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Big Waves Hit Baja, San Diego

by staff Surf Editor Gidget Marea 



La Lobera, San Quintin Baja California

Baja Winter Whimp

This was live from a neighbor at 7AM Thursday

by staff Weather Editor Tropicali Tormenta  

What a whimp I have become about cold weather since moving away from Colorado 12 years ago.

Have had a week of temperatures at mid to high 40s Fahrenheit with wind chill in low 40s.  Brrrr.

This is what real cold looks like from Denver Colorado on Jan 1 2019.

When you aren’t seasoned for it, 40F near the water with steady 20MPH wind is cold.  Yes Minnesotans, Wyomingans, Montanans and Coloradans, we can’t hang with your frozen winters.

Walked 1/4 mile home on Tuesday at 7PM.  Lost my cap twice and was chilled to the bone for that fifteen minute stroll.  Confess that I was mostly downwind on that adventure.

There is no snow on the peaks of surrounding mountains yet(foto by JD).  But, my propane fireplace has been enjoying good workouts this week.

We will be warming up a little this week.

Lucky to enjoy a bit of rain weekly.  These 1/4 inch showers that we have been getting weekly are needed and welcome.

Which brings us to our Spanish phrase of the day:  manigote de nieve.  Literal translation is “ragdoll of snow”.  Which is much more accurate and descripitive than our English version.


Ensenada Included in Economic Border Zone

Armando Reyes Ledesma informó que Ensenada sí estará incluido en los beneficios fiscales de la Zona Fronteriza Económica.

by Staff Economic Editor Maynard G. Krebs 

Good news for Ensenada businesses is here.  The Value Added Tax reduction to 8% is a big boost.  Without it, Ensenada would lose significant sales and investments to Tijuana.

Ensenada will be included in the Economic Border Zone that the next federal government will implement from January 2019, announced federal deputy Armando Reyes Ledesma, after meeting with the future Secretaries of Finance and Economy.

The federal congressman pointed out that Carlos Urzúa Macías and Graciela Márquez Colín, understood the reasons why Ensenada should be included and only the technical-fiscal aspects of said inclusion will be reviewed.

Reyes Ledesma added that in several initiatives -which have already been presented in the Federal Chamber of Deputies- the municipality of Ensenadense is included, they are still not in the process of being discussed, since they are waiting for the presentation of the economic package of the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

“We are waiting for this proposal as soon as López Obrador enters into office, but the progress that was made around the issue is the commitment of those who will be the heads of these secretariats to include Ensenada, as a response to the position of the different civil, business organizations and a large sector of the members of the LXIV legislature, “said the MP deputy of extraction.

Fiscal benefits
The so-called Economic Border Zone (ZEF) includes the reduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 16 to 8 percent, the decrease in Income Tax (ISR) from 30 to 20 percent, as well as having differentiated rates from the rest of the country in electricity, gas and fuels.

All with the purpose of providing greater competitiveness of Mexican companies to American companies in the southern United States.

Ensenada-San Diego Trip Report

by staff Shopping Advisor Carlota Compras 

Left my home at 6AM to head to San Diego for turkey shopping and other stuff.  It amazes me how much busier traffic is in Maneadero and Ensenada at 6:30.  Traffic was not like this 10 years ago.

Stopped at Pemex Super Servicio Modelo in Maneadero because my car was running on fumes.  19.54 pesos per liter works out to $3.70USD/gallon at 20 pesos to dollar tipo de cambio.

Easily avoided the Baja 1000 drama in downtown Ensenada and got on the Toll Road.  Surprised that from K98 to K94 is down to 1 lane.  Above photo is the southbound version later this afternoon.

Smoke was noticeable in the air and in my nose passing the still smoking remains of the “Splash Fire”.

The guy at this IAVE(Toll Road pass) office in Tijuana is always helpful, happy to see me and opens at 8AM.

Happy that traffic in Tijuana was not bad this Thursday, unlike panic reports on social media.  It is usually a good sign when traffic is not backed up to the “Tape Intersection” SENTRI entry. It was an 8 minute wait to “have a nice day” goodbye from CBP.

