Volume XXVI Number 19 May 10, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Especial de Día de las Madres

Por Claudia Hernandez

Exhorto a todos los hijos que tengan la fortuna de tener a su madre a su lado, que la vivan todos los segundos, todos los minutos y toda la eternidad.

No la vuelvan parte de la costumbre, ni del mobilario de su casa, ni de un día al año, ni la conviertan en depósito de mermas. Dénle más que regalos o pretextos, aprendamos a Ser hombres y mujeres amorosos, es decir, vivir, ser y ejecutar el amor en armonía y equilibrio. Regálenle hijos congruentes, hijos distintos, hijos que viven a través del primer motor, el amor, regálenle hijos conscientes de sí mismos y con aprecio por la sabiduría.

Seamos ante todo dueños de nuestro Ser y regalémosle esta plenitud. Seamos este día de las madres su mejor regalo.

Y para contribuir de una manera distinta quiero regalarle a todas las que tenemos la fortuna de ser madres las siguientes líneas:

“Sombras”

Soy el eco de tus ojos
soy el silencio de tus sueños
soy el alma de tus secretos
soy el paño de tus deseos
soy e ancle de tus pensamientos
soy de ti, de él, de todos y de nadie
soy esta que a veces seria
soy ella a quien he conocido
soy del Universo y no soy.

Soy tu mamá...

Soy y me olvido de lo que sería....

Soy concepto
son rincón
soy silencio
soy mamá.

Soy apoyo
soy pretexto
soy, efímero momento.

No soy un día
no soy un regalo
no soy un momento
soy, soy tu mamá.

No soy un Ser extraño, alógeno e inerte, soy Claudia, soy mamá y soy mujer.

Soy aquí y ahora
soy mañana y siempre
soy en tí, en mí
y seré a través de tus ojos.

Soy, eres, somos madres.


Sherman Charter Petition Faces Questionable Opposition
By Yvette tenBerge
The strength of the Sherman Heights community lies in its ability to unite and fight for the rights of its children, but a two-month-long, administration-backed movement to stop Sherman Elementary School from converting into a science and technology-focused charter school appears, at least on paper, to be tearing the community apart.

La Petición de Autonomía de la Escuela Sherman Se Enfrenta a Una Oposición Cuestionable
By Yvette tenBerge
La fuerza de la comunidad Sherman Heights se basa en su habilidad de unión y lucha a favor de los derechos de sus niños, pero un movimiento administrativo-apoyado para detener a la Sherman Elementary School de convertirse en una escuela autónoma enfocada en la ciencia y tecnología ha aparecido, por lo menos en papel, lo cual está dividiendo a la comunidad.

New, Two-Headed INS Must Face U.S. Need For Immigrants
By Behrouz Saba
The old Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) suffered from a split personality, helping immigrants with services while intimidating them through law enforcement. In April the House voted overwhelmingly to abolish the old INS and split it into two good-cop, bad-cop bureaus. But unless Americans face the contradictions at the heart of our immigration policy — we want immigrants for their cheap labor, but blame them for problems that arise from inviting a vast underclass to an affluent society — the new entities won’t work any better.

Stories

Dr. Cristina Gómez: A Phenomenal Mother
By Remigia Amparo Bermúdez
Cristina Gómez is and will always be a phenomenal mother and phenomenal human being. Last month, Dr. Cristina Gómez, Ed.D., SDSU professor of B-CLAD Bilingual Teaching Credential and Master of Arts programs, passed on, leaving a legacy within each one of us who had the privilege to know her as a friend, family member and/or professional colleague (adults, children, educators and academicians).

Twelfth “Festejando a las Madrecitas” Celebrates Mother’s Day in the Latino Tradition
On Sunday, May 12, the community of Carlsbad hosts the 12th annual Festejando a las Madrecitas, (Festival of Beloved Mothers) celebrating Mother’s Day through the arts. The event is free and takes place in Holiday Park, on Pio Pico Avenue between Carlsbad Village Drive and Chestnut Avenue.

¡Ese Angel!
Refiere una antigua leyenda que un niño próximo a nacer, le dijo a Dios:

- Me vas a enviar mañana a la tierra, pero ¿Cómo viviré allá, siendo tan pequeño y tan débil?

Greenhouse Spa Makes Quality Pampering Affordable
By Yvette tenBerge
There are few things as relaxing as a good massage or facial, but the prices that most spas charge have typically kept these services out of reach for the average person. With its unusual tiered pricing system and Mother’s Day specials throughout the month of May, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon Mastery Center, located at 2523 Fourth Avenue, aims to change all of this by making these luxuries affordable.

