Tijuana Periferico Aeropuerto


Bajadock: La Jornada BC article below headline is about the 2021 move of the TJ Toll Booth approx 10K south.  The bigger project is buried in the article, The Tijuana Viaduct, that is a raised platform highway to speed traffic from the Airport to Playas.

Above video on the Viaduct, aka Periférico Aeropuerto, aka Tijuana Piso Segundo(second floor), is a good production.

25 pesos is the supposed toll for the P.A.

We said “place your bets” on the Periférico Aeropuerto project beginning as scheduled in 2019.  Any more wagers this time? 

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Tijuana, September 25.- The relocation of the Playas de Tijuana highway toll booth will be within a period “no longer than 360 days,” said the Secretary of Sustainable Economy and Tourism, Mario Escobedo Carignan, confirming that it will be exempted from the collection of about 2 thousand residents of the area while the movement is made.

He announced that the Federation accepted the state government’s project to move the collection module to the south -in the limits between the two municipalities-, and while making a register of residents of the subdivisions located in the area so that they can deliver a one-time fee of 100 to 110 pesos and stop paying for daily transfers.

Badges will be delivered that must be carried in the cars in order not to pay and access will be unlimited during the time that the relocation takes place, assured the head of Sustainable Economy and Tourism

On another topic, Escobedo Carignan reported referred to the Tijuana Viaduct project, which will be an elevated avenue -between the Abelardo L. Rodríguez highway and the International avenue- to prevent people coming from California or Ensenada from having to cross the city ​​to move to your activities.

In a press release that was issued about the official’s statement in the daily report of Governor Jaime Bonilla the previous Thursday, he announced that the highway will depressurize traffic between 30 and up to 40 minutes on the way.

He pointed out that this project, in charge of the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Urban Development and Territorial Reorganization (Sidurt), will be carried out with private capital, and will be a toll road section, which will save gasoline for the driver, compared to paying the amount.

CV19 Increases in Baja California


In this May 13, 2020 photo, Dr. Abraham Paez reviews the equipment in the respiratory evaluation unit in Tijuana, Mexico. Tijuana hospitals have become swamped with suspected COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Joebeth Terriquez)

TIJUANA (Border Report) — After seeing a steady decline in recent weeks, the big three cities in Baja California, a state that sits just south of the border from California, are experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases once again.

And in the last 24 hours, 22 people reportedly died from complications stemming from COVID-19.

The city of Tijuana now has almost 6,000 confirmed cases with a reported 1,399 deaths since the pandemic began.

In Mexicali, the state’s capital, 8,597 cases have been reported along with 1,529 deaths. This is according to the state’s Secretary of Health, which updates figures throughout the day.

In the last 30 days, 304 people have reportedly died, about 3 percent of the total number of deaths in the state.

“Our older adults are the most vulnerable when you look at the people who have died; 54 percent were above the age of 60. We need to keep looking out for this segment of the population,” said Alonso Pérez Rico, the state secretary of health.

Pérez Rico announced that right now about 24 percent of people hospitalized are COVID-19 patients.

“The pandemic is not over and it’s important to continue with sanitary measures such as using mouth covers and maintaining social distance,” he said.

According to Pérez Rico, Baja California is ranks 12 in coronavirus cases among Mexican states and is No. 5 in terms of deaths. He stated 158 children have tested positive with 13 “losing the battle to the virus.”

Covid 19: Mexico v USA v The World


https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus

Bajadock: For those of us who are not medical doctors or virologists, we stumble upon simple charts or 15 second sound bites or internet memes to compare CV19 statistic between countries. 

Simple solutions to complex problems are the ratings generating/clickbaiting specialty of the internet and media.

Just a bit of reading provides some of the possible variables that are not evaluated to compare the virus throughout the planet: virus testing(amount, accuracy), use of masks(type, how, how many, where, when), PPE supply to medical staffs, social distancing, demographics(race, age, income), health conditions(obesity, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes), climate, vitamin D usage, tuberculosis shots, diet, therapeutic remedies used, international travel, country size, culture, economy.

When you read/hear country A is doing “worse/better” than country B on the CV19 virus, exactly what does that mean?

The graphs chosen here provide a bit more perspective on CV19.

Baja is #1 Crime State


TIJUANA (Border Report) — The border state of Baja California overall is Mexico’s most crime-ridden when it comes to murders, crimes against women and auto theft, according to the National Public Safety System in Mexico.

