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The Tijuana Innovadora conference and exposition ended its 11-day run on Sunday. The conference featured talks by mayors — Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán and San Diego Mayor Kevin Falcouner appeared together on a panel moderated by TV Azteca broadcaster Lilly Téllez (who lived in Ensenada as a child) and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai was the keynote speaker on the opening night.
Every day featured interesting talks, many based on the conference theme of the Mexican diaspora. Women seemed to be more prominently this year, and two fascinating talks were delivered on Saturday, one by Rancho La Puerta founder and philanthropist Deborah Szekely and the other by US entrepreneur Lu Cordova ("A woman's startup in Mexico: the good, the bad and the ugly." Szekely's tale about her life, and how she got Mexican President Miguel Alemán to grant her countryless husband citizenship, was a tour de force.
The third edition of Tijuana Innovadora begins Thursday, with a stronger lineup of women this time around. Alejandra Lagunes starts off the 11-day conference at noon with a talk about innovation along the border. On the next-to-last-day, Saturday, Oct. 25, eight women are scheduled to speak or moderate, including Rancho La Puerta founder and philanthropist Deborah Szekely at 12:45 p.m. and Lu Cordova at noon ("A woman's startup in Mexico: the good, the bad and the ugly." Schedule of events.
Families are protesting a lack of information about the disappearance of two police in Ensenada five months ago, El Mexicano reported. The mother of state ministerial police agent Ramón Flores Paredes, Eloisa Paredes Aldama, said she has not seen her son since May 11 when he left with state preventive police agent Carlos Armando García Ortega to go to the store in Ensenada's Punta Banda section. The Mustang the two men had traveled in was later found near a Punta Banda gas station. Paredes Aldama said she has gotten very little information from authorities about the case, which was turned over to an organized crime unit.
Front-page story, El Mexicano Ensenada edition. Jump.
May mention of the disappearance.
Meanwhile, seven homicides were recorded in Tijuana over the weekend. One was of a man reported to be involved in drug sales and who had been recently deported from the United States. Another may have had a connection to a former Tijuana policeman removed from the force several years ago because of suspected links to organized crime, El Mexicano reported.
Rosarito residents are complaining about a rash of vehicle break-ins where window glass is broken, including on Popotla Boulevard in the Popotla tourist area. A businessperson who did not want their name revealed told El Mexicano newspaper that two or three vehicles are being broken into daily on the boulevard. The story in the paper unfortunately ended in mid-sentence.
The body of a former Tijuana policewoman was found in the trunk of her 2003 Nissan Altima on Saturday, Mexican media reported. The tongue of Lizbeth Elena
Montañez Arenas had been cut out, El Mexicano reported. Montañez appeared to have been strangled and beaten all over her body, officials said.
Authorities said she was separated from the force after her husband, also a former policeman, was detained in a kidnapping in 2008.
Residents said the car, whose front passenger window was broken, was left in the Mérida neighborhood Friday. Front-page story, El Mexicano. Jump.
U-T San Diego's Sandra Dibble takes an excellent look at the issue of Mexicans seeking asylum in the United States, with a focus on a family from Guerrero that had two sons killed and a daughter raped. The story, with a nice photo from Charlie Neuman, ran on Page 5 instead of Page 1 as a feature involving Sunday night's Paul McCartney concert at Petco Park dominated the paper's front page.
The Autonomous University of Baja California lost 26 million pesos ($2 million) in the Mexican stock market, El Mexicano reported. Such investments are not authorized by the state, the paper said. Front-page story. Jump.
Update, Sept. 25: Alternate route being planned; 10mm fissure said to be cause of delay
Ensenada police and a large group of vendors that a judge ordered away from the environs of the tourist blowhole attraction La Bufadora faced off on Monday; the 200 police eventually backed off, faced with protesters armed with machetes, rocks and sticks, media reported. Officials say they are trying to make La Bufadora into a world-class tourist attraction.
State Tourism Minister Oscar Escobedo Carignan discusses the issue; he notes that it is a matter for the municipality of Ensenada to deal with.
Front-page story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump. Picture page, story (PDF).
Cartoon showing man with sign with title "Primero Muertos" (Death First: One protest sign said "Death First Before Being Removed")