January 16, 2008
Years ago in Baldwin Park I was at a clients. I spoke to one of his Mexican workers on a road striping crew. The Mexican’s speech was that of an educated man. I asked why he worked on a road crew. He told me he used to be a journalist in Mexico. His family and he left in fear of their lives and not without cause. Journalists, those that expose the truth, put their lives on the line in Mexico.
After seeing the post on Baja Real Estate Blog announcing the Gringo Gazette closure, I wonder who or what will provide the service that the Gringo Gazette did?
For English speaking readers, most English newspapers and magazines in Baja exist to promote their own purpose. Very rarely will they publish the truth about the area as it pertains to shady real estate scams, investments, etc. The Gringo Gazette not only did that, it also tried to educate its readers on Mexican real estate laws and on other laws that may affect a foreigner.
The Gazette also informed readers of the crime in the area, what to look for and who to contact if something should occur.
Many people will be happy to see the Gazette go. Now they will be free to carry on with their dubious practices without fear of being exposed. When I lived there, I criticized the Gringo Gazette for being too negative, and learned through personal real estate loss that the truth was being told in that journal.
Baja lost a lot when Nancy Conroy decided to leave and close the Gringo Gazette. I don’t know if anyone has the guts and talent to put another one out there like that.