Feb 24 Hwy1 Pothole Report

I’m a monthly San Diego shopper, though I live 2 hours south in Ensenada.  Hunted down some needed household items on Thursday, Feb 24.  Bath and bed upgrades plus new hiking shoes and sharp cheddar cheese were my big thrills.

Here is my February 24 Hwy 1 pothole report, and a few more reasons not to drive at night, unless you like surprises:


Right lane at Tijuana south crossing, just before bridge taking you west to Hwy1/TJ Playas, has a big chunk of concrete missing.  This is approx 100m past the Tijuana secondary inspection station.  This bache(pothole) has been around for a few months.  Good news was that southbound border trafic wait took only approx 10 minutes at 3PM Friday.

Most of TJ-Ens hwy1 is easy going and no drama.  Even the rumble warning bumps in right lane at El Mirador, k84, just before descending into the dangerous Salsipuedes curves have been worn down to the nubs.


The Salsipuedes payment “waves”are still present, although the constant repavement provides a smooth tire path.  The inland lanes have been shut down so traffic is merged to one lane in each direction for a couple of miles.


Noticed new crumbling and big hole under the UABC bridge, just before the Ensenada welcome fountain.  Wow, this one caught me by surprise.  OUCH.


Estancia blvd to Reforma…WOW…last 1/4 mile west was closed due to Carnaval, but the entire stretch east and west from Costero/Playa Hermosa to Hwy1/Reforma is a mess of craters.  fyi, Estancia is landmarked by Ocean’s Restaurant and Mariscos Barbajan on Costero.  It is the inland turn I use most often to get from Costero back to Hwy1, aka Av Reforma.


Special note goes to the family of caves in the pavement at the Pemex on Estancia/Reforma corner.  This fun spot has been a pain for a few years.  They always bandage it, but it comes back to life after big rains.


Costco/Comercial Mex entries are painful due to pavement failure.  Yep, despite the whirlwind day in San Diego, I usually grab my fruit and veggies at Comercial Mex on the way home.  The fourway spot of Costco vs. Comex and the street can be a traffic jam.  Now that the moguls are deep, adventure shopping ensues.

Did score some good avocados at Comex.  My perfect aguacates(avocados) are firm and 3-5 days away from serving squishyness.


Here is an oasis among baches(potholes).  A case of Pacifico ballenas(940ml) is only 276mnp.  That works out to approx 42 cents per 12 ounce beer at Dockerty’s Pub.  I often travel north with an empty case of Pacificos in order to exchange them on my southbound trip home.  I occasionally get a fun “what are the empty bottles for?” at San Ysidro border crossing.

Notice the peso slightly strengthening vs. dollar past week?


Truck Depot intersection of Hwy 1 south of Baja Country Club has a huge hole and have seen accidents at this spot.  Southbound left lane, just past the intersection where the truck is raised up on the platform, is the hole, where an AMC Gremlin could hide.  Yesterday, there was a metal plate covering the spot.


All of Tramo de Muerto, the southbound stretch of Hwy 1 on north side of Maneadero is terrifying.  Wow that area is bad and getting worse each week due to heavy traffic. They have rehabbed and repaved much of the stretch from Baja Country Club north.  But BCC SOUTH?  Ugh.  Of course, part of the thrill is watching traffic weave around the holes at 60mph.

What is your favorite Highway 1 pothole for 2017???

Burning Trump at Carnaval


Repudiated US President Donald Trump became the representative of “Mood Humor” that in the shape of a monkey was burned this Thursday in front of hundreds of people during the start of the Carnival of Ensenada 2017.

After a satire in which the financial problems inherited by the government of Gilberto Hirata Chico were discussed, as well as the alleged unproductive of the deputies and the streets plagued of potholes began the celebration.

In this they also laughed at Hirata’s frustrated intentions to seek the governorship of Baja California, and from there followed the criticism of Trump who has caused controversy with the construction of a border wall.

“The president with a tufted head, whose name is Donald Trump, left him without much fanfare … a mother tongue,” they said in the speech.

The burning took place in the main temple, started at nine o’clock at night and once it was concluded there was live music. On the first day of carnival, despite the cold, there was an important influx of visitors.


