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Tecate Border Picnic Protest

(NEWS YA) .- JR , the French artist who surprised the world population, especially the border , recently with a huge installation of a baby that peeks from the Mexican side of the border fence, again uses the fence between the United States and Mexico as the canvas of his work.

LEE: Small giant peers out of border in art facility

In order to launch a message of cross-border unity , the artist made a huge installation of a picnic table “with the eyes of a dreamer” on both sides of the border in Tecate, Mexico.

In a post he made on his instagram account, the artist considered ” the French Banksy ” shared an image of the gigantic picnic he organized between people on both sides of the border, with a message that read:

“… people ate the same food, drank the same water, listened to the same music.Around the gaze of a dreamer, we forget the wall for a moment . “

This is the second time that the artist refers to the situation of immigrants in the United States, particularly those known asDreamers , those who came to the country when they were small and grew up with their culture and language. After the elimination of the DACA program, many have turned their eyes to them. These pieces of art are a sign of it.


Ensenada Water Challenges Continue

The financial crisis suffered by the State Public Services Commission of Ensenada (Cespe), and the purchase of water to the desalination plant from December, will force a strong increase in water rates in 2018, warned the director of that parastatal, Carlos Loyola Peterson.

He explained that the repeal of the Water Law aggravated the financial problems of Cespe, as it contemplated a 20 percent increase in tariffs this year and the metropolization of the service to the benefit of the parastatal.

The cancellation of the increase to the rates and also of the metropolization, caused Cespe to stop receiving more than 213 million pesos that were projected would be captured with both measures, said the state official.

Loyola Peterson avoided giving a percentage of how much the tariffs should be increased, but throughout his participation in the weekly session of the Embraer Early Bird Group, he reiterated the need for users to be aware that this rate adjustment should occur and be drastic.

In his presentation he emphasized the serious economic problems of the Cespe, which maintains debts to the Issstecali, the SAT and can not even retire employees who are already entitled to their pension.

Likewise, “he said,” Cespe owes thirty million pesos to the State Public Utilities Commission of Tijuana for the electricity used to pump water from the Colorado River that reaches Ensenada by the reverse flow.

In addition, added Loyola Peterson, in April 45 million pesos were paid to the company that builds the desalination plant, as this is agreed in the contract, and although the operation was delayed for the water supply, the causes are not attributable to the company.

The economic problems have also led to non-compliance with other agreements with the National Water Commission, which has had a number of repercussions on the operation of Cespe, the official added.

He indicated that for 2018 the purchase of water to the desalination plant will be for 145 million pesos, to which will be added the expense for the electricity that is used to bring the water of the Colorado River, 30 million pesos, which will increase the expense of the parastatal between 175 and 180 million pesos.

All this added to the other debts that has the parastatal would generate for the following year a financial deficit of more than 400 million pesos.

Loyola Peterson noted that much of this situation is because for political reasons in the last nine years there were no real adjustments to water rates.

“The boat has been kicking all those years, but now it is a” botezote “, which can not be kicked without breaking the foot,” he said in a colloquial tone.

Border Wall Prototypes


A second round of contracts to build models for President Donald Trump’s border wall — these out of materials other than concrete — were handed out by Customs and Border Protection Thursday.

The winners were four companies, none from San Diego. Two were winners in the first round of awards made last week to construct models, or prototypes, of a border wall made of concrete.

The contract awards ranged between $300,000 to $500,000 per company, according to CBP, though they did not break down the precise amounts to each bidder.

The prototypes wil be constructed in San Diego somewhere along the international border — just like the four concrete wall prototypes will be. The exact location has not yet been revealed by the agency.

Messages left for representatives of each company were not returned on Thursday.

The awards end another phase in the Trump administration’s drive to fulfill one of the president’s chief campaign promises to construct a wall along the southwest border with Mexico.

Initial requests for proposals for both a concrete wall and a second request for walls made of “other materials” were sent out in March.

Construction on both sets of prototypes is expected to begin soon, perhaps later this month — though CBP has not given out a timetable yet.

Each wall is required to be 18 feet to 30-feet high and unclimable, go six feet below ground and be able to fend off attempts to breach it for at least 30 minutes and ideally for up to four hours.

CBP said the walls that will be built of other materials will serve a dual purpose, both fortifying the border section where they are built and providing “an innovative perspective in the application of new materials which will allow CBP to evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs to complement the current wall and barrier used along the Southwest border.”

The contracts are only for prototype construction, for which Congress has appropriated $20 million.

The fate of building a larger wall when a design or designs are chosen is up in the air, with strong Congressional opposition from Democrats and some Republicans to spending any money on a wall running along hundreds of miles or more of the border.

Ensenada Airport Illusion

A company that is known little, without a budget known, called Visión Desarrollos, is the one that according to the state government will build the chimerical airport of Ojos Negros in Ensenada.

