Volume XXIX Number 12 March 25, 2005

FrontPage Stories

Después del Viernes de Pasión Llega el Domingo de Resurrección

Por Pastor Luis García

Recientemente leía que en este tiempo la gente ha cambiado su percepcion en lo que es el pecado. Viendo la lista de “pecados capitales” y lo que ahora consideramos pecado, es evidente que estamos ahora viendo los síntomas y no las causas.

Cuando desestimamos el pecado y las consecuencias de este, comenzamos a permitir cosas en nuestras vidas que de principo parecen inofensivas pero luego se convierten en nuestros verdugos. Un caso muy común es la pornografía, que comienza con una simple curiosidad pero que se ha convertido en un producto de nefastas consecuencias para la sociedad entera.

Todos queremos vivir nuestras vidas y disfrutarlas lo mejor que podamos. Pero, ¿cuáles son las cosas que verdaderamente nos traen felicidad duradera? ¿Serán aquellas que satisfacen nuestras emociones y sentidos temporalmente? ¿O aquellas que hacen descansar el Espíritu?

“No nos dejes caer en tentación, más líbranos del mal” son las últimas dos frases del Padre Nuestro. El pedir a Dios que “no nos deje caer en tentación” es someter a Dios nuestros propósitos en la vida. Pero a la vez, inmediatamente reconocer que por nosotros mismos no podemos evitar el pecado, y por lo tanto necesitamos su intervención y así de nuevo depender de Dios. Debemos pedirle protección y sabiduría para rechazar no solo el mal, sino aquellas cosas que parecen buenas pero que nos llevan a lo negativo.

En esta semana santa que llegamos a recordar la Pasión de Jesús y posteriormente la Resurrección del Señor, si algo nos ha dejado este recorrido por el Padre Nuestro siento que es el recordar que como dijo Jesús, “la vana repetición de palabras” no convencen a Dios y yo pienso que ni a nosotros. El vivir una experiencia verdadera, de ser parte de la familia de Dios, nos invita a llevar una vida dependiendo de Dios. No titubeo en escribir, nos invita. Nadie está forzado a seguir el camino con Jesús, pero todos podemos disfrutar de esa dependencia del Dios Todopoderoso.

El ejemplo más grande lo dió Jesús. Siempre dependió de su Padre y a pesar del Viernes de Pasión, gracias a Dios, sabemos que llegó el Domingo de Resurrección y con ésta resurrección, la victoria sobre la muerte y el pecado. De manera que no busquemos el pecado ni la maldad sino la vida eterna por medio del Jesús resucitado.


Pilgrimage to Sacramento
By Isadora Malon
Whether it is by design or simply coincidence that Lobby Day in Sacramento fell within weeks of Cesar Chavez’s birthday, the impact of the trek to Sacramento from Logan Heights was no less providential for Octavio Presas and Angelo Montez. They are both students of the Cesar Chavez branch of San Diego Community College District’s Continuing Education program, and both are completing their high school diplomas through a Joint Diploma Program between San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Community College District. Octavio Presas has perfect attendance in the program, and Angelo Montez is an unofficial tutor in his classes, always willing to lend a hand to other students.


Palabras del Cónsul General de México en San Diego Luis Cabrera, en ocasión del 199 Aniversario del natalicio de Benito Juárez
Agradezco la asistencia de todos ustedes en respuesta al llamado que hizo el Consulado General de México en San Diego para celebrar el 199 aniversario del natalicio de Benito Juárez, un hombre clave en la construcción de México como nación independiente y soberana.

Mexico’s Benito Pablo Juárez Remembered as a Savior of the Common People of Mexico
By Daniel L. Muñoz, Sr.
During the month of March, the country of Mexico stops to remember one of the most important figures in the history of Mexico; the former President of Mexico; Benito Pablo Juárez. He was not a Spaniard nor a Mestizo but a Zapoteco Indian.



