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Sotomayor nominated to high court — first Hispanic
By Ben Feller and David Espo upper-echelon would succeed questioned whether she would base
NAM — President Barack legal career: "I retiring Justice decisions on her personal feelings,
Obama chose federal appeals judge strive never to David Souter. rather than constitutional principles.
Sonia Sotomayor to become the forget the real Senate Given her background, any effort
nation's first Hispanic Supreme world conse- Majority Leader to filibuster her nomination could
Court justice on Tuesday, praising quences of my Harry Reid, D- carry political risks, since Hispanics
her as "an inspiring woman" with decisions on Nev., issued a are the fastest-growing segment of
both the intellect and compassion individuals, busi- statement say- the population and an increasingly
to interpret the Constitution wisely. nesses and gov- ing he looked important one politically.
Obama said Sotomayor has ernment." forward "to Sotomayor would be unlikely
more experience as a judge than Barring the working with to alter the ideological balance of
any current member of the high unexpected, both Democrats the court, since Souter generally
court had when nominated, adding Senate confir- and Republicans sides with the liberals on key 5-4
she has earned the "respect of col- mation seems on the Judiciary rulings. But at 54, she is a genera-
leagues on the bench, the admira- likely, given Committee to tion younger that Souter, and lib-
tion of many lawyers who argue the large confirm Judge eral outside groups hope she will
cases in her court and the adora- Democratic Sotomayor as provide a counterpoint to some
tion of her clerks, who look to her majority. If the first of the sharply worded conserva-
as a mentor." approved, she Hispanic and tive rulings.
Standing next to Obama at the would join the third Introducing his choice, Obama
White House, Sotomayor recalled a Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the woman to sit on the court." said, "Along the way, she's faced
childhood spent in a housing proj- second woman on the current Senate Republicans pledged to
ect in the Bronx as well as her court, the third in history. She give her a fair hearing, and some See Sotomayor, page 2
Las Audiencias para confirmar a Sotomayor ponen a prueba al Partido Republicano
New America Media — Mientras los últimos 100 años, Sotomayor los principios fundamentales de justicia tienen derecho a un trato humano
Sotomayor enfrenta durante las audien- deberá de considerar otra estrategia. y respeto a la ley. Considérese el caso pero legalmente no tiene derecho a
cias de confirmación algo que ya se Ella - y nosotros debemos de ver en del Senador John Cornyn, R-Texas. los privilegios especiales para los pri-
espera y esto es - un cuestionamiento cambio esas audiencias nada menos Cornyn apoyó la nominación del último sioneros de Guerra bajo la Tercera
muy fuerte de parte de los miembros que como un juicio para determinar si latino en ser considerado para un alto Convención de Ginebra de 1949 fue
republicanos en el Comité Judicial del el Partido Republicano está listo para puesto de la administración en el área un argumento convincente para los
Senado, la juez Sonia Sotomayor, quien recuperar el papel que ha perdido de justicia - el mal afamado ex procu- que apoyaban la nominación del juez
es el primer candidato a la Suprema debido a equivocaciones políticas y rador y republicano Alberto Gonzalez. Alberto R. Gonzalez y de esa manera
Corte que presenta el Presidente judiciales perpetradas en la época de Aun después del papel de Gonzalez en convertirse en el procurador general
Obama, debe de recordar una cosa: que Bush. Esos errores entre otros diseñar los ahora infames “memos de número 80.
no es ella la que va a estar en juicio sino incluyen peligrosos ataques políticos la tortura” se ha vuelto aparente que Aun cuando el procurador gener-
el Partido Republicano. sin control en contra de Latinos y el Cornyn no levantó las “banderas rojas” al Gonzalez, estuvo bajo el fuego por
En lugar de permitirse ponerse en “quemar” los puentes políticos así y “muchas preguntas” que ahora dice su papel en el despido de un grupo de
el centro de otro circo político, racista como el “contrato electoral” que el tener acerca de Montemayor. sub-procuradores de los Estados
y sexista que desvíe la atención de sus “Nuevo Partido Republicano” quería Durante las audiencias acerca de Unidos al final del año 2006, Cornyn
calificaciones que como candidata que formar con los Latinos, uno de los la nominación de Gonzalez, Cornyin, y otros Republicanos del Comité
trae consigo; como son: más experien- bloques del voto más importantes. declara que el candidato sería vindica- Judicial del Senado defendieron a
cia real en perseguir el crimen y expe- Las audiencias de Sotomayor van a do por la historia: “El consenso detrás Gonzales como un “hombre honor-
riencia judicial como ningún otro can- determinar si los miembros del Partido de la decisión del presidente, que los
didato ha traído a la Suprema Corte en Republicano están listos para renovar terroristas de Al Qaeda moralmente See Republicano, page 11
SJC Grand Jury Releases Report on SUSD
Additionally, the Grand Jury received education. Where there was only ied what we have been doing and
three new complaints alleging rhetoric, there is action. Where said, ‘keep doing it.’ Now I hope we
numerous issues. The Grand Jury there was a passive acceptance of can all move forward, together, with
conducted a thorough investigation academic failure, there is new think- the best interests of the education of
by interviewing Superintendent ing, new activity and renewed hope our children.”
Anthony Amato, San Joaquin for improvement.” For a complete copy of the
County Superintendent Rick In addition to its recommenda- Grand Jury Report, please visit the
Wentworth, and one SUSD board tion regarding the FCMAT report SUSD website at
member. Numerous documents (above), the Grand Jury added one www.stockton.k12.ca.us.
were also examined. other comment: “The Board of Stockton Unified School District
The report was complimentary Education and Superintendent has been in existence since 1852. It
of the current administration and [should] continue to take an occasion- is the largest school district in San
efforts that have been taken to cor- al calculated risk to improve student Joaquin County which includes 42
rect problems and improve the edu- performance and outcome[s].” Elementary Schools, 4 traditional
cation of students. To quote from Superintendent Amato was very High Schools, 4 Specialty Schools, 1
SUSD Superintendent Anthony Amato the follow up report, “Hiring a new pleased with the report. “The Alternative School, 1 Adult School
Superintendent represents the single release of the Grand Jury Report val- and 1 Charter School. The total
(Stockton, CA) The San Joaquin largest change since the 2007/2008 idates a lot of good work that staff enrollment is over 46,500 students.
County Grand Jury released a follow Grand Jury Report was released. has completed over the past year,” SUSD also employs over 4000 people.
up report on the status of the dis- SUSD is fortunate to have a stated Amato. “An objective third For more information contact the dis-
trict’s progress toward implementing Superintendent with vision who is party with a solemn duty to serve as trict office at 209-933-7000 or
past Grand Jury recommendations. committed to making a difference in a watchdog for the public good stud- www.stockton.k12.ca.us.
