Baja Friendly Observations

Jet Metier with people on the beach in Baja California SurOne of the objectives of our trip is to experience firsthand what it would be like to live in different environments abroad, irrespective of what we thought we knew beforehand.  We dubbed it the “Try Everything So You Really Know What You’re Talking About and What You Like Tour”, or for short, “You Don’t Know Until You Go”.  Part of that experience was to get a feel for the locals.  Herewith, our view of Mexicans and Mexican food.
The Mexicans in Baja are Nicer Than Typical Americans in the US
Virtually everyone you pass will say “hola”, or “Buenos dias / Buenos tardes / Buenos noches”, and it doesn’t seem to be perfunctory or insincere.  Perhaps I’m just naïve, but I don’t think so.  It doesn’t look like they’re smiling just to try to sell me something. Why?  Because in fact the vast majority wasn’t trying to sell me anything; they were just walking by.
Here are some other incidents I remember just in six weeks that cause me to come to this conclusion:
  • We were walking on the beach in Tecolote (Tecolote video), just southeast of La Paz, and came across three young men and a young woman who were just setting up.  It was probably obvious to them we were Gringos.  In halting English, after saying hello, one of the men offered us a beer.  (That’s their picture at the top of this story.) When we demurred, he tried again.  Finally, a bit exasperated, he brought out his trump card: “But it’s Tecate!”
  • Something similar happened when I was visiting Bahia de Suenos (Bahia de Suenos video here), a gorgeous beach with an upscale, American-priced restaurant called Gran Sueños about half an hour away from the little village where we were staying.  The beach has public access.  I ran into a young family in which the husband / father told me he worked in construction, so, by US standards, he couldn’t be making a lot of money.  Just a few moments into the conversation, they offered me a beer out of their ice chest.  When I thanked them but refused, they offered a soda.  About half an hour later I saw this husband / father at the bar at what for him would be a pricey restaurant.  He had ordered beer (at US prices) to replace what they had drank, which is all the more remarkable when I considered how much money in his terms that beer he had offered me had cost him.
  • We had driven to the parking lot of Baja Ferries to ask questions about taking our dogs.  Two men in the car next to us had evidently seen our Arizona license plate (or us) and as soon as we got out of the car, one of them asked us in not perfect English if we needed any help.  Was he employed by the ferry company? No.  Was he in the hospitality industry or trying to sell us something?  No.  He was just an ordinary Mexican trying to help out some evidently bewildered-looking Gringos.
  • I went to ask the veterinarian in our very small town, Christian Pozo if he knew a place I could rent some kennels for our dogs because the ferry requires them.  He said he didn’t know any place to rent them, but they would probably be cheapest to buy at a members’ only big box store at which he was a member.  When I told him I wasn’t a member, he told me he would buy them for us the next time he was there and we could just reimburse him for them.  Would your vet do that for you?  Later, when he discovered that I wasn’t clear on certain procedures on the ferry because I didn’t speak Spanish very well, he told me not to worry.  He would call the ferry company the next day and ask them on our behalf.  All I had to do was to come back and he would answer my questions, of course, at no charge.  (YouTube of interview with Dr Pozo here.)
  • Jet Metier with the woman in La Paz who helped us with our paperworkWhen we were getting our visa paperwork, we had to find a store with Internet access, which we did.  The clerk (who spoke close to zero English) spent on and off an hour or so to help us understand the forms.  (Did you know that if you’re from the US, your nationality is “Estadounidense”?  I certainly didn’t.)  When we tried to give her 50 pesos (less than US $3) for her trouble, she refused.  It took us several additional minutes to talk her into it.  (That’s a picture of her by the cash register.)
