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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

Ensenada Beverage Tour


                    

Our Sunday stroll through Ensenada began at Cerveceria Transpeninsular.  FYI, Trans opens at noon.

Our team enjoyed lunch and brews at Trans.  Burgers, wings, fries are the basic supporting actors here.  Beer is the lead role.

One of my beverage buddies decided to check out Habanos cigar shop in the Soriana market across from Hotel Coral.  Good luck finding authentic Cubans in Ensenada is the lesson learned.

Next stop was Cerveceria Agua Mala.

Agua Mala is easy to miss.  It is in El Sauzal(Ensenada norte), approx 1/4 mile south of the 16 story Entremar Condo tower landmark, west/ocean side of Hwy 1.

I like this funky bar upstairs at Agua Mala.

Did not need food, but, the choices are very interesting.  Hasta Pronto!

You know the party is fun when a beer is spilled.  Someone did not have a spare shirt, but, the show must go on.  Shirts get thirsty too!  It was a three bar towel and one shirt cleanup.  A wobbly table was the plausible excuse for the alcohol waste.

We were full of beer, so it was time to get our marguerita on at the Shrine of 1892. By the look of the white shirted server at right, he obviously knew about my poor reputation.

Luckily found a table in the middle of the action.  My team did their best in an attempt to recruit two of Ensenada’s finest professionals, located at table next to us, to provide personal services for me.   I managed to avoid the high fees likely associated with them.

Sometimes you have to rope in the scofflaws in your party.

Someone was paying the band well, as they never stopped playing this Sunday afternoon.

Where to go for our taco dessert?

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Southbound Fridays


               by staff Traffic Editor, Quincy Quiebra 

When I’m stuck in San Diego rush hour traffic, it reminds me to be thankful that I don’t live there.  I wish happy hours lasted as long as most major cities’ rush hours, as it seems like 7AM – 7PM assures you of extensive bumper sticker studies.

Had an appointment that could not be changed and was in Torrey Pines area Friday afternoon.  Exited a bit ahead of schedule at 3:30PM and headed downhill to I-5 southbound.  While beginning my turn onto freeway from Gennessee, noticed cars not moving in a long lineup.

Quickly maneuvered out of that ramp and did a quick northbound I-5 to Carmel Valley for a U turn and get on 805 southbound.  I don’t know if that was good or bad.  It took me 70 minutes to get to the 805/5 reunion lineup to the Tijuana border.

Friday afternoons are always a bad idea at the border.  The 805 v 5 merge, several on ramps, the big right turn down the alley and the minimum of 3 lanes merging to one after you cross at the gates make for high anxiety.

Because of the extra merging of traffic getting on 805 before border, choosing I-5 is usually a better option over 805.

Took me 25 minutes total from 805 and San Ysidro Blvd where the line starts to get through the TJ Chaparral border crossing.  But, the U bridge and Via Internacional road along the TJ Rio westbound are also backed up and crawling at 5PM Fridays.

That adds up to just over an hour and a half to travel 33 miles.

Good news is that they completed the construction project just east of TJ Playas.  But, that project will resume on the north lanes soon.

Add toll booth lineups and Ensenada’s mini rush hour backups in El Sauzal and I’m ready for a beverage or six!

So avoid rush hour Fridays crossing border southbound.  If your schedule forces you, sitting somewhere in San Diego for happy hour and head south after 7PM is a nice option.  Or get to the border before 3PM.

 

 

San Ysidro Crossing Fence Construction?


                                             by staff Construction Editor, Catalina Casco    

Bajadock: Ok, I went to the site referenced and can’t figger out what they are discussing in article below. Can only guess it is southbound I-5, left lane, approaching Tijuana, that will be closed.  A new tower, like the 3 in this photo from 2017, above, is under construction and located at for left(West) side of San Ysidro northbound crossing. 

Crossing booths underneath this new tower will be in the former southbound lanes to TJ that have been under demolition since 2012 southbound crossing change. 

Heck, that left lane, approaching Tijuana on I-5, has been closed for a long time.  Current construction is now in Phase 3.

photo by San Diego Magazine…remember crossing to Tijuana southbound this way, before 2012 and the big right turn down the alley?