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Sotomayor Chief Justice John Roberts, who
likened the job of a judge to that
order who thinks her own personal
political agenda is more important
continued from cover of a baseball umpire. that the law as written."
down barriers, overcome the odds The city threw out results of a pro- In his remarks, Obama made no Abortion rights have been a
and lived out the American dream motion exam because too few mention of his earlier statement flashpoint in several recent
that brought her parents here so minorities scored high enough. that he wanted a justice with empa- Supreme Court confirmations,
long ago." Coincidentally, that case is now thy, although his remark that com- although Sotomayor has not writ-
The president called on the before the Supreme Court. passion was needed came close. ten any controversial rulings on
Senate to confirm Sotomayor before That ruling has already drawn Sotomayor grew up in New the subject.
the court begins its new term in criticism from conservatives, and is York after her parents moved from As a federal appeals court judge
October, and noted pointedly that likely to play a role in her confirma- Puerto Rico. She has dealt with dia- in 2002, she ruled against an abor-
she has already won Senate approval tion hearing. betes since age 8 and lost her father tion rights group that had chal-
twice in her career. Seven of the In one of her most memo- at age 9, growing up under the care lenged a government policy pro-
Senate's current Republicans voted rable rulings as federal district of her mother in humble surround- hibiting foreign organizations
to confirm her for the appeals court judge, in 1995, Sotomayor ruled ings. As a girl, inspired by the Perry receiving U.S. funds from perform-
in 1998. with Major League Baseball play- Mason television show, she knew ing or supporting abortions.
She was nominated a federal ers over owners in a labor strike she wanted to be a judge. She is In her opinion, Sotomayor
judge by a Republican, President that had led to the cancellation of divorced with no children. wrote that the government was free
George H.W. Bush, then elevated the World Series. A graduate of Princeton to favor the anti-abortion position
to the appeals court by a Obama referred to that in his University and Yale Law School, a over a pro-choice position when
Democrat, Bill Clinton. Senate remarks, then joked he hoped her former prosecutor and private public funds were involved.
Republicans slow-walked her con- support for the Yankees would not attorney, Sotomayor became a fed- Sotomayor has spoken about
firmation more than a decade ago, unduly influence New Englanders eral judge for the Southern District her pride in her ethnic background
in part because she was viewed to oppose her in the Senate. of New York in 1992. She became and has said that personal experi-
even then as a potential pick for Among them is Sen. Patrick an appeals judge in 1998 for the ences "affect the facts that judges
the Supreme Court. Leahy of Vermont, the chairman of 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, choose to see."
The White House announcement the Senate Judiciary Committee, which covers New York, Vermont "I simply do not know exactly
ceremony was a picture of diversity, who said, "The American people and Connecticut. what the difference will be in my
the first black president, appointing will want the Senate to carry out its At her Senate confirmation judging," she said in a speech in
the first Hispanic Supreme Court constitutional duty with conscien- hearing more than a decade ago, 2001. "But I accept there will be
justice, joined by Vice President Joe tiousness and civility." she said, "I don't believe we should some based on my gender and my
Biden, who is white. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, bend the Constitution under any Latina heritage."
Sotomayor's nomination opens the top Republican on the circumstance. It says what it says. From the moment Souter
a new phase in the drive to replace Judiciary Committee, issued a We should do honor to it." announced his resignation, it was
Souter, as liberal and conservative statement saying it will be up to Obama's nomination is the widely assumed Obama would
groups alike scour the record she the Senate to determine "if Ms. first by a Democratic president in select a woman to replace him, and
has compiled in 17 years on the Sotomayor understands that the 15 years. perhaps a Hispanic as well.
federal bench. proper role of a judge is to act as One conservative group did not Obama came to office at a time
In one of her most notable deci- a neutral umpire of the law, calling wait for the formal announcement. when several potential vacancies
sions, as an appellate judge she sided balls and strikes fairly without Wendy Long of the Judicial loomed on the high court. Justice
last year with the city of New regard to one's own personal pref- Confirmation Network, issued a John Paul Stevens at is 89, and
Haven, Conn., in a discrimination erences or political views." That statement calling Sotomayor a "lib- Ginsburg recently underwent sur-
case brought by white firefighters. harked back the confirmation of eral judicial activist of the first gery for pancreatic cancer.
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The last couple of weeks I have and most of his ideas. I also ask that
received info regarding our new you support Tony Amato. He is doing
Publisher & CEO Superintendent Tony Amato (some a great job.
Andrew Ysiano good, some bad). I find it refreshing I am also a little concerned by the
that an “out-of-towner” wants to be behavior of the Trustees. As a busi-
Vice President here and sees the potential in “our” ness owner, I find it interesting that 2
Judy Quintana SUSD students. I have met Tony on members of the board are constantly
Co-Editor Andrew Ysiano • CEO several occasions and must say I had siding with the unions. Labor and
my doubts that he could bring change management very rarely see “eye to
Marco Moreno to our long, suffering school district. eye,” particularly in these tough eco-
Co-Editor As a product of SUSD schools and nomic times. No one likes the fact
with my son looking forward to his that budgets have been slashed, but
Contributing Writers freshman year at Chavez High this July, the truth is the government isn't bail-
Rhashad Pittman I have seen the many positives that he ing out the small business owner
Ben Feller is trying to bring to SUSD. The either. I think it is time that these two
David Espo dropout rate is down (significantly), our stop bickering with the other board
Cristina Fernandez-Pereda kids are taking the SAT, test scores are members, siding with the unions and
Kirk Whisler work together to make SUSD the
going up and our kids are graduating.
Latino Journal E-News school district we can all be proud of.
The SJC Grand Jury report that just
National Cancer Institute
came out supports the superintendent Our kids and my son deserve it.
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Family-owned Alpine Construction and Roofing is “Elite Contractor”
By Rhashad Pittman ranked as one of brother Mario tomizes driveways, sidewalks, patios
STOCKTON — Men of the a few “elite con- Dominguez led and pool areas of homes, as well as
Dominguez family have specialized in tractors” in the way on pur- conduct interior work, such as
working with their hands for decades. California by one chasing and installing customized tile floors and
The craft of construction work has of the leading licensing the granite countertops.
been passed down from one genera- manufactures of company. Their At the time the family purchased
tion to another like a family tradition. roofing systems, father Isauro, Alpine Roofing, both the brothers and
And it is evident today that all of that Michigan-based a.k.a. “EZ,” father were general contractors. So
hard work has paid off by the success Duro-Last Dominguez, also they decided to consolidate their busi-
of the family business. Roofing, Inc. The helps manage the nesses into Alpine and expand its
Alpine Construction and Roofing designation business. services to include general contract
is celebrating its 20th year in business. makes Alpine, Alpine spe- work as well, Manuel said.
