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Scenic Highway Still Slipping


Slides continue on the Scenic, CCEE urges the alternate route

Ensenada, Baja California, December 4 .- The business sector of Ensenada was pronounced by an agile and clear response by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) and Federal Roads and Bridges (Capufe) around the construction of the route alternates Ensenada-Tijuana, by virtue of the known landslides in the vicinity of Kilometer 93 of the scenic highway.

Marco Antonio Coronado Valenzuela, president of the Business Coordinating Council of Ensenada (CCEE) said yesterday during his weekly breakfast that the scenic road “is still moving”, when they are about to be completed on the 28th of this month four years after the collapse that shut off Ensenada for a year.

Almost four years after the collapse, Coronado Valenzuela recalled that in addition to the year it took him to reopen, it takes another three years of repairs, with a cost much higher than the one billion pesos initially announced.

All sectors of the economy would be affected if that road section is interrupted again to the circulation, for that reason the leader urged the SCT of the federal government, offer information of the project that establishes the alternate route and to which they would have destined approximately two thousand millions of pesos.

The alternate road would cost less than the investment in the repairs of the scenic and would provide greater certainty for the economic operations of the city and its southern area, but the entrepreneurs are unaware of the progress of the project.

The doubts that overshadow the future of terrestrial communications is due to the fact that another road section that would connect the delegation of El Sauzal with the road to Ojos Negros suffered unexpected delays.

Coronado Valenzuela said that meanwhile, the Mexican government should prevent federal freight transport from continuing to use the Ensenada-Tijuana scenic highway and prosecute the transportation of goods along the Tecate-Ensenada highway, which has already been reclassified to receive large-tonnage vehicles.

The heavy load is the one that puts the viability of the toll road at risk, recalled the leader of the businessmen, as it was precisely the passing of a vehicle with heavy cement load the protagonist of the collapse on December 28, 2013.

The Ensenada-Tecate stretch was in the process of being modernized and was not classified for loading, “but the modernization has already been completed, the classification has already been carried out and the cargo is still on the stage,” he said.

The alternate Ensenada-Tijuana route is planned along 22 kilometers from the tourist area of ​​Bajamar, until it connects with the start of the Santa Anita Bypass in El Sauzal.

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Maneadero Police Scam


Police Scam Alert in Maneadero. It goes like this. The official police vehicle puts on the lights and pulls you over. After you pull off the road that vehicle leaves and two fake cops come up to your vehicle. (We didn’t figure right away that they were fake cops) One was on a quad and one on a dirt bike. Both are wearing motorcycle helmets. One of them has a cover on his face so you can only see his eyes So you can’t see their hair or face. They told us that we ran a red light. (Which we absolutely did not). Using a translator app on their phone they show you it in English. We argued with them that we did not run the light. And asked to go to the police station. They said it was 22 kilometers away. We kept telling them this is total BS. We did not run the red light. They took our license and registration and finally said for us to follow them back to the officer that says we ran the light. We drive back a few blocks and that police vehicle is there. He tells my husband that we ran a red light. Hubs says there is no way we ran it. Then the cop changes his story to say it was yellow when we went thru. Finally the fake cops say for us to drive a head. We end up at a building about 1/2 mile or so away. My husband goes in there with these guys and I sit in the car. He’s in the for quite awhile arguing with them. He asked them why they didn’t have badges and said he was going to report them etc. They are talking on two way radios to the original cop I think. They are saying we owe them 2,500 pesos for the tickets etc etc. They finally get so mad at my husband that they tell him they are going to lock up our truck and take the keys. He comes out of there with them pretty shook up. Tells me to go in the trailer and get the 2,500 pesos now. One of the cops motions to me for the keys and I told him no freaking way. I take all the keys with me to the trailer. Get the pesos. Give them to my husband who then goes back in to pay them. Then I think to take a picture of the stinking building which I will post below So I get out of the truck and take one picture. Get back in the truck and decide to take one more. So I get out again and take another picture. Right after that they suddenly tell my husband to just go. They hand him back the drivers license and registration and said take the money and go. All the while they are talking to someone on the two way radios which we assume is real cop. They didn’t take any of the money. Soooooooo folks. My conclusion is. Start taking pictures right away. There is no way they can stop you from doing that. If we had we might not have been harassed as much. I think they saw a new truck and camp trailer and saw dollar signs. Most people probably just pay them on the side of the road and go on their way. In the meantime as we are leaving we see the cop car pulling over someone else. Just be aware.