Stories

Semblanza:
El Invaluable Legado de Don Benito Juárez García “El Benemérito de las Américas” a los Mexicanos

Por: Paco Zavala
Todos los mexicanos nos sentimos orgullosos de contar con la existencia de un prócer en nuestra historia de la talla universal del Lic. Don Benito Juárez García, “El Benemérito de las Américas”, nacido un 21 de marzo de 1806, en éstas hermosas, pródigas y maravillosas tierras. Para la prosapia del suscrito es un mexicano de estatura universal sin discusión.


San Diego State University’s Department of Latin American Studies offers a Mixteco-language program.
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
San Diego’s North County is home to a large community of Mixtecos, immigrants from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Many of these Mixtecos speak little or no English, and even though they are immigrants from Mexico, they speak little or no Spanish, as well.


Cal State San Marcos Professors Launch Mixtec Medicine Exhibit
Calling on 15 years of bi-national research into the medicinal and cultural practices of the Mixtec people, two professors at California State University San Marcos will unveil a new exhibit, “Medicina Mixteca,” at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Sunday, April 10, 2005. The exhibit will open during a free family festival, 1 to 4 p.m., featuring Oaxacan food, entertainment and cultural exploration.


Lalo Guerrero: The Father of Chicano Music
(Editor’s Note: Lalo Guerrero, 88, died March 17, 2005 at a Rancho Mirage convalescent home after gradually declining health. Lalo’s son Mark wrote the following article a few months ago.)
By Mark Guerrero
After having written seven articles featuring Chicano musical artists, I think it’s about time I write about my dad, Chicano music legend Lalo Guerrero.

Who will be the next Miss National City?
By Adena Newbery
STUDENT INTERN
Last year, about this time of the year, 17 year old Morgan Leigh-Ann Hart entered the Miss National City pageant, with the support of her parents and the influence of her best friend Yvonne Torr-es. Yvonne was the former Miss National City 2003.


Drinking Margaritas may help children
By J.D. Hawk
America has a history of laughing in the face of life’s obstacles with relaxed optimism and unmatched bravado. So when money needs to raised for the education of Chula Vista’s children, the EastLake Educational Foundation (EEF) doesn’t necessarily plead for funds, they throw a party instead— Mexican fiesta style. “We wanted it to be relaxed and fun,” Miguel’s Cocina Manager Cassandra Kidwell said.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Una doble, por favor
En un acto verdaderamente inusitado, treinta mexicanos recuperaron su nacionalidad de origen en una ceremonia celebrada en el consulado de México en Nueva York.


Protegiendo a los turistas
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Para los sandieguinos es Spring Break, para los tijuanenses es Semana Santa, pero para todos significa un merecido descanso de la rutina, así como una oportunidad de visitar las playas y centros de descanso o visitar a familia y amigos del otro lado de la frontera.


Protecting the tourists
By Luis Alonso Pérez
For San Diegans its Spring Break, for tijuanenses its Semana Santa, but for everyone, it means taking a well deserved rest from the routine, as well as an opportunity to visit the beaches and recreation centers or maybe visiting family and friends on the other side of the border.


Cesar Chavez Day - March 31, 2005

Congressman Filner Honors the Legacy of César Chávez
Congressman Bob Filner recently introduced his “Si Se Puede” resolution that commemorates the spirit and legacy of César E. Chávez.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and remember a great American leader and hero, César Chávez. He was a husband, father, grandfather, labor organizer, community leader and symbol of the ongoing struggle for equal rights and equal opportunity.

César Chávez: An Ordinary Man With Extraordinary Vision
By Assemblywoman Shirley Horton
On March 28, Californians will commemorate César Chávez Day. It’s a day set aside to honor a principled and determined man who used his life experience to inspire and motivate change.


