Que Pasa in Cabo?

February 4, 2020 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Palmilla beach entrance open again.

Last Saturday, Los Cabos Mayor lady Armida Castro and her chief of public safety cut down the parking lot arm that Palmilla development residents placed to control access to the beach. Loyal readers know that all beaches in Mexico are public, and access is free. Palmilla’s security agents did not actually prevent people from entering this beach, but questioned anyone that didn’t look like a Gringo, or sharp.

The concerned citizens of San Jose del Cabo reveled, had meetings with the mayor and created a campaign on social media, and now access is unquestionable again.

 

Barack and Michelle Obama Visit Loreto

The former president and first lady were seen walking the Loreto Malecon yesterday and had their picture taken with fans who recognized them. They are here aboard the 86-meter Seven Seas yacht, owned and chartered by Steven Spielberg for $1.8 million a month. It features a large pool, a large gym, a swimming platform at the aft of the yacht as well as a foldable one located amidst ship. Accessible through a side door, the 86-meter tender garage carries a large, limousine style tender as well as three powerful JetSkis. Another rescue boat can be launched by another crane from the yacht's bow.

 

Speaking of celebrities.

Former Cabo Artists Back in Cabo. Well, Canadian-born, turned Cabo locals and now they live in Canada again, but visit us each year. They’re Chris MacClure and wife Marilyn Hurst. MacClure is best known as the Romantic Realist artist, and they both owned Cabo’s only art gallery, the Golden Cactus in Cabo San Lucas downtown for many years, before selling it to the late Celyne Poupart. MacClure also is  the founder of "International Artist Day," a special day held worldwide each October 25th Since 2004 to honor all artists. Chris and Marilyn will be in Cabo for 2 weeks, and will be the “artists on site” Thursday February 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Old Town Gallery on Obregon Street, downtown San Jose del Cabo. See you there!

 

Annual Half Marathon this Sunday!

At 7 a.m., the annual Los Cabos Half Marathon will start from the main Plaza Mijares in downtown San Jose, finishing at the same spot. The race will offer 21.097 km of history and natural beauties, an incredible route, which includes San Jose del Cabo´s historical downtown, its hotel area and the astonishing Puerto Los Cabos Marina. Mostly flat, the route includes 2 short slopes which are a challenge, even for the most experienced runner. Beware of traffic blockages. For information and tickets look the event up at: https://www.facebook.com/events/355414608674810/

 

It's Bike Week again!

From February 13 through 15, hundreds of bikers from the U.S., mainland Mexico, South America and locals will get together for their annual Bike Week. This year the event celebrates the life of Jorge Garrido, a Cabo biker who died in a bike accident last December. Expect to see them riding all over the place!

 

Monster Tuna Caught Off Cabo San Lucas

Steve Hammerschmidt of Huntington Beach landed a 365-pound “super cow” following a battle that lasted over 2 hours, just 30 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. The catch followed the hooking and loss of two huge yellowfin tuna but kept going. At 84 inches, the super cow was not that far in weight from the world record of 427 pounds, also caught near Cabo. Hammerschmidt was fishing aboard “Castigo” with mate Adam Cargill, boat owner Larry Jacinto and Capt. Sean Sadler, reported Rebecca Ehrenberg of www.piscessportfishing.com

 

Mexico’s Universal Health Care Not There Yet

When President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (known as AMLO) announced that health care at federal and state hospitals and clinics would be free, everyone applauded his decision.

However, there have been numerous complaints for the new Institute of Health for Wellbeing (Insabi), as many clinics are still charging for procedures, materials and consultations.

The truth is, the Insabi, which replaces Seguro Popular, is dramatically underfunded and in many cases, state governors have refused to adhere. Southern Baja governor Carlos Mendoza is among those, citing that the Insabi cannot guarantee services nor medication inventory and that our state would not adhere until that is corrected. Insabi director Juan Ferrer stated yesterday that “Free services will be added in a progressive manner.” So there. Keep your Seguro Popular card, and be ready to pay some, if little money.

 

New Flight from New York Announced

The re-relaunched Eastern Airlines has applied for the United States Department of Transportation’s permission to grow its scheduled service fleet from one aircraft to three, following the recent approval to fly to Mexico. The New York – Los Cabos flight should depart from JFK International Airport on March 8, according to the permission filing. Eastern expects an average seat filling of 55 percent and an average $253 one-way airfare.

 

Money Thrown at the San Jose Estuary

To upkeep the San Jose estuary, which has suffered fires, loss of water and sewage dumps from the nearby sewage treatment plant, the city council allocated nearly 400 grand for clean up work and general maintenance. This is the first time ever that the city devotes money to restore the estuary, which is an important source of water for the city.

 

La Paz Landmark Hotel Sold

The Perla Hotel, located on the La Paz main drag just across from the Malecon, was sold to a member of the Sanchez Navarro family in a little over $4 million USD.

The sale was confirmed by the state’s minister of tourism, Luis Araiza, who added that the building will be remodeled and converted into La Paz’ second Hampton Inn and shopping mall. That should attract more visitors to our state’s capitol city. The hotel had been neglected for years, although its restaurant, located on the bottom floor, continues to be one of the locals’ favorite. We hope the new owners, who are building another Hampton Inn near the old Grand Baja hotel on the beach, do not turn it into a Denny’s.