Partido Republicano Anuncia Programa de Television en Español Como Parte de Estrategia Nacional Para Ganar el Voto Hispano
WASHINGTON – En un esfuerzo sin precedentes por un partido político nacional, el Comité Nacional Republicano (CNR) anunció el lunes el lanzamiento de un nuevo programa de televisión en español. “Abriendo Caminos” informará a la comunidad hispana sobre importantes temas políticos y sobre las iniciativas de la Administración Bush que afectan directamente sus vidas. “Abriendo Caminos” debutará el lunes, 20 de mayo, y será transmitido por las estaciones locales de Telemundo y Univisión en seis mercados estadounidenses.

RNC Launches Spanish-Language TV Show
WASHINGTON - In an unprecedented effort by a national political party, the Republican National Committee (RNC) today announced the launch of a Spanish-language television news magazine. Abriendo Caminos (Forging New Paths) will inform the Hispanic community about important political issues and Bush Aadministration initiatives that directly affect their lives. Abriendo Caminos will debut on Monday, May 20th, and will initially air on Telemundo and Univisión stations in six U.S. markets.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Elbio Rodríguez Barilari
La ley golpea a la puerta de la Iglesia
El escándalo de los sacerdotes que han abusado de menores, o que han cometido otro tipo de faltas en relación a sus fieles y a sus votos de castidad, no está siendo manejado de una manera tranquilizadora.

La Prensa San Diego Recognized by CTA
The California Teachers Association informed La Prensa San Diego that it was a WINNER of a John Swett Award for Media Excellence in the category of Weekly/Individual/Continuous Coverage. The John Swett Award is the highest honor the California Teachers Association can bestow upon media professionals for excellence in Education reporting.

Lilia Mojica Joins Springboard as Southern Area Manager
RIVERSIDE - Springboard is pleased to announce the addition of Lilia Mojica as southern area manager for the non-profit consumer credit management organization.

Conference Continues Discussion of Education Concerns for Border Region
Two education professors at California State University San Marcos believe the delivery of education to young Mexican immigrants new to the United States may be damaged because of a lack of knowledge and understanding about differences between school systems in the two nations.

Huesos Fuertes, Familia Saludable (Strong Bones, Healthy Family) Campaign Launched to Address Rising Osteoporosis Rates
Kicking off National Osteoporosis Awareness Month, public health officials launched Huesos Fuertes, Familia Saludable (Strong Bones, Healthy Family). The campaign is designed to help prevent osteoporosis among Spanish-speaking Latino families. The campaign is in its second year, building on the success of the pilot project completed last year. In addition to targeting Escondido, the campaign is being instituted in Fresno, San Bernardino, and Santa Ana. The four-month campaign will end in August.

La Tuberculosis No Discrimina
Los inmigrantes y los trabajadores migratorios son dos de los grupos que corren un riesgo mayor de contraer tuberculosis en los Estados Unidos. A pesar de que por décadas el número de casos de tuberculosis ha venido disminuyendo al mejorar las condiciones socioeconómicas y de higiene, se estima que una tercera parte de la población mundial está infectada con el  virus de esta enfermedad.

Ericka Montes de Oca Bienvenida a La Prensa San Diego
El Departamento de Publicidad y Mercadotecnia de La Prensa San Diego, le dá la bienvenida a Ericka Montes de Oca, recién graduada de la Universidad Iberoamericana Noroeste donde estudió la carrera de Comunicación. Daniel Muñoz, Director de La Prensa San Diego dijo: “Nos es muy grato que Ericka se una a nuestro equipo de trabajo; su objetivo es el incorporar el mercado de Tijuana e incrementar las ventas al negocio mexicano. También difundir estos productos y servicios al sector latino que se encuentra en la Frontera Norte.

City of San Diego Refuse Collector Names Best Driver on American Continent
Enrique Rojas is a City sanitation collector with an accident-free driving record. He was named “2002 Driver of the Year” in March by Environmental Industry Association (EIA) following an international competition of solid waste haulers. The yearly award presented by EIA recognizes the best waste and recycling drivers in United States, Canada, and Mexico. EIA is located in Washington, D.C. and represents the waste hauling industry.

Community Notes:
Students, Policymakers to Discuss Substance Abuse
With a national report showing that half a million college students are injured in alcohol-related accidents each year, strengthening ties with institutions of higher learning is a top goal of a conference that links professional and community partners throughout San Diego County.

Cal State San Marcos Students Partner With City of Escondido for Community Resource Faire May 11
On Saturday, May 11, Escondido residents will have the opportunity to learn more about their community and what it can offer them during the We Love Children and Families! Escondido Civic Faire, being hosted by the City of Escondido and Cal State San Marcos from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Grape Day Park at 321 North Broadway. The university’s involvement in the event is sponsored in part by a Cesar Chavez Service and Learning Grant from the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerims (GO SERV).

