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Tijuana Pollution Closes San Diego Beaches


Beaches as far north as the Hotel del Coronado have been closed following weekend showers that flushed sewage-polluted water through the Tijuana River and into the Pacific Ocean.

The closures, which started Sunday, also include the shorelines of Border Field State Park, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Imperial Beach and Silver Strand.

Such impacts have increasingly infuriated South Bay residents in recent years as Tijuana’s sewage infrastructure continues to buckle under the weight of the city’s housing boom.

Beaches as far north as the Hotel del Coronado have been closed following weekend showers that flushed sewage-polluted water through the Tijuana River and into the Pacific Ocean.

The closures, which started Sunday, also include the shorelines of Border Field State Park, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Imperial Beach and Silver Strand.

Such impacts have increasingly infuriated South Bay residents in recent years as Tijuana’s sewage infrastructure continues to buckle under the weight of the city’s housing boom.

In addition to pathogens found in sewage — including bacteria such as E. coli, vibrio and salmonella — there are several viruses and intestinal parasites that can cause everything from diarrhea to meningitis to respiratory infections.

Under dry conditions, pumps on the Tijuana River divert flows of sewage-tainted water from emptying into the river valley. However, according to federal authorities, the system’s capacity is overwhelmed by nearly any rain event and requires shutting down to prevent damage.

This month, the cities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista, as well as the Port of San Diego filed a Clean Water Act lawsuit against the federal government in an attempt to force the funding of projects to divert and or treat the polluted water.

The lawsuit alleges that the U.S. side of the International Boundary and Water Commission, or IBWC, hasn’t taken sufficient steps to control sewage, industrial waste, pesticides and massive amounts of trash that regularly flow through the Tijuana River and into the Pacific Ocean.

According to the complaint, sections of the Imperial Beach shoreline were closed for more than 160 days in both 2017 and 2016, as well as for more than 200 days in 2015 as the result of such contamination.

IBWC authorities have countered that they’re actively pursuing binational solutions to limit the water pollution. The agency oversees water treaties with Mexico and facilitates infrastructure spending along the border.

Before the two countries spent hundreds of millions of dollars to construct treatment plants on both sides of the border two decades ago, up to 10 million gallons of raw sewage a day flowed down the Tijuana River and into San Diego County.


Maneadero Garbage Piles


Bajadock: This beautiful view is on one of my favorite hikes. These clandestine garbage dumps are huge throughout the Punta Banda area, west of Maneadero.  Most are 1/2 mile south of the paved Carretera La Bufadora, just far away from traffic to hide the dumping from witnesses.

Due to the fact that garbage trucks take a long time to pass in the Maneadero delegation, some inhabitants and merchants have opted to throw their trash on the ranches, putting at risk the quality certifications that farmers have.

“The problem of trash is something old in Maneadero and has not been able to solve, it seems that the municipality is not interested in solving the problem, they are always waiting for resources and do not start working with the tools they have,” said Raymundo Carrillo Huerta, farmer.

He mentioned that he recently met with other farmers in the area and everyone complained about the large amount of garbage that the inhabitants throw on their ranches every day.

“The trash is affecting us because the ranches are certified and all the effort that the farmers make to have the ranches clean, is at risk due to the lack of awareness of the people and the deficient work of the public services management, if the ranches they get contaminated, we lose our certifications, “he said.

Carrillo Huerta commented that in some parts of the delegation the truck takes a month to pass, however, there are other areas where it can take up to three months without passing.

“People throw everything, in the streams, in the salitral and there are merchants who also throw garbage, there are even people who are dedicated to collecting garbage and charge but then go and throw it to the ranch,” he complained.

The farmer said that another very strong problem is the burning of garbage, since every day in the morning there are people who set fire to their garbage, which causes pollution and risk of a ranch burning.

He also indicated that three years ago they detected more than 30 clandestine garbage dumps in different parts of the delegations and lately they have been discovering more, which is why they demand the intervention of the municipal authority.