San Ysidro Southbound Inspections

Vehicles traveling southbound towards the Chaparral Border crossingat Friday afternoon rush hour. Commuters say an increase in southbound inspections by U.S. Customs and Border Protection has caused congestion at other times of day as well. (Alejandro Tamayo / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Bajadock: we first reported on southbound inspections at San Ysidro in January 2012.

For many cross-border commuters, northbound waits are part of the routine. But  in recent weeks, growing numbers say they have been facing lengthy southbound waits as well.

Crossers such as Tijuana resident Mara Camacho, whose children attend school in Lemon Grove, complain of maddeningly slow southbound traffic when returning to Mexico — the result of intensified screenings by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of drivers preparing to leave the United States.

“There’s more of a problem getting into Mexico than getting out of Mexico,” said Camacho, a U.S. citizen who works as a realtor in Tijuana.

While the family is able to cross fairly quickly to San Diego in the SENTRI lanes for crossers who have undergone background checks,  they are coming to expect long lines to get back home. On weekday afternoons, “my kids are doing an average of 50 minutes of border wait,” Camacho said.

She is not alone: Complaints about southbound waits have been appearing repeatedly in recent days on Facebook pages where border commuters communicate about the border lines in both directions.

While President Donald Trump has vowed to increase border security, CBP officials say these outbound inspections are not the result of any directive from the new administration. The southbound screenings are just business as usual, said Sally Carrillo, assistant port director at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

“We’re always doing them, it’s part of our routine enforcement,” Carrillo said. “We’re looking for weapons, we’re looking for money that’s going out of the country, we’re not going to stop that.”

Critics of the southbound screenings such as Jason Wells, executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, question their benefits. ”We think that it’s unnecessary and repetitive. We don’t ask Mexico to pre-inspect  what comes northbound.”

Wells said “the timing was terrible…with the administration change, sentiments are just all over the board, why would you heighten inspection during that time?”

Unlike northbound inspections, which screen every crosser, the southbound inspections are occasional and unannounced. “We call it pulse and surge,” Carrillo said Thursday during a breakfast meeting on Thursday hosted by the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce.

Drivers have remarked that the CBP inspections lead to the closing of three lanes leading toward Mexico, creating a traffic bottleneck, even if officers are not inspecting vehicles. Carrillo said the aim of closing off lanes is “so that people will slow down and afford us the opportunity” to conduct inspections.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a statement that reads: “We do not comment on the number, frequency, or timing of outbound inspections.”

The statement adds that the outbound inspections are conducted “when resources permit,” and that they have “successfully stopped child abduction, interdicted criminals fleeing prosecution, interdicted illegal contraband such as controlled substances, precursor drugs, and arms, and uncovered myriad other violations involving currency reporting requirements, stolen vehicles, trade, and immigration.”


Open That Bottle Night Feb 25

Bajadock: Discovered this little holiday, “Open That Bottle Night“, last year.  I forget what bottle I opened that night in 2016.  Grab your best friend(s), family or neighbor(s) and enjoy an informal feast.  I may move beyond my $10-$12 bottle comfort zone and try something new that I have been saving.  “Release your wine prisoner”. Saludos!

Whether it’s the only bottle in the house or one bottle among thousands, just about all wine lovers have that very special wine that they always mean to open, but never do. This is why “Tastings” columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher invented Open That Bottle Night, the world-wide celebration of friends, family and memories during which all of us finally drink that wine that is otherwise simply too special to open.

On OTBN, which is celebrated on the last Saturday of February every year, thousands of bottles all over the world are released from prison and enjoyed. With them come memories of great vacations, long-lost loved ones and bittersweet moments. The whole point of the weekly “Tastings” column is that wine is more than the liquid in the bottle. It’s about history, geography, relationships and all of the things that are really important in life.

If you plan to participate in Open That Bottle Night, here are some tips to help you make the most of it.

1. Choose the wine. This is the all-important first step. You don’t necessarily want to open your “best” wine or your most impressive wine, but the wine that means the most to you, the one that you would simply never open otherwise. Maybe it’s Grandpa’s garlic wine. You’re looking for a bottle full of memories. On the other hand, if you have, say, a 1929 Lafite that’s just sitting there, it’s tough to argue with that.

