Brutal Ensenada Traffic


Traffic in Ensenada is growing and making it difficult to navigate through Highway 1 to get through the city.

Yesterday afternoon at 4PM, Thursday, it took me 1 hour and 32 minutes to get from the Ensenada toll booth to Maneadero’s Carretera La Bufadora. That route is only 19 miles/32 kilometers.

My average speed yesterday was a whopping 12MPH/20KPH!

The El Gallo bridge construction on Av Reforma is a major cause for the traffic crunch.

But, there are also several major intersections that have been changed from traffic lights to stop signs. Costero/Sangines and Reforma/Westman are traffic signal to stop sign transition examples.

And the traffic lights that are operating often have a signal cycles that do not match the traffic pattern.

I drove northbound on that same route in the early morning Thursday and the 19 miles from Maneadero to the Ens toll booth took me only 34 minutes at 5:30AM.

Costero, Pedro Loyola and Reforma were all thick with vehicles moving like mud.

The afternoon and evening rush hour saw accidents, frustrated and tired drivers and commercial trucks that were late delivering or returning to their businesses.

Summer season also increases traffic from tourists.

We especially love the new “business park” traffic light in the Tramo de Muerte(Death Stretch) that has almost zero east/west traffic. But, the new(1 year old) north/south light there backs up cars for hundreds of meters to wait for no reason.

This morning’s news bring another article that the Tramo de Muerte expansion and improvement will take place “soon”.

Tijuana Border Changes Since 1874

U.S. Customs and Immigration buildings at the U.S.-Mexico border looking north from Tijuana


According to the Encyclopedia of Municipalities and Delegations of Mexico , Tijuana was founded on July 11, 1889, however Border Customs was founded 15 years earlier, on August 6, 1874 . And what started as a small booth that allowed you to enter the United States with ease, became the structure at the forefront of technology that we know today.

The border between Tijuana and San Diego is currently the largest binational border in the region. The San Ysidro gatehouse, which is the main port of entry for the United States, is the busiest in the entire Western Hemisphere.

We leave you some small curious facts about this border:

-According to the data of historian David Piñera: during the Mexican Revolution, the town of Tijuana had only 510 inhabitants.Amerika Olmos

Historical Archive of Tijuana Facebook

-There was a toll bridge, before the bridge, the only alternative was to cross the river to enter what is now San YsidroHistorical Archive of Tijuana Facebook

-During the prohibition of alcohol in the United States from 1920 to 1933, Tijuana reached its maximum splendor and the casino, hot springs, a racetrack, restaurants, cabarets, hotels and brothels were created.Historical Archive of Tijuana

Historical Archive of Tijuana

-In 1935, Lázaro Cárdenas ordered the Tijuana casinos to close, arguing that gambling was a “social health problem.”Historical Archive of Tijuana Facebook

Historical Archive of Tijuana Facebook

-It was until 1940 that Mexicans began to request a passport (visa) to be able to cross to the “other side”.Jorge Garcia Reyes

Jorge Garcia Reyes

-In 1964 the sentry box began to be expanded.Tino Monjaraz Gil

Tino Monjaraz Gil

-People could enter the United States without the need to use a passport, it was enough to say to the Border Patrol official: “US Citizen.”Ernesto acevedoErnesto acevedo

Ernesto acevedo
Ernesto acevedo

-September 11, 2001 brought more severe security measures to the border.

-By 2020, a population of one million 923 thousand is counted in Tijuana, a great contrast to 1910 when 510 inhabitants were counted.GSA photo

GSA photo

-300 thousand vehicles circulate through the border daily

Tijuana Migrant Camp Worsens


Tijuana, Baja California, July 3.- The conditions of hundreds of families waiting on the northern border of Mexico for their opportunity to request asylum in the United States worsens day by day. Many are in makeshift camps, under plastic or tarps, without toilets and at the mercy of criminals both in Tijuana, in the far west, next to California, and in other points of the border.

“The children are getting sick with diarrhea, they get sick with fever, infections because there are a lot of flies,” says Karitina Hernández, 63, a Mexican who fled from the southern state of Guerrero with her whole family, six adults and three children. .

They have been living for weeks in a tent in El Chaparral, one of the crossings that connects Tijuana with San Diego, where some 2,000 migrants of different nationalities – especially Mexican, Central American or Haitian – live crowded together blocking this pedestrian crossing.

“There is no hygiene, here in the garbage they throw everything, they throw the excrement, urine,” adds Hernández. There is also no security.

The National Human Rights Commission warned days ago of the health risks and of all kinds that these people are suffering – especially children – and the authorities in Tijuana have already warned that they plan to evacuate the Chaparral area but the migrants fear that if they will move, their chances of crossing decrease.

