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Will desalinization figure into the employment plan?

When Bonilla was on the Otay water board, he advocated construction of a desalinization plant in Rosarito, to be financed by private interests. The plant would sell water to the Otay district, which would build a pipeline north from the border. The project has many detractors, who cite both environmental concerns and costs.

“The water district has awarded a $4 million contract for an engineering firm to study the plan, and spent $674,000 on $585-an-hour lobbyists and $175-an-hour consultants,” reported the Union-Tribune on October 10, 2011. In December, the paper reported that no-bid contracts connected to the plant were awarded to associates of Bonilla.

Whether López Obrador is elected or not, Bonilla will likely achieve a seat in the Mexican legislature. In Mexico, legislative seats can be either appointed or elected.

“Will you continue to promote this project?” I ask him.

“This plant would produce 100 million gallons a day,” he says. “It will produce enough to export to the United States. Baja has no water. You can worry about the flora and fauna or you can worry about the people: do they have jobs, water to drink, water for agriculture and industry?”

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joepublic May 30, 2012 @ 7:57 p.m.

This sounds very similar to the Al Gore vs George W. Bush election. I still wish that Gore would've stood stronger in his challenge to a very questionable vote count.


anniej May 31, 2012 @ 3:05 p.m.

to the writer of this article: this was a most interesting story.

i have a question to Mr. Bonilla, with all due respect (based on his comment that he criticizes himself) - how do you feel about your decision to back John McCann for the Sweetwater School Board? i ask because i am sincerely interested.

heck, if i had a dollar for every mistake i made thus far in my life - I WOULD BE A RICH WOMAN.

"You can't cover the sun with your thumb" - now that is a comment, i just may use it (giving all credit to you Sir).


jaime_bonilla June 3, 2012 @ 12:39 p.m.

In one word "TERRIBLE", but at the same time it helped Chula Vista residents to know who he really is, and don't be fooled like i was.......Thank you for your comment.


erupting June 1, 2012 @ 7:52 a.m.

Mr. Bonilla you appear to be a man with honest intentions. The Occupy Sweetwater movement t is trying to recall McCann,Ricasa and Cartmill. Gandara is gone because of Bertha Lopez not McCann trust me on that. The problems that have come to this district because of the ego centered McCann are innumerable. Donations to the effort would be greatly appreciated. If he could fool you with his false bravado think what he is doing with this community.


cvres June 3, 2012 @ 7:48 a.m.

I think this will be an interesting -- and historical-- election to watch in Mexico. Living on the border, we will no doubt be affected by the outcome. I have no faith that the PRI or the PAN candidates will be able to fix things. That leaves it up to Lopez Obrador. Can he turn it around...in the midst of a worldwide recession?


jaime_bonilla June 3, 2012 @ 12:44 p.m.

Yes, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador(AMLO) is at this the best option for Mexico, thank you


joepublic June 3, 2012 @ 6:25 p.m.

cvres: "I have no faith that the PRI or the PAN candidates will be able to fix things". The only thing they'll "fix" is the election. Mr. Obrador should have been sworn in the last time, and from everything I've read, he seems to have the best solutions for Mexico's problems. I hope he gets a chance this time.


anniej June 3, 2012 @ 8:18 p.m.

i must say that it takes a very valiant person to run for president - and as well to support a candidate that wishes to run as Mr. Bonilla has done.

the US is my country and speaking quite frankly i am proud of all of those who chose to fight for it - i am impressed that a man like Mr. Bonilla would love the country of his heritage enough to stand up for a candidate whose intentions and goals would benefit so many.

i am embarrassed to say that i am an ignorant person when it comes to Mexico, even though i mandated that my children learn the language. what i do know is that it is a beautiful country of beautiful people - all simply wanting one thing - PEACE and SECURITY.

lifetime benefits, yes indeed - hard to believe some believe that is too much to ask for in a civilized world.

lets all hope that the change Mr. Bonilla is attempting to help bring about will be successful - IT IS TIME, IT IS TIME


anniej June 4, 2012 @ 6:51 p.m.

Mr. Bonilla: well Sir, while i was impressed with what i read in the above article, i am now even more impressed.

it takes a great deal of character for any man, let alone a strong man, to admit to a poor decision.

that is one of the things that makes living a long full life so rewarding, the lessons we learn.

I Thank You and respect your candor.


ggalicia June 17, 2012 @ 8:49 p.m.

Mr. Bonilla,

I am interested in becoming part of the AMLO campaign. Can you please advice me on how to get involved with this campaign?

Thank you for your time,



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