“The deputy director of public services, José de la Luz Valdez López, already has three administrations in that unit, he knows the subject well, he is not a novice, we need more attention in Maneadero and his experience is noticed,” he concluded.

Migrant Border Crossing App

On Monday, while a stopgap spending measure was being approved in the Senate as part of a new February deadline for immigration reform, a curious teaser video appeared online.

“What if there was a smarter way that gave people the power to freely enter and reenter the United States with just a few taps of their smartphone?” a narrator asked.

What if?

The slick 72-second spot had largely slipped under the radar, with a mere 59 views at the time it was abruptly taken offline Wednesday evening. That’s something of an irony, considering it’s for a mobile app we’re told is for migrants hoping to avoid immigration authorities while crossing the Mexico-US boundary on foot, including potential obstacles like the “big, beautiful wall” President Donald Trump has repeatedly pledged to build along the southern border.

It’s called Bienvenidos (“Welcome”) and it’s billed as “the world’s first community-based navigation app for migration.” Motherboard first learned of the app in a cold email pitch we received on Monday from “The Bienvenidos Team” (it’s unclear how many others might have gotten the same formulaic release). The project’s website,, claimed the app offers undocumented migrants and individuals a streamlined means of navigating the perils of border crossing, which so often involves days-long treks over harsh terrain in extreme weather. Imagine Waze, Google’s free GPS-based traffic and navigation app, only for transiting the borderlands undetected and in one piece.

But in a hot-button climate around the politics of borders and people moving between them, can one be so sure? Is Bienvenidos, in fact, real?

“Yes, Bienvenidos is real and currently in development,” an individual speaking on behalf of the project told Motherboard over email. “Whether it’s Dreamers or DACA recipients being deported by force, or people attempting to enter the United States for the first time, Bienvenidos attempts to make border crossing simpler, safer, and faster, improving the quality of everyone’s journey,” said the rep, who asked to remain anonymous “given the highly sensitive subject matter that our app engages in.”

Image: Bienvenidos

The pitch is almost deceptively simple: just punch in your location and “get going” with real-time information on optimal routes for jumping the international boundary. Additionally, users will receive live notifications on the whereabouts of US Border Patrol agents stationed over the high-tech dragnet that now defines one of the most expensive borders in the world, where a constellation of ground sensors, hidden cameras, and spy drones feeds into an expanding borderland-industrial complex.

Bienvenidos will also enable users to “outsmart any border wall” with tips about “vulnerabilities and weak spots” in existing fencing and barricades, and to “share tunneling locations and conditions” and drop pins for other crossers along the way. The company site also said it plans to eventually expand the service to France, Germany, the UK, Greece, the Netherlands, and Spain.

Exactly how any of that would work is not entirely clear. There is little by way of information about what the functionality and technological safeguards behind such a tool might look like. The Bienvenidos rep we spoke to declined a request for any kind of working demo or additional information to otherwise show proof of concept. “This app obviously entails a much higher level of security and safety concerns than the typical app,” the rep said, “so we can’t simply disseminate beta versions in the typical way.”

In other words, there’s really no way for us to verify whether Bienvenidos is indeed an app designed with genuinely humanitarian intent. Or if it’s even an app at all. Of course, it might be. But who’s to say Bienvenidos isn’t rather a trolling operation, or a stunt of some kind? Maybe it’s an art project? The nearly 2,000-mile Mexico-US border, after all, has a rich history as a canvas for politically-charged installations and performance pieces meant to feel provocative—disrupting the border, as it were.

Think of the company behind popular card game Cards Against Humanity making a border land-grab to counter US efforts to build up physical barriers there; the Mexican congressman who filmed and tweeted himself scaling and sitting atop the wall last year to mock Trump’s calls to extend it along the entire border; a 65-foot-tall image of a baby’s face peeking over the wall; or that time in 1997, when artist Marcos Ramírez Erre threaded a 33-foot, two-headed Trojan Horse statue through snarling vehicle traffic at the port-of-entry near Tijuana and San Diego. Ramírez Erre carted the wooden equine until it straddled the line between the neighboring countries, a statement on the nature of existing in two nations at the same time.

