Volume XXV Number 18 May 4, 2001

FrontPage Stories

Re-enactors Celebrate Cinco With A Bang

By Yvette tenBerge

The quaint streets of Old Town, the birthplace of San Diego, are packed tightly each year with hundreds of thousands of people who are eager to participate in its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. Between May 4th and May 6th, families come to make their way through its scenic streets and wander through its historic buildings, most of which were built in the early 1800s. Couples come to catch an ear-full of the live mariachi music that is showcased on Old Town's many stages, and throngs of college students make their pilgrimage in search of the biggest and best margarita or for a taste of the freshest and most authentic Mexican food.

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Cinco de Mayo!
Events! Schedules! Programs!

New Vision for Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo 2001:
A Celebration of History, Art, commerce and Culture

Celebran el Cinco de Mayo en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
El H. Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, por medio del Departamento de Acción Cívica que preside el Sr. Sergio Dodero, anuncia las actividades correspondientes a la celebración de un aniversario más del Cinco de Mayo, fecha solemne en la que las armas nacionales se cubrieron de gloria al derrotar en este día del año de 1862 al ejército más poderoso del mundo en aquella época, al Ejército Francés.

Chairman of the Port Commission Keeps Watch Over Imperial Beach
By Yvette tenBerge
Residents of, and visitors to, Imperial Beach know all about the metamorphosis that this small, coastal community has undergone in the past few years. Many people who do not frequent the area may still know it as the "place with dirty water" due to the amount of contamination that often spills into it's ocean from Tijuana; however, the community has made, and is still in the process of making, vast improvements.

Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante Sues to Stem Energy Crisis, Accuses Energy Cartel of
Illegal Price-Fixing
Sacramento — Lt. Governor Cruz M. Bustamante filed a civil lawsuit against a cartel of five out-of-state power generators, alleging they have systematically engaged in a price-fixing conspiracy to manipulate California's electricity market to "extract" unlawful profits that are draining the state's treasure.

The Labor Movement, Best Hope for Immigrants
By David Bacon
OAKLAND, CA
— "For immigrants to build a better future, they need to build a union," says Eliseo Medina, an immigrant from Zacatecas who became a leading organizer for the United Farm Workers, and now serves as executive vice-president of the Service Employees union. "But I am also convinced that as the labor movement is the best hope for immigrants, so are immigrants the best hope of the labor movement."

Noticias de México...
Ofrecen recompensa
Reconoce Paulina otro violador
Paulina Jacinto reconoció por primera vez que existe un segundo violador, por lo que su defensa instará al Ministerio Público para que investigue al respecto. Esta es la primera ocasión en que la menor reconoce públicamente la existencia de un segundo sujeto, aunque ya en una ocasión su abogada, Socorro Maya Quevedo, había sostenido esta posibilidad.

Stories

Police Captain Arrests Stereotypes
By Liz Harman
A San Diego police captain who uses a graduate degree to help make San Diego a safer place and has dedicated his life to breaking down ethnic and racial stereotypes will be honored by the University of San Diego May 12.

Moreno Named First Runner Up in National Outstanding Law Student of 2000
Daniel Moreno, Jr., a December 2000 graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, has been named the first runner up for the national Outstanding Law Student of 2000 Award by the editors of Who's Who: American Law Students.

Sweetwater District's Waterfront Academy Receives Regional Business Award
The Waterfront Academy—which allows Sweetwater district seniors to complete their education at the NASSCO shipyard—has been recognized as an innovative program.

El Presidente chileno Ricardo Lagos inaugura la Capital Americana de la Cultura
Iquique 2001
Este lunes, día 30 de abril por la tarde, el Presidente de la República de Chile, Excelentísimo Señor Ricardo Lagos, ha inaugurado solemnemente la Capital Americana de la Cultura Iquique 2001. El Acto ha contado con la presencia de las más altas autoridades de la ciudad, región y país, encabezada por el Alcalde de Iquique, Jorge Soria, y, también, con la presencia del Presidente de la OING Capital Americana de la Cultura, Xavier Tudela.

