Ensenada January Storm


It has been a wild weekend of storm cells in Ensenada and Baja California.  We have received approx 5 inches of rain in the past 3 days.   Photo below is on hwy 3 between Tecate and Ensenada.

In my little rural neighborhood, roofs, windows, satellite dishes, doors and anything not bolted down have become UFOs.  When roof panels become frisbees, those are dangerous items cutting through anything in their path.

Estimates are that 80+mph winds hit us.  Happy and humble with a roof and coffee this Monday morning.

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This is Calle Segunda in Ensenada.

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This is the CFE electrical team attaching downed lines.  The lines went down Friday at 2PM and electricity came back on Sunday at 4:20PM.

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Trump Wall


Bajadock random thoughts today:

The “hoorays” and hatred from political sides are amazing commentaries about the human condition.

No politician is “my leader”.  I’m a bit too independent to be swayed by cheap rhetoric, bumper stickers and social media posts.

Anthropomorphic atmospheric alterations(or whatever the newest political term is), wedding cakes and bathrooms are low on my to do list.

Liberty, a thriving economy and a security catch my attention.

Health, happiness and peace sincerely wished for you and yours.

Recycling Appliances


Bajadock: recycling may not be what it seems.  I have found this suspicious “green” behavior on both sides of the border.  I am not a warrior for the environment.  But, my conservative personal behaviors are usually more friendly to the planet than many who cloak themselves in environmental vestments and titles.  

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A fire on the Emerald extension in Colonia Morelos. It provoked Wednesday a huge cloud of toxic smoke, consumed polyurethane that covered hundreds of discarded refrigerators that were dismantled in allegedly unauthorized premises.

The fire according to the first data collected at the scene, was allegedly caused by a person burning copper or metal within the site located a few meters from the area known as La Pedrera or concrete block in the canyon of El Gallo . Fire Captain and Battalion Chief Edgardo Salinas said the initial report referred a residential fire in Colonia Morelos and the first to arrive were fire personnel Valle Dorado who to see the extent of the fire requested support from more extinguidoras and Personal Protection civil to evacuate nearby homes.

According to Civil Protection, to avoid risks, mainly by toxic smoke, were evacuated eleven houses, six of the top of the property where the fire was generated five around the site, and three houses that were inside the premises were burnt.

The fire showed that those who occupied, piled up on the same site, waste refrigerators for recycling, allegedly to extract the metal, which had caused the eye that hundreds of regfrigeradores dismantled all types and sizes accumulate invading even part of the Street. The arrival of a backhoe, the operator, Regino González, had to move hundreds of refrigerators dismantled so firefighters could continue the combat became necessary to control the fire, separating the area and torched the beginning to not burn . This operation was highly risky because from a height of about one floor fell into the street coolers of all sizes, some of them still burning. off almost five hours after the start.

On­site staff of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, indicated that they would review who was responsible for the property to determine the sanctions to be applied. It is unknown if this place had a land use permit to operate or Town Hall was a clandestine dump. According to police personnel were assisted in place a person who said he was intoxicated with smoke but was under influences of drugs, also a person who is presumed was site manager of refrigerators for their stopped at the site security to ignore and try to return to combat only the fire had already reached a significant height.

Recent Rain Filling Reservoirs


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Bajadock: Lookout Ensenada with over 3 inches of rain forecast for this weekend.  

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Northern California has suffered droughts throughout the past five years, and new photos show the astonishing floods in the state after a few heavy storms.

Rain hasn’t fallen on San Francisco like it has this January since 1982.  Since January 1, the city has seen 5.53 inches of rain.

SFGate.com reports homes in the mountains outside Guerneville, which is an hour and a half north of San Fransisco, have been under water since January 4.  The region has been pelted with 21 inches of rain in the past two weeks. The Russian River flooded six feet over stage this Wednesday making streets impossible to get through.

