Volume XXIX Number 17 April 29, 2005

FrontPage Stories

CHICANO PARK DAY

Ivan Ramirez, 22, takes a photograph of his friend Barbara Garcia, 26, in front of a display of vintage lowrider cars


Elizabeth Gonzalez, 5, poses for photographs with other members of the traditional Mexican dance group “Grupo Foklorico Chicano Juvenil” during activities celebrating the 35th anniversary of Chicano Park in San Diego, California. The park was founded in 1970 when activists protested the construction of a California Highway Patrol station. Thousands of people attended the celebration.


Mexican (Aztec) dancers (below) prepare for a performance during the 35th anniversary celebration of Chicano Park.

Images of Chicano Park Day, presented by photojournalist David Maung.


Latinos applaud Murphy’s resignation
La Prensa San Diego went out to the streets of the city of San Diego to ask the Hispanic community their opinion about the mayor’s move.
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
When Martha Romo heard that San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy had announced his resignation on Monday, April 25, the Logan Heights resident said she felt it was a good decision.


¿Qué necesita San Diego de su próximo alcalde? Reunión ciudadana de Envision SD
By Luis Alonso Pérez
Honestidad, responsabilidad, valentía, firmeza, visión, convencimiento, inteligencia y buen sentido del humor. Estas no son las cualidades que debe tener la pareja perfecta, se trata de las cualidades que debe tener el siguiente alcalde de la ciudad de San Diego, según los panelistas invitados a la reunión ciudadana organizada por Envision, la tarde del miércoles 27 de Abril, en el salón comunitario del San Diego Workforce Partnership.


Colombia vs. Venezuela: Big Oil Turns Up Heat in Border Region
By Bill Weinberg
“Oilmen are like cats; you can never tell from the sound of them whether they are fighting or making love,” said the famous Armenian entrepreneur Calouste Gulbenkian, as oil companies and Western governments at a post-World War I summit in Ostend, Belgium, carved up oil rights in Iraq and the Persian Gulf.


Stories

Councilman wants to curb check-cashing, not kill it
By Kelley Dupuis
Was this week’s decision by the Chula Vista City Council to impose a moratorium on payday-loan business a slam at low-income residents, predominantly Hispanic, who do business at such places?


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Un silencio escandaloso
El silencio habla. El domingo 24 de abril en México D.F., el silencio habló, gritó, y le reventó los tímpanos a un grupito de mexicanos que quisieron callar a un mexicano conocido como “El Peje”. Consecuente con el escandaloso silencio, yo también me callo, y dejo a los lectores con un silencioso repertorio de algunas de las pancartas, mantas y letreros no oficiales, garrapateadas a mano, que se oyeron en todo el mundo:


Celebrarán la Memorable Batalla de Puebla del 5 de Mayo
“Los Indios Zacapoaxtlas con su Intervención Determinaron la Derrota del Ejército Invasor”
Por: Paco Zavala
Han transcurrido 143 años, de aquel 5 de mayo de 1862, fecha en que se llevó a efecto la defensa de México ante la invación del ejército más poderoso del mundo de aquellos tiempos, el ejército francés o ejército Napoleónico. El ejército mexicano, una fuerza armada modesta, dotada de un valor y audacia indomables, enfrenta a un ejército disciplinado admirablemente. El ejército mexicano de aquellos tiempos era una fuerza armada con una entrega y un amor patrióticos increíbles; éstas, no se arredraron y derrotaron al soberbio y orgulloso ejército francés, en una lucha armada desigual, superada únicamente por el valor y el amor patrio y la intervención de los indios Zacapoaxtlas.

Cinco de Mayo Salute to Gilbert Castorena: A “Spiritual” Descendant of Benito Juárez
By Dottie Fieger, MCL Scuttlebutt Det. #886
With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, so to speak, Detachment #886 of the Marine Corps League proudly acknowledge a little known fact about Gilbert Castorena, one of its Lifetime members, Castorena is a descendant of the Cerro Guadalupe warriors who fought bravely, under the leadership of Benito Juarez, and defeated and ousted the French army invaders from the city of Puebla, Mexico, on Cinco de Mayo 1862, The French army has been sent by Spain to suppress the revolting Indians who were crying out for freedom from discrimination and demanding Mexico’s independence from Spain.


A dark Día del Niño in Tijuana
On April 30 Mexico celebrates Día del Niño, or Children’s Day. On that day the value of Mexican children is recognized. Nevertheless, not everything is happiness. On the streets of Tijuana there are many children who work very hard to be able to survive.
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Manuelito doesn’t live on the streets, although he does spend most of the time outside his house. And it’s not because he’s in school studying his ABC’s or in the park playing with the other children.


