Move Migrant Camp from Border


Tijuana.- To safeguard the safety of the families that still remain in El Chaparral, it is proposed that they be transferred to the Tijuana Sports Unit, reported the municipal director of migrant care, José Luis Pérez Canchola.

The official mentioned that the problem is becoming more serious in that space, especially due to the presence of more than 500 children, according to the numbers that the municipal authority has.

Merchants ask for a solution to migrant protests at checkpoints

“The situation has been getting worse because of the conditions that people are there. What worries the municipality the most is the presence of more than the children; there are a good number of these minors already born in Mexico, who we have been supporting so that they have birth certificates ”, he commented.

Pérez Canchola, said that some of the migrants have already chosen to leave El Chaparral, on their way to shelters such as the Salvation Army and the Ambassadors of Jesus, however, for the families that remain there, they will be insisted that they leave the site close to the International Garita, bound for the Sports Unit, which is available.


“The proposal that the Directorate has made is to look for a suitable space, where people can be with greater security, waiting for answers from the North American authority. You have to convince them to settle there and stop being in the El Chaparral camp, due to the climate of permanent risk that exists ”, he stated.

Hussongs Closed for Health Violations



ENSENADA.- On Friday night the measure of “suspension with access” was imposed at the Hussongs bar in Ensenada and an hour later the car of a Coepris inspector was burned, three blocks from the site.

The health secretary in the entity, Alonso Pérez Rico announced this Sunday that last Friday, April 23, personnel from the State Commission against Sanitary Risks made a visit to the establishment, starting at 9:45 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m. 30 hours.

As part of the review, personnel not certified or trained in hygiene practices in food preparation were detected.

Cross contamination between raw material, processed product and finished product by food without a lid. The bar did not have protocols for the reopening of economic activities.

Noxious fauna was found in different areas of the establishment.

It breached the COVID protocol (capacity greater than 50 percent of its capacity), exposing citizens to new infections.

The managers of the bar did not present notice of operation; fumigation certificate (not pest prevention), administrative and sanitary documents; cleaning or disinfection procedures; staff training.

Pérez Rico called that all activities must comply with capacity and health protocol.

He said that under no circumstances will corruption be allowed in Coepris, the order is for verifiers to help establishments comply, but if they detect a health risk, act.


The Municipal Public Security Directorate announced that around 12:48 a.m. on Saturday, an hour after closing, a report was received about a burned vehicle on Fourth Street, between Ruiz and Gastélum, where offices of Protection Against Sanitary Risks.

When agents arrived at the site they had a white Chevrolet Aveo sedan in sight; the fire was being fought by firefighters personnel

“Later, the fire department manager would state that apparently said fire had been caused. For this reason, the corresponding minutes were made, and the Public Ministry was notified, which is responsible for carrying out the corresponding investigation. It is worth mentioning that said car is the property of the State Government, which is currently assigned to COEPRIS, ”says the police report.

SY Border Protests, Long Lines


TIJUANA- Street vendors clashed with migrants who were holding a protest at the San Ysidro checkpoint, after a major operation by authorities that caused long lines at the border crossing from Tijuana to San Diego, this Saturday.

Dozens of protesters from the migrant community demonstrated from Friday to Saturday morning at the San Ysidro checkpoint . They assured that they were looking for an answer from the president of the United States, Joe Biden.

Women assured that although they slept in the open and in the cold, their need to cross is greater.

Faced with the demonstration, dozens of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents guard the site and as of 10 am they had left only 9 of the 34 lines on the border between San Diego and Tijuana open, which generated a wait of more than three hours between drivers on the normal line.

Many drivers, mostly residents and US citizens, honked at the authorities because of the need for speed to cross the border. Even a family from Los Angeles got out of their car to claim the migrants before their demonstration, which they claimed generated long waiting times.

They arrest a migrant who would have tried to cross the border during a demonstrationA man who allegedly tried to run across the San Ysidro gate during a migrant demonstration was detained by CBP agents and turned over to Mexican authorities.

Nena Martínez, a mother of a family, told the media present that her 20-year-old daughter had health problems and implored border agents to allow her to cross.

“I need to go to the hospital, my daughter’s potassium has dropped,” shouted Martínez, who minutes later was allowed to cross a line that until now remained closed.