These photos show the stark difference between the docks at Browns Ravine in 2014 (above) and in 2017 (below)

These photos show the difference between the docks at Browns Ravine in 2014 (above) and in 2017 (below)

Lake Oroville's capacity was at 39 per cent in 2016. The water ramp had become exposed because of the drought 

Lake Oroville’s capacity is at 39 percent in 2016. The water ramp is exposed because of the drought

Now, one year later in 2017, the lake levels have dramatically increased and not nearly as much of the concrete ramp is visible

One year later in 2017, not nearly as much of the concrete ramp is visible

People ignored the signs that marked the roads closed and flooded by the Russian River. For many their cars stalled as they tried to pass as the engines sucked up water.

There have been a few positive effects of the rain. Michael Anderson, a climatologist for the California Department of Water Resources, told SFGate.com he believes the reservoirs in Northern California have gained almost one million acres of storage.

The dam at Folsom Lake in 2015 (left) is calm compared to the rushing water in 2017 (right)

Water spews out of the dam at Folsom Lake in 2017

The dam at Folsom Lake in 2015 (left) is calm compared to the rushing water in 2017 (right)

People swim under the South Yuba River Bridge in Nevada City, California in September 2016, as many rocks are exposed due to the low water levels

People swim under the South Yuba River Bridge in Nevada City, California in September 2016

The friendly swimming hole is not looking so friendly in 2017 as water rushes under the South Yuba River Bridge due to the rainstorms

The friendly swimming hole is not looking so friendly in 2017 as water rushes under the South Yuba River Bridge

Redwood Creek is barely a stream in 2016

Water floods Redwood Creek in 2017

Redwood Creek is barely a stream in 2016 (left). In 2017 (right) it is practically a rushing river

He said: ‘That is almost 18 percent of its capacity. Since Oroville was about 750,000 acre-feet below its storage limits during flood season (a consequence of the drought), they can keep all that water for future use and largely offset storage impacts from the drought.’

Even though much of the state is drenched, the drought is not yet over. CNN reports the state is only 42 percent drought free. However, this is an improvement from last year when only three percent was.

Most of Southern California is still under ‘extreme’ to ‘exceptional’ drought.

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Lake Oroville’s launch ramp is at 60 percent of its historical average in 2016

After a storm in January 2017, Lake Oroville's water levels are significantly much higher (above)

 

Recycle Sustainable Tunnels


Mexican drug cartels have burrowed dozens of tunnels in the last decade, outfitted them with rail and cart systems to whisk drugs under the U.S. border and, after being discovered by authorities, abandoned them.

But some of the illicit passageways live on.

At least six previously discovered border tunnels have been reactivated by Mexican trafficking groups in recent years, exposing a recurring large-scale smuggling threat, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials.

The breaches of border defenses, most recently in December, occur because Mexican authorities, unlike those on the American side, do not fill the tunnels with concrete once they have been discovered. Mexican authorities say they lack the funds.

Instead, only the tunnel openings are sealed. That allows traffickers to simply dig a new entry point to access the largely intact subterranean passageways leading to the U.S. border.

The security lapse is a boon for traffickers, experts say, saving them time and money and reducing their risk of being caught as they haul away dirt.

“The biggest threat is that it’s a huge open invitation for drug traffickers, and it’s definitely going to be taken advantage of,” said Michael Unzueta, a former special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego.

On the U.S. side, drug tunnels have been filled since 2007, after The Times reported that they were being left unfilled because of budget constraints at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Prompted by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who called the tunnels a “national security risk,” the agency has filled every large tunnel up to the border ever since, according to Department of Homeland Security officials.

U.S. authorities at the time anticipated that traffickers would reactivate the tunnels, and some recommended that the U.S. consider paying Mexico’s costs of filling the tunnels on its side. But funding sources were never found.

Since 2007, it has cost Customs and Border Protection $8.7 million to fill drug tunnels, according to a 2016 report by the Department of Homeland Security.

Now an estimated 20 large tunnels, constructed before and after 2007, remain largely intact on the Mexican side, according to U.S. and Mexican officials.

The tunnel issue could take on more urgency under the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, who has made border security a central feature of his campaign. Border patrol agents who are part of Trump’s transition team said they plan to bring it up with the new administration.

“We don’t want to leave infrastructure in place in the form of half-completed tunnels for [cartels] to use,” said Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union of agents whose leaders have advised Trump on border security issues. “The cartels are by no means stupid. They’re taking the idea to work smarter, not harder, when it comes to these tunnels.”

