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TJ Via Rapida Oriente Closure

by Traffic Editor Quincy Quiebra 

Gadzooks this could be ugly.  This lane closure will choke the usual heavy rush hour traffic here, as it is the approach to the San Ysidro Ready Lane border crossing.  This spot is approx 2 miles south of the border and approx 1/2 mile south of the Cuauhtemoc Bridge.  The Ready Lane approach is often backed up in the mornings to this area on Via Rapida Oriente.  


Tijuana, Baja California, September 16.- The Department of Urban Development and Ecology (SDUE), through the Directorate of Municipal Urban Infrastructure and Works (DOIUM), informs that next Tuesday, September 18, there will be partial closure of the Vía Rapid Oriente and Vía Lenta, from 11:00 a.m.

The owner of SDUE, Everardo Lona Lopez, said that the area of ​​partial closure in this road, will be at the height of Tamayo Street, between the gas station and a car sales agency, where 9 stormholes will be installed and repaired rain discharges that cross the road. “These works are intended to prevent large flooding in that area of ​​the Rapid Route with the arrival of the rains, so we ask for the understanding of citizenship” said the secretary.

He explained that, in order not to affect vehicular traffic, the flow of Via Lenta Oriente will be diverted to Tamayo street, from there they will take Juan Ojeda Robles avenue, which will be turned in a single direction in the direction of Padre Kino Avenue. Likewise, the traffic flow of Vía Rápida Oriente will be diverted to the Via Lenta, about 50 meters ahead of the first closure, taking advantage of the incorporation gauze. The municipal official added that motorists will be able to rejoin both the Slow Way and the Fast Track East at the height of the General Hospital, where the flow of vehicles will be regular.

Finally, Lona Lopez asked motorists who circulate in the area of ​​the works, to drive with caution, and reiterated that by indications Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum, the rain infrastructure works will continue in different parts of the city to avoid damage severe in the roads.


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70 Earthquakes Rattle Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire MAP: Earthquake BLITZ hits Pacific triangulation points – MEGAQUAKE fears

THE PACIFIC Ring of Fire has been hit by a series of strong earthquakes with a triangle area formed by Oregon, Vanuatu and Venezuela rocked in the past 24 hours.

More than 70 earthquakes have rattled the Ring of Fire, a huge swathe of geologically active tectonic plates stretching from South America to Australia via the western United States and East Asia, in the past three days.

First Venezuela was struck by a major 7.3 earthquake last night, with citizens across northern South America and parts of the Caribbean reporting strong shaking.

In Venezuela’s picturesque palm tree-dotted northern coast, residents said the long quake was terrifying.

The tremor made residents nauseous, caused lamps to swing and led people to dash into the streets.

The quake was also felt in the capital of Caracas, where residents rushed out of office buildings, as well as in nearby island nations like Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Lucia, to the west and north.

Residents in Trinidad and Tobago shared video online showing some damage to buildings.

Then Vanuatu, located in the western Pacific Ocean was hit by a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake.

The shallow quake’s epicentre was located just a few miles off the northern tip of sparsely populated Ambrym.

Pacific Ring of Fire earthquake

Pacific Ring of Fire: Venezuela, Vanuatu and Oregon have all been hit by strong earthquakes (Image: BING)

Officials at Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office in Port Vila, roughly 120 miles south of the epicentre, had no initial reports of damage.

“We felt small shaking for 15 or 30 seconds but we’re all good here,” spokesman Presley Tari told Reuters by phone.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said there was no tsunami threat from the quake and authorities in Australia and New Zealand also gave the all-clear.

A third earthquake then struck off the coast of Oregon, United States.

An offshore earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 hit 188 miles west of Bandon, Oregon, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Pacific Ring of Fire earthquake

The Pacific Ring of Fire has been rattled by several strong earthquakes (Image: GETTY / REUTERS / BING)

The quake was recorded at a depth of about 10 km, according to the USGS website.

No immediate tsunami warning was posted.

And today Venezuela was again hit by a strong earthquake.

A 5.9 aftershock hit the north of the country this afternoon, sparking more panic in Venezuela.

Pacific Ring of Fire

The Pacific Ring of Fire is the most geologically active region in the world (Image: USGS)

Venezuela earthquake: Windows smash as shock felt in Trinidad

One citizen wrote on earthquake monitoring website EMSC-CSEM: “I was in the office and went straight under the table.”

