Volume XXVI Number 11 March, 15, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Flying flags from countries contributing to the fight against terrorism, President George W. Bush approaches the podium on the six-month anniversary of the September 11th Attacks, on the South Lawn. "We have come together to mark a terrible day, to reaffirm a just and vital cause, and to thank the many nations that share our resolve and will share our common victory," said the President in his remarks.


SDUSD Board Recall: Disenfranchised Want Lopez and Ottinger Out
By Yvette tenBerge
The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) has undergone a metamorphosis since the school board hired Superintendent Alan Bersin almost four years ago. Teachers and principals have retired early, bilingual aides have been dismissed, low-scoring students have been tracked into three-hour literacy and math blocks, and funds for community-backed programs have been redirected to feed the "Blueprint for Student Success."

Migrant Farmworkers Join With Students, Activists in National Tour to Boycott Taco Bell
By Daniel Munoz
Beginning on February, 28, 2002, a caravan of migrant workers, college students and activists embarked on a fifteen-city, cross-country "Taco Bell Truth Tour" to raise awareness about the sweatshop conditions faced by migrant farmworkers in America's fields, culminating with a national protest at the Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, on March 11.

Our Daily Bread — Time to Value Farmworkers' Health
By David E. Hayes-Bautista and Robert K. Ross
LOS ANGELES—A suffocating thirst is the first symptom. Baked by temperatures over 110 degrees, the body tries to cool its core by perspiring, drawing moisture for surface evaporation from deep within its tissues. The sensation of thirst grows.

Latino lawyers, groups receive same hate mail
By Lisa Fernandez
San Jose - In the past four days, more than 40 Latino attorneys and community groups from San Jose to Washington, D.C., have received hate letters containing a white powdery substance, and some community leaders worry the list could grow larger.

Governor Davis Issues Statement On Hate Letters Targeting Latinos
LOS ANGELES - Governor Gray Davis today made the following statement concerning recent hate letters, many containing a white powder, sent to dozens of Latino groups and lawyers in Sacramento, the Bay Area and Washington, D.C.:

Stories

Mexico's Cartel Crackdown - Bullish Sign for North America
By Andrew Reding
The arrest of Tijuana cartel drug lord Benjamín Arellano Félix is a signal achievement, but not as a victory in the "war on drugs." It will not reduce drug addiction or violence on either side of the border. It does, however, mark a major turning point in President Vicente Fox's war on corruption that bodes well for U.S. and Canadian economic partnerships with Mexico.

America Latina: Balance Crítico en Día Internacional de la Mujer
Por Gustavo González
SANTIAGO — El escaso compromiso de los gobiernos con la igualdad de género, la persistente violencia intrafa-miliar, la feminización de la pobreza y el deterioro de las condiciones de vida en el medio rural trazan un balance crítico para América Latina en el Día Internacional de la Mujer.

ACLU/SC Announces Launch of Latina Rights Project on International Women's Day
LOS ANGELES — On International Women's Day, Friday, March 8, 2002 the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California announced the launch of its Latina Rights Project. The Project, a pilot initiative of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, will utilize model litigation, bilingual/bicultural public education and public policy advocacy to address priority civil rights issues facing Latina women and girls in Southern California.Working in collaboration with community-based advocates and a multi-disciplinary Advisory Board, the Project will serve as a bridge among diverse civil rights advocacy communities, addressing barriers to access and opportunity, while promoting Latina's self-empowerment.

ACLU del Sur de California Anuncia Inaguración de Proyecto Para Los Derechos de Las Mujeres Latinas
LOS ANGELES — La Unión Americana de Los Derechos Civiles (ACLU) del Sur de California anunció ahora, el 8 de Marzo, 2002, Día Internacional de La Mujer, la inaguración del Proyecto Para Los Derechos de Las Mujeres Latinas. El proyecto utilizará litigio de impacto, educación pública bilingüe, y presión política, para defender los derechos civiles de las mujeres Latinas en el Sur de California.

North County Latinas Celebrate Their Tenth Anniversary of Adelante Mujer Conference
CARLSBAD - The North County Latinas Association (NCLA) will hold its 10th Anniversary Adelante Mujer Conference on April 6th, 2002 at Palomar College in San Marcos. This year's theme is "Latinas... communicating and educating, moving forward and taking action".

Fight Moves From the Streets of Barrio Logan Into the Courtroom
Barrio Logan — In a bold move aimed at keeping Barrio Logan safe and healthy, Supervisor Greg Cox announced that the County of San Diego is moving forward in seeking a Temporary Restraining Order to close Master Plating, a chrome plating shop that the community claims has been polluting the Barrio Logan environment. Additionally, District Attorney Paul Pfingst has opened an investigation of Master Plating.

APCD and State Get Out Word on Toxic Air Pollutant
A comprehensive mailing has been launched to inform all Barrio Logan residents about air samples that have revealed high hexavalent chromium levels in the area and how the problem is being addressed.