Pelosi co-auspicia medida para otorgarle a César Chávez Medalla Congresional de Oro
Washington, D.C. — La Líder Demócrata en la Cámara de Representantes Nancy Pelosi anunció hoy que ha co-auspiciado un proyecto de ley para otorgarle una Medalla Congresional de Oro al legendario líder de los derechos civiles César E. Chávez, póstumamente. La Líder Pelosi se une al Congresista Joe Baca (D-CA), el auspiciador original, y otros 87 congresistas que apoyan esta medida para conmemorar los logros de Chávez por la igualdad. La Medalla Congresional de Oro nunca ha sido otorgada a un hispano estadounidense.


Border Project Director to Speak at Opening Reception for César E. Chávez Celebration at UCSD
Attorney Claudia Smith, described by the international human rights organization Global Exchange as “one of the foremost authorities on issues concerning the U.S.-Mexico border control policies and practices,” will be the featured speaker at the opening reception for the César E. Chávez Celebration 2005 at the University of California San Diego.


Project New Village to Host 5th Annual César E. Chávez Tribute and Community Celebration
On Saturday, March 26, 2005, the Project New Village, resident planning committee in the community of Lincoln Park, will sponsor its fifth annual tribute to César Chávez, the venerable labor leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America.


Editorials

Editorial
He has Risen!
He has Risen! So it is said in the Gospel of John
(19-17} Jesus was led away, and carrying the cross by himself, went out to what is called the place of the Skull (in Hebrew; Golgotha). (18) There they crucified him...(19) Pilate had an inscription placed on the cross which read,


National City Spotlight:
Of Yards and Play Lands
By Ted Godshalk
With the price of gas as high as it now is, it seems very likely that the Sunday car cruise to the country is rapidly fading into memory. While the Southern California Auto Club projects many car trips will be taken by vacationers this summer, the Sunday drive to the mountains will be less a diversion for the average family in California. Last Sunday I thought I might couple my trip to the store with a drive around National City to see what is happening in the various neighborhoods. This drive used all of one gallon of gas and one hour of my time, yet it resulted in several new perspectives.


Comentario:
El Racismo en el Gobierno
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
El racismo recalcitrante está de vuelta. A medida que los Latinos colman vertiginosamente las ciudades californianas, desplazando gradualmente a las mayorías étnicas anglo-sajonas, filósofos de teorías socio-Darwinistas están utilizando la ignorancia y desesperación de los más afectados en estos grupos. La película American History X documentó lo sucedido en Venece Beach; lo mismo puede suceder en cualquier ciudad de San Diego. Lo cierto es que en Costa Mesa (Condado de Orange), estos demagogos de “sangre azul” ya se infiltraron en el gobierno local.


CALL TO ACTION AT MEMORIAL POOL
The City continues its rampage of vengeance against the Memorial Pool
By Katherine Lopez
As those of you know who read the article in La Prensa March 4, there are serious problems going on at Memorial Pool. The history briefly is that the City Aquatics Director, Marilyn Stern, undertook a series of actions against the parent volunteers and the children there that were clearly discriminatory. She did this in order to retaliate against them for seeking help because Ms. Stern was obstructing their access to a $5000 donation the city was supposed to be managing for them. Ms. Stern was angry that a member of the Park and Rec Board had intervened on their behalf with the City Manager’s office. With no authority, Ms. Stern ordered the children and the parents not to speak Spanish during practices and during swim meets. She refused to approve a design for the team shirts because it was too Mexican, and “We aren’t living in Mexico.” When the parents went ahead and paid for the shirts themselves, Ms. Stern ordered that no one could wear those shirts during official events. She threatened the team coach, Fernando Gonzalez, when she found that he had worn a shirt to the pool, and he was continually being written up and threatened that he “could lose his job over this.”


