Friday - Dec 14, 2018

Latin Briefs

  • Latina named first woman president of Chabot College

    by Juliet Blalack

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    Dr. Cecilia Barberena was appointed president of Chabot College after a unanimous vote by the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees on Dec.11th.

  • Green Paarty pushes for truth about Pelosi on torture

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox

    The Green Party of California (GPCA) called on California Democratic Party state and federal lawmakers this week to urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reveal what she learned in 2002 when she was given a “virtual tour” of the CIA’s torture program. According to CIA reports, there were no objections raised by members of Congress who were briefed on the program, which included the use of the illegal waterboarding technique.

  • SF implements largest biodiesel vehicle fleet in U.S.

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox

    Mayor Gavin Newsom announced this week that 100% of the City’s approximately 1,500 diesel vehicles have been converted to run on biodiesel. The City’s diesel fleet includes MUNI buses, several fire engines, ambulances and street sweepers.

    “Every city bears responsibility for taking local action to address our global climate crisis,” said Mayor Newsom.

  • Pacifica beaches re-open

    por Juliet Blalack

    The City of Pacifica re-opened four beaches Friday. City officials decided to close all beaches on Tuesday, after public works employees found tar balls on Esplande Beach. Since then, Cosco Busan contractors cleaned Esplande and employees from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Pacifica public works department inspected the beach, according to a city press release. For updates, visit http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us.

  • Bilingual sixth graders get a sample of translation jobs

    by Juliet Blalack

    Two professional translators showed Monroe Elementary students where their bilingual skills could take them last week.

    Inés Swaney and Tony Beckwith dropped by the Poetry InsideOut program and engaged the sixth graders with stories of their translation backgrounds and adventures, said teacher Anita Sagastegui.

    The two also explained how bilingual skills would help students no matter what career they chose, and then Beckwith shared a poem he wrote in both English and Spanish.

  • Community asks San Mateo county to halt foreclosures

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox

    Members of the community ­group San Mateo County ACORN attended the San Mateo County Board meeting this week to pressure the Supervisors to pass a resolution that would stay the foreclosure crisis. The resolution calls on local subprime lenders to voluntarily enact a 3 month moratorium on foreclosures and put delinquent or at risk borrowers, who are in unaffordable loans, into modified loans that are 30 year, fixed rate, and affordable based on the borrowers income.

  • Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval introduces a resolution to prevent foreclosure

    by Juliet Blalack

    At a Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval introduced a resolution demanding that the Mayor’s Office diminish the frequency of foreclosures in San Francisco.

    ­“In this moment, there are too many foreclosures and the truth is that the effect of these executions are more felt the Latino and African-American communities,” said Supervisor Sandoval.