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Stories by Carlos Bey

Cheese train

Not much deterrent for illegal vendors on the trolley

A light-skinned Mexican wearing casual work clothes with a tie around his neck stands in the trolley with a black backpack. He looks around to make sure there are no security guards watching him. Then ...

Tijuana’s chocolate-car problem

Authorities target autos with illegal or no documentation

Since mid-July, Servicio de Administración Tributaria — SAT, Mexico's rough equivalent of the IRS — and Tijuana police have set up checkpoints in areas of the city to capture so-called “chocolate cars” — cars from ...

Rotten bacon

Tales of Tijuana police harassment

Two months ago I was walking home in downtown TJ from a press conference at a new brewery. It was a tad before midnight and I was a block away from my apartment when two ...

Morning crash mystery in Tijuana

Three vehicles involved, two people die

At about 6:30 a.m. on May 31, I heard six to eight loud bangs outside my apartment in Tijuana’s Zona Centro. I immediately got up and walked out to my balcony. A red taxi van ...

Tijuana police get the wrong man…repeatedly

Reporter detained, frisked, and questioned many times over two years

I have always been afraid of the cops, even when I had no reason to be. But I have never been so afraid of the police until I moved to Tijuana. In the two years ...

Point Loma Sprouts fires longtime employee for alleged theft

Ian Rey says it was an honest mistake

About 15 people and a 10News crew showed up at the Point Loma Sprouts market at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, to rally support for Ian Rey, a 38-year-old developmentally disabled man who started ...

Rosie the Riveter to depart San Diego

An exit interview with Sarah

Sarah has been the old lady down the block since I moved to Point Loma a decade and a half ago. She’s an active old lady, her '90s-vintage pearl-white Thunderbird an often enough sight in ...

Julian apple pruning class

You can’t make money growing apples

The December 8 meeting at the Peacefield Orchard on Wynola Road was described by the Julian Apple Growers Association as a lesson in pruning trees. About 30 people showed up. Ray Meyer, acknowledged as the ...

Ramona – San Diego’s cheapest gas prices?

Gasoline Alley

Ramona’s main street, named Main Street, is where Highway 67 from the south merges into SR-78 coming in from Oceanside on the way to Julian and the desert. The eucalyptus on the west end of ...

County's most interesting sign is in Ramona

This is the most interesting highway sign in the county. For years I have been noting the political winds of change on the southeast side of Highway 78, about three miles east of Ramona. The ...

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