From The Editorial Desk
Thursday, January 1, 1998
New Year's is traditionally a time for reflection, and in that spirit we bring you this week's cover story-an excerpt from a book by local journalists Ricardo Sandoval and Susan Ferriss-recollecting Cesar Chavez's efforts to unionize the Salinas Valley. The Fight in the Fields, published this year by Harcourt Brace to accompany a PBS special of the same name, recollects a time in California''s farm labor history that is nearly three decades old, but not so amazingly, many of the issues remain the same.
Amidst a backdrop of concerns about immigration and about the effects of pesticide on workers, the United Farmworkers Union (UFW) is still attempting to unionize workers in northern Monterey County (as reported in Coast Weekly "Sex for Membership" in March of 1997). Adequate housing for workers in the southern part of Monterey County is also still an issue-as evidenced by our cover story "Power Play," which in July took a look at the need for affordable housing and the rising political influence of local Latinos.
Also in this week''s issue, a look at the Hearst Corporation''s plans to build a large-scale resort development on the South Coast and a profile of Big Sur Native percussionist and teacher Jayson Fann(page 30). You''ll find a First Night schedule on page 33 and a review of the blockbuster Titanic on page 22.
We''re out of the office on holiday break ''til Jan. 2. Until then, Happy New Year!
JILL DUMAN, NEWS EDITOR