Que Pasa in Cabo?

September 17, 2018 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Instructions To Those Burgled. There has been a recent rash of burglaries recently. Honcho of the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Canaco), would like us to remind our readers that if nobody goes down to the police station to swear out a complaint against someone who is miraculously caught, then that person must be released.

So, to end this catch and release, don't forget to go down and identify the bad hombre. A lot of times Gringo victims don't do this because they don't understand they need to, and they don't understand the police when they're told to follow up. You don't need Spanish to go down to the police station and point.

Restaurant week. Several restaurants in San Jose have decided to attract more locals and tourists by offering special priced menus. From October 13 to 20, they will showcase $30 fixed menus in conjunction with special events.

As of press time, 18 restaurants have signed up. They are: Herringbone and Casa Calavera at the Vidanta resort (formerly Cryan’ Palace), Los Tamarindos, Tequila, Don Sánchez, Habaneros, Local Uno, La Galería, Rock & Brews, La Forchetta, La Vaca Tinta, El Fish & Grill, Casa San José, La Revolución, Latino 8, La Dolce, Mi Cocina and El Patio Steak House. If you like that line-up, now would be the time to go.

For more information look up: www.sanjosedelcaborestaurantweek.com

We got a winner! The Conde Nast Traveler magazine just revealed its 100 Best Travel Awards for the year. Guess what? We’re in! The winner of the Best American & Caribbean Hotel is… (drum roll here): The One&Only Palmilla, followed by the Eden Rock - St Barths. But who cares about St Barths?

More flights for Cabo. The state’s secretariat of tourism stated last week that between the last quarter of this year and early 2019, nine new airline routes to Los Cabos will be operating. New flights are from St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinatti, Ottawa and Kelowna as well as Chicago and Las Vegas. Mexico’s Volaris airline will also add flights from Chihuahua and Guanajuato. Hey, we like Mexican tourists, too.

Trees for Todos Santos. A city government program to reforest La Paz has spread to Todos Santos, thanks to efforts by local businesswoman Rouss Ramirez and Marco Carazo. The couple obtained a donation of 300 silk cotton trees from Fernando Irabien in San Miguel de Allende. So now we have fancy imported trees. Well, Imported from another state.

Bathrooms are coming. The state’s ministry of urban planning (yes, Virginia, there is such an government agency, it’s just that nobody pays any attention to them), will build three public bathrooms along the La Paz malecon, at a cost of nearly 180 grand. They will be located at both ends of the malecon, with one in the middle. At that price, we expect high end bathrooms, maybe even a Jacuzzi in each one. Ja! Soap, towels and toilet paper would be a miracle. This is like deploying nice new garbage cans: Nobody ever picks up the garbage.

Sign up now. For the 6th year 700 competitors will run/bike/swim in the Ironman Los Cabos on Sunday, November 4 starting at the Palmilla beach. 1200 competitors are expected to clog up our streets. If interested, you may still sign up to run your ass off at: www.ironmanmexico.com.

It’s baaack. The open-air gold mining project known as Los Cardones is still thrashing around out there trying to get permits, fighting serious opposition from our Southern Baja citizens.

Jorge Diaz, representing the Salinas group, owners of the mining project, is still claiming his corporation will get the approval from Semarnat, Mexico’s environmental agency. The Salinas group is a powerful one, which owns TV Azteca, Mexico’s second largest telecommunications company, and the Elektra stores and many more companies, so don’t count them out.

Diaz repeatedly points out that the mine will create 2,000 new jobs, millions in taxes and promises a $250 million investment in a protective dome and a water desalination plant. He also states that this project will “respect” the environment and will have tight supervision. In Mexico? Tight pay offs maybe. Tight supervision? No way.

The project expects to produce 100,000 ounces of gold a year and, in order to get the proper permits, it is negotiating with the state’s university (UABCS), the Northwest Center of Biology research and the biologists’ association of Mexico. Hmmm….today gold is going for just under $1200 per ounce. That’s $120 million a year. We want more of that money spread around the Baja. More permits, more developer fees.

“Several groups,” Diaz said, “are genuinely interested and ready to listen, to our plan, while others show an attitude of intolerance.” He added that some organizations like Niparajá, Pronatura Noroeste, SOS are open to dialogue. This claim was immediately denied by Niparaja Pronatura.

Marine species rescue center projected. Our Southern Baja state will have the country’s – and Latin America’s - first marine species rescue center in La Paz, where injured  or ailing dolphins, sea turtles and sea lions will be taken care of.

The 8,000 sq. ft. construction will cost some $2 million and will be based in the state’s university unit located in Pichilingue and will be tended by experts from the state’s whale and ocean science museum, the state university (UABCS), the Marine Megafauna Marina, (MMARES), plus the federal government.

The center will feature four pools, two water filters, a controlled temperature area, and air conditioning.

The project is viable because Mexico’s ministry of the environment and natural resources (Semarnat) certified the UABCS to receive wildlife from other states. The center will also be able to receive, rescue and rehabilitate other species of wildlife.