Education Tax Credits Could Help 2.3 Million Students Escape Failing Public
Schools
WASHINGTON
—A proposal to let Americans subtract $500 from their federal income tax bills if the money goes toward private school tuition would help an estimated 2.3 million children escape failing public schools and save states $14 billion, according to a Cato Institute study.

International Community Foundation to Celebrate Children and Families in Baja
California by Granting Over $50,000 to Nonprofits
The International Community Foundation (ICF) will celebrate children and families by granting over $50,000 to non-profit organizations in Baja California that provide services to children. The grants will be presented during a ceremony at Ecoparque in Tijuana, México on Tuesday May 8.

TV Networks "Family Hour" Has Least Diverse Prime Time Programming
Latino population six times greater in real life than on TV
Oakland, Ca. — A new study on the current television season finds that the 8 to 9 o'clock "family hours," when children are most likely to be watching contains the least racially diverse programming in all of prime time.

Strategic Research Institute Presents - The Mexico Entrepreneur & Venture
Capital Summit 2001: Exploring Opportunities for Private Equity Investments in
Mexico's High Growth Industries
Fueled by competitiveness to acquire or start new companies in North America, foreign direct investment in Mexico in 1999 was $11.57 billion!

Middle School MAST Academy Students Place 3rd
In Robotics Competition with L.A.-Area Students
A team of North County middle school students, competing against Los Angeles-area high school and middle school students, placed third Sunday in a robotics competition at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

El Departamento Estatal de Salud Pública un Alerta Acerca de Ciertos Dulces que
Están Contaminados de Plomo
Sacramento — Diana M. Bontá, R.N., Dr. P.H., Directora del Departamento Estatal de Servicios de Salud, advierte a los consumidores de evitar comer pirulis de tamarindo de la marca Dulmex Bolirindo porque la envoltura de este producto contiene altos niveles de plomo. Este producto es manufacturado en México.

U.S. Bank Provides $30,000 To Assist Schools With Arts Education Grant; San
Diego kids appreciate the arts
With 58 banners hanging along Broadway during April, it was easy to see U.S. Bank's support of the local arts community and San Diego's largest local arts festival - ArtWalk. However, not so obvious was the grant that U.S. Bank provided to one of the non-profit beneficiaries of ArtWalk, the Institute for Arts Education.

Paradise Valley Hospital Funds SDSU Professorship to Help The Nursing Shortage
Paradise Valley Hospital (PVH) has joined SDSU School of Nursing by funding the Nurses Now partnership.

Anuncian Festival para Celebrar el Día de las Madres.
Por Paco Zavala
La Casa de la Cultura de Tijuana-Altamira y el Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura, anuncian un grandioso festival para Celebrar el Día de las Madres en sus instalaciones, sitas en la colonia Altamira.

Community Notes:
Sister-to-Sister Summit
On Saturday, May 12th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Community Coalition for Girls will hold San Diego's first Sister-to-Sister Summit at National City Middle School. The Summit is a special conference for girls in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades from throughout San Diego County. The program will give the students an opportunity to discuss issues central to their learning but not normally addressed in the school curricula.

Visiones Realizadas — Visions Realized
— A bilingual, faith-based, conference on economic and community development, is launched by Hispanic leaders—
Los Angeles — On Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, 2001, at the Radisson Wilshire Plaza, over 400 faith-based organization representatives from Southern California will address the economic challenges of the communities they serve by launching a bilingual conference on economic and community development for Hispanic leaders. Lisa Treviño Cummins, Associate Director, The White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives will be keynote speaker of this conference entitled Visiones Realizadas/Visions Realized.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
Un Gran Placer Conocerlos
No nos debe sorprender que a veces las fiestas de fin de año provoquen emociones extremas en el ser humano. Nos entusiasmamos con expectativas, pero luego nos desilusionamos cuando vemos que esas expectativas tienen muy pocas posibilidades.

