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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

U-T San Diego writes about arrested teacher's union leader Gordillo's luxurious Coronado Cays home

      U-T San Diego's Sandra Dibble, in an article on the paper's local section front, writes about arrested Mexican teachers Elba Esther Gordillounion leader Elba Esther Gordillo's home in Coronado Cays. Gordillo is accused of illegally using teachers union money to buy the home, another property, and to pay for hospital and shopping bills in San Diego County, among other things.
        The paper found the $4.7 million home's front door open, with no one answering, and contacted Coronado police, who secured it after finding no one inside. Story, U-T San Diego.
        Many had wondered how Gordillo had been able to afford her luxurious lifestyle on an official pay of $29,000.
        Gordillo has been opposing a recently passed education reform sought by President Enrique Peña Nieto of the Insitutional Party, who broke off an election-coalition deal with the Gordillo-backed New Alliance Party more than a year ago after PRIistas in numerous states complained that the deal gave too much power to Gordillo.
El País March 2012 interview with Gordillo.
Gordillo has had ties with PAN Baja California gubernatorial candidate Francisco Vega.     
Update, March 13: Gordillo's Coronado Cays home searched. Story, Frontera (PDF).  

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Tijuana PAN leader asks for calm in race for party's gubernatorial nomination after Ruffo says playing field has not been level

PAN hopeful for Rosarito mayor's race says sex harassment charge against him was brought by PRI councilman's sister-in-law

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Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo arrested

Elba Esther Gordillo, the head of the teachers union who had opposed reforms put forth by President Enrique Peña Nieto's government, was arrested on suspicion of misuse of union funds Tuesday. Story, Los Angeles Times.

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

Tijuana registers 6 slayings for week of Feb. 18-24

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Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013

jaime martinez velozJaime Martínez Veloz, the nation's new commissioner for indigenous groups, says he is working to get greater institutional support for such groups in Tijuana

Asked whether he was going to continue to oppose Sempra actions in state, Martínez Veloz, clearly not wishing to have to answer the question, merely nods his head up and down yes

At Grupo Político de Tijuana meeting, he also hands out book he wrote about his attempt, when he was a younger man, to become rector of the University of Coahuila; as part of that process, he blocked humor columnist and historian Armando "Catón" Fuentes Aguirre from getting post, a move Martínez Veloz now regrets
He also says PRI is in best position in years to recover Baja California governor's post

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Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

oficina de asuntos internacionalesSan Diego Mayor Bob Filner opens office in Tijuana

He seeks to pursue "two cities, one region" strategy, including a possible binational bid for the 2024 Olympics
Update, Feb. 27: At "Pen and Paper" session with the media, he says he sees no conflict in obtaining free space from business-backed group

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One-year anniversary update on beating of journalist Antonio Heras in Mexicali

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

Race for PAN gubernatorial nomination begins in earnest; former Tijuana Mayor Héctor Osuna Jaime publishes full-page ad

More PRD members bolt coalition with PAN, however, to back PRI candidate
State PRI leader resigns post to run for Tijuana mayoral nomination

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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Human Rights Watch report charges that Mexican military involved in many disappearances

     A Human Rights Watch report charges that the Mexican military has been involved in many disappearances, and that Mexican security forces sometimes handed over detainees to criminal organizations, the Los Angeles Times reported.
       The paper said as many as 20,000 might have disappeared during the drug war by the hands of criminal organizations and security forces. The The Human Rights Watch report focuses on abuses by Mexican Navy forces.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

venustiano carranzafrancisco maderoBaja California governor observes 100th anniversary of Mexican Army


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Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

Paper's Insecurity Barometer says 9 killed in Tijuana during week

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Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

18 inmates graduate from El Hongo prison high school

     Eighteen inmates graduated from El Hongo prison open-high-school classes in Tecate over the weekend. That brings to 52 the number of graduates since 2008, El Mexicano newspaper reported (PDF).
     Inmate Fernando Balanzar Álvarez said it is difficult being in prison, but that thanks to the opportunity of being able to study "and my desire to be a better person," he had made some major gains.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013

