Growing numbers of cross-border travelers have been filling up their tanks in Tijuana before heading back north. With gasoline costing roughly $2.50 a gallon here, thanks to state subsidized prices, the demand has led to occasional shortages of gasoline in Tijuana. I hadn’t been affected by this – until Sunday. With my tank running dry, It took me five tries to find a PEMEX station in Tijuana that had gasoline. I guess I wouldn’t have been suprised if I had read this article in The San Diego Union-Tribune/SignOnSanDiego that warns about the worsening situation.
photo: No gasoline at this and other Tijuana gas stations this weekend.
The arrival of boatloads of diesel to make up for a shortage of cheap fuel along the Mexican side of the border made the weekend front page in Tijuana (above). U.S. consumers are creating a high demand for the state-subsized gasoline. Several other border-related stories this month caught my eyes and ears in the English-language media:
*The Wall Street Journal ran a Page 1 story today by Joel Millman on how the demand north of the border for cheap Mexican gas is resulting in a mini-boom in business that install extra large fuel tanks in U.S. trucks. The owners are using the containers to cross the border and stash up on the fuel.
*The Los Angeles Times ran a story by Richard Marosi about the flight of Tijuana’s upper-class residents to San Diego’s southern suburbs where they are seeking refuge from violence and kidnappings in Mexico.
*NPR aired a four-part series by reporter John Burnett about how some U.S. law enforcement agencies along the border are confiscating large amounts of drug money in cars heading into Mexico. The money is going towards supplementing their department budgets, raising the question of whether the agencies are becoming overly-reliant on the drug cash.
*Someone also forwarded me a link to an electronic newsmagazine, FLYP, about the flow of firearms from the United States into Mexico.The piece uses some interesting multimedia elements including a zippy sound that mimics the sound of turning an electronic page.