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The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse this month has an exhibit on female mariachi musicians dating to 1903.
A Los Angeles Times article on the subject leads with a story about a mariachi singer named Rosa Quirino, who wore "a shawl criss-crossed over her chest, in a nod to Pancho Villa." This was when Villa had developed a reputation as a bandit, some time before he became a figure in the 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution.
Story, Los Angeles Times: "Exhibit highlights women who made mariachi history: A show at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse features female performers who broke into the traditionally male Mexican music genre."
There will be a ¡Viva el Mariachi Femenil! concert on March 29.
Women form a majority on the Ensenada council, Frontera reported. Three are from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Columba Domínguez Delgadillo, Guillermina Calvo Romero, and María Verónica Hernández Valdez) and one each from the National Action Party (María de los Ángeles Zepeda Morán), Democratic Revolution Party (Alicia Yesenia Rivera Santoyo), Green Party (Ana Daniela García Salgado), and New Alliance Party (Ana Gabriela Bórquez Gómez). Zepeda is the daughter of the PAN leader in Ensenada, Hugo Adriel Zepeda Berrelleza.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
A column by UCLA medical professor David E. Hayes-Bautista, who has written the book El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition, explores the U.S. roots of the holiday celebrating Mexico's defeat of the French at Puebla in May 1862. His column is pegged to a recent district court decision allowing a school district south of San Jose to prohibit students from wearing shirts bearing U.S. flags on Cinco de Mayo in order to avoid conflict.
Los Angeles Times: "Cinco de Mayo — a truly Mexican American holiday: In the first parades after the 1862 Battle of Puebla, revelers who supported freedom, racial equality and democracy carried U.S. and Mexican flags side by side."'
Singer Julieta Venegas, who grew up in Tijuana, will have to share custody of her daughter and give the child the father's last name as a result of a family court ruling in Mexico City, Tijuana's El Mexicano newspaper reported. The girl, Simona, was born Aug. 13, 2010. The apparent father was identified as Argentine musician Rodrigo García
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Photo by Aldogo23
Ensenada began its carnival celebration on Thursday by burning former Mayor Enrique Pelayo in effigy. Pelayo, mayor from 2010-2013, was a fierce Institutional Revolutionary Party partisan who made enemies quickly and said in 2011 that the U.S. had refused to renew his visa to visit the United States. Last year, the PRI candidate who succeeded Pelayo said Pelayo's performance as mayor deserved an F.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Tijuana's El Mexicano newspaper on Thursday editorialized on the first anniversary of the arrest of teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo under the headline "Nightmare."
It said that while the union has not made a formal complaint about her alleged illicit use of union funds, a federal investigation has found a diversion of 2.6 million pesos ($195,000) in two accounts, with 79 more accounts to be examined. The editorial said the union has not been able to exercise the power she once wielded, and said it hoped that Gordillo, who lived an extravagant lifestyle while supposedly only receiving a teacher's salary, would receive an exemplary sentence.
A fertility clinic will be opening in the coming days in Mexicali, El Mexicano reported (PDF). El Instituto Especializado en Infertilidad y Medicina Reproductiva (Insemer), or the Institute Specializing in Infertility and Reproductive Medicine, has 11 other clinics nationwide: three in Mexico City, and others in Toluca, Guadalajara, León (Guanajuato), Poza Rica (Veracruz), Mérida (Yucatán), Puebla, Villahermosa (Tabasco), and Querétaro.
Baja California has registered 171 H1N1 flu cases and 59 H1N1 flu-related deaths, health official Ismael Ávila Íñiguez said. While Jalisco state has had more confirmed cases, 215, it only has registered 24 H1N1-related deaths.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Previous flu totals, from early February: 41 total flu deaths, 29 from H1N1, in Baja California.
Feb. 20 U-T San Diego report: 43 San Diego County flu-related deaths this season, the same as at the same point last season.
El Mexicano's lead editorial on Thursday lamented a wave of killings that it said have left 80 dead in Tijuana so far this year. It said this included 18 murders in the last 10 days, all attributed to drug dealing. It said Mayor Jorge Astiazarán is hoping that 150 new police being hired this year will help the situation. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
The Committee to Protect Journalists and the Inter-American Press Association sought more information on Wednesday about the case of a Veracruz journalist who was kidnapped in Coatzacoalcos by armed men on Feb. 5 and whose body was found buried with two others on Feb. 11 (Tuesday) in Las Choapas. Authorities said bar owner Teresa de Jesús Hernández Cruz paid 20,000 pesos ($1,500) to have Gregorio Jiménez — who was her neighbor — killed over a personal, and not journalistic, matter. Four others were detained in the case. The journalist protection groups wondered whether authorities were too quickly discounting that the killing had to do with Jiménez's journalistic work; he covered crime and other issues for Notisur and Liberal del Sur. Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Story on CPJ website.