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As of Monday, June 18, 2018, the lane located at the northern end of the temporary southbound road that leads to El Chaparral (Mexican inspection station) will be closed due to fencing works on the perimeter of the gate.

The four lanes of the I-5 southbound highway will NOT be affected and will remain open all the time.

What: As part of the expansion and modernization project of the San Ysidro port, the General Services Administration of the United States (GSA) will repair and replace the fence that is on the road around the sentry box. , starting from where the southbound vehicle lanes enter Mexico, and extending as far as the road turns to El Chaparral, inspection station in Mexico.

The work in 900 feet of existing fence will start on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 8:00 am, and will conclude on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 8:00 am. Considering that the safety of the passengers is the most important and to limit the impact on traffic, the fencing works will be done by segments of 100 feet each. The work requires the temporary closure of the lane at the north end of the highway with the south direction, to separate the area where construction work will be carried out and vehicular traffic.

Where: The southwestern side of the San Ysidro port, where the southbound lanes of the temporary highway lead to the El Chaparral gate in Tijuana, Mexico.

When:   Starting Monday, June 18, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. and until Monday, August 27, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

For more information about the expansion and renovation project of the San Ysidro port , visit: http://www.gsa.gov/sanysidrolpoe.

Hurricane Bud Tuesday


cbs.com

MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Bud grew into a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday. Forecasters said they expect cooler waters to rob most of its punch before a potential collision with resorts of the southern Baja California peninsula.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud was centered about 350 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the Baja peninsula and it was moving northwest at 7 mph.

The hurricane center said the storm was about 230 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes, near Puerto Vallarta.

Hurricane Bud is seen in an infrared satellite image capture at 9:30 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018.

Hurricane Bud is seen in an infrared satellite image capture at 9:30 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018.

 NOAA

Forecasters said Bud is heading toward cooler waters and is likely to fall below hurricane force by Wednesday night, then approach the southern Baja as a tropical storm late Thursday.

The center said the hurricane’s core still could generate dangerous heavy surf and rip currents over the coming days.

Rainfall of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated patches of 10 inches, was possible over much of that region into Tuesday afternoon.

A graphic from the National Weather Service shows Hurricane Bud's projected path as of 5 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018. Times displayed are MT.

A graphic from the National Weather Service shows Hurricane Bud’s projected path as of 5 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018. Times displayed are MT.

 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Cerveceria Transpeninsular


Sunday sun was out with a cool breeze for our outing to Cerveceria Transpeninsular in Ensenada.  Gracias a Equipo Dominguito!!! Our nooner arrival was met with a warm meet and greet as usual here at Trans. That is also a very cool mural on the ceiling as you enter.

Our team selected our favorites with only disappointment being that they were out of the Pilsner.

I admit that I am not a fan of nachos. But, this volcano included guac and some nice carne.

The Trans burger was said to be one of the best in Baja.  Funny how we all like our burgers served differently.  A “hamburguesa tradicional” includes cheese here.  Only reason I prefer a burger without cheese is to minimize the slippery slope factor of the other layers on the cheese.  Fries at Trans are excellent.

This is Cerveceria Transpeninsular’s version of aguachilis.  It is much different than the traditional dish and not as spicy.

Half order of wings is plenty of meat and only 120 pesos.  Buffalo salsa was rich and medium on the picante scale.  I enjoyed these muchos with good crunch factor and big mess on my hands.  A visit to the rest room is necessary for full hose down after your finish.  BBQ salsa is another option.

Trans ceviche was also a bit unusual.  It is a good starter.

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Cerveceria Transpeninsular opened about 18 months ago.  Their beer quality and variety is excellent.  The open brew pub is spacious and now includes an outdoor patio with ocean view.  You will find “Trans”on north side of Ensenada, one door south of Hotel Coral.

We award Trans with out five peninsula taps out of a possible 5 for the best brew pub in Baja.

Funny that I have never noticed the use of kilometer marker references south of the Ensenada toll booth before the K5.5 used at Cerveceria Trans.  It is a smart way for businesses to promote their location.

