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More Ensenada Beach Shit

A drain “raw” water toward the beach Canalep 1 was reported Monday morning, same that was treated and tempered with chlorine to avoid side effects towards the sea.

The pipe found by citizens is managed by the State Public Service Commission of Ensenada (CESPE), who merely replied that “there’s a serious problem.”

According to documents, the citizen denounces attended the National Water Commission (Conagua) who immediately raised a report.

In it, the parastatal communicate about the breakup of a collector 30 inches in Granite Street and Pedro Loyola, Punta Banda fractionation, the collector is supplied by the industrial cárcamo extension located Grijalva River.

So it was necessary to derive the raw water to the stream of industrial arroyo Gallo, so they cut the supply of drinking water and applied chlorine black water.

Local residents reported that at 07:00 am while driving through the area found the drainage of sewage that gave off an unbearable smell.

Speed Trap on Ensenada Death Stretch


For the numerous vehicular accidents registered in that area, municipal agents carried out a radar operation in the middle of the “stretch of death”(Tramo de Muerte) between the former ejido Chapultepec and the Maneadero delegation, Emilio Camarena Castillo reported.

The head of the Municipal Public Safety Directorate (DSPM), said that these actions aims to avoid traffic incidents, caused by drivers who circulate with speeding.

Municipal agents carried out preventive monitoring along the Transpeninsular highway, which has been previously implemented in different roads in the urban area, as part of the corporation’s permanent operations.

The radar surveillance carried out yesterday to the south of the city was supervised by the Transit commander, Jesus Luna Lezama. It should be noted that there are possibilities to be re-performed in that stretch, to inhibit future accidents.

These actions have the objective of avoiding traffic events, caused by drivers that circulate with excess speed


Gasoline Price App


Bajadock: I downloaded this Gaso app to explore.  Fiddlesticks!  The radius is only 5K(3 miles) and I do not find a way to change locations for trip planning.  “No hay estaciones de servicio con tu parametros de busqueda” is what I get when I move my map to Ensenada centro.  WTF?  

Zenzzer is another app that is available, but, it is limited to the “fair pour” idea of reporting stations that give questionable liter measurement. 

Gas Buddy is the model to follow, but, not yet available in Mexico.

Consumers already have at their disposal the GasoApp application, which allows to locate the gas station that is allowed by the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) that offers the best prices, as well as those that have been verified by Profeco, Julio Felipe García Muñoz reported. 

The delegate of Profeco in Baja California explained that the users will be able to consult which are the gas stations that commit irregularities and their recidivism; Also denounce, through photographs, irregularities of the collection that was made, of the pump and the cost of gasoline at that time. This application, he said, is available for iOS and Android.

During the Ensenada Forum, the federal official explained that the application will show the options that are located within a radius of 5 kilometers.

Regarding costs, he recalled that with the release of the price of gasoline, Ensenada and Tijuana are of the cities with greater presence of the Profeco, to maintain actions of verification of the price of the fuel and that is in sight of the consumer.

He said that in Tijuana 600 gas stations have been registered and, as a result of the revisions, sanctions have been applied, such as suspension and seals on some of the pumps.

He observed that if the pumps are covered with black plastic, it is because the employers try to cover the sealing seals installed by Profeco.

Ensenada Drone Video

por Lautaro Angelico

Air travel is the only recommended method during Semana Santa/Holy Week around Ensenada.  Geewillickers, there are loads of people, tons of traffic, accidents, sirens, potholes, police checkpoints and chaos yesterday/Friday.

One accident was a pickup truck rear ending a semi trailer.  The little truck got entwined with the mangled rear bumper of the big truck at the UABC ped overpass on south Reforma late Friday afternoon.

I did find a spot in Centro ‘Nada that was not packed for a new gastronomic adventure and will post tomorrow/Sunday.

Scenic Road Status Report

foto por El Vigia

Highlight of my trip south from San Diego to Ensenada was the front end loader staring me down on the highway at K95 of Salsipuedes as I drove around a quick curve.  Went from 60mph to stop in a hurry and checked rear mirror to hope followers’ brakes were working well.  That machine was packing down new blacktop.  Two flag dudes plus two more supervisors were “What, me worry?”.  Yep,  cows, horses, no tail lights at night and front end loaders are all part of your encounters on the superhighway on the coast.  Had to do a diaper check.

Geezo the K 94-95 area is getting bumpy again.  How are those geologic studies going on the fault zone?

More TJ-Ens highlights:

The large pot hole at El Chaparral/TJ crossing is still prominent,  just before bridge across the Rio, right lane.

Hwy 1 toll booth traffic was backed up to approx 20 car line, likely due to entrococcus scientists doing field work on the beaches.

Wonder when the new toll booth will open on Hwy 1 at Popotla?

Gasoline is 16.82 per liter in Ensenada.  Now the gas rate and exchange rate are about equal.  Approx $3.75usd/gallon.  Paid $2.78 Tuesday in San Diego.

