Volume XXVII Number 49 December 5, 2003

FrontPage Stories

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" will begin its run at Balboa Park's December Nights Celebration December 5th & 6th. Among its cast of nearly 150 are Felicia Alvarez (left), a five year dancer with SDCYB who will dance the role of the Snow Queen as well as in the Waltz of the Flowers and Elizabeth Marquez who will also dance in the Waltz of the Flowers and some additional pointe work as a mouse creating havoc in the Battle scene.

Rehearsing since September these young dancers have the opportunity to showcase their hard work with five performances and an already sold out performance for the Girl Scouts. They will also dance two nights at Balboa Park's December Nights celebration and two education performances for area schools. All performances are at the Casa del Prado Theater, Balboa Park. Times are December 6, 7 & 14 @ 2 pm, December 12 & 13 @ 7 pm. Tickets are $10-$12.

National City Officials Address the JC Penney Incident
Several Motions Passed Unanimously
By Raymond R. Beltrán
National City residents and activists from various groups attended National City’s City Council meeting Tuesday evening, December 2, to “express outrage” at the National City Police Department’s (NCPD) lack of accountability in relation to the JC Penney case, where two shoppers, Alejandro Galeana and Narfelix Arzeta, were racially profiled and illegally reported to the Border Patrol by Officer Steve Shepard.


Sweetwater School District Answers San Ysidro Parent’s Questions
By Raymond R. Beltrán
As a group of San Ysidro High School parents continue to put pressure on the Sweet-water Union High School District, district officials are planning to make up for miscalculations and misunderstandings between them and the San Ysidro community by encouraging parents to take charge in the decision making process.

The New California Media Honors La Prensa San Diego
By Daniel Muñoz
San Francisco – On November 18th at the New California Media’s (NCM) annual EXPO and Awards banquet, dubbed “the Ethnic Pulitzers” by the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, at the Westin St. Francis hotel, La Prensa San Diego was honored with a Special Achievement Award as a “Bridge Builder” for their biweekly column “La Prensa Persa.”


Stories

MALDEF Board Announces the Departure of Longtime President Antonia Hernandez
The MALDEF board of directors has accepted the resignation of President and General Counsel Antonia Hernández, who for 23 years has ably served the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organization, the past 18 as its leader. MALDEF Chair Joseph A. Stern announced that the search is on for her successor, as Hernández will join the California Community Foundation as its President and CEO in February 2004.


Relaciones California-México
Por Jorge A. Bustamante
La destitución de Adolfo Aguilar Zinser como embajador de México en la ONU sugiere una razón más de fondo que la que se dio como explicación de la decisión presidencial. Puede entenderse que la declaración del embajador de México en la ONU no le haya gustado al presidente Fox y que le hubiera parecido impropia o de lesa diplomacia.


Residential segregation in San Diego is increasing
By Emmanuelle Le Texier
The Harvard Civil Rights Project has released a report untitled “Race, Place and Opportunity: Racial Change and Segregation in the San Diego Metropolitan Area: 1990-2000”. Analyzing data from the 1990 and 2000 Census, the report states that during the last ten years “high levels of segregation for blacks in the City and increasing segregation rates for Latinos metro-wide suggest that much remains to be done to insure that these populations have equal access to all communities”.


Politica a la Mexicana
Las Muertas de Juárez

Por Luz Aída Salomón
En México rige la ley del más fuerte, sea por poder económico o político, pero ¿quién protege a los infractores? Esta es sólo una de las preguntas a responder en el caso más siniestro de la historia criminal del país: 263 asesinatos seriales de mujeres jóvenes ocurridos en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, punto fronterizo con El Paso, Texas.


Channeling Latino Youth Into the Low-Wage Trap: Race and Class Polarization in California
by Julio Juan Cammarota
Educational Attainment and Labor Market Status
The correlation between educational attainment and labor-market status may shed light on why young Latinos might remain in the low end of the bifurcated job market. Most indicators for labor outcomes suggest that labor market position improves with higher levels of educational attainment. Indeed, education levels influence participation rates and labor force status, but the critical economic indicator of income correlates with years of schooling.

‘Educación es destino’
Por Andrés Lozano
La prosperidad aumentó y el tiempo para lograrla se acortó cuando la educación se reconoció como necesidad. Fue un portento descubrir lo que se podía lograr sabiendo leer, escribir y hacer cuentas. Es importante entender cómo influye la instrucción sobre el éxito y la rapidez con que se alcanza. Ubica a nuevos trabajadores en sus puntos de arranque a la hora de pisar suelo americano e incorporarse al mercado laboral. Es axiomático: Quienes cuentan con mejor educación avanzan más rápido, pues arrancan desde punto más avanzado. Rápido también avanzan quienes carecen de capacitación, pero les dan prioridad como herramienta niveladora.


