Volume XXVI Number 15 April 12, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Sherman Elementary Shoots for the Stars: Petitions to Go Charter

By Yvette tenBerge


Students from Sherman Elementary.

During the week the national education community will celebrate charter schools (April 29 through May 3), the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) board will have the chance to turn the dreams of the majority of the teachers, parents and students at Sherman Elementary School, located at 450 24th Street in Sherman Heights, into reality.

For more than two years, a group of the school’s teachers and staff have labored over a proposal that would grant them the right to navigate their own course. Sherman Elementary, one of the district’s lowest scoring schools on state mandated tests, would become The Sherman Science and Technology Charter School (SSTCS) - a public learning center that many believe will completely turn the school around.

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Se Despidió Para Siempre María Félix
Por: Paco Zavala
Una de las más bellas, pragmáticas, controversiales, polémicas y un sin fín de calificativos que se le podrían adjudicar a esta singular mujer, María Félix, nos dijo adiós para siempre en su forma corporea. Su imagen, su recuerdo, sus ideas, sus pensamientos, su trayectoria, su trabajo, sus aficiones, sus amores, sus maridos y todo ese cúmulo de vivencia y experiencia que acumuló a través de los años y de su vida nos queda para siempre en el recuerdo. Nos lega una gran fortuna ese ícono de nuestra cultura y emblema de la mexicanidad, la gran Diva María Félix, nuestra María Félix.

First Hispanic Female Named Chancellor
Three months ago the Hispanic community of Riverside started campaigning for a Hispanic chancellor at the University of California at Riverside. This week the fruits of their efforts were realized when France A. Córdova was named chancellor.

France A. Córdova Nombrada Rectora de UC Riverside
France A. Córdova, astrofísica de renombre nacional y vice rectora de investigaciones en la Universidad de California Santa Barbara, fue nombrada el pasado 9 de abril, al cargo de rectora del plantel de la Universidad de California en Riverside.

Analysis
Hasta la Vista, Baby
Bush’s Hispanic strategy comes unraveled.
By John O’Sullivan
On March 12, two quite separate events combined to undermine the Bush administration’s strategy for building a new GOP majority by winning Hispanic votes with such policies as an amnesty for illegal Mexican immigrants. The first event was the result of the Democratic primary in Texas, in which conservative millionaire Tony Sanchez handily defeated former attorney general Dan Morales with a campaign that stressed the rise of Hispanic power. The second was the near defeat in the House of Representatives of Section 245(i) — a measure to allow more than 200,000 illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. while regularizing their status, rather than requiring them to return home to apply for U.S. entry from there.

Stories

Double Depression — Argentine Ego Deflates Along With Economy
By Raul Vasquez
BUENOS AIRES—The men and women of Argentina have always been fond of pointing out how very different they are from hemispheric neighbors, how rich is their European blood and culture — a habit most other Latin Americans disregard as a mere rumblings of a notorious superiority complex.

New President to Lead San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SDCHCC) has elected Elizabeth Bustos of HealthCare Management Strategies as its new president. Ms. Bustos, who has served for the last year as Vice President for the Hispanic Chamber will replace outgoing President, Manny Aguilar.

Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation Honors San Diego Region Youth Awards Winners
The Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation (HHAF) to honor the Hispanic Heritage San Diego Regional Youth Awards winners at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hayatt Regency, located at One Market Place in San Diego.

La Universidad de California Pone en Marcha la Ley AB 540
Los estudiantes de la Universidad de California que no son residentes pero que reúnen los requisitos para recibir una exención en la matrícula bajo la nueva ley estatal AB 540 ya pueden solicitarla. Los alumnos que tengan derecho a la exención y llenen su solicitud pagarán una matrícula promedio de $4,000 dólares en lugar de los cerca de $15,000 dólares que pagaban antes.

University of California Implements Tuition Exemption
University of California nonresident students eligible for in-state fees under a new state law can now apply for a tuition exemption waiver. Eligible students who file an application will now pay about $4,000 a year instead of approximately $15,000.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Announces Groundbreaking Hispanic Judiciary Initiative
Washington, DC — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) unveiled today a new Hispanic Judiciary Initiative to promote the appointment of qualified judicial nominees with records of having been involved in, supportive of, and responsive to the issues, needs, and concerns of the Hispanic community. Working with the White House and the Senate Judiciary Committee, the CHC will address the underrepresentation of Hispanics in the federal judiciary.