2. Stand older wine up (away from light and heat, of course) for a few days before you plan to open it — say, on Wednesday. This will allow the sediment, if there is some, to sink to the bottom.

3. Both reds and whites are often better closer to cellar temperature (around 55 degrees) than today’s room temperature. Don’t overchill the white, and think about putting the red in the refrigerator for an hour or two before opening it if you’ve been keeping it in a 70-degree house.

4. With an older bottle, the cork may break easily. The best opener for a cork like that is one with two prongs, but it requires some skill. You have some time to practice using one. Be prepared for the possibility that a fragile cork may fall apart with a regular corkscrew. If that happens, have a carafe and a coffee filter handy. Just pour enough through the coffee filter to catch the cork.

5. Otherwise, do not decant. It’s safe to assume that these are old and fragile wines. Air could quickly dispel what’s left of them. If the wine does need to breathe, you should have plenty of time for that throughout the evening.

6. Have a backup wine ready for your special meal, in case your old wine really has gone bad.

7. If you are having an OTBN party, ask everyone to say a few words about the significance of the wine they brought. This really is what OTBN is all about, sharing.

8. Serve dinner. Open the wine and immediately take a sip. If it’s truly, irretrievably bad — meaning vinegar — you will know it right away. But even if the wine doesn’t taste good at first, don’t rush to the sink to pour it out. Previous OTBN participants have said they were amazed how a wine pulled itself together and became delicious as the night wore on.

9. Enjoy the wine for what it is, not what it might someday be or might once have been.

10. Drop Dottie and John a note at wine@wsj.com about your evening. Be sure to include your name, city and phone number, in case they need to contact you so that they can share your account with other readers.

This article was adapted from a Tastings column by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher published in January 2007.

Conchas y Vino Nuevo 2017

Rompehielo / Comité Pro-Vino
Lugar: Por Confirmar Hora: 19:00 hrs Hrs.
Parrillada / Comité Pro-Vino
Lugar: Hotel Coral & Marina Hora: 13:00 hrsHrs.
XVIII Festival de las Conchas y Vino Nuevo / Comité Pro-Vino
Lugar: Hotel Coral & Marina Hora: 12:00 hrsHrs.

World Class Work Force

(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)LATIMES

Bajadock: This article highlights the reasons why the U.S. factory manual labor jobs are not coming back, no matter what your political tribe is.  

Chris Wade reached into the darkness to silence his blaring alarm clock. It was 4:30 on a frigid winter morning in Warren, Ohio, and outside a fresh layer of snow blanketed the yard.

Thank God, Wade thought to himself. He would be able to get out his plow and make some quick cash.

Money never used to be a problem for Wade, 47, who owned a house with a pool back when he worked at Delphi Automotive, a parts manufacturer that for years was one of the biggest employers in this wooded stretch of northeastern Ohio. But 10 years after taking a buyout as part of Delphi’s ongoing shift of production out of the United States and into Mexico and China, the house and the pool were gone.

Berta Alicia Lopez, 54, is the new face of Delphi. On a recent chilly morning, she woke before sunrise on the outskirts of Juarez, Mexico, and caught an unheated bus that dropped her an hour away at the Delphi plant.

Lopez earns $1 an hour assembling cables and electronics that will eventually be installed into vehicles — the same work that Wade once did for $30 an hour. A farmer’s daughter who grew up in an impoverished stretch of rural Mexico, Lopez is proud to own a used Toyota sedan and a concrete block house.

She frequently thanks God for the work, even if it is in a town troubled by drug violence, even if she doesn’t see many possibilities for earning more or advancing.

The two workers live 1,800 miles and a border apart and have never met. But their stories embody the massive economic shift that has accompanied the rise of free trade.

In the United States, that shift has contributed to the loss of jobs that once helped workers buy homes, pay for health insurance and send children to college. In Mexico, it brought jobs — though they didn’t create the kind of broad, middle-class prosperity they once had in America.

President Trump has pledged to bring factory work back. But it may be too late to turn back the clock on the powerful forces shaping the lives of Wade and Lopez and two cities, one American and one Mexican, that remain inextricably linked by the geography of global economics.

