Volume XXVI Number 05 February 1, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Nestor Elementary Students Making the Grade ... in both English and Spanish

By Yvette tenBerge

Raimond Galicia, 11, chats quietly with three boys whose desks are clustered around his. They pencil in answers to math questions, and although they whisper about skateboarding - a topic of great importance to the average sixth grader - Raimond is anything but your average elementary school student. Not only does he speak Tagalog, the language of his Filipino relatives, he also reads, writes and speaks both Spanish and English fluently.

Thanks to the dedication of teachers, parents and children in South San Diego, Nestor Elementary School, located at 1455 Hollister Street, is graduating the first sixth grade class to come through their Language Academy's Two-Way Immersion Program - and they are receiving the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Seal of Excellence Award, to boot.



(Left to Right) Sixth graders Chelsea Jones, Alejandra Nuñez and Paola Arrendondo.

Phyllis Muñoz, Vice-Principal of Nestor Elementary, explains that the school operates on a four-track, year-round school system. Children in tracks "A" and "C" learn only in English, children in track "D" learn in keeping with a bilingual education and children in track "B" participate in the Language Academy.

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Ex-Commander Prepares to Steer Education in the Right Direction:
Jeff Lee Runs for SDUSD Board, District B
By Yvette tenBerge
Many things have changed within San Diego City Schools over the past decade. Building exteriors have been repainted, teachers have retired, children have graduated, and the "old way" of educating students has been replaced with an aggressive reform plan. Throughout all of these changes, two people have served as constants. Over the past ten years, Jeff and Mitz Lee have taken it upon themselves to educate parents, teachers, students and decision-makers as to what it takes to implement effective public education.

President Bush Names 17 Outstanding Hispanic Americans to Commission on Educational Excellence For
Hispanic Americans
The White House Office of the Press Secretary announced yesterday that President Bush intends to appoint 17 individuals to serve on the President's Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

Mensaje Semanal Demócrata en Español, Emitido por el Líder Demócrata en la Cámara de Representantes
Por Richard A. Gephardt
"El martes por la noche el Presidente Bush se presentó en una Sesión Conjunta del Congreso y declaró que el estado de nuestra unión nunca había sido más fuerte. El Presidente tiene razón. Desde los trabajadores en la Zona Cero en Nueva York, hasta nuestras tropas en Afganistán y los trabajadores postales en todo el país, nuestro pueblo le ha mosrado al mundo lo que significa ser norteamericano. Debemos continuar unidos, avanzando juntos para apoyar a los que están en las líneas de batalla de esta guerra contra el terrorismo.

ANALYSIS
Bush's `Axis of Evil' Crumbles Under Scrutiny
By Michael T. Klare
In one of the most dramatic moments of his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush asserted that Iran, Iraq and North Korea jointly constitute "an axis of evil" that threatens world peace. Simply by uttering this phrase — so suggestive of the "Axis powers" (Germany, Italy and Japan) of World War II — seemed to put the United States on a higher level of war preparation. And, while insisting that the United States is not on the verge of invasion, senior Pentagon officials suggested that they were gearing up for a possible military engagement with these countries.

Stories

Bush Administration Announces Renewal Community Initiative; HUD Announces San Diego Selected as
Renewal Community-Eligible For $17 Billion in Tax Incentives
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced San Diego will be designated a "Renewal Community" eligible to share in an estimated $17 billion in tax incentives to stimulate job growth, promote economic development and create affordable housing. The 2000 community Renewal Tax Relief Act established the Renewal Community Initiative that will encourage public-private collaboration to generate economic development in 40 distressed communities around the country.

New Report Shows Benefits of Diversity in the Classroom and the Workplace; Risks of Not Using Talents
of All Americans
Diversity benefits all students on college and university campuses and the benefits are transferred to the workplace when students enter the labor market, a coalition of top corporate CEOs and college leaders concluded in a report that was released in San Diego on Jan. 19.

