Volume XXXIII Number 23 June 5, 2009

Daniel Lopez Muñoz

Obituary

Born: November 9, 1927 ~ Died: May 31, 2009

By Daniel H. Muñoz, Jr.

Daniel L. Muñoz, Publisher, La Prensa San Diego, passed away at the age of 81 on Sunday morning, May 31, 2009.

As the eldest son who followed in his father’s footsteps at La Prensa, it is my responsibility to write this obituary. It is one of the hardest things I have had to do in my life, yet at the same time, I am pleased that I can share with you, the readers, the story of his life, the life of a great man.

Life is but a journey. The early years of ones life are pre-determined based on culture, social, and economical standing, so it was for my dad.

Born to Fred and Helen Muñoz in San Fernando, CA, he was raised literally on the wrong side of the railroad tracks that dissected the city. The San Fernando elementary and high school that Dan attended were segregated schools. Though he had above average intelligence, was a good athlete, starring on the track and basketball team, once graduated from high school there was no hope of college for him.


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A TRIBUTE TO DANIEL MUNOZ
By Herman Baca
The passing on Sunday May 31, 2009 of Daniel Lopez Muñoz, friend, compadre, fellow activist, founder and editor of La Prensa San Diego, whom I knew for 40 years, signaled that a political era is surely coming to an end. Dan’s death after the recent passing of local fellow activists Hermenia Enrique, Charlie Samarron, Ruben Rubio and Roberto Martinez, along with César Chávez, Humberto “Bert” Corona, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales in recent years, confirmed that salient point to me.

Vibrant Ethnic Media Defy Gloomy Trends
By Marcelo Ballvé
New York — With so much of the recession-battered news industry in free-fall, it may have seemed like a foolhardy idea.



Stories


Construyendo Una Joya de Parque Simplemente Porque “Ellos me lo Pidieron”
Escrito por Rob Davis
Una serenata al son del canto de pájaros llena el aire de la mañana, sacudida por una brisa fresca de febrero y el ruido de la cortadora de grama. Atrás de la nueva estación de guardabosques, a lo largo de un camino recién cortado, se encuentran cuatro prisioneros de mediana edad con overoles de color amarillo fluorescente podando la maleza del Parque Regional Otay Valley al sur de Chula Vista.

Designación de un nuevo Consejo de Gobierno que dirija los destinos de las nacionalidades de la Amazonia Ecuatoriana
Unión Base Puyo pastaza — En la sede de la CONFENIAE, UNION BASE Territorio de las Nacionalidades y Pueblos de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana, se organizó los días 28, 29 y 30 de Mayo de 2009 el Congreso de la CONFENIAE, para la designación de un nuevo Consejo de Gobierno que dirigirá los destinos de las nacionalidades de la Amazonia Ecuatoriana.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Contar o no contar…
Todavía no comienzan a contar, eso sucederá dentro un año, pero el proceso del Censo Nacional de Población 2010 ya comenzó a correr. Se trata de este ejercicio anual de contar cuánta gente vive en el país y averiguar a qué se dedican, aunque en estos tiempos de crisis económica el obvio resultado es que muchos no se dedican a nada, si acaso a sobrevivir y tratar de dejar de estar desempleados.

Adult Schools Double the Magic: The Success is 2 to 1 for Adults with Children
By Heidi P. Paris
With an education budget crisis saddled by a high school graduation rate of only 68.3% for 2007-2008, why does adult school matter? Chula Vista Adult School student Rocio Muñoz responds, “Because we learn and develop our skills to look for a better job, to give our children a better education and be a good example of personal growth for our children.”

