Volume XXIV Number 30~ July 28, 2000

FrontPage Stories

Thomas & Pearl Martinez Foundation Rewards Effort and Citizenship

The Thomas and Pearl Martinez Foundation, this month completed their annual program of distributing $50 cash awards to Latino fifth and sixth graders. These awards are made to encourage the students to continue their education and possibly go to college. The students are chosen more for their effort and good citizenship than for mere high grades.

In June, the Adrian Baca Memorial Award, in honor of Adrian Baca, a 15-year old student who died suddenly in 1994, was presented to two students in each of the nine schools in the National School District, National City, Mr. Herman Baca, father of Adrian, presented in the awards at the Ira Harbison Elementary School to Brianna Valdivia and Joseph Pena.


Logan Elementary students Koury Rivera (left) and Francisco Pulgari were presented their award for their effort, good citizenship and good grades. Standing in back is resource teacher Fred Montes.

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SBA Final Rule on `Contract Bundling' Gives Small Firms Stronger Protection
WASHINGTON, July 26 — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), along with the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council, issued a final regulation today that will provide American small businesses with more opportunity for participation in the $200 billion a year government contracting market. The new rule is aimed at the practice of contract bundling, the consolidation of two or more procurement contracts into a single contract.

Immigration Lawyers Urge Senate: Restore Fairness, American Values
to Immigration
WASHINGTON, July 27 — The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national voluntary bar association for immigration attorneys, today announced its strong support for S. 2912, "The Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act."

More Than 5.8 Million Latinos Planning to Vote in Presidential Election
July 27, 2000 - This year's U.S. Presidential candidates have been putting more effort into reaching the nation's estimated 31.3 million Latinos, and a new survey indicates their attention is well warranted. A June-July poll conducted by a group of public broadcasters indicates that U.S. Hispanics believe strongly that they have a stake in this year's presidential election - and that more than 5.8 million Latinos are preparing to vote.

Justice Department Sues California Water District Over Redistricting Plan For Its Board of Directors
Washington, D.C. — The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District in Los Angeles County, California was sued Friday because the redistricting plan used for electing the District's Board of Directors does not provide an equal opportunity for Hispanic citizens to participate in the electoral process, the Justice Department announced.

Noticias de México...
Buscan "yarderos" amparo
Todos los comerciantes de autos usados de la franja fronteriza Norte del país se ampararán contra el Registro Nacional de Vehículos (Renave), afirmó el vicepresidente de la Unión de Asociaciones de Comerciantes en Autos Usados (Uacau), Juan Ramón López Naranjo.

Stories

Clarisa Mondejar Selected as 2000 Regional Coca-Cola Scholar
Atlanta — Clarisa Mondejar, a senior at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, is recognized as one of the country's most outstanding high school seniors as Coca-Cola awards her with a $4,000 Regional Coca-Cola Scholars college scholarship.

LATNN.com and MBN to provide live webcasts at GOP Convention
PHILADELPHIA — The Latino Online News Network (LATNN.com) and Media Bureau Networks (MBN) will present The Slant, a one-hour webcast featuring news, interviews, and live reports from the floor of the Republican National Convention.

San Diego Foundation for Change funds efforts in support of the Latino community
This year the San Diego Foundation for Change (SDFC) has invested $7,000 in grants to three grassroots organizations addressing issues of concern to the Latino community in the border region of San Diego and Tijuana. These funds represent 15% of the Foundation's 2000 grant distribution of $48,000.

Insured Minorities Continue To Face Obstacles To Health Care,
UCSF Study Reports
UCNews Service
Minorities, particularly Hispanics and Asian Americans, are more likely than non-Hispanic whites to report obstacles in access to health care, according to a University of California, San Francisco study. The study, which appears in the July/August issue of the journal Health Affairs (a leading health policy journal), compared access across racial/ethnic groups and documented cultural barriers. The researchers are also among the first to examine the effects of managed care on minority populations and compare access across insurance plans.

Pepe Cisneros, Un Pianista que es Una Verdadera Leyenda
Por Paco Zavala
José Eduardo Cisneros Gastañaga, vió la luz en la ciudad de México D.F. allá hace ya muchos años, pero como dicen que el artista no tiene edad, ni patria, que es un ciudadano universal, "Pepe Cisneros" como se le conoce en el ambiente, llena perfectamente estas nimiedades y para que deseamos saber su edad; lo consideramos un verdadero ciudadano universal.

Hispanic Radio Network/La Red Hispana
LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Eduardo Salinas
El SIDA, un asesino silencioso que amenaza a la comunidad hispana
Recientemente la comunidad científica internacional tuvo la oportunidad de exponer al mundo los avances alcanzados durante el último año en la tenaz lucha que libra contra el Síndrome de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida (SIDA), enfermedad que amenaza con provocar la muerte de los 36 millones de personas que han adquirido el VIH.

SDG&E Seeks $16 Million for Energy-Efficiency Assistance for Customers
To provide its customers with additional assistance this summer and next, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has requested from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) $16 million over the next two years to increase funding for energy-efficiency programs.

