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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Alfonoso BlancafortEnsenada Green Party councilman who ran for Senate last year is named federal environmental representative for the state for the PRI administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto

Alfonso Blancafort, a University of San Diego graduate, essentially cost the PRI one if not two federal Senate seats last year by running; he has been a thorn in the side of Ensenada mayor, also from the PRI   

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Gov. Osuna Millán denies his administration was part of a targeting of PRI gubernatorial hopeful Jorge Hank Rhon

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Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

women in burlesque costume helped reopen the clubTijuana revives part of its past

Bambi nightclub, a once-racy establishment visited in decades past by U.S. tourists, is reborn as Bambi Steak House and Sports Bar on Avenida Revolución

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Mexico has learned it can be counterproductive to try to get involved in immigration debate: L.A. Times

The Los Angeles Times, in a story entitled "Mexico stays on the sidelines in immigration reform debate," says Mexican officials have learned that it can be counterproductive to try to get involved in the U.S. immigration debate, particularly insofar as the U.S. Congress is concerned.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

17 members of Kombo Colombia band killed

Survivor says group members were asked whether they were members of a criminal gang and sold drugs

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la verdad maagazine coverMonday, Jan. 28, 2013

Former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon starts making moves to try to become PRI gubernatorial nominee

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Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013

Baja California state legislature seeks protected status for Ensenada's La Lagunita wetland

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Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013

New Tijuana high school to open Feb. 5

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Campaign period for Baja California PRI gubernatorial nomination to be from Feb. 22-April 5; general election is July 7

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Tijuana suffers second bank robbery of year

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L.A. Times Richard Fausset has good front-page story on Mexican outrage over freeing of French kidnapping suspect Florence Cassez

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Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

State legislature votes to abolish Forensic Sciences Institute; flaws in legislation creating it had caused work stoppage and bodies to pile up in Mexicali

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Analyst examines possibility of PAN-PRD coalition in Baja California and wonders why

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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

Presidents of PAN, PRI, PRD visit Baja California in advance of July 7 gubernatorial election; Jan. 31 is deadline for forming coalitions

PRI leader meets with gubernatorial aspirants in Mexicali

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Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

Court orders Florence Cassez to be freed

Many Mexicans outraged that Frenchwoman granted freedom in kidnapping case; readers suggest that columnist who supported ruling be kidnapped or have his children kidnapped so that he will change his mind


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Judge orders that 64 police in Durango be held under arraigo for suspected links to organized crime

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PAN, Baja California State Party announce coalition for gubernatorial election

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Zapatistas oppose Peña Nieto's anti-hunger crusade with letter showing hand giving him the finger; president had announced plan in town Zapatistas overran in 1994

       zapatista letterThe Zapatista movement issued a statement opposing the anti-hunger crusade President Enrique Peña announced Tuesday in Chiapas state. Subcommander Marcos and other Zapatistas addressed their letter to "Ali Baba and His Forty Thieves (governors, top officials and bootlickers)." It also had a representation of a hand giving Peña Nieto the finger; he had made his announcement in Las Margaritas, one of the towns that the Zapatistas took on Jan. 1, 1994. Story, La Jornada.

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

Tijuana settles with Global Corp. for 8 million pesos, or $632,000, over past traffic fines; electronic ticketing to resume for motorists

Overall settlement is for 150 million pesos, or nearly $12 million, councilman says; PAN councilman says there has been no vote to pay 150 million pesos, and links Hank to Global Corp.

