Volume XXV Number 51 December 21, 2001

FrontPage Stories

Vista Sheriffs Make Christmas Dreams Come True

By Yvette tenBerge

Officers from the Vista Sheriff's Department stopped into their West Office, located at 1447 Moon Street, on Thursday, December 20, not to file reports, but to cheer for "Santa" and his lucky "elf" as they handed out hundreds of presents to children from 15 local, under privileged families.

For the fourth year in a row, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department has made giving back to the community a major part of their Christmas celebration The families, whose need is determined based on the number of children and their income, began arriving as early as 10:00 a.m. to sit on Santa's lap, whisper their wishes into his ear and eat their fill of a home-cooked lunch.

Rick Castro is the deputy responsible for organizing the event, but he makes it clear that a number of officers and organizations had a hand in making the event possible. "In Vista, all deputies are assigned to specific elementary schools. Each deputy submits names of needy families to the schools, and then I compile a list of these names," says Rick Castro. Heading to a back room filled with piles of unwrapped toys, he explains how at least 80 percent of the children walk away with the toy of their dreams. "It would be impossible for us to wrap each of these gifts in time, and this way we know that most of the kids are getting exactly what they asked for."



Deputy Rick Castro stands in room filled with toys for local families.

Although Corporal Steve Litwin, 36, does not usually come to work dressed in a red suit and sporting a long beard, he comfortably lifts hesitant children onto his lap and encourages them to share their Christmas lists. With the help of Deputy Rhonda Fortson, 31, his bilingual "elf", children between the ages of one to 14 each receive at least three to four toys.

Ms. Fortson describes her experience as "unreal" and claps with glee each time a knock on the front door signals the arrival of another family. "Some of these children do not speak English, but some things can be said without words," says Ms. Fortson. "Santa is an international language."



Wendy Garica, 5, and Virginia Garcia, 6, sit on Santa's lap.

The toys for the event were donated by Camp Pendleton's Toys for Tots Campaign and the food was donated by Vista businesses.

 


Janitors Sweep Through Horton Plaza
On December 8, Horton Plaza holiday shoppers saw a different side of the wealthy "Shoppingtown" as members of the Justice for Janitors campaign protested against poverty wages and the recent beating of a union organizer by mall security. Organized by the Service Employees International Union Local 2028, the group included janitors, their families, and community supporters from the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (ICWJ), the Students for Economic Justice (SEJ), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and other labor unions.

Tangled Roots — Argentina's Economic Crisis Runs Deep
by Marcelo Ballve
The once-elegant El Molino coffee shop in Buenos Aires, now a bankrupt ruin filled with cobwebs, is an apt symbol for Argentina, a proud country that has gone from enjoying some of the highest standards of living in Latin America to becoming the world's economic basket case.

Agua Prieta's Comité Fronterizo de Obreras
by Greg Bloom
Facing the economic uncertainty of an ever-changing, global economy and resistance from existing unions and companies, it's not easy for a group like Agua Prieta's Comité Fronterizo de Obreras to advance toward its goals of better unions, wages and protections for Mexican workers. Originally founded along the Tamaulipas border, the Comité Fronterizo de Obreras (Women Workers' Border Committee, CFO) has been active in Agua Prieta, Sonora for four years. However, because of the problems that people in Agua Prieta are faced with, it has been impossible for the CFO to move quickly toward replacing unions that it calls "junk."

Stories

Feliz Navidad!
Por Gilberto E. Chávez
Obispo Auxiliar de San Diego
En estos días tenemos la oportunidad de reflexionar seriamente sobre el significado de estos festejos. El motivo de este artículo es comprender la importancia de este evento Navideño, especialmente en este mundo moderno.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Yhamel Catacora
El Verdadero Regalo de Navidad
"Este año las fiestas de fin de año tienen un aire singular", es un comentario que escuché en el Zócalo, en mi primera visita a la ciudad de México, hace pocos días. Era uno de los miles de comentarios que fluían en el ambiente de la gran plaza mexicana, al contemplar el alzamiento del típico árbol navideño. El repique de las campanas de la catedral parecía también afirmarlo. Sólo el sonido de los tatacas, el júbilo y la inocencia de los niños, que también resenciaban el evento, querían desmentirlo.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
La Navidad y un Momento Cristóforo
No es difícil reconocer un "momento Cristóforo" cuando se presenta. Esos momentos cuando la gente puede lograr un cambio inesperado con un acto de bondad, de compasión y caridad, reflejando así la bondad de Dios. Es hermoso ver ese acto de bondad en la acción de un ser humano, pero también es reconfortante cuando grupos de gente se unen para hacer de éste un mundo mejor. Y ésto me lleva a una anécdota de Navidad.

