Volume XXVI Number 03 January 18, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Outspoken SDUSD Parent Group Told to "Clean House"

By Yvette tenBerge

The San Diego Unified School District is in the spotlight again, but this time it has nothing to do with death threats or test scores and everything to do with its relationship with its parents.

In a December 12 letter, the district legal office notified the District Advisory Council (DAC), of "violations" in its membership rules and called into question the eligibility of its chairperson and three members of its executive board ­ some of whom have been among the District's most vocal critics.



Brenda Lesane, DAC Parliamentarian, is one of the parents whose membership is being called into question.

The DAC is a volunteer group made up of parent representatives from the District's 96 compensatory education schools. These schools receive extra federal and state funding, mainly Title 1 monies, to help with large numbers of low income or low performing students.

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More Prosecutions Needed For `Sins of the Fathers'
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
An Alabama judge's ruling that an ex-Klansman is competent to stand trial for the murder of four black girls in a church bombing 39 years ago is an important step toward closing the books on the wave of murders that rocked the South during the civil rights era.

Crónica de un país en bancarrota
No llores por ti Argentina
Por Emiliano Fernán Rodríguez.
Como si fuera un cuento para niños... Lástima que no lo es. Un país próspero había una vez. Un país noble y digno de ser vivido. Un país disfrutado casi como un edén por sus moradores y deseado como la tierra prometida por quienes buscaban escaparse del hambre, la miseria y las guerras. Un país soñado por la alta sociedad criolla, pero dadivoso con las siempre esperanzadas clases sociales humildes. Un país que le permitía a un maestro de escuela ahorrar dinero y tomarse unas vacaciones en el lugar del mundo que deseara. Un país respetuoso y responsable. Había una vez una república. Había una vez una Nación... Había una vez un país llamado Argentina.

Stories

Q&A: Immigrants and Higher Education in California
A new California law, AB 540, is a bill signed by Governor Gray Davis in October 2001 that allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at the California State and California Community College levels. Students who have attended California high schools qualify for in-state tuition, regardless of immigration status.

Este será el sexenio del migrante", asegura V. Fox
Sólo en este año, han aportado 9 billones de dólares
Por Horacio Rentería
TIJUANA
- Los migrantes mexicanos han aportado este año a su país más de 9 billones de dólares, reconoció el presidente Vicente Fox Quesada. "Este será el sexenio del migrante", dijo el mandatario mexicano al encabezar un evento en el que se dieron los pormenores del Programa de Salud del Migrante, Resultados 2001. En coincidencia con el llamado Día Internacional del Migrante y ante líderes agrícolas de California, consideró que la migración ya no se debe seguir viendo como un problema asociado a la pobreza, sino como una ventaja y una oportunidad.

San Diego-Area Wins Portion of $4 Million in Grants For Cesar Chavez Day Projects
Sacramento — Governor Gray Davis announced that more than $4 million in grants will be awarded to 64 service projects across the state that engage California's K-12th grade students in service activities in honor of Cesar Chavez Day 2002.

El Gobernador Anuncia a los Ganadores de $4 Millones en Premios Para Proyectos en Conmemoración del
Natalicio de César Chávez
Ganadores de Becas a proyectos que promueve el servicio comunitario a través de la ayuda de voluntarios.

Mayor Appoints Saunders to County Water Authority
Mayor Dick Murphy announced the City Council's confirmation of the appointment of Javier Saunders to the San Diego County Water Authority Board as a representative from the City of San Diego. The San Diego Water Authority Board as a representative from the City of San Diego. The San Diego Water Authority Board is responsible for bringing water to the San Diego region to supplement the local supply, and for allocating such water to member agencies.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Yhamel Catacora
Una familia latina en PBS
'Intimidad'. Es la primera palabra que quizás viene a la mente cuando pensamos en otra, "familia". Y es que la mayoría de nosotros sabe que al cruzar el umbral que divide nuestro hogar, nuestra familia del resto del mundo, llegamos a lo más íntimo y a veces a lo más privado de nosotros mismos, tal vez, a nuestra verdadera esencia. Y aunque demasiado bien sabemos que `cada hogar es un mundo, la intimidad que encierra cada familia, es quizás el principal común denominador de las mismas.
En esa intimidad se enfoca el lente del director Gregory Nava, en la serie, "American Family", o Familia Americana, que constituye la primera serie televisiva dirigida por un latino y con un elenco latino, que se estrenará el 23 de enero en el sistema público de televisión, PBS, a nivel nacional.

