Otay Mesa

The cigarette smugglers among us

Porous duty-free enforcement allows quick turnaround

California's legalization of recreational marijuana may have taken some of the sizzle out of cross-border pot smuggling, but a recent report by the Government Accountability Office sheds new light on how tobacco tax evasion continues ...

Citizens seek concert-traffic relief

"During the country concerts, it takes me 25 minutes to get home.”

Caroline Serrano is a 43-year-old housewife from the Vista Pacifica community of south San Diego, near the Otay Mesa border crossing and nearer to the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre. On Wednesday (October 25) she was concerned ...

Read before rolling into Baja

Cuidado — RV and towed-vehicle permits also new to Mexican officials

When the Baja 1000 races roll around next month (November 14–18), some Americans crossing into Mexico might be in for a big surprise. Recently, travelers crossing through the San Ysidro, Otay, Tecate, and Mexicali borders ...

Calm down: South Bay IMAX won't be demo'ed

Commercial space will take over some regular theater space

JR has been working at the AMC theater on Dennery Road for almost six years. On Monday (October 9) he dispelled the rumor that the IMAX section of the AMC Classic Palm Promenade 24 theater ...

La bomba breakfast

Three kinds of chilaquiles just north of the border

Usually when I make it this close to the Mexican border, I eat on the other side. But this day I was taking a late breakfast in Otay Mesa. Though I stayed north, I still ...

Thanks for the gas-price hike, Harvey (big jerk)

Predictable, even though West Coast's supply and main facility uninterrupted

Local gas prices jumped around 10 cents a gallon overnight on August 30, in response to the destruction and flooding from Hurricane Harvey. San Diego gas prices started rising slightly on August 25, the day ...

Otay neighbors say whoa! to addicts at Super 8

But San Diego and state have their ways

The Otay Mesa Nestor community planning group voted unanimously Wednesday night to write a letter of opposition to San Diego's plan to spend $6 million buying a Palm Ave. Super 8 motel and turn it ...

47,340 oxycodone tablets seized at border

American from TJ caught with opiates worth $1.42 million

Adriana Morfin-Paniagua, an American citizen living in Tijuana, was arrested yesterday (March 8) and charged with importing 47,340 tablets of oxycodone, an opioid, worth at least $1.42 million. They have an illegal street value of ...

Bass fishing not the same

Try your tricks at Lower Otay Reservoir this Saturday

Since the advent of the plastic sit-on-top kayak and the internet, anglers have posted shots of their catches, forgetting that the background might hold secrets. Plus, there’s the explosion of information on rigging, technique, and ...

Immigrant prison cash flows to SD politicos

Atkins, Gonzalez, Fletcher got big bucks from detention firm

San Diego politicos and business types have been unsympathetic to president Donald Trump, but one major border enterprise that has been a big campaign provider to legislators of both parties here could be in line ...

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