L.A. Times looks at Acapulco in aftermath of rapes

      The Los Angeles Times takes a look at Acapulco in the aftermath of the recent rapes of six Spanish women, and through the eyes of a man who has been dedicating his time to defend it. The story was was entitled, "Accentuating Acapulco's positives in a time of negatives." 
Feb. 13 Los Angeles Times story on six arrested in rape case.
Previous mention of rapes, in context of rising violence in Acapulco.
Update, Feb. 18: Story on Los Angeles movie stuntwoman, who got her big break by winning a cliff-diving contest in Acapulco.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013

Fernando Castro Trenti registers as candidate for PRI nomination for Baja California governor and state's 5 mayors join him onstage, with Jorge Hank Rhon a no-show; Gastón Luken drops out of race for PAN-PRD nomination

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pedro ochoaFriday, Feb. 15, 2013

Pedro Ochoa, in ceremony marking his return as director of federal Cultural Center of Tijuana, outlines ambitious agenda

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Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

Mexican official says 3 huge accomplishments in last few months show Mexican lawmakers can come together

      Arnulfio Valdivia, the head of the Mexican government agency that works with Mexicans abroad, said three recent major accomplishments show that contrary to belief, the Mexican Congress can act.
     Speaking at the Institute of the Americas in San Diego, he said the passage of labor and education reforms and the three major parties' signing on to the Pacto por México show that the Congress is moving the country forward. Under the pacto, Mexico's three main parties agreed to work together to accomplish broad objectives for the country.
      Valdivia spoke at a border conference on U.S.-Mexico Competitiveness.
      Also speaking was San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who said he will formally open his liaison office in Tijuana next week, and former U.S. ambassador to Mexico John Negroponte.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Dorner effect on border crossings ends

          It took 34 minutes to cross the border into Mexico at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Otay Mesa crossing because U.S. border authorities were opening every trunk and inspecting every vehicle looking for spree killer Christopher Dorner.
      However, a return through the SENTRI lane at 6:30 p.m. only took six minutes because the former Los Angeles policeman had apparently been killed in a cabin near Big Bear by that point.
      Because Dorner had discarded some of his identity documents in San Diego, some thought he had gone into or was headed for Mexico. El Mexicano newspaper even ran an incorrect teaser headline across the top of its front page Tuesday saying, "Spree killer crossed into Mexico."
U-T San Diego had a good story on the end to the manhunt, along with a timeline.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

Eric MellinkEnsenada scientist wins Volkswagen "For the Planet" conservation biology prize

CICESE's Eric Mellink also is a research associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum

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Via Rápida Oriente given name of Tijuana mayor's father

       The Via Rápida Oriente expressway in Tijuana was given the added name of the mayor's late father, hotelier Alfonso Bustamante, on Monday.
      El Mexicano (PDF) reported that among those in attendance at the ceremony were Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán of the National Action Party and Mayor Carlos Bustamante of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Baja California political leaders explain why there will be two four-party coalitions facing off against each other in the state's July 7 election

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Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013
THE WEEK IN MEXICO: Whirlwind week in Tijuana-San Diego region

drug violence in mexico cover• Castro Trenti, and not Jorge Hank Rhon, anointed as PRI candidate for Baja California California governor
• Pedro Ochoa named as Tijuana Cultural Center director
• USD's Trans-Border Institute issues annual report on violence in Mexico, which in turn helps explain rape of six Spanish women in Acapulco

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Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013

