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Dean enlisting students’ help to plan center Computer banks, art gallery, Net cafe among ideas By Theresa Bierek Contributor Dean of Student Affairs Mario Chacon is allowing students to participate in a master plan for a new student center. There are five goals that Chacon plans to achieve through the process. They consist of advocating students’ needs at the college, district, state and national levels, facilitating retention of students through the support programs, promoting excellence in student research and education, providing the highest possible quality of life for students at City College, and promoting the full freedom of assembly and expression at City. There are 22 representatives at this time, who represent a specific set of programs. “What happens in the classroom is one kind of learning,” Chacon said. “There should be

environments where students can come together and create an overall campus learning community.” Chacon said there is sufficient data to prove that students complete school and achieve at a higher rate when they dedicate more hours to the school. With a student center, Chacon and Associated Student Government President Francisco Fabian plan to maintain higher graduation rates as well as retention persistence. Computer banks, an art gallery, a student leader organization office, an Internet café, a conference banquet facility and more are what the AS is trying to put together in the student center master plan. “We just want to get the ball rolling,” Fabian said. Having a main focus on the needs for the student center, students have been raising funds, helping to gain student support and trying to recruit other students to gain more voice and ideas for the master plan. This semester, City will host a fall convention on campus

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District working on ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE disaster response ■ Kelly Kaiser / Women’s Volleyball San Diego City College’s women’s volleyball player Kelly Kaiser (pictured above) was selected as the Pacific Coast Conference women’s athlete of the week for the week that ended Oct.1. Kaiser recorded 30 kills with only 12 errors on 70 attempts during the San Diego inaugural tournament, which was held in the new Harry West Gymnasium. Kaiser also leads her team in kills, a total that is good enough for third place in the PCC.

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■ Oscar Espinoza / Men’s Soccer San Diego City men’s soccer player Oscar Espinoza was selected as the Pacific Coast Conference men’s athlete of the week ending Oct. 16. Espinoza, a sophomore forward, scored three goals during the Knights 8-2 blowout of Mesa College. Espinoza has led his team to an undefeated record in conference so far and is looking to win back to back PCC championship. Text by Shane Crumrine

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The San Diego Community College District is in the process of developing a districtwide disaster plan that will help to optimize the district’s response time and procedures in the event of an emergency. In a Campus Health and Safety meeting at San Diego City College on Oct. 10, the district’s plan was outlined briefly. In attendance were Director of Administrative Services Carol Dexheimer, campus police Lt. Jose Vargas and various members of the faculty and staff. The plan includes a series of training exercises to bring the district into compliance with local state and Federal Emer-

gency Management standards. Also, they will implement a hazard analysis and capability assessment at each campus and Continuing Education complex, analyzing each site’s capabilities of responding to any emergency. There is also a proposal to develop a hazard mitigation plan to eliminate hazards and mitigate the effects of hazards that cannot be eliminated in an event of an emergency. The plan is intended to help reduce the risks associated with hazards by identifying the resources available. The plan also calls for a development of a district Emergency Operations Plan and a Site Emergency Plan template. This includes setting up committees

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■ OCTOBER 26 Men’s Soccer vs. Imperial Valley Home game 3 pm Women’s Soccer vs. Southwestern Away game 3 pm Business Connections Networking Breakfast – SIFE 7:30 am to 9 am Room D121 Open to everyone ■ OCTOBER 27 Study Abroad Information Meeting Contact Marion Froehlich at 12:30 – 1:30 Room D-121A Men’s and Women’s Cross Country PCC Cross Country Championship Balboa Park 8 am ■ OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 12 Dynamic Theatre Production of “Smokey Joe’s Café” Saville Theatre $15 Adults and $10 Students/seniors/military ■ OCTOBER 31 Director of APRL, Kath Rogers presents Advocating Peace Animal Protection

■ NOVEMBER 1 Peace & Environmental Activist, Hal Brody Creating Peace in the World presented by World Cultures 11:15 am Room A223 ■ NOVEMBER 2 Men’s Soccer vs. Mesa College Home game 3:00 pm

Campus Issues Forum 3 to 5 pm Room B-103 Participate in a dialog of faculty, staff, and students on strategies for the advancement of campus equity and diversity. Refreshments will be served.

