Monday, September 27, 2010

Baja Book Festival - October 9th

Just got some information from Joanna Jones about her upcoming event. Sounds like fun.

On Saturday, October 9, 2010, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., more than 20 authors and a variety of arts, crafts, food and more will welcome the public free of charge at Joanna Jones Galeria y Café, at kilometer 47.6 on the free road, just north of the Cantamar/Primo Tapia toll road exit. Just 45 minutes south of the border, the event is sponsored by the Baja California Secretary of Tourism, the Rosarito Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Baja Bound, AMPI, the Rosarito Beach Hotel, and the Baja Times. The Grand Baja Resort in Puerto Nuevo is offering a 30% discount on hotel accommodations for festival attendees.

The festival will feature well-known food vendors including Splash! restaurant, Baja Sausage, Hogaza Hogaza, and a coffee area sponsored by Café Sospesso. Wine, beer (sponsored by Corona) and margaritas will be available for purchase, as well. Authors include Greg Niemann, Judy Botello, Marsh Cassady, Peter Fowler, Mikel Miller, Cora Kerry, Nicole Beaudry, Lin Robinson, Lilly Menches, Tom Gatch, Martina, Diego Moreno, Paul Vanderer, Robert Yourell and others. With the help of Rosarito’s Friends of the Library, the festival will have a Magical Children’s Reading Area, promoting literacy at an early age. Francisco Cabello, renowned artist who designed the book festival logo, has donated the original painting to be raffled at the event. Tickets are available for $10 each or 3 tickets for $20. There will be another raffle for dinners, tequila, wine and more, with tickets on sale for $5 each or 5 for $20. It is highly anticipated that Rosarito Mayor Hugo Torres will be present to recognize the festival as part of the city’s October Cultural Month.

Besides books-a-plenty, there will be art and jewelry areas, service and nonprofit areas, and entertainment. The festival is supported by the Nitro/CreatividadVisual, Baja Good Life Club, Newport Beach Hotel, Bajamar golf course, Ocean’s Salt, Hogaza Hogaza, Serena/Cruz Roja, Santa Barbara at Bajamar, Bajamar Premier Properties and others.
I hope you can join us!!!!

Saludos, Joanna Jones
Jo Ann Knox
Joanna Jones Galeria y Cafe

Monday, September 13, 2010

Baja to improve Tijuana-Ensenada scenic road

Federal Government Spending $30 Million
In 2010 On Scenic Road Improvements

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---The federal government this year has allocated about $30 million for improvements to make the scenic road from Tijuana to Ensenada safer and more attractive, according to Rosarito Mayor Hugo Torres.

"This significant investment will make the beautiful road more comfortable for both daily users and the tourists who use it,” Torres said. “It will make one of the most beautiful stretches of coastal highway in the world safer and even more attractive.”

The funds are federal investment resources of the National Infrastructure Fund (Fonadin), which has worked closely with business groups in Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada and local authorities.

The approximately 60-mile stretch of road extends from Tijuana to Ensenada, much of it in mountain areas with stunning, panoramic views of the ocean, beaches, villages and coastline.

"Eventually we will have a better road, so we hope that users will make good use of it and report any problems they encounter," Torres said. “The panoramic views it offers are beloved by many of visitors.”

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Mexico begins work on expanded border crossing

By Sandra Dibble, UNION-TRIBUNE

TIJUANA — A major expansion of the San Ysidro Port of Entry entails a counterpart project south of the border, and work has already begun to accommodate the future southbound flow of cars from San Diego into Tijuana.

Mexico’s investment in the expansion project—about 700 million pesos, or $54 million—includes work on three bridges over the Tijuana River that will serve to channel southbound traffic into Mexico. Authorities expect to complete two of those bridges by the end of the year, said Mario Diaz, director of strategic projects for the Baja California government. By 2013, Mexico will be ready on its end to receive vehicles at a new southbound crossing located at El Chaparral, west of the current lanes.

Mexico next month expects to open three additional lanes at the existing crossing, increasing the number of lanes from six to nine. But the new Chaparral crossing will have 19 southbound lanes, more than double that number.

The new crossing is being built on Mexican federal property that now is largely vacant, and will not involve relocation of any residents in the adjacent neighborhood, known as Colonia Federal, Diaz said.

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