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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 Crane Chaos Trip


This is an official Bajadock Ens-SD-Ens whirlwind trip report

My day began at 6AM in the fog on my way out of Ensenada up to San Diego for a Saturday shopping adventure.

One of the interesting observations was the speed of the San Ysidro border SENTRI lanes Saturday morning at approx 08:30.  Happened to have friends approx 10 minutes ahead of me in lane 3(counting right to left) of SENTRI.  I chose lane 1.  I could spot them way ahead of me and we conversed about our positions.  For whatever reason, they took approximately 10 minutes longer in their lane(maybe a 20-25 minute wait) than my spot.  I waived bye bye to them as I swiftly moved toward I-805 to my first stop in Mission Valley, San Diego.

Checked southbound traffic coming opposite way into Mexico at 9AM and it looked to be a significant(40+ minutes?) wait.

ACT II this morning was my rare visit to La Jolla.  I happened to be in a shopping center on Nobel Drive featuring Whole Foods.  I have never seen so many perfectly sculpted, manicured and tailored ladies out shopping on a Saturday morning since Tina Louise and Nanette Newman’s performance in Stepford Wives.  Perhaps it was my filter, but, where were the matching Ken dolls?

Needed coffee and wifi at this shopping center.  Tried Rubio’s(“we don’t do coffee), a juice bar(shouldn’t they provide noise cancelling headphones for the cacaphony of Ninja blenders?), a Peet’s Coffee(closed/moved) and one other shop.  For the love of godesses, how do I find coffee?  Stopped into the gigantic Whole Foods and found a bar, a deli, some other food cafeteria, lots of juice and other stuff.  “Do you have coffee brewing around here?”. The coffee was way over on the other side with a lineup of 10 people ordering their caffeine and sugary cake/doughnut/chia seed bar experiences.  My “small brew of the day” order clearly screamed that I’m not from around here.

OK, back to road conditions.  The SoCal beaches should be avoided at all cost during summer.  I was meeting a friend in funky little Ocean Beach for happy hour.  I’m a fan of O.B., except for this Saturday.  Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off had several blocks closed, parking limited and traffic in grid lock.  After one loop, found a parking spot .9 miles away from my destination. Finally reached the best fish tacos on the planet.  Enjoyed a fun conversation, fabulous grilled wahoo fish tacos and a cold beverage to soothe my traffic stress.  Great news was that my well practiced O.B. exit strategy of Narragansett to Harbor Drive to Grape Street to I-5 was without traffic.

San Ysidro/Tijuana southbound border wait was only about 10 minutes at 8PM last night.  So many try so hard to merge to the right hand lanes at the El Chaparral crossing.  I go with the flow and find it easy to navigate after the inspection stations from left to right to gain access(red dot, above photo) to Playas Tijuana and the Toll Rd/Scenic Hwy.

Approx 45 minutes south of the border, the Scenic Road merge just south of Baja Mar for approx 2 miles into 1 lane was not so easy at night.  There are some reflectors, but, please take it easy through both the choke down ramp to 1 lane and the ramp back to two lane just before the Sempra energy plant.

Same precaution needed for the K87 – K91 one lane merge ramps, both southbound and northbound through the Salsipuedes Bay stretch. At night, the lumps, bumps and turns from the height of El Mirador all the way to the ‘Nada toll booth is danger zone.

 

This flustercluck was Saturday’s big news in Ensenada beginning mid-morning.  This happened near the Las Rosas resort, approx 3 miles north of downtown Ensenada.  Reports are that it was cleared at 4-5PM.  But, traffic throughout the day was backed up all the way to the Ensenada toll booth for southbounders.  A similar event closed Hwy 1  in a spot just south of Coral Hotel in December 2016.  Thankful that noone was hurt and that ‘Nada traffic was easy during my 9pm passage.

 

 

 

“We’re going to need a bigger crane”

 

 

 

This is my fuzzy after-DUI-checkpoint view through my rear window on Estancia, just inland from Playa Hermosa(Ens largest beach).  They move these checkpoints around and were reserved for just the major holidays.  The new Ens administration has them out for most Friday and Saturday nights.  Saturday’s checkpoint here has approx 6 vehicles and 12 dudes.  Saw two cars pulled over into a “secondary” closer inspection.  I simply offered the officers a cold six pack of Colt 45 for my easy passage.  8)

So, don’t drive at night, y’all!  Hey, I needed to get home and my eyes are good at my advanced age.  Most frightening thing was a tumbleweed that attacked me from nowhere, just after Sharkey’s bar.  10PM Saturday and Sharkey’s was still doing a decent beverage business.