Repeating my photo from yesterday’s post on the “Christmas Tinsel” razor wire keeping the USA safe.

Moving toward Otay Ranch area in Chula Vista, what is with all of the radar motorcycle cops on Olympic Parkway?  Revenues were looking quite good this morning at 8:45AM.

My stops at the usual big box stores on Eastlake Parkway saw the beginnings of holiday crowds.  Glad I did not wait until next week.

This shopping area in East Chula Vista is a typical suburb with a dearth of ethnic eateries.  I am not a fan of any fast food breakfast burritos, though I have not had a Sonic BB yet.  Los Panchos at 2130 Birch does have a decent breakfast offering for such a “white” area of town.

One item that confounds me is my annual search for Kitchen Bouquet.  Note to self: buy it online.

Did find gasoline at $3.19/gallon at Costco.  I am not your typical Costco shopper with a posse of family/friends strewn three wide in the aisle. Have never had a Costco food sample.  I hear that some people enjoy a 1,000 calorie meal of samples.

My Winnebago-sized Costco cart was maxed out with a whopping four items. Yep, I get funny looks with a shady “Hey, why bother if 3 or 4 items is the only damage you can throw down?” attitude.  Guessing the average shopper packs in 100lbs of stuff per trip.

Found a 22lb turkey at Von’s for $.57/lb.  A few more stops had me escaping San Diego and at the TJ border at 2PM.  Weekdays before 3PM are usually easy southbound.

Here is your new wall along the Tijuana Rio.  There are dozens of big equipment rigs working between the border crossing and TJ Playas installing these metal pieces.

Demolition of the western/ocean side lanes here at K96 is the reason for the 1 lane setup just north of the Ens toll booth.

See those red Xs ahead?  No, the toll booths are not closed.  More protesters had taken over both the Rosarito and Ensenada toll booths and asking for donations.  Hey, it’s no drama for me.  But, why does CAPUFE(roads and bridges) allow this regular activity?

The long day fogged my mind and I forgot to bypass downtown ‘Nada for the thrills of the SCORE Baja 1000 race festivities.  It was approx a 15 minute traffic crunch delay.  Don’t call me a hater.  But, I’m just not a fan of a roaring engine unless I’m the one behind the wheel.

We are lucky to have one of the better fish and shrimp taco shops here.  Lupita’s is about 1K west on Carretera La Bufadora.  Got this Mega Burro Mixto(shrimp and fish) “para llevar” for a friend.  This is a fun burrito.  Unless you are starving, should be shared between 2 people.  Yes, she cuts it in half after rolling it up with all of the veggies and salsas added.

That was an 11 hour day and thrilled to be home.  Thx for photo IRE.  Forgot to shop for lingerie!

Quercus Restaurante

Is the Valle de Guadalupe wine and food scene the “New Napa”?  We hope not.  My friends and I prefer rustic scenery, fresh food and owners who spend more time in the kitchen and on the dining room floor than catching the media spotlight.  Hey, no offense to you pro food writers!

Quercus Restaurante, owner Federico Cota and team provide a fine experience of Baja food in a warm stone and wood building under the trees.

We were thrilled that Quercus welcomed us at 7PM this Sunday evening.  Careful on your Baja winter dining as so many restaurants close at 7.  And bring a decent cold weather jacket.

Federico greeted us and got us started on a bottle of Retorno “Parabola” wine.  We had just finished a champagne celebration at happy hour, so this light mix of Tempranillo, Barbera, Carignan would work well with our food decisions that were not yet determined.

Some fresh bread with a jalapeño salsa and a serano salsa eased our stomachs while chatting and reading the new menu. We were very hungry.

This tuna tiradito was a light snack with pineapple and cucumber.  Never tried tiradito before coming to Baja, btw.

On this cool Valle evening(forecast was 41F), a warm plate was suggested next.  I do enjoy raw oysters, but these grilled, cheesed, smoked slurpees were a fun combo.


Federico also introduced us to a pepper known as cascabel in this dish and others on the menu.  That’s “rattlesnake” for me.