When border fencing went up, traffickers moved underground. Since 2006 there have been 148 tunnels built, according to the DHS, most of them in Arizona and California.

The biggest underground threats now come from what border officials refer to as “super tunnels,” which cost millions of dollars to dig and feature sophisticated touches like lighting and ventilation systems that extend for hundreds of yards down wood-beamed passageways.

Most have been constructed in San Diego’s Otay Mesa region, 20 miles south of downtown.

The truck-clogged landscape of nondescript warehouses has long served as ideal cover for underground incursions emanating from a light industrial area directly across the border in Tijuana.

It was here in November 2010 that U.S. and Mexican authorities made one of the biggest drug busts ever, seizing 30 tons of marijuana from warehouses linked by a 600-yard passageway.

At a news conference in front the warehouse in San Diego, authorities dubbed it the “election day tunnel,” allowed reporters into the depths and declared a victory against traffickers.

“Frustrated by our defenses, they’re literally going underground, but we’re thwarting them there as well,” said John Morton, then director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Afterward, mixing trucks on the San Diego side poured enough concrete to fill the tunnel all the way to the border two blocks away. On the Mexican side, workers poured concrete into the tunnel opening and declared it closed.

Four years later, in April 2014, U.S. and Mexican authorities were back in the same area. Traffickers had dug 700 yards from a window repair shop in Tijuana to another warehouse in San Diego.

When U.S. agents toured the tunnel they noticed that one segment was lined with older-looking electrical wiring and wooden support beams. It also had two sets of ventilation and cart tracks.

The election day tunnel, they determined, had been reactivated — about 1,025 feet of it.

According to coordinates provided by Homeland Security Investigations, a branch of ICE, traffickers appeared to have started digging the tunnel at the window repair shop, then burrowed across Jose Maria Velasco and Jose Lopez Portillo streets, where they tapped into the existing passageway.

From there, they had a free run to the border, and were able to reuse the electrical wiring and support beams.

“It saves them time and money because they don’t have to dig as far. It’s already there,” said Joe Dimeglio, a supervisory special agent with ICE Homeland Security Investigations. In recent years, traffickers have reactivated or tried to reactivate at least four other tunnels in the Otay Mesa area, most recently last month near Tijuana’s international airport.

Two more tunnels have seen resumed activity under the Mexicali-Calexico border, 100 miles east of San Diego, according to Homeland Security Investigations.

The election day tunnel remains largely intact in Mexico, concealed inside a high-walled compound where a security guard spends his time watching television on a torn-up sofa. The guard, Victor Mendiola, 55, is there because the property remains under the control of Mexican federal authorities.

Mendiola said his responsibility includes preventing people from accessing the concrete-sealed opening, which now has added layers of garbage and dirt.

But his presence, he admits, isn’t much of a deterrent. Clustered around the building on all sides are car repair shops, warehouses and homes, any one of which can serve as a staging ground for diggers wanting to tap into the tunnel beneath his feet.

“I’m here every day, but they could do it again,” Mendiola said. “It’s possible.”

El Chaparral Tijuana Closed Sunday


El Chaparral border closed late Sunday afternoon

 

Above video is mid day Sunday at El Chaparral border crossing southbound.

Saturday reports were that I-5, 805, Chaparral and Otay crossings into Tijuana were full of traffic and delays.

Several videos of barricades being moved around at El Chaparral have been posted.  Note to fellow bloggers and reporters: Talking head videos are very weak.

Mexico in Crisis


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Over the last almost two weeks there have been mostly peaceful demonstrations against the rise in gasoline by about 20 percent increase. This is what Mexicans have dubbed the “gazolinazo.” This is not just going to affect drivers, but every member of civil society. Gas is essential to transport goods and services, including tortillas, beans, and rice, which are already going up across the country. Partly, the subsidies that used to exist were partially or wholly removed over the course of the Enrique Pena Nieto administration. It is not just gas that is going up. On January 1 electric rates, as well as prices of natural gas also have gone up. The minimum wage went up from 76 pesos a day to 80, that is about $5.00 dollars a day. Across the country, many of these demonstrations are now ending with those attending singing the Mexican national anthem.

