Volume XXIX Number 49 December 9, 2005

FrontPage Stories

Democrats Say Frye Loss, Makes Gonzales Race Pivotal

By E.A. Barrera

Democrats still stung by Donna Frye’s loss in last November’s mayor’s race to Jerry Sanders, debated why the maverick councilwoman was rejected by San Diego voters and what could be done to salvage their party’s fortunes in the city. The one answer that rose above the other suggestions was victory - specifically a victory for 2nd District City Council candidate Lorena Gonzales over her Republican opponent Kevin Faulconer in the January special election.

“The Gonzales race will be the balance of power on that council,” said long time Democratic Party political consultant Larry Remer. “Every important issue - from the development surrounding the ballpark to jobs to paying the workers of this city a living wage is now hanging in the balance of who wins that election.”

Speaking before the Uptown Democratic club, which packed the meeting room of the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest, Remer was joined by former 76th State Assemblyman Howard Wayne and Uptown Democratic Club founder Mel Shapiro. Among those in the audience were current 76th State Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, former 3rd District City Councilman John Hartley, current chairman of the San Diego Democratic Party Jess Durfee, and representatives from the California Democratic Party and Gonzales’ campaign.


Lorena Gonzales

The evening was a candid assessment of what went wrong with Frye’s effort. While the partisans did not distance themselves from Frye, a consistent theme through out the night was what they saw as Frye’s lack of professional campaign staff in the face of Sanders’ financial advantage. Sanders was able to raise double the funds for Frye during the campaign.

“The one thing you can say after seeing the results of this election is that the establishment in San Diego is alive and well,” noted Wayne, who served two terms in the State Assembly during the 1990s. “The business interests in this town were able to successfully portray Frye as not being up to the job - of not looking the part of a mayor. Plus they had the money advantage. This is one reason why we need campaign finance reform in this town.”

Shapiro noted that the Sanders’ campaign received thousands of dollars in contributions from law firms and developers doing business with the city.

”They did not want her to be the first strong mayor this city had,” said Shapiro.

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Sandieguinos mantienen viva la fe en La Guadalupana
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Había niñitas hasta viejitas entonando la misma canción de amor:


UCSD-Mexico partnership initiative
By Luis Alonso Pérez
The future of the Mexico-United States border region is facing mayor challenges that will have to be faced by both governments in an integral and cooperatively way.


Iniciativa de cooperación UCSD-México
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El futuro de la región fronteriza México-Estados Unidos enfrenta grandes retos que tendrán que ser resueltos de una manera armónica y equitativa por los gobiernos de ambos países.



Stories

El gobernador Schwarzenegger y el gobernador Elorduy de Baja California Inician Programa de Escuelas Gemelas
El gobernador Arnold Schwarzenegger y el gobernador Eugenio Elorduy de Baja California visitaron en días pasados la escuela primaria Porter en Granada Hills para iniciar un programa piloto bifronterizo de escuelas gemelas con la escuela Martires de Tacubaya en Tijuana, Baja California.

Council Member Patty Davis Resigns Due To Illness
Mayor and Council Schedule Emergency Meeting to Fill Vacant Seat
Chula Vista Mayor Stephen C. Padilla and Council members will hold an emergency session Friday, December 9, at 5 p.m. to accept the resignation of Council member Patty Davis and discuss the procedure that must be followed to fill her vacant seat. Davis, who has been battling the effects of a serious illness for months, resigned December 7 for health reasons.


La generación XY en las elecciones
Por Enrique Davis Mazlum
En el 2006 tendremos elecciones federales, 13 elecciones locales en México y un padrón electoral conformado aproximadamente por 70 millones de votantes de los cuales un 44% son jóvenes y jóvenes adultos (18 a 35 años de edad) el equivalente a 30.8 millones de votos.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias

Zapatos vemos, Uniformes no sabemos
La comidilla de la semana en la frontera norte de Estados Unidos ha sido, sin lugar a dudas, el regalo de 500 zapatos tenis a otros tantos aspirantes a ciudadanos de México del Norte.


From a garage to children’s hearts
By Martha Sarabia

The holiday season often makes people more conscious and responsive to the needs of those around them. It was this unique sensation that in 1971 motivated Palomar college student Alex Gonzales to collect toys for the children of low-income households in his Vista neighborhood.


De un garaje hacia el corazón de los niños
Por Martha Sarabia

Los días festivos de fin de año a menudo hacen que las personas se hagan más conscientes y sensibles a las necesidades de aquellos a su alrededor. Fue éste sentimiento único que en 1971 motivó al entonces estudiante de Palomar College Alex Gonzáles a recaudar juguetes para los niños de bajos recursos de su vecindario en Vista.


Lights are on at South Bay Community Center Thanks to Donation by DA’s Office after Murder
San Diego District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis announced today that the lights are on at the Robert Egger, Sr./South Bay Community Park and Recreation Center in Nestor. The DA’s Office donated more than $13,000 to improve the lighting at the park following the murder of a Southwest High School student there in October.


Honrando a los Abuelitos:
Planificando con Tiempo y Asegurando su Futuro

La Asociación de Alzheimer de San Diego/Valle Imperial presenta un valioso seminario para las familias que tienen en su hogar a un ser querido afectado por algún tipo de demencia. Encarar innumerables decisiones legales y financieras en torno a un ser querido que sufre de demencia puede ser un trance muy difícil, causa de temor y desavenencias.


¿Cómo será esta navidad?
Por Doctora Luz
Las tiendas llenas de gente, los rateros en su apogeo, y las especiales son productos que no te interesan y sientes sofoco cuando viene la familia de visita por la navidad. Das regalos y no sabes si van a ser bien recibidos, escuchas a padres confusos que no entienden por qué los hijos no aprecian los regalos, siendo que ellos -cuando recibían uno sólo-, eran felices.



Obituary
Gerardo Franco

Gerardo Franco lived an amazing life in that he was a part of two loving families. In today’s eulogy we share with you two remembrances of Franco’s life. The first is by his son Billy Attinger. The second is from the family that adopted him as their son, the Vasquez family of National City, written by Charlie Vasquez.



Editorials

Editorial:
Sweetwater High School District Trustees in Denial?
Last week, in La Prensa San Diego’s Tezozomoc Speaks column (dated 12/02/05), it was noted that perhaps it was time for the Sweetwater High School District to perform a thorough audit of the District, in light of the apparent mismanagement of money, the lackadaisical control over inventory, the mismanaged use of Prop BB monies and that, seemingly, all the top Management Personnel appear to be leaving the school district in recent months.


Editorial:
Republicans Need to take Control of their Party!
Little noticed in San Diego was the special election to fill the 48th Congressional seat in Orange County this week, where Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist ran a race based solely on immigration and his extreme ideas of closing the borders. Though never really considered a threat to win the seat he had hoped to show that immigration was an issue of paramount importance, influence the national debate, and affect future elections by making the issue of immigration the driving force.


Commentary:
Budget Cuts Will Harm Hispanic American Students
By Joe Belew
While teaching at a school for Mexican-American children, a young Lyndon B. Johnson became troubled by the realization that the majority of his students were too poor to pursue a higher education. Having been forced to drop out of college himself because of a lack of funds, LBJ recognized that if a white male in that era had difficulty paying for college, then poor Hispanics had no chance. When he became president of the United States years later, he sought to ensure that everyone had access to money for college, regardless of their socio-economic background. In 1965, he signed the Higher Education Act (HEA) and established the federally guaranteed student loan program.

Comentario:
La propuesta migratoria
Por Humberto Caspa
La propuesta del Presidente Bush en torno a la política migratoria del país hace notar el fenómeno reaccionario de la sociedad norteamericana. Este fenómeno es mucho más visual dentro del partido Republicano, donde existen dos perspectivas diferentes y con-tradictorias a la vez. La primera, constituída por el sector empresarial, aprueba el trabajo barato de los indocumentados. La segunda, compuesta por grupos ultra-derechistas, no solamente la rechaza sino también censura la cultura inmutable del trabajador inmigrante, el cual aparentemente no se adecua al paradigma cultural de los estadounidenses.


National City Spotlight:
Diamonds and Dogs

By Ted Godshalk
The end of the year is a time for reflection, a time to look in the mirror and to think about the last 365 days. At this time of year, the music and other entertainment awards are handed out. Year-end reviews of sporting seasons are also part of this festive time, as are the best-dressed and worst-dressed awards. National City needs a new review of its built environment and this is the first edition of the Diamonds and Dogs awards.

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

Diana Gomez & Alejandro Comerford Joined in a Matrimony of Peace and Love
Saturday, the 17th of September, of the year 2005, was a very special day for Diana Alicia Gomez, resident of Bonita, California, and for Alejandro Bruce Comerford, former resident of Canada. On this memorable day Diana and Alejandro, surrounded by family and friends, were joined in Holy Matrimony, at Twelve Noon, by the Reverend Blair Tabor, at Christ Church Unity, San Diego, California. The Bride and Groom were dressed in matching Mexican indigenous dress. The wedding evoked memories of times past and brought warm feelings of hope for the future.


La decimonovena edición de la Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Por decimonoveno año consecutivo la Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) abrió sus puertas para reunir a las figuras más importantes de la literatura hispanoamericana y transformar a la ciudad de Guadalajara en la plataforma de comercio más importante de la industria del libro en todo Latinoamérica.


