Que Pasa in Cabo?

July 10, 2017
BY: DAVID FLORES

Who knew? We didn't and it's our job to know, so now we're bringing you up to speed.

Inside City Hall, which is in downtown San Jose on the main drag, under the clock tower that never gets the time right, is a desk with an attendant who is very pleased to give the foreigner information.

He or she will tell you about local sites of interest, and list restaurants for you. They also will help you with some types of paper work you need.

In the first four months there were about 118 people who asked for tourist information and 58 people popped in to "perform building, civil protection and ecology procedures."

Are they going to assist you in your favorite language? Hit or miss. But they do have colorful materials with lots of pictures.

Hang on to your car The parking lot of the Soriana mall in Cabo on the road to Todos Santos has been the scene of two or three stolen car reports per day.

It's so prevalent that many people believe it would be easy to stop. As in, just patrol the lot. But it is patrolled, and that appears to not work, which brings many people to the opinion that mall security is in cahoots with the thieves.

In the meantime, best to pass that mall up. Maybe that will wake up mall management to this problem.

Breaking records again According to Mexico’s secretary of tourism, our country will receive a total of 37 million tourists by the end of this year. That will be a new record, up 2 million from last year.

Tourist flow from the U.S. increased by 10% between January and April, and that trend shows no sign of slowing.

Other countries are sending us more tourists too. There were 28% more tourists from Argentina, 27% more from Chile and 9% more Canucks and Frogs traveling to Mexico.

In semi-related news, reps from Fiturca, Los Cabos’ tourist trust, traveled to London and Madrid recently to promote Cabo as a luxury destination, as well as one for weddings and plain R&R.

The London event had a special guest, Tom Parker Bowles, son of Camilla Parker Bowles, wife of Prince Charles of England. Tom was in Los Cabos recently on a trip as a food critic and British influencer.

What’s that floating in the water? A Mexican Navy aircraft saw a suspicious vessel in the waters off Cabo and called for a raid. Boats were quickly dispatched from the Navy base on the Cabo marina, but by the time they reached the spot in the ocean where the suspicious vessel was, it had vanished.

But they left their cargo behind.

Floating in the water were 76 bags containing almost 4,000 pounds of cocaine. The bags, worth an estimated $50 million on the U.S. market, were picked up by our sailors and brought back to Cabo.

Cops shortage continues Los Cabos Mayor Arturo de la Rosa announced that the recent campaign to hire more city cops has failed. And the resorts are, at least partially, to blame.

Hotels offer more money, for one. And then there’s the whole not having to chase down bad guys and put yourself in potentially deadly situations thing. Bringing tourists drinks by the pool sounds a lot more appealing, doesn’t it?

And although the salaries for cops in Los Cabos is the 2nd highest in our country, behind Mexico City, a starting salary of $600 a month doesn’t sound very appealing to us.

How about this for a solution: Require the cops to actually write tickets. Use that money to pay them. As it stands now, they will rarely write a ticket. How about stationing them out on the fourlane with radar guns? Raise money and save lives at the same time.

New aquarium coming Nak-Yeon Baek, president and CEO of Aqua Entertainment, based in Chile (that’s in South America, Bunky), announced a plan to build a $100 million aquarium somewhere in Los Cabos.

The company is also planning to build aquariums in Cancun and Puebla, in central Mexico. Baek met with Mayor de la Rosa, as well as Victor Carbajal, director of economic promotion and tourism for the city. Once the location is confirmed, it will take some 20 months to build the aquarium and recruit the fishies. Stay tuned.

Give away those coins! The Los Cabos Children Foundation has been given the go ahead to continue receiving donations from customers of the City Club and Soriana super markets in Los Cabos.

The donations are given when customers pay in cash and let the cashier use the change as a donation to LCCF. The stores then cut a check for the foundation a few days after the end of the month. And when you add all that change up, the amount can pretty high.

So, if you shop at City Club or Soriana, remember to pay in cash and donate the change. It’s for a good cause, which you can read more about in the article on the LCCF on this issue’s front page.

Speaking of donations The Tesoro hotel in the Cabo marina donated several dozen used, but clean, set of linens to the Amigos de Cabo San Lucas association (that’s the group that helps clean up downtown). The linens were then donated to the Los Cabos Humane Society and the children’s school in Miraflores, a rural town located about one hour north of San Jose. Dogs need linens?

Let’s fix our parks! The city government is receiving help from people to maintain the city’s parks, while still building new, larger ones.

The first to volunteer to adopt a park was Ricardo Araoz, owner of Mango Deck down on Medano beach. He was followed by AMMJE, the Mexican association of women entrepreneurs.

Then Mario Meave, the leader behind the Sunday Ciclovia (that’s when the city closes off some downtown streets for bicycles riders, skaters and exercise groups on Sunday mornings), is launching a new program, called Parques Alegres (Happy Parks).

The city plans to rehab 12 parks, and Meave is working to encourage barrio residents to form committees to keep them up. “When the parks are not maintained and properly lit, they become nesting grounds for low lifes and criminals,” she said. She also added that several businesses have already voiced their interest in donating paint, benches and manual labor.

The Los Cabos cities have nearly 182 parks, mostly located in impoverished barrios, and most in a dire need of maintenance, which the city government cannot afford.

How well connected are we? Very well, according to the director of Fiturca, the Los Cabos tourism trust. It’s their mission to promote our gorgeous destination around the world. And so far, they’ve done a good job. Los Cabos is directly connected via air with 22 cities in the U.S., 8 in Canada and 6 in Mexico.

While the U.S. is still our largest producer of tourists and revenue, Australia’s numbers are increasing steadily. Hmm. We haven’t seen any Aussies around, have you?

By the way, Fiturca just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Happy anniversary, guys!

Presumed cartel boss arrested The cartel boss believed to have been responsible for much of the recent violence in the municipality has been arrested in San Jose.

After several days of investigations and surveillance led by Navy forces, the capo was identified while traveling in a Volkswagen Jetta, accompanied by a woman believed to be his partner.

He was caught with restricted weapons, drugs, money and communications gear, which were seized in the arrest.

The Westin reopens After almost three years ago it was severely damaged by Hurricane Odile. the Westin resort, located on the corridor between Cabo and San Jose, finally flung open its doors with a lavish party.

The former 243-room resort has been remodeled and the number of rooms has been reduced to 147 deluxe digs. Some have two rooms and a private Jacuzzi on the verandah, and are equipped with kitchens plus a washer and dryer for longer stays.

The resort also has multiple infinity pools, tennis courts and beach volleyball nets, along with five restaurants and a pool bar.

Clooney sells tequila company Part-time Cabo resident George Clooney recently sold his Casamigos tequila company to liquor giant Diageo for a cool $1 billion USD. Casamigos was created in 2013 by the Academy Award-winning actor and two business partners.

Diageo, the producer of Smirnoff and Don Julio, announced it would initially pay $700 million for Casamigos with $300 million in extra compensation based on the performance of the brand over the next decade.

Casamigos was created by Clooney, Rande Gerber (the husband of model Cindy Crawford), and Mike Meldman after Clooney and Gerber said they were looking to make their own house tequila for their properties in Cabo. It was privately consumed for years before the distillery that made the tequila told Clooney and Gerber there was an opportunity to expand the spirit beyond private parties.

Casamigos shipped 120,000 cases last year, mostly to the U.S., and is on track to reach over 170,000 cases by the end of this year. The price range for Casamigos' three varieties is between $45 to $55 a bottle. This, dear Bunky, is how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.