Volume XXVI Number 22 May 31, 2002

FrontPage Stories

World is One at King Chavez Academy

By Yvette tenBerge

The pink chapel that houses King Chávez Academy of Excellence Charter School, located at 735 César Chávez Parkway, was filled with the voices of angels on Friday, May 24, thanks to the “World Is One,” a program that matched adults from a local, international language academy with elementary and middle school-aged students from San Diego.


Young students from King Chávez Academy of Excellence Charter School and their guests from an international language academy belt out the Beatles son "Imagine."

Borders were transcended as students from San Diego’s Language Instruction Centrum and kindergarteners from King Chávez clasped hands and belted out lyrics to the Beatles song “Imagine” to cap a morning filled with lessons in geography, cuisine, language and fashion from around the world.

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In World Cup, Why U.S. Immigrants Don’t Cheer for the USA
By Gustavo Arellano
You wouldn’t know it from watching network television, but millions of U.S. residents will go into virtual suspended animation during this month’s World Cup. Dramatic stories and images from the tournament will cover the front pages of Chinese, Vietnamese and Irish community newspapers for the next 30 days. Spanish-language broadcasts will fill the air of Latino neighborhoods with the fever of “futbol.”
Stories

Latinos Not Keeping Up with Social and Technological Change in the U.S.
A report recently released by the Hispanic Border Leadership Institute (HBLI) at Arizona State University finds that the education Latino students receive isn’t helping them keep pace with the rapid social and technological changes taking place in the United States.

Acts of Valor
It started like any other end of shift, but quickly turned into a matter of life and death – and heroism.

Cumplirá un Aniversario Más el Majestuoso Edificio de la Casa de la Cultura En Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Tijuana se cuenta como una de las ciudades mexicanas jóvenes, prósperas y de avanzada realista. Dentro de su entorno de juventud cuenta con vestigios de un pasado glorioso e invadido de recuerdos. Existen en Tijuana algunas construcciones que hablan por si mismas de este pasado, ojalá que se conserven siempre como una propiedad de los propios residentes y de la humanidad entera, porque este recuerdo debe prevalecer.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Elbio Rodriguez Barilari
El derecho a la verdad
La controversia sobre qué sabían y cuánto sabían el FBI y el gobierno de los EE.UU. antes de los atentados del 11 de septiembre debe terminarse.

MEMORIUM
La Señora Juanita Alvarado Alvarez
The Alvarado/Alvarez ancestry dates back to the days of the Californianos. Their history, as “Californianos”, was prominent in the history of California and Arizona. They were the Rancheros of the 1700’s to the 1800’s who owned large land grants given to them by the Viceroys of Mexico and the King of Spain. For reasons not known, her Great Grandfather, Gregorio Alvarado left California and returned to Mexico were he sojourned for a while. Eventually he returned to North America. In his travels, he went to Arizona where he met Juana Lucero, who was part Yavapai Indian (Apache Nation) and Mexican. She was born in the early 1800’ in Wickenburg, Ariz.

Community Notes:
Call to Artists Deadline Set for June 21, 2002
Escondido, CA — Friday, June 21 is the deadline for professional performers based in Southern California to respond to First Night Escondido’s “Call to Artists.” The response form for the “Call” was posted on May 20 and to date over 60 applications have been received. Last year, more than 50 groups performed on 13 stages at the annual New Year’s Eve event. The “Call to Artists” response form is posted on the First Night Escondido Website at www.firstnightescondido.com

New Website Urges Governor to Save Our Services
By Solange Jacobs
Public employees represented by SEIU Local 2028 this week launched an advocacy website urging our decision makers to find a better approach to balancing the budget. The website contends that the budget disproportionately affects lower income groups and those most dependent on the services.

New Location of Assessor’s Chula Vista Branch Office
Supervisor Greg Cox and County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk, Gregory J. Smith, announced that the Chula Vista branch office will relocate from the current site at 344 F Street to the corner of Third Avenue and I Street at the South Bay Regional Center in Chula Vista by the end of May. This move out of leased space into a larger County-owned facility will provide better service to the South Bay residents and allow document recording in the South Bay for the first time.