Well, the name has the same reference for the peppers as the seeds rattle inside the little dried bulbs.

It has a moderate heat index and was in the small red dollops of our delicious oysters.

Quercus has about 12 tables and feels very much like someone’s home.  Federico is here adding items to our table for the next plates.  He was our host, server and such a warm gentlemen to take time to discuss his business and the food details.

A couple of online discussions have thrown around whether Baja needs to fashion a food nickname or marketing handle to better advertise what the wine and food scene is all about here.  Federico and I have weighed in on a few of those.

Youbetcha, “Baja Med”, “Baja Fusion” and others have been used.  Yes, Mexico has many different food regions, as it is a big country.  But, I think “Baja” is good enough to describe the creativity and expansive choices available in Baja for food.

These pork ribs had a sweet and smokey combo on the thick sauce coating.  Easily could have ordered another bottle of Parabola to quaff with the meat.  Did not.

This snapper on top of orzo was done perfectly with a crunchy seed and nut crust.

Back to overall observations on the Valle de Guadalupe, didjaevernotice how so many of the magazine articles cover the same 6 restaurants and wineries over and over and…???  I’m just a bit too independent to go with the big crowds.

Not saying Quercus is hiding.  It is only 200 meters east of the stop light in San Antonio de las Minas in the Valle de Guadalupe.  But Quercus is a less celebrated gem for ambience, food, service, value and their updated food offerings.

Five out of five autumn oak leaves are awarded to Quercus Restaurant, Federico and team.

Quercus: A taxonomic genus within the family Fagaceae — the oak trees.

Quercus Restaurante Facebook   phone: 646 155 3167

CFE Electricity Protest Tuesday

by Staff Electrical Editor Beverly Luz 

Imagine dining out at a restaurant when they pull the plug Tuesday night.  Pacific Time gets the 5-6pm shift?  My neighborhood experienced a protest by CFE with 10 days in October with electricity interrupted.

Given the arbitrary charges and increases in the rates of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), the National Confederation of Chambers of Commerce (Concanaco) and its members throughout the country called for a “blackout” next Tuesday 13 of November.

Jorge Menchaca Sinencio, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism of Ensenada (Canaco), said that the call is for that day to turn off all the lights of shops, homes and industries from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: 00 hours

The reason for the disagreement, explained the spokesman of organized trade ensenadense, is that throughout the country the CFE is applying increases ranging from 30 to 70 percent, without there being a clear explanation of the increase.

“Crazy receipts”
There are proliferating, he said, the so-called “crazy receipts” issued by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and in which increases are applied in one or some of the many concepts that come in that document.

Menchaca Sinencio indicated that this is happening throughout the country, without the officials of the CFE explain or justify why these values ​​are modified.

He added that there are documented cases in local businesses and other entities in the country, in which there are receipts with much lower consumption -comparatively with the previous month-, but that the amount to be paid may be greater between 30 to 70 per cent. hundred and when the explanation of that variation is requested CFE staff can not do it.

The invitation and proposal, said the president of the local Canaco, is that on Tuesday 13 all the lights go out during a period of one hour, -17: 00 to 18:00 hours- as a form of citizen expression, orderly and peaceful of the malaise for the unjust increase.

There are proliferating so-called “crazy receipts” issued by the CFE and in which increases are applied in one or some of the many concepts that come in that document

Ensenada Beach Tourist Development

by staff Beach Activity Editor, Candida Cobre  

Geezo, I noticed the shipping containers on Playa Hermosa Sunday afternoon wondering what that fuss might be about .  Hope this development succeeds in its attempt to “dignify” the area, whatever that means.

It is a beach.  Other than a convenience store and some taco shops, what else do you need?  It’s a beach!

The Ensenada waterfront is simply one haphazard idea slapped upon another without any overall planning.  A cement plant, military base, snail museum and other eyesores dominate and obfuscate the city’s number one attraction. Ouch!

If only we could begin again starting here:

Playa Hermosa will have a commercial and gastronomic center, a professional skating rink, a minigolf and a beach club, as part of a program to dignify that coastal area and turn it into a family and tourist recreation area.