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Attorney General's Office says it does not have a case against Gen. Tomás Ángeles Dauahare

He and 3 other generals were said to be cooperating with Beltrán Leyva cartel

Update, Jan. 23: Columnist Leo Zuckermann raises specter that original arrests had to do with politics

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Ensenada policeman reported to have killed himself playing Russian roulette; teacher who withdrew money shot and wounded in Mexicali; new military commanders in Baja California announce drug seizures; Tijuana sees 7 violent deaths over weekend

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Juan Manuel Hernández Niebla named head of Tijuana's Business Coordination Council

       juan manuel hernandez nieblaJuan Manuel Hernández Niebla was named to head of Tijuana's Business Coordination Council in place of Mario Escobedo, who is ending his second one-year stint running the organization. Escobedo is seeking the Institutional Revolutionary Party nomination for mayor.
        Hernández Niebla last year was succeeded as the head of Tijuana's chapter of the Coparmex business group last year by Jorge Escalante.
        Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Mention of Escobedo's run for mayor.
Hernández Niebla favors consecutive re-election of political officials.

Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

Reported kidnappings in Baja California drop from 64 in 2011 to 30 in 2012

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Three slayings and 66 drug possession cases in Tijuana for week

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PRI to hold municipal meetings Tuesday; PAN parliamentary group meeting in Tijuana this week

      The Institutional Revolutionary Party was to hold municipal meetings Tuesday in Baja California in advance of a state process to choose its gubernatorial candidate. The National Action Party also was to hold a meeting of its national legislators in Tijuana beginning Tuesday.
      The national head of the PRI, César Camacho Quiroz, was to visit Baja California this week. He met last week with Baja California gubernatorial aspirants, including former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon and federal Deputy Fernando Castro Trenti. Story, Frontera (PDF).

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Sunday, Jan. 20. 2013

2 teens detained in kidnapping of 16-year-old whose finger was cut off

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Rosarito PAN mayoral hopeful Silvano Abarca Macklís faces sex harassment charges

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Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013

David Navarro resigns from Tijuana urban development post, is succeeded by Roberto Díaz García

Navarro has been suffering from pancreatic cancer

      david navarroDavid Navarro, head of Tijuana's urban development agency, resigned his post because of pancreatic cancer. He was succeeded Friday by Roberto Díaz García, an architect who once was public works director of Aldama in Chihuahua state and has been in charge of Tijuana's agency dealing with the city's real estate (Inmobiliaria Municipal de Tijuana) for the past year.
      Navarro, who still will advise the city, was a major force behind the negotiations that led to a boundary agreement between Tijuana and Tecate. He recently came in for high praise from Mayor Carlos Bustamante at Bustamante's state-of-the-city address.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump page.      

Work stoppage at coroner's office workers causes bodies to pile up in Mexicali

Office stops accepting bodies because of state agencies' dispute over which is responsible for paying workers

Update, Jan. 20: State government reaches agreement to pay workers

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San Diego State University, Colegio de la Frontera Norte sign academic interchange agreement

      San Diego State University and the Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana signed an academic interchange agreement Friday that will create a work group to create an agenda to improve Mexican-U.S. academic relations, El Mexicano reported.

Cuauhtémoc Boulevard South in Tijuana fully reopens after landslide

      Cuauhtémoc Boulevard South in Tijuana has fully reopened after a landslide that took place at a subdivision under construction, El Mexicano reported (PDF). Raymundo Arnaiz Gamboa is head of a development company building the Arnaiz subdivision. He said the area where the slide took place is to be a green area for residents to enjoy.

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

PAN, PRD to form coalition for Baja California election, El Mexicano says

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Driver finds drugs attached to vehicle in Tijuana before planned crossing of border

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Wine museum has attracted 53,000 visitors in 5 months

      The Museo de Vino en the Guadalupe Valley of Ensenada has attracted 53,000 visitors, many of them foreigners, in five months, El Mexicano reported. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

Human rights activist and analyst Sergio Aguayo sees selection of PRI gubernatorial candidate as important test for Peña Nieto

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Governor hands out 20 achievement awards during ceremony marking Baja California's 61st anniversary

Boxer Jackie Nava, writer Gabriel Trujillo among those winning awards

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Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

Baja California legislature votes to require that vehicles pass smog check starting next year

This year, vehicles can stay on road, as long as they have gone to a smog-check center

