Volume XXIX Number 30 July 29, 2005

FrontPage Stories

Good Samaritan’s Work Stopped in National City

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

All Agustín Lugo was trying to do was help needy families by giving away free bread.

“People know that I have loaves of bread available for them, so they come to me looking for something to eat, because sometimes they don’t even have money for food,” said the 68-year-old Lugo.

He would stand at the intersection of 18th St. and Highland Avenue, in National City, and he would deliver the free bread he gets from organizations such as Consider the Poor Ministries.

“I do it from my heart, because I like helping people out,” said Lugo, who’s originally from Puerto Rico.

As many as 100 people get free loaves of bread from Lugo each week, and he gives out from three to up to five loaves of bread to each person.

“If I have more I give them more,” he said.

But on July 8, while Lugo was delivering the bread to the poor at the same spot he always does, an inspector for the County of San Diego’s Department of Environmental Health gave him a notice of violation: He needed to stop giving away free bread because he doesn’t have a health permit to do it.


Agustín Lugo left with boxes of bread that he is now unable to give away.

Although the notice treats Lugo as a business owner and his cause as a business, Lugo said he doesn’t sell anything nor does he get any money from this.

“I’m only doing charity as a Christian man, just like Jesus would,” said Lugo, who has been involved in charity work for the last 40 years, also delivering clothes and food to Tijuana poor colonias.

The notice of violation states that Lugo is in violation of “Section 113920 of the California Health & Safety Code, and Section 61.110; San Diego County Code of Regulatory Ordinance. Operating a food facility or conducting itinerant food vending without a valid health permit.”

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Detienen el Trabajo de Buen Samaritano en National City
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Todo lo que Agustín Lugo quería hacer era ayudar a las familias necesitadas al darles pan gratis.


A Look at the Three Immigration Reform Bills in Congress
By Elena Shore
Congress is expected to enact the first major overhaul of immigration policy since 1996. On the table are three immigration reform bills that could dramatically reshape the country’s immigration policy on key issues including legalization, guest worker programs, deportation, employer sanctions and police and border enforcement. The bills, proposed by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas); Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.); and Senators John Cornyn (R- Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), present three distinct plans for immigration reform.


McCain-Kennedy Bill Could Work, Says Immigration Reformer
EDITOR’S NOTE: The debate over immigration reform — there are 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. — is about to heat up in the Senate. A bipartisan bill, the “2005 Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act,” sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass), which calls for a path to legalization for undocumented workers, has gained the support of immigrant rights advocates. Rene Ciria-Cruz spoke with Frank Sharry, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based National Immigration Forum, on the merits of the McCain-Kennedy bill and its chances of passage.
By Rene P. Ciria-Cruz
Question: Why a bipartisan bill at all? Why not a party-line split?


Independence from ‘Illegals’
By Selene Rivera
What has been a celebration commemorating Mexican independence for almost two centuries, will now also be a day of “liberation” for the Friends of the Border Patrol, FBP, which has chosen the 16th of September to begin patrolling the Mexican-U.S. border in California as part of a campaign to stop illegal immigration into the United States.



Stories

Migración y Saqueo de la Tierra Indígena
Por Eduardo Stanley,
CIUDAD DE MEXICO—La historia del pueblo Wayúu es similar a la de todos los pueblos indígenas del continente en los últimos 500 años: tratar de sobrevivir y evitar el despojo territorial y cultural. El Wayúu es el más numeroso de los 84 grupos indígenas de Colombia que hablan 64 idiomas. Suman unas 140,000 personas, además de otros 170,0000 en Venezuela. Este es un pueblo nómada que habita la zona norte del país y migra internamente de acuerdo a las condiciones climáticas. Los Wayúu son tradicionalmente pescadores y pastores, y vivían en relativa calma hasta hace menos de una década, cuando la violencia social del país y poderosos intereses pusieron los ojos en sus tierras.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Las Faldas de la Jefa
A la mejor nadie le hubiera puesto mayor atención a los gastos en ropa de doña Martita, si no fuera porque su señor las sacó a relucir hace unos días como ejemplo de los grandes avances de México. Pero en su incontinencia verbal, don Vicente las tuvo que sacar a colación.


To Keep Kids Out of Gangs, Give Them Identity
By David Madrid
SAN JOSE—This year, there have already been six gang-related deaths here in San Jose, and our juvenile hall is reporting more violence than it has seen in decades. In response, the city is rushing to support existing anti-gang programs and start new ones. They need to re-think their strategy.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Ricardo J. Galarza

Una problemática insostenible
Escribimos esto en vísperas de la importante audiencia migratoria del martes 26 de julio en el Comité Judicial del Senado. Pero todo parece indicar que lo que allí se decida no cambiará mucho el panorama. Y las posibilidades reales de que se logre un acuerdo bipartidista para impulsar una reforma son bastante remotas.

ICE Returns Stolen Colonial Masterpiece to Peruvian Government
16th century El Altar de Challapampa was stolen from Peru in 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C. —John P. Clark, Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Eduardo Ferrero, the Ambassador of Peru to the United States, today (July 26, 2005) announced the return of El altar de Challapampa (The Altar of Challapampa) to the government of Peru.


Sam Walton Community Scholarships Total $37,000 in San Diego
The Sam M. Walton Community Scholarship program, now in its 25th year has awarded 37 San Diego high school graduates with $1,000 scholarships to help them achieve their dream of higher education.

