Que Pasa in Cabo?

February 22, 2016 Edition

Gang wedding. Well, possibly a bad choice of words.  Inside the sate jail, Vianey Nuez, wife of the Los Cabos Mayor, acted as witness to the wedding of 10 inmates and their new spouses last week. The civil ceremony took place at the jail in the rural Santa Anita area just north of San Jose. At the same event, a newborn son of one of the inmates was also signed into the civil registry. Collective weddings are promoted by the city mostly to protect children’s and women’s rights. Sometimes as many as several hundred couples crowd into one big room and take wedding vows all together. This program is so men can more easily be compelled to take care of their women and children. Cracks me up when Gringos tell me how they admire the Mexican family traditions here. Yup, and the family is so strong that there are special police women who do nothing but try and restore order when women are beat up. They zoom out in pink cop cars. Are the men even embarrassed that the pink patrol car is in front of their house? Nope.

Don’t get ripped off. Many restaurants have posted their menus in US dollars only, which is illegal in Mexico. They are supposed to post in pesos first, and then in foreign currencies.

But with the rate of exchange jumping up and down like a pogo stick, maybe more up than down, some businesses are taking advantage of our precious tourists by showing prices in US dollars only and then using a high rate of exchange.

If you are a victim of this practice, you have options. Mexico has a consumer protection agency, known as the least corrupt in the country, called Profeco for its looong name in Spanish. You may take a photo of the menu, and email it to the Profeco headquarters in Mexico City. They have a page in English, but most of it is in Spanish. Here’s a link to their English page: http://www.profeco.gob.mx/english.htm and here’s the email addresses to file a report: denunciasprofeco@profeco.gob.mx and http://concilianet.profeco.gob.mx. The requirements are in Spanish here: http://www.profeco.gob.mx/Servicios/quejas_denun.asp. You may also pretend you do not live in Mexico full time and report it here: www.profeco.gob.mx/Servicios/quejas_denun_ingles.asp

Let’s all be part of the solution, it’s no fun when a business uses the problems with the exchange rate against us.

Cat traps needed. The Los Cabos Humane Society is in need of traps to catch stray cats. The cost of each one is about 70 bucks. This writer is buying one, as our three cats at home are constantly harassed by about four stray cats that are not really aggressive, but ours are territorial. Besides our cats don’t date, they’ve been, well, you know. But they don’t know that, and obviously these neighborhood Toms don’t know that either.

Care to help? Look up: http://www.loscaboshumanesociety.com/ Or maybe you’d like to become a volunteer? Then call 143-3947, cell; (624)129-8346 / (624)151-6046 / (624)157-8938 or email: info@Loscaboshumanesociety.com Foster and adoption information: foster@Loscaboshumanesociety.com or Adopt@Loscaboshumanesociety.com To Volunteer: Volunteer@Loscaboshumanesociety.com

Party time! Gentlemen, start your red cups. The traditional annual Fiestas of San Jose will be held around the weekend of March 19, which is the patron saint’s official birthday, according to the Catholic church. San Jose’s patron is actually Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, and is venerated as Saint Joseph in the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion, Lutheranism and Methodism.

Some of the streets in the historic downtown of San Jose will be closed to vehicle traffic where some of the partying will be going on. Food stands, trinket stands, and beer stands will line three city blocks, while live bands will perform at night at the baseball stadium by the Pemex which is by the traffic circle. It’s a good photo opp and a chance to mingle with the locals and rubber neck their ancient traditions. If you call the trinkets and carny rides ancient.

Light! We need more light! City and federal workers are installing between 80 and 100 street lights in the five municipalities that comprise Los Cabos, 17 months after hundreds of them were destroyed by hurricane Odile. The project is funded by the federal government, which also instructed Fonatur, the federal agency that developed San Jose and the Cabo marina, to jump in and lend a hand to the city. Hence, Fonatur is installing those collapsible LED light poles along the fourlane between Cabo and San Jose, while the city is installing those in the barrios. A total of 7,500 light poles will be set up when the job gets finally done. If ever. We were double pinky promised we would have lights by now. Nope.