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Linda Nerison Gardner

Linda Nerison Gardner Scary, Sheila. Where is Maneadero?

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Gerald Hall

Gerald Hall Maneadero is at the south side of Ensenada where you turn to La Bufadora.

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes First town south of Ensenada.

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola This has been happening with these two guys in Maneadero A LOT. happened to some local folks who are new here, but insisted on going to the station… and the motorcycle guy started to lead… at about 10 mph. Then the ATV guy met up with the motorcyclSee More

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 · October 17 at 5:18pm

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes No pics of them. Just the building. I will snap away from the beginning if it ever happens to us again.

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola Lots of folks on here really recommend a dash cam… i dont have one, but may get one.

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Raul Sanchez

Raul Sanchez Is it possible to dial 911 from that spot? …maybe that should be done in that case.

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 · October 17 at 5:19pm

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola I think that would just go to local police… and most are crooked in Maneadero.

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola http://sindicatura.ensenada.gob.mx/servicios/denuncia.php. please file a report here. This is getting way out of control.

Estamos facultados para salvaguardar la legalidad, la…
SINDICATURA.ENSENADA.GOB.MX

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 · October 17 at 5:20pm

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Craig Allen Whipple

Craig Allen Whipple Did you post the pictures?

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola They hit up about 10 or 15 cars at a local tianguis last Saturday… said they were parked illegally and threatened to tow them.

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Sheila Hughes
Sheila Hughes Just translated the report page and this is part of it:
“We will contact you to schedule an appointment to which you must appear and ratify your complaint in a personal manner. In case you can not be contacted, this complaint will be invalid after 3See More

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes What is a tianguis ?

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Teresa Gross

Teresa Gross Sorry to hear you experienced that but glad you stuck to your story and took pictures. Thanks for the warning.

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes Here is where they took us.

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 · October 17 at 5:26pm

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Claire St James

Claire St James That is not the police station

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Ralph Schoneman

Ralph Schoneman That is the office of the delegado (Mayor) it is an official govt building.

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 · October 17 at 6:34pm

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Cheri Sicard

Cheri Sicard Those “fake” cops were carrying what looked like real guns when they pulled Mitch and I over. That really was the only reason we didn’t think they were actually fake. But the thought that they were fake crossed my mind. The vehicles were not police vehicles, their helmets were not police helmets, no badges or ID.

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Ann West

Ann West sometimes the cops down here use their own vehicles… but i haven’t seen one pull someone over that didnt have proper uniform, and badges etc.

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J Alain Preisser

J Alain Preisser If will be a big help if you can remember post the date and time and if possible any number in the patrol car.

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola The Sindicatura report asks for that… as well as a physical description of the “officers.”

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Cheri Sicard

Cheri Sicard There was absolutely nothing identifying, no badges, the vehicles were not police vehicles in my case. I did not see a “real” cop.

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Cheri Sicard

Cheri Sicard Here’s what happened to me a few days ago, same 2 cops on the motorbike and the ATV. Just survived a crooked cop gringo shakedown. Got pulled over by a Mandeadero motorcycle cop and his buddy on an ATV. First they tried to say I was on a cell phone (ISee More

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Donna J. Quinton

Donna J. Quinton Priceless always go to the police station… Great job!

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes I think the official police station is in Ensenada. So they took us to the delegation in their little town of Maneadero. Total shitheads.

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Mitzi Mann

Mitzi Mann Wouldn’t ever give them my ID, tell them you’ll meet them at police station. Police don’t make big salaries , so if they are scammers..they leave, if legit you pay fine , dispute or whatever

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 · October 17 at 5:43pm

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Lynn Cranmer

Lynn Cranmer These things are NEVER a good thing for Mexico and the people that want to come….shame on them for doing this. they sure do know how to hurt themselves with this stradegy….sad….