Training is outcome
Por Andrés Lozano
Prosperity increased and the time to accomplish it shortened when education was recognized as a must. It was a marvel discovering what could be attained with the three R’s: Readin’, ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic. It is crucial to understand the ways education influences success and the swiftness with which it is reached. Upon landing in America, it places incoming workers at their starting points in the workplace. It is self-evident: Those in possession of better skills start from a vantage point. The unskilled that make a priority out of training as a leveling tool, also move fast forward.


Consejería de Crisis Disponible
La Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA) ha aprobado una subvención de $844,025 al Departamento para la Salud Mental de California (California Department of Mental Health) para servicios inmediatos de consejería de crisis para las víctimas de los incendios recientes en los condados declarados en el sur de California.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Diego Alvarez

En las fiestas, cuide sus bolsillos
Cada diciembre, el frío del invierno hace que entremos en calor con nuestros sentimientos. La época es propicia para todo tipo de manifestaciones de cariño y afecto. Pero muchas personas confunden ese afecto con valor, dinero, dólares, regalos, gastos, publicidad, y todo lo relacionado con que nuestro bolsillo sufra.


Community Notes:
Teddy bear, toy drive kicks off
Donations offer gift of holiday spirit to East County children

El Cajon – With the winter holidays quickly approaching, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Public Safety Office is kicking off its annual teddy bear and toy drive.


A World of Multicultural Gifts Comes to San Diego
The home-based business phenomenon of the 1990’s gave birth to a new category of businesses in the year 2000 – micro-enterprise. Of the estimated two million micro-entrepreneurs in the US, the majority are female, minority, and fairly well educated. A significant number of these businesses are owned by those who fall into the low-income, working poor, or welfare recipient category. And it is these businesses that help move many of them out of public assistance and above the poverty line.

Al comprar juguetes navideños, piense en la seguridad de los niños
La llegada de la Navidad y Año Nuevo conlleva para muchos el deseo de comprar juguetes para niños. Aparte de tomar en cuenta los anhelos de los pequeños, es importante considerar su seguridad al jugar con el juguete que les regale.

Editorials

Editorial:
Governor Schwarzenegger pulls out Bankrupt Republican Political Playbook!
California is facing tough times. The ruling political party, as usual is turning a jaundiced eye toward - the Hispanic community, the working class, and the poor. A case in point is Senate Bill 60 (SB60), the undocumented person’s driver’s license law signed by former Governor Gray Davis during his last months in office. And the proposed budget by Schwarzenegger, which will impact the minorities and the non-rich Californians with the deepest cuts. The last time we saw this type of scapegoating was during the Pete Wilson governorship.


Commentary:
An Economic Strike for SB60
We will shake the economy until we are treated with the dignity and respect

By Nativo Vigil Lopez
What would the California economy look like without Mexicans and Latinos? This is precisely the message we intend to send to the new governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. To his implacable opposition to the law, SB60, our answer is an economic strike. The Cedillo Law, known popularly as the driver’s license law and carried by Senator Gil Cedillo for five trying years in the state legislature, is about to be revoked this week with the signature of Gov. Schwarzenegger – one product of the special legislative session.


Commentary:
Eastern Group Publications, Los Angeles
The Medicare Sham: Pharmaceutical Industry the Real Winner
It’s difficult to really point a finger at exactly what the new Medicare legislation will cost Americans in the long run.


Commentary
Remember “The Greatest Generation” on Pearl Harbor Day
By Assemblywoman Shirley Horton

On December 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise military attack against the United States Pacific Fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This attack, which would have allowed Japan to extend their military conquests throughout Asia and the Middle East, resulted in the deaths of 2,400 Americans.

Comentario:
El Presupuesto Desleal de Arnold

By Humberto Caspa, Ph.D.
En un artículo publicado en el Wall Street Journal, durante su campaña política para destituir a Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger decía ser “fiel admirador de Adam Smith y Miltor Friedman en cuestiones de la economía”. Después de hacer público sus planes pre-supuestales, uno se pregunta si evidentemente el ahora gobernador entiende los principios teóricos de estos dos implacables economistas del libre mercado, o simplemente responde a una maquinación del partido conservador e intereses empresariales, quienes buscan no solamente anular las reivindicaciones sociales de los Demócratas pero también retomar una vía netamente anti-estatal.

Open Letter to the Hispanic Media
Is the Hispanic Media Embarrassed About
Dark-skinned Hispanics?

