Rosarito, Most Indebted BC City (El Sol de Tijuana, 1/10/13)

Playas de Rosarito, BC - The municipality of Rosarito is unable to acquire any new debt since it faces a deficit of 63 million pesos ($4.9 million US) and long-term debt of 214 million pesos ($16.9 million US). City treasurer Manuel Zermeño Chávez revealed that when you talk about amounts, Rosarito is the third most borrowed Township in Baja California, "But in terms of capacity, we are the most indebted municipality".

And he added that its debt is comparable to its budget and the percentage of it operability, "The talk that we are the most indebted in Baja California is in other words, the municipality is at its borrowing capacity at this time because we are beyond capacity for repayment."

The city treasurer pointed out that last year we needed 352 million pesos ($27.8 million US) to operate and this year it will be 377 million pesos ($29.8 million US), "According to the calculations, last year we did not achieve that goal".

He argued that to date, there is a deficit of 63 billion pesos ($4.9 million US) and estimated actual debts of nearly 5 million pesos ($395,000 US) to outstanding debt providers, including hospitals, doctors, stationery distributors and mechanical workshops. In addition, long-term debt amounts are 214 billion pesos ($16.9 million US), "because it was paid out of capital this year".

In an interview the municipal official announced, after the pronouncement of Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, it now stands that the federal Government will not bail out the states and municipalities that are indebted; the municipality is considered of no greater significance.

"They are basically leaving us in the situation where we are, it does not hurt them because we are not part of their budget, but it leaves us in the same situation where we are and in this regard we must see our reality and take measures in local Government to compensate and reduce the existing municipal deficit," he explained.

The local official said that the key is to sort out the resources of the municipality, maybe generate an internal economy containing expenses that are unnecessary and non-priority items, so that municipal income can be increased. Therefore, he said, it will be a strategy applied to our small Baja California municipality for 2013, the same municipality that will be presented to the Cabildo in no longer than three weeks.

He explained that it is projected to provide instructions to least eight municipal units in order to increase municipal income, including Urban Control, Fund-Raising, Treasury, General Secretary and Municipal Transport. The local Government considers they can achieve the expanded federal direction to improve the economy of the municipality.

"Memory Rainbow" Published by Cecut (El Sol de Tijuana, 1/10/13)

Tijuana, BC - An account of what the experience of the Rainbow Arts education program has meant, was launched at the Tijuana Cultural Center in 2009 but whose origin goes back to the early 90s of the last century, and is offered in the book "Memoria Arcoiris: Una experiencia cultural y educativa (Memory Rainbow: Educational and Cultural Experience)", published recently by Cecut.

The volume collected the memories of those who were involved from the very beginning of this program and throughout the three stages of its existence: first as a children's supplement published by the newspaper "Diario 29", a subsidiary in Baja California of the "El Nacional" newspaper; later, to passed to the Secretary of Education and Social Welfare of the Government of Baja California, and finally, in the third stage, taken up by the Tijuana Cultural Center which expanded its objectives and coverage.

Within Cecut, the Rainbow program enrolled education and culture in tandem, one of the axis of institutional development launched in the past three years, while the publication of the volume is part of its publishing program.

In frank testimonials, "Memory Rainbow" collected in 120 pages, the points of view of 16 authors who have been present at the different stages of the development of the program that went from literary workshops for children in its beginnings, to a pedagogical model of art education formed in the last three years.

Emerging from the initiative of the current director of Cecut, Maestro Virgilio Muñoz, as a founding Director of "29 journal" in 1991 prompted the establishment of "a supplement by children for children", which meant it released materials that children themselves produced in workshops funded in each the municipalities of Baja California (Tijuana, Mexicali, Tecate and Ensenada).

As Maestro Muñoz presented the volume, the germ of the idea was born in the bosom of a working group at the Secretariat of Public Education of the Federal Government, which prepared the document for Mexico and would ratify the Convention of the Rights of Children initiative promoted by the United Nations in 1989.

Since then, attention was fixed on the importance that media incorporates for the child audience in activities related to information, the knowledge of their environment and the teaching of art. Within such a history arose "Rainbow" since its first issue was distinguished from other children's publications not only by the fact that their materials were written by children, but by its agility and colorful design.

Nourished with creations burnished by the participants in workshops taught at schools in the region under the supervision of qualified instructors became the supplement "Rainbow. The universe of children "was published each Saturday over little more than one year, becoming an unprecedented experience for many and rewarding for all those who collaborated on its pages: small authors that first published their texts.

Throughout more than 20 years there has been validity; the Rainbow program has been enriched, each time it began a series of literary workshops driven by "29 diary", one in each municipality to generalize to all State schools during the stage in which Maesto Muñoz was Secretary of Education, and currently as part of the substantive programs of Cecut, it has extended its range of action to other artistic disciplines: dance, theatre and music, expanding its coverage.

Now, the Rainbow program is presented through workshops at venues outside the Tijuana Cultural Center: schools of basic education, campuses of indigenous education, community centers, children’s homes and multiple care centers, while on the other hand, they have expanded their workshops to groups of children with Down Syndrome and Visual handicaps, and to those who need specialized instructors.

"Memory Rainbow is an educational and cultural experience that "provides an account of this valuable experience of artistic teaching whose evolution over more than two decades is described with first hand accounts in the pages of this book” which will be available in the Cecut merchandise shop, located at the entrance of the main building of the institution.


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