Héctor Bautista Mejía, director of the Port Administration Integral of Ensenada (API), reported the above and noted that several partial assignments have already been granted in what is one of the most visited areas of the city.

He stressed that to give diversity of uses and attractions were granted to different assignees small areas, low investment parameters and very specific operation, this to ensure that they build and operate businesses that are familiar and attractive to residents, domestic tourists, foreigners and cruise passengers

He informed that the commercial and gastronomic center already has an important advance in its construction which has as a base element the use of containers.

He added that in what will be the Beach Club different services will be offered to members and users and in what refers to the skating rink according to the project will have the characteristics of a professional installation for that sport and recreational activity.

Other works
Regarding the pending works of the current administration, Bautista Mejía said that the extension of the breakwater to 400 meters is about to end and that construction has allowed not only the arrival of large boats, but also when the large ships are in docks can be calm

He also announced that it is expected to conclude, before the end of November, the Monument to the Fisherman – which is built at the beginning of the coastal walker – and will be completed for the month of January the reconstruction and renovation of the docks of El Sauzal.

Ensenada Riviera Hotel Origin

 by staff Hotel Reviewer Julia Jugadora

In the years prior to the construction of the Hotel Playa, Ensenada was just beginning to recover after having spent years of terrible economic crisis; some derivatives for the change of the capital to Mexicali; others probably influenced by the effects of the economic recession that the United States was going through.

If it had not been for the fishing industry, Ensenada would remain stagnant and with little growth, since the tourism that visited us was the one that came looking for alcohol and to have fun in the only casino that was in the port.

This business was called Los Cuervos Negros and it was located on Ruiz Avenue and First Street. It was visited by film personalities and internationally known businessmen. Most of them arrived in Ensenada by boat. Ensenada still did not have paved streets.

In 1930, Ensenada barely had 3 thousand 42 inhabitants, of which 1,787 were men and 1,525 were women. The limits towards the East just arrived at the Ensenada Creek and to the North the shore was practically the 11th street, where was the school for children “Progreso”.

Also there was the school for girls “La Corregidora” located on Ruiz y Sexta street, whose original structure is still preserved. There was also a night school for adults and two kindergartens.

The scarce tourism that visited us, arrived at the hotels Hidalgo, Comercial, Bay Biew, Bungalows Savoy Orange and Ensenada Beach Hotel. They could get to Ensenada by boat or by land, there was frequent transportation to the State of California.

The people supplied themselves with food and tools in the houses of Yun Kui and Rafael Chan, two of the main stores. The houses were decorated with beautiful gardens. The population of Ensenada was considered cultured, as they had frequent music-literary evenings at the Centennial Theater and attended Sundays at Parque Revolución where an orchestra supported by the government entertained. Likewise, they attended the Regional Museum, also known as the Goldbaum Museum, the first museum in Baja California.

Fishing was growing and was the industry that generated the most employment. In El Sauzal, a sargasso beneficiation plant was working to extract potash; as well as a tuna packer called Productos Calmex that Maximiliano Berstein had founded and sold to General Abelardo Rodríguez.

In Punta Banda, there was also a modest abalone packing plant. After having bought the company from Berstein, General Rodríguez installed in El Sauzal the private packaging company Compañía de Productos Marinos, giving a great boost to the industry. The first package that was made on July 9, 1929, was made of abalone.

The construction
The hotel was built entirely on the extensive dunes that were part of the beautiful bay of Ensenada. Historically, that is the first action against the beach ecosystem of the bay. It will be followed by a series of actions that will end up ending with the safest and most beautiful part of the beaches that originally were the main attraction of the first tourists of the port.

When the Mexican Company of Rosarito, acquires the concessions that covered the beaches of Rosarito, San Miguel and Ensenada; He then bought the hotel that was almost completed in Rosarito and that his first businessmen left because they could not carry out the project, proceeding in the same way in Ensenada, where construction had also begun (in 1928) of what its promoters Originals were called the “Ensenada International Club” and then the “Ensenada Beach Club”.

