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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Another Great One From Truth Out - Local COVID-19 Stats - Local Drug War Stats ....A Brief Look At Ensenada Violence - UPDATES 04/30/20 : COVID-19 & EXECUTION STATS RISING AND THE DAY IS NOT OVER @ 3:45 PM

We lost our Internet server for around 15 hours, but they are now back in business. Here is yet another great one from Truth Out and don't miss all of their coverage which is fantastic.

 ~ From Truth Out:

 Trump and McConnell Aren't Waging War On COVID. They're Waging War On Us
By, William Rivers Pitt

 ~ Excellent non stop COVID coverage:

Democracy Now ! 


All Reports From Zeta.

We ended the last blog on the report from Zeta regarding Trump's influence on re-opening at least one business down here which has contracts with the U.S. Military despite the fact that the Governor had shut it down.  So far, there has been no coverage of this in the U.S. press - perhaps Tele-sur will pick this story up. 

 Meanwhile on Tuesday workers in Tijuana demonstrated against their employer Honeywell for not informing them of the COVID-19 infection(s) at the facility and one death  from COVID by a co-worker. There has been no follow up on this for reasons you can probably figure out for yourselves:

Trabajadores de Honeywell se Manifiestan en Demande de Informacion Por Casos de COVID-19 (VIDEO)
Por, Julieta Aragon

"About 200 Honeywell workers protested outside the plant, located on Insurgentes Boulevard in Tijuana, demanding information after they pointed out that there are two cases of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19), and one person died from this disease.

According to the version of some employees, on April 28, the company "removed" the workers from the night shift at five in the morning, one hour before their usual departure, without giving them an explanation.

Given this, a group of workers stationed themselves at the main door of the plant, demanding that the manager come out and give them information about that decision and the cases they say there are of COVID-19. This prevented the employees of the morning shift from entering the place, so they could not work.

Around 10 in the morning, the group dispersed, once those responsible for the plant indicated that in the afternoon they would contact them to provide them with information."



"Tijuana es El Epicenter de La Pandemia en Baja California":Secretaria de Salud"
Por, Uriel Saucedo - 04/30/20 @ 1:09 PM

"In the last 24 hours, 66 new cases of COVID-19 were registered in Baja California, reaching 1,577 patients, in addition to 223 deaths, 18 more than yesterday, the state Secretary of Health, Alonso Pérez Rico, reported this Thursday morning. April 30th.

Tijuana and Mexicali continue to be the municipalities with the highest incidence of infections.
Pérez Rico indicated that they have taken samples from 3,648 patients, of which 1,577 are positive, 1,479 negative and 592 are pending results. Of the positive cases there are 859 from Tijuana, 589 Mexicali, 40 Ensenada, 67 Tecate, 17 Rosarito and five in San Quintín.

In deaths, Tijuana has 153, Mexicali 55, Ensenada six, Tecate five, Rosarito three and San Quintín remains in one. While there are 206 recovered patients, 111 of them are men and 95 women. From Mexicali there are 78 from Tijuana 117, Ensenada dos and Tecate 9.

Regarding suspicious cases, in the Ministry of Health they have 83 cases, the IMSS continues with a high number, registering 494, while ISSSTE has two, ISSSTECALI with four, the Secretary of the Navy with 7 and private hospitals have two patients.

He reiterated that the bulk of the infections is in an age range of between 25 and 59 years. As of this morning, 81 percent of the positive cases were recovering from home and 19 percent were hospitalized. Of the comorbidities that are affecting the recovery of 1,577 confirmed patients, 26.7 percent have hypertension, 20.8 percent have diabetes and 18.4 percent are obese.
Deaths are occurring mainly in people over 65, but it has also been detected that between 40 and 64 years of age, deaths are accumulating.

Regarding the occupation in the converted hospitals of the Ministry of Health, they are at 67.5 percent with 157 beds and 43 ventilators available. In the IMSS they are at 62 percent capacity with 231 beds and 14 unoccupied fans.

