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1972 Cleveland St. Joseph H.S.
1977 Indiana University,Bloomington
1983-2005 Lewan & Associates,Denver; document management
2006 Ensenada, Mexico: wave watching & other sports

Carne y Vino Restaurante


In the heart of Mexico’s Wine Valley, Carne y Vino showcases Argentinian grilled meats, local fish & organic produce highlighting the abundance of Valle de Guadalupe.

Carne Y Vino is a restaurant in Valle De Guadalupe that opened in 2018 at boutique winery, Cava Maciel. The restaurant is inspired by the the childhood of Argentinian owner, Andres Furman, and his two decades living in Baja California. The menu utilizes ingredients sourced weekly by the chefs from local farms incorporating classic Argentinian cuisine with Baja soul.

Chef Cosmo Goss and Mike Raskin join us from culinary centric Chicago, IL. They prepare the food in a rustic outdoor kitchen, cooking most of the food over a handcrafted wood-fired grill. The hyper-local and seasonal produce and fish are accompanied by hand-selected meats from a ranch in Sonora, Mexico.

It is an inviting outdoor restaurant space to gather with family friends and reflects the simplicity of the surrounding area. Enjoy a glass of wine from award winning winery Cava Maciel and create memories with us.

PHONE +52 1 (646) 161-8471

LOCATION

Cava Maciel Calle Sonora L02 M07 LAS LOMAS DE SAN ANTONIO CP 22766 EJIDO FRANCISCO ZARCO, BC

HOURS Friday-Sunday 1pm–7pm

https://carneyvinomx.com/

At K92(approx 1.6 miles north of the San Antonio de las Minas traffic light) on Hwy 3 you will see Hotel Plaza Fatima. Approx 300 meters beyond Fatima(north) on the right will see Cava Maciel’s sign and a big “Las Lomas” brick wall sign.  Take that right turn from the Hwy 3 to the end.

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Border Wall Prototypes Fail


by staff Special Weapons And Tactics Editor Bambi Bamboo 

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It seems that the prototypes of the border walls are not directly fulfilling what the president of the United States, Donald Trump, was looking for in the beginning, to end the illegal crossing of immigrants.

A recent report from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) details that under scrutiny and evidence that some of the prototypes may be mocked, they would have failed to stop illegal immigration.

The eight prototypes were at Otay Mesa were tested and evaluated for aspects such as gaps, scale, aesthetics, constructability and design, which were in charge of Tactical Teams, CBP experts, the US Special Operations Command, the Marine Corps and the Special Operations Command.

The report shows 13 figures labeled as “trespassed”, however it is not known what they are, since the photos were removed from the statement.

In the scenarios that have been able to “violate” these prototypes include equipment that physically penetrates the walls or scenarios of timed climbing. This is why the union representative of CBP, Joshua Wilson, points out that it takes a long time to penetrate the wall as well as highly specialized equipment.

Wilson comments:

 The wall is never going to be everything, but what it is capable of doing is slowing down the illegal traffic that crosses the border and gives the border patrol not only a safer working environment, but it also allows us time to identify and intercept that traffic and deploy appropriate resources to deal with it

Finally, the report confirms that indestructible designs can not be created and that these could only help agents to gain more time before a possible violation of the wall. CBP will identify new features to add to the final design.

Via NBC San Diego

Highway 1 Trailer Blockade


by traffic editor Quincy Quiebra  

El Tramo de Muerte(Death Stretch) strikes again!  The scene, a few hundred meters south of the Baja Country Club entry on Highway 1, had a truck trailer stretched across the road, blocking traffic both ways.  Lucky for drivers, their are two dirt side roads paralleling Hwy 1 here.  Bad news is that those roads are 6-10 feet lower than Hwy 1 and provide frequent rollover accidents.

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The recent overturn of a tractor truck registered on the Transpeninsular highway, in the lower part of the Maneadero delegation, was allegedly caused by a maneuver made by its driver, so as not to collide with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.

The news section of the Municipal Public Security Directorate (DSPM) indicates that, at 9:30 p.m., on September 17, they reported the accident through the Control, Command, Communication and Computing Center (C-4). of the trailer.

Traffic area officials arrived at the highway section, which is located between Miguel Hidalgo and Francisco de Anza streets, where they observed the heavy mobile unit involved and corroborated that there were no injured persons.

