This year, Millennials, those ages 23 to 38, will outnumber Baby Boomers (ages 55 to 73), according to Census Bureau projections. Now in their young adulthood, Millennials are more educated, more racially and ethnically diverse and slower to marry than previous generations were at the same age. But after growing up in the Great Recession, their economic picture is mixed: Young adult households are earning more than most older Americans did at the same age, but have less wealth than Boomers did at the same age, partly because they are more likely to have higher amounts of student loan debt.
Although the nation’s 73 million Millennials are the largest living adult generation, the next one – Generation Z – is entering adulthood. Also known as the post-Millennials, Gen Zers (those ages 7 to 22 this year) are on track to be the best educated and most diverse generation yet. Nearly half of Gen Zers (48%) are racial or ethnic minorities. according to Pew.
Perhaps the safest way to get to Rosarito or Ensenada is by bus. Nine American dollars will get you a one way ticket to either. ABC bus company runs every 45 minutes from Tijuana through Rosarito, Puerto Nuevo and terminates at Ensenada. Toss your belongings in a backpack or duffell bag and head for the border. You can also take the bus from Tecate Mexico as discussed in my prior article here.
You will need to get to the TJ and San Ysidro border crossing in order to walk across. You can avoid American border parking costs by taking Uber or the San Diego Trolley, or simply have someone drop you off. If you plan on parking your car on the American side of the border and walking across be prepared to pay a hefty parking rate-$25.00 a day. A two night stay will equal $75.00 in parking since they don’t prorate the days. Good luck finding cheaper American side border parking.
Walk towards McDonalds where you can exchange dollars into pesos from the nearby money changers (highly recommended due to the record decline in the peso). Follow the sign towards “Mexico” and follow everyone else. You will stroll by the cute frolicking Prairie Dogs and then through the massive turn-stalls into the indoor Mexican Border Patrol pedestrian checkpoint. Show you’re American Passport to the border officer and they will give you a Tourist Visa free of charge. Keep walking and you automatically end up at the end of the sidewalk where Taxi drivers solicit your business.
The white taxis are Taxi Libre which are usually a cheaper taxi service than Yellow Cab, but both will charge 100 pesos to take you and all of your companions to the ABC bus terminal. Tell the driver to take you to “El Terminal Linea Autobus ABC” and say you only have 100 pesos. Say “100 pesos” a few times so there is no misunderstanding. Up and over the bridge, via the round-about, lots of horn honking and you will be dropped off at the bus terminal in three minutes flat. ABC is front center, and if you are lucky, the big red bus may be waiting there for you. Buy the ticket at the counter for 180 pesos. (Ask for a window seat on the ocean side if you want a sea-view on the way down.) Wait in the lobby. You will notice that all of the passengers are harmless. Many are moms with infants and senior citizens with canes. You will feel safe. Buy a Mexican Coke at the food and beverage stand and you will soon be in paradise.
The bus is modern with WIFI, and an America Spanish dubbed movie will entertain you the on the way down. The bus will pass effortlessly through the toll roads and will be ignored by the Mexican Highway Patrol. You will not get high-jacked or harassed because you will be invisible.
The bus will automatically stop at Rosarito near a gas station after about 30 minutes. To stop at other places along the way, tell the bus driver when you board and while driving walk up and remind him. (I don’t remember seeing those old fashioned pull chords). The bus will automatically end up at the Ensenada bus terminal on 11th Street after one and one-half hours of driving.
A safe five dollar Uber or Taxi ride will take you to the tourist strip in Centro Ensenada or Rosarito. You have arrived with no worries. To return back to America, reverse the process. The ABC bus will drop you off directly at the Ped West border crossing, so you will not need to take a taxi on the return trip. Wait in the long line to get through American customs.
The U.S. Supreme Court confronts the digital age again on Wednesday when it hears oral arguments in a case that promises to have major repercussions for law enforcement and personal privacy. Here is the Appellant Brief
At issue is whether police have to get a search warrant in order to obtain cellphone location information that is routinely collected and stored by wireless providers.
In 2011, the FBI was investigating a series of armed robberies at Radio Shack and T-Mobile stores in and around Detroit. The FBI agents suspected Timothy Carpenter of working as a getaway driver for the robbers. They sought location data for Carpenter’s cell phone, which showed that Carpenter was near each of the robberies when they were happening. Carpenter argued in court that tracking his location using his cell phone was unconstitutional. The government pushed back with a bold legal claim. It argued that it can use cell phones to track the location of anyone it wants at any time, without violating the Constitution.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the government. It concluded that the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement did not apply to cell-phone tracking. Because Carpenter has no privacy or property rights in the location data that his phone transmits, and because the data does not reveal the contents of Carpenter’s phone calls, the government can obtain it without a warrant. Out of options, Carpenter filed a petition at the Supreme Court.
Up until now, the Supreme Court has stuck with the framework it adopted nearly 40 years ago that distinguishes between material in one’s home or car, and material that is out in the open, or shared with others. But as Justice Sonia Sotomayor suggested in a case five years ago, the entire framework used in the past may well be “ill-suited to the digital age.”
She said that because people now “reveal a great deal of information about themselves in order to carry out mundane tasks,” it may be time to reconsider past decisions that allow police to get information without a warrant from third parties like phone companies or banks or e-mail providers.
THE framers of America’s constitution knew nothing about mobile phones, but they knew a thing or two about unreasonable searches. In Riley v California, the Supreme Court considered “whether the police may, without a warrant, search digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested.” Unanimously on June 25th, the justices said no—or, to be more precise, very rarely.
David Riley, a member of the Bloods street gang who was sentenced to 15 years to life for attempted murder, and Brima Wurie, serving 262 months on a drug charge, will be happy to hear this. Except in true emergencies where searching a mobile phone could, say, avert a terrorist attack, police prying without a warrant violates the Fourth Amendment’s bar on “unreasonable” searches, the justices decided. Since both Mr Riley and Mr Wurie’s convictions were based on evidence gleaned from such searches, they will be freed earlier than expected.
Chief Justice John Roberts began by observing how attached Americans have become to their mobile devices: “the proverbial visitor from Mars,” he wrote, might mistake them for “an important feature of human anatomy”. Smartphones can contain “[t]he sum of an individual’s private life…from the mundane to the intimate.” In fact, the ruling reads, thumbing through a mobile phone is potentially far more revealing than “the most exhaustive search of a house.” Without the benefit of “more precise guidance from the founding era,” Mr Roberts explained, the court must weigh individual privacy against “the promotion of legitimate governmental interests”. And since it is usually easy to grab a suspect’s phone, remove its battery or stash it in an aluminium sack (to avert “remote wiping”) and hold onto it pending a warrant, there is no good reason to allow police to rifle through the digital lives of anyone they pull over.