Top: An empty Delphi Automotive plant known as Plant 8 in Warren, Ohio. Bottom left: After a day of work plowing snow, Chris Wade talks on the phone about the rest of the week’s work. Wade worked at Delphi Automotive Systems for 13 and a half years. Bottom right: A binder full of Wade’s business papers and receipts. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

To hear Trump tell it, free trade deals and globalization have produced clear winners and clear losers.

Delphi had been reducing its U.S. workforce for years before it moved most of its operations overseas in 2006.

“Every time I see a Delphi and I see companies leaving, that wall gets a little bit higher, and keeps going up,” Trump promised at a campaign rally in Ohio a few days before the election. “We are going to fight Delphi and other companies and say, ‘Don’t leave us, because there are going to be consequences.’”

He has pledged to tax imports from Mexico and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which eliminated most tariffs on the continent and, in Trump’s view, enriched Mexico at the expense of middle America.

But the real legacy of NAFTA, which took effect in 1994, is more complicated.

Nobody disputes that the loss of manufacturing has left a bruising mark in parts of the U.S., especially in places like the Rust Belt, where lower paying service industry jobs are increasingly replacing middle class factory positions. But many economists say changes in technology, along with competition with China, are more to blame than NAFTA.

The period of steepest decline in manufacturing jobs, which fell from 17 million to 11 million between 2000 and 2010, is substantially attributable to the free import of goods manufactured more cheaply in China and increasing reliance on machines to do the jobs humans once did, according to Gordon Hanson, an economist and trade expert at UC San Diego.


U.S. jobs with Delphi Automotive once paid $30 an hour, but after a move to Mexico, the same jobs pay $1 an hour. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

South of the border, free trade has indeed helped modernize Mexico by creating millions of jobs since the passage of NAFTA, boosting investment flow and helping to diversify the country’s manufacturing sector. Mexican workers now help build everything from Whirlpool washing machines to Bombardier jets.

But wages have remained low, so that Mexico remains attractive to manufacturers who might otherwise be tempted to locate in China or elsewhere in Asia. Since NAFTA went into effect, there has been no change in the number of Mexicans living below the poverty line — more than half.

Now, as Trump pushes companies to cancel plans for new factories in Mexico and vows to renegotiate trade deals, it appears more dramatic change is on the horizon.

His administration has proposed a 20% tax on imports from Mexico and other countries with which the U.S. has a trade deficit. Economists say the plan poses a serious threat to Mexico, which sends roughly 80% of its exports to the U.S., and whose peso has plummeted amid fears of what the Trump administration may do.

“It’s a new era,” Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, said in a recent speech, warning that if trade deals are opened up, everything — including Mexico’s cooperation with the U.S. on matters of immigration and security — will be up for negotiation.

Lopez is only vaguely aware of Trump — she’s too busy for politics.

Wade said he just wants things to go back to the way they were.

But even he sometimes wonders: “Is it too late?”

After shoveling a client's driveway, Chris Wade shovels the walkway. Wade worked at Delphi Automotive Systems for 13 1/2 years before taking a buyout in 2006 as part of the company's ongoing shift of production out of the U.S.
After shoveling a client’s driveway, Chris Wade shovels the walkway. Wade worked at Delphi Automotive Systems for 13 1/2 years before taking a buyout in 2006 as part of the company’s ongoing shift of production out of the U.S. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

The snow kept falling, so Wade called up some buddies he works with and fired up his plow.

He sipped coffee from a thermos as he wove along a country lane through a landscape that looked like a Thomas Kinkade painting, with cornfields and churches and quaint clapboard houses all cloaked in white.

His first job was to clear the driveway of an industrial park that once belonged to Delphi.

“That’s when times was good,” Wade said in his raspy drawl. “That’s when I liked this place.”

Delphi began as Packard Electric, which started out in Warren in 1890 making light bulbs, but later branched out to auto parts. It became a division of General Motors in 1932, eventually expanding to include factories across the U.S.

The company’s factories in Warren paid middle class wages and helped build a prosperous city, with bustling streets lined with handsome brick buildings.

Both of Wade’s parents worked for Packard, earning enough to take the family on summer vacations and build a swimming pool in the backyard. Growing up, Wade heard stories at the dinner table each night about what had happened that day on the factory floor.

