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City government has mandated that the sale of alcohol in Tijuana will now be limited. The local business organization, Cómite Empresarial y Turistico Mexicano (CETURMEX), salutes the limited hours of sale as a way of demonstrating the city’s commitment to changing its image from the anything-goes town to a city of more refined behavior.

“It’s a measure that we support, despite the discontent that exists [among those who see the measure as a threat to income],” said Andrés Mendéz, a coordinator for the business association. "We believe that it is a good measure because of the car crashes and fights, among other situations that arise with increased alcohol use."

Convenience stores will have off-sale liquor available for purchase between 10 a.m. and midnight. Liquor stores, restaurant bars, and tourist bars (i.e. strip clubs and bordello bars) must shut down their sales at 2 a.m. and may not commence again until 10 a.m. Café cantantes (defined as bars offering singing/dancing entertainment and perhaps karaoke) may not sell hooch after 3 a.m.

In the past, TJ bars were known to stay open 24 hours a day; some establishment owners paid special fees to the city for the privilege of remaining open after hours. Now, scofflaws will be fined and ultimately closed down if they violate the new stipulations.

The recent shooting of a Mexican soccer star at an after-hours bar in Mexico City has left an unsavory impression of such establishments, an impression that Tijuana does not want to foster.

Source: Frontera

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PistolPete Feb. 2, 2010 @ 4:24 p.m.

Hell is freezing over. I wonder if Global Warming can help....

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David Dodd Feb. 2, 2010 @ 4:43 p.m.

To people unaware of how Tijuana runs, the only thing that has changed is that the bars in Tijuana that previously paid extra money to the city in order to remain open longer, will no longer enjoy that luxury. At least, temporarily. If a bar wanted to remain open until, say, five in the morning, they would pay the city for that privilege. If they wanted to remain open for 24 hours, then it would cost even more.

Over the years, when the city needed revenue, they would raise the cost of operating after hours. Most bars would refuse the increase and call the city's bluff. Negotiations would ensue, and eventually a compromise would be reached. This would happen every few years.

I predict that this will not last long. The loss in revenue will hurt the city of Tijuana much more than an attempt to clean up its reputation (an absurdity in itself). First, the bars will argue that people will begin to drink in the streets after hours and that the new law does more harm than good. Second, the city will miss the revenue almost immediately. Quietly, things will go back to the way they've always been.

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MsGrant Feb. 2, 2010 @ 6:50 p.m.

A knee-jerk reaction, at best. I see things quietly returning to the debaucherous norm soon.

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SDaniels Feb. 4, 2010 @ 12:57 a.m.

"Now, scofflaws will be fined and ultimately closed down if they violate the new stipulations."

"Scofflaws!"

I love it! Where has this word been all my life?...

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David Dodd Feb. 4, 2010 @ 1:02 a.m.

"Scofflaws!

I love it! Where has this word been all my life?..."

  • Stuck somewhere back in 1963.
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SDaniels Feb. 4, 2010 @ 1:06 a.m.

Now, we need to pun on it.

I'd say its era will justify my first definitional pun:

Scofflaws: in-laws inconsiderate of house rules. ;)

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PistolPete Feb. 4, 2010 @ 1:11 a.m.

LMAO! Good one SD. :-D

Scofflaws: Laws made to be mocked!

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David Dodd Feb. 4, 2010 @ 2:31 a.m.

Actually, scofflaw is a word invented during prohibition in 1924. Someone (the government?) held a national contest to come up with a derogatory term for one who drinks (illegally, at the time). The winning prize was $200 split between two entries that came up with the same word by chance. Mr. Beaudeau, who I suspect is a good friend of mine and continues to deny to me (for reasons I don't understand) that he is submitting these little stringer gems to the Reader, used the word quite appropriately.

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SDaniels Feb. 4, 2010 @ 2:39 p.m.

Intrigue on a boring work-addled afternoon!

Did you and the friend you believe to be Beaudeau have a convo about scofflaws? When did you first start to think you knew who he was?

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David Dodd Feb. 4, 2010 @ 4:21 p.m.

"Did you and the friend you believe to be Beaudeau have a convo about scofflaws?"

No. As I say, he is in denial and won't admit to being Beaudeau.

"When did you first start to think you knew who he was?"

His very first stringer story. I think that he believes he's picking my pocket with these stories, but really, I live so far away from downtown Tijuana and he lives right there. I have no designs on being "super-Baja-stringer". I'm only interested in writing about what I experience first-hand, and the word limit for these stories is too constricting to what I like to do. Every once in a while I'll submit a stringer story based on experiencing something first-hand, but it's rare.

Beaudeau is a nice guy, very well educated and a great conversationalist. You would like him.

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SDaniels Feb. 4, 2010 @ 4:37 p.m.

I was asking if the word "scofflaw" made you suspicious because you might have discussed it when he was not in disguise as Beaudeau. It'd be no doubt great fun for you if he tripped himself up on something like that. :)

More nosy questions:

How could he have been picking your brains for these stories, then? Most of them are pretty current, aren't they? And he translates from La Frontera, much of the time?

So, here I thought you were occasionally picking on the guy for his errors of fact, but all along you have been just trying to draw him out, gringo? ;)

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David Dodd Feb. 4, 2010 @ 5:01 p.m.

No, but his use of words is certainly a give away. As I say, he's a smart man. And nope, he is coming up with these on his own, and then using La Frontera and other sources to confirm and support what he sees and hears. All I did, some time ago, was to recommend the Reader website and try to get him to blog here. Apparently, he would rather write stringer stories. I can't blame him, their checks cash just fine.

As for picking on him, some is done a bit tongue-in-cheek and other times I've already read the story from multiple sources and simply add something he left out (or that was perhaps edited out). Or, like my first comment here, I can simply provide some background or some specifics.

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