While it may not be first in every category, the designation is based on cumulative stats.

In Baja California, the murder rate this year is 73 per 100,000 residents so far. Stats show eight people are killed in a “violent manner” every day in the state directly south of California.

Violence against women continues to rise with 21 murders recorded in the first seven months of 2020. These crimes are also known as “femicides,” women who were murdered simply because of their gender during domestic violence episodes or during assaults.

Baja California is the state with the most auto theft in the country with almost 1,900 cars stolen from January through August.

Federal officials say this issue has a wide impact on society, as entire families depend on their automobiles to get around and to conduct business.

The U.S. State Department has labeled the city of Tijuana as being a “critical threat location” for crime directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests.

It says criminal activity and violence, including homicide, are a primary concern throughout Baja California. While most homicides appear targeted, criminal organization assassinations and turf battles have occurred in areas U.S. citizens frequent. “Bystanders have received injuries or died in shooting incidents.”

The State Department goes on to say violence is largely limited to Tijuana’s outlying areas and not concentrated in tourist zones, and that criminals “do not tend to target U.S. citizens uninvolved in drug trafficking.”

Visit the BorderReport.com homepage for the latest exclusive stories and breaking news about issues along the United States-Mexico border.

Ensenada Toll Booth Drama


Bajadock: A fun language exercise for us USA speakers is to read the comment sections of these articles.  The Ens locals know that the real story is these toll booth “protestors” are just hustlers.  Seems like this trick works on both sides of the border.
Kilometric rows, both to enter Ensenada and to leave, in addition to the taking of the San Miguel booth by group ′′ of support for elderly people “, it is what citizens who enter this port report.
Some people with flags of Mexico and asking for ′′ support ′′ for the elderly, they bet on the garita de Roads and Federal Bridges (Capufe) in San Miguel, in addition that there is not in the area any patrol of the Federal of Roads, less than The National Guard.
Citizens reported that the car row starts around kilometer 90 and slowly moving forward.

Baja Beats California Forest Management


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California wildfires continue to blaze in one of the worst fire seasons in recent memory. While California fires are nothing new, government data show the damage has been substantial.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says that since August 15, when California’s fire activity accelerated, there have been at least 24 fatalities and more than 4,200 structures destroyed. (Ten people have also died in Oregon, CNN reports.) So far in 2020, California wildfires have burned more than 3.2 million acres of land – an area roughly the size of Connecticut.

As the fires rage, politicians argue over what (and who) is to blame.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti say climate change is the culprit, while President Donald Trump says the fires are the result of poor land management.

These answers are not mutually exclusive, of course, and evidence suggests that both poor land management and California’s high temperatures and arid climate have played a role.

While addressing California’s extreme temperatures is difficult, especially in the short term (unless you’re a member of the X-Men named Storm), evidence suggests immediate solutions are available to improve state and federal forestry management.

Excessive Extinguishing

Citing the fires scorching the West, The New York Times last week ran an article that stated it was time for government agencies to rethink their fire management policies.

“For over a century, firefighting agencies have focused on extinguishing fires whenever they occur. That strategy has often proved counterproductive,” the Times reports. “Many landscapes evolved to burn periodically, and when fires are suppressed, vegetation builds up thickly in forests. So when fires do break out, they tend to be far more severe and destructive.”

This was precisely what economist Jairaj Devadiga pointed out in a 2018 FEE article that examined why California’s wildfires historically have been much worse than those of Baja California, where fires are allowed to burn naturally at low intensity, regularly clearing out forest floors and limiting the spread of large conflagrations.

Though the Times doesn’t mention Baja California, the paper does endorse the Mexican state’s strategy of allowing fires to burn naturally to eliminate vegetation, pointing out that experts attribute the tactic to the more successful fire prevention approach found in the Southeastern United States.

Scientists who study wildfires agree that allowing forests and grasslands to burn periodically — by, say, intentionally setting smaller fires under controlled conditions — can be a more effective way to clear out vegetation. In Ponderosa pine forests, for instance, low-level fire can nurture ecosystems and help prevent destructive large-scale fires from breaking out.

This already occurs in the Southeastern United States, where officials use prescribed fires to burn millions of acres each year. While the region still sees destructive blazes — like Tennessee’s drought-fueled Great Smoky Mountains fires in 2016, which killed at least 14 people — experts credit the use of controlled burns with sparing many Southeastern communities from fire damage.

