July 26 2002

Community Notes:


Martha Lerma Honored: At the state convention for The Air Force Sergeants Association, held in Oxnard, Ca., Martha Lerma was named Member of the Year for her dedication and volunteerism, to the Auxiliary of that organization. A past president of the organization, she was honored for her continued service, and work with veterans, and community service with youth and senior citizens.

Ms Lerma has been recognized, also, as Volunteer of the Year by the Chula Vista Police Department. She has volunteered weekly for that organization for the past 5 years working in the crime lab. An active member of LULAC, the American Legion Auxiliary of San Diego Post #6, and many civic and youth organizations. She and her husband Jose, MSGT Ret., USAF, give countless hours to Veterans organizations, civic programs, and youth scholarship endeavors. Martha is a retiree of the San Ysidro School District, retiring as Director of Purchasing in 1993.



Sherman Heights Community Center PODER Summer Program

Students and parents are invited to attend the fourth annual PODER Program starting on Friday, July 26, 2002 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Sher-man Heights Community Center located at 2258 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92102, (619) 232-5181.

P.O.D.E.R. is the Parents, Adolescents, and Others Developing Educational Resources Program. It is a four-week intensive pre-college program where parents and teenagers between the ages of 12-24 will participate in interactive workshops. Information on colleges, careers, and financial aid will be provided. In addition, we will have motivational speakers, a fieldtrip to San Diego State University, and many more surprises.

We will also have raffles, snacks, and childcare. The program is free and workshops are conducted in both English and Spanish.

The PODER Program began in the fall of 1999 and has helped over 70 families in Sherman Heights and other surrounding communities. The Name PODER was chosen because it means “power, ability to do something,” in Spanish. We inform parents and students about their opportunities to attend college.

For more information, please call me at (619) 899-6362.

City Council to Vote on a Comprehensive Plan for Library System

The City Council is scheduled to vote on July 30th on a comprehensive plan that will provide San Diego with a 21st century library system. The 10-year plan calls for building 13 new libraries in the City and expanding nine existing libraries.

The library improvement program includes a new 378,836 square foot Main Library that will be located downtown along the planned Park-to-Bay landscaped promenade that will link Balboa Park with San Diego.

A series of meetings were held in which the public, experts, library supporters and City staff gave input on improving the library system. These meetings determined that new branch libraries will be built in Balboa, College Heights/Rolando, Logan Heights, Mission Hills/Hillcrest, North Park, North University, Otay Mesa/East, Paradise Hills, Point Loma, San Ysidro, Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa, and Skyline Hills.

Expansion projects include Carmel Mountain Ranch, La Jolla/Riford, Ocean Beach, Otay Mesa/Nestor, Pacific Beach/Taylor, San Carlos, Scripps Miramar Ranch, South University Community and Tierrasanta. The plan calls for branch libraries to have a minimum of 15,000 square feet in order to provide meeting rooms, computer labs, separate areas for children and teens, and other amenities of a modern branch library.

The City expects to complete a financing plan for the approximately $305 million project this fall.

Attend a Sneak Preview Screening of Señorita Extraviada

The American Friends Service Committee, La Raza Rights Coalition, Committee for Women “Patricia Marin,” Media Arts Center San Diego and the San Diego Public Library are proud to host a special sneak preview of the P.O.V. film Señorita Extraviada by Lourdes Portillo.

Someone is killing the young women of Juarez, Mexico. Since 1993, over 270 young women have been raped and murdered in a chillingly consistent and brazen manner. Authorities ignore pleas for justice from the victims’ families and the crimes go unpunished. Most disturbingly, evidence of government complicity remains uninvestigated as the killings continue to this day. Crafting a film that is both poetic meditation and a mystery, Señorita Extraviada is a haunting investigation into an unspeakable crime wave amid the disorders and corruption of one of the biggest border towns in the world.

Since 1988 P.O.V. has worked to bring the best of independent point-of-view documentaries to a national audience, featuring the work of America’s most innovative documentary filmmakers to build new communities in conversation about today’s most pressing social issues. This free screening takes place in the 3rd floor auditorium of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street, on Monday, July 29, 2002 at 6:30 p.m.

Following the screening, Adriana Jasso, of the La Raza Rights Coalition, will facilitate a discussion.

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