The US government has relaxed the conditions for requesting asylum since President Joe Biden came to power in January, when he suspended some of the most controversial immigration policies of his predecessor such as the “Stay in Mexico” program, through which some 70,000 migrants They had been returned by the Donald Trump government to await their asylum process in Mexico.

Biden began to readmit some of these people to analyze their case again, stopped expelling unaccompanied minors or families with young children and began to allow the most vulnerable people to cross to request asylum, although he maintained an active measure taken at the time. start the pandemic to return migrants who cross illegally immediately.

All these measures, together with the economic problems and violence in many countries, led more migrants to arrive at the northern border of Mexico to try their luck and many, without space in the shelters and because they were closer to the crossings, chose to stay in the makeshift camps.

Karitina Hernández assures that the conditions in El Chaparral are very complicated but she is happy because they accepted her case and this weekend she will be able to cross to formally request asylum. They killed her son and then threatened her. “I came blind running from what had happened to me, devastated.”

Others have not been so lucky. What evidence do you want? I don’t need to come with my guts out, I come to prevent that from happening to me, ”says Armando Hernández, a bricklayer from Michoacán, in the west of the country, who only shares his last name with Karitina -although they are not family- and the fear that He made him run away from home with his two children, 16 and 7 years old.

“Now there is talk of many dead, many missing, beaten but never speak of the psychological trauma that our creatures already bring for all the things they should not have seen,” he lamented. “Mexico is no longer safe for us in any corner.”

The expulsion of migrants that took place in the Trump era led to the creation of irregular camps along the border. The biggest and most worrying of all was in Matamoros, at the easternmost tip. After more than a year, that place was evicted in March.

Now the tents are not only in Tijuana but in even more dangerous places such as Reynosa, in the state of Tamaulipas and not far from Matamoros, where civil organizations are already warning of the health situation and the risk that hundreds of families are victims of crime.

Nicole Ramos, from the NGO “Al otro lado”, one of the groups that offers humanitarian aid and legal advice for the most vulnerable, affirms that in these camps like Tijuana’s, people are “trapped” and at the mercy of criminal groups that “hunt” migrants as if they were animals and extort money from them.

“The United States always says it has its laws and its programs to protect the migrant community against smugglers but (criminals) are doing more business,” he warns.

Last Day of June San Diego Trip

Had an ambitious day of activities in San Diego Wednesday. Arrived at San Ysidro SENTRI border line at 07:20, approx 2 hours earlier than my usual schedule. Though the line was backed up approx 1 mile to the Padre Kino roundabout, they had 9 SENTRI lanes open. That made it only a 20 minute wait.

Oceanside Harbor was my bicycle ride halfway point today. This was the most peaceful spot during my trip. Pacific Coast Highway and North Beaches were packed.

An Oceanside hidden gem is the Nautical Bean at Oside Harbor. This is a good breakfast/lunch spot with plenty of seating to enjoy the harbor.

Stores were packed with people and their carts full of 4th of July supplies. This is Wednesday, so I can’t imagine how crazy the stores will be this weekend.

I wonder why the Tijuana El Chaparral southbound XRAY machine has been closed down.

TJ Playas toll booth had only 3 of 6 lanes open for toll paying at 5:15PM. Had a 9 minute wait to get through this jam. Did someone forget to tell them that there are lots of cars between approx 4 and 6PM?

The Rosarito and Ensenada toll booths had no wait this evening.

My biggest shock on this trip was the drop of mask requirements in San Diego. That was quick.

I was equally surprised when I entered a convenience store in Tijuana without a mask. OOPS, gotta get the mask back on in Mexico. I did notice several smaller stores with vacant temperature/gel stations abandoned. And remember those shoe bath mats at entrances? They are sitting sad and lonely on the side.

Costco Ensenada was also packed at 6:30PM. Hope to stay in my neighborhood for the rest of this week to avoid the holiday madness.

Widen Ens to Maneadero Tramo de Muerte


Bajadock: Have been reading about the widening and improvement of the Ensenada to Maneadero Tramo de Muerte since I moved here 15 years ago. And the Bajamar to Free Road “Alternative Route” has been discussed since the 2013 Scenic Highway collapse.

While we’re dreaming, throw in a baseball stadium on the list of wishes to El Presidente?

After the inauguration of the National Guard facilities, Mayor Armando Ayala Robles gave the President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador a document with requests regarding infrastructure, health, and well-being.

The petition document lists the completion of the Transpeninsular highway in what is known as the “Death section”(Tramo de Muerte), through which more than 40 thousand vehicle units travel daily with great risk of accidents due to the lack of lanes and retaining walls.

