Volume XXV Number 19 May 11, 2001

FrontPage Stories

Happy Mothers Day

Jessica Marie Marquez (12) and her mother Lupe Marquez of National City. Jessica shares a poem she has written about her mother.
“A mother like you must be the dearest of all God’s creations. I can’t think of anything as sweet as your love, or as precious as you. I love you so much. I am so thankful for the gift of a mother like you. It would be nice if I had an extra special message for you, something never said before to express how much I love you and appreciate you. But the best message I could say is thank you for caring so much about me and for being a part of my life. I thank God for this gift to me. The gift of you.”


Teresa Quezada (28) and her daughter Stephanie Quezada (8). Stephanie attends Central Elementary School in Imperial Beach.
“I love when my mommy makes me ‘espagetti’ and when she gets me snacks like Oreo cookies and sour bubble gum. This Mother’s Day I’m going to get her a nice present and say that I love her too much because she has taken care of me a lot. My mommy likes angels, and my grandma told me about a little angel that costs one dollar and something. I have one dollar and something, so I will surprise her with this.”

Maria Sanchez and her sons Manuel Sanchez (10) and Jorge Amparo (5). Manuel attends Sherman Elementary School in Barrio Logan.
“I love when my mom makes me sopa de queso and mole. For Mother’s Day we’ll make chiles rellenos together. I will help her wash and cut the lettuce. We wish all mothers peace and good luck on this day and all year.”


School Board Member John de Beck Outraged Over Removal of San Diego
High Principal

From the Office of John de Beck
San Diego school superintendent Alan Bersin and Chancellor for Instruction Tony Alvarado, abruptly removed long-time district principal Tony Alfaro from his leadership position at San Diego High School. According to School Board Member, John de Beck, the immediate buyout was a complete surprise and was never discussed with the school board in an official meeting. The board met on May 8th, but San Diego High School governance team members were not notified until May 7th that Alfaro would be removed by May 9th.

Analysis
Labor Fights For Immigrants
By David Bacon
OAKLAND, CA
- Even though she was working 40 hours a week at the Valencia St. Travelodge in San Francisco, Matilda (last name withheld), who moved to the US from Mexico a decade ago, couldn't afford to clothe her four children. "First I go to churches where they give clothes and food away," she said. "When school begins, we get pencils and books from the Salvation Army. If it wasn't for this kind of help, we couldn't live in San Francisco."

Anthony D. Romero es el Nuevo Director Ejecutivo de la ACLU; El Primer Latino
en Dirigir el Principal Grupo Pro Libertades Civiles

La Junta Directiva Nacional de la Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles (ACLU, por sus siglas en inglés) votó unánimemente este fin de semana para designar a Anthony D. Romero, ejecutivo de la Fundación Ford y abogado de intereses públicos, como el sexto director ejecutivo en los 81 años de vida de la institución.

Program Changes Health of Latino Community One Vida At A Time
By Yvette tenBerge
Carmen Gonzalez* (name changed to protect privacy) starts this Tuesday morning as she does most mornings. She rises to make the eggs and oatmeal for her family's breakfast and sets the cereal boxes, low-fat milk and orange juice on the table. Her husband and the two of her six grown children who still live at home sit at the small kitchen table and quickly consume their meals in order to make room for the grandchildren. As usual, Ms. Gonzalez eats standing. As the small house empties, she clears the table and wipes down its red and white checked, plastic table cloth. She washes the dishes and sets them on a towel on the counter to dry.

Noticias de México...
Detallan operaciones de narcotráfico
Exhibe Páez cómplices
Autoridades policiacas de Estados Unidos identificaron a 20 cómplices, algunos de ellos estadounidenses, del presunto narcotraficante del cártel de los hermanos Arellano Félix, Everardo Arturo Páez Martínez, "Kitty Páez", quien fue extraditado el viernes a San Diego, California.