If Bienvenidos falls into this tradition of border art—and we can’t confidently say itdoesn’t—perhaps it could be seen as part commentary on “the wall,” part indictment of a startup culture that exploits minorities while simultaneously cooperating with government requests for user data.

But if not? If Bienvenidos is, as we’re told it is, a bonafide app? Then it’s a bad idea.

Image: Bienvenidos

“I don’t see the appeal,” Robert Bunker, an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University whose work regularly focuses on Mexico-US borderland issues, told me over email. “So, people crossing the border are going to crowd share their info like car drivers with Google Maps?”

Say Bienvenidos is, truly, an app created with only the best intentions. By offering something other than material aid like food and water, as a volunteer with a migrant rights group in Arizona was recently arrested for, the app is instead facilitating the potential breaking of multiple current US laws, namely illegal border crossings, Bunker said. One also has to wonder whether such a location-based service, in the cat-and-mouse chase between human smuggling and efforts to combat undocumented border crossing, is even something migrants and other crossers, people who are already inclined to draw as little or any unwanted attention to themselves, would willingly sign up for. That’s assuming the forces out against them could just as easily get on Bienvenidos too.

“What would stop Border Patrol agents from signing up for this also?” Bunker said.

The immediate countermeasure to Bienvenidos, if it indeed it is a legitimate product, would be militias and so-called civilian “patriot groups” with a presence along the border, Bunker added. These groups could conceivably figure out how to “spoof” the system, flooding it with false intel about Border Patrol outposts, overhead drones, and sensors.

To this point, we asked Bienvenidos how people who use the app will be protected, if users should be concerned about their cover potentially being blown, and where and how personal information and location data will be collected and stored. The company stressed that security is “clearly paramount” if it is to succeed in making a reliable app, but was vague on specifics.

Image: Bienvenidos

“Everything has been secured from the ground up using robust algorithms and API encryption, in addition to database encryption and encrypted connections with a TLS,” the rep said. “Meaning that we keep all data private while in transit.”

“Additionally, we use a federated database system, which spreads resources across diverse servers that are geographically decentralized, so they’re not all in one place, keeping key resources from users, with additional encryption,” the rep added. “Lastly, user data is secured on a file-by-file basis, providing at-rest data with encryption so that it cannot be interpreted if intercepted.”

On the front end, we’re told, “anyone will be able to download Bienvenidos,” although in order to register over email and then actually utilize the app prospective users will need to clear a “preliminary review process.” The rep claimed anyone trying to sign up for Bienvenidos using a US government-issued email address, including CBP or ICE agents, wouldn’t have access. The company did not respond to follow up questions about what the “preliminary review process” entails and where users get the app once they are approved.

Beyond that, there will be additional safeguards built into the app to “prevent or actively disable” American officials from using it, according to the rep, who told us the app’s functionality hinges on specific movement signatures and “limited engagements.” In this way, it mirrors the mechanics of crossing the border, a “migratory” nature keyed to the app’s proprietary algorithm.

“Aberrant use of the app, including overly extended usage or abnormal movement patterns, are red flags and clear indicators of bad actors, which will prevent usage,” the rep said. “In other words, even if an ICE or CBP agent were to sign up, their starting location and movement style while using the app would be so distinctly different than someone attempting to cross the border that it would trigger an immediate security measure to shutdown their account and prevent usage.”

All of which might demonstrate a grasp of computer security theory, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it squares with the reality on the ground.

“The humanitarian intent of the app and its application in the real world—the use for which they are intending it—is likely not going to play out very well,” Bunker said. “The thought that individuals and families that want to cross the border will go through a preliminary review process with the app developers, as part of the ‘front-end user experience’ is, in my mind, a Silicon Valley fantasy that seems based on upper middle class millennials.”