We at Reporting San Diego want to give you a context to these protests. They are not just happening because people are angry due to the increase in the price of gas. This is the end result of a few years of government policies where the people have seen a deepening cynicism from government officials, Nor are these protests against the structural reforms just happening now. They have been going on in places like Oaxaca for the last almost four years. In Oaxaca members of the Consejo Nacional de Trajajadores the la Educación (CNTE) have closed roads, taken over government buildings and resisted  the imposition of an education reform that they feel will hurt them and their students.

Then there is the other focus of anger. The disappearance of the 43 students at Ayotzinapa has never been solved. This created quite a bit of anger among Mexican citizens, as well as Mexican expats.

Poverty and Food Insecurity

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Caption Red, increase in poverty over 40 percent of national average, yellow, decrease, and green to the national average

 

Because of the number of people who do not make enough to buy food, food insecurity and poverty in Mexico is deep. The increase in gas, which a pyrrhic increase in the minimum wage, will deepen food insecurity. According to Veronica Morales Gonzales of the Red por los Derechos the la Infancia en Mexico, this will negatively affect 22 million youth and children. The reason is that it will deepen food insecurity since food will be too expensive. This will lead to an increase of chronic malnutrition.

While many in the American press have stated that this anger is sudden, in fact, it is not. The “gazolinazo” is just the proximal cause of the protests Mexico’s depending deepening crisis, started with the 2008 Great Recession. Back then the president was Enrique Calderon from the very conservative National Action Party. Some of his measures, including the planning for the structural neoliberal reforms that were passed under Pena Nieto started.  Under the Pena Nieto administration those reforms, have partially privatized some sectors, such as the energy sector, as well as telecommunications, have led to the slowdown of the economy. The growth of the Gross Internal Product has hovered around 1 percent. This has also led to Mexican elites becoming much wealthier.

Energy reform

Specific to gas prices, that has to do with the energy reform that has semi-privatized Petroleos Mexicanos and will fully open the energy sector in 2018 to foreign companies. It is critical to understand that This will allow foreign companies to participate in the extraction and processing of fossil fuels for the first time since 1938 when then-President Lázaro Cardenas declared all fuel reserves to be the property of the Mexican people. His administration expelled, among others, Standard Oil and took over all Mexican exploration and production. Over the last 15 years, the road has slowly been plowed, by both the PAN and PRI to privatize a company that is the pride of many Mexicans. Secretary of Hacienda Luis Videgaray, is considered the architect of these reforms. He is expected to be the candidate from the PRI for the presidency in 2018.

Right now many politicians and members of Congress are trying to blame Pena Nieto, but in reality, it was members of their parties that approved these reforms. Granted, due to no reelection laws, those who voted for those reforms in the House, are not power right now. They are elected for a single term. They were approved in 2013.

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Pemex

Pemex is the fossil fuel monopoly, that has been in charge of exploration, processing and in general maintain since of the oil reserves in Mexico. In the last 20 years, PEMEX has undergone a series of crisis, and one of them is technical. They really do not have the knowhow for deep water exploration, and as proven reserves are harder to exploit, Mexico is not technically able to reach them. The reform allows Shell Oil, for example, to join PEMEX, do the exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and share in the profits. It is a partial privation of fuel reserves. It is also the end of a promise to the nation to never do that, given by the expropriation order signed by Cardenas in 1938

This is one of the reasons for the people’s anger. After all, Mexican oil fields will theoretically be opened to foreign companies, including Shell. Since the company is no longer public, it also has to compete with foreign entities. What is at stake are the Campeche oil reserves.

“Pemex has now been privatized and foreign exploration companies are invited to explore for oil and gas both offshore and onshore Mexico. A new Petroleum Agency, the CNH (Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos), has been formed to regulate these new activities. In 2015 the CNH developed a five-year plan for bid rounds, which is considered an excellent opportunity in the exploration community, despite the current low oil price. Several international oil companies see these Mexican bid rounds as some of the best investment opportunities in the world.” 

So what does this have to do with the increase in gasoline prices? Part of the reform includes competition at the pump, starting next year. Meaning, not just PEMEX will have gas stations, but theoretically any foreign company as well. In 2017 the only regulation in the price of gas will be market forces. Why this is a neoliberal reform.

