Tijuana Sewer Spill of the Month

by staff Environmental Editor Zoilo Zorillo 

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) – A recent break to a sewage pipe south of the U.S.-Mexico border is allowing sewage to flow freely into the Tijuana River Valley and Pacific Ocean, officials say.

The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) said they were alerted to the break in the Tijuana sewage pipe by Mexico authorities recently. The pipe broke Dec. 7, according to Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, though the city was notified Tuesday.

IBWC officials said Wednesday, “CESPT (Tijuana Water Utility) has informed us through the Mexican Section that a rupture was discovered yesterday on the Colector Poniente in Southeast Tijuana. This rupture caused the soil above the pipe to collapse in an auto junkyard. Several sinkholes were discovered yesterday by the workers at the property and notified CESPT who then diverted the flows upstream to a stormwater collector which drains to the Tijuana River. ”

The IBWC estimated the flow of sewage into the Tijuana River to be at 300 liters per second, or approximately 7 millions gallons per day.

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In a press conference Tuesday, Dedina renewed calls against the IBWC for “failure” to stop sewage from making its way into the river valley and eventually, the Pacific Ocean along Imperial Beach.

“There’s one major reason that these massive sewage spills continue to happen: The International Boundary Water Commission is refusing to obey the United States’ clean water protection laws and failing in its responsibility to protect the Tijuana River, the Pacific Ocean, our beaches, and our community. The IBWC has informed us that this latest spill is dumping ‘between 6-7 million gallons per day into the Tijuana River.’ This is ridiculous and it’s threatening the health, safety, and economy of Imperial Beach and surrounding communities. While I have demanded an investigation into this latest spill, that alone is not enough. Our residents and businesses are literally sick and tired of being notified by the IBWC of yet another massive spill, waiting for an after-the-fact review, and then seeing nothing change. Already in 2018, tens of millions of gallons of untreated sewage have poured through our community, and the IBWC is doing nothing to stop it.”

Dedina said later Tuesday that 12 miles of coastline were closed because of the sewage leak.

An IBWC official said an engineer was currently assessing the damage to the pipe, but could not offer more specifics.

In March 2018, Imperial Beach joined with the City of Chula Vista, and the Unified Port District of San Diego in a lawsuit against the IBWC for being in violation of the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit contends that federal inaction has led to tens of millions of gallons of “almost continuous” sewage to foul South Bay communities.


Low Budget Tijuana Tunnels

by staff Tunnel Editor Carlos Excavar 

Los Panchos Taco Shop Chula Vista

My San Diego shopping area is in the middle of the eastern suburb of Chula Vista.  “Eastlake”, as it is often called, is so white it should be renamed Lago Guero.

After a no-drama 100 mile ride and 25 minute border crossing line, my 2.5 hour commute is ready to end with some peace, coffee, internet news perusal and a simple egg dish.

Didjaknow that a Denny’s or other American breakfast type is going to approach an Andrew Jackson($20) for an omelette and a coffee in 2018?  Wow, I’m officially a crusty, penurious curmudgeon!

And the fast food chain breakfast burritos are mostly potatoes, smothered in some yellow goo faux cheese slop, with some brown chunks that are impersonating some distant cousin of bacon.  These breakfast bombs smell great, but, leave you with that pop pop fizz fizz wish.

Luckily, I found Los Panchos out here in Lago Guero at 2130 Birch Rd, 1 block east of the Otay Ranch Mall.  They are hidden in a strip mall anchored by a Vons.  Find them on north side,  between Denny’s and Wells Fargo.

That OMG Burrito was tempting, but, I had a busy day ahead, and only needed a bacon, egg, bean and cheese burrito with my coffee.

This tube of fluffy eggs weighed in at over 1 pound and requires 2 hands.  Every bite includes real bacon.  No spuds of any kind are in this.  Not counting the massive tortilla wrapping, 60% egg, 20% bacon, 20% beans. Three inches by eight inches is my keen eyed measurement guess for this flavor boat.

Is that tinsel or razor wire?

Last time I was in a McD, BK or JITB, I did not notice one of these.  Ladles up!

