Volume XXIX Number 45 November 11, 2005

FrontPage Stories

Parents warned about military recruitment in high schools

SWC professors support amending “No Child Left Behind” law

By José A. Álvarez

Since his junior year in high school, recruiters tried to get Jese Perez to enlist in the military.

“They were very aggressive. They called every other week,” said the former Sweetwater High School student.

Perez said he got tired of the incessant phone calls.

“I had to make a lot of excuses,” said Perez, adding that he felt obligated to take the calls because they were from the same recruiter that had enlisted his brother in the Marines.

Perez ended up choosing college over the military, but said getting the recruiter to back off wasn’t easy.


SWC professors (L-R) Victor Chavez, Alejandro Orozco, and Phil Saenz support changing “No Child Left Behind” law.

The recruiter would have never contacted Perez if his parents had filled a form to keep his private information from reaching the military. However, they did not know they had that option.

“My parents didn’t know and I didn’t know anything either,” said Perez, now a student at Southwestern College.

Educating parents and the community about the military’s recruitment policies and practices in high school campuses is one of the objectives of a campaign launched by three Southwestern College professors.

During a forum titled “Books Not Bullets,” the three—Phil Saenz, Alejandro Orozco, and Victor Chavez— began a petition drive to generate signatures in support of a proposed change the “No Child Left Behind” law, which requires that high schools that receive federal funding turn over private information on students to military recruiters.

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Nation’s Oldest Latino Organization Arrives Strongly in North County 
By Martha Sarabia
After fatal shootings of young Latino males by police officers, a “symbolic” approval of the California Border Policy Initiative by a city council and the decision of a school board to stop bilingual education, Latinos in North County have marched on the streets and met with public officials to demand answers. Thus far, their influence on the cities they live in has proven to be inconsequential.


Remembering the young Latinos shot by members of the Vista Sheriff department
• Investigation on the excessive use of force by San Diego police officers.
By Luis Alonso Pérez
On Dia de los Muertos night, Maria Manzo lit up a candle in front of the photo of his 23 year old son Jesus Eduardo Manzo, who died three months ago while running away from Vista Sheriff Deputies, who opened fire on him when they feared of getting shot by the suspect. Reports indicate that he was only carrying a “Leatherman” style tool in his pocket.


Recordando a los Latinos muertos por miembros del departamento del Sheriff de Vista
• Investigación sobre el uso excesivo de fuerza por los cuerpos policiacos de San Diego.
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
En la noche del Día de Muertos, la señora María Manzo encendió una veladora frente a la fotografía de su hijo Jesús Eduardo Manzo de 23 años, que murió hace tres meses cuando trataba de huir de agentes del departamento del Sheriff de Vista, quienes abrieron fuego por temor a que el sospechoso les disparara. Los reportes indican que Manzo no portaba armas de fuego, sólo traía una herramienta tipo “Leatherman” en su bolsillo.


Our community needs more lights
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
The night of Friday, October 28, 2005, Donna Hernandez was shot and killed while walking through the dark South Bay Recreation Center, in Nestor, after a Homecoming game at Southwest High School.

Nuestra comunidad necesita más alumbrado
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
La noche del viernes 28 de octubre del 2005, Donna Hernandez murió a balazos mientras caminaba por el oscuro South Bay Recreation Center en Nestor, después de un juego de futbol americano en la Southwest High School.



Stories

Low riding for a good cause!
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
When many of us think about low riders and those who are into low riding, we think about as being gang members, criminals, or trouble-makers.


High-Tech Mega-Development Showcased
First there was Silicon Valley. Then there were Silicon Mesa in New Mexico and Silicon South in Austin, Texas. If Daniel Hill has his way, the Baja California border city of


El Sierra Club Financia Proyectos Medioambientales de Base en México
WASHINGTON, DC — El Sierra Club anunció hoy que financiará proyectos gestionados por organizaciones de base a lo largo de la frontera de México con Estados Unidos. Los proyectos elegidos para recibir asistencia financiera están todos diseñados para mejorar las condiciones laborales y de vida de comunidades que se enfrentan a un medio ambiente gravemente degradado.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
El Voto Imposible
“Su misión, si usted decide aceptarla, es votar desde el extranjero en las elecciones presidenciales de 2006".


