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...by Tony Colleraine .... contact

 

 

Wednesday 3 November

A reward of $1000 dollars is being offered for information leading to the recovery of a red Ploaris Razor that was stolen yesterday from Av. Golfo de California, in a small campo near Ruebens.:

 

Barbara Glover, an old friend of the Sullivan family writes:

There is a memorial service planned for Marian Sullivan on November 6th in Hawaii. Her love of San Felipe is strong…she is having part of her ashes scattered in your community. I’m writing to ask a favor. If you have pictures, stories, anything that you can share with me, my intent is to put together a memory book for the family. I also was a part of the Sullivan family excursions to San Felipe and was intending on sending Shelley some stories to tell at the memorial, so any anecdotes (especially funny ones) would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help.

Anyone with pictures or stories to share can email them to me (Tony .. address at top of page) and I will forward them to Barbara.

Saturday 30 October

 

It is with great sadness that I learned that Marian Sullivan, for many years a resident of Las Palmas, died on 26 October in Hawaii after a lengthy battle with cancer. Many of our long-time residents will remember Marian and her gracious ways.

I send my deep condolences to her son Steve, the owner of The Peoples Gallery in San Felipe, and his wife Linda.

 

Perhaps I spoke too hastily about the lull in police problems. Here is a letter from a Pete's camp resident about the policeman wearing teeth braces:

"We were pulled over on Tuesday, Oct. 26h at 11:10am just a few miles south of the east border. Stan was beckoned to step to the rear of our car and was shown a radar gun indicating 73 kmph. We were not speeding just keeping up with the traffic flow. I got out determined to get badge #, ID,and license. The plate was hidden, and I was not allowed to get near enough to read his badge nor to check the vehicle for other info. I was furious and was told to get back in the car immediately. The cop mentioned my anger and Stan told him we had read about him targeting Americans with phony charges. The policeman said it must have been other cops and Stan said no, it was you identified by the braces on your teeth. Stan then went on to say that we had lived in San Felipe for 18 years, obeyed the laws, and had never been stopped or given a ticket. The policeman then backpedaled and just gave him a warning and said we would both go to jail the next time. We do not have a cell phone and had failed to get a copy of the letter you provided. We will definitely carry one with us in the future."

The Secretary General of the State of Baja California has confirmed that Baja will change the clocks back to Pacific Standard Time at 2 a.m. on Sunday 7th November - the same as California. Meanwhile, the rest of Mexico will go back to Standard Time tomorrow, 31 October. The delay for Baja is to keep business interests in sync with their key customer base in the USA and to promote energy savings. Hence, if you telephone Mexico City next week, the time there will be only one hour ahead of San Felipe. After 7th November, the time in Mexico City will be 2 hours ahead.

The Day of the Dead is coming up on Tuesday 2nd. November. (In the Catholic Calendar, we have All Saints on 1st. November and All Souls on 2nd. November). There will be lots of parades to the local cemetries. Traditionally, many schools and businesses would take this day as a holiday. This year, however, schools will take Monday off instead to make a 3 day weekend. This is a very happy occasion and many people will dress up for the occasion - much as we have Halloween parties in the USA. Special bread, pan de muerto, is baked for this occasion and you might try to get a loaf or two at one of our local bakeries in San Felipe.

For background information on the celebration, see here ..>>

 

 

Wednesday 27 October

There has been a lull in police problems in Mexicali. Possibly something is happening.

Recent terrible violence in Tijuana, just when everyone thought things were getting back to normal, has cast a pall over the entire state of Baja. Full damage control is underway in the media in Southern California (our most important customer base). Unfortunately, nobody is paying any attention as we come up to the November mid-term elections.

San Felipe is counting on getting a good crowd here for the Shrimp Festival 10 days from now. It is really important for our little town to show that it still has the power to attract the weekend tourist for a big event, and to lay the groundwork for the Baja 1000. If you have any friends, family, business associates.... now is a very good time to invite them to come to the Shrimp Festival and have a really good time for not-too-much money. Remember..... there are no visa or permit problems in coming to San Felipe, but they must have a passport to get back into the United States.