Las Tradiciones de la Navidad
Sin duda, una de las tradiciones más populares en el mundo es la celebración del nacimiento de Cristo —en Occidente principalmente— y el arribo de la época invernal. Podemos imaginar la inmensa variedad de ritos y fiestas que se llevan acabo en el mundo; por desgracia, el espacio con el que contamos es insuficiente para mencionarlas todas.

La Flor de Nochebuena: Planta Navideña Legendaria
Muchas de las plantas que asociamos con las fiestas decembrinas, tales como el muérdago (mistletoe), hiedra (ivy) y el acebo (holly) provienen de Europa o de la zona del Mediterráneo, reflejando el origen de muchas de nuestras tradiciones navideñas que se derivan de antiguos festivales y ceremonias griegas, romanas, inglesas y nórdicas. Sin embargo, la Flor de Nochebuena tiene sus orígenes en una leyenda navideña de las Américas.

Mariposas Program Matches Sherman Elementary Girls With Mentors
By Yvette tenBerge
Questions from 43 excited fifth-grade girls and answers from 10 "mentors" filled down-town's Old Spaghetti Factory on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 19, as the fifth annual San Diego Youth & Community Services and Sherman Elementary "Mariposas" group luncheon got underway.

Migrant agreement signed amid budget cuts
By Stevenson Jacobs
December 18, 2001
-- The Foreign Relations Secretariat and the human rights commission of the state of Oaxaca on Monday agreed to work together to protect the states' migrants working in the United States.

NAHJ TV `Network Brownout' Report
The percentage of stories about Latinos that aired on the evening network newscasts declined from 1.3 percent in 1999 to 0.53 percent in 2000, according to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists' 2001 "Network Brownout" report.

Manipulación de los Derechos de la Mujer

Por Arnoldo Varona

Hace apenas unos días la prensa internacional dió a conocer la designación de Sima Samar, una doctora Afgana de 44 años, como Diputada Primer Ministro de un país que hasta hace pocas semanas hacía de la mujer el objeto oscuro de una sociedad cerrada, extremo del espectro social donde los derechos y poder sobre su cuerpo y sexualidad fueron inexistentes o denegados.

Programa Ataca la Obesidad Infantil en los Niños Latinos en el Norte del Condado de San Diego
Escondido — En California, uno de cada cinco niños están pasados de peso u obesos y los niños Mexicanos-Americanos parece ser son los más afectados. El programa de Childhood Obesity Advisory Committee for Health de Escondido Community Health Center se propone a mejorar el estado físico, nutrición y la salud mental de niños Latinos de bajos recursos con obesidad que sean clínicamente diagnosticados en el Norte del Condado de San Diego. Un financiamiento mayor para el programa se ha proveído con una subvención de $398,243 por 3 años de California Endowment, la fundación de Salud más grande del estado.

San Diego Housing Commission Partners With The Family Health Centers of San Diego to Make
"House Calls"
The San Diego Housing Commission has partnered with the Family Health Centers of San Diego to offer a "Mobile Medical Clinic" for public housing residents. The clinic debuted at a grand opening ceremony on November 30.

Bill to Increase Number of Dentists and Improve Access to Dental Care Signed by Governor Davis
San Diego's community health centers are all smiles with the recent news from Sacramento that a bill designed to relax restrictions for licensed out-of-state dentists seeking work in California has been signed by the Governor.

State lauds GCCCD for UniversityLink transfer program
Student response strong to UCSD guaranteed-admission pact
EL CAJON
- The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has received a commendation from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors for its partnership with UCSD and the Grossmont Union High School District to create UniversityLink.

UCSD Early Academic Outreach Program Honored for its Commitment to Diversity
The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) of the University of California, San Diego is a recipient of the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award from the Office of the Chancellor at UCSD.

African-Americans, Hispanics and Women Benefit from Buying Cars on Internet
Does the Internet affect the pricing of new cars for women and minorities?

Minimum Age Lowered to Qualify for Brand-New Senior Apartments at Rolling Hills Gardens in
Chula Vista
Chula Vista, Ca — The City of Chula Vista and Pacific Bay Homes have announced that minimum age requirements to qualify for one of 116 apartments homes for seniors at Rolling Hills Gardens, located in the award winning master-planned of Rolling Hills Ranch in Chula Vista, have been lowered from 62+ years of age to 55.

Editorials

Editorial
Christmas Time: A Time For Festivity
It's that time of the year when one and all should be in a festive mood. The malls are tingling with the glow of good will that the Christmas Season brings to one and all. The spirit of Christmas abounds and the streets are full of cheery people wishing each other a "Merry Christmas."

