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Tijuana is getting more serious about drunken driving. The city council on Thursday approved fines of up to 24,932 pesos ($1,865) for drivers registering the highest alcohol levels. The city has been operating sobriety checkpoints. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Mexican Embassy official Ricardo Alday wrote a letter to U-T San Diego saying "The Embassy of Mexico would like to clarify that scheduling for the reconfiguration of the San Ysidro border crossing wasn’t a unilateral Mexican decision."
The letter was in response to comments this week by Homeland Security official Alan Bersin that Mexico had gone ahead with construction of its El Chaparral port of entry unilaterally.
The letter said that the U.S. and Mexico had agreed "that different phases of the project would begin in calendar year 2008 and be completed not after calendar year 2014. In 2008 the U.S. identified Fiscal Year 2012 as its start date for the last construction phase."
But even if the last construction phase had begun this year, the project would not have been completed until next year or later, and Mexican officials knew this, as they also knew that U.S. funding had been delayed. The U.S. re-routing of Interstate 5 to meet the El Chaparral port of entry may not be finished until 2016; in the meantime, Mexico will have to jury-rig a connection to it. Alday's letter. This week's mention of Bersin's remarks.
More than 40 Tijuana businesses are participating in a program whereby people who vote Sunday will get discounts. The businesses will give the discounts to people whose thumbs have been stamped with ink; the stamping occurs in an effort to prevent people from voting twice. Story, Frontera (PDF).
A new security measure this year is the use of new pencils voters used to mark their ballots. The pencil marks cannot be erased with a regular eraser.
Sen. Fernando Castro Trenti urged the government to have the Tecate port of entry be open around the clock. If the government were to agree to that, it still would have to persuade U.S. authorities to keep the port open 24 hours a day. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Previous mention of Tecate port of entry hours issue.
José Woldenberg, the former
president of the Federal Electoral Institute, writes a fun column about the intersection of the historic 2000 presidential election with the 2000 Eurocup soccer championship. In 2000, France and Italy faced off; on Sunday, it will be Spain and Italy. The 2000 game went to overtime, and during the overtime, the broadcast of the game in Mexico was interrupted for an announcement from the IFE, causing widespread discontent among soccer game viewers. Woldenberg said that fortunately, one of the goalies had been injured, causing a delay in the action while the IFE announcement was being aired. He said television was able to switch back to the game before France scored its winning goal. Woldenberg wrote that his 8-year-old nephew let him have it for interrupting the game, and was not satisfied when Woldenberg told him the Mexican elections were more important than a soccer game. Column, Frontera (PDF).
Update, July 1: The Mexican political and humorist column Catón tells readers who he thinks will win the day's important contest. At the end of his column, he says he thinks Spain will win. Column (PDF).
Update: And he was right: the favorite, Spain, won 4-0.
The sculptor Sebastián, who met with Colegio de la Frontera President Tonatiuh Guillén, told El Mexicano newspaper that he has been studying Tijuana's identity and has some ideas for creating a sculpture representing the city. Sebastián's sculptures have become symbols for many cities around the world. He said there are no concrete plans for a sculpture. The sculptor appeared last year at the Mexico Moving Forward conference held by UCSD's Center for U.S.-Mexican studies and also was honored by the San Diego Museum of Art.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Last year's story on Sebastián at Mexico Moving Forward.
Carlos Marín, the director of Milenio newspaper, was surrounded by angry demonstrators and spit on and insulted while he was walking to the paper on Thursday. Columnist Héctor Aguilar Camín wrote Friday: "Marín has long been a victim of verbal attacks by López Obrador backers in social media. He had read many of these attacks, in his Milenio TV program, Asalto a la razón (The Assault on Reason) and to respond to them with invincible humor." Camín's column.
Soriana opened three new supermarkets in Tijuana and Ensenada, bringing the chain to 587 stores nationwide. Tijuana's 29th supermarket in Tijuana is in the San Antonio de los Buenos district. The two new supermarkets in Ensenada bring the total in the port city to nine. Soriana's website also say it has has four markets in Mexicali and one in Tecate, for a total of 43 in Baja California. Story on Tijuana market, Frontera (PDF). Story on Ensenada markets, Frontera (PDF). Story on Tijuana market, El Mexicano (PDF).
