Volume XXIV Number 49 December 8, 2000

FrontPage Stories

East County students win top art honors

Three East County students won big recently when their artwork was selected for inclusion in the 2001 "Water is Life" calendar produced by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Julie Adams, 8, of La Mesa, and Lindsey Olivares, 13, and Rebecca Webb, 11, of El Cajon, were honored along with 23 others at an artists' reception and luncheon at Metropolitan's headquarters in Los Angeles.

"It was great," said Olivares, a Parkway Middle School 7th-grader whose previous honors include being one of 12 winners in a Hallmark birthday card competition. "It was really neat going to Los Angeles on the train. I had never ridden one before."

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Interamerican Court Rules Against Guatemalan Army: Triumph In
Harbury/Bamaca Assassination Case
WASHINGTON
-- The Inter-American Court on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, ("OAS") has reached a final ruling in the case of Efrain Bamaca Velasquez, finding the Guatemalan military guilty of secret detention, torture, and extrajudicial execution, as well as obstruction of justice.

Analysis
Could Zapatistas Lose Out To Fox In War Of Ideas?

By Martin Espinoza
A year ago, I traveled to La Realidad, Chiapas with hundreds of activists from all over Mexico for a weekend encounter with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). The gathering was an EZLN effort to come up with ways to bridge the gap between itself and an indifferent Mexican public.

Stevens Urges Treasurer to Wait on Approving Contract With Wells Fargo
Expresses concern with their reinvestment lending efforts
Deputy Mayor George Stevens urges the City Treasurer, Connie Jamison, to place a hold on her approval of a contract with Wells Fargo Bank to provide the City of San Diego with basic banking services. Stevens, who serves as Co-Chairman of the joint City/County Reinvestment Task Force, is concerned with the recent decrease in reinvestment lending by Wells Fargo Bank in San Diego.

LULAC to seek block on border-area plan
Carlos Byars
December 3, 2000 -
Plans of a North Texas group to assist border-area ranchers in coping with illegal immigrants was denounced Saturday by the League of Latin American Citizens who called for state and federal intervention to block the scheme.

A New Option For School Choice: Universal Education Credits
Study outlines proposal to maximize parental choice and educational competition
WASHINGTON
— Voucher initiatives in California and Michigan suffered defeats at the polls last month, but vouchers aren't the only way to give parents more choice over where their children go to school. A new Cato Institute study being released today argues that universal education tax credits, which would allow taxpayers to subtract from their state tax bills money spent on education, are the best way to create a more decentralized and competitive education marketplace.

Súplica a la Virgen de Guadalupe
Por: Obispo Gilberto Chavez
En este año especial del Jubileo 2000, levantamos nuestras voces al cielo por medio de la Virgen de Guadalupe. Ella es nuestra Madre muy querida. Sabemos que no es Dios, pero la reconocemos como Nuestra Madre y abogada que nos defiende y protege en esta vida.

Noticias de México...
Temen más secuestros
"La gente del valle está temerosa y con la incertidumbre por los secuestros ocurridos recientemente en la zona rural", afirmó el regidor del PAN y coordinador de la comisión de desarrollo rural, Miguel Núñez Valenzuela. Dos hermanos, una joven de 16 años de edad y un varón de 14, fueron secuestrados el lunes cuando se dirigían al Colegio de Bachilleres (Cobach) de Ciudad Morelos.

Stories

El Banco de Desarrollo de América del Norte Ha Dado Pasos Para Ampliar sus
Actividades en el Marco de su Mandato
El Consejo de Administración del Banco de Desarrollo de América del Norte (BDAN) autorizó al BDAN la ampliación de sus actividades y de los mecanismos de financiamiento disponibles, conforme a lo dispuesto en su acta constitutiva.

Univision to Acquire USA Broadcasting From USA Networks, Inc. for $1.1 Billion
in Cash
Univision Communications Inc. and USA Networks, Inc. jointly announced that Univision will acquire USA Broadcasting, the television station group of USA Networks, for $1.1 billion in cash. The acquisition will expand Univision's ability to serve the Hispanic community and will provide the company with duopolies in seven of the top eight Hispanic markets. It is expected to be accretive during the first full year of operation.

