Que Pasa in Cabo?

June 11, 2018 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Is Pancho the sea lion dead? Nope. The reports of Pancho's death have been greatly exaggerated. Pancho is an extra large sea lion who hangs out in the Cabo marina and makes his living by begging. Fishermen coming in from a day on the sea toss him scraps, and he puts on his cute face at all the fish cleaning stations in hopes of being fed. Most afternoons you can see him lying very still in the middle of the marina, one flipper in the air. He does this to equalize his body temperature. At night he flops onto one of the piers and is soon joined by his many girlfriends. They set up a terrible racket.

Recently, a sea lion was observed hanging out on the rocks and appeared to be injured. He was brought on land, put on a stretcher, and transferred to the dolphin center where the staff veterinarians tried to save him. But he had lost too much blood from his puncture wound, and he expired.

Again, it was not Pancho. A friend of ours fed him the day after the news. Pancho is alive and begging at his usual posts in the marina.

Doggy party ahead! Sunday, June 17th, the Los Cabos Humane Society will hold a Doggy Festival at their headquarters, just around the corner from the love motel on the road to Todos Santos. The party starts at 10 am and will include games, contests, food and lots of fun. The party coincides with Father’s Day and is a family event. Entry is free of charge. Bring your doggy (on a leash) and join the fun!

For more information email humanesocietycabo@yahoo.com

Bring down the wall! No, not that one, the one inside the RIU hotel in Cabo. Developers built it to divert the water from the arroyo. Remember last year when tropical storm Lidia washed out the Chevy dealership, the Vagabundos restaurant, and went through the RIU like shit through a goose? Well, the new wall was intended to protect their property, but it turns out the management didn’t apply for a construction permit.

Alvaro Ramirez, head of the urban planning agency in Los Cabos, (what, you didn’t know we had one?) stated that together they did an inspection with our civil protection agency, (sort of a FEMA, but a little more alert) and ruled that the wall was a threat to other properties in the area. You can’t just divert the gushing mud to your neighbors! They subsequently shut down the construction and instructed the RIU management to bring it down.

We’ll stay on it, too.

Downtown alert! Genaro Ruiz, the state’s secretary of urban planning, announced in late May the plan to remodel the Amelia Wilkes park in downtown Cabo. That would be the one on Hidalgo Street with the bandstand and the museum.

The plan calls for new concrete flooring, lighting, landscaping and benches, but no word on trash cans. (A favorite subject of the Amigos, they are like trash can happy). The Cabo downtown business owners’ association, known as Amigos, are awaiting a meeting with Ruiz to know more about the plan, as it is apparent that the park will be remodeled to resemble the main downtown park in San Jose, which so far nobody is happy with. The concrete on the ground is just dull and many think that it needs more tree shade. And, like, how about some grass? It’s a park, after all.

Housing needed A total of 1,595 new hotel rooms are being opened this year in six new hotels. These include the Montage, Le Blanc, Comfort Inn, Garza Blanca, Solaz, and the new edition of the Riu Palace. Paloma Palacios, executive president of the Los Cabos hotel association, said each hotel needs nearly three employees per room, which amounts to a total of nearly 4,000 new employees to be hired.

Do we have them here? No, we don’t. During the Montage opening cocktail party this writer talked to three different employees. They all came from other resorts like Esperanza, Ventanas al Paraiso, and the Resort at Pedregal. They moved to the Montage because of better salaries and benefits.

So there will be wage pressure to pay better until new people come to Cabo from other Mexican cities. And do we have homes and schools for them? Of course not. Our government doesn’t care, and of course the hotels don’t.

Cabo and San Diego protect sea bird The city’s department of natural resources and wildlife has signed an agreement with the San Diego zoo to protect the “gallito marino,” known in English as the legant stern which migrates to Los Cabos estuaries to mate and give birth to its chicks. The city works locally in cahoots with the Hotel Paradisus, Marina Costa Palmas, Dorado Golf Club, Pueblo Bonito Resorts, and the San Jose and the ITES technological institutes. They are real cuties, see the accompanying picture.

Wine does good That is the wine festival that took place last month in Todos Santos, 45 minutes north of Cabo. Known as Gastrointestinal, the festival raised funds to remodel one of the town’s parks at the San Juan barrio and for El Padrino (the godfather) Foundation.

A total of $16,254 was raised, 80 percent of which goes to the Padrino Children Foundation, and the rest (20 percent, Bunky) to the park. The Padrino Children’s Foundation is a provides access to professional medical care for children in need and to promote wellness for children in the community of Todos Santos and the surrounding region. For more information look up: .

Southwest announces new flight Between Chicago and Cabo San Lucas, as of next November on weekends only. This is a brand new destination from Midway airfield.

La Paz taxis to compete with Uber Martin Insunza, a leader of taxi drivers in La Paz and a taxi driver for 38 years, told us that since Uber came to town, his union, mostly working the downtown La Paz area, has lost 40% of its business to the app. He went on by saying that “we have to have traveler’s insurance, an $82 a year driver’s license, and pay over three grand a year in parking permits. And many drivers are also waiting for the state to approve new license plates for them.” Yes, to have those yellow painted curbs they need a paid permit.

Uber is not legal, he said, and actually he’s right. Public transportation is regulated by the state, and Uber drivers are not. They are not paying the state for permits either. While governor Carlos Mendoza has promised that he will not kick Uber out of the city, he promised to regulate them, which he has not done so far. Now these taxi drivers are offering discounts to their regular customers and are planning to launch their own app and reduce their fees – but not as low as Uber’s. Stay tuned.