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San Ysidro Sentri v Bus


Recently crossing border at San Ysidro/TJ headed to San Diego, was in the second lane from right(marked #4).  Did not realize until this day that is the lane that tour buses also travel.

Happened to be frozen in line for approx 10 minutes while two buses inserted themselves into the right two lanes. Traffic in both lanes was stopped.  Don’t know why buses seem to take a while.  Do they have a CBP officer board the bus to eyeball the crowd?  Anyone have experience on a bus with this?

As I approached the entry funnel of signs/eqpt/cameras an officer greeted me and asked me to stay at this point, approx 30 yards from the CBP shack, until the last bus was “processed”.  The guy also told me that it would be a few minutes for the CBP dude in the shack to log out and log in after bus processing.

An orange plastic traffic barrier was placed at the shack.  ?

Another 12 minutes expired.  I could see anxiety in the drivers of cars behind me.

When finally waved up to the shack for the “Where are you going today, anything to declare, what were you doing in Mexico?” greeting, two CBP guys were complaining about the stupid computer giving them fits. Got a “sorry for the delay”.

Lucky me was not pressed for time this afternoon, but, what kind of procedure is so special about a bus that leads to this flustercluck?

Maybe the buses former/usual lanes #1 & #2 are behind the curtain in the construction zone?

This was my first bus attack delay at San Ysidro.  I believe I’ll make certain to avoid the first two lanes on the right side in future.

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Uber in Baja


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There is a vast difference between what Uber was when they started in Tijuana in 2015 and what the company is now. Cars were new and clean. Drivers used to offer water, mints, candy, or phone chargers. Most drivers were courteous and asked passengers what radio station they would like to listen to; some drivers would even get out of the car to open the doors. Uber quickly won the hearts of tijuanenses, as citizens preferred the convenience of the ride-sharing app to the beat-up taxis that had to be hailed from the sidewalk.

Taxis weren’t happy, and with the help of the government, they tried to shut down Uber operations in Tijuana. A legal tug-of-war started between Uber and taxis, who fought and protested to protect their territory. Citizens overwhelmingly supported Uber. In July 2017, the conflict came to a head when taxi drivers at the border beat up and hospitalized tourists trying to order an Uber ride.

The San Ysidro border crossing in Mexico is now patrolled to avoid confrontations between Uber drivers, taxis, and customers. The PedWest border crossing installed signs adjacent to the taxi pickup area that read “zone for applications and alternative transit.”

Since this summer, a decline in the quality of Uber service has been noticed. “That was the worst Uber ride I had,” my girlfriend told me when she got home in August. “He was rude, he smelled bad, and he was blasting horrible music. I asked him to turn it down or change the station. He adjusted his mirror, shrugged, and barely turned it down. I was afraid to speak after that.”

Customers complain about the service, drivers complain about the pay. The Facebook group “Uber Tijuana,” with over 135,000 members, is a constant source of information, misinformation, complaints, memes, drama, and even missed connections between drivers and customers.

In the Facebook group, drivers post screen caps or photos complaining of the worst clients they had or about customers that only go a few blocks away. The minimum fare is 28 pesos, less than $2. Clients post pictures complaining about certain drivers attitudes or about not getting picked up. Others try to sell, rent their cars, or hire Uber drivers. Some shady accounts offer to sell Uber credits or paid rides.

After I posted the question of who were the best or worst clients, a driver responded, “I just kicked a guy out for being a princess.” I asked him to elaborate. He wrote back, “For safety when I pick up a person, I lock the doors and open the passenger door. The dude kept trying to open the back door and then came up to me asking if there was something wrong with my back doors. He got in with an annoyed expression and said ‘agh, whatever, let’s go.’ I told him to get out, I already canceled the trip. He asked me why, to [which] I responded because I want too [sic].”

Another driver responded, “The best, the one that invited me to drink and paid for the prostitutes. The worse, the one that took a shit in the backseat.”

My post didn’t get as much response as a popular meme that reads:

“Uber in 2015 — Good afternoon sir, would like water? Candy? A charger for your phone? Uber in 2017 — Sup dog? Don’t tell me it bothers you that I’m smoking crack.”

Ensenada El Sauzal Road Collapse Warning


Bajadock:  K105 is just north of Las Rosas Hotel on north side of El Sauzal. Two maps below are my added editorials to original El Vigia article.

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Given the wear and tear of the coastal strip at kilometer 105 of the Tijuana-Ensenada highway and the risk that such erosion could damage the road, hoteliers in this city requested the prompt action of the authorities.

Víctor Celis Dueñas, president of the Association of Hoteliers of Ensenada, informed that in that place it is observed how the tides eroded the coastal area, wear that already affected the roadway and is a few meters from reaching the asphalt roadway.