Página Principal de la NASA Ofrece Enlaces a su Red, en Español: Contenido en Idioma Español
Una de las más populares portales de Internet del gobierno federal ofrece ahora enlaces a una variedad de noticias e información en español sobre la aeronáutica espacial.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
Uno Nunca Sabe
Iba manejando por la Sexta Avenida, en medio del pintoresco barrio Greenwich Village, en Manhattan, cuando de pronto vi un joven con el cabello pintado de rojo furioso, luciendo joyas extrañas y ropa de cuero desaliñada y contoneándose al ritmo de la música que, supongo, escuchaba en sus audífonos. Me lo imaginé de un estilo de vida que no conocía ni quería conocer. Pero cuando la luz del semáforo cambió a rojo, y mientras yo pensaba “a lo que ha llegado la juventud”, detuve mi auto justo frente a una iglesia. Y vi que el joven de pelo rojo se persignó. Quizá pensó que nadie lo veía, pero había un sacerdote curioso que observaba desde un auto detenido —y que lo había juzgado por la apariencia, y pronto se dio cuenta de su error.

Editorials
Editorial
Friends of the Library in San Ysidro didn’t stand a chance!
With broken hearts and profound frustration members of the San Ysidro community who, for the past four years, have worked toward bringing a new library to the center of the San Ysidro community, left the council chambers of the City of San Diego dejected after seeing their vision and hard work deemed insignificant by Councilman Ralph Inzunza, Jr.

Commentary
A Color Blind Society—Not!
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
Color blind! We want a color-blind society, chant the racists among us as they line up to support Ward Connerly’s Racial Privacy Initiative (RPI).

Comentario
Nuevo interés en los idiomas extranjeros
Por Lourdes Davis
  Por muchos años el profesorado en los Estados Unidos ha lamentado el poco interés que se muestra en las escuelas por la enseñanza de idiomas extranjeros. Mientras que el inglés es estudiado como parte del curriculum escolar en las escuelas de nivel medio en Latino América y desde la primaria en escuelas Europeas, en los Estados Unidos no existe un consenso con respecto a la importancia del estudio de lenguas extranjeras.

Commentary
Suspended! For School Kids, Harsh Lessons In Life Without Due Process
By Sarita Sarvate
When my phone rang the other day in the middle of the afternoon, I was alarmed. For a parent like me, a message from school can only mean one thing: my child is sick. But the news was even worse.

Notas de la Política.....
Sorry Gente, the political hunting season begins. In our continuing effort to educate the electorate from our communities, La Prensa San Diego will start running “tidbits” on candidates for public office and on propositions to provide you with the information that you will need to make a wise choice come November. OK aquí vamos!

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

“Déjame contarte.......un Bolero”
Por Arnoldo Varona
Aprovechando la cercanía al comienzo anual del XVI Festival Internacional Boleros de Oro de Cuba entre los días 13 al 23 de Junio próximos, y como un pequeño homenaje a la querida República Dominicana a quien se le dedica esta vez la mayor celebración del género mundial, quiero pasear mis recuerdos de niño en una historia verdadera y que aunque dolorosa por su trágico final trae a nuestra memoria lo hermoso y sacrificado de una relación amorosa que no llegó a consumarse.

Interesante Convocatoria Para Grupos, Asociaciones e Instituciones Educativas y Culturales, Escritores y Otros
Por Paco Zavala
Alguien que tenga un libro que nunca haya publicado y que desee hacerlo, existe la oportunidad de que ahora lo haga. ¿Cómo?

Se Presenta la XX Feria del Libro en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Una verdadera feria del saber y de las letras disfrutarán los residentes de nuestra querida Tijuana y de sus alrededores.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Se avecinan grandes acontecimientos culturales para el área de Tijuana y sus alrededores, por lo tanto la comunidad prepara sus mejores luces y galas para lucirlas por estos motivos en estas sensacionales festividades.

Calendar of Events . . .
by Berenice Cisneros
Ramona Air Fair
Ramona Air Fair 2002 will take place May 31 - June 2 at Ramona Airport, two miles west of SR 67 on Montecito Road. There will be dancing, hot air balloon lunch with night glow, fireworks, formation flights and more. Admission is $7 per person, $12 per couple. Free for children under 12.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Good Afternoons in Tijuana and Juarez
Big afternoons were recorded, last Sunday, in Tijuana and Juárez, with nine ears awarded in Juárez and four in Tijuana.

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