Pacifico and a diy pizza at 11PM were fabulous rewards.  Slept great last night.  SALUDOS.

Scenic Road Construction Jam


sandieogoreader

“It was a lot of traffic [and] I got stuck [for] like two hours there,” said Luis A. Corona, a 24-year-old college student from Ensenada.

Many grew impatient and honked their horns and yelled profanities.

He was referring to the traffic that stopped on the third section south of the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road on Father’s Day. Two portions of the double laned areas were merged into single two-way lanes on the toll-road that overlooks Salsipuedes Bay.

El Vigia reported in April signs of landslide problems in the Salsipuedes area.

“I think they are in construction because of the geological problems in that specific area,” Corona said, “and the road is always damaged because of the earth issues, and the government of Mexico has to always fix that area.”

 Rob, a foodie from the U.S., visits Ensenada on a regular basis. He agreed with Corona. “It’s a fault line and an earthquake destroyed the road [in 2013] and closed it for a year,” he said, “this [road-repair] happens often.”

“The seafood at El Mercado Negro is worth the wait.”

Over the weekend, many families took their fathers or husbands down south to dine at the Festival del Taco y la Cerveza Ensenada, or one of the many food spots around town.

Because of the construction, many grew impatient and honked their horns and yelled profanities. Some drivers that tried to go around the stopped traffic were blocked by boulders sitting on the sides of the pavement.

Bea, a high-school administrator, was super-chill.

“Even after paying the $12 and change for the tolls (both ways), and about $20 in gas,” Bea said, “food and drinks for mi familia, plus the travel-expenses; is still cheaper.” She and her family waited an additional hour for the heavy machinery on the cuota (toll) roads, “the seafood here is worth the wait.”

They feasted at the El Mercado Negro de Ensenada, where one can choose from the variety of freshly caught fish or shellfish, and have one of the many cooks cook it anyway which way one wants. “Fried, steamed, sauteed or grilled … it’s like a mongolian bbq-landia – but with mariscos (seafood).”

Bea’s husband said that he saw something in El Vigia regarding the construction. In April, it reported that there are signs of landslide problems in the Salsipuedes area and that 2 billion pesos has been invested to fix some of the roads.

“If the construction will stop the landslides and protect the [toll] roads from cracking,” Bea said, “I’m all for it – I don’t like the libre (free) roads.”

Crime Hits Home


Colonia Puerto Escondido, center right, is my neighborhood.  We are on the south side of Ensenada Bay in Baja California.

My morning usually begins around 6AM with coffee, music and reading.  This Wednesday morning added a new ingredient.

Heard some noise as if a worker was doing some type of construction around 7:15.  Walked out to my 2nd floor patio to see a white van and 2 guys taking stuff from my lower level.

Shouted at them and stupidly went down the stairs to confront them.  One more guy was half asleep in the back of the van.  They took off.

What was stupid was me not having any weapon at hand and attempting to do what??? My lucky news was that only one of the three, the lead dude, appeared to pose a physical threat.  Number two was scraggly with a bandage on his neck. #2 was Tommy Chong’s brother.  Number three was nearly in dream state.  Guessing they were drugees.

Called 911 and gave them all of the information.  Approx 1990s Quest(Nissan) van, smashed in right rear and side, California plates.  The 911 call was at 7:40.

Called a friend/neighbor for whatever reason after that.  I was surprised at how upset I was and still had adrenaline running 30 minutes after the confrontation.

7:15 in the morning?

Saw running water coming from under my garage doors.  My lower level has an apartment and a 2 car garage. Unbelievably, these guys tried to detach my water pump, which was now spraying water from its location in my garage.  More good news was that they did not break the connections.

I have been away much of the spring and had not visited that lower level apartment in months.  When I looked around, I realized that I had lost quite a few items, including 2 bicycles, a Yamaha keyboard, a table saw, a spare water pump and lots of hand tools.  It will take a while to realize the inventory missing.

But, I also understood that to get all of that stuff, this morning’s shopping was not their first at my house.

Stuff is low on my list, so I really don’t care about losing it.

My peace and health and that of my friends and neighbors is vital.

I would change many things on my behavior yesterday morning.  WTF, no photos?  I was in full defense/fright/flight mode and was not cool under the pressure.  Told a friend that I would have an embellished story in 10 years about my bravery and how I took down 6 thugs with my bare hands, hah!

Our neighborhood, Colonia Puerto Escondido is a rural, secluded, quiet spot.

We have been discussing neighborhood security a lot recently as crime has increased in Northern Baja, Ensenada and our area.  There have been at least 5 buglaries in our neighborhood in June.

