December 11, 2013
U.S. and Mexico officials joined together on Tuesday near Otay Mesa Road and SR 125 to wave orange flags and signal construction crews to begin work on a $700 million border infrastructure project. The goal of the new freeway, and eventually a new port of entry, is to cut border wait times and boost cross-border trade.
December 9, 2013
UT San Diego, 12/9/2013
Drones soon could help Tijuana authorities monitor traffic, evaluate accident scenes, detect landslides and control wildfires.
Mayor Jorge Astiazarán said this week that he’s preparing to buy several small, unmanned aircraft for the city, making Tijuana one of the first municipal governments in Mexico to use drones.
“The main idea is that they help with surveillance of the city,” Astiazarán said in an interview. “This won’t just be used for public safety, but to see how the city is growing, discover clandestine dumps … monitor any land movement in a remote area that has gone undetected.”
December 6, 2013
National Journal, 12/5/2013
International Atomic Energy Agency officials are considering developing legally binding rules aimed at securing radioactive materials like those stolen in Mexico this week, but nonproliferation advocates argue the effort is likely not enough to prevent incidents involving so-called “dirty bombs.”
The U.N. nuclear agency announced on Wednesday morning that thieves two days earlier had stolen a truck en route to Tijuana. The vehicle had been transporting cobalt-60, a radioactive substance commonly used in cancer treatments and at food-irradiation facilities. The stolen truck and the missing radioactive substances were recovered on Wednesday evening.
December 5, 2013
The New York Times, 12/4/2013
The theft of a truck carrying radioactive material, the kind used in hospitals but also potentially as a dirty bomb, unnerved Mexico and set off a two-day hunt before both the vehicle and its potentially lethal contents were found Wednesday at nightfall.
The truck had been transporting the material, cobalt 60, from an obsolete radiotherapy machine at a public hospital in Tijuana to a storage repository in central Mexico. It was in a sealed container on the bed of the truck when armed men hijacked it at a gas station on Monday.
December 4, 2013
Financial Times, 12/2/2013
It would be easy looking at the border between San Diego, in the US state of California, and Tijuana, in the Mexican state of Baja California, to conclude that the formidable fence was a barrier to all cross-border interactions. The fence and other defences against unauthorised border crossings have only grown since the September 11 2001 attacks on the United States sharply increased concerns about the US’s border security.
Yet it is a tribute to the power of the North American Free Trade Agreement that companies have continued in the years since 2001 to move goods freely across the heavily policed frontier.
December 4, 2013
BBC News, 12/4/2013
A truck carrying medical radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, the UN’s nuclear watchdog says.
Mexico told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the truck was carrying a “dangerous radioactive source” used for cancer treatments when it was stolen on Monday. Mexico’s Nuclear Security Commission said that at the time of the theft, the cobalt-60 teletherapy source was “properly shielded”. But the commission warned it could be “extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged”.
December 2, 2013
The Los Angeles Times, 11/29/2013
Faced with rising wages in China and high shipping costs, many businesses are finding manufacturing close to home more appealing. But despite its advantages, Mexico has problems.
November 27, 2013
San Diego Union Tribune, 11/26/2013
Video footage, anonymous leaflets, and eyewitness accounts on Tuesday offered some insights into last weekend’s incident that saw more than 100 people rush a heavily patrolled stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in broad daylight.
But the larger questions remained unanswered: Exactly who instigated the mass action on Sunday afternoon one quarter-mile west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry? And for what purpose?
November 27, 2013
The Los Angeles Times, 11/26/2013
More than 100 people pelted U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks and bottles during a rowdy confrontation Sunday afternoon along the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities said.
Nobody was seriously injured and it’s not clear whether the crowd was trying to enter the U.S. illegally or hold a demonstration, but the sight of a large crowd surging beyond the border rattled nerves.
November 25, 2013
The San Diego Union Tribune, 11/25/2013
The Mexico Business Center, an arm of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, is on a mission to promote trade between Mexico and San Diego by raising the region’s business profile and strengthening its competitiveness globally while working on improving relationships between Mexico and the United States.
The MBC was established in 2003. Affairs between the two nations have always been a priority for the chamber, and it wanted to advocate specifically on issues relating to cross-border trade and creating an efficient border.