HIV Positive Latino
November 1st of this year marked my 4th anniversary of living with HIV
By Jorge Armando Diaz
On November 1st 2001, was a day like no other. It’s a day I will never forget. Why? Well, simply because it was the day my life changed completely.


Southwestern College Officially Opens Largest Child Center in California
Chula Vista— Since the early 1970s, Southwestern College (SWC) has been making every effort so that more children have access to quality early childhood education.


Sweetwater District Names GEAR UP Project Director Mayra Gutierrez to lead federal grant to close achievement gap
The Sweetwater District has chosen its Director of Categorical Programs to head its $19 million federal grant to improve the college preparation of 4,000 seventh grade students in seven high-need middle schools.


Exceptional style and convenience
Terra Vista at Otay Ranch offers affordable condominium homes
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
If you’ve been wanting –and trying unsuccesfully—to buy a house but just can’t afford the high costs of housing in San Diego County, Montecito Property Company, a national leader in condominium conversions, has an offer unlike any other around.


Editorials

Editorial:
Centro Cultural de la Raza Board Calls For Armed Guards for Public Meeting
It has been a five year ordeal between the “Centro Cultural de La Raza” (Centro) and a dedicated group of local artists and activist the “Save Our Centro Coalition” (SOCC), with Victor Payan at the helm. For five years they have maintained a boycott against the Centro, which has been effective with shows canceling and many artists refusing to break the boycott. Neither side appeared willing to give in, until now.


Commentary:
Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes
By Congressman Bob Filner
Each November 11th, our country comes together to remember our veterans who have served and sacrificed in the name of freedom. The debt owed to them is immeasurable. Their sacrifices and those of our military families are freedom’s foundation. Indeed, without the brave efforts of all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines and their families, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so brightly and live so freely. We must take this opportunity to renew our efforts keep our promises to the 25 million veterans in America. 


Comentario:
Reflexiones por el Día de los Veteranos
Larry Craig , Chairman, The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Este año, como presidente del Comité del Senado sobre los Asuntos de los Veteranos, tuve el privilegio de visitar Irak en compañía de otros congresistas y el ministro de la Secretaría de los Asuntos de los Veteranos.

Commentary:
Veterans Day: Their precious service; our renewed obligation
By Steve Buyer, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman
America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago. Since the Revolution, eight generations of America’s veterans have established an unbroken commitment to freedom.


Comentario:
La Reconfiguración de Actores Políticos
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
La elección especial de esta semana comprobó que las medidas radicales –de la izquierda o la derecha— no coinciden con el proyecto del electorado californiano. El gobernador Arnold Schwarzenegger quiso configurar un sistema político conservador a través del voto popular y por medio de una medida populista. Su ego Hollywoodense le engañó. Ahora tendrá que pagar sus impertinencias y necedades políticas a corto y a mediano plazo.


Comentario:
Intolerable Ofensa Al Pueblo De EU.
Por: Manuel R. Villacorta O.
La Cuarta Cumbre de las Américas realizada en Mar del Plata, Argentina, evidenció desacuerdos políticos, económicos y sociales exacerbados. Los representantes de 34 países participantes demostraron falta de voluntad política y compromiso para con los casi mil millones de seres humanos que viven en el continente americano. Se impuso la intolerancia y se aniquiló la posibilidad de llegar a un consenso general. Debe considerarse que, si desde antes de la cumbre ya existían dudas respecto a la utilidad de los cónclaves regionales, con este hecho, los escépticos triunfaron. En síntesis, este encuentro no generó beneficio alguno.