More good news is that we are working on our overall neighborhood security.  Any and all layers of security are good ideas.

Lighting in our hood is weak.  At night, the entry to the neighborhood is very dark with only a few exterior lights lit on houses.  I added dusk to dawn lights to my house this spring and will add more.

We are working on radio communication, walkie talkie, push to talk(PTT) smart phone apps, individual alarms, individual protection and more.  Heck, what took us so long?  Well, you have to start some time.

We also hope to get an access gate with entry technology that will meet our needs.

Colonia Puerto Escondido housing map

Back to that 911 call, I saw a police car roll by my house at 1PM.  Because my shouting talent from my terrace worked so well at 7:30AM, I thought I could shout down the patrol car.  Nada.

Called the police # in Maneadero at 154-1724.  “No, call this number, 154-0088”.

For police press 1.  For trouble press 2.  For big trouble, press 3.  For really big shit trouble press 4.  Ok, I’m kidding.  But, why can’t the police main # handle my burglary report? Obviously, my 911 call went nowhere.

Patrol car showed up in approx 25 minutes.  It was great Spanglish practice for me and handled all well, except that I could not come up with “bandage” in Spanish as the one unique characteristic on Tommy Chong’s neck.  Vendage!  “Cinta para sangre” could have worked.

The police questioning took on a repetitive nature.  My guess is that they were trying to catch me in a lie, because there was no sign of damage or forced entry.  I had left the door to my apt unlocked.  My fault, youbetcha.

At one point, one of the cops was so interested in my story that he was checking out his teeth in the driver’s side exterior mirror of the cop car.  Must have a hot date that afternoon.

They took my residente permanente ID info, phone #, address… .  BTW, they indicated that there was no info on my 911 call at Maneadero police station.

After much chatter throughout Wednesday, two neighbors saw the van approaching.  Two other neighbors walked right by the van in front of my house, including 1 seeing the guys getting out of the van.  No blame here at all.  Looks like workers starting their day at a house.

Careful and good luck out there.

Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana


leafly.com

A decree issued by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto today confirmed that Mexico has legalized cannabis for medicinal use after overwhelming support from Mexico’s Lower House of Congress.

Peña Nieto was once a vehement opponent of cannabis legalization, but has since called for a re-examination of global drug policy after a nationwide public debate on legalization in early 2016. “So far, the solutions [to control drugs and crime] implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient,” Peña Nieto told the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions in April 2016. “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto 

Last year, Peña Nieto even went so far as to introduce a measure that would allow Mexican citizens to possess up to an ounce of cannabis without repercussions, but the bill stalled in Congress.

The medical marijuana bill sailed through the Senate with ease in December 2016, and Mexico’s lower house in parliament passed the bill in April with a vote of 347-7 in favor of approval. Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles, voiced his support for the measure, saying, “I welcome the approval of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico.”

The decree was issued by the president today and specifies that the Ministry of Health will be tasked with drafting and implementing the regulations of “public policies regulating the medicinal use of pharmacological derivatives of cannabis sativa, indica and Americana or marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol, its isomers and stereochemical variants, as well as how to regulate the research and national production of them.”

Peña Nieto’s decree effectively eliminates the criminalization of the medicinal use of cannabis, THC, CBD, and all cannabis derivatives, as well as legalizing the production and distribution of cannabis for medicinal and therapeutic uses.

“The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes,” stated the Lower House of Parliament, known as La Cámara de Diputados.

Currently, the only cannabis that will be permitted must contain 1% or less of tetrahydrocannabinol, and the Ministry of Health will be required to study the medicinal and therapeutic effects of cannabis before creating the framework for a medical marijuana program infrastructure.

There will certainly still be hurdles to overcome on the bumpy road to medical marijuana, but Mexico just surpassed the biggest obstacle so far.

San Pedro Martir Video


Faros de Esperanza – Sierra San Pedro Mártir from Barranca Studio on Vimeo.

Ensenada’s Abused Horses


frontera.info

After a horse pulling a faded calandria in the tourist area, theAnimal Protection Association They are the reason propose prohibit or regulate such activity.


The vecera of the association, Ana Daniela Garcia Salgado, said that in January a video that can be viewed as a horse faintswhile he was pulling a calender full of people, also last week hewas disseminated to know that another horse fell to the grounddue to wear spurs.

Since we received the first video we have focused on work onthe subject, it is very sad to see that these horses are all daymaking an effort to pull people at leisure have them tied up in the sun with his eyes covered, even some malnourished will see, “he said.

