In many ways, Rancho Ontiveros embodies the history and the future of the Cali-Baja megaregion.
The vast property, just under twice the size of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, sits right on the border of Tijuana and San Diego County – the edge touched by the border fence and just a few minutes’ drive from where a new border crossing will be built in the next several years.
Nearly everything on and relating to the property has a cross-border connection.
Undocumented migrants headed to the U.S. frequently cross through the property.
The property owners’ offices are in Otay Mesa, just 10 minutes away. Underneath their office, networks of drug tunnels have been found over the past decade.
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I have three concerns about living in Mexico and working in San Diego:
The time it takes to cross the border. Who has 2 - 3 hours to waste and THEN deal with San Diego rush hour traffic?
Personal safety in the border region.
The stability of the Mexican and local governments.
This is a great idea but enough with the rhetoric about the border wall. We have a "wall" here in San Diego, it was built in 1996 and it works. We have legal points of entry all along our border with Mexico. Our relationship with Mexico won't change dramatically but there may be some changes. NAFTA has hurt San Diego's agriculture industry, we can not compete. Here in San Diego County we produce tomatoes, avocados, citrus, and more. I have friends that were forced to take out their avocado and citrus groves, the products out of Mexico were too cheap. The huge tomato farms on the coast on Camp Pendleton, gone. When I hear that jingle "Avocados from Mexico" I cringe. There needs to be an agricultural visa for workers, there also needs to be a new visitor visa, both, biometric. We need to stop our manufacturing from going across the border by making it easier and less costly to manufacture here so there will be some changes but we do and will always have a vibrant cross-border economy and we do need to protect our borders from drug and human trafficking coming north and money and weapons going south. We can help Mexico .. I love Mexico and plan on moving to Baja within the next few years. Enough of the Trump rhetoric already ...
@Jay Berman To be fair, Calavo Gardens approaches avocados the way Cecil Rhodes handled diamonds: by restricting supply in order to inflate prices. The people I have known who grow avocados in southern California do so, in part, as a tax write-off and so they are not motivated to compete either in quality or in price. California avocados are expensive and insipid while Mexican avocados are cheap and flavorful: the only way Calavo Gardens could compete was with protectionist tariffs.
NAFTA has not been good to the Mexican people, either. Tomatoes and berries and such things are grown here (in Baja California) for export only, for and by US companies, while Monsanto maize has replaced the local product to such a degree that hundreds of thousands of Mexican farmers have been displaced from their land and their livelihoods. NAFTA is not a water-will-find-its-own-level sort of trade agreement: it was designed to protect the interests of multinational corporations at the expense of the local populations.