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 · October 17 at 5:44pm

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Angel Christine

Angel Christine Good job. Never pay a bribe!

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes IF this was my first time coming to Baja I would have been done. That would have been it for me. They have no idea how bad this is for tourism.

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 · October 17 at 5:47pm

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola That’s why it’s so important to file a claim with Sindicatura. Someone in Punta Banda had a contact with the head of the tourism board… I will see if i can find it.

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Ellen Gallant

Ellen Gallant Best thing to do is report it to the actual police station as that is the only way it will stop.

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes That has been taken care of. The Mayor of Ensenada had been made aware. Apparently they are under his jurisdiction.

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Ellen Gallant

Ellen Gallant Good to hear and sorry this happened to you. We have had several instances of cops shaking us down for money (which we have never given any) and we always just keep repeating take us to the police station and eventually they give up.

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Martin Overberg

Martin Overberg Very happy to have a dashcam with me. It was recommended somewhere here on FB and we felt much better with it, even if it didnt work all the time. Had no problems though, but never again without dashcam

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Marie Rowan

Marie Rowan I’m glad you made it thru. You could of been shot as well. Now that is scary! Things are changing in Baja……..

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 · October 17 at 5:58pm

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Cheri Sicard

Cheri Sicard I felt no such fear at all. They wanted money and in the grand scheme, not much. I would have had FAR more fear during a traffic stop in the states. FAR MORE.

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola I think she’s talking about Sheila’s husband’s experience where they had him inside the building and were threatening them.

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Martha Macnab

Martha Macnab Oh boy. Got to love Mexico 🇲🇽

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Vera Lopez

Vera Lopez Did you report it to the Rosarito cops??

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Mike Higbee

Mike Higbee Just call 411 and have them talk to them! If you report them when you see a federal police vehicle they will arrest them it’s a felony!the troops at all military check points will call there supervisor and have them arrested!

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 · October 17 at 6:07pm

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Mike Higbee

Mike Higbee If you send me your pictures I will forward them to the mayor of ensenada! My email is GreenEnergyBaja@gmail.com

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 · October 17 at 6:07pm

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Ralph Schoneman

Ralph Schoneman wouldn’t they work for the Delegado of Maneadero? That is the delegation building they were taken to.

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Lorena Aceves

Lorena Aceves Scary

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Hermina Rosshandler Fernández

Hermina Rosshandler Fernández Print your id and drivers license and show that when required

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 · October 17 at 6:12pm

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes Good idea. Because then you can just leave when you want to.

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 · October 17 at 6:19pm

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Evan Louis

Evan Louis i’ve asked this question a couple of times before on talk baja…but never got a satisfactory reply…and the question is this…is it LEGAL to give a police officer a photo copy of your driver’s license and registration…Instead of the real things?

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Lisette Thran
Lisette Thran I drive a Truck and Trailer to Los Barriles for 10 years,
Yes I had ” Police ” stop me.
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Darrell Kramer

Darrell Kramer I’ve used copies for ever, I even do in color and laminate

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Mike Higbee

Mike Higbee A police officer must return your id! If you suspect foul play call 411 and the officer if they are will be in deep shit! You are also allowed to get there I’d if they won’t give it to you call411 and tell them you are making a citizens arrest legal in the states and in Mexico!

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 · October 17 at 6:36pm

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Evan Louis

Evan Louis I had a cop in Loreto tell me I had passed a car illegally, which I had not…he asked for my license and registration, which I gave him, and then he said I could pick them up at the police station in the morning when I paid my fine…I was already 10 See More

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Lily Joplin Noonan

Lily Joplin Noonan Evan, you know, sometimes your time and energy is worth more than the $$$. I’m sure I’ll get some flack for saying that but it’s true. The shakedowns are frequent in Tijuana for Driving While Gringo. Most everyone I know knows to ask to be taken to the judge and generally will do that, but sometimes you just don’t want to hassle with it all.

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 · October 17 at 6:48pm

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Ralph Schoneman

Ralph Schoneman Not sure what is going on but they took you to the Maneadero town hall (an official govt building).

