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Que Pasa In Baja?

State Employees “Seize” Kiko Vega’s House. About 250 state workers gathered in front of Baja’s former governor Kiko Vega and symbolically seized his residence.

The angry mob displayed gigantic signs that said: “seized, because of his debt to the state hospital system, pensions, medicine and even toilet paper”.

The unhappy protestors first marched to the offices of the state prosecutor, where they filed a lawsuit against him for the misuse of about $46 million USD that belonged to the state workers union.

“There are over 5,000 retirees who haven’t received their pensions,” said Jose Luis Parra, spokesman for the protestors.

Meanwhile, in social media, news of the ex-governors arrest in Mexico City’s airport as he supposedly tried to board a plane to Spain with over $2 million USD in cash, quickly went viral, but turned out to be a complete fabrication.

San Quintin Could Become Its Own Municipality. Baja California’s State Governor, Jaime Bonilla, asserted that as early as January, San Quintin could become independent from Ensenada. Bonilla said that this process had already been advanced and that previous work regarding this subject is just being resumed by his administration. Furthermore, he emphasized the full support from the state congress, and that Rep. Miriam Cano Núñez is working on the commission to attend to this matter, confirming that soon San Quintin will be determining its own destiny.

Also, during his visit to the southern area of Ensenada for the presentation of the concert “Baja California, Tierra que Sueña,” the song of the same name was performed, having been composed by Enrique González Medina especially for the occasion, the governor mentioned that the construction of the desalination plant that has been held up for some time now will be reviewed and continued in San Quintin. He said that water is not only important for agricultural productivity, but also for urban social development.

Foreigners In Baja react to the LeBaron family attacks. Many American citizens reacted to the LeBarón family massacre during interviews with Telemundo 20 about the violence in Mexico and whether or not this makes them want to return to their native countries from Mexico.

“It’s heartbreaking to see how people can hurt a 5-year-old boy,” said Ramón Salcedo of Indiana, who has lived in Tijuana for 3 three years.

Others said, “This level of violence is something that anyone can experience, regardless of their nationality; Mexicans, Americans, Hondurans, Haitians. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a safe environment. ”

However, despite the video where a car can be seen on fire, those interviewed say they do not want to return to North America. They recognize that violence is part of the sacrifice of living in Tijuana or elsewhere in Mexico.

Ensenada and Rosarito count up the damages done by recent fires. More than 21,000 acres were burned by the wildfires in various places around the Ensenada and Playas de Rosarito municipalities, affecting mostly bushland and scrubland zones.

According to the civil protection office, the southern part of Rosarito was the most heavily affected, primarily in Santa Anita, Alisitos, El Morro, Villas San Pedro and La Mision, where one person died, and livestock were lost due to the fires driven by strong Santa Ana winds.

Other affected areas in Rosarito were Morelos neighborhood, Lomas Altas I and II, El Aguajito, Huahuatay, and Constitución. The fires left a total of 41 burned houses in southern Rosarito and another 15 in the city. Meanwhile in Ensenada, a total of 53 houses were consumed by fire and unfortunately, two people died.

Uber Eats Delivers Goods. A group of voluntary Uber Eats drivers from Tijuana came to Rosarito to deliver much-needed goods to those affected by the recent fires.

At the same time these guys were helping out those in need, Uber drivers were being harassed by local authorities because they say, Uber is not allowed in Rosarito. One of these drivers was fined by no less than 6 police officers while his car was towed away.

Backup Arrives. 200 elements from the National Guard arrived last week to the Tijuana airport in order to help with intelligence and investigation matters in Baja.

Violence in Baja has been on the rise and this military presence represents an extra effort by the Federal government to achieve containment of the situation.

“They aren’t coming here to be on the streets, they are coming to do intelligence work, to help integrate cases correctly and stop violence in the state,” said Ruiz Hernandez, lead prosecutor for Baja California.

50 of those national guard elements are working exclusively on firearms traffic, independently of the agreements between Mexico and the US regarding this matter.

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