Un oscuro Día del Niño en Tijuana
El 30 de abril en México se celebra el Día del Niño. En este día se reconoce el valor de la niñez mexicana. Sin embargo, no todo es felicidad. En las calles de Tijuana se encuentran muchos niños que día a día trabajan para sobrevivir.
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Manuelito no es un niño de la calle, pero si pasa la mayor parte del día fuera de su casa. Y no es que esté en la escuela estudiando el abecedario o en el parque jugando con los demás niños.


    Come and paint in Centro Cultural Tijuana
    Photos and text by Luis Alonso Pérez
    Paint is more than colors made to cover paper. In a kid’s hands paint can make their imagination blossom, express their feelings and shape their dreams. That’s why the children’s day painting festival celebrated last Saturday April 23rd made the Centro Cultural Tijuana’s (CECUT) front courtyard look like a living mural flourishing with life.


    Ven a Pintar al CECUT
    Fotos y texto por Luis Alonso Pérez
    La pintura es más que colores para cubrir el papel. La pintura en las manos de un niño puede hacer florecer su imaginación, expresar sus sentimientos y plasmar sus sueños. Es por eso que el festival de pintura del día del niño, celebrado el pasado sábado 23 de abril, hizo que la explanada del Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT) luciera como un mural viviente lleno de vida.


    Sweetwater Students Answer the Call for Tsunami Relief
    The tsunami that hit Asia in December may be a distant memory for many, but students throughout the Sweetwater Union High School District are sending along a significant donation to relief workers still helping in the rebuilding efforts.


    University of San Diego Honors Southwestern College Professor & Social Justice Advocate
    Alumni Awards for Career Achievement, Humanitarian Causes & Volunteer Service  
    A nurse who aids the sick and suffering in Mexico and a former executive who promotes social justice and employee participation in the workplace will be honored by the University of San Diego Saturday, April 30.


      Conference Teaches That Great Parents Are Made Not Born
      Fourth Annual Parenting Conference Teaches New Skills and Offers Networking Opportunities
      The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) will co-host the fourth annual parenting conference, “Celebrating Families,” 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the Scottish Rite Center in San Diego.


      Editorials

      Editorial
      Cinco de Mayo
      The 5th of May i.e. “Cinco de Mayo” is a celebration of a moment in our Mexican history that occurred in the City of Puebla. For those of Mexican ancestry in the United States, “Cinco de Mayo” is a time of remembrance of their heritage of the country of our parents, grandparents or great, great grandparents.


      Editorial
      Check-Cashing Businesses Considered an Eye Store to Chula Vista City Council
      The City Council for the City of Chula Vista has found the source that is feeding the decay of the west side, ruining it’s image, and they have put their foot down by imposing a 45 day moratorium on check-cashing businesses opening in the City! Their stated primary objections to this type of business is that “they are a detriment and are eyesores” to the area. The recent opening of such a business on Broadway and E was pointed out as an example of their concern.


      Commentary
      Failing Democratic Transition in Mexico
      By Laura Carlsen
      When Vicente Fox ended the 71-year reign of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party in the 2000 presidential elections, many observers heralded it as the beginning of a long-overdue transition to democracy. Now President Fox, in a concerted effort with members of the former ruling party, has closed the door on that transition.


      Comentario:
      La Creación de un Mito
      Por Alejandro Alvarado Bremer
      En los años que llevo observando la política mexicana pocas veces había visto semejante incapacidad política. Es como si los partidos PRI y PAN, también conocidos como PRIAN por su creciente similitud, no tuvieran memoria histórica y repiten los errores que en el pasado han cometido otros líderes o agrupaciones políticas, cuando al enemigo lo hacen víctima, mártir y mito. Esa es la historia de algunos de los íconos de la izquierda, de Fidel Castro a Hugo Chávez y ahora Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), quien ha demostrado mucho mayor talento que sus adversarios.


      POINT
      Gamble in Vegas, Not on Social Security
      By Congressman Xavier Becerra, Chair, CHC Social Security Task Force
      Social Security has served as a pension system, and a life and disabilities insurance system, for 70 years without failing. Now we find that the greatest program ever created in the history of our country is under attack. Some folks claim the program will run out of money soon. That is not true.


      COUNTERPOINT
      Thriving in Retirement through Social Security Personal Retirement Accounts
      By Mario Rodriguez
      Paying yourself first.


      The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
      Students need learn before High School
      This is in regards to an article entitled, “The Truth About Education Policy” by Adam Chavarria in your April 15, 2005 edition.  In this article he states, “Despite this progress, Hispanic students are entering high school reading below grade level, not academically prepared in the core subject areas of math and science...” 


      TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
      POS GENTE, now I know why it’s so hard to put out a newspaper. Seems there is never a quiet moment, especially in this town and county of San Diego. That el Alcalde de San Diego Dick Murphy, threw in the towel and gave up the Mayorship, was expected. It was just a question of when! Faithful readers, of Tezzy, knew that El Jefito had been after the Mayor for quite a while. Seems everyone, except the Republican Right Wingers, knew that the Mayor was in desperate straits!

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

      Local Mariachi Virtuoso, Jeff Nevin, a Big Hit at the Annual Feria Nacional de San Marcos in Aguascalientes, México
      By Perlita R. Dicochea
      San Diego’s own mariachi virtuoso, Jeff Nevin, professor at Southwestern College who spearheaded the establishment of the U.S.’s first college degree in mariachi and director of Mariachi Champaña Nevín, conducted a spectacular evening outdoor concert in the historical Plaza de Toros de San Marcos before a sea of 25,000 on Sunday, April 17th as part of the inauguration of the legendary Feria Nacional de San Marcos in Aguascalientes, México.


      Celebrarán el X Aniversario del Grupo de Danza de Minerva Tapia
      Por: Paco Zavala
      Cuando se cumple un año de practicar alguna actividad se siente una emoción que a veces es difícil determinar, cuando se cumplen dos o más, esto cambia y cuando se cumplen diez años de hacerlo y de hacerlo bien, se convierte en un tema digno de consideración y de análisis; entonces hay que celebrarlo con júbilo y gran fiesta. Esta eventualidad es parte de la metamorfósis a la que se sujeta el ser humano al pasar los años trabajando duro y fuerte en aras de un anhelo.


      Cal State San Marcos Kellogg Library Photo Exhibit Features Lives of Local Migrant Workers
      The latest photographic exhibit to be displayed as part of the Context series in the Kellogg Library at Cal State San Marcos brings attention to the work and daily life of recent Hispanic immigrants and migrants in the region.


      MACUILXOCHITL'S KIVA
      Tierra to perform before a sold out audience in Barrio Logan
      By Francisco H. Ciriza
      The current television trend that has provided us with American Idol and La Academia are perfect examples of how the world of entertainment and the music business in specific can be so deceitful. The deception factor is further bolstered by those individuals and groups that truly can’t hold a candle to true artists. We’ve all seen the pre-packaged boy and girl bands. The Latino market has been rich with these sorts for decades. It’s actually surprising the Latino television machine didn’t come up with La Academia sooner.


      XXX, muévete uno, ponte otro
      La franquicia de acción no necesita de su agente principal para existir
      Por Jose Daniel Bort
      XXX sufre de síndrome de doble personalidad. Es el tipo de diversión que trata sinceramente de tomarse en serio como alternativa de acción en estos tiempos en el cine, mientras bromea acerca de las posibilidades que le brinda su superultrarecontra fantástica premisa.


      Los Potros galopan por Tijuana—de nuevo
      El equipo trae de regreso la fiebre beisbolera a la ciudad
      Por Pablo Jaime Sainz

      Son casi las 7 p.m. un jueves por la noche y el Estadio Calimax, en Tijuana, está repleto de fanáticos del beisbol que retan al viejo estereoptipo que dice que el único deporte que le gusta a los mexicanos es el fútbol.


      Los Potros galloping through Tijuana –again
      The team brings back baseball fever to the city
      By Pablo Jaime Sainz
      It is almost 7 p.m. on a Thursday night and Estadio Calimax, in Tijuana, is full of baseball fans who defy the old stereotype that says that the only sport Mexicans like is soccer.


      Nuno Hopes to Make Senior Year Special
      By John Philip Wyllie
      Topping his sensational 2004 Mesa League Pitcher of the Year performance won’t be easy for Sweetwater High School’s Vidal Nuno, but he is well on his way to doing just that. With seven victories and a single loss this season, the lanky left-hander has recorded 67 strikeouts and has an earned run average of 1.89 for the 17-6, 4-0 Red Devils. Nuno is also contributing at the plate and with his glove. Sweetwater coach, Andy Sanchez considers him almost indispensable.


      Eastlake’s Williamson Battling to be No. 1
      By John Philip Wyllie
      Last season, Eastlake High School’s Andrea Williamson finished second in the Mesa League Swimming Finals in both the 100 yard backstroke and the 200 yard Individual Medley. This year she aspires to be number one.


      In Rusty’s Corner
      By Rusty Rubin
      Nice to see Antonio Margarito finally have a defining fight, cutting previously undefeated Kermit Cintron in round four and stopping him in round five. Maybe this will be the start of something big for Margarito, who has always had the potential to become a great fighter.


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