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes Yes, because I think their police station is in Ensenada. So someone at the delegation was in on it as well. There were two fake cops and one other guy in the delegation office so my husband was being grilled by all three of them in there alone.

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola Sheila, i just contacted Jared Gutierrez, Director of International Affairs in Ensenada. I sent him a screenshot of your post. He’s driving now but will follow up with this tomorrow. He says the best thing to do is to call 911 and report it while it’s See More

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Evan Louis

Evan Louis this is all assuming that you speak decent spanish…calling 911 or 411

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Estaben Calabacas

Estaben Calabacas Evan Louis They have English speaking 911 operators

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 · October 17 at 7:08pm

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Chris Becker

Chris Becker I thought the police station is the newer building south of town next to the junk yards.

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 · October 17 at 7:03pm

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Ann West

Ann West be nice to get some pics of these 2 jokers, and make an informational post about what to do if they stop you and shake you down (call 911) etc.

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes That’s why I posted this. Who ever is stopped next get that phone out from the get go. Take a pic of the real cop and his vehicle then the two fake cops etc. I was too little too late but never again.

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola And immediately call 911 as the Dir. Of International Affairs suggests.

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Marie Manion Bowman

Marie Manion Bowman Sorry you had this happen Sheila. 411, 911, and a Dash cam all sound like good ideas.

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes Yes. They do. I just wanted to put it on blast to let as many people as possible know what is going on so they can be prepared if it happens to them. Get that phone out first thing. That will stop this.

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 · October 17 at 7:11pm

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Marie Manion Bowman

Marie Manion Bowman Thanks for sharing.

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 · October 17 at 7:24pm

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Estaben Calabacas

Estaben Calabacas 911 is the emergency number, replaced the 066 number

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 · October 17 at 7:13pm

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes Hi Estaben. Do you need to speak Spanish to report ?

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Estaben Calabacas

Estaben Calabacas Nope, just ask for an English speaking operator

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 · October 17 at 7:19pm

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Oscar Short-Ridge

Oscar Short-Ridge These guys have been causing trouble for a while now it seems. I haven’t seen them. But then again I drive a car that’s nearly 30 years old and looks worse than most Mexican cars. I keep telling people to not show off their wealth because it is a lure for scams, thefts, kidnappings, etc… It isn’t just Mexico that you have to do this at, but everywhere. If you flaunt it someone will want it.

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 · October 17 at 7:27pm

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes Not trying to show off our wealth but just bought a new truck because our old one was getting old. It’s just a shame that’s all.

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Oscar Short-Ridge

Oscar Short-Ridge Sheila Hughes I have a feeling your idea of old and a Mexicans idea of old are two totally different things. I recommend that you try to think like a poor person when visiting poor areas. I do understand you want of a new vehicle, just try to understand the way they think too.

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 · October 17 at 8:11pm

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Kathleen Taormina Estay

Kathleen Taormina Estay send it to El Vigia

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Benjamin Shamir

Benjamin Shamir I keep telling people again and again: DO NOT DRIVE WITHOUT A DASH-CAM! Buy one from Amazon for $20 to $99 and it will save your day (and money) again and again.

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes Ordering one now.

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola What kind do you have Benjamin?

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Teri Hagen

Teri Hagen They do not like it when you get your phone out to take their picture! Sounds like it works every time! Happen to me too!

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Josue Apolinar

Josue Apolinar The best thing you can do is just obey the laws…some people because they are in Mexico think they can break all the rules…real fines Can be very expensive….if you have outside licence plates….You are a target…all they want is your money….you have to fight for your rights……

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola They did obey the laws.

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Mary Meyer Harper

Mary Meyer Harper They did obey the laws!

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Anne Mealiffe

Anne Mealiffe Very scary for you and Andrew! Sorry you had to have this happen! Like your ideas of taking pictures! And, we probably all need dash cams! Safe travels for the rest of your trip south!

