Baja news & stories

Baja sales tax to jump 5% in 2014

State senate votes in favor of President Peña Nieto’s proposal

Baja Californians are bracing for what some economists and political leaders have warned will be a major financial crisis after Mexico's senate voted in the wee hours of Wednesday, October 30, to increase the state's ...

Salvation soup

Ed drops in at the Salvation Army kitchen in Tijuana, where he fills his gut for $1.30.

“I spent my whole life in the U.S.,” says this guy Nick. “This is a foreign country to me.”

Francisco Rafael Arellano Félix...Clowns shot him!

Murder of eldest Arellano Félix brother not expected to increase violence in Baja

The oldest Arellano Félix brother, Francisco Rafael, killed near Cabo San Lucas on Friday, October 18, was reportedly shot by a hitman dressed as a clown. The assassination of the 63-year-old took place during a ...

Savor every sip at 1994 Bar

“All four shareholders have a thing for 1994” at the 1994 Bar in Tijuana. There, you can “go anachronistalgic to “All Apologies” while choosing from over 35 beers.

U.S. government shutdown slows maquiladoras

Increased border waits limits exports

Ever since the “shutdown” of the U.S. government, maquiladoras have experienced plenty of extra expenditures, including fuel costs, keeping vehicles in “overnight” lots, and fines for delivering merchandise late. Gabriel Merino Fausto, president of a ...

RELÁMPAGO: imperfect family photos

Omar Lopex's pretend family portraits on tintype wet plates

At first glance, the colorless photos don’t appear to be anything out of the ordinary. Weathered and faded around the edges, the collection looks like something you might find in an unmarked shoebox at the ...

Graveyard of the godforsaken gringos

Always take a taxi.

Expatriate T.B. Beaudeau, a resident of Tijuana, relays tales of others like him; and the stories of those who met tragic/grim ends south of the border.

Cheese-grabbing and wine-slurping in Tijuana

Ed visits Tijuana’s La Faraona, grabs cheese, slurps wine, learns about Aunt Lupita, who provides blended wines, homemade cheeses, and bread to her entrepreneurial nieces and nephews.

Five minutes to Baja's finest

La Faraona, in Tijuana’s Zona Rio, offers a taste of Baja’s finest cuisine

One of the most visible symptoms of the cultural shift that has been taking place in Tijuana over the past several years is the reclamation of former tourist dumps by businesses that now highlight Baja’s ...

Feast! Leftovers

An overabundance of contributions to our September 5 Feast issue allowed us to offer these leftovers. Find Chad Deal's Baja leftovers below. Not in the mood for Mexi? Try Eve Kelly's Cheapskate's Corner or munch ...

Back to the Border.

Teatro Mascara Magica’s Detained in the Desert runs through this weekend. The compelling play is about undocumented immigrants, a subject so vital they say the only way to see it fully is to be there. ...

Sorry, California, French bucks go to Baja

Wine and aerospace opportunities less expensive

Baja’s business sector is looking up, according to recent reports in the financial pages of Frontera, which reported earlier in the week that Baja’s business dealings with the U.S. and Baja tallied to $33 billion ...

Baja Makes Me Hungry

Tijuana and nearby cities to the south have become famous in the past few years for their locally sourced Baja Med cuisine. The fusion fare of traditional Mexican dishes with Asian and Mediterranean influences highlights ...

Narco twitter

Baja’s TV networks can’t keep up with its social networks.

Baja's social network has boots on the ground and up-to-the-minute news to tweet — #dontcrosstheborderwithoutit.