After two decades of installing high 1728 E. Market St., the only minority- cializes in installing Duro-Last “We're third generation roofers and
quality roofing systems and customiz- owned roofing company in California Roofing systems, which are energy carpenters,” Manuel said. “My dad
ing homes, the Latino-owned compa- to receive such a ranking, said co- efficient and made of specialized rub- taught us about everything in carpentry.”
ny has established itself as one of the owner Manuel Dominguez, Sr. ber. The roofs typically reduce the Over the years, the company has
top contractors in the state. The family-owned business was heating and cooling costs of homes
Based in Stockton, Alpine is established in 1989 after Manuel's by 50 percent. The company also cus- See Alpine, page 10
Negocio Familiar de Construcción y Techos Recibe Premio de Excelencia
Por Rhashad Pittman está ubicada como una de las pocas “EZ Domínguez” les ayuda a manejar ofrecer servicios que incluyeran traba-
STOCKTON — La familia compañías con la más alta clasificación el negocio. Alpine se especializa en la jo como contratistas generales.
Domínguez se ha especializado en tra- entre los constructores dentro del esta- instalación de sistemas “Duro-Last Comenta Manuel “Somos la tercera
bajar con sus manos por décadas. El do de California. Distinción que le dio Roofing,” que ahorran energía y están generación de techeros y carpinteros,”
oficio de la construcción ha pasado de “Duro-Last Roofing” compañía fabri- hechos de materiales especiales. Este “Mi padre nos enseño todo sobre el
una generación a otra como parte de la cante de materiales para techos local- tipo de materiales reduce los costos negocio de la carpintería.” A través de
tradición familiar. Es evidente que este izada en el estado de Michigan. La dis- del uso de la calefacción y el aire los años la compañía ha desarrollado
esfuerzo les ha pagado con el éxito del tinción hace que Alpine, con oficinas en acondicionado hasta en un 50%. La una reputación por la alta calidad de
negocio familiar. “Alpine Construccion el 1728 E. Market St., sea la única com- compañía también construye sus trabajos a precios razonables. El
and Roofing” está celebrando su 20 pañía propiedad de una minoría en cocheras, banquetas, patios y las áreas trabajo de la compañía puede ser
aniversario en los negocios. Después de recibir ese reconocimiento, comenta alrededor de las albercas, también visto en una de las escuelas primarias
dos décadas de instalar techos con Manuel Domínguez, Sr., uno de los hacen trabajo interior como la insta- del distrito escolar unificado Lincoln,
materiales de la más alta calidad y socios de la empresa. lación de pisos y granito en los condominios en el área y hasta en
remodelando casas, la compañía - de El negocio de propiedad familiar mostradores de las cocinas. negocios propiedad del millonario
propiedad latina, se ha establecido por fue establecido en 1989, después de Cuando compraron Alpine local Alex Spanos, comenta Manuel.
si sola como uno de los mejores con- que Mario Domínguez, hermano de Roofing, los dos hermanos y su papa El mes pasado recibieron un con-
tratista en el estado. Manuel, comprara la compañía. Su eran contratistas. Así que decidieron
Localizada en Stockton, Alpine padre Isauro, también conocido como consolidar su negocio en Alpine y See Construcción, page 10
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San Francisco Auto Body Shop is Center of Labor of Love for Owner
By Rhashad Pittman Chamber of painless as pos- way with his brother and uncle, who
STOCKTON — Frank Commerce 2008 sible.” The was a mechanic. He has always
Montelongo has built a successful Businessman of shop's list of enjoyed working on cars. But it was
business from scratch by doing what the Year. services include taking an auto body repair class in
he loves- restoring cars. “I feel very unibody frame high school that showed him his true
For nearly 30 years Montelongo fortunate,” repair, wheel calling. “I just loved it,” Montelongo
has made damaged cars look pretty Montelongo aligning, spot recalled. “I just loved the fact that we
again and restored the faded beauty said. “There's so paint remover, could take a wrecked piece of metal
of classics. It's an art form he fell in many people color matching, and make it look like nothing ever
love with as a teenager, and he is doing things just fiberglass repair happened. It's very rewarding.”
grateful he has been able to make a to make a living, and complete Not long after discovering his
nice living from it. and I'm living auto detailing. passion on working on cars as a
His shop, San Francisco Auto out my dream.” The shop serves teenager, he dreamed of owning his
Body & Frame Repair at 16 S. Wilson Montelongo Lorenzo and Frank Montelongo a wide variety of own auto body repair shop someday.
Way, has served automobiles in the has a team of cer- both foreign and A few years after graduating high
Stockton area since 1981. Last year, tified body and paint experts that spe- domestic vehicles. school, Montelongo married his high
he was rewarded for his hard work cialize in foreign and domestic colli- Growing up in San Francisco, the school sweetheart Patricia, who owns
and dedication when his peers voted sion repair. Their goal is to make the 53-year-old Montelongo used to work
him San Joaquin County Hispanic “collision experience as smooth and on cars late into the night in his drive- See Auto, page 10
San Francisco Auto Body Shop un sueño hecho realidad
Por Rhashad Pittman pensado por su trabajo y dedicación reparación de chasis, alineación, que podía tomar una pieza de metal
STOCKTON — Frank cuando los socios de la Cámara de remoción de manchas, igualado de desecha y hacerla lucir como nueva,
Montelongo construyó su negocio Comercio Hispana del Condado de colores, reparaciones de fibra de como si nada hubiera pasado. Es muy
desde abajo haciendo lo que a él le San Joaquín por medio de votación lo vidrio y servicio completo de detalla- satisfactorio.”
gusta hacer y eso es reparar eligieron “El Negocio del Año 2008.” do para su automóvil. Estos s servi- Algunos años después de grad-
automóviles. Por cerca de 30 años, Me siento muy afortunado, comenta cios se ofrecen también para autos uarse de la preparatoria, Montelongo
Montelongo ha hecho que los autos Montelongo, “Hay mucha gente nacionales y de importación. se casó con Patricia, su novia de la
chocados luzcan como nuevos y ha haciendo esto solo para vivir y yo Cuando crecía en San Francisco, preparatoria, quien es propietaria de
restaurado la belleza desvanecida de estoy haciendo realidad mi sueño” Montelongo ahora de 53 años de edad, Coccon Beauty Salon en el 8900 N.
los autos clásicos. Es un arte que le Montelongo cuenta con un trabajaba por las noches ayudándole a Thorton Rd., así la pareja compró
llamó la atención desde que era ado- equipo de trabajo certificado para su tío quien era mecánico y a su her- casa en Stockton para establecerse.
