Volume XXXIII Number 08 February 20, 2009

FrontPage Stories

Escondido Recognizes Community Leaders

The Hispanic leaders Daniel Perez and Hector Morales were honored for their work and efforts within the Latino community.

By América Barceló-Feldman

ESCONDIDO - In an emotional ceremony open to public, Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler presented the State of the City last Wednesday, February 11 at the City Hall.

The State of the City was preceded by a musical presentation and the annual Community Involvement Award Ceremony presented by the City Council.

This year 14 residents of Escondido were awarded for their hard work and giving within the community. Recognition was also given to municipal workers with 25 to 35 years on the job.

During the ceremony Holt Pfeiler and the members of the city council said that the citizen involvement in the community is very important for the development of the city. For this reason they were thankful for the outstanding work that each one of the awarded leaders have done to help improve the lives in Escondido.

The awards were presented by the Mayor and the Council Members Dick Daniels, Sam Abed y Olga Díaz, with Marie Waldron being the only absentee of the night.


Daniel Perez with his daughter, Alani

Two of the awarded were the Hispanic activists, Daniel Perez and Hector Morales, whose work within the Latino community has begun to impact positively the city.

For the first time as the first Latina member of the town hall, Olga Diaz recognized Daniel Perez mentioning the importance of his good work to help the city.

Perez was awarded with the prize of Charity due to his contribution as an organizer of diverse events for prevention of gangs, drugs and alcohol, and for cleaning the streets, plus providing security outside of schools.

In addition, Perez began the weekly delivery of food to nearly 200 low income families in the city. He also organized the event: Day of the Children (Día del Niño) with almost ten thousand assistants, among other important activities.

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Premia Escondido líderes comunitarios
Los hispanos Daniel Pérez y Héctor Morales fueron honrados por su labor y entrega dentro de la comunidad hispana.
Por América Barceló-Feldman
ESCONDIDO - En un emotivo evento abierto al público la alcalde de la ciudad de Escondido Lori Holt Pfeiler rindió su informe anual de labores en calidad ceremonia en el Centro Cívico de esa entidad el pasado miércoles 11 de febrero.

Tough Choices, Shared Sacrifice. State of California finally has a buget!
SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly early this morning (thursday morning 6:30 am) moved to close the state’s historic $41 billion budget deficit with a bipartisan vote to approve a combination of spending cuts and new revenues. The fiscal package passed enacts the state budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year and balances the current 2008-2009 budget, which has seen a steep drop in expected revenues due to the national economic downturn.

Graphic Novels That Heal
By Christina Hernandez
Artist Jaime Cortez creates visual narratives about AIDS, gun violence and immigration.


Stories


Protesting Mexico’s No Child Left Behind
By Berenice Reyes, Zacarias Cervantes and Karina Contreras.
In many respects, Mexico’s Alliance for Educational Quality (ACE) could be compared with the United States’ No Child Left Behind law. Like No Child Left Behind, ACE proposes raising the professional bar of teachers and the learning expectations of students. And like the fiercely-debated legislation north of the border, ACE is generating tons of controversy in Mexico.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
¿En Dónde Está la Raya?
Tony Platell, de 37 años, podía haberse jubilado de la Patrulla Fronteriza en una década, después de haber agarrado unos cuantos miles de inmigrantes indocumentados. Pero nomás trabajó 13 años. Le tocó agarrar “mojados” en San Diego, en Arizona y desde hace dos años, en Riverside, Califas.

Minorities and the Labor Market in the Recession by the Numbers
By Amanda Logan
WASHINGTON — The economy shed 598,000 jobs in January alone, and the nation’s unemployment rate reached 7.6 percent for the first time in more than 16 years. Since the beginning of the recession in December 2007, the economy has lost a staggering 3.6 million jobs—1.8 million in just the last three months—while the unemployment rate has jumped 2.7 percentage points. Even before the recession struck, minorities faced a more precarious economic situation than whites, especially in the labor market. Naow, 13 months into the downturn, it is clear that they have been hit hard.