Story mentioning that Soriana is spending $600 million to build wind farms to power its stores.
Update: Univision reports that complaints have been made that the Institutional Revolutionary Party or its affiliates have been handing out Soriana gift and loyalty cards in Mexico state.
The chain experienced major growth in 2007 when it bought out the Gigante chain.
Baja California Health Minister José Guadalupe Bustamante Moreno reported that there have been 46 cases of typhoid reported in Tijuana and 20 in Ensenada this year. He said this is not an alarming figure as the numbers are in the normal range. He urged people to take precautions with their food, in particular food they buy on the street, and to exercise good personal hygiene and clean and cook food properly. Typhoid is caused by a salmonella typhi bacterium often found in sewage. Story in Frontera (PDF).
The New York Times reported on medical tourism in Mexicali, quoting officials as saying more than 150,000 patients spent more than $8 million in the city last year. Story, New York Times.
Update, June 29: El Mexicano editorial on the story, pleading for faster crossing times for Tijuana (PDF).
Story on New York Times article, El Mexicano (PDF).
Alan Bersin, the assistant secretary for international affairs at the Homeland Security Department, said during a talk at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana that Mexico has complicated port of entry plans by finishing its El Chaparral port of entry this year, well before the United States has built its connection. He said the United States just can't snap its fingers and build the connecting road. He pointed that the U.S. has long had a three-phase plan that Mexico knew about, but that Mexico decided to build its new port before the connecting road was ready. Apparently left unsaid was that if Mexico's port of entry were finished after this year, credit for it would go to the next president, and not to President Felipe Calderón. Still, Bersin said the U.S. would try to work with Mexico to resolve the issue. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story on migration part of Bersin's talk, Frontera (PDF).
Story, U-T San Diego.
Update, Jan. 30: Mexican Embassy writes letter to U-T San Diego responding to Bersin's comments.
Bersin, Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán discuss border crossings. El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Previous story on El Chaparral.
Mexican newspapers reported on The British newspaper The Guardian's latest story on Televisa's connection with presidential fronter runner Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. The paper headlined its story: "Mexican media scandal: secretive Televisa unit promoted PRI candidate / Broadcaster commissioned videos rubbishing rivals of candidate who is now favourite to win presidential race on Sunday, documents seen by the Guardian reveal." The story was based largely on anonymous stories and photocopied documents that refer to Peña Nieto as Handcock or Hancock. It said a leader of the team was Alejandra Lagunes, then director general of Televisa Interactive Media and now the Peña Nieto campaign's coordinator of digital and social network strategy. A brief PBS Newshour interview with Lagunes about her current work for Peña Nieto ran on "The PBS Newshour" (7-minute mark) Monday. Story on the latest Guardian report, in Frontera (PDF).
Previous story mentioning the previous Guardian report in which the paper got some facts wrong about Televisa's coverage of Peña Nieto's appearance at the Universidad Iberoamericana in May.
The last Mitofsky poll before Sunday's election gave Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Enrique Peña Nieto a 13-point lead. However, populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador put some distance between himself and National Action Party candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota and now leads her by nearly five points.
|Mitofsky poll||Poll %|
|Peña Nieto (PRI coalition)||38.4|
|López Obrador (PRD coalition)||25.4|
|Vázquez Mota (PAN)||20.8|
|No preference declared||13.6|
An Argentine model whose cleavage made a splash in Mexico's first presidential debate this year is featured on the cover of the July Playboy México. The magazine also has a pictorial of her posing naked on the beach at Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Mention of her appearance at debate.
Columnist Antonio Magaña writes in Frontera about how President Felipe Calderón alienated former President Vicente Fox, former National Action Party President Manuel Espino and former Baja California Gov. Eugenio Elorduy. Magaña said Calderón hardly met with Fox; former Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda recently said that Calderón never visited the Fox Center, Fox's version of a presidential library in Guanajuato state. Magaña wrote that Calderón sought to push Espino out of the PAN presidency and then helped engineer Espino's ouster from the party. Both Fox and Espino are now both backing the Institutional Revolutionary Party's Enrique Peña Nieto for president. Magaña wrote that Calderón, during his 2006 campaign for the presidency, said in Mexicali, "Eugenio will leave to go sell cars." Elorduy, who owns a Ford automobile dealership, was succeeded by José Guadalupe Osuna Millán in 2007. Magaña said Elorduy, unlike Fox and Espino, has generally kept his feelings quiet; Elorduy also is backing the PAN's Josefina Vázquez Mota for president. Then again, she never was Calderón's candidate. Magaña's column (PDF).