Rocky's Right Hook: An Interview With An 18-Year-Old Latina Boxer
EDITOR'S NOTE: Raquel — aka "Rocky" —18, had her first fight on March 4 at a boxing club in Napa, California. She had only been practicing for two months. Even though she lost the fight, she had the entire gym chanting "Rocky! Rocky!" by the end of the first round. The fight was voted best of the night. The group home where Rocky lives asked that her real name not be published.
By Sheerly Avni
What's your best boxing memory?

Community Notes ...
Don Diego Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Madame President Olivia J. Solomon 1999-2000 of the Don Diego VFW-7420, San Diego, was awarded All-State President and Outstanding President.

Editorials

Opinion
Will Education Turn Latinos Out to Vote?
By Jerome DeHerrera
For the Latino community, education should be the most important issue in the presidential campaign. We are a very young community and the future progress of Latinos will be determined by their education.

Commentary
Lynched By The Law? Boy of 15 Sentenced to 46-To-Life In California Court
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
On June 16 the body of Raynard Johnson, 17, an African-American, was found hanging from a pecan tree in the front yard of his home in Kokomo, Mississippi.

Political Notes:
Supervisors Vote to Oppose Brown Field Expansion
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to oppose the proposed expansion of Brown field. The reason stated for the vote against the proposal were: "The proposed Brown Field expansion plan is fatally flawed -- environmentally, economically, and operationally," stated Supervisor Ron Roberts.

El Foro Público... ....The Public Forum
A Voice of Reason
On the eve of the announcement of California's SAT 9 test results, Robert B. Reich, the former Secretary of Labor, point(ed) out that US education is continuing in its "one-size-fits-all system". In an article published in the New York Times Opinion section, Reich cites Thomas Lepuschitz, one of NY City's 46 imported foreign teachers of math and science as "thinking it strange" that US schools expect even the slowest students to succeed in math and science.


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

THE RAINBOW CHRONICLES
Chapter IX
By Jeannine Diego
"Good, good… sorry it took me so long to answer. I was… the doorknob on my bathroom door is a bit temperamental. I keep meaning to fix it, but…"

Poet's Corner
Las llamas que llaman
No es verdad que el invierno blanco del norte
entra en los corazones de la gente
helando las emociones,

Reseña
Psicología Para Todos
Por Penny Soberanes

Recientemente tuve la oportunidad de leer el libro titulado "Psicología para todos", un estudio realizado por los Psicólogos Vladimir Gessen y Maria de Gessen el cuál por su contenido y técnicas terapeuticas resulta ser de gran ayuda para la comprensión de las diferentes conductas del ser humano y la causa probable de algunos desajustes emocionales en ellos.

Exitosa Gira Por La Union Americana De Priscila y Sus Balas De Plata
MÉXICO, D. F., (NOTIAMERICA).- "Feliz como una lombriz" se encuentra la cantante Priscila y sus Balas de Plata, debido a que en dos semanas comenzará a grabar su nuevo material discográfico, mismo que se espera esté totalmente terminado en septiembre.

Sundance Channel Showcases Rich World of Latin American Cinema With
August FilmFest "Arte Latino"

Sundance Channel, the premiere television destination for the film festival experience, celebrates Latin American cinema with its August FilmFest, "Arte Latino."

Veinte Artistas se Presentan en Brillante Exhibición de Acuarela
Por Paco Zavala

En una excelente perspectiva visual para celebrar los cientos once años del aniversario de la Ciudad de Tijuana, B.C. veinte artistas plásticos participan en la exhibición en el Salón de Acuarela en la Casa de Cultura de Tijuana, que se encuentra ubicada en la antigua Escuela "Alvaro Obregon" sita en la colonia Altamira en Tijuana, B.C. Presentan treinta y dos indiscutibles y excelentes trabajos pictóricos en Acuarela.

The Mexican Americans
Across 2,000 miles of border and hundreds of years of history, the Mexican-American story has been woven like a vibrant sarape of timeless traditions and cultural connections. This Sat., August 5 at 5:30p.m.

En Busca de la Vedette del 2000
Por Paco Zavala
La Vedette del 2000 se títula la búsqueda que a nivel nacional en México ha emprendido la Asociación Nacional de Actores.

Argentina vs. Brasil, Clasificación para la Copa Mundial por FOX Sports World
& FOX Sports World Español

FOX Sports World y FOX Sports World Español televisarán este viernes 28 de Julio, a las 8 p.m. ET., el partido de clasificación para la Copa del Mundo de 2002, entre Argentina y Brasil.

El Fútbol Mexicano Quiere Sacrificar Su Máxima Esperanza: Cesáreo Victorino
Por Carlos González
MÉXICO, D.F. julio NOTIAMERICA.- El medio armador es, sin lugar a dudas, una de las posiciones de las que más carece el fútbol mexicano, ya que los que existen ahora están de salida, como lo pueden ser Benjamín Galindo y, en menor grado, Ramón Ramírez.

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