Lulu Jacobsen Sentenced To 27 Months Kiss Our Last Downtown

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					           Volume 13 #17                  April 28, 2008
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  The majestic Sierra de la Giganta mountain range, photographed by Klaus Kommos before he scaled these peaks all the way to the top. See story on page 33

Lulu Jacobsen                                                    surfaced, and then fled the
                                                                 country.                          Kiss Our Last
Sentenced To 27 Months                                                                             Downtown Parking
                                                                     Since she fled in 2001,
                                                                 she has lived in Henderson,
                                                                 Nevada, Bullhead City, and
 Former Cabo Realtor accused of embezzling
more than $3 million from Gringo clients
                                                                 most recently in a trailer near
                                                                 the Arizona border. She
                                                                 could not return to her na-
                                                                                                   Lot Hasta La Vista
                                       BY CARRIE DUNCAN          tive Lake Tahoe, California         It seems we need a cultural center more
                                                                 because she stands accused        than we need a parking lot
   Lulu Jacobsen sold real        new deals. Kind of a Ponzi     of swindling about                                                   BY LAURA LYNN HARDY
estate in Los Cabos for more      scheme.                        $200,000 there, prior to her
than a decade. For many of           The only way she could      arrival in Los Cabos. She             Sometime in August,           and not a concern of our city
those years, she was slowly       keep it going was to sell      actually tried to sell real es-   work will get underway to         leaders who made this deci-
leaching off clients’ escrow      more real estate, but when     tate in Nevada after fleeing      build a massive Cultural          sion.
funds, keeping all her balls      9/11 hit, and business         Cabo, but her boss received       Pavillion on lot 8 of the Cabo       The Cultural Pavillion, ac-
in the air by replacing the       slowed down, her house of      so many phone calls alerting      marina, according to Elsa de      cording to de la Paz, will
money she had stolen from         cards collapsed. She could     her to Jacobsen’s criminal        la Paz, the director of the       showcase different aspects of
clients by using funds re-        no longer come up with any     past, that she was eventually     state’s Cultural Institute.       Southern Baja past and
cently transferred to her on      money and, after disappear-    fired.                                Lot 8 is our last parking     present, through museum ex-
                                  ing for a few days, she re-        By all accounts she is flat   lot, the big dirt lot between     hibits, with areas dedicated to
                                                                 broke. She has contacted          the Tesoro Hotel and the          showing the biodiversity of
                                  Holiday Alert!                 friends and relatives trying to
                                                                 continued on page 2
                                                                                                   Dolphin Center. It is used by
                                                                                                   tourists shopping downtown,
                                                                                                                                     our state, the Pacific ocean,
                                                                                                                                     and the Sea of Cortez. There
                                       This Thursday, May 1st,                                     folks enjoying the restaurants,   will also be a 700 seat the-
                                                                      INDEX                        and by local employees.           ater.
                                   marks the beginning of a
                                   very long weekend, when        Que Pasa?................4           Where the nearly 250 ve-         The Pavillion will also fea-
                                   Mexicans celebrate Labor       State News...............6       hicles that park in lot 8 every   ture local, national and inter-
                                   Day on Thursday and the                                         day will go is a mystery to us,   continued on page 8
                                                                  Art District............26
                                   triumph over the invasion      Timeshare News.......29
                                   of the French army on the                                          Gringo Gazette
                                   following Monday, May          This Old Casa...............34                                                 PRESORT STD
                                                                                                      P.O.Box 13168
                                   5th. No, Cinco de Mayo         Crossword.............40            Palm Desert, CA 92255                      U.S. POSTAGE PAID

                                   is not Mexico’s Indepen-       Maps..............30-32             Address Service Requested                    VISTA, CA
 Just prior to sentencing, Lulu    dence Day, Bunky, that is      Calendar..............35                                                      PERMIT NO 11
 Jacobsen was forced to listen     celebrated on September        Directory of Services.42
 to the stories of how her         16th.
                                       Most government            Subscriptions...........43
 stealing escrow funds affected
 the lives of her victims and      agencies, schools and          Ent. Calendar.........66
 their families. This photo was    banks will be closed from      Restaurant Guide.......65
 taken by a cell phone             Thursday through Mon-          Classifieds...........53-54
 smuggled into the federal         day, so make a plan, Stan.
                                                                  Fish Report.............67
 courthouse.
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                                  Did you read my report on page one about Lulu Jacobsen? Well, go
                             read it and come back, because you can’t skip around this paper, it’s not
                             allowed, you must read it sequentially. ...Some of you are back awfully
          quick, it doesn’t seem like you actually read the article...
           Let’s talk about American franchises in Mexico. They’re popular down here because
    Americans are attracted to the familiar, and because Mexicans can buy a franchise, giving
    them instant help serving the strange Americans. Yes, most of the franchises here are Mexican
    owned.
           Applebees and Burger King, both here and in La Paz, are all owned by one Mexican
    business man. McDonald’s is owned by a Mexican, as is Subway and Domino’s Pizza. Dairy
    Queen is owned by an American.
           The franchiser in the United States typically sells the rights to the entire country, and that
    buyer breaks the country up into manageable chunks to sell to operators. Typically the opera-
    tor will buy the rights to operate as many franchises as they want in, say, our state of Baja Sur.             LULU JACOBSEN...               case, it was arduous. The
           Once the territory of Mexico is sold, the deal seems to fade from the minds of the                      continued from page 1          FBI had to go through the
    franchiser in the United States, who typically fails to supervise the operation at all. That’s not                                            American State Department
    what happens up north, where every franchiser must toe a very straight and narrow line, lest               borrow money, and she has          to the Mexican State De-
    some franchisee muck up the name.                                                                          qualified for a court ap-          partment, to get to Serfin
           Here, for instance, Domino’s Pizza uses Mexican flour. There’s nothing wrong with the               pointed lawyer. The FBI,           Bank in downtown Cabo, in
    flour, but it’s different. They don’t use gluten here, which in wheat flour gives kneaded dough
    its elasticity, allowing leavening, and contributing chewiness to baked products like bagels.              who eventually nailed her,         the Aramburro plaza, to get
    So, of course, the pizza tastes different to us. Not bad, just different from how we expect it             has examined her paper trail       the goods on her. The bank,
    to taste.                                                                                                  very closely and they also         once they had the orders
           The owner of the Dairy Queen tells us he can’t get the products exactly how he likes                believe she is broke. It ap-       from their Federales, was
    them in Mexico, so he brings down a 48 foot refer trailer every couple of months filled with               pears nobody will ever             very cooperative.
    genuine DQ products, and pays to keep them in cold storage. This must be an individual                     know what she did with the             “Except for Oscar de la
    choice, because our DQ is great, but when I ordered a Blizzard at the DQ in Cancun, it was so              $3 million.                        Hoya, who lost half a million
    bad I left it on the counter. Maybe it wasn’t bad, but it tasted so different, I was afraid of it.
           How about Home Depot and Wal Mart? They aren’t franchises, per se, but they aren’t                      She was prosecuted in          dollars,” Offerdahl ex-
    the real thing, either. Both of those big box stores are branches of a company that bought the             the United States because          plained, “we were all small
    rights to operate them in Mexico. Anyone who has been in the Wal Mart can see the differ-                  she fled Mexico and has not        potatoes. There were two
    ence, with badly stocked shelves, and dirty floors. Our Home Depot is a joke: a mere shadow                returned. If she did return, a     who lost about $250,000 but
    of the real thing, with lousy service, sky high prices, and limited stock. Costco Mexico does              demanda that one of her vic-       all the rest of us lost around
    a pretty good job, though.                                                                                 tims paid more than $10,000        $100,000 or less.” Offerdahl
           The Sheraton and the Hilton, while legally speaking maybe not franchises, are owned by              to obtain, might be activated      and a few others were al-
    Mexicans who have bought the rights to use the name in Mexico.
           We who live here know from experience not to put our faith in American branded fran-                and she might be detained.         lowed to make a statement
    chises, because we know that using them is still a crap shoot, just as if it didn’t have the                   But it’s not likely that she   at the sentencing, and they
    American name on it. The only thing we know for sure when we go through those doors, is                    would return to Mexico so          all told how this loss im-
    that if we look closely, we will at least recognize the products.                                          her victims banded together        pacted them and their fami-
           American brand real estate franchises are much sought after, not just for the name                  and pushed the FBI to inves-       lies, how they lost their life
    recognition, but for the confidence factor. Timeshare professionals swear that Americans will              tigate the case. The FBI is        savings, their retirement
    not buy a timeshare from a Mexican salesperson, and with that mindset, it follows that Real-               the federal agency that has        money, and many of them
    tors are anxious to look as American as possible to boost confidence with their clients. Both
    Mexicans and Americans own the familiar real estate franchises you see around town, all of                 jurisdiction in this case be-      had even borrowed against
    them licensed from the owner of the Mexico territory. Of course with real estate, there is an              cause some of the purloined        their home in the United
    added incentive to get client referrals from sister franchises in the States. Say somebody in              money was transferred from         States and sent it to
    Iowa sells their home through their local Remax broker, and mentions that they’re moving to                the Untied States to her ac-       Jacobsen. Now, at retire-
    Mexico. That Remax franchisee alerts the Remax franchisee here, and this Remax guy snaps                   count in Mexico. Real estate       ment age, they had to start
    him up.                                                                                                    buyers would send money            over again. Jacobsen sat at
           Of course most of the hapless new arrivals think the real estate professionals here have            for their purchase to              the defense table through all
    to toe the same line as the real estate professional back in Iowa, and that just isn’t true,
    regardless of the familiar name. There is no real licensing here, no background check, and                 Jacobsen’s so called escrow        the testimonials, and never
    still, to this day, no law requiring Realtors to use a third party escrow account for funds                account in San Diego. She          looked up. Even when the
    transiting through a deal. There are no mandatory disclosures to wade through, like we have                called it an escrow account,       judge was speaking to her,
    in the States, and there is precious little legal recourse if the deal does blow up.                       but because the funds were         and she had to respond, she
           And if you think you’re safe using a notary, who is like a super lawyer down here, think            not held by a licensed and         hid her head as she mumbled
    again. I just discovered that a notary in San Jose swindled his client out of $17,000 by telling           bonded third party, it was         her responses and would not
    the non Spanish speaking buyer that he had to pony up $18,000 in taxes. Only later, when the               not.                               look up.
    buyer had somebody read the deal to him, did he discover that the tax was only $1000, and the
    notario got the rest. Recourse? Going up against a Mexican notario in a foreign language? Not                  At first the FBI would             The sentencing guidelines
    much chance of that. It was an American real estate franchise that brokered the deal. Did the              not work the case, but Steve       called for three to five years,
    agent know it? Quien sabe? Maybe not, most of these real estate agents down here are doing                 Offerdahl, who lost $55,000        and she got 27 months, 85%
    the best they can, but have no training and can not read Spanish themselves.                               to Jacobsen, persisted,            of which must be served be-
           And now for a short explanation on our role in this Lulu mess.                                      pressing one FBI agent in his      fore she is eligible for parole.
           Yes, I personally knew she was nipping into the escrow funds, as did all the Realtors               home state of Minnesota so         Following release, she must
    who she did deals with. The listing agents or the selling agents, both sides of every deal knew            hard that he finally agreed to     not work around other
    she was exceptionally slow releasing funds, and that some hanky panky with those funds was
    going on. Not one Realtor stood up to her, nor did AMPI sanction her, or the Multiple Listing              pursue the case. If he             people’s money for an ad-
    Service.                                                                                                   (Offerdahl) had not been so        ditional five years. If she
           I at least called Coldwell Banker in New Jersey and tried to get them to rein her in, and           persistent, Offerdahl is con-      does, she will go right back
    when they told me it wasn’t their problem, I called Richard Smith who runs the Coldwell                    vinced that Jacobsen would         to prison for those five
    Banker Mexico division. He didn’t care either. My phone call to Smith did, however, cause                  have gone scott free. Be-          years, no trial, no ifs ands or
    him to lose the civil case against him, because I swore I told him so he could not deny that he            cause it was an international      continued on page 8
    knew Lulu was running amuck.
           So what is the role of the GG in these matters. Well, we can not act as judge and jury. We
    can not tell you someone is a crook before they are convicted of being a crook. We can not
    speculate, nor say that in our opinion so and so is stealing and to caution you to stop doing
    business with him or her. We have to wait until the law steps in, which around here is late to
    never. Mexican officials do not waste their energies on crimes against foreigners. But we
    often do use our power behind the scenes, maneuvering that the public never sees.
           For instance, a baby blanket charity was ripping off our readers. I worked hard in
    Mexico and in the United States to get the proof the charity was a sham, but knowing the
    Mexican legal system would do nothing, I didn’t even go there. I called up the Gringa who
    was pocketing the money and told her I would print the story of her long and sordid past, and
    that of her husband’s as well if she didn’t quit soliciting money. Reluctantly she stopped. Last
    I heard she and her timeshare salesman husband had taken their scam to the Caribbean.
           I believe that using our “powers of persuasion” in manners like that is more helpful than
    publishing an article about it, because two weeks after we publish an expose, it’s forgotten
    and people are back doing business with the baddie again. We get better, longer lasting results
    by threatening exposure.
           I’m not happy with this role, it’s a lot of responsibility and a lot of work and we don’t get
    paid for it, and by necessity it goes unacknowledged. But, like a very
    famous guy I have always admired often said, “With great power comes
    great responsibility”. That’s a quote from my hero, Spiderman.

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                                                                                          mous Cabo monument, the Carbajal to pursue the
                                                                                          arco (or arch) at “Land’s project. (We’ll see how that
                                                                                          End” where the Pacific goes.)
                                                                                          Ocean converges with the                              A one-peso fee is charged
                                                                                          Sea of Cortez.                                    to visitors to fund the main-                 Published bi-weekly in
                                          with the business size (they                           The idea is long past due. tenance, cleaning and upkeep                               Vista, CA. and distributed
                                                                                                                                                                                          in Mexico, Canada, &
                                          can enlarge their property A manned lifeguard tower of the beach. Too bad there’s                                                                The United States by
                                          and reapply) and the size of could reduce the number of no user-friendly path to get Periodico Americano, S.A.
    Get ready to drink: 23 the parking lot, which wasn’t incidents,                                                         including there on foot and we have to                                 de C.V.
new liquor licenses in big enough to accommodate drownings, that occur at the ride over there in pangas for
Cabo. Los Cabos Munici- customers. “Certain charac- landmark. Narro added that a steep fee.                                                                                            Office in Downtown Cabo
pal Fiscal Inspector reported teristics are necessary for the it would contribute in a posi-                                                    Can you imagine this
                                                                                                                                                                                           on Leona Vicario St.
23 new applications for li- businesses to have in order tive manner to safeguarding in the US? As part of the
censes to sell alcoholic bev- to prevent the activities of that the beach’s visitors— espe- golf tournament for charity                                                                   between Carranza and
erages. To get a liquor li- business to adversely affect cially the handful who get held last month at Querencia,                                                                                Revolucion
cense in Cabo, no one asks their neighbors,” the director swept out to sea on the Pa- somebody was aloft in a he-                                                                        (624) 143-5750 & 143 0865
the neighbors for their opin- explained.                                                  cific side, known as Divorce licopter chucking down golf                                             United States
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instead, the municipal direc- lifeguard tower for reason.                                                                            Gringo Gazette Office Map                           Palm Desert CA 92255
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with union representatives Narro, Director of the Pro- knowledged that he                                                                      PAINT
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                                                                                                                                                New Mayor takes office
            Several 35' Cabo Flybridge Yachts for Sale From $299,000.00 to $525,000.00                                                      this week. Rene Nunez, who                              Sales
                                                                                                                                            was elected last February to                        David Flores,
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                                                                                                                                            nicipality for 2008-2012, will                  Cell (624) 121-1214
                                                                                                                                            take office this Thursday,
                                                                                                                                            May 1st. Yes, it is a holiday in               Alejandra Saráchaga,
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                                                                                                                                            Labor Day, but Nunez has                       Cellie (624) 159-7741
                                                                                                                                            promised us that he will be
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                                                                                                                                            Labor Day celebration and
                                                                                                                                            the long weekend rest gov-
  2004 35' CABO Flybridge, low hours on Cats, great electronics........................................................$389,000.00          ernment employees get,                               Distribution
  2006 35' Cabo Flybridge, low hours on big HP Cummins....................................................................$525,000.00       Nunez will be sworn in on                         Antonio Fuentes
  2004 43' CABO Flybridge, Twin 800HP Man diesels, Full electronics................JUST REDUCED.............$795,000.00                     Monday, April 28th in a cer-
  2003 48’ Riviera...MINT CONDITION !!!! Tournament rigged..................MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION...$599,000.00                             emony to be held at 6 pm at                       Graphic Design
  2001 35' Cabo Flybridge.... 450 HP 3126B Cats .... Tournament equipped........BELOW THE MARKET........$299,000.00                         the main park in San Jose.                         Oliver Quintero
  2001 Cabo 45' Express......800 HP MAN diesels.....Will not disappoint !!!!........................................$709,000.00                 Los Cabos municipality
  2001 35' Cabo Express....420HP Cats....Low Hours......WON'T LAST...................................................$299,500.00            includes San Jose, which is rural communities.
  2000 CABO Flybridge... 3208 CATS Stainless Tuna Tower...............................................................$309,000.00           the seat of government, Cabo                  Nunez is a member of the
  1999 26' Boston Whaler...200 HP Merc's...Great Equipment...Lightly Used.........................................$59,500.00                San Lucas, the East Cape PRD party, which is the party
  1998 58' Viking ... BIG HP MAN diesels...enclosed bridge ...tuna tower...................................................$1,350,000.00    communities from Zacatitos that controls our entire state.
  1998 35' Scopinich Express....Low Hours on Cat Power....Exceptional !!!!!.......................................$375,000.00               to La Ribera, Buenavista, President Filipe Calderon is
  1997 35' Cabo Express.....Cat Power....Tournament rigged.................................................................$175,000.00      Las Cuevas and Los Barriles of the Pan party. For the
  1993 29' Blackfin combi......CAT Power....nicely equipped..............................................................$112,000.00        in the East Cape, Migriño on record, the PRD guys are
  1982 Blackfin....3208 Cats with low hours....Cabo equipped...................................................................$88,500.00   the road to La Paz, the ones rioting against the
    Vessels for sale in Mexico and U.S.A                                          Ph. 143 2474 in Cabo                                      Caduano, Santiago and proposal that Mexico let for-
            steve@picantesportfishing.com • www.picantesportfishing.com                                                                     Miraflores on the road to the eigners help Pemex get their
                                                                                                                                            East Cape and other smaller oil out of the ground and re-
                                                                                                                                                                                     fined.
                                                                                                                                                                                          New road funding ap-
                                                                                                                                                                                     proved. The ministry of
                                                                                                                                                                                     communications and trans-
                                                                                                                                                                                     port (SCT) confirmed last
                                                                                                                                                                                     week that it will send a check
                                                                                                                                                                                     for $200,000 to our state
                                                                                                                                                                                     government to build an alter-
                                                                                                                                                                                     nate road between Cabo
                                                                                                                                                                                     San Lucas and San Jose. The
                                                                                                                                                                                     announcement was made by
                                                                                                                                                                                     governor Narciso Agundez,
                                                                                                                                                                                     who could not confirm
                                                                                                                                                                                     whether the road will be free
                                                                                                                                                                                     of charge or a toll road. Con-
                                                                                                                                                                                     struction will begin early next
                                                                                                                                                                                     year and should be finished
                                                                                                                                                                                     in a couple of years.
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    State invests in educa-          Aerobus is a young budget air-        release of billfish.
tion. Last week governor             line that plans to offer round            Chubby Mexicans still
Narciso Agundez officially in-       trips to Monterrey for as little      chowing down those torti-
augurated the first computer         as $60 bucks, half the cost of        llas. More than 71 percent of
classroom in Santa Rosalia, in       other airlines. The flights will      Mexican women and 66 per-
the northern part of our state.      operate three days a week on          cent of Mexican men are over-
At the ceremony, Agundez             Boeing 737-300 aircraft.              weight, according to the latest
said that by the end of this year,       Fishing tourney an-               national survey, and Mexican
$4 million will be invested in       nounced. The state governor           health officials say we could
improving 300 schools                will hold another of its now          surpass the United States as
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    La Paz-Tijuana route             on May 3rd. This tournament           As in the United States, Mexi-
cancelled. AeroMexico                travels throughout our South-         cans are living more sedentary
stopped flying between La            ern Baja state all year round         lives. Studies show that they’re
Paz and Tijuana last Decem-          and is an attempt to convert          eating more fat and processed
ber and announced last week          fishermen from commercial             foods and fewer whole grains
that it will not be resumed this     fishing to working in the sports      and vegetables. Foods –
year. Instead, the airline in-       fishing industry. They make           healthy and unhealthy – that
creased the frequency of its         more money, their village             once were unavailable now
flights to Mexico City to three      makes more money, and they            can be purchased at modern
a day plus an additional one         learn not to kill billfish. The       supermarkets, which are
on Monday, Tuesday,                  cost to participate is as little as   springing up everywhere. In
Wednesday and Friday.                100 pesos (about $10 bucks)           1989, fewer than 10 percent
    New flight announced.            per person, and encourages            of Mexican adults were over-
Viva Aerobus announced the           the catching of tuna, sea bass,       weight. Today, a quarter of
beginning of a direct flight from    wahoo and dorado species,             Mexican children ages 5 to 11      some areas of the country, it’s       ism, who also revealed that a
La Paz to the industrial city of     leaving aside the catch of the        are too heavy, a 40 percent        easier to get a soft drink than       survey among the attendees
Monterrey in northern Mexico         precious marlin as the govern-        increase since 2000.               a clean, safe glass of water. The     revealed that of all the Ameri-
as of August this year. Viva         ment supports the catch and               To add to the problem, in      vast majority of Mexico City’s        cans who travel outside their
                                                                                                              public schools, and many pri-         country, only 30 percent come
                                                                                                              vate schools, lack drinkable          to Mexico.
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 Former model home with garage in newly finished complex
                                                                                                              tute of Public Health, the con-       sial Mexico City lawmakers,
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       Two bedroom two bath 1616 sq. feet, huge patio with outdoor kitchen, cantera stone                     over the past 14 years.               gal, are now preparing a cam-
                                                                                                                  Legislators are now con-          paign to distribute free
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       Top of the line finishes, original art work, custom made furnishings from Atlantis House               on junk food and taxing whole         colleges throughout Mexico
                                                                                                              milk to encourage consump-            City. Areport from the Mexico
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       All the toys including LCD with Bose system, flat screens in each bedroom, CD players,                 have foundered, however, and          revealed that there are more
                                                                                                              some lawmakers have re-               than 25,000 teen pregnancies
 DSL, playstation, surfboard, wake boards, etc.                                                               ported difficulty fighting pow-       a year. Mexico City and its ur-
       Soaring ceilings with glass block accents, full washer/dryer, all stainless steel appliances,          erful industry groups. In 2006,       ban communities have a popu-
                                                                                                              legislators voted down a pro-         lation of over 23 million. Has
 you name it, and this home has got it.                                                                       posed tax on soft drinks, ar-         the pope been notified of this?
                                                                                                              guing that it discriminated           Maybe someone should drop
                                                                                                              against the poor. Leaders             the dime.
                                                                                                              hope that the growing concern             Tequila news. Exports of
                                                                                                              over diabetes will lead to            tequila have grown 7.49 per
                                                                                                              greater public acceptance of          cent a year since 1989, said
                                                                                                              such efforts. The Mexican Dia-        Luis Valenzuela, of the Mexi-
                                                                                                              betes Federation estimates            can Tequila Institute. Between
                                                                                                              that 6.5 million to 10 million        2004 and 2006, 76 percent of
                                                                                                              Mexicans have diabetes. The           the total was exported to the
                                                                                                              total population of the coun-         U. S. Tequila is currently be-
                                                                                                              try, at last count, was 103 mil-      ing exported to 102 countries.
                                                                                                              lion.                                 Only beer has more sales than
                                                                                                                  México gets a nine.               tequila. In the U. S., tequila
                                                                                                              Travel experts gathered last          sales represent 15 percent of
         Call Cabo 130-7978                                                                                   week at the 33 rd annual              the total liquor sales, with $1.6
   US number (760) 262-8114                                                                                   Tianguis Turistico, or Tourism        billion sold last year.
                                                                                                              Pow-Wow in the city of                    Get in the know. La Paz
                                                                                                              Acapulco rated Mexico with            Gringos is a new online forum
                                                                                                              a nine in its tourist services. Ten   designed to connect the En-
                                                                                                              would be the top qualification.       glish speaking community
                                                                                                                  The announcement was              through a friendly exchange of
      Full hurricane shutters installed this year.                                                            made by Rodolfo Elizondo,             information, activities and
                                                                                                              the country’s minister of tour-       ideas. Members can ask ques-
                                                                                                                                                    tions, expand their social net-
                                                                                                                                                    work, announce events, offer
                                                                                                                                                    suggestions and recommenda-
                                                                                                                                                    tions, share their experiences,
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                                                                                                                                                    All in one place that’s fun, free
                                                                                                                                                    and easy to use. To join, visit
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                                                                                                                                                    Sheryl Hamilton at
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                                   the amount of cash we had         more complaining, we had a
                                   on us we immediately tried to     guy show up to fix the safe.
                                   put our money in the safe.        The only problem was he
                                   Unfortunately, our safe was       couldn’t fix it. What a shock.
                                   broken. We called the desk        Anyway, they finally brought
                                   and they stated someone           us a portable safe to put in
                                   would be up in five minutes.      our room but if someone
    Editor,                        We sat and waited in our          wanted to get to our money,
    I wanted to write you a        room for an hour before fi-       they could just take the safe
letter and see if it can be pub-   nally calling back. The same      with them.. By this time, we
lished or if you could help me     person at the desk said that      just gave up.
out..                              someone will be there in five         However, the above para-
    My name is David               minutes We then sat and           graph is only one of the rea-
Salvatore and I am from New        waited for another 40 minutes     sons I am writing you. I just
Jersey. I went on my first trip    before finally going to the       wanted to paint a picture for    know why they were at my          fer loses and be violated un-
to Cabo with some friends          desk ourselves. The girl at the   you before I get into the        room door. I never actually       der the operation of Tesoro
for a week of fishing (Janu-       desk said “ No problem, go        worst part of our stay at        heard the person that came        Los Cabos. They are a dis-
ary 19th to the 26th). My          back to your room and we’ll       Tesoro.                          in my room though. I have to      grace of a hotel. They are a
friend booked the trip and I       send someone right up. At             On a very early Thursday     say, I was a cop for 10 years     disgrace to Mexico.
believe he did an exchange         this point we figured they        (Jan 24th) morning at ap-        and I am now retired. My              I want to make sure this
through a time share that led      would send someone.. Well,        proximately 0430 hours we        obvious thoughts are it was a     gets out and to keep anyone
us to Tesoro Los Cabos.            after another half hour we fig-   were coming in from a night      hotel employee who took the       else from having such a ter-
    After checking in to           ured they weren’t coming so       out. When we got back to         camera.                           rible experience on their va-
Tesoro, we began our very          we put our money in our           our room we had sat and
long walk to our room to put       friends’ safe next door and       watched some funny videos
our bags away. Because of          left. The next day after some     I took earlier in the evening
                                                                     with my brand new $500
                                                                     Sony camera. After watching
                                                                     the videos, I would take out
                                                                     the battery and charge it for
                                                                     the next day just as I did ev-
                                                                     ery night and put the camera
                                                                     on the table in my room.
                                                                     When I woke up around
                                                                     0830 hours, I immediately
                                                                     went over to get my camera
                                                                     but it was gone. Our balcony         When I reported the theft     cation. I would greatly appre-
                                                                     glass door was locked and        to the security staff, they       ciate any further help or as-
                                                                     there was no way someone         gave me an attitude, treating     sistance from you..Feel free
                                                                     entered through there. When      me like the criminal. They        to contact me anytime. My
                                                                     I was sleeping, I did hear       were absolutely no help and       cell phone number is 609-
                                                                     someone at my door and I         the report was a waste of         575-1245.
                                                                     yelled “were in here”!! Who-     time. It was bad enough to            Thank you,
                                                                     ever it was left and I don’t     have the camera stolen but            David Salvatore
                                                                                                      we were than treated like             Princeton, NJ
                                                                                                      garbage. The pictures and
                                                                                                      video on the camera were             Sorry, there is nothing
                                                                                                      priceless. When you go on         we can do, they won’t even
                                                                                                      vacation you are paying for       return our phone calls. - Ed.
                                                                                                      an experience. My experi-
                                                                                                      ences were stolen from me.            Editor,
                                                                                                          At the end of the week,           Mario Saves The Day!
                                                                                                      our friends next door realized        I would like to publicly
                                                                                                      both their expensive watches      thank Mario Alberto Morales
                                                                                                      had also been stolen. I don’t     Corrillo for helping me on
                                                                                                      feel that a hotel should have     Sunday afternoon, April 13
                                                                                                      the right to operate the way      when I realized I had a flat
                                                                                                      they do. They know that tour-     tire.
                                                                                                      ist come there from all over          A few cars passed. Then,
                                                                                                      and lets face it, it’s Mexico,    walking in my direction was
                                                                                                      they know there is nothing        Mario who asked if he could
                                                                                                      you can do about it when you      help. Mario had just begun
                                                                                                      are violated..                    his half day off this week from
                                                                                                          If I had my way with them,    his job with Baja Xplorer
                                                                                                      Tesoro would be shut down.        Expeditions. He made it seem
                                                                                                      After reading all the com-        like he had nothing better to
                                                                                                      plaints in trip advisor I can     do than help me. In fact he
                                                                                                      clearly see that we are not the   spent the next two hours with
                                                                                                      only people who had to suf-       continued on page 10




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PARKING...                      and will be open in time to      months of incarceration, she
continued from page 1           celebrate Mexico’s Indepen-      was ordered to pay restitu-
                                dence bicentennial in Sep-       tion which nobody expects
national cultural art expres- tember 2010.                       to ever see happen. She will
sions such as painting, sculp-                                   be nearly 70 when she gets
ture, literature and ballet LULU JACOBSEN...                     out, and does not have much
workshops, theater plays,                                        earning potential.
concerts, ballet presenta- continued from page 2                     Jacobsen was free prior
tions, audiovisual shows and buts. And you can just bet          to sentencing and flew in
an interactive museum. A li- that those nine people who          from Arizona for the occa-
brary, a conference room, pressed for this will be               sion. She was one and a half     with the judge for a chance     prison on May 7.
movie theater and a giant watching her, reporting her            hours late, nearly causing the   to return to Arizona to col-        This was the second trial
screen will also be part of the if she does touch any money      judge to swear out a war-        lect her husband, Victor,       for this case, although
building.                       not belonging to her, in hopes   rant for her arrest. It was      who is disabled following a     Jacobsen was not involved
   The estimated cost to the that they can send her back         thought that she would be        stroke. She plans to move       in the first one. Nine of her
state and federal cultural to prison.                            immediately whisked away         him close to her prison digs.   victims banded together and
agencies is some $30 million        In addition to the 27        to prison, but she pleaded       She promised to walk into       hired a lawyer to pursue Ri-
                                                                                                                                  chard Smith, a Texan who
                                                                                                                                  owns the Coldwell Banker
                                                                                                                                  territory for all of Mexico.
                                                                                                                                  Because Smith is from
                                                                                                                                  Texas, and because one of
                                                                                                                                  the defrauded parties lives
                                                                                                                                  there, the case went to trial
                                                                                                                                  in Houston. The trial was
                                                                                                                                  expected to take about five
                                                                                                                                  days, but on the third day,
                                                                                                                                  after disastrous testimony
                                                                                                                                  from a very smug Richard
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                                                                                                                                  Smith, they sensed the jury
                                                                                                                                  turning against them and of-
                                                                                                                                  fered $420,000 to the nine
                                                                                                                                  parties. That was about 21
                                                                                                                                  cents on the dollar, half that
                                                                                                                                  after the lawyer took his
                                                                                                                                  50% contingency fee. The
                                                                                                                                  vote to take the money and
                                                                                                                                  run had to be unanimous, and
                                                                                                                                  only those victims who
                                                                                                                                  showed up in person got a
                                                                                                                                  cut of the deal. Most nota-
                                                                                                                                  bly absent was Oscar de la
                                                                                                                                  Hoya. He sent his lawyer to
                                                                                                                                  represent his interests, which
                                                                                                                                  the judge deemed not good
                                                                                                                                  enough, not awarding him
                                                                                                                                  any money.
                                                                                                                                      The nine settled, ex-
                                                                                                                                  plained Offerdahl, because
                                                                                                                                  the case law, the precedent,
                                                                                                                                  was shaky and if they con-
                                                                                                                                  tinued the trial and won, it
                                                                                                                                  might be overturned on ap-
                                                                                                                                  peal. This jury wanted to
                                                                                                                                  convict, but the law was not,
                                                                                                                                  strictly speaking, on the
                                                                                                                                  plaintiffs’ side. The question
                                                                                                                                  was, is the franchise holder
                                                                                                                                  responsible          for     a
                                                                                                                                  franchisee’s actions.
                                                                                                                                      Smith also tried to say he
                                                                                                                                  didn’t know about the prob-
                                                                                                                                  lems in Cabo, but this re-
                                                                                                                                  porter had called him and
                                                                                                                                  talked to him about it months
                                                                                                                                  before Coldwell Banker fi-
                                                                                                                                  nally sent two representa-
                                                                                                                                  tives from Mexico City to
                                                                                                                                  close down Jacobsen’s
                                                                                                                                  Cabo San Lucas office.
                                                                                                                                  Those two men also admit-
                                                                                                                                  ted to this reporter that they
                                                                                                                                  had known about the irregu-
                                                                                                                                  larities for several months.
                                                                                                                                  He was nailed.


