Volume XXV Number 31 August 3, 2001

FrontPage Stories

San Diego Unified Pulls Fast One On Sherman Heights Community

By Yvette tenBerge

Martha "Patty" Medina, 38, sits in a sun-filled room at the Sherman Heights Community Center and describes what her life was like just four years ago. Her silver-ringed fingers move through the air gracefully, punctuating her words as she describes her world as a victim of domestic violence. After 16 years of an abusive marriage, the last two of which had been spent entirely within the walls of her home, this mother of two prayed for God to free her from her prison. The key to her cell arrived on her doorstep the next morning in the form of a flier.

Ms. Medina recalls her initial fear at the thought of leaving her home to take part in the free programs offered by Cola-borativo SABER, an initiative that, over the past eight years, has created a deeply rooted system of social support, health education and wellness promotion for Sherman Heights children and families.



Patty Medina

"The first time I came here, I was offered help and received it right away.  I was terrified to leave my home, but SABER was always pulling me from my house to attend one program or another. It was a lifesaver for me to know that there were people who wanted to help me, and who could help me," says Ms. Medina, placing heavy emphasis on the role that Georgia Malcolm, the Director of SABER and the Educational Psychologist at Sherman Elementary, played in her recovery.

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San Diego Unified Se Aprovecha de la Comunidad Sherman Heights

Por Yvette tenBerge

Martha "Patty" Medina, 38, sentada en un cuarto lleno de luz en Sherman Heights Community Center describe como su vida fue hace apenas cuatro años. Sus dedos anillados en plata se mueven graciosamente, señalando sus palabras al describir su mundo como víctima de violencia doméstica. Después de 16 años de un matrimonio abusivo, los últimos dos de los cuales los había pasado dentro de las paredes de su hogar, ésta madre de dos, le rogó a Dios la librara de esta prisión. La llave de su celda llegó a su puerta la siguiente mañana en la forma de un volante.

La señora Medina recuerda su miedo inicial cuando pensó en visitar Sherman Heights Community Center para tomar parte en los programas gratis ofrecidos por SABER, una iniciativa que, por los pasados ocho años, ha creado un sistema arraigado de sostén social, educación en salud y promoción de bienestar para los niños y familias de Sherman Heights.

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Stories

Tuberculosis, a disease that demands very strict controls
By Norma de la Vega
Everyday, Carlos López makes his way prowling through Tijuana neighborhoods in his old but well-used car. His trips are part of his work - personally delivering medicine to people stricken by tuberculosis and making sure that they take it.

La Tuberculosis, una enfermedad que exige controles muy rigurosos
Por Norma de la Vega
En un carro poco deteriorado Carlos López va y viene diariamente por recónditas colonias de Tijuana. Los viajes forman parte de su trabajo de entrega de medicinas a enfermos de tuberculosis.

Some Things Only A Woman Can Do
Why do African American women suffer disproportionately from heart disease relative to the general population? Why do Native American women have the highest death rates for diabetes and the lowest survival rates for cancer than any other racial/ethnic population? There is much to learn about why and how people of different cultures, etnicities and socioeconomic status often suffer diseases at different rates and severity. Research is necessary to answer these and many other questions of why some populations have better health outcomes and how we can make improvements.

Colombian and Ecuadoran Bishops Plead for an End to Aerial Fumigation
Baltimore
, July 26, 2001 - As the Senate Appropriations Committee prepares to vote on the FY02 Foreign Operations spending bill, Catholic Relief Services partners in Ecuador and Colombia have called on the U.S. Congress to use the process to end indiscriminate fumigation in the southern region of Colombia. Earlier this week, the U.S. House voted in favor of allocating $676 million within the foreign aid bill for the Andean Counterdrug Initiative, which includes continued support for aerial spraying in the region as a means to eradicate illegal drug crops.

Jóvenes Hispanos del Sector Urbano con Ingresos de Más de $50.000 Tienen
Mayor Éxito que Otros, Según Estudio Nacional
HOUSTON
— Un nuevo reporte de investigación de The Media Audit muestra que el 14,3 por ciento de los adultos hispanos del sector urbano, entre 18 y 34 años, tienen ingresos en sus hogares de $50,000 o más. El porcentaje comparable con los blancos es del 12,7, con los afro-americanos el 12,3, y con la población general el 13,6.

New California Media Contest
"The Teacher Who Changed My Life"
The CalTeach Media Contest among California's ethnic communities, communicates the excitement and personal reward of being a teaching professional.