My name is Jovanka Ciares. I am a Puerto Rican (born and raised), dark-skinned (black in fact), highly educated, fully bilingual (trilingual, I should say) young professional woman. My name doesn’t necessarily tell you that I am Hispanic nor does my face. Why is that? It’s because those responsible for presenting to the world a heterogeneous image of Latinos living in the United States are doing an awful job at it.

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

Southwestern College Presents La Pastorela
Traditional Holiday Play to be Performed December 11-14
Chula Vista—The Southwestern College School of Arts and Communication and the College’s Education Center at San Ysidro are proud to present La Pastorela, based on a Spanish tradition and still being performed in many parts of México.


San Diego REP Transports Holiday Audiences To A Victorian Winter Wonderland With Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
San Diego REPertory Theatre presents an encore production of this unforgettable tale of redemption and healing - Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the most popular holiday story of the past 160 years. Now in its 28th year of a wide range of adaptations done by D. W. Jacobs; this year’s production is directed by Todd Salovey, with original music by Steve Gunderson. Performances begin December 5, Opening Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30PM; and running through December 28 on the Lyceum Stage.


Realizaron un Tianguis de Empresas Sociales en la Explanada de Palacio Municipal de Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Los pasados días martes 2 y miércoles 3 de diciembre se realizó un Tianguis de Empresas Sociales, mismo que se expuso en dos grandes pabellones que se montaron exprofesamente para tal acto en la explanada de Palacio Municipal en la ciudad de Tijuana.


Macuilxochitl's Kiva
MACUILXOCHITL: Five Flower”, the Aztec god of music and dance
By Francisco Ciriza
Listening to Steve Poltz’s recorded works, such as his latest full-length CD, Chinese Vacation, on his own newly created Record Company, 98 Pounder Records, is a rich experience. Listeners are presented with an array of vignettes chock full of characters of various types singing through Poltz’s rasp-laden, wide-range voice. Most often a chuckle or a down home old-fashioned warm feeling are the effects of sitting down and cozying up with his music. He sings songs of love of strange dreams and of oddball characters in hilariously funny situations of despair and frustration.

Promueven Actividades en el Instituto de Cultura de Baja California
Por: Paco Zavala
De acuerdo con información proporcionada el pasado 26 de noviembre el Gobierno del Estao de Baja California, el Instituto de Cultura de B.C., en coordinación con el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, a través del Insituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, se entregó en la ciudad de Mexicali, el Premio Nacional Obra de Teatro 2003, que fue otorgado a Cecilia Mayela Lemus Navarro del Distrido Federal, quien participó con la obra Hansel y Gretel, bajo el seudónimo de Salmón.


Bajo la espada del samurai
Tom Cruise se esmeró en la auntenticidad para dibujar la cultura japonesa

Por Jose Daniel Bort
“Lo más importante de este proyecto para mí, en el cual estuve trabajando por dos años, fue lograr el respeto de la comunidad japonesa y la necesidad de ser fiel a la verdadera historia”, confesó Tom Cruise, en reciente entrevista con La Prensa San Diego, sobre su participación en la película “The last Samurai”.


Los Estrenos de Navidad
Guía de las mejores producciones para este diciembre
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Como todos los años les presentamos lo mejor que viene durante este mes que usualmente trae las mejores películas de toda la temporada.


Local Fighter Seeks Spot on U.S. Olympic Team
By Derrick C. Goode
SAN ANTONIO, TX — With adrenaline pumping through the fighter’s veins and the electricity emanating from the crowd watching over him, the son of an Oceanside couple enters the brilliantly-lit boxing ring fit and ready, thinking to himself, “Let’s get ready to rumble!”


Muñoz Preserving Teams Winning Tradition
By John Philip Wyllie
Over the years, Bonita Vista High School has produced a number of outstanding female soccer players. Many of them have gone on to excel in college and a few have even played internationally. Jen (Lalor) Nielsen was capped 23 times over a nine year period for the U.S. national team while Mexican-American stars: Linnea Quinones, Lina Valderrama, Erica Rodriquez and Christina Romero have all suited up for Mexico. All-CIF midfielder and 2002 Mesa League Player of the Year Jessica Muñoz, currently a junior at the South Bay School, might someday become the next Baron to follow in that grand tradition.

Miguel Cotto Ready For War
By Fiona Manning
Rising super lightweight boxing superstar Miguel Cotto almost came to blows Wednesday with his latest opponent, Carlos Maussa as the two posed for a “Stare-down” pic at the final press conference for their super lightweight war set to take place in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Saturday night.

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