The Paris-based OECD has released the results of a study which shows that Mexico needs to significantly raise its property taxes from 0.2% of GDP to 2.0% of GDP. Despite an increase in state government tax revenues since 2007, the local (city and municipal) authorities have not turned to property taxes as a source of additional income, and thus are wasting an opportunity that would enable them to offer better services, according to official data. The report has not passed unnoticed in Mexico and there is general recognition that, if the country is to move into the age of technology, much more needs to be spent in education of people at every level and in providing new infrastructure. Property taxes look like the best way to achieve such substantial investments as the wealthiest people will pay the most. As an example, typical property taxes paid on a house in San Felipe may in the region of $200/year. The taxes on a similar coastal property in the United States would be several (many?) times that in order to provide the infrastructure and services that citizens demand. Bottom line ? Expect a slow but relentless increase in taxes.

 

Wednesday 20 October

Light rain is occurring around San Felipe this afternoon- currently around a quarter inch/hour. The low pressure cell is currently over the Laguna Salada and is moving slowly towards Yuma.

Robert Ledon has sent the following news about a new ambulance for San Felipe and the need for community support. His email and phone number for further information is below. Many people will know Roberto as the owner of Campo Playas del Sol just north of the Arches.

TEXT sent by Ledon for the International Community:

On September 30th as a result of the initiative by Eli Topete Robles current Congressman for Mexicali's VI District and Mexicali's new elected Mayor; San Felipe was donated with a Ford 2003 diesel Ambulance fully equiped for intensive care to service all members of the community and its visitors for Free.
Such donation was received from Congressman Joel Ayala Almeida which also gave his word for assigning specialized and professional personel to cover the paramedic and driver positions in the Ambulance.

There is an open invitation to the community to create a support group that could help this effort by donating resources to cover gas, maintenance, and medical suplies expenses; with the purpose of maintaining the "Free Community Service status" for all. The intention is for the support group to take care of donations and to make a follow up of the resources.

Donations can be made either as medical suplies, gas money or volunteer work.

For further information, please contact Roberto Ledon : playasdelsol[at]live.com.mx / Cell phone: (686) 123 6452

 

Doug Magee at Gonzaga sent me the following opinion article from the Imperial Valley News (El Centro) that appeared this morning:

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Our View: Border is safer for real reasons
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BY IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF WRITER

October 20 2010, 1:14 AM PDT

There's always been the general knowledge and overwhelming feeling that the Mexicali region is a world apart from the lawlessness and extreme violence many Mexican border communities have been experiencing during the past two-plus years.

As drug lords and their armies of couriers and enforcers assassinate each other and the innocent in the streets, Mexico has amassed a body count to rival many years-long wars. Not so in Mexicali.
As one of the only communities so truly tied to its Mexican counterpart, Imperial County residents knew this to be true through our shared relationships, business and familial, recreational and official.
Like we said, we knew all of this, but it was important to find out why and really do some deep reporting with our counterparts to the south at Mexicali’s daily newspaper, La Cronica.
The result, we think, shined a very bright light on the reasons the Mexicali and Imperial Valley shared region is among the safest along the U.S.-Mexico border. If you missed it, the series of stories ran Sunday and Tuesday.
To take a very complicated issue and boil it down to a few sentences, the stability and safety along the border region is due to a few factors, the primary one being that Mexicali is basically ruled by one drug cartel, so there are no warring factions killing for territory and drug routes. Secondary reasons include the high level of homeowners and educated residents in Mexicali, so those factors contribute to the fact that fewer people have to resort to crime to make ends meet.
But one thing we found reassuring in all of this is the tightly knit relationships between law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border, especially seeing the outreach that stems from the Calexico Police Department.
It’s true, we are safer here by default and by factors outside our local control. But it’s nice to know that local agencies like Calexico P.D. and customs officials and Border Patrol are doing what they need to do to ensure it stays that way and that Imperial County residents can sleep soundly at night.

Full text of the article ..>>

 

 

Tuesday 19 October

Stormy weather is hitting Southern California and Northern Baja. Rain clouds are heading east from the Pacific coast and this big low-pressure system is affecting the climate down as far as Gurrero Negro. It is quite likely that there will be rain showers on the Mexicali road this afternoon through tomorrow morning, and even in San Felipe we could get some rain. The cloud circulation and the current radar picture are ahown below (1 p.m.)

I continue to get letters regarding visitor stops by rogue policemen in Mexicali. I want to assure our readers that Mexicali authorities are now aware of the situation and are working on the problem. One thing that is clear is that we need specific information that clearly identifies the officers involved in these shakedowns. Only with positive identification can the rogue policemen be brought to justice.

