It was great to see my high school football team, Salesian High, win the division championship on Saturday night.
Here is part of the coverage from the San Luis Obispo Tribune:
“Salesian features a star-studded team with three players committed to play football at Arizona and a fourth with several offers from elite programs, including UCLA.
”Salesian (12-2) was led by Felipe Meza, who rushed for 149 yards on 23 carries.
”Quarterback Blaise Booth threw for 179 yards on 9-for-11 passing and connected with Chris Pryor for two touchdo
wns along with a 53-yard scorin
letion to Jeremy Kelly on a screen
pass and a 17-yard touchdown throw to Arizona-bound Marquis Ware to put the icing o
n the cake.”
San Luis Tribune Coverage: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/12/08/2824570/salesian-crushes-mission-prep.html#storylink=cpy
From “Wingless Angel” by Roberto Juarez
You were the guide that showed me where
When I needed words of comfort and of love
You filled my needs with all your love
Are you my angel from above?
With wings of gold, soft as a dove
You are my angel this I know
Many veterans are not aware that all states have their own Department of Veteran Affairs. California Department of Veteran Affairs provides veterans with assistance beyond that provided by the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs.
CalVet provides services for:
- Veterans Benefits
- Mental Health
- Health Care
- Vet Organizations & Funding Opps
- Women Veterans
- Certified Business Advocate Program
From a recent press release:
While CalVet’s Veterans Services Division will continue providing vital information on veterans education, employment, healthcare, crisis intervention, claims representation and Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise, we will also more aggressively pursue the advocacy role of our department. We are very excited about our collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) to place twelve CalVet veterans claims representatives in each of the USDVA regional offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego to help process claims that have been pending for more than 125 days. Although we have just recently begun the process, the first teams have already processed more than 600 benefit claims for veterans that have been waiting for more than two years.
More information can be found on the CalVet Website: http://www.cdva.ca.gov/
Great poem excerpt from Pablo Neruda.
recesses that tempt through the vastness of houses;
bolsters asleep in the past, the bitter green valley,
seen from above, from the glasses’ concealment;
and drenching and flaring by turns, adolescence
like a lamp overturned in the rain.
sitios secretos de las casas anchas,
los colchones dormidos en el pasado, el agrio valle verde
mirado desde arriba, desde el vidrio escondido:
toda la adolescencia mojándose y ardiendo
como una lámpara derribada en la lluvia.
Link the Neruda’s Nobel Prize Page: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1971/neruda-poetry-youth_sp.html
One of the big impacts of the crack cocaine epidemic was in the courtroom: crack offenders were imprisoned for much longer sentences that for equivalent amounts of powder cocaine. This was changed in 2010 by the Fair Sentencing Act.
Here is an editorial from the Washington Post on the new law.
CONGRESS TOOK a courageous and historic step last week toward making the criminal justice system more fair.
House lawmakers embraced a measure to reduce the 100-to-1 sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine; the Senate approved the proposal in the spring. The president is expected to sign the bill on Tuesday.
For the past three decades, those arrested for crack offenses — mostly young, African American men — faced far harsher penalties than the white and Hispanic suspects most often caught with powder cocaine. A person found holding 500 grams of powder cocaine would face a five-year mandatory minimum; crack offenders would have to be in possession of a mere 5 grams to face the same obligatory sentence. Crack offenders faced a 10-year mandatory minimum for carrying 10 grams of the drug; the same penalty would not kick in for a powder-cocaine suspect unless caught with 1,000 grams.
Link to full editorial: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/02/AR2010080204360.html
“The Fair Sentencing Act corrects a long-time wrong in cocaine cases”
The Washington Post
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Good radio story recently on Evangeline Ordaz, an attorney and professor who created “East Los High,” a series about teens in East Los Angeles.
Radio Story Excerpt
From the cheap press-on nails to the Spanglish word for skank (“skonka”), Ordaz nails the East Los references. She borrowed them from some of the local teens she mentors at , a youth development center. Nineteen-year-old Rebecca Hernandez and her friends schooled Ordaz in the latest street slang:
“For instance, instead of liar, we’ll call somebody a Chuey,” says Hernandez. “It’s an old project story. This guy would lie a lot, and his name was Chuey. So we started calling everybody who lied a Chuey.”
Ordaz managed to put the whole neighborhood near the Ramona Gardens housing project into East Los High. She persuaded the producers to shoot the high school scenes at Legacy LA and to hire hundreds of locals as extras. Some of them even worked with the lighting, makeup and wardrobe departments. Ordaz also brought in local street vendors to feed the cast and crew.
Link to radio story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/09/13/218943510/east-la-homegirl-goes-hollywood
Link to East Los High interview: http://eastloshigh.com/l-a-story-an-interview-with-evangeline-ordaz/
From “The Price of Love”
by Roberto Juarez
What can one offer? What can one give?
Without love, no one can live
You cannot buy, you cannot pay
Love that is sold is lost forever
Love must be given to last forever