Volume XXXIII Number 21 May 22, 2009

FrontPage Stories

Colegio Palomar festeja a latinos

Por primera vez el colegio comunitario celebra a estudiantes hispanos que se graduan del plantel

Por América Barceló-Feldman

SAN MARCOS — Como un preám-bulo de lo que los estudiantes latinos recibirán en servicios y recono-cimiento los próximos cinco años, el Colegio Palomar celebró la primera graduación para hispanos.


La Presidenta de MEChA Palomar Blanca Soto y el consejero Marco Martinez ASG felices de ser parte de la celebración de la primera graduación Latina en Palomar College.

Este festejo es uno de los primeros logros que los estudiantes latinos tendrán gracias a los fondos federales de cinco millones de dólares del gobierno federal como parte del programa educativo Titulo V Hispanic Service Institution.

Estos recursos financieros fueron otorgados el año pasado a colegios comunitarios en California que cuentan con más de 25 por ciento de estudiantes hispanos matriculados en esos planteles educativos.

El Colegio Palomar en el Norte del Condado de San Diego, fue uno de los planteles que reciben estos recursos económicos destinados a apoyar a los estudiantes hispanos para impulsarlos a continuar una carrera universitaria.

La utilización de estos recursos en el Colegio de Palomar se encuentra en su fase de planeación para crear programas y proyectos de apoyo a estudiantes hispanos que estudian en ese plantel educativo. De acuerdo a funcionarios, estos servicios estarán vigentes a partir del otoño del 2009.

Sin embargo, en este periodo escolar los funcionarios y académicos decidieron honrar los esfuerzos de los estudiantes hispanos que terminan sus estudios en el colegio este fin de año escolar 2008-2009.


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Palomar College celebrates Latinos
For the first time in its history this community college recognizes graduating Hispanic students
By América Barceló-Feldman
SAN MARCOS- As the new beginning and recognition for the Latino students, Palomar College celebrated the first graduation in its history of Hispanic students.


City College celebrates graduation con orgullo
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
José Mondragón’s family is proud of him.

Every Student Deserves to Go to College: An Argument Against SB 381
By Marqueece Harris-Dawson
For five years beginning in 2000, Black and Brown parents from South and East Los Angeles fought for the right to have access to the rigorous college prep coursework known as the A-G classes. “Let Me Choose My Future” was the chant heard across the city, leading up to their triumphant campaign win of an A-G Resolution in 2005.



Stories


Femicide in Baja California
Frontera NorteSur
One day in May, passerby spot a woman’s body in an irrigation ditch next to a wheat field on the outskirts of Mexicali, Baja California. Though no one seems to know the identity of the murdered woman, the half-clothed victim is quickly assumed to a prostitute because of the manner of her dress.

Análisis
Miguel de la Madrid...
Por Dagoberto Márquez
Estimado lector, Fina lectora, los acontecimientos de la semana pasada obligan a revisar qué pasa exactamente en torno de una situación a todas luces compleja, toda vez que declaraciones o expresiones dichas en voz de un personaje como el ex presidente nos llevan a reflexionar en lo complicado y difícil que es ejercer el poder. La entrevista difundida por la periodista Carmen Aristegui fue objeto de todo tipo de exámenes e incluso de descalificación. Carmen Aristegui entrevistó al ex mandatario un mes atrás y de acuerdo con lo informado, de común acuerdo en el domicilio del ex presidente allá en la Ciudad de México, en Coyoacán, Distrito Federal. La charla se prolongó por hora y media y al margen de que el entrevistado haya dado muestras de cierto cansancio, su voz pareció normal, natural, algo común si nos atenemos a que a pesar de su edad se trata de un hombre de temple, de uno fuerte que condujo los destinos del país en una época particularmente compleja donde la devaluación del peso, la crisis financiera y la corrupción en el gobierno había significado un duro golpe para las finanzas y para la vida nacional.

Reflections on IFG 2009
By Chula Vista City Councilman Rudy Ramirez
May 9, 2009 was turning out to be a perfect day in positive cross border relations between Chula Vista and Tijuana as I commenced the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd Annual International Friendship Games at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Otay Ranch. 