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 · October 17 at 8:50pm

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Evan Louis

Evan Louis taking the cop’s picture with your phone…seems risky to me in some situations…as I’ve written before, I was pulled over quite a distance from loreto by a loreto police officer and accused of something I did not do. We both knew I didn’t do it. And See More

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German Espinel

German Espinel Call the federales. The municipal cops don’t have any authority on the federal highway.’

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 · October 17 at 9:54pm

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Linda Kuehl

Linda Kuehl Also in the past the municipal cops in Loreto haven’t carried guns.

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Billie Burk Brady

Billie Burk Brady Thanks for the heads up. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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Liz Pedroza

Liz Pedroza Try and find out who your Delegado is in your area and inform them of what’s happening. Usually if you give a political persons name they also tend to back off

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Billie Burk Brady

Billie Burk Brady I carry in my car a business card for an attorney. Was pulled over once and said wait I need to call my attorney. They let me go right way😳😳😳

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Mary Jane Keehn

Mary Jane Keehn Oh my! So glad this had an OK ending. Scary & not good for Baja.

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Gio Ledesma

Gio Ledesma people have to be careful next time you go to mexico, the real danger is with cops trying to get your money… when something like this happens if they stop you try to stop where you see A LOT of people around, start recording a video and call 911 right away…

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Bill Bender

Bill Bender Does 911 work in Baja?

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Gio Ledesma

Gio Ledesma Bill Bender yes sir, they change the number to 911

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Debra Tilton Duvall

Debra Tilton Duvall You sure had an eventful trip down.

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes We sure as hell did. And later that day was the flat tire on the trailer ! ! ! ! !

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Jeannette Johnson

Jeannette Johnson Had that happen near LaPaz a year ago and as soon as I took a picture my license was returned and they said “no pictures” and they left.

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Jim GAllagher

Jim GAllagher That’s why I called it La Pus (as in purulent running sore) for awhile.

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Brenda Crompton

Brenda Crompton only give them photocopies of licenses and registration, then you can leave if needed

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Billie Burk Brady

Billie Burk Brady Never carry my real drivers license. Only a laminated copy of the front ‼️‼️‼️

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Evan Louis

Evan Louis Again…sorry to be a broken record…but does anyone actually know THE LAW…when it comes to giving a police officer a photo copy of a driver’s license and registration…I know several of you have stated that you have done it…but is it LEGAL? Can they just hand it back to you and ask for the real thing?

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Carol Nicola

Carol Nicola A Mexicana who assists gringos has said it is illegal… BUT i have never heard of them being rejected or of any negative consequences make sure it’s a good lamination!

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Brenda Crompton

Brenda Crompton Is It illegal for people to pretend to be police? If yes, then it’s OK to give copies to people that we believe are pretending to be police so they cannot hold us hostage with our formal documents.

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Susan Skripka Deakyne

Susan Skripka Deakyne Thank you for posting.

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Mike Cummings

Mike Cummings Exactly why we will never drive down the Baja again. I love Baja so we fly but all the hotels, eateries gas stations etc. miss out on what was a yearly 3 to 5 day driving adventure. Too much of this stuff goes on and the trans-peninsular businesses and people are going to suffer badly!

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Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes If this HAD been our first trip down Baja believe me it would have been our last. They are killing their already suffering tourism.

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Lalo Walker

Lalo Walker Mike. I thought you were driving your motorhome down?

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Ivette Castillo Cañedo
Ivette Castillo Cañedo ARTICLE 34.- Foreigners who are legally in the country,
may drive vehicles in the Municipality of Ensenada, when they exhibit
licenses and licenses issued by the authorities of your country of origin.
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Angela Guenter Lopez

Angela Guenter Lopez Can chocolate cars be insured?

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Angela Guenter Lopez

Angela Guenter Lopez If over 10 years?

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Estaben Calabacas

Estaben Calabacas Wonder when they will start enforcing Article 36 with all of the chocolate cars and cars with no license plates??

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Margaret Ann W Yes. This happened to us on Dec 23, 2016 in Baja. We were newcomers, by ourselves, my husband is deaf, we paid 3500 pesos. We were very scared as we had never in our lives been in a “shakedown”, even in Vancouver where we are from. We now have copies of all ID and that is all they will get from us, and lots pics!!!!!