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                                                                                                      co.com.                           to the Hotel Presidente in San
                                                                                                          Semarnat calls atten-         Jose to see what the fuss was
                                                                                                      tion to massive East Cape         all about.
                                                                                                      development. Last week,               At the public meeting held
   Realtors, get ready to         states, Canada, France,          components of the Certified        Semarnat, the federal Minis-      Friday, April 18 at the Hotel
network at MINT. AMPI             Spain, the U.S., Costa Rica,     International Property Spe-        try of the Environment and        Presidente in San Jose, devel-
and the National Association      Panama, Chile and Peru.          cialist program.                   Natural Resources, put a full-    opers and biologists from
of Realtors (NAR) are pre-            In addition to a trade           Last year nearly 2,000         page advertisement in the lo-     GRE/Hansa Baja Investments
senting the fourth annual edi-    show, classes will be given in   Realtors and exhibitors            cal papers calling for an open    presented a curious public
tion of Mercado Inmobiliario      English and Spanish, includ-     showed up. Booths for ex-          hearing to discuss an enor-       with plans for the biggest real
Turistico (MINT), a trade         ing “Doing Business in           hibitors are still available, at   mous new resort community         estate development the state
show and educational event        Mexico” and “Doing Business      $2,250 to $4,500 U.S.              planned on the East Cape out      has ever seen. Cabo Cortes,
for Realtors and exhibitors       in the U.S.,” courses designed   bucks. The exhibition will         near La Ribera, Cabo Cortes.      sandwiched between Cabo
from the U.S., Canada, and        to help agents who need to       take place June 19 and 20 in       After reaching out to             Pulmo and La Ribera, will to-
Latin America. Last year’s        work with international Real-    Cancun. For more info, con-        Semarnat’s Mexico city of-        tal 9,142 acres with 4.3 miles
event brought in exhibitors and   tors on transactions. Plus       tact John Glaab at                 fices, we got the scoop on the    of beach front. Although it
Realtors from 22 Mexican          there will be a course with      john.glaab@settlement-             hearing and sent a reporter out   won’t be completed for an
                                                                                                                                        estimated 15 years, plans are
                                                                                                                                        in the works for 5,000 hotel
                                                                                                                                        rooms, 2,800 residential units,
                                                                                                                                        a 490-slip marina with space
                                                                                                                                        for mega yachts measuring up
                                                                                                                                        to 180 feet, shops, restau-
                                                                                                                                        rants, four golf courses, a spa,
                                                                                                                                        a private airstrip, schools and
                                                                                                                                        health services.
                                                                                                                                            GRE/Hansa is a partner-
                                                                                                                                        ship between Spanish devel-
                                                                                                                                        opers Hansa Urbana and
                                                                                                                                        Goodman Real Estate, a Se-




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                                                                                                                                        pany which primarily owns
                                                                                                                                        and manages apartment build-
                                                                                                                                        ings and office space in the
                                                                                                                                        Pacific northwest. Hansa
                                                                                                                                        Urbana’s first foray into the
                                                                                                                                        Mexican market was Novo
                                                                                                                                        Cancun, a $325 million in-
                                                                                                                                        vestment which includes a
                                                                                                                                        marina and golf course, very
                                                                                                                                        similar to what is planned for
                                                                                                                                        Cabo Cortes but on a much
                                                                                                                                        smaller scale.
                                                                                                                                            The meeting at the
                                                                                                                                        Presidente was presided over
                                                                                                                                        by delegates from Semarnat,
                                                                                                                                        the Ministry of Environment
                                                                                                                                        and Natural Resources in
                                                                                                                                        Mexico. GRE/Hansa needs
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                                  year. We say, good luck to          were in Los Cabos last week
QUE PASA?...                      Sr. Coppel with his quest for       accompanied by a few rela-
continued from page 4             a gold star for being a good        tives and friends who at-
    Free breakfasts for           guy, he has hijacked the his-       tended their intimate wed-
school children. The DIF,         torical lighthouse near his         ding. Well, if you call intimate
a charity run by government       property, denying access to         a wedding attended by at
officials wives, has delivered    the public. It will be very in-     least a dozen stalkarazzi
a total of 752,835 free break-    teresting to see if the Green       snapping pictures.
fasts to children of low in-      Globe people can overlook               Bears hibernate in
come families in 13 schools       that.                               Cabo Chicago Bears return
in the Los Cabos area in the           Green Globe is an inter-       man extraordinaire, Devin
past three years, revealed a      national verification system        Hester was in Cabo San
DIF’s report.                     that looks into resort opera-       Lucas last week, along with
    These free breakfasts are     tion areas such as their envi-      five other members of the
served in a designated area       ronmental protection policies,      team. The group coached
of the schools, to children       sustainable water use, eco-         fans during casual football        per person for airfare and
singled out by the school         logical handling of trash, and      drills on the beach of the RIU     seven nights at the all-inclu-
principals as underfed. Who       efficient use of energy.            resort on Medano beach.            sive Riu.
says every charity around              Huatulco, the resort town      Fans and players traveled to
here is run by foreigners? It’s   in Mexico’s southern Pacific,       Cabo with Apple Vacations,
only almost every charity.        was recently awarded the            which started offering the            LETTERS...
    Local resorts seek            Green Globe certification. It       week long trip in 2007. For           continued from page 7
Green Globe certification.        was the first for a resort in the   Bears fans, it’s the ultimate                                       tire lock device, the jack,
The Pueblo Bonito hotel           American continent, and the         fun in the sun: meet and hang      me. He used to be an auto        and the wrench (?). That’s
group, which includes the         third in the world awarded so       out with some of the team’s        mechanic and now he re-          when it got even more in-
Pueblo Bonito Blanco, Rose,       far.                                top players while lounging at      pairs Wave Runners for the       teresting since the nuts (?)
Pacifica and Sunset Beach              Celebrity sighting. Su-        the beach, eating to excess,       company. His English is very     were frozen and the wrench
resorts is going after the        per Bowl hero Eli Manning           and drinking like there’s no       good and I found the things      actually started bending un-
Green Globe certification this    and his fiance Abby McGrew          tomorrow for a mere $1,360         he asked for — the special       der pressure.
                                                                                                                                              But, Mario had a plan!
                                                                                                                                          We walked to Walmart
                                                                                                                                          where he selected and I
                                                                                                                                          bought two cans of some-
                                                                                                                                          thing — part to goop up the
                                                                                                                                          hole (really a large rip) and
                                                                                                                                          part to pump air into the tire
                                                                                                                                          — so we could drive to a
                                                                                                                                          nearby mechanic.
                                                                                                                                              For his considerable
                                                                                                                                          time and attention and ex-
                                                                                                                                          pertise, Mario only asked
                                                                                                                                          me to use my card to get



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                                                                                                                                          him a salad and drink from
                                                                                                                                          Costco. Only reluctantly
                                                                                                                                          did he accept some money
                                                                                                                                          from me as a tip. He said
                                                                                                                                          he was happy just provid-
                                                                                                                                          ing service, not leaving a
                                                                                                                                          lady alone, and he had no-
                                                                                                                                          where else to be.
                                                                                                                                             I never got what I was
                                                                                                                                          shopping for, but who
                                                                                                                                          cares!?! I met Mario.
                                                                                                                                             Carol Snow
                                                                                                                                             San      Diego      and
                                                                                                                                          Palmilla


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                                                                                                                                           honchos            have
                                                                                                                                           launched emergency
                                                                                                                                           phone numbers to
                                                                                                                                           call the police. No,
                                                                                                                                           it’s not 911, If you are
                                                                                                                                           caling from either a
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                                                                                                                             PAID ADVERTISEMENT
                                   ing written comments until         respectively. Private invest-
QUE PASA IN R.E.?..                May 6.                             ment increased at a brisker
continued from page 9                  Housing market cool            pace in San Jose, which was
                                   down? Not here. A recent           chalked up to attractive large-
                                                                                                            Delicious, de-                                          for his cus-
forward.                           theme in the U.S. papers goes      scale projects in the San Jose        licious and                                             tomers.
    Developers stressed their      something like this headline:      area (think about Cabo                delicious!!!                                           Domestic
environmental chops, claiming      “Despite tough times, the ul-      Riviera on the East Cape and          Traditional Medi-                                     Cocktails and
their master plan was de-          tra rich keep spending.” The       the new marina development            terranean Food!!                                  a wine list are
signed around environmental        same is true for Cabo, ac-         at Puerto Los Cabos).                 Greek Salads are prepared                  available. Location:
concerns such as the arroyo        cording to all accounts from           What’s a pagadora, any-           for you daily. Fresh steamed         Behind Blockbuster in San
Cabo Cortes shares with            local Realtors. While they are     way? Well, if you’re a time-          clams, fresh catch of the day,       Jose, across the street from
                                                                                                            lamb, pastas and MUCH more           the soccer park.
Cabo Pulmo and the 52 spe-         feeling a twinge of the U.S. re-   share guy, you work for one,          to choose from their menu.           Open Daily 12-11pm.
cies of birds, 18 species of       cession in the under-a-million     even if you don’t know it.            Everything is freshly made and       Once you eat at Apostolis Res-
reptiles, and 16 species of        housing market, there’s been       Much like employee leasing            absolutely yummy. Special            taurant ,you will keep com-
mammals that currently in-         no reported slowdown in the        companies in the states, the          lunches are Lamb, Beef Sulaki        ing back!!
habit the site.                    three million and up range.        pagadora industry in Cabo             or Spanicopita for $15.00
    Biologists explained that      Many buyers who fit into that      consists of companies that hire       which includes a Greek Salad.
                                                                                                            All the oils, breads, salad dress-
the desalinization plant’s waste   bracket are spending dispos-       employees for you but will            ings, are old family recipe’s that
water, which is nearly twice       able income on their dream         keep them on their payroll.           have been in the Greek family
as salty as sea water, would       homes, so they’re not feeling      They navigate the arcane              for many years. Very afford-
be pumped back into the            the squeeze. Plus there’s no       Mexican tax system and help           able!! Entrees $10-$35. This
ocean just 2 km from the           fear of a mortgage crisis in       expedite visa paperwork,              is authentic Mediterranean
Cabo Pulmo National Marine         Mexico. There are just barely      which is an especially impor-         food. Apostolis takes pride in
Park, but that ocean currents      any mortgages.                     tant service in the timeshare         preparing the very best meals
would take the waste water             Private investment in real
north toward La Ribera             estate isn’t slowing down
where it would quickly dilute      much, either. Buyer’s market,
to regular sea water.              anyone? Between March
    This projected $2.3 billion    2007 and March 2008, $1.2
investment was presented to        billion dollars were invested in
Mexican president Felipe           urban development in Los
Calderon earlier this year over    Cabos. Over $950 million
a breakfast at Los Pinos,          dollars of that cash was in-
where he expressed his sup-        vested in building new homes,
port. Foreign investment in        developments, and hotels.
Mexican real estate is up          The total number of construc-
941% since 2000, and               tion licenses granted in that
Calderon couldn’t be happier.      one-year period amounted to
    If Semarnat grants the per-    1,180. Do the math— that’s
mission— and it seems likely       almost three new construction
it will— Cabo Cortes project       licenses a day. 655 of those
should go forward as               licenses went to home build-
planned. Carrie, good after-       ing, 68 to developments and
noon, below is the latest in-      21 to hotels. Another 268
stallment dealing with the Los     went to urbanization and other
Cabos Ecology and the re-          projects— parks, pavement,         and real estate industries here.   Evacabos, the longest-stand-            Pacific Holistic Retreat and
lated Urban Development            walls, garages, and so on.         Those are the two industries       ing pagadora in the biz here            Spa already on that part of the
Plan. I would suggest incor-       (As we build more houses, we       that most typically hire a         (who prefers the term “pay-             property. Ernesto Coppel,
porating it or parts of it into    need more other stuff, too.)       pagadora.                          roll company,” thank you very           PB’s head honcho, calls
the two articles that I had sent       Interestingly, the licenses       But their services go be-       much), earned her stripes in            Quivira the “pinnacle” of his
you during the last couple of      were granted in almost a 60-       yond filling out FM-3 appli-       the trenches of immigration-            developing efforts. You can
weeks. Semarnat is accept-         40 split to San Jose and Cabo,     cations. Eva Velazquez of          related government work and             find out more about the mas-
                                                                                                         payroll before starting her             ter-planned resort community
                                                                                                         company. Now, she offers a              at http://www.quiviralos
                                                                                                         variety of services to clients:         cabos.com.
                                                                                                         commission payments, immi-                  Loreto, the new Cabo?
                                                                                                         gration paperwork, Mexican              At an international tourist
                                                                                                         citizenship processing, IMSS,           expo in Acapulco last week,
                                                                                                         Notary Public services, real            Governor Agundez, paid lip
                                                                                                         estate seminars, insurance              service to the idea that Loreto
 Protect Your Home!                                                                                      plans, driver’s license/plates/
                                                                                                         car imports/etc., foreign in-
                                                                                                         vestment, and aid establishing
                                                                                                                                                 and La Paz are going to be
                                                                                                                                                 attracting lots and lots of in-
                                                                                                                                                 vestment to bring them up to
 Your large glass
                                                                                                         a Mexican corporation,                  speed with Cabo. Of course,
 windows and                                                                                             among other things. She also            Loreto was earmarked by
 doors can be                                                                                            handles employees’ federal              Fonatur for development as
 made                                                                                                    and state income tax withhold-          early as the 70s, but even af-
                                                                                                         ing. She employs and con-               ter a $200 million investment
 secure against                                                                                          sults a variety of experts in her       in infrastructure and a small
 hurricanes                                                                                              office, including internation-          airport, it never really took off,
                                                                                                         ally-accredited CPAs and tax            while Cancun and Cabo
                                                                                                         specialists, to help make life          boomed.
                                                                                                         (and business in Mexico)                    The Loreto Bay Resort, an
                                                                                                         easier for her clients.                 8,000 acre master planned
                                                                                                             Quivira sending out                 development, is a sign of the
                                                                                                         press releases in anticipa-             times, and the U.S. papers are
                                                       Hurricane Shutters                                tion of launch. Quivira, the            picking it up as the new place
                                                                                     S.A. de C.V.        $1.5 billion dollar Pueblo Bo-          to go. But the developers
                                                                                                         nito project north of Sunset            have been having problems.
                                                                      offers                             Beach, is making the PR                 They have approval for 6,000
 Ph. 143-6022
                                                           Removable                                     rounds. With a planned launch           houses in the community over
 Cell 624 121 3244                                    Storm Panel Systems                                in spring of this year, they’re         the next decade, from condos
 Cabo San Lucas                                                Custom made                               shining the spotlight on them-          to 3,800 square foot custom
 Located near the                                                                                        selves now. 1,850 acres of              homes. Three golf courses,
 Glass Factory                                                                                           property will include Ritz-             beach and tennis clubs, and a
 mlgrimmer@prodigy.net.mx                                            100% aluminum                       Carlton branded homsites, an            marina are all planned. And
                                                                    Exterior mounted                     ocean-side resort, two Jack             allegedly, the developers are
                                                                                                         Nicklaus golf courses, and it           sticking to a sustainable build-
 www.hurricaneshutters.com.mx                                    Dade County FL approved                 will include the Pueblo Bonito          continued on page 13
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Driver’s Ed Courses                                                    studies, and goes back to take
                                                                       the test. Of course he can’t           QUE PASA IN R.E.?..
                                                                                                                                             oper David Butterfield, who
                                                                                                                                             stumbled badly. The housing

Offered
                                                                       read it. So his Mexican em-         continued from page 12            units built under Butterfield’s
                                                                       ployee, Javier, reads the test to                                     ownership are a mess of sub-
                                                                       him. The proctor comes over         ing plan: solar-heated water,     standard materials and work-
  Wouldn’t you know it’s the World Health                              and says, “Hey you can’t have       a seawater desal plant, and a     manship. None of the infra-
Organization, not Mexican officials, who are                           someone help you with the           500-acre wind farm. If it all     structure promised was ever
behind this                                                            test, that’s illegal!”              sounds unlikely— there’s no       built, and the small (15,000)
                                                   BY CELIA FATE           Javier says back to him,        sign of those plans yet, just a   city has no intention of shar-
                                                                       “It’s ok, my boss is blind and      couple hundred houses— it’s       ing their meager water supply
                                                                       can’t read the test so I have to    not stopping early buyers, who    with the rich newcomers.
    The way the locals go whiz-       about 40 years ago. He has       help him.” The official apolo-      are pitching in anywhere from         So far, 800 lots are sold,
zing around these streets, we         never driven but always          gizes and walks off. Bill got his   $350,000 to $1.5 million for      which just blows us away.
already know there is not much        wanted a drivers license, and    driver’s license. True story.       homes on the site.                Those 800 owners ought to
tracking of habitual traffic of-      he heard they were giving them       Bill also won the Bisbee            Citigroup’s property arm is   thank their lucky stars that
fenders: nobody seems even            out like candy in Cabo.          fishing tournament one year,        the major new owner of            Butterfield and his pals are
remotely concerned about get-             So he goes down, picks up    proving once again, it’s pretty     Loreto Bay, which was first       gone, and hope that Citigroup
ting a ticket. But four years ago     the book, gets it read to him,   much blind luck.                    owned by American devel-          does a better job.
the Los Cabos Department of
Transit and Public Security set
up an office behind the cop
shop to provide driving classes.
    Since then, more then
2,600 people have completed
the course, primarily young
people, and certainly nobody
we’ve ever shared the road
with. Sigh.
    Miriam Villafana is one of
the driver’s ed teachers, and
she hopes that as more people
complete the course, there will
be fewer accidents.
    In Los Cabos, whenever a
minor under 18 is involved in
an accident, they must agree to
enroll in and complete the
driver’s course to have their car
released from the pound. This
law is designed to help create
a culture of law-abiding driv-
ers here.
    The most recent class




          WRINKLES :
         Something other
         people have. You
          have character
              lines.

started March 1 and included
a history of driver’s education,
what the hell the traffic signs are
trying to tell us, defensive driv-
ing (don’t sleep through that
one!) and other subjects that
might keep you and your loved
ones on the sunny side of the
pavement. Anyone who is at
least 16 can register for the
class at the office behind the
police station, Sector I. Of
course it’s all in Spanish, so
good luck with that.
    Ms. Villafana added that she
hopes the program will yield
results within the next six years,
reducing the number of fatali-
ties from auto accidents.Well,
you’ve got to give her credit
for vision and faith.
    Local groups, associations,
hotels, restaurants and delivery
businesses have encouraged
their employees to take the
driving course, hoping to in-
crease awareness among their
drivers and reduce expensive
accidents.
    We know a part time resi-
dent here, Bill Patton, who has
macular degeneration which
set in when he was in college

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President Calderon                                                best people to migration into
                                                                  a nation capable of generat-

Does U.S.                                                         ing opportunity for Mexicans
                                                                  on their own soil.”
                                                                     And he talked about the
                                                                                                     Gricelda cleans, vacuum packs and freezes your catch
                                                                                                                  for easy transport back home.
                                                                                                      Her secret marinade and smoking process assures
 But nobody but his own paisanos wants to                         importance of balancing harsh            your catch is the best smoked fish south or
meet with him                                                     rhetoric that often plagues          north of the border! And filleting is no extra charge!
                                                                  dialogues between the neigh-
                                          BY DAVID FLORES         boring countries.                  Cabo Marina, by the Baja Cantina,(01 521) 1437266. VHF Ch. 71.
                                                                     “I need to change                 www.dreammakercharter.com dale@dreammakercharter.com
     Mexican President Felipe     Mexicans in the U.S. face.      Mexico’s perception that the    entirely successful, but it was
Calderón ended his first U.S.         Media access on the trip    Americans are the enemies,      memorable.. A briefing at a
visit by learning firsthand the   was tightly controlled, and     and it’s important to change    Starbucks, arranged by
challenges his countrymen liv-    most meetings were held be-     the perception that the Mexi-   Calderón’s press office,
ing in America face. He re-       hind closed doors.              cans are the enemy,” he said.   ended abruptly when em-
turned to Mexico with an ear-         “I wouldn’t say the trip       Calderón’s trip wasn’t       ployees asked the entourage
ful.                              was a complete success,”                                        to leave because they were

                                                                   Emergency
     Calderón’s five-day, four-   conceded one Mexican offi-                                      disrupting service to custom- tors, or even his own coun-
state visit was marked by         cial, who spoke on the con-                                     ers.                                trymen, but with mayors,

                                                                    Number
emotional meetings with           dition of anonymity. “This                                          Worse, Calderón re- state legislators and gover-
Mexicans, a memorable gaffe       was the beginning of a com-                                     turned home without any face nors. “A lot of the hostility is
in New York, and criticism        plex relationship with Mexi-                                    time with President Bush, so localized that by visiting
from some of his countrymen       cans abroad, and that’s not            Our public safety        which is unusual for a foreign these officials and talking to
on both sides of the border,      always so easy.”                                                leader.                             them he may make headways
who said Calderon seemed              In      Massachusetts,       honchos            have            Some officials and ana- to ease the pressure on mi-
more interested in drumming       Calderón stressed the impor-     launched emergency             lysts dressed it up by saying grants who have been under
up investments than learning      tance of transforming Mexico     phone numbers to               that Mr. Calderón’s first trip constant siege,” said Tony
the complex challenges            “from a nation that loses its    call the police. No,           to the U.S. matched with his Payan, political analyst.
                                                                   it’s not 911, If you are       overall strategy and low key
                                                                   caling from either a           style, which is a sharp con-
                                                                   cell phone or a a land         trast to former President
                                                                                                  Vicente Fox, whose gregari-
                                                                   line, call 066.                ous style won him both ad-
                                                                                                  mirers and enemies, but Mr.                   TOMORROW :
                                                                                                  Calderón is more of a politi-                    One of the
                                                                                                  cal animal who prefers back                    greatest labor
                                                                                                  room negotiations to the
                                                                                                  limelight.                                    saving devices
                                                                                                      Calderón’s most impor-                        of today.
                                                                                                  tant conversations weren’t
                                                                                                  necessarily with U.S. inves-




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Cruiser’s Guidebook                                           Bansmer have spent four
                                                              seasons cruising and
                                                              documenting the Sea of
                                                                                              a hobby, have combined
                                                                                              their talents and their love for
                                                                                              boating to create this one-
   This comprehensive new book has all the                    Cortez aboard their sailboat,   of-a-kind coffee table guide,
info you’ll need for cruising the Sea of Cortez               Om Shanti. Originally from      which is beautiful and a
                                   BY DIANE CARMONA           Bellingham, Washington and      practical cruising guide. The
                                                              the beautiful but frigid        graphics are stunning, and
                                                              cruising grounds in the         make this book a joy to use.
    Sea of Cortez: A          accurate, up-to-date GPS        Pacific Northwest, Shawn        It even makes a great arm
Cruiser's Guidebook is the    chartlets, local information,   and Heather set sail in June    chair cruising guide, it's so
most up-to-date, compre-      and stunning photography,       2003 to pursue their cruising   descriptive and beautiful.
hensive guide detailing the   allowing the boater and         dream which ultimately took           Important information
remote and pristine           dreamer alike to explore the    them to the warm waters of      like weather, ham and SSB
anchorages of the Baja        striking beauty of the land
peninsula and Mexican         where the desert meets the      Mexico and the Sea of           radio nets, customs and             New guidebook uses satellite
mainland within the Sea of    sea.                            Cortez. Breeding, who is a      immigration information,            imagery and personal
Cortez. The colorful, well-        Authors          Shawn     professional graphic            marina locations and layouts,       surveying to give accurate
designed guide is full of     Breeding and Heather            designer, and Bansmer, who      fuel availability, boat haul out    navigational info for mariners
                                                              has long pursued writing as     facilities and marine               on the Sea of Cortez.

                                                                                                                                 chandleries are among many
                                                                                                                                 of the features detailed
                                                                                                                                 through this guide. And,
                                                                                                                                 because the cruising doesn't
                                                                                                                                 stop when the hook is
                                                                                                                                 dropped or the docklines
                                                                                                                                 are made fast, city maps,
                                                                                                                                 grocery store locations,
                                                                                                                                 hiking trails, dive and snorkel
                                                                                                                                 sites and much more is also
                                                                                                                                 included.
                                                                                                                                      The guidebook uses
                                                                                                                                 today's technology, with
                                                                                                                                 satellite imagery, NSA
                                                                                                                                 SRTM (Shuttle Radar
                                                                                                                                 Topography Mission) data,
                                                                                                                                 marine navigational software
                                                                                                                                 and GPS to construct
                                                                                                                                 accurate chartlets. As many
                                                                                                                                 boaters find out firsthand
                                                                                                                                 when cruising the Sea of
                                                                                                                                 Cortez, the large-scale
                                                                                                                                 government charts are
                                                                                                                                 outdated and inaccurate
                                                                                                                                 (sometimes by more than a
                                                                                                                                 nautical mile), based on
                                                                                                                                 surveys from the 1800s.
                                                                                                                                 Using navigational software
                                                                                                                                 or GPS chartplotters,
                                                                                                                                 boaters often find their boat's
                                                                                                                                 position plotted erroneously
                                                                                                                                 over land rather than their
                                                                                                                                 actual position on the water.
                                                                                                                                 This makes the new
                                                                                                                                 guidebook an invaluable aid
                                                                                                                                 to mariners, with accurate
                                                                                                                                 chartlets and descriptions of
                                                                                                                                 the anchorages, personally-
                                                                                                                                 surveyed depth information,
                                                                                                                                 and hundreds of GPS
                                                                                                                                 waypoints personally taken
                                                                                                                                 by the authors. As updates
                                                                                                                                 to information become
                                                                                                                                 available, they are posted to
                                                                                                                                 www.exploringcortez.com
                                                                                                                                 or the publisher's website,
                                                                                                                                 www.bluelatitudepress.com.
                                                                                                                                      You can purchase your
                                                                                                                                 own copy for a retail price
                                                                                                                                 of 650 pesos (a little more
                                                                                                                                 than 60 U.S. dollars, and a
                                                                                                                                 deal at that) at Allende
                                                                                                                                 Books, La Paz's English-
                                                                                                                                 language bookstore, which is
                                                                                                                                 located just up the street
                                                                                                                                 from the mermaid and
                                                                                                                                 dolphin statue on the
                                                                                                                                 malecon, on Allende St.
                                                                                                                                 Allende is the publisher's
                                                                                                                                 authorized reseller for Sea of
                                                                                                                                 Cortez. The eponymously
                                                                                                                                 named bookstore is open 10
                                                                                                                                 to 6 Monday through Friday
                                                                                                                                 and 10 to 2 on Saturdays.
                                                                                                                                 You may reserve a copy by
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                                                                                                                                 125-9114. Of course, you
                                                                                                                                 can also drop by in person
                                                                                                                                 when you're in town.
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Minerva Smith
Recognized For
Conservation Efforts
   Nice plaque
                                        BY GARY GRAHAM

   The International Game            A Mexican citizen born in
Fish Association (IGFA) re-      Sonora, Mexico, Minerva
cently recognized Minerva        was raised in Southern Cali-
Smith, long-time resident of     fornia and speaks fluent En-
Cabo San Lucas and IGFA          glish. When Bob Smith pro-
Representative, with an          posed to her and insisted that
award for her conservation       they relocate to Cabo San
efforts. These efforts include   Lucas, she didn’t have a clue
promoting the removal of         where Cabo was until she
marlin from the restaurant       looked at a map.                 Minerva’s Baja Tackle. Lo-              Demonstrating the pas-       toe to toe with Mexican offi-
menus in Cabo San Lucas,             After moving to Cabo in      cated in a small space on the      sion common among                 cials who support NOM-
encouraging the use of circle    1976, they started a small       main waterfront boulevard a        sportfishermen, this five foot    029, legislation that allows
hooks and her ongoing battle     sportfishing charter business.   short distance from the ma-        tall dynamo is fiercely protec-   long lining within the recre-
with the Mexican Govern-         When the town began to           rina, today, Minerva’s Baja        tive of the fishery around        ational fishing boundaries.
ment to have its flawed fish-    boom in the 1980s, their         Tackle is filled with the latest   Cabo San Lucas and                    Since its passage last year
eries legislation, NOM-029       business thrived and by the      and greatest fishing tackle        throughout Mexican waters.        she has unwaveringly docu-
(commonly known as “Shark        fall of 1989, they opened        and is considered the tackle       With a sharks strength and        mented the problems it has
Norma”), repealed.               Cabo’s first tackle shop,        shop in Cabo.                      tenacity she continues to go      created and has insisted that
                                                                                                                                       the annual review required by
                                                                                                                                       law be completed.
                                                                                                                                           According to the propo-
                                                                                                                                       nents of the legislation, Shark
                                                                                                                                       Norma will offer protection
                                                                                                                                       for sea life, but Minerva re-
                                                                                                                                       plies that none of the scien-
                                                                                                                                       tists and marine biologists
                                                                                                                                       who         work        within
                                                                                                                                       CONAPESCA has been able
                                                                                                                                       to explain how the regulation
                                                                                                                                       will help sharks, rays, sport
                                                                                                                                       fish, turtles or any sea life.
                                                                                                                                       The only group that will ben-
                                                                                                                                       efit from this law is commer-
                                                                                                                                       cial fishing! She goes on to
                                                                                                                                       say that “sharks and rays are
                                                                                                                                       in need of regulation because
                                                                                                                                       their habitat is being degraded
                                                                                                                                       and they are being commer-
                                                                                                                                       cially over-fished! It is obvi-
                                                                                                                                       ous that NOM-029, which
                                                                                                                                       allows longlines and gillnets to
                                                                                                                                       commercially fish within 15
                                                                                                                                       to 20 miles of the coast, is not
                                                                                                                                       the way to protect these same
                                                                                                                                       endangered species! The
                                                                                                                                       regulation is an invitation for
                                                                                                                                       the traditional commercial
                                                                                                                                       fishing interests, with the help
                                                                                                                                       of CONAPESCA, to target
                                                                                                                                       sportfish.”
                                                                                                                                           So where is the Norma-
                                                                                                                                       029 today? Currently shark
                                                                                                                                       permits are in a state of dis-
                                                                                                                                       array, the sale and resale of
                                                                                                                                       existing permits is unregu-
                                                                                                                                       lated, inspections of fishing
                                                                                                                                       equipment are not being con-
                                                                                                                                       ducted and there is absolutely
                                                                                                                                       no enforcement.
                                                                                                                                            The law requires that the
                                                                                                                                       head of CONAPESC,
                                                                                                                                       Ramon Corral, calls for a re-
                                                                                                                                       view of the Shark Norma no
                                                                                                                                       later than the anniversary of
                                                                                                                                       the laws passing, May 15th,
                                                                                                                                       2008.
                                                                                                                                           In a recent telephone call,
                                                                                                                                       Minerva said that it is im-
                                                                                                                                       perative that all the various
                                                                                                                                       organizations have a voice in
                                                                                                                                       the revision process; it can-
                                                                                                                                       not be left only to
                                                                                                                                       CONAPESCA. After all, this
                                                                                                                                       is the same department that
                                                                                                                                       tried to establish a bycatch
                                                                                                                                       limit to include all sportfish.
                                                                                                                                           Fortunately, on February
                                                                                                                                       continued on page 19
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$200 Million Bucks
For New Cabo-San
Jose Highway
   Governor announces plans for a new
toll-free highway, scheduled to break
ground in 2009
                                             BY BEN DINROAD