Stories

Dedicado a la fabricación de guitarras
Por: Paco Zavala.
Por el antiguo camino a Ensenada, un poco adelante del Motel La Sierra, antes de llegar al siguiente semáforo, encontramos el número 3415 del ahora Boulevard Cuauhtemoc, un pequeño recinto en el que se encuentra instalada la fábrica de guitarras del maestro Luis Alberto Sevillano, quien se ha dedicado a estos menesteres por un promedio de 37 años.

Tijuana's Ecoparque: Decentralized Water Treatment and Water Reuse
by Greg Bloom
Tijuana is a city of steep, close hills and hills make centralized wastewater treatment plants expensive and large consumers of energy as sewage must be pumped over hill after hill until it reaches a large, often foul-smelling treatment plant that can cost close to US $1 billion to build. Many of Tijuana's hills are also crowded with homes or are covered in grasses that are brown much of the year. Other hills show signs of severe erosion or scars where they were cut into so as to create level building sites.

$2.99 Million Grant From The California Endowment Completes Funding for
Unprecedented California Health Interview Survey
A $2,99 million grant from The California Endowment, the state's largest health foundation, completes the funding for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), an unprecedented assessment of the health needs of the state's ethnically and geographically diverse population.

El Comité Nacional Demócrata Lanza Nuevo Anuncio en la Televisión Hispana
Washington, DC — El Presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata (DNC), Terry McAuliffe anunció la semana pasada el lanzamiento de una campaña de $80,000 en la televisión hispana en las cadenas Univisión y Telemundo para asegurarse de que la comunidad Latina en la nación esté informada sobre las malas decisiones que el Presidente George W. Bush ha hecho durante sus primeros cien días como presidente. El nuevo anuncio representa la primera vez que el partido demócrata ha invertido en anuncios en Español durante un año de no elección.

Para Francisco Guerrero, Una Herida en la Médula Espinal se Convierte en un
Beneficio Personal
Haber quedado paralítico después de un balazo en la espalda fue solo el comienzo de los problemas de Francisco "Franky" Guerrero— ¡y el principio de su salvación!

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
El Amor y Mucho Más
Ya pasaron 25 años de la boda de Colleen y Jack. Aún recuerdo ese tremendo amor que los unía; eran ese tipo de pareja que uno sabía que lo lograrían todo en la vida. Y por algunos años así fue. Jack era un brillante profesional en la bolsa de valores de Wall Street. Colleen era el ama de casa perfecta, y al poco tiempo también la madre perfecta. Tuvieron cinco hijos--por supuesto, cinco niños ejemplares. Era una hermosa familia. Con dinero, amor, con unos niños maravillosos. Una familia muy estimada en la comunidad.

Symposium Exploring the Dynamics of Crossing Borders to be Presented May 25
in the Price Center at UC San Diego
A symposium exploring the ways our static and changing artistic, conceptual and social projects reflect and shape cultural movement across borders will be presented May 25 in the Price Center at the University of California, San Diego.

Editorials

Editorial
Duchney Launches Misguided Congressional Redistricting Proposal
Gloria Penner, KPBS- FM radio political pundit, interviewed Ms. Denise Ducheny in a recent broadcast. Ms. Ducheny told Ms. Penner that she thought that the 50th congressional seat, now held by Congressman Bob Filner, should have its area extended to include Imperial County! She implied that Imperial County had only 140,000 residents and, therefore, wasn't big enough to deserve a Congressional District. She neglected to say that Imperial County is in the 52nd Congressional District, the district that Congressman Hunter currently represents. It was created (gerrymander) 10 years ago in order to provide him with a safe seat. He knew he didn't appeal to the Democrats in the South Bay area and that he would not survive reelection.

Editorial
Bersin & Alvarado, Darth Vader Regime In Control of SDUSD!
Unknown to the teachers, parents, professional staff, administrators and the minority members of the School Board of Trustees (De Beck & Zimmerman), Tony Alvarado, the hired gun brought in by Superintendent Alan Bersin, has decided that he was going to fire the whole administrative team. Principal of San Diego High School, Tony Alfaro, who has been with district for 25 years, was one of those to be ingloriously dismissed for reasons unknown at this time. He was not even allowed to hand out the graduating diplomas to the graduating Class of 2001!

