Gringo Gazatte, protection for the Gringo in Baja

Gringo Gazatte, Protection for the Gringo

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.

related links:

Nancy Conroy, the stuff of legends

Don’t take your guns to town

Mexico Vacation Awareness

Mexican President’s cousin kidnapped

Powerful and Strong, Wrong words for Mexico’s Maggots

Who’s Going To Be Next?

No Coverage – Why?

Baja Norte at War

Mexico’s Taliban



By Robert Roels.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ptbully
    Jun 30, 2008 @ 02:55:13

    i don’t understand why some people enjoy focusing on crime and such
    sometimes to the point of looking for scams and crime where there are

    I wrote those articles you are referring to, and your comment suggests I am a liar. Well, I am not lying in those posts, they are true.

    If you think there is no crime, why is the General rooting out all those Narcos and the Tijuana known murder rate is over 232 as of a few weeks ago this year. The medical profession held a strike for a few hours in the TJ hospital due to violence and kidnappings. I personally knew six people murdered in a six month time frame down there including my neighbor who was beheaded and my home broken into three times in one year and you say there is no crime.

    Better pull your head out of the sand.

    Robert Roels


  2. ptbully
    Jun 30, 2008 @ 03:01:10

    Here’s whats up in Rosarito; we’ve been watching this story on and off since early this morning, so the final sentence out of La Frontera that this operation took place at 8:00PM and ended after fifteen minutes is inaccurate.

    Early reports had the La Joya condos locked down, noone in and noone out, and this went on for hours.

    Apparently there was a tip of an armed man with lots of money; other reports were hinting a kidnapping. Well, at any rate, this kid pissed someone off, because now he is in custody: 18 years old, armed with 9mm, bulletproof vest and alot of cash.

    I guess he didn’t get the word that the Army is in town…or something.

    BTW, those pics of the Army laying siege to the La Joya Luxury Condos are from La Frontera’s front coverage of this event, not just something random pulled up.

    From La Frontera:


    Okay, that’s all for now, see you guys later.



  3. ptbully
    Jun 30, 2008 @ 04:51:45

    U.S. citizen, 64, stabbed to death in coastal Tijuana

    P> TIJUANA, 6:30 p.m. (UNION-TRIBUNE)
    Baja California detectives are investigating the death of a 64-year-old U.S. citizen who was killed at his residence in southern Tijuana.

    A friend found Ken Stuart’s body lying by his front door at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, according to a Tijuana municipal police report. He had been stabbed several times in the chest.


  4. ptbully
    Jun 30, 2008 @ 05:10:52

    By TJGringo on 06/21/2008 at 9:45 a.m.

    You all are idiots that say the link doesnt work.. It does work, and it was easy to fond.. Why do you think they are frauding you?? Of course the city wants gringos to come back to TJ and spend money so why wouldnt they spend a few thousand bucks to prepare a new website?? Its not that big a deal, but to hear you guys talk you would think the mayor was offering 1 gold bar to the first million to cross the border…

    Some people belong in the USA and have no business venturing out of its borders.
    Peter Smith


  5. ptbully
    Jun 30, 2008 @ 05:25:05

    He tenido muchos comentarios, despues de que unas personas estan haciendo una campana de publicidad muy grande en tijuana, Rosarito Mexico
    Cuando mucha gente a sido intimidada en las carreteras, los policias roban a los turistas, venden terrenos fraudalientos, secuestran gente en pleno dia, matan mas de 7 personas en tiroteos en tijuana y muchas cosa mas que no terminaria de escribir toda la noche, habido norte americanos que los han sacado de sus casas que han comprado!,
    Que regrezan avacacionar a una casa que pagaron ya se encuentran que otra gente son duenos de su casa. miles de atropellos, hace 20 anos Rosarito era tranquilo y bello se podia ver,el mar y respirar tranquilidad.
    Ahora todo esta cubierto por torres ridiculas que nunca se vendieron, y el mar esta todo contaminado, pues el drenaje de Hoteles y Restaurantes, va parar al divino mar.
    Pero ahora resultan cuales matansa? a quienes han secuestrado,cuales drogas?en fin de simberguenzadas.
    Pero no exponga su vida, por situciones falsa ud debe leer el diario y los problemas por los que atraviesa tijuana y Rosarito, no se lanze ala aventura pues puede ser la peor pesadilla de la historia, o no regrezar a casa, busque informacion y serciorese! de todo lo que prometen.


  6. ptbully
    Jun 30, 2008 @ 05:27:25

    No. Having visited some 12 countries throughout the world I can say that police corruption is not the norm in other places of the world and we will spend our money on other countries where the police are not corrupt and don’t target tourists. How moronic: A developing country like Mexico relying on tourist dollars yet tolerating the police targeting tourists for so long without doing anything. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and let’s hope this works out and let’s hope they get rid of the dishonest and uncivilized elements in their police force down there who stop tourists for no reason.


  7. ptbully
    Jun 30, 2008 @ 05:28:38

    His slogan should be, “Two for one drinks my friends. We will leave you drunk and broke.”


  8. ptbully
    Jun 30, 2008 @ 05:29:20

    Shammy, they are not going to do anything. I once filed a complaint on their internal police website. There wasn’t even an acknowledgement of receipt of the complaint. Once I clicked the button to submit, that was it. No reply, no response. The best you can hope for is that they realize tourists won’t come back until they clean up their police force and make sure that tourists don’t get stopped and extorted.


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