Volume XXVI Number 23 June 7, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Teacher Fired After Making Headlines

By Yvette tenBerge

On April 4, hundreds of San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) teachers gathered outside of Kearny High School, located at 7651 Wellington Way, to protest Superintendent Alan Bersin’s “State of the District” address, a speech in which he highlighted successes, outlined goals and promised to collaborate with teachers.


Ricardo Sanchez at April 4 "State of the District" address.

Despite the technologically advanced show presented by the district’s communications team inside, the display that captured the spotlight was a colorful, cardboard sign that read: “Hail Führer Bersin” carried by Ricardo Sanchez, a teacher at Robert E. Lee Elementary who was marching outside.

Five weeks later on May 14, the SDUSD board voted 5-0 to terminate Mr. Sanchez, 50, a 30-year teacher who is an expert in special education and the allocation of Title I funds, federal monies provided for the education of disadvantaged students. The district has faced lawsuits and heavy criticism in its handling of both of these areas.

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Redistricting 2000: A Lost Opportunity for Latinos
By Leo F. Estrada, Ph.D
At the beginning of the decade, political analysts expected Latinos to benefit the most in terms of representation after the 2000 Census. There was every reason to be optimistic. Throughout the decade, Census Bureau estimates signaled that Latino growth would be impressive due to a combination of higher fertility and continued immigration. In 2001, when the Census Bureau released its official figures, Latino leaders had every reason to be elated. The Census figure of 35.3 million exceeded the Census Bureau’s own official estimates by 3.5 million. A population that added 13 million more Latinos over the decade had to expect that it would advance its political representation.

Snow Job – Bush Courts Latinos as Latin American Ties Worsen
By Andrew Reding
As he was wooing Latino voters in the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush pledged to make relations with Latin America a “fundamental commitment of my presidency.”
Stories

Perfiles de la Educación en el Area de Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
La jóven ciudad de Tijuana desde hace ya bastante tiempo es foco de atención de la crítica y de la opinión de incontables medios y también de incontables sujetos, unos documentados, otros muy bien documentados y otros legos, pero para la ocasión el acumulo de conocimientos, estudios o documentación en su caso no importa, simple y sencillamente se ha dañado la imagen de la ciudad.

Tierra Madre: A Community of Straw-Bale Homes
by Greg Bloom
From its beginnings in 1995, in a Catholic church in Sunland Park, New Mexico, Tierra Madre has become the largest straw-bale home community in the United States, according to Lothar Fastje, Tierra Madre’s construction manager. Despite this notable status, Tierra Madre’s residents and administrative staff don’t spend much time emphasizing the size of their 20 home community: they are much more interested in talking about how inexpensive and energy efficient their homes are and how they built a community instead of just another subdivision.

Fallece la Dra. Antonia Pantoja Activista, Defensora y Educadora
La Asociación ASPIRA anuncia con gran tristeza la partida de la Dra. Pantoja. Antonia Pantoja, defensora, educadora, activista de la comunidad puertorriqueña y fundadora de algunas de las organizaciones e instituciones latinas más exitosas. Murió de cáncer, el pasado viernes 24 de mayo en el Centro Médico Cabrini en Manhattan.

Statement of Bob Chase, President, the National Education Association on the loss of Latina Trailblazer Dr. Antonia Pantoja
“Educators everywhere are saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Antonia Pantoja, a Latina trailblazer of the first order, whose enormous contributions to education as the means by which to empower the nation’s Hispanic community have been seminal, far reaching, and profound.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Yhamel Catacora
Entendiendo la pasión
“Es sólo un juego”, es una frase concreta y racional;  pero tal vez, una detestable cuando se ha esperado, minuto por minuto, eliminatoria tras eliminatoria, tarjeta por tarjeta, gol por gol, en fin, cuatro largos años en los que pueden haberse desarrollado algunas canas, algunas arrugas, pero aquí estamos nuevamente, en esta parte del mundo, forzando nuestro reloj interno, nuestro horario de trabajo, acomodando de la mejor manera todas nuestras responsabilidades, si al fin y al cabo son más importantes, para presenciar si fuera posible todos y cada uno de los 64 partidos de la copa  Corea-Japón 2002.