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Former PAN and PRD leaders form new party, Concertación Mexicana

It joins López Obrador's new party, Morena, in seeking registration from the IFE

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Vehicle robberies grew 38% during Calderón's term; Violence continues apace in Mexico

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Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

635 kilos of pot seized on Todos Santos island

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Carlos Slim signs agreement with Khan Academy, says Mexico needs investment of U.S. $250 billion to get 4-5% growth and investment of $4 billion in telecommunications to boost Internet connectivity

Former finance minister Pedro Aspe to speak at El Trompo Museum in Tijuana on Jan. 25

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Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

3 security guards suspected in slaying of man killed on 8th Street off Avenida Revolución in Tijuana around midday Sunday; Frontera's Insecurity Barometer records 10 slayings in week for Tijuana, including a policeman

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cuauhtemoc cardonaCardona drops out of race for PAN nomination for Baja California governor, joins Kiko Vega team; Vega gathers a reported 1,500 for 'café con pan' event in eastern Tijuana

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Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013

Tijuana is second-most indebted municipality in Mexico; Guadalajara owes the most

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Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013

Mario Escobedo billboardEl Mexicano columnist says PRI mayoral hopeful Mario Escobedo, who put up a billboard encouraging Mexicans to buy their Christmas gifts in Tijuana and not in San Diego, was spotted with a shopping bag outside Bloomingdales in December

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Friday, Jan 11, 2013

vertigo magazine coverMexico City explores trying to shed federal district status and become Mexico's 32nd state

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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

8 killed, including a policeman, in Tijuana

One body found shot to death in cemetery

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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

fernando castro trentiFormer Mexicali Mayor Mayor Milton Castellanos Gout says Castro Trenti would be best PRI candidate for governor

Analyst Benedicto Ruiz weighs in on race for post PAN has held since 1989

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Marijuana that had reportedly been seized before seized again in former Tijuana mechanic's shop

Update, Jan. 10: Authorities now say marijuana had not been previously seized
Update, Jan. 12: Authorities indicate that marijuana indeed had been previously seized

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Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

Harvard criticized over Calderón fellowship

     felipe calderonHarvard has come under criticism for granting former Mexican President Felipe Calderón a one-year fellowship. Some questioned the university's actions because of the tens of thousands of deaths Mexico suffered in Calderón's war against organized crime. Story, Huffington Post. Story on Frontera website.

Mario López named director of binational affairs for city of San Diego

      mario lopez Mario López, who worked on Bob Filner's mayoral campaign, has been named director of binational affairs by the new San Diego mayor.
      López has also advised former Tijuana congressman Gastón Luken and former Tijuana mayoral candidate Carlos Torres, both of the National Action Party. In 2011 he became the head of the Economic Development Council of Tijuana and was also named to community editorial board of San Diego Union-Tribune. He left the development post the next year. A graduate of the University of California San Diego, he has also worked for Sempra.
      The new post pays $70,000 a year.
      Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, U-T San Diego.
Story mentioning his appointment to Tijuana development council. Item mentioning his leaving the council.   

Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

reporteroReportero airs on public television

It shows hurdles, threats faced by reporters for Tijuana's Zeta newspaper and other Mexican media

Filmmaker originally planned documentary on shelter for deported children before switching direction

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Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013

Incomplete drug tunnel found in Mexicali; former head of Baja California state police slain in Guerrero state

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Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013

Ciudad Juárez gets 15 centimeters of snow, its greatest since 1957; state of emergency declared as storm bares poverty of city

     Ciudad Juárez got 15 centimeters of snow (6 inches) this week, its greatest total since 1957. Maquiladoras and day-care centers closed, numerous shelters opened and a state of emergency was declared, El Universal reported. Federal Highway 45 was closed for 18 hours and flights were canceled. Mexican media reported that tons of firewood and 7,000 blankets were handed out in the outskirts of the city. Story in Frontera (PDF).
El Mexicano editorial about plight of poor in Juárez (PDF).