lescente y a la fecha está muy agrade- realizar las reparaciones de carrocería mano reparando carros en la cochera Un poco después él abrió su negocio
cido por hacer lo que le gusta y y trabajos de pintura, son expertos de la casa. Siempre había disfrutado en un local de 2000 pies cuadrados
además poder vivir de su negocio. que se especializan en la reparación de trabajar en carros, pero fue hasta que donde solo eran él y su esposa. El tra-
Su taller, San Francisco Autobody autos nacionales y de importación. Su tomó una clase de laminado y pintura bajaba en los autos y ella manejaba el
& Frame Repair localizado en el 16 S. meta es hacer de los accidentes una en la preparatoria cuando descubrió lo negocio. En las mañanas repartía tar-
Wilson Way, ha estado dando servicio experiencia lo más “suave y menos que quería hacer en su vida. Comenta jetas entre los vendedores de locales
a los automovilistas de Stockton dolorosa posible.” La lista de los ser- “Simplemente me gustaba,” recuerda
desde 1981. El año pasado fue recom- vicios que ofrecen incluyen la Montelongo. “Me gustaba el hecho de See Shop, page 10
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The Burning Truth about SB 772
Last year, a bill in California bill, AB 772, aims studied and most it is important to be vigilant about
sought to ban a widely used flame to remove flame understood flame public health and the environment,
retardant. This bill was defeated retardants from retardant available we must never be reckless con-
due to overwhelming opposition children's clothing, commercially. In fact, cerning something as vital as fire
from the medical, fire, business, subjecting the most it was the sole focus safety. More studies must be done
and labor communities. vulnerable residents of a 10-year-long before any premature ban is enact-
Unfortunately, misguided legisla- of California to an Risk Assessment ed. The issues raised by this legis-
tors have once again introduced a undue amount of conducted by the lation have been closely watched
flame retardant ban in California risk. Moreover, the European Union, and by national fire safety standards
despite vast opposition and new minority communi- has also been ana- organizations, and after much dis-
research that contradicts the claims ties of California lyzed by such other cussion and careful review, two
of this bill's proponents. will be some of the groups as the US well respected organizations, the
Fire-related injuries are some most affected EPA, the National International Association of
of the most costly and emotional- groups by this pro- Academy of Sciences Firefighters and the National
ly damaging injuries, and this bill posed legislation as and the Consumer Association of State Fire
would not only put the people of they are more susceptible to fire- Product Safety Commission, all of Marshalls, have accepted an offer
California at a greater risk of fire related injuries due to higher den- which have concluded that the from the National Institute of
injury, but undoubtedly increase sity living quarters and the aver- product is safe for continued use. Standards and Technology (NIST)
the number of fire-related injuries age age of structures inhabited. Most recently, a study sponsored Building and Fire Research
and deaths around the U.S. This Deca-bde is by far the most by an industry affiliate concluded Laboratory, “…to serve as an
that Deca-bde poses no risk to organizer and neutral host of a
human health. And yet, there is scientific workshop on this topic.”
still speculation as to the long- There must be balance in this
term effects of this chemical on argument between being good
the environment and humans. stewards of our environment while
While there may still be ques- ensuring the fire safety of our
tions regarding yet-to-be deter- state. I hope that the legislators
mined risks, there are things we do reconsider this legislation in light
know about this chemical. We of the pending research and the
know that it saves lives. We know serious public safety ramifications.
that its efficacy is unquestioned Mark Martinez is the CEO of
and that the crucial moments that the San Joaquin County Hispanic
it adds allow firefighters to extin- Chamber of Commerce. He is also a
guish a blaze and would-be victims co-owner of Premier Security & Fire
to escape with their lives and pos- Incor porated which engineers, installs,
sessions. and monitors commercial fire and secu-
As the CEO of an organiza- rity systems. Mark served as the
tion that represents the citizens of Planning Commissioner At-Large for
the city of Stockton and San the city of Stockton from 2005-2009.
Joaquin County, I must express my In addition, he held the title of
concern for this legislation. While Chairman in 2008.
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Women Immigrants Change America (and Themselves)
NAM —By Cristina Fernandez-Pereda Migration is a process to try and tions. "When we ask them if they have becoming an American more even diffi-
During the presentation of the poll keep the family together. Kelley said been discriminated, they say no, but if cult, especially in a recession.
results, Sergio Bendixen defined it as "look- rarely do all the members of a family we ask if they have been treated differ- "This reminds us that immigration is
ing into the souls of millions of people in leave at the same time. “I’ve never met a ently at work, for example, then the an economic issue. You cannot have 7 mil-
an attempt to understand what motivates family who came intact." And that is their response is different," Narasaki added. lion workers in the shadows," Kelley said.
them and the challenges they face." The “greatest point of shame: they had to Language is the other big issue. A Most times, naturalization process is delayed
poll has considered their demographics, rea- leave their children behind,” said Kelley. total of 64 percent of those polled said because of the costs of applying for it.
sons to migrate and their will to overcome Asked about their income during they spoke "little or no English." “As a Among other findings the poll
obstacles to keep their family together. the first year of working in the United nation, we don't have a policy of integra- showed that their roles change within their
The result shows that women immi- States, 67 percent reported salaries tion, but if immigrants are becoming households. The overwhelming majority—
grants' main challenges are helping their under the poverty line. "This is just professionals and getting better jobs, it's Latin American (81%), Chinese (71%),
children succeed and keeping their fami- another sacrifice women make when only because they are improving their Vietnamese (68%), African (66%) and
lies together. The obstacles are formida- they come to America," Bendixen said. language capabilities," Kelley said. Arabic (53%)—said they had become
ble. 79% of Latin Americans, 73% of Another hurdle is discrimination. 82% Narasaki pointed out that it is not only more assertive at home and in public after
Vietnamese, 70% of Korean and 63% of of Latin American women said that dis- difficult to learn a second language as an coming to the United States.
Chinese acknowledged speaking little or crimination is "a major problem." During adult, but that most of these classes are "We cannot assume that they are sub-
no English. They also confront anti-immi- the panel discussion, moderator and oversubscribed, with some two-year waiting missive back in their countries. They come
grant discrimination, lack of health care Executive Vice President of the National lists. According to the study, 63% of Latin from smaller towns where you are very
and low-paying employment. Organization for Women Olga Vives American and 68% of Chinese women close to your family, they want to make
Bendixen said that this is something emphasized that the poll shows "it's not have attended English-language classes. sure everyone is okay. And when they get
that shakes the perception that immigra- just a perception, there's real hostility." But when immigrants cannot go here, they also want to make sure they
tion is always about economics and dol- Panelists agreed that both the kind beyond basic language skills, it becomes have a better living. Sometimes they face
lars. In fact, many of the women start out of jobs Latinos have, the exposure they an obstacle. According to the poll, 40% domestic violence, but that also happens
in low-paying jobs even though they may have at them and news media coverage of immigrant women from Latin here in the United States," said Silvia
have held professional positions in their of immigration are key to this issue of America and significant percentages Henriquez, Executive Director for the
home countries. In the United States they discrimination and hostility. from other regions do not have health National Latina Institute for Reproductive
might work as a hotel maid, waitress, For Kelley, media coverage frames insurance. Most are unaware of public Health.