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
Peligro! Warning! Call to Action!
The domestic terrorist vigilante Minuteman Project has announced plans to apprehend Mexicans/Chicanos in Arizona at the U.S./Mexico border. [In] support and solidarity of Armando Navarro, coordinator of the National Alliance for Human Rights (NAHR), we submit the following letter:


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS:
Qué pasa with El Obispo Robert Brom denying John McCusker a Catholic Funeral just cause he is Gay and caters to the Gay community? Perhaps the Bishop forgets that if the church turns its back on all the Gays, there won’t be too many Priests around to say Mass! Este Indio thinks the Bishop struck out in order to show his flock that “he can be tough against Gays and Priests that molest little children.” Well, I hope so. But once they die its time to pray for God’s forgiveness. Aren’t we all sinners to one extent or another?


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


La ballena gris: visitante milenario de Baja California
Fotos y texto por Luis Alonso Pérez
Por siglos, los primeros pobladores de la península de Baja California observaban y admiraban a los gigantescos animales marinos, que año tras año visitaban sus mares para aparear o dar a luz a un crío, que años después volverá a sus costas para continuar con un ciclo milenario de vida.


Grey whales: a millenary visitor of Baja California
Photos and text by Luis Alonso Pérez
For centuries, the first settlers of the peninsula of Baja California observed and admired the gigantic marine animals, which year after year visited their seas to mate or give birth to a new creature, who years later will return to their coasts to continue with a millenary life cycle.


“The Airfield Site: 9,000 years ago in Carlsbad”
The San Diego Archaeological Center, with a generous grant from Union Bank of California, has researched, designed and installed an interpretive exhibit that documents life in Carlsbad nearly 9,000 years ago based on the artifacts uncovered. This exhibit can be seen April 1 through the end of May, 2005.


“The Odd Couple” is hilarious
By Paola Hornbuckle
For theatre goers that want to be charmed by Neil Simon’s quaint play “The Odd Couple” the female version, Chula Vista’s Onstage Playhouse won’t disappoint with their version of this classic. This entertaining version of the “Odd Couple” but with a female Olive instead of an Oscar, and a female Florence instead of a Felix demonstrates that the clash between sloppiness and neuroticism can just as easily amuse with female characters.

Lifetime Promise?
By Rick Byrne
If you’re retired and your former company is paying all or part of your health benefits-coverage you think you’ll have for life-then you might want to dig out your old paperwork, put on your glasses (while you can still afford them) and read the fine print. Why? It may depend on what your definition of lifetime is. More and more retirees are finding themselves in court to save the health benefits they thought they were promised. And, judging by the decisions returned in a spate of cases, fine print trumps all.


VAMOS AL CINE
Ashton quiere que lo dejen solo
El actor está demasiado ocupado como para leer tabloides de su vida
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Ahston Kutcher es quizá uno de los seres humanos más fotografiados del planeta durante los siete años que ha durado su carrera artística. Conocido como el alto guapetón cerebro de burbuja “Kelso” en la serie de TV That 70’s show, el actor ha sabido escalar posiciones en la dura experiencia de ser veinteañero y a punto de “explotar” en Hollywood.


Espectáculo alude efectos del narco en cultura mexicana
Lux Boreal estrena en abril Flor de siete hojas
Tijuana (Armando Cáceda) — Lux Boreal Danza Contemporánea anuncia que el próximo mes de abril realizará en tres ciudades del estado de Baja California las primeras presentaciones de su nuevo espectáculo titulado Flor de siete hojas, con alusiones a los efectos del narcotráfico en la cultura mexicana.


Música Latinoamericana de Concierto con la Orquesta de Baja California
Por: Paco Zavala
Con el propósito de celebrar dignamente su XV Aniversario de haber sido fundada la Orquesta de Baja California, ha organizado una serie de conciertos y otros eventos musicales para el presente año, para que éstas celebraciones se realicen en un marco festivo como corresponde a una organización de ésta importancia.

Federer and Clijsters Victorious at Pacific Life Open
By J. Fred Sidhu
The sport of tennis is alive and well.


Clijsters Stages Amazing Comeback
For most of the last 12 months, Belgium’s Kim Clijsters has been sidelined with a wrist injury. The former number-one player in the world had seen her ranking fall to 133.

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