Migrants block San Ysidro checkpoint

Honduran mother who crossed with her son in her arms through the San Ysidro checkpoint meets with her family in Chicago

The migrant community in the place told TELEMUNDO 20 that they would not move from the site, because although a man who said he was a spokesman for the United States government, assured them that there would be answers, they did not believe in him because he did not give them his name. , position or a date of dialogue.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed that the protest ended around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and that the San Ysidro checkpoint remained open at all times, but with longer waits of average.

CBP mentioned that the wait at the Otay gate also increased on Saturday as traffic dispersed from the San Ysidro port of entry to that location.

The agency added that crosswalks were not affected in the region.

CBP added that even though the demonstration has dispersed, the wait for the crossing from Tijuana to San Diego remains high this Saturday afternoon.

Tijuana, Ensenada Top 10 Most Violent Cities



Tijuana was placed as the second most violent city in the world in the “2020 Ranking of the 50 most violent cities in the world”, which was presented on Tuesday by the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

In the presentation of the report, the organization warned that of the 10 most violent cities in the world, seven are Mexican and two of them are in Baja California. Celaya is in first place, Tijuana in second, Ciudad Juárez in third, Ciudad Obregón in fourth, Irapuato in fifth, Ensenada in sixth and Uruapan in eighth.

In 2020, of the 10 most violent cities in the world, 7 are Mexican: Celaya (metropolitan area), Tijuana (metropolitan area), Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Irapuato (metropolitan area), Ensenada and Uruapan. Mexico is the country with the highest number of violent cities:18 of 50. Mexico has been the world epicenter of homicidal violence for two years. It is not a coincidence.

In 2019 and 2020, the worst crime “control” policy has been applied by the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador: on the one hand, by not acting against the criminal groups, the main responsible for the violence, more than exceptionally, under the assumption that if the forces of order do not bother the thugs, they will behave well; on the other hand, applying vast subsidy programs in the hope that criminals, in exchange for them, will stop committing crimes. “At the same time, and fundamental to reduce crime, achieve justice and peace in the country, we call on all citizen and social organizations, religious groups, their leaders, to reactivate citizen complaints.You have to keep raising your voice. This crisis of violence, impunity and insecurity, together with the pandemic, put peaceful coexistence in all of Mexico at serious risk, “the report states.

Border Crossing Wrist Band Inventory


LA JOYA, Texas (Border Report) — Mexican drug cartels issue colorful wristbands to identify migrants who have paid them for passage across the Rio Grande, how many times they have tried to cross, and who is eligible to cross again if they’ve been sent back, a South Texas lawmaker’s office confirmed to Border Report on Thursday.

“In the RGV area, the Gulf Cartel controls the alien smuggling groups. The various alien smuggling groups issue bracelets to each alien being smuggled into the U.S.,” the office of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat who represents this area, told Border Report.

“Bracelets are different colors because aliens get three chances to cross successfully for one price. First time crossers get red bracelets. If unsuccessful, they get another color. Aliens receive purple bracelets when it’s their last chance to cross,” Cuellar’s office said in an email to Border Report. “The wording represents who has paid and who still owes money for the smuggling.”

Bracelets are different colors because aliens get three chances to cross successfully for one price.”


On separate days last week, Border Report interviewed several groups of migrants just moments after they were apprehended crossing the river into the small town of La Joya, Texas. They were sitting in a community park that U.S. Border Patrol agents use as a field-processing area for the hundreds who come across each day.EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 200 migrants caught before dawn; South Texas border agents say ‘they’re everywhere’ 

Several of the migrants showed Border Report the wristbands they were given by the coyotes or human traffickers who they said are affiliated with Mexican cartel organizations that they paid to cross the river.

Discarded wristbands are seen on the ground alongside items belonging to two migrants who were apprehended before dawn on April 8, 2021, by U.S. Border Patrol agents into La Joya, Texas. The wristbands are issued by cartel and differentiate various groups the coyotes, or traffickers, bring across the river, the migrants said. (Border Report Photo/Sandra Sanchez)
This wristband with red letters reads “llegadas” or arrivals and was found on the ground April 6, 2021, in La Joya, Texas, where migrants are apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents. Red indicates first-time crossers. (Border Report Photo/Sandra Sanchez)

The wristbands we saw had different colors and words. Some wristbands read “entregas,” which means deliveries. Others read “entregadas,” which means delivered. Others read “llegadas,” or arrivals.

Those with red bands are first-time crossers and those with purple bands are not allowed to try to cross again, Cuellar’s office said.