    State Governor Narcisco         dents will come in handy.
Agundez announced the               This time, the state hopes lo-
week that the Mexican Fed-          cals will actually use the road,
eral Secretary of Communi-          unlike the existing tollway
cations and Transportation          from the San Jose international
(SCT) has approved $200             airport to San Jose, which
million dollars for the construc-   was really built to whisk for-
tion of a new highway con-          eign dignitaries from the Asian    jump start this project, in a few    plastic explosives, even in tiny     Put A Former
necting San Jose and Cabo           Pacific Conference to and          years it will be near impossible     amounts.) State-of-the-art
San Lucas. The announce-            from the airport without mak-      to get from Cabo to San Jose         technology will also help the        IRS Tax Auditor
ment took place during a            ing them look at the mess our      on the fourlane.                     state initiate an intelligence
workshop with local business-       fourlane has become.                   Agundez also went over           gathering program.                                On your Side !
men and entrepreneurs. The             “The proposed highway is        other items, including mention          Finally, the state hopes to
project is scheduled to begin       a project that will allow for a    that the President authorized        deter criminal behavior by                Expat Returns,
early next year and wrap up         freer flow of vehicular traffic    him to start a police strategy       building more sports facilities,       Offers In Compromise
in 2011.                            towards La Paz or Cabo San         at the state level to beef up        which they believe will help
    The Governor insists that       Lucas but more importantly it      public security in Southern          counter social problems. The         Licensed in all 50 States.
the highway will be toll free.      will help to reduce the num-       Baja— we’ll see how that             Governor is confident that,
But if that promise should fall     ber of automobile related          goes. A “strategic plan” is in       with cooperation from the fed-
through, President Calderon’s       deaths and accidents,” Gov-        the works.                           eral government, Baja Cali-             Paul Jubb, E.A.
federal commitment to grant         ernor Agundez stated. He               In June 2008, Baja will get      fornia Sur will become the                 Enrolled Agent
preferential toll rates to resi-    said if the government fails to    two gamma ray machines in-           safest state in Mexico.               Richard Frank, E.A.
                                                                       stalled, one in Pichilingue and
                                                                       another in San Ignacio, to de-                                              Former I.R.S. Auditor
                                                                                                               MINERVA SMITH...
                                                                       tect stolen vehicles, criminals         continued from page 17
                                                                       entering the state, persons                                               www.gringotax.com
                                                                       possessing firearms or drugs,        13th, 2008, Felipe Calderón,
                                                                       and explosives. These nifty          President of Mexico, ap-
                                                                       new machines can “see” plas-
                                                                       tic explosives or illicit drugs in
                                                                                                            proved through the National         Tax Service, Inc.
                                                                                                            Sciences and Technology
                                                                       luggage and cargo by scan-           Council a budget of one mil-        tions and NGO’s—- with
                                                                       ning with gamma ray wave-            lion dollar to CIBNOR in La         CIBNOR to build a compre-
                                                                       lengths. (Unlike x-rays, these       Paz to assure a review of all       hensive Shark Management
                                                                       wavelengths are sensitive to         fishery programs which con-         Plan implementing solid goals
                                                                       the ingredients common to            cern the public or the region.      and programs.
                                                                                                            (This means us!) Recently,               The number of our sup-
                                                                                                            CIBNOR Institution in La Paz        porters grows every day. We
                                                                                                            presented some final conclu-        have assembled a formidable
                                                                                                            sions showing no grounds on         legal team to continue the
                                                                                                            which to allow for the inciden-     battle within Mexico’s judicial
                                                                                                            tal catch of sportfish, accord-     system. With everyone’s help
                                                                                                            ing to Minerva.                     we believe that the flawed
                                                                                                                 “This is our goal,” Minerva    NOM-029 (Shark Norma)
                                                                                                            stated, “to continue to unite the   can be defeated once and for
                                                                                                            sport fishing sector—- Mari-        all.”
                                                                                                            nas de Mexico, The Los                   For additional information
                                                                                                            Cabos Hotel Assoc., the pri-        please        visit     http://
                                                                                                            vate sector, many different         www.billfish.org/new/
                                                                                                            groups like IGFA, The Billfish      billfish.asp?pageID=109
                                                                                                            Foundation, Seawatch,                    My email address is
                                                                                                            countless businesses, clubs,        roadtrekker1@verizon.net .
                                                                                                            communities, tourist organiza-




                                                                                                               Minerva Smith, well known IGFA representative and head of the
                                                                                                                  Union of Sport Fishers in Cabo, receiving award for her
                                                                                                               continuing efforts on behalf of sportfishing from IGFA President
                                                                                                                        Rob Kramer and IGFA Trustee Guy C. Harvey.
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they take their world champ       Mexico Projects (which           the idea that marlin tourna-           The third record was set                           The May 2008 event is
title very seriously. This        help fight the NOM-029           ments can be 100% release          in the 2007 WCBRT, dur-                            offering accommodations at
three-day, all circle hook, all   law) and Los Ninos del           and 100% circle hook while         ing which 335 billfish were                        our infamous anchor hotel,
catch-and-release tourna-         Capitan, a local daycare         still awarding big monetary        released or almost five mar-                       Tesoro, for $80 U.S. per
ment has, in the past, pro-       charity serving the barrios of   prizes and donating the rest       lin released per boat per day                      night all-inclusive. WCBRT
duced the highest number of       Cabo. Says Badsey, "This         of the cash to charity. This       even fishing under full moon                       is still looking for more vol-
released striped marlin ever      really is what sets us apart     is the tournament's third          conditions. There were 119                         unteers and sponsors. If




in a money tournament, all on     from the vast majority of        year, and in 2008, the first       documented lost fish in ad-                        you're interested in helping
circle hooks, and the highest     other tournaments-- not put-     place trophy and prize             dition to the official released                    out or learning more about
cash payout for a striped         ting on a tournament for the     money is a whopping $1.25          fish bringing the three day to-                    how to enter the contest,
marlin. Big game fisher           tournament owner's financial     million.                           tal to 454 striped marlin                          contact Director Chris
people looking to earn some       gain. We at WCBRT don't              To prove their mettle, or-     hooked up. That's a hook-                          Badsey                     at
dough, pay attention here.        put a single penny in our        ganizers point out that their      to-land ratio of 74%. Again,                       finnseeker@finnseeker.com
    Tourney directors Chris       pockets for putting on these     relatively young contest con-      the 2007 tournament re-                            or visit the website for info
Badsey         and     Dave       events."                         tinues to break world              leased more fish than IGFA                         and entry forms at
Brackmann catch flack for            The volunteer team that       records. In the first year of      the previous week.                                 www.wcbrt.com.
calling this a world champi-      puts WCBRT together              WCBRT, 213 billfish were               IGFA certified observers
onship event, following on the    solely for the purpose of        released, with a daily aver-       and WCBRT observers will
                                                                                                      be onboard overseeing the
                                                                                                      catch and releases that are
                                                                                                      also documented by the
                                                                                                      tournament supplied cam-




                                                                                                                   SKELETON :
                                                                                                                  A bunch of bones
                                                                                                                   with the person
                                                                                                                     scraped off.




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Moon Sculptures                                                Bustamante’s unofficial          piece is made by hand from

Still Selling Strong
                                                               muses; anthropomorphizing        start to finish— not neces-
                                                               their qualities, drawing on      sarily by the sculptor himself,
                                                               Mexican mythological lore,       but by the team of artisans
                                                               is the crux of Bustamante’s      who assist him. Kind of like
  Cabo art fixture cranks out 100s of wacky,                   work. And you thought it was     Santa’s little helpers. Before
vivid sculptures, and he makes purses and                      peyote.                          a piece is completed, each
jewelry too                                                        Sculpted with bronze,        sculpture gets a limited edi-
                                      BY LYNN MEABUCK          resin or ceramic depending       tion       number         and
                                                               on his mood, Bustamante          Bustamante’s signature.
                                                               can crank out a couple hun-          But bargain shoppers be-
   Taking a stroll down         passersby with two tall dark   dred pieces in any given year.   ware: work this popular does
Cabo’s main drag, it’s hard     rectangular faces spouting     The limited edition designs      not come cheap. The sec-
to miss the tiny but colorful   water. Brightly-colored        have become incredibly           ond floor of the gallery
Sergio Bustamante art gal-      moons and suns with human      popular in Cabo among            houses the larger sculptures.
lery. The side window of the    qualities loom in the win-     Gringos, both tourists and       One, “Despedida de la               If you want to take her
Plaza Bonita gallery greets     dows. The sun and moon are     residents. Each Bustamante       Noche (Night’s Farewell),”          home, this Bustamante
                                                                                                                                   moon lady will cost you 12
                                                                                                                                     grand, to be precise.
                                                                                                                                  is a four foot plus sculpture
                                                                                                                                  of a woman with a moon-
                                                                                                                                  shaped head holding her
                                                                                                                                  draped green dress. The
                                                                                                                                  tally? You can take her
                                                                                                                                  home with you for a cool
                                                                                                                                  $12,000.
                                                                                                                                      In another corner are
                                                                                                                                  large colored spheres, full
                                                                                                                                  moons with intricate human
                                                                                                                                  facial features. These lunas
                                                                                                                                  go for $2,000 a pop. The
                                                                                                                                  “Gallo,” or rooster, which
                                                                                                                                  stands about a foot and a half
                                                                                                                                  off the ground, is going for
                                                                                                                                  $5,000. Those with shallow
                                                                                                                                  pockets might want to start
                                                                                                                                  with the cheaper resin sculp-
                                                                                                                                  tures, which start in the
                                                                                                                                  neighborhood of $320 for
                                                                                                                                  small pieces. Bronze starts
                                                                                                                                  at $400, ceramic at $300.
                                                                                                                                  Of course, all can be packed
                                                                                                                                  at the gallery for safe plane
                                                                                                                                  travel, and larger pieces can
                                                                                                                                  be insured and shipped for
                                                                                                                                  an additional charge.
                                                                                                                                      Diehard Bustamante fans,
                                                                                                                                  fear not: if you’ve got no
                                                                                                                                  more room for moon-faced
                                                                                                                                  sculptures in psychedelic col-
                                                                                                                                  ors, the sculptor is making a
                                                                                                                                  foray into your closet, too.
                                                                                                                                  The Cabo gallery features
                                                                                                                                  limited edition silver and
                                                                                                                                  gold-plated jewelry, bags,
                                                                                                                                  wallets, and even shoes.
                                                                                                                                  The handmade jewelry re-
                                                                                                                                  flects the same motifs that
                                                                                                                                  the sculptures do, with the
                                                                                                                                  sun and moon as dominant
                                                                                                                                  characters.
                                                                                                                                      Bustamante’s art has be-
                                                                                                                                  come popular enough that he
                                                                                                                                  has galleries in Mexico City,
                                                                                                                                  Puerto Vallarta, Cancun,
                                                                                                                                  Monterrey and Tlaquepaque
                                                                                                                                  in addition to two galleries in
                                                                                                                                  Cabo, one in Plaza Bonita,
                                                                                                                                  and two locations inside of
                                                                                                                                  Puerto Paraiso mall. His
                                                                                                                                  work is distributed in the
                                                                                                                                  U.S., Europe and Asia. And
                                                                                                                                  although his home and
                                                                                                                                  workshop are based in
                                                                                                                                  Tlaquepaque, Jalisco,
                                                                                                                                  Bustamante frequently stops
                                                                                                                                  by for a visit; Cabo gallery
                                                                                                                                  director Anna Hirsig says
                                                                                                                                  he’s so humble you wouldn’t
                                                                                                                                  pick him out of a crowd.
                                                                                                                                  You can contact the gallery
                                                                                                                                  for more information at 143-
                                                                                                                                  2708 (Plaza Bonita) or 144-
                                                                                                                                  4895 (Puerto Paraiso), or
                                                                                                                                  visit http://www.sergio
                                                                                                                                  bustamante.com.mx/ to see
                                                                                                                                  samples of Bustamante’s
                                                                                                                                  work.
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Squatters Take Over
Plaza El Ghosto
   Selling trinkets from the unfinished hotel
site in downtown Cabo
                                        BY MINNIE MUMWAGE

    That big hulking five-story     ferring to hang onto it until they
unfinished concrete structure       get all their money back, with
perched on prime real estate        interest. Of course the longer
between the marina and the          they hold on to it, the more in-
main drag in downtown Cabo          terest it gathers, and the less
has come alive again. It has        saleable it is.
been vacant for more than 15            The future sale of this build-
years, ever since the develop-      ing is complicated further by the
ers went broke. The bank that       fact that CROC, the labor
held the note on it took it over    union representing the men
and has owned it all these years.   who worked on the project, is
Banks in Mexico are different
than U.S. banks, where any
                                    just waiting to pounce on who-
                                    ever buys it. The building is en-
                                                                          and there it sits, dubbed the
                                                                          “gray ghost.”                           More Low Income
bank-owned distressed prop-
erty is auctioned off as quick
as possible. In Mexico the
                                    cumbered by a lien for back
                                    payroll taxes owed to the gov-
                                    ernment on behalf of the work-
                                                                               Recently, CROC officials
                                                                          have opened up the ground
                                                                          floor of the blocked off build-
                                                                                                                  Housing Coming
banks will not take a loss, pre-    ers. Whoever buys the build-          ing to street vendors who are             It is hoped that 150 acres for new homes
                                    ing must then deal with the           selling the predictable plates,
                                    CROC union officials who are          silver, and assorted debris.
                                                                                                                  will stop the squatting
                                    going to bleed the new owners         They have taken advantage of                                                                BY BILL
                                    for all they can get, plus inter-     a federal judicial restraining or-
                 TRAVEL
                                    est, penalties, and their firstborn   der that has allowed them to                The City Council of Los     schools, parks and green
                 AGENCY
                                    children. This is why nobody          set up shop and use it to un-           Cabos unanimously ap-           areas, soccer fields, and an
  ph 143 1396 fx 143 1397           has stepped up to the plate to        dertake their commercial ac-            proved a master plan for        equipment yard for city ser-
                                    buy the distressed property,          tivities rent-free in a prime Cabo      the development of 148          vices. Mayor Diaz encour-
                                                                          San Lucas location. On one              acres in a joint venture with   aged the council to ap-
                                                                          side, 50 vendors have set up            local developer Javier          prove the plan so they can
                                                                          shop, and on the other side of          Aramburo. The plan calls        expedite all of the neces-
                                                                          the structure another 10 are            for the acreage to be sub-      sary groundwork and get
                                                                          selling their wares. According          divided into lots for the       started quickly.
                                                                          to Adolfo Roman, the Secre-             construction of low cost           The land where the
                                                                          tary of Finance of the local            housing in the Santa Anita      project will be built is part
                                                                          union, there are presently 70           Mesa. Santa Anita is just       of a total of 585 acres,
                                                                          vendors who are dues paying             north of San Jose, near the     which is being considered
                                                                          CROC members working at                 international airport.          by the Secretary of Agrar-
                                                                          the market. Roman says the                  The aim of the project      ian Reform for develop-
                                                                          decision to allow vendors to set        is to alleviate the shortage    ment. Nearly 350 acres
                                                                          up a makeshift flea market was          of low cost housing that        are allocated for housing,
                                                                          made a month ago, with the              contributes to land inva-       and the remaining land will
                                                                          objective being to turn a profit        sions by squatters who are      be divided into nearly
                                                                          for CROC unionists in a space           lured to Southern Baja by       2,000 lots to be used for
                                                                          CROC “won” through its ef-              employment opportunities        commercial areas, streets
                                                                          forts.                                  in the booming tourist in-      and utilities. The state and
                                                                               “We made the decision to           dustry. Many of these new-      local governments hope
                                                                          use the space in this structure         comers are unable to find       that this is the start of many
                                                                          and we will also benefit by the         affordable housing, and in      projects to address the
                                                                          vendor’s assistance in watch-           time-honored fashion,           scarcity of low income
                                                                          ing the building,” he added. So         move into “unoccupied”          housing.
                                                                          not only do they turn a profit,         property and proceed to
                                                                          but they can ward off trespass-
                                                                          ers or other squatters, too.
                                                                                                                  build shanty towns.              English Speaking
                                                                               Roman claims the property
                                                                                                                      The approval of the
                                                                                                                  master plan by the City          Alanon Meetings
                                                                          was awarded to the workers,             Council gives the go-ahead       Cabo San Lucas
                                                                          but that’s not strictly true; there’s   for topographic surveys
                                                                          a lawsuit on the table to change                                         6:00 p.m. every Wednesday
                                                                                                                  and lot subdivision, allow-        At CASA SERENIDAD
                                                                          that right now. Still, CROC ar-         ing the project to get              12th of October Street
                                                                          gues that they have a right, af-        started under the current             Between Morelos
                                                                          forded by labor laws, to pos-           city administration. The                and Zaragoza
                                                                          sess and use the property.              plans currently include a            For Information Call:
                                                                                                                  fire station, a Red Cross         Haven B. Home 105 9228
                                                                                                                                                    or Cell 044 624 151 6007
                                                                                                                  station, a police station,




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What!! You Brought
A Gun To Mexico?
  Are you nuts? Everybody knows this
country is gunaphobic, right?
                                      BY RAFAEL SOLORZANO

    Just a few years ago a               The governing law on gun
United States Marine MP              ownership is the Federal Fire-
crossed over the border from         arms and Explosives Law,
San Diego to Tijuana to pick         which we will abbreviate as the
up a bad boy sailor the TJ cops      FFEL. Article 7 of the FFEL
were holding. The Marine             stipulates: “The possession of
didn’t mean to cross the bor-        any firearm must be reported
der, he was planning on stop-        to the Ministry of Defense
ping on the northern side to         (Army) for its registration in the
pick up the prisoner, but he got     respective Federal Arms Reg-
swept along in traffic and sur-      istrar.”                                 VI.- High power rifles in        rapid fire rifles, sub-machine     dence, demonstrate legal
faced on the Mexico side. And            So you can own a gun, but        larger calibers to those men-        guns, machine guns in all cali-    means to support themselves,
he was wearing his service re-       you have to report it to the army    tioned under the preceding           bers.                              and to provide evidence of
volver. The Mexican police           to obtain a legal registration.      paragraph with a special per-            Of course, hundreds of         having served in the army re-
jailed him for this infraction,      And which guns can civilians         mit to be used in foreign coun-      people are arrested every year     serve or that they are over 40
creating an international inci-      legally own? Lots! The fol-          tries for animals which do not       for carrying or possessing guns    years of age. (In Mexico, army
dent that lasted several days.       lowing are the guns and cali-        exist in Mexico.                     in calibers reserved for the       service is obligatory for males.)
That’s how seriously the Mexi-       bers which civilians may legally         VII.- Other sporting guns        armed forces. But if you want      Also, the army may require that
cans take the act of packing         own based on Article 10 of the       which pursuant to the hunting        to stay out of Mexico’s pris-      applicants submit medical and
heat. Carrying a gun.                FFEL:                                legislation are acceptable as        ons, obtain and carry your         psychiatric certifications to




    But it’s not impossible to get        I.- .22 caliber centerfire      well as those normally used          weapon legally. Current army       demonstrate that the individual
a carry permit, just difficult.      Pistols, revolvers and rifles.       pursuant to national and inter-      regulations allow people resid-    is able to safely handle and
And only difficult if you don’t           II.- .38 caliber pistols for    national regulations for shoot-      ing in Mexico (including for-      shoot a weapon.
mind knocking on the army’s          purposes of Olimpic shooting         ing competitions.                    eigners with an FM-2) to own           Now, once all of the above
door and requesting a carry          and other competitions.                  Some guns and calibers are       as many as nine rifles or shot-    has been submitted to the gun
permit.                                   III.- Shotguns in all gauges    reserved for the armed forces.       guns and one pistol or revolver    club, the gun club turns over a
    Just as in the U.S., Mexi-       except those with a barrel           Just in case you had your heart      for personal defense in the        list of their current members
can citizens and foreigners le-      shorter than 635 mm (25"),           set on owning a machine gun,         home and sporting purposes         along with the inventory of
gally residing in Mexico (with       and those larger than 12 gauge       here’s the list of weapons au-       only.                              guns to the army, which pro-
an FM-2 residency status)            (10 gauge).                          thorized for the army but pro-           Finally, you’ll need to un-    cesses and issues two differ-
have a constitutional a right to          IV.- Three barreled shot-       hibited for civilian use: .357       derstand the law pertaining to     ent individual gun permits. One
bear arms— with some re-             guns in the authorized calibers      Magnum revolvers as well as          carrying your firearm in           is for shooting purposes (to
strictions. You have a right to      with a barrel for metallic car-      those larger than .38 Special        Mexico. It’s different than the    practice and participate in reg-
own guns in Mexico, but there        tridges of a different caliber.      (45 ACP. 45 long colt, 44            United States or Canada. In        istered shooting events sanc-
are specific procedures to do             V.- High power rifles, ei-      Remington Magnum, etc, etc);         Mexico, army regulations ob-       tioned by the Federacion
so lawfully. Guns can be             ther repeating or semiauto-          9 mm Parabellum, 9 mm Luger          ligate civilians to become mem-    Mexicana de Tiro), the other
owned and carried by civilians       matic which may not be con-          and other pistols, 38 Super and      bers of gun clubs in order to      is for hunting purposes, which
only under certain conditions,       verted to full auto, except .30      Commando and larger cali-            carry their firearms, which in     may only be used during the
including sporting purposes          caliber carbines (such as the        bers; .223, 7 mm., and 7. 62         turn require their applicants to   hunting season. Both permits
such as hunting and shooting         M1), rifles .223, 7 and 7. 62        mm high power rifles, either         prove that they have no crimi-     are issued for one year and can
and home defense. Further-           mm and .30 caliber Garand            repeating or semiautomatic;          nal background, that they are      be used in up to 10 different
more, not all guns are allowed.      rifles.                              and finally, pistols, assault type   over 18, have proof of resi-       states in Mexico. These li-
                                                                                                                                                  censes allow the civilian to
                                                                                                                                                  transport the guns by car or
                                                                                                                                                  plane, and they also specify the
                                                                                                                                                  number of cartridges and shells
                                                                                                                                                  for shotguns which the bearer
                                                                                                                                                  of the permit may transport
                                                                                                                                                  along with the guns.
                                                                                                                                                      While the regulations might
                                                                                                                                                  sound complicated, the good
                                                                                                                                                  news is that foreigners resid-
                                                                                                                                                  ing in Mexico with a current
                                                                                                                                                  FM-2 visa can become mem-
                                                                                                                                                  bers of a gun club and obtain
                                                                                                                                                  gun permits just like a Mexi-
                                                                                                                                                  can citizen would. (FMT and
                                                                                                                                                  FM-3 carriers cannot.) The
                                                                                                                                                  only trick is in legally acquiring
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                                                                                                                                                       Rotary Club
                                                                                                                                                        Meetings
                                                                                                                                                    Every Wednesday 8:00 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                   Hotel Finisterra, Cabo San Lucas
                                                                                                                                                    Meetings are in Spanish.
                                                                                                                                                   English interpreter attending.

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30,000 Bikers Do                                                       clock about 70 mph), but they
                                                                       caught up when the bad group

Mazatlan
                                                                       stopped for gas.
                                                                           When we arrived in
                                                                       Mazatlan, did we go to our
  Cabo was well represented with 50 guys                               motel? No. First, we cruised
put-putting over on the ferry                                          the malecon, which runs for
                                                                       miles along the beach. Check-
                                     BY KEITH HENDRICKSON              ing in, cleaning up, and unpack-
                                                                       ing came later. We checked in
    International motorcycle         minal two hours north in La       and registered for the festival,
week in Mazatlan on the main-        Paz, we had grown to a            getting our wristbands, tee
land is a crazy trip. Some           group of more than 50 bik-        shirts, event pins, and other
30,000 bikers descend on the         ers. We all caught the after-     goodies.
town each March, and the party       noon ferry out of La Paz to           The event area is about a
goes on for nearly a week.           Topolobampo and spent the
2008 marked the 13th edition         rest of the night in Las
of the international week.           Mochis.
    The Baja Bikers, the Inter-         We got up early (for me,
national Confederation of Mo-        anyway) the next day, packed
torcyclists of Mexico, highway       the bikes, and headed down
                                                                       city block square, full of tents    around 3:30 a.m. on Friday,         Baja Bikers with Mazatlan
                                                                       along the perimeter and some        the malecon was jam-packed          roots planned a final kickoff
                                                                       down the center as well. You        with bikers.                        party for us out in the boonies.
                                                                       can buy all kinds of biker              Saturday is the big day of      Way out. We headed away
                                                                       goodies at these events—            the event, with the parade of       from the beach, turned off on
                                                                       leathers, clothes, jewelry, food,   motorcycles. The Confedera-         a dirt road and continued along
                                                                       bike parts, add ons, motor-         tion members got to ride at the     for what seemed like many
                                                                       cycles, tires—you name it,          front of the parade, along with     miles to an old abandoned
                                                                       they have it. Later that night      the acrobatic squadron and the      farm, complete with horse
                                                                       (and every night of the festival)   Baja Bikers. We left in forma-      stables, a ranch house, two
                                                                       there was a rock band that          tion and led the parade down        hand-dug wells eight feet in di-
                                                                       played until 2 a.m.                 the malecon. All along the wa-      ameter, and other out build-
                                                                           Thursday was more of the        terfront spectators were side       ings. Laid out on a dozen or
                                                                       same, but with special shows        by side and two or three deep       more tables was a taco feast.
                                                                       in an arena next to the event       for five miles. The parade              The next morning, stom-
                                                                       space. There were acrobats          lasted a little over two hours,     achs full and party finally over,
  Motorcycles lined up as far as the eye could see while their         on bikes doing wheelies and         when we snuck out of forma-         we headed back for the long
            riders shopped for new leather gear.                       crashing through walls of fire      tion to go back to the hotel.       trip home to Cabo. All in all,
                                                                       and other dangerous stunts on           Although the event was of-      another great motorcycle run.
police, and other public officials   the coast for Mazatlan. More      small bikes that I would never      ficially over on Sunday, some
all met at the Harley Bar to kick    bikes had mysteriously ap-        consider doing myself. At
off the week. It was Tuesday         peared. Now we had two            about 4:00 p.m. on Friday, in
morning at 9:30 and of course        groups— the lead group was        a small stadium next to the
everyone was late. (Hey, it’s        the big engine Harleys,           event, sponsors presented the
Mexico. And these are bikers.)       Kawasakis,            Hondas,     Escuadron Acrobatico
    As we were leaving our           Suzukis, and a couple of          Confederales, a group of dare-
meeting point, the Harley bar in     Mexican bikes I had never         devil bike acrobats who per-
the mall, more bikers showed up      heard of. Next in line were       formed on antique Harley
from San Jose and from the La        the smaller bikes that could      Davidsons dating back to the
Paz chapter of Baja Bikers. By       not ride at the sustained speed   1950s and 60s. For one trick,
the time we got to the ferry ter-    set by the bigger bikes (which    they had two bikes side by side
                                                                       with 10 guys on board— very
                                                                       impressive stuff.
                                                                           Every night when we got
                                                                       back to the motel, the show            This acrobat performed life-defying tricks on his antique Harley.
                                                                       really started. I haven’t seen                             With his Viking hat on.
                                                                       that many bikes since Sturgis,
                                                                       which is the biggest baddest
                                                                       motorcycle show on earth.
                                                                           Our motel was right on the
                                                                       malecon, right where all the
                                                                       action is. I didn’t think there
                                                                       were that many bikes (four
                                                                       wheelers, three wheelers,
                                                                       weird ones, and more) in all of
                                                                       Mexico, let alone in Mazatlan.
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                                     de Baja California 1700-         look and integrity of the
                                     1900.” This book was basi-       building the same, in order to
                                     cally a giant family tree; a     keep its history alive. They
                                     family guide, tracing the        took great care to renovate
   Carlos and Cecilia, own-          local’s ancestors since the      the old building; changing the
ers of the Casa Don Pablo            year 1700 to the present.        layout of the inside and open-
Gallery, an artesian shop lo-        Unfortunately, Pablo             ing it up a bit to allow more
cated on Vicente Guerrero,           Martinez passed away before      natural light to enter, but at
next door to Galeria de Ida          its completion. But informa-     the same time, keeping the
Victoria, recently returned          tion from his research led to    basic exterior the same. This
from a buying trip in                the published work “Historia     building that was once a bit
mainland’s Guadalajara.              de la Alta California 1542-      of an unusual eyesore has
Their shop has a great selec-
tion of popular Mexican ar-
tesian pieces and the build-
ing itself has an interesting his-
torical past. This once unas-
suming white building with its
strange entrance ramp was
the home of Pablo L.
Martinez, one of the most im-
portant historians of Baja
California Sur.
   Pablo L. Martinez was
born in the municipality of
San Jose del Cabo, in the
small town of Santa Anita in
the year 1898. He became
the first local historian and
record keeper for the state of                  Gallery owner Carlos inside the historical
Baja California Sur. He cre-                         Don Pablo Gallery in San Jose.
ated general maps of the
Baja Peninsula and in 1956           1945.”                           been given a facelift and now
wrote the first history of the          A few years after his         adds a lot of character to the
area, entitled “Historia de          death, the Cortez Espinoza       street. Carlos has photos and
Baja California.” This book          family purchased the building    information in his store about
was written based on his ex-         and because of its historical    its famous occupant, and
haustive searches through            past, it sat untouched for       gave the name Casa Don
church and government                many years. In 2005, Carlos,     Pablo in honor of him.
records of the principal             a young member of the                Inside Casa Don Pablo
towns of the peninsula. In           Espinoza Cortez family de-       Gallery, high end artesian
1965, Pablo Martinez began           cided to open a shop here,       wares from all over Mexico
a huge undertaking, with a           but it was very important to     can be found. Carlos takes
book entitled “Guia familiar         him and his family to keep the   trips to different parts of the




                                                                                                        country to add new pieces to       nitely a fun stop on the art
                                                                                                        his collection. He carries a       walk, where Carlos serves
                                                                                                        wide variety of pieces of          local Damiana and tequila
                                                                                                        handmade Talavera from             and loves to show pictures
                                                                                                        Puebla, created by the highly      and tell stories of its famous
                                                                                                        recognized Hernandez fam-          resident.
                                                                                                        ily. Another collectible he            After graduating from the
                                                                                                        carries is the handmade and        Parsons School of Design
                                                                                                        detailed Nativity scene fig-       with a BFA in Illustration, Ida
                                                                                                        ures; high fired ceramics that     worked as a freelance illustra-
                                                                                                        are hand painted with exquis-      tor and independent artist in
                                                                                                        ite detail and then re fired.      New York City. During this pe-
                                                                                                        Carlos also has some great         riod she had a wide variety of
                                                                                                        pieces from Oaxaca, the very       her work published, i.e. maga-
                                                                                                        well known and intricate           zine covers, book illustrations,
                                                                                                        Black Pottery from the Barro       children’s books, local and re-
                                                                                                        Negro, and some whimsical          gional newspapers as well as
                                                                                                        hand carved “Alebrijes.”           doing some corporate identity
                                                                                                        These are folkloric devils,        work. however, never stray-
                                                                                                        first created by the people of     ing from the fine arts, she also
                                                                                                        the region to keep away evil       found time to participate in
                                                                                                        from their dreams and imagi-       group and solo shows in the
                                                                                                        nations. He has recently           northeast. Ida loves Mexico
                                                                                                        added to the collection,           and especially Los Cabos. She
                                                                                                        hand-carved and painted            moved here permanently in
                                                                                                        whimsical masks from               late 2003 and began the plan-
                                                                                                        Guerrero and a large selec-        ning and construction of
                                                                                                        tion of ceramic Catrinas.          Galeria de Ida Victoria, which
                                                                                                        Carlos and Cecilia also carry      has been described in the lo-
                                                                                                        some beautiful jewelry and         cal press “as the finest gallery
                                                                                                        beaded pieces by local jew-        south of Los Angeles.”
                                                                                                        elry makers that use rough         Galeria de Ida Victoria is in
                                                                                                        pearls from La Paz. These          San Jose in the heart of the
                                                                                                        are just a few of the items that   Art District. Ph. 624.142.5772
                                                                                                        are available. This is defi-       www.idavictoriaarts.com.
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Urban Development                                                  and for the benefit of every-
                                                                   one.” Franyutti says the

Plan Delayed Again                                                 UDP still isn’t finished yet,
                                                                   anyway, but the Association
                                                                   will stick to their recommen-
  The mayor isn’t happy about the plan’s                           dation until the UDP reflects
inconsistencies, so he’s saving it for the                         the issues of conservation
incoming administration                                            addressed in the ecological
                                                                   plan. He emphasized that
                                      BY OLIVER DE PLACE           both documents must “be in
                                                                   absolute harmony” when
   The Los Cabos Hotel           that there were inconsisten-      they are authorized. “Oth-
Association reported the         cies between the UDP and          erwise, the regulating text
week of April 8 that they for-   the ecological plan. So           will differ or be interpreted
mally requested that the Los     Alcocer won’t get his plan        differently and this will make
Cabos City Council delay         finalized before Mayor Diaz       life difficult whenever a de-      to regulate. The idea of the      “The incoming administration
approval and all other deci-     leaves office after all.          velopment property is ap-          Ecological Plan is to come        will have to pick up where
sions regarding the city’s Ur-       Gonzalo Franyutti, presi-     proved for a project by one        up with a game plan for de-       we left off and finalize the
ban Development Plan             dent of the Hotel Associa-        document but not the other,        veloping all this unused          planning process based on
(UDP). Mayor Diaz re-            tion, reported that the mu-       the only result will be that the   property that’s sustainable       Los Cabos’ needs,” he
sponded to their concerns        nicipal authorities had ver-      development of projects will       and responsible.                  stated.
and an other similar recom-      bally informed him that they      be complicated.”                       But Mayor Diaz’ re-              Other deficiencies would
mendations the following         would not approve or pub-             The Los Cabos Ecology          sponse to the protest re-
week, agreeing to leave the      lish the UDP until more in-       Plan serves to regulate the        vealed another, perhaps
                                 formation regarding the issue     undeveloped acres outside          more prominent reason that
                                 was made available to them.       the designated “population         the administration sided with
                                 Representatives of the Los        center.” According to the di-      the Association on this issue.
                                 Cabos Hotel Association           rector of the Ecology Dept.,       Apparently the Federal Sec-                    TRAVEL AGENCY
                                 have been present in the pre-     Raul Rodriguez, that’s a lot       retariat of Environmental             ph 143 1396 fx 143 1397
                                 vious City Council meetings       of acres. Los Cabos con-           Protection (SEMARNAT),
                                 to ensure that their input is     sists of 852,500 acres,            which has worked closely          equally impact the future of
                                 included in the decision mak-     81,500 of which are the pro-       with the Baja Sur govern-         the area. For example, the
approval of the UDP up to        ing process, and the city au-     tected Sierra de la Laguna         ment on the UDP, failed to        plan omitted important
the incoming mayor-elect,        thorities are apparently re-      mountains. 133,400 acres           approve the plan’s provision      points about protecting pub-
Rene Nuñez.                      specting their role in finaliz-   are included in the Urban          to increase the reserve for       lic access to Los Cabos’
   Why the sudden pro-           ing a UDP for Los Cabos.          Development Plan, leaving          the “population center” of        beaches. And it proposed a
tests? In the last edition of        Franyutti emphasized that     637.5 thousand acres for the       Los Cabos to 420,000              change to zoning laws that
this paper, we reported that     the Association is firm with      ecological plan to regulate.       acres. (For reference, La         made a lot of people in the
Gustavo Alcocer, the plan’s      respect to their insistence       Acceptable use of that land        Paz has authorization to in-      tourist industry unhappy.
author, promised its submis-     that a guaranty be made to        includes agriculture, ranch-       crease its reserve to over        Diaz also acknowledged
sion soon (after working on      the “care and preservation of     ing, and tourist activities.       600,000 acres.)                   that the plan didn’t integrate
the thing for over two years).   the Los Cabos ecosystem               The coastal area covers            Diaz and others feel this     the conservation issues in the
But the Hotel Association        and landscape that is in har-     113 miles, about 63 of which       unfairly restricts the tourism-   ecological plan. Since his
discovered, late in the game,    mony with any development         are left for the municipality      fueled growth of Los Cabos.       term is about to expire, he’s
                                                                                                                                        kicking the whole two-and-
                                                                                                                                        a-half year debacle down to
                                                                                                                                        the incoming administration.
                                                                                                                                            Meanwhile, Cabo still
                                                                                                                                        has no urban plan dictating
                                                                                                                                        its future or addressing the
                                                                                                                                        problems presented by ram-
                                                                                                                                        pant growth, over develop-
                                                                                                                                        ment, sewage, traffic, or the
                                                                                                                                        environment.