He said that’s because small groups of individuals or families simply don’t cross from Mexico to the US, over vast tracts of Southwestern desert, on their own or under the watch of independent foot guides, or coyotes. Or at least not like they did back in the day, according to Bunker. It all comes down to the cartels: Mexican organized crime gangs have pulled this illicit market out from under the mom-and-pop operations that formerly controlled border crossings, meaning people who have paid to be smuggled into the US are now often forced to double as drug mules, carrying backpacks full of narcotics. It’s hard to see fertile ground for a robust, independent user pool for an app like Bienvenidos in an environment like the one that currently exists on the border.

“If used by those actually doing the [drug] transport, it would only benefit cartel and gang members involved in human smuggling,” Bunker said. “I have real trouble seeing them actually signing up for this app, as that would make no sense.”

That’s especially true in a liminal place where you just don’t see many smartphones. As we’ve previously reported, most migrants and smugglers attempting to cross the border carry disposable “burner” phones, a ubiquitous pay-as-you-go mobile tech that is an essential tool of border crossings today. Still others don’t use cell phones, period, for fear of inadvertently beaming their location to authorities patrolling the US side. When high-tech tops low-tech, go no tech, basically.

This is something I’ve heard firsthand while reporting in and around the sister cities of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, a major port-of-entry into the US, a little south of Tucson. Extended interviews with a Sinaloa cartel plaza boss and one of his coyotes gave off a keen sense of a fixation smugglers share with migrants over leaving behind electronic footprints. The coyote, a twentysomething local who I’ll call Juan, claimed at the time that he was crossing 15 to 20 migrants into the US each week, and told me neither he nor the individuals he guides keep phones on them during runs. Juan added that he and his bosses will sometimes confiscate and turn off the phones of migrants ahead of time.

“People are very suspicious here,” Juan said. “They don’t use cell phones.”

As this story was about to go to press Wednesday evening Bienvenidos sent out an update.

“All content has been taken down and currently unavailable,” it said. “Apologies for the confusion, but we’re holding off on our announcement after all for the time being.”

With additional reporting by Jason Koebler.

2018 Driest in 70 Years ENSENADA, Baja California(GH)

2018 will be a year with more heat and less rain due to a system of semi -permanent high pressure, which was reinforced by the condition ‘La Niña’ and blocked the winter masses, said Santiago Higareda Cervera, Laboratory Meteorological Forecast Center Scientific research and Higher Education of Ensenada (Cicese).

“The driest year we’ve had in Ensenada was in 1953, with 86.7 millimeters of rain. In November 2017 and had 5 mm rainfall during the first 2018 fell from 24 to 25 millimeters. With that he took approximately 30, so if it does not rain more than 50 millimeters in the remainder of this season, 2018 could be the driest year in the last 70 years , “he said.

He added that for 80 years has seen the condition “El Niño” influences in this region of Mexico and part of California, generating the average coldest days and heavy rains. “La Niña”, meanwhile, is associated with less amount of precipitation and warmer days.

” We ended a neutral year and had a ‘La Niña’, which warns a dry year, the average over the past 70 years tells us that when the year ‘Niña’ expected about 90 to 150 millimeters of precipitation, however when ‘El Niño’, more than 250 millimeters of rain, which is the annual average for this area is hope , “he said.

After 1953 the driest years in Cove (caused by the condition of “La Niña”) were 1968, with 93 mm of rainfall, and 1950, with 98.2, while the year 1978 were more precipitation with 677.2 mm.; 1983, with 588.7, and 1980, with 477.8 millimeters of precipitation, however, conditions in these years “El Niño” presented intense.

“In Ensenada we live in a region where there is little rain. Our rainy season runs from October to April. In season 2017-2018 has heard that the rains were late, but that’s not entirely true, the general circulation of the atmosphere is generating systems, whether high or low pressure, and it is these that will will allow storms or cold air masses fall down or not , “he explained.

The researcher said that currently there is a system of semi – permanent high pressure, which was reinforced by the condition ‘La Niña’ and blocked the winter masses from October to December 2017 as a result there was less rain and days warmer, like in summer and not in winter.