High Turnout at Cal Grant Event Prompts Second Workshop
An overflow crowd at a Cal Grant application workshop over the weekend has led its sponsors to host a second day of application counseling for Cal Grant applicants and their families on Saturday at San Diego City College.

Deadline Approaches for Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Community College Scholarship
SAN FRANCISCO — The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the nation's leading Hispanic educational organization, is currently accepting applications for the 2002-2003 Community College Transfer Scholarship Program. All applications must be mailed and postmarked by February 15, 2002.

Migration and Globalization Conference Slated For Tijuana
Theologians and social scientists from around the world will come together January 24-27 for the first International Conference on Migration and Theology.

SCRPC Combines Annual Two-Day Minority Business Opportunity Day Trade Fair Activities and
Economic Development Award Dinner
Los Angeles — For the first time ever, the Southern California Regional Purchasing Councils, Inc. (SCRPC) will combine the 33rd Annual Minority Business Opportunity Day Trade Fair (MBOD 2002) theme "Strategic Opportunities in the New Economy" with the 18th Annual Economic Development Award Dinner.

Baja California Receives Free and Low-Cost Eye Exams and Surgery
Marcela Deffis Ramos, executive director of the Fundación Codet in Tijuana, said that last year the foundation performed 50 cataract operations per month and 24 retinopathy surgeries. This year, the foundation hopes to double those numbers to 100 monthly operations on cataracts and 50 yearly retinopathy surgeries. The Fundación Codet is dedicated to preventing blindness in Baja California.

Nunca es Tarde Para Empezar a Hacer Ejercicio
La Nueva Guía de Ejercicios en Español del Instituto Nacional Sobre el Envejecimiento Está Disponible
Ahora
Por primera vez, los Hispanos de la Tercera Edad, tendrán a su disposición información científica que les ayudará a iniciar y mantener un programa de ejercicios simple para mejorar la salud y el bienestar.

Dr. Maring Luther King, Jr Observances
The Diamond District New Visions Festival
"The Diamond District New Visions Festival" is a local community celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s memory. This festival is being held to recognize and embrace the multicultural diversity of the Diamond District by featuring a unique line-up of performers of various cultures including dancers, singers, and poets, and the previewing of digitally created "multimedia stories" written and produced by local residents.

Community Youth Athletic Center Celebrates an Undisputed Victory With the Grand Opening of New
Boxing Facility
The Community Youth Athletic Center (CYAC) proudly invites San Diegans to attend the grand opening of its new, 3,700 square foot boxing and educational facility located at 1018 National City Boulevard in National City. The official grand opening ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will feature exciting youth boxing exhibitions, food, and tours of the new boxing, computer and tutoring facilities.

Community Notes:
Encinitas to Celebrate The Arrival of Its Community and Senior Center January 26
On January 26, 2002 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the City of Encinitas will host a much anticipated "Birth Day Party" to celebrate an open house and dedication ceremony of its $7.8 million Community and Senior Center located at the corner of Balour Drive and Encinitas Boulevard. There will be a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m., featuring members of the Encinitas City Council, as well as other city leaders, followed by festivities and fun.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
Amor y Entrega
Bill LaRousse era un muchacho sensacional. Fuimos a la universidad juntos y siempre fue muy admirado y querido por todos. Nunca oí un mal comentario sobre él.

