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Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was sentenced to three months' home confinement and three years' probation as a result of his pleading guilty to a felony charge of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor battery charges involving inappropriate sexual behavior.
Filner was a strong advocate of cross-border ties; border activist Enrique Morones, who defended Filner against sexual harassment charges to the end, had even called "Roberto Filner" San Diego's first Latino mayor in modern times. Now San Diego has the opportunity to elect a truly Latino mayor: U-T San Diego reported that a poll shows Democrat David Alvarez and Republican Kevin Faulconer are in a statistical dead heat in their runoff likely to take place in February. Alvarez recently attended the inauguration of Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, U-T San Diego.
A plan by the Sonora state border city San Luis Río Colorado to expropriate thousands of abandoned houses and resell them to families seeking a home has collapsed due to legal requirements, Tijuana's El Mexicano newpaper reported Monday. The paper said there are an estimated four abandoned homes per block, and that many of them have been taken over by vagrants and drug dealers and that others and abandoned lots are used for dumping trash. Mayor Leonardo Guillén Medina had hoped to be able to assume control of abandoned homes, but found that to meet legal requirements, the homeowners must be present to sign transfer papers. Abandoned homes are a problem in many Mexican cities, including Tijuana, where owners unable to meet payments have moved elsewhere, many of them to the United States. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
U-T San Diego watchdog reporter Chris Moran, in a story on the paper's SD In Depth section Sunday, reports on corruption cases involving US Customs and Border Patrol. Moran reported: "Because cellphones often were used to coordinate smuggling runs with criminals, customs officers now aren't allowed to use personal cellphones while on duty at the ports of entry." He also said new Border Patrol hires can't work within 100 miles of their hometowns because "75% of those arrested for currption were working close to home."
U-T San Diego: Crossing the Line: The decade-long increase in Customs and Border Protection staff has coincided with more frequent corruption cases involving federal agency's law enforcement personnel.
January 2013 The Monitor report saying that Border Patrol trainees cannot initially be assigned within 100 miles of home.
Mexico gets relatively easy group to play in at World Cup tourney, while U.S. is in tough "Group of Death"
New Tijuana Mayor's Jorge Astiazarán's police force is reassigning 120 police officers who were guarding politicians, public officials and business officials to now serve the general public, Tijuana media reported Thursday. The force also plans to use small drones as part of its policing activities, the media said. The drones apparently will not be able to stay up in the air very long.
Story on police being reassigned, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Drone story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, Dec. 7: More comprehensive story on drones in U-T San Diego.
Former presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador suffered a heart attack Tuesday and had an angioplasty operation. He is expected to be hospitalized the next few days. Reuters reported that the peso rallied, possibly because the heart attack might prevent López Obrador from vigorously opposing President Enrique Peña Nieto's energy reform proposal. The former Mexico City mayor also has been organizing his new Morena political party, which could be a vehicle for a third presidential run for the left-of-center politician in 2018.
A recent report said Morena still needed 120,000 more people to sign up for it to become an officially recognized party. If and when it does that, it could be registering with the National Electoral Institute (INE); a proposed electoral reform would have the INE replace the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), allow the re-election of senators and federal deputies, and invalidate elections where spending limits are surpassed.
Heart-attack story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
At right, an ad where López Obrador seeks people to sign up for Morena.
Water shut off for 82 Tijuana neighborhoods
Water was shut off for 82 neighborhoods in eastern Tijuana on Tuesday so that the Otay Aqueduct
Jorge Astiazarán of Tijuana and four other mayors took office in Baja California on Sunday; all are having to deal with major debt issues. U-T San Diego's Sandra Dibble takes a look at the mayors.
Update, Dec. 3: Dibble reports on Astiazarán's inaugural address; he says crime fight is crucial.