Volume XXX Number 12 March 24, 2006

FrontPage Stories

Herman Baca: A life dedicated to la causa

UCSD honors the local activist as part of tribute to Cesar Chavez

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

Herman Baca and Cesar Chavez first met in 1972, at a worker strike in San Ysidro. From then on, both leaders developed a strong political relationship that lasted until Chavez’s death, in 1993.

Baca’s admiration for Chavez continues to this day.

“Cesar’s great contribution was that before he came we (Chicanos, Mexicanos) didn’t exist,” Baca said. “He gave our people a national, even international, stature.”

On April 6, Baca will receive a recognition from University of California, San Diego, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, as part of the university’s month-long tribute to commemorate Chavez’s legacy.


Herman Baca (left) and César Chávez, St. Anthony’s Hall, Old Town National City, CA, YES on “14” Rally - 1976. Photo Credit: Herman Baca Archives.

“(The award) is proof that the Movement is alive and well,” Baca said from his printshop in National City. “People are still looking for answers in people who struggled, like Chavez. This award is not only for Herman Baca: It is for all people who have struggled.”

Baca is the founder and prime mover of the Committee on Chicano Rights (CCR), an organization active in the South Bay and throughout California for the last 36 years.

Baca has been at the forefront of organizing efforts in underserved communities in National City, San Diego County, the U.S. Southwest and the U.S.-Mexico border regions, and worked closely with many of the leading figures of the Chicano movement during the Vietnam War era, including Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Reies Lopez Tijerina, Rodolfo Corky Gonzales and others.

Last year, UCSD Libraries acquired, for an undisclosed amount of money, Baca’s and the CCR’s archives, containing numerous documents, photographs and original graphics from the Chicano Movement.

“The archives were just lying around in the CCR office. The rats were having a nice feast,” Baca said. He added that he wanted to organize the archives and secure them for future generations.

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Herman Baca: Una vida dedicada a la causa
UCSD honra al activista local como parte de tributo a César Chávez
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Herman Baca y César Chávez se conocieron en 1972, en una huelga de trabajadores en San Ysidro. De ahí en adelante, ambos líderes desarrollaron una fuerte relación política que duró hasta la muerte de Chávez en 1993.


UCSD to Present Month Long César E. Chávez Celebration
By Jan Jennings
March 2006 marks the 40th anniversary of César Chávez’s historic 340-mile pilgrimage from his home in Delano, Calif., to the steps of the state capitol in Sacramento to draw national attention to the struggles and conditions of farm workers. Chávez would have celebrated his 79th birthday March 31.


Latino residents form a human rights group
By Martha Sarabia
The situation in a North County community where very few Latinos hold decision-making positions, the relationship with the sheriff’s department is not the best after the killings of three young Latino males in the hands of deputies, and the apathy of those eligible to vote to exercise their right is immense has started to change.


Residentes latinos forman grupo de derechos humanos
Por Martha Sarabia
La situación en una comunidad al norte del condado donde muy pocos latinos tienen poder en la toma de decisiones, la relación con el departamento del alguacil no es la mejor después de la muerte de tres jóvenes latinos a manos de agentes del alguacil, y la apatía de votar de los ciudadanos elegibles a hacerlo es inmensa está empezando a cambiar.



Stories

Activistas de San Diego en contra de la represión en México
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El pasado martes 14 de marzo en la ciudad chiapaneca de San Cristóbal de las Casas un grupo de sujetos no identificados destruyeron las puertas e irrumpieron en el hogar de Norma Medina, directora de la organización católica Caritas de esa ciudad, y de su esposo David Méndez, colaborador del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas. Los perpetradores hurgaron entre sus pertenencias sin llevarse objetos de valor, excepto una computadora portátil.


San Diego reacts to the 3rd anniversary of the war in Iraq
By Luis Alonso Pérez
March 19 marked the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion to Iraq, a “preemptive war” that has taken the lives of more than 2,300 American military deaths and caused over 33,000 Iraqi civilian deaths, not to mention $225 billions of taxpayer’s dollars.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Aprendiendo a ganar
Confesemos dos cosas: una, es que cuando lanzamos el boicot a la Cervecería Miller hace unos días, en la Plaza Federal de Chicago, enfrente de 300,000 inmigrantes que protestaban en contra de la infame iniciativa de ley HR4437, lo hicimos como una cuestión fácil, una actividad más después de la marcha. La segunda, es que cuando la Millar llamó al Comité Chicago Anti HR4437 cuatro días después y dijo que quería sentarse a discutir las condiciones para levantar el boicot, nadie en el Comité tenía una idea exacta de qué pedirle.


State Senate hearing targets “alcopops”
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
“Alcopops” are sweet, soda-like liquor drinks. Girls as young as 13 years old take their first drink by trying alcopops.


