Huge Pothole Raises Concerns (El Vigia, 1/23/13 by Benjamin Pacheco)

Ensenada, BC - A year of neglect has been enough to make a small hole in the concrete into a huge pothole that causes constant impacts to vehicles that pass the Universidad del Desarrollo Profesional (Unidep). The Bachelor of education students complain they constantly have to dodge the hole to prevent damage to their vehicles, in addition to stopping other vehicular traffic when they want to turn onto Avenida Lopez Mateos.

"It clogs with water and because trucks fall into it they sometimes splash you near there", said Arcelia. Her companion Betzahira was concerned about the situation affecting the campus: "How does the front of the school look with that hole?", she questioned. And Siriam, another student, spoke of similar experiences: "I have fallen into it several times with my truck. Pointing below, she showed the damage.

"Workers at Unidep are sure that there have not been serious accidents or problems despite the size of the hole, because they have learned to "avoid it" although they occasionally bang a wheel due to the remarkable depth of the damaged area. It was also noted that it can lead injuries for cyclists traveling on the street as it is one of the points where they ride in groups during the afternoon.

Bazar del Aire Goes Off-Air (El Vigia, 1/23/13 by Nicte Madrigal)

Ensenada, BC - After two decades of "La Rancherita" radio announcements, they stopped airing "Bazar del Aire (Air Bazaar)", a time when those who wanted to sell, purchase, transfer property or offer their services. Over a few weeks, the implications of the action are already seen for the unemployed, according to citizens who have watched Avenidas Ruiz and Virgilio Uribe daily, where employers use to come and offer them work. And that was for almost two decades. Now bricklayers, plumbers, carpenters, watchmen gather.

The unemployed explained that with the conclusion of the "Bazar del Aire" program transmissions, they have also undermined their chances of earning money to sustain their families. They stated that what was for many a simple radio program, for others it meant their only chance of making contact with those who could be their employers.

"Now Don José Luis Villalvazo (the owner of Bazar del Aire) is on TV, but people are not coming to the street to look for us... and others sometimes go elsewhere, but we are still coming here (Ruiz and Virgilio Uribe)", explained some of them.

They assured the majority of people waiting want to work. They are still coming here in the absence of formal employment opportunities. One of the causes why they believe they are employed is their age, since most exceed 40 years old.


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