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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Baja California to back 2 new high schools for Tijuana

       Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega said the state will be helping back two new high schools for Tijuana, El Mexicano newspaper reported on the front page. The two schools are in San Antonio de los Buenos and in the Lomas Virreyes section of La Presa district. Both schools open in a few months. Tijuana has badly been in need of more high schools.
Story, El Mexicano. Jump.

Man shot to death Wednesday in Tijuana's Microplaza shopping center was replacement for slain man who had controlled drug sales in Tijuana's Zona Norte; 2 arrested

        Ulises Agni Tapia Navarro, the man shot to death Wednesday in Tijuana's Microplaza shopping center, was the replacement for the slain man who controlled drug sales in the Zona Norte, El Mexicano newspaper reported in a front-page story Saturday. Two men, ages 30 and 27, were arrested in the shooting, the paper said; the 30-year-old, Daniel Alejandro "El Tecato" Rivas Espinoza, reportedly said he had killed eight or nine people, including the previously slain drug dealer. The paper said Tapia Navarro was the replacement for Rogelio Alonso Castillo González, known as "El 300," who was shot March 10 in the Hotel Segovia in the Zona Norte.
       Also, an alleged lieutenant of the Sinalo Cartel, Juan Valencia Cáliz, was captured in Tijuana, city police said. He allegedly worked with Alfonso "El Aquiles" Arzate García.
       Meanwhile, the paper also put on its front page a story about a hand being found by a member of the Ejido Hermosillo in the Valle de Mexicali. The paper said the hand was presumed to belong to a known thief who has been missing for a week.
       Story, El Mexicano. Jump.    

Tijuana book fair opens

     The Tijuana book fair opened Friday night. It is honoring the late Federico Campbell, who died this year of flu-related complications. It runs through Sunday, June 8. Facebook page about the fairThe fair's program.
Update, June 1: El Mexicano page on the fair's opening.
Update, June 3: El Mexicano reports on books involving 1994 assassination of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio and Omar Millán's book on crime in eastern Tijuana.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Student takes AK-47 bullets to elementary school

        An 11-year-old student took AK-47 bullets to elementary school in Tijuana, causing a call to the 066 emergency line and an admonishing editorial in El Mexicano newspaper. The call to the line came at 8:38 a.m. from the José Mora Herrera school in the Santa Fe neighborhood. El Mexicano's story ran the student's first and middle names. The bullets are only allowed to be in the possession of the Mexican military.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Columnist says Cordero should never have run for president of the PAN, nor for the PAN presidential nomination

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Business group says 500 companies have closed doors this year in Baja California, blames increase in value-added tax

      The business group Coparmex said 500 companies have shut down this year in Baja California, and placed the blame on the increase in the federal value added tax, which increased from 11% to 16% along the border this year. The increase meant that border residents now must pay the same amount as Mexicans in the rest of the country.
       It was unclear how much of a factor the added tax actually was.
      Front-page story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
El Mexicano editorial against the tax.

Tijuana policeman shot in Mexicali; 2 state police remain missing in Ensenada

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Authorities tour repair work on Tijuana-Ensenada toll road; goal is to reopen it by Sept. 15, when Mexican Independence Day celebrations start

     Baja California and federal officials on Thursday took a look at the repairs being made to the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road, a part of which collapsed in December. Authorities said their goal is to reopen the highway by Sept. 15, when Mexican Independence Day celebrations begin.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump to a full-page (6A). Second jump (7A).       

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tijuana lawyer complains that federal toll road charges fire truck for passage

    Tijuana lawyer Ignacio Anaya, in an op-ed piece in Tijuana's Frontera newspaper, complained Tuesday that the federal Tijuana-Ensenada toll road charges fire trucks for passage even when en route to an emergency to put out a fire. He called for a federal law to allow fire trucks free passage on federal toll roads. His column (PDF).    

Monday, May 19, 2014

Gustavo MaderoPAN re-elects Madero as national president; Baja California PRI essentially decides on Nancy Sánchez as state president; Gov. Vega finally names someone as government secretary after the previous secretary had to resign because the federal government was seeking his arrest

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Baja California first lady seeks to fund CRIT children's rehabilitation center

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tijuana couple arrested after kidnapped would-be border crosser is strangled; 2nd migrant survives strangulation attempt and reports crime to authorities

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

PRD turns 25

       The left-of-center Democratic Revolution Party has turned 25.
       Party cofounder Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, the three-time failed presidential candidate and former Mexico City mayor who turned 80 last week, said the party "is further rather than closer to what it proposed and committed to be at its founding." Without naming him, Cárdenas said the formation of the new Morena Party by two-time failed presidential candidate and former Mexico City Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador has the been the greatest desertion the PRD has faced.
       Cárdenas currently is a candidate to succeed PRD President Jesús Zambrano in the party leadership. Baja California state legislator Roberto Dávalos, who attended the PRD anniversary celebration in Mexico City, said he was backing Cárdenas.
        The National Action Party also is having a strongly contested election for its leadership.
Notimex story in El Mexicano, with photo of Cárdenas, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera and PRD President Jesús Zambrano. Jump.
State legislator Dávalos backs Cárdenas (PDF).
Story on Mexicali PRD. Jorge Fernandez Menéndez's history of the PRD (PDF).

Monday, May 5, 2014

El Mexicano editorials note big Tijuana drug bust, and how Zapatistas are in conflict again in Chiapas

       Editorials in Tijuana's El Mexicano newspaper on Monday discussed how the federal government is calling last week's 41-ton marijuana drug bust the most important of President Enrique Peña Nieto's term and how the Zapatistas are in conflict again in Chiapas, this time with a farmworkers group in Las Margaritas.
      The paper lamented that the pot bust by the military and city police, because of the voracious demand for drugs, may just wind up being a light blow to traffickers.
      The paper also called for federal mediation in the conflict in Chiapas, which left one dead and 13 injured over the weekend.
      The Zapatistas rose up on Jan. 1, 1994, opposed to the North American Free Trade Agreement, among other things, but have been relatively quiet for many years.
      Editorials, El Mexicano (PDF). Federal government lauds drug bust, Frontera (PDF).

Saturday, May 3, 2014-Sunday, May 4, 2014

Rep. Duncan Hunter works to free Marine reservist who accidentally entered Tijuana with guns April 1

Some media misreport about wound to reservist's neck, which reservist inflicted on himself with a broken lightbulb

Update, May 4: U-T San Diego, which got reporting about wound right, has jailhouse interview with Andrew Tahmooressi

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Student escapes from kidnappers in Tijuana, 2 arrested;
Tijuana considers purchase of cameras to monitor police, prevent corruption

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Gasoline price rises

     The price of regular gasoline went up today 9 centavos per liter in Mexico to 12.68 pesos per liter. That is the equivalent of $3.69 a gallon.
     Although at one point this year the Mexican price exceeded the U.S. price per gallon, recent dramatic price increases in the United States now make it cheaper to buy gas in Mexico again.
     For example, gas at Costco in Chula Vista, Calif., was selling for $4.05 a gallon on Friday.
     Story in Frontera (PDF).

40% of Ensenada's street lamps not working

      Frontera newspaper on Saturday reported that 40% of Ensenada's street lamps are not working. Luckily they were not needed for the Rosarito Beach-Ensenada bike ride today!    



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