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Stories by T.B. Beaudeau

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 ...

Trolley Fatally Wounds Caltrans Worker in National City

On May 4 at around 1:00 in the afternoon, a southbound trolley hit a man who, according to a trolley engineer, “leaped out of a palm tree” located adjacent to the tracks. The victim turned ...

San Ysidro Port of Entry Tumbles as Reconstruction Begins

Crossing over the new pedestrian bridge in San Ysidro, the observer can see the beginning of the end, the razing of the current United States Port of Entry, which will be replaced with a new ...

Tijuana’s Bullring by the Sea Gets New Director

The sporadic, unpredictable staging of bullfight events in Tijuana during the past few years appears to be coming to an end with the arrival of a Mexico City director. Tijuana's daily Frontera reports that Dr. ...

Tijuana Business Official Says Police Extortion Continues

In an interview published this week in Baja’s daily Sol de Tijuana, Guillermo Diaz, the president of Tijuana’s downtown merchant association, stated that TJ cops are still extorting big bucks from tourists, primarily U.S. citizens ...

Child Pornographer Arthur Leland Sayler Sentenced

Captured in June of 2009, Canadian Arthur Leland Sayler was sentenced to eight years in a Mexican prison last week for operating a child-pornography business out of a rented Las Playas residence. The prosecutor said ...

Two U.S. Citizens Shot While Waiting at Border

On April 4 at about 2:30 a.m., motorists at the San Ysidro port of entry were shocked to see two male U.S. citizens shot to death as they waited in line to cross the border. ...

Tijuana Boxer Humberto Tapia Armenta Killed While Training

A 25-year-old pro boxer’s life ended while training at a Tijuana gym on Tuesday, March 29. Humberto Tapia Armenta, who was considered by some to have a bright future in the sport, was shot by ...

Rosarito Clubs Go Out of Business

Rosarito, long reliant on springbreakers to boost the economy, finds that the dearth of arriving students from the U.S is forcing businesses that catered to the seasonal crowds to close down. After waiting for several ...

Baja Government Attempts to Stave Off Corn Shortage

The rising price of corn is raising a political uproar in Baja as tortilla prices skyrocket. A projected diminution in the corn harvest due to frost blight in Baja and other corn-growing regions has led ...

Caliente Border Betting Resumes

A little less than a month ago, Caliente’s gambling palladium located near the Yellow Cab taxi stand was taken down to make way for a permanent structure. It’s back, replaced with a modestly sized circus ...

Tijuana Earthquake Might Displace 90,000

A recent seismic study by scientists of CICESE, an Ensenada-based investigatory group, determined that an earthquake measuring greater than 6 on the Richter scale would cause significant damage to Tijuana and outlying areas of the ...

New Border Pedestrian Bridge to Open Soon

The new pedestrian bridge that crosses over the I-5 freeway in San Ysidro is scheduled to open this spring. From all appearances, it is ready to open now. In the wee hours of the night, ...

Women Beat Border-Crosser with Burritos

Three women attacked a 32-year-old man inside the U.S. border-crossing building at 3:30 a.m. on February 25. A little earlier, this reporter passed a group of three screeching, belligerent women buying what appeared to be ...

Rosarito Residents Claim Cops Abuse Authority

Two female residents of Rosarito recently filed a complaint with the City, claiming local municipal police have been abusing their authority of late. Susana Reina and Virginia Hernandez live in colonia Los Ramos. Reina’s complaint ...

Tijuana River Encampments Set Ablaze

A homeless encampment in the Tijuana River canal was set ablaze on Friday, February 18, as rains began to fall at around 3 p.m. The fire seemed to be the work of authorities, as the ...

New Bridge Over Tijuana River

A new bridge is rising over the Rio Tijuana with an on-ramp peeling off Via de la Juventud Oriente at the southwest corner of the Plaza Viva Tijuana shopping center. The new bridge is likely ...