However, in 2016 the Congress authorized a band of prices that the state can use to raise and lower prices in response to changes in world prices. The excuse for the increase in Mexico given by the president was that fuel prices have gone up worldwide. Either we in San Diego have not been living through the global market, or he was lying. Also, much of the gasoline is no longer processed in Mexico but in Texas, under contract for PEMEX.

Comision Federal de Electricidad

The other half of the energy sector in Mexico is the Commission Federal de Electriciad. It is getting partially privatized and it will compete with other electric generators, such as SEMPRA energy. The latter is not just generating electricity using wind farms at the Sierra Juarez for the San Diego market, they are also generating energy for the Mexican market. (Insert story)

There will still be some protection for the consumer, as long as they are small, such as homes and certain rural areas. The large consumers, such as factories and other industrial users will have to deal with a fully liberalized market. This is also causing, however, an increase in electric rates in Mexico.

What is also very true is that the electric grid in Baja California is the same grid as our state. So that connection is very obvious and why SEMPRA can send electricity north, though the three connections. This is one of the first obvious connections between the two economies. There are other far less obvious connections, These include the manufacturing of goods in Maquiladoras, as well as the exchange of multiple goods and services. Suffice it to say, economically we are tied as the CaliBaja region. 

Deficit Spending and Neoliberal Reforms.

Neoliberalism is an ideology that took form in the 1970s, and it places the market at the heart of the economy. The market is wise and will do all, while regulations impede this. In the United States, we have seen its fruits with the Telecom reforms, as well as the airline deregulation. In Mexico, it started to spread its wings during the Miguel de la Madrid administration. Mexico suffered two great economic shocks, including an economic crisis unlike any seen before including a deep devaluation of the peso. The International Monetary Fund came to the rescue, with the United States, in what became the Washington Consensus. This started Mexico on the road to privatizing vast areas of the public sector, as well as tax reform.

There were two plum jewels in Mexico that foreign investors wanted. One was PEMEX and the other was the Telecom industry, which was tightly regulated,

The Great Recession had critical effects in Mexico. It slowed the national economy to the point that when Pena Nieto came in, he embarked on a policy of what was called a fiscal stimulus, that led to deficit spending. However, as much as this sounds like classic liberal policies of the mid 20th century it was not. Nor did it have the stimulative effect needed. To be kind, the policies were far from sufficient to stimulate the economy. Hence, the Mexican economy has been growing at about 1 percent for the last few years. This is hardly enough to produce even replacement jobs or to grow the economy, or a tax base to start closing the deficit.

It is also critical to understand that the Mexican economy depends on for about one-third of its income from the sale of oil. Over2016 oil remained at about $30-5 dollars the barrel. Mexico needed oil at least at double that price just to keep afloat. It was not just Mexico. There were other economies that suffered due to the low price of oil. Among them Russia, Venezuela and OPEC members, Mexico has never been a member of OPEC.

This year the Pena Nieto administration did not just announce the Gazolinazo, but also an austerity regime that will only further slow down the Mexican economy. This is a continuation of two-year-old policies, with a deepening of the cuts. The gas tax will help to get some money back into the budget since gasoline also has special taxes. So the rise, many Mexicans suspect, is also a fiscal policy. So what was the stimulus package?

Some Mexican politicians, including the president and the architect of those policies, Luis Videgaray, insist that what they were doing was a stimulus package, A classic stimulus package includes spending in infrastructure projects, What was announced in 2015 was hardly that. One of the promises made back then was the end of the rise of the price of gasoline on a monthly basis by 11 cents. another was the end of the fees for long distance calls. Essentially all calls are charged as if they are local calls. They also tried to force spending by the population by switching to digital TV, which either forced people to buy converters or new television sets. Some people never did, and are stuck with subpar images.

They also announced the reduction of electric rates by 2 percent. Also the support of small businesses and the support of southwestern states.