Erosion worries
He indicated that specialists in the construction branch were asked for a technical opinion on the matter and they indicated that protection works should be carried out immediately to prevent erosion from reaching the road and prevent vehicular traffic from being affected.

“We already had the experience in 2013 of being cut off from the highway, and although in a smaller dimension, in this case one of the main accesses to the city could be affected,” the hotel manager said.

He added that it was already investigated who would be responsible for carrying out the protection works and it would have to be the XXII Ensenada Town Hall, since that section of the road is under the jurisdiction of the municipality.

He noted that in addition to initiating work to stop the erosion should be placed warning signs to prevent motorists could park in an area of ​​the boundary that can collapse at any time.

Baja 1000 Road Closures


plexmexico.com

Bajadock: Thank to “K” for this one.  The translation of these details is iffy as normal.  Basically, Centro ‘Nada will a flustercluck this week.

Reports the Municipal Public Security Bureau on the closure of roads during the various activities issue # 50 of the Baja 1000. They note that from Tuesday until Thursday November 16 lanes will be closed Boulevard Costero oriented from east to west from the street to the street Rocks Alvarado. lso is closed to local traffic between First Street and Ruiz Castillo, Castillo between First and Boulevard Costero and Rotary Club between First and Boulevard Costero. 

Wednesday from 23:00 pm, the police will not allow vehicular traffic at the fords of the streets on the 3rd, 7th, 8th, 11th, and Amber between reform and Ruiz; Ruiz and the extension to the Beltway, same to be opened after the passage of the last moto.

Also Fords, Amber Street and Ruiz Prolongation again be closed on Thursday from 9:00 am, an hour before the starting signal to cars, and will reopen in full when the last vehicle pass.

The streets of the tourist area are closed they will be opened to traffic at 23:00 am on Thursday , November 16 , so urge people to use alternate routes in and out of their homes in time to avoid traffic jams .

Safety measures for off-road racing

  • Not pass the safety barriers along the route competition, must be free of foot traffic the buffer strip between the two established barriers.
  • Abide by the signs of the elements of public security, staff and other authorities responsible for controlling and monitoring the event.
  • Maintain constant vigilance to minors and do not leave them unattended at any time.
  • Refrain from bringing pets to the event that might get in the path of the competitors.
  • Not to generate false accounts of events that may arise during the completion of the sporting event that could generate mass mobilization.
  • No throwing objects participants, as this could generate to lose control of the vehicle and cause an accident.
  • the presence of spectators along the bottom of the Arroyo Ensenada is prohibited, so should be located in the area of ​​the levees protecting it.
  • Respect speed limits and traffic regulations and Police Bando, both in the city and federal and state highways as well as within the route of competition.
  • On issuance Cove in step dirt, two cuts in the road covering half of the cross section, caused by cracks of more than four meters wide and 10 meters in height, so must travel with caution and refrain from exceeding that section.
  • Notify the authority to watch some amateur pseudo breaking safety rules to maintain order.
  • In case of an accident give notice by telephone to the number 911 or the closest security elements, which will be located at each intersection with other roads.
  • Not enter the competition route in times where already started the event on until the last car, either in the same or opposite direction.
  • Not be placed on the outside of the curves and keep away more than 15 meters in straight route where high speeds are reached.
  • In case of an accident of a competitor or spectator route not enter the competition until the dust settles and visibility have come behind the car.
  • Not modify or alter the route of competition with ditches, ramps, rocks or other activity.
  • No littering and if there are fires perform in a clean area of ​​vegetation and make sure it has completely turned off.
  • Carry a first aid kit (including medication against scorpion stings and other insect), lamp with new batteries, basic tools for mechanical, spare tire, sufficient fuel to return to the city, sunscreen, hat or cap, jacket , etc.
  • Take precautions when choosing the location within the route of competition, to avoid risks and accidents.

Surf and Wine Tour


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Planes, Trains, Autos


7 days, four airplanes, 2 trains, 2 Uber rides, 2 shuttle buses, 2 municipal buses, 10 road tolls, 1 rental car, a hike at midnight and a peaceful dawn drive from Newport Beach to Ensenada this Sunday morning were among my methods of commuting from left coast to right coast and return.

For those of you living in urban communities, ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft are regular services.  I happened to be in a very rural part of Florida this week and Uber is ein geist(a ghost).

Called a taxi service about scheduling a ride in early morning of approximately 12 miles.  “We don’t pickup in that city!”.  It was three miles from the city center in which their office is located.  And the dispatch dude made certain he gave me attitude in smacking me down for my persistence with my request for help.  Imagine that happening between Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, two adjacent cities in SoCal?

Denny’s at 1AM…zzz

So a hike under the stars got me to my destination just after midnight.