  • If you don’t speak good Spanish, but you’re polite and try, if your experiences are like ours, the Mexicans will be incredibly happy to help you.  Almost all of them will also tell you that they understand and appreciate your difficulty, and try to commiserate with you by saying that it is hard for them, too, as they are trying to learn English.  When I point out that I’m in Mexico, so it is my obligation to learn their language rather than theirs to learn mine, they usually get embarrassed and don’t respond.
Stereotypes About Mexicans
In the six-plus weeks we were in Baja, here are my impressions about the stereotypes of the typical Mexican:
  • Sign for man with 6 jobs in La Ventana Bay, Baja California SurMexicans are lazy.  I saw Mexicans working in construction 10 hours a day, six days a week, and then, help their family build onto their home on Sunday.  Several I met had more than one job.  I had described the car wash owner / restaurant manager / co-owner of a pastry shop earlier (here’s the YouTube video of our interview), but Orlando, the man who took the prize for the most jobs (at six), was the one who showed up at 9 PM with his water truck to fill our pila (large container of water).  You can see the sign with his six businesses in the nearby picture.  Did I see Mexicans sometimes take a rest during the day by doing as little as possible?  Yes.  And you would, too, if you were working in 90+ degree weather with high humidity for 10 hours.
  • Mexicans are bad drivers.  This one requires some nuance.  In Baja, there are two types of drivers: 1) skilled; and, 2) severely injured or dead.  They are generally good drivers who, in my opinion, take too many chances.  And a full stop would be nice sometimes.  (Tips on driving in Mexico here.)
  • Man collecting garbage on beach in Baja California SurMexicans are dishonest.  More than once, I was asked by a waiter if I had intended on leaving as large a tip as I did.  Others refused money.  A man collecting trash on a beach I was visiting walked the 100 yards to my location just to ask me if the shoes he had found earlier that day belonged to me.  His picture is nearby.
Mexican Food
Mexicans really know how to cook.  And bake.  In the entire time we were in Baja and on the ferry, the only average meal we’ve had has been on the ferry, and for a ferry, it was pretty good.  The restaurants are fantastic, and, if you stay away from Gringo places, you’ll pay almost embarrassingly low prices for great food.  Also, the portions are even slightly bigger than American portions.  The second best hamburger I ever had in my life was at Las Palmas, in La Ventana, for 70 pesos (about $3.75). To her surprise and delight, my wife kept ordering fish she never would even have asked about in the States because it would have been “market price”; i.e., too expensive.  140 pesos (a little over $7) for yellowtail. 160 pesos (a little over $8) for sea bass.
Perhaps one of the reasons why the food is so good in Mexico is that it is so fresh and everything, it seems, is made to order.  Even the tortillas are great, once again, almost certainly because they are so fresh.  We became fans of a local tortilleria in La Ventana, where they showed us the production process and even let Jet try making some.  (YouTube here.)
The prices in the restaurants are generally much lower in the non-Gringo places in Baja Food in Baja California SurCalifornia than in the US and the prices at the supermarkets are just a little lower, so it’s almost cheaper to just eat at restaurants than to buy your food and cook it yourself.  One of the exceptions to this was one day, where at two different supermarkets, I saw a several elaborate and decadent cakes that looked to be maybe 10 inches to a foot in diameter, and about 5 inches tall for 50 pesos each (about $2.75).  (Video of shopping and the cakes here.) Unfortunately, we could only eat one at a time. These were on sale, so the usual price was about double that, at just about $5.50.  In addition to these silly prices for cakes, the pastries are great, and the cost is about 40% less than in the US.  Don’t go to Mexico and expect to lose weight.
We have three words to describe the pastries we’ve had in Mexico:
1. Phenomenal
2. Cheap
3. I can’t wait to eat another one
Next, I’ll describe some “must know” tips about traveling and / or living in Baja California.