And here is some news from Cerveceria Trans…

Bourdain’s Baja Influence


Anthony Bourdain, the peripatetic culinary tour guide with an acerbic tongue and adventurous palate, had the star power to turn a humble street food cart into a global dining destination.

That’s what happened to Ensenada’s La Guerrerense in 2012, when Bourdain proclaimed its tostadas de mariscos among the best in the world, comparing them to what you’d be served at a Michelin three-star restaurant in Manhattan.

“Le Bernardin-quality seafood in the street,” Bourdain said on his show “No Reservations,” reserving special praise for Sabina Bandera, the diminutive Guerrero-born tostada maker known as La Guerrerense.

“The woman is a genius,” Bourdain said.

After the episode aired, the crowds began lining up at the cart on the corner of First and Alvarado streets in Ensenada — where Bandera has been serving up her fresh seafood tostadas since 1960 — and they’ve never stopped coming.

Today, La Guerrerense is a must-stop for the foodie tourists who flock to Baja from San Diego, Los Angeles, Europe and beyond, snapping selfies with Bandera and a poster of her with Bourdain.

“You have no idea how many people have reached out to me to say, ‘Hey, we saw this on Anthony Bourdain’ … . They ask, ‘What is the famous street food cart that Anthony raved about? Can you take me there?’ ” said Fernando Gaxiola, founder of the travel concierge company Baja Wine + Food.

“Sabina became like a celebrity in Mexico because of (Mexican) big name chefs, but who really put her on the map internationally — all over the world and well-known — was Anthony Bourdain. … He was a great influence and great ambassador for Baja in the world.”

On Friday, the news of Bourdain’s suicide in a hotel room in France hit Bandera particularly hard.

“I am in disbelief, speechless. I just can’t comprehend. I love him,” Bandera said in a text. “He was a huge support and boosted me to international recognition. I am forever grateful and will miss him terribly.”

San Diego celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, who knew Bourdain from their time taping the 2013 season of ABC’s “The Taste,” called his former co-star “a walking encyclopedia of the world.”

“To be able to travel around the world eating like that, it’s a dream — that’s the dream job,” Malarkey said. “Everybody wanted to be Anthony Bourdain, so it’s just devastating.”

Malarkey recalled Bourdain regaling him with travel stories over beers into the wee hours, after the cameras stopped rolling.

“I spent six weeks with him during the shooting and then we did press tours together. He was a sweetheart, our trailers were together and I was just in awe listening to that voice. I had my own, first-person Anthony Bourdain travel adventure show.”

Both Malarkey and Gaxiola said there was a softer side to Bourdain that often got lost in the gritty, tough-talking, I’ll-eat-anything persona the New York City chef had cultivated.

“He wasn’t just a host on a TV show, his palate was always on point. But he always fell in love with the people making the food,” said Gaxiola, who last spent time with Bourdain in Baja three years ago.

“With Sabina, he really fell in love first with this little grandma, with her charming personality — and then he tasted her food.”

Malarkey said Bourdain was quick to pull out pictures of his daughter and swap parenting stories with him and fellow chef and “Taste” judge Ludo Lefebvre.

“As much as we chefs would want to talk about (Bourdain’s headline-making book) ‘Kitchen Confidential,’ the adventures, the hell-raising, we’d spend most of the time talking about the G-rated stories of our kids,” Malarkey said.

In an 2010 interview with the Union-Tribune’s Pam Kragen published before a book-tour appearance in Escondido, Bourdain talked about his personal evolution.

Bourdain said becoming a dad had softened him over the years.

“The second you become a parent, everything changes. I would step in front of a truck in a millisecond if I thought it would save my daughter from the slightest harm. That’s a huge shift in priorities,” Bourdain said. “The whole universe tilted, and I’m no longer the center of the universe, this beautiful 3-year-old girl is.”