house cleaner and textile worker. immigrants as criminals and is driven by health programs that could help their Kelley also concluded that one of the
These results indicate that women may “cable news networks on the right.” She children receive medical assistance. important things about the survey is that
be putting devotion to the well-being of also emphasized the uptick in hate The aspirations of immigrant immigrants share the same traditional val-
their families ahead of personal job status groups during the last few years, having women are remarkably similar as 90 per- ues as the rest of Americans. “It’s not nec-
and pride in choosing to emigrate. "immigrants in their eyeballs." cent of Vietnamese, Arab, and Latin essarily known,” said Kelley. She felt that
"Immigrants change America and Though the poll results showed American women all said they want to the survey was very important for this very
America changes immigrants," said Angela that discrimination rates is less of a become U.S. citizens. However, there are reason -- to help Americans understand
Kelley, Vice President for Immigration problem for Asian immigrants than for disparities in legal status among the ethnic that immigrants share the same values and
Policy at the Center for American Latinos, Karen Narasaki, President and groups. Asians, for example, naturalize commitment to building families.
Progress. "Their biggest challenge is how Executive Director of the Asian faster because immigration laws allow "Families are the safety net of
to make their children succeed. … And American Justice Center said the results them to bring in more relatives. Only 46 Americans in times of recession," said
this is why this poll is so important. What "might have underestimated the issue," percent of Latino women polled are U.S. Sandy Close, Executive Director of New
it shows is the common ground between if women polled within this community citizens. The increased cost to obtain citi- America Media. "It's not just about jobs,
immigrants and the American society." gave different responses to the ques- zenship has made the prospect of houses or meals. It's about the family."
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developed a reputation for producing high quality work at a reason-
able price. Alpine's work can be seen at a local Lincoln Unified
School District elementary school, area condominiums and even
businesses owned by local billionaire Alex Spanos, Manuel said.
Last month they were awarded a contract to build a new roof
on the Klamath Ferry Boat currently docked on the Delta in down-
town Stockton. The boat serves as the headquarters of Duraflame,
Inc., the country's leading maker of fire logs.
“We have a good relationship with our clients,” Manuel said.
“We try to do our best all the time.”
Manuel said business has dipped substantially since the national
recession begun. They have seen a 40 percent drop in business over
the past few months. The brothers have been brainstorming ways to
expand its clientele to deal with the difficult economic times, he said,
including working with realtors on bank-owned homes.
“It's been a hard year,” Manuel said. “(But) I have faith we will
be okay. We've been doing it 20 years.”
continued from page 4
trato para instalar el techo del Klamath Ferry Boat anclado en el
Delta, en el centro de Stockton. El barco sirve como oficinas cen-
trales a “Duraflame, Inc.” el líder del país en la elaboración de leña
Manuel comenta “Tenemos una muy Buena relación con nue-
stros clientes” “Tratamos de hacer lo mejor posible todo el tiem-
po.” El negocio se ha bajado hasta en un 40% los últimos meses
desde que empezó la recesión en todo el país. Sin embargo los her-
manos han estado buscando ideas y formas de crecer para enfrentar
los tiempos económicos difíciles y esto incluye trabajar con agentes
de Real Estate y las casas propiedad de los bancos. “Ha sido un año
muy difícil,” comenta de nuevo. “Pero tengo fe en que todo va a
salir bien. Hemos estado saliendo adelante por veinte años.”
continued from page 5
Cocoons Beauty Salon at 8900 N. Thornton Rd., and the couple
bought a home in Stockton. Shortly after, he opened his business
in a 2,000-square-foot facility with just him and his wife. He
restored the cars and she worked the books.
In the mornings, he would pass out business cards at local car
lots to gather clients for his shop. Eventually, the growth of his
clientele forced him to hire employees and after three years he
moved into his current facility, which is more than twice the size of
the previous site.
Over the years the father of four turned his love of restoring
cars into a highly successful company that has helped send all four
of his children to college.
Both his daughters, Jacqueline, 27, and Janee, 29, have earned a
master's degree from San Diego State University and UC Davis,
respectively. And his sons are currently attending college. Lorenzo,
23, is enrolled at California State University, Sacramento and
Francisco, 25, is at San Francisco State University. Lorenzo, whose
majoring in business, helps run the company when he's home from
school. One day he may take over the business, Montelongo said.
But it'll be while. Montelongo said he has no plans to retire
“I've always loved working on cars,” he said. “It was my destiny.”
continued from page 5
de autos para aclientarse. Eventualmente, el crecimiento de su clien-
tela lo forzó a contratar empleados y despues de tres años se movió
a su actual local que es más del doble de espacio que tenía el anteri-
Nos comenta “Había sido un sueño el ser propietario de mi
propio de negocio desde que era adolescente, después de descubrir
que era lo que quería hacer en la vida” Al paso de los años y ya con
cuatro hijos de familia, transformó su amor por la reparación de
autos en un negocio altamente exitoso que le ha ayudado a mandar
a sus hijos a la Universidad.
Sus dos hijas Jacqueline, 27 y Janee de 29 cuentan con Maestrías
de la Universidad en San Diego y UC Davis, respectivamente. Sus
hijos son estudiantes. Lorenzo 23 y Francisco de 25 años estudian
en la Universidad Estatal de California en Sacramento y en San
Francisco respectivamente. Lorenzo estudia administración de
empresas y ayuda con el negocio cuando está de vacaciones. Puede
ser que algún día él se haga cargo del negocio. Pero le falta todavía.
Ya que Montelongo comenta que por lo pronto no tiene planes
para retirarse. “Siempre me ha gustado trabajar en autos,” “Era my
destino” finaliza diciendo.