If you are stopped, please write down the badge number and the name of the officer and also the license plate number of his car. It is perfectly legal to insist that the officer correctly identifies himself. Show him the "El Dorado Letter". That, by itself has resulted in many people being told that this stop is "just a warning". It establishes that you understand the law that you have a right to go to the police station. Do not be intimidated if he says he is going to arrest you and put handcuffs on you or place drugs in your vehicle. These are just signs that he is getting desperate. If a passenger is in the vehicle with you, assign that person to get the information and also to take a photo if you have a camera or your mobile phone takes pictures.

A press campaign has now started in Mexicali " si te la hacen de tos llama al 072" which translated means "if you have a problem call 072" this is an emergency (toll-free) number for the sindicatura which is the department in charge of supervising the behavior of public employees. The passenger should call this number if your cellphone has switched to the Mexican system. The police are savvy about this and try to make the stop very close to the border before American cellphones have switched to Telcel. In any event, do not pay mordida. Insist on going to the police station even if the policeman says you have violated the law. The passenger should call 072 on the way. It is illegal for the officer to ask for or to accept money on the street. That alone is proof that this is a mordida attempt and for the officer to be disciplined or fired.

After your passenger has called 072, feel free to also call 078 (also a free call) and file a separate complaint with the state tourism office. The more details you can provide, the better. Note that the driver must not use a cellphone while driving as that is a violation of the traffic laws - that is why it is best to have the passenger call.

Paul Wilson writes to remind us that the Baja 1000 is approaching:


Many SF residents go to Ensanada to see tech inspection and look at the racers up close on Nov 17 The actual race starts at 6AM on Nov 18 and finishes up in La Paz on Nov 20
Thre race will pass SF in the afternoon on the 18th (if my guess is correct) The route uses the traditional route from Zoo road (Saltito) past the dump and the arches ......south to old Puorticitos road then jumps on the new highway on the way to Coco's and further south. http://www.score-international.com/ (see my abstract of directions below)

The other two races the SF people like to watch is the Baja 500 in June. That course only gets as far as Borego.

The San Felipe 250 is the other big race event held the 2nd or 3rd week of March. No details on that one yet

Here are the Baja 1000 course directions from the score-international site for the road from San Mattias to south of Puertecitos:

LEFT OFF HWY 3 @ KM 142 / VILLAGE OF SAN MATIAS 23.77 130.49
X END OF SPEED ZONE 3 X X
26 CROSS HWY 3 @ KM 151 / CONTINUE IN SAN MATIAS WASH 5.96 136.45
27 LEFT AT Y OUT OF SAN MATIAS WASH 1.01 137.46
X CLIMB UP SHORT HILL AND RUN PARALLEL TO HWY 3 X X
X STAY OFF HIGHWAY X X
28 RIGHT ONTO VILLA DEL SOL GRADED ROAD 6.62 144.08
ACCESS NEAR KM 163 / HIGHWAY SIGN SAYS - "COL SAN MARTIR" X X
29 LEFT OFF GRADED ROAD ONTO STEEL POWERLINE ROAD 1.72 145.80
30 RIGHT OFF STEEL POWERLINE ROAD 1.92 147.72
X JUST PAST POWER STATION AT FOUR WAY INTERSECTION X X
VCP 7 VCP 7 -------------------- VCP 7 X X
31 CROSS VILLA DEL SOL ROAD AND DROP ONTO DRY LAKE 2.84 150.56
CKECK 2 CHECKPOINT 2 ---------- CHECKPOINT 2 X X
32 CATTLE GUARD WITH STONE PILLARS 14.75 165.31
33 STAY STRAIGHT AT MORELIA JUNCTION AND JOIN GRADED ROAD 6.94 172.25
34 RIGHT AT JUNCTION OF MORELIA ROAD AND ZOO ROAD 7.94 180.19
35 RIGHT OFF DUMP ROAD BEFORE SAN FELIPE ARCHES 7.37 187.56
ACCESS STRAIGHT IS ACCESS TO HWY 5 @ KM 189 X X
36 RIGHT ONTO OLD PUERTECITOS DIRT ROAD 7.99 195.55
37 STAY STRAIGHT ON OLD PUERTECITOS DIRT ROAD 16.42 211.97
ACCESS LEFT IS ACCESS TO HWY 5 @ KM 32 X X
38 RIGHT ONTO HWY 5 @ KM 52 13.75 225.72
CHECK 3 CHECKPOINT 3 ---------- CHECKPOINT 3 X X
SZ 4 SPEED ZONE 4 ********** SPEED ZONE 4 X X
X 60 MPH SPEED CONTROLLED ZONE FOR 32.21 MILES X X
39 VILLAGE OF PUERTECITOS 14.03 239.75
SZ 4 SPEED ZONE 4 CONTINUES X X
40 EXIT HWY 5 AT END OF COMPLETED PAVEMENT 18.18 257.93
X HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION IS ONGOING, BUT EXIT WILL NOT CHANGE X X
X THIS IS THE OFFICIAL EXIT REGARDLESS OF FUTURE NEW PAVEMENT X X
X END OF SPEED ZONE 4 X X
41 STAY STRAIGHT / END OF HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT 6.67 264.60
42 MILITARY CHECKPOINT 19.42 284.02