Why do airports look like shopping malls?  This was my second visit to Charlotte airport in 12 months.  Yes, when I travel, I always have a hankering for diamonds, furs and leather boots, oooh!

On my last second flight from Orlando through Charlotte to LAX, was able to sneak into window seating. Yep, I’m the window guy, using my pillow against the pillar to catch up on needed sleep.

eastbound path in red, westbound is green

LAX airport is one compressed sea of humanity, bags, taxis, shuttles, cultures, strip clubs and stuff.  The horseshoe design is a traffic shock, even for L.A.

Getting a ride escape from LAX after landing is easy, but, can be expensive. For example, Uber from Newport Beach to LAX is $50.  But, Uber LAX to NB is $125.  Guessing the ride to the airport is cheaper because that driver will easily gain another customer quickly at LAX.

There is a bus from LAX to Union Station that will connect you with Amtrak trains as an option for approx $10 bus and $20 train .

There is also a Disney Shuttle from LAX if that is your direction for approx $30.

The best option is to have a very good friend who will fight the freeway and LAX traffic battle.  Thanks to Pablo and Arenalita, I swindled them into my commute to LAX.

But, even great friends can be asked to do too much, so I chose old school “Super Shuttle” for my return trip from LAX to Newport Beach.  At $50, it was a solid value, plus I scored a promo $20 rebate.  Super Shuttle also texted me when my flight arrived on which vehicle # would be greeting me, nice.

If those good friends also provide blue fin tuna sammiches with roasted red peppers to greet you, you are one lucky leprechaun.

Woke up rested and ready to rock south to Ensenada this calm, clear Sunday morning and caught a beautiful sunrise in top photo.  The spot is El Mirador at K84, north of Ensenada.  Above photo is from a few years ago that barely show my neighborhood on the hill above the ship in the harbor.

What trip through Ensenada could be complete without witnessing an accident at Tramo de Muerto, just north of Maneadero?  This was 7:30 this morning.

Now enjoying a peaceful Sunday in my paradise.

fotos por Bajadock

 

 

 

New Baja RV Permit


San Diego Reader

When the Baja 1000 races roll around next month (November 14–18), some Americans crossing into Mexico might be in for a big surprise. Recently, travelers crossing through the San Ysidro, Otay, Tecate, and Mexicali borders in their RVs have reportedly been denied entrance into Mexico; others had the option of paying a new $52 fee.

“This is a new [temporary import permit] rule that just started being enforced for travelers going to Baja California,” said Jennifer Kramer from Discover Baja Travel Club. “[Until recently] Baja used to be a ‘free zone’ for vehicle importation permits [and were] exempt from regulations that are in place for U.S. citizens traveling into mainland Mexico.”

“Snow” and her husband drove down from Canada last month in their 40-foot motorhome that was pulling a 1997 Jeep Wrangler. Both of them are retired and during this time of year they stay warm at the tip of the peninsula.

“[We] only read about the new rules on RVs a matter of days prior to our scheduled crossing,” she said, “[and we] decided to wing it and try [to enter Mexico] without a [permit].”

They entered through Tecate and “they didn’t mention anything about the [permit, but] they asked for the ownership on both vehicles and checked that the [vehicle identification] numbers matched the vehicles on our ownership [papers], which matched our [registration] and passports.”

They crossed at Tecate without paying $104 (the cost of two permits plus a deposit for the Jeep) and drove the 1000 miles to their winter home in San José del Cabo.

Not all RVs enter into Baja California as easily, though. “[Worst case,] you will get turned away at the border crossing into Mexico and not be allowed into the country,” Kramer said, if the aduanas (Mexican customs) ask for your permit and you don’t have one.

Kramer’s parents started Discover Baja Travel Club 26 years ago, and she’s been involved with the company ever since. In the past five years she has been the marketing director for the company, which handles Mexican auto insurance, FMM tourist permits, temporary importation permits, and Mexican fishing licenses. “We stay up-to-date with everything happening in Baja and are often the first to let U.S. citizens know about new rules, regulations, and news.”

Kramer said the new towing rules started about a month ago and that “unfortunately the Mexican government doesn’t have anything in writing about the new regulations.” She said that through “multiple conversations with aduanas and immigration at all land ports of entry,” the new regulations are effective immediately and are as follows:

Motorhomes not towing anything are able to get a temporary import permit good for ten years. Motorhomes towing vehicles will need to get the ten-year permit on the motorhome and a six-month permit on the vehicle. The vehicle will have to leave the country within six months or the deposit will be forfeited.

