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TJ cartels still cause mayhem in outskirts

Tijuana's Mayor Monserrat Caballero and her administration haven't been able to reduce cartel violence much. Not long ago cartels turned the city into one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico. According to the Baja ...

San Diego graff artists confess

KAHLEE I rock a dark hoodie when I walk these streets. A scribe with streaks, no heat. My steps discrete. Brass knuckles for these suckas with beef. I need graffiti in cities surrounding me to ...

How Tijuana's Little Haiti survives

125 Haitian families have settled in a plot of property of the nuns called Misioneras Franciscanas de Nuestra Senora De la Paz in El pedregal de Santa Julia neighborhood, four miles away from Tijuana’s downtown. ...

June 6, 2022
Birria Madrigal: gourmet goat “garbage”

Barrio Logan? It’s hopping. A sort of food cluster is forming right around Thorn Brewing’s Barrio Logan factory. They’ve opened a big eatery called ReBru Spirits, where — don’t ask me how — they convert ...

Baja by boat: “Kayak to Cabo/ 1050 miles alone/ Aug 4 to Nov 6 /2003”

Recently, I had dinner at a small gathering in Mission Beach hosted by some new friends, Dimitri and Ali Kalemkeris, in a charming cottage that was built in the time of Ali’s grandparents. Soon after ...

2022 Summer Fun Issue

The other night at dinner, the Young People asked the Old People, “How do you know when you’re an adult?” Your humble Editor’s answer: “When you realize that life is no longer play that gets ...

Tijuana struggles to get ID cards out

Appointments for getting ID from the National Electoral Institution (INE), which is the main personal identification in Mexico, are been given till late July. Citizens in need of the document have been struggling with private ...

May 23, 2022
Students make it to Valle de las Palmas as best they can

Baja California’s Autonomous University campus at Valle de las Palmas is located 29 miles east of Tijuana’s downtown. 5355 students, mostly from Tijuana and Tecate, make their way to Valle de las Palmas despite the ...

May 16, 2022
Deliciosos Tacos: Chicken necks! Kentucky Fried Buches! Not KFC

“Let me show you my favorite chicken neck place.” That’s me. Neighbor Kevin and I are crossing the border, heading south. “Your favorite chicken…what?” “Chicken necks, dude. You ever tried them?” He looks at me ...

April 28, 2022
Lomas del Rubi landslide victims get new houses

Four years after the landslide in the Lomas del Rubi neighborhood, which left 200 families on the streets, they were re-located. Andres Espino said that their happiness and excitement about their new homes evaporated when ...

April 25, 2022
Kitchen Spanish

A clatter against the window of my second-story room in Golden Hill awoke me. Then, shouts. What the hell? “Eh, Miguel.” “Miguelito.” “Barba de Chivo, levántate, cabrón.” Only Rodolfo called me Barba del Chivo, followed ...

Blow-back on El Chaparral opening for Ukrainians

Last Thursday April 7, the El Chaparral Port of Entry at the San Ysidro-Tijuana borderline was reopened, after more than two years of its closure in 2020 due to Covid. To the surprise of many, ...

April 11, 2022
Two 20-year-old women stabbed at Green Witch in TJ's Zona Rio

During the early hours of Sunday, March 27, inside the Green Witch bar at Zona Rio, in Tijuana, two twenty-year-old students from Baja California’s Autonomous University were stabbed for refusing to dance with a man. ...

April 4, 2022
The triumph of Teo two-legs

I wasn’t paying much attention to anything except this dog, Teo. Milton Cadiz, his owner, was explaining to me what had happened. I knew it was something bad, because the little guy had only two ...

March 30, 2022
Gringos drive south to Colegio Ingles

The sun is hot. The sun is yellow. The sun is in the sky. It’s been a long day for Jovanna Venegas, starting out as she did so early in her room in the house ...

March 28, 2022

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