“It’s like a ticket to the carnival,” one Border Patrol agent told Border Report.

None of the Border Patrol agents gave their names or were allowed to speak to media, but they suggested we look around on the ground and see what we find. And on two different days, several wristbands were spotted as migrants were apprehended in the early pre-dawn hours in La Joya.

Border Patrol agents are seen involved in the apprehension of several adult migrants before dawn on April 8, 2021, in Hidalgo, Texas. (Border Report Photo/Sandra Sanchez)

Nelson Fernando, 22, of Honduras, held his sleeping 2-year-old son, Nelson Manuel, after being apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents on April 8 in La Joya.VIDEO: Adult migrants apprehended in South Texas, families surrender to border agents 

“I was a victim of the hurricanes, Eta and Iota,” he said about the Category 4 and Category 5 storms that struck Central America. “I didn’t have anything else to do but to come North.”

Fernando said he paid a smuggler $2,000 to cross the Rio Grande. His seven cousins living in the United States helped to pay for his crossing. The wristband cartel traffickers gave him was green.

A migrant woman, far left, is seen with a red wristband on her right arm as she is part of a group of asylum-seekers with several children who were being questioned by a U.S. Border Patrol agents moments after being arrested on April 8, 2021, near La Joya, Texas. (Border Report Photo/Sandra Sanchez)

He said he was trying to get to Denver, Colo., and it took him 45 days to get to this point. He waited for 22 days in Reynosa, across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas, before they made a dash through heavy fog early last Thursday.

Nelson Fernando, 22, of Honduras, and his sleeping son, Nelson Manuel, are seen April 8, 2021, moments after being apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents in La Joya, Texas. Fernando said he crossed the Rio Grande after his cousins paid a coyote $2,000. The wristband traffickers gave him was green. (Border Report Photo/Sandra Sanchez)

Fernando had ditched the green wristband under the metal fence where U.S. Border Patrol agents told him to sit in a line with other migrants. He picked the wristband out of the dirt, and then two other migrants sitting beside him also pulled out their discarded wristbands. One was blue. One was white with neon orange lettering.

When we asked why they had different colors they said “it’s for the different cartels,” one man said displaying four discarded wristbands two blue, and two white with orange lettering. They didn’t want to give their names for fear of retaliation by the cartel.

Security experts say Mexican cartels are highly organized, money-making entities that specialize in the collection of data, and they know how and where to reach family members of those they traffic.

Victor Manjarrez Jr., was Border Patrol chief in Tucson and El Paso and now is director of the UTEP Center for Law and Human Behavior. (Courtesy Photo)

Victor Manjarrez, Jr., is a retired Border Patrol chief who led agents in Tucson, Arizona, and El Paso. Now he is director of the Center for Law and Human Behavior at the University of Texas El Paso. He says the various cartel organizations south of the border have long marked their “loads” or inventory –whether drugs or humans — and these new carnival-ride-style wristbands are just the latest tools they are using to traffic humans across the Southwest border.

He told Border Report that they have long used lanyards and other identifiers to cross migrants into Arizona, dating back to the early 2000s. But now they are so overwhelmed with thousands crossing daily into South Texas, that he speculates they have switched to this relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain method to mark the migrants.

“It’s a tool for these criminal organizations. Big time,” he said.

Though it sounds crass, Manjarrez said cartel organizations “store their loads” in warehouses, whether it is humans, or illegal weapons, cash or drugs, and they find a way to mark and inventory everything “they own” as part of their “supply chain.”

It also helps to group migrants who often are moved in the darkness of night, and the wristbands also indicate to the coyotes which migrants go on what rafts and who crosses the river where.

“The colors will mean where this group is in the process of being smuggled over,” Manjarrez said.

“It also provides passage,” he said. “When they’re moving these folks. It’s the badge that shows that they’re in good standing. … because no one crosses for free.”

‘It’s a tool for these criminal organizations. Big time. … Because no one crosses for free.”


Cuellar has repeatedly told media that the cartel determine where migrants cross the Rio Grande, how long they will wait on the other side, and where they will go after crossing.

