Sandy Hogan Is Mad As Hell

And she wants you to read this

Cabo may have come back from hurricane Odile, but it is clear that people would like to retain the cluttered, trashy post-hurricane look.  The resorts may be back, but most of the city looks like a dump (basura).

I was in Mexico City, Cuernavaca and Acapulco in April and those cities are clean.  Chapultepec park, a huge park in Mexico City, was full of people enjoying picnics and playing ball, and there were many, many dogs, but doggy poop was not left behind by insensitive pet owners.  Since it was Santa Semana, it was very crowded, but, amazingly, I saw no litter.  There were no sandwich wrappers, empty bottles or other human debris scattered about.  The streets and sidewalks throughout the city were clean with plenty of trash cans for litter.

can-large.jpgIn Cuernavaca, I found the same lack of trash.  Even though there are vendors in the zocalo every night, by morning, it’s clean.

Acapulco’s beaches were pristine and I watched people carrying trash to trash bins.  No one that I saw simply threw their trash on the ground.

So, what’s with Cabo?  I walk my dog three or four times a day and I’m amazed at all the litter—and lack of trash cans.  The empty lot on the malecon near the Wyndham in downtown Cabo is always full of empty bottles and cans, wrappers from Subway, cups and napkins from Dairy Queen and other assorted trash.  If it’s cleaned up during the day, the next morning new trash has appeared. 

Recently, just as you enter the small lot from the alley, one of our local drug dealers has built himself a shack.  His friends have built a rondavel around the tree in the center of the private lot on the malecon between Wyndham, Plaza Nautica and the Gray Ghost.  Granted they cleaned up much of the trash from the lot which had become a full time basura, however, there are still slabs of broken concrete, paper trash, cans, bottles, plastic bags, human feces and other debris.  This is all on view to those who stroll along the malecon.  What an impression we must make on tourists.  This lot is private property.  Are there no laws or regulations requiring the owners to keep the area clean?  If we don’t have such laws, shouldn’t we? And why isn’t the city doing anything about this?

We hear so much about greed in government—particularly our local government.  How about some stiff penalties for littering? This could be a good revenue stream for them, I don’t care, if it works to stop the littering.  The government doesn’t even need to be concerned about having Cabo look beautiful, they just need to be greedy.  C’mon City officials, get with it.


One Neighborhood Pitches In


Neighbors in the Brisas del Pacifico West neighborhood are joining together to clean up, light up and keep up safety. 

On a recent Saturday many of them gathered to clean up a street which has become a dumping ground for garbage and dead animals. Dead animals? Yikes!

They spent the morning bagging the garbage, clearing the brush, raking, and of course picking up those dead animals. They vow to continue street by street until all the streets are clean. They are also adding extra lights and signs warning bad guys to stay away. (Hopefully, the bad guys know how to read.) Neighbors also take turns patrolling the neighborhood to make sure all is in order, and everyone is connected by Whatsapp.  If anything happens they are instantly in contact and ready to help each other.

They are working with the police through the program, Vecinos Vigilante, which is similar to the neighborhood watch program in the States. They have met with police representatives and have the  police phone number handy.

This all started about four years ago when they first got together to learn about the Vecinos Vigilante Program and to get to know each other. They assembled a directory with names, phone numbers and emails of all the neighbors, and now have added the list of cars that they all own, so they know when a car does not belong in the neighborhood.

Maria Oroczo, spokeschick for the neighbors, pointed out that in the United States we all  learned about  forest fires from Smoky The Bear, and we were well acquainted with McGruff the dog who suggests we all band together to take a bite out of crime.  “We need to teach our Mexican friends about these programs so they can educate their children,” she suggests.  “It’s a matter of taking pride in our neighborhoods.” ,