“The port of Ensenada has a peculiarity regarding other states: the climate here is very variant, the Pacific Ocean is the same for the whole republic, but here is the California Current is a stream of cold waters from Alaska and it goes down to San Jose del Cabo, that takes to the West and back up to Alaska , “he explained.

In Mexico the entity responsible for weather information is the National Water Commission, which depends on the National Weather Service. However, besides this commission, the Navy, the Mexican Air Force, Army and other Mexican institutions make weather forecasts.

“In the Cicese will work with all these models that emit Mexican and international institutions, what we do is analyze information, see patterns and thus determine and issue the forecast for our region , ” he said.

In addition to the weather forecast, visualize are responsible for climate changes covering longer periods of time, climatological statistics and storage models later make comparative thereof.

“One of the recommendations for the population is a change of habits around what we can do with the little rainwater that reaches our region, Baja California is a state where there is little rain; That’s a reality we can not change what we can change our habits are, we must be prepared and take the little water that comes and prevent all go to the sea, “he said.

Border Wall for Garbage

The county’s first significant winter storm has prompted a 72-hour general advisory for San Diego’s coastal waters and beach closures for the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park.

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health (DEH) issued the general advisory, warning swimmers, surfers and other ocean users to stay out of the water for 72 hours, because rains can significantly increase bacteria levels in ocean and bay waters — especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoon outlets. Rains create “urban runoff” that washes pollution from streets, landscapes, homes and roads to the ocean and bay.

This includes all coastal beaches and all of Mission Bay and San Diego Bay. Elevated bacteria levels can persist after a rainstorm depending upon the intensity of the storm, volume of runoff and ocean and current conditions.

Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation. While many coastal storm drains within San Diego County are permanently posted with white metal warning signs, additional temporary warning signs are not posted for general advisories.

Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field Park

DEH also issued a water contact closure for the ocean shoreline at Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park due to sewage-contaminated flows from the Tijuana River entering the United States. The closure area includes the beach-line from the south end of Seacoast Drive to the International Border. Signs will remain in place until sample results indicate the ocean water is safe for recreational use and DEH will continue to monitor water quality at other beaches in the area. Please be advised that the access road to Friendship Park, within Border Field State Park, may also be affected with sewage-impacted runoff and should be avoided. map
Screenshot image as of 2:00pm January 9, 2018.

For more information about the Tijuana River, please call the U.S. International Boundary & Water Commission at 619-662-7600. For updates on beach closure information please visit our website at or call the 24-hr. hotline at (619) 338-2073.

Source: County of San Diego News Center

Mexican Funky Phone Prefixes End


Say goodbye to telephone prefix confusion: all phone calls in Mexico — mobile or fixed — will be made using 10 digits, and no prefixes will be required.

The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) announced the change this week, but it won’t take effect until August 3, 2019.

The prefixes being phased out include the 01 entered before long-distance calls or non-geographical numbers (think 01-800 numbers), and 044 and 045, used to make local and long-distance calls, respectively, to a mobile phone from a landline.

A long distance call from abroad to a mobile number in Mexico will no longer need the number 1 before the area code.

The IFT said telecommunication service providers have more than a year and a half before the new system becomes active, enough time to adjust their networks and systems for proper implementation of the new 10-digit domestic dialing.

The agency said the system will allow for a more streamlined and standardized dialing procedure and a more efficient administration of numeric resources.

It will also save a lot of confusion for anyone unfamiliar with the current system.

Sewage Spill of the Month

ViaSat New Internet Satellite Launch

Bajadock: Viasat’s Exede internet is a big improvement(yep, with problems) over the first generation of satellite internet service available for Baja.  Starband was my first satellite internet provider, yuck.  I’m a big believer in technology and competition.  Hope this satellite deployment and competitors continue to race for faster, more reliable and more affordable internet.

