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Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

Gov. Osuna Millán, despite vetoing San Quintín's breakoff from Ensenada, says he will work with San Quintín residents on creating a path for it to become Baja California's sixth municipality

Baja California José Guadalupe Osuna Millán met with people seeking municipal status for San Quintín on Wednesday and said that despite having vetoed San Quintín's breakoff from Ensenada, he will work with it to find the proper path for it become its own entity. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump page.

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013

Committee that sought municipal status for San Quintín disappointed that Baja California state legislators give up on plan to override governor's veto

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Saturday, July 21, 2013

Governor vetoes bill to make San Quintín a municipality

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Legislature votes to make San Quintín Baja California's 6th municipality

Vote was 23-0 in favor, but PAN says decision was made now to favor PRI candidate in July 7 gubernatorial election

      The outgoing Baja California state legislature voted 23-0 Friday to make San Quintín the sixth municipality in the state, Mexican media reported. The decision to break off a southern portion of Ensenada would mean that Ensenada no longer would be the largest municipality in land area in the country.

      Although National Action Party legislators voted for the change, Tijuana PAN Deputy Ricardo Magaña Mosqueda said the vote was taken now to improve the chances of Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Fernando Castro Trenti in the July 7 election. The 25-member legislature is dominated by the PRI.

      Fernando Figueroa Calderón, president of a committee that has been trying to gain municipality status for largely rural San Quintín, told Frontera newspaper that the new entity would have 120,000 residents.

       Last year, Ensenada residents voted overwhelmingly to allow San Quintín to become the state's sixth municipality, but turnout was too low for their decision to become law.

      Ensenada Mayor Enrique Pelayo, a member of the PRI, had opposed breaking off San Quintín. El Vigia website said he and PAN Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán maintained silence about the vote. El Vigia said PAN legislator Lizbeth Mata Lozano of Ensenada, while ultimately backing the measure, also said the vote was taken now for electoral purposes, and lamented that certain procedures were not taken before the hurried vote.   

      El Vigia's editorial said it was hard to understand why the process for San Quintín to become a muncipality took 15 years. "Before there was too much foot-dragging, but today too much haste," it said. It added, "A wish has been fulfilled, but the most difficult is yet to come."

      Mexicali legislator Nancy Sánchez, who has been at the forefront of efforts to damage the image of PAN gubernatorial candidate Francisco Vega, said, "Today we have given birth to a new child in Baja California."   

       Frontera said San Quintín would become a new municipality on Nov. 15. A founding council would take office on Jan. 6, 2014, but the first municipal council would not be elected until 2016 and not take office until Dec. 1, 2016, the paper said.

        El Vigia said the following communities would be part of the new municipality: Camalú, Vicente Guerrero, San Quintín, El Rosario, El Mármol, Punta Prieta, Bahía de Los Ángeles and Villa de Jesús María.      

       Meanwhile, Rosarito began celebrating its 18th anniversary. It separated from Tijuana in 1995, but still has a boundary dispute with Ensenada. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

The document voted on, from El Vigia webpage.

El Mexicano cartoon (PDF) saying Ensenada won't be biggest municipality in Mexico anymore.

Previous story on San Quintín's efforts to become a municipality.

Update, July 1: Caravan celebrates legislature's vote to make San Quintín a municipality. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Update, July 7: Ensenada Business Coordination Council says legislature did virtually nothing for San Quintín over the last three years, then acts hastily in making it a municipality. Full-page ad, El Mexicano (PDF).

Update, July 17: Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán indicates he might veto the bill, indicates he has until July 19 to act. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.