Motorhomes towing accessories (for example, trailers that contain motorcycles or jet skis) will only be issued a six-month permit but will not have to make a deposit. Trucks towing fifth wheels and camper trailers will have to get two permits — a six-month permit for the truck and a ten-year permit on the trailer. A deposit will be required for the truck (depending on the value of the vehicle but normally ranges from $200 to $600) but will be refunded when you exit the country and return your permit.

Trucks towing utility trailers or toys do not need to get any permits. All boats over 14.7 ft. are required to get a ten-year permit. Many of the travelers are posting comments of disbelief on their social media forums regarding the new laws because many of them haven’t been told about the permits when entering into Baja in their RVs in the past couple of weeks. Others are saying, “I told you so” and posting both Kramer’s website and a link to a national bank of Mexico, Banjercito. A permit can be purchased for approximately $52 from Banjercito.

Kramer’s website can also handle the paperwork for an additional fee. “Many of our members prefer to have us handle their paperwork, as the rules are complicated,” she said. “The process is long and confusing, and everything is in Spanish.”

When I asked Snow what she and her hubby would do if they asked for their permits upon entering into Mexico, she said, “I was planning to be a dumb blonde gringa if that happened and hope we could do it on the spot.… I think maybe you can [purchase the permits] at the Banjercito [at the border] if needed.”

Kramer’s website also states another law that will affect a lot of visitors and businesses: “A vehicle [that’s not an RV] can no longer tow another vehicle into Mexico (i.e., a truck cannot tow a car into Mexico). If you need to tow another vehicle, we recommend that you have someone drive the second vehicle across the border if possible and then hook up to tow the vehicle once across the border.”

Regarding the racers and their families driving in with their RVs and loaded trailers come mid-November, “Usually the participants in the Baja 1000 get special permission to be a part of the event without getting [permits, along with other special treatment],” Kramer said.

Spectators for the Baja 1000’s 50th anniversary might not have such clout, though: they are advised to have all of the proper paperwork in order when crossing into Mexico.

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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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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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…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 · October 17 at 6:56pm

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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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 · October 17 at 8:44pm

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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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 · October 17 at 8:45pm

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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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 · October 17 at 10:10pm

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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

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
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

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

Martha Yaeger Thanks for sharing!!

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German Espinel

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

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

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

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

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Carol Nicola

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

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Sheila Hughes

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

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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La Bufadora Eviction


Bajadock: Hard to decipher this article, but, it appears as if another eviction drama is in our future at La Bufadora.  September 2015 eviction article , shows the violence threatened when La Bufadora shop owners confronted police.  Good Luck, all.

elvigia.net

After six years of litigation, the Álvarez and Díaz families, settled in the ejido Esteban Cantú, for more than five decades, accredited the legal ownership of 380 thousand square meters of land, located in La Bufadora, after the ejido claimed the non-existence or nullity of a title deed.

As part of this process, the ejido protected against the acts of the First Judge of Civil and Public Registry of Property and Commerce, as they intended to be handed over more than 14 thousand square meters where the commercial area of ​​that zone tour.

However, the Seventh District Judge in the State of Baja California resolved the suspension of the process for lack of causes that justify the actions of justice.

The area also encompasses most of the commercial area, that is, part of the more than 14 thousand square meters claimed by the ejido and that at the time, official experts determined that the estates of the Álvarez and Díaz Durazo families were not inside of the polygon of Ejido Esteban Cantú, in addition to that this territorial extension is occupied by merchants that they show like possessors.

The document establishes as a conclusion that “the legal interest on the part of the petitioner of the amparo was not shown, failing to demonstrate reliably the existence of an act of authority that affects the property described in his application for amparo …”.

It is further specified that in the trial, various documentary and expert evidence in topography, offered by the parties to prove ownership of the property, were admitted and released.

Attorney Jaime Palafox Granados said that his clients (injured third parties), Francisco Álvarez Vargas and José Díaz Contreras have a property title dating back to 1963 and deed, validated by the Agrarian Reform Attorney (now the Sedatu).

In addition, the title is duly registered in the Public Registry of Property and Commerce (RPPC).

Yes there will be eviction
It is worth remembering that members of the ejido Esteban Cantú managed to have the Seventh District Judge issue an eviction order from Amparo’s 666/2010 trial, because “fraudulently” was omitted that third parties were harmed.

In other words, the landowners, who were not part of this trial, were unaware of the reasons and legal grounds of the judicial decision in the case.

In this sense, Palafox Granados indicated that the eviction order will have to be executed to comply with the judgment (at a date not defined and that will have to determine the corresponding authority).

He explained, when executed, will be given sight to who has the right; will be when Vargas and Diaz, will claim the excess in the execution.

The litigant indicated that, because the area of ​​its customers integrates a large part of the commercial zone, they have had to file legal remedies in the civil area so that the commercial premises are released to them.

Bajadock: this was the scene in 2015

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