Obispos de la Frontera Norte Bendecirán las Cruces de los Migrantes Muertos
El pasado 5 y 6 de Diciembre se celebró en Tijuana el 11avo Encuentro de los Obispos de la Frontera Norte de México. A este Encuentro, dedicado a la pastoral migratoria, asistieron Obispos y representantes de las nueve diócesis mexicanas que tienen frontera con Estados Unidos: Rafael Romo Muñoz, Obispo de Tijuana; José Isidro Guerrero Macias, Obispo de Mexicali; Padre René Castañeda en representación de Ulises Macias Salcedo, Obispo de Hermosillo; Hilario Chávez Joya, Obispo de Nuevo Casas Grandes; José Fernández Arteaga, Arzobispo de Chihuahua; Renato Ascencio León, Obispo de Ciudad Juárez; Raúl Vera López, Obispo de Saltillo; Ricardo Watty Urquidi, Obispo de Nuevo Laredo; y Francisco Javier Chavolla Ramos, Obispo de Matamoros.

15 Estudiantes De El Cajon Reciben Un Regalo
Computadoras ayudan a estudiantes a tener éxito en la escuela
Por Jose A. Alveraz
El Cajon—
"Mi sueño siempre ha sido tener una computadora". Este era el deseo de Pablo Vargas, estudiante de octavo grado de la escuela intermedia Cajon Valley, en El Cajon.

Valle Lindo Cupstack 2000
The Valle Lindo Cupstackers are off! Inventor Wayne Godinet of Oceanside, California, introduced this exciting club to Valle Lindo Elementary School five years ago. Under the inspiration and coordination of Instructional Assistant Ruthann Kraus, cup stacking has become a popular, collaborative event at Valle Lindo School. Each grade level meets once a week during the students' race to stack cups faster than other teams. Parent volunteers help coach the children during this time and during the competitions.

Pardee Homes Donates $3000 to Juarez Lincoln Elementary School
Chula Vista — The recent completion of the $7.8 million remodel of Juarez Lincoln Elementary School was celebrated with a grand re-opening sponsored by local builder, Pardee Homes, on November 9. The event, held in the school auditorium, brought students and their families, teachers, school and administrators and Chula Vista City School board members together to tour the remodeled Kindergarten through sixth grade school.

Radio, Prensa y Televisión,
Una Nueva Alternativa De Comunicación En Colombia
Por: Juan Guillermo Cano Vargas
Medellín, Colombia
- Con el fin de compartir experiencias se reunieron Radiopensadores, telesensitivos y escribanos de la esperanza, en el Suroeste de Antioquia, departamento en el centro de Antioquia, con el propósito de compartir anhelos, traficar sueños y diseñar esperanzas para hacer de la magia de las comunicaciones, el mundo real y maravilloso donde la fantasía y la belleza aún son posibles. Hombres y mujeres del río y del mar, la montaña y la ciudad llegaron para encontrarse y poner en juego la palabra, la imagen y la sensibilidad.

El Este de Los Angeles es el Hogar del Nuevo Monumento del SIDA en California
Los Angeles —En un esfuerzo por crear conciencia entre los latinos acerca del aumento que la epidemia del VIH/SIDA está teniendo en su comunidad, la organización THE WALL-Las Memorias junto a representantes del gobierno de California y líderes comunitarios de Los Angeles llevaron a cabo una ceremonia de bendición del sitio donde se construirá el monumento del SIDA en el Este de Los Angeles durante los servicios anuales de la Noche de Las Memorias.

Governor Davis Appoints Hernandez as Superior Court Judge for
San Diego County

Sacramento — Governor Gray Davis announced the appointment of supervising deputy attorney general Esteban Hernandez as judge of the San Diego County Superior Court.

Folleto del Departamento de Energía Ofrece Sugerencias en Español Para Ahorrar
Energía y Dinero
El Departamento de Energía ha publicado la traducción de un folleto al español titulado Ahorro de Energía: Sugerencias para Ahorrar Energía y Dinero en el Hogar.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Offering Financial Aid to Community College Students
The prestigious Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), which has provided financial aid to outstanding Hispanic American students pursuing college degrees for almost a quarter of a century, is accepting applications for its Community College Transfer program. The application period is from December 1, 2000 to February 15, 2001.

Seventh Annual La Posada Sin Fronteras
The Seventh Annual La Posada Sin Fronteras, the posada without borders, will take place from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at Border Field State Park. The posada, which depicts Joseph and Mary's search for shelter in Bethlehem, is co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County, the Catholic Diocese of San Diego, American Friends Service Committee, the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and several other faith-related service and advocacy organizations on both sides of the border.