Construction inspectors  Mayor Arturo de la Rosa appointed 10 engineers and architects as temporary construction supervisors, to ensure that all construction that is going on in Los Cabos have the proper permits and that the work is being done under proper building codes and according to plan. Boy, are those people needed. Especially the part about the making sure construction standards are adhered to. We all shudder at some of the visible public projects that are Rube Goldberged together, and those are just the ones we can see.  The temps were hired for only three months only.

City out to stop sewage spills. Pene Nuñez, director of Oomsapas, the Los Cabos water department, set in motion a task force that includes his own employees and some of the ecology department employees to go out and check on reports of sewage spills in Los Cabos. Nuñez said there are some barrios, even upper middle class areas like El Tezal in Cabo San Lucas, where some housing developments are not connected to the sewage system, causing contamination and even damage to paved roads. Yes, the crap runs down the roads. You don’t want to live at the bottom of a hill in Los Cabos.

Nunez promises that his task group will travel out to inspect every single report of sewage spills that Oomsapas receives, fining those responsible, as well as repairing damages or fixing faulty installations.

Dorms up in smoke. Poof! The rural school and the dorms in Miraflores, about 20 minutes north of San Jose, caught on fire last week, destroying some of the precarious furniture, beds and linens the children use during the weekdays while they stay in town to study. These kids come from various ranches out in the boondocks to get elementary education from Monday to Friday, only to return home for the weekend. The dorms and schools are funded by the state government, but there is always need for more blankets, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, towels and the like.

After the fire, Gabriela Velazquez, the state governor’s wife and president of the government run DIF charity, showed up with personal hygiene kits, school materials, bunkbeds, mattresses, linen, blankets and paint to renovate the damaged areas.

Triathlon next month.  Might be time to start training. Or next week. The La Paz “Under the Moonlight” triathlon, (it will begin at 3:00 pm and end at Sunset), will be held on Saturday, March 12, and will start and finish from the malecon, (concrete boardwalk), at the band stand.

There will be two categories, the sprint, with a 750 yard swim, 20 Km bike and 5km race, and the Olympic Triathlon (1.5 km swim, 54 km biking and 10 km race). Winners of both categories will be eligible to participate in the world triathlon to be held in Cozumel, in the Mexican Caribbean.

For more information look up: http://www.asdeporte.com then go to the menu on top and click on Triathlon, and the La Paz event is on the right hand side. Sign up before March 11 as participation is limited to 1,000 athletes.

Good-by stadium. The Arturo C. Nahl baseball stadium in La Paz is headed for the wrecking ball, as well as the Guaycura soccer stadium, as part of the modernization of that area, said the city director of sports.

The plan, Stan, is to build a brand new, modern baseball stadium to house the La Paz team which will participate in the national Pacific league. The new stadium would seat 15,00 people. Although the stadium was refurbished in 2013, hurricane Odile mauled it again just a year later.

Can’t swing a cat. Without clobbering a whale. Almost 2,000 gray whales, (Eschrichtius robustus), have been sighted at Ojo de Liebre lagoon, on the northern part of our state on the Pacific side, a number that had not been seen in the last 20 years. A total of 1,992 whales, 817 of them baby newborns, have been counted. In case you’re new to planet Earth, the gray whale migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. They reach a length of 49 ft, a weight of 36 tons, and live between 55 and 70 years. The common name of the whale comes from the gray patches and white mottling on its dark skin.

They travel each year during the winter from Alaska to Mexico and further south to give birth to their babies. They begin arriving around mid-December and start swimming back North in March, although a few may still be seen at the end of April.

More desal grief.  Our crummy desalinization plant has never worked right from the get-go. It was built by a company from Spain in what had to have been a sweetheart deal Nor did our mayor ever hold the company’s feet to the fire to make it work. Now the intake hose that goes into the ocean has come unmoored and is snagging boats who get near it, out on the Pacific side. And what’s the damn thing doing out in the ocean anyway? Aren’t they supposed to be sucking the brackish water out of a well on the beach? Well according to an alert published as a Section Notice to Mariners warning about a navigation hazard this particular hose belongs to the desal plant. Has anybody thought it might be Nessie, the Loch Ness monster? Here on vacay. Sure, why not?.