I am San Diego for a couple of weeks hanging with Summer while she helps the crew at her warehouse bust out all of the halloween costume orders she gets hit with starting every September.
When we lived here, the Donkey Patrol Crew would head down to Mexico regularly to avoid the crowded San Diego line ups. It was always a little sketchy, but never worth avoiding the fun weekend trips. Maybe, we would have to pay a cop off $80-$100 to let us out of a bogus speeding ticket or have to deal with some super drunk local guys scoping out your stuff to steal once you left for dinner or fell fast asleep.
These days, things are different. Surfers are being held up at gun point by bandits, robbed by police and the drug cartel killings are getting out of control.
Nowhere is the trauma greater than along the border with the United States, where drug cartels are battling one another for a growing domestic market and the lucrative transit routes north. In Tijuana alone, a wave of gangland killings has left at least 99 people dead since Sept. 26, a death toll that rivals, if not exceeds, that in Baghdad, a war-torn city that is four times as large, over the same period.
Across Mexico, the carnage is impossible to hide, with severed heads and decapitated bodies turning up, sometimes nearly a dozen at a time. There have been more than 3,700 killings related to drugs and organized crime this year, up from about 2,700 last year, the Mexican attorney general’s office said early last week, with Chihuahua the most violent state and the killings continuing in the days since.
Source is NY Times
I am going to avoid Mexico on this trip. I am sure that it isn’t nearly as bad further south in baja or even on the mainland, but avoiding Mexico’s border towns is probably a wise move for a traveler.