Que Pasa in Cabo?

July 8, 2019
BY: DAVID FLORES

Restaurant on the move. The Italian Job, one of the locals’ favorite Italian restaurants, closed its doors last weekend and is preparing to reopen in early October. Owner Fabrizio promises the new location will be bigger and better. I met Fabrizio and his late wife Claudia while spending a weekend in Los Barriles and fell in love with his food. When he made his move to Cabo I followed him. I will surely be at the new Italian Job as soon as it is open!

Same-sex marriage legalized. In a hall full of pro and con protesters carrying banners and endlessly shouting, our Southern Baja State legislators approved same-sex marriage. The ruling followed Mexico’s Supreme Court decision of June 2015 that states same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional.

Only 2 days later, members of the Los Cabos LGBT community celebrated Pride Day in Cabo San Lucas and La Paz with parades along the marina boulevard in Cabo, and the Malecon in La Paz.

Same-sex civil marriages are currently performed in 18 states and Mexico City, and recognized by all states. Altogether, 55 percent of the population live in states and municipalities that perform same-sex marriage.

Songwriters In Paradise coming to Cabo. The 3rd Annual SIP CABO will be held in Cabo San Lucas from October 30 to November 2, with hit songwriters performing nightly at the Bahia Hotel & Beach House.

Songwriters in Paradise is a singer-songwriter festival designed to bring the world's top songwriting and performing talent together in the world's most exclusive and gorgeous destinations for a memorable musical experience. The best part? All shows are free to the public. 

Songwriters in attendance include Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors; Wyatt Durrette, who has written a number of Zac Brown Band’s famous hits including "Chicken Fried" and "Toes" as well as the popular Luke Combs’ song, “Crazy Beautiful”, which topped the charts at number 1 for seven straight weeks; Big Machine recording artist, Lauren Jenkins, who was recently named an emerging artist by Billboard, was featured on the Today Show and released her debut album, No Saint; SIP Founder and successful songwriter, Patrick Davis of Patrick Davis and his Midnight Choir; and Channing Wilson, writer of the monster country radio hit, “She Got The Best of Me.” More information at https://www.songwritersinparadise.com/sip-cabo.

Local chef wins… with a taco. David Sanz, the Casa Dorada hotel’s chef, took second place at the International Taco Competition held in Houston, TX., last week, at the Sips, Suds & Tacos event during the Food & Wine Week celebration.

The taco event is sponsored by Mexico’s ministry of tourism and the foreign relations consulate.

Local police get sophisticated. The first point-of-sale portable terminals have been delivered to traffic cops in Los Cabos to collect fines. No more corruption, if you want to stop it, you can now pay on-site and avoid a trip to the police station, which is always a bummer. Many cops will also carry GoPro cameras on their vests, which should increase video-vigilance and combat abuse of authority. Let’s all help folks, this is what we have been asking for for many years!

The mother of all meetings is here. The World Meetings Forum is taking place this week at the recently opened Hard Rock Hotel, with over 100 of the world’s most important events and meeting planner brands attending.

Business, learning experience, networking and focus on social contributions are some of the themes of this year’s forum, said Rafael Hernández, Chairman. Previous events have had up to 174 international speakers, over 2,000 attendants and 735 hosted buyers from 18 countries.

Mexico plays host to over 265,000 events each year with 29 million participants that brings about $1.7 billion in revenue.

Rodrigo Esponda, director of the Los Cabos tourism fund, said that “meetings tourism is increasing every day in Los Cabos, contributing with 6.8 percent of the GDP or $360 million a year and hundreds of jobs. Each year, over 6,500 meetings and conventions take place in our resort destination with over 300,000 visitors that represent 14 percent of the total of tourists that come to Cabo.

In related news. HelmsBriscoe, the global leader in meetings procurement and site selection, awarded our local tourism fund as the “2018 Associated Destination outside the U.S.” during its annual business conference. The recognition will increase Los Cabos exposure in HelmsBriscoe’s world network of destinations and resorts.

Would you rather work from home? You may be able to, soon, if a new law gets enforced. Mexico’s congress approved a reform to the labor law last week, which includes allowing employees to apply – and obtain work-from-home status.

Actually, the law calls the new status tele-working, which allows employees to work from home or any other location of their choice.

The resolution was founded on the attempt to reduce commuting stress for workers who live in large cities of Mexico, spend long hours in transportation to and from their job sites. It would also reduce the use of vehicles and pollution and increase job opportunities for young people that are more computer savvy.

The specifics on how an employee can demand to change their status from working at the office to work online will be detailed in the rules and regulations of the new law, which is expected to be published before this year’s end.