From the monthly archives: November 2009

By Mario Conde

Mexicans living in the United States will be able to vote for President of Mexico in 2012 even if they are not legally in the States.

The members of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad met in Guadalajara, Jalisco this month. The group is made of representatives from the United States and gives recommendations to the Mexican Government in order to improve the quality of life of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. and Canada.

Gloria Romo, who represents Calexico, said that the Institute is in full support of Mexican immigrants voting in the next presidential cycle. Romo said that they will try to motivate and recommend the Federal Mexican Government to allow Mexicans living abroad to vote for president in 2012 specially those that are here illegally and recommended to simplify the process and have voter I.D. prepared for them.

In 2006, the Mexican government allowed Mexicans in the United States to vote but there was a disappointing turnout for that election. Romo said that this time there will be a lot more promotion from the Mexican Government to encourage voting for president.

Romo also said that the State of Jalisco is already preparing to allow Mexican immigrants abroad to vote for president and are opening to have Mexican-Americans run for and assembly seat.

In other items, Romo mentioned that the commission will evaluate their scholarship programs in order to expanded and make it stronger in order to benefit students from Mexican origin. In border issues, the commission expressed their concern with the construction of the new border fence and the militarization on the border of Mexico and the United States.

Romo also said that they will ask to stop operations streamline that deports Mexicans without the option of exercising their rights in states such as Arizona and Texas. According to Romo, Arizona is the most problematic State when it comes to racism against Mexicans since there are anti-immigrants groups but said that the commission will now focus more on Arizona.


Red Cross Joins Forces with National Organizations to

Provide Businesses with Information on Health and Productivity During the H1N1 Pandemic
Free Workplace Seminar Offered

San Diego, November 25, 2009 The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a workplace seminar where local business management teams can educate their employees with the necessary tools to maintain a healthy and productive workforce during the H1N1 Pandemic.

This information seminar was produced in conjunction with the United States Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA).

In hopes of curbing the H1N1 Pandemic, several leading national health organizations such as the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Surgeon General among others, have come together to provide this educational resource for business leaders.

With 100 years of lifesaving experience, the American Red Cross continues to bring forth the most up-to-date safety information to our community and is striving do their part during this pandemic. By providing local businesses with this very important information resource, the Red Cross helps the local workforce be better prepared for this widespread virus.

“We believe preparedness is the best defense against this flu pandemic”, said Joe Craver, CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties.

The seminar will include a digital presentation of information on the H1N1 virus from renowned organizations in public health and safety, public policy and disease control.  The seminar will also include helpful resources and cost-effective safety and preparedness strategies required to minimize the spread of this pandemic in the workplace.

Participants will also be able to purchase safety products that will aid in stopping the spread of this infectious disease.

Details of the seminar are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Location: Local Red Cross Headquarters – 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123

Cost: FREE

RSVP: Wilma Llano 858-309-1435 or


By Mario Conde

Baja California is second place in crime and violence in Mexico according to a study made by the Center of Investigation for Development.

The State of Baja California was named second place in crime at the national level thanks to information gathered from the Federal National Security System. The State even tops other high criminal states such as Mexico City and Sinaloa. Chihuahua was named the number one criminal State in Mexico.

Baja California is the national leader in auto theft since the State has 18.9 cars stolen everyday for every one thousand people. Mexico City has only 5.8 cars stolen every day, according to the study. The safest states in the nation according to the group are Yucatan, Hidalgo, and San Luis Potosi.

The study also says that one in every three vehicles stolen in all of Mexico in 2008 where stolen in Baja California. The State of Chihuahua is the only State categorized as “Very High” in terms of criminal activity.

In terms of homicides, for every one hundred thousand people Chihuahua has 47.1% and Baja California has 20.5. In terms of executions for every 100,000 people, Baja California holds the fourth place in the nation with 10.5 but Chihuahua registers itself in first with 31.1 and in second is Durango.

The investigation says that even where there have been significant victories against organized crime, the number of executions has multiplied; the sense of vulnerability is stronger than ever. The study also criticizes their legislative representatives for incremental penal laws but not doing enough to implement strategies for capturing criminals.

The recommendations made in the study are to develop a criminology policy for every type of crime and improve police intelligence and focus more on prevention methods.


By Mario Conde

Baja California Governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan made a trip to China in an attempt to consolidate strategic plans to bring investment to the State.

The Governor began his trip on November 16 and met with the Mexican Ambassador in Beijing, Jorge Eugenio Guajardo Gonzalez. Governor Osuna thanked the ambassador for his support to market Baja California in China. In the meeting, it was notice how Baja California is the leader in this type of commercial trips by bringing businesspeople from all the five municipalities of the State.

Governor Osuna said that the main goal of this trip is to strengthen legislative and commercial relations of both entities that create major investment and more jobs to the people of Baja California. He asked the ambassador to promote Baja California products such as wine, and other regional food products.

Among the agreements reached at the trip is that starting March 2010, there will be direct flights from Tijuana to Shanghai. The Governor said that these flights will benefit the cultural, commercial, and tourism exchange between the two countries.

Also, it was also announced that Baja California could have in the near future an automobile manufacturing plant that will have Chinese investment. The Governor s


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Helping the Hungry

By Betty Predmore

Holtville California-Preparations are underway for the Community Thanksgiving at Holt Park. Sponsored by Turning Point Ministries, along with donations from various churches and individuals throughout Imperial Valley, this is an annual event that seems to get bigger each year. Several hundred people are expected to attend this year’s event which will be held on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The event was started some years back with the intent of reaching out to the homeless and hungry in the community and providing them with a warm, delicious Thanksgiving meal. It has grown over the years to become a time of gathering with families and enjoying a delicious meal without the fuss of cooking at home. It is also a favorite among the local Snowbirds. There is no cost to enjoy a delicious meal of turkey, dressing, and all the sides. Turning Point invites the community to share an afternoon of good food, family fun, and fellowship as we let the true meaning of the holiday shine through.

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