Through a bulletin full of straw, without details beyond which will begin in January 2018, a year before the end of the government of Kiko Vega and in the full federal election year, which leaves to the imagination all kinds of suspicions about this project, not feasible for experts such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which has been pushing for Mexican airports to operate with quality services.

With a downturn in tourism and a series of accusations of irregularities in a good part of the projects that have been involved in the governor and several members of the group that is with him in government, there is consensus that this can hardly be a serious business.

“This is a scalable project, which will start as a civil aerodrome and will grow as needed, which will allow us to operate both freight and passenger transport. The objective is that in two years begin the first operative stage; we want it to be a success and a factor that increases the competitiveness of the State, promoting more trade and tourism for the region, but above all for the benefit of Ensenada and the southern part of the state, “said SIDUE official Manuel Guevara. We will remember it.

Ensenada Bans Alcohol On Beaches

The mayor toured yesterday the esplanade of Playa Hermosa.

Bajadock: Geezo, Can’t enjoy a beer watching the sun set from the beach?  Will be interested to observe how strictly this will be enforced.  Soon, Baja California is going to have as many laws and regulations as Alta California. Remove alcohol, insert poop.

The mayor, Marco Antonio Novelo Osuna said that he has already issued instructions “to prevent alcoholic beverages from being disturbed and to avoid disturbing public order” in the area of ​​Playa Hermosa.

At the same time, it was reported that because the latest measurements of enterococci conducted in the area of ​​Playa Conalep, they showed favorable results and within the established in the norm, the precautionary closure decreed last Saturday was lifted.

César Cueñas Ceseña, head of the Department of Urban Management, Ecology and Environment and spokesperson of the Clean Beaches Committee, reported that the last sampling carried out by sanitary authorities gave 10 enterococos per 100 milliliters of water.

“The samples that were made on this beach are within the ranges established by the norm in the matter, which means that they are suitable for recreational use of bathers,” he said.

Cesar Cuevas, specified that, at this time, all the beaches that are located in the city of Ensenada, are open and can be enjoyed by the local population as well as domestic and foreign visitors.

The head of Civil Protection, Jaime Nieto de María y Campos, indicated that once the results were known, the red flags were lifted on Conalep Beach and two kilometers south that had been closed as a precautionary measure.

Monitoring results in Ensenada Beaches:

Monalisa Beach 31nmp / 100 ml

Pacifica Beach 30nmp / 100 ml

Playa Conalep I 10 nmp / 100 ml

Playa Conalep II 10 nmp / 100 ml

Playa Hermosa 20 nmp / 100 ml

Walks the mayor, esplanade
The municipal president, according to press release, visited the esplanade of Playa Hermosa, accompanied by staff of the Public Services and Infrastructure Department, as well as the Municipal Public Security Bureau

He said that during the visit, people who exercise every morning in this area, where I expressed their concerns to have a better space.

Marco Novelo said that “this area must be a space worthy for the ensenadenses and national and foreign visitors, where the families can have moments of healthy recreation”.

Maneadero Hwy 1 Repair Funded?

Bajadock: News articles have been discussing funding for the repair of “Tramo de Muerte” stretch from Chapultepec to Maneadero past few weeks.  Here is hoping that discussion and planning move toward action.  Every time I’m driving in this area, my senses are on high alert for sudden lane changers, sudden entry/exit and other craziness. Careful out there.

With the approval of the Expenditure Budget of the State for the current year, it was possible that additional resources received by the Sidu, are intended for maintenance of roads and highways of Ensenada, and the so – called “Section of Death” will be priority , said deputy Alejandro Arregui Ibarra.

The legislator, he said that since the State Congress, the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Urban State Development (Sidu), Manuel Guevara Morales was asked for the application of the appeal is resolved understood the problem of road section between former ejido Chapultepec- Maneadero.

the first baseman lamented that the poor conditions of the “tranche of Death” have been factor so that only between 2013 and 2017, have registered 192 accidents with a balance of 27 deaths and 111 injured.

Material damage claims, he said, were estimated at around 3.4 million.

Arregui Ibarra emphasized the social and economic implications, since the products of the south zone have to travel the route every day, risking life and work of thousands of people.

“Those who live in rural areas, about 150 thousand people rightly are desperate, it is not guaranteed that the underlying problem is resolved, the road section is the only access they have to the urban area of Ensenada , ” he added. At the same time, he acknowledged the work done by the City of Ensenada with the installation of the special commission for the revision of this road stretch and the call to action.

in addition, to provide legal certainty regarding competition of the highway, conservation, reconstruction and expansion required, Alejandro Arregui called upon the signing of an agreement which has as its purpose the improvement of roads.