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The agents were informed that moments before, when the international cargo transport brand, model 2018, was circulating in white and with a closed box trailer, on the right hand side of the Southern Transpeninsular, the driver observed a sedan car.

The crew member of the car began to travel in the opposite direction to pass other vehicles, so the driver of the tractor made evasive maneuvers to avoid the head-on collision, which caused the trailer to leave the bearing surface.

The box traveled on dirt road downhill, without reaching to join the road again, until the heavy unit was overturned on its right side, staying on the right lane of the Transpeninsular highway.

It should be remembered that the spectacular accident generated traffic congestion during the morning of the following day, due to the complicated maneuvers made by two cranes and a backhoe loader to remove the trailer from the site.

Unbridled Assaults in Ensenada


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lramirez@elvigia.net | Ensenada, BC

In broad daylight and in a busy area, a subject violently stole nearly 200 thousand pesos from a house of exchange located between the Cortes and Mexico streets, after threatening, apparently, a firearm an employee of the establishment.

Staff of the Deputy Attorney General of the Ensenada area, announced that at 07:32 hours on Monday, September 17, the robbery occurred moments before at the Tacoma exchange center.

The data collected by the state prosecutors indicate that a male person approached the employee when she was about to open the premises. After showing him a pistol that he was wearing, the assailant told him to “give me all the money”.

The individual went to the area where the safe is stored, to remove the booty and take the escape. Until yesterday afternoon, there was no information about the arrest of any possible implicated.

According to the description given by the victim to the authority, the offender is about 1.70 meters tall, is of robust build, dark complexion, with beard and mustache. He wore dark glasses, a cap, a black sweatshirt, jeans, and black shoes.

Two consecutive rounds
It should be remembered that this is the second assault recorded in two days consecutively in the municipality. The previous one took place on the night of Sunday, September 16, in an establishment of the Real del Castillo delegation, which was under police protection.

It was around 22:00 on the aforementioned date, when a person armed with, apparently, a high-caliber rifle, disarmed a municipal agent to steal with violence in a grocery store and injure a person in his escape.

Quantum booty
Earlier, on September 7, a group of assailants at gunpoint robbed more than 500 thousand pesos, to employees of a clothing store located on Gastélum Avenue, between Third and Fourth Streets, in the downtown area of ​​the city. Port of Ensenada.

This is the robbery aroused in the business Impalas News, by which ministerial and municipal police detained Daniel de Jesus “N”, 27 years old; Liz Arely “N”, of 27 and Freddy Abel “N”, of 31.

One of the individuals was detained by people outside the establishment, while two others were captured by the authorities in a hotel in the same downtown area, where they recovered the loot. So far, a fourth accomplice remains fugitive.

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This robbery occurred east of Ensenada in Ojos Negros this past Sunday at 10PM.  The video shows the robber disarming the security guy at front door.

Ensenada ATM Cash Blocker


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In Ensenada criminals are placing cash traps in ATMs, in this regard the Municipal Police made a call to be the users and dial the emergency number 911.

In this 2018 two cases have been detected, in which users have reported rectangular sheets blocking the passage of bank tellers on the Avenida Reforma, fortunately the police answered the call and removed the metal traps.

“We invite the public to extreme precautions when going to a cashier to withdraw cash, we have not noticed that there are people who have repeatedly been placing metal plates in the ATMs with roller operation,” said Rafael Luna, Deputy Director of Prevention of Crimes of the DSPM of Ensenada.

Users should take precautions and be alert of suspicious vehicles or people in the vicinity of ATMs, in order to avoid being a victim of crime, Ensenada Public Security recommends account holders go to central ATMs where there are many people and avoid those who are alone

“Once the money has been deposited, open a metal gate and the money comes out, if we listen to the whole process and the money does not come out, it is important to call 911 and the banking institution because the money may be blocked,” he warned. .

The unsuspecting leave annoyed thinking that the machine has not cleared the money however very closely are the criminals waiting for the customers to leave to keep the cash.

TJ Via Rapida Oriente Closure


by Traffic Editor Quincy Quiebra 

Gadzooks this could be ugly.  This lane closure will choke the usual heavy rush hour traffic here, as it is the approach to the San Ysidro Ready Lane border crossing.  This spot is approx 2 miles south of the border and approx 1/2 mile south of the Cuauhtemoc Bridge.  The Ready Lane approach is often backed up in the mornings to this area on Via Rapida Oriente.  

