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21 June 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Re: "Smoking in the Boardroom"

It's all about being a parent.

The anonymous communications executive/soccer dad in the story smokes marijuana several times a week. Soccer dad says it's OK "at times when you're not caring for your children." But his own behavior shows he understands that parenting is a 24/7 job. He waits until the kids are asleep, then sneaks out by the garage to fire up his pipe. Then he showers and changes clothes, so the kids won't smell the pot smoke if they wake up and want their Daddy.

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6 May 2002 - Los Angeles Times
Controversy Brews Over “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day” Holiday:
Drinking takes toll on Mexican-Americans


Evidence points to an alcohol-related health epidemic in the Mexican-American community in California. But, unfortunately, the broad-based research necessary to lift the veil on this crisis and help public health officials and policy-makers figure out how to solve it has never been done. Major research also is imperative to focus public attention on this problem.

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5 May 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Hijacking Cinco de Mayo

‘Nuestra Cultura No Se Vende’
(Our culture is not for sale)

Jovita Hurtado and other San Diego community activists had just begun planning a new kind of Cinco de Mayo festival when she got a call from a marketing manager at a major American brewery. He offered Jovita $10,000 to help with the festival, as long as the company could set up a booth and advertise its beer with banners and other fanfare. Jovita said no thanks, because this was an alcohol-free event. "He was surprised," she said. "He said, 'but this is Cinco de Mayo!' Then he wanted to take me to lunch and talk about it. He said this kind of event would be very hard to raise money for, except from the beer industry. He said his company could help take a load off our shoulders."

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5 May 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Every morning after
Drinking takes toll on Mexican-Americans


Evidence points to an alcohol-related health epidemic in the Mexican-American community in California. But, unfortunately, the broad-based research necessary to lift the veil on this crisis and help public health officials and policy-makers figure out how to solve it has never been done. Major research also is imperative to focus public attention on this problem.

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2 May 2002 - USA Today
Cinco de Mayo: It's a cross-cultural cocktail but boozy emphasis is in bad taste to some

It's Cinco de Mayo this weekend, so all across America people named O'Connor and Polanski and Pierre and Rizzo are getting ready to ''par-tay!'' To celebrate…uh, what is it they're celebrating anyway?

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11 April 2002 - East County Californian
Local teen club owner forced out of El Cajon
Record of owner’s ‘irresponsibility’ cited by officials


EL CAJON – Communities Against Substance Abuse and the El Cajon Police Department forced an “irresponsible” businessman out of town last week just before the hearing for a conditional use permit was to be heard at the city council meeting.

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4 April 2002 - Ramona Sentinel
Operation Safeguard clamps down on underage drinking

Ramon, Julian, Warner Springs and all of San Diego County has been a part of Operation Safeguard during spring break for high school and college students. It is a project targeting a reduction in underage drinking in the county.

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3 April 2002 - USA Today
Letters to the Editor

Good Housekeeping
I empathize with tenants who would be forced onto the streets under a court rule for zero tolerance for drugs in public housing. (“Tenants can be evicted for others’ drug use”, News, March 27).

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3 April 2002 - North County Times
Mom pleads guilty to running meth lab

VISTA – A mother accused of running a basement methamphetamine lab in an Escondido home where her three young children were present pleaded guilty Tuesday to two criminal counts and faces two years in prison.

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