Contrary to Western states, “fire is widely accepted as a tool for land management in the Southeast,” fire scientist Crystal Kolden told the Times. This is in stark contrast to California, where just 50,000 acres were intentionally burned in 2017. (As a point of reference, academics estimate between 4.4 million and 11.8 million acres of forest burned annually in prehistoric California.)

Fortunately, it appears that political leaders are beginning to recognize the problem. In August,

Newsom signed a memo acknowledging California needs more preventive fire.

While this is a step in the right direction, federal regulations could prove an obstacle to the strategy.

As Sam Rutzick at Reason point outs, the Clean Air Act of 1990 treats the smoke from a controlled burn as a pollutant (in contrast to a wildfire allowed to burn) and the National Environmental Policy Act requires “a couple-thousand-page document analyzing every single conceivable impact to the environment that the (burn) plan might have.”

Ownership vs. Stewardship

The wildfires are a reminder of an unpleasant reality: governments are poor stewards of the environment.

As the economist Holly Fretwell has observed, it has become conventional wisdom that government officials know best when it comes to protecting the environment. But the reality is government officials and bureaucrats operate under incentive structures and management systems that often run counter to effective land management.

Unlike private landowners, they have little incentive to be prudent long-term stewards of the land, which is why, Fretwell points out, “almost one-third of the acreage managed by the Forest Service is at high risk of catastrophic wildfire.”

The truth is federal agencies are much better at enforcing regulations than providing meaningful land stewardship. This is one of inherent problems when lands are owned collectively. As FEE’s Webb Beard has observed, echoing Aristotle, when something is owned by everyone, it is effectively owned by no one. The incentive to maintain or improve it is removed because these decision-makers do not benefit from prudent stewardship, and often do benefit from imprudent exploitation, neglect, and virtue-signaling but counterproductive “protection.”

This is why many economists see property rights as a solution to federal land mismanagement. When individuals own something, they have incentive to maintain it and protect it effectively, evidenced by the strong record of private property owners who have turned around threatened ecosystems.

“Ted Turner and buffalo ranchers brought the buffalo population back from the brink of extinction because of property rights. Fishermen almost fished the population of British Columbia halibut into extinction, and property rights brought their population back,” Beard wrote. “In many regions of Africa, trophy hunting helps to keep populations of certain animals from dipping to extinction levels and helps to fund conservation.”

If you’re wondering why you rarely hear of wildfires ravaging Texas, consider this fact: 95 percent of Texas’ land mass is privately owned.

As the Times points out, effectively managing wildfires will require “a cultural shift” in thinking.

This means finally accepting the efficacy of prescribed burning, but it also means decentralizing the process and allowing more private ownership and more localized stewardship over these lands.

As Dr. Kolden points out, indigenous populations have a long track record of using fire effectively to manage forested areas.

“We should be empowering the people who know how to do this,” Kolden told the Times.

This is no small matter. It’s not exactly the hallmark of government agencies and bureaucrats to acknowledge that others might have more local knowledge and expertise to solve a problem than they do.

There’s also the matter of addressing federal regulations that make it difficult for state agencies to use controlled burning as a tool (though simply eliminating policies that call for automatically extinguishing natural blazes is a step in the right direction).

It should also be acknowledged that no solution will immediately solve California’s wildfire problem. The journal Nature Sustainability published a report in February stating the Golden State would have to burn 20 million acres of forested land to restore forest health. You don’t solve a century’s worth of mismanagement overnight.

The good news is, as Elizabeth Weil noted in a recent ProPublica article, “we know how to prevent megafires.” The solution is ending aggressive fire suppression and empowering individuals who understand land management.

Lenya Quinn-Davidson, a fire adviser for the University of California Cooperative Extension and director of the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council, said this means embracing the hands-off fire prevention culture of the Southeast.

“Your average person goes out back with Grandpa, and they burn 10 acres on the back 40 you know, on a Sunday,” Quinn-Davidson told Weil.

In other words, it means relinquishing control, which is something politicians and bureaucrats have a hard time doing, especially in the Golden State.

That may be the biggest hurdle for preventing disastrous wildfires in California.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/fires/article230923003.html

Pirate Ambulances


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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Many people have been profiteering from the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico; prices for oxygen cylinders, medicinal alcohol and face masks all have skyrocketed. But perhaps the cruelest are the so-called pirate ambulances that take advantage of patients’ desperation.

