The Bordertown Memories, Never Killed Anyone, Never Had Anyone Killed

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ACTION ADVENTURE BIOGRAPHICAL CRIME DETECTIVE DRAMA MEMOIR POLITICAL ROMANCE YOUNG ADULT SUSPENSE/THRILLER

1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s

Juan Medina

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Logline

Drug-dealing, government corruption, deception, murder and drugs, sex and rock n' roll. How one "lucky" young man overcame and survived a world where few come out alive or are imprisoned.

Genre

Action,Adventure,Biographical,Crime,Detective,Drama,Memoir,Political,Romance,Young Adult,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

The story paints the picture of growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s in the marginalized, poverty-stricken border town of San Ysidro. In 1957 when his family arrives, “Barrio Sidro” had a population of roughly 4,800, but by the 2000s it was considered the largest border crossing in the world.


Chased out of Sacramento at gunpoint, by a rival drug gang, the young man has lost many opportunities, including college graduation and an opportunity of attending a post-graduate program at Stanford University. Many more adventures await him, including being homeless in San Antonio, Tx.

Setting

The most southwestern bordertown of San Ysidro, Sacramento Ca.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Juan Medina

Age: 8 to 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Masculine,Modest,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Naive,Sexy,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary,Romantic

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Development Pitch

The Bordertown Memories, Never Killed Anyone, Never Had Anyone Killed Juan Medina’s story paints the picture of growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s in the marginalized, poverty-stricken border town of San Ysidro (the most southwesterly area within the United States). In 1957 when his family arrives, “Barrio Sidro” had a population of roughly 4,800, but by the 2000s it was considered the largest border crossing in the world. All too quickly his generation would discover how easy it was to cross small amounts of marijuana over the border, or what author Joseph Wambaugh refers to in his book “Lines and Shadows”, the imaginary line between two countries. It could be argued that before the rise of big drug gangs and Latin American drug cartels in Tijuana, these young adults were laying the foundation through the back hills of San Ysidro. Later, the Tijuana/San Ysidro Plaza (For the Mexican drug cartels it is the most sought-after region along the border), would become a bloody battle ground with the media reporting on large-scale government corruption and arrests of customs and Border Patrol agents for allowing multiple ton shipments of marijuana to flow through the border and into the San Ysidro and San Diego region. During this time the “Polleros” (those who smuggled undocumented immigrants into the U.S.), were also buying off corrupt officials. By the mid ‘60sthe same scene was playing out along the Southern border. “Drugs, Sex and Rock n’ Roll!” The young man is awarded an Unde

About The Author

Juan Medina retired from service at Mental Health Systems, Inc. on June 30, 2016. He is a Certified Workforce Development Professional, with an endorsement in Management Services (CWDP; MS), with over 25 years of experience in the field of job development and employment support. “Passionate” is a word that is often used when people describe Juan Medina. As a subject-matter expert, Juan has been sought out by mental health providers for his expertise in employment-related services and teaches how employment can lead to a person’s recovery from mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Additionally, just some of the commitments Juan has made a difference to the citizens of San Diego Count in recent years has been: • Chair of the Job Developer’s Network (JDN) for several years. He coordinates and facilitates monthly meetings which includes behavioral health providers, educators, employers, and businesses offering support and information on various aspects of workforce and labor information for San Diego County’s Serious Mental Illness (SMI) citizens • Member of the Behavioral Health Adult and Housing Councils, representing the area of “Employment” within the San Diego County Behavioral Health Services. • Member of San Diego Workforce Partnership’s “Working Well” Committee that helped create and further expand the San Diego Behavioral Health’s Employment Initiative Strategic Plan • Member of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Workforce, Education, and Training (WET) Taskforce • Advisory Member for Probation regarding violence against families Juan was given the honor of being voted the Vocational Support Person of the Year in 2015 at the 29th Annual San Diego Behavioral Health Recognition Dinner. And in June 2013, Juan was selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Latino American Who’s Who. This Latino American Who’s Who is a New York based biographical publication that “selects and distinguishes leading Latino professionals throughout the world who have attained a recognizable degree of success in their field of endeavor and thereby contributes to the growth of their industry.” Lastly, Juan promotes awareness about disabilities and helps erase stigma every day. He lives every moment of his 24 hours understanding this more than the majority of people.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,13-17,35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Educational Institutions, Law Enforcement, young adults, incarcerated populations

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Juan Medina

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

978-1-5356-1671-3