Weekend Reading…

Looks like Trump may not be completely off the hook for his involvement in the Trump Ocean Resort Baja project.


Donald Trump was sued Friday by buyers who lost millions of dollars in deposits on a failed hotel-condo in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. The 69 buyers purchased 71 units in Trump Ocean Resort Baja and paid deposits totaling between $18 million and $20 million, said Bart Ring, their attorney. Buyers were told last month that the luxury oceanfront project was being scrapped and that there was no money left to refund deposits. In December, they were told the project had only $556,000 left after collecting $32.2 million in buyer deposits. (Continue)


“El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s notorious leader of the Sinaloan Cartel, has made Forbe’s Billionaire list!


Who says crime doesn’t pay? A suspected drug lord who is Mexico’s most-wanted fugitive made the Forbes list of billionaires on Wednesday with a fortune described as “self made.” The magazine estimates Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s worth at $1 billion _ No. 701 on the list, right between a Swiss oil-trading tycoon and a U.S. chemical heir. Dozens of other people were also tied for the spot. (Continue)


And the stories continue about drug-related violence:

What happens in Mexico doesn’t stay in Mexico. As drug-related violence escalates south of the border, its effects are being felt as far away as Maryland and Minnesota, where federal agents last month made hundreds of arrests and seized tons of cocaine traced to Mexico’s ruthless Sinaloa cartel. Skirmishes among rival gangs have spilled across the border into El PasoTexas, and San Diego. Phoenix is suddenly the kidnapping capital of the U.S. A recent National Drug Intelligence Center report says Mexican cartels have a foothold in 230 U.S. cities, where they have forged alliances with local gangs to distribute drugs. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder says the cartels are a national security threat. A State Department travel advisory warns that tourists visiting Mexico have been injured and killed in public places, and “dozens of U.S. citizens have been kidnapped across Mexico.” Its most recent dispatch specifically warns against spring break excursions to Tijuana and Rosarito Beach. Can Puerto Vallarta be far behind? (Continue)

Although I am not enjoying the publicity that Mexico’s is receiving regarding the drug-related violence, as it has very little to do with Puerto Vallarta, the question asked above “Can Puerto Vallarta be far behind?” is definitely relevant, as is the fact that “perception is reality”. The positive side of all this is that the problem can no longer be ignored, by either Mexico or the USA, so hopefully something will get done about it. This problem can’t be solved without US participation. With every TV news channel playing this over and over, President Obama and well and the House and Senate members, can’t avoid it. The problem is no longer contained to within the borders of Mexico. I expect we’ll see a substantial increase in America’s role in this “war” quite soon.


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