When a 15-year-old was killed by a semi-truck in Otay Mesa in 2014, news reports focused on the fact that the teen was on her phone. No one asked why she was walking in an industrial area where few pedestrians ever go. The answer: She was walking home from school. Home was a junkyard.

Voice of San Diego sat down with Mahmoud Issa and Mohammad Mohammad, two men who last year fled war-torn Syria, where they worked together at a hospital. They traveled through 11 countries — including a harrowing detour lost in a Colombian jungle, and several detention stints — before they landed at the U.S. border and requested asylum. They’ve been detained at Otay Mesa for seven months as they await an answer.

Business leaders have championed an easier route to Tijuana’s airport and the long-awaited bridge is finally on its way.

Otay Mesa, the sprawling southeastern community along the Mexican border, represents a major hunk of the city’s attempts to update its aging community plans.

Mayor Bob Filner says he’ll take the fight to complete San Ysidro upgrades to Washington and Mexico City.