“As I’ve said before, it’s all by design. It just doesn’t happen. It’s all by design,” Cuellar told media during a March 28 online news conference.FBI: Mexican cartels recruiting members inside U.S. prisons 

Cuellar, who is vice chairman of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, has said criminal organizations in Mexico are very deliberate in where they cross migrants. For instance, currently many Haitians are crossing near Del Rio, Texas, and in the Rio Grande Valley it’s mostly migrant children and families crossing near the South Texas towns of Mission, McAllen, and La Joya.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent passes out mylar thermal blankets to migrants on April 6, 2021, after they were apprehended in La Joya, Texas. (Border Report Photo/Sandra Sanchez)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday called on the Biden administration to declare the Mexican cartels as “foreign terrorist organizations” to enhance legal pressures on the criminal groups to stop the influx of migrants crossing into South Texas.Texas Gov. Abbott: Designate Mexican drug cartels as ‘foreign terrorist organizations’ 

In a letter that Abbott sent to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, his Border Czar, Abbott urged the president to make this change under legal guidelines specified in the Immigration & Nationality Act.

“These cartels bring terror into our communities. They smuggle narcotics and weapons into the United States to fund their illegal enterprises. They force women and children into human and sex trafficking, enriching themselves on the misery and enslavement of immigrants. They murder innocent people, including women and children. These Mexican drug cartels are foreign terrorist organizations, and it is time for the federal government to designate them as such,” Abbott wrote.

Abbott cited two major branches of the drug cartel: Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel and said they “easily qualify as foreign terorrist organizations, as they are foreign organizations that engage in textbook terrorist activity.”

Migrants wait with their backs on a fence in La Joya, Texas, after being apprehended by Border Patrol on April 8, 2021. Many wore different colored wristbands issues by various Mexican cartel and coyotes who helped them cross the Rio Grande. (Border Report Photo/Sandra Sanchez)

Manjarrez, who teaches a class that currently is studying whether a drug cartel should be deemed a “terrorist organization,” said they must prove that they are seeking to overthrow a government or influence pain on the government itself.”

“Think of 911, the idea was to influence the government,” he said. “So when these cartels are inflicting pain on these groups and individuals and it’s really directed at them and exploiting these people … and there’s a difference between terrorism and impacting pain on a U.S. government.”

But Abbott wrote in his letter that this exploitation of migrants is hurting “innocent lives” and must be stopped.

“The cartels fuel the ongoing crisis at the border. By exploiting America’s border policies, the cartels have increased their power and wealth at the expense of innocent lives that get in their way. Prompt action is needed,” he wrote.

Sandra Sanchez can be reached at

Zapata 20 Peso Coin


On the reverse is the bust of the general, and on the left, a peasant plowing the land

This Monday, April 12, the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) put into circulation the new 20-peso coin that commemorates the Centennial of the death of General Emiliano Zapata Salazar, military and peasant leader of the Mexican Revolution who was assassinated in 1919.

Through a statement, the agency shared the basic characteristics of the coin: it measures 30 millimeters, weighs 12.67 grams and instead of being circular, its shape is dodecagonal, that is, it has twelve sides.

In addition, its design is very special. On its obverse, the National Shield appears engraved in relief, and surrounded by the inscription “ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS”.

On the reverse, the bust of Emiliano Zapata, the “Caudillo del Sur” dominates, and in the background on the left, a farmer plows the land. On the right side, as a latent image, is the map of the Mexican Republic, and the general’s hat reads the microtext “TIERRA Y LIBERTAD”. In addition, there is another legend on this face: the inscription “EMILIANO ZAPATA SALAZAR” appears at the top of the outline.

Also on the reverse, under the figure of the national hero, the denomination of 20 pesos is shown, and the years 1919 – 2019. Finally, on the left, it shows the mint of the Casa de Moneda de México.

According to Banxico, the composition is bimetallic. The central part is made up of silver-plated nickel silver, which includes 65% copper, 10% nickel and 25% zinc. On the other hand, the perimeter ring of the coin is made of a bronze-aluminum alloy, made up of 92% copper; 6% aluminum and 2% nickel.

“This currency is legal tender, so the user public can use it to make any type of payment,” explained Banxico.

Characteristics of the new 20 peso coin

* Nominal value: 20 pesos.

* Shape: dodecagonal.

* Diameter: 30mm.

* Total weight: 12.67 grams.

* Security elements: a micro-text on the back “TIERRA Y LIBERTAD”, and a latent image shaped like the map of the Mexican Republic.

How did Emiliano Zapata die?

Emiliano Zapata, also known as the Caudillo del Sur, was a symbol of the agrarian struggle during the period of the Mexican Revolution. The general was the one who inspired the greatest empathy in the hosts of the entire country, as he most faithfully represented the struggle for land, justice, freedom and dignity of the peasants, as well as the oppressed classes.

