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Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante, in third and last state-of-the-city address, says he has met campaign promise to establish three high schools during his term; he says that despite Tijuana's high debt, he has taken action to reduce it

       Carlos BustamanteTijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante, in third and last state-of-the-city address, says he met his 2010 campaign promise to establish three high schools during his term; he says that despite Tijuana's high debt, he has taken action to reduce it.

       Among the dignitaries attending his address were incoming Mayor Jorge Astiazarán, who received a big round of applause, federal Environment Ministry official Alfonso Blancafort, representing President Enrique Peña Nieto, new Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega's top cabinet official, Guillermo Trejo, and San Diego interim Mayor Todd Gloria. Also attending were the outgoing Institutional Revolutionary Party mayors of Mexicali, Tecate, and Rosarito. Ensenada Mayor Enrique Pelayo, who canceled his final state of the city address on Monday out of apparent fear of protesters, did not attend.

      Bustamante said that under his administration, Tijuana became a much safer place. "Tijuana es otra" (Tijuana is a different place), he said.