Profile:
Juan Luis Curiel, The Johnny Carson of Tijuana
By Augie Bareño
During the late 1950’s and early sixties Dick Clark’s American Bandstand was one of the most popular shows among the nations Teenagers. It introduced many legendary rock and roll figures to the viewing public. It spawned many similar shows throughout the country, locally in San Diego; KFMB-Channel 8 had Don Howard’s Teenage Dance time, where each week he would feature various San Diego area High schools in a dance contest, the winners of which would head to a Dance-off. The show proved to be very popular and gave Channel 8 access to a burgeoning youth market.

‘Advocacy in a Changing World’
is Theme of Next Comienza con un Sueño College Outreach Event for Latino Families

By Michael Dabney
What steps can parents take to become or remain effective advocates for their children’s education, especially in light of today’s financial crisis which seriously threatens state spending on K-12 education and higher education?

Hilltop High Wins San Diego County Academic Decathlon
Awards Ceremony Honors South County’s Dominance Against Reigning Southwest High School at 27th Annual Event
Tuesday night at the 27th annual Academic Decathlon Awards ceremony Hilltop High School was crowned San Diego Academic Decathlon Champions. Hilltop High beat out their record-breaking opponents, Southwest High, also of the Sweetwater Union High School District who in previous years dominated the Decathlon. The awards ceremony was held at the University of San Diego where all participating schools were honored.

“Agua Caliente en Imágenes” una de las Actividades del Archivo Histórico de Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Con la colaboración aproximada de cien profesores conocedores de las áreas de historia, español, cómputo y diseño del tercer grado de educación secundaria del Sistema Educativo Estatal, se realizaron el pasado mes de enero dos sesiones de capacitación para participar en la organización de la V Feria de Tijuana a realizarce del 26 al 29 de marzo próximo en el Centro Cultural Tijuana.


Migrante impulsan proyectos a favor de Michoacán
Morelia, Mich
. - A través de la Secretaría del Migrante, la Federación de Michoacanos en el Condado de Orange, California, promueve la creación de proyectos para beneficiar a los michoacanos, tales como la consolidación de una escuela para niños con capacidades especiales en Tzintzuntzan.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Marangely Rodríguez
Protege tu corazón, cuida tu alimentación
Las enfermedades cardio-vasculares son la causa número uno de muerte en los Estados Unidos. Cada día las cifras continúan en aumento y tocan de cerca a la comunidad hispana. De acuerdo a la Asociación Americana del Corazón, las enfermedades cardiovasculares son responsables de una de cada tres muertes entre los hispanos.

¡No Se Deje!
Inmigrantes Masculinos Indocumentados Deben Registrarse En La Agencia Federal Del Servicio Selectivo

Por Lic. Jess J. Araujo
La ley Federal exige que los hombres entre las edades de 18 y 26 años de edad se registren en la Oficina del Servicio Selectivo. La Oficina del Servicio Selectivo establece una lista de todos los hombres elegibles para ser llamados para servir en el ejército en caso de emergencia nacional. Los inmigrantes, aún los indocumentados, que viven en Estados Unidos deben registrarse con el Servicio Selectivo 30 días después de su cumpleaños número 18. Los inmigrantes masculinos que tienen 18 o más años cuando entran al país deben registrarse tan pronto sea possible y, a más tardar antes de su cumpleaños 26. Los inmigrantes que están en el país con una visa de “no inmigrante” no tienen obligación de registrarse con el Servicio Selectivo. Las visas de no inmigrantes son emitidas por un período fijo de tiempo, por ejemplo 3 meses, para un propósito específico como las visas de visitante y estudiante.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Blacks and Hispanics working together is the message we heard
February is Black History Month. This year is significant and historical as Barack Obama became the first Black President of the United States. We watched as Black History was being made.


Commentary:
Obituary: Cardinal Pio Laghi’s work in Argentina doesn’t measure up!
By Patricio Rice
On January 10th Cardinal Nuncio Pio Laghi, the first papal nuncio to the United States, died in Rome. He served in Argentina from 1974 to 1980. I have been asked my opinion of him. What measurement do you use in such a case? If it were the Gospel, which of course it should be, as he proclaimed himself to be a follower and believer in Jesus of Nazareth, then I can see no aspect of his life and work where he measures up.


Commentary:
Better Nutrition Equals Better Education
By Kathleen Rogers
Cafeteria food has always been the brunt of kids’ jokes. Many of us remember the grilled cheese sandwich that stuck to the plate when you turned it upside down, and the egg soufflé that jiggled when you poked it. But even that is a far cry from what’s served now.