March 12 City School Board Update
School Board Ignores Parents, Students, and Teachers-Again

By Mike MacCarthy
At the February 26 school board meeting Superintendent Bersin and his staff had recommended that Chollas/Meade, Knox, Valencia Park, Keiller, Memorial Junior High, and Roosevelt schools lose their Magnet school funding and that those funds beginning with the school year 2002-2003 be redirected to help fund the "Blueprint For Success." That meant that this administration wanted to end many of the elective and arts programs in these schools.

Governor Davis Pledges to Continue Partnerships With Small Businesses
Los Angeles — Speaking to leading California small businesses owners, Governor Gray Davis announced that California's economy is strong thanks to partnerships between the State and small businesses.

La Universidad de California Se Une a La Celebración De La Semana Nacional De La Agricultura
"No podemos buscar nuestros propios logros y olvidarnos del progreso y prosperidad de nuestra comunidad... Nuestras aspiraciones deben ser lo suficientemente amplias para que incluyan los anhelos y necesidades de otros, por su propio bien y por el nuestro".

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Diego Alvarez
Marzo: Mes de la Nutrición
Tal vez usted no lo sabía pero aún está a tiempo de comenzar una vida saludable en este, el Mes de la Nutricion a nivel nacional.

Legislation Offers Parents Opportunity to Save More For Children's Education
If you're wondering how you're going to save enough for your children's education, you may want to hit the books and learn about the expanded choices to be available next year to help pay the tuition and other schooling expenses.

Community Notes:
Ask the Expert
On March 25, 2002, the Unity Center, established by the Baha'i Community of San Diego, will host the first in a series of "Ask the Expert" programs to enable the community to meet with various professionals to ask questions, free of charge.

2002-2003 Kindergarten Through-First Grade Registration for the Chula Vista Elementary School District
Registration for the 2002-2003 school year for students new to the Chula Vista Elementary School District began Wednesday, March 13th.

Winter Is Not Too Cold For The Beach In Carlsbad
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club Rotarian Mike Bardin, Vocational Director, introduced Jonathan Ji, president of Carlsbad High School's Interact Club. Rotarian Kurt Filip-ovitch Finance Chairman, presented a check for $200.00 to Ji for the assistance his group gave Rotary on their biggest benefit of the year—Octoberfest. Interact men and women students placed advertising posters and distributed flyers; established a children's identification booth; gave the accounting firm "hands on" help with the accounting for the event; helped set-up booths; and served in booths during the day.

Site Survey at Historic Pioneer Cemetery
Students from Palomar College have begun a site survey to map one of the oldest cemeteries in San Diego North County, the historic San Luis Rey Pioneer Cemetery located close to the first settlement that led to modern-day Oceanside. The site survey is a joint project of Palomar College, the City of Oceanside, the Oceanside Historical Society and Oceanside Unified School District, which for many years has owned the cemetery land. The cemetery began as a Protestant burial site with Mission San Luis Rey as the historic site for Roman Catholic burials as well as burials of Indians associated with the Mission.

Why Is Breakfast The Most Important Meal of the Day?
San Diego City Schools Food Services Invites Students To WIN up to $300 worth of books
San Diego City Schools Food Services invites students from all grade levels (K- 12) to participate in the annual food services essay, poem, rap contest and win up to $300 worth of books. San Diego City School students are welcome to write an essay, poem, or rap of their choice explaining, "Why breakfast is the most important meal of the day?"

Editorials

Commentary
The Time Is Now For A Latino Chancellor

by Jerome Orlando Torres
Over the past few days, an unprecedented number of prominent Latino community leaders and elected officials are mobilizing to advocate that the next appointments to the University of California Board of Regents representing Riverside County as well as the Chancellor for UC-Riverside be filled by qualified Latinos. The term for the current UC Regent, Sue Johnson, expired on March 1st. The current UCR Chancellor, Raymond Orbach, was recently appointed by President Bush to be the next Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. His replacement could be named within weeks. The first and last Latino Chancellor in the UC System was Tomás Rivera who died on the job in 1983 while serving, coincidentally, as the Chancellor of UC-Riverside.

Comentario
La importancia de mantener la lengua materna
por Ricardo Daniel Castillo
Según los resultados de nuevos estudios efectuados por investigadores de la organización, National Clearinghouse of Language and Linguistics de Washington D.C. y la Universidad George Mason, hay una gran falta de personal auténtico bilingüe en el mundo para llenar todas las posiciones de gerente en fábricas, empresas y gobierno. Las universidades no han sido capaces de producir hasta el momento personal bilingüe que sea competente en todas las áreas del lenguaje. Nuestro sistema educativo no pone énfasis en el desarrollo de parlantes de la lengua materna. La mayoría de pólizas educativas están basadas en el aprendizaje del idioma Inglés mientras las destrezas académicas quedan ignoradas.

The Public Forum -- El Foro Publico
Orale Gente at la Prensa!
Tezzy - what-up?
Tis with gran dismay que leo INS agents at it otra vez. Benjamin Prado, coordinator of the Raza Rights Coalition, was arrested for doing what's guaranteed us in the gran US. Kinda make us wonder if that "us" is the same all over the US. Hate to say it pero not. The funny thang is that los Men and Women in Verde seem to only get training in detecting brown faces. Seems to me that INS facilities are doing only quick-crash courses in recognition of illegal aliens with brown skinned faces only.