Military Personnel Become US Citizens During Legacy Week
USCIS and Armed Forces Join USS Midway Museum in Special Celebration Saluting Service Members

California Medical College Awards $10,000 Prize to Ramona Local
Wins Drawing For $10,000 Full Tuition
She didn’t tell her husband where she was going. But today, Ramona-resident Eva Orellana is the winner of California Medical College’s $10,000 full tuition Grand Prize. The prize, based on a random drawing, entitles her to full tuition to the new college which has an intensive six-month medical technical training program. In addition to the tuition prize, Ms. Orellana wins all her books, scrubs, and medical kit. Four additional prizes of $1,000 tuition discounts were also announced.

Big SDSU Awards Go to Sweetwater Students
President’s Diversity Scholarship Goes to Three
As college costs rise, three outstanding Sweetwater district seniors are getting a big boost to help foot the bill.

Sierra & Tierra
It Stinks to High Heaven
By Javier Sierra
When distributing Mexico’s portion of the “blessings” of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the town of La Gloria (Heaven) got the hellish part of the deal.

Sierra & Tierra
Algo Apesta en La Gloria
Por Javier Sierra
En el reparto de las prometidas bendiciones del Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) en México, al poblado de La Gloria le tocó el infierno.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Viviana Avila
¡A cuidar nuestra piel!
Hace pocas semanas alguien me comentó su deseo de que saliera el sol para lucir un bronceado espectacular durante esta temporada. Lo que nunca me dijo es cómo se protegería para que los intensos rayos del sol no dejaran manchas en su piel u ocasionaran daños significativos en el órgano más grande del cuerpo humano.

¡Hombres de todas la edades, a bailar se ha dicho!
Mantenerse físicamente activo es necesario para poder gozar de una buena salud. Por eso, bailar, caminar, cortar la hierba, jugar fútbol, o montar bicicleta, son ejemplos de actividades que podría incorporar en su rutina diaria. Comience hoy, poco a poco, hasta lograr un mínimo de 30 minutos de actividad física, varios días a la semana.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Budget Cuts to Highlight Legislature’s Priorities
On March 26 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger opened the debate on the budget with cuts, cuts, cuts! He painted a dire picture and offered only one solution to the State’s $21 billion deficit — cut State services.

Commentary:
Republicans: California’s for the Rich!
Poor People Get Out Now!

By Willie L. Pelote, Sr.
“When you have an unemployment rate as high as it is in this state, it should be a signal to people to look for jobs in other states with more jobs and a lower cost of living. . . We have had policies subsidizing poverty in this state for years, and we can’t keep doing that.”

Comentario:
Nueva estrategia gay
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Fue un martes colorido para unos y un martes en tinieblas para otros. Mientras los latinos festejábamos la nominación de Sonia Sotomayor a la Suprema Corte de Justicia, la comunidad gay se acongojaba por un fallo inverosímil en el máximo circuito jurídico del estado de California.

Commentary:
Sotomayor deserves our support
By Bernardo Ruiz
Judge Sonia Sotomayor deserves our support for the U.S. Supreme Court. She’s earned it not because of who she is but because of how she thinks and what she has accomplished.

Comentario:
Una Pérez cualquiera
Por José R.Uzal
No hay experiencia que defina más al hombre que cambiar de cultura. Nadie abandona su tierra natal a menos que encuentre motivaciones básicas y poderosas como querer comer o no querer morir. Raramente son más del 10% de cualquier sociedad los que se van. El 90% se queda y se enfrenta al hambre y la muerte antes que abandonar su patria. No es cuestión de ser mejor o peor, es ser diferente. Es estar dispuesto a pagar el precio del destierro. El emigrante abandona sus prerro-gativas generacionales, sus amigos de la infancia, sus costumbres, sus comidas típicas y su familia. Cambian todo por la esperanza de una vida mejor o simplemente para sobrevivir.

Commentary:
“Driving while black on a Sunday afternoon”
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
President Obama’s first nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court –Judge Sonia Sotomayor – has been quoted as saying that she hopes that a Latina with wisdom derived from her unique experiences would arrive at a better conclusion than a similar white suburban raised male judge, or words to that effect.