After the triumph of the Revolution and the Maderism, Zapata was still discontent. For him, the war did not end with the overthrow of Porfirismo, but with the fulfillment of the objective pursued by the peasant people: that the lands that had been stolen by millionaire landowners be returned to the farmers.

The country’s president, Francisco I. Madero, believed that a profound political reform had to be carried out first, while for Zapata the return of the lands stolen by the haciendas was a priority. According to Zapata, Madero had betrayed the revolution.

With Madero as President of the Republic, the differences did not diminish. Zapata met with Madero at the National Palace, where they had a heated discussion. Madero offered Zapata a farm in the state of Morelos “as payment for his services to the Revolution,” and this angered Zapata, who replied:

“No, Mr. Madero. I did not take up arms to conquer lands and farms. I took up arms so that the people of Morelos could return what was stolen from them. So then, Mr. Madero, either you fulfill what you promised us and the state of Morelos, or you and me take the chichicuilota ”.

Weaving the deadly betrayal, 50 killed by a sham

After the assassination of Francisco I. Madero and the rise to power of Victoriano Huerta, the armed struggle was exacerbated and Zapata was one of the most important revolutionary leaders, while introducing reforms in Morelos, his hometown.

The Zapatista movement thus achieved national fame as the other side of the coin among the southern and northern peasants. During their stay in the capital, the troops had a more than peaceful attitude: they obtained resources through alms and prevented the robberies and assaults of some bandits who smeared their name by calling themselves Zapatistas.

The war by the government took ruthless profiles in the north. The gonzalista Jesús Guajardo made Zapata believe that he was unhappy with Carranza and that he would be willing to join him. Zapata asked him for evidence and Guajardo gave it to him by shooting approximately fifty federal soldiers, with the consent of Carranza and Pablo González, and offering Zapata weapons and ammunition to continue the fight.

Thus, they agreed to meet at the Hacienda de Chinameca, Morelos, on April 10, 1919. Zapata camped with his forces on the outskirts of the estate, and approached it accompanied only by an escort of ten men.

As they crossed the lintel, an orderly stationed at the entrance sounded the call to honors with his bugle. That was the signal for the shooters, hiding on the rooftops, to open fire on Zapata, who managed to draw his pistol, but a bullet threw it at him; then the caudillo fell dead. Not a few have condemned the procedure. Furthermore, this resulted in Zapata becoming the propagator of the revolution and a symbol of the peasants, once he was killed by more than twenty shots in the body.


Some Spanish Words Not Universal


Madrid, April 7.- Spanish, a language that communicates to more than 493 million people and is the official language in 21 countries, is as rich as it is diverse in its twists, its meanings, its flourishes and variants. This wealth causes hilarious situations, because the word “coger/fuck” is not understood in the same sense in Mexico or Argentina as in Spain, or when in northern Mexico they suggest going out to “comerse unas pollas/eat some cocks”, if that expression was used in Madrid or any Spanish city would not be understood the same.

With the intention of commemorating, from humor, funny or funny situations caused by this variety of meanings, the book Lo uno y lo diverso , published by Espasa and in which 21 authors write about it , was presented at the headquarters of the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid. This, among them the Mexican Juan Villoro, the Colombian Laura Restrepo and the director of Cervantes himself, the poet Luis García Montero from Granada.

Despite the uniformity that new technologies and audiovisual media sometimes impose, which also provoke an uncontrolled invasion of unnecessary imports of other languages, especially English, the Spanish language remains very much alive with its regional singularities. In fact, it is probable that a Mexican is incapable of understanding the caló(slang) of Bogotá or Buenos Aires or Madrid, just as a Spaniard feels lost when a defender or a Veracruz native is thoroughly employed in the words and idioms of the region.

For example, the word “polla/cock” in a good part of Latin America, including Mexico, often refers to the accumulated jackpot of a bet. It is casual to hear in basket games or town lotteries celebrate that someone “se sacó la polla/took his dick out” or to hear expressions such as “la polla está grandísima/his dick is very big.”

In cities like Monterrey, “salir a comer pollas/going out to eat cocks” means going to have beers. These same expressions, in Spain, are understood differently, since they refer to the male virile member and that in most cases it is used informally. In Spain, “comer pollas/eating cocks” has more to do with Kamasutra than with poker. Similarly with the word “coger/catch”, which in Spain is used for everything, but in Mexico or Argentina its use is almost limited to sexual expressions.