The rescuer said that the next meeting of the Council of AnimalProtection for the Municipality of Ensenada, pose two options to improve the quality of life of horses that are used for this purpose.
The first option would prohibit the use of calenders as in the state of Guerrero, considering that it is an activity of animal exploitation, because horses do not receive the necessary medical care, they have a schedule that allows them to restbetween walks and owners do not limit the weight they carry.

However, he said he aware that it is an activity that represents the income of some families and not sought to damage the economy of these people.

There are other options for tourism to enjoy this kind of walks around the city, there calenders using motorbikes or bicycles, you can find the way through a federal appeal may lose a resource to purchase equipment that will enable them to further develop his work , he said.
The second option to be presented before the council is to regulate the activity so that the horses count with specifictimetables, a veterinary doctor and the weight they can carry is determined.
We have seen that these horses come to pull the weight of sixfamilies and even overweight, we are talking about more than 500 kilos, is a great effort for an animal and it is unfair,” he argued.

The spokeswoman said that unfortunately Mexico ranks third inabuse, however, Ensenada has been a city with great progress on the issue, since in the past administration circuses withanimals are banned, income juvenile barred events where there are animals suffering as bullfights and penalties for animal abusewere approved.

El Corcho Rosa Summer Solstice


Along with FREE tastings of our summer wines, there will be an #alacarte menu

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Ensenada Fires Burn


Bajadock:  Smoke is definitely in the air this Saturday morning after Friday’s significant fire near Maneadero.  Noticed the burn yesterday at approx 11AM, as it looked like a fog bank.  But, fog banks don’t happen randomly that far inland.  My photo is at 5PM Friday from my Pub.  Map below.  There were several other fires in Baja Friday.  I’ll call this one the King Kong Fire, as that’s whom I spot in the cloud formation. 

Careful out there.

elvigia.net

More than 100 hectares of vegetation were consumed by the fire until yesterday afternoon, as a result of a forest fire registered in the López Portillo ejido, which is located towards the Maneadero delegation, said Sergio Montes de Oca Ramos.

The head of the Forest Fire Department of the National Forestry Commission (Conafor) reported that 80 hectares of shrubland were of shrub, while the remaining 20 were of pasture.

At the close of the edition, fighters of different corporations and volunteers, achieved 50 percent control and 50 percent containment, with no reported material damage to homes or injured persons.

ACTIVATED OPERATING
It was at 09:27 hours yesterday, when the flames began to spread in the area of ​​hills that is located to the east of the town, which is why an operation was activated with the participation of Conafor elements.

To enable the fire to be fought without major risks, as well as to prevent possible damage to the electricity supply system, employees of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) participated in the morning.

To the operativity were added elements of the Fire Department, with fire extinguishing machines from two stations, with the objective of providing protection to citizens living in the area nearby.

It should be added that, at the same time, a fire was recorded at Cerro del Vigia, also along the ramp leading to the Cetys campus, which were completely new when they were completely controlled and suffocated.

It was at 09:27 hours yesterday, when the flames began to spread in the area of ​​hills that is located to the east of the town, which is why an operation was activated with the participation of Conafor elements

Ensenada Aeropuerto Mañana


Bajadock: we have been hearing about this airport plan for at least two years(2015 post).  With all of the infrastructure needs of Baja and lack of money, this boondoggle’s progress will be interesting to watch.  Following article certainly offers a pessimistic and mocking tone.  Mañana does not mean tomorrow.  It just means not today.

monitoreconomico.org

Kiko Vega continued this day with his circus on the construction of an airport for Ensenada, installed in Ojos Negros.

This day he set up a paraphernalia in this port to launch what he called the procedure to select the builder, financier and operator of the Ojos Negros airport, in which he addressed a sense of discourse to the ensenadenses, who were cold when he said that it would be done in a way Jointly with the private initiative, which immediately generated all kinds of comments, and even jokes that the state partner will be one of Kiko’s friends or Kiko himself.

The reality is that according to experts consulted in IATA (International Air Transport Association) the construction of an airport, as it should, takes about seven years, so if Kiko meets this cantaleta that brings since he began work as governor , We will hardly see him in his period unless they come out with one of his accustomed flops.

The experts consulted said that following the announcement of Kiko should prepare a master plan with long projections and construction is established by parts, before which the experts indicated that eventually to get out of step what would Vega is to stay in this stage of Launch which speaks of having a land of 700 hectares, but the movement of passengers takes time for logistics that involved especially if it speaks of international flights, which have barely managed mature airports such as Tijuana and Mexicali Kiko invited his businessmen and said that the federal government will support him, but throughout his speech never managed figures, nor gave deadlines, only that it is a society with a majority share of the State, with investment of the Private sector “, which worried given the poor handling of PPPs in Baja California, although it was defended on the grounds that its government has bu In qualification in transparency, something that in reality is very questioned.