Reunión del Senado Estatal se enfoca en los “alcopops”
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
“Alcopops” son bebidas alcohólicas con un sabor dulce,como de una soda. Las jóvenes de hasta 13 años toman sus primeras gotas de alcohol al probar un alcopop.


SDG&E Plan Opposed by Jacob and Sierra Club
By E.A. Barrera
Ever since a crowd of more than 400 people turned out on a Tuesday afternoon last January 31 to protest the SDG&E Powerlink project, opposition to the plan has steadily grown. SDG&E officials have not been able to win converts for their plan to build a massive power line from the Imperial Valley through Julian and Ramona that would service consumers as far west as Del Mar.


SDG&E Announces Route Options for the Sunrise Powerlink
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) have announced details of its proposed route for the Sunrise Powerlink.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Katrina Flores-Hurley
Katrina: su secuela y los hispanos
La secuela dejada por el huracán Katrina parece no tener fin. Después de casi ocho meses de ocurrido el desastre natural, los líderes comunitarios siguen enfrentando retos. Para las víctimas hispanas, la situación es especialmente preocupante.


La Columna de Doctora Luz
¿Cómo fomentar en nuestros hijos el respeto a los inmigrantes mexicanos?
Si en algún momento ha sido importante hablarle a nuestros hijos acerca de César Chávez, es ahora: en esta época anti-inmigrante. Nuestros hijos necesitan saber que César Chávez fue una persona que defendió los derechos de los inmigrantes mexicanos que viven en los Estados Unidos.

Math Field Day Shows That If You Can Divide, You Can Conquer
Math dynamo Rancho del Rey continued its winning streak at the Sweetwater District’s 6th Annual Math Field Day recently. Rancho del Rey’s 15-member team captured first place at the day-long event that brought together more than 200 students, parents and staff members from 10 of the district’s middle schools recently.

2006 Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute is currently accepting applications for the 2006 Ford CHLI Leadership Program. We are seeking eight highly-qualified university students to participate in our intensive six-week program, which will run from June 17 to July 29, 2006. Application deadline is Friday, April 14, 2006.


Editorials

Editorial:
Francine Busby for the 50th Congressional District
A special election for the 50th Congressional District will be held April 11 to fill the remaining term of Randy “Duke” Cunningham who resigned his seat in shame. The 50th is a decidedly Republican district reaching from the Coastal Cities of Encinitas, Del Mar and Carlsbad to the inland communities of Escondido, San Marcos and Rancho Santa Fe, the 50th District encompasses much of North County, as well as the San Diego neighborhoods of La Jolla, Clairemont, parts of Pacific Beach and the Community of University City. Republican registration in the district is at 45% to the Democrats 30%, which explains why there are 14 Republicans running for this seat. Two Democrats are in the race as is one Libertarian and one Independent candidate. If no candidate receives over 50% of the votes cast, a run-off election will be held with the top candidate from each party.


Commentary:
For Democrats it was a Question of Schools over Transportation
By Fabián Núñez, California State Assembly Speaker
When Gov. Schwarzenegger proposed a $68 billion borrowing plan earlier this year for education, transportation, levees, housing and more, Democrats said we would set aside partisan differences and work with the governor for the good of the people of California.


Comentario:
Para los Demócratas es Cuestión de las Escuelas Sobre el Transporte
Por Fabián Núñez, Vocero de la Asamblea del Estado de California
Cuando el gobernador Schwarzenegger presentó un plan de préstamos de 68 mil millones de dólares para la educación, transporte, diques, vivienda y más, los demócratas dijimos que íbamos a poner nuestras diferencias partidarias a un lado y trabajar con él para el bien de la gente de California.


Commentary:
Why Things are Falling Apart in Costa Mesa
Por Humberto Caspa
Costa Mesa is a microcosm of California. This costal city has become the epicenter of an immigration issue that threatens to divide our local communities and the nation. Costa Mesa also depicts a vivid portrayal of how radical anti-immigrant groups politicize local governments.


Commentary:
The Patriot Act and Attention Deficit Democracy
by James Bovard
The American political system failed when Congress and the media recently rolled over in favor of extending the most onerous provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. Despite stark evidence of both the law’s abuses and widespread popular opposition, Bush got a rubber-stamp extension of a law that has come to symbolize boundless government intrusions since 9/11.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS:
Chispas
according to our Gente from OTNC seems like the Chota is going back to their “Bad Old Days” when they went around beating up our Gente with clubs, night sticks and, now and then, “what the hell,” took pot shots at them with their armas!

Political Notes. . .
South Bay Forum Endorses Bob Filner 100%—over Vargas!
Latino Group says Filner has fought and delivered for San Diego South Bay area community!