"The two weeks that follow are critical, the first two weeks of May, as we have said, the end of April, the first of May is a very high point of the epidemiological curve that we are having in Baja California. Tijuana is the epicenter of the pandemic in Baja California and right now we are dealing with more personnel who want to help us in the fight against COVID, ”said Pérez Rico, inviting more medical and nursing personnel to come to work caring for patients. with positive test."

~~~~~ end edit.


The COVID-19 StatsFrom Yesterday Early Afternoon:

Baja California Con Mil 511 Contagios y 205 Muertes Por COVID-19
Por, Uriel Saucedo

"The number of patients infected with COVID-19 in Baja California reached 1,511 infections, and 205 deaths in the last hours, reported Alonso Pérez Rico, Secretary of Health in the state, continuing in second place for deaths and third of infections throughout the country, behind Mexico City and State.

Compared to Tuesday, April 28, the number of patients increased in 114 new cases, 66 correspond to Tijuana, 35 to Mexicali, 10 to Tecate, two to Ensenada and San Quintín. As for deaths, there were 15 new ones; in Tijuana 12 and in Mexicali three. The other municipalities did not present deaths. As for the recovered, the number is176.

Nationwide, there are already 16,752 accumulated confirmed cases, 5,332 are active cases, 11,220 suspects, 49,333 negative, 1,569 deaths out of a total of 77,500 patients studied. In the last 24 hours, the curve increased with 1,222 new cases.

Pérez Rico reported that 3,561 tests have already been performed that have tested positive for 1,511 patients, 1,455 cases have been ruled out and there are 595 suspected patients, awaiting a response. Of these pending results, 92 are from the Ministry of Health, 483 from IMSS, three from ISSSTE, two from ISSSTECALI, 7 from the Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR) and 8 from private hospitals.

In the case of the pending results of the IMSS, the Secretary of Health explained that some were sent to the La Raza Laboratory and other tests are being analyzed in the four private laboratories, but if necessary, they will support the state laboratory to reduce the amount of suspects.

Given these delays, Governor Jaime Bonilla called on the IMSS to carry out the tests in Baja California and stop sending them to Mexico City, so that people are informed up to date, so that there is no lag in the list of deaths reported at the federal level due to the lack of results.

“When people see the report from Mexico, they are going to have to compare the 205 deaths that we have with those that the federation is reporting. That is why I want the pending tests to be carried out as quickly as possible, because people are dying and we do not know if they died from COVID-19 unless the proof is available, "said Bonilla Valdez.

For his part, Pérez Rico explained that the pending evidence from the IMSS is no longer in its entirety in Baja California because many were sent to Mexico City for analysis.

Speaking of the comorbidities that are contributing to a slow recovery from COVID-19 or that has led to the death of some patients, he highlighted that patients suffering from obesity, diabetes or hypertension are costing them their lives, “Right now we are paying the not having a good diet, being so sedentary, not having any physical activity or a sports culture, because obese people are having a poor response to COVID. "



So, at this point in time if you were making a comparison, COVID-19 deaths beats the drug war executions in Tijuana for the month of April. Here are those numbers:

 ~ Tijuana Executions:

Monday (04/27/20) Tijuana Monthly total = 157 dead. Tijuana YTD total = 632 dead.  Baja California YTD total = 855 dead.

Reportan Cuatro Homicidios, Entre Ellos Una de Mujer a Golpes y Un Hombre Calcinado

"In Tijuana, four homicides were reported in the last hours, among the victims is a woman beaten to death, and three men. According to statistics from the State Security and Investigation Guard (GESI), 157 executions have been registered during April, while in 2020 the figure rises to 632.

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 26, at the Issstecali Mirador facilities, a woman died with various head injuries, apparently with a blunt object. So far, the victim, aged between 25 and 30, appears as an unknown. During the year 64 murders have been committed against women.

Then the discovery of a charred body was reported to the emergency center, which had plastic around his neck and his face covered with a tarp. The events were dated in Manuel M. Diéguez street, in the Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhood.
At the crime scene of a young man, between 20 and 25 years old, until now unidentified, at least 8 40-caliber casings were located. The victim, who was inside a Chevrolet Cavalier vehicle, gray color, plates 5XJG099, He was shot in the head. The events occurred in Privada Isabelitas, Natura subdivision Bosques section.

Finally, this Monday morning, April 27, in a section of dirt road next to the CESPT wastewater plant on the Oriente expressway, the body of a man wrapped in gray canvas was found. The deceased was handcuffed and with visible signs of torture.

With these facts, Baja California registers 855 intentional homicides so far in 2020."


 Tuesday (04/28/20) Tijuana Monthly Total = 163 dead. Tijuana YTD total = 638 dead.  Baja California YTD Total = 865 dead.

Reportan 7 Homicidios en Tijuana 

"The violence in Tijuana does not stop. In the last hours, seven people were killed in different parts of the city, as reported by the State Security and Investigation Guard.

With these facts, intentional homicides amount to 163 during April and 638 so far in 2020.

 First, at around 07:25 a.m. on Monday the 27th, on a country road next to the Cespt purple water treatment plant, in the Imac Tijuana neighborhood, the body of a male was found wrapped in gray canvas. . So far the deceased has not been identified.

 Later, the lifeless body of a young man, between 25 and 30 years old, was found on the slow east highway in the Third Stage of the River. The victim had various head injuries, abrasions on the back and legs.

 With firearm injuries to the head, the body of a man of approximately 45-50 years old was found in Loma Amarilla in front of number 9110, Colinas de La Mesa subdivision. At the crime scene, 3 9mm casings and a bullet fragment were located.

 On the El Árabe ramp in the Los Almos neighborhood, there was an armed attack that left a male person dead. The victim, aged between 25 and 30, was shot in the head and back.

27-year-old José Luis Amaro Jasso died at the Red Cross facilities, who was attacked by a firearm when he was in the vicinity of the Los Santos neighborhood.

 A man identified as Diego Alberto Barajas Meza, 44, shot to death in the Playas de Tijuana neighborhood in the Costa Azul section on April 22, died Monday night at the ISSSTECALI Mirador facilities. The victim had entered the hospital with various bullet injuries in the abdominal region, chest and back.

 Finally, on Santa Fe Avenue, in the third section of the Santa Fe neighborhood, a man was attacked with gunshots. When he was moving in his vehicle, the victim was lying on the pavement. So far it has not been identified.

 Until the morning of this Tuesday, April 28, in Baja California there have been 865 intentional homicides."


Wednesday (04/29/20) Tijuana monthly total = 169 dead.  YTD Tijuana total = 644 dead. Baja California YTD total = 870 dead.

Reportan 5 Homicidios, Van 169 Victimas en Abril 

"In Tijuana, at the end of the month of April, 169 intentional homicides have been registered, with this number, the murders exceeded those dated during March, where the statistic reached 163 victims.
During Tuesday, April 28, five homicides were recorded in different parts of the city, reaching 644 murders in 2020.
Around 4:30 p.m. in the private Salvia in the Natura section Arboledas fractionation, an armed attack took place in which one man was killed and another injured. The fatal victim was identified as Germán Enríquez Cuenca, 39. While the wounded man was transferred to a local hospital. A .380 caliber organized ammunition was located at the crime scene

Another armed attack was registered 10 minutes later in Villas de San Quintín street and Huapango street corner in front of the Rex car wash, Villas de Baja California subdivision, where a male between 35-40 years old was killed and two more men were injured, one of 40 -45 and the other 30-35. None of the three has been identified. Expert elements located 4 caps.

Then in private Galapagos, in Urbi Villa del Prado 2nd section subdivision, the body of a man with a gunshot wound to the head was found on public roads. The victim, still unidentified, ranged from 30 to 35 years old.

