Chile. The railroad had been built by Chile as meager consolation for the cession of the “lost territories” during the War of the Pacific, a conflict in which Chile crushed the joint armies of Peru and Bolivia in barely one year’s time.

April 24 Event Will Mark Era of “Lumumba-Zapata College”Activism
A 40-year commemoration of the days when student activists attempted to name the new third college on the University of California, San Diego campus as “Lumumba-Zapata College” will be held at 6 p.m. April 24 in the Cross-Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Bolles Arts Foundation to Award First Scholarships at Benefit Concert
Chula Vista – Golf legend Billy Casper, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, humanitarian Gemma Bulos, and nationally-renowned composer Dr. Patrick Bradley will be honored at the Bolles Arts Foundation Scholarship Benefit Concert May 15 at New Hope Community Church.

The 13th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts
North Park – If a day of arts & culture and good old-fashioned family fun is what you are looking for, then look no further than the 13th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts! The best news is that this celebration of the arts and cultural diversity is completely FREE!!! That’s right, on Sunday, May 17th, 2009 from 10:00 AM through 6:00 PM on University between 30th and 32nd Street, this free event will offer something for everyone including breathtaking visual arts, four stages of live entertainment, remarkable vendor booths, an educational and fun children’s area, tantalizing food & drinks and of course artisans from around the globe.

Calendar of Events:
Be a part of the long-standing Peñasquitos tradition!
The Rancho de los Peñasquitos Town Council and the Fiesta Planning Committee are proud to present the Fourteenth Annual Fiesta de los Peñasquitos street fair being held on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Black Mountain Road between Carmel Mountain Road and Twin Trails Drive.

Chula Vista’s Mendoza in Search of a Scholarship
By John Philip Wyllie
In the fall, Mexico City-born Jessica Mendoza was the runner-up in the Mesa League Cross Country Finals. Now she is putting her long distance running ability to use for Chula Vista High’s Track Team. Running the 1600 and the 3200, Mendoza is again expected to challenge for a league title. She stumbled upon long distance running by accident.


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