By then, Packard had started reducing its U.S. workforce by moving some of its operations to Mexico to take advantage of lower labor costs in cities such as Juarez, which was inviting foreign companies to build factories there while paying minimal taxes. The threat that more jobs could be shifted overseas forced union representatives in Ohio to make concessions in salaries and benefits.

Still, Wade’s brother and sister-in-law went to work at the Warren factory after high school and Wade figured he’d land there too.

By the time he did — in 1993, after a stint in the Navy that ended with a knee injury — the union workforce in Warren had dropped to less than 9,000, compared with 13,000 a decade earlier.

Still, Wade was happy with his life. He worked nights on the assembly line and cashed his paychecks every Thursday at the bar across the street. On days off, he went duck shooting with his chocolate Labrador, Hunter.

By the early 2000s, after Packard had been renamed Delphi Automotive Systems and spun off as a company independent of GM, Wade had the house and pool. His wife drove a brand new Trailblazer, and he drove a new Chevrolet pickup.

He had no idea what was coming.

 Top left: Berta Lopez, left, talks with a fellow worker on the bus that takes them to and from their jobs at a Delphi factory. Top right: Workers leave the Delphi factory after a shift is over in Juarez, Mexico. Bottom left: A poor neighborhood in Juarez where many factory workers live. Bottom right: Lopez at home. She earns $1 per hour working at the Delphi factory in the city, and says she frequently thanks God for the work, even if it is in a dangerous city. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Lopez grew up in Bermejillo, a dusty town in the state of Durango, where her stepfather spent his days in the sun, irrigating cotton and melon fields. Her mom had pulled her out of school when she was in fifth grade.

“Why study if you’re just going to work and have babies?” her mother told her.

Sure enough, by the time she was 17 she had a son, the first of her five children.

For centuries, people in Bermejillo made their living in the fields, and Lopez had little reason to think she would be any different.

But NAFTA made things hard on small Mexican farmers, who found themselves competing with imports from giant U.S. agribusinesses, many of which received healthy subsidies from the U.S. government. In places like Bermejillo, a generation of young people were suddenly out of work, and many headed north to the U.S.

Others went to frontier towns such as Juarez.

As NAFTA took effect, Juarez was transformed overnight from a desert oasis best known for its nightclubs and casinos into a sprawling grid of concrete industrial buildings intersected by dirt roads. The population grew faster than officials could build highways, schools and other infrastructure.

Migration to cities like Juarez also marked a cultural shift. Parents worked all day, and without extended family to look after them, children often found themselves alone. Drug cartels, whose power was growing, found easy recruits. As the city erupted into gang warfare, murders spiked, along with suicides and violence against women.

Lopez had been working in a cafe for $5 a week when a truck driver passing through town told her about new factory jobs up north. She arrived in Juarez in 1996 with her husband and five children. Her eldest son, then 16, who had not been able to find work in Durango, immediately found a job at a maquiladora, as they call the U.S. factories that had begun to proliferate along the Mexican side of the border.

So did Lopez, at Delphi, where on her first day she was so nervous she offered to clean the bathrooms instead of working on the floor.

“God helped me,” she recalled. “However good or bad, at least we had work.”

She took to factory life — gossiping with the other workers on breaks, earning the equivalent of a GED in classes offered after her shifts, making peace with living in a big city far from home. Then in 2001, her second eldest son committed suicide.

She was so despondent after his death that for the first time she stayed home from work. One of her managers at Delphi traveled to her neighborhood and gently persuaded her to return to the factory floor.

Lopez thought about returning to Durango, but she knew there would be no good jobs there. She resigned herself to the fact that the Delphi factory was probably the best place she’d ever work, and that Juarez was now her home.

“If I didn’t have the job, I wouldn’t eat,” she said.

The sun sets over Juarez, Mexico, where many maquiladoras are located.
The sun sets over Juarez, Mexico, where many maquiladoras are located. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Delphi had its own listing on the New York Stock Exchange, but its fortunes still rode on General Motors, its biggest customer. When the car company slumped in 2004, the transnational auto parts maker went into a tailspin.

The next year — amid an accounting fraud scandal in which the SEC fined several top executives — Delphi filed for bankruptcy.