Commentary:
Reforming Social Security
By: Angela Lesh
“We can never insure one hundred percent of the population against one hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age,” stated Franklin D. Roosevelt of the initial signing of the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935. Seventy years later, President Bush wants to make radical changes in the Social Security system. His new plan has potentials to widen the rich and poor gap in America, as it would greatly decrease the percent of the population currently protected.

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

La novena edición del festival de cine y video Imaginería Audiovisual de la Frontera
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La novena edición del festival de cine y video Imaginería Audiovisual de la Frontera IAF, realizada el pasado viernes 4 y sábado 5 de noviembre, presentó al público tijuanense una selección de los trabajos más recientes e innovadores en materia audiovisual, pero además demostró una vez más que cuando la creatividad excede las formas convencionales, es hora de que las formas cambien.


Una Delicia la Presentación del XII Festival Hispanoamericano de Guitarra
Por: Paco Zavala
“España, Brasil, Grecia, Argentina, México - Del clásico al flamenco… del rock al popular.


Show & Tell: Creando y Preservando
Una vez más, Lui Velazquez abre las puertas al público, invitándolos a su próximo evento este viernes, 11 de noviembre. “Show and Tell: Creando y Preservando,” será una acogedora reunión algo informal, donde asistirán representantes del Instituto de Arte de San Francisco (the San Francisco Art Institute) y Queen Nails Annex Gallery de San Francisco.


Armando Manzanero deleita a románticos en Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Por primera vez y por una causa noble se presentó Armando Manzanero, el viernes 4 de noviembre en el teatro del Centro Cultural Tijuana.


Emmy Award Winning Show, “Stories de la Frontera,” Examines Reality of Life and Culture on the Border
Press Pass International continues breaking language and cultural barriers with its cutting-edge, English language television series, “Stories de la Frontera.”


Cantó Mónica Abrego Soprano Tijuanense con la Sinfónica de La Jolla y sus Coros
Por: Paco Zavala
La música es un lazo de unión entre todos los seres humanos, por lo tanto por este medio se rompen fronteras, ideologías, odios y rencores.


VAMOS AL CINE
Enriquécete o muere tratando
La prensa y esta columna le dice adiós a Nuevo Mundo
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Hace cuatro años, mi vida estaba en el que considero su punto mas bajo hasta la fecha. Cansado de tanto trabajar y deprimido por tanto ensayo derivado en error, tan solo necesitaba una oportunidad.


VAMOS AL CINE
Antonio Banderas disfruta de la madurez
A sus 45 años, el actor siente que su carrera ha resurgido
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Como los buenos vinos añejos, Banderas está cada vez mejor. Y su cara no engaña, el actor en pantalla y en persona no puede evitar mostrar su madurez, lo que le inhibe a la hora de hacer una gran cantidad de personajes en Hollywood. Pero unas puertas se cierran y otras se abren, y al actor se le siguen abriendo una por una.


Sweetwater’s Special Students Enjoy Their Day in the Sun
By John Philip Wyllie
Yellow school buses from the four corners of the Sweetwater Union High School District began rolling on to the campus of Bonita Vista High School around 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The sweet smell of carne asada and the gentle rhythms of a live reggae band greeted their passengers as they rapidly made their way to the soccer fields adjacent to the school. The players, proudly wearing the colors of their respective high schools, walked a little taller on this day. This was a highly anticipated event for the approximately 200 developmentally disabled participating and the estimated 1,500 people on hand to watch. It was the Third Annual Sweetwater Special Abilities Cluster Soccer Tournament.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
World’s Largest Bullring Celebrates 60th Birthday
Enrique Ponce Finally Cuts a Tail!
It was Dec. 1, 1944.  Construction began on La Plaza Mexico, which would become, and still is, the world’s largest plaza de toros.  And, on Feb. 5, 1946, the plaza became a reality. Placed in dramatic areas, surrounding the ring, were bronze monuments, sculpted by Alfredo Just. It is a magnificent taurine palace.


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