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Adult mosquito control in San Joaquin county R e p u b l i c a n o
(STOCKTON, CA) San Joaquin • Wright & Elmwood Tract continued from cover
County Mosquito & Vector Control District (Delta-area west of Lincoln Village
(District) will be spraying for adult mosqui- West & Brookside) able y decente” quien “se encontró en grante que ha sido una constante de
toes in several areas of San Joaquin County. • Portion of Lincoln Rd. area - una mala situación” Session, le va a costar su partido en
For 2009, the second dead bird, an Stockton North to Hammer Lane, South A pesar de que Gonzalez se con- los años por venir. Tales preocupa-
American Crow, tested positive for West to Benjamin Holt Dr., West to Alexandria vertirá en el latino invisible del Partido ciones de los líderes del Partido
Nile virus in zip code 95304. In addition, Pl., East to Pershing Ave. Republicano o tomará una larga Republicano, quienes están empezan-
recent surveillance data shows an increase in • Portion of south east Manteca area vacación durante la confirmación de do a tomar conciencia del enorme
adult mosquito populations in some areas. North to Louise Ave, South to Hwy 120, Sotomayor, millones de latinos verán potencial político de los latinos, pone
“We are approaching the time of year when West to Main St., East to Hwy 99. lo que para ellos es un evento históri- en un gran dilema al Partido
West Nile virus begins to spread and mos- • Portion of south rural Manteca area co de la mayor e intima importancia Republicano que tendrá que acercarse
quitoes become more abundant. The North to Division Rd., South to Two política. Muchos de estos latinos a los electores latinos si quiere tener
District requests that all residents take nec- Rivers Rd., East to Stanislaus River, West estarán vigilando cualquier signo de un futuro político. Sin importar lo que
essary precautions including removal of to Two Rivers Rd. racismo y xenofobia que muchos lati- se diga en las audiencias, los
standing water and the use of insect repel- • Portion of south central Tracy nos le atribuyen al Partido Republicanos van a estar en una gran
lants”, said Aaron Devencenzi, Public area North to UPRR, South to Valpico Republicano y votaron en forma abru- desventaja cuando se llegue el tiempo
Information Officer with the District. Rd., East to Tracy Blvd., West to madora en contra de eso en la ultima de la votación en un Senado controla-
The District will continue to imple- MacArthur Dr. elección. Los electores latinos estarán do por los Demócratas que van estar
ment the California Mosquito-Borne Virus Spraying for adult mosquitoes is done por ejemplo vigilando lo que los cerca o muy cerca del voto mayoritario
Surveillance and Response Plan to protect near sunset or sunrise with trucks and air- miembros republicanos del Comité de los 60 que se necesitan para confir-
the public health and welfare. Spray loca- planes when mosquitoes are most active. Judicial como Jeff Session digan antes mar a Sotomayor.
tions and times will normally be available The District will be using sprayers that y durante las audiencias. Durante la confirmación va a ser
24 hours in advance. People can access apply a very fine mist of material that kills A principios de mayo, informes el Partido Republicano y no
spray information and spray schedules by adult mosquitoes on contact. de los medios de comunicación en Sotomayor el que va estar en juicio
calling the District at (209) 982.4675 or Control operations are contingent español reportaron y relacionaron a en este juego político judicial de alto
toll-free at 1.800.300.4675 during business upon favorable weather conditions and if Session - el republicano de mayor nivel en la era posterior a Bush,
hours from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and canceled, will typically be rescheduled to rango en el comité - con grupos anti- cuando el Partido Republicano dom-
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through the following morning or evening. inmigrantes. De acuerdo a “La Voz de inaba. Los Latino estarán al pendi-
Friday or by visiting the District's website To request District service, call América” con sede en Washington, el ente si los líderes del Partido
online at www.sjmosquito.org. 209.982.4675, 1.800.300.4675 or visit the senador por Alabama, ha aparecido en Republicano van a usar las audiencias
Due to adult mosquito populations District website at www.sjmosquito.org muchos eventos organizados por el de Sotomayor para alejarse de Rush
and/or West Nile virus activity, the follow- For more information about mosquito Centro de Estudios de Inmigración Limbaugh, Glenn Beck y otros a los
ing areas are scheduled for spraying: control and WNV: (CIS), Numbers USA, así como tam- que los latinos consideran ser
Ground spraying for adult mosquito • California West Nile virus informa- bién en la Federación de la Reforma extremistas anti-inmigrantes.
control using Evergreen 60-6 or Pyronyl tion and to report dead birds and squirrels: de Inmigración, que han sido señal- Mientras todos nosotros deberemos
#525, is scheduled for the evening of Call toll-free at 1-877-968-2473, or adas por el Southern Poverty Law de ver si los Republicanos están
Thursday June 4, 2009, between 7:30 pm California Website:www.westnile.ca.gov Center junto con otras organizaciones preparados para usar la confirmación
- 12:00 am or the morning of Friday, June • San Joaquin County Public como “grupos de odio.” de Sotomayor en una forma para
5, 2009 between the hours of 3:30 am - Health website: Cualquier cosa en este evento lati- comunicar su deseo de redimirse
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What is cancer?
By NCI blood-forming tissue such as the bone sion. When this happens, cells do not Some cancers do not form tumors.
Defining Cancer marrow and causes large numbers of die when they should and new cells For example, leukemia is a cancer of
Cancer is a term used for diseases abnormal blood cells to be produced form when the body does not need the bone marrow and blood.
in which abnormal cells divide without and enter the blood. them. The extra cells may form a mass Cancer Statistics
control and are able to invade other • Lymphoma and myeloma - can- of tissue called a tumor. A new report from the nation's
tissues. Cancer cells can spread to cers that begin in the cells of the (Image from Understanding leading cancer organizations shows
other parts of the body through the immune system. Cancer Series: Cancer.) that, for the first time since the report
blood and lymph systems. • Central nervous system cancers - Not all tumors are cancerous; was first issued in 1998, both inci-
Cancer is not just one disease but cancers that begin in the tissues of the tumors can be benign or malignant. dence and death rates for all cancers
many diseases. There are more than brain and spinal cord. • Benign tumors aren't cancerous. combined are decreasing for both
100 different types of cancer. Most Origins of Cancer They can often be removed, and, in men and women, driven largely by
cancers are named for the organ or All cancers begin in cells, the most cases, they do not come back. declines in some of the most com-
type of cell in which they start - for body's basic unit of life. To understand Cells in benign tumors do not spread mon types of cancer. (Read more
example, cancer that begins in the cancer, it's helpful to know what hap- to other parts of the body. about the Annual Report.)
colon is called colon cancer; cancer pens when normal cells become can- • Malignant tumors are cancerous. Estimated new cases and deaths
that begins in basal cells of the skin is cer cells. Cells in these tumors can invade near- from cancer in the United States in
called basal cell carcinoma. The body is made up of many by tissues and spread to other parts of 2009:
Cancer types can be grouped into types of cells. These cells grow and the body. The spread of cancer from • New cases: 1,479,350 (does not
broader categories. The main cate- divide in a controlled way to produce one part of the body to another is include nonmelanoma skin cancers)
gories of cancer include: more cells as they are needed to keep called metastasis. • Deaths: 562,340
• Carcinoma - cancer that begins the body healthy. When cells become
in the skin or in tissues that line or
cover internal organs.
• Sarcoma - cancer that begins in
old or damaged, they die and are
replaced with new cells.
However, sometimes this orderly
Hispanics and African-Americans
bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood
vessels, or other connective or sup-
process goes wrong. The genetic mate-
rial (DNA) of a cell can become dam-
aged or changed, producing mutations
Struggle to Stay Middle Class
NAM — By Rob Kuznia 71 percent.