Last Chance Sports Book at Border Closes Down

Caliente’s so-called Last Chance Sports Book, next to the Yellow Cab lot and across the street from the entrance to Plaza Viva Tijuana, was done away with on or around February 12. Frequented by Americans ...

Tijuana River Homeless People Brave Heavy Traffic

With hundreds of homeless people living in the Tijuana River canal under makeshift shelters and tents, more and more are being struck down by automobiles as they attempt to cross the adjacent Avenida Internacional, a ...

U.S. Cilantro in Tijuana Prompts Salmonella Warnings

Cilantro, found regularly in Mexican food, has received an unclean bill of health by Tijuana food inspectors. According to a report in Tijuana’s daily Frontera, a salmonella-contaminated cilantro from U.S. sources has been introduced into ...

Tijuana Pharmacies Can’t Stay in Business

According to a February 24 report in Tijuana's daily Frontera, the city is on the verge of losing a thousand farmacias. According to the article, about 5000 pharmacies currently exist in Tijuana (other publications use ...

Baja Real Estate Deal Sours for U.S. Investors

This week, Tijuana’s daily Frontera reported that a four-million-dollar fraud was claimed by a group of U.S. citizens who bought into a Baja real estate scheme. Plaintiffs’ attorney Monica Gutierrez is quoted as saying that ...

Counterfeit 500-Peso Bills in Tijuana

A newly released, redesigned 500-peso bill has become one of the most successfully counterfeited bills in recent memory, despite its complex anti-counterfeiting features. The phony bills began circulating throughout Tijuana in November. According to Marco ...

Recent Narco-Related Murders in Tijuana

A murdered woman was discovered in Colonia Magisterial shortly after midnight on Monday, January 3. Her body bore the marks of torture and abuse, and she was reportedly shot multiple times at another locale; no ...

Tijuana’s Border Taco Stands Close

Tourists heading to downtown TJ can say goodbye to two open-air taco stands on the pedestrian route that leads past the Yellow Cab staging area right next to the border. The restaurants cleared out in ...

Giant Sinkhole Opens on Tijuana Street

A giant sinkhole opened up on bulevar Federico Benítez on Monday, December 27, swallowing up two freight trucks loaded with wheat. The collapsed section of roadway measured about 15 feet wide, 24 feet long, and ...

Streets of Central Tijuana Replaced

After months of digging and upheaval, the streets of El Centro de Tijuana (the downtown center) are accepting maiden voyages. All the primary downtown traffic conduits have undergone radical reconstruction and improvement. Dug-up streets where ...

Tijuana Adult Entertainment Signage Crackdown

At breakfast today, November 16, two Mexican caballeros were discussing an article in the daily Frontera regarding the number of billboards advertising “adult entertainment.” One diner, surprised at the uproar, shrugged his shoulders and said, ...

Tijuana Kentucky Fried Chicken Stops Accepting U.S. Dollars

The Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet on Avenida Revolución recently posted a sign on its door stating that it will no longer accept dollars in cash for any of its chicken dishes. (They'll accept dollars only ...

Health Cards for Tijuana Hookers Double in Three Years

The city-government office that administers health-inspection cards to prostitutes in Tijuana has noted a twofold increase in card issuances during the past three years. According to Angel de La Torre, director of Servicios Medicos Municipales, ...

Florida Man Shot Outside Rosarito Beach Bakery

A 30-year-old Florida man named Donald Johnson was shot with a 9-millmeter pistol while he waited in his car for a friend who had gone inside a Rosarito bakery to buy bread. The director of ...

Metropolitan Transit System to Work on Trolley Line From San Ysidro Northward

Blue Line trolley service from the San Ysidro station to points north has been halted on weekends so the Metropolitan Transit System can rebuild sections of track and station platforms to accommodate the more modern ...

Border-Crossing Regulations Implemented, Longer Waits Created

Early-morning pedestrian traffic from Mexico into the U.S. at San Ysidro is taking longer due to the implementation of document requirements as demanded by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. For several years, border agents have ...

