Scouts and coaches with ties to Mexico have always had a presence in Salinas. What’s different now, coaches say, is the number of players taking their offers. In the last year alone, three current or former Alisal players signed professional contracts in Mexico.
As soon as the Rio Olympics were over, synchronized swimmer Mariya Koroleva knew her career was, too. “I came back from Rio with literally zero dollars in my bank account. Pretty much the Olympics left me broke," said the 26-year-old Concord resident, one of the many Bay Area Olympians who must rely on themselves to fund their athletic ambitions.
As any structure built to divide, artist Sita Bhaumik’s wall has already been vandalized by graffiti from the Mission District’s youth and guest artists – this time by invitation. Hovering over the floor of Southern Exposure’s gallery, the wall is the main feature of the exhibition “We are against the wall/Estamos contra el muro".
Watching a little girl extort her desperate neighbor for intel into his ex-wife’s romantic situation, the crowd in the New Mission Theater erupts in a laughter that betrays its roots. This kind of craftiness, bordering on deceit, is a kind of attitude towards life most Latin Americans recognize – even in themselves.