Desalination Plant Ready Mañana


Bajadock: Love a grand political ribbon cutting ceremony in the land of mañana, Mexico.  Podiums draped with flags, trumpets and speeches play well to the uneducated.  This desal plant has passed several promised opening dates, like the one for a 2016 ready plan.  An inauguration for the plant near the Home Depot/Walmart Macroplaza is like celebrating a bridge with construction not yet reaching the other side. Rumor has it that Caliente Casino, across the street from the plant has a betting line on the date when desal water actually begins flowing.

by staff Construction Editor, Catalina Casco Construccion    

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After a notary public testified to the operation and execution of the testing period of the desalination plant located on Pedro Loyola Avenue, it was reported that it will be on July 9 when the distribution stage of 250 liters per second of the liquid.

Unofficial data refer that next Monday will be in this port the president of the republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, to inaugurate the desalinzadora plant, whose investment reaches 880.4 million pesos, an amount that includes the Value Added Tax (VAT).

During a tour of the facilities, Moisés Pariente, director of Aguas de Ensenada, detailed the procedure that is carried out for the production of water.

He also reiterated that the intake and discharge lines were increased, which would increase the production capacity of the plant to 500 liters per second, in a second stage of the project.

He explained that the plant has an energy generator, which guarantees the production of 50 percent of the water, in case of any problem or contingency with the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), as well as continue with the supply.

The Executive indicated that during the weeks prior to July 9, verifications and adjustments will be made (chemical reagents, membrane process) to ensure that the water that comes out for distribution, has all the required standards.

The El Gallo tank is the point from which the liquid will be distributed; the pipe has already gone through all the tests.

During the tour explained that to produce a liter of water, it is necessary to enter two and return one.

The water process
It is seven filters for filtering and has an overcapacity with an additional flow. After the sand filters, the water is handled to pass through the cartridge filters.

In the next stage, the pressure rises to 70 kilos to be able to beat the osmotic pressure and remove the salt.

The water is channeled to a storage tank with a capacity of 5 thousand 500 cubic meters, after passing through the remineralization tanks of the osmotized water.

The project for the desalination of seawater was contracted by the State Government and assigned to the company Aguas de Ensenada, a subsidiary of OHL and has a concession for a period of 20 years.

Components:
Seawater collection works
Desalination plant
Driving line to the storage tanks and El Gallo
Interconnection to the tanks of the Márquez de León colony
Location: Fraction A, of the block 73
Colonia Carlos Pacheco
Area of ​​21 thousand 84 square meters
Extension that includes a reserve area for future growth

It was explained that prior to the operation of the plant, verifications and adjustments will be made to guarantee that the water that comes out for distribution, has all the required standards.

Slurping Water from Mud


Bajadock: With warmer weather, population growth and little or no rain for next few months, the water shortages in Ensenada should provide interesting chisme.

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Given the shortage of water and the delay in the operation of the desalination plant that is built in this port, the Cespe began to “squeeze” Emilio López Zamora dam and extract the little liquid that still remains in that place to supply the city .

Carlos Loyola Peterson, director of the State Public Services Commission of Ensenada, reported that a pump and a conductive line had to be placed on a raft to reach the center of the dam’s surface.

In that place, “he said,” you can find the little water that exists in the dam and the tubes through which the extraction could previously be done can no longer be used because there is no water to extract.

He indicated that currently there is a deficit in the water supply of 18 percent and which could increase if temperatures increase in the coming days.

“Milk” well
He added that within the measures of “desperation and emergency” in addition to “squeeze” the dam was put into operation a well that will supply a few colonies.

Loyola Peterson pointed out that so far the summer season has not been very warm, compared to the previous year, but to increase the heat the deficit will be greater.

He assured that the distribution that is being carried out can not be qualified as a survey, since the supply of water is not being cut in some areas of the city and this is due to the fact that its pipes and installations are too old and the application of a “tandems” program. “Causes serious damage and leaks in those networks.

Delayed not explained
On the issue of the desalination plant, Loyola Peterson said that the State Water Commission – the body responsible for the work – should already initiate legal proceedings against the Aguas de Ensenada company for the delay in fulfilling the completion of that plant.

The CEA is in charge of supervising the plant and Cespe will only be the one to whom the supply is provided, said the interviewee.

He informed that Cespe has not been officially informed when the desalination plant will start operations, nor has it even participated in the last meetings related to this issue.

“In the last session in which I was present, representatives of the plant were required to present an analysis of their progress and when it would be the start date of operations, there was no response and I have not gone to the following meetings”, said the official.