We’re awarding Los Panchos 4 out of a possible 5 jalapeño pepper award.  Friendly service, clean space and tables, excellent food value and wifi works has us coming back for more.  Hasta Pronto Panchos!

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Peso v Dollar December

by staff Economic Editor M.G. Krebs 

Modelo Noche Especial

Grupo Modelo joins the bid to have a limited edition drink during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

by staff Beer Editor Norm de la Noche 


Grupo Modelo decided to take advantage of the Christmas season with its limited edition of its new beer, Noche Especial, which arrives on the market this 15th of October.

The new companion of Christmas dishes, which seeks to compete with the traditional Noche Buena beer , produced by Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Heineken, is the first Red Lager of the Cerveza Modelo family .

Thus, the company adds to the commitment to have a limited edition drink during the holiday season and new year, which has been key to the success of its closest competitor.

Lee: Noche Buena, the beer that was born of German nostalgia

“Its clear and granulated malt provides a woody and slightly fruity aroma. For its part, the pearly foam and consistent, gives a pleasant texture to the palate; that in conjunction with its medium body make each drink a bubbling sensation that highlights the flavor, “the company said in a statement.


The new companion of Christmas dishes, which seeks to compete with the traditional Noche Buena beer produced by Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Heineken.

To promote the launch of this edition, the brand has decided to focus its campaign on “hacking” the conversation that exists around this holiday, regardless of the fact that there are approximately three months left until the celebrations.

Throughout 2018 our brand has made the most out of the consumption occasions, and that’s why we wanted to create something completely new for the last months of the year “said Stephanie Ávila Kramis, brand manager of Cerveza Modelo.

During 2018, Cerveza Modelo has been dedicated to innovate with various products such as Special Ice Cream or Black Coffee Model, in order to please other types of palates who enjoy beer.

Beer in Mexico

The beer market in Mexico, which has a value of 21,587.8 million dollars , has two main players,   that according to Euromonitor they cover 98 percent of sales volume. Grupo Modelo had a 57.3% market share, while Heineken accounted for 40.4% in 2017.

Migrants Lost in Tijuana


by staff Displaced Persons Editor Tomas Perdido


After the change of the migrant shelter, which was registered on Thursday, November 29, there is great misinformation and uncertainty among migrants, as well as the media, as they do not exist authorities that can officially detail exactly where are more than six thousand Central Americans that were in the hostel of the Benito Juárez gym in the North Zone, because official figures, only locate two thousand in the new hostel located in the event room “El Barretal “, Located in the East Zone of Tijuana.

It was around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday 29 that the trucks began arriving at the Benito Juarez shelter, this after the rains, courtyards and courts where more than six thousand migrants slept were left unused and then closed by health authorities .

However, the relocation was not well received by the Central Americans, that night, according to official figures, less than a thousand migrants, especially women and children, were those who decided to move to the new shelter and despite the fact that the authorities assured that the six thousand refugees were in “El Barretal”, until this Sunday, the authorities have not been able to corroborate that the majority of migrants are in these facilities.

While the municipal government headed by Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum officially removed from the responsibilities of migrants, said that the authorities of the National Institute of Migration (INM), would be responsible for reporting and see for the care of the displaced. However, so far, the immigration authorities have not issued any official communication in this regard.

In turn, hundreds of migrants chose to set up improvised camps in the streets surrounding the Benito Juarez gym, in an interview, they have argued that they prefer to stay in this area that is a few steps from the international port of San Ysidro, before going to the new shelter that is located several kilometers from the crossing points to the United States, which is why, from Thursday 29 and until this Sunday, dozens of campsites are observed in the North Zone of Tijuana.

Regarding the fate of the more than six thousand migrants who were staying at the Benito Juarez shelter, the authorities have only been able to report that until Saturday evening, they had only registered two thousand 188 migrants in Barretal, however, as well. Access to the press and personnel outside this hostel has been restricted.

This Sunday from an early hour, in the perimeter of the shelter located in the East Zone, dozens of Central American migrants were seen asking for money from motorists and bystanders, while in the North Zone of Tijuana, at least two hundred migrants meet at the He expects to be transferred to the “Barretal”, however, the municipal government, they said, informed them that they will have to wait until Monday for his transfer.