That is, an agreement between mayor Marco Antonio Novelo Osuna and director of the Secretariat Communications and Transport, in Baja California, Alfonso Pesqueira Padrés to carry out an agreement.

700 Mile Border Hike


Mark Hainds put the toes of his hiking boots into the Pacific Ocean Thursday with the U.S.-Mexico border just off to his left — where it has been during his entire 700-mile journey.

“I dunno,” Hainds said, his clothes covered in dust and his face well-tanned and garnished with a scruffy beard. “It’s a weird thing. I should be feeling celebratory, but I haven’t figured it out.”

Since December, Hainds has hiked in two-week clips from El Paso, Texas, to Friendship Park at the southwestern edge of San Diego County. It was the culmination of a trip he started three years ago, also from El Paso, but headed east, along the Rio Grande to Brownsville, Texas, where the river flows into the Gulf of Mexico. He finished the first leg on Dec. 21, 2014, and started the second jaunt exactly two years later.

He’s one of the few people to hike the United States’ border with Mexico, and between the two legs of his trip, the views of that geopolitical boundary have shifted dramatically and promise to change the relationship between the two countries. On the campaign trail and now as president, Donald Trump pledged to build a wall along the border to prevent unauthorized immigration, hire 5,000 border patrol officers, and cancel or dramatically change the North American Free Trade Agreement, a deal that made it easier for cross-border business.

Hainds, who is 48 and from Alabama, said the change in politics was apparent when he talked to people along the way, many of them strangers who gave him food, took him in and gave him a place to rest for the night and tend to his feet.

“I guess the big thing was that nobody was talking too much about Trump, and nobody was talking about a wall in 2014,” he said. “And now, I think people have cordoned off more into camps. And still, the majority of people I meet are still against the wall, and further militarization of the border.”

Regardless of the thoughts of the people Hainds met as he hiked, for many miles of the trip, through all sorts of terrain and vegetation, was a wall. While the president has pledged to erect an extended partition between the United States and Mexico, for decades there has been some sort of barrier along portions of the border.

Hainds walked into Friendship Park with his wife and two children, who supported him along portions of the hike. As they reflected on the journey’s terminus, on the other side of a tall brown fence that extends into the Pacific, sunbathers sprawled out on a Tijuana beach as others played in the surf with their dog. All the while a Customs and Border Patrol officer sitting in an SUV kept watch from a nearby hill.

This might be the last of Hainds’ big adventures.

“Momma says no,” he said.

Momma is Katia Cabides, his wife. She and their two young children helped start him off in the mornings during parts of the trip, and met him when he was done for the day.

“I’m ready go back home,” Katia Cabides said. It was hard to be apart while he was on the trail, and she worried about her husband’s safety and health but was happy that he was doing something he thought was important. Still, it was difficult, she said.

“For me, I have to learn do to things by myself,” she said. “And suddenly, I was alone. What if something happened to him? Then I’m going to be a single mother.”

And then she pointed to her belly — they have a third child on the way.

“Now, I’m happy. I’m finally finished and we can go home,” she said.

Hainds has two books in the works — the first is about his walk that ended in 2014 and is currently with his publisher. The second, which will be based on his latest hike, will be about the people he encountered along the border, their lives and their stories living at the edge of the country. He kept a journal along the way.

“I think they feel ignored by the rest of the country, that they’re overlooked. I’m going to give them a voice,” he said.

They feel like they are misunderstood, and that a lot of the country incorrectly believes that they live in a war zone, he said. Parts of the border, particularly near big cities, seemed better off than many other parts of the country.

“I’ve walked through these big cities, and I feel much safer than I do in some of the Midwest,” he said.

He started the trip for a simple reason: to get away from the daily grind. He had had enough of his routine as a college forestry professor and working at a nonprofit organization, and all the emails, phone calls and text messages he was getting. He still works but planned his trip around his professional obligations.

“I just kind of reached a breaking point where I couldn’t stick with it any longer,” he said.

Sometimes that will encourage people to start a new career, or pick up a new hobby. When Hainds got that feeling, he retreated to the wilds of the Amazon, or the Pantanal in Brazil. But this time when the urge struck, he was reading Cormac McCarthy, a novelist whose stories are often set in west Texas.

“I think that inspired my imagination,” he said. “Another part — might sound kind of silly — I was kind of overwhelmed with people, with all these emails and faxes. And I looked at cell phone coverage in west Texas, and it was one of the biggest holes in the United States. They can’t get me there.”

Toll Road Increase

Roads and Federal Bridges (Capufe) reported an increase in rates for the country’s road network of 3.9%, from the first minute of this July 6.

Through a statement, Capufe said that only the rate of the Mexico-Acapulco brokerage will maintain a discount of 25%.

The announcement is in full holiday season.