La Mision beach was packed.  Apparently the enterococcus crisis has not hit that beach or the contamination is simply not being monitored there.

Adjusted my reconnection to Hwy 1 on south end of Ensenada.  I’m done with the moon craters on Estancia and now enjoying the smooth pavement 1/2 mile south on Las Palmas at end of beach to jog inland back to hwy 1.  FYI, Palmas is the southern edge of Smart & Final store on hwy 1.

White markings are on pot holes on Tramo de Muerte(Hwy 1 on south end of Ensenada toward Maneadero).  Are these signs of alien invaders or is there a plan to smooth up that hot mess of pavement this year?

sobrio= sober        ebrio = drunk

Reading local(Ensenada/Tijuana) newspapers is my morning coffee pleasure.  There is always at least one article about a new financial outlay for infrastructure and at least one article on past infrastructure money losses/corruption every day.  Shoveling is not so frequent on infrastructure, but is very prevalent on the money losses.

Punta Banda Horseshit and Gastronomy

foto por Bajadock

Bajadock: Wowzeritos Punta Banditos!  A Gastronomic Corridor is shovel ready for the neighborhood, as soon as the horseshit is mitigated.

The peninsular and Estero area of ​​Punta Banda registers contamination of canyons, streams and beaches by garbage, discharges to the sea of ​​commercial and restaurant waste water, as well as horse excrement in the sand, so that civil authorities and associations will attend to the problem.

During a meeting in which representatives of the three orders of government participated, it was determined that a series of actions and plans will be undertaken.

They pointed out the risks to the physical integrity of people by traffic of motorcycles and horses by the beach, as well as the increase of population of dogs, cats and wild animals killed in the beach, besides cloud of agrochemicals in inhabited zones, originated by spreading pesticides In agricultural areas with aircraft.

The meeting was held on April 7, where the Community Environmental Monitoring Committee of Estero de Punta Banda, with the support of Pro Esteros, AC and the authorities, emphasized the attributions of the different departments competent in environmental matters.

Gabriel Camacho Jiménez, from the coordination of Community Strengthening Pro Esteros, AC, stressed that in the meeting, citizens and officials, a series of cooperation actions were determined.

Cooperation actions
It was agreed to follow up, is the construction and operation of a collection center, separation and transfer of domestic waste.
For this, the Environmental Monitoring Committee of Estero of Punta Banda already has economic resources for the construction of the first stage of the project and the ejido Esteban Cantú would be lending a land.
Gabriel Camacho explained that environmental surveillance tours and operations will be carried out jointly with various environmental authorities, talks will be held at local schools and there will be brigades to clean beaches and streets.
Likewise, work will be done on the formation of a local lifeguard group, as well as delimiting horseback riding to a trail or route, in conjunction with the service providers.
He emphasized that development will be planned in the area to generate economic benefits, conserving landscapes and natural resources, which endow the area with a high potential for the development of the ecotourism sector.
Two projects were designed to be compatible with the Punta Banda Estero Ramsar Site, which are a high-performance sports center and gastronomic corridor.

The meeting was attended by Oswaldo Santillán, delegate of the Profepa; Érika Jiménez, representing the Sub-Directorate of Municipal Ecology; José M. Sánchez de la Parra, on behalf of the Secretariat for Environmental Protection of the State (SPA).
In addition to the César Agustín Martínez, municipal delegate of Maneadero; Officer Rodolfo Amador, commander of Public Security of the delegation of Maneadero; Saúl Sandoval, president of Ejido Commissariat of Ejido Esteban Cantú.

Damage and pollution:
Contamination of creeping streams and beaches by garbage
Burning trash
Discharge of sewage from shops and restaurants to the sea
Horse excrement on beaches
Transit of motorcycles and horses by the beach
Population increase of dogs and cats
Dead animals on the beach
Cloud of agrochemicals in inhabited areas scattered in agricultural areas with aircraft

Water Off in TJ, Ros, Ens


TIJUANA BC, APRIL 8, 2017 (AFN) .- Despite the announcement by the State Commission of Public Services of Tijuana (Cespt) that the repairs announced in two days (Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6) have concluded. Service was suspended in all of Tijuana, Playas de Rosarito and part of Ensenada, until today Saturday 8 at 14:50 hours the lack of vital liquid affects a hundred colonies.

Cespt workers, consulted via telephone line 073, pointed out the above, in which they report that due to leaks and lack of pressure, the service has not been restored to the moment. In the attempt to communicate to the 073, the contact with staff of the parastatal took up to 30 and 50 minutes, according to the workers themselves because of the saturated lines of citizens desperate to know the causes of the problem.

