Que Pasa In Cabo?

August 8, 2016 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Tennis anyone? The tournament happens at the brand new very slick tennis stadium at Cabo Del Mar development, and will be part of the bilingual, private school there. The entire campus is very plush and interesting to go see. It serves a nice private home development by the Ventanas people. It’s behind the Cabo San Lucas Country Club. 

The stadium seats 3,500 total, with a 1,000 seat grand stand for the center court. In addition to the main tennis court with the big seating, there are four additional courts, a food & beverage area, and eventually there will be shops and a commercial area.

Tournament hours are from 5:00 pm. from Monday through Thursday and 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. The reason for the late hours of course, is nobody wants to run around a tennis court in August in the noon day sun.

Tickets are, for the complete series (6 days): Silver $280.00, Gold $365.00, Platinum $416.00.

The cost of daily tickets go from $18 to $120 depending on the date and seating preference.

Tickets are for sale in Cabo at the venue, Phone 624-131-5005 or 624-105-9357. In San Jose at the Koral Center in Cerro Colorado (the H+ Hospital mall). Phone 624-104-0127. To get there: Heading towards Cabo, get on the service road and turn right up this little street, (there is a sign that says Del Mar school), just before you get to the Country Club entrance. 

So who’s playing? Buncha people we don’t know, but they are pretty highly ranked internationally. There will be one Gringo, Sam Querrey.

More flights. Southwest airlines is just waiting for approval from the FAA to roll out a new flight from Los Angeles to Los Cabos in November this year.

Brad Hawkins, spokesman for Southwest, said the company wants to get in the game with more flight to Los Cabos, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. Well, screw those other cities, Brad, we want all the new flights!

Former governor under fire. Again. An illegal 3” water pipe system was discovered last week in San Jose, and blabbed all over town on social media. Turns out the pipe goes straight to two ranches, owned by former Mayor of Los Cabos Tony Agundez and his brother, former governor of our state, Nabisco Agundez.

According to Ooomsapas, the city’s water agency, the amount of water diverted to those ranches leaves some 1,600 families thirsty.

The current manager of Ooompsapas, Pene Nuñez, who was Los Cabos mayor under Agundez’s governorship, said his agency has filed criminal charges on “whoever is responsible” for stealing water from the city. Huh? Past tense on the filing of the criminal charges but Pene doesn’t know who’s responsible? How does that work? And if it wasn’t the Agundez brothers’ employees who laid the pipe who did? The water fairy?

Former governor Agundez, who has already spent some time in prison for acts committed while in office, stated that this is just “another political persecution” to prevent him and his brother from running for office again. Yes, his defense seems to be headed in the direction of the water fairy. That the pipes came out of nowhere.

New mall awakens. The Koral Center, that funny looking structure that’s grown up in front of the new H+ hospital and the adjacent Hampton Inn between San Jose and Cabo, seems to be finally coming together. Last week, the opening of I.O. Domani, an upscale ladies’ clothing store, had their opening party. In a good omen for the business, most of the women who gobbled up the champagne and ors d’oeuvres walked out with at least two new wardrobe selections. This is going to be a very successful store.

The barn like structure in front of the hospital is going to be a farmers’ market, opening in October. Between that and the hospital is a collection of upscale retail stores, most of them already rented. For now, only Domani’s is open. Then, sandwiched between the shops and the hospital is a collection of doctors’ offices. 

Sports stadium The Don Koll Taj Mahal of sports facilities located in the very humble Los Cangrejos barrio, was hit hard by Hurricane Odile two years ago. It will finally be patched up as per grand announcement by Los Cabos Mayor Arturo de la Rosa.

The soccer stadium and track and field facility was built by Don Koll to fulfil his developer’s fees incurred when he built the Hacienda residences on the old Hacienda hotel land near Medano beach. Yes, that’s the way things are done around here. Instead of forking over cash to install water, sewer, and electric, some city guy decides that it would be nice to have a big fancy soccer field in a barrio that was actually an illegal squatter camp at the time. With no sewer. Raw sewage was rolling down the dirt street in front of the stadium.

The city has finally legalized the camp, and declared the stadium to belong to the people of the area, so now there will be state and federal funding to fix it.