                                                                                                                                           SPORTS
                                                                                                                                         VOLUNTEERS




                                                                                                                                          VOLUNTEER COACHES,
                                                                                                                                             FOOD DONATIONS,
                                                                                                                                           SPORTS EQUIPMENT,
                                                                                                                                          Also needed are financial
                                                                                                                                              or in-kind support.
                                                                                                                                          Tax receipts are available
                                                                                                                                            for U.S. and Mexican
                                                                                                                                          companies or individuals.

                                                                                                                                           This is a non profit youth
                                                                                                                                         sports program for children
                                                                                                                                         in the barrios of Los Cabos
                                                                                                                                                  and La Paz.

                                                                                                                                         Mundo Star and Grupo Apoyo
                                                                                                                                           Contact Ray Thomas
                                                                                                                                        paparaythomas@yahoo.com
                                                                                                                                            044-612-10-27328.

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                                                                                                          TRAVEL AGENCY
                                                                                                          TRAVEL
                                  honey. But she will be an-        Resort. His job is to insure
    Zman where they are I         other resort’s asset. Zman        the prospects receive exactly                 CSL Original celebrating 25 years!
have never interviewed a          question: who is this super       what they are promised for                    Corner of Leona Vicario &
                                                                                                    Celebrating
sales manager whose office        marathoner planning to run        attending a sales presenta-                   Revolucion
contained photos of himself       the New York City Marathon        tion. If you would like more                  (across from GG new office)
with Will Smith, Jodi Foster
and Stevie Wonder But that
                                  this October?
                                      Copa Sonora, October
                                                                    information on his young
                                                                    team, call him 624-14-
                                                                                                     25 years!    Tel: (624) 143-1396
                                                                                                                  Fax: 143-1397
                                                                                                                  losdelfinestravel@hotmail.com
was not as startling as his       10-12, will be represented by     60695. View the web site
book selection also on dis-       our local 13-14 year olds.        www.copasonora.com. And                       Los Delfines in San Jose:
play. Perched on his book         Coach Raul Burgoin will be        view his team by logging on                   Plaza Chicos, 4-lane next to Nissan
shelf were Einstein and Bud-      leading his superstars. Raul is   to        www.metroflog/                      Tel; (624) 142-0752
dha, The Parallel Sayings by      a “gift god” for Grand Mayan                                                    Fax: 142-5952
                                                                    continued on page 32
Thomas McFarlene, The
Little Zen Companion by
David Schiller, Team Works
by Dan Zada and Kritel
Wills.
    Meet Adam Toohy, 30
years old, second generation
timeshare sales manager cur-
rently at Coral Baja
WorldMark by Wyndham.
“Zman, I have always been
in sales. I started when I was
nine years old working for my
grandparents at their Christ-
mas tree farm in California. I
began selling timeshare right
out of high school. When I
was 18, I worked with my
dad, Frank Toohy. We sold
the Pahio Resort, Kauai from
our Portland sales center. I
hung out and took tours when
we were too busy. I sold my
first six prospects. I was
hooked,” Adam laughed.
    He took time out to at-
tend University of Oregon.
While on spring break, he vis-
ited his father who was on
special assignment here at




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  ph 143 1396 fx 143 1397
Coral Baja. He decided to
stay and help pop again and
is he glad he did! Just ask his
fiancé Gisela Gonzalez. They
were next door neighbors for
a year barely speaking to one
another. Then one January
night in San Lucas they
bumped into each other at a
watering hole. Together now
for two years, she is from Los
Mochis. An architect with a
four year degree from
Instituto Tecnologico de Los
Mochis, she has been em-
ployed since arriving here
with suitcase in hand. “Zman,
I arrived here to work for
one month and I have been
continually employed for
eight years. Viva Los
Cabos,” she stated. The
wedding is set for May 10 at
the San Jose Mission.
    Zman newsbits Club
Regina says goodbye to a
superstar. After 11 years in
the administrative depart-
ment, she has decided to pur-
sue other goals. I have known
her since 1997 and she is truly
a loss for Club Regina own-
ers, guests and exchanges.
She was the glue that kept the
office running like a vat of
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                                                                                                                                          Sea of Cortez come together.
                                                                                                                                              What you won’t find here
                                                                                                                                          are any historic buildings,

        OVERVIEW
                                                                                                        share sales booths. Others        since Cabo only began to
                                                                                                        rave about the city’s diverse     develop as a city in the
                                                                                                        gourmet dining, abundant          1970’s.
    Los Cabos, (that’s the         foot thick walls. The main          plenty of open space, but no     shopping, and familiar Ameri-         Most attractions of inter-
term for the entire tip of Baja,   street of this well kept town       settlements other than the       can style vacation diversions.    est to visitors are within four
literally it means the cape,)      is lined with large shady trees,    upscale resort enclaves that         Undoubtedly there’s           or five blocks of the marina.
consists of two towns con-         and it looks, unlike Cabo San       dot the coast. The fourlane      more to do in Cabo San            Several new shopping malls
nected by the corridor. The        Lucas, like a genuine old           cruises through the area, with   Lucas and lots more people        anchor the marina’s east side,
corridor is the 18 miles of        Mexican town, town square,          numerous dirt road turnoffs      out and about than in its qui-    while the sprawling Hotel
fourlane highway with the          beautiful twin spired church,       that go to nearby beaches        eter sister city of San Jose.     Plaza So Glorias dominates
fancy high rise hotels strewn      and all. By city ordinance,         The area’s beaches are spec-     Its busy marina draws visi-       the rest of the town’s water-
along the route. You can’t see     Colonial era buildings are          tacular and almost always        tors for boat excursions and      front. Across from the ma-
most of them from the high-        protected. Especially note-         deserted. This is prime surf-    to the sport fishing dock to      rina, facing a string of deluxe
way, but they’re practically       worthy are houses along             ing and beach combing ter-       see the day’s catch. There        beachfront resorts, is beau-
chock-a-block.                     Doblado, Hidalgo, Morelos           ritory; however, most of the     are also considerably more        tiful Medano Beach, Cabo
    Driving in from the airport    and Obregon streets.                beaches are not suitable for     dining, shopping and night life   San Lucas’ swimming beach
you will usually zip right by           San Jose also has a sec-       swimming due to strong un-       options. As for scenery,          and a haven for all sorts of
San Jose and that’s a shame,       tion of art galleries and res-      dertow. And there will be no     Cabo’s setting is more dra-       water sports. Medano is
because its very different         taurants that’s fun to stroll. If   warning signs. Be careful.       matic: This is the true end of    ground zero for the beach
from the town of Cabo San          you walk the streets, you will          Cabo San Lucas               the Baja peninsula and the        action.
Lucas and has its own charm.       see dozens of shops, and can            Cabo San Lucas is con-
San Jose is about 200 years        peek through corridors of           sidered by many visitors to
old, and some of its buildings     buildings to discover lovely        be the epicenter of the Los
are nearly original, with two      courtyard restaurants, se-          Cabos resort scene. While
                                   cluded from the hustle and          San Jose earns high marks for
                                                                       its historic charm, Cabo San
 DecorAmerica                      bustle of the street, but still
                                   right in the heart of town.         Lucas has sprung up from
     Interiors                          The corridor                   nowhere in the last 10 years.
                                                                       To some, the city is a curi-
       in CSL since 1989                Stretching along 18 miles
                                   of sea coast that link the          ous and somewhat frenzied
 2 stores:                         towns of San Jose and               mix of loud bars, hip night-
   • Mendoza St. CSL               Cabos San Lucas, the corri-         clubs, chain restaurants, de-
   • Plaza Positano CSL            dor is a scenic succession of       signer boutiques, and time-
     In
                                                                              FISHING CHARTERS
                                   pristine beaches, sheltered
         !    Quality
     tock
                                   coves, and promontories.
    s        imported              Many sprawling resorts have
  American mattresses              sprouted along the coast,
                                   along with golf courses and            There are two kinds of
                                                                       fishing boats to charter:
   Amazing and                     a spiffy collection of new
                                                                       pangas and cruisers.
 Unique Collection                 health spas for the golf wid-
                                   ows.                                Pangas are basically big
     of Home                            Depending on your view-        row boats with outboard
   Furnishings                     point the corridor can be           motors and not much in the
                                   seen as either a secluded           way of amenities. The
     Ph. 143-05-75                 paradise thankfully short on        cruiser is the more modern
 www.                              the commercialism and               looking fiberglass boat with
 decoramericainteriors             clamor of Cabo San Lucas,           shelter from the sun and
                                                                       bathroom facilities, and
               .com                or like being marooned in the
                                                                       usually electronic fish find-
                                   middle of nowhere. There’s




                                                                       ing gear. Expect to pay
                                                                       more for the cruisers. There     fused, La Playa is often          cruiser that’s anchored out
                                                                       are three main areas to char-    called La Playita.                and can’t get through the
                                                                       ter boats: the marina in cabo       Both Palmilla and La           surf. People do this to
                                                                       San Lucas, the Palmilla          Playita are beach launch ar-      avoid driving in to Cabo,
                                                                       beach near the Palmilla ho-      eas that specialize in pangas,    but it’s a messy, often wet
                                                                       tel on the corridor, and La      although they will also take      experience. You usually
                                                                       Playa beach near the town        you out through the surf in       need to pick up
                                                                       of San Jose. Don’t be con-       a panga to meet up with a         continued on next page...




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                                                                                                                                 not let your fish out of your
                                                                                                                                 site. Also, be very cautious
                                                                                                                                 about chartering a boat on the

FISHING
                                                              fishing yachts for hire.
                                                                 Charter arrangements         CHARTERING                         docks. It’s common for men
                                                              can be made in advance          continued from page 30             to stand by, or even on, a boat
                                                              through tour operators, lo-                                        that is not theirs, and collect
   Los Cabos, (literally,    warm waters of the Sea of                                        a box lunch is offered at many     money for the following days’
                             Cortez waters create favor-      cal suppliers, hotels and
The Capes,) is known as                                       fishing fleets. Making your     local restaurants. Ask you         charter. When you show up
the marlin capital of the    able fishing conditions most                                     captain when you make your         the next day the real owner of
                             of the year. Generally, the      deal the day before with a
world because there are                                       guy wandering around the        arrangements the day before.       the boat is not going to let you
more striped marlin caught   peak season for marlin is                                            Your fishing license is usu-   on. Make a deal inside a real
                             mid October through De-          marina is not recom-
within 20 miles of Cabo                                       mended. Better you do           ally included in your charter      office. There are many of
San Lucas year round than    cember, but after January                                        fee, but verify this when you      them ringing the basin that
                             varying species run well         business with somebody
any place in the world.                                       who has an office, in their     make the deal.                     holds the marina.
Catches of over 1000         each month.                                                          All prices are negotiable,         One final suggestion: Do
                                 Catch and release is the     office. Fishing charter of-
pounds are not uncom-                                         fices can be found by stroll-   so talk to several companies.      not let your boat captain talk
mon.                         name of the game with the                                            Be very careful when re-       you into killing a fish that you
                             marlin and other trophy fish,    ing along the malecon.
   But marlin is not the                                      (concrete boardwalk that        turning with your catch, as        would like to return to the sea
only fish you can catch. -   but dorado and tuna are                                          there will be guys approach-       alive. He may claim the poor
                             yours to keep. There are         runs along the marina.)
Dorado (mahi-mahi), yel-                                         You can book half day,       ing you offering to smoke your     villagers need it, but more of-
lowfin tuna and even wa-     500 fishing boats based in                                       fish overnight, returning it to    ten he sells it to local restau-
                             Los Cabos, from the mod-         full day or multi day fishing
hoo, to name a few, are                                       excursions. Expect a full       your hotel the next day. Do        rants.
known to jump into your      erately priced 20 to 24 foot
                             pangas, (big rowboats with       day trip to cost about $400
boat.                                                         per boat, including tackle,
   The deep water can-
yons at the mouth of Cabo
                             outboard motors,) to cus-
                             tom fitted pangas to custom      bait and food. Check out           www.InsureBaja.com
                             fitted state of the art luxury   the quality of the tackle be-
San Lucas harbor and the                                      fore hand, the it varies            Insurance&ServiceYouCanRelyOn!!
Phone Numbers
                                                              widely. Half day trips in
                                                              smaller boats cost between              Global Medical
                                                              $80 and $120.                                Coverage
                                                                                                       Individual/Family &
Cabo Marina                                                                                                Group Plans
143 1251                                                                                             Air-Evacuation Included
U.S. Consulate                                                                                            PPO Network
143 3566                                                                                                  Low Premiums
Canadian Consulate                                                                                Traveler’s Insurance
142 4333                                                                                               Air-Evacuation
Humane Society                                                                                     Memberships also available
San Jose 130 3171                                                                                  www.GringoHealthCare.com
Cabo San Lucas Cell
624 151 6046                                                                                      Mexican Insurance Plans                   West
                                                                                                  HOMEOWNERS WITH HURRICANE COVERAGE
                                                                                                                                            Coast
Hospital
                                                                                                       Auto ~ Aviation

                      Ferry Info
143 1594
                                                                                                   Commercial ~ Construction
Red Cross                                                                                                 Watercraft                      Insurance
                                                                                                                                          Services
143 3300
City Hall                     The ferry leaves from La Paz, about two hours north of                  (818) 788-5353 Office
143 2676                     here, and will take you to the mainland of Mexico in about             (866) 788-5353 Toll Free
Feds                          18 hours or less, depending on which type of boat you              Contact: Jason Wagner ~ Jason@InsureBaja.com
143 0004                             take. For schedule, price and reservations,                              www.InsureBaja.com
                               call Baja Ferries (612) 123 6658 or (612) 123 6600
Port Captain
143 0002
State Police
143 1210
Highway Patrol
143 0296
Aero Mexico
146 5097
Alaska Airlines
122 1015
America West
145 5380
American Airlines
146 5309
Continental
146 5050
Mexicana
146 5355
Aereo Calafia
143 4302
Golf Courses
Cabo Real
144 0040                               North
Palmilla
144 5250
Cabo del Sol
                                                                                                                          MARINA
145 8200
El Dorado                      CABO SAN LUCAS
144 5451
San Jose Public
142 0905
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                                                                                                                                        GUNS IN MEXICO...
                                                                                                                                        continued from page 23
                                                                                                     think Dubai is the answer to       the guns themselves.
     To La Paz                                To La Paz                                              the slow tour flow in our cor-          There are two common
                                                                                                     ridor, hold your camels!           and acceptable ways to go
                                                                                                     There is a drastic shortage        about getting a gun legally in
                                                                                                     of affordable housing and          Mexico. One, buy a gun from
                                                                                                     hotel rooms are upwards of         a registered gun owner, pref-
                                                                                                     $700 per night. So stay            erably a member of a gun club.
                                                                                                     where you are! I am.               Two, buy your guns directly
                                                                                                         Zman cruise news Be-           from the Mexican Army,
                                                                                                     cause cruising and                 though you will have to travel
                                                                                                     timeshares are linked to-          to Mexico City to do this. The
                                                                                                     gether by your exchange            agency is called Dirección de
                                                                                                     company, I periodically ad-        Comercialización               de
                                                                                                     dress the latest in the cruise     Armamento y Municiones
                                                                                                     industry. As more and more         (DECAM for short). The
                                                                                                     timeshare owners bring their       prices of this agency are set in
                                                                                                     families cruising, cruise ship     Euros and are normally higher
                                                                                                     lines are adding educational       than in the U.S., but it’s a legal
                                                                                                     programs to keep kids inter-       way to obtain a gun, and they
                                                                                                     ested and free up mom and          offer a wide selection of pis-
                                                                                                     dad for some relaxation.           tols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns
                                                                                                     Several lines such as Carni-       and ammunition made in
                                                                                                     val, Royal Caribbean, Ce-          America, Germany, Austria,
                                                                                                     lebrity, Holland America,          Italy, Spain, Japan and Turkey.
                                                                                                     Princess, and Disney, have              Finally, let me dismiss some
                                                                                                     launched educational inter-        rumors about gun ownership.
                                                                                                     active programs that rival         Gun writer Bart Skelton, a fre-
                                 Too had just opened on           European Tour 2009.The             some community colleges in         quent contributor to Guns &
TIMESHARE...                     February 13. It was the idea     date is set for November           scope! “We feel that it is         Ammo Magazine, is quick to
continued from page 29           of the developer and readily     19-22 and the prize pool will      important for the children to      criticize gun ownership regu-
clubpericues1.                   supported by the timeshare       break $10 million. Top             have fun and walk away             lations in Mexico. For ex-
   Which sales director has      owners. Located just off the     ranked player will receive a       with an experience that will       ample, Skelton writes,
resigned as of March 30?         lobby and front door en-         cool $2 million, and second        last a lifetime, “stated Kristi         “Gun ownership in Mexico
This legend has worked in        trance, it features internet,    place will receive $1 million.     Ainsworth, senior youth di-        is an exclusive club. You must
our Baja timeshare industry      WIFI and delicious blended       George O’ Grady, European          rector for Carnival Cruise         be either wealthy or a crimi-
for 14 years. He is off in an-   coffees,bagels and muffins.      chairman said, “The scale of       Lines. Here is a Zman              nal, or both. Permits for fire-
other direction in the USA       Big Train Blended Ice Cof-       this agreement is testament        sample of educational pro-         arms can be obtained, how-
big sky country. We wish he      fee is the number one re-        to the vision of Dubai and         grams on the market today.         ever, after much bureaucratic
and his lovely wife the very     quest. Try the mocha; it’s my    their ruler who has recog-         (1) Carnival Cruise lines’         nonsense that can only be
best. Stay tuned for more in     favorite. Coffee not for you?    nized the dynamic role golf        Camp Carnival program              avoided by those with connec-
an upcoming column.              Then hunker down to a fro-       will play in their development     teaches science, art, music,       tions or a monetary favor,
   Zman java time While          zen Smoothie Blast. The          of timeshare, fractional,          history, exercise and reading.     a.k.a., mordida.”
on tour of Club Cascades         manager is Christian Moore       condo/hotels and full own-         They also have a popular                Nothing could be farther
de Baja, that no “two suites     and his assistant is Florencia   ership condos and homes.           H2Oceanscience program.            from the truth, although it’s a
are the same” timeshare re-      Kishimoto. Both are very         This already is an amazing         (2) Celebrity Cruises offers       common misperception that
sort on Medano Beach, I          courteous and bilingual.         city.” Zman prediction:            four tracks of educational ex-     everything in Mexico boils
was invited to check out the         Zman tee it up, hack-        this city will sell $1.2 billion   periences depending on age.        down to a mordida. The army
newest edition to the gour-      ers Dubai is to host golf’s      in timeshare sales in 2008!        (3) Alaska Sea Adventures          issues registration documents
met dining. Coffee House         richest event as part of the     For all you closer types who       prides itself on intimate edu-     as well as gun permits in an ef-
                                                                                                     cational experiences like biol-    ficient and expeditious way,
                                                                                                     ogy lessons with living sea        and they do not take or ask
                                                                                                     creatures on a kayak. (4)          for bribes to do their job— so
                                                                                                     Princess offers various work-      don’t try it.
                                                                                                     shops, including ship building.         And, FYI, every time we
                                                                                                         Zman just a thought            are stopped by the army at
                                                                                                     Everything you do is either life   those darned drug check
                                                                                                     enhancing or life diminishing,     points, we make a point of
                                                                                                     you choose. Until next edi-        asking if they have any bullets
                                                                                                     tion, happy sharing time.          in their guns. We’re thinking
                                                                                                     Zman,                    Mike      these kids are like Barney Fife,
                                                                                                     zmanphd2004@yahoo.com              andAndy Griffith isn’t going to
                                                                                                                                        turn them loose with real bul-
                                                                                                                                        lets. Their answer? Not one
                                                                                                                                        soldier will ever answer the
                                                                                                                                        question. We think that says it
                                                                                                                                        all.
                                                                                                                                             Rafael Solorzano, Esq., is
                                                                                                                                        a former Trust VP for Banco
                                                                                                                                        Nacional de Mexico, S.A, he
                                                                                                                                        is an attorney at law li-
                                                                                                                                        censed in all 32 Mexican
                                                                                                                                        States, with over 26 years of
                                                                                                                                        experience in fideicomisos
                                                                                                                                        (Trusts), corporate law, im-
                                                                                                                                        migration, international
                                                                                                                                        business consulting, environ-
                                                                                                                                        mental, Health & Safety
                                                                                                                                        regulations, Federal Zone,
                                                                                                                                        Zoning Laws, Hunting, Fire-
                                                                                                                                        arms and Explosives Law.
                                                                                                                                        He can be reached regarding
                                                                                                                                        these or other legal or busi-
                                                                                                                                        ness matters at (619) 591-
                                                                                                                                        8902 and (664) 321-6261, or
                                                                                                                                        you may email him at
                                                                                                                                        bctrusts@hotmail.com.

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One Climber’s Rocky
Mountain Ascent
  And a dangerous descent from the highest
peak of the Sierra de la Giganta mountains
                                           BY KLAUS KOMMOS

    There is a fabulous moun-        hidden life. There are insects
tain range in Baja California,       and butterflies flitting around,
just south of Loreto on the          and there is birdsong echo-
Sea of Cortez. Its name is           ing between enormous verti-                                         longer or just end under a         bly difficult but very strenu-
Sierra de la Giganta. It rises       cal walls. There are babbling                                       300-foot wall. As in life in       ous. The greatest problem
abruptly directly from sea           streams, telling their endless                                      general, the magic is on the       was forcing my way through
level and presents a spectacu-       stories under gigantic boul-                                        way, not at the end.               almost impenetrable thick
lar sight from the shore like a      ders, there are still pools,                                            But the idea to find a route   thorny vegetation in higher el-
gigantic wall filled with pillars,   some deep enough to swim                                            through the maze of these          evations.
towers, and deep narrow              in, reflecting the narrow band                                      canyons all the way to the top         The view from up there is
canyons. It’s impossible not         of the sky far above and                                            would not leave me alone           absolutely amazing! There is
to be spellbound by                  teaming with life; tadpoles,                                        over the years. Again and          the other coast glistening in
Giganta’s magnificence; it           water striders, frogs, and                                          again I looked at Giganta          the distance some 50 miles
glows in the morning and             salamanders wherever you                                            from the distance when I           away— you can clearly see
looms in the afternoon, vul-         look. And there are noisy                                           paddled in my kayak and            the surf of the Pacific Ocean.
tures soar in the air and play       waterfalls.                                                         searched with my eyes and          And the ridge is mostly not a
in the thermals. It’s riddled            It is not easy to travel                                        imagination for potential          ridge at all but a large plateau,
                                                                                                         routes up to the rim. Some-        a mesa, several hundred feet
                                                                                                         times one simply has to ex-        across. The west side is not
                                                                                                         ecute these kinds of things to     nearly as rugged as the east
                                                                          Our author, looking a little   get them out of your system.       side. Mountains everywhere,
                                                                           worse for wear, after his     So one day I shouldered my         like sand dunes, golden in the
                                                                         descent from the peak of the pack and went.                        sun, shadows carving into the
                                                                             Sierras went haywire.           It took me pretty much a       valleys. The sea looked like
                                                                                                         full day to reach the top. The     velvet. There are the islands:
                                                                        vision of some mysterious ascent was actually not terri-            continued on page 40
                                                                        Shangri-La at the end of
                                                                        them, some glorious, hidden
                                                                        place of fantastic spiritual
                                                                        quality. In fact, are we not all
   The two-coast view from the top of the Sierra de la Giganta          mostly occupied with imag-
                       mountain range.                                  ined destinations when we
                                                                        travel instead of seeing the
with canyons that reach deep         these canyons. Don’t expect        purpose in the way? In 20
into the secret heart of this        even the idea of a trail.          years exploring the canyons
mountain. Most of them are           Mostly, it’s relentless scram-     of Giganta, I never found a
impossibly steep and short,          bling over boulders, some-         Shangri-La at the end; further
but some are long, fairly ac-        times serious climbing, and        up, they mostly just fizzle out
cessible, and full of surprises.     occasionally it takes objec-       and cease to be canyons any
    As hostile and barren as         tively dangerous acrobatic to
Giganta looks from the dis-          negotiate some single key
tance, deep in these canyons         passage. Some of these dra-
it has a very different face.        matic wrinkles in the moun-
Shielded from the merciless          tain are a couple of miles long
sun under towering cliffs and        and it takes a full day to ex-
fed by plenty of water run-          plore them. People who have
ning there even after long pe-       the wonderful sense for ad-
riods of drought are thriving        venture to climb into these
pockets of vegetation full of        canyons often come with the