The Mexican Company of Rosarito, formed a subsidiary company: the “Cía. De Mejoras de Ensenada, SA “to manage the hotel in Ensenada and attract tourism, through the guaranteed offer of:” enjoy an excellent climate, a beach-spa first, fishing, hunting nearby, tennis and a splendid bay to sail or take a walk on their yachts. Then a golf course would be added. A businessman could be very good there with his colleagues, as well as a family man who wants to spend a vacation with his wife and children, being able to have a drink without fear of being arrested or falling into the hands of a smuggler. ”

The work was done by the architect, Gordon F. Mayer and the builder James L. Miller. Its architectural style is representative of the stylistic current of Mexican architecture called “Californian” of the thirties, a style that is based on a technique inherited from Spain that takes the constructive form of the colonial period with the classic aspects of tiles, arches and lattices.

The materials used for its construction were brought from different parts of the world. For example, the bars that were installed in arches and windows are said to have belonged to old colonial buildings in Havana; the fine woods of its roofs and lintels, are cedars of a species that inhabits a worm, that when the tree is knocked down, leaves it leaving that interesting eaten texture; its leaded stained glass windows are in the Italian style; the filigree lamps and beautiful beveled glass lanterns were brought from Spain, as well as all their mosaics, some of which include the double-headed eagle of the Habsburgs, the Austrian house that reigned in Spain, and in other cases, the lions of the Kingdom of León and Castilla; the select furniture was brought from many parts, from Persian rugs to comfortable and Chinese screens; In the entrance hall, European tapestries and a large grand piano were installed. All the materials were brought in boats. The decoration was complemented by the murals and pictorial works of Alfredo Ramos Martínez, considered the father of Mexican mural art.

The casino was inaugurated with great celebration, on October 31, 1930. The total cost of the work was estimated at 2 million dollars.

Hotel Playa (1930 – 1938)
Definitely, with the opening of the Playa Hotel, a great boost was given to Ensenada’s economy. Aesthetically, the brand new construction adorned its beautiful bay and through the promotions of the hotel, the city became more known every day. During this time the hotel and casino functioned successfully as expected by its owners, including Jerome D. Utley, the majority shareholder.

Customers arrived continuously from the United States by sea aboard private yachts and two ships and by air, aboard the “The Maddox” plane that landed on the beach taking advantage of low tides. On Saturdays came the passenger ships “Alexander” and “Ruth Alexander”.

One arrived at the port at noon, and the other at midnight. Among the celebrities who visited us were several film artists, such as Charles Chaplin, Dolores del Río, Marion Davis, William Hearst, Merle Norman, Lupe Vélez, Johnny Weismuller, Mirna Loy, Arthur Hornblow, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnal, Lana Turner , Ali Khan and Geni Tierne, among others. Most of the clients stayed at the hotel, being the only ones who could use the facilities. At that time the membership did not work yet.

At this stage, hotel rules were very strict, employees were not allowed to enter the casino, or the dining room.

During the first three years, the hotel and casino worked very well due to the increase of visitors who came to have fun and drink intoxicating drinks, because in the United States the “Prohibition Law” reigned, but that period of bonanza, came down to be The law was repealed in 1933.

As if that were not enough, the hotel crisis worsened when the president of Mexico, General Lázaro Cárdenas, banned gambling in 1935. In short, during this period of crisis, the hotel opened and closed, until a bad day in 1938, the hotel unable to hold closed its doors. The world was no longer for parties and the first stage of glory of the majestic Hotel Playa ended.

The military barracks (1941 – 1942)
When the hotel closed its doors, it was left to the care of Mr. Isaac Chapluk, a trusted employee and a night watchman.

Those were the times when the Second World War was developing and Mexico had become an ally against the Axis forces, led by Germany, Italy and Japan. Because it was feared attack by the Japanese, the Beach Hotel became the headquarters of the General Staff of the Second Military Zone, belonging to the Sixth Pacific Region. As commander of the area was appointed the former president of Mexico, General Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, who remained in Ensenada from the end of the year 1941, until August 1942, when he had to change to the facilities of the Second Military Zone of the Cypress. Again, the hotel was for the second time in charge of Mr. Chapluk and his family.