Border Wait Times



Rise in traffic, staffing issues create challenges

— Lines of red taillights greet Jerry Jackson each morning as he launches his commute to downtown San Diego. For the 34-year-old Tijuana resident, getting to work means crossing an international border, and that often entails a two-hour wait.

As the U.S. presidential campaign draws a spotlight to the Mexican border, much of the discussion has focused on immigration reform and ways to stop illegal immigration. Overlooked are the vast numbers of legal crossers like Jackson who enter the country at 25 land ports along the southwest border. They enter for jobs, for school, to shop, for entertainment, to receive medical treatment, to visit friends and relatives.

A large portion of these crossers come through the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the busiest land port in the Western Hemisphere, where on any given day 70,000 northbound vehicle passengers and 20,000 pedestrians are processed. The flow is nonstop, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It rises and falls with the time of day, day of the week and season of the year: school vacations, the Fourth of July, Black Friday, a Tijuana Xolos soccer game, a rainstorm, the rush to buy Christmas presents all can have an immediate effect on the volume of border traffic.


The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere, on average processes 20,000 northbound pedestrians and 70,000 vehicle passengers each day. — John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune

The 1,989-mile U.S.-Mexico border is a formidable barrier to many. To others it is far too porous: Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has proposed a wall the entire length of the border to prevent terrorists and illegal immigrants from coming into the United States, and have Mexico underwrite the cost. But to crossers like Jackson, the border is simply a part of the daily routine.

Born in Tijuana to a Puerto Rican father and Mexican mother, Jackson was raised on both sides of the border, and has been crossing all of his life. Though a U.S. citizen, he chooses to live in Tijuana and endure the border wait because Mexico is more affordable and feels more familiar.

One recent Monday morning, the sun was not yet up when he left his townhouse in a gated Tijuana community for his job on a maintenance team at a condominium complex in downtown San Diego. By 5 a.m., he was pulling into the line that stretched more than two miles down Tijuana’s Vía Rapida.

It was then simply a question of patience, moving forward inches at a time along the concrete channel of the Tijuana River, past the General Hospital, past the state government office building, Tijuana City Hall, the nightclubs at Pueblo Amigo.

There was time to buy Tijuana’s daily newspaper, Frontera, from the vendor who greets him every morning. And time for a cellphone conversation with a friend behind him heading to her job in Chula Vista. Drivers in other cars passed the time reading, applying makeup, clipping fingernails, eating a banana, checking the Facebook page, “Cómo Está La Linea Tijuana,” whose 95,000 members post live updates of their crossing experiences at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry.

“When you get to the officer, it’s only about 30 seconds, but you’ve waited two hours to get there,” said Jackson. Though over the past few weeks, since school let out, the wait time has been cut in about half, he said. And on Tuesday, mysteriously, there was no wait at all, he said: “I was stunned.”


A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer inspected a car at the inspection booth of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the busiest in the Western Hemisphere. — John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune

Jackson is among one-third of San Ysidro’s users who cross in the Ready Lane, where those with radio frequency-enabled identification documents, such as a U.S. passport card, that can be read by a computer, allow speedier processing than documents that have to be entered manually.

Those who complain about the wait are often told they should apply for the U.S. government’s Sentri program, for low-risk crossers who have passed a security clearance. About a third of vehicle crossers are in the Sentri program, where the aim is to have participants cross in 15 minutes or less. But many crossers like Jackson don’t qualify. He said said he has been turned down twice, and believes the reason is a DUI conviction at age 20.

In the meantime, he is resigned to the status quo. While others honk, cut in line, yell at the other drivers, Jackson maintains a zen-like composure, biding his time and then moving quickly when he sees a chance to switch to a faster lane. He knows he’ll eventually get through: “I see it as traffic, and not as though I am going to another country.”

Stopping terrorists

Staffing San Ysidro’s inspection booths are officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency charged with operating U.S. ports of entry. Its mandate includes intercepting drugs, stopping unauthorized immigrants, checking for arrest warrants, stemming illicit cash and weapons flows, intercepting illegal animal trade, checking agricultural shipments for insects and disease, verifying medications and protecting intellectual property rights. When asylum seekers present themselves at the border, CBP officers are the first to verify their identity.

But since its creation in 2003 under the Department of Homeland Security, CBP’s No. 1 task has been securing the U.S. border from potential terrorists.

“I don’t know any other law enforcement agency that has a more complex mission than what we have to do on the border every single day,” said Pete Flores, director of the agency’s San Diego field office, which oversees San Ysidro.