El Caucus Congresional Hispano Anuncia Nueva Iniciativa Hispana para Asuntos Judiciales
Washington, DC — El Caucus Congresional Hispano (CHC) presentó hoy una nueva Iniciativa Hispana para Asuntos Jurídicos para promover el nombramiento de candidatos al poder judicial calificados que cuenten con antecedentes de estar involucrados, de apoyar y responder a los problemas, las necesidades y las preocupaciones de la comunidad hispana. Al trabajar con la Casa Blanca y el Comité de Asuntos Judiciales del Senado, el CHC atenderá el problema de la falta de representación de Hispanos en el poder judicial a nivel federal.

14 Seek Appointment to Community College District Governing Board
EL CAJON - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has received applications from 14 local residents seeking appointment to the vacancy created by the election of Trustee Gary Kendrick to the El Cajon City Council.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Yhamel Catacora
Evitando el Abuso Infantil
El espanto ante el escandalo que desató las denuncias de abuso sexual de adolescentes perpetrados por párrocos se sintió en todos los rincones del mundo y continúa siendo un buen tema para charlar, discutir y chismear: poner en tela de juicio la castidad de los párrocos y los dogmas de la iglesia, y una vez más cegarse ante la cruda realidad que el verdadero problema es el abuso sexual de menores en sí y que éste se puede dar en cualquier lugar, bajo cualquier techo y lamentablemente, dentro del propio hogar.

Primer Centro Informativo y Grupo de Apoyo en Español para Cuidadores de Pacientes con Alzheimer
La Asociación de Alzheimer de San Diego, en asociación con North County Health Services, se enorgullece en anunciar la inauguración del primer Grupo de Apoyo en Español para Cuidadores de Pacientes con Alzheimer en el Condado Norte, así como la inauguración del primer Centro Informativo en dicho Condado. El grupo de apoyo iniciará el 17 de abril del 2002 y se reunirá el tercer miércoles de cada mes de 10:00 a.m. a 11:30 a.m., en las instalaciones de North County Health Services, ubicadas en 150 Valpreda Road, San Marcos. Además, el Centro Informativo de Alzheimer, abrirá sus puertas al público (en el mismo lugar) el viernes 19 de abril del 2002. El horario del Centro Informativo será los viernes de 8:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m.

Fleet Science Center Launches Anti-Tobacco Project
The statistics are bleak. In 1998, there were over 47 million adult (18+) smokers in the U.S. Prevalence of tobacco use was highest among 18-24 year olds at 27.9 percent. There are 4.5 million adolescents who smoke and 3,000 teens who begin smoking each day. Of those 3,000 teens, 1,000 will die from a disease caused by smoking because of a decision made as a child.

San Diego Natural History Museum Hosts
Dos Aguilas/Two Eagles Binational Fiesta
Friends of the San Diego Natural History Museum and regional community leaders will gather together for Dos Aguilas/Two Eagles, a binational fiesta, at the Museum on Saturday, April 27 to pay tribute to the Museum’s binational education programs, and dedicate the newly renovated education wing.

San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Offers Scholarships to San Diego Students
The San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SDCHCC) is pleased to announce scholarship availability to San Diego County students. Applications for the program are now available to 2002 graduating high school students, high school graduates, college students, and students in need of financial assistance.

Las democracias de América Latina
Por: Manuel R. Villacorta O.
La finalización del conflicto Este-Oeste tuvo profundas repercusiones en América Latina. Básicamente los movimientos armados e insurgentes prosoviéticos, perdieron el respaldo material y político necesario para subsistir. Incluso, la izquierda política representada legalmente, en particular la Social Democracia, tuvo que replantear sus esquemas ideológicos y programáticos. El mundo ya no era el mismo. El triunfo del capitalismo como sistema parecía desde entonces irreversible. Para el ideólogo liberal F. Fukuyama, la historia llegaba a su fin. Planteamiento éste que con el tiempo, generaría las más apasionadas contradicciones.