First abandonment (1942 – 1948)
In this hotel stage, the deterioration of its facilities begins. The gardens look neglected and the facilities are prey to moisture and dust. The administration goes through serious economic problems and the embargoes are numerous. All the investors claim their part, but Mr. Jerome A. Utley, a septuagenarian bachelor, in 1948, cedes the building by public deed to Mrs. Marjorie King Plant, who for business interests, marries Lic. Alfonso Rocha and they reopen the building with the new name of Hotel Riviera del Pacífico and a new stage of the building begins.

Hotel Riviera del Pacífico (1949 – 1964)
With its new administration, a good stage of the hotel begins, which, without a casino, opens up more to the society of Ensenaden. It begins to celebrate the famous dances “Black and White”, which annually organized the Rotarian Ladies, where they met all the ambassadors from the State and Sonora and California. It was also a place for celebrations of the Emperador Club, as well as celebrations of weddings, quinceañeras and parties of the society with greater economic resources of the town. The most demanded rooms were the luxurious Cathedral Hall and the Casino Room.

It was also the scene of concerts, cultural events and national and international conventions. The great figures of politics and show business were staying there.

At the beginning of the 1950s the Hotel Riviera del Pacífico experienced one of its best times. But the fate was adverse, because Mr. Utley, who had transferred the rights to Marjorie Plant, wanted to recover the hotel because he was still owed 42,000 dollars that had not been able to pay him, so he filed a lawsuit. bankruptcy. It was a time of great litigation, which finally favored Mrs. Plant, who returned to manage the business in the company of his partner, however, so many problems with the business, tired Margorie and went to live in California. A short time later, in 1950, he asked for a divorce from Lic. Rocha.

Meanwhile, in 1955, Lic. Rocha paid his share to his ex-wife and reorganized the structure of the former Ensenada Improvement Company, in order to apply to the Hotel Credit Bank of Mexico City for the amount of four million pesos. to build a new section of one hundred rooms, whose profits would help to solve the operation of the hotel.

This work was almost finished, when another blow comes. Utley, was not satisfied with the way things had been, so in 1956 he demands a criminal trial against Lic. Rocha, and already tired of so many litigation, Rocha decided to leave the business and leaves Ensenada. Due to the debt incurred, in 1957 the hotel is in charge of the Hotel Credit Bank.

The problems continued to be presented with the new administration, which had to face intermittent closures and reopenings, until the final closure in January 1964, the date on which the wedding of a couple ensenadense takes place, this being the last social celebration.

Since then, the facilities of the Riviera passed to the federal government, which through erroneous decisions begins to demolish the building with all the valuable works of Alfredo Ramos Martínez, which in my opinion very personal, I do not rule out the possibility that some have saved and still remain in shelter of a particular collection, as is the case of innumerable furniture and objects that adorned the building. Fortunately, at the end of that year there is a change of government and a sector of Ensenada, is opposed to continue destroying what has been of such beautiful architectural work.

The second abandonment (1964 – 1978)
This period is distinguished by the almost total abandonment, where the facilities remained mutilated and in full decline. In this time is when I met their facilities. The building still looked imposing, but you could see the neglect and it was a shelter for dogs and used as a stable in its lower parts, which are now known as the Red Room, Cathedral Hall and the Bugambilia Courtyard. Every once in a while there was a person who did not allow you to approach or enter their facilities. Even so, the looting and pillaging of what was left continued.

Social and cultural site (1978 – Present time)
Fortunately, in 1978 it was decided to give life to the building. It is the architect Jorge Swain Chávez, then head of the Board of Material Improvements, who decides to clean part of the hotel to use it.

This measure was well seen by citizens, and from then on its restoration becomes a reality. From here you start using the property. In this year, the Riviera del Pacifico Hotel is converted by Presidential Decree of September 22, 1978, into the Social, Civic and Cultural Center of Ensenada.

