Editor’s Note: Logan Heights/Barrio Logan is scheduled to have a new library built on property that is currently a part of Logan Elementary School. While no one questions the need for a new library, there has been some question about the site selection. Construction is set to start soon. We have two points of view, by Ms Katerine Lopez who represents the opposition to the Logan Elementary site and Benjamin Hueso who represents supporters of the site selected. Both are long time community residents.
Is Logan Elementary the Best Place for a Library?
By Katherine Lopez
Anyone who grew up in the Memorial/Logan area remembers visiting the Logan Heights Public Library; our first visit was an important rite of childhood, introduced to a wide world of books and knowledge, scrawling our name on a library card one of our earliest acts of responsibility. That lovely old building long ago exceeded its capacity to keep up with the needs of the community and for years area residents asked for a new library, but were told funding was not available. Library after library was built in other parts of the city while we were neglected.
Logan Heights Library: It’s LONG Overdue!
By Benjamin Hueso
How could someone be SO opposed to bringing a new Library to Logan Heights? The last time I witnessed a person opposed to building a library in a community, it was Congressman Bob Filner that addressed his opposition to a Library being built in a San Ysidro Shopping Center because it would be the least accessible and most dangerous location for children. He advocated for the Library to be built on a school site in a residential community. In regards to location, the current proposed Logan Heights library can resist any criticism by Congressman Filner.
National City Spotlight:
Worst-Case Scenario or Best Possible Future?
By Ted Godshalk
The community meeting held last Saturday was originally called for one purpose. The original purpose was to allow for community members to learn about the Downtown Specific Plan and to have a dialogue on how to best deal with the impacts from new residential units in high and mid-rise buildings. To many others and me the meeting overreached its scope and, in doing so, neither the impacts of the plan nor the fears of the residents and business owners were meaningfully addressed. By adding a lengthy discussion period about affordable housing at the beginning of this meeting, participation predictably dropped off as the meeting proceeded to the Downtown Plan and finally the issue of eminent domain. Several of us stuck it out for the entire five hours but many others could not.
El Presupuesto de Arnold
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
La gracia del gobernador Arnold Schwarzenegger desaparece como por arte de magia cada vez que configura el presupuesto del estado. El año pasado su paquete económico se sustentó sobre la base de un “targetazo” de $ 15,600 millones, el cual equivalía a 11% del total del presupuesto. Dicha suma fue prácticamente devengada por los más ricos del país, quienes compraron los bonos que puso a la venta el Capitolio a órdenes del gobernador.
Which Way for Latinos? Dr. Galarza v. Judge Gonzales
One of the great figures of Mexican American history is Ernesto Galarza. The son of an immigrant family who worked his way out of poverty and racist schools in the early twentieth century, he became one of a small group of Latinos to attend college and one of the first Latinos to earn a Master’s degree (Stanford) and a Ph.D. (Columbia).
Dear Mr. Gonzales
By Marjorie Cohn
Dear Mr. Gonzales,
You have been rewarded for your unflinching loyalty to George W. Bush with a nomination for Attorney General of the United States. As White House Counsel, you have walked in lockstep with the President. As Attorney General, you will be charged with representing all the people of the United States. Your performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday verified that you will continue to be a yes-man for Bush once you are confirmed.
Gonzales Appointment Latest Step In Browning of Justice
By Roberto Lovato
People living along California’s bucolic highway 99 in the San Joaquin Valley are of different minds about Bush Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales, a man who will soon be crowned the nation’s first Latino Attorney General. Following a recent drive along the 99, I saw some Latinos living in towns along the highway who, like most national Latino civil rights and political leaders Democrat and Republican alike consider it an act of ethnic fealty to support the Gonzales nomination.
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Entertainment, Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits
La Buena Suerte “Claves de la Prosperidad”
Por: Paco Zavala
Pero, por favor ¿Quién no cree en la buena suerte? Muy pocos. ¿Quién no desea tener buena suerte? Todos. Otra pregunta: ¿Quién inventó esta frase?: “De la buena suerte”. Creo que ésta fórmula, se inició con la aparición de la comunicación entre el género humano.
Se Inaugura la Exposición “Pinta tu Feria”
“Tijuana de mis sueños, que puedo hacer yo por mi ciudad”
Por: Paco Zavala
Los niños representan el futuro de toda civilización, de toda etnia, de todo el mundo, por lo tanto necesitan de estímulos y de cuidados muy específicos.
Poetry and Art in the Museum of the Living Artist
by Michael Klam
What if Charles Bukowski had bought a membership to Gold’s Gym instead of staying up all night drinking wine and writing poetry to the music of Dmitry Shostakovich? What if the Beat Poets had become disciples of Ezra Pound and TS Eliot instead of reacting to the dense intellectualism of esoteric verse? What if Jackson Pollock never explored the virtues of splatter? What if poetry and art never shifted their ground, never sought out new modes of expression?
Festival de la Canción Latinoamericana de California Cumple 25 Años
Ya comenzaron las inscripciones para el 25avo Festival de la Canción Latinoamericana de California 2005.
Este festival, con una trayectoria de 25 años, se ha consolidado como uno de los concursos musicales y poéticos internacionales más respetados y queridos en el mundo de habla hispana. Año tras año, desde hace un cuarto de siglo, compositores, cantantes y poetas de diversas ciudades del mundo se reúnen en esta popular competencia para exponer sus canciones, sus poemas y su talento artístico al público y a jurados integrados por profesionales del mundo del espectáculo, representantes de radio, televisión y prensa escrita y ejecutivos de editoriales musicales y compañías discográficas.
Marvel Comics crea una heroína para ellas
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Pareciera que la horma haya calzado perfectamente en el zapato de los ejecutivos que vieron en Jennifer Garner la nueva adoración de las treceañeras y al personaje que desarrolló en “Daredevil”, Elektra, como una franquicia en servicio de la misma demográfica. El sumar de 1 más 1 dio esta producción dirigida por Rob Bowman que llega a las carteleras hoy.
Do burritos increase athletic performance?
By J.D. Hawk
What does a burrito and fighting have in common? Nothing really until now. Carne asada burritos could be to restaurant owner Joaquin Farfan Jr., what spinach is to Popeye the sailor.
Hilltop’s Santillan Striving to Place in State Competition
By John Philip Wyllie
As a two-time Master’s and two-time CIF wrestling champion, Hilltop’s 119 pound Sergio Santillan doesn’t have many problems when it comes to the sport he has grown to love. Considered the best wrestler in the county in his weight class, Santillan hopes to reach the rarified air of being a finalist later this season once the state tournament begins.
Jimenez Selected to Optimists All-Tournament Team
By John Philip Wyllie
Bonita Vista High School sophomore Sasha Jimenez was born into a family that both appreciates its Mexican heritage and loves basketball. Throughout elementary school and junior high Jimenez split her time between folklorico dancing and shooting hoops. Once she enrolled in high school however, Jimenez realized that balancing her schoolwork with ballet folk-lorico and competitive varsity basketball might be too much to juggle. So, she opted to hang up her dress and narrow her focus to hitting the books and playing basketball. Her 3.6 G.P.A. attests to her academic success and her recent selection to the Girls Basketball Optimists All-Tournament Team indicates that she also knows her way around a basketball court.
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