Its board hired a new chief executive, Robert Miller, who complained that the company’s U.S. workers were overpaid, with labor costs triple that of other unionized auto suppliers.

In March 2006, Delphi announced it was closing or selling 21 of its 29 American plants, a move that eliminated more than 20,000 jobs, or about two-thirds of its total workforce. Operations were shipped to factories in China or Mexico, where Delphi now has about 70,000 employees working at factories in 20 cities.

Most of the plants in Warren remained open, but with a much smaller workforce. While Miller got a sendoff package that by one account was worth $35 million, workers were urged to take a buyout and warned that if they stayed, their wages would drop from an average of $29 an hour to $16.50.

On the day he walked away from Delphi with a buyout package worth $140,000, Wade was, as he put it, “fired up.” “The CEOs and the guys at the top make millions while everybody else can barely survive,” he said. “It’s not right.”

In Trumbull County, the former manufacturing and steel stronghold where Warren is located, the Delphi cuts felt like kicking a guy who was already down.

Wade’s post-Delphi years were not easy. Shortly after leaving the factory, he went through a divorce and narrowly avoided prison after being pulled over while drunk and with unlicensed guns in his car.

He had received his truck driver’s license, but the DUI eliminated that career plan. He earned a certification to sell insurance, but that didn’t pan out either.

He works in roofing now during the summer and plows snow in the winter. After a decade, he’s making about what he was when he worked at Delphi. But he doesn’t have the security of a pension, paid vacation or health insurance. If he had kept his job at Delphi, he would be just seven years from retirement.

Wade doesn’t want to hear about the Mexican workers who replaced him. He boils when he hears what low wages they get paid, and is equally angry about immigrants who work illegally in the U.S.

He liked that Trump called out Mexico on the issue. It was the kind of talk that helped persuade Wade, a lifelong Democrat and union member, to give Trump his vote. He was joined by many others in Trumbull County, which voted Republican for president for the first time since 1972.

Brian Lutz, shop steward with the union that once represented Wade, said he understands the anti-establishment anger.

“I hear all the time people who say why would I continue to vote for a Democrat when all the people I worked with are gone and the Democrats haven’t done what we sent them to do?” he said.

His union recently negotiated a contract that starts workers at $13 an hour. That’s about 10 times as much as Lopez takes home from the Delphi plant in Juarez today, two decades into her career there.

Left: Lopez’s home sits in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Juarez. Right: Lopez cleans her home on her day off. For the last couple of years, every spare peso has gone to pay the college tuition for her youngest son. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

At the end of the shift in Juarez one recent afternoon, hundreds of workers streamed out of the Delphi factory toward the long line of white buses that take them home. Lopez climbed onto No. 6621, which headed east along the U.S. border, past dozens of other factories and a slew of big box stores.

It dropped Lopez in New Lands, a grid-like housing development that rises from the sand on the outskirts of the city. Overweight and suffering from diabetes, she shuffled past the Toyota in her driveway.

Trump’s warnings to companies to keep their business in America are already having an effect on the Mexican economy. Last month, after being criticized by Trump on Twitter, Ford announced it is canceling plans to build a new $1.6-billion factory in Mexico, opting instead to hire workers in Michigan.

Trump claimed credit, though the company said market demand was a bigger factor. The Mexico factory was designed to build small cars, but as gas prices have fallen, demand has shifted toward bigger models made in Michigan.

But some companies that produce goods in Mexico say there’s no going back to the U.S. That includes Delphi.

The company just announced a plan for more layoffs in Warren, where only 1,500 employees remain.

Speaking at Barclay’s Global Automotive Conference in New York in December, Delphi’s chief financial officer Joe Massaro explained what he thought would happen to Delphi under several Trump trade scenarios.

If Trump were to close the border with Mexico outright, “in less than a week, all the people who voted for him in Michigan and Ohio would be out of work,” Massaro argued, underscoring the fact that many factories in the U.S., including car makers in Detroit, depend on parts made in Mexico.

If the United States were to withdraw from NAFTA and start taxing imports from Mexico again, Delphi would continue doing business in Mexico, he said. The company would pass on the extra cost to its suppliers or to consumers, or would find a way to reduce its production costs — which could mean layoffs or salary cuts in Mexico.

What it all means for Lopez and her family, she is not sure.