Although the whereabouts of most of the six thousand migrants who were originally in the Benito Juarez shelter have not been officially reported, it has not been confirmed either by the authorities themselves whether or not they have knowledge of the whereabouts of Most of them have not formally announced the migrant census in the new shelter.

Saturday Protest Fizzles

by staff Protest March Editor Bosque Bump 

Happy to find out that Saturday’s “By All Means Necessary” march fizzled and no border disruptions occurred.  Wait times at the border Saturday were significant due to the normal weekend patterns of December shopping.

Plenty of nervous questioning about the planned protest was in social media.  Como Esta La Linea Tijuana has over 300,000 members and is a too much information source for the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossing waits.

As of 10AM Sunday, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa waits are normal, if not quicker than usual. Above photo at dawn Sunday, SY regular lanes.


Central American migrants who still remained outside the “Benito Juárez” sports unit in the center of the city, began to mobilize, and cleaned the place, as some have indicated that they accept the proposal of the authorities of the three levels of government, of moving to the new lodge enabled in the entertainment center “El Barretal” located in the eastern part of the city.

By 1p.m. this Saturday, there had not been any of the demonstrations that were announced yesterday through pamphlets, and that in turn mobilized police authorities, while a group of Central Americans went up a few moments ago to a transport unit saying : “Let’s go to the shelter … Let the gringos fight!”, In reference to the fact that the organizers of the frustrated demonstrations, seemed to be from groups coming from other parts, particularly from the United States.

One of those pamphlets that called for a demonstration in favor of Central American migrants demanded: “Open the border or we close it! Everyone has to be allowed to close! “And they called for a demonstration at 11 am, from the Benito Juarez shelter, where until today there were still more than 5 thousand Central Americans who had not been relocated, many of them because of their refusal to to do it, since some people inside those same caravans, assured them that they were deceived by the authorities, that supposedly would take them “to the jail in Tecate”.

Mario Osuna Jiménez, Secretary of Social Development of the government of Tijuana, informed that until this morning still in El Barretal, there were a total of thousand 255 sheltered, of which 857 are men; 166, women; 102 are girls, and 130 are boys.


Saturday San Ysidro Border Protest

by staff Protest March Editor Bosque Bump 

Hope all is peaceful today.  Good luck at San Ysidro border today.  11AM is the planned beginning of the march at Benito Juarez Sports Complex.


KUSI has learned from sources close to border security, that migrants in the caravan are being encouraged to join another march, or action, at the border on Saturday, December 1, 2018.
The flier is being distributed to all migrants, but a core of migrants, considered the most aggressive, and some paid as provocateurs, are, our sources say, planning to rush the border, and force Border Patrol reaction, which happened last Sunday.

The organizer of the march is affiliated with a website called BAMN.com. They are known as advocates of the migrants, and are set on embarrassing the new Mexican President, upon his inauguration, this Saturday.

Our sources tell us the march will occur near the location known as the Chapparal gate.

Furthermore, around 4,000 U.S. military members, including active- duty troops from Camp Pendleton, are likely to remain at the U.S.-Mexico border through the end of January, it was reported Friday.

The Associated Press, citing anonymous sources, reported that the Department of Homeland Security recently made a formal request to the Department of Defense to extend the timeline of military support at the border for an additional month and a half. The DHS request, which the AP said has not yet been approved by Defense Secretary James Mattis, would reduce the military footprint from 5,600 to 4,000.

Rumors swirled last week that the federal government would begin sending troops home, with a full disengagement planned for Dec. 15. During a visit to Border Field State Park on Nov. 20, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen ducked a question about that timeline, saying only that they would continue their work “until it is resolved.”

Active-duty troops, including about 1,100 from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, have been stationed at the border since the beginning of November, reinforcing existing fencing with jersey barriers, concertina wire and other barricades in anticipation of migrant caravans from Central America.

Despite the proposed reduction in military presence, DHS officials are now asking federal agencies, including the State, Justice and Energy departments, to send civilian law enforcement officers to the border, according to NPR.

