Que Pasa in Cabo?

September 7th, 2015

Missing girls found in Cabo. Cassidy and Gabriella Gibbs, the 4 and 6 year old girls who went missing six months ago after Santa Maria, Calif. Superior Court granted visitation rights to their father, were recovered safely last week with their mother, 44 year old Michelle Christine Gibbs, in Los Cabos.

Last Tuesday, Michelle Gibbs surrendered herself and her daughters at the U.S. Consular Agency in San Jose. Mexican immigration officials escorted the three, who appeared to be in good health, back to the U.S. The Gibbs children were reunited with their father earlier this week. Their mother was arrested by the U.S. Marshalls on charges of felony child abduction. She posted bail at $100,000 and is slated for arraignment on Sept. 15 in California.

Where is everybody? The city government changes hands in December, following elections last June, and our city honchos are already missing in action.  Yup, many have already abandoned their jobs, showing up only to pick up their paychecks each quincena.

For instance–the new pavement project on Hidalgo Street in Cabo San Lucas, one of our most important streets that goes up from Marina Blvd. to the road to Todos Santos. At least six blocks have been torn up and left with mounds of dirt at every corner preventing vehicles entry. Those of us who drive high-clearance, 4x4 vehicles just looove to drive over them instead of taking long detours!

Last week the long suffering business owners along those blocks banded together to complain, and were supported by the influential Los Cabos Coordinating Council, which demanded outgoing, lame-duck Mayor Tony Agundez finish what he started. So far, not even a return phone call.

Attention Fisherpeople! The third annual Van Wormer Resort Tuna Shoot Out format will be a tad different this year, as it is the biggest Yellowfin tuna that will win. The largest tuna caught on October 24 will win approximately $35,000 (based on 100 teams entering). This is a one-day tournament, so anyone can win.

If you are entered in the tournament and you catch the fattest Yellowfin tuna you will walk away with the cash. There will be over $100,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Entry fee is only $500 per team. Terrific prizes for the top three teams that catch the largest tuna optional cash jackpots of $300, $500 and $1,000 and a new $2,000 jackpot with an 85% return rate.

There are great drawing prizes of tackle, lures, rods, tackle boxes, gift certificates and return trips to Van Wormer Resorts. All participants will receive a free tournament shirt and hat. The awards dinner will be held at Hotel Palmas De Cortez on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7:00 pm.

New this year: There will be three starting locations in La Paz, East Cape, and Puerto Los Cabos. Start time is at 7 am. at each location, with the weigh-in at Palmas De Cortez in the East Cape between 1 and 6 p.m. Security will be on duty from Friday night the 23rd starting at 7 pm. until Saturday morning at 6 am. for all boats anchored in front of Hotel Palmas De Cortez. Also panga shore boat service until Friday at 9 p.m. Agencia Arjona or Baja Mark in La Paz will serve as event information locations, as well as The Marina office and store at Puerto Los Cabos.

What about El Niño? The waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean are heating up, scientists say, building towards a strong El Niño event that could rival the intensity of the record 1997 event that wreaked weather-related havoc across the globe, from mud slides in California to fires in Australia.

According to the latest forecast released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, this year’s El Niño is “significant and strengthening. There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 85% chance it will last into early spring 2016,” the NOAA said in a statement.

A strong El Niño heats up the atmosphere and changes circulation patterns around the globe, especially the jet stream over the Pacific, which becomes stronger and dumps more frequent and intense storms over the western U.S., especially California. It also means more rain for the west coast of South America.

The weather isn’t the only thing that’s affected. Warmer surface waters in the eastern Pacific drive away the cold water fish that are the backbone of the fishing industry in much of Latin America. It was here that the phenomenon was first noticed by fishermen, who named it “El Niño” — meaning “little boy” or “Christ child” in Spanish — since it would often appear around Christmas. Stay tuned to East Pacific weather reports.

Visit Pueblo Magico. Todos Santos, our very own federally designated Magic Town, located just 45 minutes north of Cabo on the road to La Paz, is torn apart by the town renewal project which includes repaving many of the downtown streets and sidewalks, putting all utilities underground, replacing street lights and renewing the Los Pinos park.

