Volume XXVII Number 28 July 11, 2003

FrontPage Stories

Chicano Coffee House Survives City Harassment

By E.A. Barrera

In the Sherman Heights section of Barrio Logan in the city of San Diego, Rene Guzman and his partner Ildifonso Garrillo own “Chicano Perk” coffee house. Located on the corner of 25th Street and Imperial Avenue, the partners opened their house to a wave of support and congratulations by local residents earlier last month… but also to a shock of cold water from San Diego city officials.

Just as the enthusiasm for their new business was rising -”Chicano Perk” being hailed by Chicano activists as a positive move towards the gentrification of Sherman Heights - the partners were being told by an inspector with the city’s food and housing division that he was going to see their house closed down for violations of the city‘s Mobile Food Facility code.

“Paul Hoang of the city’s code enforcement came storming into my business, acting all frantic, moving all over the place, pointing to things and saying ‘This is wrong! That is not ok! I’m going to close you down’,” said Garrillo, a 2nd grade school teacher in Chula Vista. “The city was very negative toward us our first week in business. We thought we had followed all the city’s rules - we thought we had gotten all the permits we needed. But the city made things very difficult and nerve-racking for us in the beginning.”

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Acta Patriótica II - Al Asalto de los Derechos Civiles
Por Eduardo Stanley
FRESNO, CA — ¿Cuántas leyes son necesarias para controlar a supuestos terroristas?  Leyes existentes fueron suficientes para juzgar a los responsables del ataque terrorista de 1995 en Oklahoma. Pero en 1996 se aprobó una ley represiva que aumenta el valor de ciertos delitos por los cuales miles de inmigrantes no pueden hacerse ciudadanos.

‘Superjudge’ Strikes Again — With Global Implications
By Walter Truett Anderson
Unlike the case of former Chilean ruler Augusto Pinochet, a Mexican court’s recent decision to send an accused Argentine war criminal to Spain to face charges of genocide, terrorism and torture is not getting global media coverage.

Cuban History: January 1959 May be the Only Fixed Point
By Marcelo Ballvé
The photo, in black and white, captures the unclouded joy felt by the people as the rebel army entered Santiago, Cuba’s second city. Fidel Castro, who marched into the municipal building, basks in applause, surrounded by the exuberant faces of women and children inside the building. The commander-in-chief has his index finger raised in the air and his lips parted, as if he was preparing to say one of his famous speeches.

Perspective
Somebody please.......
Our people are suffering needlessly!

By Frankie Firme
In my quest to seek out and find the Raza at it’s best through music, I am confronted with a set of realities about the Raza that need to be stated and reconsidered immensely for necessary change and adaptation, if we are to survive as a Gente and a credible entity in this new millenium.

Stories

Salamina Soldiers: The story of a stare
By Mariana Martinez
This past Thursday (July 3), the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) was honored by the presence of Spanish author Javier Cercas, who after a very funny presentation by Tijuana writer Luis Humberto Crosthwite, delighted the anxious crowd by talking about his last book, Salamina Soldiers. A book first published by Tusquets in 2001 that has slowly but surely became a literary phenomenon, selling over 400,000 copies in 29 editions, ten of those in Europe alone, besides being translated to ten languages.

La historia de una mirada: Soldados de Salamina
Por Mariana Martinez
El pasado jueves 3 de julio el Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT) tuvo la visita del autor español Javier Cercas, quien tras la divertida presentación del escritor tijuanense Luis Humberto Crosthwite, deleitó a un público ansioso de oirlo hablar de su última novela, Soldados de Salamina, que desde su publicación en el 2001 en Editorial Tusquets ha ido convirtiéndose en un fenómeno de la literatura mundial, vendiendo más de 400,000 ejemplares en 29 ediciones, diez de ellas tan sólo en Europa, además de ser traducido a diez idiomas.

UCSD Summer Bridge Program Honored For Excellence, Innovation in Student Retention
The Summer Bridge Program at the University of California, San Diego has been recognized by Noel-Levitz, a leading higher education consulting firm in the United States and Canada, for excellence and innovation in enhancing student retention through services that encourage undergraduates to succeed at high levels and assume campus leadership roles through graduation.

Más Recortes al Presupuesto Significan Considerables Aumentos en las Colegiaturas; La Universidad de California Podría Imponer Restricciones en la Matrícula a Estudiantes
Ante la posibilidad de recortes presupuestarios aún más severos este año y el próximo, el presidente de la Universidad de California Richard C. Atkinson advirtió, el pasado 2 de julio, que el resultado puede ser incrementos más altos de las colegiaturas este año y restricciones en la matrícula de alumnos el año próximo.

Despite budget woes, California still needs teachers
By Marcello Ballvé
For more than two years, California’s ethnic media ran ads and launched editorial initiatives with one overriding message: California faces a massive teacher shortage.

“Juntos Contra La Hepatitis” y Crear Consciencia Acerca De La Hepatitis Entre Los Latinos De San Diego
Jennifer Peña, nominada para un Grammy y ganadora del premio Billboard Latin Music Award, es la presentadora oficial del programa.
San Ysidro Health Center anunció hoy la inauguración de “Juntos Contra La Hepatitis” conjuntamente con Glaxo-SmithKline plc (NYSE: GSK). “Juntos Contra La Hepatitis”, un amplio programa para la creación de consciencia acerca de la hepatitis a nivel popular, está enfocado en la comunidad latina de San Diego y sus proveedores de cuidados para la salud.

