Volume XXXIII Number 10 March 6, 2009

FrontPage Stories

La Entrada invites the community into an urban/border/Latino/Mexican art project

By Vanessa K. Nevarez
Special to La Prensa SD

In the middle of Barrio Logan’s re-development, near a traditional Mexican fruit stand, an auto mechanic shop, and in-between the cross section of Logan Avenue and Beardsley Street, there is an urban and culture-infused low income housing development called La Entrada or The Entrance.


The Rooster being painted by WREC. Photographs by Geraldine Lozano

In a community where many would look the other way, artists known as Crol and as Werc decided, with aerosol spray paint can in hand, to look. Their profound mixture of acrylic life-like portraits and aerosol sprayed urban murals on The Gateway Apartments last year, gave them the recognition to be invited to do the murals for La Entrada.

Werc and Crol said they had lived in two border towns: El Paso and San Diego, so it was natural for them to be inspired by border culture. A border culture that include experiences, things witnessed and nostalgia that infuses into their art to create Mexican Picasso graffiti master pieces.

La Entrada’s first mural is of a rancher-hat wearing accordion player on a red, salmon-pink, and magenta background, a rooster with his vibrant feathers, and circular honeycomb paper decorations accenting the edge of the mural.

“We’re redefining the icons and creating a hybrid culture urban/border/Latino/Mexicano,” said Werc.

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Recordando las Raíces del Día Internacional de la Mujer
Por Gracia Molina de Pick
El 8 de marzo es un día de fiesta para las mujeres obreras y empleadas de todo el mundo excepto para las mujeres de los Estados Unidos. Es una ironía que la raíz verdadera de este día no se conozca en el país en que se originó. Su historia se remonta  a los esfuerzos de las mujeres por organizarse en sindicatos para obtener justicia.

More Integration Needed for Immigrants
By Martín E Martínez
SACRAMENTO — Elizabeth Rodríguez, 23, has no doubt that education is the key to realizing her dream of leaving behind her work as a childcare provider in favor of a successful professional career.



Stories


With collaboration and help from the community two dangerous criminals are now behind bars
By Mariana Martinez
Even in this age of globalization, it is still rare that authorities from Mexico and the US work together in the search of binational justice; criminals have long known this and use it to cross country lines.


Con colaboración y ayuda de la comunidad dos peligrosos criminales están tras las rejas
Por Mariana Martinez
Aun en esta época de “globalización” sigue siendo muy raro que las autoridades de los gobiernos de México y Estados Unidos se pongan de acuerdo y decidan trabajar juntos para promover la justicia.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Si Hay Quinto Malo
Se llevó más o menos un 25 por ciento de todos los votos en la elección primaria. El voto es meritorio, porque se enfrentó a otros cinco candidatos, y no es tan fácil sacarse una cuata parte de todos los votos cuando hay tantos candidatos. Peor aún, resulta que era la única mujer compitiendo por el puesto, lo cual hubiera hecho su candidatura aún más difícil.

Designan a Marzo como “Mes de la Mujer”
La actriz Ofelia Medina en escena en: “Intimamente, Rosario de Chiapas”
Por: Paco Zavala
Año tras año las celebración correspondiente al “Día Internacional de la Mujer”, el cual es el día 8 de marzo, están tomando auge. Para este año esta importante celebración se ha multiplicado y serán varios eventos, porque el mes de marzo, ha sido designado como el “Mes de la Mujer”.

‘1000 Smiles’ a program that helps hundreds of kids in Ensenada, Mexico
The National City Rotary Club is part of a great program called 1000 Smiles. Through this program, they help hundreds of kids in Ensenada, Mexico who have cleft palate and dental problems.

An Antidote Called Hope
By Javier Sierra
“May you live in interesting times,” says the Chinese curse. And these times of ours can be called anything but boring.

Una Medicina Llamada Esperanza
Por Javier Sierra
“Ojala vivas en tiempos interesantes”, dice la maldición china. Y estos tiempos nuestros se pueden llamar cualquier cosa menos aburridos.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
El Soporte Informativo Para Millones de Hispanos
El ácido fólico es indispensable para tu bienestar y el de tu bebé

Centro para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades.
Las mujeres latinas tienen más bebés con algunos defectos de la columna vertebral y el cerebro que las mujeres de otros grupos étnicos.

Tiny Little Publishing Company Promotes “Acts of Kindness” By Having a Big Book Give Away Contest!
Fallbrook, CA — Now more then ever we need to help each other. It seems that schools are always one of the first to suffer from budget cuts. Alpine Publishing, Inc. is trying to be creative by helping teachers not spend so much of their hard earned money to buy supplies and to acquire quality books for the children in their classrooms.


Community Notes:
Local Law Students Offer Free Tax Preparation Services
TJSL’s Tax Clinic Has Served San Diegans for 12 Years
Since 1998, the Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Tax Law Society has operated a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program on its Old Town San Diego campus that offers a valuable service to members of the San Diego community. This year’s VITA clinic once again provides FREE income tax return preparation by Thomas Jefferson students, who are IRS trained and certified volunteers, to senior citizens, low-income families, students and others on limited budgets who cannot afford professional tax services or who are unable to complete their own tax forms.

