Que Pasa in Cabo?

April 16, 2018 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

They're Finally Here! Kiosks supplementing the immigration officials who greet us at the airport have been launched. Officials estimate it will speed our journey through the immigration process by as much as 50%.

The gizmos can scan the fingerprints and passport of foreign tourists to verify their data, and then spit out a receipt you will need to deliver to immigration agents, who will still give you the look-over. There are 20 of these things at the Los Cabos airport, more in Cancun, and some in Mexico City.

Medano beach does Texas. Well, at least our food. Two local Chefs were invited to participate in this year’s 15th Sugarland Food and Wine Affair in Sugarland, Texas.

David Sanz, of the Casa Dorada resort and Edgar Roman of the Beach restaurant at the Cachet resort, presented their cuisine at the four day event with more than 6,000 people in attendance.

Hurricane season is coming. Whether we like it or not. The 2018 Eastern Pacific hurricane season will officially begin on May 15 and end on November 30. Although there’s still no forecast from experts on our side of the world, this year’s hurricane season is shaping up to be another biggie with a greater than 60% chance of a major hurricane hitting the U.S. Atlantic coastline, according to a new forecast from top meteorologists. Naw, not worried, we’re on the Pacific coast.

While we wait for an official forecast on our coast by the National Hurricane Center, we are giving you a list of storm names for this year.

Aletta, Bud, Carlotta, Daniel, Emilia, Fabio, Gilma, Hector, Ileana, John, Kristy, Lane, Miriam, Norman, Olivia, Paul, Rosa, Sergio, Tara, Vicente, Willa, Xavier, Yolanda and Zeke.

Every year, this writer prints the list and I post it on my fridge, and every time they get close or hit us, I mark them. Usually, out of an average of 14 predicted hurricanes a year, only two get close or hit us.However, preparedness is a must, so everyone batten down the hatches if you go north for the season

Chevron does Cabo. Chevron, which arrived in Mexico August of last year at Hermosillo and then in November to La Paz, has opened a new gas station in Los Cabos, at Santa Anita, just outside of San Jose on the road to the East Cape.

Despite being more expensive, it has been a success, as clients seek to buy the new fuel which includes the Techron additive, which the company claims improves engine performance, cleanses valves, reduces pollution, and makes the coffee.

We are told to expect a Chevron station in Cabo San Lucas “soon.”

Real Estate regulation under study. Again. Still. Our Southern Baja legislature has approved a law to regulate real estate sales and its brokers. However, the rules and regs they voted for have not been debated, much less implemented.

To that effect, our state’s secretary of tourism, Genaro Ruiz, called for a meeting with the secretary of economy, two real estate associations, and an assortment of government agencies.

The meeting ended in the creation of a council that will debate and create the rules and regulations needed. More meetings, in other words.

Interested parties include the tourism secretariat and officials from Urban Planning (yes, Virginia, we do have such an agency), the state’s attorneys, the president of the Southern Baja association of real estate professionals (ASPI), and the president of AMPI (Mexico’s association of real estate professionals).

But don’t panic Realtors, this is still Mexico, and things move real slow. This will take a while.

The detour of the year. After 42 years of shilly shallying around, the road from Tortugas Bay to Vizcaino on the Pacific northern part of our state, past Mag Bay, has finally being paved.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, governor Carlos Mendoza said, “today, the families of Tortuga Bay have new opportunities to improve their economy,” as they will now be able to ship their seafood catch to other parts of the peninsula without hauling their stuff on dirt roads.

It was 42 years ago that Mendoza’s father, former governor of our state, opened the dirt road, with the following governors keeping it kind of drivable. Well, the area has only 7,000 inhabitants, maybe we can’t expect this to be a priority. Any more than the road to El Tezel is a priority since its almost all Gringos who have to bounce up that road to go home.

Hold the powdered sugar. A group, (A herd? A fleet?) of U.S. cops were in La Paz recently, training our state and city cops in interview and questioning techniques. The training was obtained through an agreement with the U.S. embassy which was reached during the recent visit of veteran diplomat Roberta Jacobson, U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

Who by the way, resigned her post shortly after her visit here because Trump insisted every decision be routed through his son in law Jaren Kushner. She told him to stuff it. Well, she’s a career diplomat, no doubt she used diplomat words.

Remember Lydia? No, not last night’s date you were trying so hard to forget, we mean the storm that nearly washed us all out to sea. No high winds, just three days of a rushing wall of water.

More people died than the government has ever acknowledged, and a large part of that denial is because the city, state, and feds looked the other way when a crook built a flimsy dam in an arroyo, convinced people desperate for a home that it was safe to build there, and sold them land.

Now the government has woken up to their responsibility and is moving no less than 20,000 people to high ground before another big storm hits.

It looks like a big desert out there, but all that land is spoken for, so it’s hard to find a place for these folks to go. However, all three branches of government are all over this problem and have alerted the vulnerable families they will be on the move “soon”.