June 13, 2003

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico

Queja en Contra de las Autoridades Municipales de Tijuana

Por medio de la presente me permito escribirle estas líneas para saludarlos y al mismo tiempo informarles lo siguiente:

El día 6 de mayo mi esposa y yo fuimos de emergencia al dentista a la ciudad de Tijuana. Estacioné mi panel en la Calle 7ta y Constitución en un espacio libre, sin ningún señalamiento ni pintado de rojo, ni nada. Al estacionarla eran las 12:00 p.m. y al regresar a recogerla a las 4:30 p.m. ya no encontramos nuestro vehículo. Inmediatamente la reportamos en la Delegación de Policía situada en la Calle 8 y Constitución.

Después de andar de dependencia en dependencia, perder varios días y de mucho batallar por fin encontramos mi panel en el Depto. de Servicios Auxiliares Internacionales S.A. de C.V. situada en el Blvd. Gral. Manuel Marquez de Leon No. 1379, tel. 687-4430, Zona Rio, Tijuana, B.C. A fin de que me la entregaran tuve que pagar $537.00 (pesos) por concepto de arrastre y almacenaje; además en la Comandancia tuve que pagar otros $87.50 (pesos) por multa. El motivo que me dijeron por el cual remolcaron mi panel, fue que me había estacionado en doble fila, lo cual es una vil mentira por parte del oficial de tránsito que levantó la multa, pues aparte de haberme estacionado correctamente, es imposible estacionarse en doble fila por el tremendo tráfico que siempre está circulando.

Además, al entregarme la panel me di cuenta que me habían robado la gasolina (3/4 del tanque) y herramienta que traía en una caja.

Al cruzar la garita internacional fuimos enviados a segunda inspección, pues ya tenían el reporte del robo de la misma. Ahí nos revisaron el auto de pies a cabeza y trajeron a los perros a que la revisaran también. Comprobé con documentación que la panel era de mi propiedad y me recomendaron que debería presentar los papeles ante la oficina de la Highway Patrol para dar de baja la denuncia.

Me gustaría que esta información se diera a conocer especialmente a las personas que viajan de E.U. a Tijuana y que todas estas injusticias y arbitrariedades desaparezcan y las cosas marchen como debe ser, con honestidad.

Sin más de momento me despido como su Atto. y S.S.

Juan H. Estopier
National City


Beware of the Rumsfield Plan

Like most Americans, I still worry about protecting my family and our country. I’m also getting tired of having my worries preyed upon by some of our national leaders who are using “national security” to sell Americans public policies that we normally wouldn’t buy. The Rumsfeld Plan is a good example.

Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld has asked Congress to quickly pass legislation that would give the Department of Defense (DoD) unprecedented powers. The Secretary’s bill would exempt defense facilities from complying with basic environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act and toxic waste laws. The plan would give the Secretary increased power to give defense contractors huge pots of money with virtually no public oversight. And the Secretary wants the power to eliminate the rights, jobs and pay system for civilian defense employees, the very individuals who deployed and supported our troops in Iraq. These personnel changes go well beyond last year’s controversial homeland security bill.

When asked why the Rumsfeld plan was being rushed through Congress now, one White House insider honestly answered, “because it would never pass in an election year”. That’s another way of saying that we can sneak things through because voters aren’t paying attention to what lawmakers are doing. I encourage all of this newspaper’s readers and voters to start paying attention right now.

I support a strong Department of Defense. But I am not willing to unnecessarily sacrifice the health and safety of my family by letting DoD, which uses enormous quantities of hazardous materials, ignore the laws that protect our air and water. I’m also fed up with corporate contractors getting overpaid with my tax dollars. And I don’t think that you reward the civilian defense employees who worked day and night to support our troops by asking them to do more with less or eliminating their jobs.

The Department of Defense just proved that we have the most effective armed forces in the world. Secretary Rumsfeld seems to be in a big hurry to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. His plan defies common sense and reality.

David Wheeler
U.S. NAVY -Retired
San Diego


An Open Letter to Juan Vargas

Dear Assemblymember Vargas,

As a resident of San Ysidro and strong, consistent supporter of your term as City Councilmember for District 8 of San Diego and your current work in the Assembly, I am writing to strongly URGE you to vote in favor of AB 858 (Golberg), the California Racial Mascots Act.

For years, we have fought in San Diego to change the name of “Monty the Aztec” the so-called “mascot” at San Diego Sate University (SDSU) and confronted much local opposition from people who do not have any sense of understanding as to the discriminatory and offensive nature of having representations of a people, a living people, not a reminince from the past but a people who still are living both in Mexico and in the US, paraded around without any respect. Your Assembly district has a substantial amount of Mexicana/o residents, and although not all Mexicanas/os are Azteca/Mexica there are many who are, and many others who are also part or full-blooded, whether Digueno, Kumeeay, Yoeme, Luiseno, Purephecha, etc., so out of respect and responsibility to your constituents you should SUPPORT this bill.

Just as opponents aregue that it should be a local issue, left to local schoolboards, our fight against SDSU’s use of “Monty as a “mascot” demonstrates how difficult such local stuggles can be, yet you now have before you the opportunity to right an injustice, ACROSS THE STATE, with your vote. PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING AND VOTE FOR SB 858 (GOLDBERG) when it comes up on the Assembly floor.

Roberto Hernandez
Doctoral Student
Dept. of Comparative Ethnic Studies
University of California, Berkeley


What is the difference?

What is the difference between a lie and being mislead? Is President Bush the new Pinocchio? How can the American people swallow the lies of the Bush administration? What was it that the great Voltaire had said, “ behind every patriot is a scondrel.

Daniel J. Smiechowski
San Diego

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