Nepotism in Rosarito

It appears the new mayor of Rosarito, Javier Robles Aguirre, has been busy taking care of business — family business. Rosarito En La Notica blogspot reports that seven families in Rosarito, comprising at least 16 people, are all employed in choice jobs with the city of Playas de Rosarito. The mayor’s family is well represented. The blog reports that the city, which is the smallest municipality in Baja California, spends $667,000 per year on salaries on these relatives.

The mayor himself is paid a salary of $5,200 per month. The good mayor’s uncle, Mauricio Aguirre Ruíz, is the Director of Public Works and Services, at a salary of $2,333 per month. The mayor’s sister has a nebulous job title of “public serviceperson” at a salary of $1,500 per month working in the mayor’s office.

Article 47, section 7 of the Law of Responsibilities of Public Servants of the State of Baja California, says that elected representatives are prevented from participating in “the selection, appointment, hiring, promotion, suspension, removal, dismissal or sanctioning of any public servant when such elected representative has personal, family or business interests.