On Sunday, El País newspaper published an interview with Fox, who said there have been a lot of human rights violations under Calderón and says poverty has gotten worse under his administration. On Monday, leading PANistas indicated that Fox might be expelled from the party after Sunday's elections.
Update, June 27: Espino visits Tijuana to back Peña Nieto. Story, El Mexicano's front page (PDF). Jump.
Ad from Espino in El Mexicano (PDF).
The Mexican government has come under fierce criticism for its incorrect report Thursday that the son of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman had been captured in Jalico state. The report left the media with their pants down, too. The Tijuana weekly Zeta put the story on Friday's cover. Leo Zuckermann dedicated his column in Excélsior to the matter Friday, comparing El Chapo's escaping the government's dragnet to Pancho Villa's eluding capture by the Pershing Expedition after Villa invaded Columbus, New Mexico in 1916. Zuckermann overstated U.S. Gen. John Pershing's credentials, saying he had opened up Japan to the West, when in fact Pershing's connection with Japan was just to have been a U.S. military attaché who observed Japan's military victory over Russia in 1905. Pershing was a captain at the time. In her campaign speech in Tijuana on Thursday, National Action Party candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota touted the reported capture of El Chapo's son. But the man who was actually captured was Félix Beltrán León. The incorrect information about the detainee's identity may have come from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Zuckermann's column (PDF). Vázquez Mota's speech.
Mario López resigned as director of Tijuana's Council on Economic Development after 10 months in the post. His resignation follows the recent election of Humberto
Jaramillo Rodríguez as president of the organization. Frontera reported that David Moreno, head of special projects for the council, would become the new director.
López, a graduate of the University of California San Diego, has been involved in numerous public relations projects involving the border and has worked with politicians representing the National Action Party, including Carlos Torres Torres and Gastón Luken. He also is a member of a group of Latinos who advise U-T San Diego.
A new Zeta newspaper poll for Baja California continued to show populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador leading the presidential race in Baja California. López Obrador had 36% to the Institutional Revolutionary Party's Enrique Peña Nieto's 33% and the National Action Party's Josefina Vázquez Mota's 21%. In the Senate race, the PRI's Eligio Valencia Roque and López Obrador's handpicked candidate, Marco Antonio Blásquez, both had 29% to 25% for the National Action Party's Ernesto Ruffo. The poll had the PRI winning in five congressional districts, the leftist coalition winning two and the PAN winning one. The PAN has not lost a congressional district race in Baja California since 1994.
It was unclear how valid Zeta's poll is. A previous set of polls by three different pollsters all had different leaders in the Senate race. A previous Testa Marketing poll had the top three presidential candidates within two points of one another.
Update, June 27: PAN publishes poll saying Vázquez Mota has 29.5%, Peña Nieto 28.2 and López Obrador 23.3% in the state, while Ruffo has 32.1%, Valencia Roque 26.2% and Blásquez 23.1%. PAN ad in Frontera (PDF).
Previous story on Baja Californa polls, and tables of historical results in presidential elections in the state.
The Baja California state government published a full-page ad on Friday denying it was eavesdropping on its citizens. It published the ad after Institutional Revolutionary Party legislator Julio Felipe García told the media that the state had bought eavesdropping equipment, and that, ergo, the state must have wiretapped and then leaked a telephone conversation involving another PRI state legislator that has been causing consternation. The full-page ad says the equipment in question was for blocking cell phone calls by inmates at state penitentiaries and improving its C4 and Plataforma Mexico communications systems for fighting crime. C4 stands for Control, Command, Communication and Computing; the state's C4 system has won numerous awards. The Plataforma Mexico system is designed to integrate communications among federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies. In the ad, the state government, headed by National Action Party Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, asks politicians not to play politics in matters of public security.
Full-page ad, Frontera (PDF). Story, Frontera (PDF). Second story, Frontera (PDF).
