Obama Reaffirms Promise to Renegotiate NAFTA
By Laura Carlsen
The courtesy call between President-elect Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon turned out to be a little more revealing than anticipated. The statement from incoming White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gave a pretty clear, if vague, picture of where Obama plans to take the bilateral relationship. On renegotiating NAFTA, he stood his ground as Calderon lobbied heavily not to re-open the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Immigration Reform is Doable, A Key Symbol of Change, Say Religious, Labor, Latino, and Immigrant Advocacy Leaders
Key leaders who will be pushing the new Administration and Congress to enact immigration reform expressed optimism that broad reforms thwarted in recent years in Congress can and will be passed this year. Speaking on a conference call for reporters organized by the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington, the speakers, representing a diverse spectrum of constituencies engaged in immigration reform efforts, said comprehensive immigration reform remains an important priority for the country and that they were encouraged by early indications coming from the President-elect and Congressional leadership that reform was achievable.
Bass, Steinberg Announce New Legislative Efforts to Aid Unemployed Californians
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) announced the fast-tracking of legislation that would make California eligible for up to $900 million in federal unemployment insurance incentives and would allow Californians to bring in more part-time income while they are receiving unemployment insurance benefits and looking for permanent full-time work.
México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Nomás Diez Cositas
Hay compas dentro del movimiento migratorio que creen (confían, más bien), en que de aquí a noviembre va a haber algún tipo de reforma migratoria. No completa, en el sentido de que resuelva toda la problemática de todos los inmigrantes indocumentados (y los documentados, que también tienen broncas), pero si “algunas cosas” en vía a la reforma.
“The first step to success”
Southwestern College opens new higher education center in San Ysidro
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Magdalena Dexter remembers that, when she started taking child development classes in 1998 at the Southwestern College Higher Education at San Ysidro, the facilities weren’t in the best conditions.
“El primer paso al éxito”
Southwestern College abre nuevo centro educativo en San Ysidro
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Magdalena Dexter recuerda que, cuando empezó a tomar clases de desarrollo infantil en 1998 en el Centro de Educación Superior de Southwestern College en San Ysidro, las instalaciones no eran las mejores.
Southwestern College Names Two New Vice Presidents
VP for Human Resources and VP for Student Affairs Selected
The Southwestern Community College District Governing Board has named Michael Kerns its new Vice President for Human Resources and Dr. Angelica Suarez its new Vice President for Student Affairs. The appointments of the new vice presidents became effective following an extensive national search and selection process.
LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Marangely Rodríguez
Muévete a la televisión digital
A partir del 17 de febrero de 2009, las estaciones televisivas en los Estados Unidos cesarán de transmitir su programación en formato analógico y comenzarán a transmitir en formato digital. Esto significa que si recibes la señal en tu televisor a través de una antena de techo o portátil o “antena de conejo”, vas a necesitar una caja convertidora para continuar viendo los canales locales que actualmente disfrutas.
Practical Money Matters:
A financial Super Bowl
By Jason Alderman
As it does every year, Super Bowl mania is sweeping the nation. In a recent survey of Visa Inc. cardholders, more than 60 percent said they would be inviting family and friends over to watch the game, spending an average of about $170 on refreshments. How do your plans and budget stack up?
Obama Inaugural Live Broadcast at The San Diego Public Library
Due to strong community interest in the Inaugural of President-Elect Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday, January 20th, the San Diego Public Library will host several exciting events to mark that momentous occasion. The Library envisions San Diego residents from all walks of life attending the many events, fostering fellowship and entering in dialogue with one another each other.
Editorial and Commentary
The Inauguration of Barack Obama
As the inauguration day of President elect Barack Obama draws closer the anticipation and excitement level is building to a point that reflects the significance and importance of the first Black man elected as President of the United States.
It’s Time to Percolate Up Not Trickle Down!
By Congressman Bob Filner
Last fall, I voted against the $700 billion bailout bill because it relied on a failed economic theory: trickle down. I wanted to see a bill that would inject money into our economy by helping regular citizens keep their homes, keep their jobs, and let prosperity percolate up!
Americans Dream Simpler Dreams Part II: The Voters
By John Zogby
Barack Obama’s second book is titled The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. Is it possible that Obama, whose campaign message centered on hope, won the election by winning the votes of those who have lost hope in that American Dream? That is just what I’ve discovered after looking back at both 2008 post-election polling and years of surveying attitudes about the American Dream.
