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TV host Alfonso Valdivia on Friday ended his two-decade run as a host of Tijuana's "Notivisa Buenos Días." Valdivia conducted countless interviews, read the news and performed other duties on the morning talk show, long co-hosted with Bibi Uribe. She was reported to be out of the country on Friday and also will be leaving the program. For years Valdivia would show copies of the front pages of area newspapers to his viewers, including what long was called the San Diego Union-Tribune, and read out the headlines and the leads of stories.
Valdivia is around 73 years of age, and arrived in Tijuana in 1962.
The morning talk show will have a new format beginning Monday and be called just "Buenos Días." Valdivia said he is not retiring yet and is planning several projects for the TV station.
Story, Frontera (PDF). Second story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
In 1959, he received his broadcasting certificate at age 20. Story, El Mexicano.
The Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) celebrated its renovated esplanade with music from the Orchestra of Baja California and fireworks Thursday. The esplanade had been torn up for months, often making access to the center difficult. The esplanade now is ready for the Oct. 1-7 EnTijuanarte arts celebration and the Oct. 11-21 Tijuana Innovadora conference.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
Fuller story, pictures, Saturday's Frontera (PDF). Second page.
Frontera's story on the upcoming Tijuana Innovadora.
Analyst Denise Dresser, who will speak at Tijuana Innovadora next month, addressed Coparmex Tijuana on Tuesday. Tijuana Innovadora website.
The Emma Achondo de Bustamante primary school in Tijuana inaugurated its library Tuesday. The city education department built the physical structure for the library, but teachers and parents put together the library itself, Frontera newspaper reported (PDF).
The school is named for the mother of Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante. It was built well before he became mayor.
The library is one more step forward for schools in Baja California, many of which lack libraries. Frontera newspaper reported last year that only one-quarter of Tijuana public schools have a library.
Update, Sept. 29: Tijuana city school system marks 55 years.
Former Education Minister Alonso Lujambio died after a long battle with bone-marrow cancer. He had turned 50 on Sept. 2.
After discovering he had cancer last year, he went for treatment in the United States. He resigned his education post and on July 1 was elected as an at-large senator for the National Action Party. When he took office, he was in a wheelchair, wore an eyepatch, and his voice was hard to understand.
He is the second elected member of the new Congress to die as a result of bone-marrow-related problems. María Elvia Amaya de Hank of Tijuana, elected as a federal deputy July 1, died Sept. 8.
Lujambio will be succeeded by María del Pilar Ortega Martínez, a former federal deputy from Guanajuato.
Mexican wire story on Lujambio's death. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Columnist Leo Zuckermann outlines Lujambio's career (PDF).
Last year's story on Lujambio's visit to Tijuana, when he had hopes of becoming the PAN's candidate for president.
The Baja California legislature has unanimously passed a law to promote reading and books. The legislation was brought by National Action Party politician Max García of Tijuana.
García may run for mayor of Tijuana next year.
Mexicans are notorious for being non-readers; Frontera quoted García as saying Baja Californians must read more to help the state and nation progress.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
All have San Diego-Baja California connections: Wayne
Cornelius helped found the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California San Diego; philanthropist Deborah Szekely founded the Rancho La Puerta spa in Tecate and the Golden Door Spa in Escondido; chef Rick Bayless, host of the cooking show, "Mexico – One Plate at a Time," has filmed in the state.
Photo, from left: Rick Bayless, Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Deborah Szekely and Wayne Cornelius. Photo courtesy of Mexican Embassy.
Cross-border drug tunnels discovered in Tijuana are being filled with concrete to prevent their being used again, Frontera reported. A state Attorney General's Office official said a tunnel has been filled at Ejido Tampico and that another tunnel near the Tijuana airport will be plugged in the coming days. The total number of tunnels to be plugged is 12, the paper said. Story, Frontera (PDF).
President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto kicked off a Latin America tour in Guatemala on Monday. His arrival was announced on Twitter by President Otto Pérez Molina and by top Peña Nieto adviser Luis Videgaray. Videgaray also was the subject of a profile by the newspaper Reforma on Tuesday.
Story in Frontera (PDF). Videgaray profile, in Frontera (PDF). Second page. Third page.
Ensenada on Monday was observing the Sept. 17, 1542 discovery of the bay that now is the port of Ensenada by Capt. Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for New Spain. He named the bay San Mateo, or St. Matthew. On Nov. 5, 1602, explorer Sebastián Vizcaino rediscovered the bay and gave the area the name Ensenada de Todos Santos.
Ensenada's bay was not developed as San Francisco, San Diego and Monterey were better ports, but Ensenada became more important for Mexico after it lost those ports in the 1846-1848 U.S.-Mexican war.
Frontera newspaper reported that Ensenada was founded on May 15, 1882. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, Sept. 19: Story on the ceremony, Frontera (PDF). A #YoSoy132 protester carried a poster at the ceremony decrying how police roughed up and detained other #YoSoy132 protesters at Saturday's event commemorating the 202nd anniversary of Mexico's cry for independence.
Update, Sept. 20: Columnist Leo Zuckermann says Ebrard may lack the three C's highly successful politicians have.
The National Action Party on Thursday proposed a constitutional reform to allow a second round of presidential voting if no candidate wins a majority in the first round. No president has won a majority since 1994.
Meanwhile, Bank of Mexico Governor Agustín Carstens proposed allowing more private investment in Mexico's energy sector, saying the energy costs for Mexicans are too high and could be brought down to more reasonable levels.
