June 23, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Victor Hugo Romo marches past the walled mansions of Las Lomas, surrounded by an entourage. Staffers with clipboards and tablets. Skinny men with brooms and machetes. A handful of residents. More than a few cameras. "Tree trimmers!" he shouts. And the tree trimmers scurry to a droopy willow, chopping away at branches that threaten power lines. "Pot-hole patchers!" And their machine spits into a crater in the middle of the street. Romo is the new borough president in the wealthiest enclave of Mexico City, possibly of all Mexico.
January 15, 1991
Residents of the Mexican capital will be scrambling for taxis this weekend thanks to the latest government actions meant to clean up the city's notorious air pollution. Previously the city's taxi fleet had been exempt from a law requiring that privately owned automobiles be kept off the streets one day a week. But not anymore. Half the taxis now have a forced day off each Saturday. The move is part of tough regulatory measures enacted after record-high pollution levels recorded last month.
December 22, 2009 |
In a move that may put Mexico City at odds with the rest of the country, the local legislature approved a far-reaching gay rights bill Monday, voting to allow people of the same sex to marry and to adopt children. The leftist-dominated legislature of this massive city of about 20 million people turned aside opposition from the influential Roman Catholic Church and ended lively debate to approve the measure by a 39-20 vote. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard is expected to sign the bill into law. "Mexico City has put itself in the vanguard," said legislator Victor Hugo Romo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1993
The Mexican government agreed Wednesday to help the U.S. government out of the Chinese refugee jam off the coast of Baja California by letting the Coast Guard escort three Chinese refugee ships to the Mexican coast. That was a wise humanitarian decision--but both the Clinton Administration and Congress must realize that this kind of problem is of the United States' own making.
March 22, 2005 |
For seven decades, the Mt. Everest for U.S. soccer, unscaled and unconquered, has been beating Mexico in Mexico. The U.S. national team's record south of the border is 0-21-1 in a series that dates to 1934. Pablo Mastroeni thinks the mountain is about to be climbed. The defensive midfielder, who captained the U.S.
May 6, 2009 |
Encouraged by the mildness of H1N1 flu infections so far, U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they would no longer encourage the closure of schools with confirmed cases of the disease. Instead, they urged parents whose children exhibited symptoms of influenza to keep them home for at least a week. In Texas, officials announced the first death of a U.S. citizen from the outbreak. They said a 33-year-old schoolteacher from Harlingen, on the border with Mexico, died early Tuesday.
March 27, 2011 |
When the highway shootouts and roadblocks by gunmen in her hometown finally became too much, Karla Garza found sanctuary in the unlikeliest of places: the big, bad capital, Mexico City. Garza, a 21-year-old marketing student, switched campuses in December after her parents decided that even with its rampant robberies and kidnappings, Mexico City was safer than their home in Monterrey, a once-quiet northern city that for months has served as a battlefield for warring drug gangs. "Ten years ago, my parents never would have imagined sending me to live in [Mexico City]
February 26, 1996 |
Aftershocks from a strong earthquake off the Pacific coast shook Mexico City early Sunday, but there were no reports of injuries or damage, officials said. The strongest aftershock struck at 9:27 a.m. EST off the coast of Oaxaca and Guerrero states and had a magnitude of 5.2, the National Seismological Service said.
December 6, 1987 |
The government warned in a report published Saturday that Mexico City's traditional, nearby sources of water are being exhausted by the steadily increasing growth of the capital's population. Calling for efforts to conserve water throughout the city of 20 million, the report said that latest statistics show the rate of water consumption in Mexico City to be 9,620 gallons per second. The rate increases daily, the report said.
January 9, 1988 |
The area around the Zocalo, a huge plaza in the heart of Mexico City, will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Feb. 15 to reduce air pollution, the government newspaper El Nacional said Friday. Since July 26, vehicles have been barred from the congested area on weekends in preparation for its conversion into a pedestrian-only zone.