In any 24-hour period, almost anything can happen on this 40-acre complex at 720 E. San Ysidro Blvd. According to records for that address provided by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, a day doesn’t go by without at least a half-dozen calls. On June 25, a Saturday, ambulances responded 10 times starting at 5:55 a.m. and ending at 11:08 p.m. Half of the calls involved the pedestrian area, with one report of fainting, an assault, someone with breathing problems and two reports of a “sick person.” The other five were in secondary inspection area, with one report of breathing problems, three “sick person” reports and one case involving poisoning.

With the continual crush of vehicles and pedestrians, keeping down wait times is a challenge. Border residents remember a time they could be waved through at San Ysidro just by saying “U.S. citizen.” But since June 2009, under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, all travelers entering the country, foreigners and U.S. citizens alike, must present a passport or other accepted document to prove their nationality and and identity.

Sidney Aki, the port director, said CBP’s aim is balancing security and efficiency, and the keys to doing that are through technology, infrastructure and staffing. The port’s operations center is a room that overlooks the traffic lanes, where supervisors monitor the flows around the clock, opening some lanes, closing others. It’s informally called the “Wow” room, because that’s what visitors typically exclaim when they walk in and see the huge volume of traffic.

“It’s always a dance, it’s always moving,” Aki said on a recent afternoon.

The efficiency of ports of entry is seen as key for the economies on both sides of the border, and the United States and Mexico have been putting resources into upgrades. San Ysidro is going through a multiyear $741 million expansion and upgrading that is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Paola Avila, vice president for international affairs at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, said significant strides have been made at San Ysidro, but more needs to be done. “I commend CBP for all the progress they’ve made with infrastructure, but it’s not the whole solution,” Avila said. “There’s a need for innovation and technology as part of the whole system.”

Hopes were raised in September 2014 as wait times dropped dramatically with the expansion of northbound capacity to 25 lanes and 46 booths. “For two or three weeks, it was like being in heaven,” said Sabrina Dallet, a U.S. citizen living in Tijuana who regularly crosses in the Ready Lane to her job teaching second grade at a public elementary school in Chula Vista. “But then they went back to normal. Why did they spend so much money, why did they promise us shorter wait times?”


One explanation is that vehicle traffic has surged since 2014: A recent report by the San Diego Association of Governments showed that from 2013 to 2015, the number of vehicles crossing at San Ysidro rose by 27 percent.

But weekday morning crossers like Dallet say CBP could be doing more by adding staff during the morning rush hour to operate the two booths built into most inspection lanes, and complain the port is rarely operating at full capacity.

“Most days, and most times, there are no double-stacked booths,” said Jason Wells, executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce. “This is of great concern.”

Flores said it’s a question of balancing resources at the port. “We use them from time to time,” he said. “We typically use double-stacking when we hit that peak time frame…But that’s really based on what our capability at the time is, whether we have the resources officer-wise.”

Staffing issues

At full buildout in 2019, San Ysidro will have 34 personal vehicle lanes and 63 inspection booths, but will the agency be able to hire enough officers to man them as needed?

The issue of staffing for ports of entry was the subject of a hearing this year before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security. Members called into question CBP procedures that made it difficult hire new officers.

“We are losing far too many applicants who just throw up their hands and move on because they have given up on the process,” said chairwoman Martha McSally, R-Ariz.

Anthony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents CBP officers, spoke of staffing shortages that led to low morale and high attrition rates.

In a statement last week to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Reardon said he recently visited the port and noted “a serious staffing crisis.” Officers “are overworked and forced to work long hours of overtime week after week,” he said, and this has led to temporary transfers of employees from other ports to fill the gaps.

Congress funded 2,000 additional CBP officers nationwide in fiscal 2014, but not all the positions have been filled. San Diego’s field office was allotted 320 of those positions, with 190 for the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Jackie Wasiluk, a CBP spokeswoman in San Diego, said the port is at 85.7 percent of its authorized staffing level for fiscal 2016.

South of the border, Tijuana police have stepped up their efforts to cope with the increased traffic on city streets caused by the long border waits. The department’s international liaison officer, Carlos Betancourt, said he has recently been asked to head up a force of 40 auxiliary officers whose task is to maintain order at the border crossings.