Another said: “I was in a boat moored to a dock and felt the waves ripping the engine.”

It comes after dozens of other smaller earthquakes rattled the Ring of Fire, with more than 70 striking in the past three days.

It has increased fears for the ‘Big One’ earthquake in the western United States, or another megaquake elsewhere in one of the heavily populated Asian or South American cities on the Ring of Fire.

Pacific Ring of Fire

Pacific Ring of Fire: Venezuela was hit by a strong 6.9 earthquake last night (Image: REUTERS)

Richard Aster, Professor of Geophysics at Colorado State University, warned recently California is in an “earthquake drought” and overdue a 7.0 quake.

He said: “Although many Californians can recount experiencing an earthquake, most have never personally experienced a strong one.

“For major events, with magnitudes of seven or greater, California is actually in an earthquake drought.”

The Pacific Ring of Fire is the most geologically active region in the world.

More than 90 per cent of earthquakes occur here, as well as 22 or the 25 biggest volcanic eruptions in history.

Ped East San Ysidro

Bajadock: Have experienced dropping a passenger at PEDWEST before.  For a SENTRI driver, PEDEAST is adjacent to the SENTRI lanes, right side of this map.  If PEDEAST is as efficient as advertised, this will be my go to pedestrian drop.  PEDEAST just opened Wednesday.  Anyone experience it yet?


SAN YSIDRO.- The Consulate General of the United States in Tijuana and the General Services Administration (GSA) informed that as of this Wednesday, August 15, the new pedestrian crossing will be inaugurated in San Ysidro located to the east.

At 2:30 in the afternoon, pedestrians will be able to cross northwards towards the United States and make it through the new pedestrian crossing building, which will be known as “PedEast” and which has 22 inspection booths.

Meanwhile, the operations at the temporary facilities located within the Milo building will end this Wednesday, so the new facility will be northbound located south of the bus and tram stations of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS, Metropolitan Transit System) of San Diego. The access to Mexico will be the same.

“Travelers will move through a newly constructed sun-covered corridor that will take them to pedestrian processing facilities.”

The pedestrian crossing located to the west, better known as “PedWest” will continue to operate and unchanged.


Weekend Traffic Crunch

                                by staff traffic editor, Quincy Quiebra 

My trip north to San Diego this week included picking up mail, a few shopping items and a lunch.  A grocery clerk told me he heard that Ensenada was the “La Jolla of Mexico”. HAH!

That grocery clerk had no idea that I was headed to the real La Jolla for lunch on Saturday.  Yuck, what a traffic jam are any of the beach areas of SoCal.  La Jolla Parkway was backed up for 2/3 of a mile.

Planned a lunch at We Olive in La Jolla.  It’s much smaller and less dramatic than George’s.  Yeppers, I’m a contrarian on many of the trendy dining spots.  Prefer smaller, mom/pop shops.  But, my We Olive review will have to wait as my lunch buddy failed me.

Was thrilled to be on my south and get away from the crunch of cars everywhere.

Southbound at Tijuana, that border crossing was about 10 minutes and easy.  But, the ongoing construction when approaching TJ Playas is another mess.  Sometimes the westbound lanes are narrowed to just one lane.

The beaches hold your clue on the traffic.  Everyone is escaping the heat, including the weekend crowds at Playa La Mision.  This photo shows the beach at approx 1/3 capacity.  My Saturday afternoon southbound drive saw this beach packed tighter than a thousand sardines in a bee hive.

The Ensenada toll booth southbound backup was 1.8 miles and more than 20 minutes. That white horizontal stipe thingy at photo center is the ‘Nada toll booth. From that backup to get through the slow traffic lights in El Sauzal to centro Ensenada, it took me 40 minutes for a whopping 7 miles.

TJ Chaparral border crossing to my house on the south of Ensenada Bay is usually 2 hours or less.  A 2 minute beer pickup and a five minute grocery stop made that a four hour haul.  No wonder I rarely leave my neighborhood during summer weekend.

