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New Baja California Governor Promises To Stop Cross-Border Sewage

Sewage flows through canal from Mexico near San Ysidro, March 28, 2019.
Matt Hoffman
Sewage flows through canal from Mexico near San Ysidro, March 28, 2019.
Jaime Bonilla was sworn into office Friday as governor of Baja California. He's a part of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's Morena party. And his election marks the first time in 30 years that the PAN party hasn't held power in Baja.

Baja California has a new governor.

Jaime Bonilla was sworn into office Friday as governor of California’s neighboring Mexican state. As a member of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's Morena party, his election marks the first time in 30 years that the PAN party hasn't held power in Baja.

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In his first major speech since taking office, Governor Bonilla promised to address poverty, public safety issues and end cross-border sewage flows within six months. Bonilla, a dual U.S.-Mexico citizen, formerly served as an elected member of the Otay Water District in Chula Vista.

Wendy Fry, who covers the border for The San Diego Union-Tribune, joined Midday Edition on Monday to talk about Bonilla's agenda.