Jaime Enrique Sánchez Zúñiga, 40, died at the Red Cross facilities. He arrived at the hospital with injuries from a projectile from a firearm. The victim was attacked in the Urbi Villa del Prado subdivision.

Finally, on the street of Los Héroes in the Buena Vista neighborhood, the body of a man whose identity is unknown was found. Information obtained refers that the deceased today had his hands held with padlocks and had a large head injury."


UPDATE/EDIT 04/30/20 @ 4:00PM THE lATEST  DRUG WAR EXECUTION STATS: TIJ  Monthly total= 179 dead; TIJ YTD Total = 654 dead; Baja California YTD total = 885 dead.

Reportan 10 Homocidios en Tijuana se Eleva @ 654 Victimas en 2020 
(Report @ 9:30am) 

"The State Security and Investigation Guard (GESI) reported that during the last hours 10 executions were recorded in different parts of Tijuana. With these facts the number of intentional homicides rises to 654 victims so far in 2020.

First, around 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, an unidentified male, between 35-40 years old, was found dead in a wooden construction located on Cumbres del Sol street, Cumbres del Sol subdivision. The victim had various injuries to the face caused by a firearm.

Then in the Regional General Hospital of the IMSS number 20, the young Carlos Francisco Sánchez Maldonado, 23 years old, perished due to various injuries from a firearm projectile. According to revealed information, the victim was attacked in the Natura neighborhood.

With a shot to the neck, a man identified as Humberto López Castillo, 70, was killed when he was on Venustiano Carranza street in the Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhood. At the site, expert officers located a 45-caliber shell, two shells with no visible legend, a bullet, two bicycles, and a cell phone.

Inside a wooden room, 48-year-old Cesar Ángel León Gutiérrez was executed. The events occurred in a neighborhood street in the Mirador Capistrano neighborhood.

At the crime scene of two unidentified males, 5 9mm caliber casings were located. The victims were lying inside a house located in private Nile # 61, Urbi Villa del Prado II neighborhood.

A 39-year-old man named Carlos Alberto Ponce Ordaz perished at the Red Cross facilities. The deceased today entered the hospital on April 25 with wounds from a projectile in the chest. It is unknown where he was assaulted.

The decapitated body of a woman, between 35 and 40 years old, was found early this Thursday, April 30, wrapped in a sheet on Manuel J Contreras Boulevard in the Jardines de la Mesa neighborhood. The severed head of the female was found inside a white plastic bag, still on the side of the body.

An armed attack registered on Hacienda de Jerez street in the Ejido Rojo Gómez neighborhood, left two people dead. One of the victims identified as Eduardo Alcántara Cordero, 39, died at the scene; while Martin Alcántara Cordero, 37, perished minutes later at the Red Cross facilities.

Until 05:00 hours this Thursday, in Baja California there are 885 intentional homicides in the year 2020."

end edit.


A Quick Look At Ensenada.....

Reported over last weekend:

Matan Policias del Poblado de Ojos Negros, Ensenada al"Chiles Verdes"
Por, Lorena lamas 

"Elements of the municipal police assigned to the Real del Castillo delegation, in the town of Ojos Negros, in Ensenada, received a report of an armed person in a vehicle between Esteban Cantú and 10 de Julio streets.
The events occurred at 8:28 p.m. this Friday when the officers found the reported Ford Explorer. When they arrived,  a person identified as Fabricio Bernardo Gomez, nicknamed the “Chiles Verdes”, about 30 years old, descended from the vehicle carrying two weapons, one short and one long. 
 (pistol & rifle)

The first data indicates that at the time of the police intervention, the subject pointed the gun at them and threatened them, which represented a risk for the agents, who at one point shot at the “Green Chiles” who died on the spot.

The group of armed residents launched a persecution against the police who took refuge in the delegation building. The elements were unharmed and were able to secure three weapons.

In support of the municipal police, several units of the State Investigation Agency went to Ojos Negros. 

The last arrest of the man nicknamed the "Green Chiles" was in March 2019 for possession of a firearm."


Monday (04/27/20): Ensenada Monthly total = 28 dead.  Ensenada YTD total = 94 dead.

Localizan Cuerpo Encobijado en Ensenada; Suman 94 Homicidios 

"The remains of a man were found shortly after midnight on Monday, April 27, in a vacant lot located in the Gómez Morín neighborhood, in Ensenada.

With this violent act, there are 94 homicides committed in the port, of which 28 were registered in April.

According to the C4 report, it was at 12:55 pm when witnesses reported the presence of a body on the side of the Jesús Enciso and Villa Grande dirt roads, in the Gómez Morín neighborhood.

Upon arriving at the place of the report, the municipal police officers found the body of a male with firearm injuries wrapped in a blanket; the victim has not been identified.

Once they confirmed his death, the elements cordoned off the area and notified the State Attorney General's Office, which is responsible for conducting the investigation.
Until this moment the victim has not been identified."


Tuesday (04/28/20):

 Matan a Ministerio Publico de Narcomenudeo en Ensenada (VIDEO)

The body of the public servant was on board a vehicle, on Emiliano Zapata street in the Villas del Real 1 neighborhood.

"ENSENADA.- The lawyer Hiram Rivera Lizárraga, Public Ministry of Narcomenudeo of the State Attorney General's Office, was shot to death on Tuesday afternoon, April 28, in the Vilas del Real 1 neighborhood.

The attackers opened fire on the public servant in front of his family; the body was left on board the vehicle in which he was traveling. 

Elements of the State Attorney General's Office were the first respondents and did not allow the municipal police officers to approach.

 Rivera Lizárraga had a history of approximately 15 years with the then Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado, which is now the Fiscalía General del Estado.

Among other positions, he served as channel and secretary of agreements. He also carried out search warrants on Isla de Cedros."


Wednesday (04/29/20) Two more making the Ensenada YTD total = 99 dead.

Asesinana Dos en El Fraccionamiento El Roble de Ensenada 

ENSENADA - Two men were shot to death tonight on Wednesday, April 29 in the El Roble subdivision, located by the exit to Ojos Negros, while another subject was similarly deprived of life in San Quintín.
These homicides bring the number of victims to 34 during April, and 99 to a day that ends the first third of the year. Throughout 2019, 275 people were killed.
The double homicide committed around 8:54 p.m. on the outskirts of the city was reported on the streets of San Andrés Islands and Isla Catarina.

After an operation carried out by several police units, Red Cross paramedics arrived at the site and confirmed the death of both.

An hour earlier, a man preliminarily identified by the name of Jairo, 43, was shot in the yard of a house; Paramedics who treated him confirmed the death to the police."


Take care everyone...should be back in a few days..all of this information is available on 
Zeta Tijuana.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

A Problema in Rosarito Beach With Social Distancing - Updates on Local Drug War Stats For TIJ & The COVID-19 Local & National Stats - 04/05: UPDATE Rosarito Beach - ALL Clear !!

I had read  that according to Google, the majority of Mexican people are not staying at home, despite fair warnings and the importance of social distancing.  The weekend prior to this article, we were impressed by the conditions in Rosarito Beach at the supermarkets, the pharmacias, the fish store, the gas station and the general social distancing we witnessed on the streets which were not crowded for a weekend. Most people were wearing masks in the stores and hand sanitizer was being made available in front of Smart & Final. Here is that report on Google:

 ~ From Zeta: 

Google delata que la mayoria de los Mexicanos no se estan quedando en casa, tras contingencia sanitaria
Por, Gerardo Andrade 

"Mexico is the country in Latin America that has least complied with the instruction to remain isolated due to the coronavirus pandemic, and this could be demonstrated by registering their cell phones.
The company Google released this Friday, April 3, a study where it collects the information from mobile devices that have the location chronology of their map application activated.
These same data are offered in a segmented way into six categories for each region or geographic area. In Latin America there are differences between the countries that have taken drastic isolation measures.
It is in this way that it is known that only 45% of Mexicans have stopped going to leisure places, of the aforementioned percentage 46% continue to attend recreational places, 19% to markets, 20% to their jobs.
