Volume XXVII Number 17 April 25, 2003

FrontPage Stories

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood

Tijuana Bullfight Season Opens May 4

The sounds of buckets of iced beer bottles, clinking against each other. The palpable aroma of excitement in the air. The anticipation. The music of pasodobles. The guessing which bulls will be the best and which toreros will be the most triumphant. The greeting of old friends, once again united by their mutual passion for the most deadly and beautiful of all performing arts.


Eloy Cavazos, “The Little Giant”, alternating with Jorge Gutierrez and Fermín Spinola, will face a herd of bulls from Bernaldo de Quiroz when the summer Tijuana bullfight season opens, May 4, in the downtown El Toreo plaza de toros.

It’s all getting ready to happen, again. The summer bullfight season will get under way, May 4, in Plaza El Toreo de Tijuana. And, the card is outstanding. A herd of bulls from Bernaldo de Quiroz—owned by retired matador Javier Bernaldo—will be presented for senior matadores Eloy Cavazos and Jorge Gutierrez, plus comparative newcomer Fermín Spinola.

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Steve Padilla is learning Spanish
By Pablo De Sainz
“I have an eight year old daughter who wants to be bilingual and I don’t want to stay behind either,” he said.

El nuevo alcalde de Chula Vista quiere ser bilingüe
By Pablo De Sainz
Steve Padilla está aprendiendo español.

Tones of red, live sets and treasured albums: Dijazz
Jazz resurrection in Tijuana
By Mariana Martinez
Red lights shower the club.

Tonalidades de rojo, música en vivo y tesoros en cd: Dijazz
La resurrección del jazz en Tijuana
Por Mariana Martinez
Las luces rojas bañan el lugar.

Arab Port Towns Can Teach U.S. the Secrets of Local Power
By Rami G. Khouri
If U.S. leaders wish to avoid making a costly mess of their adventure in Iraq, they should do two things right away: First, ignore the intellectual pay-per-view service from prominent Anglo-American Orientalist scholars, and second, get to know a Middle Eastern port.

Stories

Are You Related to the Aztecs?
An analysis of the Uto-Aztecan family
By John P. Schmal
For five centuries, North Americans have been fascinated and intrigued by stories of the magnificent Aztec Empire. This extensive Mesoamerican Empire was in its ascendancy during the late Fifteenth and early Sixteenth Centuries. But by the time that Hernán Cortés and his band of Spanish mercenaries arrived on the Gulf Cost of Veracruz in 1519, omens of impending doom had begun to haunt Emperor Moctezuma II and his advisors in their capital city, Tenochtitlán.

Second Annual Alcohol and Tobacco-Free Cinco de Mayo con Orgullo Parade and Festival
The San Diego Cinco de Mayo con Orgullo Coalition sponsors the 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival, Saturday, May 3, 2003 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At 10:00 a.m. the parade will start at West Harbor Dr. and Broadway, with the festival at the administration building, 1600 Pacific Highway.

Mujeres Latinas Reaccionan Ante la Crisis del Presupuesto Estatal
Hispanas para la Igualdad Política hablan a legisladores en audiencia pública
SACRAMENTO, CA — Latinas de todo California se reunieron en una audiencia pública para hacer conocer a los legisladores el verdadero impacto que tienen en sus comunidades los cortes en el presupuesto estatal.

Ecuador Teacher Exchange
Local San Diego County Rotarians have announced that spaces are available on a Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) trip. Five fluent, Spanish speaking educators between the ages of twenty-five and forty will go on a four week trip without cost, to the South American country of Ecuador. It is an opportunity of a lifetime.

Governor Davis Announces $1.8 Million In Grants to Local School-To-Career Partnership Programs
SACRAMENTO - Governor Gray Davis today announced $1.8 million in grants to 23 local partnerships that will provide students in public schools and community colleges school-to-career opportunities.

