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Saturday, July 21, 2013 - Sunday, July 22, 2013

Governor vetoes bill to make San Quintín a municipality

       Baja California Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán on Friday vetoed a bill that had passed the legislature 23-0 to make San Quintín the state's sixth municipality.

       The governor's office said certain technical requirements had not been met, such as doing a mapping analysis.

        The head of the committee to make San Quintín a municipality, Fernando Figueroa Calderón, said he was disappointed with the governor.

        While the measure had passed 23-0, it also was seen as an 11th-hour electoral ploy to help the prospects of Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Fernando Castro Trenti in the July 7 gubernatorial election. Still, Castro Trenti lost to Francisco Vega, who, like Osuna Millán, is a member of the National Action Party.

         On Saturday, Workers Party legislature Claudia Agatón of Ensenada said she hoped the lame-duck legislature would come back into session and override the veto. A new, 25-member legislature was elected on July 7, and it will not be dominated the by PRI, as the current one is. The Workers Party ran as part of the PRI coalition in the latest election.

Stories, El Mexicano (PDF).
Claudia Agatón hopes to override veto (PDF).

Update, July 22: PAN legislators, although they voted for measure, say they back governor's veto. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Update, July 30: Ad placed in El Mexicano seeking veto override.

        Story on legislature's vote to make San Quintín a municipality.