Friday 15 October

Bob Miller has released an update to his review of the Buen Pastor Hospital that changes the telephone contact information. See the original (revised) article under last month's September 6th entry, or download the pdf file of the review here...>>

I have a lot of enquiries about whether there is a vehicle escort system to bring a caravan of vehicles from the border at Calexico down to San Felipe. I recall that El Dorado Ranch used to run such a service every Wednesday to escort visitors and potential buyers, but I have not heard of it operating for some time now. If anyone knows of similar services, I would like you to let me know.

I mentioned that a group of tourists was kidnapped recently in Acapulco. Now the picture of tourism in that once-popular city appears to have collapsed. According to their local Chamber of Commerce, even on weekends the hotel occupancy does not exceed 15% and over the past year more than 50% of the businesses in the coastal zone have closed. Back in 2006, Acapulco was listed as one of the top ten most-visited cities in the world.

This morning I received yet another very disturbing email from a Bahia Santa Maria resident. I quote it in its entirity because I believe it makes several major points on being alert when driving through Mexicali, watching your speed, not having any open alcohol containers or unrestrained dogs in the vehicle. It also seems to indicate that visitors coming into Mexicali via the East (new) crossing are particularly vulnerable to an officer wearing dental braces:

It would appear that the Mexicali Police have decided to increase their fund raising, with enhanced stops and seemingly inflated "Radar Readings". Friends were stopped, (first time in years), on the 24th [September], near the left turn by the roundabout (Cristobal Colon & Manual Gomez Marin and told they had been going 78 kph, and what an "expensive ticket" that was. Then they were offered the opportunity to either pay at the police station, or "Pay Now". No citation was issued, the officer simply requested that they deposit their money in his ticket book. He accepted over $200, after threatening to arrest them on the spot, claiming he saw an empty beer can in their vehicle.

In my case I was pulled over on the 6th again about noon, just after going under the first underpass on Manual Gomez Marin. As I had been warned I was especially cautious to keep my speed in check. Never the less, the officer pulled me over and showed me a Radar Reading that said I had been going 82 kph, while I know I never went over 50 kph. He said this was a very serious offense, however he never wrote any information in his ticket book, instead said, "Do you want to go to the Police Station, or you can pay now?" He said the fine was $100, and when I said in Pesos? he simply smiled and said "No in dollars". He requested that I open the rear door on my minivan and said, "Put your money here inside the door and then go back into your car. I placed $50 where indicated, returned to the drivers seat, while he picked up the money, left my license, and closed the door, and waved me on my way.

Other friends, again having been warned were driving under the speed limit, (getting passed by everyone else), and were still pulled over on Cristobol Colon, between the East Gate & Manual Gomez Marin on Tuesday October 12th about 1:30 PM. They were pulled over for having an unrestrained dog in the car, and clocked on radar at 28 kph. Again offered to "Pay Now" they declined and requested to go the to Police Station. The officer directed them and said he would follow them keeping their driver's license. After several blocks he instead pulled them over again, issued them a ticket, returned their driver's license and sent them on their way, apparently not wanting to lose time away from his profitable post.

In my case I failed to note the name or badge number of the officer, but will certainly be forewarned if this occurs in the future, although it appeared that each of us were pulled over by the officer wearing braces. Thank you for your informative coverage on this problem.

It would seem that this is a new tactic for the Mexicali Police to hassle tourists and increase their income in tight financial times. I would urge everyone driving through Mexicali to be especially careful of their speed and to obey all traffic signals and speed limits. I have been driving to Baja for over 40 years, and was certainly surprised by this new form of harassment that had seemingly been long since discontinued.