It is unclear how many officers DHS is requesting and whether they would serve as de-facto replacements for the roughly 1,600 troops that would be sent home under the new proposal.

Members of the migrant caravan have remained largely peaceful, especially toward American immigration authorities, since they began to trickle into Tijuana about 20 days ago. A subsection of the group attempted to cross the border without permission last Sunday, spurring Customs and Border Patrol agents to arrest 42 people and use tear gas and pepper bullets to disperse the crowd, much to the chagrin of immigration advocates and activists. The military members stationed at the border did not engage the crowd of migrants during the testy exchange.

Immigrant Fake Families

by staff Adoption Editor Martha Kent 


The Department of Homeland Security released data Tuesday about the propensity of illegal immigrants to pose as parents in order to gain easier access into the United States.

According to data from DHS, there has been a 110 percent increase in male adults showing up at the border with children. Further, DHS separated 507 illegal immigrants between April 19 and September 30 because they fraudulently claimed they were part of a family unit.

170 family units were separated because DHS found no familial relation — 139 of the people in those fake families were children. Eighty-seven family units were separated because a person posing as a child turned out to be 18 years or older.

Honduran migrant children heading in a caravan to the US, travel on a truck near Pijijiapan, southern Mexico on October 26, 2018. GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images

Honduran migrant children heading in a caravan to the US, travel on a truck near Pijijiapan, southern Mexico on October 26, 2018. GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images

DHS tied the increase in fraudulent families to the Flores v. Reno Settlement, which limits the time that illegal immigrant children can be detained by U.S. officials. Because of the limit, children are often released with their parents into the United States pending future immigration proceedings.

“This well-known loophole acts a magnet for family units and entices smugglers to use children as a way to gain access to the United States by posing a family unit,” DHS said.

According to a report from the Associated Press in 2014, the Obama administration tried to speed up the release of illegal immigrant children from U.S. custody and ended up placing children with “caregivers” with whom the children had no relation.

MCALLEN, TX - JUNE 12: A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants’ country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Almost 30 of these children ended up with caregivers who exposed the children to labor trafficking, sexual abuse, abuse and neglect.

As The Daily Caller reported in June, “HHS lowered standards [in 2014] by ceasing required fingerprinting of much of the adults claiming children as theirs. In April 2014, HHS ceased asking for original copies of birth certificates from most sponsors to prove who they were.”

Fraudulent family units are not the only instance of illegal immigrants using children to their advantage. On Monday, border agents claimed that members of the migrant caravan pushed women and children to the front of their group while launching rocks at agents, effectively using the vulnerable migrants as human shields.

Tramo de Muerte Truck Crash

by staff Trucking Editor Camila Camion 

Saw the report on the truck collision on the Tramo de Muerte Wedensday mid day.  Thought I had no problem with my scheduled drive through that area later in the afternoon.  Oops.  Northbound traffic was backed up 2.5 miles at 3PM and it took me just over 1 hour to drive that distance.  Additionally, southbound traffic was also clogged for 1 mile.

The southbound white dump truck invaded the northbound lanes and hit the yellow big rig.

“No brakes headed downhill?  Ok, I’ll just veer left into that oncoming 18 wheeler.  That should stop me!”.

I arrived at the scene of the crash just in time to see a big honkin’ fork lift deployed. 

When I returned southbound at 5PM, traffic was still clogged northbound for approx 1 mile. The wreckage had been cleared.

Every year I read about a proposal to widen the “death stretch”.  Accidents at this spot occur regularly.


An injured person, significant material damage and vehicular congestion, was the result of a collision between two cargo transports registered on the Transpeninsular highway, in the so-called “death stretch” of the Maneadero delegation.

The Directorate of Municipal Public Safety (DSPM), reported that the accident, apparently, was derived from a mechanical breakdown in a dompe-type vehicle that was traveling southbound downhill.

When presenting a fault in the brake system, the vehicle traced a diagonal to the left until invading the opposite lane and causing to be impacted on its right side with the front of a trailer, which transited on the left lane facing north .

An injured man, whose identity is unknown, was injured and was taken to a local hospital for assessment.

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