Volume XXV Number 17 April 27, 2001

FrontPage Stories

Students Perform At Higher Levels, Thanks to Mariachi Music

By Yvette tenBerge



(Left to right) Cindy Espinoza sings as her sister Alicia plays "Cariño" on her vihuela.

It is a Thursday evening, and a small group of 13 and 14 year-old Montgomery Middle School students gathers in the laundry room of the Park Lido Apartment complex in south San Diego. Parents and curious neighbors hover at the doorway to watch as the boys and girls, who have arrived carrying hand-crafted instruments rather than baskets of dirty clothes, set up their music stands. Positioned amidst the washers and dryers, they pick up their violins, vihuelas, guitars, guitarrons and trumpets and begin to play. They are practicing "No me queda más," a love song written about a woman whose lover has replaced her with another.

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Otay Water Board Caught In A Rip Tide
By Yvette tenBerge
Ex-president of the Otay Water District, Jaime Bonilla, won his election campaign in November 2000 by sticking to a simple message: "Lower the Rates... Stop the Waste!" Judging by the events that occurred at the Wednesday, April 18th water board meeting, however, it seems that fellow board members felt the need to rush in and repair the damage caused by Mr. Bonilla's leaky, 4½-month rein.

San Diegans March in Solidarity with Protesters in Quebec
By Leilani Nisperos
Special to La Prensa
Hundreds of chanting protesters crossed the border from San Ysidro into Tijuana last Saturday for a bi-national march against the Free Trade of the Americas Agreement. The march was part of a three-day long event held in solidarity with protesters gathering in Quebec, Canada, where heads of state from 34 Western Hemisphere governments met to discuss the accord.

UC Irvine Vice Chancellor Manuel Gómez Named Interim UC Vice President for
Educational Outreach

Saragoza quits amid scandal
By Daniel Muñoz
University of California President Richard C. Atkinson today (Tuesday, April 24) named UC Irvine vice chancellor for student affairs Manuel N. Gómez to serve as interim vice president for educational outreach.

Speaker Hertzberg Works to Curb Farm-Labor Abuses
Sacramento — Marking the anniversary of the death of Cesar Chavez, Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) called for California to adopt significant new protections for farmworkers.

Noticias de México...
5,500 empleos
En lo que va del año Baja California ha perdido 5 mil 500 empleos, principalmente en el sector maquilador, debido a la desaceleración económica de Estados Unidos.

Stories

San Diego Students Continue to Open Doors for Disabled
By Yvette tenBerge
The Disabilities Awareness Network (DAWN) hosted an awards luncheon at the Marriot Hotel & Marina on Tuesday, where more than 35 excited, San Diego area students were recognized for their contributions to the organization's sixth annual essay and poster contest.

"¿Quién Quiere Ser Maestro?" El Día Nacional del Maestro 2001
Es Momento de Admirar y Reflexionar
Washington, D.C. — Canastas de frutas. Arreglos de flores y globos. Mensajes en los pizarrones y banderines en el cielo. Por los pasados 16 años, nuestras comunidades han encontrado un sinnúmero de maneras de empapar a los maestros con agradecimientos y reconocimientos en la celebración del Día Nacional del Maestro. El 8 de mayo, padres, estudiantes y empresas presentarán una vez más certificados de regalo, patrocinios para almuerzos y en general le dejarán saber a los maestros que son valorados.

"Aura" es muy sensual
Por Lourdes M. Davis
Carlos Fuentes nuestro novelista mexicano nacido en 1928, el mismo año del nacimiento de Gabriel García Marquez, está causando nuevamente controversia con su novela "Aura".

Causa Espectación la Exhibición de Tapetes en el Centro Cultural Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Verdadera espectación y asombro está causando entre la asistencia al contemplar esta estupenda exhibición de tapetes en el vestíbulo del Centro Cultural Tijuana.

Governor Davis Announces List of Energy Conservation Resources For Businesses
Sacramento — Governor Gray Davis thanked California businesses for their efforts to further energy conservation across the state and released a list of contacts and resources to help them meet the energy challenge.

First National Forum Unites Men and Women to Seek Alternative Solutions,
Beyond Criminalization, for Ending Domestic Violence in Latino Communities
New York — The increase in the number of batterers' intervention programs (BIPs), in recent years, has given rise to a growing and complex controversy within the domestic violence community. Some domestic violence advocates argue that the proliferation of BIPs is jeopardizing the safety of women. They believe that the use of criminal justice sanctions is the best approach for holding batterers accountable.

Environmental Justice Data Now Online for Every U.S. Community
Different degrees of environmental burden felt by different racial/ethnic and income groups are now documented and available for every community in the U.S., announced the Environmental Defense. The information is available free on the group's www.Scorecard.org website, which lets users type in their zip codes to get the local facts.

Activists Gather to Share Strategies, Debate Options, and Suggest Solutions
Border Environment Conference

The Third Annual Meeting on the Border Environment (Encuentro) to be held April 26-28 in Tijuana will feature a wide range of activities aimed at strengthening crossborder organizing by environmental activists in the NAFTA-zone and provide opportunities for government officials and activists to productively discuss key issues.

¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! making a difference in the lives of Hispanic girls
The Soy Unica! Soy Latina! Substance Abuse Prevention Campaign launched this week. Funded by the federal government's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), this new, bilingual public education campaign is targeted to helping Latina girls ages 9 to 14 develop healthy, drug-free lifestyles.

Community Notes.....
LULAC Scholarship Program
League of United Latin American Citizens, San Diego Council #2842 presents LULAC/American Legion Post 6, Bingo on Sunday April 29, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post #6 located at 3563 Adams Avenue, San Diego, Ca. 92116.

Esperando Por Otro
Por Sergio Nogues
Una familia quiere sembrar una planta en su casa y obtiene la semilla pero la esposa espera que su esposo la siembre. El esposo espera que sus hijos la siembren y los hijos esperan que sus padres la siembren. La tierra está lista para darle a la semilla todos los alimentos que posee para que pueda crecer, formarse un gran árbol y dar sus frutos. La semilla está en la casa esperando que la siembren. Todo el mundo espera y espera pero nadie hace nada. El resultado es que la familia se queda sin su árbol ¿Por qué? Por una sola palabra: "esperar".

Editorials

Editorial
The Battle of Puebla a.k.a. CINCO de MAYO
La Prensa San Diego has written and reported for 25 years on the "Battle of Puebla" and on the activities undertaken by the Mexican American community to commemorate this historical period and its significance to all those who trace their roots and lineage to Mexico. It has been an article of faith that if one is to know one's self, one must know his roots and history.

Commentary
Another Drug War Lesson in Peru
by Jacob G. Hornberger
The war on drugs has now taken two more casualties - 35-year-old missionary Veronica Bowers and her 7-month old child Charity. Last Friday, April 20, a Peruvian interceptor jet attacked and shot down a defenseless single-engine Cessna in which Bowers and her baby were traveling. Surviving the attack were her husband James, their six-year old son Cory, and the pilot Kevin Donaldson, who was shot in both legs.

Commentary
The First 100 Days and the Environment
by Kevin Doyle
One hundred days into office, President George Bush appears to have yanked his administration out of a reckless crash and burn environmental nose dive. Unfortunately, his sputtering conservation recovery seems to be held aloft mainly by a desperate White House spin machine. Indeed, the president's environmental offensive was hardly more than a series of decisions not to move backward — upholding safeguards for wetlands and against lead pollution made by the previous administration and agreeing to sign an international treaty seeking to phase out a dozen highly toxic chemicals that have been banned in the United States for years.

Opinion
What Really Keeps Minorities Out Of U.C.
By Lance T. Izumi
In proposing to drop the SAT I from the University of California's admissions process, UC president Richard Atkinson implied that it is the SAT that blocks most black and Hispanic students from entering the UC system. However, the reality is that even if the SAT I were dropped tomorrow, the vast majority of black and Hispanic California high-school students would be no closer to entering the UC than before. That's because few black and Hispanic students take the college preparatory courses in high school that the UC requires for admission.

Point
Mexico by the Numbers — Latin America's Powerhouse
by Louis Nevaer
MEXICO CITY
— Leaders from the Western Hemisphere who came to Quebec City for the Third Summit of the Americas clearly wanted to meet new U.S. president George W. Bush, but many also looked forward to consulting with Mexico's Vicente Fox.

Counter-Point
Despite Export Boom, Mexico Still Struggling to Get Back On Its Feet
By Martin Espinoza
Mexico's Finance Ministry has released a glowing report crediting the seven-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with turning Mexico into an export superpower in Latin America.

TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
Tiempo to have a Pow-Wow with mi gente ... Un poco de mota might help... Que esta pasanda with el Jefe Bejarano? Since he put on his cachucha de La Main Placa, all the SDPD are getting `cuete' heavy. Seems we are back to shooting first and asking questions despues... WAY DESPUES! ¿Horale Jefe que esta pasando? Kollender now looking like a Chicano-lover compared to the Cowboys you have turned loose on la gente.

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

Se Representa en Mayo Próximo en el Civic Theatre de San Diego Una Gran Obra
Verdiana
El Civic Theatre de San Diego se engalana el próximo mes de Mayo al llevar a escena la gran opera Verdiana "Aida" opera lírica dividida en cuatro actos, del notabilísimo compositor italiano Giuseppe Verdi.

Se Convoca a Poetas Mexicanos a Participar en el Quinto Premio Nacional de
Poesía "Tijuana 2001"
El XVI Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, B. C. a través del Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura, lanza una convocatoria a los poetas mexicanos a participar en el Quinto Premio Nacional de Poesía: "Tijuana 2001", bajo las siguientes bases:

Calendar of Events...
A Night of Jazz
Music will fill the halls of Southwestern College as the School of Arts and Communication presents two concerts "Rhythms of the World," April 26 and "A Night of Jazz," April 27. The first concert takes place at 8 p.m. in the Mayan Hall Theatre and will feature performances from the college's African Drumming group and Latin Jazz ensemble.

Four-Day Festival at UCR Celebrates Border Region
A four-day Festival Fronterizo (border festival), to celebrate the rich artistic fusion of U.S.-Mexico border culture, is coming Tuesday, May 1 through Friday, May 4, to the University of California, Riverside and other Riverside locations.

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