Que Pasa In Cabo?

October 31, 2016 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Calling All Fishermen. November 12 on the island sitting in the middle of the San Jose marina, there will be a gathering of fisher people called Anglers Appreciation Day. It’s 10 to 3, and it’s free to get in. There will be free drawings every half  hour for tackle, lures, tackle systems and more. There will be music, food and drinks, a casting contest with prizes sponsored by BajaMark tackle and fishing boats on trailers for sale.  This is kind of a precursor to the November 13th Wahoo Tournament.   More information at 624 1056181

Great day for a swim. Or not. Last week there were three cruise ships and a dead whale floating in our bay. Around 11:30 Monday morning, the harbor master announced over the radio to all Cabo vessels the presence of a dead humpback whale lounging in the middle of Cabo Bay. This added to the excitement of having three cruise ships here at the same time.

Officials in the Harbor Masters office were working with Profepa, Mexico’s environmental watchdog, along with the Navy and the cruise ship lines, to figure out how to tow the dead whale out of the bay. The Cabo Expeditions company, which sells sea excursions and diving was also standing by to help. The plan was to tow it up the Pacific side and towards the Migriño area. That seems to be the best good neighbor policy the Harbor Master could come up with.

Another option was to do nothing but wait until it decomposed out in the ocean and transport its bones to the whale museum in La Paz. But that gets risky, as depending on currents, it could wash up on our shores, creating a really big stink-a-roo. The cause of the death of the 45-foot adult whale was unknown.

Uber alert. The rumor that Uber, the ride sharing company, is coming to Baja, or at least Southern Baja, caused the taxi drivers of La Paz, our state’s capitol city, to stage a march protesting their “maybe” arrival.

A poll held by a local newspaper showed that 74% of the population would welcome Uber’s arrival, while 14% were against it and 11% didn’t give a damn. (There’s 1% missing here?) No doubt the 14% against it derive income from the out of control taxistas.

Julio Mendoza, head of the state’s transportation agency, said that no way Jose, Uber’s not coming in here because they have to be registered with the state and obtain permits and so far no one has approached him. If they did, there is no doubt that Julio would turn them down, as he is in the pocket of the taxi cartel.

But our attorney, Arturo Rubio, told us the state can’t do anything about it, since the Uber service is a contract between civilian individuals. Many residents think that our lousy taxi drivers will beat the hell out of any Uber driver that competes with them, and that is very probable. The taxistas in Mexico City are setting Uber cars on fire, and those guys are pussy cats compared to our obnoxious drivers.

Following the protests, several ride sharing companies approached state officials to learn what the requirements were to get a ride sharing service started.

Social media is having a field day with this, posting memes telling the taxi drivers what they have to change if they don’t want to lose their life style. Ha! Let us count the ways. There is nothing, nothing good about our taxi cartel which has a stranglehold on our tourists. And that hurts all businesses as well as riders. People don’t want to pay some fat, sloppy, rude guy who doesn’t even speak English more to drive them into town than their dinner will cost. So they stay in their hotel. And why is every taxi driver so fat, anyway?

Annual Cabo fiestas were a hit. The five day celebration of San Lucas, or Saint Luke in English, took an up turn this year. First, the event was moved away from the Cascadas and Villa del Palmar resorts to a huge empty lot next to the WalMart plaza.

Second, a second stage was set up in downtown Cabo, on Hidalgo street, next to the town’s old park which quickly turned into a mess as the city closed one block to traffic –which blocked the entrance to the Invita restaurant and the Casa Bella bed and Breakfast, without previous notice. After these two screamed blood murder, one lane was reopened to vehicle traffic.

Third, the crowd that showed up to watch and listen to favorite Mexican singers and ranchero bands reached an astonishing number. Official reports say that at least 35,000 people stood on their feet all night to enjoy the shows. And that was only at the WalMart location, as the crowd in downtown Cabo was not counted in that number.

There were the usual carny games and food stands, all of them featuring tacos. Yeah, we talked to them and they all plan to move to every corner in the U.S. if Donald Trump wins this election, just to needle him.

Drink beer. The Los Cabos water department just released some scary stats: In the past 10 years, the amount of available drinking water in Los Cabos has increased 10%, while the number of residents has increased 75%. The public bidding for a second desal plant in Cabo San Lucas should be launched before the end of this year. And at the rate we’re growing, by the time that plant is finished, we will be way behind in needed water again.