Fender-benders and disputes are common as tempers flare and some try to jump the line or try to charge for access to a shortcut. “It’s even come to blows,” Betancourt said. He is in regular communication with CBP supervisors, informing them of the length of lines, and helping steer traffic to open lanes. And they in turn inform him of any situations at the port that could affect traffic.

Not much surprises Betancourt, but one thing does: “People don’t stop crossing, even if the dollar is high and the lines are long. People keep going across.”

Decantos Vinicola

Ensenada Flag Flies Again

Did you know?
The flagpole located in the tourist walkway waterfront is one of the largest in the country , the flag measures 50 meters long by 28 meters wide , weighing 120 kilograms , lie the flagpole measuring 103 meters long, definitely a place where you have to take the photograph of memories on your next visit to Ensenada


Bajadock:  Happy to see the big flag flying again after past 18 months of budget, mechanical, other problems.  This was my shot on Friday, 15 July.

Cuatro Cuatros Ensenada

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Ped West San Ysidro Problems

Mexican poor pedestrian crossing

General information
by AFN.
TIJUANA BC JULY 14, 2016 (AFN) .- A day before the opening of the new border pedestrian crossing “Ped West” the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of San Ysidro, Jason Wells and Deputy Amador Rodriguez, criticized after a tour of the area on the Mexican side, the fragile bridge infrastructure.

Wells toured with federal legislators to be witnesses of the conditions under which will operate the new crossing, and to provide the necessary resources for an immediate improvement, since it is estimated that it will cross daily over five thousand people.

“For the position right now is that they will, but within two years, and can not survive for two years with this scaffold put,” said the director of the Chamber of Commerce, who considered a risk transit through the area.

He reported that this space is currently used only for returnees, and now the project also includes the crosswalk going to or returning from the United States for various issues giving use to the ground floor that was previously disabled.

He noted that he and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Urban Development (Sidu) had proposed years ago this project and had set delivery date, which said it would not be acceptable to them today say that the bridge is in these conditions due to lack resource.

“They say it’s for lack of resources, computers, personal, but I think people thinking here I cross (Mexico) I can find a way to get the necessary computers,” said Wells to the media.

Meanwhile the legislature Amador Rodriguez, said the disadvantages of the pedestrian because the area lacks security, plus the section does not have disabled access and toilets, as to the sheets placed on the bridge, they may not bear the weight of the thousands of people who will use it.

As deputies said, we can only make a warrant for that within a short time to improve this new crossing and thus avoid risks, he said they are aware that the issue is not of Finance, but corresponding itself will ensure safety users.

Bajadock: I have never traversed SY as pedestrian.  Looks to be approx 1/2 mile hike northbound to get to trolley.  Hope to hear from more ped crossers in the “improvements” here.

San Diego Seaport Development

Special lighting would illuminate The Spire and the waterfront promenade along Embarcadero Marina Park North. Protea Waterfront Development


San Diego port commissioners shocked the development community this week when they swiftly narrowed the field of bidders to redevelop Seaport Village and its surrounding acreage.

In 6-1 vote Wednesday, the San Diego Unified Port District board decided to focus on Protea Waterfront Development’s proposal to convert 70 acres of prime waterfront property into a proposed $1.2 billion mix of hotels, shops and restaurants, a beach, aquarium and 480-foot observation tower called “The Spire.”

“To me, it’s a watershed moment for the port,” said Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen, one of Protea’s principals. He said the port had previously nurtured a reputation of soliciting development proposals and then spending years trying to decide what to build and who should build it.


Embarcadero Marina Park North would be redesigned to include a sandy beach and various recreational facilities.Protea Waterfront Development

The three principals in Protea Waterfront Development are, from left, Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen, Jeff Jacobs and Jeff EssakowProtea Waterfront Development

Anchored off Embarcadero Marina Park North would be a barge outfitted with a giant movie screen and facilities for bands and rock concerts.Protea Waterfront Development

Port Chairman Marshall Merrifield, the sole opponent, cautioned his colleagues and dozens of people at a special meeting at the Bayfront Hilton. “We’re maybe at the top of the second inning” of a years-long process, he said.

