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Stories by T.B. Beaudeau

Construction Update: San Ysidro Border Station

Bulldozer operators and laborers armed with sledgehammers demolished a significant portion of the soon-to-be-revised Puerto de Mexico garita on August 10. The row of buildings — one of which was the destination for deported Mexicans ...

Pack-Probing Pickpocket Pinched in Tijuana

An alert American man caught a pickpocket with his hand stuck in his girlfriend’s backpack as they walked along Avenida Constitución around noon on August 12. Jubilant Mexicans filled the area and celebrated El Tri’s ...

Hotdog/Heroin Vendor Stabbed Dead in Tijuana

A July 31 article in Tijuana’s daily Frontera reported that a hotdog vendor was stabbed to death last week following a drug deal gone bad. Police arrested Héctor Hugo García Pineda, aka “El Fat Boy,” ...

Student Group #yosoy132 Protests Outside Tijuana's Televisa

Riled-up students representing the Mexican national student group #yosoy132 staged a demonstration outside the Tijuana offices of Televisa on July 28, echoing similar demonstrations in Mexico City that have been occurring since last week. The ...

Tijuana Police Bust Two for Pimping Out a Lad

Tijuana police stopped four males in a Chevy Lumina with U.S. plates in the Zona Norte on the eve of July 23. Two of the men were arrested; one of the passengers was a 13-year-old ...

Church Bells Chime Again in Tijuana

The Catedral de Nuesta Señora de Guadalupe (Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe) in downtown Tijuana was bestowed historical monument status on Sunday, July 23. Construction of the church, located on the corner of Niños ...

Firefighters’ Tour de Tijuana Raises Funds for Equipment 

A family-oriented “bike-a-thon” began in sun-drenched downtown Tijuana on the morning of Sunday, July 8. The Tijuana fire department organized the ride to raise about $100,000 for the purchase of new fire-fighting equipment. Tijuanenses of ...

Fire at Tijuana’s Hotel Catalina

On the morning of July 3, a fire raced through a room on the top floor of Tijuana's Hotel Catalina hotel, located on the corner of 5th (Zapata) and Madero, a block away from Avenida ...

“Dry Law” Election Day Dropped in Tijuana

You can get a beer over the Fourth of July holiday in Tijuana. Even though the Mexican federal election is being held on July 1, and this normally warrants a closure of bars and a ...

No Road Yet to Tijuana's New Border Station

Mexico and the United States appear to be in a race to see who can erect their new respective border ports first. Both sides have been constructing at a feverish pace. The U.S. border station ...

Surreptitious Smugglers Foiled by Savvy Citizen in Tijuana

A pickup-truck driver that was set to travel into the U.S. from Mexico at the San Ysidro border station on May 23 was found to have 15 Velveeta-cheese-block-sized packets of marijuana attached to his vehicle. ...

Tijuana Bordello Busted

Tijuana newspapers reported this week that a former state policeman, Óscar Rubén Rodríguez Gómez, 54, was arrested on April 26 for running a casa de citas (“house of appointments”; i.e., a brothel) in a quiet ...

Bullfight Protest in Tijuana

Bullfight protesters in Tijuana used the internet to organize a demonstration on April 22, gathering in the Plaza del Zapato, wearing T-shirts, and holding signs and placards emblazoned with slogans denouncing the notoriously Spanish spectator ...

Smugglers Seek Qualified “Chauffeurs” to Deliver Dope

The U.S. State Department has been running a series of small ads in Spanish-language border newspapers’ employment sections, warning would-be job-seekers about accepting work as choferes — jobs involving the driving of vehicles across the ...

Infanticides Discovered in Tijuana

A spate of baby murders has shocked the city of Tijuana with three grim discoveries around the city over the past ten days. The first infanticide was discovered on Friday, March 23, when police followed ...

TJ Pedestrian Killed on Revolucion as Three Vehicles Collide

A Tijuana pedestrian was instantly killed Monday around 8:30am when he was struck by a delivery van caroming off a public bus, a collision ultimately involving three vehicles at the rain-slickened juncture of Revolucion and ...