Meanwhile SIDUE followed suit and announced that from today until June 28th, all national companies specialized in airport operation, construction and maintenance, interested in partnering with Baja California, can present their proposals Since the presentation of the same will be the 28 of July.

He explained that the Airport Project consists of a 3km runway, a runway, general service platform, hangar areas, a passenger terminal, control tower, Rescue and Fire Extinguishing Corps, fuel plant, parking lots and Depending on the volume being handled could become international airport in a period of 5 years (?).

Total that with this announcement Kiko hopes that they stop pressuring it by unfulfilled promise, but to two years of leaving the government this generates more doubts than uncertainty because it is not the first time that makes an announcement of this type.

On July 3, 2015, he said exactly the same thing that today “the airport for Ensenada, today is a reality, since it has the approval of the feasibility and the lands where it will be built are already owned by the state.” He added: “I already have the feasibility and they gave it to me in Ojos Negros, they revised El Tigre, they reviewed Santo Tomás and they revised Ojos Negros and the SCT through their measurements and others indicated that Ojos Negros fulfills all the conditions that are required for At the time Ensenada has an international airport and I already bought the land and these are in the public patrimony that is the state and the state is of us all, “said Vega de Lamadrid.

“The construction of the international airport will be open to tender in the near future yet to be defined, but once completed the work will provide employment to a significant number of people and will also motivate the economic growth of the state with tourism that will visit the Wine Route, Said two years ago. It should be recalled that the federation has cut back resources for projects after the collapses in revenues and so far has not been indicated in any budget that has allocated resources.

Anyway, someone said, “who does not know Kiko to buy it” and here we see in two years.

 

Tramo de Muerte Repair?


Bajadock: The 2015-16 repair and repavement from Baja Country Club north through Chapultepec Hill was a big improvement.  But, the potholes and rubble from B.C.C. south though Maneadero is dangerous.  

Just spotted the pothole left over from covering up the above road slide in December 2016.  The coverup of dirt over asphalt on the incline southbound, just south of Maneadero’s Calimax is a lane to avoid.

There was a small work of patches on Tramo de Muerte this spring, but, this was a superficial repair.

Yep, I’m using Google Translater.  But, can anyone decipher whattheheck is going on in the last part of the article below my map.  Commission?  Public Works?  Councilor?  Initiative?

elvigia.net

Regents of the XXII City Council, approved the creation of a commission to search for resources and repair the so-called “death knell”, because of the risk involved for users and the importance of roads.

The initial regidor, Orlando Toscano Montaño, emphasized that the City does not have the resources to rehabilitate and improve that stretch of the Transpeninsular highway, so it is necessary to resort to different instances for the collection of resources to address the problem.

This commission, he explained, will be in the middle where the regidores that converge with the state, ejidatarios, delegates and other authorities to seek a solution.

“We know that the State Government already has an elaborate project,” he said.
Orlando Toscano lamented that, so far this year, there have been 34 traffic accidents with a fatal victim.

Referring to part of the justifications, mentioned that in the area of ​​Maneadero, there are more than 31 thousand inhabitants, in addition to more than 650 thousand tourists in the area, only for the area of ​​La Bufadora.

He also said that in the Maneadero delegation, the agricultural area, an activity that generates some 5,000 direct jobs, is growing in an area of ​​200 hectares.

The movement of workers and trucks, he added, is permanent.

Toscano Montaño recalled that the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), ceded the referred section for what is competence maintenance and monitoring.

These conditions make it imperative to repair the artery.

Non-regulation commission
Prior to the vote, the respect Bertha Martínez Villalobos noted that the creation of the commission contravenes municipal regulations.
He also said that the commission would be carrying out actions that are the responsibility of the Public Works and Services Commission (which coordinates).
“The point of agreement has no regulatory basis,” he insisted, after reading the articles.
He also observed that, if approved despite the irregularity, the mayor has the authority to determine and appoint the councilor who should coordinate it.
However, he insisted, “the point of agreement should be dismissed.”
The point of agreement was approved in what corresponds to the creation of the commission, as well as for the councilor Orlando Toscano who coordinates it.
The mayor Cristian Vázquez recognized the initiative of Toscano, but considered that one must be more careful in what corresponds to the attributions of each commission
The governor Bertha Martínez Villalobos, abstained from voting, however, expressed her willingness to work on the newly created commission.

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