Premian a Ganadores del 6to Concurso Composiciones Sobre la Historia de las Californias
Por: Paco Zavala
Los estudiantes ganadores del Concurso “Composiciones Sobre la Historia de las Californias”, fueron: Julio Amram Galindo Azueta, en la Categoría de secundaria y Guillermo Ocampo Ahedo, en la categoría de bachillerato.


Tips for coping with heat stress
The heat-related death of a man harvesting peppers in Kern County last week is a tragic reminder of the dangers of heat stress.


Editorials

Editorial:
Donna Frye Top Vote Getter for Mayor of San Diego!
It’s a Democrat Versus a Republican in Runoff Election
Councilwoman Donna Frye was the top vote getter, out of eleven candidates, who chose to run against her, to replace former Mayor Dick Murphy, who had resigned his seat as Mayor of America’s finest City, San Diego!

National City Spotlight:
Will the Ethics Bubble Burst?
By Ted Godshalk
When property values increase quickly as they have over the past two years, experts often theorize that the market is in a “bubble.” The bubble description is a good one because it implies the inevitable, sudden, and shocking pop when prices start to fall and the value of real estate investments sharply decreases. Sometimes frazzled nerves lead people to sell at a loss, or worse yet, they let the bank foreclose. We saw this kind of real estate bubble in the early 90’s, and without a doubt, this kind of bubble is bad.


Commentary:
METHODS MATTER: EHC, PADILLA & CHULA VISTA
By John Chávez
The recent appointment of Chula Vista Mayor Steve Padilla to the California Coastal Commission is a case study in backroom politics – likely contrary to the public interest and certainly not reflecting the desires of the majority of the citizens of Chula Vista (and the region in general). To Mayor Padilla’s credit, he has implemented some positive measures during his mayoral tenure: the pending under-grounding of the existing overhead electrical power lines along Interstate 5, more public interaction and access to City offices (except his own), a campaign for a new university, etc. Mayor Padilla is articulate and reasonably bright.


Comentario:
La metamorfosis de Hillary
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
No cabe duda, la huella de Ronald Reagan hizo una mella profunda en la política norte-americana que no solo determinó el rumbo de su partido, sino también el de los demócratas. A los moderados del partido republicano apenas se les escucha el respiro; los derechistas son los que más bulla meten. En los demócratas, por lo menos en los que tienen aspiraciones presidenciales, el rabo izquierdista se les está desapareciendo poco a poco.

Commentary:
Fifteen Democrats Cave on CAFTA
By Matthew Rothschild
The Democrats just can’t hold the line.


Comentario:
Necesitamos Un Cambio Al Salario Mínimo
Por Gloribell Mota
Cada día más familias están sacrificando su bienestar por las decisiones que tenían que hacer cada mes: ¿Pagar la renta, pagar la luz, o comprar menos comida? Todos buscamos un trabajo para mantener nuestras familias, pero cuando una familia solo gana el salario mínimo, un trabajo no es suficiente. El salario mínimo está dejando muchas familias debajo ó casi al nivel de pobreza federal.


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

Bazaar del Mundo Opens…Again!
By Katia Lopez-Hodoyan
Although hard to accept, all good things must come to an end, as far as Diane Powers is concerned there is always an exception to the rule. It was only two months ago that Bazaar del Mundo was forced to leave its historical location and hand over its lease to Delaware North Parks and Recreation. The tug of war between Powers and state officials was constant since the transfer of power was announced, and in the end, Powers lost custody of what seemed to be her baby, her creation of 34 years. This weekend, however, the celebration that once followed Bazaar del Mundo will come to life again.


Representan en la Escena de San Diego, Chula Vista y Tijuana “Romeo y Julieta”
Por: Paco Zavala

Con la participación de un gran reparto compuesto de actores profesionales y estudiantes de preparatoria de San Diego y Tijuana, se escenificó la obra teatral de William Shakespeare “Romeo y Julieta”. En Tijuana se representó los días 22, 23 y 24 de julio y se escenificará el 29 de julio en San Diego y el 30 de julio en Chula Vista.


Reseña:
Los Refranes Esotéricos del Quijote
Por: Paco Zavala
Comentar sobre la colosal obra de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra “El Quijote”, en unión de la Mancha y de Sancho Panza, es ya de por sí una gran aventura de lectura literaria, con nombres tan raros como el propio Quijote y Sancho, ahora si a ésta compleja sarta de nombres raros le encomendamos añadir los refranes de Sancho y los consejos de Don Quijote, se complica más el asunto.


VAMOS AL CINE
Salvando al mundo y al date para la promo
Sky High se imagina un mundo de superhéroes adolescentes a la Disney
Por Jose Daniel Bort
La casa de películas del ratón se ha preocupado por mantener una serie de películas “familiares” que permitan a los padres llevar a sus pequeños al cine y sentirse seguros del tipo de película que estos iban a ver, independientemente de su calidad.


El regreso de la mujer maravilla
Lynda Carter habla sobre el legado de su segundo apellido: Córboba
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Para muchos es la mujer más hermosa que alguna vez haya pisado la pequeña pantalla. Con sus calzones americanos, su lazo mágico y su volteadita mortal, la actriz Linda Carter se metió en el bolsillo a toda una generación en los años setenta.


Local coach preparing future baseball stars
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Albert ‘Al’ Alvarado has a passion for baseball.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
All The Brave, Young Men
It was an afternoon that brought back memories, some of them happy, many of them, not. The small plaza and the noisy crowd that always expects and demands too much. The unseen bulls, pounding against the sides of their dark, mysterious prisons. And, the dreams of glory and triumph which were destined to be shattered by the gods who determine such things.

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