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Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Tijuana Innovadora ends 11-day run

      The Tijuana Innovadora conference and exposition ended its 11-day run on Sunday. The conference featured talks by mayors — Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán and San Diego Mayor Kevin Falcouner appeared together on a panel moderated by TV Azteca broadcaster Lilly Téllez (who lived in Ensenada as a child) and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai was the keynote speaker on the opening night.
      Every day featured interesting talks, many based on the conference theme of the Mexican diaspora. Women seemed to be more prominently this year, and two fascinating talks were delivered on Saturday, one by Rancho La Puerta founder and philanthropist Deborah Szekely and the other by US entrepreneur Lu Cordova ("A woman's startup in Mexico: the good, the bad and the ugly." Szekely's tale about her life, and how she got Mexican President Miguel Alemán to grant her countryless husband citizenship, was a tour de force.

Ron Huldai Tijuana InnovadoraFriday, Oct. 17, 2014

Tel Aviv mayor, at Tijuana Innovadora, invites Mexican entrepreneurs to come to his city

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Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

logo tijuana innovadoraHector Osuna Jaime with beard Former Tijuana mayor says all Tijuana and San Diego residents should attend Tijuana Innovadora

Héctor Osuna Jaime, who recently resigned from National Action Party, says the event, which begins Thursday, is something to take pride in and learn from

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Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Fishing industry official says Baja California bivalve mollusc market is recovering, but needs laboratory certification to export to U.S.

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Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Tijuana Innovadora starts Thursday

      The third edition of Tijuana Innovadora begins Thursday, with a stronger lineup of women this time around. Alejandra Lagunes starts off the 11-day conference at noon with a talk about innovation along the border. On the next-to-last-day, Saturday, Oct. 25, eight women are scheduled to speak or moderate, including Rancho La Puerta founder and philanthropist Deborah Szekely at 12:45 p.m. and Lu Cordova at noon ("A woman's startup in Mexico: the good, the bad and the ugly." Schedule of events.

Families protest against lack of information in disappearance of 2 police in Ensenada 5 months ago;
7 homicides recorded in Tijuana over weekend

      Families are protesting a lack of information about the disappearance of two police in Ensenada five months ago, El Mexicano reported. The mother of state ministerial police agent Ramón Flores Paredes, Eloisa Paredes Aldama, said she has not seen her son since May 11 when he left with state preventive police agent Carlos Armando García Ortega to go to the store in Ensenada's Punta Banda section. The Mustang the two men had traveled in was later found near a Punta Banda gas station. Paredes Aldama said she has gotten very little information from authorities about the case, which was turned over to an organized crime unit.
Front-page story, El Mexicano Ensenada edition. Jump.
May mention of the disappearance.
      Meanwhile, seven homicides were recorded in Tijuana over the weekend. One was of a man reported to be involved in drug sales and who had been recently deported from the United States. Another may have had a connection to a former Tijuana policeman removed from the force several years ago because of suspected links to organized crime, El Mexicano reported.

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Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

Poaching is depleting Baja California geoduck clam population

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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Editorial: 'Dead Because of a Report'

Tijuana's El Mexicano newspaper says dozens of students apparently were killed so that Iguala mayor's wife could present an update on the work of the agency she heads and laments that the federal government only investigated the criminal ties of the mayor after the massacre

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Rosarito residents decry vehicle break-ins

       Rosarito residents are complaining about a rash of vehicle break-ins where window glass is broken, including on Popotla Boulevard in the Popotla tourist area. A businessperson who did not want their name revealed told El Mexicano newspaper that two or three vehicles are being broken into daily on the boulevard. The story in the paper unfortunately ended in mid-sentence.


Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Parking garage below Tijuana City Hall esplanade partially closed for structural reasons; the same issues are preventing mass events there

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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Tijuana education authorities say only one middle school now lacks teachers, 6 weeks after school year started; parents of Secundaria No. 26 students block main entry to Loma Bonita neighborhood in protest

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Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Body of former Tijuana policewoman found in trunk of car, with her tongue cut out

       The body of a former Tijuana policewoman was found in the trunk of her 2003 Nissan Altima on Saturday, Mexican media reported. The tongue of Lizbeth Elena Montañez Arenas had been cut out, El Mexicano reported. Montañez appeared to have been strangled and beaten all over her body, officials said.
       Authorities said she was separated from the force after her husband, also a former policeman, was detained in a kidnapping in 2008.
       Residents said the car, whose front passenger window was broken, was left in the Mérida neighborhood Friday. Front-page story, El Mexicano. Jump.


Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

Report on Mexicans seeking asylum in U.S.

       U-T San Diego's Sandra Dibble takes an excellent look at the issue of Mexicans seeking asylum in the United States, with a focus on a family from Guerrero that had two sons killed and a daughter raped. The story, with a nice photo from Charlie Neuman, ran on Page 5 instead of Page 1 as a feature involving Sunday night's Paul McCartney concert at Petco Park dominated the paper's front page.


Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

gendarmesTijuana paper wonders what federal gendarmes are doing in Baja California

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Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Parents upset about lack of teachers a month into the school year occupy schools, state education offices, and roads in protest

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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

UABC reported to have lost 26 million pesos in stock market; such investments said to be unauthorized

       The Autonomous University of Baja California lost 26 million pesos ($2 million) in the Mexican stock market, El Mexicano reported. Such investments are not authorized by the state, the paper said. Front-page story. Jump.


Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Columnist says 'I told you so' about toll road reopening being delayed

Update, Sept. 25: Alternate route being planned; 10mm fissure said to be cause of delay

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Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

800 cars towed from Tijuana checkpoints; most drivers did not have licenses

El Mexicano editorial says that if checkpoints were set up around police stations, they would find police driving to work in vehicles without license plates and with cracked windshields

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Police, vendors wielding machetes face off at La Bufadora blowhole tourist attraction

       Ensenada police and a large group of vendors that a judge ordered away from the environs of the tourist blowhole attraction La Bufadora faced off on Monday; the 200 police eventually backed off, faced with protesters armed with machetes, rocks and sticks, media reported. Officials say they are trying to make La Bufadora into a world-class tourist attraction.
State Tourism Minister Oscar Escobedo Carignan discusses the issue; he notes that it is a matter for the municipality of Ensenada to deal with.
Front-page story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump. Picture page, story (PDF).
Cartoon showing man with sign with title "Primero Muertos" (Death First: One protest sign said "Death First Before Being Removed")


Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

farmacias del ahorroFarmacias del Ahorro, opening 10 pharmacies in Tijuana, has four-page wraparound ad in El Mexicano newspaper

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Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Churches plan to seek injunction against having to file electronic statements with Mexican tax agency

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University to offer certificate for English-Spanish translation and interpretation in Tijuana

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