Bonita Vista’s Posada Performance Set to Debut Saturday
By John Philip Wyllie
Bonita Vista High School’s Folklorico dance group is preparing to host its First Annual Folklorico Posada Concert Saturday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ron Bolles Theatre located at 751 Otay Lakes Road in Chula Vista. The event will feature traditional dances and costumes from five regions of Mexico and a special guest performer demonstrating the fine art of Spain’s Flamenco dancing. Now in its sixth year and its fourth under the direction of Ina Fogelequist, the group has grown in size from 15 to 45 members.


House of Wishes
By Luis Alonso Pérez
For many people watching a theatre play is an experience without equal, watching the actors, their movements, their wardrobe and the stage can transport the spectator into other worlds. However, the visual richness of theatre can transform into the main impediment for blind or visually weak people to enjoy the complete show.


Ejecutó la Orquesta de Baja California en Concierto Navideño el Mesías de Handel y Otros
Por: Paco Zavala
Con el advenimiento del mes de diciembre, inician las festividades decembrinas y por doquier se escuchan exclamaciones de júbilo y alegría, sobre todo de los chiquitines que con entusiasmo escriben sus cartitas a Santa Claus, pidiéndole in-finidad de juguetes y de cosillas raras que solo ellos entienden, porque son solicitudes muy propias de su edad, de su inquietud infantil y de su idioma; también el movimiento de personas nerviosas, abarrotando las tiendas para efectuar sus compras.


Gustavo Rivera Exhibe su Nueva Producción Cidigráfica
Por: Paco Zavala
Descendiente de una familia eminentemente artística, Gustavo Rivera, está exhibiendo en el mercado su nueva producción cidigráfica, en la que incluye 11 temas de famosos y notables compositores, con arreglos musicales de excelente calidad.


GRRRRRL Power or not?
By Geneva Gamez
Radioactive Future’s Bill Pierce curated yet another Grrrrrl Power exhibition, as part of the ongoing all-girl art shows that began to run early this year. Korova Coffee Bar hosted Perpetual Motion, a mix of paintings, photographs and mixed media, shown through last Sunday.


“BARRIO LOGAN: Youth Voices - Community Stories”
As part of the “BARRIO LOGAN: Youth Voices - Community Stories” project, two documentary films produced by local youth will be shown at the third floor auditorium of the Central Library on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. The Central Library is located at 820 E St. in downtown San Diego.

VAMOS AL CINE:
Alegoría bíblica en technicolor
Efectos especiales dominan las crónicas de Narnia

Por Jose Daniel Bort
Era imposible hacer la película sobre Narnia en el pasado, la visión de su autor C.S. Lewis corría el riesgo de ser puesta en ridículo tratando de recrear leones parlantes y la entera población del infierno en combate. Tuvo que venir las aventuras del contemporáneo de Lewis, “El señor de los anillos”, para pavimentar el camino de la posible serie de películas.

Holiday Calendar of Events


Special Holiday Activities At CV Rec. Centers
Visits from Santa, winter crafts and gifts, and special day camps are among the holiday activities planned at Chula Vista’s recreation centers during December. In addition, several centers are offering special daytime or evening activities for children, giving their parents time to complete holiday shopping or gift-wrapping.


SWC Presents La Posada Magica
Holiday Production on Stage Dec. 9-11, 2005
The Southwestern College (SWC) School of Arts and Communication is proud to present La Posada Mágica, its holiday production. The musical will open Dec. 9 and run through Dec. 11 at the San Ysidro Multicultural Center.




The Titans Have an Eye on a CIF Title
By John Philip Wyllie
It is unusual for any high school freshman to gain a spot on a varsity soccer team. To then break into the starting lineup is rarer still, but that is exactly what flank midfielder, Allie Lopez did last season for the Poway Titans. The perennially powerful Titans advanced to the CIF Division I semifinals a year ago. This year, they hope to go even farther. Tuesday’s 5-1 drubbing of defending Mesa League champion, Bonita Vista indicates that they might be ready to challenge for a coveted CIF title.


Undefeated Teenage Sensation Jorge Paez Jr., Makes Debut On Sycuan Ringside Boxing Card
Undefeated teenage sensation Jorge Paez Jr., son of the former world champion, fights in San Diego for the first time when he highlights the professional boxing card presented by Sycuan Ringside Promotions Friday, Dec. 23, at the Sycuan Resort & Casino in El Cajon.


Bullfight World
By Gary Sloan
The 2005 Bullfight Season in Revue
This is a revue and summary of the 2005 season in Tijuana. To begin with, it was a very good temporada. What was lacking in the number of corridas, this year, was more than made compensated by the quality of the performances. Kudos go out to Espectáculos Taurinos and their managers, retired Matador Ricardo Sanchez, and Gubersindo Diaz for their great selection of toros y toreros.


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