More Decapitated Corpses Found Hung from Bridges Near Tijuana

After a decline in grisly displays of drug-related violence, the decapitated corpses of two men were found hanging from a bridge over the Tijuana-Rosarito highway early on October 11. Bound hand and foot, the bodies ...

High HIV Infection Rate Discovered Among Tijuana Gays

Gay men who took advantage of the free HIV testing offered during a recent health fair this past September 15 gave healthcare officials a disturbing new statistic to ponder regarding the spread of HIV infection ...

Man Rapes Tijuana Teen, Abandons Car

A teenaged Tijuana girl was allegedly raped by a “gringo" in the early morning hours of September 19, according to an article in the daily Frontera. The 16-year-old girl was found in a state of ...

American Dies Before Tijuana Judge

A norteamericano had a fatal encounter in Tijuana on the morning of September 8. Kenneth Donald Plouffer Jr., 39 years old and a U.S. citizen, was noticed by TJ cops as he sat in a ...

Downtown Tijuana Jail to Be Abandoned

Made internationally famous as the title of an ersatz folk song by the Kingston Trio in 1959 (reaching Number 12 on the charts), the downtown Tijuana jail, known widely as “El Ocho” because of its ...

Caught with Cheese

Two women, reportedly molls for a Tijuana gang, were recently busted for cheese-lifting at a Carnes del Norte (“meats of the north”) neighborhood store. Two male gang members entered the store and pulled the cheese ...

System to Be Bucked?

The limitations imposed on U.S. dollar deposits in Mexican banks shall stand, says Ernesto Cordero, secretary of Mexico’s finance ministry. Cordero recently delivered this message to Juan Manuel Hernández Niebla, president of Coparmex, an organization ...

Appetite for Construction

Tijuana keeps on plowing ahead with its colossal street renovations. Recently, 10 to 12 inches of asphalt were removed from Avenida Constitución, the street stripped down to sandy soil that hasn’t seen daylight for perhaps ...

Chula Vista, New Mexico

“La Nueva Tijuana” (the new Tijuana) is the name given to a section of Chula Vista known as East Lake Terrace. An explosion of growth there and in Bonita has been brought about by the ...

Asians Go Mexican

Asians are the source of a 15 percent increase in tourism along the so-called tourist sector of Tijuana, according to Andrés Méndez Martínez, coordinator of the tourist-business association known as Ceturmex. In a daily Frontera ...

Lots of Harlots

Prostitution has burst its traditional boundaries — the zona de tolerencia along Calle Coahuila and its environs — and is expanding into new territories throughout Tijuana. Frontera reports that at least four more districts are ...

Where the Diehard Party

Illegal drinking is on the rise as Tijuana’s die-hard partiers take to tippling into the wee hours at clandestine booze pads. Private homes are opening their doors to all-night revelers for a profit, skirting the ...

North and South

Recently, four new southbound lanes through the Mexican border station at San Ysidro were opened. The new lanes, in addition to the previously functional six inspection lanes, represent a partial fulfillment of Baja's master plan ...

Some Get Away

On Tuesday, July 13, two bank robberies occurred simultaneously in Tijuana. In the first incident, at around 1 p.m., three men (two in their teens) robbed a Bancomer branch on Bulevar Díaz Ordaz in the ...

Who Cares About Soccer

Tijuana citizens were ecstatic on June 14 when the Mexican national team, “El Tri,” defeated European soccer powerhouse France 2 to 0 in the World Cup. The surprising victory reverberated with the historical conquest of ...

Bridges to Bargains

The new east-west pedestrian bridge being constructed at the San Ysidro border crossing is rising rapidly from its formerly inchoate state. Since a pile-driver pounded piers into the ground a few months back, it’s been ...

Caesar's, Inc.

The Caesar salad (romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper), originally invented at the Caesar Hotel on Avenida Revolución in the ‘20s, will be ...

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