Nothing is likely to be done on these issues until after President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto takes office.
Stories, in Frontera (PDF).
Lettering on Tijuana's Cerro Colorado that says "Jesus is Lord" has gotten some added wording referring to President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto. The words on the mountain now read: "Jesus is Lord, not EPN" ("Jesucristo es el Señor, no EPN").
Photo, Frontera (PDF).
Rains have caused major damage to Highway 2 between Sonoyta and San Luis Río Colorado in Sonora state and the road has been closed. "El Vado" bridge has suffered extensive damage and huge holes have developed in the highway. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Former federal Deputy Oscar Arce of Rosarito has come out in favor of the National Action Party forming a coalition with other parties in 2013. There has been strong talk of the PAN forming a coalition with left-of-center parties for Baja California's 2013 governor's race. The PAN has held the governorship since 1989, but has been losing traction to the Institutional Revolutionary Party in the state beginning with the 2010 municipal and state legislature elections.
Arce, who was the president of the Chamber of Deputies this year until the new legislature took office Sept. 1, had prominent members of the Democratic Revolution Party attend his final state-of-Congress address in Tijuana last month.
He and former federal deputies Francisco Vega and Gastón Luken all are considered top candidates if a coalition is formed. Vega also is a former Tijuana mayor.
Story in Frontera (PDF). Antonio Magaña writes about history of PAN in Baja California (PDF).
Story on Gastón Luken announcing for governor.
Losing presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he is separating himself from PRD coalition and plans to work with his Morena organization to decide what to do next. López Obrador said he will not recognize the Institutional Revolutionary Party's Enrique Peña Nieto as president and said a civil disobedience campaign against the government will follow principles of nonviolence. Morena, the National Regeneration Movement, is to hold assemblies starting Wednesday to decide whether to remain a civic association or become a political party.
It was unclear where his money would come from.
Last week, at a conference held by the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, Mexico analyst Federico Estevez said he thought López Obrador might leave politics for a while and become a prophet of sorts.
Story in Frontera (PDF).
Raúl Rodríguez column (PDF) in which he says the PRD coalition and López Obrador may yet join forces again.
When prominent people die in Mexico, the tradition is for other prominent people and organizations to publish memorial ads called esquelas in the local daily newspaper in tribute to the departed. Saturday's death of María Elvia Amaya de Hank brought forth an esquela explosion. El Mexicano added 16 pages just to contain some of them.
An electronic traffic fine system is returning to Tijuana this fall, Frontera newspaper reported. The unpopular system was set up during the 2004-2007 term of Jorge Hank Rhon, but there were issues and subsequent administrations halted payments to system operator Global Corporation. Global had been suing for an 8 billion peso ($606 million) payout but is settling for 150 million pesos ($11 million) and the reintroduction of the system, which it will operate.
The agreement between the city and Global Corporation is to take place Sept. 13 and fines for speeding are to resume in November after the public is made aware of the camera system.
Update, January 2013: Tijuana settles with Global Corp., system to resume in fall 2013.
February 2012: Previous story.
October 2011: Previous story.
A man sought in a notorious case involving the 2009 kidnapping and killing of a Mexico City businessman's son was captured by federal police in Tijuana near the Otay border crossing.
Luis Manuel "El Brazos Cortos" del Castillo Rentería, 33, a member of the gang "Los Petriciolet," is a major suspect in the kidnapping and slaying of Fernando
Martí, son of businessman Alejandro Martí. A 15 million peso reward had been offered for del Castillo Rentería's capture.
Alejandro Martí formed the Mexico SOS group following the kidnapping-slaying; Mexico's presidential candidates appeared before his group during the recent campaign. That was the event where National Action Party candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota appeared to suffer an attack of dizziness. Story in Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump
El Mexicano newspaper reported that 150 state police guarded Saturday's wedding of the daughter of Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán in Ensenada. The paper said the police presence may have been augmented because of a rumor Friday that the state employees' union was going to try to set up a protest in the area of the wedding. The union is involved in heated salary negotiations with the Osuna Millán administration.
The daughter, Dania Osuna Capuchino, works at the Mexican Consulate in San Diego.
Meanwhile, El Vigia said 100 police guarded the church.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, El Vigia.
Pre-wedding story in El Mexicano. Aug. 9 pre-wedding story (PDF). July 4 pre-wedding story (PDF).
Update, Sept. 6: Governor's wife suffers minor injuries in traffic accident. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
In Tijuana on Saturday, 1,000 celebrated the federal electoral tribunal ruling confirming the victory of the Institutional Revolutionary Party's Enrique Peña Nieto in the July 1 presidential election. At the same, a similar number of protesters under the banner of the #YoSoy132 student movement protested the decision.
Stories, Frontera (PDF). Story on the celebration, El Mexicano (PDF).
Story on #YoSoy132 Mexico City protest in Frontera (PDF).
The Mexican federal electoral tribunal voted unanimously Thursday and Friday to ratify the victory of the Institutional Revolutionary Party's Enrique Peña Nieto in the July 1 presidential election, rejecting accusations by losing populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador that fraud and vote buying illegally swayed the election.
Peña Nieto is to take office Dec. 1 following 12 years of National Action Party presidencies. The PRI previously held the presidency from 1929-2000.
López Obrador said he could not accept the ruling. At one point during his process of contesting the vote, he presented a goat, pig, ducks and chickens as proof of PRI giveaways in the election.
Thursday's story in Frontera (PDF). Friday's story in Frontera (PDF).