“The One and the Diverse” deals with amusement, in an informal and even humorous tone, the variety of the Spanish language with 21 articles by prominent writers. It is a work that delves into etymology, laughs at the usual embarrassing situations that words of unequal meaning create, and reviews the unity of language. García Montero, during the presentation, explained that “unity is only maintained by respecting plurality and diversity. Unity does not mean homologation, diversity is wealth and helps us to flee from fundamentalism, away from invitations to sectarianism, hatred or racism ”.

García Montero himself recalled in his text some anecdotes told by the writer Francisco Ayala, a Granada-born exile in Argentina, such as when he said “bicho muerto/dead bug” in Puerto Rico; the first word is avoided because it is synonymous with penis. Neither did a Peruvian pedagogue know that, when asked if she was comfortable on the island, she replied that the only thing that bothered her were “esos bichos tan grandes/those big bugs” that would not let her sleep.

The 224-page book arises from an invitation from Cervantes to 21 authors from different Spanish-speaking countries to freely address some linguistic aspect related to the diversity of the language. After a foreword by the academic Fernando Álvarez de Miranda, write María Antonieta Andión, María Teresa Andruetto, Gioconda Belli, Gonzalo Celorio, Luis García Montero, Mempo Giardinelli, Álex Grijelmo, Carla Guelfenbein, Carlos Herrera, Fernando Iwasaki, Rolando Kattan, Sergio Ramírez, Laura Restrepo, Carme Riera, Nancy Rozo, Daniel Samper, Marta Sanz, Maia Sherwood, Pablo Simonetti, Juan José Téllez and Juan Villoro.

The Peruvian novelist living in Spain Fernando Iwasaki explained during the presentation that Spanish speakers (5 percent of the 7,800 million inhabitants of the world) understand each other better than, for example, the Chinese (13 percent of the world’s population). ) or Germans and Swiss who share a language. Thanks to the fact that Spanish “is a common language that separates us, prone to complicity, that unites us in a special way.”

During the presentation, four other great authors in Spanish also participated, through videos. Nicaraguan Sergio Ramirez explained his contribution to this “collective adventure” through the word “cabanga“; Gioconda Belli recalled “the wonderful selection of Nicaraguan autochthonous words that went around the world” with the song Son tu perjumenes mujer , by Carlos Mejía Godoy; the Colombian Laura Restrepo said that “we put together as many accents as skin tones”, and the Mexican Juan Villoro admitted that, despite the differences between the vocabulary of the different countries, “we end up understanding each other: the great enigma of this language is that we are condemned to understand each other ”.

  1. Translate “cabanga” to English: nostalgiablues
    Spanish Synonyms of “cabanga”: añoranzanostalgiamorriñasaudadeguayabo
    Define meaning of “cabanga”: Añoranza, melancolía, tristeza, recuerdo con pena por la pérdida, ausencia o carencia de algo o alguien.

Ensenada Free Road Checkpoint

Bajadock: Tuesday, 6 April, 2021, Guardia Nacional had 2 cruisers and 3 or 4 guards setup a checkpoint 100 meters north of the Free Road/Valle de Guadalupe intersection at 1:30PM. They were not there at 8AM that morning.

Saw this in December 2020 as well.

I was southbound, returning from San Diego. Opened my window to greet they guard. He asked me how I was and he motioned me on my way. SUV in front of me got a 45 second review with four doors opened and visual inspection.

What is the purpose? Law enforcement theater is my guess.

Tijuana Viaduct Project Begins


On this day, the state government inaugurated the work of the Tijuana Viaduct, a second-story road that will connect Playas de Tijuana with the Abelardo L. Rodríguez Airport, in addition to presenting the Interurban Mobility Improvement Program

The ceremony, which took place in the Matadero Canyon, was headed by the Governor of Baja California, Jaime Bonilla Valdez.

Regarding the work of the viaduct, which will be possible with a private investment of 5.5 billion pesos (mdp), the state leader expressed:

“They are little more than 9 kilometers and, once construction begins, the goal is to build one kilometer per month, that is the commitment of the company and the government,” said Bonilla about the viaduct, which will be possible with private investment of 5 one thousand 500 million pesos.

“It will be ready after I have finished my term, but the most important thing is to leave it to the citizens,” he continued.