La Cónsul General de México en San Diego entrega el Premio “Ohtli” al reconocido líder Roberto Martínez
El viernes por la noche la Cónsul General de México en San Diego, Remedios Gómez Arnau, entregó a Roberto Luis Martínez Almeida el premio “Ohtli”, en reconocimiento por su larga trayectoria en favor de los derechos humanos de inmigrantes en San Diego y el estado de California. El premio “Ohtli” es la distinción más alta que confiere en el exterior el gobierno de México a personalidades que se han destacado en el apoyo al desarrollo de la comunidad de origen mexicano.

Senator Gloria Romero Decries Minimal Dropout Rate Reduction
Senate Ed Chair Says Education Failure Needs Data Reporting Overhaul Like SB 651
SACRAMENTO — Saying today that dropout rates won’t change until schools are transformed, Senator Gloria Romero, Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, pointed to the California Department of Education’s (CDE) annual release of dropout and graduation rates for the 2007-08 school year showing abysmal progress in increasing graduates and decreasing dropouts.

The Mercado Report:
The horrible dilemma of new graduates
By Humberto Caspa
We are at a time of college graduation ceremonies. Parents will be experiencing a sense of pride after seeing their sons, daughters and friends receiving a university degree, which, by all means, has a moral and an economic value in society. A college degree is an indicative of many years of sacrifice, perseverance and working hard during days and nights. One hopes that a university degree will help us maneuver better during hard economic times. Is that right?

The Mercado Report:
Incertidumbre de los nuevos profesionales
Por Humberto Caspa
Las universidades están en un periodo de graduaciones. Muchos familiares muestran el beneplácito de ver a sus hijos, hermanas y amigos recibir un pergamino que tiene validez moral y económico en la sociedad. Después de todo un título universitario es un indicativo de muchos sacrificios, de entrenamiento y de preparación para confrontar las peripecias del mercado laboral.


Civil rights groups push Senate passage of hate-crimes bill
By Joi Louviere
WASHINGTON - “My brother was a hard-working man. He wanted to live long,” said Diego Sucuzhanay. But Jose Sucuzhanay didn’t get that chance.

Latino groups target high pregnancy rates
By Maegan Smith
WASHINGTON - Although Latino parents and their children say attending college or pursuing a career are their most important goals, Latina teen pregnancies have soared to twice the national rate, limiting young women’s chances of achieving their goals.

How to be Active in Your Chair!
By Reem Daffa
Do you have a problem losing weight? The problem could be your job. Of course we do not mean the work itself, but rather your eating and exercise habits at the office. Go ahead and ask yourself - do you sit in traffic for an hour to arrive at work only to spend the next 9 hours sitting at your desk? If you answered yes, then the solution is simple.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Viviana Avila Lindo
¡Cuidado con el agua!
Con el verano a la vuelta de la esquina, tanto pequeños como adultos pensamos en un tiempo de descanso frente al mar, un lago o una piscina para refrescarnos.

Local Elementary Students Are Rasing Money for Ghana Schools
Students at a local elementary school are staging a fund-raising festival, but the money earned will benefit schools very far away.

Community Notes:
Fair Housing Resource Board of San Diego County
Residents in San Diego county are urged to voice their concerns and offer recommendations regarding issues related to housing discrimination through upcoming community forums and a survey.

They’ve Served Us; Let Us Serve Them
By Yolanda York
It’s customary to honor the men and women of the Armed Forces each Memorial Day — May also is National Military Appreciation Month, a great time to let members of the military know how much we value what they are doing for us and our country, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.



Obituary:
Carlos “Charles” Guerra Samarron †
July 16, 1922 - May 9, 2009
Charles Guerra Samarron, born July 16, 1922, passed away peacefully at the age of 86 in his home on May 9, 2009, alongside his loving family after a long battle with vascular disease.

Human Rights Pioneer Roberto Martinez Passes Away Peacefully Surrounded by His Family
Roberto Martinez was instrumental in human rights monitoring and documentation in border communities
Roberto Martinez, a lifelong Chicano civil and human rights advocate and former director of the US-Mexico Border Program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in San Diego, passed away this morning in the presence of his immediate family. He was 72 years old.




Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
La Prensa San Diego Honored
When Assemblymember Marty Block informed La Prensa San Diego (La Prensa) that he had selected our newspaper as the Small Business of the Year for his district, Assembly District 78, we were caught a little bit off guard, to say the least. La Prensa is not what you would consider a financial success when compared to businesses with larger profit margins. We joked with Marty, “Was this recognition for surviving?”

Commentary:
Examining the South Bay’s Latino Dropout Crisis
By Vince Vasquez
Education administrators at the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) are now taking the limelight for achieving what new preliminary state statistics indicate is a dramatic cut in the number of high school dropouts. Though this is good news for many district parents, it belies a growing “Latino achievement gap” that, if not closed, will sink efforts to share our region’s economic prosperity.

Commentary:
Environmental Chemical Exposure Endangers Reproductive Health
By Deborah Ortiz
Maybe you have read about “endocrine disruptors” and filed it away as an “environmental issue.” These endocrine disruptor chemicals are found in common consumer products such as pesticides, fertilizers and cleaning chemicals, and are a serious reproductive health issue as well. They have been linked to fertility problems, early puberty in children, poor birth outcomes and certain reproductive cancers.

Commentary:
Who Are We, We African Americans?
By Ernie McCray
I’m enjoying the honor of helping organize the African American Male Intergenerational Conference that will be held on June 5th and 6th at the Educational Cultural Complex.

Comentario:
Sexo, sol y arena
Por José R. Uzal
Llegamos al capitulo final del castrismo en Cuba. Lo que le suceda, o lo que ya le ocurrió a Castro es irrelevante. Si está vivo, muerto o incapacitado no cambia el hecho de que su tiempo ha terminado.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
We saw where Steve Padilla, ex-mayor of Chula Vista, is interested in the Port Commission position. Sounds good to this indio. If we remember right, he had the Gaylord project on track until he lost the mayor’s race, plus he has coastal commission experience which would serve him well.


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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: My wife and I have an argument going on about pirates. And since you are the source for all things Mexican, I’d thought I’d ask: While I know there were Spanish and Portuguese pirates back in the early 1600s and 1700s, were there EVER any MEXICAN pirates? Not pirates from Spain who pirated in Mexico, but REAL HONEST TO HAY-SOOS MEXICAN PIRATES! Would be interesting to know!


Zacatecas, un remanso de tradiciones coloniales
Por: Marcos Nelson Suárez
Ubicado en el corazón del país, Zacatecas es uno de esos estados que refleja de manera singular todas las tradiciones y la historia de México. A falta de playas, ofrece el encanto de un recorrido cultural a través del tiempo mediante el cual el visitante puede verse de pronto en un convento del siglo XVII y pasar sin preámbulos a lo más moderno del arte contemporáneo.

Reanudan Quehaceres y Actividades Artísticas y Culturales en la Dinámica Tijuana
Florencia Tinoco y Fernando de la Mora en “El Elixir de Amor”
Por: Paco Zavala
Como dice el dicho, después de la tormenta viene la calma; aunque no del todo, pero las actividades en general están retomando su curso, ojalá y pronto lleguen a la normalidad, para que todos los sectores productivos de México y del mundo se estabilicen.

Gallardo Gives her all for the Mustangs
By John Philip Wyllie
Otay Ranch junior Sammi Gallardo has literally grown up on the softball diamond. Gallardo was just eight years old when she first started playing the sport and she has never lost interest in it. She plays varsity basketball and volleyball as well, but softball remains number one in her heart. Gallardo has developed into a stellar all-league shortstop and hitter and serves as the captain for the 6-3 Mustangs.

Severiano Sizzles on the Mustangs Track
By John Philip Wyllie
He is still only a junior, but Eric Severiano already holds the Otay Ranch school record in the 400 meter sprint. Heading into this weekend’s CIF preliminaries his personal best is 50.09 which could be enough to punch his ticket to the prestigious CIF finals next week and pit him against the county’s best. This week we found him out on the Mustangs state of the art track going about training as he always does.


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