Of her four children, three work in factories.

For the last couple of years, every spare peso has gone to pay the college tuition for her youngest son, Sergio, who is studying computer engineering. He dreams of starting a software company that can compete with U.S. firms.

He has watched his mom’s life, and wants to earn more than factory wages.

“It’s a lot of work for little money,” he said.

This story was reported in part with a grant from the International Women’s Media Foundation.


Baja Storm Lucifer 2017

Bajadock: Best wishes for friends and neighbors for Baja’s second big storm of 2017 beginning today and ending Sunday.  Big winds expected, rain should be moderate.  LUCIFER?  Hunker down.  Mephistopheles should be next week.  Horns up!

1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour


Launches Ensenada prealerta by gusts of wind of more than 100 kilometers per hour

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Ensenada, Baja California, February 16.- The head of the Municipal Civil Protection Directorate, Jaime Nieto de María y Campos reported that it is expected that the rains predicted from this Friday will extend until Sunday.

He explained that based on a warning issued by the State Coordination of Civil Protection, atypical winds are expected with bursts of up to 100 kilometers per hour from the Pacific coast to the mountains of Sierra de Juárez and up to more than 120 kilometers per hour in San Pedro Martyr.

Jaime Nieto said that these winds could cause severe damage to structures such as spectacular advertisements, power lines, poles, trees, walls, poor houses or poor buildings.

He pointed out that the areas that are most at risk and which will pay particular attention are the corridor from Punta Colonet to El Rosario, the urban area of Ensenada, the towns of San Luis Gonzaga Bay and Bay of Angels in Gulf of California.

Regarding precipitation, he pointed out that continuous rains are expected during Friday night and Saturday morning until Parallel 28 and the Sea of Cortez with accumulations that could reach two inches.

“The rains would leave significant flooding in urban areas and roads, flooded with canyons, streets, canals and fords, slope erosion with mudflows, mudslides, weakening of foundations in buildings and flooding on fast water avenues,” he said. .

He added that snowfall is forecast above 2,000 meters above sea level, so that only affect the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir; While a surge of up to five meters in height could occur.

Finally, the official urged the population to take precautions, avoid risky situations and stay alert of official reports that are issued as the storm progresses.

California Drought 2017


Summary: The “permanent drought” in California, like the now ended “permanent drought” in Texas, is ending. But like the panic about Texas, it is rich in lessons about our difficulty clearly seeing the world — and the futility of activists exaggerating and lying about the science. Of course, they should have learned this after 29 years of trying (starting from James Hansen’s 1988 Senate testimony).


Warnings of a permanent drought in California

Remember all those predictions of a “permanent drought” in California? Those were examples of why three decades of climate alarmism has not convinced the American people to take severe measures to fight anthropogenic climate change: alarmists exaggerate the science, and are proven wrong — repeatedly. When will the Left learn that doomster lies do not work?

Wired, May 2016: “Thanks El Niño, But California’s Drought Is Probably Forever“. “California is still in a state of drought. For now, maybe forever.” The article gives no support — none — for this clickbait claim. In January Wired attempted to weasel away from their claims by defining drought to mean needing more water than nature provides (“A Wet Year Won’t Beat California’s Never-Ending Drought“). Orwell nodded, unsurprised.

The NYT did no better in “California Braces for Unending Drought“, May 2016. The closest the article comes to supporting their headline is an odd statement by Governor Brown:  “But now we know that drought is becoming a regular occurrence…”  Drought has always been a regular occurrence in California. The governor also said that “California droughts are expected to be more frequent and persistent, as warmer winter temperatures driven by climate change reduce water held in the Sierra Nevada snowpack and result in drier soil conditions.” That is probable. But it is quite mad for the NYT to call more frequent droughts “an unending drought.”

Status of the California drought

“During the past week, a series of storms bringing widespread rain and snow showers impacted the states along the Pacific Coast and northern Rockies. In California, the cumulative effect of several months of abundant precipitation has significantly improved drought conditions across the state.”
US Drought monitor – California, February 9.

Precipitation over California in the water year so far (October 1 to January 31) is 178% of average for this date. The snowpack is 179% of average, as of Feb 8. Our reservoirs are at 125% of average capacity. See the bottom line summary as of February 7, from the US Drought monitor for California.