The mayor requested the Construction of the IMSS Regional General Hospital, with capacity for 216 beds, to be contemplated in the Federation Expenditure Budget 2022 (PEF 2022). He recalled that this clinic would benefit the bulk of the population in terms of health, given the current underlying lag in the shortage of hospital beds in IMSS clinics in the region.

“We also request that our municipality be considered once again in the Urban Improvement Program 2022 in order to continue generating schemes to combat social backwardness and for the sake of the beautification of our city,” he specified. Ask for fishing permits

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He added that he was also requested that in the 2022 Federation Expenditure Budget, the alternative route Tijuana-Ensenada Bypass highway kilometer 93 Scenic be included, to have an alternative, safe and fluid communication route between both municipalities that promotes investment and economic detonation in the federative entity.

“Being a municipality with a fishing vocation, we ask President López Obrador for his intervention to grant permits for the families of bluefin tuna hook fishermen in Ensenada through Conapesca,” he added. The mayor specified that this issue is essential, since derived from the increase in the catch quota of bluefin tuna to Mexican vessels in the Pacific, reflecting an increase of 232 additional tons by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (CIAT), it is requested to consider the issuance and granting of permits for the more than 45 families of hook fishermen in small boats that have not received a response from Conapesca.

In sports, Armando Ayala requested support for the construction of a baseball stadium in the city, as it is one of the disciplines that are most practiced in Ensenada.

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No Border Vaccine Passport

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Bajadock: This is still speculative. I’ll throw a “they still don’t know what they are doing” at the border perspective. Have opined before on the already huge industry of false documents that would explode if vaccine requirements would attempt to be enforced.

TIJUANA BC JUNE 23, 2021 (AFN) .- The requirement of proof of vaccination as a requirement to enter the United States through the border ports with Mexico was rejected by the United States government for being considered impractical, and because that The process would cause long lines, so the possibility of requiring such a document is still ruled out for now.

This was reported by Edgar Ramírez, attaché of the United States Department of Security in Mexico, in an interview with AFN POLITICO Y ALGO MAS, in which he explained that the sole process of requiring the document and verifying its authenticity would consume seconds, even minutes for each motorist.

In addition, there is no database that could be consulted in an agile way for a verification of this type, and for this reason the set of indicators used by the health authorities continues to predominate in the spirit of the United States government, to determine the level of epidemiological security, and based on this, the feasibility of reopening the border, explained Ramírez.

The federal official also reported that the flow of migrants seeking to enter the United States illegally has remained constant in recent months, at a rate of six thousand people a day, although he stressed that it has reduced the number of minors under unaccompanied age, and families, which is important considering that the risk for them increases in the summer season due to the increase in temperatures.

Meanwhile, the federal provision to detain and deport those who cross illegally into North American territory, through the checkpoint closest to the place of detention, remains in force.

At the same time, the process of assisting people registered for the Migrant Protection Protocol continues and some 12,400 people have been allowed to enter the United States. This Wednesday the opportunity was opened for some 38 thousand additional people who meet the requirements, and whose cases were concluded in courts by immigration judges, so they can continue with the paperwork to benefit from the aforementioned Protocol.

San Ysidro Vendor Boycott

TIJUANA- Street vendors on the line in Otay said that the #NiUnDolarMas boycott had already affected them and regretted that this happened miles away at a different checkpoint from where the beating of a driver was recorded at the border, which prompted this measure.

This Monday, the prosecution reported that it is already investigating the case of a chase that ended in beatings for a driver at the San Ysidro checkpoint on June 6.

And derived from this, a movement through networks invites people who cross the border from Tijuana to San Diego not to buy from the vendors at the checkpoint, a fact that has already reached and affected other checkpoints in the city such as Otay Mesa. .

Vendors noted that they have already been victims of yelling and some verbal assault, a situation that they said worries them.

“In the middle of us, the car and me, and he said, Not a dollar more, not a dollar more, don’t buy them!” Said Karla Gómez, who recounted how on Monday, June 14, they yelled at her while selling her snows at the Otay sentry box.

A conflict that he said affected him from a place miles from where the incident took place.

“The one in the back told me oh no, it’s because of San Ysidro, I said ah yes, we already have more or less a week dealing with it,” Gómez recalled.

The prosecution told TELEMUNDO 20 that at the moment there are no detainees involved in this attack, however, a folder is being turned over.

“There is already a complaint, there is a folder also opened,” informed Guillermo Ruiz, attorney general of Baja California.

And the security cameras of the authorities, said the police, show how the driver tried to flee from the authorities.