La depresión y otros demonios
Por Yhamel Catacora
“Es normal sentirse triste”, dicen los expertos, y como humanos sabemos que a veces es inevitable, particularmente cuando las situaciones nos desprenden de nuestra tierra natal la añoranza, es tal vez el peso extra que puede impulsarnos a caminar más apresuradamente o bien, ponernos la peligrosa zancadilla en el paso al porvenir.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Diego Alvarez
La salud mental, necesaria para todos
Es normal sentir tristeza o sentirse a veces deprimido, sobre todo para la mayoría de hispanos que venimos a un nuevo país y debemos cambiar parte de nuestras costumbres y cultura para adaptarnos a una nueva. Lo que no es normal es llevar una vida sumidos en la depresión profunda, o tener actos esquizofrénicos u otros trastornos. Esos estados son de enfermedad, y como tal hay que tratarlos.

Shea Homes Builds Foundation for Philanthropic Deeds in Baja, California
 Recent statistics reveal that over the next 10 years, 40 percent of all first-time homebuyers in San Diego will be Hispanic, making the Hispanic market increasingly important to the homebuilding industry. With a continuing leadership presence in the community, Shea Homes San Diego is demonstrating an on-going commitment to developing community relations south of the border.

Editorials

Editorial:
Davis Fails the Education Test
Education! Education! Education! This was Governor Gray Davis’ mantra when he first took over the governorship. The standard, if you will, that education would be the yard stick by which his governorship would be gauged. Now five years later, and into his second term, Governor Davis has failed this test.

Commentary
What’s Happened to America?
by Sheldon Richman
Who says the government schools and the welfare state don’t work? They work perfectly. They were designed to put the American people into a political coma, and that’s what they’ve done.

TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
The Grand Jury faults Sweetwater district for a lack of priorities by building gyms instead of fulfilling the pressing needs of ohhh let’s say classrooms!! The question is what took the Grand Jury so long, if they had read La Prensa a year ago they would have got the message; hijole better check their subscriptions status.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Latinos and the Davis Recall
Why should Latinos have an opinion about the current campaign to recall the governor of California, Gray Davis? The crude truth is that no one has asked us about it, but even worst, there has been no independent Mexican or Latino voice who has expressed a view in this regard.

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

Baja Buggs Ready to Rock at Beatle Fair
By John Philip Wyllie
Following a pair of well-received performances south of the border in Tecate, The Baja Buggs, San Diego’s Hispanic Beatles tribute band, is set to perform July 20 at San Diego’s eighth annual Beatle Fair. The all-day event will take place at Mission Valley’s Scottish Rite Temple from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and include a wide variety of Beatles related, performances, exhibits, memorabilia and films.

La tragedia de no ser, desde la Habana: El último Foutté
Por Mariana Martinez
La historia narrada en El último Foutté es la vida de una muchacha cubana que sueña con ser bailarina, pero empieza a engordar porque su madre, presionada por la abuela dice que esa niña “está muy raquítica”. Debido al ambiente de neurosis familiar y a sus propios demonios, María del Carmen enloquece mientras entra a un torbellino de emociones, culpa, hambre y negación que son comunes en cualquier obsesión, en este caso, la comida es a la vez su cura y su veneno mientras sigue pensando en ballet y recreando su mundo imaginario en el que ella es una gran estrella.

Zambullida en el ahogo
Ozon manipula su lenguaje en “Swimming Pool”
Por Jose Daniel Bort
La cara de Charlotte Rampling se desdibuja en fruncidas de ceño durante los primeros cinco minutos de “Swimming Pool” (la piscina), solo para que se relaje y se transforme en miles de versiones de pánico, candor, lujuria y sorpresa.

Graciela Beltrán
Plasma sus huellas para siempre en Tijuana, BC.
En un emotivo y sentido Evento-Homenaje, la Ciudad de Tijuana, B.C. rindió a Graciela Beltrán un reconocimiento artístico vitalicio al invitarla a estampar sus huellas en la Plaza Santa Cecilia del centro de Tijuana.

Se hace Justicia a los Pintores de la Avenida Revolución
Por: Paco Zavala
Las áreas dedicadas a la exposición de trabajos pictóricos, escultóricos, fotográficos o de otra índole, que se encuentran localizadas en el Instituto de Arte y Cultura, darán cabida a una exposición pictórica en terciopelo (velvet), en la que participarán un gran número de pintores que realizan su trabajo en la Avenida Revolución (la Revo).

Exhibirán Obras de Auguste Rodin, Gran Escultor Francés de los Siglos XIX y XX
Por: Paco Zavala
En el Siglo XIX la pintura ocupó un primer lugar de excelencia artística porque se manifestaron corrientes pictóricas muy importantes. En las manifestaciones culturales y artísticas del Siglo XIX también la literatura ocupó un lugar de vital importancia.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
El H. XVII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana y el Sol de Tijuana, organizan las festivi-dades con que la ciudad celebrará las festividades correspondientes al 114 Aniversario de la Fundación de Tijuana, acaecido el 11 de Julio de 1889. Estas fiestas se verificarán los días 11 y 12 de Julio, frente a las oficinas del propio rotativo en la Zona Del Río, atrás del Hotel Camino Real.

Destila Simpatía, “Tráguese ese sapo”
Por: Paco Zavala
“Tráguese ese sapo” es la edición de un pequeño libro escrito por Brian Tracy, autor de otras obras importantes y Best Seller de mucho éxito.
Título: Tráguese ese sapo

“El Matador” Fights To KO Poverty
By Fiona Manning
WBC/WBA champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga wants the world to know he has no intention of giving up either of his coveted crowns on Saturday night when he once again faces Vernon Forrest, the man he defeated in the biggest upset of the year in January.

U.S. Gearing Up for the Gold Cup
History in the Making
Unquestionably, the 2003 season for the United States Men’s National Team is born in the sunlight of its success in 2002. During the most accomplished year in team history, the U.S. compiled its best-ever record, captured CONCACAF’s highest prize, and ultimately astounded the world with its historic quarterfinal finish at the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.

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