“But even when they set a new date, I personally do not believe them,” stressed the head of the Cespe.

He assured that the state administration has complied with all the payments that were required to build the plant and stressed that the Cespe has no interference in the construction and operation, is a responsibility of the CEA and that dependence is the one that must take it and act on it, he concluded.

Taco Price Rise Warning


reuters.com

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico will impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. pork imports, two industry officials with direct knowledge of the plan told Reuters on Monday, for the first time providing details of the country’s retaliatory measures to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Last week, Mexico said the retaliatory tariffs would apply to pork legs and shoulders from U.S. suppliers, which account for about 90 percent of the country’s $1.07 billion annual imports of the cuts.

“It’s a 20 percent (tariff) on legs and shoulders, fresh and frozen … with bones and without bones,” said Heriberto Hernandez, president of Mexico’s leading pork producers association OPORPA, following a briefing earlier on Monday with Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and his team.

The government has not yet given details of the level of the tariff and did not immediately respond to a request for a comment about the tariff or the meeting.

Hernandez said he supported the Mexican government’s decision and does not expect it to cause pork prices in Mexico to rise because “there are many alternatives” to U.S. suppliers.

The tariff was in response to the Trump administration’s decision last week to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexican exporters on grounds that countries including Mexico engage in competition damaging to U.S. national security.

The U.S. decision to go ahead with the steel and aluminum tariffs has complicated talks with Mexico and Canada to rework the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Other industry officials pointed to Canada as a possible substitute pork supplier that has tariff-free access to Mexico thanks to NAFTA, or the European Union, which recently concluded a revised trade pact with Mexico that allows tariff-free pork imports but does include other restrictions like volume quotas.

The industry officials said the new pork tariff schedule will be published on Tuesday in Mexico’s official gazette and will go into effect on Wednesday.

Last year, Mexico imported nearly 650,000 tonnes of pork legs and shoulders worth an estimated $1.07 billion, according to government data.

Mexico’s overall pork imports in 2017 totaled about 840,000 tonnes.

Pork legs and shoulders are not as highly valued in the United States, where ribs and bacon are in greater demand, but in Mexico they are used to make some of the country’s most popular dishes, including tacos al pastor and carnitas.

Victor Manuel Ochoa, chief executive of top Mexican pork producer Granjas Carroll, said he would support a temporary import deal for Brazilian pork legs if Mexico goes ahead with the tariffs on U.S. imports.

He said prices in Mexico will likely rise as a result of the tariffs on U.S. pork. “We think they’d rise around 15 or 16 percent, and I think that could reduce consumption which worries me,” Ochoa said.

Granjas Carroll is a joint venture of ECOM Agroindustrial Corporation, a major commodity trader, and China’s WH Group.

“It would be very difficult for Mexican pork prices to stay the same,” Ochoa added, if imported U.S. pork prices spike as a result of the tariffs.

Border Wall Construction Begins


newsmax

A 14-mile section of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is under construction in San Diego at a cost of $147 million, according to local media reports.

Construction started Friday at Border Field State Park in San Diego. The wall will stand between 18 and 30 feet tall, include an “anti-climbing” plate and replace over 14 miles of improvised border fencing built in the 1990s out of scrap metal and repurposed steel plates.

“The construction of this new substantial wall will improve overall border security, the safety and effectiveness of Border Patrol agents, the safety of the public, and will enhance the atmosphere for business and commerce in the area,” Chief of Customs and Border Patrol of San Diego Rodney Scott told Fox 4 News.

Trump only received $1.6 billion for the wall from the omnibus spending bill in March, but is pushing for additional funding this fall.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello, said the start of the construction was an “important milestone” and will “upgrade our existing infrastructure in San Diego.”

“Under this President’s leadership, we have a renewed commitment to secure our border,” Vitiello said. “The new primary wall-project represents an important milestone in our work to secure the international border. Not only does it significantly upgrade our existing infrastructure in San Diego, it also marks the third concurrent wall project in the U.S. and reflects CBP’s unwavering commitment to secure our borders and protect our Nation.”

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