Previous mention of wiretapping.
Video on C4 system. Plataforma México (PDF file from 2008; may take a while to load).
García produces receipt for equipment purchases, from June 21 Frontera (PDF).
The National Action Party published a full-page ad promoting presidential candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota's visit to Tijuana on Thursday. The rally is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. on Constitución south of Second Street downtown. Vázquez Mota has been rebounding in the polls; Excélsior's survey released this week showed her passing populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who held a rally at the same location on May 1. Both, however, remain far behind Institutional Revolutionary Party front-runner Enrique Peña Nieto. A new Mitofsky poll gave Peña Nieto 38%, López Obrador 24%, Vázquez Mota 21%, and New Alliance's Gabriel Quadri 2%, with 15% not declaring a preference. Vázquez Mota likely will appear much later than 6 p.m. Neither she nor the other major presidential candidates have arrived anywhere close to the starting time for rallies in Tijuana this year.
Full page PAN ad in Frontera (PDF).
The Tufesa bus company opened a terminal in Tijuana's Zona Río and offers trips to the states of
Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco. It also offers passage to Los Angeles with connections to Northern California, Nevada and Arizona, Frontera newspaper reported. The company, formed in Sonora in 1994, said it had a fleet of 200 state-of-the-art buses. The terminal is on Avenida Insurgentes at the intersection with Matamoros boulevard. The company already had locations in Colonia Buenavista and Garita de Otay.
Story, Frontera (PDF). Grupo Tufesa website.
The government of Coahuila Gov. Rubén Moreira has layed off 2,100 employees in an attempt to help pay the state's debt, built up during the government of Moreira's brother, Humberto, Mexican media reported. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Former President Vicente Fox said he will not resign from the National Action Party even though he is advocating that Mexicans vote for the Institutional Revolutionary Party's Enrique Peña Nieto for president July 1. Fox earlier said he had backed his party's candidate, Josefina Vázquez Mota, for most of the campaign, but once it became clear that she could not win, Peña Nieto was the clear choice over populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Story in Frontera (PDF).
• National Action Party presidential candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota asks women whos husbands or partners do not vote to withhold "cuchi-cuchi" for a month. Her definition of cuchi-cuchi appears to be different from Charo's. Story in Frontera (PDF). Update, June 19: Candidate says men who vote should get a month of double "cuchi-cuchi." Meanwhile, a cartoon character featured on Televisa's national nightly news program said it was likely that Mexicans would be "cuchi-cuchied" by politicians after the election.
• The Federal Electoral Institute called for a pact to respect the vote count. Earlier this month, populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he might not respect the vote count if he does not win. After getting heck for that, López Obrador returned to his "República Amorosa" (Loving Republic) persona and even indicated he would sign such a pact. Story in Frontera (PDF).
• Former Mexico City Mayor and former Democratic Revolutionary Party official Rosario Robles visited Tijuana to promote the candidacy of Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Enrique Peña Nieto. Story on Robles (PDF). Story on Robles announcing for PRIista.
• National Action Party politician Ricardo González Cruz continued his campaign for Peña Nieto in Tijuana. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Saltillo journalist Stephania Cardoso, missing along with her 2-year-old son since last week, called TV journalist Denise Maerker to tell her that they were safe but that she feared for her life. Cardoso did not reveal her location. Cardoso, who works for the paper Zócalo Saltillo, disappeared June 8 after attending a Freedom of Expression Day event with her son. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo closed a national congress on Friday in Rosarito Beach in the company of Baja California Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán.
Gordillo closed the Fifth National Education Congress and Third National Parent-Teachers Encounter, which were largely closed to the media. She said she would accept no job ("chamba") in the next government, saying she has enough to do. (Leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been saying she would become education minister if the Institutional Revolutionary Party's Enrique Peña Nieto became president. Peña Nieto has denied this.)