“We realized that he had violated a couple of traffic rules, the officers detected him, stopped him and began to escape, this person argued to the last that he had been fleeing from extortion,” said Pedro Cruz Camarena, secretary of security public in Tijuana.

And as a large number of people approached the implicated vehicle as soon as it hit a food stall in the San Ysidro checkpoint.

“Of course the action of the merchants is incorrect, we are not going to get here to lynchings and justice by our own hand,” said Cruz Camarena.

Meanwhile, in the Otay checkpoint, there are citizens that this fact assured that they took away the desire to buy.

“I don’t buy anything, nothing, nothing, better that way I avoid fights, or have my car cleaned, nothing, nothing, nothing,” said Rafael Ramírez, as he crossed to work from the Otay gate to San Diego.

Well, a lot of people assured that it was wrong that the sellers got involved in the fact.

“It is not right that they are hitting another person, no, not at all,” said Araceli Hernández, who was crossing the border on Monday.

A fact that Gómez said affects them, because today everyone pays for one.

“It is coming evenly, evenly, the donkeys are running out of food there and the donkeys weren’t even there at that time, the donkeys are in the morning and everything happened in the afternoon,” said the saleswoman on the line.

She said that lately they have faced situations that put their earnings at risk.

“The lady took the money from her and said, I don’t want them anymore, that’s how she told her, that was on Saturday and but why not, I don’t want her anymore, I don’t want her, that is, many are doing evil with us out of courage of what happened there ”, added Gómez.

The police assured that as a result of this, they keep 10 elements of the national guard and 15 officers in the San Ysidro checkpoint and merchants have been warned of the consequences of participating in conflicts like this.

“Even if they are right, if we see that one of these acts is committed, we are going to have to arrest people, they know it perfectly,” reported the Tijuana municipal public security secretary.

Meanwhile merchants from the Otay gatehouse said they try to do their best job so as not to lose more sales.

The security secretary said that if the victim involved in the case had evidence of extortion by the agents, that he should approach the authorities to open an investigation.

Currently only at the Otay gate, about 100 registered workers earn their fixed earnings and almost total from their sales at this Tijuana port of entry to San Diego.

Mexican National Guard deployed at San Ysidro Border

Days of the Week Name Origins

As the days pass, the cycle of the week shapes how we live our lives. Have you ever wondered, “Why is a week seven days long?” How about where the names of each weekday come from?

The seven-day week originates from the calendar of the Babylonians, which in turn is based on a Sumerian calendar dated to 21st-century B.C. Seven days corresponds to the time it takes for a moon to transition between each phase: full, waning half, new and waxing half. Because the moon cycle is 29.53 days long, the Babylonians would insert one or two days into the final week of each month.

Jewish tradition also observes a seven-day week. The book of Genesis (and hence the seven-day account of creation) was likely written around 500 B.C. during the Jewish exile to Babylon. Assyriologists such as Friedrich Delitzsch and Marcello Craveri have suggested that the Jews inherited the cycle of seven days from the Babylonian calendar.

The Romans also inherited this system from Babylonian tradition, though they didn’t begin using it until the instatement of the Julian Calendar in the first-century B.C. Up until this point the Romans had used the “nundinal cycle,” a system they inherited from the Etruscans. This was a market cycle of eight days labeled A-H. On market day, country folk would come to the city and city dwellers would buy eight days’ worth of groceries. By the time the seven-day week was officially adopted by Constantine in A.D. 321, the nundinal cycle had fallen out of use.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSE 0% PLAY SOUND

The Romans named the days of the week after their gods and corresponded to the five known planets plus the sun and moon (which the Romans also considered planets). To this day, all Romance languages (most familiarly Spanish, French, and Italian) still bear the mark of Roman day names, the exception being Sunday, which now translates to “Lord’s Day” and Saturday, which translates to “Sabbath.”

MondayMoonDies Lunaeluneslundilunedi
TuesdayMarsDies Martismartesmardimartedi
WednesdayMercuryDies Mercuriimiércolesmercredimercoledì
ThursdayJupiterDies Jovisjuevesjeudigiovedi
FridayVenusDies Venerisviernesvendredivenerdì
SaturdaySaturnDies Saturnisábadosamedisabato
SundaySunDies Solisdomingodimanchedomenica

Germanic adaptations

The English words for each day bear remnants of Roman tradition, but they have been filtered through centuries of Germanic and Norse mythos. The Germanic people adapted the Roman system by identifying Roman gods with their own deities.

Sunday comes from Old English “Sunnandæg,” which is derived from a Germanic interpretation of the Latin dies solis, “sun’s day.” Germanic and Norse mythology personify the sun as a goddess named Sunna or Sól.

