Volume XXX Number 06 February 10, 2006

FrontPage Stories

New state-of-the-art school opens in San Ysidro

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

The waiting was worth it. Now children in the Ocean View Hills community have a school which they can feel very proud of. In fact, all of the San Ysidro community can feel proud of the newly opened Ocean View Hills School, which is located on Del Sol Boulevard.

The new school, which was build at a cost of about $60 million, extends 20 acres, with 5 acres of park space. It includes green grass areas and playground areas. It includes 40 truly state-of-the-art classrooms and has space for 1,000 to 1,200 students. The old temporary school site had space for 580 students, grades K-8, said Principal José Valdivia.

“It’s really exciting for kids to come to a new school,” he said.

Even though classes began on January 6 and students are already taking their classes there, the official Grand Openining ceremony took place on February 9.

Valdivia said that several elected officials are scheduled to attend the ceremony, including California’s Secretary of Education Alan Bersin.

The Grand Opening will include a parent and community open house where they will visit several of the state-of-the-art classrooms.

The new school was constructed next to the temporary school, which opened in the fall of 2001 and was in existence for 4 and a half years.

The district used the following sources to construct the new school: the state ($21.2 million), home-owners’ fees ($1.5 million) and funds raised by voter approved-bonds ($36.8 million). Fewer than 1,000 votes were enough to pass San Ysidro’s $250 million bond measure, Proposition C, in 1997, at the time the largest voter-approved local school bond measure in state history.

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La Prensa San Diego on KUSI News TV-9

KUSI News TV-9 and La Prensa San Diego have teamed-up to bring the news about San Diego’s Hispanic community to their viewers every Friday during the 10 am hour. Presenting the news will be our very own awarding winning journalist, Katia Lopez-Hodoyan who will sit down with KUSI news anchors discuss the issue of the day, as presented in the print publication of La Prensa San Diego.



Nueva escuela moderna abre en San Ysidro
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
La espera valió la pena. Ahora los niños de la comunidad de Ocean View Hills tienen una escuela de la que pueden sentirse muy orgullosos. De hecho, todo San Ysidro se puede sentir orgulloso de la nueva Escuela Ocean View Hills, que está ubicada en Del Sol Boulevard.

A true “American Hero” at Rice Elementary
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
For students, teachers, and all the community at Rice Elementary, in Chula Vista, David Rugama is an American Hero.


Un verdadero “Héroe Americano” en la Primaria Rice
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Para los estudiantes, maestros y toda la comunidad de la Primaria Rice, en Chula Vista, David Rugama es un héroe americano.


Looking for work?
MAAC’s Employment Resource Center helps people find jobs

By José A. Álvarez
“Better jobs, better health.” This is the principle behind the California Works for Better Health (CWBH) project, established in 2000 and which aims to improve people’s health by helping them secure better jobs.

Otra Vez Conflicto Cuba-USA-Mexico
No se trata de un triángulo amoroso al estilo de las películas francesas tradicionales, sinó de un nuevo conflicto que afecta las precarias relaciones entre los tres países.

Eduardo Stanley
El viernes 3 de febrero, empresarios norteamericanos se reunieron con una delegación cubana para discutir temas energéticos. Pero el encuentro duró poco pues la administración del elegante hotel María Isabel Sheraton, ubicado sobre el Paseo en el centro de la capital mexicana, expulsó a los repre-sentantes cubanos por presiones de Washington.



Stories

Creciente violencia hacia mujeres en Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La mañana del martes 7 de febrero los titulares de un reconocido periódico local encaraban a los tijuanenses con una aterradora realidad: En 5 años 120 mujeres fueron asesinadas en Tijuana.


Church Steps Up Pro-Migrant Campaign
Still a powerful institution, Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church is getting more involved in the debate over Mexico’s differences with US border and immigration policy. Church leaders are calling on the administration of President Vicente Fox to take a stronger stand with Washington, while bishops and priests are assuming more visible roles in the growing pro-migrant movement. The Mexican church’s position is supported by US bishops as well as the Vatican, which has issued a statement demanding that the rights of migrants be respected.

Poll of Latinos presents complex set of political views
By Michael Doyle
WASHINGTON — The new National Latino Survey released recently suggests a complex set of findings. Viewed one way, the GOP hard line on immigration could squander the party’s rich opportunity to recruit Latino voters.


México del Norte
Jorge Mújica Murias
Aquí nomás, vociferando
Hace apenas un par de semanas decíamos que finalmente los ciudadanos de México del Norte nos volvimos populares allá en nuestro país de origen. Después de años, décadas, de ser ignorados, de pronto no hay mejor tema para salir en los periódicos que hablar de nosotros.


La Educación a la Vanguardia en la Universidad de Tijuana
“El Dr. Elisur Arteaga Defensor del Candidato a la Presidencia de México por el PRD Manuel López Obrador enlistado como Mentor”

Por: Paco Zavala
En Tijuana aunque haya falta de espacios en los diferentes grados escolares en las escuelas de educación básica o media superior, continúa mejorando sin que haya nada que pueda detenerla. Ejemplo de ello son los programas de estudios con que cuentan los centros educativos privados y públicos, algunos un poco caros, pero para todos hay una oportunidad con algún esfuerzo.