Last May, Animal Politic presented data from the Public Account 2015, on the conditions of the federal highway network of the Ministry of Communication and Transport (SCT).

It was pointed out that, due to lack of maintenance and supervision, 21.5% of the roads free of quota and 7% of payment have poor infrastructure in the country.

The “Poor” physical state of the highways increased from 1.0% to 7.2%, from 2009 to 2015.

Read: Quotas increase, but not quality; 21% of freeways and 7% of roads are deficient

Meanwhile, in the same period, the toll charged on the road network increased from 1.9 to 2.2 pesos per kilometer for roads, which represented an average annual growth rate of 2.5%.

With information from Notimex

Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

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

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

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mexican Gasoline Entrepreneurs

Video from Mexico News Daily: government drone shows at least 148 trucks are seen lined up on a road waiting for hours to enter a large fuel supply depot operated by pipeline thieves near the Puebla-Orizaba highway in February.

Bajadock: The depot is known


  • Shootout between soldiers and fuel thieves leaves 11 dead
  • Illegal pipeline taps cost Pemex $220 million over six years

Foreign companies looking to supply gasoline to Mexico are taking a hard look at planned investments after a series of fuel thefts escalated into a bloodbath last week in the state of Puebla.

A gun battle May 3 between soldiers and huachicoleros, the local nickname for fuel thieves, left 11 people dead and many more injured and triggered protests in Puebla, where pipelines are often tapped to steal gasoline. Companies looking to import fuel into Mexico from the U.S. like Howard Energy Partners, and BioUrja Trading LLC, are concerned about the uptick of the problem.

Soldiers stand in front of the flames generated by a fire in a clandestine fuel valve May 7.

Photographer: Jose Castanares/AFP via Getty Images

“It’s part of a worrisome trend that investors will take a look at and price into the offers that they make and the amount of investment that they decide to put into Mexico,” John Padilla, managing director of energy-consulting firm IPD Latin America, said by phone from Bogota.

Mexican fuel thefts have escalated in the past year, as the government abolished subsidies. The policy known as “gasolinazo,” or fuel-price slam, pushed up pump prices by as much as 20 percent in early 2017 and led to riots and blockades at some fuel terminals. Petroleos Mexicanos has covered the cost associated with the thefts, but it’s unclear whether the state oil company will try to pass them on to private importers in the future.

“Fuel theft is a significant concern for many companies going into Mexico and we don’t know that the government is doing anything in order to help alleviate that risk,” Rajan Vig, BioUrja’s head of Origination for Mexico, said by phone from Houston. BioUrja is seeking to import fuel into Mexico and is in talks with the government and banks to address the fuel-theft issue, but “we need the government to be on our side,” he said.

Illegal taps surged last year, resulting in losses of 2.2 billion of liters, or approximately 581.2 million gallons of fuel, a 24 percent increase from 2015. Disabling fuel pipeline taps cost Pemex around $220 million in the past six years, an amount that has risen more than 10-fold over the period, Mexican newspaper Milenio reported Monday, citing Pemex data.

“It’s a very large concern of ours,” Mike Howard, chief executive officer of Howard Energy, which is building a refined-product pipeline complex in northern Mexico, said by phone from San Antonio. “We’ve looked at all kinds of security measures including drones, above-ground cameras, everything that you can imagine to protect the product.”

The company is also investing in advanced leak-detection technology and considering burying its pipelines deeper in some locations. Huachicoleros typically dig up Pemex pipelines with a shovel because they are buried close to the surface.

“It’s an ongoing conversation that we’re having with our customers and with stakeholders in Mexico,” Howard said.

One of the murkier issues for the burgeoning private-fuel-import sector is who will cover the cost of product stolen from pipelines or terminals leased by Pemex. Tesoro Corp., which operates seven refineries in the U.S., won the first auction for capacity on Pemex’s pipelines and storage facilities on May 2. Commodity traders such as Trafigura Beheer BV and Koch Supply & Trading LP have applied for fuel-import permits.

Gasoline robberies are “a loss that Pemex just seems to absorb, and you can’t really expect the private sector to do that,” Robert Campbell, head of oil products research at industry consultant Energy Aspects Ltd. said by phone from New York. “Mexico’s justice system does not exactly inspire confidence. These are the sort of issues that really need to be worked out.”

Pemex is reinforcing its efforts to combat fuel theft, including tracking down black markets where the fuel is sold and increasing surveillance on its pipelines, Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, Pemex’s chief executive officer said in a May 4 interview with Bloomberg. Gonzalez Anaya went to Colombia last year to learn new approaches to fight the crime from Ecopetrol SA, Colombia’s state oil producer that has grappled with frequent guerrilla attacks on its pipeline system.

“We are working on different fronts,” Gonzalez Anaya said. “It involves a lot of people, a lot of agencies. There’s not a silver bullet for this problem.”


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