CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1998
Two Long Beach men who spent three hours in a life raft after their sailboat sank off the coast of Baja California arrived safely at the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. Rick Wempe, 36, and Tim Anderson, 25, were brought ashore from the President Hoover, a container ship that answered their distress signals when their 44-foot-long sailboat caught fire and sank Monday, said Chief Warrant Officer Jerry Snyder.
February 9, 1998 |
A series of harsh winter storms gave most state residents a brief break Sunday after hitting Baja California with a vengeance, killing at least 13 people in widespread flash flooding throughout the border area. The overnight storm hit the cities of Tijuana and Rosarito hardest, forcing the evacuation of 220 people in Tijuana alone. An estimated 500 others were trapped in their homes by flood waters, which had destroyed or damaged at least 300 residences, officials said.
October 16, 1997 |
An investment group led by Mexican construction firm Grupo Morphy has won the bidding for a 25-year lease to operate the 44-mile Tijuana-Tecate railroad line in Baja California, outbidding a rival group led by RailTex of San Antonio, which has operated the link since 1984. Grupo Morphy, lead investor in the entity called Medios de Comunicacion y Transporte de Tijuana, outbid the RailTex group by more than 4 to 1, offering $78.
September 15, 1997 |
Hurricane Linda weakened Sunday as it moved into cooler waters, and forecasters said it appeared Southern California would "dodge a bullet." The record-breaking storm may yet generate what forecasters called a "significant rain event," particularly in the valleys, mountains and deserts. Surf could reach 10 feet and higher today. Lifeguards said they were gearing up to battle the big waves.
August 28, 1997 |
A Mexican navy cutter intercepted a derelict vessel off the Baja California coast and rescued 69 Chinese illegal immigrants on board who were running out of food and water, authorities said Wednesday. Mexican television showed naval officers on Tuesday leading the immigrants off the dilapidated vessel Lapas. The U.S. Coast Guard alerted Mexican authorities to the ship, which had no registry and lacked a flag, and was drifting in the Pacific in the middle of the hurricane season.
August 15, 1997 |
U.S. authorities Thursday monitored a rusting cargo ship carrying 69 suspected Chinese immigrants off Baja California as authorities waited to see if Mexico would handle the repatriation. Mexican Vice Admiral Armando Sanchez, commander of the Second Naval Zone at Ensenada, said the 157-foot vessel--intercepted Tuesday by the U.S. Coast Guard 30 miles off Ensenada--is of Chinese registry. The 66 passengers and three crew members are undocumented and appear to be Chinese, Sanchez said.
August 14, 1997 |
The U.S. Coast Guard boarded a vessel off the coast of Baja California and discovered 69 illegal immigrants who appeared to be of Asian descent, a spokesman said Wednesday. "The Coast Guard is on scene with a vessel that has aliens on board that claim to be from the Far East," said Petty Officer Glenn Gerber. A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the vessel Tuesday, 100 miles south of San Diego off Ensenada, Mexico, authorities said. "It looked kind of suspicious--kind of a rickety-looking vessel.
February 7, 1997 |
A Taiwanese battery maker became the latest Asian company to fuel what has become a billion-dollar manufacturing boom in Mexico's Baja California, disclosing plans Thursday to build a 700-worker factory in Tijuana this year. Taipei-based CSB Battery Technologies said it will spend $42 million on a plant to make sealed lead-acid batteries for use in uninterrupted power supplies for computers and as power sources for wheelchairs. CSB expects the factory to open in early 1998.
January 29, 1997 |
The Hotel Serenidad opened to an elite international clientele on the shores of the Gulf of California nearly 30 years ago. Almost overnight, it transformed this sleepy village on the eastern shores of Baja California Sur. Complete with a new, 4,000-foot landing strip, the hotel drew such regulars as John Wayne, Olivia Newton-John and other stars and became an engine of progress and relative prosperity for Mulege and its 3,000 residents.