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.
On one side is developers who want to see the area just north of the Mexican border used for new homes to address a regional housing shortage; on the other, business groups that believe it should be industrial land to create jobs.
Business leaders have championed an easier route to Tijuana’s airport and the long-awaited bridge is finally on its way.
The community, which sits along the city’s border with Mexico and stretches more than 7,000 football fields, has been working toward its new community plan for almost a decade.
There’s widespread agreement over how to deal with 9,250 acres of Otay Mesa in its new growth blueprint. It’s the other 50 acres that’s the problem.
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.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced Monday it will postpone measures that would have added to already long waits at the San Diego-Mexico border.
Mayor Bob Filner says he’ll take the fight to complete San Ysidro upgrades to Washington and Mexico City.
A publicly traded company wants to sell its stake in the
project, highlighting just how difficult it will be for local water
agencies to tap Mexico’s ocean as a new supply.