Frontera reported that she asked the media not to join a campaign of defamation against her and said the nation's youth movement must be listened to because it represents hope. She said those in attendance at the congress looked into structural reforms to the nation's education system, reforms to the schools that train teachers, the teaching of a second language and having schools meet in full session; many Mexican schools have morning sessions for one group of students and afternoon sessions for another. She said she would like to see legislation in the teacher evaluation system that has been causing controversy with teachers across the country. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Reporter Víctor Báez Chino was found slain Thursday after being seized by three men around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday in Xalapa, Veracruz. The body was left two blocks from a government office complex. He was a police reporter for Milenio Xalapa. It was the fifth killing of a journalist in the state in less than two months. Proceso magazine reporter Regina Martínez was found slain in her apartment April 28 in Xalapa, while the bodies of three photojournalists were found May 3 in a canal in Boca del Río. Story in Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Update, June 16: Journalism in Mexico political cartoon (PDF). Story in Frontera (PDF).
Federal authorities expressed worries about the June 8 disappearance of reporter Hypatia Stephania Rodríguez Cardoso and her 2-year-old son in Saltillo, Coahuila. They disappeared after attending an event marking Freedom of Expression Day. Authorities said her home appeared to have been searched and her camera destroyed. Her car is missing.
She worked for the Zócalo de Saltillo newspaper.
In 2006, Zócalo de Monclova reporter Rafael Ortiz Martínez disappeared; in 2010, Zócalo de Saltillo reporter Valentín Valdés Espinoza was killed.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
The Baja California legislature decided to investigate the wiretapping of Institutional Revolutionary Party legislator Elí Topete Robles. A conversation between Topete and former legislator Enrique Acosta Fregoso was recently published in the media and on Internet sites, and PRI and other legislators accused the state government of being behind the leak. The legislature asked top state officials to appear on June 20. State officials have said they were not behind the recording, which was damaging to Topete and Acosta, who leads the state chapter of the PRI-backed National Confederation of Popular Organizations, or CNOP (Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Populares. Story, Frontera (PDF). Gilberto Lavenant's column.
A new state health center that is expected to treat about 3,000 patients a month was inaugurated Monday in Tijuana. The center is at the corner of Constitución and Eighth, across the street from the old police and fire stations that were torn down late last year. The new health center replaces one in the same location that was known as "La Ocho." Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
AutoZone opened its 300th store in Mexico, in Mexico City last week, Frontera reported (PDF) The chain has 22 stores in Baja California, including nine in Tijuana, eight in Mexicali, three in Ensenada and one each in Rosarito and Tecate.
Democratic Revolution Party congressional candidate Margarito Genchi Casiano was killed in Llano Largo in the Costa Chica area of Guerrero state. The former mayor of
Florencio Villarreal was shot to death with 9mm bullets. He also had accompanied populist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador during a campaign event June 7. No arrest was made in case. Story in Frontera (PDF). Editorial, El Mexicano (PDF).
In Villaflores, Chiapas, an Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate for mayor allegedly shot to death a National Action Party campaign worker who was putting up election propaganda, media reported. The PAN said Édgar Hernández Corzo, 25, the nephew of PAN congressional candidate Roger de Coss Corzo, had been putting up campaign materials for PAN mayoral candidate Mariano Rosales. The PRI-Green Party coalition mayoral candidate and murder suspect was identified as Ulises Grajales Niño. The state PRI canceled his candidacy. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Fiats, which now are being made in Mexico, are now being sold in Tijuana through the company Autoproductos. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Update, June 11: Fiat ad in Frontera (PDF).
Update, July 12: Fiats now being sold in Ensenada. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Federal judges have approved the extradition of Sandra Ávila Beltrán, the "Reina del Pacífico," in a 2001 case involving 100 kilos of cocaine in Chicago. A judge had previously denied extradition of the "Queen of the Pacific," saying it was for the same charge she had already been tried for in Mexico, but judges José Luis Villa
Jiménez, Luis Pérez de la
Fuente and Juan José Olvera
López disagreed and ruled that she could be extradited on the Chicago cocaine charge. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Last week, a judge who denied U.S. request for her extradition was suspended.
With López Obrador it's hard to tell,
when answering questions he is such a dancer.
Is it because he doesn't know the answer,
or knows the answer all too well?
This poem appears to be based on populist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador's appearance on the Tercer Grado journalist roundtable this week.
