Que Pasa in Cabo?

May 16, 2016 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Fishing tourney coming. The 2016 Cabo Summer Slam presented by PELAGIC will take place June 3 to 5 this year in Cabo. It’s a thrill a minute tournament where participants can win cash, awards and prizes by catching marlin, tuna, wahoo, and dorado. Geeze, sounds like everything but golf fish.

This year’s purse is estimated to be $50,000. Awards will be presented to the anglers and four person teams for their performance in releasing the most billfish, (blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, sailfish, swordfish, and guppies), and/or catching the heaviest gamefish (tuna, wahoo, dorado), during the two day tournament. (Saturday, June 4th & Sunday, June 5th).

Check in will be Friday at Baja Cantina on the marina, with a kick-off party starting at 7:00 pm. Awards presentation also at the Cantina. More info at www.pelagicgear.com.

San Jose estuary in slow death throes.  Make that fast death throes, according to some. If you haven’t been there, the estuary in San Jose has been a state ecological reserve since 1993, comprising nearly 2,000 acres of mangroves, palm trees, and assorted fauna, flotsam, jetsam, and flora and is home to more than 200 species of migratory, endemic birds, and assorted homeless bums who like to set it on fire. . In addition, it is an important source of water for San Jose.

According to Oscar Arizpe, a biologist with a masters degree in science, “one of the estuary’s arms has practically disappeared due to lack of interest from the authorities.”

This wetland has been deteriorating during the past 15 years due to the bums, illegal palm tree chopping, natural phenomena like 2014’s hurricane Odile, and pollution from the sewage treatment plant that sits next to it. Treatment capacity has been overwhelmed since 1980.

The city government, which changes every three years, has begun recovery programs every administration, only to drop it when pressed by other priorities. This time, and for the “nth” time, organized business and civil organizations are rounding up to create yet another organization that involves the federal, state and city government to come up with a solution and raise funds to do something.

So far, the influential Los Cabos Coordinating Council (CCC), an umbrella group whose members are mostly the merchant class, is trying to unite all levels of government and the population in a joint effort to rescue the estuary. The group will receive advise from CIBNOR, the state’s institute for biological research.

Downtown business ass. in action. Amigos de Cabo San Lucas (do we have to translate that for you, Bunky?) held a series of meetings with city officials to continue their efforts to improve Cabo San Lucas’s urban image. Parking is one of their priorities, as business owners have suffered low sales because there is practically no place to park in downtown.

That is, without using the few parking lots. The city officials responded, painting some red curbs white for parking here OK.  Amigos also wants to create additional handicapped spaces, since many of our Gringo visitors are old and creaky.

Since a large number of parking areas have been taken over by local cabs, the association is also asking for a revision of those. There is a plan proposed for meters in downtown, but nothing has been decided yet.

Hidalgo street, which runs up from the main drag across the street from the Tesoro resort, is full of restaurants in need of eaters. It was agreed that at sunset, the street will be a parking zone.

Well, none of this is going to do much good because once again the parking spots will be taken by the business owners and the employees, who get there first.

In related news. Fonatur, the federal tourism development agency that created San Jose’s tourist zone and the Cabo marina, has signed an agreement with the state and city governments to maintain and spiff up Cabo San Lucas’ historic downtown. Meaning, they will spend a whole bunch of money to make us look prettier.

The plan calls for a homogenous look in the downtown facades, signs, and to finally knock down the overhead utility wires, and bury the area’s phone, electrical and WiFi stuff underground. A job that was started but never finished.

In addition, Fonatur will build a center for the attention and protection of our tourists, which will take complaints of all kinds from our precious pilgrims. Government officials said so, and we believe them. Yeah, we’re pretty stupid that way.

Government officials tested for drugs. A pop up test was performed on over 200 Los Cabos government officials last week, and guess who was there at the front of the line? Mayor Arturo de la Rosa, setting the example. Among the officials were also members of the city council. Yeah, but doesn’t count because they knew the pee test was coming.

De la Rosa stated, “We must be true to our people and give them the confidence that our government officials are healthy and in conditions to work and take care of their needs.” Translation: Can’t be in a drug stupor. Will the results of the tests be made public? That wasn’t answered. Will they be fired if found dirty? No answer there, either. Doubtful, though, as dirty cops are rarely fired and never sent to jail.