August 4th Workshop Has Important Back-to-School Message for Parents
How can parents enhance their children's academic performance, and keep them on track for college? By instilling in them early the value and importance of doing well in school, and by taking an active interest and participation in the academic future of their children, says Janet Osterbye, academic coordinator of California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) for San Diego and Imperial counties.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Otorgó $19.3 Millones en Becas Durante Año Escolar
2000-2001
SAN FRANCISCO
— El Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), la organización líder en la nación dedicada a la educación de los hispanos, anunció hoy que durante el año académico 2000-2001 la institución otorgó más de $19.3 millones en becas universitarias. Esta cifra representa más de $11.7 millones en becas de HSF y más de $7.6 millones adjudicados a través del Gates Millennium Scholars Program, posibilitando que 6,070 estudiantes de Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico puedan comple-mentar sus estudios superiores.

IFA Educational Foundation to Establish Diversity Training Institute With Major
Sponsorship from The Coca-Cola Company
Washington — The International Franchise Association (IFA) announced that its Educational Foundation will establish a Diversity Training Institute, which will be supported by The Coca-Cola Company. The purpose of the Institute will be to provide a permanent framework for fostering diversity awareness and providing training for franchise executives and franchisees, according to Foundation chairman Sid Feltenstein, chairman and CEO of Yorkshire Global Restaurants (A&W, Long John Silver's).

Programa Popular de Visitas de Maestros al Hogar Resulta en un Libro de Cocina
de la Comunidad
Sacramento — Las recetas tales como la Sopa de Zapallitos de la Familia Camacho, los Frijoles Charros de la Familia Jaramillo y la Sartén de la Paella de la Familia Trzcinski son parte de un nuevo libro de recetas recién publicado por el personal y padres de la Escuela Elemental California en La Puente.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Fabian Doman
El Exilio de Gardel
Mis abuelos como tantos otros llegaron al puerto de Buenos Aires hace casi 90 años, cargados de ilusiones y esperanza. Venían de la Europa de la pobreza, las enfermedades y la desilusión a construir otro futuro. Y lo lograron.

San Diego Housing Commission honored by national housing group
In recognition of its innovative self-sufficiency programs, the San Diego Housing Commission won four "National Wards of Merit" from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

HUD Resumes Sales of Discounted Homes to Officers and Teachers
Washington — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is resuming its Officer Next Door and Teacher Next Door home sales programs after taking a number of corrective measures to prevent homebuyer fraud.

Las Firmas Que Son Propiedad de Grupos Minoritarios Crecen Con Una Rapidez
Cuatro Veces Mayor Que el Promedio Nacional, Informa la Oficina del Censo
Entre 1992 y 1997, los negocios propiedad de minorías crecieron a un ritmo cuatro veces mayor que el de la generalidad de las compañías de los EE.UU., aumentando de 2,1 millones de empresas a cerca de 2,8 millones, según un informe publicado por la Oficina del Censo del Departamento de Comercio.

One in Ten Border Residents Diabetic?
Initial results from a binational study of diabetes along the US-Mexico border suggest that 1 of every 10 border residents is diabetic, according to the Border Health Initiative (BHI).

La Señora Nada y el Señor Nadie
(Para niños)
Por Sergio Nogues
Dos niños se encuentran conversando y uno le dice al otro: Existen dos palabras que son de gran ayuda en mi vida: "Nada" y "Nadie".

Arts and Culture Commission to Launch New Cultural Tourism Initiative

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (Commission) announced the launch of "Living Traditions," a pilot project designed to identify and promote the many cultural assets found in San Diego neighborhoods to local and out-of-town visitors. In the first year of the project, the Commission will work in partnership with three selected neighborhoods - Sherman Heights, Normal Heights and the Gas-lamp Quarter - to enhance the marketing potential of each neighborhood's historic sites, properties and cultural institutions.

Another Successful Year for the Martinez Foundation
Pearl Martinez of the Thomas and Pearl Martinez Foundation is happy to report that they have just completed their annual program of cash incentive awards to Latino sixth and fifth grade students.

Conference Tackles Education Concerns for Border Region
Those familiar with the education systems in Mexico and the United States know there are differences. However, they have begun to understand that the differences may not be what people believe, and that those misconceptions are hurting the delivery of education to young Mexican immigrants when they enter U.S. schools.

Free Reconstructive Surgery for Children Disfigured by Dog Bites
Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Inc. is launching a nationwide search for children disfigured as a result of dog bites. Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is an international, non-profit organization that provides free reconstructive surgery to children without financial means.

Editorials

Editorial
Politics A Question of Ethics?
There was a time when the citizens of our country had a child's faith in the honesty and integrity of those whom they elected to public office. They put their faith in them and trusted them to do what was in the best interests of the country and the public good. Elected officials worked hard at their duties and they did not take the burdens of their offices lightly. Their pride in the offices they held was palatable and it showed in the manner in which they carried out their duties.