This created a major hole in the budget, and this deficit spending led to a real crisis since the deficit grew to about 45.7 percent of GDP .  So now that protests are continuing day in and out, the Pena Nieto administration is claiming that if they do not continue they will have to close down about half of all public schools. They simply do not have enough to pay for half of kindergarten, primary and secondary school teacher salaries. They either did raise both the electric rates, and gas rates, or they faced the need to close down public schools. 

There is more. In Mexico City austerity measures include not expanding the metro system. This is expected to grow in demand, and expanding it is the classic stimulative infrastructure project.

How will this help? They will increase the income from taxes tied to the higher gas prices, ergo they will be able to start filling the hole in the budget. They are also making an assumption that they made in 2016. Low oil prices will not continue. and that is a bet that Mexico lost in 2016.

There is another little measure that has been taken to reduce protests. In this case on the part of truckers, teamsters and taxi drivers. The Secretaria de Transportes is taking away all licenses and permits from drivers. This is in an effort to stop them from participating.

There are also rumors that the streets have been filled by what in Mexico are called “grupos de choque.” Essentially vandals and rioters paid by the government to create panic and force people to stay home out of fear. It is not like this has never happened before. In 1968 the government used those to discredit and attack the student movement. During the dirty war of the 1970s, they were used extensively.

There is more. For the first time, and none knows who produced them, but Mexicans are convinced it was the state, false twitter messages . They spoke of vandalism, and assaults in places like Xuixquilucan, in the State of Mexico on Wednesday. Nothing was actually happening, but this spread a panic. There were also messages sent to individual users through SMS using photos of unrest in other places, like Turkey. They spoke of assaults and looting. This led to the mass closures of stores.

That said, there were stores looted, which was a very small group, in poorer areas. There are rumors, which cannot be confirmed either, that the police took it’s sweet time to respond to those events. What we can confirm is that Saturday officers did open fire on protesters in the northern state of Sonora. Also, we can confirm that Federal Police was run over in Rosarito, Baja California at the PEMEX distraction center.

Shock Doctrine

This was first explained by Naomi Klein. The measures that the government is taking, including allegedly using infiltrators during marches, and bots online is a classic of shock doctrine. This is the re-engineering of societies using chaos. What is happening in Mexico looks like it Why? There has been massive social resistance at the lowest levels to the structural reforms from the beginning in 2013. This resistance has not slowed down if anything it has become deeper. Whether it is teachers in Oaxaca, or now. So they need the chaos to force the changes. It is no different from Chile under Pinochet, or for that matter Iraq after the US invasion. In fact, the privatization of the school system in Louisiana after Katrina is also a textbook example. In this case, though, the government might have miscalculated. The many complaints of the last 35 years, but especially after the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students and the war on drugs, are deep.

How this could affect our region.

So how will this affect our region? After all, our economy is deeply tied to that of the Tijuana- Mexicali region. It is not just closing down the border crossing for a few hours, or the lack of fuel in Tijuana. It is also the environment that provides maquiladora owners with the confidence to continue operations in Tijuana, which export goods to the United States.

While most demonstrations across all Mexican states have been peaceful, what happened in Rosarito will add to the environment of fear. So will police action in the State of Sonora, where riot officers opened fire. Or for that matter in the state of Hidalgo. For that matter the temporary closing of the San Ysidro border crossing.

This could lead to a very local slowdown in business. This is especially the case directly at San Ysidro, with the concomitant slowdown of city taxes that would go to the general fund, though the sales tax. If this remains, unrest in Mexico could become far more generalized, and if there is a military coup, or any other significant disruption, this could affect our region. What is a fact is that 2018 will be an interesting presidential election; the architect of these economic measures is considered the chosen one for the PRI. The PAN is already blaming the PRI and so is the Mexican left.

Yellow Truck Crashes Police Story


Bajadock: The mangled translation captures the essence of revenge by the son of a woman gravely injured by police during the Rosarito Pemex demonstration.  Violence reports throughout Baja have been minimal.  Don’t know how much longer authorities are going to allow the Chaparral Border inspection/taxation shutdown planned throughout this week.

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The death of his Mother by federal assault, the reason of the driver of the Del Valle Refacciones car to throw the uniformed. Federals drag protesters blocking PEMEX’s facilities in #Rosarito, including the Mother of the subject who ran over the uniformed.