Tijuana Playas Lane Closures

                                  by traffic editor Quincy Quiebra  
The closing will be from Monday, July 9 and a counterflow will be enabled by the resumption of the works of the densification of the soil of this road

TIJJUANA.- The Department of Urban Development and Ecology (SDUE) informed that for the rehabilitation works of the roads of Playas de Tijuana there will be a partial closure of the road.The agency explained that starting at 10:00 am on Monday, July 9, work will resume and a backflow will be enabled in this road.

The Directorate of Municipal Urban Infrastructure and Works (Doium), indicated that this closure is to continue the work of densification of the soil of this road, which were already completed in the lanes of the south body (in the direction of Playas de Tijuana to Zona Center) in days gone by.

He explained that it is a section of 365 meters where these works will be carried out to guarantee the stability of the ground, and to prevent risks for motorists when traveling through this road.

It will start with the central and right lane closure of the north body, that is, in the direction of the Central Zone towards Playas de Tijuana, for which a backflow will be enabled in that direction to affect as much as possible the vehicular flow.

This backflow will be enabled from the access section to the Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhood (Puente La Cúspide) to the El Mirador bridge.

It is worth mentioning that these works will be carried out in all the lanes of the aforementioned address, so that the backflow will be adapted according to the development of these works, which will last around six weeks.

Through a statement, the XXII City Council thanks the citizens for their understanding during the execution of these works.




Hike Torrey Pines

                                    by staff Fitness Editor Gloriella Glutemus 

Hiked Torrey Pines in San Diego for the first time this Thursday.  The hike reviews are heavenly from the area hiking community in various online forums/articles.

From my Goog Earth inspections, the Torrey Pines area is not that big at approx 1 mile(north to south) long and a little over .5 miles wide.  So, macho me, decided to start the hike in without a trail map.

After about 15 minutes on the South Fork Trail, found out that it is closed to get down to the beach, OUCH! See my red X where the trail is closed. Caught above  colorful spot at the South Fork Overlook. Backtracked and found the Beach Trail from the main parking area(Yellow trail below).

Before hitting my workout, decided to explore the area.  Meandered by following the paved road northbound downhill. Ended up on the north end by the beach parking are to gain access to the beach.


The layers and textures along the beach are very pleasing. If you want to know more about the geology, check this video.

Easily found the stairway for the beginning of the 335 foot climb. This is about 1 mile south of the beach parking lot.  Gotta check tide chart here or you might be swimming.

Did the yellow trail of .75 miles and 335 foot vertical climb for four repeat laps.  Had an EKG test about 90 minutes after this workout and did not divulge the workout to the doctor until it was over.  BP was elevated and let him know why.  EKG was fine as normal.

TMI section here, but, decades of experience have allowed me to be an office building rest room bird bath expert.  Yes, with just a drying towel, you can refresh your hygiene.  The UPS dude interrupted me and laughed at my bird bath state.  He said he wished he could catch a shower mid day.  Ever see a Fedex/UPS delivery guy even slightly overweight?  No way!

At only 8.5% avg grade with a few 20-30% shorty climbs on stairs and RR tie inclines, I’ll call the Torrey Pines Beach Trail a moderate climb.  By design, there are flats to recover after the climbs and some room along the side to pull over for a break.

The big thing I did not like were the guiding cables on all of the trails.  The cables are a necessary evil to protect the environment from the human condition(aka idiots).  The trails are only wide enough to allow two skinny people to pass each other. Geewillikers, I would never hike here on a weekend due to the herds of humans.

The area is gorgeous.  The beach is clean.  Sunsets are fabulous.  Missed lunch at this mansion.

And the hike is fun.  Great?  Ummm, it’s a good hike.  But, no food on the beach, no dogs, rules, rules, rules, parking difficulty(mine was very creative) just did not make me euphoric.  Maybe my 04:30 wakeup call had me grumpy?

We’ll award Torrey Pines 3.5 out of 5 Nikon binoculars for this hike.

This would be a great spot for a picnic.  But, that no food rule kinda makes that difficult, eh?

And while I’m grumpy, why can’t I enjoy an adult beverage on the beaches of SoCal?  I no longer recognize the America of my youth.  California sucks all of the fun out of California!  Hikes in Baja are so much better.

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Southbound Fridays

               by staff Traffic Editor, Quincy Quiebra 

When I’m stuck in San Diego rush hour traffic, it reminds me to be thankful that I don’t live there.  I wish happy hours lasted as long as most major cities’ rush hours, as it seems like 7AM – 7PM assures you of extensive bumper sticker studies.