Mexico Celebrates Christmas With Posadas, Piñatas, and Lots of Ponche
Mexico City — In a city where feast days of even minor saints merit a religious procession and fireworks, it is only to be expected that Christmas would be celebrated with great zeal. Families barely wait for November to turn to December to set up their nativity scenes and Christmas tree. Throughout Mexico street decorations and lights capture the holiday spirit and the public markets are a glory to behold, overflowing with an abundance of fruits, sweets and Christmas ornaments. Flower stalls are filled with crimson Noche Buena flowers, known outside Mexico as poinsettias, and during the entire month of December, friends, families and offices gather for Christmas cheer.

First Person
The blue-eyed Stranger
Johnny Marquez
I once had a friend named Kurt. In a predominantly Hispanic grade school, it was hard not to notice him. He was blonde and had really blue eyes. The first time I spoke to him he was really shy. To be honest he was the first Caucasian boy I had ever met.

Hispanic Radio Network/La Red Hispana
Por Yhamel Catacora
¡Que No te Roben la Navidad!

Los Angeles, Austin, Washington D.C., son solo algunas de las ciudades en las que varios latinoamericanos han sido asaltados, robados, a veces golpeados, y en algunos casos hasta asesinados, por cometer el común error de llevar dinero en efectivo en el bolso; a veces toda una jornada de trabajo, toda la mensualidad, o inclusive algunos meses de paga.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Thomas J. McSweeney
Yo, en su lugar...
Un anochecer en la ciudad de Nueva York, es una esquina de mucho tránsito, un auto se detuvo frente a la luz roja. Detrás de él frenó un taxi amarillo. Y en el cordón de la vereda una frágil anciana con bastón se dispuso a cruzar la calle.

The Food Page:
Share the Season with Holiday Cookies and Crafts

What better way to share this festive season than making traditional-and not so traditional-cookies and crafts? When friends come knocking, let them know they are welcome with special gifts made with Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates and baking pieces.

Editorials

Editorial
The Reign of Susan Golding
How one views Susan Golding's reign as mayor of San Diego is dependent on whether one is looking through rose colored lenses or peered through lenses scarred by the wounds inflicted upon our community.

Editorial
Inzunza's Legacy Built on Denial
We have recently read stories on the "legacy" of politician Ralph Inzunza. For los veteranos of the Chicano Movement this should have been a proud moment, a testament to the struggle of the movement. Instead this "legacy" is viewed by los veteranos with a tear in the eye.

Commentary
Dumping Electoral College Will Hurt Blacks and Latinos Most
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The call to dump the Electoral College, coming from Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jesse Jackson and others, mostly Democrats, is disingenuous at best and dangerous at worst.

Commentary
What did the voters intend?
by Robert Linnell
Everyone agrees that in our democracy every vote should count.The disagreement is on how to collect and count these votes. Political emotions seem dominant in Florida. Each side cites out of context bits of information for support. What are the relevant facts?

Commentary:
What Did We Expect From a Year Ending in '00?
By Julio C. Calderón
On December 30, 1999 I was hunkered down at the State Office of Emergency Services, California's headquarters for disaster management and the big Y2K. The best of the state's computer geekdom was there watching events unfold around the world. They were connected to the world's governments and financial centers, waiting for the moment that would signal world chaos…it was a non-event, the strange and unusual was to unfold slowly through the months.

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

Binational Association of Schools of Communication of the Californias Selected for
International Film Festival in Cuba

The Binational Assocation of Schools of Communication has been selected to present student films and videos at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The 22nd Annual Festival will take place in Havana, Cuba December 5-15th, 2000 and will feature films and videos from all over the world, particularly Latin America and Spain.

Calendar of Events...
Historic Holiday Home Tour

Introducing a new Historic Holiday Home Tour which allows you to feel the warmth of the Holiday Season. Fully narrated, historical Holiday tour is two hours in length and includes exclusive visits to three distinctive homes, all beautifully decorated in their holiday finest.

The Spirit looking good in exhibition; local players attempt to make team
By John Philip Wyllie
If last week's indoor soccer exhibition at the Sports Arena is any indication, then the San Diego Spirit of the fledgling Women's United Soccer Association or WUSA should have a pretty strong team. The new league, which features most of the players that captivated the world two summer's ago with their World Cup play, is set to kick off their inaugural season in April. To promote the league, the players have been crisscrossing the United States on a tour which landed at the Sports Arena on November 29.

San Diego State senior Marcelo Correa leads a dual life
Marcelo Correa is a man of double-doubles. He has two countries. He came to the United States from Brazil as a high school senior, but he has now been in the U.S. for six years.

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