Monday likewise comes from Old English “Mōnandæg,” named after Máni, the Norse personification of the moon (and Sól’s brother).

Tuesday comes from Old English “Tīwesdæg,” after Tiw, or Tyr, a one-handed Norse god of dueling. He is equated with Mars, the Roman war god.

Wednesday is “Wōden’s day.” Wōden, or Odin, was the ruler of the Norse gods’ realm and associated with wisdom, magic, victory and death. The Romans connected Wōden to Mercury because they were both guides of souls after death. “Wednesday” comes from Old English “Wōdnesdæg.”

Thursday, “Thor’s day,” gets its English name after the hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder, strength and protection. The Roman god Jupiter, as well as being the king of gods, was the god of the sky and thunder. “Thursday” comes from Old English “Þūnresdæg.”

Friday is named after the wife of Odin. Some scholars say her name was Frigg; others say it was Freya; other scholars say Frigg and Freya were two separate goddesses. Whatever her name, she was often associated with Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility. “Friday” comes from Old English “Frīgedæg.”

As for Saturday, Germanic and Norse traditions didn’t assign any of their gods to this day of the week. They retained the Roman name instead. The English word “Saturday” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “Sæturnesdæg,” which translates to “Saturn’s day.”

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New Mercado Publico Ensenada

Mercado Publico, Calle Tercera y Gastelum

Bajadock: This building was scheduled to be demolished and turned into a parking lot. Looking forward to the opening and the businesses that will develop.

Ensenada, BC- Sunday June 13, 2021.-  The renovation of the former Municipal Public Market, a work carried out with SEDATU resources through the Urban Improvement Program (PMU), will have 30 stores to promote products and artists representative of Ensenada and Baja California.

President Armando Ayala Robles highlighted the scope that this building will have, after a supervision tour together with Norma Elvia Martínez Santos, general coordinator of the XXIII City Council Cabinet; Jaime Figueroa Tentori, Director of Infrastructure; and the citizen Carlos Monzón Vicenteño, who will keep his locksmith business.

The mayor pointed out that thanks to these resources managed before the Federation, there will be no debt for the treasury, in addition to the fact that the works between different sectors were socialized.

“The work takes 18.33% of development of the work. The first months are slow due to soil studies, foundations, demolition of walls and other tasks ”, he commented.

Ayala Robles stressed that there are 32 million 200 thousand pesos in the entire building, which will represent a watershed for the port, along with the zócalo and the Parque Revolución, so that families have decent recreation spaces in the downtown area.

Martínez Santos, who is also a link with SEDATU, recalled that each work has an activation, occupation and maintenance program, accompanied by a community committee, which will ensure that citizens and groups take care of the preservation of the places.

He added that the premises are intended to be for the sale of food with cuisine, sale of handicrafts and regional products, as well as different services and commerce.

“It will be an ideal space for the promotion of regional development. A recreational place is intended, with sale of regional products such as wines, cheeses, jams and crafts from indigenous groups. Also gastronomic exhibitions and contests, promoting the theme that Ensenada is considered a Creative City by UNESCO. The aim is to implement Sommelier courses and wine tastings, which are available to all Ensenada residents, as well as guided tours for schools, and musical presentations ”, he added.

Martínez Santos highlighted that there will be an exhibition of plastic arts, with an emphasis on local artists.

“The call is intended to be issued in August, with the guidelines, costs and requirements to access the premises,” said the general coordinator.

Figueroa Tentori said that there are 1,250 square meters of the property, where it is sought to preserve the original structure, in addition to new foundations that will load the second level.

He said that the work involves an elevator, stairs, glass doors, 25 commercial premises on the ground floor and 5 on the upper floor, in addition to the Digital Library and the Historical Archive of Ensenada.

“Preserving architectural elements of the building is what has taken work. Now there are stages where structures are sifted and erected, where the progress of the building and the theme of the second level will be seen ”, he explained.

The director mentioned that the used entrances will be conserved, in addition to integrating the parking lot into the urban mobility space for pedestrians.

“The building will have universal accessibility through ramps, in addition to elevators so that people can climb. Almost 20% is a good advance ”, he commented.

Regarding the completion of the work, the municipal official emphasized that the construction company has the commitment to deliver it on September 23.

Carlos Monzón Vicenteño, who is recognized as having remained firm in his business despite the attempts to buy and sell, as he was always confident that a rescue would come for the site, appreciated the opportunity of the renovation because it will benefit the port.

“I am very grateful to the municipal president, and to his cabinet, for what they are doing for Ensenada. You can see that they are working very well for Ensenada, ”he said.

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