Mexico

New Year brings new taxes in Mexico

From pet food to junk food

Baja Californians awakening today, New Year's Day, face what the daily newspaper El Mexicano describes as "a cascade of taxes." In addition to an increase in the sales tax to 16 percent, Baja Californians will ...

Acción Poética invades Tijuana

Some call it poetry, some call it garbage

In Tijuana over the summer, many walls were painted white and then short verses were painted on them. The lines that seemingly were intended to promote art, culture, and poetry are now filled with tags, ...

9/11 is the best thing that ever happened to Baja cuisine

Is this Baja med?

Cool cats from both sides of la linea rip away at Tijuana’s new food.

Tijuana junkie and dealer interviews

Heroin and pot from U.S. sells like “hot bread” down south

“Lo que venga del gringo es lo mejor, es la mas pura,” a junkie in the Tijuana River channel area told me when I recently asked him about his drugs of choice. He was a ...

Puddles mandate shuttles to Friendship Park Posada

Sewage and safety the concern of state parks workers

County sewage-spill warning signs that say "keep out" were put up on Monument Road in Border Field State Park recently without the county's okay and without testing the puddles of water. The bright yellow warning ...

The making of a taco

At Kokopelli, it's as much about history as taste

Some people express their thoughts by making speeches, joining movements, speaking out, singing protest songs. Guillermo “Oso” Campos Moreno does it through cooking. Cooking tacos with a message. On the street, in Tijuana. Which is ...

Adventures in Adobada: "Tacos Coahuila"

A street cart with no name slings dope pork in the red light district.

Tijuana’s so-called “tolerance zone” has been canonized as a post-topian hive of lechers, dope fiends, harlots, swindlers, and godforsaken gringos — and all for good reason. The infamous red light district is Biff Tannen’s alternate ...

Tijuana taxistas chase hit-and-run driver

SUV didn't get far before yellow cabs and police blocked the vehicle

Friday the 13th didn’t work out so well for a certain taxi and its driver in the sketchy Zona Norte section of downtown Tijuana. Clientele of the local taco cart, wayward pedestrians, sidewalk prostitutes, and ...

Steve Jobs, Julian Assange appear in Playas de Tijuana

Young artists paint murals of their 21st century heroes

The Steve Jobs portrait by Albert M. Watson has been recreated on a wall in Playas de Tijuana right next to the bullfighting ring. The mural is located a block away from the beach and ...

Pit bull kills baby in Tijuana

City records 71 dog bites so far this year, 3 of them fatal

A 37-day-old baby girl died on Wednesday, December 11, shortly after she was bitten on the head by a pit bull at her grandmother's house in Tijuana, according to newspaper accounts. The infant, identified only ...

Assistance needed for Lyle (Rocky) Neptun (R.I.P)

Activist reportedly murdered in Tijuana

I just want to inform those who knew Lyle (Rocky) Neptun that he died December 7 in Tijuana, Mexico. I heard he had been murdered. As of this moment he is still at the morgue ...

Bus busking in TJ

From playing on buses around Tijuana to winning Rockampeonato in 2012, Cañamo has evolved. They have opened for international acts such as Café Tacvba, Don McCarlos, Los Cafres, and Cultura Profetica. Together for more than ...

Video footage before “Viva Villa” border incident

Filmmakers came upon assembling masses, started recording

The three filmmakers producing under the name UK Balaam Productions seem to have nothing to do with instigating the November 24 border incident in which over 100 migrants confronted Border Patrol officers. In a long ...

Showdown #2 fizzles near San Ysidro Port of Entry

Demonstrators back off before confrontation occurs

This week, immigrant-rights activist Enrique Morones again praised the U.S. Border Patrol for the restraint they showed during the November 24 confrontation in the Tijuana River channel just east of the shopping malls. "They showed ...

Woman gives birth in Tijuana River canal

Newborn girl doesn’t survive

A 28-year-old woman of meager circumstances gave birth to a child in the Tijuana River canal on Monday, December 2. The woman was first observed in a pool of blood. An informant tipped off police ...