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Thursday, April 10, 2014

sebastian sculpture correo fronterizoSebastián sculpture to be installed at border crossing to be discussed at CECUT on April 22

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tijuana considers having Avenida Revolución be a pedestrian and bus-only street; it would be part of trunk route

Mayor says President Peña Nieto is backing the trunk-route project

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francisco vegaWednesday, April 2, 2014

Baja Californa governor urges action to protect the environment

In interview with Notivisa, he says deportations and people fleeing from Michoacán violence are hurting unemployment numbers

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Teachers union says it will not automatically defend 39,000 who statistics agency says get paid even though they don't teach

      Mexico's federal teachers union said it will not automatically defend 39,000 people who the federal statistics agency says are getting paid even though they are not teaching. Many of those in this category are called aviadores, or fliers, something known as featherbedding in the United States.
      Teachers union (SNTE) Juan Díaz de la Torre said the union would defend those who feel their rights are being violated. In what is a legal arrangement, many teachers are paid by school districts but do not teach but rather perform union work; it was unclear whether these were included in the 39,000 figure.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.   

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Authorities confirm death of Knights Templar leader     

     enrique plancarteAuthorities on Monday confirmed the killing of Caballeros Templarios leader Enrique "Kike" Plancarte in Querétaro. Officials said Plancarte, 43, held a rank equal to cartel founder Nazario "El Chayo" Moreno González (killed at age 44 March 9 in Tumbiscatío, Michoacán) and Servando "La Tuta" Gómez Martínez (still at large). Televisa reported Wednesday that Plancarte's body was still in possession of the military, apparently to avoid any attempts to steal the cadaver, as has happened after the killings of other prominent organized-crime figures.
Front-page story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Jorge Fernández Menéndez column: "Why the Templars Are Falling Now" (PDF).

Aguacaliente bus company puts 14 new buses into operation to serve Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada

       The Aguacaliente bus company has put 14 new buses into service to move passengers between Tijuana, Mexicali, and Ensenada. The 14 buses, which can seat 36 passengers, have WiFi, separate men and women's bathrooms, and show movies, El Mexicano reported. The buses cost a total of 60 million pesos ($4.6 million, or $326,500 each). Six more buses are to be put in service in coming days, bringing the fleet total to 32. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Mexicali business sector lauds naming of new public safety chief, who replaces general who resigned in disgrace

        Mexicali's business community is lauding the naming of new public safety chief Alejandro Monreal Noriega, who has 17 years of experience in the department. He returns to Mexicali proper after having recently been assigned to San Felipe.
         He takes the position after the previous police chief resigned in disgrace and following the formation of self-defense groups fed up with crime in the Baja California capital.    
        More than a month ago, police chief José Ramírez
Cardoso resigned after it was reported that he had been sentenced to three months in military prison in 1995 for sexual harassment and abuse of authority. A former general, Ramírez brought on Alejandro Galindo Morales — who had worked in the state police academy in Tecate — as his deputy chief.
        However, on March 25, El Mexicano reported in a front-page story that Galindo had been declared a deserter from the military in 2003. Monreal said authorities would be studying how this revelation might affect the police department.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
March 25 story on Galindo. Jump.
March 31 front-page story on Monreal. Jump.         

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mexicali City Hall's metal letters stolen

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