The board reserved the option of talking to other three other finalists if talks break down.

Commissioner Dan Malcolm, the first board member to back Protea at the meeting, said he saw no reason to shortlist the bidders or delay action to get more information.

“It was so detailed and had so much backup that I felt it was at that level that it should be passed through,” Malcolm said.

The board didn’t fully approve Protea’s project. It asked the port’s staff to conduct further “discussions” with the company to verify financial projections, clarify parking and mobility plans and explain how $150 million in planned public improvements would no longer need a port subsidy but could be covered by the project itself.

The port district is in the midst of what one person called a “third renaissance” of its 54-year-old life, the first being a start-up period, the second in which it redeveloped much of the waterfront while running Lindbergh Field, and the third in a post-airport period when its leaders aspire to creating a “world-class waterfront.”

Called Seaport San Diego, the Protea project covers 70 acres of land and water of the Central Embarcadero, bounded by the USS Midway Museum on the north, and hotels and the San Diego Convention Center to the south.

Seaport Village, a fixture at the foot of Pacific Highway since 1980 when it replaced the old San Diego-Coronado ferry landing, would be replaced after its lease expires in 2018 by much more retail, hotels and park space, built on top of underground parking.

If all goes well, construction would start in 2020 and be completed in late-2023. However, the developers and port still have to reach a business agreement, process an environmental impact report and get it approved along with a new port-wide master plan.

But port critic Diane Coombs said the project should be rethought, especially the tower, an aquarium and a charter school. She and other opponents warned of litigation ahead.

“I frankly think there’s a lot of work that can be done to make that better,” she said.

So who is Protea Waterfront Development?

Gaffen heads Gafcon Inc., a 29-year-old local planning, design and construction consulting firm with 130 employees.

High-profile projects have include Orange County’s Great Park at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, San Diego’s Hall of Justice and the San Diego Community College District’s $1.5 billion construction bond program. The Great Park’s delayed implementation led to a political fight in Irvine and Orange County. Gaffen sent the port a letter defending his company against various charges cited in a controversial audit that the state is investigating.

Business partners Jeff Jacobs, son of Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Jacobs, and Jeff Essakow, who like Gaffen immigrated from South Africa, are owners of Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Rancho Santa Fe. The younger Jacobs was Qualcomm’s chief marketing officer, and Essakow has developed $300 million in various projects, including 350,000 square feet of mixed-use development in the center of La Jolla.

Protea will act as the managing partner for another entity, 1Hwy1, with four other members that will have equity stakes in the development.

They include RCI Group, a Miami-based waterfront development company; US ThrillRides of Orlando, responsible for The Spire; OdySea, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., builder and operator of a 178,500-square-foot aquarium; and AECOM, the giant engineering and design firm.

This arrangement could yield more income to the port than a traditional master-developer arrangement, Gaffen said. At completion, Gaffen estimates the port’s annual revenue at $22.5 million, more than five times the $4.1 million collected in fiscal 2015 from Central Embarcadero tenants, including Seaport Village.

Protea also has formed an “advisory committee” that includes Irwin Jacobs, Cisterra Partners Chairman Steven Black, Sudberry Properties Chairman Tod Sudberry, Bartell Hotels CEO Richard Bartell and Stath Karras, executive director of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estates at the University of San Diego.

Protea was the only team that garnered public support during testimony at the port meeting.

Chris Glenn, who with his wife Annie own four shops at Seaport Village, created a “Save Seaport” page on Facebook. But after meeting with Gaffen in January, he rallied other tenants in support on the promise that they could find new homes in the development.

“They looked like the best developer for us and seemed to honestly care about us the most,” Glenn said.

Each of the six bidders got 20 minutes to present their projects, but most had already met privately with port commissioners one at a time.