Prep students help the city. You know that your city government is not doing its job when students from the El Camino school’s 10th to 12th grades have to come up with a plan to alleviate our vehicle traffic problems.

That’s what a group of prep school students did last week, monitoring the conflictive crossroads of Leona Vicario and Constituyentes avenues (the latter known as the hump), during rush hours, to tell our authorities how to fix the traffic problems.

The students presented Cabo San Lucas’ delegate Francisco Garcia with their plan, which includes synchronizing the stoplights along both avenues. Geez, anyone could have told Garcia that. But they can not even reliably get them to work, let alone synchronize them. The report also included a plan to protect pedestrians and crips, and was well received by Garcia. Well, by that we mean he was polite and smiley as he patted the children on the head.

Winos contribute. The 5th annual Gastrovino Festival that took place in Todos Santos last month raised over 8 grand, which were donated to the Todos Santos fire department and the town’s ranch kids’ school.

The Gastrovino silent auction was a huge success thanks to generous donations and bidders. Jeff and Judy Welch won the TOSEA Mag Bay trip, Benito Ortega’s sculpture for the bomberos was won by Nancy and Dennis Naigle, and Sami Mitchell won Corazon Zapoteco’s weaving for the Internado. (Ranch kids’ school). Please support business people and artists who donated to this year’s auction, click link for full list: facebook.com/groups/AmigosdelInternado. 

Martin Sheen does Cabo. Well, not the actor, who might be too embarrassed to visit us after his son Charlie’s latest performance here. Well, if he embarrasses over his nutty son, you wonder how he even can leave his house. But we digress, we’re talking about Martin Sheen the sailboat, which was in town last week for a rest stop.

Although the Sea Shepherd boats devote most of their time to chasing illegal poachers in international waters, even sinking them, the Martin Sheen is part of the organization’s new campaign to address the plastic pollution problem and poaching in protected areas.

Sea Shepherd USA staff explained that the name of this vessel carries the prefix of R/V because it is engaged in direct action of a different sort, as a research vessel. Unlike Japan’s so-called “research” whaling vessels, this ship is engaged in legitimate and very important research — including documentation and investigation — much like the work Sea Shepherd has been doing with its colleagues at Ocean Alliance in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

The RV Martin Sheen has been sailing around Revillagigedo Islands investigating poaching inside the marine reserve.

Write this down, in ink.

This Sunday, June 5th, the Los Cabos Humane Society will hold its Paws on Parade event at Flora Farms, with a dog costume parade and contest to raise funds for the doggies. The event will take place from 3 to 7 pm with a BBQ also.  It’s a fun event for the whole family, but it’s best if you leave the cat at home. For tickets Call Margarita Partridge, Cell: 044 624 129 7399. Visit www.loscaboshumanesociety.com for details.

San Jose marina looking at expansion.

With 194 slips full to capacity during this year’s high season (December – April), The San Jose marina is looking into adding more slips.

“We are only using 50% of the water right now,” Said Enrique Fernandez, the marina manager, who is crunching the numbers in building more slips, but also how to keep them occupied during the slow, summer months. Well, hello, it’s not like they take money to run. They just sit there. And at what they charge in the high season, they could send those concrete docks to Bermuda for the summer, so c’mon!

Meanwhile, up North. Semarnat, Mexico’s environmental ministry, is looking at possibly approving the construction of a cruise ship dock in the lower part of Northern Baja state, at Santa Rosalita, just up from Guerrero Negro.

The dock plan was born back in the early 2000’s as part of the Nautical Ladder program during the Fox administration, and dumped years later among protests from ecofreaks and the economy meltdown.

The current expansion of the dock at Puerto San Carlos, just north of Mag Bay, and the possibility that it may be able to welcome 67,000 cruise tourists a year, has apparently renewed the interest of the federal government in adding a cruise ship dock – thus increasing the possibility of longer stays and more money spent in Northern Baja. Well, they need something up there, because they aren’t as pretty as we are.

Cruise ships could travel from San Diego, stop at Ensenada, Santa Rosalita and Puerto San Carlos on their way down to Cabo, then push on to Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. As it stands now, the cruise ships run like hell to get 1,000 miles south in one day and one night because there is no place to stop along the way.

The project has full support of Northern Baja’s governor Kiko Vega.