The poorly equipped, often broken-down rattletraps ply Mexico City streets listening to emergency radio dispatch frequencies and race to beat legitimate ambulance services to medical emergencies. They charge patients’ desperate relatives outrageous sums to take them to a hospital, and sometimes even divert them to poorly equipped private clinics from which they receive kickbacks for bringing in business.

Activists and medical authorities have long complained that they’re not only abusive, but dangerous: Recent inspections have found many of the vehicles operate without sufficient equipment, with untrained personnel and expired medications.

Rachel Sieder, a Mexico City university professor, fell victim to a pirate ambulance on Aug. 11, when a friend suffered what appeared to be an epileptic-type attack at her apartment. Relatives called Mexico’s 911 emergency number, which dispatches free city ambulances, but somehow a pirate ambulance showed up first.

They charged Sieder’s account 7,300 pesos, almost $350, for a 5-mile (8-kilometer) trip to a local hospital — the sort of charge more common for a fully licensed service in the United States rather than in a country where it amounts to almost 60 days’ wages for many workers, and where public ambulance service is supposed to be free.

Sieder paid. “Nobody is going to argue about money when somebody may be dying,” she reflected.

The ambulance crew pressured relatives at the scene, saying the patient’s blood pressure had spiked, though when asked to take it again, her blood pressure was normal.

When asked for a receipt, needed for insurance reimbursement and tax purposes, the crew gave her a handwritten note listing the ambulance company’s address as a provincial city 250 miles (400 kilometers) away.

When reached by telephone there, an employee of the company, listed as Asistencia Bios, replied “We do not have ambulances in Mexico City.”

The scam started years before the arrival of the coronavirus. But the pandemic has only made the pirate ambulances more greedy, and some charge extra for transporting COVID-19 patients.

Two weeks ago, Alejandra Isibasi told her father to call 911 to get an ambulance for his handyman, who fell sick at work. When the ambulance arrived, its crew stabilized the man and took him to a private clinic — but charged him about $175, almost half a month of his wages, for the short trip.

“I told him to call 911 because to my knowledge it sends the fastest ambulance and because it is a government service, or in the case of the Red Cross, a free service, that is going to come with professional personnel,” said Isibasi. But the pirate ambulance, as usual, got there first.

In April, when Gustavo Briseño’s 78-year-old father Manuel was suffering from COVID-19, ambulance drivers charged the family several times their usual rate to transfer his father to the hospital.

“They take advantage of your pain to make money,” Briseño said. “While they normally charge 6,000 pesos ($250), now they want 35,000 pesos ($1,400). It doesn’t make sense.”

Mexico’s health and medicine regulation commission has called on city residents to avoid the unregistered ambulances, saying that 2,257 inspections of the vehicles starting in late 2018 had found that many were unregistered private vans that had simply been painted to look like ambulances.

They often lacked basic maintenance and medical equipment, carried uncertified crews, and dispensed medicine past its expiration date.

Red Cross Mexico spokesman Rafael González said the city’s Red Cross ambulances operate under an agreement with the city to provide free service on the city’s west side. But when they get a call, they often arrive only to find a pirate ambulance has gotten there first.

“In the case of pirate ambulances, when one of our ambulances arrives at the emergency scene and finds a pirate there, we ask the patient, ‘We are Red Cross paramedics, do you want our help?’” González said. “If they say yes, then we help them. If they want the other ambulance, we withdraw, and make a record of it.”

Fernando Aviléz Tostado, president of the nonprofit group No More Medical Negligence, said “it is a known fact that people in this private business intercept emergency calls and dispatches and arrive at the scene of an emergency before public-service units like those of the Red Cross.”

“That situation constitutes a crime,” Aviléz Tostado said.

He said they often work in cahoots with private clinics that pay the pirates for bringing patients in.

Aviléz Tostado said there has been “a considerable increase in reports about collusion between this type of transport and some private hospitals that charge excessive amounts for people requiring emergency medical attention.”

The city’s real ambulance crews are “unsung heroes,” Avilés Tostado said, “but if instead of them, an impostor shows up, there is a risk of vital signs getting worse, or losing a life.”

California Fire Deniers


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Fall is almost here in California. So we know the annual script.

A few ostracized voices will again warn in vain of the need to remove millions of dead trees withered from the 2013–14 drought and subsequent infestations, clean up tinderbox hillsides, and beef up the fire services. They will all be ignored as right-wing nuts or worse.