The Governor stressed that no debt will be generated with the realization of this potential road project, since this work will be under the construction of a private company, which will leave the infrastructure and is obliged to keep it in good condition.

He also spoke of the significance of the creation of the Institute for Sustainable Mobility of the State (IMOS).

He specified that it is not a “transportation institute”, but rather it is an entity with greater scope and powers to address and solve the overall problem of mobility that slows the economic development of our entity.

The event took place on the eastern bank of the Matadero Canyon, where the Salvador Rosas Magallón South-West Bypass passes, with which the Tijuana Viaduct will connect from the Tijuana International Airport, to close the most important road circuit in the region.

Aspect of the Tijuana Viaduct inauguration ceremony, which took place in the Matadero Canyon. Photography: Courtesy

The head of the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Urban Development and Territorial Reorganization (SIDURT), Karen Postlethwaite Montijo, detailed the scope of this project and specified that it will be a road with a section on the second floor -the first in the state- with 9.2 kilometers of length.

Postlethwaite reported that it will have integrations to the Tijuana-San Ysidro Garita, for the mobility of tourists from California and that among the benefits, it will reduce transfer times and decongest traffic.

He added that with this great work a peripheral ring will be created around the extensive urban area with a total of 37.2 kilometers that will reduce pollution and waiting times for citizens.

At the time, the Secretary of Sustainable Economy and Tourism (SEST), Mario Escobedo Carignan, pointed out that the start of work to build this viaduct marks a historic day, as it is the most important road project in the last 40 years.

He expressed that the viaduct will favor a daily saving of 68 million pesos of gasoline, more than 1.8 million pesos of man-hours, and more than 449 tons of CO2 will stop being emitted daily into the atmosphere.

Julio Amodío Moheno, Vice President of Construction of CAABSA, concessionaire and constructor of the Tijuana Viaduct, appreciated the opportunity to be part of this work.

“It is really an honor that they allow us to participate in this project, we are looking for profitable projects that are an investment security, and Tijuana offers this,” he said. “This great mobility that it has, but that it needs these types of options.”

Two other major works on the subject of mobility were also discussed, the Garita Tijuana-Maclovio Rojas Interurban Train and the Tijuana Comprehensive Transportation System (SITT), which will also be part of the mobility improvements.

Other personalities who were present at the ceremony were the mayor of Tijuana, Karla Patricia Ruiz Macfarland; the mayor of Ensenada, Armando Ayala Robles; the Secretary General of the State Government, Amador Rodríguez Lozano; the State Attorney General, Juan Guillermo Ruiz Hernández; as well as other officials and executives of the company CAABSA.

Encinitas 101 Diner

Encinitas is my favorite north San Diego beach town because of its beaches, surfers and small town attitude. Decided to try a new breakfast experience at 101 Diner.

Wandered into 101 mid morning and slid into one of the black booths. Meet & greet was excellent and the Moto coffee hit me like a good old friend not seen in a decade.

101’s patio offers plenty of space to enjoy springtime in downtown Encinitas. Temp was approx 58F this morning.

101 started filling up with hungry patrons, so I decided to give up my booth for a seat at the bar. Staff chatted that they were getting busy every day at 9-ish during the past week.

When I’m dining solo, the bar is a good spot to chat up the staff or meet some locals for info. In this case, Chef Cesar put on a show that was as much fun as watching a sushi chef.

One thing about the bar is that is made for compact customers. I’m a slightly built guy and the stool crunched me against the bar in snug fashion. Reminded me of being stuffed into a Spirit Airlines 34B seat. But, the elbow room helped with only 2 others at the approx 8 stool bar. I’ll call 200lbs as a hard cap on 101 bar stool seating.

Añoranza came up in my word of the day email this morning. Nostalgia also works in Spanish.

Woolworth’s and Big Boy were my childhood diner bar scenes in Cleveland, Ohio. How ’bout yours?


I had not enjoyed Eggs Benedict in years, so I tried 101’s “Globally Acclaimed” Benny in hash version. Cesar told me the hash was house made. The hash was more meaty and had a bit of crunch to it v. some of the canned mush that is served elsewhere. The eggs were perfectly cooked. A forkful of hash and spuds dripping in egg is a tongue tantalizing treat.

101 Diner gets our 5 out of 5 Blue Plate Special award for great atmosphere, extensive breakfast/lunch menu, delicious food, entertaining staff and overall dining value.

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