November 22, 2002


Elections are over though some crybabies just won’t admit it. We might not like what and how it happened, but look at it this way you now have until the next election to hammer the winners! We know the elections were a sham, that most of the candidates were bought off, and that as usual votes were not counted, or were lost the swamps in Florida, . . .. But, did you really think elections are any more honest here than in Zimbabwe?

Chris Aranda, big time winner in the Southwestern College Board of Trustees race, is having a victory celebration with Champagne and Hors d’oeurves at her Hacienda in Chula Vista! Perhaps sanity will come back to the Board of Trustees meetings.

Supt. Alan Bersin, true to his word, is taking steps to project a “friendlier, more cooperative image. The Superintendent has invited La Prensa San Diego Editor & Publisher to do lunch.

LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) is in the midst of gathering then necessary items to complete their Annul Christmas Food Baskets. Baskets will be assembled December 21 at the National Guard Armory, National City. Santa and his/her helpers will be on their Sleigh on December 21 to deliver a “Merry Christmas “ to 250 families! Donations of turkeys, potatoes, dressing, pies, cookies, beans etc are in need. Call LULAC at 619-423-5014 with your Christmas offering!

The Oceanside English, Language Literacy Intensive program (ELLI) has invited La Prensa San Diego to be a guest speaker at their Family Fiesta and Career Day on December 7, 2002 from 11-2pm. Panel discussions from former ELLI students will be made. Parents and other community members will have tours of the Library, Computer Center, and other parts of the Civic Center. From 12:15-1:15 PM, various Community Role models will make seven presentations. An Awards Luncheon will be held at 1:30Pm. For further information call Laura Kohl (760) 435-5684.

The California Department of Education has named 11 adult education programs s “Programs of Excellence”. The award means that they have an exemplary program that provides outstanding service to adult learners. Of the 11 “programs of Excellence” awarded, one was awarded to the California Correctional Institution, Tehachapi, Adult Basic Education program! It is the first time, ever, that this has been awarded to a prison program in competition with all other public or private Adult Education programs in the State. The designer of the program was Priscella Muñoz Viets, former graduate of UCSD.

La Maestra Family Clinic, we are pleased to announce, was presented with a Ford Econoline 15-passenger van. The Ford “Salud Sobre Ruedas/Health on Wheels” was initiated two years ago to foster the education of Hispanics on the importance of regular health check-ups, adequate medical treatment and to generate awareness of the significance of early detection of certain diseases. With the addition of the van, La Maestra Family Clinic will be able to see an additional 200 patients a month! La Prensa San Diego was pleased to have participated in the Ford “Salud Sobre Ruedas/ Health on Wheels” Judging Panel.

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