Environmentalists will sneer that the new forestry sees fires as medicinal and natural, and global warming as inevitable because of “climate deniers.”

Late-summer fires will then consume our foothills, mountains, and forests. Long-dead trees from the drought will explode and send their pitch bombs to shower the forest with flames.

Lives, livelihoods, homes, and cabins will be lost — the lamentable collateral damage of our green future. Billions of dollars will go up in smoke. The billowing haze and ash will cloud and pollute the state for weeks if not months. Tens of thousands will be evacuated and their lives disrupted — and those are the luck.

California’s deer-in-the headlight progressive officials will blame “climate change” for the conflagrations. The accompanying power brownouts, tardy responses, and official blame-gaming will follow as a prelude for still more solar-panel farms and still less forest management.

There could be a long answer to explain why California for years abandoned dead drought- and insect-stricken trees — over some 60 million of these withered, towering time bombs in their coastal and Sierra forests — to rot. But the short of it was that the kindling and tinderboxes were seen as perfect green mulch for flora and fauna.

A cynical interpretation of the eco-agenda was that doing nothing to clean up the mess was cheap for a broke state eager to spend billions on high-speed rail and the consequences of open borders. The even more cynical take would be that dead trees served as green napalm during fire season to discourage the unwanted hoi polloi from living in the hill and mountain cabins that in a more perfect world would properly belong, in Sheriff of Nottingham style, to the Sierra Club. And indeed, the unspoken aftermath of this latest round of conflagrations is that insurance rates will soar even higher and make it nearly impossible to live in rural hills and mountains.

Apparently, our ancestral, Neanderthal foresters once upon a time believed in the time-tried lore of removing dead brush, cutting down withered trees for needed lumber, and allowing grazing to clear foothills of dead grasses and low vegetation. But then again, the old-breed thinking has been seen as obsolete by today’s brilliant new progressive consultants, professors, and activists. They were too eager to implement a natural strategy of letting medicinal fires periodically burn forest fuel to remind us that millions of trees are not for living among, or logging or recreating amid, or for anything much human-orientated other than a week or so a year backpacking.

California is shutting down both clean-burning natural-gas plants and nuclear generation, only to find that its heralded wind and solar plants do not produce enough power in times of high heat, smoke, and fire, at night or during the day, just when the heat of the dog days forces millions to ramp up their air-conditioners.

There could be a longer answer for why — when California is faced with existential threats of soaring taxes, the exoduses of its best and brightest citizens, crashing services, and biblical heat, smoke, plague, and fire— its officials obsess over reparations, raising property taxes, implementing a socialist “you didn’t build that” wealth tax, and jacking up top income-tax rates over 16 percent.

The more money the state gets, the more the services degenerate, and the more it needs. And because it has no answer for the existential crisis of millions of impoverished recent illegal immigrants (20 percent of the state lives below the poverty line, a third of the nation’s poor live in California), soaring Medical-subsidized health costs, unsustainable pensions, the largest homeless population in the nation, and hare-brained schemes like its fossilized high-speed-rail project, in expiation it seeks postmodern escapes from premodern threats.

Can’t prevent biblical fires? Then turn to reparations or a wealth tax. Can’t afford fixing decrepit freeways? Then dream on, with half-finished high-speed-rail overpasses.

Solar panels fail the grid? Then why not ban more nuclear plants?

Over the past 40 years, a small coastal cadre became the nexus of trillions of dollars in global income from high tech, computers, finance, tony universities, and Hollywood. As the middle class fled the new Hell of California, the poor of Mexico and Latin America discovered that what others called a wrecked state, broke from soaring social services and state pensions, nevertheless seemed to be heaven on earth compared with Oaxaca or El Salvador.

So the rich got really rich, the poor came in and got a little less poor, and the middle fled either out of state or to the Sierra and coastal foothills that are now aflame. So California’s destruction can be summed up in the hypocrisies and paradoxes of its bankrupt elite, who believe that their money insulates them from their own toxic ideology, and their virtue-signaling squares the circle of feeling guilty that they want nothing to do with the millions of poor they invited in and are relieved that they drove out millions in the middle classes.