Union Solidarity ForeverExcept on Capitol Hill
By Victor Kamber
A hopeful sign as the 111th Congress convenes and President-elect Obama prepares to take office is a new spirit of bipartisanship, brought on by the worst of times. On both sides of the aisle there is more fear than loathing. Every day more people lose their jobs, more businesses go bankrupt. The country simply has too many problems for political infighting on Capitol Hill.
Por José R. Uzal
En el 2007 la Reserva Federal comenzó a bajar las tasas de interés y el gobierno estableció una política para convertirnos a todos en propietarios de vivienda. Se eliminaron o ignoraron las regulaciones que estaban vigentes para otorgar hipotecas. Esto estimulo la demanda de viviendas. Los constructores no daban abasto, los corredores de hipotecas y de bienes raíces hacían fortunas de la noche a la mañana. Los bancos y los corredores de bolsa recibían grandes comisiones. El único problema era que cada aumento en el precio de la propiedad reducía el numero de personas que calificaban para una hipoteca. Los participantes en este banquete respondieron ofreciendo hipotecas con tasa de interés al 1%, sin tener que demostrar la habilidad d pode pagar y con un aumento irracional en la cuota mensual en tres o cinco años.
The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Chula Vista Residents Speak Out
Residents of Chula Vista are accustomed to being disappointed with our current leadership, but fortunately, our democratic process seems to possess within itself a self-cleansing mechanism that kicks-in whenever things get completely out of hand. In November, voters rejected the Mayor’s chosen candidates for City Council and elected two so-called reform candidates.
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Entertainment, Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits
¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: Mi hermano y yo tenemos un dispute. We all know that Mexicans love their bistec sliced muy thin, but why? My brother is adamant that the diet of free-range vacas mexicanas results in tough meat, necessitating a thin slice for easy mastication. I think the reason is purely an economic one, since Mexicans are famously poor. Are mis amigos south of the border just trying to pinch a peso? We both know that usted es the sole hombre qualified to answer this question. So, what’s the scoop?
Didactic Dining Rituals
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Did you ever notice, as a Latino, that when you are invited out to dinner by a non-ethnic acquaintance, they always want to take you to a Mexican restaurant? Is it just me, or do I have nacho on my shoulder?
Journey of a New Found Passion
By Bel Hernandez
“I developed really bad insomnia after my grandmother passed… it’s one of the reasons I came out to L.A., and to pursue my dream of a singing career” says Veronica Loren who grew up in Mc-Allen, Texas. What she discovered was a new passion.
August Evening: El viaje de una pasión nueva
Por Bel Hernandez
“Desarrollé un insomnio bastante fuerte luego de la muerte de mi abuela … es una de las razones por las cuales vine a Los Ángeles, y para buscar realizar mi sueño de tener una carrera como can-tante”, dice Verónica Loren, quien creció en McAllen, Texas. Lo que descubrió fue una nueva pasión.
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Salinas Shooting for State in Wrestling
By John Philip Wyllie
A year ago, Hilltop High’s 112 pound wrestler, Anthony Salinas, produced a long list of accomplishments on the mat for the Lancers in what was his sophomore campaign. Salinas went 30-16 on the year and placed in every tournament in which he wrestled except one. At season’s end he was just two rounds away from reaching the state competition in Bakersfield. He has returned this year stronger and more motivated than ever. Having come close, his goal this year is to reach the rarified air of the state tournament. With the way he has been improving he may be one of the few San Diego County wrestlers to make it.
Comparte Mónica González Experiencias en el CAR
TIJUANA, Baja California La capitana de la selección femenil mexicana de fútbol, Mónica González compartió sus experiencias e impresiones en torno a su carrera dentro del balompié como parte del ciclo de clínicas que iniciarán a partir de este viernes en el Centro de Alto Rendimiento.
Mexico’s Top Ranked MMA Fighter to Clash with Current Champion Rios at “Day of Reckoning”
Tijuana Native Duarte to Face Off Against American-born Rios for Bragging Rights
On January 24, MMA Champion Albert Rios will face Tijuana native and the number-one ranked fighter in Mexico, Antonio Duarte at Affliction M-1 “Day Of Reckoning” at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. This is the second mixed martial arts event for Affliction Entertainment, following the incredible success of their debut MMA event, “Affliction Banned” In July of 2008. The Rios vs. Duarte bout, along with four other “Day of Reckoning” undercard fights, will be a Pay-Per-View telecast which will feature six other fights, including the main event bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski.