December 1, 2000 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1999 |
The most consequential political campaigns for the future of Mexico are not those being orchestrated by the dinosaurs of the long-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, or by members of the opposition parties. The campaign with the greatest implication for democracy in Mexico is the one being waged over the gray whale--a marine mammal that spends each winter in the secluded Pacific lagoons of Baja California.
November 13, 1993 |
More than a week after a freak storm dumped almost two feet of rain on the Los Cabos resort zone of southern Baja, the all-important tourism industry appears to be on the rebound, as restaurants and shops finish cleaning up and new visitors arrive. However, hundreds of area inhabitants remain homeless, major roads are blocked, water service is spotty and some areas still look like a disaster zone. Damage is estimated at $35 million.
March 12, 1995 |
At a time when there seems no end to Mexico's economic crisis, a head-on collision between business interests, backed by state authorities, and respect for Mexico's environment, and the laws designed to protect it, is shaping up. Crudely put, a victory for the business interests would amount to a trade-off of gray whales for cash that would not even trickle down to the pockets of those who are supposed to receive it.
March 6, 1995 |
As Baja California residents celebrate the California gray whales' annual arrival at birthing grounds along the peninsula's shores, environmentalists warn that the most pristine of the four bays that become whale nurseries each winter is seriously threatened. A salt company that shares the whales' winter home is planning to more than double a mining operation that already makes Mexico the world's second-largest salt exporter.
February 16, 1999 |
Along a curving white-sand bay framed by austere desert mountains, the billboards for the beachfront condos proclaim "Act Now--Only 42 Available" and "Location, Location, Location." The signs aren't in Spanish. They are in plain realtor's English. Although the Mexican Constitution forbids foreigners to directly own land within 30 miles of the coast, they can hold it through trusts. And English is the preferred language for pushing these home sites 800 miles south of the U.S.