Commentary
Harnessing the Power of Unity and Innovation
By Gail Christopher and Stephen Goldsmith
The events of September 11th sparked a level of patriotism the U.S. has not witnessed since World War II. Americans can be deeply proud of how we have come together in the face of adversity. Wouldn't it be truly remarkable though, if we could harness the power of this newly minted unity - not only to protect our nation against terrorism, but also to help eliminate the socioeconomic disparities that still burden so many of our citizens?

Comentario
¿Qué no lo importante es hacer el bien y amar al prójimo?
Por Enrique Davis Mazlum
México D.F
. - En los últimos dos meses uno de los temas principales de conversación ha sido el de la religión. Estos ejemplos son experiencias personales y no estoy diciendo que todas las personas que practican las diferentes religiones de las que voy a hablar son así. Después del los atentados en Estados Unidos, muchas personas se preguntan ¿Existe Dios? ¿Qué Dios? ¿Por qué permitió que murieran esas personas de esa forma? ¿Todos los musulmanes son terroristas? ¿Es diferente el Dios de los musulmanes y el de el Presidente George Bush? ¿Cuál es la verdadera religión? ¿Dónde estaban los lideres religiosos después de los atentados? Estas han sido preguntas y discusiones que he escuchado durante estos dos meses y pienso que no son las religiones las que han fallado, sino las personas que las practican y malinterpretan las religiones y sus propósitos.

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
Where is the political leadership in San Ysidro?
For years the Community of San Ysidro has been under ecenomic duress (see editorial "San Ysidro Under Economic Duress!" 12/14/01). Even long before the Sept. 11th attack. Certainly the results, as a result of the Sept. 11th attack, have had a negative impact on the local economy. Nevertheless, San Ysidro, as well as other "Latino" neighborhoods within the San Diego City Limits have for years been neglected.

Tezezomoc Speaks
JINgole CAMPANAS ...JINgole CAMPANAS HERE COMES DE MAN BEARING GIFTS TO OUR FAVORITE AMIGOS. ESTE AñO EN Tijuas there are more Xmas trees EN La Avenida Revolucíon THAN ON BROADWAY!

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

Extraordinario Compositor Es David Horta Camacho
Por: Paco Zavala.
El estado de Jalisco en la república mexicana, es un lugar de una extraodinaria belleza natural, sitio en donde se encuentran bellísimas mujeres, semillero de futbolistas, residencia permanente del mariachi, aportador de insignes hombres de ciencias y letras, terruño en donde han nacido grandes artistas en todos los géneros, cuna de extraordinarios poetas y compositores y dueño de otras maravillosas estampas mexicanas.

Ganó Importante Concurso al Escribir un Himno
Por: Paco Zavala.
El Gobierno del Estado de Baja California a través de la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado y del Instituto Estatal de Policía lanzó una convocatoria para crear el Himno de la Academia Estatal de Policía de Baja California, a este importante llamado acudieron un gran número de compositores del estado resultando ganador absoluto el actor, músico, compositor y cantante Héctor Rafael Martínez Zamarripa.

"Idos de la Mente", Novela Donde la Música Norteña Se Vuelve Literatura
Un acordeón.
Un bajo sexto.
Dos amigos.
Mucha música.
Una novela.
Si, una novela donde la música norteña se vuelve literatura; una novela donde la música norteña, la música del norte de México, hace bailar al lector con sus rancheras y cumbias; una novela donde la música norteña nos regala un corrido de amistad, traición y muerte.

"Idos de la mente" where Norteña music becomes literature
By Pablo De Sainz
An accordion.
A bajo sexto.
Two friends.
A lot of friends.
A novel.
Yes, a novel where norteña music becomes literature; a novel where norteña music, the music from northern Mexico, makes the reader dance with its rancheras and cumbias; a novel where norteña music gives us a corrido about friendship, betrayal, and death.

Ozomatli Forges Ahead In Trying Times
By Francisco H. Ciriza
There is a sort of strength and wisdom that allows people to remain steadfast when others may find it easier to succumb to the pressures of life in today's world. Some demonstrate false bravado creating spectacles of themselves and the circumstances, while others face the challenges presented them and negotiate accordingly with honesty and patience acutely aware of all the dynamics involved. And still others, due to social standing or other preference are somehow allowed to sidestep responsibility or any real semblance of it and only appear to be an active part of a solution.

Sockers Strive for 11th Indoor Title Saturday
by John Philip Wyllie
The tradition continues at the Sports Arena Saturday night when the San Diego Sockers battle the Dallas Sidekicks for the WISL championship. Like many of the previous teams that have donned the Sockers trademark blue and gold, the 2001 Sockers reincarnation has set the league standard. Scoring goals in droves while defending their own net with great effectiveness, the Sockers have risen to the top of the five team league. None of that will matter on Saturday night however.

 

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