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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Former Tijuana urban development official David Navarro dies of pancreatic cancer

He had negotiated Tijuana-Tecate boundary dispute

       David NavarroFormer Tijuana urban development director David Navarro has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

       In 2011, he was a major force behind the negotiation to formalize the boundary between Tijuana and Tecate.

       Last year, he developed pancreatic cancer, and he resigned from his post in January. El Mexicano reported that he was diagnosed in July 2012.

       During the 2004-2007 administration of Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon, Navarro was harshly criticized for allowing the destruction of the "Toreo de Tijuana" bullring.

       He was born Oct. 1, 1961, in Tijuana, and got an architecture degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and a master's degree in geographic information systems from the Universidad Iberoamericana. He also taught at the Iberoamericana in Tijuana and at Xochicalco University, a City of Tijuana news release said.

      The news release said his architectural projects included Las Olas Grand Hotel in Rosarito, Baja California; Torres Punta Azul in Rosarito; Cabo Palmeira, en Cabo San Lucas; and the Centro Comercial Agua Caliente.

      He is survived by his wife, Elba Santiesteban, and two sons, David and Sebasti√°n.

Esquela memorial ad from Mayor Carlos Bustamante, in Frontera (PDF).
Story, Frontera. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
January: Navarro resigns urban development post.
July 2011: Tijuana-Tecate boundary agreement.

Update, Aug. 1: Esquela ads in Frontera. Page 5-A (PDF).
Update, Aug. 3: Memorial service held at Tijuana City Hall. Frontera (PDF).