• Leukemia - cancer that starts in that affect normal cell growth and divi- As the weight of a sputtering econo- "These results show the precarious
my drags down millions of position of families who struggle to
Americans, a new study finds make it into the middle class amidst
that middle-class Hispanic policies that do not support broad eco-
and African American fami- nomic opportunities," said Jennifer
lies are the hardest hit -- with Wheary, one the report's co-authors and
four in five such households a Senior Fellow at Demos, in a state-
struggling to stay in the mid- ment. "Even before things started to
dle class. slip, African-American and Latino mid-
Called "The Downslide dle-class families were already on weaker
Before the Downturn," the footing, a position that sets them up to
study, released this week by lose more ground than they can afford
Demos and the Institute for in the current economy."
Assets and Social Policy at Using government data, the study
Brandeis University in measures the financial security of the
Massachusetts, measured the middle class by rating household stabili-
financial security of middle- ty across five core economic factors:
class families between 2000 assets, educational achievement, housing
and 2006. costs, budget and healthcare. Families
The conclusion: in the were ranked as either "secure," "border-
years leading up to the reces- line" or "at risk."
sion, the financial stability of Among other findings:
the middle class -- particularly • In 2006, 88 percent of Hispanic
among Hispanics and and 94 percent of African-American
African-Americans -- steadily households lacked sufficient assets to
worsened, with many families weather a financial emergency, up from
in danger of being knocked 82 percent and 89 percent in 2000,
out of the middle class alto- respectively.
gether. • The median value of financial
The study concluded assets held by Hispanics fell by 60 per-
that in 2006, 88 percent of cent in the six-year period, while those
Hispanic middle-class held by African Americans declined by
households, and 84 percent 33 percent during the same time.
of African-American ones, • From 2000 to 2006, median hous-
were not financially secure. ing costs increased 7.5 percent for
The survey also found Hispanic households and 9 percent for
that the financial stability of African American households.
these two cohorts had weak- • The same period witnessed a sharp
ened over time. increase in the number of families in
For instance, in 2000, which at least one member lacked health
the percentage of families in insurance -- from 26 percent to 39 per-
these groups experiencing cent for Hispanics, and from 18 percent
financial instability was sig- to 30 percent for African Americans.
nificantly smaller: 77 percent Tom Shapiro, Professor and
for Hispanics and 74 per- Director of the Institute on Assets and
cent for African Americans. Social Policy at Brandeis University, said
Similarly, the study also he is particularly alarmed by the statistic
found that the financial showing the decline in assets.
health of the average mid- "Most of these families had few
dle-class family across the assets to start with," he said. "With the
United States also wilted. value of these assets declining just as
In 2006, 76 percent of families need them most, they will not
all middle-class families in only find it difficult to weather uncertain
the United States were eco- times. They'll also experience setbacks
nomically insecure, according that will be felt by future generations. All
to the study. In 2000, that this points to a need for policies that sup-
figure was markedly lower, port asset building even in hard times."
June 2009 www.latinotimes.org 13
Print Is Dead? Hispanic Publications Defy Trend, Tell a Different Story
NAM — Kirk Whisler Combined circulation (up over language dailies reached a high point in Tiempo Latino in Washington, D.C.,
The year 2008 was one of ups 550,000) the United States in 2005, with 42 and La Voz de Houston were started
and downs for Hispanic newspapers, Combined ad revenues (up 4 dailies with a combined 1.6 million cir- and reached maturity as Hispanic-
magazines and other Latino publica- percent). culation. By the end of 2008, those owned publications. When their origi-
tions throughout the United States. Impressive growth statistics could numbers had declined to 29 dailies with nal owners sold out to local main-
Despite some rough spots, the $1.4 be found within major publication a combined 1.1 million circulation. stream-owned dailies, they’ve contin-
billion in revenue they generated last groups such as El Especial in New York Those numbers decreased even more in ued to evolve using the best of their
year continues to signal a bright future and Miami (up 16 percent), and El 2009. While major markets like Los founders’ ideals with the strengths
for Hispanic print. Aviso (14 percent) and El Clasificado Angeles, New York and Miami will that a major daily can provide.
At year’s end, there were 834 (18 percent) in Los Angeles. undoubtedly have a Spanish-language Other publications have been
Hispanic newspapers, 556 Hispanic Each topped a quarter of a million daily for many decades to come, some started by mainstream newspapers
magazines and another 526 journals, circulation and added new neighbor- that were started in the past decade with a wide variety of formulas that
annuals, yellow-page directories and hoods to those they serve. were in markets probably too small to range from well-thought-out to ones
newsletters keeping this nation’s ever- Fama magazine, out of Miami, saw support one. that seem to have no formula at all.
growing Latino population, now its circulation leap 39 percent to Employment: Employment at Often, these publications have no
approaching 50 million, informed. 188,283. To support this growth it Hispanic publications grew every year spokesperson at the corporate level,
Hispanic newspapers had a com- increased ad revenues. Many other pub- for decades. All of that ended in a big so when budgets are being cut, these
bined circulation of 17.8 million, with lications shined through the nation’s way last year, with a decline from publications shut down, even if they
an impressive 144 of them audited. down economy. 17,354 employees in 2007 to 12,122 are profitable.
Hispanic magazines had a combined New Markets Served employed at the end of last year. Hispanic Print on the Internet
circulation of 31.6 million, with 34 of Almost every month, Hispanic pub- Over 2,300 positions were lost at Today 443 Hispanic newspapers
those audited. lications start up in new markets. Hispanic dailies alone. and 311 Hispanic magazines have web
That English-language dailies are Today Hispanic newspapers serve Yellow Pages: Another area that sites, the majority of which are updated
representative of all newspapers is all but four of the country’s 50 states saw a major downturn was Spanish-lan- at least weekly. Millions of people turn
false. While many of those main- and almost 200 markets nationwide. guage yellow pages, with the number to these sites for news and entertain-
stream publications may have prob- This provides far better coverage than dropping from 149 in 2007 to 102 in ment. Circulation audits can now
lems, they are not a reflection of the any other media serving the Hispanic 2008. The biggest problem here was include online readers.
majority of Hispanic publications. community. On a weekly basis, at least with two groups of yellow pages that While few Hispanic publications
The frequent media rap nowadays 57 percent of Latino households are were either leveraged too much or had have effectively tied their online and
that “print is dead” is as invalid in using one or more Latino publications. owners who were no longer supportive. print efforts together, it will be a major
either language as the tired claim that Ad Category Growth Aside from that, the field of locally test for them over the next few years.