PIQE and CSU Partner to Involve Parents in Education
LONG BEACH — The California State University and the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), announced today a partnership to strengthen parent involvement in the education of elementary and middle school students to improve children’s preparation for higher education.


Community Policing
By Officer Luis P. Benavides
Movies, media commentators and television shows display fictional police images. It is easy to see why most people believe that the primary police role is strict law enforcement. The traditional policing style does not give a clear image of real police work. In reality, police work is order and peacekeeping. This is achieved through a policing style called community policing. The basic elements of community policing are the philosophy, the partnership between the police and the community, and the proactive solutions to problems.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Karina Hurley Flores
La ayuda que necesitas tiene un número telefónico
Mexicanos, colombianos, salvadoreños, dominicanos... Si bien provenimos de países distintos entre sí, con costumbres y estilos de vida diferentes, los inmigrantes en este país tenemos algo en común: todos hemos atravesado el difícil proceso de adaptación al llegar a este país, adecuándonos a un nuevo estilo de vida, un nuevo porvenir y por supuesto, un nuevo idioma.


Cervical Cancer is Double Trouble for Hispanic Women
By Eduardo Grunvald, M.D.
January was National Cervical Health Awareness month. To put this into perspective, in 2005 an estimated 10,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States and 3,000 died. This could be a woman you know... maybe your wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, or daughter. Unfortunately, the rate of developing this cancer is twice as high in Hispanic women compared to non-Hispanic white women.


El Cáncer Cervical es Problema Doble Para las Mujeres Hispanas
By Eduardo Grunvald, M.D.
Enero fue reconocido como el “mes nacional de la salud cervical”. Para ponerlo en perspectiva, en los Estados Unidos durante el año 2005 diagnosticaron aproximadamente 10,000 mujeres con cáncer cervical y 3,000 murieron. Una podría ser conocida suya... quizás su esposa, novia, madre, hermana, o hija.


Cluninary/Food Page:
Weekly food recipes/themes & Recipe archieves -- Enjoy


Editorials

Editorial:
County Supervisor Bill Horn Delivers an Irrational State of the County Speech!
Pandering to what he believes is the base fear of the members of the Republican Party in the County of San Diego, Supervisor Bill Horn vilified the Hispanic and Mexican residents of both the communities of the City and County of San Diego and residents of the Country of Mexico. His callous remarks brought disgrace to every Mexican, Hispanic, Latino and Mexican American on both sides of the Border!


Commentary:
Bush Speaks Nonsense on Energy
By Sheldon Richman
Despite the bravado in his State of the Union address, President Bush actually admitted that his efforts in the Middle East are destined to fail. Here’s what he said: “America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world.” He then unveiled billions of dollars in new subsidies to find an alternative to oil.


Commentary:
Immigration Matters — Why So Many Blacks Fear Illegal Immigrants
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
A few months before the 2004 presidential election, Project 21, a Washington, D.C.—based group of black conservative businesspeople and professionals called George Bush on the carpet for his conflicted immigration reform proposals. The group railed that Bush’s proposals would flood the country with hordes of illegal immigrants, speed the deterioration in public education, further bulge the prisons and undercut American workers’ wages.


Comentario:
El Presupuesto y la Gasolina
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
A fines del año pasado, debido a los gastos que ocasiona la Navidad y el Año Nuevo, la demanda de la gasolina decreció, afectando la productividad y los precios de consumo de dicho producto. Ahora, nuevamente la gasolina está por las nubes. A pesar de que el Presidente George W. Bush subrayó en su discurso anual del Congreso de la Unión, que nuestro país iba a coordinar su esfuerzo para reemplazar la dependencia a los hidrocarburos, el programa económico que presentó en ese recinto brilla por la falta de un planteamiento alternativo a la gasolina.


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
What About Disadvantaged Children and Title I?
Regarding “No Child Left Behind Leaves Hispanic Children Behind” by Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (2/3/06), why is it that La Prensa upper management has not turned its in-depth investigative “light of truth” (in an ongoing series) onto what’s been going on in San Diego City Schools (SDCS) with respect to Title I since 1998? There’s a lot to report there, especially when you consider the number of city schools that are entitled to receive Title I funds versus the total number of schools SDCS maintains (including charters, something like 136 out of 186 schools; city school enrollment has been roughly 30% of all county students 1998-2005). 


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
Es un Sincho that my Gente is going to be encabritados with el Supervisor Horn...Ya basta, we can’t give a free ride to every Red Neck that’s going to bad mouth Nuestra GENTE or NUESTRO HONOR! Mejicle may not be as wealthy as el U S A... Pero tenemos HONOR… Y, when is the last time you went to the Marine Corp Base? You know who is wearing the Garras del Corp? La Raza!!! No Bolillo is going to put our Gente down!!