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

Point of View:
Officious Starbuck conduct
By Al Carlos Hernandez
If the local pub is viewed as the place to wind down, then the local Starbucks or café is the place designated to amp up.


Impartirá la Famosa Cantante de Opera Edna Garabedian Magistral Clase de Canto en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
La famosa cantante de ópera Edna Garabedian, clasificada como mezzosoprano y contralto, impartirá a un grupo de estudiantes de canto y jóvenes cantantes de ópera tijuanenses, una magistral clase de canto, el próximo sábado 25 de marzo de las 9:00 am. a las 2:00 pm. en el Foro del Café Literario de la Casa de la Cultura Altamira, que se localiza en la ciudad de Tijuana, tomando la calle 4ta., al final de la rampa que sube a la colonia Altamira, se encuentra la antigua Escuela “Alvaro Obregón”, ahí se localiza la Casa de la Cultura.


Celebran el Día Mundial de la Poesía en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Dice el refrán que de músico, poeta y loco todos tenemos un poco, pero: ¿Realmente todos entendemos el contenido de este refrán? Estoy seguro de que sí lo entendemos. Dentro de este contexto existen tres palabras: músico, poeta y loco. Consideramos que la raíz indirecta de poeta, la segunda palabra de este grupo, lo es la poesía, porque sin la existencia de ésta el poeta no existe. Poesía es una palabra de raíces greco-latinas, “del latín poesis y del griego póiesis”, términos que traducidos al español actual, se interpreta como: “Expresión artística de la belleza por medio de la palabra, sujeta a medida y cadencia, de los que resulta el verso”, género literario que ya conocemos.


El arte de la colaboración
Art Rivas encontró mentes similares en “Walkout”
Por Jose Daniel Bort
El trabajo de un artista plástico es generalmente introspectivo. Partiendo de la propia experiencia, el creador es capaz de expresar a través de la representación (o imitación, si le preguntas a los griegos) en dos o tres dimensiones.


El nacimiento de “La Raza”
Edward James Olmos y Moctesuma Esparza recuentan los sucesos del ’68
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Concebida como una película entre amigos y sus hijos, Walkout demuestra ser una obra de amor para los cineastas involucrados en ella. Dirigida Edward James Olmos y producida por Moctesuma Esparza, la historia cuenta la lucha por la igualdad en las High Schools que un grupo de estudiantes enfrentaron hace casi cuarenta años.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Sevilla at Spring Feria Time
It’s April, and, if you’re an aficionado, you’re planning to head to Sevilla and the spring feria. Where else would anybody want to be?


Urrutia’s Improvement a Key for Eastlake
By John Philip Wyllie
If the Eastlake Titans are going to repeat this season as Metro League lacrosse champions, senior midfielder Jose Urrutia will no doubt be one of the major reasons. Urrutia has shown steady progress over the last three seasons, but 2006 could be his break-out year.


Guerra Wants to Go Out With a Bang
By John Philip Wyllie
Even though her Eastlake Titans won the Mesa League softball title a year ago, second baseman and pitcher Monica Guerra was not enthusiastic earlier this year about returning for her final year of Titan softball. Disagreements with last year’s coaching staff and a string of injuries including a broken ankle suggested that maybe it was time for her to hang up her cleats. Energized by an enthusiastic young coach (Aida Esquer) and a new coaching staff and relatively injury-free, Guerra has her competitive juices flowing once again.


BMW MetroSTEP Program Steers Hispanics Down the Road to Successful Careers as Automotive Technicians
Initiative Provides Opportunities while Addressing Industry Need for Skilled Service Technicians
San Diego native Gumecindo “Cindo” Ledesma thought he’d go into construction like his father, but in his last year of high school Cindo’s true calling was discovered in shop class, tinkering around with old autos. He moved on to work in a local body shop after high school, later trading that in to focus on his goal - working towards a technician title at Brecht BMW in San Diego.

Ford Mustang Convertible comes with a power folding soft top
By Bob Plunkett
A marine layer of fog on summer mornings along California’s coast fades by noon to glorious sunshine in blue-sky heaven tempered by cool ocean breezes. That warm sunlight shining down on Laguna Beach is the only cue we need to pop the electrified top on Mustang, Ford’s classic pony car, for some al fresco motoring down the PCH — Pacific Coast Highway. And it’s a push-button snap to lower the insulated cloth lid on a luxurious new convertible edition of Mustang. Rising from a rigid rear-wheel-drive (RWD) chassis with open-roof body, the Mustang Convertible comes with a five-bow z-fold soft top fitted with a broad rear window plus pillar-less quarter windows on flanks of the sleek and linear sheetmetal shell.


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