Had an appointment that could not be changed and was in Torrey Pines area Friday afternoon.  Exited a bit ahead of schedule at 3:30PM and headed downhill to I-5 southbound.  While beginning my turn onto freeway from Gennessee, noticed cars not moving in a long lineup.

Quickly maneuvered out of that ramp and did a quick northbound I-5 to Carmel Valley for a U turn and get on 805 southbound.  I don’t know if that was good or bad.  It took me 70 minutes to get to the 805/5 reunion lineup to the Tijuana border.

Friday afternoons are always a bad idea at the border.  The 805 v 5 merge, several on ramps, the big right turn down the alley and the minimum of 3 lanes merging to one after you cross at the gates make for high anxiety.

Because of the extra merging of traffic getting on 805 before border, choosing I-5 is usually a better option over 805.

Took me 25 minutes total from 805 and San Ysidro Blvd where the line starts to get through the TJ Chaparral border crossing.  But, the U bridge and Via Internacional road along the TJ Rio westbound are also backed up and crawling at 5PM Fridays.

That adds up to just over an hour and a half to travel 33 miles.

Good news is that they completed the construction project just east of TJ Playas.  But, that project will resume on the north lanes soon.

Add toll booth lineups and Ensenada’s mini rush hour backups in El Sauzal and I’m ready for a beverage or six!

So avoid rush hour Fridays crossing border southbound.  If your schedule forces you, sitting somewhere in San Diego for happy hour and head south after 7PM is a nice option.  Or get to the border before 3PM.



Hurricane Bud Tuesday

MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Bud grew into a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday. Forecasters said they expect cooler waters to rob most of its punch before a potential collision with resorts of the southern Baja California peninsula.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud was centered about 350 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the Baja peninsula and it was moving northwest at 7 mph.

The hurricane center said the storm was about 230 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes, near Puerto Vallarta.

Hurricane Bud is seen in an infrared satellite image capture at 9:30 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018.

Hurricane Bud is seen in an infrared satellite image capture at 9:30 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018.


Forecasters said Bud is heading toward cooler waters and is likely to fall below hurricane force by Wednesday night, then approach the southern Baja as a tropical storm late Thursday.

The center said the hurricane’s core still could generate dangerous heavy surf and rip currents over the coming days.

Rainfall of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated patches of 10 inches, was possible over much of that region into Tuesday afternoon.

A graphic from the National Weather Service shows Hurricane Bud's projected path as of 5 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018. Times displayed are MT.

A graphic from the National Weather Service shows Hurricane Bud’s projected path as of 5 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018. Times displayed are MT.


Harry’s Cofee Shop La Jolla


Was searching for a unique breakfast spot in San Diego this past Thursday.  Found an article recommending Harry’s Coffee Shop in La Jolla.

Unlike the glitz of pricey bistros on the ocean in LJ, Harry’s is an old school throwback.  Harry’s wife Catherine greeted and seated me.

Spent several minutes soaking up the scene before diving into the menu.  Being transported back into the 1960s, I recalled some childhood diner experiences with my family.  Harry’s walls are filled with Brooklyn Dodger, other baseball photos and old San Diego area photos. A big photo of Harry with my favorite baseball player Willie Mays is near the entrance.

The silverware is perfectly plain.  Classical music lightly dances in the background. Vinyl booths and Formica tables are on the set of this nostalgic diner.

Phyllis, my server, brought a shiny carafe of coffee and set it on my table after pouring my first cup.

Ordered the Eggs Florentine as incentive to boost a scheduled EKG at a medical appointment later. The oozing eggs, creamy Hollandaise, English muffy and crunchy hashed spuds made for a perfect texture and flavor combo.  Oh, add spinach to make you think this is a healthy dish.

I arrived at 11AM to a packed house this Thursday.  But, by noon, tables were emptying.  Outdoor seating is also available.  Adult beverages also are served.  Apparently, weekends have a 30 minute wait by 9AM.

We award Harry’s with five Louisville Sluggers out of five.  FYI, my EKG test was OK.

Harry’s Coffee Shop

7545 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037 Open Daily 6am – 3pm



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