The Rest of the DAC Story
By Mike MacCarthy
Children of color, low performing students, and low-income families who rely on city schools to protect their interests, please take note. The January 18 edition of La Prensa featured a front-page story about how San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) was in the process of trying to silence the District Advisory Council (DAC) because it had filed a complaint with the state against SDUSD concerning a dispute over district use of Title I funds. Many of you may have wondered what happened at the next school board meeting concerning this issue. Here's the rest of the story.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Fabian Doman
Argentina: Nunca es Triste la Verdad, Lo Que No Tiene Es Remedio
Joan Manuel Serrat dice que nunca es triste la verdad, lo que no tiene es remedio: la Argentina es una sombra del gran país que alguna vez fue.

Do you know someone who qualified for the
Juan de la Cruz Farm Workers Pension Plan, United Farm Workers of America (AFL-CIO)
Among the many achievements of United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez was creation in the 1970s of the nation's first—and only—functioning pension plan for farm laborers: the Juan de la Cruz Farm Workers Pension Plan. More than seven years after Chavez's death, the plan continues to grow. It serves more 9,700 participants and is worth more than $100 million.

Conoces a alguien que califica para el:
Plan de Pensión de Juan de la Cruz de los Campesinos Unión de Campesions América (AFL-CIO)
Entre los muchos logros de Cesar Chavez, el fundador de Los Campesinos Unidos, era la creación en los años setenta del primero—y único de la nación— plan de pensión funcional para los campesinos: El Plan de Pensión Juan del la Cruz. Más de siete años después de la muerte de Chavez, el plan continúa creciendo. Sirve a más de 9,700 participantes y posée más de $100 millones.

Nueva Ley Para el Pago de Colegiatura a Estudiantes Inmigrantes
Independientemente de la situación migratoria, o si se está en proceso de arreglar papeles o no, las/los estudiantes inmigrantes tendrán la oportunidad, a partir del próximo año, de continuar con su educación superior. Con esta nueva ley, las/los jovenes inmigrantes indocumentados, serán tratados como residentes del estado, para el propósito de pago de colegiatura en las universidades y colegios públicos. Por ejemplo: Cal State LA, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Dominguez Hills, etc., asi como en los Colegios comunitarios, como por ejemplo el Santa Monica College, East LA College, Los Angeles City College, etc. Para calificar, el estudiante tiene que comprobar:

Heineken y la Asociación Nacional de Periodistas Hispanos Buscan Estudiantes de Periodismo
Heineken USA se une una vez más a la Asociación Nacional de Periodistas Hispanos (NAHJ, por sus siglas en inglés) en la búsqueda de estudiantes de periodismo para que trabajen como reporteros en la transmisión en vivo del próximo certámen de los Premios Internacionales de Música Latina Billboard que se celebrará en Miami. Los seleccionados por el programa viajarán a Miami en Mayo, y su trabajo consistirá en reportar todas las noticias relacionadas con el evento.

Heineken and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Conduct Search for Student Journalists
Heineken USA has again teamed up with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) in a search for student journalists to serve as on-air reporters for the upcoming Billboard International Latin Music Awards in Miami. Entrants selected for the program will travel to Miami in May -- and work to report all aspects of news associated with the event.

Community Members Volunteer to Make 2002 Super Bowl Special For Vietnam Veteran
Angel Silva Sanchez, a Vietnam War Veteran and a lifetime National City resident, will have a special Super Bowl this year. His home has been selected for renovation by Christmas in July, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, rehabilitation, and/or modification of National City homes. Christmas in July annually selects a home to work on at Super Bowl time.

Editorials

Editorial
PRIMARY ELECTION
March 5, 2002
This year the PRIMARY ELECTION will take place March 5 instead of June 4th. This does not give anyone time to analyze issues and candidates. Nor, does it give the candidates sufficient time to launch a satisfactory campaign. However; we will, in the next five (5) Fridays, try our best to provide our readers a cogent understanding of the Propositions and our position on them, as well as our endorsements on the various candidates.

Editorial
ELECCION PRIMARIA
Marzo 5, 2002
Este año la ELECCION PRIMARIA se llevará a cabo el 5 de Marzo en lugar de Junio 4. Esto no le da tiempo a nadie de analizar los asuntos y a los candidatos. Tampoco, les dá a los candidatos tiempo suficiente para elaborar una campaña satisfactoria. Sin embargo en los próximos (5) Viernes trataremos de proveer a nuestros lectores un entendimiento congruente de las Propuestas y nuestra posición en ellas como nuestro endoso por algunos de los candidatos.