Editorials

Editorial
Immigrants BUSH-WHACKED Again
The George W. Bush administration, showing signs of the Trent Lott influence, backed away from the task of reforming the way we do business on our borders. Given an opportunity to bring a much-needed change to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, President George W. Bush chose to cop-out. Rather than confront entrenched interests that are served by having an inefficient and incompetent INS, Bush decided to do nothing.

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
Benny Flores, Man Armed Only With Scissors, Killed By Police
My name is Patricia Blinn and I am the niece of GABINO BENJAMIN FLORES; his friends and family called him "Benny" or "Chito"—I simply called him "Tio".

TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
¡VIVA EL CINCO DE MAYO!...
La Prensa San Diego con mucho orgullo (with great pride) joins in the annual celebration of El Cinco de Mayo.

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

La Fundación Bilingüe de las Artes Celebra "Olé! Las Artes"
El día jueves 17 de Mayo la Fundación Bilingüe de las Artes llevará acabo su cena de gala anual que este año lleva por título "¡Olé! Las Artes". Dicha cena tomará lugar en el hermoso Hotel Milennium Biltmore, ubicado en el 506 South Grand Avenue en el centro de Los Angeles. Por más de 20 años, este emocionante y elegante evento ha reunido a líderes del mundo corporativo, las artes y el gobierno para celebrar la riqueza de nuestra herencia Hispana que es una gran parte de la comunidad de Los Angeles.

The Brilliance of Beethoven, With Gustavo Romero
With the success of our last two summer music festivals still resounding in listeners' ears, it's time for an encore! Pianist Gustavo Romero, San Diego's native son, returns to perform a four-concert Beethoven festival in commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the composer's death. The concerts, on four Sundays in July, will again take place at The Neurosciences Institute.

Ven a pintar con nosotros
Por Paco Zavala.
El sabado 28 del próximo pasado mes de abril a partir de las 9.00 de la mañana en la explanada del CECUT hubo un festival infantil en el que hubo Concursos, rifas, dulces y juguetes todo, toditito gratis para los reyes del hogar, los niños.

Super Bowl of Mariachis Shakes Up Pay-per-view
With a remarkable 51% share of the U.S. market, Mexican regional music rules the Latin music genre. Rodri J. Rodriguez knows this and will be banking on it come May 5th. This gutsy Latina took a leap of faith twelve years ago and created what most considered an impossibility. She proved that naysayers wrong and presented, before a sold out crowd of 18,000, the first mariachi music festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

X X Por el Mundo de la Música X X
Por Paco Zavala
José Julian se encamina en busca de su destino
José Julian, joven intérprete del género ranchero, lanza al mercado su producción discográfica "Corazón Alerta" y otros temas.

Julio Iglesias Honored as LARAS Person of the Year
Gala Tribute Benefits the Latin Recording Academy and its Outreach Programs
Santa Monica — International recording legend Julio Iglesias will be honored as the 2001 Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Person Of The Year, it was announced by Michael Greene, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy.

Fifth Anniversary Urbanworld Film Festival
May 18 is deadline for high school poetry contest

Calendar of Events...
"Nahuatl Visions"
A rich variety of carvings from Central Mexico are being shown at Back from Tomboctou Gallery at 3564 Adams Avenue.

Bullfight World...
by Lyn Sherwood
Rafael Giron Dies in Venezuela
Rafael Girón, the last of the original dynasty of the Giron bullfighting brothers, has died in Maracay, Venezuela, only two weeks after suffering a devastating stroke.

Spirit's Cinco de Mayo Match Sold-Out
John Philip Wyllie
Good luck trying to find a ticket for this weekend's sold out San Diego Spirit soccer match at USD's Torero Stadium.

Free Tennis Lesson Available at Over 30 San Diego Locations
The Free Tennis Lesson Blitz has arrived in San Diego!Beginning Tomorrow, Saturday, May 5 through May 20, over 30 tennis facilities in San Diego County will offer the Free Lesson Blitz, consisting of a free 90-minute tennis lesson, to beginners and former players returning to the sport.

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