Governor Gavin Newsom not long ago ordered shutdowns of non–Napa Valley wine-tasting rooms — the winery he owns conveniently being located in Napa and thus escaping the lockdown orders. A hyper-capitalist made rich by his inherited “white privilege,” he brags that the virus will provide the necessary fear and confusion to allow “opportunity for reimagining a [more] progressive era as it pertains to capitalism”

Newsom certainly in his own case “reimagines” capitalism. For example, recently, the redistributionist governor was delinquent in paying thousands of dollars in back property and gift taxes, largely because even his sizable income and capital have never been sufficient to support his Bay Area lifestyle. So his rich friends and distant family struggle to fund trusts and foundations by which to funnel tax-free money to meet his considerable needs. Newsom seems bewildered about the source of his ample cash flow and so apparently should not pay his own state what he owes it. In other words, it would be impossible for such a sort to feel any real empathy for those who were destroyed by the policies he implements and whose ramifications he avoids.

Once can anticipate Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s next move because, beneath her self-righteousness, she will predictably be silly, often cruel, and entirely hypocritical. She may be the only House speaker in history to publicly tear up the president’s State of the Union address, after he customarily handed it to her on live television. She worries whether we are Christian enough in welcoming illegal aliens and sacrificing during the quarantine, while she shows off her designer ice cream in her designer Sub-Zero refrigerators in her designer wine-country palazzo — surrounded by the sort of “decorative” fences and “modest” gates we are assured are not walls to keep out those who, she lectures us, are California’s blessed future.

Pelosi rails about the need for masks. She banters about the struggle to social distance. She lauds the requirement to shut down the businesses of the nobodies (at least until the November election is over). And then, like a teen prankster, she sneaks into a salon, unmasked, scurries about to get her hair done at a business she wants closed. And yet we wonder whether she worries about the effects of fires, insolvency, crushing taxes, and illegal immigration upon others in her state.

Diane Feinstein occasionally offers embarrassing panegyrics to the Chinese ascendency, often in response to others wishing to curb Beijing’s mercantilism, dumping, currency manipulation, patent and copyright theft, technological appropriation, and its eerie mesmerizing of America’s wealthiest classes with joint ventures. She is a Chinese encomiast because she has never herself lost a job to outsourcing. She seems oblivious that the Chinese Communist Party was allowing direct flights into nearby SFO from Wuhan, ground zero of the virus, whose origins and nature China so long lied about, while banning travel from Wuhan to anywhere inside China.

No matter, Diane Feinstein’s husband is a billionaire financier, in part from substantial Chinese investments, despite the “fire wall” that, she claims, separates every married couple’s finances. In the age of the Russian-collusion hoax and a pesky Russian under every government bed, no one in the CIA or FBI seemed to worry much when Feinstein’s loyal chauffeur of some 20 years proved to be a Chinese Communist spy and informant. Had not every prior chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee from time to time chatted on the phone in front of a spy?

How long can a state suffer the rich Bourbons of the Bay Area?

As long as its brave nobodies still drive ’dozers right into conflagrations to create lifesaving fire breaks, as long as its despised farmers continue to serve as the nation’s food basket, as long as unheralded pilots fly blind into smoke to drop fire retardant, and as long as there is something left for the parasitical elite of the rich inheritance from California’s brilliant and industrious but now long-dead past.

Trucks Wait 8 Hours at Border


SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — Changes made by Tijuana traffic officials on the south side of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry are clearly impacting border-wait times for truckers who are reporting up to eight-hour delays to cross into the U.S. It normally takes about three hours.

The city admittedly changed access points to the border crossing pushing trucks onto traffic lanes generating long lines of trucks in residential neighborhoods near the border.

“It’s become a bit complicated, it’s basically two lanes and it’s a struggle to get across,” said trucker Juan Carlos Casillas.

Juan Carlos Casillas has been a truck driver based in Tijuana, Mexico for 22 years. (Salvador Rivera/Border Report)

The traffic changes went into effect last week and according to Casillas, who has been a trucker for 22 years, the changes are not working.

Casillas told Border Report he’s on salary but many drivers are paid per load.

“That’s complicated for them if you have to make a delivery to say, Los Angeles, you’ll never get back in time to make a second delivery,” said Casillas. “This hurts our bosses too, our companies, the maquiladoras all over the border, and, ultimately, consumers.”

People who represent an association that lobbies for truckers, are asking for a meeting with city leaders to hammer out a solution, something the city has said it’s already trying to figure out.

But representatives say they have not heard back from the city.