En tela de juicio la efectividad de la Efedra para perder peso
La pérdica de peso es un reto constante para muchos norteamericanos. En su búsqueda por la figura perfecta y energía, algunos deciden usar suplementos que contienen efedra en vez de valerse de métodos más tradicionales tales como el ejercicio y la buena alimentación.

Consumer’s Guide
Evaluate Your Communications Bill And Save Money
By Ignacio De La Torre
With tax season just behind us and your focus turning to personal finances, your “to-do” list may include “save money” or “get budget under control.” If you’re searching for ways to trim costs, here’s an idea: re-evaluate your current  local, long distance, wireless and Internet services. Because of  increased competition in the communications marketplace, you may be missing out on great savings and values that could shave hundreds of dollars a year.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Beverly Lyles
La comunicación y los condones: la mejor protección contra ETS
Entre los jóvenes hispanos, el promedio de actividad sexual está más alto y el uso de anticonceptivos está más bajo que otros grupos. Durante la última década, el uso de anticonceptivos se ha reducido lentamente pero constantemente, mientras más y más jóvenes hispanos optaron por tener relaciones sexuales.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
Simplemente Humanos
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi tiene 22 años, y desde jovencito se ha dedicado al tenis. Muchos dicen que es el mejor jugador de tenis de Paquistán, y también es muy reconocido a nivel internacional. Hace algunos años Qureshi necesitaba un compañero para jugar dobles. Y en forma inesperada conoció a Amir Hadad, un jugador de 24 años tan talentoso como él, y juntos vencieron a un gran número de rivales.

Community Notes:
Programas Madre/Hija y Padre/Hijo Para Discutir Con Los Adolescentes Asuntos Acerca de la Castidad
La Diócesis de San Diego, Oficina para el Matrimonio y Vida Familiar está ofreciendo el programa “Té Para Madres/Hija”, para jovencitas de 11-14 años acompañadas de sus madres el domingo 27 de abril de 2:00 p.m. a 5:15 p.m., y un “Programa Padre/Hijo” para muchachos de 11-14 años y sus padres, el domingo 4 de mayo de 2:00 p.m. a 5:15 p.m.

Editorials

Guest Editorial
Naturalizing the dead
Six immigrant soldiers from California have been granted citizenship for their heroic contributions to the U.S. victory in Iraq. Too bad they were in body bags when they received the honor.

Comentario
Sin Tener Seguro Médico, La Vida Es Peligrosa
Por: Dr. James Santiago Grisolía
Unos 41 millones de Americanos, y unos 400,000 San Diegueños, no tienen acceso a seguro médico. En San Diego, 31% de los Latinos no tienen seguro médico, siendo 58% de la población sin seguro. Sin seguro médico, el paciente no va al médico, por temor de diagnosticar algo fatal, o muy caro de tratar. Por ejemplo, mujeres sin seguro que tienen cáncer mamario llegan al médico con cáncer más avanzado, y con doble probabilidad de morir. Sin acceso a tratamiento ambulatorio, los pacientes sin seguro tienen hasta 70% de más probabilidad de ser internados con diabetes, hipertensión, pulmonía o úlceras.

Commentary
Covering The Uninsured
By: James Santiago Grisolia, MD
Some 41 million Americans and 400,000 San Diegans lack access to health insurance. In San Diego, 31% of Latinos are uninsured, making up 58% of our local total. People without insurance delay seeing the doctor, because they fear finding something expensive or deadly. Uninsured women with breast cancer come to the doctor later, with worse disease, and are twice as likely to die. Without access to cost-effective outpatient care, the uninsured are up to 70% more likely to be hospitalized for diabetes, hypertension, pneumonia or bleeding ulcers.

Commentary:
Diversity: Not There Yet
By Richard C. Atkinson
In the weeks leading up to the Supreme Court’s hearing on affirmative action, the public university of California system was depicted alternately as a dramatic success or a dismal failure in its efforts to enroll Latino and African American students after the elimination of race and ethnicity as factors in student admissions.