 

Wednesday 13 October

After the moderate activity of the Columbus Day holiday, San Felipe is back to tranquility. Note that there are groups searching for rooms to rent during the upcoming Baja 1000 races (16-20 November). The field is already open for pre-running from San Felipe to La Paz and participants are finding the weather is very conducive to desert camping, which reduces their expenses significantly. Expect daytime highs in the 80's with nights in the 60's away from the coast.

More reports are coming in of cars being stopped by the police in Mexicali. It is evident that the majority of our visitors (and American residents) do not like dealing with these situations and would prefer to hand over a little money (like $20) to avoid a confrontation with a uniformed officer carrying a gun. Now, however, the "little" money has escalated to the "significant" money category. In these tough economic times $200 can be a month's groceries.

I will update the situation and try to suggest some action plan soon. In the meantime, stay alert while driving in Mexicali; if there are two of you in the car, make it the duty of the passenger to get the badge, the description of the police officer and the license plate number of his car. (As an example there have been two incidents involving a young officer with braces on his teeth near the new border crossing.) Do not hand over your drivers license to him until it is clear to him that you have got his name and could identify him later. Ask to see his identification if he has removed his badge. While there are many small police stations around the city center, it may pay to insist on driving to the Police Headquarters on the southeast corner of the junction of Calz. Hector Teran Teran and Calz. Anahuac to deal with the matter. It is only 2.6 miles off the San Felipe road where Costco and the new underpass is located. Driving off on the maze of sidestreets in Mexicali to get to the local station is not recommended. The map is here and if you click on it you can download a pdf.

If you have had a bad encounter with a policeman recently, please do not hesitate to write and tell me. I would also like to know if people coming to San Felipe via Los Algodones or San Luis are experiencing any harrassment.

There has been disconcerting news from Tijuana on new killings and beheadings in the cartel wars. This comes after what has been a quiet summer without violence. The city is also midway through its "Innovadora" conference to showcase the arts and sciences of the region. President Calderon was there for the opening day last Thursday and it seemed that everything was going splendidly. Now we are back to a period of uncertainty. ..>>

On a separate issue, the government in Mexico City has approved a tough new anti-kidnapping law that will provide 70 years in prison for kidnappers who kill their victims. Mexico does not have the death penalty for any crimes. The new law also provides that penalties be increased twenty-five to fifty years in prison if the kidnappers were police, military or posing as such. Similar additional penalties would apply if the victim is tortured or raped. Currently available statistics indicate that kidnappings in the Mexical area are very rare (2 in the calendar year 2009 and 2 year-to-date) but most such crimes are not reported to the authorities because families generally try to handle these matters themselves. In other parts of Mexico, however, the problem has become epedemic; last week 20 tourists were reported kidnapped in Acapulco.

While it may seem like cold comfort to know that such laws are being enacted, every means possible to fight the organized crime gangs is needed by the government. As the battles with the cartels to reduce the flow of drugs north continue, these organizations are turning to other activities to fund their operations. Tapping into PEMEX pipelines to steal oil was an easy initial foray; now kidnapping and internet/credit card fraud is on the rise.

Saturday 9 October

I have been swamped by the enquiries on possible police harrassment in Mexicali and on what to do when stopped for a traffic violation. First of all, legitimate traffic fines are generally under $50 usd. In many cases, I have seen flustered Americans pay a bill that is denominated in Pesos by using dollars and the "merchant" has not batted an eyelid to correct the mistake. I have seen this in gas stations and in restaurants. The traffic fines are determined by the municipality but here is a table of typical traffic fines. Click on the graphic for the original link.

Second; Ken Reinstadler, the El Dorado Ranch S.A.F.E. program coordinator, suggests the following:

"The complaint phone numbers for the Sindicatua process to report police abuse is (686) 558-1224 OR one can dial 066 from any cell phone. HOWEVER, you need to have a Spanish speaking person nearby, since the people on the other end only speak Spanish.