Inspection point at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. (Salvador Rivera/Border Report)

One of those reps, Guadalupe Sandoval, went as far as to suggest the Mexican National Guard get involved to direct and coordinate traffic as a way to speed the flow of trucks all the way to the border crossing.

According to U.S. Department of Transportation, 1.4 million trucks cross the border through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry each year. It’s the busiest along the California-Mexico border.

Alpine Fire 35% Contained


KPBS.org  By City News Service, Matt Hoffman
UPDATE: 5:26 p.m., Sept. 9, 2020

Firefighters labored for a fifth day today to subdue a wildfire that has blackened thousands of acres in rural eastern San Diego County, leveling several dozen homes and outbuildings and forcing widespread evacuations.

The blaze, dubbed the Valley Fire, erupted for unknown reasons early Saturday afternoon off Spirit Trail and Carveacre Road in Japatul Valley, southeast of Alpine, according to Cal Fire.

As of midday Wednesday, the wind-driven inferno remained at an estimated 17,565 acres and was 11% contained, the state agency reported. The blaze has destroyed 20 “habitable structures” and 17 “minor structures” and resulted in two injuries, though it was not clear if the victims were firefighters or civilians.

Gusty winds stoked the flames burning within established fire lines during the night, but the Santa Ana conditions — strong, warm and dry air currents blowing from east to west — did not intensify as much as meteorologists predicted they might, Cal Fire reported. As a result, humidity levels around the blaze remained high, aiding the firefighting effort.

A National Weather Service “red flag” wildfire warning — a public alert about potential or ongoing critical combustion hazards — is slated to remain in effect through 8 tonight, though the agency advised that it might be lifted “a few hours early” due to improving atmospheric conditions.

Gusts recorded overnight reached 54 mph at Sill Hill, 49 mph in Alpine, 47 mph in Hellhole Canyon, and 44 mph in Buckman Springs and Boulder Creek, according to the NWS.

Among the imminently threatened local communities were the back- country towns of Carveacre, Lawson Valley, Wood Valley, Lyons Valley and Deer Horn Valley, as well as Sycuan Indian Reservation.

This graphic shows a map of the Valley Fire evacuation zone and evacuation shelters in San Diego County, Sept. 10, 2020.

Evacuation orders were in effect for Carveacre, Corte Madera Ranch, Japatul Valley, Lawson Valley, Lyons Valley and WiseCarver. In Descanso and Pine Valley, residents were advised to prepare to clear out of their homes on short notice if the flames begin closing in on their neighborhoods.

Residents in Alpine, Barrett Junction, Dulzura, Potrero and Viejas were cautioned Tuesday afternoon to prepare for potential evacuations, but those warnings were canceled this morning.

Shelters for the displaced were available at two high schools — Steele Canyon in Spring Valley and El Capitan in Lakeside, the latter of which also was accepting pets, according to the San Diego Humane Society.

Lakeside Rodeo Arena was available to shelter horses, and residents in need of a safe place to board their pets or livestock until the wildfire is extinguished were advised to make use of one of two San Diego County Animal Services shelters, in Bonita and Spring Valley.

On Tuesday afternoon, San Diego Gas & Electric advised about 16,700 of its East County customers that public-safety power outages might become necessary due to the potential for weather-related utility combustion hazards. Overnight, SDG&E shut off electrical service to 49 addresses in Descanso. Following inspections of its transmission equipment in the community, the utility restored power to those locations late this morning.

Unplanned fire-related power outages, however, kept about 1,700 addresses in the vicinity of the blaze without electrical service this afternoon, and possibly for several more days, according to SDG&E.

“Providing an exact estimate on when power might be restored is extremely difficult until crews gain full access to the area to assess damage and determine what repairs are necessary to ensure safe operation of the system,” the utility advised at midday.

Due to smoke drifting over much of the county due to the blaze, the San Diego County Pollution Control District advised that air-quality levels were unhealthy in parts of the region and advised people to limit outdoor activities until conditions improve.

Among road closures stemming from the wildfire were sections of Japatul Road, Japatul Valley Road, Lawson Valley Road, Skyline Truck Trail, Wisecarver Lane and Wisecarver Truck Trail, the county Sheriff’s Department reported.

The U.S. Forest Service, for its part, temporarily closed Cleveland National Forest to the public along with the 17 other federal wilderness preserves in California in response to the “unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state.”

As the Valley Fire spread, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for San Diego County, a move intended to free up federal relief funds.

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