Catón's original, and far better, Spanish (PDF)
Another case against Mexican officials accused of cooperating with organized crime has apparently ended with a thud. Two years ago, 16 ministerial police in Baja California and 46 people who were or had been Tijuana police officers were detained and whisked off to Veracruz state after being shown off to the media at a military installation in Tijuana. Last year, most of those associated with the city police force were released for lack of evidence. And on Thursday and Friday (June 7), all 16 ministerial police and seven others were to be released for the same reason. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, June 8: Lawyers say all 62 police and former police were detained based on the testimony of one person, a captured hitman. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, June 11: Freed police return to Tijuana. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Story on some of the police released last year.
Mexico researcher Wayne Cornelius, Rancho La Puerta spa founder Deborah Szekely and chef Rick Bayless are to receive the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico's highest honor for foreigners.
Cornelius, 66, helped found the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California San Diego. Szekely, 90, founded Rancho La Puerta spa in Tecate, and the Golden Door Spa in Escondido, and long has been associated with philanthropic activities benefiting Mexico. Bayless, 58, is the host of the cooking show, "Mexico – One Plate at a Time." Story, U-T San Diego.
Cornelius, co-director of the UC Center of Expertise on Migration and Health, spoke last week at a conference on children at the border at the University of San Diego. He said the reason he thought more Mexican children are being detained by U.S. authorities for being in the country illegally is that their migrant parents, having decided to remain and work in the United States, have sent for them.
Sergio Vázquez Ruiz, president of the Tijuana Historical Society, has died. Services will take place at the Funeraria del Río at 6 p.m. Thursday. At 10 a.m. Friday, a memorial service will be held at the society.
Vázquez played a major role in last year's ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the defense of Tijuana, which took place during the first year of the Mexican Revolution.
Esquela memorial ad from Mayor Carlos Bustamante (PDF).
U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne has been visiting Tijuana. On Tuesday, he donated more than 40 computers to the boys and girls club of Tijuana, while Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán presented the organization a check for a million pesos ($71,000). Wayne also ate at a taco shop with Mayor Carlos Bustamante, Consul Steven Kashkett and Police Chief Alberto Capella.
Wayne also likely was discussing how the United States might help Mexico get traffic to its new El Chaparral border crossing, as Interstate 5 won't be rerouted to the new port of entry for some time.
Story, Frontera (PDF). Taco shop photo, Frontera (PDF). Photo, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
El Mexicano story on speech to graduates of youth empowerment program (PDF).
May 31: U.S. may try to speed up re-routing of I-5 to new border crossing; Wayne is a key player on the issue.
El Mexicano newspaper on Wednesday devoted three full pages to a profile of federal Senate candidate Eligio Valencia, who also is the newspaper's director. Valencia, also a labor union leader, is running on the ticket of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.
First page (PDF). Second page (PDF). Third page (PDF).
Will the other Senate candidates get similar treatment?
The facade of the Baby Rock disco in Tijuana was removed and will be replaced with a modernistic design, El Mexicano reported. El Sol reported that the disco forms part of the bad reputation of Tijuana, as it said the drug-trafficking Arellano Félix brothers used to go there to drink. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, El Sol de Tijuana (PDF).
Tijuana's Televisa Channel Channel Notivisa 10 p.m. news led off with a report on the San Diego mayoral race, where Republican Councilman Carl DeMaio and Democratic Congressman Bob Filner will face each other in a runoff in November.
It is hard to imagine a San Diego newscast leading off with the results of the next Tijuana mayoral election.
Juan Molinar Horcasitas has left as an adviser to National Action Party candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota's campaign. Molinar has come under fire because he headed the ministry under whose watch the ABC day-care fire took place in Hermosillo in 2009, killing 49. Molinar said he left the campaign at Vázquez Mota's request. Last week, parents of victims took over a toll booth in Sonora state in protest that authorities have not done enough to clarify the case.
Update, June 6: March, memorial, Mass led by Bishop José Raúl Vera López mark third anniversary of tragedy in Hermosillo. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Cartoon of Molinar in El Mexicano (PDF).