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Carol Nicola Sheila Hughes Cheri Sicard Mitch Mandell Hi all, I just wanted to update this thread with what we’ve learned about these guys since this was posted yesterday.
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Carol Nicola Here are the photos SheilaCheriMitch…. If these are the same vehicles you saw I think you can use these photos in your reports, if you’d like to.

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Martha Yaeger Thanks for sharing!!

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German Espinel They keep an eye on the several stop signs that are poorly marked there in Maneadero. Easy pickings for them. These douchebags have been doing this for a while now. Funny thing is when the Federales are the local cops never pull anybody over on the main highway.

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Carol Nicola German…. so it’s the guy on the small motorcycle and the one on the ATV that you are talking about?

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German Espinel I’ve seen several local cops on off-road bikes there in maneadero before. Struck me as odd that they would driving around in something other than a police vehicle. I haven’t been pulled over in a very long time because I never drive through maneadero dSee More

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Sheila Hughes The guy on the dirt bike wears the “Balaclava” face mask thing.

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Carol Nicola Can you please describe it? Like a scarf wrapped around his nose and mouth?

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Sheila Hughes Carol Nicola is black and it pulls up around your face to up under your eyes.

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Elaine Peyakov

Elaine Peyakov Got what he deserved.

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Sheila Hughes Those look like the guys, but I can’t see their faces….same vehicles tho. The moto was white and the quad was red….that is for sure.

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San Ysidro Border Closure Sep 23


In December 2014, the federal General Services Administration completed Phase 1B of a three-phase San Ysidro Port of Entry makeover. The construction project opened 25 new northbound lanes and 46 new primary inspection booths at the largest land port of entry in the world: on average, 50,000 vehicles cross northbound each day.

“Our traffic model indicates that if all lanes and booths are manned and operated, the expected border crossing time will dramatically decrease to less than 30 mins,” Traci Madison, the agency’s regional public affairs officer wrote in an email dated September 9, 2014.

While 30-minute waits did occur for a brief time, in a presentation to the Chula Vista City Council on September 12th, Anthony Kleppe, the port of entry program manager, said that the current wait for northbound vehicles at the port is about two and a half hours. In a later interview, he explained, “When we developed the project, there was a lot of discussion about latent demand. The concept of latent demand is that if you have an environment where people are waiting long periods of time to cross the border, they don’t cross. Then when you open up the border and make it more accessible, people who maybe previously would have hesitated in crossing the border decide to cross. What we’ve seen at San Ysidro with the opening of the 1B project is about a 20 percent increase in the number of people crossing.”

Now Phase 3 — the last in this $741 million project — is underway. From September 23rd through 25th, southbound Interstate 5 from State Route 905 to the San Ysidro port will be closed. Thereafter, only three southbound lanes will be open to traffic until November 21st. By 2019, the General Services Administration’s goal is to open 8 additional northbound lanes, 15 additional northbound booths, and 10 southbound lanes.

The new San Ysidro border reconfiguration began in 2009 and throughout the years, the General Services Administration has held numerous local meetings where they have received input from the community. In an original plan, residents had asked for a “bridge deck,” that is, a covering between the Camino del Plaza bridge and the Pedestrian East-West Bridge that could provide park space. The General Services Administration scrapped the plan early on.

Then, in 2014, the General Services Administration unveiled architectural designs for a new pedestrian crossing, known as PedWest, located across the street from the Las Americas mall. During community meetings, some called the rendering a “road stop bathroom” and asked for a world-class facility, but the General Services Administration opened PedWest in 2016 with no design revisions.

The General Services Administration also bought UETA Duty Free’s 12-acre property to make way for the upcoming I-5 realignment. Community members protested, asking that UETA retain three and a half acres to construct a new building and a parking lot, especially since the Interstate 5 expansion would decrease the number of parking spaces available for the public. In a compromise, the General Services Administration agreed that UETA would be able to retain about two and a half acres. The company currently has leased the easement to the General Services Administration for construction trailers and will likely build in the future.