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                                                                                                                Telephone Instructions
                                                                                                                                  BY CLIFF NOTES
                                     that you’ll get a certain level     so feet of under roof) in local        Phone dialing 101. Land lines.
                                     of fit beyond what’s on the         communities, but tell clients
     (Part 28 in our series on       plan assumes that the builder       to expect a year or so, as             Cell phones are different and will be explained a little later,
how to build in Baja with-           will subsidize your choices,        things invariably drag – it is         hold your water.
out getting burned…)                 and that doesn’t happen. So         Mexico, after all. You need            The area code for Los Cabos is 624. It includes Cabo San
     All The King’s Horses           you either pay now, or pay          to calibrate your expecta-             Lucas, San Jose and Los Barriles.
     So, what do you do once         later.                              tions to reality here. Parts get       Examples:
you have a design that you’re            My advice is to get crys-       ordered and show up wrong,
happy with, and that has all         tal clear on your expecta-          work needs to be done over,            To dial land-to-land phones within the Los Cabos area, just
the elements you envisioned          tions, and then ensure that         fixtures promised in three             dial the seven digit number i.e.: Gringo Gazette would be
when you first started think-        whatever quote you have has         weeks take three months,               143 0865
ing about building a house in        the details spelled out, at least   hurricanes wash out roads,             Long distance dialing: From another city to the GG in
Baja?                                to a reasonable level – toilet      and so on. But still, it should
     Double check the plan.          and fixture types and allow-        be within acceptable ranges.           Los Cabos dial 01 (624) + 143 0865. Dialing long
Measure all the doors, the           ances, granite allowances or        Larger homes can take                  distance is just like dialing long distance in the States and
distance between the                 types, flooring types or al-        longer. There are more de-             Canada except you are dialing 01 instead of 1 before an
counters and the walls in the        lowances, window types,             tails to do, so it takes more          area code.
bathrooms, make sure a hu-           plaster and mortar thickness,       time. The higher the finish
                                     block thickness and density,        level, generally, the longer it        Todos Santos and La Paz are in the 612 area code.
man has room to use the toi-
let, verify that someone larger      ironwork, window trims,             takes. And the more change             To dial within the La Paz area from the La Paz area just dial
than an elf can get into the         paint type and technique,           orders, the more new stuff to          the seven digit number. For example the restaurant La
closets or make it up the            doorknob and cabinetry al-          build, and the more time               PazLapa would be 123 4757 if you are calling from La
stairs.                              lowances, etc. etc. etc. You        those take as well.                    Paz. If you are calling the restaurant from within the Los
     Check out the views. Go         either know now, or you find            For more remote loca-
stand on your lot, with the          out later. Again, arguing with      tions, all bets are off, as what       Cabos area code you must dial long distance: 01 (612)
plan in hand, and make sure          the builder that you “as-           can be done within the metro           123 4757.
you’re satisfied with what           sumed” a certain level of           areas in a year can 18 months          Calling from out side the country to Los Cabos: 011-
you’re going to be staring at        doorknob or cabinet pull isn’t      or longer a million miles from         52 (624) + phone number. The 011 tells the phone
once the house is done.              going to go very far, as he         nowhere. It takes longer to
                                     likely has a standard level he      get deliveries, qualified work-        company you want an over seas connection, 52 is the
Check the elevations and en-
sure you’ll be able to see           bid to, and if what you want        ers, sub-contractors, etc.             country code for Mexico and gets you into this country and
over your neighbor’s roof.           costs three times as much,          Again, that’s reality.                 the rest is just the area code and phone number. That’s if
Take nothing for granted. You        you’ll be paying the differ-            Once you’ve selected a             you are calling a land line. If you are calling a cell phone in
only get one chance to get it        ence, not him.                      candidate to build your home           Los Cabos, you now have to throw in an additional “1”
all right, and before you break          What about things like re-      (past issues of my column dis-
ground is when you want to           taining walls that weren’t on       cuss how to do so), get them           before the area code. As in 011-52 + 1 (624) + phone
verify everything.                   the plan? Generally, you pay        everything they’ll need to do          number.
     Also ensure that the plan       for them. If during the build,      a legit quote – a topo, the            From out of the country to La Paz: 011 52 (612) 123
articulates the finishes you         it becomes obvious that a wall      plan, memorio de calculo,              4757. (The long distance operator, Mexico’s country code,
want – cantera, marble or            is going to be needed to pre-       structural plan, and list of fin-
travertine, granites, plaster        vent erosion, or hold in some-      ishes. Allow a couple weeks            La Paz’s area code, the restaurant’s seven digit phone
types, and all the other fin-        thing that wasn’t apparent          to cost everything. Ensure             number.) Remember, if you are calling a cell phone in La
ishes. You will be paying for        when the lot was covered            that your quote stipulates a           Paz from outside the country, you now have to throw in an
all this, one way or another,        with vegetation, you can try        clear policy on cost overruns,         additional “1” before the area code.
so best to be as specific as         arguing that the architect          has a written change order             Phone dialing 102. Cell phones.
possible in the planning stage.      “should” have known you             policy, clearly defines
     Most quotes give you            would need it, but that             timeframes for completion,             To call a cell phone which is outside your own area code,
what’s articulated on the plan,      doesn’t work well in a land         lists payment terms and con-           it’s a whole new ballgame. Example: to call a cell phone in
not what isn’t. Depending            where clairvoyance isn’t in         ditions, and is complete, i.e.         La Paz from a land line in Los Cabos, dial 045 (612) + the
upon the price point, you’ll         the bid. Whatever is on the         represents everything shown            seven digit phone number. The 045 tells the phone
find yourself paying consid-         plan is what the builder            on the plan unless specifically
erable upcharges for up-             costed – he has no way of           excluded. Some “forget” to list        company that the caller pays for the call.
grades and, “While you are           predicting at month six what        items you’ll need down the             To call a cell number that is either in the same or a different
at it” additions. The reason is      walls you might wind up             road, like pool heaters, or            area code but still within Mexico, just dial the seven digit
that builders bid based upon         needing once the lot is             propane tanks, or trim shown           number starting with the area code even though you are in
a set of assumptions, and            cleared and everything is in        around windows or rooflines,           the same area code. Example: You are in the Los Cabos
those assumptions are con-           process. Again, it’s just the       and merely quote the structure
tained in the plan, and in the       way it works, and it makes a        while leaving some of the fin-         area and you want to call a La Paz cell number: dial (612)
memorio de calculo, and the          certain sense, so verify to the     ish stuff for later discussion.        + phone number. If you are in La Paz and want to call a La
finish list. If it isn’t described   best of your abilities that         Don’t fall for this – ensure that      Paz cell, you must dial (612) + phone number.
there, it wasn’t bid.                what is on your plan appears        the list of inclusions covers          From out of the country to a Los Cabos or La Paz cell
     Most at the upper end of        adequate to hold in or up ev-       everything on your plan, and
the price curve build in a cer-      erything depicted on it. And        that there is no ambiguity, or         number you now have to throw in an additional “1” before
tain elasticity, understanding       have some extra cash socked         you will be the recipient of the       the area code. As in 011-52 + 1 (624) + phone number.
that there will be little ele-       away, as there are inevitably       uncertainty upcharge when the          Remember that?
ments missed in the plan.            surprises as the plan be-           ambiguity gets defined.                Cell phones are getting trickier so you gotta get it in your
Many don’t, and will charge          comes concrete and rebar.               C. Philip Osso is the Di-
                                     Most say plan an extra 10%-         rector of BuildCabo Design;            head that the only time you treat them any different is when
you for every change and
addition, every variance from        15%. You don’t hear me ar-          a Managing Partner of                  you are in the same area code. The 044 is currently only
their standard list of finishes.     guing.                              Cape Development; and is               used when dialing from a land line to a cell number in your
Both are a function of price             So now you’re ready,            currently designing and                same area code. The 045 is used when calling from a land
– the lower the price, the           with thoroughly vetted plan in      building multiple oceanfront           line to a cell phone outside your area. To call from cell to
more limited the cost levels         hand, to go select a builder.       homes, as well as showcase
of the details, and the less             One of the questions that       homes in Puerto Los Cabos,             cell within Mexico just dial the area code + the seven digit
elasticity. That isn’t because       comes up time and time again        Cresta Del Mar, the East               number.
the builders are mean, bad           when discussing building here       Cape, and other marquis                If you think this is a screwball way to run a phone
people, but rather, because          is how long it should take.         communities. You can con-              company, you’re going to love this: The man who owns
their margins are such that          That’s tricky, because there        tact the author at
they didn’t build in a bunch         are so many factors that come       Phil@BuildCabo.com. Past               the company has recently been recognized as the
of electives. And no builder         into play, however there are        installments of This Old               richest man in the world and he made nearly all his
is going to pay to build your        norms you can use as guide-         Casa are available at the              fortune by owning the Mexican telephone system and
house. Which brings me to            lines. On my builds, I shoot        BuildCabo.com website,                 using his political clout to keep out competition.
the “free lunch” argument.           for 11 months for average           which also contains helpful
There isn’t one. Assuming            sized homes (4000-5000 or           info on building in Baja.
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Mexico’s Oil Industry                                                 called unfair elections.
                                                                          AMLO and his so called
                                                                                                      sional chambers.” The
                                                                                                      lower house also met in a
                                                                                                                                       constitution but would
                                                                                                                                       make fundamental changes

In An Uproar
                                                                      resistance brigade have         small auditorium.                to administrative laws.
                                                                      taken over both houses of           Under Calderon’s pro-            But AMLO said
                                                                      Mexico’s Congress, piling       posal, Pemex would be            Calderon’s          proposal
  They can’t get their oil out of the ground                          up chairs against the po-       granted greater control over     amounted to a back door
and refined, and to market, and they’re too                           dium and blocking access to     its finances and greater free-   privatization of Pemex.
                                                                      it. To avoid a physical con-    dom to sign contracts with           “That’s how they priva-
proud to ask for help. With 40% of their tax                          frontation, Senate leader       private companies. Mexi-         tized the electric utilities,” he
base coming from the nationally owned                                 Santiago Creel took Con-        cans would be able to buy        said. “And now 35 % of the
industry, they are in crisis                                          gress on the road, holding a    what they’re calling citizen     industry is owned by for-
                                                                      brief, largely symbolic ses-    bonds in Pemex, and the          eigners.”
                                        BY CARRIE DUNCAN              sion in a cramped audito-       company would be allowed
                                                                      rium just down the street       to make alliances with out-
    Oil production in             told to get out and leave           from the Senate building.       side experts in deep water
Mexico, one of the top            their equipment behind.             Creel said the move pre-        drilling necessary to expand
three suppliers of oil to the         Calderón has repeatedly         served the dignity of the       the country’s oil reserves.              TRAVEL AGENCY
United States, has declined       denied he plans to privatize        Senate and “averted the risk    Calderon insisted his pro-
27% in the last five years,       Pemex, or to sell it off to         of violence in the congres-     posals would not modify the        ph 143 1396 fx 143 1397
and reform advocates say          foreigners, but the leftist
Pemex needs outside re-           leaning PRD party has
sources to explore for re-        taken this issue up as a ral-
serves.                           lying point for their support-
    President          Felipe     ers and vowed demonstra-
Calderon has proposed that        tions of civil disobedience in
Pemex be allowed to part-         protest. Protestors are               Saturday. Liga MAC Used Bookstore (www.ligamac.com) open every Saturday &
ner with private companies        threatening to seize oil re-          every Tuesday 9am to 1pm. English language books priced 50, 30 and 10 pesos.
and potentially pay them          fineries, block highways,             Directions: left at Pescador lights on fourlane in San Jose del Cabo. Left at Banorte.
performance bonuses, but          and shut down airports. The           Right at Video Centro, up to the top of the hill along Paseo de los Marinos, two houses
not grant them concessions        Popular Revolutionary                 in from Goleta. If you get lost, phone cell: 044-624-177-8507. All funds raised help
or percentage rights to any       Army, a guerrilla group
                                  known for bomb throwing,              local families in need.
oil found or processed. He
cites studies that the nations’   has vowed to cripple the              Every Saturday 9 to 1. Organic Market at the San Jose Jockey Club on the road to
currently known reserves          company if the government             Las Animas behind downtown San Jose. Same location as last year. Organic produce,
will be dried up in a decade      opens it to foreign invest-           foods and products, local and regional arts and crafts, Baja books, jewelry, hand painted
if they don’t undertake ex-       ment. About 28,000 activ-             clothing, ongoing workshops on sustainable living, and fun things to do for the entire
pensive deepwater drilling,       ists have signed up to carry          family. No pets, please. www.fotolog.com/mercadoorganicosj for announcements and
which, because it pays 90%        out civil disobedience.               a market event schedule.
of its income in taxes,               Mexicans are so sensi-
Pemex can not afford to do.       tive to foreigners telling            Every Sunday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Organic market. Centenario street behind the
                                  them what to do that it’s not         Tropicana hotel in downtown San Jose. Fresh eggs, pure honey, regional bread, pastries
Medical Insurance                 hard to get them riled up             and various trinkets.
   inexpensive worldwide          over this issue, and the PRD          Every other Thursday You guess which one. Los Cabos Tomatoes, ladies social group.
  $5,000,000 cover. 4,700         is not bashful about using it
  hospitals in US network,                                              All women who aspire to be a tomato are welcome. Info: loscabostomatoes@yahoo.com
     Cabo direct billing.         to their advantage. This pro-
 MedExPlan International          test is led by Andres Manuel          Every Tuesday morning 9 to noon. Coffee and art walk. Start with coffee at the San
     www.medexplan.com            Lopez Obrador, known as               Jose Cafe (behind the church across the street from Bancomer) and stroll the art district
       1- 604-724-7384            AMLO. He is the loser in              along Obregon Street enjoying the new works of art. November – May.
Mexico can not cut back on        the last presidential election        Every Thursday evening Art Night in old San Jose! Visit the art galleries and discover
that tax rate because fully       who refused to accept his             all that is happening in the historic art district along Obregon Street behind the church.
40% of its revenue comes          loss and led demonstrations           All galleries open until 9 p.m. Thursday evenings November – May, there is usually
from Pemex. Pemex de-             for months against what he
                                                                        music and plenty of wine and munchies
clared a loss last year of



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$1.5 billion. (As a compari-                                            May 2,3 and 4. Plein air painting workshop with Ezra Katz. Still life and figure painting.
son, Chevron made a profit                                              Held at Galeria Ida Victoria. Contact the gallery for reservations and info: 142-5772
of $67 billion in the last six                                          or idavg@aol.com.
years, and put $67 billion                                              May 4. San Jose Humane Society hosts Dog Day Afternoon fundraiser at Flora’s
into exploration for more                                               Farm. Food and live and silent auctions. Tickets are 550 pesos a head or $1500 U.S.
oil.)
    Mexico’s constitution                                               dollars for a corporate table. Buy tickets at the San Jose Organic Market, Tropical
bans most private and for-         Meetings Daily                       Calypso, Mex Sun, or call Viki Gustavson at 044-624-108-6961. Contact Janet Jensen
                                                                        at 044-624-141-6726.
eign involvement in the oil
industry, although Pemex
currently subcontracts
                                        at 6 PM                         May 7. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Meet the Artist Mike Svob. Golden Cactus Gallery.
                                     Hidalgo St, between Lazaro         Corner of Guerrero and Madero Streets, Cabo San Lucas. 143-6399
some work to private firms.        Cardenas and Cinco de Mayo           www.goldencactusgallery.com
The Mexican oil industry           - that is, between the Christian
was nationalized in 1938,           bookstore and the Sex Shop.         May 8. 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Meet the Artists. Mike Svob and Chris MacClure at the Art
when all foreigners were                    Cabo San Lucas              Night. Old Town Gallery, Obregon street, San Jose. 142-3662
                                                                        May 18 to 21. Third annual World Championship Billfish Release Tournament in Cabo.
 INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITY                                                All catch and release, all circle hook tourney. For entry forms and information, visit
        KidSmart is a stay-in-school project serving                    www.wcbrt.com.
  academically-gifted students from economically-challenged             May 31. Last day of business for the spring 08 season for the Liga MAC Used Bookstore
  neighborhoods in CSL.                                                 and Donation Center.
        We are currently searching for sponsors for the                 June 15. 1st annual Arts Festival at the Casa de Artistas in San Antonio. 9 am to 4 pm.
  individual children and teens involved. Sponsors provide              For information email JoAnn eastcapers@yahoo.com .
  a school uniform and shoes, as well as a $20 monthly
  stipend to their honor student.                                       June 21 and 22. Cerritos Beach Summer Solstice Music Festival. Cerritos Beach
        We also need corporate sponsorship for the new                  Club. Info (624) 143 4850.
  ESL program that will be providing intensive English                  June 25 to 27. 9th. Hotel & Restaurant International Show. Featuring suppliers to the
  language training to the KidSmart participants.                       food & lodging industry. Puerto Paraiso Mall, Cabo San Lucas.
        Income tax deductible receipts will be provided to
  all donors.                                                           October 25. Saturday. 10th annual Pimp n Ho Ball, location to be announced.
                                                                        November 4. First day of business for the fall 08 season for the Liga MAC Used
                                                                        Bookstore and Donation Center. Open every Tues. and Sat. from 9am-1pm Nov. -
                                                                        May. All funds raised used to assist local families in need.
                                                                        If you would like to list your non profit event here, send your information to
                        robynlittlewood@hotmail.com                     david@gringogazette.com. There is no charge.
                        Local Cell: 044-624-129-6135
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Gringo Moves To
Cabo And Starts
Charter Biz
   Who needs to know how to fish?
                                            BY KATHY GORDON

    It was the end of May in        them barking any more do
1997 when we set out on our         you?” and my poor son
“Grand Voyage.” This was            turned white and his eyes
to be the first part of the be-     bulged out and he looked like
ginning of my husband’s life-       he was going to throw up – I
long dream – to own and             couldn’t keep my face straight
operate a charter fishing           any more and started laugh-
company in Cabo San                 ing and told him to calm
Lucas, Mexico. Of course            down, it was just a joke. Still,
the very first thing you must       Thomas made sure that he              ing to keep him from crash-
have is a boat and he had           looked for the dogs before            ing into their yachts!! It was
found one in New Orleans            we left. That was his initia-         dramatic, and embarrassing.
just two months before.             tion into Mexico and it only          Now I was scared. Good
    We made all of the ar-          got better.                           thing the hubby thought to in-
rangements for it to be trans-          When we arrived in San            vite our friend John, an elec-
ported to Mexico through            Carlos we found out our boat          trician, to come with us.
Nogales, to end up in San           beat us by one day and it was             The next morning, we
Carlos, where we would              in dry storage. While we              woke with small red dots all
meet it, drop it into the water     were walking around it, my            over us, like something had
and head down the Sea of            husband pulled me to one              bitten us in the night – all of
Cortez to Cabo. It was a            side and told me to take the          us except Thomas – he had
beautiful 1970 31 foot              kids shopping for a couple of         hives. He was having an al-
Bertram Sportfisher.                hours because he had to get           lergic reaction to whatever it            That night, we set anchor         the water and watched the
    My two sons joined us on        the boat in the water. And,           was and we had nothing on             in an inlet and the water was         explosion of light as we ran it
the trip. It was their first trip   oh yeah, he forgot to tell me         board to help him with it and         so calm and beautiful that the        through the water.
to Mexico, and we began it          that he had never piloted a           wouldn’t have until we                boys wanted to swim around.               We were now just out-
with a fun time and great           dual engine boat before, nor          docked in Loreto the next             20 minutes after the boys             side of La Paz and had a lot
jokes. We stopped at a local        did he know how to start it.          day.                                  were out of the boat, Tho-            of stuff to do to get the boat
restaurant on the Mexican               I just gaped at him. Crazy            We made it across the             mas came exploding out of             ready to dock. Thomas got
side of the border, and my          me, I had assumed that he             Sea of Cortez just as the very        the water, thrashing and gulp-        to be the captain for a while
hubby ordered tacos de              knew how to drive it and es-          last rays of light left. I was        ing and screaming. I jumped           as we packed up. My hus-
dorado (which he thought            pecially how to start it!! I          very worried about my son             to the back of the boat, fully        band pointed to the point
were fish tacos from the fish       couldn’t allow the kids to see        because he was sleeping a lot         clothed. At the last second           sticking out and told him to
called dorado). But in              me upset, so I put on my              and the welts were really red         before going in, I heard him          just steer us in that direction.
Nogales, dorado means meat          smiley face and told the kids         and swollen. When we                  scream, “Octopus!” I                  We were very busy cleaning
– not fish. My youngest son         we were going shopping. .             reached shore, I scooped up           checked my dive and                   up and getting everything ship-
Thomas asked what type of               We returned to the dock           my son and ran to a taxi, get-        hollered to Thomas to come            shape, but in a split second
meat it was because it was          with two shopping carts full          ting him to a pharmacy                to the boat. He swam as fast          flash, my hubby leaped to the
really good. My husband             of all the supplies we would          quickly. By this time he was          as he could. When he got              upper deck and pulled the
didn’t miss a beat. He said,        need for the trip, only to wit-       lethargic and I was frantic. I        out, this was his story: “I was       throttles to an immediate stop
“Remember those barking             ness the boat being lowered           ran inside a pharmacy and             looking for neat rocks and I          and everyone fell down.
dogs you heard when we              into the water, my husband            didn’t have to say a word.            saw this really pretty one, but           I got up, pretty irritated,
came in?” and Thomas nod-           frantically trying to start it, and   The pharmacist gave me a              when I tried to pick it up it         until my husband said, “Kathy,
ded his head, but you could         then the out of control ad-           bottle of Benadryl and I told         shot black stuff out and had          look over the side of the boat.”
tell he was a little worried        vancement when he did get it          Thomas to gulp it down.               legs and it scared me.” We            What I saw gave me the chills.
now. My husband continued           started. Captains on other                We had to get diesel that         laughed and laughed about it          We were very close to shore
with “Well, you don’t hear          boats were freaking out, try-         day, too, and boy was that a          and even still we like to make        and sitting on top of a coral
                                                                          trip. We had to buy the die-          fun of him. I told him, “Tho-         reef, so close that we actually
                                                                          sel from the gas station in           mas, when you see a rock              had to use the broom and
                                                                          town, have it hauled to the           with 8 legs, leave it alone,          some fancy maneuvering to
                                                                          dock, and then siphoned into          okay?” He cried and we                get the boat out. We came
                                                                          the boat. While my husband            laughed. Poor kid.                    within a split second of ripping
                                                                          was gone checking in with                 The rest of the night in the      out the whole bottom out of
                                                                          immigration and the port cap-         inlet was magical. There was          the boat. Close call.
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                                                                                                       .COM                                        April 28th, 2008

Governor Peddles
                                                                                                                                    PAID ADVERTISEMENT
                                                                      and guests.
                                                                          In the company of his               Cross Roads Country
Our Resort                                                            BCS entourage, our gover-
                                                                      nor personally met with travel
                                                                      agents and promoters, direc-            Club Doesn’t Live Up
  Agundez touts Baja Sur’s future as top
Mexico destination at annual tourist
industry event
                                                                      tors of Mexican and interna-
                                                                      tional airlines, and Mexican
                                                                      and international investors, to
                                                                                                              To Its Name
                                                                                                                   North of San Jose, about 45 minutes drive past the new
                                                                      whom he emphasized the in-              marina under construction in La Playita, at the intersection
                                           BY M.E. MARTINEZ           vestment potential of our               of the infamous East Cape road and the equally treacherous
                                                                      southern Baja state.                    Palo Escopeta road, sits the Crossroads Country Club. Well,
    Baja California Sur’s          pate in the (tourist industry),        Agundez placed special              that’s the name of it, it certainly isn’t a very apt description.
governor,           Narcisco       enthusiasm that passes on to       emphasis on La Paz and                  But it’s a cool place, a restaurant, a bar, an internet stop, a
Agundez, attended the “Im-         the state government and that      Loreto, stating that his ad-            public phone booth, and a book exchange, all rolled into one.
perial World Forum of              has broken the passivity that      ministration is working on a            Owner Joan Hafenecker does it all.
Acapulco” along with Los           for years impeded the devel-       balanced development of                      Most astonishing of all, her food is absolutely outstand-
Cabos’ mayor Luis Diaz and         opment of destinations like        both northern and southern              ing. Try the shrimp sandwich, it was amazing, truly gourmet.
mayor-elect Rene Nuñez.            La Paz and Loreto.” Well,          parts of the state. “We are             Our sandwich, potato chips and two beers set us back about
Agundez announced there            that is a point, Loreto and La                                             $13 U.S., a good price, considering the hardships Joan works
                                                                      working to consolidate the              under.
that Baja Sur (our state) is       Paz, which are also in our         development of Los Cabos,                    Be it ever so humble, this place does get its share of celeb-
destined to become the num-        state, are finally waking up to    but the goal that we have set           rities. Lance Armstrong has signed the wall, Jimmy Ibbotsen
ber one tourist spot in            the potential of turning their     is to promote the growth of             of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band often plays here, and former
Mexico. No word on where           towns into tourist destination,    La Paz and Loreto in order              Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura lives right up the dirt road
the Quintanna Roo muckety          and that will take the burden      to progress our commitment              and is a regular. Open mike night is Saturday, and they get
mucks were. Quintanna Roo          off Cabo to support the en-        to overcome the inequality              quite a turnout. Many people camp right there next to the CC
is the state that Cancun is in.    tire state with tax dollars gen-   between a prosperous south              after it finally closes down in the wee hours of the morning.
    Beaming proudly, he ex-        erated by tourists.                and a stranded north,” he                    Joan was an interior decorator in her previous life, she
plained that Baja Sur will             The Expo kicked off with       said. Wow, harsh words for              explains as she sheepishly looks around at her pretty dilapi-
only grow in popularity, “not      the Mexican Secretary of           Loreto and La Paz.                      dated Country Club. Well, that was long ago and far away.
only because of its                Tourism, Rodolfo Elizondo,                                                 Check out her web site at www.mexonline.com/crosscc.htm
                                                                          He also reiterated that
unmatchable natural beauty         along with the governors of        tourism, BCS’ principal eco-
and richness, the quality of its   BCS, Guerrero, Sinaloa,            nomic activity, is fueled by its
services, the hospitality of its   Jalisco, Zacatecas and the         citizenry and the energy of           Cabos and La Paz directors.         year. Mayor Diaz noted that
citizens, and its political and    director of Fonatur (Federal       those working in the indus-           No word if he had taken with        Los Cabos is the current
social stability, but also be-     Mexican Secretariat of             try— and the will of the gov-         him a Whopper from our              “darling” of Mexico’s tourist
cause of the great enthusiasm      Tourism) Manuel Gomez,             ernment to join efforts with          Burger King, or a Big Mac           business, in part due to the
of the entrepreneurs and           and a host of other visitors,      the diverse economic and              from our McDonalds, or a            affluence of its investors. “It
business leaders who partici-      participants, investors, press     political players in the five         special with extra toppings         is important that we provide
                                                                      municipalities of BCS (Los            from our Dominos. Well,             a sense of security for invest-
                                                                      Cabos, La Paz, Loreto,                would he take tacos to              ments and also give assur-
                                                                      Ciudad Constitucion, and              Acapulco? That would be             ances that the three levels of
                                                                      Mulege).                              like taking sand to the beach.      government are committed
                                                                          The governor visited with             This was the third year in      to welcoming everyone in the
                                                                      each of the representatives           a row that Agundez showed           tourism industry,” he re-
                                                                      of these municipalities, who          up to support the Acapulco          marked. “We have commit-
                                                                      had booths within the large           expo. Along with the mayor          ted our efforts to one of the
                                                                      BCS stand. Later, he pro-             and mayor-elect, some big           most important facets of our
                                                                      moted the cuisine of BCS              names in local business             municipality, tourism. As
                                                                      while taking part in the              showed up, like Luis Cano,          most everyone is aware,
                                                                      Acapulco Forum’s food                 Oscar Daccarett, Marco              tourism is the primary source
                                                                      sampling, standing side by            Ehrenberg, and Victor               of revenue for Los Cabos.
                                                                      side with the president of the        Rodriguez, among others.            Our commitment means
                                                                      BCS Chamber of Com-                       The Imperial World Fo-          more revenue and budget
                                                                      merce of Restaurants and              rum of Acapulco is the most         monies that we can invest in
                                                                      Culinary         Businesses           important tourist promotion         public works that will ben-
                                                                      (CANIRAC), the state’s                     event in Latin America,        efit the families of Los Cabos
                                                                      Chef Association, and                       and Los Cabos made a          and the people who visit us.”
                                                                      CANIRAC’s Los                                significant splash this          At least 40 countries par-
                                                                                                                                                ticipated in the expo, and all


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Let’s Go To The Mall! It’s Air Conditioned, It’s Exciting, And There’s So Much To Do And See There!
     Here’s What You’ll See At The Mall                                                                                                           Food Court Has Great Deals, And It’s Fast
                                                                                                                                                     Upstairs at the food           such perennial favorites as        fast food sandwich shop, has            La Carreta del Capitan is
         The Puerto Paraiso Mall,       and they are busy with foot                                                                               court, right by the movie         spring rolls, hot and sour         on offer its usual 6 and 12-inch    the new seafood cart hosted
     which we locals just call the      traffic and excitement. The                                                                               theaters, is an American-         soup, fried rice and of course,    subs with all kinds of things in    by the same guys as the
     mall because it’s our only one     mall has a good mix of retail                                                                             style food court that can seat    chop suey. They also have a        between the bun, including          Capitan Fish restaurant
     and saying Paradise Port in        that’s of interest to visitors,                                                                           more than 100 diners. Some        few slightly more unusual          meatballs and tuna salad. No,       downstairs. All their food is
     Spanish is difficult for most of   local Mexicans, and local for-                                                                            of the stuff available here       dishes including orange            not in the same sandwich.           prepared at the restaurant and
     us, is a great gathering spot.     eigners, as well as great eat-                                                                            might be hard, if not             chicken, spicy Szechuan            There’s also a sandwich called      brought upstairs to be served
         It’s only a few years old,     ing spots.                                                                                                impossible, to find in other      chicken and prawns in              the Veggie Delite, which, as the    at a fraction of the time and
     and is not fully rented out yet,        Eating would be fueling up                                                                           areas of Cabo.                    lobster sauce. Their lunch         name would imply, is suitable       price. That means the fish is
     but that’s how the developer,      at Subway or Sr. Greenberg’s                                                                                 There’s Mongo-li, a            special goes for about six         for vegetarians.                    fresh and the food is clean.
     Ramon Marcos, planned it.          Mexitessen, while dining                                                                                  Mongolian barbecue place          bucks and comes with fried             Pazzo’s Express is a pizza      They specialize in ceviches,
         Marcos is from Mexico          would be chowing down at the                                                                              where you choose the              rice with pork, chicken, chop      place that also serves wings        tostados, and cocktails,
     City where he owns and runs        very upscale and elegant                                                                                  ingredients, and they cook        suey, or beef with broccoli.       and salads. Small, medium and       however the camarones agua
     more malls. Our readers might      Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.                                                                                  them up for you, right under      They also have combos for          large cheese pizzas go for $8,      chile (chili shrimp in lemon
                                             There’s lots of eating op-                                                                           your nose. Chicken, beef,         one person that run between        $13 and $16 respectively.           juice) is also delish. Prices
                                        portunities in between, too,                                                                              pork, seafood and veggies         six and eight bucks. China         Each topping costs $5. If           range from $2 for a tostado
                                        like Johnny Rockets and Cap-       popped fresh on the pre-          Mexicans who use the mall            are all on offer, and the         Express will also prepare          you’re in the mood for just one     de ceviche (ceviche on top of
                                        tain Fish. There are also some     mises, and of course there        than foreigners, and it’s fun to     resulting product is similar to   family sized meals for a           slice, they cost $2.50. Pazzo’s     a crispy tortilla) to $12 for the
                                        uniquely upscale Mexican res-      are hot dogs and jujubes and      see them enjoy the new sophis-       a Chinese stir fry. Mongo-li      minimum of two people.             delivers. Yes, this is our very     scallops. Fish ceviche is $6.
                                        taurants which go far beyond       everything else you would         tication that has sprung up in       charges by the gram. If you           Keeping with the Asian         dear Pazzo’s pizza, the best in         There's a brand new
                                        tacos and enchiladas, and are      expect in a modern multi-the-     Mexico in just the last few          can guess how much your           theme, Little Tokyo has sushi      town, from the old days before      100% natural restaurant,
                                        a delight.                         ater complex.                     years.                               lunch weighs, they’ll give it     rolls, beef, chicken and           Brian Balsy sold Pazzo’s. After     Frutropica, serving low fat
                                             And what mall would be            The mall has free park-            So walk over to the mall. It    to you on the house. That         seafood teriyaki, tempura          he sold it and went into            fruit, veggies, smoothies and
                                        complete without a bowling al-     ing for 2,400 cars for 10         fronts the marina, taking over       might be tough for our            bowls with rice, and               timeshare, he started a pizza       chicken delicacies at very
                                        ley? This one’s got that, along    pesos (about $1 buck) from        the entire corner, on the side       foreigners who are metric         Japanese style beef kebabs.        delivery business on the side,      affordable prices.
                                        with an electronic arcade, and     8am to 11pm, and 5 pesos          away from the town.                  challenged, but it’s fun.         Prices range from around $4        working out of the front porch          Last but not least is the
                                        a multi-screen movie theater       (fifty cents) if your ticket is        You can walk there from
                                        that beats anything this writer                                                                              Speaking of Chinese stir       to $6. Little Tokyo also has       of the Giggling Marlin. Then he     only Mexican joint in the food
                                                                           stamped.                          downtown, past what has be-          fry, there’s a Hong Kong          two combo meals that cost          closed that down, and we            court. Si Señor’s prices range
                                        has seen in the United States.         And don’t leave the card      come restaurant row along the
                                             The theater shows first and                                                                          style joint in the food court     $7.50         and        $8.50     thought there was no more           from $4.50 to $7.50 for
                                                                           in your car, Einstein– the        marina front. There are about        as well, with real Chinese        respectively. The combos           pizza in this town, but he sprang   tacos, enchiladas, flautas,
                                        second-run movies both in          whole point is to take it with    a dozen restaurants along that
                                        Spanish and in English. The                                                                               chefs. Well, they look            have a little bit of everything.   up again! You just can’t keep       burritos and other typical
                                                                           you.                              stretch of the malecon and it’s      Chinese. China Express has            Subway, the American           a good pizzaman down.               Mexican fare.
     be familiar with the big mall in   English movies all have sub-           This mall was built with a    a hoot to see how they creep
     Cancun, which is his, too.         titles. The theaters sell booze,   liberal use of marble             out onto the public walkway a
         Marcos planned this mall       and the top-of-the-line            throughout, even in the stair-    little more each week, one
     so big that he knew we would       screening rooms sport leather      ways. The restrooms are a         table at a time.
     have to grow into it over          La-Z-Boy style recliners with      Taj Mahal of marble. There             Or you can drive there.
     many years, but so far all the     cup holders. a                     are plentiful rest areas where    Drive out of Cabo towards
     best front row units are taken          Popcorn (palomitas) is        you can sit a spell in air con-   San Jose, but not very far.
                                                                           ditioned comfort and watch        Take the first right, you will see
                                                                           the world as Mexico knows         the corner of the mall where
     Gringo Gazette Signs On For Iraq                                      it go by.                         you turn. Drive half a block and
            Dave Jinks, who lives in Baja Sur but is currently                 There are a lot more          turn into the parking lot.
      deployed to Iraq, tried to download some past issues
      of the Gringo Gazette from our web site. But the internet
      is so slow over there that it took 15 minutes per page.
            As Dave says, “All that time just to see the full page
      Las Ventanas ad....sigh.”
            So he asked if we would trade a picture of him
      holding the Gazette at the Baghdad Crossed Swords
      for some PDF files.
            Our web tenders, Scott and Robin, are Canadian,
      but they spent a lot of time feeding him the files the way
      he needed them. So here is Dave’s side of the trade.
            If anyone from here would like to pen pal with him
      and tell him what’s going on here, his email is
      bajastratfords@yahoo.com.