In this way, it is shown that Mexicans have not yet taken the isolation measure with the seriousness it should, despite the recommendations of the Mexican authorities from the three levels of government.
In contrast, in Argentina a total quarantine began on March 20, the drop in the influx of people to cafes, restaurants, shopping malls was noted from the first day, reaching 86%, although it was already decreasing.
As a means of reference for habitual mobility, Google has used the movement that occurred in each of those areas, in the five weeks that ran from January 3 to February 6 of this year.
Also in Colombia, the brake on mobility has been very important, 86% of people have avoided attending leisure places, such as playgrounds.
In Brazil the decrease has been 71%, a similar figure was registered in Chile and in Peru the percentage of people's mobility fell to 55%.
Google offers for some countries data by provinces, which for example reflect a comparative decrease in mobility greater in large cities than in provinces without large crowds.
What is worrying is that in Mexico it is still in a stage where the pandemic due to COVID-19 does not hit with the expected severity.
Currently in Baja California there are already 58 confirmed cases of people infected with the coronavirus, with Mexicali being the city with the highest number of infections, 32 and then Tijuana with 26; as well as 4 deceased people."


However, this weekend threw us for a loop.  Mike, wearing both a mask and gloves, walked in to Calimax on Benito Juarez which was crowded and the parking lot was full, took several looks around and exited.  There was no social distancing, no one was wearing masks or gloves except for the checkers. Same situation at the Walmart . Not hundreds of people on the streets, but groups were together and no masks were seen; the gas station was good as was the Simi pharmacia, and importantly Smart & Final got the gold star, including the shoppers inside.  You actually felt safe inside, even though the prices are high.  Smart & Final also had hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Up in the States, they are limiting the number of people who can go into the stores (i.e. Vons & Walmart & Smart & Final) but so far there are no limits down here. So, I don't know what happened at Calimax,but it was scary. Mike will check it out again today. 

The lines going up every morning very early at SYPOE are backed up, so many people commuting still.  Police and National Guard on the streets in Tijuana and even below Ensenada in places like Camalu, Colonet and San Quintin directing people to go back to their homes.  We'll see what happens over Semana Santa.

The good news is that according to the authorities there are no cases of the Covid-19 in Rosarito Beach, so let's keep our fingers crossed.


UPDATE/EDIT - 04/05/20:

Rosarito Beach situation  - This afternoon Mike went in again to RB and reports a 100% improvement in the conditions at Calimax on Benito Juarez.  In a complete turnaround from yesterday's  free-for-all, only one entrance door was opened, staff was limiting the number of people who could go into the store, staff was cleaning people's hands as they entered, and people were being kept apart inside of the store.  Still, only about a quarter of the shoppers wore face mask protection.
So, wow Calimax also gets a gold star.

This is important:  On Benito Juarez, there was a police unit flanked by two truckloads of Army/National guardsmen equipped with a loudspeaker driving slowly while announcing the safety precautions to take against the virus and advising people to stay home, impressive ! I'd have to disagree with google on RB, streets were not crowded at all, yesterday was a glitch - I think people are getting the word.  Good Job !!! Maybe one of you out there can bring us up to date on what's happening over in Constitucion, Popotla, etc ? That would be nice, thanks.

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The Local Virus Stats:

 ~ From Zeta - 04/04/20

En BC se eleva a 5 muertes por COVID-19; Ensenada registra el primer caso confirmado
Por, Lourdes Loza Romero & Lorena Lamas

"A man, 49 years old, was the fifth fatal victim from COVID-19 that is registered in Baja California, reported the morning of April 4, Dr. Alonso Pérez Rico, head of the State Health Secretariat.
Currently in Baja California 69 cases have been confirmed, presenting for the first time a case in the municipality of Ensenada. The rest of the breakdown are 32 in Tijuana and 36 in Mexicali. Of the deaths, 3 were in Tijuana and 2 in Mexicali, Pérez Rico noted that the 49-year-old patient is the youngest person to have died in the state due to this new disease, the rest remain in the age group of 50 and 65 years old.
Under analysis of 202 cases are found as suspects, 103 in Tijuana, 62 in Mexicali, 29 in Ensenada, 5 in Tecate and 3 in San Quintín.

First confirmed case in Ensenada
In Ensenada, the presence of the first case of infection with the COVID-19 virus was confirmed this Saturday, Pérez Rico reported during the live broadcast with Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez.

He announced that in total there are 29 suspected cases in Ensenada and 3 more in the San Quintín delegation.
Before the confirmation of the first positive case, the municipal president, Armando Ayala Robles, urged the population to continue applying the sanitary recommendations to jointly achieve the containment of the pandemic in the municipality.
The first mayor highlighted that since March 18 his administration launched actions aimed at the application of preventive measures and for the protection of groups with greater vulnerability, in said checkpoints they detected tourists entering the port.
Consequently, the first mayor invited those who arrive at the municipality from other parts of Baja California and the United States, to isolate themselves for a period of 14 days and if they show any symptoms of respiratory disease during that time, they should contact the telephone lines arranged by the Ministry of Health."

P.S. Am adding this - the one man found to be an active carrier was only found due to the police traffic filter at El Sauzal going into Ensenada manned by the police on the look out for people who are infected by Covid-19.  So, we are hoping the jefes are keeping their guys well protected and safe, they are putting their lives on the line. Thank you to the authorities and be careful !

Update/edit : 04/05/20

Seven are dead, and 93 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Baja California, a big jump in confirmed cases:

 ~ From Zeta: 04/05/20

Suman 7 defunciones y 93 casos confirmados de COVID-19 en BC 
Por, Angela Torres Lozano

"Baja California has already registered 7 deaths, 4 in Tijuana and 3 in Mexicali, and 93 cases of people infected with COVID-19, for which reason social distancing continues.
Alonso Pérez Rico, Secretary of Health in the State, reported through a live transmission that 651 cases have been studied, of which 380 have been discarded.
Of the 178 suspected cases, Tijuana has 88, Mexicali 57, Ensenada 27, Tecate 5, Vicente Guerrero / San Quintín 1, and Rosarito 0.
As for deaths, the 7 people are men, and the average age is 57.8 years. The first 2 deaths occurred on March 29, 2 more on March 31, one on April 2, and two more on April 4.
Of the confirmed cases, 15 have obesity, 15 hypertension, 19 smoking, 10 diabetes, 5 asthma, 3 HIV / AIDS, 2 cardiovascular disease, 2 immunosuppression, 1 chronic kidney failure and 1 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Pérez Rico noted that only 10 percent of confirmed cases are hospitalized, and that so far they still have beds and respirators available for those who require it, but asked to keep their distance so as not to saturate health services.
He added that it is in Mexicali where there has been greater resistance to keeping their distance, since they continue to hold meetings and conglomerate, so he asked to heed the recommendations and avoid infecting third parties."
end edit. 


The National Stats:

 ~ From Zeta: 04/04/20 

Ya van 79 muertos por Covid-19 en Mexico 

"Until the afternoon of this Saturday, April 4, in Mexico there have been 79 deaths from coronavirus, reported the Ministry of Health.
Sanitary authorities confirmed 1,890 cases, they said they are investigating 5,827 as suspects, while 9,467 have been ruled out.
In total, 17 thousand 184 people have been studied.
Three quarters of the cases have been registered in the last 14 days. The average age of sick people is 43 years. In 78 percent of cases the disease is mild.
Mexico has one of the highest prevalences of diabetes and three quarters of the population are overweight and obese, which puts the population at risk, said Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion.