ALSO, if you are solicited to pay an officer, please write down his name, badge number and the number on his vehicle (not 066, which is the police telephone number). Note the date, time and location as well.
I have received a few stories recently where the officer has no badge on, or name plate, so if one gets stopped and the officer is not wearing a badge, be ready.
I am NOT saying all the police are corrupt, but there seems to be a few that are. Never argue with an Officer, after all he is the authority figure and you are a guest in another country. However you can refuse to pay the officer the fine in the street, and insist on going to the station to do so to obtain a receipt. This has gotten more than one person released without any further action. Don't be afraid, be informed. "

It does not seem that El Dorado Ranch residents are especially targeted for police action as I have now had complaints from people in other campos as well. However, American plates and a look of affluence are probably a tempting sign to any corrupt official wanting to make a quick sting.

(Note that if you do not speak Spanish, you can at least try calling 078 and speak to the tourism bureau. Also be aware that if you are stopped within a few blocks of the border, say as far south as Plaza Cachanilla, your phone may still be on the US system. In that case you need to dial 011-52-686-558-1224 for the police or 011-52- 686- 566-1277 for the tourist office. Although the police department people speak Spanish, there is almost always someone on duty who can speak English!)

Thursday 7 October

Health Digital Systems reported that there is a significant increase in US customers coming to Mexico for health treatments - a branch of tourism now known as "medical tourism". In the period between January and September 2010, 44512 foreigners checked into Mexican hospitals (25% more than the same period in 2009) and each spent an average of $13,000 USD per week, for a total of $650 million. It is expected that by 2012, this sector of the economy will generate $1.2 billion dollars in revenue. Most of the medical tourists are from the USA and Canada and come for dental, weight-loss and plastic surgery in addition to regular checkups. A troublesome point is that only 2% of the hospitals and clinics in Mexico have received certification via the Joint Commission for International Accreditation Standards for Hospitals. The Mexican federal health department is working on new certifications that can be issued to institutions, particularly in the border region. This might enable US insurance plans to pay for treatment of their patients in Mexico. Overall, some 300,000 US Citizens travel abroad for medical care each year.

At the same time, "pharmeceutical tourism" appears to be taking a big hit as drug stores are now required to ask for a prescription from a Mexican doctor before selling antibiotics and other restricted medications to casual visitors.

Wednesday 6 October

Correspondence just issued by the El Dorado SAFE (Safety Assured For Everyone) organization indicates that there are shakedowns occurring on motorists coming through Mexicali. I have not personally heard of complaints from other correspondents in the last couple of months, but I believe we should take the information from the El Dorado sources seriously.

The text of the warning is presented verbatim below:

This is from the director of S.A.F.E.

I am receiving word that many people continue to be stopped for minor violations in Mexicali by Police that ask for $100, and even threaten to arrest traffic violators if they do not pay THEM the "fine". This continues to be a big problem for all of us living in San Felipe. I am re-sending all of you the NOTICE TO MEXICAN POLICE OFFICERS. Keep a copy of this in all your vehicles and do not hesitate to give it to any officers stopping you. Lately the Mexicali cops are removing their badges and name plates and for all I know even covering their vehicle numbers. One man I spoke to, who the cop wore down, finally told him he would give him cash. The cop told him to put the money in a folder in the seat of his car. In that folder the San Felipe resident saw a LOT of cash. I personally saw three police vehicles pull over three California plated vehicles beyond the border entrance ten days ago. One cop followed me for miles. I guess us gringos are the worst drivers! Right... we are just meat and some of the cops are sharks. This disgusts me.

I am asking for any information about this practice, so I can provide story after story to Pat Butler, to ask him again attempt to address this problem. Pat arranged a meeting a couple of months ago with the Mexicali Commandante, but as I suspected it only took a short time for things to go right back to normal. Send me those stories, and include as much information as you can about the day, time, officer description, etc. Thanks, Ken

 

The SAFE organization suggests that everyone at El Dorado Ranch carry the following letter in their vehicle:


 

Friday 1 October 2010

Rain showers this morning! Nothing serious but a sign that we are not immune from the bad weather that has been hitting the border region and San Diego county for the past two days. Meanwhile, in Mexicali, there has been a downpour that has caused flooding of some streets. The good thing about this is that it should break the back of the heat/humidity-wave we have been experiencing this past week. Now, hopefully, fall is on the way and our Snowbirds will be packing their vans and heading south.

 

previous months news - September 2010 - Mexicana airlines, restrictions on dollars, medical services in San Felipe, bicentennial celebrations, more earthquakes, opening of the shrimp season, completion of roadwork in earthquake zone, Baja 1000 route through San Felipe

 


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