                                                                                                    Expires May 11, 2008


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April 28th, 2008                                                                            .COM



Billfish Classic                                              Championship, scheduled
                                                              for December 13, with a

Tournament At
                                                              guaranteed prize of
                                                              $250,000.
                                                                  For three days of fishing,
The New Marina                                                teams pay $2,500 (which
                                                              covers up to four anglers).
                                                              The optional daily jackpots
    Puerto Los Cabos is hosting the IGT                       and gamefish jackpots start
Billfish Classic in May                                       at $250 and reach $2,500,
                                                              for estimated cash prizes
                                        BY IONA BIGYOT starting around $9,500 and
                                                              reaching nearly $95,000.
    It’s that time of year ule will generate $6.5 million For more information and to
again, all kinds of big name in prizes. The Billfish Clas- download an entry form, visit
sports fishing tournaments sic will generate an estimated http://igtournaments.com/
are rolling into town. The $900,000 alone.                    plcbc-tournament.htm.
next one up is the Billfish       The Billfish Classic is be-
Classic, one of the five legs ing hosted May 7 through 10
of the International Gamefish at the new state-of-the-art CLIMBER...
Tournament (IGT)’s Mexico marina at Puerto Los Cabos continued from page 33
series and a World Billfish in San Jose. The three-day Danzante, like a prehistoric
Series-sanctioned event. fishing tournament will have monster, swimming in the sea.
2008 is the 24th year that a modified release format, Carmen, horseshoe-shaped,
IGT will put on big-game with two non-optional tour- from this perspective. Puerto
saltwater fishing tourna- nament cash prize divisions Escondido, a puddle on the
ments, clocking over 90 in- and two optional daily jack- shore a playing child left be-
dividual tourneys over those pot divisions. The teams that hind, the sailboats are barely
years and over $32 million finish in first and second discernible.
in cash prizes. By their own place get free entry to the          I spent the night on top
estimates, the 2008 sched- IGT winner-take-all Grand and lit a fire as a signal to my
                                                              wife below on the beach that

             CROSSWORD
                                                              I had made it and was not
                                                              going to come down that day.
                                                              At 5,000 feet there is not
                                                              much wood for a fire, but I
                                                              gathered a great heap of dry,
                                                              old agaves. They almost ex-
                                                              ploded in a huge inferno that
                                                              sent me running for cover but
                                                              lasted only for 10 minutes or
                                                              so. This fire, brief as it was,
                                                              turned out to be the source
                                                              for the most amazing stories
                                                              and speculations I heard up
                                                              and down the bay in the com-
                                                              ing weeks. People had seen
                                                              it all over the place. It was a
                                                              UFO-sighting, an airplane
                                                              crash, a secret military opera-
                                                              tion— no one ever goes
                                                              there.
                                                                  Next day, on my way
                                                              down, I committed an em-
                                                              barrassing blunder: in the
                                                              dense jungle of thorns I lost
                                                              my sense of direction and
                                                              headed down the wrong can-
                                                              yon. When I realized my mis-
                                                              take half way down I was
                                                              even stupid enough to con-
                                                              tinue because the route
                                                              seemed so fantastically short
                                                              and direct. I rappelled down
                                                              some minor walls until I found
                                                              myself on top of a 300-foot
                                                              vertical drop-off and had to
                                                              give up. The struggle up al-
                                                              most all the way back to the
                                                              ridge brought me literally to
                                                              my knees. It was so steep
                                                              and the thorns were so thick
                                                              that I had to crawl most of
                                                              the time. I had run out of
                                                              water the day before, now the
                                                              heat took its toll. When I fi-
                                                              nally found the right valley my
                                                              shirt was completely torn to
                                                              pieces, my pants were shred-
                                                              ded, and my arms and legs
                                                              were cut and bleeding.
                                                                  It was past sunset when I
                                                              reached the road below, and
                                                              boy was I spent. In fact, my
                                                              wife thought I had been in a
                                                              car crash. So much for
                                                              Shangri-La— but the climb
                                                              to the top was worth every
                                                              bit of the effort.
                                           Solution on page 43
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First Real Lifeguards                                                     Bomberos y Administradores
                                                                          de Emergencias). He even
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Hit Towers In Cabo                                                        picks up a little cash for the
                                                                          mostly-volunteer firemen out-           Hemingway’s: A
    Next time you’re on the beach, look up— (including local medics and
                                                                          fit, charging outside attendees
that guy’s a lifeguard, and he was trained by hotel security staffers) a fee
                                                                                                                  Grown-Up’sPlayground
a Gringo                                                                  to participate in the course.             Featuring an art gallery, a tequileria, a
                                                                               And
                                        BY MANDY LIFEBOATS Surflifesaving del Sur became
                                                                                            in      2007,         humidor, and a bar and lounge with live
                                                                                                                  Cuban music, Hemingway’s is where your
                                                                          a 501(c)3 in the United States          mature crowd goes for some fun.
    Laine Pepper and Jimmy Canale’s late friend and long- after earning non-profit sta-
Canale, best friends and fel- time Cabo resident John tus in 2006. Now, donations                                                                          BY BUSTER CHERRY
low lifeguards in the La Jolla Hughes, who hailed from from U.S. individuals or cor-
area of San Diego for many Long Beach before moving porate entities can get a tax                                     Yes, the place is named         Habano cigars, and most of
years back in the 80s, have to this area, called on the break by making in-kind or                                after the author. That doesn’t      their collection is of limited edi-
been visiting the Baja for Cabo San Lucas bomberos financial donations. Dona-                                     mean, however, that it has          tions. Cigars start at $5 and
years. “For me, the Baja has (firefighters) and together tions are used to purchase                               anything to do with books.          run all the way to $83 for the
given me everything I ever they inaugurated the first-ever more equipment and, even-                              Taking a date to a place about      Partagas Serie D. No 4 “Lim-
just dreamed of finding in Aquatic Rescue Seminar in tually, if they raise more funds,                            books wouldn’t be very much         ited Edition” smokes. Guar-
America,” said Pepper. 2004.                                              the money will also help                fun. But Hemingway’s is tons        anteed 100% Cuban, and of
“Warm water, empty                      As Pepper recalls it, the supplement the salaries of a                    of fun, proving it has nothing      course their humidor is con-
beaches, perfect surf man who is now their closest recent innovation through the                                  to do with books. Pepe Cantu,       structed entirely out of Cedar.
                                                                                    Zofemat offices (gov-         owner of the bar/lounge/art         Phhfaa, anything else would
                                                                                                                  gallery/tequileria/humidor is       be uncivilized.
                                                                                    ernment office with                                                   La Tequileria is their te-
                                                                                    jurisdiction over the         simply in love with Cuba; and
                                                                                                                  so was Senor Hemingway.             quila bar offering over 350
                                                                                    federal maritime zone         BAM! There you have it,             types of tequilas. They have
                                                                                    or coastline): con-           Hemingway’s.                        tequila tasting, which is just
                                                                                    tracted lifeguarding              Hemingway’s is a Cuban-         like wine tasting, except with
                                                                                    staff.                        Mexican fusion, providing its       tequila. They have Meritage,
                                                                                        Yes, it’s true—           guests the best of what each        which at $5,000 has got to be
                                                                                    there are now five life-      country has to offer. Get a         one of the most spendy
                                                                                    guard towers in Cabo          Cuban cigar from their humi-        tequilas in the world. Can’t
                                                                                    staffed by full-time          dor, a shot of tequila from their   shell out $5,000 for a bottle of
                                                                                    seasonal lifeguards,          tequileria, a quesadilla from       booze, well then you probably
                                                                                                                  their bar, and listen to the live   can’t afford the $100 for a
                                                                                    trained in Pepper’s                                               taste of it. Dry your eyes and
                                                                                    academies. Full time          Cuban band from their ter-
                                                                                                                  race. Sheesh, the place is big-     pick up a bottle of Cuervo
                                                                                    seasonal. Well, we            ger than it looks from the          Gold.
                                                                                    think that means              street.                                 At the regular bar, the
    Last year’s lifeguard academy graduates say cheese after braving the surf.      you’re covered full               In fact, from the inside,       house specialty is the Big Papa
                                                                                    time if you pick the          you wouldn’t even know your         Mojito. If we’re being hon-
breaks.” A 20-year veteran ally here, fire chief Juan right season to get into                                    50 feet away from the may-          est, it really isn’t that big. They
of the city of San Diego Life- Carbajal, was more than a trouble.                                                 hem at Cabo Wabo, located           do however; have two for one
guard Service, Pepper’s de- little skeptical at first. “All of                  If you’ve spotted a guy           across the road. At Cabo            mojitos every day from 11:00-
cision to move to Baja full- the techniques we use to train in the towers on Chileno or                           Hemingway’s, they aim to            6:00, and at $10 a pop, if you’re
time a year and a half ago are specific to the area here, Medano, it’s not a beach bum                            give you a different experi-        getting two it’s not such a bad
                                                                                                                  ence than your average spring       deal. Using only White Ha-
was partly an effort to give to the rocky coastline and the looking for a good view— it’s                                                             vana Cuban rum, they are
                                                                                                                  break booze bar. They cater
back to the beaches he’d reefs, the steep dropoffs and a real, live lifeguard, hand-                              to a mature crowd, those in-        pretty big on taste. Maybe
been visiting since 1979. the shore pound,” Pepper picked for his skill by the                                    terested in enjoying a relaxed      that’s what they mean by big.
How? Easy: lifeguard the explained. “So for example, Cabo bomberos’ lieutenant of                                 atmosphere. That’s not to say       Or maybe because it was the
beaches. Well, lifeguarding we have the guys put the fins the water rescue division,                              that they don’t get down at         favorite drink of big Papa
the people on the beaches.           on way up on the sand past Freddy Marquez. Zofemat’s                         Hemingway’s; when their             Hemingway.
    He already had the skills, the water line, and then run budget has allowed for them                           Cuban quartet, Los Trillizos,           Every Wednesday night,
after training hard in the La like ducks into the water. to hire five guards for four                             plays every Wednesday night,        from 10 to midnight, Los
Jolla reef area, where the That way they don’t lose the month contracts. These                                    there is some serious boogying      Trillizos entertain. Trillizos is
beaches are rife with the fins in the water. But you can guards work six days a week                              going on. Drink, smoke, and         espanol for triplets, and be-
same dangers Baja beaches imagine what that looks like in eight hour shifts. Now                                  be merry; but no body shots,        lieve it or not, they actually are
                                                                                                                  no puking on their floor, no bi-    triplets. There are four people
face: rip currents, reefs and if you’ve never seen it be- Pepper needs to make sure                                                                   in the band; the odd man out
                                                                          the towers are fully stocked            kinis, and thank god, a place
rocks, heavy shore pound. fore.”                                                                                  outlawing wife beater style         being the older brother of the
As he notes, every travel               So it took a little convinc- with fins, buoys, first aid kits,            tank tops. Hemingway’s is a         three, and wahoo, do they
website (and even local pub- ing to get the training semi- and other tools of trade for                           classy joint. They have leather     know how to get the place
lications) warn against swim- nars off the ground, but even- real lifeguarding— and he                            bar stools and expensive            moving. Born and raised in
ming at nearly every beach in tually, they were coordinated needs to raise money, to help                         things inside and they want         Cuba, these brothers have
the Cabo area, repeatedly almost entirely through the shore up Zofemat’s limited                                  to keep it that way.                been playing together for 18
citing that there are no life- fire department in Cabo. budget and hire more guards                                   Yeah, there are a ton of        years. This is dance music,
guards on duty here. So Now Carbajal advertises the for the other towers (there are                               bars and lounges in Los             so if you’re on their outside
there was clearly a need, and biannual seminars to hotel nine so far in Los Cabos, but                            Cabos, but Hemingway’s is           terrace, expect to get your hips
it was one he and his long- security staff and to his own 13 have been budgeted).                                 a unique spot. Many bars            wiggling. Their sound is eclec-
                                                                                                                  offer live music, but how           tic, and between the four
time friends from the San Di- men, and the courses are of-                     For the training seminars,                                             brothers they play the trom-
                                                                                                                  many of those have their
ego corps could fill.                fered under the auspices of held in May and September,                       own cigar making guy at the         bone, the saxophone, the
    The only thing missing was the bombero’s training acad- Pepper and Canale solicit six                         door? And at that, how many         bongo drums, maracas,
a little cooperation. His and emy (the Colegio de guards from the San Diego                                       have their own humidor?             some other type of drums, a
                                                                          force, based on their ability           Oh, that’s not all;                 keyboard, and some thing
                                                                          and what they can offer that’s                                              that looks like a beehive.
 Garage Doors                                                             unique, skill-wise. They pre-
                                                                          fer guards who have trained
                                                                                                                  Hemingway’s also has its
                                                                                                                  own tequila bar, La
                                                                                                                  Tequileria, offering over 350
                                                                                                                                                          Pepe has been in the busi-
                                                                                                                                                      ness since 1996, when he
                                                                          in areas (like La Jolla) that           types of tequilas. They also        and his wife started out sell-
                                                                                                                  have an art gallery, selling a      ing wholesale cigars. “We
   • Steel Doors                                                          contain similar patterns of
                                                                                                                  variety of paintings that you       built the bar for the humidor
                                                                          danger to the Baja beaches.
   • Wood Doors                                                           Hotels usually donate accom-            don’t even have to be drunk         and tequileria,” says Cantu,
                                                                                                                  to buy. Hemingway’s is more         “not the other way around.
   • Gate Automation                                                      modations, and local restau-            than a bar; it’s a quaint, little   We wanted to give people a
                                        Free Estimates                    rants chip in with meal vouch-          playground for the adult who        comfortable place to enjoy
                                                                          ers, but the guys who fly in            enjoys a little indulging.          their cigars and tequila.”
               *Service
   *Sales *Ser vice * Accesories * Repair s            Repairs            pay their own way. And they                 The humidor, at a constant      Hemingway’s has stuck to its
                                                                          don’t get paid for teaching.            70% humidity and 70 degrees         roots of being a classy place
                                 Ph. 143-2818                             Their week in Cabo includes             Fahrenheit, offers a plethora       to enjoy top of the line cigars
                                 Cell: 129-7124                           four hours of hard training in          of some of the best cigars in       and tequila, all the while
                                 www.pacificdoor.com.mx                   the water every day.                    the world. This is the only au-     evolving into a great spot to
                                 info@pacificdoor.com.mx                  continued on page 42                    thorized dealer of La Casa del      enjoy so much more.

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                                           mantra (and their teaching)              guards.                                           medics, and San Jose                      beaches and rescue sce-
LIFEGUARDS...                              that any preventable drown-                  The bomberos’ coopera-                        firefighters who also show up             narios. The acadamy con-
continued from page 41                     ing is inexcusable. In                   tion has been the guiding                         for the seminars, don’t have              cludes in the area of Divorce
                                           Mexico, drowning is the                  force behind Surflifesaving                       to learn these skills. They’re            Beach or Solmar on May 17,
    Techniques taught range                third highest cause of acci-             del Sur’s continued work,                         opting to, because they see a             where some of the most dan-
from fundamentals to medi-                 dental death. It only takes a            and the hard-won contracts                        demonstrable need for it.                 gerous surf in the Cabo area
cal aspects necessary for                  few seconds to aspirate, and             through the Zofemat offices.                          This May, Canale and                  hits. Once the men master
multiple and single victim res-            six minutes to drown. In                 Firefighters in Los Cabos                         Pepper (known as “Senor                   that break, they’re confi-
cues, including training in spi-           Baja, perhaps ironically,                are mostly volunteers. Those                      Pimiento” to his Spanish-                 dent— and ready to do some
nal immobility techniques.                 most of the drowning deaths              who do get paid earn rock-                        speaking trainees) will host the          lifeguarding.
The goal is not to create an               happen because someone is                bottom wages.                So                   twelfth training seminar. It                  If you’re interested in
elite force of lifeguards, but             strolling along the coastline            Carbajal’s decision to incor-                     starts on Medano Beach                    helping out, Surflifesaving del
to get everyone who attends                and gets hit by a wave and               porate the water rescue                           bright and early at 8 a.m. on             Sur accepts airline miles, ve-
to become proficient and                   drowns right off shore.                  training into his training acad-                  May 14, where the trainee’s               hicles, equipment, and mon-
able to respond to an inci-                There’s a solution to that,              emy was voluntary and, in a                       water aptitude is tested.                 etary donations. Contact the
dent in the water.                         and it isn’t just posting warn-          word, altruistic. His men,                        Then they move on to pro-                 directors at directors@
    As Pepper says, it is their            ing signs. It’s to hire life-            and the hotel security staff,                     gressively more difficult                 surflifesavingdelsur.org.




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Whose Lighthouse Is
It, Anyway?
   New committee claims Pueblo Bonito is
hijacking one of Cabo’s few historical
monuments
                                           BY VIRGINIA WOOLF

    Not every press conference      history of Los Cabos and the
involves poetry, a fruit plate,     historical importance of the “
and kidnapping accusations,         Faro Viejo.”
but such was the case                   The lighthouse has been           said, and should be turned into Trump of Mexican                CROSSWORD SOLUTION
Wednesday, April 15 at an           abandoned since 1967, but for         a museum and celebrated as a timeshare resorts.                     FROM PAGE 40
event organized by Cabo’s           62 years it served as an impor-       part of Cabo’s history and cul-      Restoration of the
newest benevolent foundation,       tant navigational beacon for          ture.                            lighthouse was al-
Committee for the Defense of        both local fishermen and pass-                                         ready underway five
Monuments and Historic Sites        ing cargo ships. Güereña                                               years ago when
in Los Cabos.                       pointed out that there’s an im-                                        Coppel purchased
    Over a leisurely breakfast      portant archaeological site                                            the surrounding land
members of the new commit-          next to the lighthouse where                                           and began plans to
tee spearheaded by Vicky            remains of a 3,000-year-old                                            develop a 1850-acre
Güereña passed out bumper           Pericue Indian were found, as                                          luxury resort, Quivira,
stickers and an informational       well as an historically significant                                    to be completed in
packet (including an ode to the     shipwreck. The lighthouse                                              2011. The $1.5 bil-
old lighthouse) and showed          was designated as a national             Vicky Güereña speaks out      lion investment will
reporters a recently-produced       monument in 1986 and belongs                on recapturing Cabo’s      feature a Ritz-
documentary about the rich          to the Mexican people, she                 lighthouse for our kids.    Carlton and two
                                                                                                           Jack Nicklaus golf
                                                                              Instead, the 90-foot brick courses adjacent to Coppel’s conference in which he prom-
Used Books Tue & Sat                  Tuesday and Saturday the
                                                                          and steel building has been kid- other properties, Pacifica and ised to open the lighthouse to
                                                                          napped and Güereña and her Sunset Beach.                           the public, but the gates remain
                                    MAC ladies used bookstore             committee are determined to          Access to the lighthouse locked to this day. Committee
                                     is open from 9 am to 1 pm            get it back.                     was restricted in 2003 due to members worry that the light-
                                                                              The kidnapper, they say, is the filming of the movie Troy, house will end up as a wed-
                                       The good ladies’ new semi-         Pueblo Bonito founder Ernesto but once filming was completed ding chapel for guests at
                                     permanent location is at the         “Neto” Coppel, the Donald it was never restored. There is Coppel’s resort, and not the
                                        top of the hill on Paseo de                                        no public access whatsoever museum they hope to create

                                                                           Emergency
                                  los Marinos in San Jose. Just                                            to the lighthouse, just locked        “The lighthouse is ours, it
                                       go past the Nun’s hospital,                                         gates, and no indication of any belongs to all Cabeños, not to

                                                                            Number
                                       past El Matador, restaurant                                         ongoing restoration.              the hoteliers that own prop-
                                    and then keep driving up the                                               But Coppel’s telling a dif- erty next to it,” Güereña says.
                                        hill to the top - look for the
                                    little white house on the right
                                                                                                           ferent story to potential inves- “It’s an incredible place and
                                           with the huge Liga MAC                  Our public safety tors. On a website for one of too bad our children don’t
                                                                 sign.      honchos               have his developments, Cabo Paci- know it.”
                                                                            launched emergency fica, he boasts, “to conserve donations to offset the costfor
                                                                                                           the historical heritage of Cabo
                                                                                                                                                 The committee is asking
                                                                                                                                                                           of
                                    This local charity has been
                                           receiving great book             phone numbers to San Lucas, Cabo Pacifica printing bumper stickers de-
                                      donations, including kids             call the police. No, saves the historic lighthouse manding access to the light-
                                                         books.             it’s not 911, If you are from imminent collapse and house. They will sell these to
                                  Now they also have brand new              caling from either a begins the restoration pro- supporters at 50 pesos each
                                  books, cheap, cheap, starting
                                     at $5, donated by the San              cell phone or a a land cess.”                                    and hope that heightened pub-
                                                                            line, call 066.                    This is not the first time lic awareness will force local,
                                    Francisco Coffee Company.
                                                                                                           there have been public state, and federal officials to
                                  Your book, clothing and small                                            grumblings alleging that Pueblo take action.
                                  houseware donations are very                                             Bonito is hijacking federal           For more information on
                                             much appreciated!                                             property, but Güereña hopes how you can help the
                                                                                                           her efforts will have better re- committee’s efforts to restore
                                       Land line: (624) 144-5611                                           sults than in the past.           the lighthouse, please call
                                          cell: 044-624-177-8507                                               In 2005 public and media (624) 132-1964 or visit
                                        tallyho2@prodigy.net.mx                                            pressure was such that Coppel www.faroviejo.com.
                                                 www.ligamac.com                                           felt compelled to hold a press



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Baja Shakespeare                                                   tumes were a hit, a blast from
                                                                   the past with paisley, tie-dye,
                                                                                                     was played with strength and
                                                                                                     power by Bill Coleman—a
                                                                                                                                     think I’m falling in love
                                                                                                                                     again…” was performed

Wraps Up Psychedelic
                                                                   denim and go-go boots.            real actor from Nashville who   with admirable abandon.
                                                                   Choreography done by              has now played in two Baja      Rebecca Cross confidently
                                                                   Lesley Currier literally kept     Shakespeare plays. Betsy        portrayed Viola, the heroine,
Production                                                         the play moving. Directors
                                                                   carefully chose all the songs
                                                                   which actors either lip-
                                                                                                     O’Leary as Olivia was a
                                                                                                     haughty and sexy countess
                                                                                                     who becomes a “fool for
                                                                                                                                     and the jaunty young “man,”
                                                                                                                                     Cesario. She was funny as
                                                                                                                                     she practiced being a man,
   Twelfth Night gets the 60’s rock n roll                         synced or sang, depending on      love.” Her song, “Help me! I    continued on page 46
treatment, with costumes to match                                  their confidence and abilities.
                                         BY JOANNA DANCE               After eight years of play-
                                                                   ing together, the motley cast
                                                                   of former lawyers, therapists,
    Baja Shakespeare con-         place in a new outdoor the-      principals, real estate agents,
cluded its eighth season in       ater under the stars in a pro-   business owners and general
Los Barriles with a success-      tected area of Rancho Buena      rebels from up north deliv-
ful run of Twelfth Night.         Vista. Only the occasional       ered their best performance
Directors Lesley and Bob          barking dog and chirping         yet. The Valentine Band
Currier and our local cast and    cricket competed for atten-      (Maya Eberhard, Susan
crew are still glowing from       tion. Two large trees onstage    Emberly, Kay Uekert, Susan
the rave reviews. Weaving the     were decorated with lights.      Evans and Jana Lee Melter)
music of Bob Dylan, The           Lovers Olivia and Sebastian      in their red sequin dresses
Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Tiny      hugged a tree as they sighed     and high heels, led by singer
Tim, Lovin’ Spoonful, Rufus       over their newfound love, and    Scott Zimmerman, entered as
Thomas, and more through-         the comic characters hid be-     a kind of “Dream Girls”
out the play, the Curriers led    hind them to spy on the vain     Greek chorus to emphasize
the audience to a land of         Malvolio. Sir Andrew even        key moments.
“tangerine trees” and “mar-       climbed a tree at one point.         Duke Orsino, in his bril-                  Duke Orsino (Bill Coleman) dons a
malade skies.” The music             Maya Eberhard’s cos-          liant blue Sgt. Pepper attire,                 Sgt. Pepper-inspired getup onstage.
swirled around baby
boomers and gave them a
high better than any 60’s acid
trip. Besides making the au-
dience laugh, the play en-
couraged nostalgia for an era
of peace, love and Sonny and
Cher.
    The Curriers. who also
run the Marin Shakespeare
Company in California,
learned after all these years
that Baja folks just don’t like
those long Shakespearian
speeches. So they cut them,
keeping the play close to




 Hey, we only promised they
    could act, not dance.

what Woody Allen describes
as the perfect time for a com-
edy: 92 minutes. Of course,
intermission with trips to the
beach-side bar and an-
nouncements of raffle prizes
and 60’s style costume win-
ners stretched the time out.
But the audience— of retir-
ees, fishermen, and even
Mexican teens— was
hooked, night after night.
    The story of “Twelfth
Night”        is      typical
Shakespearean comedy, with
cross-dressing and cross-lov-
ing and everything being
sorted out in the end. There
are a bunch of drunken fools
to entertain the lowbrows in
the audience as well as some
high-class, stuffy characters
who become the fools in the
end.
    The production took
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Cabo Is Dumped By
Frontier Airlines
  Well, the nerve! Ha! We just went out and
found bigger and better friends!
                                             BY WILL WYNN

   The US Department of          American owned airlines may
Transportation (DOT) an-         fly between Los Angeles and
nounced they will allow          San Jose. United beat out
United Air Lines to begin fly-   Delta Air Lines and Virgin
ing between Los Angeles and      America which also tried to
San Jose.                        muscle in on that route.
   The slot was made avail-          The DOT said that              out.
able when Frontier Airlines      United’s proposal was the              Objections to the
notified the DOT that it would   best because only United           Department’s order are due
cease flying from LA to Cabo     would operate two daily            in seven days, with answers
as of April 13. Frontier was     flights during the heavily trav-   to objections from interested
one of three US carriers,        eled summer months. Delta          parties due five days after-
along with American Airlines     and Virgin America would           ward.
and Alaska Airlines, flying      only fly it once a day.
that route.                          The Department also            BAJA SHAKESPEARE...
   Under the U.S.-Mexico         noted United’s proposal
aviation agreement, only three   would provide connecting           continued from page 45
                                 benefits that could promote        even going so far as to stick
                                 sustained competition and          a sock down her pants. (One
                                 service on the route. United       of the many “comic bits” that
                                 would be required to begin         Bob Currier is famous for).       ing-out trick where you wrap     dren, with tie-dyed clothes,
                                 service 90 days following a            Cabo’s own Roxanne            your arms around your back       hearts painted on their faces
        TOOTHACHE :              final decision.                    Rosenblatt as Malvolio was        and hug yourself.                and flowers in their hair.
         The pain that               If made final, United’s        riveting. She changed from a         The sailors (John                 “Do You Believe in
         drives you to           permission will be effective       pompous, conceited steward        Brookes, John Harris and         Magic?” the song asks, and
                                 for two years. Delta was ten-      to a smiling, fawning fool, and   Don Yeager) were a motley,       after this production, the an-
          extraction.            tatively selected as backup        finally to a pitiful “they’ve     earnest trio who showed their    swer is a resounding, “Yes!”
                                 carrier in case United poops       done me wrong” fellow.            sensitive side during James      Baja misfits not only pulled it
                                                                    Bobby Bowman, who plays           Taylor’s, “Bridge over           off, but created art and en-
                                                                    Viola’s twin brother              Troubled Water” which made       tertainment in only nine days.
                                                                    Sebastian, displayed a youth-     them all the more funny.         Talk about magic! So, with
                                                                    ful, infectious exuberance        Karen Kennedy showed her         all the hoopla, it looks like
                                                                    when he “kicked the habit”        versatility by playing the       there will be a 9th season af-
                                                                    off the stage and danced to       tough Captain Antonio with a     ter all!
                                                                    Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Do You         special fondness for                 Next year’s production
                                                                    Believe in Magic?”                Sebastian. Make-up by art-       may be a Western version of
                                                                        Actor Isabel Smyth of         ists Armando Ruiz and            Comedy of Errors with
                                                                    Blue Moon Productions             Xochitl Rivera only added to     country music. If this year’s
                                                                    played a convincing Bob           her transformation. I heard a    production is any indication,
                                                                    Dylan (or fool) , even play-      child in the audience say,       next year’s promises to be a
                                                                    ing the guitar and singing the    “Mama, I’m scared,” when         winner. So, y’all come on out
                                                                    songs herself. Kim Scholefield    she appeared!                    to Los Barriles and help get
                                                                    and Clarence Moyers played           Sara de la Vos was a          this show on the road. For
                                                                    a comic pair, Maria and Sir       powerful, humorous presence      more information about ways
                                                                    Toby Belch. Their opening         as Sri Yogi Maharishi,           to get involved contact Kim
                                                                    number, “These Boots are          adapted from the part of the     Scholefield at tyfield1@
                                                                    Made for Walking” set the         priest. The kids who ap-         hotmail.com or Lesley Cur-
                                                                    comic tone of their relation-     peared onstage at the end        rier        at      lesley@
                                                                    ship. Along with the geeky        were the ultimate flower chil-   marinshakespeare.org.
                                                                    dancing fool, Sir Andrew
                                                                    Aguecheek, played by
                                                                    Camilla Ford, these actors
                                                                    formed a threesome much like
                                                                    the Marx Brothers, or more
                                                                    accurately, the Three
                                                                    Stooges. Camilla Ford’s ren-
                                                                    dition of the “Funky Chicken”
                                                                    was a show-stopper. She
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Garbage On The                                                       A Charity That Doesn’t Give Handouts?
Field Of Dreams                                                    Yes! Centro Mujeres Is the defender of basic human rights for women and children in
                                                                    Southern Baja and was a principal contributor to legislation making domestic violence and
 Trying to start a little league team for                           sexual harassment illegal.
Mexican kids on a trash-strewn lot                                  They also provide preventive health services to women and teens,
                                                                    including family planning and emergency contraception.
                                         BY DON BATTINGLY
                                                                    They create and promote youth leadership which has reduced
                                                                    teen pregnancy. And they have many similar programs which
   There are dozens of            learn that while Los Cabos
charities and non-profits                                           educate and protect the family.
                                  has two stadium baseball                                                            Interns and volunteers are needed and are
                                                                                                                           assigned to programs according to their
hard at work in Cabo. Af-         diamonds, one in Cabo and         They could do more with your help                    qualifications and interests. They also need
fluent do-gooders turn up in      one in San Jose, both of them                                                         assistance in the development of workshops,
these parts of Baja with a        are regulation-size. Not a       ties for the girls, or uniforms,                     conferences and training seminars. For more
new cause, year after year,       problem for Nedelisky, but       or clean bleachers, or con-                        information go to www.centromujeresmexico.org
                                                                                                                        Or drop in at Márquez de León St. #4 80-B, La
in an effort to give back—        a big problem for local kids.    tinuity: while the municipal-                                      Paz (612) 122-3570
especially once they get a        The field’s too big.             ity has been very coopera-
whiff of the abject poverty           And since Nedelisky’s        tive about lending Nedelisky
many of the locals are living     dream was to start a little      the field’s use, if another        Nedelisky sees— but he’s          and become a family-friendly
in out in the barrios. Want       league tradition in Cabo, the    event is booked, the Satur-        already carted away 40            center of action. He thinks
to cook, clean, donate            first and most obvious road-     day practice gets called off.      truckloads of debris, and         the local government’s
clothes? Golf for charity?        block was having a venue to      Then on Tuesdays and               he’s enlisted local men from      piecemeal efforts toward
Attend dinners and con-           play ball in. The second was     Thursdays after school, he         a drug rehab program to help      building fields (e.g., putting
certs? There’s a charity in       the lack of a city program for   heads out to the Las Palmas        him sort through the piles and    lights up at the soccer field
town that’s got you covered.      such an idea. The municipal      barrio and gathers about 12        pick out what’s salvageable,      downtown) demonstrates a
   But in the case of Grip        government does support a        kids to practice on the soc-       recyclable or saleable.           growing interest at that level
International, executive di-      little league team— but it’s     cer fields at the end of the       Finisterra hotel manager          in the social good that sports
rector Mike Nedelisky isn’t       strictly all-star, which means   Lomas del Sol road. Those          Jose Garcia— one of               can do, bringing together
asking you to join him to tee     it’s pretty exclusive. The       12 kids have been playing          Nedelisky’s closest allies        families and teaching impor-
off. Actually, he’d really        players are hand-picked,         regularly for four months with     here— granted him use of          tant teamwork skills. Also,
rather you loan him a few         and there’s no counterpart       Mike, although they started        the lot for an indefinite pe-     he thinks that if he can get a
dump trucks. Or a back-           softball team for local girls.   out— quite literally— with         riod of time for the little       little league up and running,
hoe and a tractor. And if you         Right now, Nedelisky         nothing. No skills, no             league venture, and he’s de-      wealthier Mexican families
need a pile of metal or some      hasn’t let those barriers stop   knowledge of the game, and         termined to clear the field.      will be impressed by the




burning wood, you’re wel-         him from stepping up to the      in some cases, no shoes.           It’s just going to take a lot     instrinsic benefits of youth
come to it, if you can haul it    plate. On Saturdays, he runs     (He calls them the Bad             of work, some heavy equip-        sports and want to invest in
away. Nedelisky, who              a big clinic at the stadium in   News Bears.) Nedelisky             ment, and a few experts who       his project, too. Nedelisky
founded his non-profit            Cabo, where he gets about        makes an effort to bring wa-       can help him grade the land       takes time out of the game
501(c)3 in 2004 with his          50 kids (mostly from the Las     ter and food and, of course,       and put up a fence once the       to teach the kids little things.
wife Kathy, is just trying to     Palmas barrio) to hit the        equipment out when they            garbage is cleared out.           Like to pick up the litter they
play a little baseball. And       field. After some batting and    play.                                  Eventually, Nedelisky         routinely throw away or to
there’s a lot of garbage in the   fielding practice stations,          But, a few years into his      envisions a multi-purpose,        stop bullying other kids in
way.                              they form a few ragtag teams     ambitious efforts, he’s finally    indoor-outdoor stadium, to        between tips on swinging a
   A veteran baseball player      and play each other on the       got a field for the kids. The      host multiple sporting events     continued on page 55
himself (who attends semi-        giant field. But he’s always     only problem is, the field is
nars in the States to shore       losing players, especially the   an empty lot owned by
up his knowledge of the           girls’ softball players, be-     Finisterra Hotel that’s served
game), Nedelisky and his          cause the stadium isn’t the      as their impromptu dumping
wife have been visiting Cabo      most welcome environment.        ground. There are old air
for years. They recently          After a big event, there are     conditioners, refrigerators,
bought a casita here and live     broken beer bottles and gar-     an abandoned truck, piles of
here eight months a year. A       bage strewn in the bleach-       wood, and metal debris.
Cal Ripken devotee,               ers, which nobody cleans         Looking at the “field,” it’s
Nedelisky was horrified to        up. And there are no facili-     hard to envision what