City of Chula Vista Asks Residents to Help Create a Vision for the Future
By Paola Hornbuckle
The City of Chula Vista is in the process of creating a vision for the year 2020 and it is encouraging its residents to become active in the process. “Chula Vista Vision 2020” will update the city’s General Plan, which sets the course for all growth, development and community planning during the next 20 years. This update is necessary in order to plan for new growth and development as well as for the revitalization of existing communities and neighborhoods. Participation of residents is vital, as their input along with other research conducted by city staff, will form the basis for the General Plan Update.

State Treasurer to Present Commemorative $7.5 Million Check to County’s Community Health Centers and Clinics
San Diego County’s community health centers and clinics (CHC), which provide essential services that help protect and improve the public’s health, received a commemorative check for $7.5 million on May 14 from California State Treasurer Philip Angelides. The event recognized the success of a statewide grant award program that was designed to fund capital expenditures for community clinics.

Martinez Names Jimenez HUD’s New Chief of Staff
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez today announced Frank R. Jimenez will become the Department’s new Chief of Staff effective June 10, 2002. Jimenez will help to manage more than 9,000 employees and a $30 billion budget. With a strong emphasis on community renewal and neighborhood redevelopment, he will also oversee the hundreds of HUD programs designed to increase homeownership, create affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, and support the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS.

Martinez Designa a Jiménez Como Nuevo Jefe de Gabinete
Washington — El Secretario de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano, Mel Martínez, anunció el pasado Jueves, que Frank R. Jiménez será el nuevo jefe de gabinete del Departamento a partir del 10 de junio de 2002. Jiménez ayudará a dirigir a más de 9,000 empleados y administrar un presupuesto de $30,000 millones. Con un fuerte énfasis en la renovación de comunidades y rehabilitación de vecindarios, Jiménez también supervisará los cientos de programas de HUD designados a aumentar la cantidad de propietarios de viviendas, crear oportunidades de vivienda para estadounidenses de bajos ingresos y apoyar a las personas que carecen de vivienda, ancianos, minusválidos y personas que tienen SIDA.

Community Notes:
Consulado mexicano mejora trámite para exhortos judiciales y cartas rogatorias
Con el propósito de mejorar la atención de trámites relativos a auxilio judicial, a partir del próximo lunes 10 de junio los exhortos y cartas rogatorias dirigidos al Consulado General de México en San Diego se recibirán directamente en la oficina de esta representación ubicada en el antiguo Puerto de Entrada estadounidense en San Ysidro, en la línea internacional fronteriza.

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Opens to the Public Wednesday, June 19, 2002
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (RJKCCC) located at 6845 University Avenue in San Diego, will open to the public on June 19, 2002 with a dedication celebration of “It’s a Beautiful Day in This Neighborhood” at 11 a.m. The 12-acre family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts facility, made possible by a generous gift from philanthropist Mrs. Joan B. Kroc, will serve residents of East San Diego, La Mesa and Lemon Grove with a variety of programs for individuals of all ages.

Assembly Passes Measure Addressing Drop in Minority Rates at UC Graduate and Professional Schools
SACRAMENTO - A measure that addresses the significant decline of minorities in the University of California graduate and professional schools passed the State Assembly on May 20th, and will now head to the State Senate.

Salk Institute Awarded for “Exemplary Partnership” with Local High School
LA JOLLA - In recognition of its deep commitment to Morse High School students, the Salk Institute has been awarded the “Exemplary Partnerships Award” and the “Ten-Year Partnerships Award” by San Diego City Schools.

USD Offers Innovative Education Program for Nonprofit Professionals
Running a nonprofit organization has always been a challenge and the current soft economy has not made it any easier. Government and charitable dollars are plummeting as nonprofits struggle to meet increasing demands for their services. To respond and thrive, nonprofits must devise new strategies for fulfilling their missions.

Editorials
Editorial
President Failing to Uphold The Constitution!
The move to provide the FBI with powers to secretly spy on all American citizens should not be taken unilaterally by President Bush and his appointees. We are Americans by birth, choice or naturalization. What holds us together as a nation is not the color of our skin, the language we speak, or the religion we practice. We are bound together as a nation by the profoundness of the founding fathers of this nation, who on the 22nd of July 1778, brought into being The Constitution of the United States of America, which was followed by the Bill of Rights (Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America) on December 15, 1791.

Editorial
Why gavel-to-gavel coverage?
I am sorry, but I just don’t get it. I don’t understand why we need to have gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Danielle van Dam murder trial on television, radio and on the front pages of daily newspapers!