He specified that it can not yet be assured that Mexico has made little progress in cases due to the health measures implemented since March 13 throughout the country.
The entities that register the most cases of COVID-19 are Mexico City, with 469; the State of Mexico, 180; Puebla, where there were 125, and Jalisco, with 120.
While the demarations with the highest incidence rate of contagions are Mexico City, where 5.2 cases are located for every 100,000 people; follow Quintana Roo with a rate of 4.35, in Aguascalientes the rate is 3.42; Tabasco and Yucatan follow, with 3.36 and 3.23.
The states with the most deaths are Mexico City, with 17; Sinaloa, where 10 people died; Jalisco, with six, while in Baja Califoirnia there have been five deaths from the virus.

The official recalled that in Mexico the population is exposed to getting COVID-19 because it has one of the highest prevalences of diabetes, while three quarters are overweight and obese. "That will weigh," he added.
He specified that it can not yet be assured that Mexico has made little progress in cases due to the health measures implemented since March 13 throughout the country.
Gatell-López reminded citizens that people with signs of COVID-19 who are not within the population with more risk factors should stay home to avoid saturating the medical centers.
Alejandro Svarch Pérez, head of the Insabi National Medical Coordination, recalled that the call "Mexico against COVID-19", which seeks the recruitment of medical personnel, began today and aims to respond to the deficit of doctors in the country.
Zoé Robledo Aburto, Director General of the IMSS, specified that the staff contracts will last six months, which implies that the institutions will provide social insurance for the new workers, as well as their family, who will also have liability insurance.
"(The new staff) will be dedicated body and soul to attending to cases," he said, explaining that the training will be sectoral.
In addition, in the case of unionized workers of the IMSS, they will be given a union aid for death
Robledo Aburto and Svarch Pérez detailed that the contracted people will receive a month's payment in advance plus the per diem payment, considering that some doctors would come from other states;  

It will also be sought that the National Examination of Aspirants to Medical Residences recognize the commitment to the country they have, giving them an additional score.
Alejandro Svarch explained that the health authorities hope to hire 6,600 doctors and 12,300 nurses. Tomorrow will begin the process of review of applications, on April 6 will start the recruitment and it is expected that between April 7 and 9 to 20-30 percent of our deficit of doctors in the country will be hired, he said.
Between April 10 and 13 they will have 40 and 50 percent of the hiring, from 1 to 17 they will be from 70 to 75 percent, while from April 18 to 20 they will be 90 to 100 percent, he added.
The official recalled that the hospitals are already working on a "waterfall model", where specialized doctors train general practitioners, this to be prepared in case of not being able to hire all the necessary personnel through the call."


Drug War Continues:

 19 executed this month so far in Tijuana, the YTD TIJ = 494 dead and YTD Statewide = 621 dead. I'll be back with Ensenada stats which are high, and a shootout between vehicles down the road on the Scenic Highway by BajaMar raised some eyebrows.

From Zeta : 04/04/20

Reportan Tijuana 5 homicidios, van 19 en abril 

"The State Security and Investigation Guard (GESI) reported that in the last few hours there have been five homicides in different parts of Tijuana. The number of murders so far in April has reached 19, and in the year at 494.
In the parking lot of Plaza Misión Soler, located in the El Soler subdivision, a man, between 35 and 40 years old, was shot to death in the torso. Five shells and a bullet were found at the scene.
Derived from an armed attack, one man died and another was wounded in events that occurred on Margarita Avenue and San Carlos Street in the Jardines de la Mesa neighborhood. The victims were identified as 29-year-old Felipe de Jesús Galaviz Ávila, who was declared lifeless at the site, after the impacts he received on the abdomen, while Salvador Delgadillo García, 32, was transferred to a hospital for attention. At the crime scene, 9 bushings and two vehicles with holes were counted.

A man who answered the name of Jesús Alfredo Ponce Jáuregui, 33, perished in the IMSS Hospital Number 20. The deceased entered the hospital a day earlier with gunshot wounds to the head, after being attacked in the Cumbres neighborhood.
On Cruz del Sur street, on the corner of Andrómeda, in the Sánchez Taboada neighborhood, a young man between 20 and 25 years old was attacked with two shots to the abdomen, and died instantly.
Finally, in the early morning hours of this Saturday, April 4, in a white Ford E-150 vehicle with California 8P44807 license plates on Purísima Street, in front of number 20567, Buenos Aires Sur neighborhood, a young man of 20 was found dead. to approximately 25 years. The victim was tied at the lower extremities with a white coated cable. A 9mm caliber shell and a bullet were found at the site.
With these crimes, the statewide homicide figure has reached 621 so far in 2020."


Update/edit : 04/05/20

 The numbers increase:  TIJ YTD - 496 Homicides/Executions; Statewide YTD  - 666 Homicides/Executions:

Reportan dos muertos en Tijuana  

"Two executions on Saturday, April 4, were reported by the State Security and Investigation Guard (GESI) in Tijuana. The number of violent deaths reached 496 victims in 2020.
Late Saturday night, the emergency center was informed that in the Garden and Albacete streets of the Villas del Sol subdivision, the body of a male between 50 and 55 years old was found. The deceased had a head injury caused by a firearm projectile. A 7.72 × 39 caliber shell was found in the area
Later, inside a black Nissan Sentra vehicle with A37-NUF-8 border plates, the lifeless body of a man was found in the driver's seat. The victim, aged between 40 and 45, had a gunshot wound to the chest. Agents of the Processing group of the State Investigation Agency report that the events occurred in Ignacio Allende street in front of # 16558, Lomas de la Amistad neighborhood.
So far no people detained for the events are reported.
In Baja California, on Saturday, April 4, there were 5 executions, two in Tijuana, two in Rosarito and one in Mexicali, bringing the number of intentional homicides to 666 victims in 2020."

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So, it's still pretty dicey guys. Take Care Everyone.



Monday, September 24, 2018

Brett Kavanugh (spelled wrong on purpose) Got Some 'Splanin To Do - Updates 09/24: Frontera Reports @ 8:13am 154 Dead in TIJ - YTD Total in TIJ Is 1,818

Extremely behind here due to three trips up to the States last week; Paris was at VCA once again, but she has finally recovered from a weird bug she picked up.  Yesterday I was able to give her a bathers and she had her first full meal (Mike cooked her a New York). This is a problem with Bassetts - they are hounds and always have their noses down sniffing around getting into they are ultra sensitive. Bob the Daca cat is by her side.

 In between times we have been following the Kavanaugh saga with the accusations from Dr. Christine Blassey Ford (whom we both believe) while Trump and his idiot son minimize and dismiss her charges along with most Republicans.  Now when I see Mitch McConnell I want to vomit.
He was always a turtle head.

Y'all remember this guy...the flasher !

Yesterday late afternoon more charges emerged regarding Brett Kavanugh  (I spelled that wrong on purpose) from yet another woman:

From the New Yorker:

Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, From Brett Kavanaughs College Years
By, Ronana Farrow & Jane Meyer - 09/23/18 

Stormy Daniel's attorney Michael Avenatti adds more fuel to the fire (keep in mind though that Ryan Grimm has noted this story may be going nowhere in so many words).  But still...

 From The Hill:

Avenatti Says He Has Witnesses Who Can Back Sexual Assault Claims Against Kavanaugh
By, Aris Folley - 09/23/18 


Next, as far as we know, Kavanugh & Dr. Blassey Ford with both be testifying on Thursday 27th, and Diane Feinstein (oh finally she does something right) calls for a postponement of the the key Judiciary Committee vote.

More up to date interviews and opinions:

Democracy Now (and don't miss all the news) 

Brett Kavanaugh|Democracy Now 


Unfortunately, Mexico who is famous for their Novelas has not at least locally been covering the Kavanugh story - and it would make a great Novela.