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The Gringos Are Coming!                                                   Faced with the hardening
                                                                      of laws against illegal work-

The Gringos Are Coming!
                                                                      ers in the United States, an
                                                                      increasing number of Ameri-
                                                                      can farmers and agricultural
 And they’re here to farm, not to party,                              businessmen have taken their
what’s up with that?                                                  business overseas, increasingly
                                                                      to Mexico and specifically to
                                                 BY B.A.WARE          North and South Baja Cali-
                                                                      fornia.
    American farmers short on      equate crop management. An             For reasons that begin with
labor are moving their farms       acre of farmland here yields       a shortage of available farm
to Mexico where there is no        way less than an acre of farm-     labor in the U.S., countered
shortage of that commodity.        land in the United States. So      with abundant, willing and
Mexico has great soil and          the Mexican laborer goes up        able field workers that face no
great climate; if they only        the United States to toil in our   legal immigration issues in their
knew how to farm, they             soil, and in the process bur-      home country of origin, and          Baja California, farm workers      $50 million business growing
would be a big part of the         dens the social system with his    finally, the deal maker: labor       earn $120.00 pesos a day,          lettuce and broccoli in the
world’s bread basket, and          entire family.                     wages in Mexico that are 25%         roughly $11 US, and with few       fields of California, relying on
sure wouldn’t have to import           Idea! How about sending        of what they are in the North.       if any benefits and only mini-     the hands of immigrant work-
food as they do. They can’t        the farming know how down              In the U.S.A., specifically      mal taxes. The math and num-       ers, most of them Mexican
even raise enough corn to          here and keeping the local la-     in California, farm labor rates      bers are easy to do.               and many probably in the
make an adequate supply of         bor local, and in their own        are just at $6.20 US per hour            The Mexican Department         United States illegally.
tortillas, because of antiquated   country? That is finally what’s    or $49.60 US a day plus ben-         of Economics reported that             “I’m as American red-
farming methods and inad-          happening.                         efits and taxes. Meanwhile in        last year (2007), foreign in-      blood as it gets,” said Scaroni,
                                                                                                           vestment in agricultural activi-   “but I’m tired of fighting the
                                                                                                           ties within Mexico reached an      fight on the immigration issue.”
                                                                                                           historic level of $62.3 million.       Senator Dianne Feinstein,
                                                                                                           Since 2000 the numbers have        Democrat from California, dis-
                                                                                                           increased every year expo-         played a map on the Senate
                                                                                                           nentially.                         floor in July locating more than
                                                                                                               The U.S. Department of         46,000 acres that American
                                                                                                           Labor has reported that 53         growers were cultivating in
                                                                                                           percent of the 2.5 million farm    just two Mexican states,
                                                                                                           workers in the United States       Guanajuato and Baja Califor-
                                                                                                           are illegal immigrants; grow-      nia.
                                                                                                           ers and labor unions say as            “American farmers are
                                                                                                           much as 70 percent of              renting land in Mexico,” said
                                                                                                           younger field hands are illegal,   Feinstein. “They don’t want
                                                                                                           with the increased enforce-        us to know that.” Some law-
                                                                                                           ment of immigration at the         makers in the United States
                                                                                                           border and continued crack-        point to security risks when
                                                                                                           downs throughout the entire        food for Americans is increas-
                                                                                                           country, the availability of       ingly produced in foreign
                                                                                                           these workers increasingly is      countries.
                                                                                                           at risk.                               One of the drawbacks
                                                                                                               Major fines and the threat     however has been the price of
                                                                                                           of jail time for employers of      leasing farm land in Baja and
                                                                                                           illegal workers is the final       neighboring Sonora. Prices
                                                                                                           straw, so it’s off to Mexico for   are on the rise. This is affect-
                                                                                                           the more prudent farmers. 12       ing the profitability of compet-
                                                                                                           large American agribusinesses      ing Mexican farmers directly
                                                                                                           have operations in Mexico,         and hard.
                                                                                                           reporting a total of 11,000            Foreigners bringing mod-
                                                                                                           workers here.                      ern farming methods to
                                                                                                               Steve Scaroni, a farmer        Mexico are hurting the Mexi-
                                                                                                           from California, looked across     can farm owners as the Ameri-
                                                                                                           a luxuriant field of lettuce on    can run farms flood the area
                                                                                                           his leased farm operation in       with more and better food.
                                                                                                           Mexico and liked what he           This is causing the prices of
                                                                                                           saw: full-strength crews of        Mexican produce to decrease
                                                                                                           Mexican farm workers with          dramatically. Lettuce, cauli-
                                                                                                           no immigration problems.           flower, celery, and tomato
                                                                                                               A farmer since he was a        prices have decreased to the
                                                                                                           teenager, Scaroni, 50, built a     continued on page 59




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ins, as well as fire pits and
fire place inserts.
    Diarq Interior Design
stands ready to save you
from your own bad taste.
Hire them for a room, or for
the entire house, they can
show you examples of their
exquisite taste in their show-
room.




    Countercultures is the
place to go for very high end
unique sinks, tubs or faucets.
From Onyx, to copper to
gee, we don’t know what it
is, but it sure is impressive.
Many of their bathroom and
kitchen pieces are one of a
kind hand made. This is
worth a look see even if
you’re not in the market for
a solid copper horse trough.
Ok, it’s a bathtub. And it’s
pretty cool.
    So you don’t live down
here full time but you would
like some foliage growing in
your house, Bunky? Floral
Gallery has silk flower de-
signs, silk plants, and silk
trees that won’t freak out
when you leave them here
alone for the summer. They
always look fresh and add
a wonderful green to our
mostly brown interiors.
Many shapes, sizes, and
with silk flowers, many
bright colors to choose
from. They will also create
custom arrangements.
    Lifestyle Collections
has a large selection of
home furnishing accesso-
ries and designs. They
                                 carry the popular Hunter               Swing by the Remax         to 7 pm Monday through
                                 Douglas window cover-              office and buy one! Remax,     Saturday but individual
                                 ings, along with other lines,      that red white and blue bal-   store hours can vary.
                                 fabric designs, curtains,          loon company, that we’re       Check it out, it’s easy to get
                                 bedding and more.                  all so familiar with in the    to; right across the street
                                    A doctor’s office, Dr.          United States, is located at   from the Ford dealership
                                 Jose Fidel Cerda, a gen-           this mall. This is Evelyn      just before the Palmilla exit.
                                 eral medicine physician, is        Pepper’s franchise. She has    You won’t miss seeing the
                                 arriving soon. He’s already        moved her office here, and     lighthouse now that you
                                 signed the lease and is            she’s an old hand who’s        know what it is.
                                 banging together his office.       been living here and selling      With the Epicure Gour-
                                    What’s that, you don’t          real estate here for many      met specially food store
                                 have a house to fill with          years. She knows the ter-      right there, it makes a great
                                 pretty selections from El          ritory.                        lunch stop. Dine and stroll.
                                 Faro?                                  Mall hours are 10 am
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Let’s do a one stop and shop move at the Plaza El Faro, it’s got everything!
    There’s a new strip cen-    ants. Put another way, mer-     doesn’t have a theme and is
ter called Plaza El Faro, and   chants of a feather flock to-   not a cohesive mix of ten-
it’s right across the street    gether. It’s smart marketing    ants like this one.
from the Ford dealership in     because what might have             He stuck what looks like
San Jose. It’s only a few       been just another strip cen-    a smoke stack on top of this
months old and already          ter is now a fascinating        building and is calling it El
chock-a-block with inter-       shopping destination.           Faro. Spanish for the light
esting stores, possibly be-        Developer John Pentz         house, get it? It’s not a
cause of the symbiotic rela-    also brought us the Palmilla    chimney, you Philistine, it’s
tionship of the mix of ten-     strip center but that one       a light house! Pentz is cur-
                                                                rently building new strip
                                                                centers at Puerto Los Cabo
                                                                and Monument Beach.
                                                                    You can feast and frolic
                                                                at Plaza El Faro. You can
                                                                grab a sandwich at the very
                                                                upscale Epicure Gourmet
                                                                deli/fancy grocery store/
                                                                wine store where Sergio is
                                                                glad to fix up something
                                                                fresh and unique to you. He
                                                                has an interesting array of
                                                                gourmet foods and the
                                                                place smells yummy.
                                                                    If you’ve just bought a
                                                                new house or condo, Trea-
                                                                sures Furniture store,
                                                                which takes over the entire
                                                                second level, is your best
                                                                bet for upscale furniture like
                                                                you would see at home.
                                                                There’s nothing rustic or
                                                                Mexican here, the selection
                                                                is all well known and re-
                                                                spected American brands.
                                                                Their patio furniture depart-
                                                                ment is huge, and they can
                                                                order you anything from
                                                                their catalogs/wish books.
                                                                They have interior design-




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                                                                                                     Square One Gallery            we’ve ever seen. Bigger
                                                                                                 has a beautiful selection of      than huge. You pick the
                                                                                                 original paintings by local       gem, and they will make a
                                                                                                 artists and all are beautifully   beautiful presentation piece
                                                                                                 displayed. The interior de-       of it, their design or yours.
                                                                                                 sign of the gallery itself is     They also have a large and
                                                                                                 pretty nifty. We were im-         unique selection of ready
                                                                                                 pressed with the sculpted         made jewelry. How unique?
                                                                                                 rock wall.                        Well, huge gems is unique
                                                                                                     Gems Crystals has             to us.
                                                                                                 beautiful gems and crystals,          If you’re building a
                                                                                                                                   kitchen, or remodeling
                                                                                                                                   yours, Cocinas Quetzal is
                         Light house, not a chimney !                                                                              a don’t miss. Remember
                                                                                                                                   just a few years ago when
                                                                                                                                   our selections were limited?
                                                                                                                                   Was your kitchen built then
                                                                                                                                   and it’s just tooo local for
                                                                                                                                   you now? Update it here.
                                                                                                                                   They have model kitchens
                                                                                                                                   on display. They also have
                                                                                                                                   dressing rooms and enter-
                                                                                                                                   tainment centers. They are
                                                                                                                                   custom woodworkers.
                                                                                                                                       Baja Outdoor Living
                                                                                                                                   has a very large and unique
                                                                                                                                   selection of BarBQue’s
                                                                                                                                   along with the collateral
                                                                                                                                   goodies you need to BBQ,
                                                                                                                                   like meat flippers and BBQ
                                                                                                                                   sauce. They build custom
                                                                                                                                   grills, portables and built
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                                                                                                                                                                                    FOR TRADE 94 Radoncraft
 CLASSIFIEDS:                                                                      Here's how to do it!                                                                             22’Cortez w 05 Volvo Penta 5.7i En-
                                                                                                                                                                                    gine & Duo Prop Outdrve only 200
 DO NOT PHONE! We don't take dictation.                                                                                                                                             hrs. Runs grt 2 to 3 mpg. All new Top
 Mail it in —Better, cayse there’s less                                                                                                                                             of line Furuno & Icom Electrnics. 24
 chance for boo boos, unless your                                   1.                             2.                             3.                                                mile radar, chart plotter, 600W depth
                                                                                                                                                                                    sounder, fishng auto pilot, VHF’ Glass
 handwriting is so bad we can't read it.                            4.                             5.                             6.                                                Master Antenna. Boat runs excllent.
 Address is below.                                                                                                                                                                  Set up 4 offshore BAJA Fishng w/
 Walk it in - We've recently moved, so listen                       7.                             8.                             9.                                                ALL accessories inclding Giant insu-
                                                                                                                                                                                    lated Fish Holds w/ macerator pumps
 up. We’re on Leona Vicario Street, four                            10.                            11.                            12.                                               outs. Evn a built mist system & a
 blocks up. The street dead ends into the                                                                                                                                           Bimini top. 20 degree cooler on hot
 main drag kinda across from the mall. It’s                         13.                            14.                                                                              days. Special built Heavy Duty BAJA
                                                                                                                                  15.
 one way going the wrong way, but you can                                                                                                                                           ready, 2 AXLE Pacific Trailer w/ 4 disc
                                                                    16.                            17.                                                                              brake & new Good Year Marathon
 figure a workaround. If we're not there,                                                                                         18.
                                                                    20.                                                                                                             Radial Tires 2 spares & Tool Box. Fan-
 shove it under the door with a bunch of                                                           21.                            22.                                               tastic Boat and Trailer. Only sellng
 money. Trust us.                                                   23.                                                                                                             bcuz I bought a larger Radon. Call or
                                                                                                   24.                            25.                                               Email for more info. Steve / Sandra 624-
  total number of words                                             26.                            27.                            28.
                                                                                                                                                                                    141-0815 steve@craft-resources.com
                                                                                                                                                                                    310-937-3744
  Times .80¢ a word                                      x .80
                                                                          Businesses send one dollar a word. Sorry, we're trying to keep                                            DOWNTOWN LA PAZ, 2 blocks

  Total amount owed                                                                   this as a service for private parties                                                         from malecon. For Sale business - not
                                                                                                                                                                                    real estate - ideal for café, bar, night-
                                                                                                                                                                                    club or restaurant. Inside and outside
                             .O.
                            P Box 13168 Palm Desert CA 92255                                                                                                                        bar, restrooms, storage, sound equip-
                                                                                                                                                                                    ment. Total 2690 sq ft. Asking $47
CABO BEACHFRONT STUDIO                       FOR RENT 2BR/2Bath condo at La              IMAGINE THIS: For Sale,Right                   DOWNTOWN STUDIO FOR                         000 USD. cel 612 168 1924 / mail:
for rent. 2 balconies. Best location in      Jolla Resort, full Kitchen, pool, vonage    Now. 3 Story house overlooking the             RENT. Furnished, Sky, Wireless              jc@basse-californie.org (18)
Pueblo Bonito Blanco. Xmas or New            telephone, high speed internet, washer/     New Porto Los Cabos Marina just                internet. 24hrs. Security, Air Condi-       RENTALSAVAILABLE NOW!! Call
Year’s week. $1,200 624-108 2095             dryer, A/C, fully furnished. $1700/         outside of San Jose. 1st Story is a care       tioner, No pets, At the Marina, Start-      for information 145-8073 and 624
(#37)                                        month. 142-6245 or cell (624) 147-          takers unit,. 2nd Story is a secure            ing From 650 USD Call Lulu at Cel.          113-3959 Cabo and San Jose. Many
CHRISTIAN WORSHIP In English                 0326. (tf)                                  storage.,3rd Story is a house with a big       624 141 6523                                to choose from. Tell us what you want,
(La Paz) Crossroads Christian Fellow-        RENT DIRECT FROM OWNER                      party porch and a view of the Sea Of           FOR SALE ONE BEDROOM                        we will find it! RENTnCABO cell 624
ship. Sharing the living water of Jesus      Short term vacation rentals.                Cortez and the new Harbor. Follow              CONDO! In Coromuel, Like new.               113-3959, 145-8073,624 147-7266
with thristy people. 3124 Abosolo be-        www.caboluxurypenthouses.com (tf)           the stairs to the flat roof and a 360          Built in BBQ deck, all new appliances,      SPECTACULAR VIEW, sale home
tween Sonora and Sinaloa. (Up the al-                                                    degree view. $600,000. call Mike in            new furniture. Pool, gated Asking           top of the hill, 3 b 3 b El Tule. Views
                                             FOR RENT: 3BR/3BA Mediteranean              Cal. 805 235 7955. (19)
ley under the Crossroads sign) Con-          $1800/month, 3BR/3BA Medite-                                                               $79,000 to sell fast. Make an offer,        from every room. Best location in de-
tact Joyce and David Reed 12-25436.          ranean (Double Lot) $2500/month,            NEW HOUSE FOR SALE BY                          Nice upgrades and kitchen cabinets.         velopment, double lot, ocean view
www.crossroadslapaz.org (tf)                 3BR/3BA Las Palmas $2100/month,             OWNER. A beautiful new 3 bedroom               Huge back up water supply! 624 145-         unobstructable! Very private and very
FOR SALE PLAYA GRANDE. The                   & 2BR/2BA Mykonos $3000/month.              3 bath house with huge games room              8073, 624 113-3959.                         special 1800 sq. ft.. You must see this
“Ridge” Penthouse. Red weeks 6 & 7.          142-6244 or Cell: 355-3463 (tf)             that easily converts to a 4th bed 4th          38’ FIFTH WHEEL – 1995 ALFA                 one before you buy. $370,000. Lots
New private setting at Playa Grande                                                      bath. Located at Vista Bahia (Just be-         GOLD LUXURY MODEL – Every                   of amenities, Car parking for 3 cars
                                             SCREEN DOOR AND WINDOW                      low Rancho Paraiso) and less than a 5                                                      plus a bodega. Owner wants to sell
resort. Incomparable vistas from the         repair. Free pick-up and delivery. Jerry                                                   option imaginable! It’s been under
infinity pool of Pacific Ocean, Sea of                                                   minute drive from Downtown Cabo.               cover in Cabo since 1996, and was used      fast. Make offer/ see it and you won’t
                                             624 148 9479 (19)                           House is 3600 sq ft total with 2400 sq                                                     believe it! 145-8073 624 113-3959
Cortez and city coastline. If you are a                                                                                                 only 4 - 6 weeks per year. It’s in per-
discerning buyer and want a stellar first    2002 YAMAHA SPORT BOAT. 19’                 ft air-conditioned. House is 3 levels          fect condition for any quality-oriented     LARGE PARCEL 1 1/2 ACRE with
class setting, this is it. Call John (USA)   Fiberglass Hull W/Twin 135hp.               including a beautiful unobstructed 360         buyer. Original cost over $70k! Now         rare water contract on Ocean side of
612-961-8893 (tf)                            (270hp). Model LX2000, Jet Thrust,          degree roof top view of Cabo and the           $26k. Call Donnie at (602) 315-3155.        Cabo Corridor for a home or many
                                             Capacity (#7).                              Sea of Cortez plus a nice back yard                                                        Developer homes. $550,000 OBO,
BEAUTIFUL NEW VILLA FOR                                                                  that is currently set up as a gym and          LARIBERA 8 COMMERCIAL/
SALE. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Great arch        2002 YAMAHA SPORT BOAT. 19’                                                                RESIDENTIAL LOTS on Coast Rd.               motivated make an offer - cell 624-
                                                                                         play area. Common area pool, 2 cov-                                                        355-2371.. 145-8241
view in Casa Mexicana. Gated com-            Fiberglass Hull W/Twin 135hp.                                                              next to future Cabo Rivera Marina. &
                                             (270hp). Model LX2000, Jet Thrust,          ered parking stalls and a real quiet pro-
munity 624 141 6616 (tf)                                                                 fessional residential development.             Golf perfect Boutique, Hotel, Condo         RANCHO PARAISO LOT - 1/3 acre,
                                             Capacity (7). Custom Yamaha trailer,                                                       Project. Utilities available -970-524-      C row, largest & best view on high lot.
SOLAR sales &service. Phone 14                                                           House has numerous features, to many
                                             all accessories. 1 year in water, 5 years                                                  8488 info@loscabosland.com (20)             Cul du sac with villa plans w/4 car
25000 (tf)                                   storage. Excellent condition, imported,     to list here. Asking Price is $369,000.00
                                                                                         US and there is a furnishing package           OCEANFRONT GATED Light-                     garage $350,000, Largest lot on block,
CALL FROM YOUR COMPUTER.                     $15K. “Like a rocket on water.” 143-                                                                                                   great price! Sec. gated. 624 113-3959,
US and Canada just 2.9 cents per                                                         available. Contact me at my Cabo cell          house Pointe Estates, Eastcapes Fin-
                                             3733 (tf)                                                                                                                              714 442-0587
minute.        www.MexicoPc2                                                             044        624     122        0518     or      est Beachfront. Two 1/2 acre lots.
                                             LOOKING FOR SMALL BUSI-                     mexicomate@hotmail.com (#17)                   $795K. 2nd Row Cul-de-sac $125K             BILINGUAL MARRIED COUPLE
phone.com (tf)                               NESS in San Jose del Cabo??? 12 years
                                                                                         RESTAURANT BAR FOR SALE.                       Utilities, minutes to Cabo Rivera Ma-       available immediately for property
WANTED COMMISSION SALES                      ago I started a Laundromat that is now                                                     rina, Golf, Punta Colorado Fishing          management. Very dependable and ex-
person. English & Spanish required.                                                      Great historic downtown Cabo loca-
                                             the oldest, most successful laundromat                                                     Resort & Restaurant. 970-524-8488           perienced. Have local contacts for em-
Beauty products to spas, hotels. Call                                                    tion. Large, 6,000 sq. ft. on two levels.
                                             in San Jose. I am moving to Canada                                                         info@loscabosland.com (20)                  ployees and contractors. (624) 133-
143-3272 (tf)                                                                            Street level has 3,000 sq. ft. Established,
                                             and now offer my laundromat for sale                                                                                                   2163
                                                                                         and growing clientele for remodeled            BEACHFRONT CONDO and
1999 FORD CONTOUR SE, im-                    call: 604-922-2409 in Vancouver (tf)
                                                                                         and fully furnished restaurant and bar.        beachfront lot for sale Must sell           FOR SALE 27’ MOTORHOME.
ported, one owner, just arrived from         PEDREGAL LOT with Pacific Ocean             Upstairs has additional 3,000 sq. ft.          quickly., All offers considered.            (Class A). Excellent condition, very low
San Diego, 75,000 miles, excellent mo-       and Marina views. 1694 square               Ready for Sports Bar addition. Great           magiccoast@cox.net 949-212-5369             miles. $10,000 USD. May consider
tor, shocks, brakes, new tires, etc. You     meters, large and ready to build on!        opportunity, serious inquiries only.                                                       trade (624) 127 8970
have to drive it! $4,800 USD. Contact        Full amenities and utilities. Priced be-                                                   PUPPY PUGS FOR SALE. Male
                                                                                         Call Cell 624-14-37077 (tf)                    $550.00 USD, Female $500.00 USD.
John: 044 624 117 6225 (tf)                  low market value for quick sale.                                                                                                       SAN BERNABE CHARMER! A
                                                                                         FOR RENT 2 BED 2 BATH fur-                     Both $1,000.00 USD. Vaccines. 3             quaint furnished 2 bedroom, 1 bath
GOT CABO? www.gotcabo.com (tf)               $756,400 US. Contact Russ at (310)
                                                                                         nished. Washer / Dryer. Clean, quiet,          month old. Great companion, super           home 8 mins from the San Jose airport
                                             795-7740 or salmonruss@adelphia.net
POPULAR HEALTH FOOD store                                                                gated, near town 4 blocks. $850.00             smart. Tim 624 147 9127                     on a fully landscaped large walled back
                                             (18)
in busy complex for sale. Please call                                                    Dlls. 143-4142 (#17)                           99 4X4 SUBURBAN runs great,88k              yard. Very private in quiet neighbor-
044-624-137-8378 (tf)                        THE BEST SPANISH SCHOOL in                                                                                                             hood. Parking for two plus cars. Roof
                                                                                         LONG TERM 6-12 months rental                   mi., cloth seats, CD, A/C dual, no dents,
                                             Baja. Learn EZ Spanish. Speak in only                                                                                                  top deck, two covered terraces, and
EAST CAPE 65 ACRES for sale.                                                             opportunity in upscale oceanfront Las          AZ plates, $8900 624 113-3959
                                             a few weeks. Guaranteed. Small classes                                                                                                 giant lawn area on a computerized
Cabo Pulmo marine park area. Clear                                                       Mananitas Resort (SJD) 4 pools, ten-           1967 EL CAMINO great condition!
                                             or private lessons. CSL or San Jose.                                                                                                   watering system. In the Colonia of San
title and water. Perfect for boutique                                                    nis, fitness center, 24/7 security             Rebuilt Engine, new paint, low miles,
                                             Call The California Conexion 624-108-                                                                                                  Bernabe, on a corner lot in front of the
hotel and villas. Beautiful white sand                                                   torlon@comcast.net (239) 542-6925              Coy rims 16,000. Will send pics to
                                             2095             www.thecalifornia                                                                                                     huge sports field. All city utilities! 3
beach. Will consider joint venture.                                                      (#19)                                          interested buyers (562) 458-5826
                                             conexion.blogspot.com or email                                                                                                         blocks off main Hwy. Priced to rent at
robsaur@yahoo.com 714-713-1008               thecaliforniaconexion@hotmail.com           LUXURY PEDREGAL PENT-
(tf)                                                                                                                                    FOR RENT beautiful furnished home           $800/mo plus 1 mo. security deposit.
                                             (tf)                                        HOUSE. Brand new, for rent by the              next to Cotsco ocean/pool view dish +       Please send all inquiries to
BAR FOR SALE. Seats 50. VIP sec-                                                         day or by the week. Truly spectacular          phone long term $1,600/month gracie         Carolina@cabofurniturehome.com or
                                             GOT BEACHOUSE? Got time-
tion, Sound, lighting, fully equipped.                                                   270-degree ocean views, full kitchen,          713-320-2010                                call 044 624 147 0277 (#18)
                                             share? Still working for someone else?
Discreet location on Marina Blvd. Li-                                                    marble bath, A/C, Sat TV, free LD tel,
                                             Are you making 20K-30K a month?                                                            EAUTIFUL BLOND MALE and fe-                 VERY SUCCESSFUL SURF SHOP
cense and Liquor license to open from                                                    Wi-Fy, hot tub, teak decks. Tel 14-
                                             Tap into the enormous cash market                                                          male mini-toy Chihuahua puppy for           In Cabo San Lucas downtown for sale.
8am to 4am included. Serious inquiries                                                   34092 with Gaby (#17)
                                             that feeds Cabo. Generate an incred-                                                       sale. $450 U.S. Information                 More information, 624 117 5693
only: Cell 6241747941(tf)                    ible 6 figure income from the comfort       FOR RENT 2BDRM APART-                          6241175693                                  BEAUTIFUL VILLA FOR RENT in
WAHOO RV CENTER. Trailer sup-                of your hammock! Dreams do come             MENT, uptown Cabo, Garage, en-
ply and parts. Gas fridges new, rebuilt      true. Don’t believe it, don’t call. 1 800   closed back yard, alarm system, fur-           FOR SALE ALEGRANZA PH-                      Cabo Bello, Furnished, A/C $1000 U.S.
and service. SJDC (624) 142-3792             486-9964 (17)                               nished. 624-114-2233 (#17)                     RESIDENCE : 3BD/3BTH 3.160                  Information 6241175693
1wahoorv@prodigy.net.mx (23)                                                                                                            SQ.FT . In San Jose mewest &                FOR RENT BY WEEK, MONTH.
                                             RENTING 2 or 3 BEDROOM. Cabo                NISSAN XTERRA 2005 Brand new                   finest development.     Amazing
HOUSE FOR SALE IN LA PAZ. 2                  Bello. In tip-top condition so bring ref-   condition 20,000 miles Anto $                                                              Two bedroom, 2 Bath condo in corri-
                                                                                                                                        views. $920.000USD. 624 129 7872            dor, with pool, laundry room, dish-
floor, studio, 3 bedrooms, 3 bath. Mag-      erence to match. No pets, no kids, 2        16,500 624 17 79858                            javiernoguera@nogasa.con #18
nificent location, quiet neighborhood.       adults max. Furnished. $1450. + secu-                                                                                                  washer, jacuzzi in master bath, Dish
                                                                                         $150K NICE FURNISHED Turnkey                   UNIQUE BUSINESS OPPORTU-                    TV, Stereo, phone, wireless internet,
$160,000 USD. Phone 624 14 69394             rity $1500. 624 156-2425 (tf)               home. 2 Bedr, 2.5 Ba. Large patio. Cabo
email: vdmargarita2000@ hotmail.com                                                                                                     NITY, Part/ Full Time, Work from            Gas BBQ. Call 624-157-5606
                                             FOR RENT 3BDRM, 2.5 BATH fur-               Miramar 044-624-117-2036. (#18)                home, Huge income potential 624 7115,
(tf)                                         nished, Gated in El Tezal, all paved                                                                                                   BEACH FRONT LIVING 2 Bed, 2
                                                                                         LONG TERM RENTAL Brisas del                    760            494             0667,        Bath, Pool, Jacuzzi, Gym $1,500.00
2000 FORD F-150 XLT Sport 4x4,               streets. W/D, telephone/internet,           Pacifico, C.S.L., No Pets, Furnished,          nelsonguyer@hotmail.com
red with matching red camper shell.          pocket doors from living room to up-                                                                                                   + deposit E’mail blp82@aol.com
                                                                                         2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom condo, great             $100,000 MXN CHEVY Malibu
127,000 Km., imported from Canada            per deck, adjacent to pool and com-         Location, View, References Maria 624-
last year. $14,500 USD. 624-144-4169         munity patio, 2 car parking. 624-114-       108-7608
                                                                                                                                        2005. Excellent, National. 044-624-
                                                                                                                                        117-2036. (#18)
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from 9am to 5 pm (tf)                        2233 (#17)
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                                                                                                       from page 57                  Yes, You Can Get A
    More Classifieds                                                                                                                 Home Inspection Here
                                                                                                                                        And don’t let a broker tell you otherwise,
STUNNING MARINA VIEW Lot for                 CABO SAN LUCAS MEXICO for                   WE RENT YOUR PROPERTY! We                   it’s important to you
rent available short or long term 1800/      sale Rodeo Sportsfishing corporation.       need listings, qualified renters waiting.
Mo. Contact 624 138 8125                     With license & 6 bedroom house and          Rent N Cabo 145-8073 cell 624 113-                                                              BY BILL DING
                                             commercial fishing charter permit.          3959
I CONSTRUCT OUTDOOR                          $85,000.00. Call the US (213) 321
KITCHENS In stock. Stainless steel           7177                                        PESCADERO RANCH SALE 32                          Building inspectors are de      your houses, your obras,” he
doors, drawers, cabinets, side burners                                                   acres, electric, water wells, fenced,       rigeur in the United States.         said.
& BBQ Best Prices 104 9275                   ENGLISH SPEAKING US COL-                    palm tree income, 2 houses and ga-          How many Gringos would                   What’s more, buyers here,
                                             LEGE graduate seeking employment.           rages. American owned and complete          consider buying a home with-         more so than in the U.S.,
FOR SALE BEAUTIFUL LOT In                    Experience in the following areas: fi-      drip system. cell 624 113-3959
Rancho Paraiso 1289 sq. mts.                 nancial management, administration,                                                     out one north of the border?         seem to get appraisals mixed
$330,000.00 Dlls Call Cell 624 137-          and accounting. Also, highly experi-        REDUCED PUERTA DE HIERRO,                   No, you would not, nor would         up with property inspections,
2528                                         enced in construction and project man-      2 story, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, plus maids      your lending institution allow       at least in Rodriguez’ experi-
                                                                                         room, bath & office, reduced to
CABO STUDIO FOR RENT Very                    agement with strong connections with
                                                                                         $330,000/ offer. 2 car garage, ocean &
                                                                                                                                     it, but until recently, those same   ence. They are distinctly not
private compound with swimming               family builders / contractor in Palmilla.                                               Gringos happily put one, two         the same thing.
                                             Talented and dependable. (624) 127-         arch view, 3 pools, gated, , 145-8073 -
pool located near Sorianas Beautiful
                                             8970                                        624 113-3959, 624 157-4151                  or 12 million bucks into a               A home inspection is not a
Garden Huge English Library setting                                                                                                  house down here with nary an         real estate appraisal. An in-
$400.00 per Month Cell 624 108 2095,         FOR SALE 1982 JEEP CJ-7. New                DUPLEX FOR LIVING & RENTAL
from US 909-266-1413                                                                     income for sale - great views 2 story       inspector in sight.                  spector doesn’t pass, fail or
                                             tires and top. Air conditioning. Runs
                                             and looks great. Cabo (624) 145-8285,       $330,000 2 bedroom 2 bath each with              Some transplanted li-           give a monetary value to the
2 BEDROOMS, 2 BAT, APT For                                                               garages. No agents please...624 355-        censed property inspectors           home: he merely examines it,
rent Cabo Bello Long Term, Just steps        US (760) 360-2963 (#18)
from beach! $1150/Mo Contact
                                                                                         2371 145-8241                               from the U.S. are starting to        as a third party, to assess its
                                             VENTANA’S HOME FOR SALE!                                                                change that process, and it’s        condition. He examines
(624)138 8125                                only $300,000. 624 113-3959                 RENTALSA       VAILABLE NOW: 2 BR,
                                                                                         1BA furn.,$800.00/mo.,Marina Cabo           about time. Vegas inspector          plumbing, the roof, the air-
BEAUTIFUL VIEW HOUSE, 3Br/                   NEW CONDO 3B 3B POOL 1800                   Plaza $900, 3 BR, 2 BA + office and         Sam Rodriguez, MLS mem-              conditioning system, structural
3Ba, at Vista Bahia, above Costco,           sq ft. Beautiful cabinetry thru out!        views $1500 new home, , 3 BR Vista
Furnished, 1900 sq. ft. A/C living
                                                                                                                                     ber, relocated to Los Cabos          quality, electrical wiring, and
                                             Gated, Just reduced $310,000 to             Real $1700 furn gated, pool, Lg. 3 BR       four years ago to try to break       checks for items that require
space. Rooftop view of city /bay/Arch.       $240,000 Act quick on this bargain!         2-story, huge kitchen, nice home with
$1900 per month + HOA, $1000 de-             Rd to Rancho Parisio, 624 113-3959          garage, views $2300, pool, El Tezal;        into what he calls the “old re-      extensive repair, general main-
posit. No smoking/Pets. Apply at                                                         LaJolla ocean front condo 2 b 2 b $1700     gime” of brokers and agents,         tenance issues, and fire and
jamesooimd@yahoo.com                         FOR SALE VIEW HOME, Fixer                   mo., LaJolla 2 condos, ea 2 bedroom         who eyed his desire to add           safety issues. (Or, in
                                             upper, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 car ga-         on the hill, $1,000, Pedregal homes for
FOR RENT IN BRISAS DEL                       rage, fantastic bay and arch views. On
                                                                                                                                     property inspection to the           Rodriguez’ words, “An in-
PACIFICO area - Two Bedroom 2 1/                                                         rent,Villa serena home for rent. New        buyer’s to do list with suspi-       spection starts on the founda-
                                             ocean side, Cabo Corridor. Pool,            home in Cabo Bello large executive
2 Bath with large rooms. $1,000 per          Jacuzzi, Gym and beach, security gate,      home furn. 3b3b pool, Call for prices       cion, worrying it could be a         tion and ends on the roof.”)
month. Call 624-157-5606                     No agents please. $299,000 OBO.                                                         deal breaker for the buyers.             A real estate appraiser, on
                                                                                         and email list of more homes for rent.
BEAUTIFUL COMPOUND FOR                       Also large 800 m2 lots for sale $28,000     RENT N CABO 145-8073, cell 624                   “It was hard at first to        the other hand, merely puts a
                                             and $30,0000 ea. 624 355-2371-145-          113-3959 or 624 147-7266.
RENT, House, studio, apartment, En-
                                             8241
                                                                                                                                     break into the regime of the         value on a home. In Mexico,
glish library, pool, gardens, near Soriana                                                                                           brokers here, but eventually,        appraisers are not required to
in Cabo San Lucas $1,800.00 per                                                          SALE            42'        UNIFLITE
month. Tranquil. Animals OK, Cell 044
                                             NEED RENTALS - RENTnCABO,                   SPORTFISHER 1/2 ownership,                  they saw that I wasn’t hurting       undergo any formal licensing
                                             Long term or short term vacation rent-      XLT cond, re powered 2-540 HP               the deal, I was helping it,” he      or education, although the use
624 108 2095, in US 909-266-1413             als. Good tenants waiting. Cell 624         turbo diesels goes fast, 2 gens, fighting   said. “Just because a house          of an appraiser is usually nec-
BEAUTIFUL OCEANFRONT Bed-                    113-3959, 145-8073                          chair, tubes, 2 A/C’s, A/P, GPS, FF,
                                                                                         Radar, large cockpit, water maker, low
                                                                                                                                     costs three or four million dol-     essary for title transfer of real
room condo for rent short or long term       AIRPLANE HANGAR FOR SALE
$2500/Mo Terrasol contact 624 138                                                        slip rent, upgrades, very clean! $75,000,   lars doesn’t mean everything         estate and for determining the
                                             $299,000 or 1/2 partnership $150,000
8125                                         in 6,000 sq ft New hangar at the Cabo
                                                                                         Only Use once a month, Great for the        works. The bottom line is, the       real value of property for tax
                                             airport 7,000 ft runway, insulated, of-
                                                                                         tournaments! 624-145-8073, c 624-           seller usually knows what            purposes. Many appraisers
                                             fice, 2 baths . 624 355-2371 624 113-       355-2371                                    doesn’t work, but they’ll keep       these days are affiliated with
                                             3959                                                                                    their mouths shut because            Mexican banking institutions.
                                                                                                                                     they don’t want to put out the           Although it was hard for
                                                                                                                                     extra money to fix it even           Rodriguez to convince real
                                                                                                                                     though they’re clearing prob-        estate agents here (many of
                                                                                                                                     ably two million dollars on the      whom are crossing over from
                                                                                                                                     deal.” And no, there are no          the timeshare business, rather
                                                                                                                                     strong disclosure laws like          than being formally trained in
                                                                                                                                     there are in the United States.      the States) that his services
                                                                                                                                     There, if you fail to disclose       were an aid to their deals, not
                                                                                                                                     something in the house you           a deal killer, he has made
                                                                                                                                     know to be defective, you are        headway. For anywhere from
                                                                                                                                     setting yourself up for a law        $350 to $700, depending on
                                                                                                                                     suit, but not here, it’s a game      the home or condo size (and
                                                                                                                                     of hide and seek.                    caculuate an extra $150 for a
                                                                                                                                          Rodriguez warns buyers          pool inspection), Rodriguez
                                                                                                                                     about architects and engineers       can get in and out and present
                                                                                                                                     in Baja who claim that they          his report to the buyer before
                                                                                                                                     inspect their own work.              closing— which means that
                                                                                                                                     “Partner, I’ve seen some of          continued on page 57