Editorial
Pool Drowning:
We recently read a story about a 7-year-old boy who drowned during at a friend’s birthday party, which was being supervised by ten adults. With that many adults watching over the children, one would assume that all of the necessary safety precautions would have been taken!

Commentary
Memorial Day 2002
Not a Single Latino Medal of Honor Winner Mentioned!
Jorge Mariscal
During Memorial Day weekend, I happened to turn to CNBC. Tim Russert is interviewing author Allen Mikaelian and CBS’s Mike Wallace. They have just published a book called Medal of Honor: Profiles of America’s Military Heroes from the Civil War to the Present. As a veteran, I am interested in the topic and pay close attention. I know that Mexican Americans have won more Congressional Medals of Honor than any other “minority” group. Which Chicano or Latino will they honor, I wonder. Russert gushes over the eleven medal winners featured in the book, Wallace is the mature wise man, Mikaelian an earnest young scholar without affect. Together they take us through the book—the only woman medal winner, a Japanese American soldier killed in Korea, two African American heroes. As the program hits the half hour I say to my wife, “They can’t possibly do this show without mentioning one Latino, can they? Could this high-profile book have been published without reference to a single Latino medal winner?” 

Commentary
Let’s Not Let Budget Crisis Overshadow Recent School Progress
By Mary Bergan
As always seems to be true when revenues are down, most of the discussion in Sacramento this year is on the state budget and on cutting programs. We give the governor credit for working hard to assure cost-of-living and growth funds for education – K-12 and community college education – as he put together his budget proposals. But we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that cuts to this year’s K-12 budget, and to many non-education programs, made that still-tenuous protection possible.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Struggle for Raza Vote is On
I read with great interest your editorial of May 24, 2002 (Español “Lingua Franca of Campaign 2002”). I am running in a new district designed by my opponent and her husband to be a majority Latino district. I am reaching out at every opportunity to Mexican-Americans. ... I have been greeted by Hispanic people on every occasion with courtesy and respect. When I speak about my vision of giving every American a shot at the American Dream, I receive enthusiastic approval.

Notas Politicas
The political season is on Maria Perman, long time Trustee for the Southwestern College Board announcing her campaign will kick off this Saturday. Maria wants another 4 years too finish off all the good projects she has been involved with.

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

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
En este mes de junio se termina un ciclo escolar en casi todos los niveles educativos desde el Jardín de Niños hasta la Universidad, pero nuestro contorno nos ofrece la oportunidad de tomar algún que otro curso en alguna especialidad para fortalecerla o para iniciar o adentrarse con alguna actividad en la que nos interese incursionar, para esto se ofrecen cursos de verano en infinidad de materias y de inquietudes, solo es cosa de informarse y de participar, verá Ud. como se asombrará de todo lo que ofrecen los diversos centros de cultura que existen en Tijuana.

Jazz at the Athenaeum Returns for a Sizzling Summer Season
The Athenaeum’s devoted jazz audience knows the score: there are two jazz series a year at the library in La Jolla, and two series a year at the larger Neurosciences Institute auditorium. Most loyal fans are devoted to both venues, because the quality of the programming is consistently outstanding. The library series, which began in 1989, takes place in the intimate setting of the Music Room. Once again in 2002, the four-part summer series presents San Diego debuts or rare local appearances by four superb jazz artists who deserve to be on every jazz-lover’s wish-list.

Sanchez Facilitates Learning Using Fantasy Baseball
By John Philip Wyllie
As a teacher at City Heights’ Monroe Clark Middle School, Sandra Sanchez is constantly looking for programs that will facilitate learning and allow her students, many of whom are recent immigrants, to close the gap on their more established peers. Located in one of the most ethnically diverse and economically challenged communities in San Diego, more than 30 languages are spoken at Monroe Clark Middle School, with Spanish being the most prevalent.

Letter To ‘Iron Mike’ – Check Yourself, Brother
By Askia Muhammad
Mike.
My Dear Brother Mike.

San Diego Spirit Fires Head Coach Carlos Juarez; GM Kevin Crow Moves to the Bench
The San Diego Spirit have relieved head coach Carlos Juarez of his duties effective immediately, Spirit general manager Kevin Crow announced today. Juarez, who compiled a 9-11-9 record in his time at the helm of the club, becomes the first coach dismissed in WUSA history.

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