Convention center to open in March, with inauguration to take place in April; opening ceremony for National Olympics also to be held at site in April

      municipal convention centerThe Municipal Convention Center serving Tijuana, Rosarito and Tecate is to open next month, El Mexicano reported. The convention center is located on the northern outskirts of Rosarito off the Tijuana-Rosarito toll road.
     In April, the center is to be officially inaugurated. The opening ceremony for the National Olympics also is to be held at the site in April, the paper said. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Photo: A billboard announcing the convention center, with the center in the background, while construction was taking place in December.
    Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante, asked last year whether the center being built was too small, said it could be added on to, if need be, just as San Diego's convention center has been.

pedro ochoa left at colefFriday, Feb. 8, 2013

Pedro Ochoa to head Tijuana Cultural Center again

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Gun used to kill Chula Vista man at downtown Tijuana gas station was also used in two drug-peddling slayings

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Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

El Mexicano editorializes on good, bad police in Tijuana, and on violence and rape of Spanish women in Guerrero and the formation of "community police" groups there

Paper says the groups should not take justice into their own hands

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Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

fernando castro trentiCastro Trenti taking leave from Chamber of Deputies seat to run for Baja California governor; El Mexicano, Proceso indicate he has been anointed as the PRI's candidate

Castro Trenti's nomination would avoid damage to "new PRI" image Jorge Hank Rhon candidacy could have caused   

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Drug tunnel found in Otay area of Tijuana

      A 300-meter drug tunnel that had not reached the U.S. side of the border was found in the Otay section of Tijuana by the Mexican military, and 17 people were detained. It was the third such tunnel discovered in Baja California this year; the others were found in Mexicali and Tecate. Story, El Mexicano.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

Constitution Day: Now that day is observed on a day adjoining a weekend to make Mexico more productive, can Mexico's Congress also change for the better and stop changing the constitution itself willy-nilly?

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Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

7 killed in Tijuana during week

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Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013

U.S.-Mexico tomato agreement tentatively reached

      The United States and Mexico tentatively reached a tomato agreement that would likely raise the price of Mexican tomatoes, The Associated Press reported.
       Florida tomato farmers had complained of dumping, and the Commerce Department had started an investigation in the fall, during the heat of a tight presidential race in Florida. 
      The AP said Mexico had $1.8 billion in tomato trade with the United States in 2001, slightly less than the value of U.S.-produced tomatoes. Previous mention of the tomato fight.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013

How is that López Obrador's coalition, which held that PRI stole last year's presidential election by buying votes, got a bigger electoral fine?

      Excélsior columnist Leo Zuckermann wryly writes about how Andrés Manuel López Obrador's coalition, which claimed that the Institutional Revoluionary Party had stolen last year's presidential election by buying votes, got a bigger electoral fine. López Obrador's coalition was found to have exceeded its campaign spending limit and was fined 129.8 million pesos (U.S. $10.2 million), while the PRI was fined 54.6 million pesos (U.S. $4.3 million), and was not found to be in violation in the Monex cash-card case López Obrador had vociferously complained about. The National Action Party, which spent well below its limit while finishing third in the presidential race, was fined 2.2 million pesos (U.S. $173,000) for campaign violations.
      Zuckermann laments that Mexicans don't really know what the parties spent, while noting that the PRI does seem to have good accountants. He notes that the left is pushing hard to see its fine reduced in addition to pushing, along with the PAN, for the PRI to get a bigger one. Zuckermann's column.
News story on the campaign spending fines.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

PAN forms alliance with PRD, New Alliance Party, Baja California State Party for gubernatorial election

As part of deal, PAN will back PRD candidate for mayor of Ensenada

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PAN mayoral candidate for Tijuana Alejandro Monraz finally presents his book, months after billboards announcing it went up

alejandro monraz book billboardNational Action Party politician Alejandro Monraz finally presented his book, "Alejandro Monraz, memories of a Tijuanense," months after putting up billboards announcing it. Mexican politicians have been putting up billboards with their faces announcing this or that as a way to skirt electoral rules on advertising. After the billboards went up, Monraz became the de facto PAN candidate after a poll showed him to be the most popular of his party's mayoral hopefuls. Previous mention of billboard.




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