Men’s Soccer vs. Palomar Away game 3:00 pm Women’s Soccer vs. Mira Costa Away Game 3:00 pm ■ NOVEMBER 8 Mandrill simulcast Live on KSDS Jazz 88 A melting pot of musical culture blended with urban America Saville Theater, 8:00 pm

Women’s Soccer vs. Grossmont Away game 1:00 pm

■ NOVEMBER 4 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Southern California Regional Championship Location TBA 11:00 am

Women’s Volleyball vs Grossmont Away game 7:00 pm

Men’s Soccer vs. Southwestern Home game 1:00 pm

■ NOVEMBER 10 Disability Awareness Day 12-1 pm Room D-121 Bring your lunch.

■ NOVEMBER 3 METTA Facilitator, Ron Punit Auerbacher Non-Violent Communication presented by World Cultures 9 am Room L109

Women’s Soccer vs. Imperial Valley Home game 3:00 pm

■ NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day – Holiday

Women’s Volleyball vs. Southwestern Home game 7:00 pm

Women’s Volleyball vs. Mesa College Away game 7:00 pm

Steven Alper, LCSW; Mindfulness Mediation and Peacemaking Presented by World Cultures 9 am Room A223

Be Prepared, Incorporated 12:30 am to 2 pm in Room B202 Learn how to be prepared in the event of a local disaster.

Director Islamic Outreach Education Program, Saad Tarabishi Understanding Islam presented by World Cultures 2:30 pm Room B204

■ NOVEMBER 8 Mandrill legendary funk R&B sensation simulcast Live on KSDS Jazz Live & World Cultures Event at 8 pm

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STOPPING A GAS LEAK ... On Oct. 20 at C Street and the corner of 14th Avenue, across from City College in front of Honeybee Hive, an unattended and locked car was slowly leaking gasoline near its exhaust pipe. The gasoline was coming out at a slow drip pace. The car wasn’t running and the owner couldn’t be found. Police and a firefighting crew showed up to the scene.

Photos by Mike Sullivan / City Times

Firefighters Jason Paine (far left) and Aide Barbat, engineer Jerry Bowers and Capt. Debbi Latham observed the scene after shoveling dirt underneath the leak to try to soak up the leaking gasoline. They then saw that there was a gas tank inside the vehicle.

By Ivette Servin Staff Writer

After using a “slim jim” to unlock the car they attempted to put the gas can underneath the leak. However, the can was too tall and would not fit underneath the car. The owner of the car couldn’t be found and the firefighters felt comfortable leaving the pile of dirt to soak up the gasoline.

Transfer Center director making move to Miramar By Tiffany Stecker Staff Writer Duane Short, director of the City College Transfer Center, is about to do some transferring himself. Short will leave City and begin his career at Miramar College on Nov. 1 as the campus’ new articulation officer. He will replace Diane Glow, who became the new dean of Arts and Humanities, and be responsible for making agreements with universities on transfer requirements and class equivalencies. Short has served as director of the Transfer Center for almost four years. As its first full-time director, he signifi-

cantly reorganized the center to make information and resources more accessible to students. The center’s Web site, which helps counselors to aid students in their transfer goals, was created under Short’s direction. Short also supervised many outreach events for students, including the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Transfer Day and the Transfer and Career Fair. The Work Experience Program was also created while Short has been the center’s director. Short hopes the Transfer Center will continue to outreach intensively and work more directly with students. “I hope that it will grow in ways that are

beneficial to everybody,” he said. Cindy Oviedo has worked at the center for more than four years. Together, Oviedo and Short supervised the University Link Guaranteed Admissions Program, which provides guaranteed admissions to UCSD to participating students. “He was our first director since I’ve worked here,” she said. “He totally reorganized the whole center about two times, maybe three.” Oviedo added that transfer rates have “definitely gone up” since Short became director. As far as hopes for a future director, Oviedo just wants more of the same. “(I want a) Duane clone. It was perfect.”

sheet in.” The ASG has arranged for Lorena Gonzalez, who is running for the open 2nd District City Council seat, to be on campus Oct. 25 at 11 a.m., and they hope to get mayoral candidate Donna Frye as well. College district board member Rich Grosch is also seeking the 2nd District council seat. The candidates are interested in coming to City College to get students involved in the election because the majority of City’s students live in San Diego. The ASG is thinking of the issues that can be presented to the candidates in case both candidates decide to visit the campus. Additionally, on Oct. 26 at 6:15 pm, the ASG is having a screening of the movie “The Corporation” to anyone interested, and they will again have tables set up for voter registration.