Locally it has been horrible, PGJE building attacked in Tijuana, another Police Officer murdered, many killings throughout Ensenada , Pabillon's in Rosarito has become a shooting gallery, drug tunnel located out in Jacume across from Jacumba, and the executions just keep mounting in Tijuana. Taking care of Paris kept my mind distracted, but the truth is, people are scared.  AMLO was in town - thousands turned out to greet and cheer him on...he looked worried to me.  I'll be back tomorrow with those updates and latest reports on Immigration Atrocities thanks to Donald Trump.

UPDATE/edit 09/24:

 - We are past the midmark of the month, so it is difficult to say if September will continue the trend of hitting at least 200 dead from the drug war in Tijuana.  In order to understand or get a sense of how the Mexican people are feeling about the violence, here is the latest survey:

From Frontera:

Ocho de Cada Diez Tijuanenses se Sienten Inseguros: Encuesta
Por, Said Rodriguez 

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Eight out of ten Tijuanenses feel insecure: Survey
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TIJUANA, Baja California (GH)
Eight out of ten (81.2%) Tijuanenses feel insecure, as reflected in the last citizen perception report of the Metropolitan Center of Economic and Business Information (Cemdi) regarding the first semester of 2018, this statistic exceeds the national average that is set in 79.7%.

The director of Cemdi, Rubén Roa Dueñas pointed out that 84.6% of the women surveyed feel insecure when driving on the streets, it is the highest rate registered, however in the case of men there is also a high percentage that does not feel sure to be walking on the roads of the city with 77.8%.

It may interest you: Low perception of insecurity in Tijuana up to 5%, according to Inegi

"Our function is to generate transparent statistics, we are not going to tire of publishing the findings that the citizenship gives us and the impacts to the economy, we want CDT to do well and promote investment, and this is a way to give clarity to the authorities the thinking of the people, "he said.

ATMs with 77% are still the places where people take the most precautions, followed by transportation with 65.4% and with 57.6% the public road as the most insecure places in Tijuana according to the public perception.

The state and municipal police do not generate confidence
The state police was the lowest in the index of trust on the part of the citizens in Tijuana with 3.4%, while the municipal police also came out with a very low 3.6%, while the Federal Police registered a 7.8% and the armed forces like army and navy have a confidence of 19.3%.

You may be interested: Perception of insecurity decreases 12.8% in Tijuana: Cemdi

In the face of the homicides that continue to plague the city, there was a 10% increase in the witnessing of the sale and consumption of drugs with respect to the last quarter (48.9%), something that draws attention and for what the CDT urged to combat the crime prevention.

"We must work more in the prevention of crime and all technological tools to ensure the safety of citizens," he said.

Finally, Roa Dueñas mentioned that it is irrelevant to ask if the delinquents, aggressors or even victims are from Tijuana or from abroad, since the city has historically been nourished on the basis of migration.

"The city has been very kind because of the geographical location and its proximity to the North American market, it would be pointless to delve into the origin of the criminals." concluded.


 - On 09/20/18 Frontera reported the number of murders in Tijuana exceeded the numbers from last year (same time period).  At this point, the YTD total for Tijuana was 1,789 dead:

From Frontera

Impone 2018 Nuevo Record En Homicidios
Por, Angel F. Gonzalez - 09/20/18


 - Today, Frontera reports @ 8:13am there have been 154 homicides in Tijuana, giving the city a YTD figure of 1,818 people dead from the drug war.  Since then, I am counting three more.

From Frontera:

Balean a 2 En Puntos Distintos de Tijuana
Por, Angel F. Gonzalez

To follow the conflict, including attacks on Police, one Municipal Police  and another wounded, PGJE Offices attacked in the Zona Rio, the narco tunnel just across from Jacumba Hot Springs in Jacume (although we are not receiving much information on this tunnel as far as how sophisticated it was and if it went under the "Fence" - only that it was discovered by the PEPO's on a tip and used for both drug and human smuggling), the body parts,burned bodies, narco-mantas, chopped off heads left in containers, and attack on USBP personnel and vehicle off of Avenida International (arrest made in this case),weapons and drug busts go here where you can also click portada for the other daily news & great editorials:


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 - A bit later this afternoon, Zeta reported  21 people assassinated over this last weekend including one this morning putting the monthly total in Tijuana @ 160 dead: 

From Zeta:

21 Asesinatos Durante el Fin de Semana, en Tijuana 

Also, alert out for using ATM's in be careful:

Alertan Por Robos en Cajeras Automaticos de Ensenada
Por, Lorena Lamas


Of course, Zeta for daily updates and editorials, political and national events:

Zeta Tijuana


Speaking of Ensenada , check here for most recent events of the drug war - as you can see there have been several killings:

From El Vigia:



 - You will remember local Carmen Guiterrez from many years back reporting the drug war, corruption and social anomalies  - she has the Rosarito beat at Frontera and keeps us all informed.  Here's a rundown of drug war events so far this last month in Rosarito Beach:


Ataque Armado al Interior de Restaurante de Mariscos en Rosarito
Por, Carmen Gutierrez 


Hombre Recibe al Menos Cuatro Disparos en Rosarito
Por, Carmen Gutierrez


Localizan Mujer con Tres Impactos de Bala en Corredor 2000 Rosarito
Por, Carmen Gutierrez


Localizan Cadaver con Varias Disparos en Playa de Rosarito
Por, Carmen Gutierrez


This was the shooting at the Love Bar in Pabellons which left  one dead and two wounded; and another man wounded by gunfire in the parking lot of the Home Depot:

Balacera Deja 1 Muerto y 2 Lesionados Rosarito
Por, Carmen Gutierrez


Matan a hombre a Tiros en Colonia Constitucion de Rosarito
Por, Carmen Gutierrez

More Rosarito Reports here, although backlogs not included  for previous months.

end edit thank god.

Oh, and Reuban noted we have had four blackouts here at SADM in just the past few weeks,one of which  I think blew out my speakers on the computer so I can't listen to this but you for Kavanugh( aka Mean Mr. Mustard) the flasher although now we are learning through Democracy Now ! that he did more than flash it, he put it in her face. I didn't see that in the USMSM, wow.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Escalating Mayhem - UPDATE 01/22/18: CCSP Crime Report Tijuana - Another Attack on Municipal Police in Ensenada

Sorry...let's see how late am I ?  About three weeks ?  Just overwhelmed here with everything. Despite the Government Shutdown, Mike still has to go to work as "essential personnel" which isn't good for me because I need him here to get some work done on this house. Paris is doing better every day, she goes to VCA this week then not again until the end of next month - we are hoping Dr. Jackson will give the all clear for old time walkies (except that I'm still wearing the boot) ! So let's focus on some stats.

Courtesy Zeta: Tijuana Executions 2017

According to Zeta whose numbers are higher than those of the Mexican authorities and the U.S. corporate media, at the end of the day on 12/27/17 Baja California registered 2,244 executions which is a 83.78 % increase over last years total.  By the end of December 2017 there are discrepancies over the actual number of executions in the Municipalities.

El Ano Mas violento Del Sexenio
Por, Rosario Mosso Castro

Even if we accepted the official numbers rather than Zeta's, in Tijuana alone with the official count for 2017 at 1,744 executions there was a 90 % increase in the killings compared to 2016:

Aumentan en Tijuana 90 % Homicidios en el 2007
Por, Luis Gerardo Andrade

Update/edit -  01/22/18:  Today Zeta posted the CCSP Crime Report for Tijuana whose homicide figures are more like Zetas, with much higher number than we are receiving from the Mexican authorities and the US corporate media.  In Tijuana, 2017 ended with 1,780 homicides according to the CCSP, a well respected and accurate source.  Here is that report :

Zeta - 01/22/2018
En 2017 Aumentaron Robos y Homicidios: CCSP

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 In the United States, we constantly read in the corporate media the same "reasons" for the violence in Mexico however we rarely if ever read proposals to improve social conditions. It would be insane to expect a public discussion of supply and demand during the Trump era, don't ever expect it. In Mexico the social fabric has become unraveled and the prospects for social improvement in the United States which is also in shreds will remain grim.