Former President Vicente Fox of the National Action Party discounted a Reforma poll putting populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador within four points of Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Enrique Peña Nieto and said Mexicans must back the next president, whom he indicated would be Peña Nieto. Fox, who ousted the PRI in 2006, caused an uproar with his fellow PANistas in April when he said he thought Peña Nieto would be elected; his remarks Sunday brought a similar reaction, as he essentially urged PANistas to vote for Peña Nieto if it appeared that López Obrador had a chance of winning. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Update, June 5: Pay Fox no mind, he just says "pure Foxisms," Baja California Senate candidate and former PAN Gov. Ernesto Ruffo says. Story, El Sol de Tijuana.
Update, June 6: Columnist Antonio Magaña (PDF) says former PAN leader Manuel Espino and Fox have let their hatred for President Felipe Calderón cloud their judgment about their historical enemy, the PRI.
Manuel Espino, the former president of the National Action Party who is backing Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party for president, was detained at a sobriety checkpoint in Mexico City at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, media reported. Media reported that he had an alcohol level of .5, while the amount permitted is .4, and was released at 1 p.m. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Espino endorses Peña Nieto.
Parents who lost children in the 2009 day-care center in Hermosillo that killed took at least 49 lives over a toll road booth in Sonora state to express their displeasure that more action has not been taken in the Guardería ABC case. The parents took over a toll booth at kilometer 21 of the Hermosillo-Nogales toll road and let vehicles go through for free, Mexican media reported. Story in Frontera (PDF).
June 2: parents seek another investigation into the fire (PDF).
The Judicial Council has suspended two judges who exonerated major figures in cases brought by the government. One was Judge Jesús Guadalupe
Luna Altamirano of Mexico City. In 2009, Luna exonerated Iván
Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, the son of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. In May, the U.S. Treasury announced Kingpin Act sanctions against Guzmán Salazar. Last year, Luna exonerated Sandra Ávila
Beltrán, known as "La Reina del Pacífico", or Queen of the Pacific (cartel). The Sinaloa Cartel is also known as the Pacific Cartel. In January, Luna exonerated
Culebro Arredondo, suspected of laundering money for the Beltrán Leyva cartel. Also suspended was Efraín Cázares López of Michoacán, who had exonerated state municipal officials in a case that came to be known as the Michoacanazo. Cázares also issued an injunction that allowed Julio César Godoy to be sworn in as a federal deputy in 2010 despite allegations that Godoy had ties to organized crime. Godoy, who was later removed from office because of the organized crime allegations, is the half-brother of Leonel Godoy Rangel, the Democratic Revolution Party governor of Michoacán at the time. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Update, June 6: Columnist Sergio Sarmiento, in column (PDF) entitled "Blaming the Judge," points out that the suspended judges' decisions were ratified by higher courts. He wondered whether the problem was poorly brought cases rather than judicial corruption or malfeasance.
January: Reina del Pacífico gets another injunction against extradition
August 2011: Beltrán keeps injunction against extradition.
Ranchero singer Vicente Fernández, who is holding a farewell tour across Mexico, had his farewell concert in Tijuana on Saturday night. Frontera reported that around 23,000 attended at Caliente Stadium. Story, Frontera (PDF). Picture, Frontera (PDF).
More than 300 civil organizations met in Mexico City last week and came up with a 100-point plus agenda that they gave to Mexico's four presidential candidates. Reforma's report, in Frontera (PDF). Jump.
Twenty-two state education ministers said they will back the universal evaluation of teachers scheduled to begin June 23 in an effort to improve the nation's educational system. Story in Frontera (PDF).
The peso weakened on Thursday to 14.45 to the dollar, its worst showing since it closed at 14.48 to the dollar on March 27, 2009. This now means that regular gas, on sale for 10.18 pesos per liter, is 70 cents per liter, or $2.67 per gallon. Prices are above $4 per gallon on the U.S. side of the border. The energy subsidy is blowing a hole in Mexico's budget. Story, Frontera.
Previous story on last month's Mexican gas price hike.
In the port of Ensenada, Baja California Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán on Thursday inaugurated what was referred to as the biggest crane of its kind along the Pacific Coast of the Americas. Osuna said the 600-ton, 42-meter high German-built crane will help create 300 jobs at the port. The crane, which can move containers weighing up to 110 tons, was bought for 71.5 million pesos ($5 million) by the port operator, Hutchison Port
Holdings. Osuna said that in the first quarter of the year, imports at the port were up 10.6% y exports up 11.5%.
Stories, Frontera (PDF).