Showing posts with label Lorena Lamas. Show all posts
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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:


Frontera Policiaca|twitter

 - 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

end edit.


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.