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Has it really been 25 years since the San Ysidro Massacre?

In the summer of 1984, I had just turned 18. I remember July 18th very well. I’d been spending the day with my friend Stacy by her pool in Bonita, recovering from a party we’d been to the night before. The party had been way out in the sticks in Bonsall and the drive home had been late and long.

At that party I had carefully avoided Tasha, a friend with whom I’d had a falling out. I remembered hearing that she’d left the party early because she had to work at her job the next day.

The sun finally getting to us, Stacy and I headed inside for a cold drink. Stacy’s mom was glued to the television. “Girls, you’re not going to believe what’s happening at the McDonald’s in San Ysidro.”

My heart went cold as I looked at Stacy and said, “That’s where Tasha works.”


Missing Person: UPDATE FOUND!

Shanna Maschmeier has been missing for over 48 hours since Saturday night March 21st, 2009.

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San Marcos looking healthy

What’s a healthy community these days? Well, one that’s financially sound and San Marcos has a balanced budget this year despite forecasting a $3 to $4 million decline in annual revenues over the next three years.

It would also have to be one that’s creating a sustainable community. And in San Marcos, the newest fire station to open (the one up on San Elijo Road) is one of only five in the nation to be LEED certified.

The CSUSM library is one of campuss newer buildings and overlooks San Marcos.

The CSUSM library is one of campus's newer buildings and overlooks San Marcos.

I heard these things from Mayor Jim Desmond at his state of the city address which I attended with colleagues from Cal State San Marcos March 10.

A new park was opened this past year and two more are in various stages of creation. New business tenants are opening in a development across from City Hall. (Including Pizza Nova–I have a weakness for their bread.) 

Mayor Desmond shared the credit with his council but gave a big shout-out to his city manager Paul Malone plus the former city manager Rick Gittings. (more…)

Sailors Charged With Murder

There is a love-hate relationship between the US Navy and Tijuana. Recently two sailors were arrested and charged with the aggravated assault and attempted murder of a prostitute. In addition, witnesses have identified the two men as being responsible for the murder of a prostitute last month.

SAN DIEGO – Tijuana Mayor Jorge Ramos said, “He who breaks the law in this country will pay the consequences … in this case we are trying to be hospitable with the tourists but they will pay for their crime.” (FULL STORY)

Back in ’95, when I first arrived in San Diego, Tijuana used to be off-limits to all military personnel. The legal drinking age was 18 and up in base bars and clubs, limited to beer. Then in mid ’96 the ban was lifted and slowly every military run bar eventually closed. Recently rules were added that required a sailor to submit a request form to their command in order to receive permission to enter Mexico.

Since the rules currently in place did not prevent the attacks these men are charged with, I am partial to a ban on Tijuana for all military personnel to be reinstated. San Diego is home to many young sailors who are either underage or just past the legal drinking age of 21. Tijuana is not the place for them to rely on access to alcohol. I think that the tourism industry in Tijuana can afford to lose the money that military personnel would spend there in order to drink legally. But we cannot afford to lose more Sailors and Marines because of poor choices.

Sailors Involved in Recent Drug Busts

In recent news, word of an ongoing sting operation were released with the results of those involved. But it wasn’t your average, run of the mill criminals this time. Included in the busts were US Navy Sailors along with some 30 other people as well. And it wasn’t in an average troubled neighborhood either. It was in one of the many San Diego area off-base housing sites.

Officers posing as buyers seized two pounds of crystal methamphetamine, a half a pound of powder cocaine, one gram of heroin, OxyContin and Ecstasy pills and more than 400 marijuana plants during the three month investigation. Also seized were $19,000 and seven guns, including several semi-automatic handguns. (FULL STORY)

Now while I’m not surprised as to the involvement of Sailors, I am surprised that folks who were living in the military housing allowed something like this to happen in their neighborhood. The reason that I choose not to live in military housing is the same as to why this should have never occurred in the first place: Folks talk a lot about their neighbors in housing areas and the gossip mill is in overdrive. I would expect that the busy-bodies of the neighborhood prevented this from happening in the first place.

Now myself, I’ve been in the Navy for 15 years and most of that time has been spent in San Diego. I’ve seen plenty of people get in trouble for testing positive for drug use. Most of the time I’ve missed the signs of drug use in people that I work with that have tested positive. But I know from personal experience if there is drug activity around my home and my family, it’s not going to last for long. I cannot fathom how folks let this happen under their noses, no pun intended.

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