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Tijuana Mayor Touts Tijuana as a Safe Tourist Destination


Aired 4/19/09

Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon was in San Diego Monday to say Tijuana is safe for visitors. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

A few weeks ago news of kidnappings, murders, and wild shoot-em-ups dominated the headlines south of the border. Everyday, authorities discovered tortured bodies. The assistant police chief was murdered. Three diners, including a San Diego woman, were shot to death when gunmen fired into a restaurant.

That violence and other incidents prompted the U.S. State Department to urge travelers to exercise extreme caution when visiting border cities, including Tijuana. Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon says the media picks up on high impact crimes and that’s a misperception.

Hank: We have a lot of gossip about insecurity. We don’t have any paper substantiating insecurity in Tijuana. It is as safe as San Diego for any visitor.

Hank says organized crime groups linked to the high profile crimes, don’t target tourists. Also, he says an additional 120 federal police have arrived in Tijuana. And he says the Municipal Police is seeing some success.

At one point, the San Diego Association of Governments said employees could not travel to Tijuana for business until things settled down. San Diego Association of Government Executive Director Gary Gallegos says he is not banning all SANDAG travel to Tijuana. But he is reviewing each request.

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Sandy | March 26, 2012 at 6:56 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Dr. Daniel Cerrillo Lara, Doctor Daniel Lara Cerrillo,Medical Negligence, Medical MalpracticeI , Negligencia Medica Tijuana. I took my child to Tijuana to have orthodontic treatment. Dr. Daniel Cerrillo Lara of Tijuana Reg. I.M.S.S. A08-79850-10-3 address 10489 - 306 German Gedovius Zona Rio CP 22320 destroyed my childs teeth. My child lost 8 teeth to this man and now needs implants to replace teeth. 16 teeth were damaged with root absorption from orthodontic treatment. Front Teeth 7,8,9 and 10 need implants for replacement. I dont recommend anyone take there child to this orthodontic dentist in Tijuana. It was not worth the cost to my family. There is no medical malpractice insurance for doctors. There is no way to find out complaints against doctors. There are over 800 complaints of Medical Negligence as of 2011. Tijuana's Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado de Baja California ( PGJE) needs to investigate and get rid of bad doctors. That would reduce the cases of medical negligence in Tijuana and make a safer community of honest Dental Practices. There is no transparency and it is a great risk as my family found out. Americans are safer getting work done in America, at least you know you have options if Medical Negligence is ever involved..

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JeanMarc | March 26, 2012 at 11:49 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Safe? Is this some kind of joke...

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CaliforniaDefender | March 26, 2012 at 1:26 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

When the Mayor of Tijuana says insecurity is just "gossip" and his city is just as safe as San Diego, it makes him look ridiculous. Or he simply wants to attract dumb American tourists with a false sense of security and couldn't care less if they become victims of crime so long as they keep the margaritas flowing.

US Department of State Travel Warning for Mexico directly addresses the violence in Tijuana:

"Turf battles between criminal groups proliferated and resulted in numerous assassinations in areas of Tijuana frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured, have occurred during daylight hours throughout the city."

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Len | March 26, 2012 at 2:53 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

@Sandy. You have to know that the mayor was talking about physical security, not the quality if dental work. Your comments have been posted a number of times, attached to columns that had nothing to do with Tijuana medicine. We get it, you had a bad experience with a Tijuana dentist. I won't rake my child to Lara.

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