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Monday, March 31, 2014

Mexicali City Hall's metal letters stolen

      The metal letters on the main facade outside Mexicali City Hall that said "Ayuntamiento de Mexicali" (Mexicali City Council) were stolen over the weekend. El Mexicano reported that the bronze letters had been in place since the City Hall was built more than 30 years ago. Metal theft for recycling is a major problem in Mexico, just as it is in many parts of the world. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Ambassador Castro Trenti visits mom in Tijuana

       Mexico's ambassador to Argentina, Fernando Castro Trenti, combined a trip to Tijuana over the weekend along with a working trip to Mexico City. Castro Trenti, who reluctantly agreed to become ambassador after Institutional Revolutionary Party powers-that-be did not want him to return to the Chamber of Deputies after his failed run for governor last year, said he visited with his mother, whom he had not seen for two months. During that visit, Castro Trenti caused a stir by blasting Carlos Barboza, Jorge Hank Rhon's candidate to become head of the PRI in Baja California. It still is being decided who will become the state PRI president, although there are strong indications that interim leader and former state legislator Nancy Sánchez will stay in the position. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Friday, March 28, 2014

Paper's front-page story is denial that children are being kidnapped in order for their organs to be harvested

       El Mexicano newspaper led its front page Friday with a story where law-enforcement officials denied that children are being kidnapped in order for their organs to be harvested. This has long been a widespread rumor in Tijuana and Mexico, but hardly the lead story for a metropolitan daily.
        The paper also wrote an editorial saying that the announcement by Tijuana public safety chief Alejando Lares and prosecutor for organized crime Miguel Ángel Guerrero was a timely one.
       The rumors have been prevalent again lately. At a recent event, MexicoPerspective was shocked to hear someone in the Tijuana media say that such organ harvesting had been taking place, only to find out this statement was based only on rumor. Although conspiracy theories are widespread throughout the world, Mexico is particularly susceptible to them, perhaps because of its public's low level of reading.
Editorial, El Mexicano. Front-page story, El Mexicano. Jump.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Woman who allegedly delivered marijuana and magnets for blind-mule border crossing arrested

It is the first time an arrest has been made in such as case, where magnets are used to attach drugs to vehicles whose unsuspecting owners are known to cross the border

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Tijuana mayor, saying 400,000 residents lack a basic education, promises to work hand-in-hand with National Institute for Adult Education

     Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán on Wednesday promised to work closely with the National Institute for Adult Education to reduce educational backwardness in the city. He said 400,000 residents lack a basic education (in Mexico, basic education covers primary through middle school). Tijuana's population in 2013 was 1,670,365Story, El Mexicano (PDF).  
    Meanwhile, labor and management issues in schools continued, and 35 Tijuana schools were unable to hold classes on Wednesday, Frontera reported.
    In Ensenada, parents upset with the direction of Andrés Silva Vite middle school took over the facility, Frontera reported.

David Maung at Caltrans ceremonyPhotographer David Maung, whose photos of deported persons go on display at CECUT on Friday, gets full-page story in El Mexicano

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pena nieto las auras damWednesday, March 26, 2014

Peña Nieto inaugurates Las Auras Dam in Tecate

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mexico, in midst of obesity crisis, promotes exercise, creation of more parks, and healthier eating habits

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Salinas meets with Fox — actress Carmen Salinas, that is

      Actress and theater producer Carmen Salinas met with former President Vicente Fox at the Centro Fox in León, Carmen Salinas Aventurera 2000Guanajuato.          Salinas is in León to portray the drug cartel leader "La Chacala" (the Jackal) in the film "Kilo por Gramo." Salinas, long a backer of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, said she thought Fox has always meant well. She had invited him to attend her long-running play "Aventurera" when Fox was president but he never wound up attending. In 2000, when Fox was running for president, Salinas had said on stage during a performance of "Aventurera" that she feared for the future of Mexico if the National Action Party politician was elected.
Wire story in El Mexicano (PDF).
Photo is of Salinas onstage in 2000.

