San Ysidro

San Ysidro swap meet replaced with Goodwill

"Oh yes, we all know it will close at the end of the year."

Colorful displays of toddler clothes and princess backpacks line the remaining vendadoras' (saleswomen's) stalls inside the huge buildings that house San Ysidro's only indoor swap meet. Almost half of the stalls are empty, but those ...

Severance pay for Julio Fonseca called "illegal"

Attorney Briggs says San Ysidro School District needs to recover $400,000

San Diegans for Open Government attorney Cory Briggs has threatened to sue San Ysidro School District if district officials do not recover the $400,000 in severance pay it awarded to former superintendent Julio Fonseca after ...

San Ysidro Port of Entry after Carmageddon

What about that promised 30-minute wait time?

In December 2014, the federal General Services Administration completed Phase 1B of a three-phase San Ysidro Port of Entry makeover. The construction project opened 25 new northbound lanes and 46 new primary inspection booths at ...

Plastic-bag ban led to hep A health crisis?

“The outbreak was completely predictable — it's why I left San Diego.”

“The plastic bag ban is the main reason for the hepatitis outbreak,” says the homeless man who writes the Homeless Survival Guide. “The hepatitis outbreak was completely predictable — it's why I left San Diego.” ...

New Tijuana pedestrian entry: a mix of Six Flags and prison

Yellow taxis still banned from both San Ysidro gates

“It looks like I’m entering a ride in Six Flags,” regular border crosser Yesenia Huerta comments after using the new southbound entry to Tijuana via PedWest. “It feels like you are getting out of prison,” ...

Border traffic Hell

Carmageddon, San Ysidro edition

Aviso importante para la comunidad de border crossers and visitors: prepare to suffer longer wait times heading into Tijuana starting late September. This is due to the third and final phase of the $741 million ...

Another mess for San Ysidro School District

Hush money or severance payment?

“It’s a typo,” Arturo Sanchez-Macias, assistant superintendent for San Ysidro School District says. The “it” to which Sanchez-Macias refers is the date, January 15, 2016, on a settlement agreement between the district and a San ...

A drum-tight belly by way of Taqueria Revolución

“Bedford! Hungry! Food! Now!”

"The southland has much more interesting Mexican food,” says Juan Carlos. “I’m thinking Chula Vista, I.B., San Ysidro. But in North Park the other day, we had been drinking, we needed something to put in ...

San Ysidro fizzling

Orgiastic monolith to America’s military might?

There’s nowhere to eat that isn’t a fast food chain. Nowhere to get a coffee or, god forbid, a beer. Nowhere to see anything like live music.

A dystopia of sorts

San Ysidro - where it's cheaper for kids to live in a motel

Veronica Medina sits in an office overflowing with blankets, shoes, and donated school supplies. A native of San Ysidro, she has a perennial smile and wears pink lipstick that accents her jolly laugh. She doesn’t ...

Opening Day at El Chaparral Border Crossing

Mexico's El Chaparral border crossing station opened its 22 gates to the full flow of Mexico-bound traffic on Friday, November 1. Traffic jams lasted for hours. These videos, shot from different vantage points on the pedestrian crossing walkways, give a sense of what commuters will be up against until the kinks are worked out.

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