“Hispanics don’t read.” In Latino Health services, legal ads, vocational owned yellow pages seems to be very All figures in this article are for
Print Network’s annual summary school and governmental ads are some healthy and they should continue to the United States and its common-
being distributed this week, here are of the types of advertising that are grow for years to come. wealth Puerto Rico. They also include
the high points: growing. Local ads as a whole are The Future 12 newspapers along the U.S.-Mexico
Hispanic-owned Weekly increasing in most markets; hyper-local How will mainstream-owned border that have circulation on both
Newspapers and Magazines ads are growing even faster for commu- Hispanic weeklies evolve? For those sides of the border.
Measured by three key criteria, these nity publications. owned by non-Hispanic media Kirk Whisler is founding president of
publications continued to grow: Areas of Concern groups, the verdict is still out. Many Latino Print Network, based in Carlsbad,
Number of publications (up 20) Spanish Language Dailies: Spanish like Mundo Hispánico in Atlanta, El Calif. Email: Kirk@Whisler.com
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CVB Financial Corp.
Ranks No. 10 Among Top
25 Performers in 2008
Ontario, CA — May, 2009: commitment to provide our share-
CVB Financial Corp. holders with a superior return on
(NASDAQ:CVBF), parent compa- their investment and our cus-
ny of Citizens Business Bank, was tomers with the safety and sound-
recently recognized as one of the ness they deserve.”
Top 25 Performing Banks in the CVB Financial Corp. also
nation. CVB Financial Corp. was received the prestigious Super
recognized by the American Premier Performing Bank rating
Banking Association (ABA) as a from the Findley Reports for
result of its outstanding return on 2008. This represents the 19th
average equity (ROAE). CVB consecutive year that the company
Financial Corp. ranks #10 with a earned this important peer recog-
ROAE of 13.75%. This is up from nition award.
#18 in 2007. CVB Financial Corp. is the
The ABA study ranked the holding company for Citizens
performance of domestic publicly Business Bank. The Bank has total
held banks, thrifts, and holding assets in excess of $6.4 billion and
companies with assets over $3 bil- is the largest financial institution
lion as of December 31, 2008. A headquartered in the Inland
total of 145 financial institutions Empire region of Southern
qualified under the selection crite- California. It serves 40 cities with
ria. The ABA Banking Journal 43 Business Financial Centers and
applauded CVB Financial Corp. five Commercial Banking Centers
for its strong earnings, despite in the Inland Empire, Los Angeles
operating in one of the hardest hit County, Orange County and the
markets in the country: southern Central Valley areas of California.
California's Inland Empire. Shares of CVB Financial Corp.
“We are pleased to be recog- common stock are listed on the
nized among this elite group of NASDAQ under the ticker symbol
companies,” commented Chris of CVBF. For more information,
Myers, President and Chief please visit our website at
Executive Officer. “It validates our www.cbbank.com.
June 2009 www.latinotimes.org 15
"Green" economy holds opportunities for Latinos
Latino Journal E News — As made by the Congress to grow manu- ing not just financial engineering." Chambers of Commerce California told
America continues its struggle to over- facturing jobs and rebuild transporta- Friedman stated that it was "time to Latino business leaders in Washington
come the deep recession, it is also fac- tion and information infrastructure in stop borrowing and start building. D.C. to get more environmentally friend-
ing a unique opportunity to embrace a an environmentally sustainable manner. America's No. 1 resource is not oil or ly since stimulus funds have been desig-
set of interdependent challenges and Thus the sudden interest in getting the mortgages. Our No. 1 resource is our nated for environmentally friendly busi-
create a global economy that makes largest and fastest growing minority people. Let's put people back to work — nesses. He was referring to the $5 bil-
sense for the future. In losing almost group in the U.S., Latinos, to learn retrofitting and repowering America. You lion for the greening of facilities was
20 percent of its manufacturing jobs to about what "Green" means. can't base a national economy on credit available, another $4 billion for green job
overseas countries since 2000, and with Not all "green jobs" will require a cards. But you can base it on solar panels, training, and $3.6 billion in energy effi-
most American's demanding health- PhD or engineering degree since many wind turbines, smart biofuels and a mas- ciency grants.
conscience manufacturing processes actual "skilled labor" or "green-collar" sive program to weatherize every build- In addition, the California Utilities
that protect the earth and humans, the jobs will be needed as labor force to ing and home in America." Diversity Council will be conduct an
concept of going "Green" is stirring help in new and environmentally friend- Today, newly trained green-collar "Energy Summit" later this month that
new interest. But what does going ly manufacturing plants. There will also workers are installing solar panels, retro- will promote building and training oppor-
"Green" mean to Latinos? be a need for some green jobs in upper fitting buildings to make them more tunities for the new "Green" economy.
By 2025, Latinos are projected to management and even finance, but most efficient, refining waste oil into "Green is the way of our business
be 18 percent of the nation's popula- "green-collar" jobs should not only biodiesel, erecting wind farms, repairing and economic future," says Jose Perez,
tion, and will be facing a series of chal- enhance the quality of the environment, hybrid cars, building green rooftops, Chairman of the CUDC. "Through our
lenges including healthcare, energy sup- but also help cure the economy. planting trees, constructing transit lines, summit, people will hear and learn direct-
ply, trade, climate change and even taxes "We don't just need a bailout. We and so much more, throughout ly from the companies that are leading
to maintain many existing social servic- need a buildup," wrote Thomas America. And Latinos are getting right the "green" movement nationally."
es. With the Nation's GDP dropping Friedman in the New York Times this in the middle of this new development. For more on the CUDC Green
by about 15 percent per decade, some past September. "We need to get back This past March, Ken Macias, Energy Summit, go to www.cudcsum-
very serious choices will need to be to making stuff, based on real engineer- Chairman of the California Hispanic mit.com. www.latinojournal.biz
El Concilios’ Annual Gala Dinner
El Concilio cordially invites you leaders, and scholars to policy and decision have come to offer insight on timely
to join us at our Annual Gala Dinner honor fellow communi- makers who work to issues within the nation’s largest
on Friday, June 19, 2009, at the ty members and organi- improve the lives of minority community. We have invit-
Lexington Waterfront Plaza Hotel in zations for their out- Hispanic Americans. ed the Mayor of Los Angeles
downtown Stockton from 5:30 p.m. standing support of our Since its founding in Antonio Villaraigosa, to be our fea-
to 10:00 p.m., as we celebrate 41 mission to improve the 1968, during the civil tured keynote speaker. His keynote
years of advancing our efforts to quality of life for all res- rights movement by five address serves as a strong testament
empower the Latino community. idents of the Central visionary leaders, El to the vibrant growth and increasing-
The Annual Gala Dinner brings Valley. The Annual Gala Concilio has managed to ly important role of the U.S. Latino
together more than 300 guests of Dinner provides an establish a distinguished community.
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