A Cespt employee pointed out that among the affected colonies of Tijuana and Rosarito are the eastern neighborhoods of Urbi and Geo, such as Villas del Sol, Villa Fontana and El Dorado; Besides the Altamira, Residencial Agua Caliente, Hipódromo and diverse sections of Beaches of Tijuana. At the moment you can not inform, he said, about what hours the service will resume, but they are working to get it to you soon.

Scenic Hwy Alternative Route

Bajadock: this Bajamar alternate route was proposed shortly after the December 28 2013 landslide on coastal Highway 1(aka “Tijuana Ensenada Scenic Road”). What will be happen first?  The Alternate Route, Ensenada’s new airport, repairing the Tramo de Muerte(stretch of death Hwy 1 south of Ensenada) or the Desalination plant?
In addition to the investment of 2 thousand 171 million pesos for the construction of an alternative road to the Tijuana-Ensenada Scenic Highway, it is necessary to obtain 520 million pesos for the payment of the right of way, according to a report by the Ministry of Infrastructure And Urban Development of the State (Sidue).
Among the advances, in addition to the executive project, it was indicated that the Manifesto of Environmental Impact (MIA), is in process.
Staff from the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) were requested to seek resources from Fonadin for the payment of the 23.5 km long rights of way that the alternative route would have.
The work, which will run for two years, includes an A4 section of 22 meters crown and the construction of 12 structures: four bridges, three uneven junctions, a tunnel and 7 PIV (Lower vehicular steps).
A report from the Sidue states that the cost of the work is estimated at 2 171 million pesos, in addition to an additional investment of 529 million pesos for the liberation of the right of way, which will be “non-recoverable”.
Alternative route
Dealer: Fonadin
Estimated capacity: 13 thousand vehicles per day
Execution period: 2 years
Total length: 23.5 kilometers
Total investment: 2 thousand 691 million pesos
MIA: In process

Thug’s List Ensenada

Bajadock: As Angie’s list provides a listing of service providers, Ensenada now has a Lista de Ladrones(“Thugs/Malandros”) via Facebook.  We know that criminals are often caught then released.  Public servants?  Ai Yai Yai!!!


BC ENSENADA APRIL 2, 2017 (AFN) .- Given the increasing number of stolen vehicles, thefts in commerce and assaults, citizens of this port spread through social networks, photographs and data of alleged thieves to find their whereabouts, Recover their belongings or at least prevent the population.

This is a Facebook group called “Gallery of Malandros Ensenada“, which is about to reach 5 thousand members in just one month. According to its first publication, it was created on 28 February.

The description of the forum says “Welcome to the group, which will expose injustices and make public denunciation against the bad citizen or public servant; It remains this space to make nonconformity, complaints of robberies (in any of its kind).

He also points out that users can freely form a “gallery of mischief” to warn people, be wary of assaults, abuse of authority, corruption, or any act of “bad government” or common citizen.

Due to the implementation of the New Criminal Justice System or Adversarial Accusatory System, which prohibits the media from exposing detainees for crimes, Internet users use the social network to spread the uncensored faces of those who are criminals.

Among the publications are photographs of individuals, captured after citizen assurances or even when they are on board official vehicles. There are also images downloaded from the personal profiles of suspected thugs.

Members of the forum have shared their experiences in becoming victims of illicit acts, they also disseminate photographs of stolen vehicles and their data, they also circulate videotapes of thefts that occurred in commercial establishments or on public roads.

In the same group there are users who promote the execution of citizens against criminals; Likewise exhort the denunciation of those who sell stolen items.

Ensenada Beaches Still Closed

Although the vacation period with thousands of tourists arrives, the contaminated beaches of the port of Ensenada will remain closed and under observation until the amount of enterococci decreases, authorities of the Ministry of Health said yesterday.

Guillermo Trejo Dozal, head of the state, told the press that they would carry out another monitoring, due to the high levels of bacteria found in the different zones.

“Health is first,” said Trejo Dozal when asked if there would be any pressure to serve tourism.
Dr. Leopoldo Jiménez Sánchez, director of Protection against Health Risks in Baja California, said that during this week they would carry out monitoring due to the proximity to the holiday season.

“We do not want to expose anyone, we have to wait, there’s nothing we can throw or something, the risks are gastroenteritis, otitis, dermatitis and conjunctivitis,” he said.

Jiménez Sánchez recalled that the contaminated points are Conalep 1 and 2, Playa Pacífica and Playa Hermosa, while the others are within norm.

Of the gullies, he said that they can not determine whether the rain has washed away sewage, because it only touches them what happens in sea water and that other authorities seek that source of pollution.

“We have to have 200 enterococci for every 100 milliliters.We have found values ​​up to 15,000 enterococci.We are talking about a contamination a little high.The lowest are 9 thousands.

“In six consecutive days, the last two monitoring have been very high (…) as soon as we have results within the norm, less than 200 enterococos, beaches are going to open, and more that comes a holiday season, Easter , And we do not want an event that is recreational to become a public health problem, “said the director.

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