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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.
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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.
NEWS
February 9, 1999 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a fresh sign of disarray, Mexico's long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, was trounced in a state once a bastion of its support, according to election results announced Monday. The party lost the governor's race Sunday in Baja California Sur to a left-wing coalition. In another contest, the PRI squeaked to victory in the politically tense state of Guerrero, and the leftist opposition protested the vote.
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.
TRAVEL
February 15, 1998 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
Don't call me Ishmael. In seven days of kayaking Baja California during whale season, I saw no whales. As I planned the trip I was hoping to see them. But I was equally interested in A) not spending too much and B) having a wilderness experience. When I found an affordable trip that included two nights on a barrier island north of Magdalena Bay, Mexico, on the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula, I thought I'd found the perfect compromise.
NEWS
February 9, 1998 | H.G. REZA and DAVE LESHER and JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
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