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BUSINESS
February 5, 2001 | By CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Baja California hopes to get federal relief this week from its own natural gas crisis, a spillover from the tumultuous U.S. energy markets that has sent prices soaring and triggered plant closings and layoffs here. The Baja region has been paying prices as much as four times higher than the rest of Mexico, which is getting natural gas at $4 per million British thermal units under a price cap that excluded Baja when it was imposed by the government in January.
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BUSINESS
January 13, 2001 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Baja California, already a prime source of televisions, textiles and other U.S.-bound exports, is poised to start shipping a more critical commodity to California in the next few years: electricity. California's power shortfall--and a newly approved natural gas pipeline linking Baja to the United States--have led investors to propose building several new power plants and expanding previously announced ones in Baja, Mexico's top energy regulator disclosed Friday.
NEWS
December 1, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former governor of Baja California Sur, wanted by Mexican authorities on embezzlement charges, apparently has fled to San Diego. But law enforcement officials in the United States have not yet been asked to hunt for Guillermo Mercado. The member of the long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party is accused, with 18 other former officials, of diverting $55 million in public funds before leaving office last year.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2000 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first group of about 200 Americans caught in a dispute over Baja California property are to be removed from their homes within 10 days after the Mexican Supreme Court sternly ordered federal officials to carry out a year-old eviction order.
NEWS
July 17, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The election of opposition candidate Vicente Fox as Mexican president has sent hopes surging in Baja California, which bolted from the ruling party 11 years ago and ever since has complained of unfair treatment at the hands of the federal government. State officials in Baja and municipal leaders in Tijuana--both of whose governments are led by Fox's party--said they expect a host of improvements under the like-minded president.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2000 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A partnership of San Francisco-based Bechtel and Shell Oil has won the right to build a $400-million power plant near Mexicali in Baja California to meet rising energy demand in the U.S.-Mexico border area. High population growth in Baja and rising industrial demand from maquiladoras, the proliferating foreign-owned plants that assemble goods in Mexico for the U.S market, are the principal reasons for the new Baja plant. Energy consumption in Baja grew 12% last year, six times the growth in U.S.
BUSINESS
November 20, 1999 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two hundred U.S. residents ordered off their Baja California beachfront property last month have dodged one bullet and remain in their homes, but another round might be coming their way. Last month, the Mexican federal Agrarian Reform Ministry in charge of the controversial eviction order opted not to send police across a sand barricade to enforce it.
NEWS
August 11, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
Mexican authorities on Tuesday announced the arrest in Los Angeles of a man suspected of taking part in the murder of 19 people near Ensenada last year. Mexico will seek to extradite Manuel Escalante, named in an arrest warrant last year as a suspect in the Sept. 17, 1998, mass shooting and for unspecified kidnapping charges, according to a statement by the Mexican attorney general's office. Escalante is the fourth person arrested in the case.
BUSINESS
March 10, 1999 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Known primarily in export circles for producing huge volumes of computer monitors, heavy trucks and vegetable crops, this booming border town will soon have another claim to fame: olive oil. Baja California's cheap land, low wages, suitable growing conditions and proximity to the U.S. market have lured Italian and Spanish agribusinesses that have committed to plant up to 17,000 acres of olive orchards on farmland in and around this state capital, Mexican officials say.
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