Teachers prepare to battle Schwarzenegger By Cindy J. Wimer City Times

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Student leaders urge ‘no’ on Props. 74-76 The Associated Student Government is encouraging all students to vote “no” on Propositions 74, 75 and 76 in the upcoming election on Nov. 8. Besides supporting the American Federation of Teachers, the ASG has taken sides on the propositions because they affect teachers. The ASG will have tables set up in Gorton Quad to register student voters, and on Nov. 2 they will have information on all the propositions. They also plan on going to classes to encourage students to register to vote. “Even on Halloween we plan on encouraging students to register and vote,” said Francisco Fabian, AS president. “We will bring ballots so students can vote on campus and put their

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The California Federation of Teachers is gearing up for a battle against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming special election Nov. 8. In conjunction with the Alliance for a Better California, a group that also includes firefighters, school employees, healthcare workers and labor organizers, the teachers union is working to defeat Propositions 74, 75, 76, 77 and 78. Alliance’s official positions regarding the upcoming ballot initiatives can be found on its Web site, Below is a summary of some of the propositions they hope to defeat in November: PROP 75 If passed, Prop. 75 will require public employees to sign a form every year authorizing their dues to be used for political activities, which critics say is unnecessary as union members can already opt out if they chose. Alliance and the CFT believe that if it passes, all unions will become targets. PROP 76

Center Continued from Page 1 Nov.28-Dec.2 in the Gorton Quad. Issues will be discussed there on what is affecting students, how to achieve student motivation, a revised constitution, and a special election that will be held during the event, all of which will be helpful in organizing the master plan for the student center. There are many active clubs and committees at City. Run by the students themselves, with the guidance of Fabian and Chacon, students can express their con-

Alliance says Prop. 76 would allow the governor to ignore Prop. 98 and thereby cut school funding by $4 billion a year or by $600 per student. If Prop. 76 passes, it will virtually eliminate the “checks and balances” system and give the governor power without legislative oversight. PROP 74 Prop. 74 would require new teachers to serve a five-year probationary period instead of the current two years. Critics say supporters of Prop. 74 blame teachers for public school problems instead of addressing underfunding, overcrowding and lack of materials needed. Supporters of this measure state that a teacher cannot be fired once tenure is achieved. According to critics, current law allows for a teacher to be fired for not performing no matter how long they have been on the job. City College professor Jim Miller is the political action vice president for the AFT Local 1931. In July, he was published in the online newspaper The Voice of San Diego, detailing his and many in the public sector’s concerns about the governor’s plans.

cerns and ideas on campus through the Associated Student Government about the new student center and many more issues concerning the school. Some of the panels consist of the appointment committee, the Hurricane Katrina relief committee and the furniture committee. The topics of discussion for these programs and plans for the new student center are brought up at weekly meetings, which are held in the student affairs building at City in room D-106 on most Fridays. There will be more information on meeting times, events and the master plan for the new student center in the Student Affairs Office during school hours.


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VoxPopuli Question by Cindy J. Wimer ■ Photos by Mike Sullivan

Will you vote Nov. 8? Why or why not? “Yes I do plan on voting. I am somewhat aware of the current issues.” Karon Lewis, senior, physical education “No I won’t be voting, but only because I am not registered here in California and am not a resident.” Heather Caruth

“Yes I will be voting. I am a big fan of the political process.” Branton Burgess, psychology

“Yes I will definitely be voting.” Katherine Bierbaum, English “Yes I will be voting for several reasons. I am trying to get on the Student Government and they support voting. I also have a lot of friends who are pressuring me to vote and I am against Prop 75.” Michael Smith, film “No I will not be voting. I did vote in the last two presidential elections but was disappointed in the whole process, so you could say I am boycotting the election I do plan on staying politically active.” Suzette Golden, Psychology

CityTimes Volume 60, Issue 5 October 25, 2005 Published as: The Jay Sees / 1945-1949 Fortknightly / 1949-1978 City Times / 1978Incorporating the newspapers Tecolote, Knight Owl and Flicks Cindy J. Wimer Editor-in-Chief Teshonne Harper News Editor Dashiell Kuhr Opinion Editor Jonathan Pivar Arts Editor Shane Crumrine Sports Editor

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Why Donna Frye should be mayor I can state in one word why I like Donna Frye. Integrity. She’s got it and we need it. This quality is rare in politicians, at all levels of government. I can only think of a handful in the entire country who do. Let’s face it, the Republicans have been running the show in San Diego for a long time, and the result has been a complete financial disaster. We can no longer afford the Randy “The Dukester” Duke Cunningham’s version of lip service. We listen. They make out like bandits. It’s like someone who, instead of paying the electric bill, goes on a Nordie’s shopping spree. Eventually it catches up and we’re Cindy J. Wimer left sitting in the dark, wondering how this all happened. Well folks, the lights have gone out on San Diego. Our ray of hope is Donna Frye. Nothing makes me crazier than wasteful government spending, and right now we’ve got it going on in spades. Frye is a liberal, but fiscally conservative and responsible, which is another reason I like her. She places priority on taking care of residents and core city services like parks and libraries, police and fire, streets, sewers and water before giving subsidies to corporate sports. Frankly, I am sick and tired of the Chargers and Spanos holding this city hostage with their constant threats to leave if we don’t give them what they want. I am a huge Chargers fan, but I’ve had it. Leave already. This city is not in a position to be giving anything to the Chargers. We can’t afford it. Frye has been the lone voice of reason on the City Council. She was the only one who believed that the city pension system was headed for a disaster. She voted against increases in retirement benefits and has called for audits on two occasions. Now look where we are. We continue to pay benefits that have been deemed illegal by the city attorney. We were paying benefits to deceased employees! Thanks to Frye’s Government Efficiency and Openness Committee, we’ve put an end to that nonsense. Frye believes in open and honest government. What a concept! Her 2004 boycott of the City Council’s “closed door session” policy forced the council to allow for greater public access. The days of secretive meetings and back room deals have to stop, and Frye has shown she is not afraid to put her money where her mouth is. Frye has a comprehensive financial plan that makes sense and will actually work. Her plan is endorsed by City Attorney Mike Aguirre. The recovery plan outlined by her opponent, Jerry Sanders, just doesn’t add up. The Donna Frye for

Perspective San Diego Councilwoman Donna Frye.

Frye has been the lone voice of reason on the City Council. She was the only one who believed that the city pension system was headed for a disaster. Mayor web site offers a detailed comparison of the plans. Visitors to the site can view each plan and draw their own conclusion as to which is the best for San Diego. This is going to be a tough battle for Frye. I hope that people think about what is the best for San Diego and stop supporting candidates strictly on party lines. San Diego has a history of being a staunch, conservative town. It is truly amazing that Frye has accomplished what she has. Imagine what she could do with all of our support. Cindy J. Wimer is City Times’ editor-in-chief


Oct. 25, 2005

SPOOKY SPOTS Check out these local haunts for Halloween By Jonathan Pivar City Times

Save Our Heritage Organisation San Diego’s Whaley House is considered one of the most haunted places in the nation.

Historic Whaley House nothing to be scared of The Whaley House is a historical landmark in San Diego. It was the first brick mansion in San Diego. It also housed the first courthouse, general store and public theatre. Oh yeah, and supposedly it’s haunted. The story goes something like this… Thomas Whaley actually witnessed someone (Yankee Jim) hung at the gallows, and thought this was the perfect spot to build his house. Soon after Teshonne Harper they moved in they started hearing heavy footsteps throughout the house. They assumed this was the ghost of Yankee Jim, so they went about their daily living. Does anyone else see this as odd? Then over the years most of the family died there, of both natural and unnatural causes, and decided to stick around and haunt it … Creepy. The Travel Channel deemed the Whaley House “America’s most haunted house.” So on a night with a full moon and an eerily foggy weeknight to avoid the crowds, we visited it. And discovered that the Whaley House was as scary as my seventh grade history class. It was a selfguided tour through period artifacts; a one-sided tale of San Diego history. I found myself thinking … if there is a ghost kill me now so that I don’t have to admit to anyone I paid $10 a person to see a 150 year old hairbrush. But no such luck. Sensing my disappointment, an employee said, “People think that during Halloween the Whaleys get active. But they didn’t even know about Halloween. It’s usually around dates that were important to them that this place gets a little … crazy.” He suggested that I come back in August or September, but I think I’ll save my $10 and read some old textbooks instead.