Worse Traffic Delays May Precede Border Crossing Openings

According to Tijuana’s daily Frontera, lack of binational coordination and U.S. budgetary bottlenecks could make the effort to ease border-crossing times a spectacular failure — a fracaso, as one Mexican official put it. Although efforts ...

After Lynching Threat, Valle de la Palmas Residents Promised a Police Substation

On February 27, residents of Valle de las Palmas warned Tijuana mayor Carlos Bustamante that, if necessary, they would take vigilante action to put a stop to crime if municipal police didn’t come to their ...

San Diego Trolley Breakdown...Nothing to Dance About

An Orange Line trolley came to an abrupt halt as it was rounding the curve crossing 11th Avenue, entering into the City College station shortly before 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. Passengers stood around, ...

Soup Kitchen Set Up Next to Tijuana River

Tijuana residents who live in the Tijuana River canal north of the border crossing’s pedestrian bridge have long been a familiar sight to citizens and tourists. From below the bridge, the indigent frequently beg pesos ...

Mexico’s President Calderon Tours Tijuana, Signs Decree to Eliminate Border Tariffs

When Mexican president Felipe Calderón came to Tijuana on January 20, he signed a decree initiating the first stage of the Zona Económica Fronteriza act, which will eliminate Mexican tariffs that currently make it cheaper ...

Shot in Tijuana: The Lamplighters

Tijuana’s streetlight crews have been busy of late. A city worker replaces a bulb on the pedestrian promenade leading to the tourist district. During the street’s renovation a few years back, many of TJ’s street ...

Oxxo Stores Proliferate in Tijuana

Oxxo convenience stores are springing up all over downtown Tijuana. This reporter counted ten while walking the eight blocks along Avenida Constitución from Calle Ocho to Calle Primera (more than one store per block). It ...

Shot in Tijuana: Tomcat on Revolución

A recent slow weekend allowed this big tomcat to relax on Avenida Revolución, sprawled out in the middle of the sidewalk.

Shot in Tijuana: Jailhouse Demolition

On January 2, the unannounced demolition of the Tijuana jail was in full progress. Some tijuanenses thought a museum or historical monument would be made of the building, pero no.

Fewer Mexicans Attempting to Cross Border into U.S.

Tijuana’s daily Frontera recently reported a 40 percent drop in what the Mexicans call repatriaciones — the process wherein Mexican nationals deported from the U.S. are officially received into Mexico. The paper concluded that the ...

Tijuana River Bridge Undergoes Reinforcement

The 50-year-old Tijuana River Bridge has been crossed by hundreds of thousands of pedestrians over the years. The structure replaced a wooden bridge, which had undergone several incarnations since the 1920s and was used for ...

The Only Way to Walk Across the Border in Five Minutes

It is with some reluctance that I write about my recent acquisition of the SENTRI border-crossing card because, well, I got a good thing going. After years of standing for hours in that long, sinuous ...

Shot in Tijuana: Zona Norte On-Ramp

A recent view of the construction of an on-ramp to Carretera Federal 1D (or the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road) in Tijuana’s Zona Norte area. At nearly this point, the highway veers south toward the Playas area ...

Shot in Tijuana: Border Crossers After the Rains

TJ bridge crossers on the old pedestrian bridge hugged the rails as last weekend’s rain puddles threatened to soak their shoes. (Click photo below to enlarge)

Shot in Tijuana: Las Pulgas’ New Neighbor

A new edificio (building) is going up next door to Las Pulgas, the famed Tijuana nightclub (named after “fleas”) on Avenida Revolución. Being built over the former Las Pulgas parking lot, the building so far ...

Shot in Tijuana: At Plaza Santa Cecilia

The newly painted face at the base of Tijuana’s grand arch, which marks the entrance to the city. The concrete base was originally painted a dull pea-soup green and didn’t seem in accord with the ...

Shot in Tijuana: On Calle Primera

Many restaurants and bars in Tijuana are decorating their businesses with symbols that to Americans are emblematic of Halloween but to Mexicans represent el Dia de los Muertos. Thus, we have a saloon on Calle ...

Water Quality at Popotla Leads to Investigation

The city of Rosarito's latest problem is being described as olores fetidos, or “malodorous aromas,” arising from the white sands of Popotla. The area, according to a report in Tijuana's daily Frontera, lacks basic services ...

Shot in Tijuana: At the Border

The large column in the foreground is part of the reconstruction of the San Ysidro border-crossing station. Its length seems to increase every day as steelworkers and welders work on it. Whether it will be ...

Shot in Tijuana: Zonkey Life

A Tijuana police motorcycle parked next to the “zonkey” corral, a subterranean manger (on Fifth Street) for the famous faux zebras that are seen posing with tourists on Avenida Revolución. An Asian tour group stops ...

Shot in Tijuana: New Bridge

September 29, 2011 The eastern end of the new northernmost bridge crossing the Tijuana River receives it first coat of asphalt in preparation for laying in the rest of the road bed. The bridge is ...

Police Officer Shortage in Rosarito

The beachside city of Rosarito, famous as tourist destination for decades, is having trouble filling posts in its police department, according to a recent article in Tijuana’s daily Frontera. Of some 223 newly graduated academy-trained ...

Details on San Ysidro Border Scaffolding Collapse

A collapse of scaffolding placed around the old pedestrian bridge at the San Ysidro border crossing closed the crossing for more than 12 hours on September 14, the longest period of time in 30 years. ...

Tijuana Prepares for Independence Day

A common sight on the calles and avenidas in recent weeks has been the vendors of all things Mexican. Red, white, and green flags, pinwheels, banners, and bunting adorn buildings, balconies, and shop windows. All ...

Tijuana's Bullfighting Season Ends

Tijuana’s 2011 bullfight season — during which six events took place — came to a close September 4 with a first in the city's history: all three matadors (or matadoras) were women. The ladies killed ...

Here Comes Tijuanopóly Board Game

If the American version Monopoly, the classic board game, seems a bit blasé nowadays, you might want to give Tijuanopóly a try. The city south of the border has just announced that it will be ...

U.S. Spies Swarming in Tijuana

Tijuana’s daily, El Mexicano, reported in a front page story this week that the border city is rife with spies from the United States. “Espias de EU Operan en Tijuana” read the 2-inch tall headline ...

Gantry Crane Brought In to Disassemble Border Station

An enormous gantry crane recently erected at the U.S. Border Station in San Ysidro, hovered above the U.S. landmark in order to begin the precision disassembly of the old 1972 Nixon-era structure in such a ...

A Bridge Not Yet Far Enough

The new northern-most vehicle bridge, a key segment in Tijuana’s masterplan to expedite border inbound and outbound commuter traffic, is slowly taking shape just south off the ancient pedestrian bridge that crosses the Tijuana River. ...

Crime Problem in Tijuana's Zona Centro Addressed

An increase in the number of robberies in Zona Centro — the downtown sector of Tijuana — has aroused the ire of local businessmen who believe the uptick in crime is bad for business, especially ...

Mexicali Sex Workers Establish Safety Guidelines

So far this year, eight prostitutes have been murdered in Mexicali, and according to Carlos Martínez Vieyra, president of Unidos en Apoyo a Grupos Vulnerables (“United in Support of Vulnerable Groups”), 16 “sexoservidoras” are still ...

Tijuana Taxis Taken to Task

Ever since the introduction of the taxi libre cabs (a system that allows for cabs driven by independent operators), they have frequently been operated by unregistered drivers who have become a growing concern among consumers. ...

Gay-Themed Parade Draws Crowd in Tijuana

Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transexuals, and intersexuals (GBLTI) cut loose with a big parade in downtown Tijuana on June 18. Perhaps a thousand-plus marchers and partiers arrived in the beds of pickup trucks and on tractor-trailers ...

Tijuana Crackdown on Chewing Gum Litter

In an effort to curb certain citizens’ tendency to toss gum on city streets, Tijuana businesses, under the auspices of city hall and the police department, have posted placards that warn of fines for sidewalk ...