The Public Forum... El Foro Público
Border Patrol just doing their job
This is in response to an article written by Mr. Sainz (“Trolley station… or training ground for Border Patrol agents?” published May 29, 2009) . First and foremost Border Patrol Agents ascertaining alienage of individuals in public are doing the job that they swore to do when they entered on duty. Mr. Sainz, I assume, is a paid writer for your paper, if he does not write his articles, is he doing the job he is paid to do?

TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS:
It is a sad week for esta columna; the man who created this column has, as all good Indians, gone to be with the spirits. He will be watching over us and whenever we need to talk, all we will need is mezcal and our pipe. Rest in Peace!


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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
MUY CALIENTE SUMMER EDITION
I am a Chicano in Connecticut. I moved from Arizona to the East Coast for my dream job. I have to admit that I’m still homesick. Connecticut is a completely different world. To sum it up in one phrase, vale madre. It took awhile for me to find a Mexican restaurant close to me. It’s very comparable to that cardboard tortilla outlet known as Taco Bell. When I first went there, I was served chips and salsa. Of course, I dove right into the appetizer. The chips were very stale and the salsa tasted like candy. Sí, como dulce. I asked my mesero if they had a hotter salsa because the salsa was nothing but salsa de tomate with some chunks of cebolla in it. He told me that they have a spicy pico de gallo and that he would bring it right out. ¿Sabes que, carnal? What I received was nothing but a bowl of chopped cebolla with some cilantro in it! He proudly displayed a sonrisa and asked if I liked it. I returned his pregunta with another pregunta and asked if this was his hot sauce. His smile quickly faded and then he said, “Pues tu sabes. Tenemos que servirle esa comida a ellos que no están acostumbrados a nuestra comida.” I responded by telling him that if you’re going to serve Mexican food, serve Mexican food.


First Person
From ELA to the Boardroom and Beyond
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Robert J. Renteria, Jr. can be considered a modern day Hispanic Horatio Alger. His raza rags-to-riches story is one that legends are made of. He has indeed transcended socio-economic class though hard work, word, deed, and life example. He has taken himself from the barrio to the boardroom.

Proveniente de San Francisco el Grupo Musical “LoCura” a la Escena Tijuanense
Por: Paco Zavala
La ciudad de Tijuana, desde que se tiene memoria ha sido visitada por infinidad de artistas y grupos de artistas, de músicos y de cantantes, todos con una personalidad definida, algunos precedidos de fama internacional y nacional, otros con una trayectoria poco más modesta y local, sin embargo de algunos todavía se guardan memorias de su paso por los escenarios tijuanenses.

Art Exhibit Pays Homage to 100-Year Old Town and Its Residents
SAN YSIDRO, CA — Homenaje a San Ysidro: A Portrait in Three Parts will open at Casa Familiar’s THE FRONT: A Collaborative of Art, Culture, Design and Urbanism, this coming Friday June 5th 2009 from 6pm to 9pm.


Sixth Annual Children’s Water Conservation Art Exhibit & Reception
The City of San Diego Water Department is making a splash with the San Diego Watercolor Society. The recently announced winning posters from the 2009 Children’s Water Conservation Poster Contest will be on exhibit alongside original watercolor paintings reflecting the

Carbajal Saves His Best for Last
By John Philip Wyllie
At 5’8” Andrew Carbajal is a bit undersized to be competing in the high jump, but that didn’t stop the Bonita Vista High senior from finishing in fourth place among the county’s top high jumpers at the annual CIF Championship Meet last weekend. Carbajal is used to compensating for his lack of size. In the fall, he was a ball hawking, hard hitting All-Mesa League defensive back for Carl Parrick’s Bonita Vista Barons.

Quintana backs out, Perez now set to face Molina on Friday Night Fights
Danny “Dynamite” Perez takes on Carlos Molina tonight in a 10-round Jr. Middleweight bout. The fight will be televised on ESPN2, with a local start time of 5:30
By Steve Galindo III


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