Commentary
American Politics en Español
Domenico Maceri, PhD
Although 95% of the roughly six million Latino voters are fluent in English, both George Bush and Al Gore flexed their weak Spanish muscles in the last presidential election as they attempted to capture Hispanic votes.

Commentary
Despite Growing Latino Population, Representation on TV is Few and Far Between
By Ed Morales
Good luck finding new stories about Latinos.

Commentary
Money talks, and ballplayers are listening
By Tom Mitsoff
If you don't believe it, ask fans in two-thirds of the Major League Baseball cities around the U.S. and Canada. Even though spring training camps haven't even opened for the 2002 season, they know that their teams are already effectively dead in the water.

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
An Open Letter
Assemblyman Gil Cedillo
Los Angeles, CA
RE: Event for Hermandad Mexicana Nacional of "Los Angeles" on Friday, February 1st, 2002 in Los Angeles

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

San Diego Brazil Carnaval 2002
Friday, February 8, 2002, VARIG Brazilian Airlines presents San Diego Brazil Carnaval 2002. The 10th Annual Brazilian "Mardi Gras Ball" will be held at 4th & B Showcase Theater, 345 "B" Street, Downtown San Diego.

Local Rockeros, Emaue, Begin to Reap Rewards
By Francisco H. Ciriza
Anyone who has ever been involved in any local music scene knows the level of effort it takes to get things together. If there is a band, there is the initial challenge of finding three or more individuals with enough similarities to be able to function,at the very least, at the most basic level...playing music together in the same place at the same time. Musical taste, goals, work schedules, transportation, finances, location, level of talent, reliability, are all factors that must be taken into account when a band is formed. That is just the beginning.

Ezequiel Peña - Madurez y profesionalismo
CON SANGRE DE RANCHERO
Manoyo News Agency - Son ya trece años de carrera musical los que está celebrando Ezequiel Peña precisamente con esta décimo-tercer producción, a tan solo unos días de aparecer al mercado bajo el sello FONOVISA - la disquera de siempre del charro de los Ojos Verdes, Ezequiel Peña. El nuevo disco: CON SANGRE DE RANCHERO

Zoot Suit Riots Film Feels Appropriate Today Documentary Examines Racial Profiling During World War II
1943 Los Angeles erupts into the worst violence in its history as one murder incites a police dragnet that lands more than 600 Mexican-American youths in jail. Twenty-one of them are subsequently indicted for the murder and seventeen were quickly found guilty and sent to San Quentin.

Museum of Man's "Footsteps Through Time"
The San Diego Museum of Man has completed the renovation of its west wing --housed in its historic California Building-- which will feature the ambitious new permanent exhibit, "Footsteps Through Time: Four Million Years of Human Evolution."

Pacific Life Open Set For March 4-17
By J. Fred Sidhu
In 1976, a small men's professional tennis tournament sponsored by an airline began in Palm Springs in nearby Riverside County.

Quinones Gets One Last Tune-up then WUSA Tryout
By John Philip Wyllie
Former Bonita Vista High School and SDSU goalkeeper, Linnea Quinones is delighted that her Mexican national team has scheduled a pair of matches this weekend against the U.S. U-21 team in Chihuahua.

Fox Sports World Español Announces Broadcast Schedule of the 53rd Caribbean World Series
Fox Sports World Español will provide, complete live televised coverage of the 53rd Caribbean World Series starting Saturday, February 2, 2002 at 4:30 PM (ET). 2001 champion Dominican Republic and second place winner Puerto Rico open this internationally celebrated baseball championship that also features competing national teams from Venezuela and Mexico. A half-hour pre-game show, hosted by Jose Tolentino and Fernando Gonzalez, will offer news, game highlights and analysis throughout the 7-day tournament. Viewers may recognize Gonzalez and Tolentino for their previous stint during last fall's Major League Baseball post-season carried on Fox Sports World Español.

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