Commentary
Still in the Battle
By Marian Wright Edelman
As our nation wages a war against Iraq and is anxiously preoccupied with terrorism around the world, the Bush Administration and congressional leaders are still waging a radical budget war against children here at home. At the end of March the House and Senate passed key elements of President Bush’s budget plan, which lavishes massive new tax cuts on the rich while putting children in harm’s way by eliminating, dismantling, cutting and freezing essential children’s programs like Head Start and after- school programs.

Tezozomoc Speaks
Esta liñea (border line) en la Frontera is a “pain in the you know where”! The jam-up of autos, and gente is not good for business, tourism, tempers, and wear and tear on the body and soul! La Placa thinks Tijuanenses are digging cross-border tunnels to bring drugs into the USA. Este Indio thinks they are so fed up with the border jam-ups that they are seeking to solve the problem by creating cross border people tunnels so they can get to work on time! We call it the Free Enterprise tunnel system.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
County Redistriciting Issue Not Over, Just Yet.
On 10 July 2001 the Supervisors Ron Roberts, Diane Jacobs, Greg Cox, and Bill Horn adopted a redistricting plan that they and staff under their control had worked out in secret. The draft maps, emails, base maps on which hand drawn boundary changes were made, were destroyed so they could not be used as evidence in a case against the county.

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

Correa Exploring Her Past Anticipating Her Future
By: John Philip Wyllie
During the daylight hours, Angela Correa is a Latin American Studies graduate student at SDSU, but after the sun sets, she can often be found in one coffeehouse or another, guitar in hand entertaining the patrons. There was a time not too long ago when singer/songwriter Angela Correa was playing open mike nights dreaming about one day having her own show.

Macuilxochitls Kiva
A Conversation With Chucho Merchán
By Francisco Ciriza
The following is the second in a series of writings based upon a personal interview with Chucho Merchán an accomplished Latino musician and wonderful human being. He is currently the bassist in Mexico’s rock outfit Jaguares.

Going with the current: A New Chicano Novel, “Drift”
Manuel Luis Martinez’s new novel, “Drift,” takes Chicano literature to new levels
By Pablo De Sainz
When one reads the tag “Chicano Literature” on the top of a bookstore shelf, the first thing one may assume is that the novels on that shelf are full of stereotypical works with a great deal of stereotypical characters (cholos, gardeners, migrant workers), stereotypical foods (tamales, tacos) and stereotypical music (mariachi, salsa).

Ir con la corriente: Nueva novela chicana “Drift”
La nueva novela de Manuel Luis Martínez, “Drift”, lleva a la literatura Chicana a nuevos niveles.
Por Pablo De Sainz
Cuando uno lee la etiqueta “Literatura Chicana” sobre los estantes de las librerías, lo primero que uno asume es que las novelas en ese estante están llenas de obras estereotípicas con un gran desfile de personajes estereotípicos (cholos, jardineros, campesinos), comidas estereotípicas (tamales, tacos) y música estereotípica (mariachi, salsa).

Mosaico de Actividades
Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Tijuana retoma las actividades después de un pequeño periodo de vacaciones que se dieron con motivo de la semana santa.

Calendar of Events...
San Diego and Tijuana Turn Out to Support the World Premiere of Gatekeeper Productions’ “The Gatekeeper”
Stars, dignitaries and politicians from both sides of the border plan to attend a sell out gala preview screening to launch the World Premiere of “The Gatekeeper.” 

Activan e Impulsan la Creatividad Musical por Medio de Certámenes
Por: Paco Zavala
Desde tiempos inmemoriales la música ha sido cultivada por el hombre en todos los rincones del mundo. De esa panorámica existen innumerables evidencias, que en algunos ejemplos son sensacionales.

Oscar de la Hoya’s Night Of Champions
By Fiona Manning
He says it will be a “Night Of Champions” but when he steps into the ring at Mandalay Bay Evenets Center in Las Vegas on May 3rd, world super welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya (35-2-0, KOs 28) will face Yory Boy Campas (80-5-0, KOs 68) in what most would label a mismatch of almost epic proportions.

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