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Tijuana, Baja California, September 16.- The Department of Urban Development and Ecology (SDUE), through the Directorate of Municipal Urban Infrastructure and Works (DOIUM), informs that next Tuesday, September 18, there will be partial closure of the Vía Rapid Oriente and Vía Lenta, from 11:00 a.m.

The owner of SDUE, Everardo Lona Lopez, said that the area of ​​partial closure in this road, will be at the height of Tamayo Street, between the gas station and a car sales agency, where 9 stormholes will be installed and repaired rain discharges that cross the road. “These works are intended to prevent large flooding in that area of ​​the Rapid Route with the arrival of the rains, so we ask for the understanding of citizenship” said the secretary.

He explained that, in order not to affect vehicular traffic, the flow of Via Lenta Oriente will be diverted to Tamayo street, from there they will take Juan Ojeda Robles avenue, which will be turned in a single direction in the direction of Padre Kino Avenue. Likewise, the traffic flow of Vía Rápida Oriente will be diverted to the Via Lenta, about 50 meters ahead of the first closure, taking advantage of the incorporation gauze. The municipal official added that motorists will be able to rejoin both the Slow Way and the Fast Track East at the height of the General Hospital, where the flow of vehicles will be regular.

Finally, Lona Lopez asked motorists who circulate in the area of ​​the works, to drive with caution, and reiterated that by indications Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum, the rain infrastructure works will continue in different parts of the city to avoid damage severe in the roads.

Ensenada Free Toll Highway


Bajadock: These protests that open up the toll booths for free in Ensenada and Tijuana seem to happen a few times annually.  What puzzles me is that whenever I’m driving through these toll plazas, there is an armed military and/or police presence.  The toll just increased last week.

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ENSENADA BC SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 (AFN) .- A group of people allowed the free passage of vehicles without paying tolls to the motorists who pass through the San Miguel booth, located at the North entrance to the city of Ensenada.

In social networks, the group identified as Ensenada in Pie de Lucha, published photos and videos with commentaries in which they indicate that it does not seem fair to increase toll booths and is the reason why they peacefully manifested, in addition to requesting the support and solidarity of the community ensenadense affected by this rise.

Until this noon, the booth was open both entry and exit, and on the site were young people with their faces covered and women with messages such as: “For a unit Ensenada” and “The booths without illegals”, in addition to a Mexican flag that waved in front of the drivers.

The demonstrators commented that they have already taken two shifts, the one in the morning went to eat and others were relieved, who hope to stay until the night in the shed.

In the place there are no municipal authorities or elements of the municipal police, everything develops calmly, since the authorities and ATMs of Federal Roads and Bridges did not intervene, allowing the free vehicle passage without charge.

New Tax Catastrophe


Bajadock: Interesting that this photo is of Manzanillo for an article about Ensenada.

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Excluding Ensenada from the northern border free zone proposed by the incoming federal government will be an economic catastrophe for the city, says the head of a local business group.

President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said that his government will establish a zone extending 30 kilometers south of the Mexico-United States border in which the value-added tax (IVA) rate will be cut by half from 16% to 8%, the maximum income tax (ISR) rate will be reduced from 30% to 20% and the minimum wage will be doubled.

Under the plan, border cities such as Tijuana, Mexicali, Ciudad Juárez and Reynosa will get the benefits but cities in border states located further to the south, including Ensenada and San Felipe in Baja California, will not.

Ensenada is about 100 kilometers south of the border.

Alejandro Jara Soria, president of the Ensenada branch of the National Chamber for Industrial Transformation (Canacintra), charges that the plan proposed by López Obrador will effectively cut Ensenada off from the broader economic region and make attracting new investment nearly impossible.

“It would be catastrophic for Ensenada; since 1933 until today Ensenada has always been part of the border region. Ensenada doesn’t see itself not being part of it, it’s surrounded by sea and desert. There is no other city with which it can trade apart from the state of California and with Tijuana and Tecate,” he said.

“From the beginning, the tax benefits that Tijuana or Tecate will have, Ensenada won’t have. Therefore, we won’t be able to attract more investment, all the shoppers who come to Ensenada will buy in Tijuana, the businesses [here] can practically close [now],” Jara added.

The chamber leader charged that a 10% income tax saving and 8% saving on inputs would be too attractive for industry in Ensenada not to take up and they would consequently move their operations closer to the border, adding that there are 450 Canacintra-affiliated factories in Ensenada, generating 25,000 jobs.