Jason Wells, chief executive officer at the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, said in a phone interview that he supports the reconfiguration and the opening of more lanes. He added, “We will demand that we see a huge drop in 2019 of wait times. Now, if in 2021 or 2022 it starts creeping up again, then I’ll happily go after [Customs and Border Protection] and their efficiency. At least we’ll know the infrastructure is there.”

Wells explained that, at the end of the day, it comes down to the guy in the booth. “We could have kept our original 24 lanes and had 30-minute wait times if CBP wanted to do so.”

When asked if the General Services Administration has any input into whether lanes and inspection booths will be fully manned by Customs and Border Protection agents after the reconfiguration is complete, Kleppe said, “GSA’s job is to construct the facilities necessary for our federal tenant agencies to conduct their missions. If you have questions about operational elements within [Customs and Border Protection], we would direct you to go talk to them.”

Ensenada Scenic Road Report


by staff reporter Hanna Hardhat  

Friday 15 Sep UPDATE: 3 different friends are sitting in traffic in Tijuana due to El Grito and Dia de la Independencia celebrations.  Avoid TJ this weekend.

Despite reports of 3 to 6 month waits for getting a new vehicle approved for SENTRI, mine was approved within 2 weeks.  Enjoyed this 2 minute wait on Wednesday at San Ysidro border crossing very much. It was 9:30AM.

Crossed northbound 6 times in past 2 months without SENTRI at SY/TJ.  Longest wait was 90 minutes and shortest was 2 x 35 minute waits in Ready Lane at SY during morning rush.  I’ll call anything less than an hour at SY/TJ crossing a good day.

NOWWAITJUSTADOGGONEMINUTE Doc!  If you have a SENTRI pass, why did you not use the SENTRI LANE these past 2 months?  That is a long story.  But in addition to you being SENTRIFIED, you need a SENTRIFIED vehicle as well.

Missing the characters in the regular and Ready Lanes.  SENTRI is quick, but lacks TJ color.

Which bring us to the Border Option Bingo question.  Between San Ysidro, Otay and Tecate, which crossing is easiest?  That is not an easy question.  But, I prefer TJ/San Ysidro, using the Free Road(red route) from north Rosarito.

Several friends enjoy the Blvd 2000 strategy to Otay(yellow route).  That is a big haul east imho.

Never cross on a Sunday or during a Monday holiday without a SENTRI pass.

Other good news is that the Scenic Road is mostly trouble free and easy between TJ and Ensenada.  The Salsipuedes ever changing cone zones still exist and are a sign that 80MPH speed here is not a good idea.

The terracing construction projects on these hillsides between El Mirador and the Ens toll booth are ongoing with heavy earth moving equipment invading the highway.  Why all of the rumble strips, especially both directions at K95?  Was someone going to open a taco shop there?

There was a rollover accident being cleaned up at 6PM Wednesday southbound.

Salsi is a beautiful area and if you have the time to stop and take a breath at El Mirador, top of the hill, K84, do it.  Home is the shadow of land’s end on the horizon here.  It is a gorgeous area and dangerous driving.  Salsipuedes translation is “leave if you can”.

Will they ever finish this highway’s rehab?  I no believe thees.  There are new terraces in at least two different areas of the Salsi Scenic Road area that are similar to the big fix on the December 28, 2013 landslide.

Safe travels.

Restaurante Nomada


I was a lucky guest this past Saturday evening at Cava Maciel winery and Chef Gilberto Morales’ Restaurante Nomada.

Upon entry along the rustic stone walkway, we were greeted with a cloud refracted sunset in its last half hour of glowing.  Met Jorge Maciel and enjoyed our tour of the property.

Temperature approached high 90sF this afternoon, but, we were in cooling mid 70s now at 7PM.  Having no idea what food we would be ordering, Jorge had us select a bottle of our liking.  We picked a merlot off the shelf, but our gracious host, pulled that bottle and replaced it with one from his wine cooler for us.  I have not had a merlot in 2017.  So many cabs and grenaches get in the way.

This merlot had more fruit than others and worked well with the food fun we were about to enjoy. Oak background was ok(see “12 meses en barrica del roble”) and second glass was slightly more mild here.