Minutes before this subject took his vehicle from Del Valle Parts to run over the uniformed, he was in the demonstration with his mother, a lady of the elderly. As part of the demonstration, many citizens sat on the pavement to block the passage, when the riot fighters decide to break this blockade by dragging the protesters off the street.

That was the moment in which the mother of the driver of the Del Valle Vehicle was sitting on the pavement, this one being of her age. The riot corps pushed her the same as the others, suffering this one serious fall and cerebral death due to the blow. It was this critical moment that violated all the demonstrators who, when they saw the serious lady of health, began to throw stones against the police corps.

At the same time, his son, ran to the vehicle and it was when he decided to throw himself against the police forces that, without knowing at the time, had caused his mother’s brain death due to the onslaught against demonstrators civilians.

Likewise, our tax president published a tweet saying, “Those responsible for this unreasonable aggression will respond to the law.” The question is, does the president refer to the aggression that caused the death of an elderly lady or speaks of the aggression of the driver of Del Valle Refacciones? # Clarification This subject’s mother passed away today, not at the moment. Due to the blows obtained during this eviction, she was transferred to the hospital where she died due to brain death. More information is being collected which we will upload tomorrow.

Tijuana Border Protest Continues


People cheer as a motorist drives a truck full of furniture through the Mexican border crossing during a protest against the recent spike in gasoline prices. Protesters took over the vehicle border crossing, El Chaparral, forcing Mexican customs agents and the military to recede, allowing vehicles to enter Mexico without inspection.

Bajadock: Saturday through Tuesday, entry southbound into Tijuana has been without Mexican customs inspections during many hours.  No violence has been reported and these photos depict the spirit of the protests.  Guessing these demonstrations will continue throughout this week.

Several hundred people protesting recent gasoline price increases in Mexico took over Tijuana’s El Chaparral port of entry Sunday afternoon as Mexican customs agents and the military who guard the border crossing withdrew from the area.

For more than five hours, protesters cheered and chanted slogans calling for demands such as an end to government corruption and the removal of Mexican president Peña Nieto as vehicles entered the country without inspection.

An identical protest happened on Saturday.

At the request of Mexican authorities, the California Highway Patrol began diverting traffic away from the border crossing, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Since the Jan. 1 gasoline price increases began, protests have flared across Mexico. Blockades by protesters of gasoline distribution trucks in Baja California have caused widespread gasoline shortages in Tijuana, Rosarito Beach and Mexicali.

Here are some scenes from Sunday’s demonstrations.

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A young woman shouts along with other demonstrators.

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People wave Mexican flags as cars enter the Mexican border crossing.

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A young woman shouts during the demonstrations.

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A man directs cars into the Mexican border crossing.

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People cheer as cars enter the Mexican border crossing.

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Another car is waved into the border crossing.

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People carry boxes of pizza to protesters.

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Men dressed as the biblical Three Kings pose for photographs during the protest.

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A motorist gives a high five to two protesters.

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Two woman chat as motorists enter the Mexican border crossing.

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Three woman cheer on motorists entering the Mexican border crossing.

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Three men eat doughnuts that were donated to protesters.

Tijuana Chaparral Border Closes


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After having repeated the operation to divert to the Otay garita, who were traveling to Tijuana through the El Chaparral checkpoint, the US authorities allowed this afternoon , The return to Mexico by the zone of San Ysidro.

At around 1:00 p.m., a group of protesters over the increase in the price of gasoline had been stationed at El Chaparral facilities without interrupting the vehicular traffic of those returning to Mexican territory.

In this action, they deactivated the access filters by customs authorities, while demanding the resignation of President Enrique Peña Nieto, and asked motorists to express their sympathy for the planton by sounding the horn of their vehicles.

Many of the participants had been present previously in the demonstration that the National Citizen Congress had summoned to take place in the river zone, in the monument to the Independence, known like “The Scissors”.

It was about 5:00 p.m., when US authorities diverted traffic through Interstate 905, which leads to Otay Mesa and the border checkpoint, and when protesters withdrew from El Chaparral at about 7:30 p.m., traffic Vehicle was again redirected towards this entrance, approximately 30 minutes later.

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