 But we are expected to swallow the cough syrup like good children and resign ourselves to social breakdown.  Forinstance, I keep reading reports from the United States that Baja California (Tijuana in particular) is not witnessing the same type of violence which took place here back in 2008; the restaurants are full, Tijuana is busy they say, authorities are not being assassinated, business owners are not being kidnapped (even though others certainly are) - all this in order to dispel any notion of chaos on the border.

According to the US corporate media, 2017 saw few if any bodies hanging from bridges as in 2008.  What they did not mention were the burned bodies, the decapitated bodies, the mutilated bodies thrown into the public streets and main highways or stuffed into suitcases and tambos or left in front of schools.  Still, the hanging bodies just might be making a comeback:

Courtesy Zeta


Cuelgan Cadaver con Narcomensaje en Puente 


According to the US corporate media, few if any authorities are being attacked.  Strange, Lorena Lamas addresses the authorities attacked and killed in Ensenada (aside from those in Tijuana last year) along with the executions and one hundred and eleven "deprivations of liberty" (kidnappings):

186 Ejecutados en Ensenada 
Por,  Lorena Lamas


Courtesy Zeta

 - PEPO patrol attacked by five gunmen driving a Suburban in Playas de Tijuana.  Three of the gunmen are captured, one was the owner of the suburban and member of the "Shelltown" gang of San Diego.

5 Hombres Atacaron a la PEP en Playas
Por, Isai Lara Bermudez

(Note:  Unknown if this was the reason for the huge traffic backup all the way back to Vons on Dennery a couple of days later due to CHP checkpoint checking vehicles going into Mexico at El Chaparral. In the past, we heard a lot about San Diego gang activity here.)

Update/edit - 01/22/2018: Another attack on Municipal Police in Ensenada today, one officer was injured:

 Disparan Contra Policias en Ensenada; en Trayecto a Hospital Chocan Contra Conductora
 Por, Lorena Lamas

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According to the the US corporate media, the executions are only taking place in the most impoverished neighborhood communities of Tijuana. But, most of the neighborhoods or communities of Tijuana are poor.  79.8 % of Tijuana's population - an increase of 12.5 % over the previous year consider Tijuana to be an insecure city :

El Ano Pasado, Empresas Mexicanas Perdieron 42 Mil 210 Millones de Pesos Por La Delincuencia
Por, Carlos Alvarez

"A survey conducted by the firm Sí Consultores, found that companies in Mexico had economic losses of 42 thousand 210 million pesos during 2017, due to robberies, kidnappings of cargo, or of motor transport equipment, as well as extortion, among other criminal acts.

The data obtained in the study were obtained through a survey of 30 thousand businesses in 58 cities affiliated with organizations such as the National Association of Self-Service Stores (ANTAD), the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Concamin), the Chamber of the Transformation Industry (Canacintra), the National Chamber of Cargo Autotransport (Canacar) and the National Confederation of Mexican Transporters (Conatram), among others.

The survey showed that the highest losses for Mexican companies for acts of organized crime were reported in Mexico City, the State of Mexico, Guerrero, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, Baja California, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi and Michoacán.

The greatest economic losses from crime for businessmen were reported in Mexico City, with 5 thousand 700 million pesos; the State of Mexico, with 4,800 million; Guerrero, with 2 thousand 800 million; Guanajuato, with 2 thousand 500 million; and Tamaulipas, with 2 thousand 400 million pesos.

In addition, the study by Sí Consultores showed that the expenses of Mexican companies in terms of security have also increased, reaching 120 billion pesos. Only ANTAD reported having allocated 30 billion pesos in prevention measures against acts of organized crime during the past year."


Percepcion de Inseguridad Aumenta 12.5 % Durante 2017
Por, Angel F. Gonzalez

Most importantly is the formation of citizen "neighborhood safety committees" which have received no US corporate media attention.  I suppose if the US corporate media actually reported on this social development they would be in essence admitting there is a huge problem here:


Vecinos Organizados Contra Inseguridad y Violencia
Por, Manuel Ayala

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"Urged to generate harmony in the face of the growing wave of violence and homicides that left a historic figure in Tijuana in 2017, and given the lack of effectiveness of the police bodies, residents of different colonies have chosen to form community groups organized to overthrow the criminal indices autonomously, even putting their lives at risk. Given the situation, municipal authorities have responded by institutionalizing these groups. There are 60 registered vigilance committees
After the end of 2016, with the highest number of homicides -909 cases- until then registered in Tijuana, residents of different neighborhoods and subdivisions began to form autonomous citizen groups to protect their safety, with the activation of rondines to monitor their own homes and those of your neighbors.
Some formed communication strategies on social networking platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp , and even undertook tactical strategies and actions with rotations and established schedules to monitor the streets of their neighborhoods and colonies, whether they were places with a certain socio-economic status or in areas that were somewhat marginalized as the East Zone, where these groups acquired certain popularity and began to replicate.
As the thefts of businesses and bystanders increased, as well as the murders in the city, these groups began to attract the attention of the media for their repeated interest in changing the ways of doing surveillance in their colonies, which also called attention of the municipal authority and of Public Security. They began to co-opt the citizen groups through campaigns such as "Neighbor Vigilante" to institutionalize them and formalize them as Citizen Security Committees.
Although in the Municipal Public Security Secretariat (SSPM) and representatives of the Public Safety Citizen Committee of Tijuana (CCSPT) agree that this has been showing some positive results, neighbors of the committees see reticence with these authorities, because although they work hand in hand with them, they believe that there is still some control on their part, which does not allow them to implement strategies for better results.

The civil association La Cacho Comunidad was created with the purpose of legal and social representation for the settlers, its president, Juan Carlos Fernández Pavón, explained to ZETA that the people in that colony began to take an interest in the issue of insecurity when at the beginning of the The current administration, led by Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum, between December 2016 and January 2017, uncovered insecurity in a way never seen before.
They report that there were intruders stealing houses at two or three in the afternoon, cars waiting for the delinquents, women attacked while on their way to their homes and above all armed robbery in the homes; The terrible situation of insecurity and violence led them to seek alternatives for their safety in the face of the deficient work of the Municipal Police, after they continually called 911 and did not attend them, or the patrol arrived half an hour later.
The neighbors of this colony, as well as those of La Juárez and Gabilondo, agree that when they decided to meet, they initiated the actions to protect themselves. The first thing was to create a group of young people to carry out rondines in the streets, to show a vigilant presence in the streets, a dissuasive action.

In the Cacho, through a Facebook page created exprofeso, they began to recognize each other and have confidence to perform surveillance tasks in the evenings and early mornings. The neighbors began to support and generate an interaction between them, so they realized that every day and night there were acts of violence.
Fernández Pavón explained: "As soon as we began to take those reins, the miscreants went back and did not show up as before, a situation that began to be taken into account in the media, because insecurity was growing and did not I saw an answer from the authorities, it was something so positive that after the authorities turned to us and started to take us into account ".
Beyond the authority fully enter to support and help these groups to achieve security in the colonies, questioned why they did that kind of action and if they were some kind self-defense, to which they replied that they were only groups of neighbors that "they had looked for an alternative to confront the situation before the nil operative police capacity of then".