Teshonne Harper is City Times’ news editor

San Diego is rumored to be among the most haunted of cities in America, creating a perfect backdrop for Halloween. For tricksters of timid disposition, haunted landmarks are great hang-outs. The historic Hotel del Coronado is reportedly crawling with ghouls year-round. The Gaslamp Quarter’s Horton Grand Hotel has the same reputation, and is a good bet for those who enjoy people watching or venturing out onto the streets of Downtown for a bite. A couple of romantic spots are the Star of India and the Point Loma Lighthouse. Both are notoriously cursed and possess haunting, waterfront locales. These are great places to bring dates before subjecting them to the more gruesome sites. There are a few heart attack-inducing events in the San Diego area. The Haunted Trail in Balboa Park and The Haunted Hotel on Market Street downtown are two of them. The other is The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which uses over 50 pounds of make up and pre-screens its ghouls for past criminal convictions. All of these haunted mazes are based on the same general premise: patrons spend a little more than the cost of a movie ticket to walk around scary settings and have people in well-developed costume jump at, harass and frighten them until fight-orflight instincts take over. Of course, one of the many rules, which include lack of drug or alcohol intoxication and

Hotel del Coronado weapon entry, is assault. Violent types beware. The La Jolla Village is putting on Midnight Madness, late-night viewings of old classics that started with Evil Dead 2 on Oct. 22. A screening of Ghost Busters will run Oct. 29. Next month, Midnight Madness follows up with the David Lynch classic, Blue Velvet, Nov. 5, and Pulp Fiction Nov. 12. Unfortunately, the original line-up of The Misfits will not make it to San Diego and perform this Halloween. Neither will The Cramps or Oingo Boingo. Danny Elfman is busy these days composing movie scores for Tim Burton. As a consolation, Canes’ in Mission Beach is resurrecting the “Dead Man’s Party”, an annual concert event the Orange County-based Boingo headlined until its members disbanded in 1985. Dead Man’s Party has now taken the form of a tribute act, and will kick off Halloween weekend on Oct. 28. The following night, Oct. 29, the venue will host Lipps Halloween Bash.

Plan a fright night with these top scary movies Review 10. Psycho (old version only): C’mon, Anthony Perkins in a dress is some scary stuff! Vince Vaughn (who played Norman Bates in the new version) should stick to comedy. 9. Shadow of the Vampire: Willem Dafoe…as a vampire … need I say more? 8. Halloween: The movie that SET the rule, “If you have sex, you die!” Plus the music was dope.

7. Scream: The movie that KNEW all the rules and used them against us! “What’s your favorite scary movie?” 6. Friday The 13th (the first one): The movie that made going to camp and having sex even scarier.

5. Nightmare on Elm Street (the first one): It’s good to be a coffee drinking insomniac if you were in this movie. 4. The Shining: Twin Sister ghosts at the end of a

make a movie, really wanted the world to suffer.

Jeremiah Wessling hallway, elevators spewing out tons of blood, a bathing corpse, a crazy dad with an ax reciting Johnny Carson’s introduction, and a guy in a bunny suit. If you say this movie isn’t scary, you’ve got problems. 3. Spice World: Whoever was the demon worshiper that summoned these five girls to

2. The Exorcist: This movie still scares the daylights out of me! Her eyes give me nightmares! Do not play with Captain Howdy, or you’ll be spinning 360s and vomiting a grip load. 1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A cannibalistic chainsaw-wielding guy wearing human skin on his face is scary enough, but a whole family of them … I will never set foot in Texas. This movie feels too real.

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BookReview Dashiell Kuhr

‘New Earth’ graceful, intelligent Eckhart Tolle, the author of a No. 1 New York Times bestseller “The Power Of Now”, has released his second book “The New Earth”. Many people have been waiting for this release because Eckhart Tolle has not been touring with his teaching taking time to write. Eckhart Tolle’s books and teaching are causing a major spiritual movement in the United States and other countries. “The Power Of Now” has been translated into over 30 languages Many people have reported a significant reduction in suffering after reading his books. His teachings are being used in churches, hospitals, prisons, by psychiatrist’s and therapists, and by numerous other professionals and healers. Eckhart’s message is simple. The majority of people today are living in a state of madness characterized by increasing anxiety, depression, and/or conflict. He points to this state of madness as the root of warfare and destruction of the planet and it’s numerous life forms. He calls on humanity to recognize this insanity and become part of a global shift in human consciousness from suffering to a new more evolved, enlightened state of being. Eckhart does not represent any particular religion but instead suggest that all the great teachers of wisdom such as Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, were all teaching about the same enlightened state of consciousness. “The New Earth” uses clear and simple language to help guide the reader into the enlightened state off being. The result, a feeling of deep peace and joy. The New Earth is written beautifully with grace and intelligence.

‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ opens Oct. 28 City College’s Drama Department presents the Grammy Award winning musical revue “Smokey Joe’s Café”. The shows opens at City Colleges Saville Theatre with evening performances on Oct. 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and again on Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12. There will also be Sunday matinees on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and military. Anyone interested in seeing the show but cannot afford the price of a ticket should contact June Richards at to make arrangements. — Cindy J. Wimer



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Oct. 25, 2005

In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General proclaimed childhood obesity a health issue rivaling cigarette smoking. The Surgeon General further stated that the rate of overweight children in America doubled in the past 20 years and tripled among adolescents. But, apparently, few here in Washington seemed to have taken notice or cared. And predictably, rates have continued to rise across the country. In California, childhood overweight rates have climbed to 28.1 per 1,000 students, up from 26.5 in 2001, according to the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. In some parts of the state, the rate is as high as 40. Locally, San Diego has a rate of 26.4. I, like most, believe that childhood obesity is best tackled at the local level through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint. However, as a parent, grand parent and former educator, I know that these practices alone are insufficient. We will never truly control this rising epidemic without greater accountability from the food industry. Unfortunately, Congress is headed in the opposite direction, as evidenced by the recently passed “Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act.” The so-called “Cheeseburger Bill” does nothing to curb childhood obesity. In fact, it does just the opposite granting Fortune 500 companies blanket immunity from obesity lawsuits. The bill as passed in Congress removes any and all incentives for the food industry to improve their products for children. By foreclosing this opportunity to hold the industry accountable, we have assured ourselves continued high rates of childhood obesity. More importantly, we have allowed the greed of big corporations to come before the need of our children. Leaving me to wonder whether we in Congress are here to represent the












Perspective Rep. Bob Filner people or big business? I attempted unsuccessfully to amend this bill to prevent it from applying to children. The intentions of my amendment were twofold: to protect young children (my amendment only applied to those under 8) and to force better accountability from the fast food industry. Experts in the field unequivocally state that the fear of litigation and regulation has prompted the industry to rethink how it markets and sells food to our children. Fortunately, things appear a lot brighter at the state level. California, like many other states, has refrained from following in the footsteps of the federal government and instead has focused on addressing and combating childhood obesity. Recently, the governor, who I rarely see eye to eye with, wisely signed two bills into law that eliminate most fattening, sugary foods from public schools. These laws will return California to the forefront of tough junk food restrictions. Soon, public school vending machines that once dispensed super-sized candy bars, chips and sodas will start to offer yogurt, nuts and milk. These laws, which faced stiff resistance from the California Chamber of Commerce and big business, only came about because both Republicans and Democrats acknowledged our growing obesity problem and decided to work together and make the health of our children paramount. This is the same type of approach that we need here in Washington. Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., serves the 51st Congressional District


Corrupt government endangers Americans

As a student, sometimes I feel helpless in the ever- changing radicalized political system in the U.S. As the politicians pass more and more laws endangering citizens and protecting corporate interests I question how can I possibly make change as one person. Their system of propaganda, war and crafty policies seems almost impenetrable. The students seem so apathetic that I wonder how change will come. This is the illusion of solidity, of permanency. But all things pass in the great cycle. In the famous spiritual teaching the Badva Gita, even Brahman, the god that creates all things, is subject to birth and death. The Soviet Union was a world superpower that seemed so solid yet it fell overnight. Perhaps that is the fate of the United States as well. What motivates a man to kill and poison humans and the earth. It must be greed, illusion, lust for power. Do they not see what they are doing to the people? Do they not see they are killing the children with their poisonous food? Do they not see that they are killing the earth with industrial pollutants and chemicals. Surely a sane, healthy animal does not contaminate the environment it lives with toxic poisons.