Full switch to digital TV delayed further in some areas

      Mexico's total switchover from analog to digital television, which had been scheduled for Dec. 31, 2015, is going to be delayed in some areas, federal communications officials said.
      The switchover in Tijuana last year was plagued with problems.

Nexos cover March 2014Monday, March 24, 2014

luis donaldo colosio20th anniversary of Colosio assassination marked

Nexos magazine gives readers access to the final special prosecutor's report on slaying of PRI presidential candidate in Tijuana, which few conspiracy theorists — or those writing about the killing — seem to have bothered to read

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Mexicali woman apparently has herself 'kidnapped' in order to get more attention from her husband

It is second reported self-kidnapping case in Baja California this month

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Government seeks to alter, water down transparency institute, analyst George Grayson writes

       The Mexican government is seeking to alter and water down the transparency institute (Instituto Federal de Acceso a la Información, the Federal Institute for Access to Information, or IFAI), Mexico analyst George Grayson writes in a column published in Thursday's U-T San Diego. He concluded: "Reconfiguring IFAI means that Mexico — which came in 106th out of 177 countries examined in 2013 — will fall even lower in the 'Corruption Perception Index' disseminated by Transparency International."

Peña Nieto may inaugurate Las Auras Dam in Tecate on Tuesday

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Editorial lauds Mexicali mayor for rejection of formation of self-defense groups in capital

Mexicali policeman who had stopped 4 men is killed; he kills 1 of them, another commits suicide, and the others are captured

Update, March 27: Promoter of self-defense groups says another will be formed on Sunday, March 30, and says many police are involved in crimes including 'express kidnappings'

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Colorado River Delta to get new infusion of water to restore wetlands

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57 prisoners marry in Tijuana's La Mesa prison

      Fifty-seven prisoners — 55 men, and two women — married on Tuesday in Tijuana's La Mesa prison.
      El Mexicano quoted a woman named Irma as saying, while walking hand-in-hand with her new husband, Luis Enrique Serrano Gutiérrez, "We were going to marry in San Diego, but God decided it would be here, and we are happy." It quoted them as saying they have lived together 13 years and have three children, and that he was in prison for having killed his kidnapper in self-defense. He said his case is still in process and that he hopes to be released.
      An August 2013 AFN Tijuana story about Serrano's arrest said he was a naturalized U.S. citizen and was 58, and was found dumping a body on a road in Tecate's La Rumorosa community.
Wedding story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Kombo Kolombia band was killed by Zetas in January 2013 because it started playing for Gulf Cartel, Nuevo León prosecutor says

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U-T San Diego quotes lime industry spokesman as saying security situation in Michoacán is not a factor in fruit's price increase, other than that unscrupulous distributors have blamed the violence in an effort to gouge consumers; weather and disease have been the main factors

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Tuesday, Marcy 18, 2014

Mexicali ceremony to honor oil nationalization canceled after protesters arrive at site first

       A ceremony in Mexicali to honor the 1938 oil nationalization by President Lázaro Cárdenas was canceled Tuesday after protesters arrived at the site of Cárdenas's statute first and a dispute broke out during which a state public relations worker broke the nose of a protester, El Mexicano reported (PDF). Jump.
       Many on the left have protested President Enrique Peña Nieto's reform to try to make Mexico's woefully inefficient oil sector more efficient.
       A ceremony in Tijuana presided over by Mayor Jorge Astiazarán went more smoothly. Story (PDF). Jump. Peña Nieto said he was seeking an energy revolution while at a celebration of the expropriation at the Cosoleacaque Petrochemical Complex in Veracruz state. Story (PDF). Jump.
Update, March 21: El Mexicano takeout on the takeover of the Cárdenas monument.          