Pavón stressed that not because of the fact that they had organized and begun to carry out this type of action, they supported them, at least in the Cacho, but in that colony the support also became a result of an amparo and right of petition that they filed with the City Council. Tijuana, in which they requested a recreational park, a police booth and a moratorium for shops and buildings for vertical constructions.
This is how they managed to install the booth and the solidification of the group of rondines, because now it is well established in the social network WhatsApp , with citizen representation that is in charge of being in direct communication with the officer in charge of the colony. which has caused that from that institutionalization the response of the police bodies is much "more immediate and attentive".

Marco Antonio Sotomayor, secretary of Municipal Public Security in Tijuana, confirmed to ZETA that in many cases the neighbors were the ones who formed these vigilance committees, which to date are 60 registered and established, and who have direct contact with the supervisor of Police in the area through WhatsApp groups.
The official considers it convenient to carry out this type of correlation with the neighbors because in this way people can also provide information that allows them to react immediately or prior to the occurrence of a criminal event, while working on preventive issues, from the recovery of public spaces, talks to avoid being victims of some crime and that young people fall into addictions, to evade being co-opted by organized crime.
With these strategies, they seek to make communities safer and promote anonymous reporting, which is why the strategy is prioritized in areas with a high incidence of crime such as El Pípila, Mariano Matamoros, Sanchez Taboada, Zona Norte and Playas de Tijuana.

Sotomayor explained that this model of citizen security has to do with having people who want to participate in this, to see how they link them and how they make the operation of the police in the sector more efficient, in addition, that they are more linked to the communities.

Regarding the formation of these groups on their own initiative and before the increasing wave of violence and ineffectiveness of the police forces, Genaro de la Torre Quintanar, president of the Citizen Committee of Public Security of Tijuana (CCSPT), explained to this Weekly that they are indeed groups organized, although there are still some who have not approached, but "are not on the verge of collapse because of insecurity", nor to the extent of what was seen long ago in the Altiplano, where neighbors wanted to organize to lynch the delinquents.
He stressed that such situations are precisely what they are trying to avoid with the action of institutionalizing the committees, to let the police do their work and the population their work of "citizen intelligence", because what is involved is of not putting them at risk. Opinion that also shares the Secretary of Security, who says that without doubt must recognize the solidarity between them, who even often take risks to help a neighbor, but recommended not to do so and let the police do it.
"(Citizens) They have to be aware of the situations, because many are not worth any material loss to put our health and our lives at risk, so we ask them to immediately inform the emergency number in case of an anomalous situation. or crime in flagrante delicto, and leave the part of the police intervention to us, because these are elements that are prepared and, depending on the type of danger, act in such a way, "he explained.

In addition to not exposing citizens, De la Torre Quintanar justifies that one of the objectives is to reduce the black figure that is generated when crimes are not reported to the authorities and, therefore, do not enter the official statistics; Currently, this black figure represents 90 percent of the events and only 10% are being registered, therefore, of the 60 committees registered with the SSPM, they as Citizens Committee are already working with 15 in that situation.
Mainly through the program "Neighbor Vigilante" in colonies such as Colinas de Agua Caliente, Jardines de Agua Caliente, Lomas de Agua Caliente, Hippodrome, Chapultepec, Cacho, Juárez, Playas de Tijuana, Libertad, Fraccionamiento Las Californias, Magisterial Otay, 10 de May, Lomas Residential Complex, Las Huertas, Las Palmas and Santa Fe.
He added that what they seek is for people to denounce, since it is very important to "shoot down the black figure" and it is necessary that the statistics really come out what is happening, otherwise, the figures are often "incredible" with the reality, and assured, without a doubt these groups "of course" have come to pay to the work against the insecurity, because it is a correspondence task with the Police.

To conclude, Juan Carlos Fernández Pavón stressed that although they have achieved things and organized well, they know well how to do these things and help against crime, there is still some reluctance on the part of the authorities.
That is to say, "although the groups are amalgamated with the authorities, in the end they do not allow these groups or the citizens to grow ... it seems that these groups are not intended to acquire greater strength or stand out in such a way because it is replicated in other colonies, and it is thought that they can acquire a certain autonomy that can be counterproductive against the authority ".

Criminal incidence in Tijuana on the rise

During 2017, crime incidence figures in Tijuana were on the rise. According to the statistics provided by the Public Security Secretariat of the State (SSPE), which covers up to December 15 of the same year (because the cut of the last month do so until January 15), the total of robberies to houses was 2 334, of which 153 were violent and 2 thousand 181 only taking valuables.
This same statistic showed that a total of 2, 283 robberies were committed to passers-by on public roads, of which 1,521 were perpetrated with violence (gun or knife) and 762 without violence; in terms of business robbery, the figure was 3, 566, of which violence was used in 2 thousand 787 and 779 were without violence, which gives a total of 8 thousand 183 robberies in these three areas that permeate directly in the society.
Derived from this situation, businessmen from Tijuana undertook campaigns such as the installation of 26 mobile police booths, also last year, mainly in colonies in the Eastern Zone such as Camino Verde and Mariano Matamoros, where the greatest number of crimes are presented, and others such as Francisco Villa y la Libertad, with the idea of ​​inhibiting criminals, according to ZETA informed the president of the Employers Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) in Tijuana, Gilberto Fimbres.
Each of these booths has a municipal police officer in charge and intelligence services such as cameras for monitoring, computers, radio communicators, telephone, information system, transportation, health services, among other things. In addition, they are interconnected with C2, that is, they act as "mini commanders" very close to the community and have an approximate cost of 200 thousand pesos each.
In addition, on Thursday, January 4, the business sector began the campaign " Denúncialos Tijuana ", which will be screened throughout this year with the gradual installation of 33 spectacular in different parts of the city, in which the faces of the people who have committed more than five crimes to businesses and have arrest warrants.
Mario Escobedo Carignan, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Canaco-Servytur), explained that it is about inhibiting criminals and involves citizen participation with their complaints, in order to regain confidence in the authorities because they as businessmen they will be vigilant that everything is carried out anonymously and the complaints reach the corresponding instance in order to punish the offender.
According to the head of Canaco Tijuana, they have identified around 130 alleged criminals throughout the city, therefore, they will be sharing the faces of the "delinquents" according to the areas where they usually commit their crimes.
As for the neighborhood safety committees, there is a police officer assigned to each of the 60 that make up this program."


Courtesy Frontera

Meanwhile, this mornings headines from Frontera - in twenty days, there have been more than 100 homicides in Tijuana:

Registra TIJ Mas de 100 Asesinatos en 20 Dias
Por, Luis Gerardo Andrade

Luis Gerardo Andrade puts the number more like 106, but that was early this morning.  We'll see how it goes.

You can watch the police reports as they come in:



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I have more reports, will try to get back here asap, with Paris permitting of course.