Calling all artists. The 8th Annual Todos Santos Open Studio Tour is still looking for artist willing to let looky loos into their art studio the weekend of Feb 11 & 12, from 10 am to 4 pm. All proceeds benefit the children's art programs at the Palapa Society of Todos Santos.

The tour draws hundreds of people curious to see working art studios, meet the artists and perhaps have a personal dialogue with them. And, drum roll, maybe even buy one of our works. If you live in Todos Santos and would like to participate, fire off an email to ts.studiotour@gmail.com for more information and application, contact their facebook page Todos Santos Open Studio Tour

Calling all Thespians. And if you don’t know what that word means, you might not be right for this.

Dec. 29th upstairs at Sara's Galeria de Los Angeles in Los Barriles at 10:00 am, (bring your own folding chair). This year’s brand new play has been written and it’s called Snow White And The Seven Mariachis. This will create lots of great roles. Rehearsals will start by the end of Feb. Performance dates are March 10th, 11th, 12th, and 16th, 17th, 18th. More info coming by first of the year.  Facebook Baja-Shakespeare-.

Trump or Hillary? You can’t hide down here and pretend you’re not involved in the train wreck that’s going on at home. You need to pick a side: Crooked Hillary or bat shit crazy Donald

You can get a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot at the Consulate which is downstairs in the basement of the strip center Palmilla Shoppes in Palmilla. Talk to Maryann Douglas there. maryanndoug@gmail.com

And to end on a serious note. The city is partnering with INEGI, the federal census agency, on assembling statistics on our municipality. The professionals at INRGI are here to help our guys reorganize and classify the information collected in the various municipal agencies.

The city will then have on offer an Information Center, with Statistics and Geography of the Municipality of Los Cabos.

This information can be used as tools for making decisions by the municipal government in areas our citizens need. And, this information will be easily available to the public. If you are a developer, or even just thinking of investing in a business here, this could be very valuable to you.

The Institute of Municipal Planning will work with INEGI on the information, making it available in their office, as well as online.

Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is coming up and Mexican altars are a way to remember those we’ve loved and are no longer with us. In Mexico and other Latin communities, families spend a ton of time and boo coo bucks setting up an elaborate and colorful display with offerings prepared for spirits returning on November 1 and 2. Family members decorate this display together, much as American families decorate their Christmas tree; as a family project.

This year 15 altars designed by local artists and businesses working together with 15 local charities will be displayed on Flora Farms' grounds.

Visitors can vote on their favorite by stumbling around the walk of alters with fun interactive maps.

There will be drinks, snacks and entertainment. Voting for the best ofrenda will take place on November 2nd, throughout the day, and you may participate in the voting. Prize winning will each winner’s charity.

There’s no charge but they want you to make reservations at reservations@flora-farms.com

Altars will be displayed at the farm Nov. 2nd to 6th. Flora Farms is just past San Jose, out in the tullies. Better go to their website and take a close look at their map

Calling all artists. The 8th Annual Todos Santos Open Studio Tour is still looking for artist willing to let looky loos into their art studio the weekend of Feb 11 & 12, from 10 am to 4 pm. All proceeds benefit the children's art programs at the Palapa Society of Todos Santos.

The tour draws hundreds of people curious to see working art studios, meet the artists and perhaps have a personal dialogue with them. And, drum roll, maybe even buy one of our works. If you live in Todos Santos and would like to participate, fire off an email to ts.studiotour@gmail.com for more information and application, contact their facebook page Todos Santos Open Studio Tour

Calling all Thespians. And if you don’t know what that word means, you might not be right for this.

Dec. 29th upstairs at Sara's Galeria de Los Angeles in Los Barriles at 10:00 am, (bring your own folding chair). This year’s brand new play has been written and it’s called Snow White And The Seven Mariachis. This will create lots of great roles. Rehearsals will start by the end of Feb. Performance dates are March 10th, 11th, 12th, and 16th, 17th, 18th. More info coming by first of the year.  Facebook Baja-Shakespeare-.

Trump or Hillary? You can’t hide down here and pretend you’re not involved in the train wreck that’s going on at home. You need to pick a side, no matter how distasteful that side is to you.

You can get a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot at the Consulate which is downstairs in the basement of the strip center Palmilla Shoppes in Palmilla. Talk to Maryann Douglas there. maryanndoug@gmail.com.