Community Notes:
Unity Fest 2002 at Sunshine Brooks on April 12
Oceanside’s Sunshine Brooks, Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, will be the site of Unity Fest 2002, a celebration of culture and diversity in one of the most truly diverse cities in San Diego County.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
El Color del Asombro
A principios de este año, dos astrónomos de una universidad norteamericana llamaron la atención de muchos al anunciar que habían descubierto el color del universo, y que era de un turquesa claro.

Editorials

Editorial
Bersin Wins The Battle, But May Lose The War!
The guerrilla war that has been taking place on the San Diego Unified School District battleground has come to an unsatisfactory conclusion. The well-financed forces, led by (General) Superintendent Alan D. Bersin and consisting of Storm Trooper Board Trustees Ron Ottinger, Sue Braun, and Ed Lopez, have defeated the forces of Righteousness, led by Trustees Frances O’Neill Zimmerman and John DeBeck.

TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS...
Pues, aquí estamos, otro día nuevo. Siguen los attacks contra nuestra Iglesia por los gringos. Hijole, sometimes you wonder wassup! Maybe it’s celos? After all, it was nuestros antepasados that brought the Catholic Church to the New World - El Nuevo Mundo! Naturally, nuestra gente indígena mix-mix their old religious thoughts with it and wa-la, we ended up with the new Catholic thought.

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Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

Amnesty International at UCSD Presents The Third Annual San Diego Human Rights Film Festival
The San Diego Human Rights Film Festival 2002 is a FREE presentation of the UCSD chapter of Amnesty International. Scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, through Saturday, April 27, at the Copley International Center (at the Institute of the Americas on the University of California, San Diego campus), the Film Festival will be a showcase for distinguished drama and documentary films which incorporate human rights themes. By drawing on the power of film to communicate across both physical and ideological borders, the titles selected for the Festival give a human face to, and provide the personal histories behind, the many widespread threats to political and individual freedom in our world today.

Chicano Park Day Celebration
“Reclaiming What’s Our’s” will be the theme of the 32nd annual Chicano Park Day on Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Historic Chicano Park. This family celebration is free and open to the public.

Mexican Director Alfonso Cuaron’s Spanish Language Film Y Tu Mamá También Delivers Box Office Success After Expanding to 180 Screens
Mexican director, Alfonso Cuaron’s Spanish language film Y Tu Mamá También which has brought in $2,973,562 thus far and seems to be well on the road to big box office success in the U.S. The critically acclaimed film was first released on March 15, 2002 in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego, Y Tu Mamá También grossed $1,179,362 this past weekend, when the film went into wide release on April 5, 2001.

Calendar of Events . . .
by Berenice Cisneros
Nuevo California
San Diego REPertory Theatre, The Calafia Initiative, Centro Cultural Tijuana and San Diego Dialogue invite you to play a key dramatic role in the creation of the world premier multi-lingual play Nuevo California (New California) Please join us for a unique and entertaining Open Rehearsal followed by a provocative dialogue in which you share your personal response. Downtown San Diego, Monday, April 15 @ 7 PM. Lyceum Space Theatre, Horton Plaza; North County, Tuesday, April 16 @ 7PM. Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside; Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, April 22 @ 4 PM. IMSS Theatre in Tijuana.

Juarez Confident Heading Into Regular Season
By John Philip Wyllie
With the second season of WUSA women’s professional soccer about to kickoff at USD’s Torero Stadium on Saturday, April 13, Carlos Juarez, the coach of the San Diego Spirit, is cautiously optimistic.

Univision To Broadcast All 65 FIFA World Cup Games on Univision, TeleFutura and Galavision Networks
Univision has announced its plans to broadcast the entire 64 games of the FIFA 2002 World Cup Korea/Japan live through its three networks: Univision, TeleFutura and Galavision.

Kids Fish Free on Earth Day
Helix Water District’s Second Annual Kids Fish Free Day will be held Saturday, April 20, at Lake Jennings in Lakeside. Gates will open at 5:30 a.m. to welcome young fisherpersons to the anglers’ sport.

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