EDUCATION

State receives complaints

regarding school breakfasts

The Department of Education has received 10 complaints against the quality of school breakfasts.

Secretary Gerardo Solís told La Crónica newspaper the agency just manages contracts with providers while principals and teachers supervise services.

According to the state official, providers are supervised by other agency areas.

Solís said the authorities will keep supervising meals served and will act immediately in case of any issue.

The secretary said problems raised are not enough to stop services.

So far, the state has served over 132,000 meals in the school year.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Man died of drug overdose while in police custody

The 27-year-old man who died under police custody lost his life due to drug overdose, Mexicali Police Chief Pedro Ariel Mendívil said.

The police chief explained that the man’s body had no signs of foul play.

The man died last week at the police headquarters after being arrested for a misdemeanor.

Chief Mendívil said the autopsy showed the man, whose identity was not revealed, previously consumed cocaine.

According to the police chief, the arrested man was transferred to another cell after turning violent.

The incident was turned to the state Attorney General’s office for investigation.

The state Coroner’s office reported that the cause of death was acute respiratory insufficiency.

CITY

Authorities expect millions from

illegal vehicle registration

The City of Mexicali expects to receive $4.5 million from the registration of thousands of illegal vehicles.

Mexicali Mayor Norma Bustamante said so far the city has gotten less than a tenth of that amount.

Those funds are expected to get spent in street spending in the Colonia Loma Linda area.

Expenditure of the rest of the funds will be discussed with the state as only unpaved areas with utilities are entitled to get benefited.

On Monday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the registration deadline extension.

SENATE

Lawmaker justifies

militarization vote

Mexican Senator Nancy Sánchez, a Mexicali member of the National Regeneration Movement Party, justified Monday her vote in favor of the controversial extension of the deadline to keep the Army on the streets of Mexico.

Sánchez, a former member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, wrote in social media that the administration has not ended up with the country’s pacification.

“May history judge me for approving this resolution,” the lawmaker wrote.

The bill that was previously approved in the lower chamber last week was discussed Monday by members of two senate joint commissions.

The proposal seeks to extend the deployment of military staff assigned to police activities until 2029.

“Let’s be realistic – not even with the best intentions of political parties is it possible to revert in four or six years the inertia of blood and violence,” the senator said. “I say it with pain – we are a country of victims.”

According to the lawmaker, crime infiltrated families and the country lives a painful reality of having someone lost by drug consumption.

The bill was voted 18-10 Monday and is expected to be voted on the Senate Floor this week.

The proposal could also get the vote of another Baja California Senator – Jaime Bonilla, also with the President’s party, while Sens. Gina Cruz, of the National Action Party, and Alejandra León, now of the Citizen’s Movement Party are expected to vote against the bill.

Pres. López Obrador and many of his allies criticized years ago past administrations for taking the military out of the bases to hold law enforcement activities in order to address crime.

– Arturo Bojorquez,

abojorquez@ivpressonline.com

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