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Despite Warnings, Border Waits Not Longer Than Usual

I just crossed today at Otay around 12:00. There were four officers checking the pedestrian lanes. That's actually one more than ususal. But I heard last week was awful.

March 11, 2013 at 2:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Smoking And Guns At The Del Mar Fairground

I wish I was smart enough to be a gun and ammo merchant a few years ago. This is like real estate in the 90's. Can there be such a thing as an ammo bubble?

March 11, 2013 at 12:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What Happens If You Don't Cooperate At Inland Check Points?

Gravity Boy. How old are you? Because I remember a time, oh twelve years ago or so, that every mom and apple pie loving conservative was in favor of these screenings at the airport AND of listening in on your telephone conversations. All I heard was "..well if you have nothing to hide, then you don't have anything to worry about..." When I complained about these issues to co-workers, I was told I should be taken to an island off shore and shot as a traitor.

Forgive me if I find people like Terry a big fat hypocrite. I hope his butt gets thrown in jail so he has some time to think about all his probable contradictory beliefs.

March 8, 2013 at 2:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Plight of the Historic California Theatre

"One thing we know for sure, San Diego does NOT need a historically protected pile of rubble." - an unfortunate use of language. We want to prevent the rubble. I looked at this building almost 15 years ago with a cadre of successful theatre poeple ready to invest in it's restoration and possible use as an arts academy. We decided back then that along with government hostility towards the arts (Karen Finley), and the condition of the facilities, we just couldn't find the money to get it going and took a pass. IT WAS $1.5 MILLION BACK THEN. How in the heck can anyone with half a brain ask $10 Million for this place? I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I would love to see a performing arts academy there. Just cause a group of do-gooders couldn't do it 15 years ago, doesn't mean qualified people today couldn't make a go of it. Irwin Jacobs, this is where San Diego needs you! Bring in a performing arts academy!

March 6, 2013 at 10:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Is Tijuana The New Tech Mecca?

JM: Absolutely, you can't imagine how often we use net-meeting. I just remembered, we have a design team that comes here from TJ every day. Can you imagine crossing the border every day? Lots of people do it who are stronger than I.

CD: I'm sure some of those maquiladoras are sweat shops. I don't see it as black and white though. If outsourcing is going to be done, if we are going to move jobs out of our borders, I believe that Mexico is the right place. We, the US, will benefit immensly from a solid middle class in Mexico. This isn't going to solve all the problems, but it provides my co-workers a great wage compared to thier neighbors. They can buy houses in Playas and vacation in Jalisco. This is a big deal for them. Ask them if they feel taken advantage of... Of course my socialist friends in Mexico City don't like it, but they don't like anything. (I am clearly not a socialist)

March 5, 2013 at 8:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Is Tijuana The New Tech Mecca?

JeanMarc. I agree with you wholeheartedly. But to specifically answer your question, many people can and do. I travel to TJ about once every two weeks, sometimes more often if the project dictates it. (In fact I'm going down next Monday) By the volume of "Americans" I see at the MX Customs Office buying work visas, quite a number of others do as well. I'm talking about a hundred every time I'm there buying my own.

Now I have a Sentri, so I zoom over on the way back to the company van. But sometimes I have to wait for co-workers and they take upwards of 45min to 90min to cross. This is a hinderance to cross border commerce.

I don't know what the answer is, every time you think you come up with something good, there's a hidden thorney issue just inside. But I can tell you that both sides of the border are making money off each other now. It could be a lot more in my opinion. The real business people that I work and cross with take precautions for safety, but they are not deterred by the percieved crime, although it has diminished drastically (I think, you can never tell with reporting these days).

I can't help but feel like this is something good and it's about to happen. We need to just hope no-one ends up headless and tied to an overpass in the future. That IS bad for business. (and families, and human rights....)

March 4, 2013 at 1:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Is Tijuana The New Tech Mecca?

It seems to have buzzed by everyone that this could mean a benefit to our region as a whole, especially if the technology is complimentary to our needs (and visa versa).

Does all anyone around here have when it comes to cross border development is paranoid quips and sarcastic comments? As a business owner I see this as growing boon, and frankly anyone who supports free market principles should see this as a market opportunity.

The visionaries will leave you in the dust...

March 4, 2013 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Group Aims To Restore Civililty To San Diego's Civic Dialogue

DISS'N ACCOMPLISHED, I had to look up Jeanne Kirkpatrick. Fascinating bio, can almost remember this stuff going on but too young to care. I can see the seeds of many current day positions sowed in her doctrine.

What I tried to impart in my previous comment was not regarding free speech. It may be a stretch, but isn't silencing discussion a form censorship? (That includes shouting people down.) I just think an institution that is trying to be relevant today in the advocating of civil discussion, should allow discussion to happen. Civil of course.

February 20, 2013 at 1:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gay Couples Push For Inclusion In Immigration Reform Bill

A couple of friends of mine moved to Philly from Guadalajara. They are a gay couple that married in Mexico City. Only one was recruited for a high tech position so he had a H-1B visa, the other was allowed here becasue he is a spouse, and is here on a spouse visa. So it seems like our laws DO respect marriage in whatever form if it is legal in another country. Maybe the solution is to stick with repeal of DOMA, and everything else should just fall into place. (oversimplifying yes, but not entirely)

Gosh I would really hate to see meaningful reform derailed due to social issues that may be taken care of in other ways. It would quickly bring the ire of a HUGE population down on them if it ruined it for immigrants.

February 20, 2013 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Several Dead In Southern California Shooting Spree

benz, do you think citizens should be as well armed as police? should police be better armed? or should citizens be better armed?

February 20, 2013 at 7:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )