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San Ysidro – America's last gasp

The border gate, kids living in motels, outlet store robberies, Cesar Solis park, sewage from I.B.

  • San Ysidro – the town that San Diego would like to forget

  • San Ysidro’s Jack-in-the-Box sells more fast food than any other Jack-in-the-Box in California. Its Big Bear market alone sells more eggs than the other twenty-eight county Big Bears combined. The local Safeway does the highest gross per square foot of any store in its national chain.
  • By Neal Matthews, Sept. 3, 1981
"The regular middle-class people here don’t push their kids to go to college.”
  • San Ysidro, America’s last gasp

  • Okay, okay, I know. San Ysidro. It's not a place, it's the blur just before you get to Mexico. It's humanity sluicing up and down through the World's Busiest Border. The tidal gate between the First and Third Worlds, as we put it in smugness and fear. San Ysidro is people spewing out of the trolley, headed for the next civilization just a few yards away.
  • By Bill Manson, Dec. 30, 2004
San Ysidro
  • Demonstrators back off near San Ysidro Port of Entry

  • On Friday, December 6, San Diego sector chief Paul Beeson confirmed that authorities on both sides of the border are intensively investigating who provoked the 20-minute clash between about 200 people who came up the channel from the south and about two dozen Border Patrol agents. The investigation has narrowed to three individuals from both the U.S. and Mexico, he said.
  • By Marty Graham, Dec. 7, 2013
Border agents assembling on December 5
  • San Ysidro – where it's cheaper for kids to live in a motel

  • We pass the Las Americas Outlet Mall, where upscale shoppers and Border Patrol agents coalesce. It’s here, across the street, that a completely renovated Willow Elementary opened its doors in 2010 with 7 new buildings and 44 classrooms, each with its own computer station. It’s also here, across the street, that Medina takes me to a gated trailer park. She says several students live in these trailers, which are not mobile homes, but recreational vehicles. Residents have decorated the outside with potted plants.
  • By Barbara Zaragoza, Feb. 22, 2017
Medina has been the homeless liaison for 1400 students, or 29 percent of those enrolled in the San Ysidro district, the largest percentage in San Diego County.
  • San Ysidro fizzling

  • San Ysidro feels very much like a place without a present. There’s little there that lends itself to now. The was is represented by the smattering of shops that have been family owned for generations and are inseparable from their own histories. It’s here that black-and-white photographs adorn the walls alongside portraits of the town’s founders and prominent citizens, and an anecdote full of used-to-bes is never more than a prod away.
  • By Stuart Cardwell, May 17, 2017
  • Border outlet store robberies up

  • Robberies are up 38 percent at the outlet malls in San Ysidro, police say, and the new pedestrian crossing to Tijuana seems to be playing an unintended role. Though the crimes are counted as robberies, no one is being menaced with weapons or injured; they more resemble a grab-and-run, with someone trying to stop them, he said.
  • By Marty Graham, Jan. 25, 2018
Las Americas Premium Outlets
  • No-man's land in San Ysidro to get trees

  • The size of the park on city-owned land is restricted by a wetlands habitat to the northeast, and a coastal sage habitat to the east that is home to two endangered bird species, the least bell’s vireo and the California gnatcatcher, according to project manager Darren Genova. Genova,
  • By Marty Graham, March 23, 2018
The land for the park is part of a large, rough area of ridges and canyons.
  • The sewage that Imperial Beach wants to put near San Ysidro

  • San Ysidro residents were stunned and angry when they learned that neighboring Imperial Beach and the Surfrider Foundation are pushing a plan for an 80-acre capture basin for sewage, sediment and trash within a mile of their homes – to keep that sewage, sediment and trash from coming to IB beaches.
  • By Marty Graham, April 23, 2019
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"The are spending millions to improve transportation for people who pass through on their way somewhere else,”
"The are spending millions to improve transportation for people who pass through on their way somewhere else,”
  • San Ysidro – the town that San Diego would like to forget

  • San Ysidro’s Jack-in-the-Box sells more fast food than any other Jack-in-the-Box in California. Its Big Bear market alone sells more eggs than the other twenty-eight county Big Bears combined. The local Safeway does the highest gross per square foot of any store in its national chain.
  • By Neal Matthews, Sept. 3, 1981
"The regular middle-class people here don’t push their kids to go to college.”
  • San Ysidro, America’s last gasp

  • Okay, okay, I know. San Ysidro. It's not a place, it's the blur just before you get to Mexico. It's humanity sluicing up and down through the World's Busiest Border. The tidal gate between the First and Third Worlds, as we put it in smugness and fear. San Ysidro is people spewing out of the trolley, headed for the next civilization just a few yards away.
  • By Bill Manson, Dec. 30, 2004
San Ysidro
  • Demonstrators back off near San Ysidro Port of Entry

  • On Friday, December 6, San Diego sector chief Paul Beeson confirmed that authorities on both sides of the border are intensively investigating who provoked the 20-minute clash between about 200 people who came up the channel from the south and about two dozen Border Patrol agents. The investigation has narrowed to three individuals from both the U.S. and Mexico, he said.
  • By Marty Graham, Dec. 7, 2013
Border agents assembling on December 5
  • San Ysidro – where it's cheaper for kids to live in a motel

  • We pass the Las Americas Outlet Mall, where upscale shoppers and Border Patrol agents coalesce. It’s here, across the street, that a completely renovated Willow Elementary opened its doors in 2010 with 7 new buildings and 44 classrooms, each with its own computer station. It’s also here, across the street, that Medina takes me to a gated trailer park. She says several students live in these trailers, which are not mobile homes, but recreational vehicles. Residents have decorated the outside with potted plants.
  • By Barbara Zaragoza, Feb. 22, 2017
Medina has been the homeless liaison for 1400 students, or 29 percent of those enrolled in the San Ysidro district, the largest percentage in San Diego County.
  • San Ysidro fizzling

  • San Ysidro feels very much like a place without a present. There’s little there that lends itself to now. The was is represented by the smattering of shops that have been family owned for generations and are inseparable from their own histories. It’s here that black-and-white photographs adorn the walls alongside portraits of the town’s founders and prominent citizens, and an anecdote full of used-to-bes is never more than a prod away.
  • By Stuart Cardwell, May 17, 2017
  • Border outlet store robberies up

  • Robberies are up 38 percent at the outlet malls in San Ysidro, police say, and the new pedestrian crossing to Tijuana seems to be playing an unintended role. Though the crimes are counted as robberies, no one is being menaced with weapons or injured; they more resemble a grab-and-run, with someone trying to stop them, he said.
  • By Marty Graham, Jan. 25, 2018
Las Americas Premium Outlets
  • No-man's land in San Ysidro to get trees

  • The size of the park on city-owned land is restricted by a wetlands habitat to the northeast, and a coastal sage habitat to the east that is home to two endangered bird species, the least bell’s vireo and the California gnatcatcher, according to project manager Darren Genova. Genova,
  • By Marty Graham, March 23, 2018
The land for the park is part of a large, rough area of ridges and canyons.
  • The sewage that Imperial Beach wants to put near San Ysidro

  • San Ysidro residents were stunned and angry when they learned that neighboring Imperial Beach and the Surfrider Foundation are pushing a plan for an 80-acre capture basin for sewage, sediment and trash within a mile of their homes – to keep that sewage, sediment and trash from coming to IB beaches.
  • By Marty Graham, April 23, 2019
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