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Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Ann Coulter on Hannity screenshotAnn Coulter's remarks about wishing Netanyahu was in charge of U.S.-Mexico border cause belated stir in Tijuana

Paper nips back at pundit with unflattering cartoon

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tijuana's El Mexicano newspaper runs society page feature on same-sex couple's marriage vows

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Frontera spikes column critical of paper's redesign written by longtime op-ed contributor Benedicto Ruiz

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

toros logodiablos rojosTijuana Toros and Mexico City Diablos Rojos to play game in San Diego's Petco Park following Padres-Braves game on Sunday, Aug. 3

        Tijuana's new professional baseball team, the Toros, will play the Diablos Rojos (Red Devils) of Mexico City in San Diego's Petco Park on Sunday, Aug. 3, following the Padres' afternoon game against the Atlanta Braves. The Diablos Rojos are currently in first place in the Mexican Baseball League's Northern Division with a 55-34 record; the Toros are in sixth place with a 43-48 record, 13 games back. The Toros end their regular season on Aug. 14 against the Red Devils in Mexico City.
Update: Red Devils beat Toros at Petco Park, 9-3.
Pre-game story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Tijuana Toros celebrate entry into Mexican Baseball League.
Toros website.

Road reducing distance between Tecate and Ensenada from 115 to 90 kilometers expected to be finished this year

       The Testarazo road link expected to be finished this year will reduce the distance between Tecate and Ensenada from 115 to 90 kilometers (71.5 to 56 miles), El Mexicano newspaper reported. Work being done or planned on the El Sauzal-Ojos Negros and Ojos Negros-Cañon Buenavista roads in the Ensenada municipality also was discussed by Mayor Gilberto Antonio Hirata Chico and the federal Transportation Ministry's representative in Baja California, Alfonso Padrés Pesqueira; the latter work may be done through a public-private partnership. Progress on road work improving la Ruta del Vino (Wine Route) also was discussed.
        In recent years, Baja California has been engaged in an enormous effort to improve its infrastructure.

Former state legislator takes office as federal consumer agency's delegate to Baja California; picture page featuring event also is dominated by photos of newspaper operator's son, age 19 when he took office as a Rosarito councilman last year

         Former Baja California legislator Julio Felipe García took office as the federal consumer protection agency's delegate to Baja California on Monday. El Mexicano's picture page of the event was also dominated by photos of Playas de Rosarito councilman Eligio Valencia López, the son of the paper's operator, Eligio Valencia Roque. The page had seven photos of the Profeco delegate and three — all at the top of page — of Valencia López, a university student who was the youngest council member in the state when he took office at age 19 last year as a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
         Not to be outdone in his own newspaper, however, Valencia Roque, also a top state labor leader, saw his photo featured four times on a picture page involving a meeting between Ensenada Mayor Gilberto Antonio Hirata Chico and transportation worker representatives. The page had two photos of the mayor.
Profeco ceremony picture page (PDF). Transportation picture page (PDF).
Milenio story on Valencia Roque taking office at age 19.          

Monday, July 21, 2014

totoabaBaja California to spend $54,000 on restoring totoaba population; illegally caught totoabas seized near San Felipe

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Mexicali Rocky Mountain fever deaths rise to 14

       The number of deaths caused by Rocky Mountain fever in Mexicali this year has risen to 14, authorities said. Authorities are urging the populace to go to the Mexicali General Hospital at the first sign of displaying symptoms of the disease, caused by the bite of dog-borne ticks carrying Rickettsia. Half the victims were male, and half female, ages 5 to 64, El Mexicano newspaper reported.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says symptoms can include fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, muscle pain and a rash; it says it is imperative to get treated within the few first days of symptoms.  
Update, July 23: El Mexicano editorial says more government, and individual, action is needed to combat the problem, which it described as essentially one of poverty and inattention to hygiene.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Possible 8th case of year involving blind-mule drugs

       Eight packets of crystal meth that authorities thought might have been destined to be planted on some unsuspecting border crosser's vehicle were discovered in Las California neighborhood in Otay Mesa late Sunday night. They were found after police received reports of a quarrel in the area.
      It is possibly the eighth case discovered this year involving "blind-mule" drugs, where an unsuspecting "mule" would carry drugs across the border.
      The seventh case occurred July 8, when packages of marijuana with magnets attached to hold the bundles onto the underside of a vehicle were found in Colonia Cacho.
Tuesday's El Mexicano story.
The seventh "blind-mule" case, with photo. Jump page.