Comentario:
El referéndum
Por Jose Uzal
Mientras Castro languidece en su lecho de muerte, Hugo Chávez, el presidente de Venezuela y dictador en entrenamiento, trabaja activamente para conseguir el objetivo de su mentor: destruir a Estados Unidos. El peligro más grande que presenta el hispano Chávez, es que parece ser un mequetrefe. Nada más lejos de la verdad. El incipiente dictador es un formidable adversario, con dinero, con poderosos aliados y con acceso a la economía norteamericana. Esto lo sitúa en una perfecta posición para ser una quinta columna y destruirnos desde dentro pervirtiendo nuestro sistema electoral.


The Public Forum... El Foro Público
No new Taxes in Chula Vista
Stupid is as stupid does
So now the city council would like us to give them the sales tax credit card again. But to assure us there won’t be anymore hanky panky going on they will appoint an oversight commission consisting of individuals with a “financial background.”



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I believe that the words people use to describe other people, intentionally or unintentionally, reflect their political values. But I want to give you the benefit of the doubt, so I write to you. You described Cesar Chavez as hating “illegals” in a previous column, and as being ethnocentric early in his career. This isn’t the first time that you’ve used the word “illegal” to describe undocumented immigrants, and I have problems with that. Now, if we are going to use that term to describe undocumented immigrants, then a lot of U.S. citizens who have committed crimes such as drug trafficking, corruption, murder, embezzlement, rape, warrant-less wiretapping, harassment, stealing, and many, many others, including the ones perpetrated by our departed president are really the ones who should be called ILLEGALS. Using this term only plays out to the right-wing agenda (the Minutemen, Rush Limbaugh, the Real Housewives of Orange County, the wackos in Congress, etc.) and contributes to the bashing of immigrants and Latinos in general, whether they are documented or not. You must realize that Latinos, especially if they are poor and uneducated, are perhaps the last “safe” target for bigotry and scapegoating in our land of the free and home of the brave.


First Person:
Falling Down the Stairs in House Shoes
By Al Carlos Hernandez
It is a family tradition, no doubt rooted in the dark recesses of cholo vato loco-ism, for my sons and me to wear the cheapest black Rite Aid $9.95 house shoe slippers imaginable. They are cotton corduroy, black with ridges at the top. On the bottom there is a flat layer of black foamy stuff which puppies find quite delicious. They are to be worn with calf length tube socks. Black socks are for funerals and more formal occasions.


Laura Bozzo y la prensa hispana
Prensa latina: Y todavía falta lo peor. ¿Por la economía? No, vuelve Laura Bozzo a la TV. Y sí, la representa
Por Eduardo Stanley
TV Azteca anunció el pasado 21 de enero que había firmado contrato con la animadora Laura Bozzo para la producción y conducción de un talk show que empezará a transmitirse en Estados Unidos por esa cadena este mismo mes.

San Diego Public Libraries Exhibits Work of Latino Art Students
A partnership between Platt College San Diego, School of Art and Design and the San Diego Public Library has created an opportunity for Latino art students to display their work while beautifying local libraries. At the downtown, Spring Valley and Rolando branch libraries, dozens of vibrant pieces of graphic art and photography were recently displayed and will remain available for public viewing through March.

C.V. Youth Action Council to Hold Theater Slam February 28
Teens are invited to enjoy live music, poetry, and dramatic arts at the annual Chula Vista Action Council’s Theater Slam, Saturday, February 28. The free event will be held at the Library.s Civic Center branch (365 F St.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include original works by amateur artists. Light refreshments will be served.

Mexicanos Anotan en la Exposición de Perro Westminster
Por James Klein
NUEVA YORK (KPRENSA) – La Exhibición Canina de Westminster es uno de los expectáculos caninos más famoso del mundo. Es una competencia de dos días y se lleva a cabo en Nueva York. Esta semana, como todos los años, se presentó la 133ava edición del Westminster Kennel Club en el Madison Square Garden.

Mexicans Score at Westminster Dog Show
By James Klein
New York (KPRENSA) – The Westminster Dog Show is one of the most famous dog exhibitions in the world. It’s a two day competition that takes place every year at Madison Square Garden in New York. Last week, on February 9th and 10th, the Westminster Kennel Club presented the 133rd edition.


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