Perry Dealy, who represented developer Doug Manchester’s rival “Celebration Place” plan, said he was disappointed and dismayed that the port did not engage in another round of staff review and presentations. He said speed is no sign that approval will come easily and quickly when the ultimate plan reaches the California Coastal Commission.

“Caution is the better part of valor when it comes to these very complex, multi-agency approval processes,” he said.


Retail streets will include upper-story offices and education space.Protea Waterfront Development

Seaport San Diego at a glance:

Schedule:Construction start early-2020,completion late-2023.

Cost: $1.2 billion

Hotels: 1,077 rooms including — San Diego’s first Virgin Hotel, 500 rooms; 300-350 “cabin”-style rooms by Yotel’s 350-microroom cabin-style spaces; and 225 hostel rooms by Sydell Group’s Freehand brand.

Retail: 388,625 square feet including a 120-seat Cinepolis-type special movie house; a food and beer hall and a variety of restaurants and shops, including some pop-up stands and kiosks; a 20,000-square-foot event center with a San Diego Information Center.

Office: 19,130 square feet of marine-related tenants on the third level of the food hall.

Education: A 65,150-square-foot charter high school focused on marine biology and shipping logistics and “lifelong learning center” operated by the University of San Diego on four stories above street retail shops.

Attractions: The 480-foot Spire observation tower at a redesigned Ruocco Park opposite Tuna Harbor and Seaport Park and Big Bay Experience on Seaport Village’s current east end that will include the 178,490-square-foot OdySea aquarium, an Aqua Lab and aquarium with virtual reality images from the Smithsonian Institution.

Embarcadero Marina Park: Rentals “base camp” for hiring kayaks and other equipment, a newly created beach; and a drawbridge that connects to Embarcadero Marina Park South.

Tuna Harbor: Upgrades for the commercial fishing docks and facilities and, on G Street Mole, enhanced landscaping, a dock-and-dine addition serving the Fish Market restaurant and a paddleboard dock and floating Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Pay Telescope at Cruiseport

“What are we missing on the mango margarita deck?”

Another attraction of the Garden Ventana al Mar, besides the monumental flag pole, interactive fountains, playgrounds and the bridge over the creek Ensenada, is the tourist binocular through which-five pesos, you can see for 90 seconds activity in the port area.

Bajadock: A flagpole(no flag) and a pay telescope that will likely equal the 5X zoom of your smart phone is the major announcement from Ensenada’s chamber of commerce.  

The tram up Chapultepec Hill and the new waterfront promenade of restaurants and shops were defeated in favor of the pay per view scope.

Tomorrow’s press conference will announce pay telephones and horse-drawn buggy rides.

Ensenada Fumigation

State Government announced that will be fumigated and misting various colonies of Ensenada, in order to combat the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, transmitter of diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika. Through a statement, the Ministry of Health of Baja California, reported that spraying will be performed at night, because it is precisely when night falls the insect is activated to feed, and represents the opportunity for teams to perform fogging and spraying to combat it.

Program responsible Vectors and Rickettsial Jurisdiction Health Services in Ensenada, Sonia Flores Velazco, calls on citizens to be vigilant to step fogging units and are to be protected from this disease transmitting mosquito. Asked residents to keep doors and windows open, once the units are fumigating in their colonies, thus achieved the chemical enter homes and eliminate the vector in the interiors. He stressed that this insecticide is authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO), so people can rest assured that this substance is not harmful and does not represent any risk to the health of people. Among the preventive measures recommended to keep clean patios and avoid having containers filled with water without being properly covered and sealed.

Bajadock: This expert can clearly confirm that the chemical fog is no problem for you and your family’s health.  

Guerrerense Restaurant Opening

Bajadock: other articles suggest first of August 2016 opening.  Hope this cart-to-restaurant success follows the same grand expanioins path as Mariscos El Primo Nava down the street.

Sabina Bandera “The Guerrerense” will open its first restaurant in August, which will be located a few meters from its famous seafood wagon. On the first corner Alvarado, in the tourist area of Ensenada, you will have the name “The Guerrerense” and offer its mythical pozole with sardines and egg.

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