Commentary
Senators, Congressmen and EZLN are Acting like Kindergarten Kids
By Enrique Davis-Mazlum
Mexico City
- On April 25, 2001 the Senate (El Senado de la República) approved the Bill: "Law of Rights and Customs of the Indigenous Pueblos and Communities" with 109 votes in favor (all parties voted in favor) and on April 28 the House (Camara de Diputados) approved the same Bill with 386 votes from legislatures from the National Action Party (PAN), Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Green Ecological Party of México (PVEM).

Commentary
Planned Parenthood Program Aims to Decrease Teen Pregnancy
By Sylvia Barron
Latinas in the United States have a lot to celebrate in terms of ever-increasing educational and professional opportunities. Without a doubt, our daughters enjoy greater rights and liberties than our mothers did in this country. But a recent government study reveals that Hispanic girls in the United States are seriously lagging behind their non-Hispanic counterparts in one critical area - declining the rate of teen pregnancy.

Commentary
Attorney General Releases New Training Curriculum For Long-Term
Care Facilities
Your Legal Duty... Reporting Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse

By California Attorney General Bill Lockyer
"Let me know if she is dead." That's what a nurse's assistant said she was told after three trips back and forth between the elderly patient and the in-charge nurse in a California nursing home last year. The response was from the in-charge nurse. The resident was dying, suffocating on her own bodily fluids. The assistant asked several times to have the tube going into the patient's mouth checked and cleared, but the nurse refused. The patient drowned. This case, investigated by the California Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse, is currently being prosecuted.

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

"Aida" Sensacional
Por Paco Zavala
El Civic Theatre de San Diego el pasado sabado 5 de mayo, con un lleno total, se engalanó al llevar a la escena la opera de "Aida" de Giuseppe Verdi, con libreto de Antonio Ghislanzoni, su primera representación fue en el Cairo, Egipto el día 24 de Diciembre de l87l.

Book Review
Fantasy Medical Mystery Comes to Life
By Daniel L. Muñoz
From the moment that Europeans sailed across the abysmal, uncharted waters of the Southern Atlantic to confront the unknown world that lay beyond, superstition and fear became part of their daily lives.

Caminando Por los Pasillos Del CECUT en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
El Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT), es un centro de cultura que se dedica a atender y presentar infinidad de actividades relacionadas con esta labor tan humana y necesaria, para la comunidad de Tijuana y sus alrededores.

Calendar of Events...
by Berenice Cisneros
Celebrando La Musica Chicana
. Aztec Entertainment presenta el Aztlan Fest 2001 que rodará con un verdadero elenco de talento explosivo.

Hollis Gentry Shares Lineup With Gilbert Castellanos at Imperial Beach Chili &
Jazz Festival
Imperial Beach — Internationally known jazz artist Gilbert Castellanos joins this year's lineup which includes Hollis Gentry, for his eighth consecutive year, Reel to Real, the Navy Jazz Fleet Ensemble, Longboard Blues Band and others at the 8th Annual Imperial Beach Chili & Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 19.

Under the wing of Moses, Zeke Moreno begins journey to make the Charger roster
USC's defensive MVP, Zeke Moreno didn't know what to expect heading into the recently held NFL draft, but when his phone rang and he learned that he was a San Diego Charger, he could hardly believe his ears. Moreno, the 6'2" 245 pound linebacker out of USC by way of Castle Park High is the younger brother of Chargers quarterback Moses Moreno. Both brothers are excited about the coming season and the opportunity to compete for spots on the same team.

San Diego Spirit Gets First Win Over Freedom
The San Diego Spirit scored the first goals and recorded the first victory in franchise history as Shannon MacMillan scored once in each half to lead the Spirit to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Freedom.

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