Currently, it’s a big dark hulk with no lights and structural damage.  The plan is to also build a semi-Olympic size pool, and a martial arts gym.

Growing food. That’s always a good thing, no? The city’s office of environmental promotion, (whatever that means), announced last week that 14,000 elementary school students are learning how to build their own gardens, with 29 of them already up and growing organic veggies.

The plan now is to expand that to 56 gardens tended by students in San Jose, Cabo, Miraflores, Santiago and La Ribera.

The crops include sunflowers, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, cucumbers, onions, chilies and carrots, among others.

Firemen (and women) rolling in clover. Yes, Virginia, our valiant firefighters did not have a salary until now. Most of them were volunteers. But now the city council has approved a new law to protect and support them.

There’s a downside to it, though. The appointment of a fire marshal will be decided by the city mayor. Sigh. The fire department has a board of directors, most of them civilians, who decide who to hire and who to pass on, and they manage the finances of the department. They also work hard at coming up with fund raising ideas. Now that the city will be in charge, some of that will change, as the Mayor will have the final say about the operation. On the positive side, Mayor de la Rosa has sworn that our firefighters will not have to come up with fundraising ideas to acquire equipment and keep their fire trucks running. And we believe him. Ha ha.

City cleaning house. In preparation for hurricane season – which actually began in May – the city is removing old trees, damaged light poles, and various flotsam and jetsam that could become projectiles in the next hurricane. Stuff gets tossed in the arroyos, the dry river beds, and during heavy rains, it’s bombs away downstream as the rushing water whooshes it along until it hits something, taking out a house, a car, or a person.

The cleanup job began at the request (demand?) of downtown Cabo San Lucas’ organized businesses called the Amigos de Cabo San Lucas and will go work its way through the barrios of both Cabo, San Jose and rural areas.

New dam. The La Palma dam, located in San Jose, is 96% finished, if we are to believe Luis Martínez, the regional rep of Mexico’s water commission (Conagua).

The 23 million cubic meter dam, which cost us $27 million, should be finished sometime next year, promised Martinez. The structure is almost finished, he says, waiting only for water pumps, electrical accessories, and beauty work. (Beauty work? A dam needs beauty work? Who knew?)

Once its operational, the reservoir should supply Los Cabos with lots more water so we don’t have to shower with a friend anymore. Sigh, one more thing about the old days to miss.

Until now, the water that falls just runs to sea, with no effort on our part to catch it and save it. Our water that we do have, runs down from the mountains behind town, taking the estuary rout it’s been taking for thousands of years. Finally, someone thought of building a catch basin for it. Duh.

Nope, still no license plates. The new placas for our vehicles will possibly not arrive until possibly the end of this year. With possibly being the key words here.

The new plates, which were supposed to hit town this September, have been put on hold. Again. They were going to be manufactured in China, but the federal government changed the specs and the Chinamen ended up out of the picture.

A new bid for their production went out, and hopefully they will be in production sometime this month. (Fat chance, unless the fix is in on the bid).

 The design will feature the blue and white colors of the PAN political party currently in power, a shot of our famous arch, and several more features that represent our Southern Baja state, as well as some state-of-the-art security features. Wow, crowded plates.

La Paz school doomed. The 18 de Marzo elementary school located around the corner from the old city hall in downtown La Paz will be demolished, as it represents a danger to our kids. So said Carlos Rivas, a state official, who insisted that revamping the old school would cost the city more than $1.5 million.

Therefore, the state has decided to demolish it and sell or lease the land to Carlos Slim, Mexico’s communications tycoon, to deploy a coffee shop / bookstore in that location.

Slim owns Telmex and TelCel, Mexico’s largest telephone and cell phone companies.

The school was mostly used by city government employees who worked around the corner before the city hall was moved to a different, more modern location.

Panic mode. A couple of weeks ago, residents of our Southern Baja state went into panic mode: the internet was down for nearly two hours, as well as cell phone connections.

Seems a construction company bulldozed through a section of fiber optics cable about 30 miles from La Paz.

Telmex, owners of the fiber optics cable, sent a repair crew, but did not bother to let us know what was going on. Banks, government offices and all businesses and individuals had their connections shut down. It was like apocalypse time. For some. Others just walked over to the beach to enjoy a margarita.