Commentary
Creating An Election Day Holiday Could Cost $50 Billion!
By Fernando Oaxaca
President George W. Bush hosted a news conference in the White House Rose Garden to receive the report on Electoral Reform from a Study Commission which was headed by former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Commentary
Humanity and Justice Missing From County Administration
By Daniel L. Muñoz
History, if not paid attention to, can sometimes leap up and bite you! Such seemed to be the case when the County of San Diego's Health and Human Service Agency decided to fire Martha Martinez Johnson six months before she was scheduled to retire after 30 years of dedicated service to the County of San Diego.

Commentary
Plan Colombia: Washington's Latest Drug War Failure
By Ted Galen Carpenter
The centerpiece of the Bush administration's "supply side" campaign against illegal drugs in staunch support for the Colombian government's "Plan Colombia." But the facts show that the plan is a waste of time and money.

Comentario
El Idiota de Clodoberto
Por Pablo Padula
Apenas regresé de República Dominicana en donde hice un reportaje sobre la libertad de prensa, tuve la oportunidad de sentarme con el idiota, imbécil, cabeza de piedra, retrasado mental de mi amigo Clodoberto para discutir el tema de mi viaje. Ups… perdón, ¿qué acabo de hacer? ¿Qué derecho tengo yo como periodista de publicar mi opinión personal sobre Clodoberto? De eso, precisamente, estabamos hablando él y yo. De hasta donde llega la libertad de prensa y cuando se transforma en libertinaje.

Tezozomoc Speaks...
ADIOS Julio... Hello Agosto
. Y what happened to summer? Don't know about you, but, carramba (darn) I am still mucho cold! There is no air conditioner in my canton (home). Yet, my utility bill still doesn't change. It is still high! What's all this crappola about "letting the marketplace work"? UTILITIES still rake in the dinero no matter how little electricity I use... The meter outside the garage still keeps twirling and twirling! Transformer blew out in our area for over half a day, WE HAD NO ELECTRICITY! Didn't matter, the darn meter just cranked up and must have gone faster to keep the profit levels high! Qué está pasando? (wass-up my man?) Perhaps the P.U.C. ought to see what is going on.

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
Tezozomoc:
In the recent issue you spoke of our kids missing out on years of education while the new jefe is on his throne.

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

Art For Art's Sake
San Diego Repertory Theatre, long known as the downtown destination for new artists in theatre, is pleased to open its gallery space to welcome two compelling artists from the visual art world, George Al-phonso Walker and Ricardo V. Gomez. Stunning and thought provoking, these artists' works excite the senses with vibrant color and challenging yet sometimes perplexing images.

Serralde and Cristina to Perform at the BMI Songwriters Club
LOS ANGELES
- Latin music singer/songwriters Serralde and Cristina will be the featured performers at the BMI Songwriters Club at Highland Grounds in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 21st. Serralde and Cristina will perform special acoustic sets following the open mic portion of the show, which is held from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cristina will perform at 9 p.m. and Serralde will perform at 9:30 p.m. Highland Grounds is located at 742 N. Highland Ave., and this event is free and open to the public. The BMI Songwriters Club is sponsored by Performer magazine.

Gerardo and Freedom looking up, sees the league as a great opportunity
By John Philip Wyllie
Later on this month, Monica Gerardo will no doubt look into resuming her soccer career with the women's national team of Mexico. But right now however, her focus is squarely on the WUSA's playoff race. And she doesn't like what she's seeing.

Spirit Ties Freedom, 2-2, To Stay in Playoff Hunt
The San Diego Spirit started strong, scoring two goals in the first 18 minutes, then let the lead slip away and were forced to settle for a 2-2 tie with the Washington Freedom in front of a sell-out crowd of 6,155 fans at Torero Stadium in the first week-night home game of the season.

Bullfight World...
By Lyn Sherwood
Another Triumph For Eloy Cavazos

According to reviewer Gary Sloan, July 29 was the opening corrida of the Beautiful Bullring by the Sea. The card featured the seemingly ageless wonder, Eloy Cavazos, alternating with Jorge Gutierrez and José Daniel Ayala, facing bulls from Real de Saltillo.

"Showbox: La Nueva Generación" presenta "en fuego III"
"Shobox: La Nueva Generación", la nueva serie de boxeo de Showtime, regresa el sábado en la tarde, el 4 de agosto a las 5 PM ET/PT con "En Fuego III" una excitante cartelera de dos peleas desde el United Palace en Washington Heights, Nueva York. El rudo Dominicano Antonio "Chelo" Díaz se enfrentará a John Michael Johnson, el ex-campeón peso gallo de la AMB en una pelea de peso pluma de 10 asaltos.

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