A border tunnel was discovered Monday at Nogales — the longest found to date along the Arizona-Mexico border, media reported. Most of the 146-meter tunnel was on the U.S. side, and it connected to houses on both sides of the border. Two Mexican men and one American man were arrested, and 195 kilos of marijuana and 200 grams of heroin were found in the tunnel. Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Story, Arizona Daily Star.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection also reported seizing cocaine valued at $474,000 hidden in two vehicles at the Nogales crossing. A Mexican and an American were arrested. On Feb. 4, a Mexican man was arrested and an estimated $243,000 worth of cocaine were seized, CPB said.
On Tuesday, cocaine, heroin and meth valued at half a million dollars found hidden in a vehicle dashboard were seized at the Calexico crossing, and a 22-year-old U.S. man was arrested.
On Sunday, $730,000 in meth and $550,000 in cocaine was seized in two separate incidents at the Calexico crossing; two Mexican women and one Mexican man were arrested.
Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega said Monday that a pipeline from Tijuana will provide Ensenada with more water. Ensenada has been rationing water because of a supply shortage.
Vega also said the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road, which had a section collapse in December, will be fixed before the end of the year. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Idaho Republican Rep. Raúl Labrador, in a Spanish-language interview with Univision newsman Jorge Ramos on Sunday's "Al Punto," said the House will not be voting on any immigration reform plan unless President Barack Obama proves to be more trustworthy. The Puerto Rico-born Labrador said Obama's statement that he plans to carry out more executive orders shows that he cannot be trusted. Labrador's comments followed those of House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans indicating that the House would not be voting on immigration reform this year.
Ramos's interview with Labrador.
Baja California state authorities said that the export of bivalve molluscs from Baja California to the United States has resumed after eight months, Mexican media reported. Areas whose waters were OK'd to resume exports were Guerrero Negro Norte, Laguna Manuela, and San Felipe; pending approval are Bahía Soledad, Rincón de Ballenas, and San Quintín. Baja California authorities said the main issue involved was having a protocol with U.S. authorities, not health or product safety. Story, Ensenada.net. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
The College of Tijuana Dentists says many "pirate dentists" are treating patients in the city. The group wants authorities to act against the fake practitioners. El Mexicano reported that the group said that while some have studied dentistry but have no license, others are dental assistants or even secretaries. José Alfredo Ibarra, president of the dentists group, told the paper that at least 10 unlicensed offices have been opened. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
The new Ensenada council has unanimously overturned a law that would have allowed high-density development in the region's wine country. Many vintners applauded the decision. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump. Story by Jill Replogle, KPBS.
Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega has canceled 2.4 billion pesos in past-due water bills ($180 million) in the state. The measure will benefit 221,000 users in the state's five municipalities. The action meets a campaign promise made by Vega last year.
Tijuana's Televisa Channel 12 interview a number of water customers, some of whom owed more than $1,000, and they were quite happy about the amnesty. Now, how do the people who paid their bills on time feel?
Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Update, Feb. 7 — The fine print: Customers, to take advantage of the amnesty, which applies to bills from 2012 and before, must pay their 2013 bills by April 30. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega said Tuesday that he is opposed to allowing the hunting of bighorn sheep in the state. There has been a move afoot to allow the hunting of the sheep, also known as borrego cirramón — also the nickname of the Autonomous University of Baja California. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
The number of flu deaths in Baja California have risen to 41, El Mexicano reported. The only Mexican state with more deaths is Jalisco, with 44, according to a bulletin from the Health Ministry. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Update, Feb. 7: El Mexicano (PDF) says 32 deaths are attributable to the H1N1 virus. U-T San Diego reports that there have been 29 flu deaths in San Diego County this season, compared with 32 during the same period last year.
Update, Feb. 8: Five H1N1 flu deaths reported in San Luis Río Colorado, in Sonora state. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
The state water agency in Mexicali is waiving 400 million pesos ($30 million) owed on water bills, El Mexicano reported. Gov. Francisco Vega, during his campaign for office last year, had promised that he would forgive customers behind on their payments.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.