Editorials
Editorial
Padre Stadium Bonds on Shaky Ground?
There are a few nagging questions that have been begging for answers since the story broke on the crash of Peregrine Systems. These are questions that a publisher or editor should normally be able to ask the mayor, or members of the City Council in person. However, being that these folks seem only to be able to communicate with the Union-Tribune, the editorial board of La Prensa San Diego is forced to have to ask them questions in its editorial pages. Of course, they have been a fairly good “bully-pulpit” by puncturing the thin skins of some so-called leaders in the San Diego community. Former Mayors Roger Hedgecock, Susan Golding and Pete Wilson, along with assorted sheriffs, police chiefs and a politician or two can attest to that fact.

Commentary
Memo to Catholics: Stop Playing Defense!
by Anthony DeStefano
As a lay person who has worked closely with the clergy for over a decade, and who has seen first-hand how heroically selfless and self-sacrificing our Roman Catholic priests truly are, I have some advice for the beleaguered Catholic faithful of this country: Stop playing defense!

Commentary
The Ultimate Worthlessness of Cinco de Mayo
by Gustavo Arellano
Cinco de Mayo is worthless. There, I said it.

The Public Forum -- El Foro Publico
Órale gente at La Prensa- San Diego
Tezzy, I’ve noticed that you’ve passed the pipe homes, and the new smoker knows how to work the smokes screens of society. Muy bien ese.

Tezozomoc Speaks...
Cuidado! Chicano Park’s under attack. Either that, or they just don’t like our art! Orale no se aguite… Some of the ModArt of the Euros leaves me sin ganas to see it again. I love Chicano art. Never forget the trip David Avalos laid on the gringos. He hung a hubcap on the walls of the prestigious La Jolla Art Museum. They loved it!! Thought it was so “Art Deco! Whatever does it gente. Arte is in the eyes of the beholder! No se dejen Gente y no se vendan!! A todo dar!

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

Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility
Entrevista con Patricia Santana

Por Claudia Hernandez
Memorias jalisciences pintan su ingenio, aromas y sabores sesenteros testifican a través de sus letras, Patria Santana, un delicioso recorrido lunar por el mar de inspiración que nos brinda su novela.

El Buque Fantasma y Richard Wagner
Por: Paco Zavala
Richard Wagner a los veintidos años de edad compró una gruesa libreta para usarla como su diario, pensando que tal vez más tarde podría escribir una autobiografía. Por esa época ya incursionaba en el mundo de la ópera sin éxito, pero él ya sabía que tenía una cita con el destino y además de que con el tiempo se convertiría en un músico inmortal. Wagner decía que el era el músico más grande que jamás haya existido y uno de los mayores poetas, dramaturgos e intelectuales de su generación.

Bilingual Theatre Presented by Carlos von Son CSUSM Professor
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotarian, Mike Wischkaemper, introduced Carlos von Son, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of World Languages and Hispanic Literatures, Humanities College of Arts & Science at California State University at San Marcos to the Rotarian’s at a campus meeting. The professor, from Santa Cruz, a small village in Mexico, spoke about Mexican literature and his first play “Dona Cariba.” The play is an anthology of essays dealing with the minorities in North America. Delta M. Collins and the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary gave a $250.00 grant toward the play’s production.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Este día, 10 de mayo, todo México celebra “El Día de las Madres”. En este día tan grandioso y significativo para los mexicanos, se celebra iniciando las festividades, amenizando a nuestras progenitoras con la entonación de las tradicionales mañanitas, entonando este canto popular durante toda la noche o al reventar el alba, acompañandolas con guitarras, mariachis, voces y una cauda interminable de interpretaciones, también se organizan un sinfín de festividades y agasajos en todos los niveles, tanto oficiales como en el seno familiar. Muchas Felicidades a todas las madrecitas del mundo.

Calendar of Events . . .
by Berenice Cisneros
Filipino Cultural Exhibit
Beautiful and colorful Filipino arts and crafts are now on display throughout the Oceanside Public Library, including woodcarvings, lovely traditional clothing, dolls, and other decorative objects. The exhibits are located are located on both floors of the Civic Center Library as well as the Mission Branch. They will be on display throughout June 15.

Aztecs Depend On Corona for Clout
By John Philip Wyllie
San Diego State baseball fans know that when they hear the familiar strains of Santana’s “Oye Como Va?” blaring through the stadium P.A. system it can only mean one thing: Aztec home run leader, Chad Corona is coming up to the plate.

Gerardo Hoping to Make More of an Impact in WUSA
By John Philip Wyllie
Of the handful of Mexican-American players plying their trade in the new WUSA or women’s professional soccer league, Southern California’s Monica Gerardo, who had a goal and an assist in last week-end’s 3-0 rout of the San Diego Spirit, has probably been the most successful.

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