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Border Construction Hampers Commerce

Above: Cars wait in line at the San Ysidro border crossing.

Aired 3/19/12 on KPBS News.

Motorists caught in traffic jams are not in the mood for shopping in San Ysidro.

San Ysidro is known as a shopping destination for residents on both sides of the border. Businesses usually benefit from their unique location between two countries, but ongoing construction is hurting sales.

The southern most on-ramp on I-5 has been closed while additional lanes and booths have been added to the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The closure has caused a detour which has turned San Ysidro Blvd. into a parking lot on most afternoons.

The city has gone from two to 26 office space vacancies since December, according to Jason Wells with the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce.

“We know we need the project overall, and in the long term, it’s good, but at the same time, I’ve got businesses that won’t be here three months from now", Wells said.

The on-ramp is expected to re-open in June.

The construction is part of a $557 million expansion project meant to reduce border wait times from two hours to about 30 minutes.

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Sandy | March 27, 2012 at 8:36 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Mi hijo fue dañado por un ortodoncista en Tijuana doctor Daniel Cerrillo Lara Reg. IMSS A08-79850-10-3 alemán Gedovius No.10489-306 Zona Río Tijuana .. Me tomó dos de mis hijos a este médico en el año 2005-2011 para el tratamiento de ortodoncia. Mis hijos tenían 15 años y mayores de 13 años al comienzo del tratamiento. Él dejó a mi hija con daños permanentes en los dientes superiores 6-11 Y 22-27 daño a los dientes de los dientes inferiores. Todos estos dientes están cayendo 7,8,9,10. Ahora mi hija necesita implantes para sustituir los dientes. Me informó que el doctor PGJE en Feb.10-2012 y la oficina envió a nuestra familia a CAME. El médico se reunirán en esta oficina en Feb.24-2012 a las 11:00 horas para explicar su negligencia médica. Necesito ayuda para decirle a la comunidad de Tijuana acerca de este médico y su negligencia médica grave

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Sandy | March 27, 2012 at 8:41 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I took my children 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. I dont recommend anyone take there child to this man or any 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 1800 complaints of Medical Negligence as of 2011 mostly against the dental community. 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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Sandy | June 28, 2012 at 10:54 a.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

President Calderon’s medical services provided to its people has no oversight. Doctors have no regulation and oversight. If your damaged by a doctor for medical malpractice they send you to arbitration for a solution. There are thousands of cases of malpractice or even deaths of mexican citizens. He should publish the medical malpractice cases and then see if more Americans would cross the border for care if they new the truth. There is no way of knowing if the doctor is a good or bad doctor because no agency regulate them? Its Russian Roulette when you have dental or medical care done in Mexico or Tijuana. Now they want Medicare to cover expenses, I think not. Americans should be aware if anything goes wrong what legal services are in Mexico. They encourage arbitration and settlement to repair damages, that’s if the doctor shows up at the (CAME) for explanation. They will send you back to the same person who damaged you. If no settlement is reached you have to go to the Justicia Alternativa Penal to file another averiguacion por el delito de Resonsabilidad Medica y Tecnica. My child was damaged by an orthodontist in Tijuana, Dr. Daniel Cerrillo Lara Reg. IMSS A08-79850-10-3 alemán Gedovius No.10489-306 Zona Río Tijuana. My child now needs implants to replace 4 front teeth and 4 lower teeth need to be splinted. My child my also loose these teeth in the future. I know first hand what happens in Tijuana Mexico. I dont recommend anyone go there for medical or dental care. It is a risk not worth taking at any cheap price they quote you Mexico.

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