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

Point of View
The dork of the dance
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Embarrassingly, I am inspired by the new TV shows Dancing/Skating with the Stars to tell my own story about tripping the light fantastic.


Reseña:
Nuevas Publicaciones Editoriales
Por: Paco Zavala
Mi vision del mundo. De Albert Einstein, una edición de TusQuets Editores, con un contenido de 233 páginas e ISBN: 84-8310-420-2. “Mi visión del mundo” es el ideaio del científico que revolucionó nuestra época. Hasta cuanto sabemos sobre la vida de Albert Einstein, posiblemente mucho o nada, pero el sabio famoso por sus Teorías de la Relatividad, con las que transformó todas las con-cepciones previas sobre la gravitación, el cosmos, la geometría, y, en general toda la ciencia moderna. Einstein, además de un genio de la ciencia fue un gran humanista.


Poetry & Art
Ant Black and Readers Ensemble II featured artists at Museum of the Living Artist quarterly event

The Museum of the Living Artist invites writers and artists to present their visual and written/spoken work at Poetry and Art on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006. The quarterly event at the San Diego Art Institute will feature special guest performers Ant Black, spoken word poet, and The Readers Ensemble II, an arts collective including Joyce Nower, Seretta Martin, Stephanie Packard, Kiersten Emers-on and Victoria Shelby.


Afro-Mexicans: Mexico’s forgotten roots
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Mexico has a rich African heritage that needs to be recognized by its people, according to Makeda Dread, director of the World Beat Center, a cultural organization located at Balboa Park.


Ely Guerra: Mujer Americana
Por: James Klein
Ely Guerra, la cantante mexicana, acaba de terminar una gira en los Estados Unidos. Apareciendo con sólo su guitarra, el desempeño de Guerra personificó toda la fuerza, la pasión, el dolor, y la esperanza de las mujeres de todos las Américas, al norte, al sur, y central. En 2005, su más último disco, Sweet & Sour, Hot y Spicy, fue nombrado para un Grammy latino. Pero este éxito se ganó duramente y fue merecido bien.


Los espíritus reviven las leyendas de la frontera: Estreno de Restless Spirits en el San Diego Rep Theatre
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Existen lugares en esta ciudad que esconden secretos de nuestro pasado. Lugares a los que guardan leyendas de fantasmas y espíritus en pena que deben cumplir con una tarea inconclusa que los condena a rondar nuestro mundo sin descanso hasta verla completada.


Spirits revive the ancient border legends: Restless Spirits opens in the San Diego Repertory Theatre.
By Luis Alonso Pérez
There are places in this city that hold the secrets of our past. Places that hide the legends of ghosts and spirits doomed to wander the world of the living until they fulfill an uncompleted task.


Pioneros del cancionero de mariachi traen su música a la capital campesina de los Estados Unidos
Fresno — Tres pioneros y líderes de la música de mariachi en el mundo y un célebre compositor de algunas de las más reconocidas melodías del cancionero mexicano se dan cita el Domingo 13 de marzo en un encuentro con el pueblo campesino de la capital agrícola de Estados Unidos.


Jimenez Instrumental in Barons Improvement
By John Philip Wyllie
What a difference a year makes. Last season the Bonita Vista Barons girls basketball team struggled to an 11-16 finish and lost out in the Mesa League to co-champs Eastlake and Montgomery. This year the Barons are back. They are sporting a 17-4 record and are legitimate contenders for both a CIF playoff berth and a league title. Junior guard, Sasha Jimenez has contributed in big way toward that turnaround.


Zumaya on the Verge of Breaking into the Big Leagues
By John Philip Wyllie
Just a few short years ago Chula Vista’s Joel Zumaya was a little used reserve player for the Bonita Vista Barons junior varsity baseball team. Then in his junior year things began to click for the hard throwing 6’3” 210 pound pitcher. Selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 11th round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft, Zumaya headed off immediately to rookie ball following his senior year. He followed that up with a mercurial rise through the ranks from Single A to Double A and then last year to Triple A. With the 2006 campaign fast approaching, Zumaya stands an excellent chance of breaking into the majors with the Tigers this season.


Ethanol- the energy that will drive our future
By Lou Ann Hammond
The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are all in search of new streams of energy. Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin is sending clear messages to western Europe about who owns the oil Europe is dependent on. Russia is creating a pipeline under the Baltic Sea to circumvent future problems with the Ukraine and Poland. China is putting a pipeline into place from its natural gas origin all the way to Shanghai. India is a thriving automobile industry bringing in new automotive brands monthly. Brazil is not only getting off the dependence of foreign oil by using its sugar cane to create an ethanol blend as a fuel for vehicles, but they are also able to create another revenue stream for their farmers.

Ford Develops World’s First Ethanol-Fueled Hybrid Marrying Two Gasoline-Saving Technologies
An innovative new hybrid research vehicle being developed by Ford Motor Company has a dual mission: help reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


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