In 1979, the Federal Government transferred it to the Government of the State when it was governor Roberto de la Madrid Romandía, who in 1980 put him in the custody of a board headed by Guillermo Corral who administered it until 1990.

Once the Cathedral Hall had been conditioned, on August 14, 1981, the 50th anniversary of its inauguration was belatedly celebrated. In 1992, a Decree was signed by the State Government, in which the custody of the building was transferred to the Municipality of Ensenada. Ernesto Ruffo Appel was the head of the State Government. Shortly after, José Luis Fernández Bandini was appointed as administrator, who for 14 years dedicated himself to improving and beautifying the building and its large gardens. We owe a lot to the Ensenadenses.

When Fernández Bandini passed away, his son José Luis Fernández Ruiz passed him, and since he started the Administration of the Riviera Cultural Center, he assumed a task that, in addition to the maintenance of the property, made the official procedures with the Federal Government, Conaculta, and INBA so that the building is decreed as an Artistic Monument of Ensenada.

This document is issued by the Ministry of Public Education on February 4, 2011 through a Decree published in the Official Gazette of the Federation. In this is declared an artistic monument known as the Social, Civic and Cultural Center Riviera de Ensenada (Old Beach Hotel or former Hotel Riviera del Pacífico).

The document in question signed by the President of the Republic establishes that this decree is based on articles 2, 3, 5, 22, 33 and 34 of the Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Artistic Areas and Historical

There are still more stories to tell about this beautiful building that has become an icon of the city, but we will do it in other installments. For the moment, I want to share this information with the support of photographs for each of the stages shown here. Some images are unpublished and others, almost unknown by the public.

Credits and thanks. Especially Mrs. Elsa Villavicencio Rudametkin, who has grown up with the history of this building. She shared interesting anecdotes and historical information; she is owed some images shown here. I also relied on the magnificent work of Mrs. María Eugenia Bonifás de Novelo.

The oldest photographs are from the collection of Mrs. Jeannette Miller, daughter of the architect builder. The images of General Cárdenas with his General Staff, and where Dolores del Río appears, are from the General Archive of the Nation.

Macroplaza Overpass on Reforma

by Staff Construction Editor Casco Calafia 

Did anyone studying this plan for flooding?  Guesstimate is that the trench they would dig would be below sea level?  Remember this flood in that same block in February?…


Members of the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry (CMIC) of Ensenada met with the Secretaries of Infrastructure and Urban Development (Sidue), the Secretary of Fisheries of the State (Sepesca) and Cespe, to whom they presented the “Project Bank” “In which they have worked and put at the disposal of the dependencies.

Héctor Ramos García, spokesman of the CMIC on behalf of the president of the same body, said that the Bank of Works seeks to accelerate the work of the dependencies, with the development of priority works for the city, highlighting above all, works of urban mobility.

Among the works they have done, there are underpasses along Reforma Avenue, which would give the city more agility and stop the pollution growth that the Port is experiencing at this moment;the work planned was Calle Hierro, which includes an overpass that would prevent the road from braking at peak hours.

“The creation of a project bank is a good way to contribute to the link between companies and government, between students and companies, since students from different universities have also been added,” said architect Eduardo Hernández Castro, president of the commission Young entrepreneurs

This work seeks to speed up road mobility on Reforma Avenue, from Antonio Villarreal Street to Pablo Horta, this, as part of the strategy of linking the camera and educational institutions.

The presence of the student of the faculty of architecture and design of the UABC Okairy Yoselin Salazar Beltrán, who has developed this preliminary project, also stood out.

In the end they agreed to leave open the working tables between Sidue, Cmic, Sepesca and Cespe to know the projects in which they have worked and that are applicable, backed by serious studies, to be executed in the city.

Sidue announced that currently works on 5 priority works for the city, the first of them is: Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada intersection with Teniente Azueta Street (UABC Road Node), Reforma Extension, Chapultepec-Maneadero; Road to Ojos Negros-El Chinero, Eje Esmeralda and the modernization of the stretch Maneadero a la Bufadora, where there are already advances and have been invested so far 1 million 274 thousand pesos.

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