Perspective Dashiell Kuhr Man must not see what he does to his own people. Perhaps he knows on one level he pollutes rivers and oceans or exposes people to cancer causing chemicals. But he does not perceive the effect of that directly. He may know that cancer rates and obesity are rising or that the extinction of plant and animal species are accelerating. But he does not feel it in his heart as love. As compassion to stop his greedy efforts for the health of mankind. We must expose the chemical companies, the arms dealers, the politicians, the various corporations that sell dangerous products or destroy the earth for profits. We must bring the light of consciousness into this world. We must let these special interests know, that we know what they are doing the earth, what they are doing to the children. Dashiell Kuhr is City Times’ opinion editor

Classified Senate to hold cakewalk The City College Classified Senate will host a cakewalk on Thurs. Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Senate and the Adopta-Family fundraiser. Baked contributions will be

accepted on Oct. 26 and 27. Donations can be homemade or store-bought. For more information, call (619) 3883464 ext. 3520 or ext. 3386. — Cindy J. Wimer

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Response Continued from Page 1 from each site to work in conjunction with the district’s contact, Chief of Police David Warden. The plan will be in compliance with the Standardized Emergency Management System of local emergency agencies. The plan will identify and provide the functions and services required during a disaster. The emergency procedures will be developed appropriately for each site, and will also be part of that site’s routine management functions. In conjunction with these proposals, Warden, who was not able to attend the meeting, said earlier that the “district hopes to establish an Emergency Operations Center to assist each site in an event of a disaster.” He added, “I hope to have a centralized District Command Center approved in 12 months.” The role of the EOP will be to develop a manual regarding all procedures of each site, provide examples and advice on emergency procedures districtwide, and provide local emergency agencies a point of contact to help distribute aid among the district’s sites. District officials hope the Command Center will improve response times of the district and college police departments, and the districtwide Emergency Committee. “The coordination between the district’s sites and other agencies is critical to the district for emergencies,” said Vice Chancellor of Facilities Damion Schamu, who also was not able to attend the meeting. “It’s a huge task to take on, especially with ... budget problems. “Twenty years ago, I negotiated an agreement with the Red Cross in that they could utilize some of the district’s campus buildings for whatever their purpose is without permission,” Schamu continued. He said that the facility at City College would most likely be used to establish a small triage center and not necessarily a

big evacuation center. In fact, he reported that the Red Cross did utilize some of the buildings at Mesa College during the wildfires of October 2003. Vargas also confirmed the agreement with the Red Cross and City College. Among the many procedures in an effort to prepare City College and the district in an event of a disaster is the updating of flip charts that provide information to students and staff on evacuation procedures during an emergency. Most flip charts can be found hanging next to the nearest exit of each room in every building at all district buildings. Schamu said that “we are going to have a plan on the flip charts that will be easy to read and understood by everyone.” At City College, Dexheimer reported there is a Campus Crisis Response Team, lead by the Mental Health Task Force. The team is set up to handle various emergencies and crises alongside other agencies and campus police. However, according to Dexheimer, “College Police and the administrator in charge will meet to assess the emergency, and coordinate and implement a plan of action.” Such a plan would include the use of the emergency telephones distributed throughout the campus in providing instructions on how and when to proceed in an evacuation. In addition to the telephones, assigned personnel would be directed to communicate with each classroom, bathrooms, labs and programs in an event of an evacuation. Also, the administration would provide campus personnel assigned to different access points and parking lots to prohibit entry. “The whole idea is to get everybody out of here in an event of an emergency,” Vargas said. As the district finalizes its proposal, the campus staff and police will direct operations in an event of an emergency. When the proposal is finished, the district will then be provided an advanced plan for emergencies. “I welcome anyone who would like to

be involved in campus disaster preparedness,” Dexheimer said. “They could attend our Campus Health and Safety meetings on the second Monday of each month.”


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New gym up and running after delays The opening of the Harry West Gym to students was delayed when the project failed to meet construction deadlines. The gym was scheduled to open in the summer of this year, but poor weather and other production delays stood in the way of its completion. The schedule was then set for the beginning of the fall semester. Again, the gym remained locked and under construction until Sept 12. “We fell a year behind and had to shuffle people around,” Assistant Athletic Director Kathy McGinnis said. “The badminton team had to go to Balboa Park to practice and the volleyball team had to

practice outdoors as well.” Now the gym is up and running. Some minor structural adjustments are still being made, but athletes are able to practice there. The first activity held in the gym was a volleyball tournament. “The first SDCC volleyball tournament was played in the gym on Oct. 1, attracting 12 teams,” McGinnis said. Harry West Gym offers more space for a variety of sports. The new facility boasts three regulation basketball courts. It also features three volleyball courts and six badminton courts. — Edgard Guerrero

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