Approximately 29 minutes after liftoff, the ViaSat-2 mission was underway with the satellite separating from the launch vehicle. First signals from the satellite were acquired shortly thereafter through a ground station at Hassan, India. In the coming days, ViaSat-2 will start orbit raising with its chemical propulsion system, followed by solar array deployments, and will then switch over to its electric propulsion system to complete orbit raising over the coming months. ViaSat expects it will take several months for ViaSat-2 to reach its final orbital destination, located at 69.9° west longitude.

Mark Dankberg, ViaSat’s chairman and CEO commented, “Today’s successful launch is a momentous event in ViaSat’s history. It represents the culmination of hard work, dedication and commitment to technical excellence from across the ViaSat team. We also want to recognize our launch team partners, Boeing and Arianespace, for their support and collaboration in helping us successfully launch ViaSat-2.”

ViaSat-2 is a geostationary satellite that operates in Ka-band frequencies. It was designed to offer high-capacity connectivity and wide coverage, with the flexibility to move capacity to where demand requires it.

ViaSat-2 is expected to significantly improve speeds, reduce costs and expand the footprint of broadband services across North America, Central America, the Caribbean, a portion of northern South America, as well as the primary aeronautical and maritime routes across the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe.

Dankberg continued, “The innovations in our ViaSat-2 spacecraft and underlying network will enable us to be one step closer to connecting the world, and delivering new higher speed fixed and mobility services that will continue to compete with traditional broadband services.”

“Arianespace is excited to have delivered for ViaSat!  We are proud to have launched one of the world’s most advanced telecommunications satellites, ViaSat-2, safely to orbit. Great things are in store for our friends at ViaSat,” said Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace.

“We are honored that ViaSat has put their trust in Boeing to build and deliver their next-generation satellite, ViaSat-2, a high-power 702 satellite with advanced capabilities that will help ViaSat connect millions around the world through high-speed broadband service,” said
Mark Spiwak, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International.

About ViaSat

ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) keeps the world connected. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access – anywhere – whether on the ground or in-flight. The Company’s innovations in designing highest-capacity satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal technologies coupled with its international network of managed Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband internet service, globally. For more information visit ViaSat at:, or follow the Company on
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Frig Wars Sequel

Three weeks ago, noticed that my referigerated beer was on the lukewarm side.  That Luke guy must have been a charmer to get all of that recognition for so many years.

Deployed my handy frig thermometer to see what was happening.  52F-ing degrees?  Ouchees.  My Frig wars from December/January are back!

Freezer was doing its job freezing ice and at 0F degrees.  Reading various diy articles on the cold freezer + warm frig diagnoses, most likely air is not moving properly due to ice blockage.

Thought it must be simple, but, a bit beyond my screwdriver skillset.  Against my better judgement called repairman “N”, who helped me years ago, but, failed me this past January.  He shows up and says “needs freon”.  Well why the heck is the freezer compartment working?  Then he tells me he forgot to bring his freon can and charges me 200 pesos.  He did not forget to bring his girlfriend with him on his visit to the clouds in our panoramic neighborhood.

Per my January story of frig drama this winter, I think many of these frig dudes have two paths of income.  One is their freon can.  The other is swapping compressors.  Essentially they can prescribe drugs(freon) or do heart surgery(compressor).  They know nothing else in between.  New compressor is likely a $300USD fix.  I went through 4 “recommended” frig repair guys in December and January before finding someone who knows refrigerators.

Called my #1 frig tech, Angel, from El Primo appliance store in Los Globos segunda district.  He was busy that week, but, would get back to me.  He did call me back later that week to let me know he would get back to me next week. Nada.  Angel truly knows appliances.  But, he is difficult to engage for a service call in my remote part of the universe.

Are they clever enough to slow walk my frig repair to parlay that into me buying a new frig?  Hmmm.

Having penciled in my mind the $1,200USD for a new frig, what should I do?  The drama is not urgent, as I have a freezer full of good food, lower drawers in that frig that are at 40F cooling veggies and a spair dorm frig taking care of me.  But, the 2.5 weeks of frustration is clawing at my attitude.