“There’s no plan B in this, Ensenada is in a unique situation in the country. That’s why since 1933 the whole [Baja California] peninsula has been considered [part of the border region]. We are isolated . . .” Jara said.

He also pointed out that there are high levels of poverty in the municipality of Ensenada and that low-income workers such as jornaleros, or day laborers, will become even more marginalized.

Baja California Governor Francisco Vega told a press conference Wednesday that he had asked López Obrador to include Ensenada in the free zone plans.

But later the same day, López Obrador confirmed via Twitter that the zone would be limited to 30 kilometers south of the border.

The aim of the plan is to boost investment in 44 border municipalities in six states, he said.

Governor Vega said today it might be possible to include both Ensenada and San Felipe at a later date.

Tijuana to Wine Valley Aqueduct


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With a private sector investment of 1,300 million pesos over a period of twenty months, a 110-kilometer aqueduct will be built that will bring treated water from the southeast of Tijuana to the Guadalupe Valley.

The governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid subscribed yesterday the agreement that officializes the beginning of the work that will be in charge of the company Odis Adversa, of Israeli origin.

As explained by the representative of that company Fabián Yáñez Carbajo, the investment will go from 1,100 to 1,300 million pesos and in its first stage will be sanitized and will drive 300 liters per second to Valle de Guadalupe and in the final phase – by June 2020-, a thousand liters per second will reach this region.

He reported that the first water deliveries are projected to be carried out by October of next year.

He also assured that these treated waters in terms of cost and quality will have better conditions than those that are currently extracted from the Guadalupe Valley aquifers.

Historical fact
Vega de Lamadrid highlighted in his message the importance of the aqueduct, since not only will it be possible to guarantee the survival of the aforementioned wine region, but to increase its production and growth.

The effort of three generations who managed to convert the Valley of Guadalupe not only into a successful wine region, but also into one of the most important tourist areas of Baja California and Mexico, is being preserved.

Likewise, he said, the emissions of treated water that were made in the coasts of Tijuana will be reduced and the aquifer mantles of the Guadalupe Valley will be protected by reducing the extractions of the subsoil.

He acknowledged that making the reuse of treated water a reality was difficult, since it was a project that had been working for fourteen years.

The governor added that parallel to these efforts for the supply of water, has also been promoted to improve the legal framework for the development of the wine sector, particularly in the production and marketing of Baja California wine.

Border VAT Tax Decrease Excludes Ensenada


Bajadock: Photo is Baja Governor Vega left and President-Elect Lopez Obrador(aka AMLO).  Since AMLO’s announced proposal of reducing the 16% value added tax, Ensenada politicians and business leaders have been asking to be included in the reduction due to Ensenada’s close ties to the Southern California economy.  Several articles were published daily about Ensenada’s desire to reduce the VAT to 8%.  But, the 30 kilometer border zone will be the limit and Ensenada’s VAT will remain at 16%.

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Work in the Border Free Zone program, as well as reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) by 8 percent, the Income Tax (ISR) to 20 percent and double the minimum wage, in a band of 30 kilometers, were the results of a private meeting of border governors with Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president-elect.

Francisco Vega de Lamadrid said that the meeting also addressed the problematic features of the northern border of Mexico, such as irregular cars, the proposed tax regime for the border, the prices of gasoline in border cities, among other issues of importance for the economic development of the region.

Vega de Lamadrid proposed to generate a formula to be more competitive with the prices of the energy of the United States and particularly with the State of California, “the homologation of prices between Baja California and California would not be enough, we must find a formula to be even more competitive in the price of gasoline, “he said.

The state governor mentioned that the issue of an increase to twice the minimum wage and other important policies was also addressed, which he considered will provoke the interest of many Mexicans, especially from the south and southeast, who will have to turn to the border in search of better opportunities, so it was pronounced in requiring greater budgetary support, since greater services will be required to provide coverage to those who arrive in Baja California, such as water, health and education to name a few.

Participants in meeting
The governor of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich Arellano; as well as the governors of Chihuahua, Javier Corral Jurado;from Coahuila, Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís; of Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca and de Nuevo León, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón.

Also present were members of the incoming cabinet headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador: the next Secretary of Economy, Graciela Márquez Colín; the next Secretary of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu), Román Meyer Falcón and who will be Treasury Secretary, Carlos Urzúa Macías.

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