The improvement has been tremendous. The area with exceptional drought conditions have gone year over year from 38% of California to 0%, extreme drought from 23% to 1%, severe drought from 20% to 10% — while dry and moderate drought went from 18% to 48%, and no drought from <1% to 41%. See the map below. And the rain continues to fall.




For data about the western states see the dashboards at NOAA’s Western Water Assessment.  For a longer-term perspective on the western drought see NOAA’s “Western drought: It ain’t over ’til…well, it ain’t over” by Deke Arndt, 2 February 2017. It will take years of good rain and snow to recharge California’s groundwater.


“We don’t even plan for the past.”
— Steven Mosher (member of
Berkeley Earth; bio here), a comment posted at Climate Etc.

Journalists could have told us that historical data shows that past droughts in the US southwest lasted for centuries, a grim warning encouraging us to prepare. Droughts, often long and fierce, are the natural climate of this region. But telling the truth was boring — bad clickbait — and would have been politically useless for the Left. But their exaggerations and misrepresentations of science — and failed predictions — have only eroded away the public’s support for sensible measures to control and allocate water use.

This has been their way since they discovered that weather porn was good clickbait and might support their campaign for aggressive public policy measures to fight anthropogenic climate change. The result: contributing to the public’s loss of trust in the news media and an almost complete failure to get their policy changes.

In this as in other things, only a reality-based community can reform America. Too bad neither Left nor Right has any interest in giving up their tribal beliefs to focus on the often-inconvenient truth. Look here for ideas about ways you can help.

446 Marriages in Ensenada Feb 14

To reinforce values and give legal certainty to couples, especially those who live in free union and / or who have children in common, the Municipal Government undertook a campaign that culminated yesterday with the marriage union of 466 couples.

During the ceremony of the Collective Marriages, held in the framework of the Day of Love and Friendship, Mayor Marco Antonio Osuna Osuna called on the contractors to fight with dedication and humility to strengthen the family nucleus.

Although conjugal life presents challenges, he said, loving, giving and forgiving are keys that together with communication and respect are fundamental for marriage to last.

“From today they change the word I for the us and my word for ours, I wish you all a happy and full life, full of love and respect, that your families stay together even in adversity,” he said.

Marco Novelo stressed that happiness in marriage has to be built with a lot of faith, attitude and perseverance, because he emphasized that true happiness is not in material possessions but in the heart and in the decisions they make together.

The president of DIF Ensenada, Mirna Ibarra de Novelo congratulated the couples who took advantage of the Campaign of Collective Marriages promoted by the paramunicipal in coordination with the Civil Registry.

Transcendental decision
He affirmed that the decision to marry is the most important in the life of the human being, since from this are derived others of great relevance such as having children and consolidating a family.

“Marriage is not for a year or while a person is good, it is a decision for a lifetime and although it is not an easy path if they have a common goal they will achieve it,” he said.

The head of the Civil Registry Office 01, Monica Ivania Osuna Diaz added that in total 466 couples joined their lives, of which 361 reside in the urban area and 105 in the municipal delegations.

Ivania Osuna expressed that there is strong evidence that love is no age, is that in this first edition of Collective Marriages of the XXII City Council, formalized their relationship Ricardo Domínguez Pontó 79 years and Nora Rábago Ceballos 55, who became the Older couple benefiting from the campaign.

In the absence of legal impediments, the municipal president, Marco Antonio Novelo Osuna, made the official declaration as husband and wife of those present; Followed by the traditional toast and the raffle of various gifts gathered with the support of volunteers and local businesses.

Older couple
Ricardo Domínguez Ponted 79 years
Nora Rábago Ceballos 55 years old

Young couple
Héctor Javier Estrada Vázquez 18 years old
Gabriela Higuera García 18 years old

First couple benefited from the campaign
José Cervantes Arias
María del Pilar Barroso Torres

foto por Uniradio Ensenada

Feb 14th Winemaker’s Day



Likey, “February 14th, While you decadent Westerners are running around spending your money on absolute rubbish, we celebrate wine.”

Trifon Zerazan, Day of the Vine, Winemaker’s day.  Perfect day for a wine soaking.

Love the wine you’re with!

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