Monday, March 17, 2014

Shooting incident in Rosarito leaves 3 dead, 7 injured; 11-year-old is among those killed

1 man who died was from south San Diego, and the other worked in National City

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

PRI to honor Colosio with race on 20th anniversary of assassination

     The Tijuana chapter of the Institutional Revolutionary Party will hold a run to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the March 23, 1994, assassination of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, PRI official Adriana Ornelas Maravilla said Saturday.
     The former city councilwoman told the PRI young people's organization Grupo Político Lázaro Cárdenas that the run will begin at 9 a.m. at PRI headquarters downtown. She said she has been running 20 to 30 minutes a day in preparation.
     Colosio was killed by a gunman after a campaign rally in Tijuana's Lomas Taurinas neighborhood.
     The PRI in Culiacán, in Sinaloa state, also is planning a race on March 23.  

limesSaturday, March 15, 2014

Lime prices go 'through the roof'; imports considered 

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Mexicali celebrates 111th anniversary

      Mexicali on Friday celebrated its 111th anniversary. El Mexicano newspaper ran a two-page story about its history, another story about anniversary celebrations, and another about a group called "Los Perros" that has a 50-year history in the city.
El Mexicano story on Mexicali history. Page 1 (PDF). Page 2.

Widow of former Gov. Terán dies

      Alma Corella Gil Samaniego, the widow of former Baja California Gov. Héctor Terán Terán, died Thursday in Mexicali's Issstecali hospital. Her husband was elected governor in 1995 but died in office in 1998. El Mexicano reported that among the illnesses she suffered from was diabetes.
      The death was accompanied by esquela memorial ads in newspapers.
Front-page story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Ad from Mexicali Mayor Jaime Rafael Díaz Ochoa (PDF).
Ad from Gov. Francisco Vega.

Sentencing for man who dissolved bodies indicates 'El Teo' had ex-girlfriend, her brother, her nephew, and her parents killed

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Friday, March 7, 2014

San Gabriel Mission Playhouse has female mariachi exhibit

       The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse this month has an exhibit on female mariachi musicians dating to 1903.
       A Los Angeles Times article on the subject leads with a story about a mariachi singer named Rosa Quirino, who wore "a shawl criss-crossed over her chest, in a nod to Pancho Villa." This was when Villa had developed a reputation as a bandit, some time before he became a figure in the 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution.
Story, Los Angeles Times: "Exhibit highlights women who made mariachi history: A show at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse features female performers who broke into the traditionally male Mexican music genre."
There will be a ¡Viva el Mariachi Femenil! concert on March 29.

Women form majority on Ensenada council

      Women form a majority on the Ensenada council, Frontera reported. Three are from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Columba Domínguez Delgadillo, Guillermina Calvo Romero, and María Verónica Hernández Valdez) and one each from the National Action Party (María de los Ángeles Zepeda Morán), Democratic Revolution Party (Alicia Yesenia Rivera Santoyo), Green Party (Ana Daniela García Salgado), and New Alliance Party (Ana Gabriela Bórquez Gómez). Zepeda is the daughter of the PAN leader in Ensenada, Hugo Adriel Zepeda Berrelleza.
Story, Frontera (PDF).

Mario LopezThursday, March 6, 2014

Mario López says he is leaving San Diego's Tijuana liaison office

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denise dresserDenise Dresser opens UCSD's Mexico Moving Forward event with speech about the good, the bad, and the ugly under the 'new' PRI

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Column lauds diversity of Cinco de Mayo holiday

       A column by UCLA medical professor David E. Hayes-Bautista, who has written the book El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition, explores the U.S. roots of the holiday celebrating Mexico's defeat of the French at Puebla in May 1862. His column is pegged to a recent district court decision allowing a school district south of San Jose to prohibit students from wearing shirts bearing U.S. flags on Cinco de Mayo in order to avoid conflict.
Los Angeles Times: "Cinco de Mayo — a truly Mexican American holiday: In the first parades after the 1862 Battle of Puebla, revelers who supported freedom, racial equality and democracy carried U.S. and Mexican flags side by side."'

Alleged kidnapper allegedly involved in self-kidnapping arrested in Tijuana

Prosecutors say he sought a 500,000 peso ransom from his parents; 5 others also detained

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Toros logoTijuana Toros celebrate entry in Mexican baseball league

mario mendozaFormer major league shortstop Mario Mendoza, famed for the "Mendoza Line," to manage the team

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Administration seeks $216.8 million for ongoing San Ysidro port of entry expansion and $98 million for Calexico West port

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