No Se Deje!
Por Lic. Jess J. Araujo
Nueva A Ley Provess Seguro Medico Para Niños Inmigrantes
El Presidente Obama re-cientemente convirtió en ley una versión muy mejorada del Programa Estatal de Seguro Médico para Niños. Bajo esta nueva versión, los HIJOS DE INMIGRANTES PERMANENTES LEGALMENTE ADMITIDOS HOY ESTAN CUBIERTOS POR SEGURO MEDICO. El ex presidente Bush vetó dos veces esta propuesta de ley. Antes de la reciente aprobación de esta nueva ley, los inmigrantes admitidos legalmente, y sus hijos, tenían que esperar cinco años después de su admisión legal para calificar para el seguro médico gubernamental conocido como Medicaid. ¡Medítenlo! Antes del Presidente Obama, los inmigrantes que seguían todas las leyes y reglas y finalmente calificaban para convertirse en inmigrantes legalmente admitidos todavía se les negaban beneficios de atención médica pública por 5 años. Esto incluía mujeres embarazadas y a sus hijos.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Chula Vista’s tax proposal could be in big trouble!
When the Chula Vista City Council was determining whether or not to put a 1 cent sales tax in a special election, the State of California was trying to fix their budget mess with the key component being an increase in the State’s sale tax by the same amount. The Chula Vista council, in an expedite fashion put the measure on the ballot with mail ballots, going out April 6, well before the State passed their budget.

Guest Editorial:
Stop The Raids!
This past week’s immigration raids in Bellingham, Washington, show that the changes in the political administration didn’t necessarily lead to policy changes without specific action being taken by the new authorities. And, these officials shouldn’t just react once actions have occurred but should take the initiative to make changes proactively.


Commentary:
Increase in Latino federal prison population reveals flaws in immigration policy
By Justin Akers Chacon
Our immigration laws are out of whack. And they are clogging our federal prisons with nonviolent folks who are guilty of nothing more than living, working and raising families here without proper documentation.

Commentary:
The Williamson Affair: Has Pope Benedict XVI Lost His Credibility?
By Patricio Rice
It is uncommon for a Catholic bishop to deny the Holocaust. It is even more of a rarity for a Pope to lift the ban of excommunication against a schismatic prelate who denies the horrific events of World War II, and then invites him to rejoin the Catholic community.

Comentario:
Se acabó la fiesta
Por José R Uzal
El consumismo está en cuidado intensivo y el pronóstico no es alentador. Los sectores públicos y privados están haciendo todo lo posible por salvarlo, pero no está reaccionando al tratamiento. Si el consumismo muere, nuestra sociedad como la conocemos hoy, desaparecería. El cambio sería profundo y el impacto nos afectaría a todos. Pero tenemos que prepararnos para enfrentar lo inevitable.

Comentario:
¿Y dónde está el piloto?
Por Humberto Caspa
Los republicanos tienen un problema serio de identidad y liderazgo. A estas alturas no saben si seguir a su máximo jefe, Michael Steele, o unirse al grupo de ultra-conservadores liderados por el controversial locutor de radio Rush Limbaugh.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
North California senator Assemblyman Tom Ammiano finally put forth proposal that makes sense - decriminalize pot. Might as well, the war on drugs has been a colossal failure with the US government spending billions of dollars with nothing positive to show for it, in fact things are worst than ever before.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: Not sure if this has been asked before, but how do you feel about Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio? I think the guy’s a racist who’s just out to get Mexicans to fulfill his racist agenda. He’s been relevant lately due to the protests in Arizona against Section 287g of some immigration act, which basically grants the sheriff’s department the right to check on anyone’s immigration status who’s been brought in, even for a minor offense such as a traffic violation. The most notable incident, which actually took place in Nashville, involved a pregnant woman who was brought in on a traffic violation and was forced to give birth in the sheriff’s department. Don’t you think someone ought to shut this whole thing down? Don’t you think someone should shut Joe Arpaio down? He’s a racist pig who gets off on the fact that “OOOH, he makes prisoners wear pink underwear, OOOHOHOooohOOH.”


First Person:
Never Give Up, Never Give in
By Al Carlos Hernandez
I’m informed that the unemployment level is now around 10% which is similar to the way things were during the last economic downturn in 1983. If you were born in 1983 turn off your Blackberry and pay attention, I was your age when things went bad back in the day.


Juarez Femicides on the Big Screen
Frontera NorteSur
Directed by Carlos Carrera (“The Crime of Padre Amaro”) and written by Sabina Berman, the Mexican-produced film “Backyard” is the latest fictionalized story of the Ciudad Juarez femicides to hit the big screen. Distributed by Paramount Pictures and first showing February 20 in the major Cinepolis chain of theaters scattered across Mexico, the movie begins in the Ciudad Juarez colonia of Lomas de Poleo where the bodies of at least eight women were discovered during the 1990s. A haunting scene in which police recover the remains of yet another brutally murdered woman sets the tone and pace of the gritty imagery that follows.

Lyric Opera San Diego’s Premiere Concert Series Continues
Lyric Opera San Diego’s Premiere Concert Series continues at the Birch North Park Theatre, with the Grammy Award-winning SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA on Friday, March 13.

Barreto Enjoys Giving Back
By John Philip Wyllie
While her soccer career began at the age of six on a South Bay AYSO team, Bonita Vista High midfielder, Isabel Barreto spent the next six years honing her soccer skills on the dirt fields of Tijuana.

Gutierrez Solid on the Field Brilliant in the Classroom
By John Philip Wyllie
A third place Mesa League finish behind powerhouse Chula Vista and Otay Ranch and a 10-9-4 regular season record was good enough to qualify the Bonita Barons for the CIF playoffs, but for junior outside midfielder Marco Gutierrez the 2008-09 season was mostly just frustrating.

12th Annual Golf Fest Opens on the Driving Range at Riverwalk
— Meet all the top club manufacturers, get a free round of golf, and lots more —
Golf Fest moves outdoors to the Riverwalk Golf Club as it celebrates its 12th annual show beginning next Friday, March 13th and continuing on through Sunday the 15th. According to the show owners, Shelly Hall and Ernie Hahn, “the new outdoor venue will provide golfers with a very convenient location and a chance to truly test clubs and ball flights right on the driving range, which has been one of the major requests we have had by past show attendees.”


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