Picked up my vehicle this Wednesday from our neigborhood mechanic who is the perfect technician.  He does what you want, usually is down within 24-48 hours, calls you with options and will also offer advice on other diagnoses for future repairs.  Wish I had a guy like him for all of my other repair needs.

With my fixed car on my way downtown Wednesday, decided to give Angel, frig tech expert, one more try.  Headed to El Primo appliances(Angel’s shop) with flan and watermelon for Maria, the owner.  Wrote a letter in Spanish explaining my frig diagnosis of cold freezer/warm frig and stapled 500mnp to the letter.  Added a 12 pack of cold Tecate for Angel.

Maria had Angel on phone immediately.  Friday visit was promised.

Friday 5:30PM, Angel calls and says he’ll be at my house in one hour.  But, he also asks me questions about the frig behavior.  My Spanish is sufficient to explain the congeledor frio/refrigerador caliente aventura.

At 6:25, I see Angel’s smiling face.  Angel looks like a MLB shortstop who should have plenty of groupies attending to his needs.  Like most good techs, he is small on bullshit and quick and curious on what is wrong with my frig.  In January, he guessed what was wrong with a bad upper coil, took the frig on a Friday at 6PM and had it back with new coil on Monday at 6PM.

On today’s visit, he opened up the panel behind my frig veg drawers to show me the glacier of ice covering the lower coil.  Chopping with a screwdriver, using a paint heat gun and boiling water, we cleared the ice.  Angel, guessing the fix, brought a spare fan to replace the bad fan that was causing the ice buildup.


This little guy, approx 4″ x 4″ was causing me all of this grief.  Looks like it costs $5 bucks in China. It is an evaporator fan.  “Evaporator fan motor W10395278 circulates air through the fresh food compartment for efficient cooling.”    The fan is approx $45 at SearsPartsDirect.  Use PARTS17 for a 15% discount.

Angel charged me a whopping 1,000mnp(that’s a whopping $60USD) for the 1 hour of work, plus 45 minute commute to/fro my house.  OK, add on the 12pk of Tecate Roja, the gas money and the sweet goodies for Maria, and I’m likely paying $110USD for the service.  Could not get that deal in USA.  And I would have missed out on practicing my Spanglish and learning more about Mex cultura!

Simple things make life so happy.

El Primo, Maria, 646-177-3177.  El Primo sells and services major appliances.  Español solamente.

May your appliances enjoy a wonderful Independence weekend!

Ensenada Desalination Delay

Bajadock: above map is skewed 90 degrees, as north is to your right.  The desal plant is located near Home Depot and Caliente Casino on south side of Ensenada.

The members of the Entrepreneurial Coordinating Council of Ensenada (CCEE), demanded the State Government, to provide information on the delay of the desalination plant in Ensenada, since the heat season has started and water shortage is expected again.

“We agreed to require the governor to address the problem of the company that has not been able to conclude with the work of the desalination plant, I am a builder and I know that if you do not meet the times comes a sanction, we want to know what happens with the times and when They will give us the water supply, “said Marco Antonio Coronado Valenzuela, President of CCEE.

The business leader considered that the state government should review whether the company has incurred breach of contract to apply a sanction or in its case rescind the contract.

“In Ensenada there are builders who could carry out what is built to date, the complicated thing was the taking of sea because it can be a very specialized and very technical work but a Spanish company was hired to not have that problem,” he said.

The president of Canacintra, Alejandro Jara Soria, recalled that the desalination plant had to have been ready since last year and for delays it was informed that it would be finished in March of this year, however, so far there is no date to start its operation.

Also, the President of Coparmex, Jorge Nava Jiménez, considered that the high tide is no longer a justification for having stopped the work.

“We reiterate our concern that this work was marked as the solution for the supply of the city and is postponed again with an excuse that seems exaggerated, although there were different climatic conditions in winter, the weather conditions of the sea returned to what we are accustomed and the work should no longer be stopped, “he argued.

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