jose alfredo ferreiro velazcoAlfredo Ferreiro Velazco leaves state environment post, apparently to run for mayor of Tecate for PAN

       Alfredo Ferreiro Velazco, the Baja California deputy minister for environmental protection, has resigned his post, apparently to run for mayor of Tecate on the banner of the National Action Party. He previously served as mayor from 1995-1998, but then represented the Institutional Revolutionary Party. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Story about Ferreiro and Baja California's new smog check program.
Editor's note: It appears that Velazco, more often than not, winds up being spelled Velasco by the Mexican media.

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

6 in family of toy merchants killed in Ecatepec; 27 killed elsewhere, including 12 by the military in Zacatecas

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Tijuana suffers first bank robbery of year

Once a bank-robbery capital, city only had 8 bank robberies last year, and suspects were caught in 6 of them

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Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

U.S. to pre-clear agricultural produce in Tijuana

      U.S. Customs is going to pre-clear agricultural produce in Tijuana under a pilot program designed to get perishable goods through the Otay Mesa border crossing more quickly, U-T San Diego reported Thursday in a front-page story.
      Sandra Dibble's story said two other pre-clearance pilot facilities are set to open, one at Laredo International Airport in Texas, where Mexican customs officers would inspect Mexico-bound shipments of automotive and aeronautics components, and one at the Taiwanese-owned Foxconn maquiladora complex west of Ciudad Juarez near the Santa Teresa, N.M. port of entry. Story, U-T San Diego.

bc ad lauds departing generalsWednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

Duarte Múgica leaving as Baja California military commander

Governor had asked that he stay

He will be succeeded by Gen. Gilberto Hernández Andreu, who has been arresting meth producers in Jalisco

Also, Gen. Gilberto Landeros Briseño of the Second Military Zone in Tijuana is being succeeded by Gen. Gabriel García Rincón

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Ensenada general hospital doubles beds from 30 to 61

       The General Hospital of Ensenada has doubled its beds from 30 to 61 through a 50-million-peso ($3.9 million) improvement project, Frontera reported.
       The paper quoted Director Ernesto Martínez Palacios, as saying the hospital treats around 8,000 patients a year, two-thirds in the area of gynecology and obstetrics. The hospital records 300 to 400 births a month. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Ensenada, despite financial crisis, spent $41,000 for gold rings for longtime employees

       El Mexicano reported on the front page of its Ensenada edition that the city, despite its fiscal woes, spent $41,000 for gold rings for longtime employees. It spent 522,000 on rings for 78 employees who had worked for the city for more than 20 years and bought the jewelry from Tijuana's Joyería Vázquez, the paper said. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

Tijuana ends 2012 with 362 murders, 23% fewer than in 2011

Although state recorded a 16% drop overall, Mexicali and Ensenada saw more homicides

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rene mendivilMonday, Dec. 31, 2012

Baja California PRI leader outlines his party's goals for 2013

René Mendívil says alliances could be key in gubernatorial race, says he would like to be nominated for Tijuana mayor's post

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Frontera's Insecurity Barometer reports only one violent death for week

Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012

Coahuila becomes 3rd state to ratify education reform, after Chiapas and Baja California

      Coahuila became the third state to ratify President Enrique Peña Nieto's education reform, following Chiapas and Baja California. The reform modifies Articles 3 and 73 of the Constitution. During the special-session vote in Saltillo, there were two abstentions, one from the Institutional Revolutionary Party's Guadalupe Rodríguez and one from the teachers union-allied New Alliance Party's Simón Hiram Vargas. The teachers union has taken a stand against the reforms.
Story in Frontera (PDF).
Story on Peña Nieto's drive for education reform.
Update, Jan. 6: Campeche and Mexico state also have approved reform; legislatures of Tamaulipas, Veracruz and Oaxaca are discussing it.



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