Chef Gilberto highlighted some suggestions.  We went along with them and asked him to bring us three plates of his recommendations.

Here is Chef Gilberto with his sea snail platter and salsa verde.

Just last weekend, Chef Gilberto and team won the Cali vs. Baja ceviche competition on Coronado Island, San Diego.   This tuna, chile, veg and guacamole ceviche was like no other.  The textures and a bit of heat were so much fun.

Lamb burritos with nopales were another surprise along with a different salsa verde.  Lamb is not my normal favorite, but, I have been tasting unique dishes like this one that are changing that opinion.  A perfect pairing for lamb happens to be a quality Merlot.  I’m guessing either Jorge or Gilberto knew this and provided the combo.

This duck breast with pozole and mole was full of juicy fat and way too much food for us.  But, we got our beaks deeply into it.  This was the best duck plate I have ever enjoyed.

As the flyer indicates, Nomada moves to a new location every season.  Happy to find them at Cava Maciel.

We give Cava Maciel and Restaurante Nomada five out of five possible Kumiai clay pots as our award appreciation of their unique ingredients, combinations, flavors, presentation and relaxing setting. It was the best dinner I have enjoyed in 2017.

Gracias Jorge, Gilberto, amigas y amigos del Valle de Guadalupe!

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

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San Ysidro Sep 23-25 Closure FAQ


 

 

Highway 1 Cataviña to Open Monday


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The director general of the SCT in Baja California Alfonso Padrés Pesqueira informed that it will be until Monday 4 of September at 4 hours, when the circulation in the transpeninsular highway resumes again.

It should be noted that from Saturday to noon, the traffic on this road was interrupted due to the increase of water and azolve in the ford area located Km 175 + 200 and 180. + 000 of Cataviña.

At the moment there is surveillance in the above mentioned points and personnel of the SCT is working with machinery where it is possible to enter, to remove the azolve that dragged the current of the stream.

Although the rains have decreased, extreme precautions are recommended if they are scheduled to circulate in the south of the Municipality of Ensenada.

For its part the Federal Police Station San Quintin.

Following the information provided above and in relation to the contingency caused by tropical storm Lidia, in km.177 + 000 of the road (1300) Lázaro Cárdenas tip – Prieta same section, in the streams mentioned above, the water level has dropped to 30 cms. Allowing machinery of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation to fill with earth and stones.

In the place remains for monitoring and any support the CRP 9316, manned by the noncommissioned Guillermo angle González and Jack Omar cold Montoya same that they have provided water to take and they have lent the satellite telephone to the users of the way so that they communicate with their family members.

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The remnants of the tropical storm “Lidia” caused the closure of the Transpeninsular Highway at the height of the San Quintín community, south of the municipality of Ensenada.

In a joint statement, the Federal Police and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) reported that in “the stream that is located at kilometer 177” known as Cataviña “the crossing of water continues” at a height of one meter above the folder asphaltic, which makes impossible the vehicular passage.

The current situation is 25 units without being able to cross from south to north at the height of kilometer 196. The width of the channel ranges from 60 to 70 meters. There are dozens of vehicles stranded at nearby points by streams that formed due to precipitation.

Ask not to go to Cataviñá where the rains continue

BC ENSENADA SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 (AFN) .- The delegations of Bahia de los Angeles and Punta Prieta did not present major damages for the rains left by tropical storm Lidia and families that were evacuated are already returning home, reported the head of Civil Protection, Jaime Nieto de María y Campos.

“Fortunately it did not happen to the elderly and it is of note that the population that we had to evacuate in a preventative way agreed at all times, which facilitated the work of the authority,” he said.

The municipal official said that so far the rains continue in the town of Cataviñá, information based on reports from the Ministry of Communications and Transportation; so he urged the community not to move to that area and to keep alert of the reports issued by the authorities.

He emphasized that due to rainfall along the Transpeninsular road, two roadblocks are reported in the El Mármol delegation, which is the town of Cataviñá, so that only four-wheel drive vehicles can circulate in these stretches due to the flood of the streams.

 

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