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

Muy activo el proceso electoral en la Asociación Nacional de Actores
Por: Paco Zavala
El pasado lunes 11 de marzo, asistimos a una reunión de trabajo que efectuaron uno de los Comités electorales de la Asociación Nacional de Actores el de color rojo y blanco, el que encabeza el actor Juan Imperio en su aspiración a Secretario General de tan importante agrupación de actores, continúa en sus aspiraciones Lilia Aragón para Secretaria del Interior y Exterior, Raymundo Capetillo para Secretario de Trabajo y Conflictos, Andrea Cotto para Secretaria de Estadística y Organización, Rafael del Río para Secretario del Tesoro y Administración, Lourdes Pellegrino para Secretario de Previsión Social, Hilda Aguirre para Secretario de Actas y Acuerdos, de todos estos ilustres artistas mexicanos asistieron a esta reunión de trabajo los Actores: Juan Imperio, Raymundo Capetillo y Sergio Reynoso quien venía fungiendo como presentador del grupo, las actrices: Lilia Aragón, Andrea Cotto e Hilda Aguire (Sor Ye-ye).

Libro que Trata Sobre la Narcocultura y Trae a la Luz Diferentes Aspectos de la Cultura Mexicana
Por Pablo De Sainz
Si la primera cosa que viene a tu mente cuando escuchas la expresión "cultura mexicana" es mariachis y tacos, o Acapulco y tequila, piensa de nuevo.

"True Tales From Another Mexico", A Collection of Articles That Go Deep Into the Underground Mexican Cultures
By Pablo De Sainz
If the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the expression "Mexican culture" is either mariachis and tacos, or Acapulco and tequila, think again.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
El mundo desde sus inicios ha desarrollado la cultura en todas sus vertientes e inquietudes, es actualmente cuando nos enteramos por medio de los distintos senderos de la información de tantísimas cosas que han sido manifestadas por el hombre a través de los tiempos.

"Cómo se Creó un Centro de Poder. Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles, Alta California, 1781-1847"
El Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, a través del Centro Cultural Tijuana, invita a la conferencia "Cómo se creó un centro de poder. Nuestra Señora de los Angeles, Alta California, 1781-1847" impartida por la Dra. Martha Ortega, el miércoles 20 de marzo, a las 19:00 hrs., en la Sala de Lectura. Dentro del ciclo de conferencias programadas los "Miércoles de Divulgación Cultural: Historia".

A New Collection of Poetry from Baja California Titled "Antología de jóvenes creadores"
By Pablo De Sainz
Three new voices, three strong voices, three poetic voices from Baja California: that's what a new collection of poetry, titled "Antología de jóvenes creadores" (Fondo Editorial de Baja California, 2001), offers to the reader.

Tres Voces Poéticas de Baja California en el Libro "Antología de Jovenes Creadores"
Por Pablo De Sainz
Tres nuevas voces, tres fuertes voces, tres voces poéticas de Baja California: eso es lo que una nueva colección de poesía, titulada "Antología de jovenes creadores" (Fondo Editorial de Baja California, 2001), ofrece al lector.

La Sencillez y el Sentimiento de Alicia Villarreal!!
Hollywood Ca. — En días pasados disfrutamos de la grata compañía de Alicia Villarreal en la presentación del disco ranchero, titulado "Soy lo Prohibido".

Calendar of Events . . .
by Berenice Cisneros
Feria de La Salud
Si usted sufre de stress, depresión, alergias, migrañas, alta o baja presión, corazón, varices, sobrepeso, anorexia, bulimia, bajo peso, diabetes, riñones, higado, páncreas, cáncer, drogadicción, alco-holismo, problemas de la piel, etc. acuda el domingo 17 de marzo, de 10:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. al Club de Leones, 547 4th Avenue, Chula Vista. Para más información llame al 316-0414 ó 723-3064. Unico día, esperamos nos acompañe a La Feria de La Salud.

Spirit to Face WUSA Champs in Fullerton Exhibition
By John Philip Wyllie
Having vanquished a pair of collegiate teams (U. of Washington and Texas A&M) by a combined score of 8-1, the San Diego Spirit will next take on the defending WUSA champion San Jose CyberRays at Cal-State Fullerton at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday evening. That effort will be bolstered by the return of a trio of U.S. national team stars who arrived back home last weekend after playing in Portugal's annual Algarve Cup.

Zumaya Attracting Attention in Barons Bullpen
By John Philip Wyllie
When Brian McBride took over the reins of Bonita Vista High School's varsity baseball team this spring, he realized he had two huge holes to fill. The graduations last June of pitching ace, Sean Warlop (USD) and leading hitter, Jake Mc-Lintock, (SDSU) left McBride a team with more questions than answers. But with the emergence of 6'2" 210 pound right handed ace Joel Zumaya, McBride has what amounts to two players in one. Zumaya has been devastating in the early going both on the mound and at the plate and his abilities have not gone unnoticed.

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