3 new national political parties, including AMLO's Morena

pfh logo       morena amloThree new political parties have been approved, including two-time presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador's Morena, giving Mexico a total of 10. An El Mexicano editorial on Tuesday noted that the nation's new electoral body, the National Electoral Institute, says that this will not mean more public spending on elections, because the total pie of public monies going to parties will now be pes logosplit among 10 parties instead of seven. The Tijuana paper lamented that the new parties will receive an average of 9 million pesos ($694,000) a month, money that could go toward resolving Mexico's many problems. The other two parties are the Humanist Front Party and the Social Encounter Party. Editorial, El Mexicano (PDF).
A list of Mexico's 10 political parties, logos and their founding dates.
AMLO says he will run for president in 2018.
Photo shows ad in Tijuana paper seeking voters to register with Morena last year.

tijuana arch clockMonday, July 14, 2014

Mayor to renovate Tijuana clock

        Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán plans to renovate the emblematic Tijuana clock, built as part of a monumental arch downtown, El Mexicano reported. The clock, the signature achievement of Francisco Mayor when he was mayor from 1998-2001, has not been maintained by successor administrations and does not work. Some thought the nonoperation of the clock hanging from the arch might hurt Vega in his gubernatorial run last year, but the National Action Party politician still wound up defeating Fernando Castro Trenti of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Astiazarán, also elected last year, is a member of the PRI. El Mexicano said it hoped the mayor would install a giant video screen for Tijuana residents to view on special occasions.

'The judge for El Chapo' removed from post

        Excélsior columnist Jorge Fernández Menéndez writes that José Guadalupe Luna Altamirano has been removed from his post, nearly a decade after becoming known as "The judge for El Chapo." Fernández said Luna was removed after "millions were found deposited in his accounts without explanation." Fernández said Luna let Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's son go free, let a group found guarding $3.15 million in Veracruz go free, and granted an injunction to Sandra Ávila, also known as the (drug-trafficking) Queen of the Pacific Coast.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Baja California to synchronize state and local elections with federal ones beginning in 2021; re-election also approved

In 2019, governor, state legislators, mayors and council members to be elected to only 2-year terms;
In 2021, governor to be elected to regular 6-year term, and legislators, mayors and council members to regular 3-year terms

Update, July 12: Business leader says electoral reform does not go far enough

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Dog park opens in Tijuana's Parque Morelos

       A dog park has opened in Tijuana's Parque Morelos, and around 600 people and their dogs attended a festival marking the occasion. Iván Márquez of ProvidAnimal TJ told Frontera newspaper that it is the first such park in Baja California.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tijuana's CECUT parking being expanded

       Parking for the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) is being expanded, Frontera reported. The center is being heavily used, and sometimes there is not enough parking, center director Pedro Ochoa told the paper. The paper said a three-level structure was being built.

Mountain lion captured at UABC campus in Ensenada

       A small mountain lion was captured at the Autonomous University of Baja California Valle Dorado campus in Ensenada, Frontera reported. It was first seen in a tree near a pedestrian bridge on Reforma Avenue by a guard who said he at first thought it was just a regular cat. The mountain lion was placed in a cage and handed over to federal environmental authorities.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Woman to be director of Tijuana police department

      Patricia Sida Wilkes has been named director of the Tijuana police department, to serve under public safety chief Alejandro Lares. She succeeds Reyes Montilla López.
      El Mexicano said she will be in command of more than 2,000 police.
      She has been with the force more than 10 years.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Update, July 5: Frontera political page says some Tijuana police may fear Sida Wilkes more than the criminals, because of her reputation for running things with a firm hand.

Tijuana's basketball Zonkeys win title

      Tijuana's basketball Zonkeys took the seventh and decisive game to win Mexico's Pacific Coast basketball league championship, 84-74, in Culiacán. James Penny and Robert
Hornsby both scored 23 for the victors.
Sports section front, Frontera (PDF). Game story.

Update, July 5: Victorious Zonkeys parade around city in open-air tourbus.