Local businesses want you to know that they are open for business Yes, it is challenging to navigate the town, but signs have been placed in strategic locations to help you find your way. The chief engineer tells us he expects Todos Santos’ main street, Juarez, will be completed by November. Most of the rest of downtown by January. Well, they only started about six months ago. If renovation follows the trend of those in Cabo and San Jose’s, it will be finished way late, but so what? Todos Santos is just a little more of a challenge. If you didn’t want a challenge, what are you doing in Mexico? Don’t quit on us, now, get yourself up to Todos Santos, stand on top of a mound of dirt on Main St. and get your picture snapped. You can tell the home folks you climbed up to Macho Pitchu.

Dine for a cause. An Arrachera dinner at the Hogar Del Nino orphanage in Todos Santos has been announced for Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. The cost is a mere 50 pesos for arrachera (flank) steak and all the trimmings. Proceeds will be used to buy school supplies, school clothes and shoes. Come see the new building (replacement for building destroyed by Odile) and other improvements. Reservations must be made in advance to Nancy Naigle at nnaigle@att.net, 612-178-0040. No drop ins, so make your reservations.

La Paz sued for fast cash. The financial institution named “Dinero Fácil y Rápido” or fast and easy money in English, has sued the La Paz city government for nearly half a million pesos owed to them from personal loans they made to city employees.

The corporation claims the city government has been taking money out of its employees’ payroll checks to pay back the loans, but didn’t pass the money on to the company. Fast and Easy Money said in their lawsuit that the city had offered to pay them with a piece of land instead. Land that had been donated to build a park for La Paz residents. And, that the same land has already been sold. Holy shit. Did we mention that La Paz is so broke City Hall has been cut off by the electric utility and is running again on generator? Outgoing Mayor Esthela Ponce, who got La Paz into this mess, will be sworn in as a national congress person this week, a move that will protect her from prosecution. Well, the people voted her into mayor and when she drove the city into ruin, they voted her into congress. As the boss keeps saying, “People generally get the government they deserve.”

Food Fest.  Who doesn’t love great food? The 10th annual “Sabor a Cabo” or, Flavor of Cabo, will take place from December 2 to 5 this year, with a grand finale event at the new, still under construction Chileno Bay development.

The festival begins on Wednesday Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. at Plaza del Pescador in San Jose, with an Artisanal Beer Fest and food tasting, live music and arts & craft exhibit. Thursday, Dec. 3 the party starts again at 5 pm with the Art Walk and Wine tasting along the historic San Jose downtown streets. Again, there will be food samples along the route.

The closing event will take place Saturday, Dec. 5 with a dinner under the stars at Chileno Bay where more than 40 restaurants will showcase their cuisine. This event usually attracts well over 1,000 people. The main attraction will be Mexican singer Lila Downs, an American - Mexican singer-song writer and actress. Downs is an activist for indigenous people’s rights and traditions, and usually sings Mexican traditional and popular music dressed in typical Mexican indigenous attire. Her achievements include a Grammy Award and two Latin Grammy Awards. Look her up on YouTube. If you plan to attend the Sabor a Cabo Food Fest the cost of admission is $120.00, and the profits are to be donated to the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department and the Los Cabos Children Foundation. For more information, visit: www.saboracabo.mx. For tickets, call 624 143 3944 or email: ticket@caniracloscabos.mx

Congrats to Reachi. Secretary of Tourism for our state Ruben Reachi has been transferred to head the Los Cabos tourism fund, known as Fiturca, just weeks before the state government changes hands Sept. 10.

Reachi, former director of the Puerto Paraiso Mall, and former president of the influential Los Cabos Coordinating Council, an umbrella group of the most powerful businesses associations in our municipality, was in charge of the renovation of the San Jose, Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos downtown areas. You will note we’re keeping a straight face here, out of respect for the position, if not the man. All three of those projects were and are way late and way over budget and way disliked by the merchants involved.

Reachi would also like to take his bows for promoting our state, bringing in more international and domestic flights, and working real hard at rebuilding Los Cabos after hurricane Odile last year. Oh yes, well, with the help – and lots of money – from the federal government which came to our rescue.