Editorials

Editorial
NAFTA Souring Mexico - U.S. Relations
Vicente Fox, Mexico's President
is learning a harsh lesson that all past presi-dents of the Mexican Republic have had to learn: Mexico is seen as a country whose people and resources exist only to serve American interests. President Fox, perhaps because he is half Irish, speaks English and Spanish and was educated in the U.S., has close relations with the top political and corporate interests. He believed that the U.S. would treat him and Mexico differentially from other Latin American countries. He learned otherwise.

Editorial
NAFTA Amarga las Relaciones Entre México y Estados Unidos

El Presidente de México Vicente Fox esta aprendiendo una dura lección que todos los anteriores Presidentes de la República Mexicana han aprendido: Mexico es visto como un país en el cual la gente y sus recursos existen solamente para servir a los intereses Norteamericanos. El Presidente Fox, tal vez porque es mitad Irlandés, educado en los EE.UU., tiene relaciones cercanas con altos políticos e intereses corporativos, y habla Inglés y Español, pensó que los EE.UU. lo tratarían a él y a México en forma diferente de otros países Latinoamericanos. El ha aprendido de otra manera.

Editorial
I Have A Dream - A Rallying Call for Conservatives

On August 28, 1963, in Washington D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr's voice rang out in his famous speech, "I Have A Dream." He stated, "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." This simple, yet poignant statement about equality, has become the rallying call by which conservatives attack affirmative action, winning the battle to eliminate its usage in many cases.

Commentary
Protecting Our Way of Life?

by Sheldon Richman
Even when responding to a monstrous and unjustifiable provocation such as September 11, the U.S. government threatens our liberty. We have much to fear from the power in Washington.

Commentary
INS crackdown on employers overdue
By Ruben Navarrette
It is almost laughable to think anyone ever believed that Mexican immigrants came to the United States for welfare. When it became clear that the newcomers actually possessed a work ethic that shamed that of many Americans, the rap against them was that they took away jobs.

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
E-Mail Tax a Hoax
You guys know I love reading La Prensa and consider it to be the best paper in San Diego, but this time someone let an internet hoax slip onto the editorial page in the form of a letter by William Harris.

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

Celebrate San Diego's New Pueblo Status (1835) at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
For the first time ever, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is having exciting themes for each month for all the living history activities and events of the year. Living History involves making history come alive with people dressed in historical period clothing by demonstrating or reenacting historic events, trades, or crafts.

Rigoletto y su época
Por: Paco Zavala
Sin duda alguna que una de las óperas más populares del repertorio italiano lo es Rigoletto, ópera que compuso Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) y que se estrenó en el Teatro La Fenice en Venecia, Italia en: el 11 de marzo de 1851.

Convoca a Elecciones la Asociación Nacional de Actores para el Período 2002-2006.
Por: Paco Zavala.
La Asociación Nacional de Actores encabezada por el primerísimo actor Aarón Hernán en su calidad de Secretario General, está lanzando la convocatoria para elecciones del Comité Ejecutivo Nacional para cubrir el período del año 2002 al año 2006.

Mosaico... de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Ya han transcurrido algunos días del presente año y el círculo de la vida continúa su marcha a toda velocidad, ojalá que no haya nada que lo detenga y continúe así de esta manera hasta concluir en la meta que nos hemos trazado para el presente año en cada una de nuestras vidas. Que todas las buenas intenciones se realicen y las malas queden sepultadas por el tumulto de las horas del inexorable tiempo.

Calendar of Events...
by Berenice Cisneros
Pianist Cecil Lytle
An All-Shubert Piano Recital will be presented by University of California, San Diego Pianist Cecil Lytle at 3 p.m. January 20 in the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club on the UCSD campus.

MacMillan Buries Mexico With Hat Trick
by John Philip Wyllie
Two of the three San Diego-based players involved in the international friendly between the Unites States and Mexico on Saturday came into the game wanting to make a statement.

U.S. Women Pound Mexico, 7-0, in Rainy Charleston to Open 2002
CHARLESTON, S.C
. (Saturday, January 12, 2002) - The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team opened its 2002 schedule with a 7-0 victory over Mexico in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,634 fans at Blackbaud Stadium.

 

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