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Tibetan Monks Are
Coming To Cabo
  Five of them, as part of the 10th World
Peace Tour
                                                 BY MEL LOWE

    Monks from the Gashar          stage the organizers are look-
Tawon Khang Tsen monas-            ing for volunteers to help with
tery have come to Mexico to        the scheduled activities, and
participate in the 10th World      sponsors for the monks’ stay
Peace Tour.                        and promotional materials
    This tour is presented by      like posters and flyers. The
the Religion and Culture Bu-       10th World Peace Tour will
reau, the Dalai Lama, and the      visit Cabo as part of the Liv-
international coordination of      ing the Green Life series and
INKARRI Multicultural As-          it’s being organized by
sociation. As part of this tour    Claudia Velo of Indigo
five Tibetan Monks will visit      Consultores and Pro-
Los Cabos from June 7 until        Media’s Sabrina Lear. For         something.”                    by the NEO Foundation in         out and pick through the
the 21st, offering various         more details contact Claudia         If you’re interested in     Portland.                        piles, lend him a dump
Buddhist ceremonies, bless-        Velo at (624) 355-4241 or         helping Nedelisky get a           And while the 501(c)3         truck, haul away some
ings, conferences and chant-       email monks@indigo                regular little league game     can provide U.S tax receipts     burning wood, or help him
ing and dance presentations.       consultores.com.                  going, you can contact him     for financial donations or       grade the field when it’s time
    Although this tour is pro-                                       and     his      wife     at   equipment, what Nedelisky        to do so, any help you can
moting world peace, through                                          info@gripinternational.org.    needs in the short term is       provide is appreciated.
                                   GARBAGE...                        Grip International is a non-   help clearing that field.        Grip International also
their work the monks also          continued from page 48
help those who attend the                                            denominational faith-based     Whether you want to come         needs volunteers.
various events in finding ways     bat. He’s a staunch believer      non-profit, but it operates
to achieve inner peace. Inner      that the habits of the barrio     independently with an advi-
peace is Buddhist monks’           kids aren’t cultural, they’re     sory board. They are
specialty.                         learned, and they just need       closely associated with




    This tour promotes the         to be unlearned. Preferably       Cabo’s English church and
joining of cultures that appear    on the field.                     Eastside Foursquare, which
to be completely different,            At      heart,     Mike       is based in Portland, the
such as our Mexican and            Nedelisky is a realist. “I        Nedeliskys’ hometown.                This is the garbage left after Mike Nedelisky carted
American cultures, with an-        know I can’t solve all of         Their finances are overseen                        away 40 loads of debris.
cestral Tibetan Buddhist tra-      these kids’ problems, and I
ditions so that we can all un-     know not all kids want to
derstand that regardless of        play baseball,” he said,
our social, cultural, ethnic,      standing in the midst of the
and spiritual differences we all   debris on his future baseball
share the same essence and         field, tapping a recently-do-
we can all work together to        nated bat against his hand
promote inner peace and            thoughtfully. “But I hope this
most importantly world             helps, and helps them be-
peace.                             come better men and
    In this initial promotional    women, if I can teach them




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                                  they’re not making any more       American style grain fed and
                                  oceanfront property? It’s a       aged beef down here, but
                                  great view.                       now it’s only rare. This is one
                                      The palapa roofed res-        of those places. (The other
     The restaurant at La         taurant is on is part of the La   place in San Jose is the
Playita has been around for       Playita Hotel property, and       Bodega on the down street).
a long time, waxing and wan-      owned by the same Califor-            As our host TJ points
ing (whatever that means)         nian, George Armstrong,           out, the menu has something
with the lessees who have         who built the 38 room hotel.      for everyone, with pasta,
come and gone. Right now,         He sold it once, but it came      beef, chicken, seafood, and
it’s waxing. (We think wax-       back on him through a bitter      some Mexican selections. If
ing is the upswing part.) The     court fight that’s way too        you call fajitas Mexican.
little restaurant with the long   complicated for us to figure      They are actually a Tex Mex
history is on a roll and call-    out. The elderly Armstrong        invention. But there are
ing itself Tommy’s Barefoot       outlasted the even more eld-      chiles rellenos and enchila-
Cantina.                          erly Richard Horton, who          das to be had if you simply
     The open air ocean front     passed away. Armstrong            can’t get enough Mexican
restaurant used to look out       and his girlfriend are now        food around here.
onto a dirt field that served     back operating the hotel,             Appetizers include such
as both a cow pasture and         which is a tad run down.          goodies as crab cakes for
the town soccer field, but            But TJ, who used to own       $7.50, chicken wings,
that patch of dirt had been       the Viejo Gringo in La            cheese sticks with mariana
dredged out and the new           Playita, and his son Scott        sauce, and tortilla soup.
Puerto Los Cabos marina is        have taken over the restau-       Salad selection is a little nar-
now right in front of the         rant and cleaned it up,           row, with Ceaser, and a
Barefoot Cantina. Who says        painted it up, and infused it     green salad, both for six
                                  with lively dance bands, din-     bucks.
                                  ner music, and great food.            There was a guitar player
                                      They serve everything         there strumming us some nice
                                  from the obligatory cheese-       easy listening music as we
                                  burger in paradise for $7.50      ate on a Sunday night, and
                                  (with fries) to the filet mi-     TJ tells us he has live music
                                  gnon/lobster combo for            always on weekends, some-
                                  $32. I ordered the fried pork     times dance music. Yes, there
                                  chops and I got four good         is a large dance floor.
                                  sized chops, a choice of gar-         This is a great place to
                                  lic mashed potatoes or            visit in the afternoon, be-
                                  baked potato, plus veggies        cause that’s when the fleet
                                  for $13. It was all very, very    returns from a day of fish-
                                  good.                             ing. The action goes down
                                      My friend ordered the 20      right in front of the restau-
                                  oz. rib eye for $20 and found     rant, and it’s fun to watch.
                                  it delicious. It used to be       Used to be, the pangas
                                  very rare to find good            would just be pulled up on




                                                                                                       the beach for the night and         road, picking up the signs to
                                                                                                       the fish would be cleaned           the marina. If you haven’t
                                                                                                       under a couple of palapas           been out there for a while,
                                                                                                       set up just for that. But the       you’re in for a surprise, as
                                                                                                       panga fishermens’ beach             the marina is looking pretty
                                                                                                       was destroyed in building the       good these days. Pretty
                                                                                                       marina, so the Puerto Los           empty, but pretty good.
                                                                                                       Cabos folks built the guys a        Nope, no gas, and the rates
                                                                                                       little small craft marina off to    aren’t a whole lot better than
                                                                                                       the side of the main marina,        what the marina bandits in
                                                                                                       so now they tie their boats         Cabo are charging, but it
                                                                                                       up to the docks in style.           looks nice.
                                                                                                       They still clean their fish right       Back to waxing and wan-
                                                                                                       there, under fancier palapas.       ing. Before we get swamped
                                                                                                       You can line up with the            with cards and letters, we
                                                                                                       pushy pelicans to beg fresh         thought we better look that
                                                                                                       fish from the guys as they’re       up. Seems it pertains to the
                                                                                                       cleaning. Unlike the pelicans,      phases of the moon. A wax-
                                                                                                       you better show up with             ing moon means the moon is
                                                                                                       some pesos and a plastic            in a growing stage, appear-
                                                                                                       bag.                                ing to get bigger each night,
                                                                                                            To get to La Playita, turn     and a waning moon means a
                                                                                                       north at the glorieta (traffic      full moon is on its way to be-
                                                                                                       circle) on the main drag in         coming a no moon. There
                                                                                                       downtown San Jose. Hold             you have it: A twofer. A res-
                                                                                                       your breath as you go past          taurant review and an as-
                                                                                                       the city sewage plant, and          tronomy lesson. And a
                                                                                                       drive about five minutes on         guided tour of La Playita. A
                                                                                                       a pretty rickety two lane           threefor.
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HOME INSPECTION...                 from him for referring him to
continued from page 54
any problems with the prop-
erty will be discovered and
dealt with before the buyer
and seller close. He says that
                                   the buyer. “I asked that agent,
                                   ‘How long have you been in
                                   Mexico?’” he said. “They re-
                                   plied, ’11 years.’ And I said,
                                   ‘Well, there’s your problem.’”
                                   When you calculate the
                                                                        This Week in Cabo
                                                                        Has anyone noticed the tourists
helps the agent, who other-        agent’s percentage take on a         get all the best beaches, in front
wise has an angry buyer            million dollar property com-         of the hotels, leaving the locals to
knocking on his door two           pared to the $600 or so dol-         camp on the rocks? They’re
weeks later about malfunc-         lars Rodriguez might net on a        getting pretty tired of it, and there
tioning air conditioners or bro-   single inspection, it’s pretty in-   is now an organization that is
ken fountains, but we all know     credible that an agent would         fighting it in the courts. By law,
that Realtors here are not re-     want to take a third of              all beaches in Mexico are public
sponsible for those flaws, so      Rodriguez’ pay.                      property and must remain open
                                                                        to everyone.


                                                                                                                           These kids are giving new meaning
                                                                                                                                    to the phrase “well-hung”
                                                                                                                                 after scoring big on a fishing
                                                                                                                                                  trip in Cabo.

                                                                                                                     An eighteen-wheeler turned over on the
                                                                                                                     highway to La Paz last week after not
                                                                                                                     heeding those pesky signs warning about
                                                                                                                     crossing livestock.



that’s not going to encourage          Rodriguez isn’t the only
them to use his services.          game in town these days. Jim         One of our reporters caught three
Rodriguez even re-checks the       Coulson and Wayne Owen               of these 40 lb. squid while
property after repairs are         are both offering home inspec-       fishing in Cabo. She made this
done.                              tions in the area, and earning       guy pose for the camera.
    His claims to take his ethi-   a positive reputation among
cal commitment to the job se-      buyers and agents. You can
riously, in spite of the kind of   reach Rodriguez through his
shady dealings that this area      business, Los Cabos Home
(and the real estate business      Inspection Services, at 122-
here) are known for. Once in       3346 or samrodriguez@
his four years— albeit only        prodigy.net.mx. Wayne                                                                With a 'do like this, we probably won't
once, and he believes it’s be-     Owen can be contacted at                                                             have this alienated kid around long, he's
cause he made such a com-          044-624-157-0178, and Jim                                                            bound to step into the path of something
motion that other agents got       Coulson can be reached by                                                                                       bigger than him.
wind of it and no one else         emailing jimcoulsoncontractor
dared try— did he have an          @yahoo.com or calling 105-                    Cabo’s finest get SWAT training.
agent asking for a kickback        9308.                                 Thirty of our own cops were trained for a
                                                                                 week in “close combat and urban
                                                                               operation” techniques at the police
                                                                          academy in San Jose. The guys worked
                                                                                        for 10 hours, five days.




                                                                                                                           Oh for joy! For joy! A real honest to
                                                                                                                        goodness car wash has come to La
                                                                                                                        Paz. Next stop, Cabo, we hope, and
                                                                                                                        then no more standing arounde
                                                                                                                        waiting several hours while the washie
                                                                                                                        washie boys grind the dirt into your
                                                                                                                        finish with a filthy damp rag




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Los Cabos Gets High                                              waste treatment plants.
                                                                 (Well, yes, we have no
                                                                                                                       PAID ADVERTISEMENT

                                                                                                      Solomon’s Landing Re-Born
Credit Mark From Fitch                                           debt, but we have pitiful in-
                                                                 frastructure, too.) Plus
                                                                 there’s the fact that most of
                                                                                                           If you liked the old one, and who didn’t?
                                                                                                               You’re really going to love it now
  Thanks to our booming tourist and real                         the economy is concen-
estate industry, we’re number 2 in Mexico                                                                  Solomon’s Landing has always been fun and as long as Brian
                                                                 trated in one industry, tour-        Solomon is in charge, you can count on consistently good food.
                                                                 ism. It’s always better to be        It’s a local hang that also gets its share of tourists because the
                                            BY LANCE LYDE        more diversified. But with           setting is so beautiful, right on the marina front.
                                                                 no water, and as geographi-               It’s wide open to the sea, but there are smudge pots to keep
   Fitch International Rat-      Mexico’s capital city,          cally isolated as we are, we         us toasty, and in the evenings he drops down a transparent plexi
ings, an internationally-rec-    Mexico City, the biggest        will never be a manufactur-          glass curtain to keep everyone cozy. So Solomon’s has the best
ognized financial consultant     one in the country. They got    ing or farming economy.              of both worlds: wide open to the marina, and still warm and
headquartered in New York        an AAA.                             Still, the favorable rating      cozy.
City, reported that Los              Municipal treasurer         reflects the impact that real             Further cozying things up, is the newly built BBQ pit. They
Cabos achieved very favor-       Rigoberto Arce said the rat-    estate’s having on the local         use real mesquite wood, which smells wonderful and oddly
able credit rating in the cur-   ings are based on positive      economy. The projected               enough really goes well with the smell of the sea and the sea-
rent five year period. We        solid revenue structure, a      budget for 2008 indicates            food. You feel like you’re enjoying a beach fire.
managed to rank number           high ratio of local revenues    that there’s no real negative             Brian makes his own special secret BBQ sauce, which he
two in Mexico, which is          to total revenues (provided     impact on our economy or             uses to marinate his specialty, New Orleans style baby back
pretty surprising. Well, it      by federal and state gov-       our real estate from the ex-         ribs. He will also BBQ any other cut of meat for you, and chicken,
surprised us.                    ernments), a high tax col-      pected U.S. recession—               too.
   Los Cabos hauled in rev-      lection rate, high growth in    yet, anyway. Historically,                Solomon’s uses only USDA choice meats and his rib eye
enues in excess of $100 mil-     tax collections, and tax col-   Los Cabos has always                 served with mashed Idaho Russet potatoes and garlic bread
lion U.S. dollars in 2007,       lection rights. Other crite-    maintained a low debt ra-            with fresh chopped garlic is to die for. And no beans and rice
thanks to growth in local        ria considered are low lev-     tio.                                 here, unless you want them, Solomon’s Landing serves your
business, which accounts         els of municipal government         A few more facts,                choice of fresh American style vegetables al dente.
for 78 percent of total mu-      debt, growing investment        thanks to Fitch: Los Cabos                We especially like the “we catch it, they cook it” deal. We
nicipal growth. With a scant     rates, and internal savings.    is growing 8.1% a year,              bring in our fresh fish and they cook it up in four different styles,
couple of days left in the       Los Cabos’ dynamic, tour-       compared to state and na-            serving to your group family style, with veggies and bread, all for
current municipal adminis-       ist and real estate-driven      tional levels, which hang            only $10 a person. We found it amazing how different the same
tration, Fitch International     economy contributed to          between one and four                 fish tasted with different recipes. All good, but all quite different.
awarded our municipality         our AA-.                        pecent.                                   Other than his new toy, the BBQ, Brian’s specialty is cold
an AA- (Mexico) rating.              We missed the AAA be-           Since tourism is the prin-       water lobster, the full bodied, sweet, lobster, the kind with the
That represents a solid          cause Los Cabos requires        cipal economic activity, and         big tail. It’s reasonably priced, pegged to market price.
credit rating. The only city     big time investment in infra-   most of those are wealthy                 Solomon’s Landing is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner,
in Mexico to exceed it is        structure, like water and       foreigners, they’re a big            and seems to be busy all the time. The breakfasts are large,
                                                                 boon to the economy with             American, and just like home. Omelettes, real thick sliced ham,
                                                                 all their disposable income.         pancakes, Apple sausage, or just order out of your head, the
                                                                 To accommodate them,                 chef likes to make anything you want.
                                                                 Los Cabos is growing by                   The bar is circular, giving it the aura of a Cheers bar, and yes,
                                                                 about 1,000 hotel rooms a            everybody knows your name here the second time you go.
                                                                 year (from 12,500 cur-               There is no designated happy hour because drinks are reason-
                                                                 rently). We receive about            ably priced all day long. Oh! One more special surprise! There
                                                                 350 cruise ships a year in
  SALES OPPORTUNITIES
                                                                                                      is a sushi bar every day starting at 1 pm.
                                                                 addition to the tourists dis-             Solomon’s Landing is right on the marina, in the corner, in-
                                                                 embarking at the San Jose            side Tesoro Hotel.
                                                                 international airport.
 We have openings for experienced real estate                        Fitch’s credit ratings are
 sales people to join our team in Los Cabos.                     used by investors as an in-          GRINGOS...                          creased.
                                                                 dication of likely return.        continued from page 49                     “Land lease prices had
 • The Number One name and reputation people                     The ratings work like this:                                              been running at just $500
                                                                 investment grade ratings          point where Mexican farmers            U.S. per two and a half acres
 know and trust worldwide.                                                                         say they can barely break              just two years ago, but cur-
                                                                 (AAA to BBB and short-
 • The most lucrative commission schedule in Los                 term F1 to F3) indicate           even.                                  rently that rate is at least
 Cabos.                                                          relatively low credit risk,           The Secretary of Agricul-          $900,” he said.
 • Professional full time management that cares                  while those in the specula-       tural Development, Arturo                  Herb prices have regis-
 about your success.                                             tive or non-investment            Nieto of the State of                  tered important price de-
                                                                 grade categories (BB+ to          Guanajuato reported that               creases during the previous
 • Weekly training and full time management                                                        there is a lot of interest being       year, and jalapeño peppers
                                                                 D, and short-term B to D)
 support.                                                        signal a high level of risk.      expressed by Americans in-             prices have decreased by
 • Three offices to serve your needs                             Our investment-grade rat-         volved in agricultural busi-           23.5%, onions 82.5%, and
 • Motivating and positive work environment                      ing, and our standing in          nesses to moving their opera-          carrots 72%.
 • Advertising - incentive programs and more.                    Mexico overall, should            tions to Mexico. He consid-                Scaroni said he started
                                                                 only encourage more pri-          ers that a direct consequence          growing in Mexico reluctantly,
                                                                 vate investment in Baja Sur       of the backlash against illegal        after seeing risks to his Ameri-
 For a personal, confidential interview call:                    and the Los Cabos munici-         immigrants in the U.S.                 can operations. At peak sea-
 Dean Robbins - Cabo office -                                    pality. According to the              Eduardo de la Vega, a              son his California company,
 Cell - 044-624-129-9807                                         numbers, that’s already           large tomato producer in the           Valley Harvesting and Pack-
 Martin Posch - Corridor office -                                happening. Looks like for-        Mexican State of Sinaloa,              ing, employs more than 1,000
 Cell - 044-624-147-5857                                         eign investors don’t have to      points out that with the arrival       immigrants, and all have filled
 Gert De Herrera - San Jose Office                               sweat a downturn in the           of the Americans, the value of         out the required immigrant
 Cell - 044-624-160-4199                                         Los Cabos economy for the         land rates increased more than         federal form, known as an I-
                                                                 time being.                       they had when grain prices in-         continued on page 59

                                                                                                      You Can’t Beat our Heat
                                                                                                                               • Keep cool this summer with heat reflective
                                                                                                                               coating. • We install clay tile roofs with
                                                                                                                               hurricane fasteners.


                                                                                                      We’re the hot tar experts,
                                                                                                      & flat roofs don’t scare us!
                                                                                                      Jim Scigliano, Proprietor
                                                                                                      Corner of Tepeyac &
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Next Up, Another Fiesta                                               a special stamp. I wound up
                                                                      watching a few dozen actors
                                                                                                        saying Americans do not take
                                                                                                        the sweaty, seasonal field jobs.    TIMESHARE
                                                                                                                                            RESALES
                                                                      posing as French soldiers         “I know beyond a shadow of
  Cinco de Mayo is the big one this month,                            with old-fashioned long guns      a doubt that if I did that I
celebrating a brief Mexican victory over the                          and fancy uniforms go to          would raise my costs and I
French army in 1862                                                   (fake) battle with a bunch of     would still not have a legal             You do have options!
                                                                      shabbily-dressed Mexican          work force,” said Scaroni.
                                               BY DON PARTIE          peasants, armed with the odd          Still, transferring to Mexico       No Up Front Fees
                                                                      pistol or gun and shovels,        has been costly, he said. Since           Save 25% to75%
     Before you break out the      have one single centavo left       sticks and hay-forks. After       the greens he cuts here go to
                                                                                                                                               CLUB CASCADES DE BAJA:
margarita mix and the salt, the    in the bank, they sent an          the smoke dissipated, history     bagged salads in supermar-          1Bd/1Bth, Fixed week 9 or 10.....$5500 each
kids get to celebrate first.       army across the Atlantic.          repeated itself: the Mexicans     kets in the United States, he                       COSTA REAL:
April 30 is the official Dia del   Under Napoleon, the French         won it.                           follows the same food-safety        1Bd/1Bth, Fixed Weeks 50,51 or
Niño, a day of celebration for     had become a superpower                It’s even easier to cel-      practices as he does in Cali-       51....................................$2500 each
all the children among us, rich    and arrogant to boot. They         ebrate here in Mexico. Go         fornia.                             3Bd/3Bth, Fixed Week 8...........$3900
or poor. There are several         figured Mexico was an easy         out for some local eats,              Leasing fallow Mexican             CLUB CASA DORADA BEACH
organizations that usually rec-    target, because the French         maybe with a side of mole         land, he enclosed his fields in              AND GOLF / DREAMS:
ognize the holiday, but            had well-trained soldiers with     poblano, and a cold               fences and installed drip-irri-     1Bd/2Bth, “Executive Suite” FLT Wks
wouldn’t it be nice if some        sophisticated weapons and,         cerveza—or margarita— to          gation systems for the filtered     1-50..............$3,500 (2 WEEK PKGE)
more restaurants or large re-      of course, flamboyant uni-         cap it off. And as always,        water he uses.                      1Bd/2Bth, “Executive Suite” Fixed week
tailers would follow the fine      forms. They landed near                                                  He trained his Mexican          12...........................................$5,900
                                                                      enjoy the fiesta.                                                     2Bd/2Bth, “Presidential Suite” Fixed
example set by Tony                Veracruz, bursting with con-                                         field crews to wear hair nets,      Week 7..................................$12,500
Magdaleno last year? The           fidence, and walked west to                                          arm sheaths and sanitized            WESTINS CLUB REGINA /RAINTREE
owner of Zippers, he treated       Mexico City.                       GRINGOS...                        gloves, and held drills on the      1Bd/1Bth, Flt Silver EOY Even, $2900
a large bunch of kids from a          About halfway there, in         continued from page 59            correct use of portable toilets.    FINISTERRA CLUB and RESORT:
less fortunate neighborhood        the town of Puebla, the                                              In the clean-scrubbed cooling       0Bd/1Bth, “Junior Suite” Flt Wks 1-49
to a big party at his place on     French got a big surprise. A       9, with social security num-      house, women in white caps          1Bd/2 Bth, “Executive” FLT Wks 1-59, $5,900
Costa Azul.                        confrontation with Puebla lo-      bers and other identity infor-    scrutinize produce for every               HACIENDA ENCANTADA
     Then, on May 1, all the       cals resulted in a bloody battle   mation.                           stray hair and dirt spot.                               SOLD
                                                                                                                                            1BD/2Bth, FLT Wks 1-50, .....$16,000
workers get another day off.       lasting through the morning           “From my perspective ev-           A few of his Mexican em-        1BD/1Bth, EOY-Odd, FLT Wks 1-50..$8000
Yeah, we know, but it’s for        hours of May 5, 1862. De-          eryone that works for me is       ployees followed him from                    HACIENDA DEL MAR:
Dia del Trabajo— that’s what       spite only having 4,000 ill-       legal,” he said, but based on     California, like Antonio            1Bd/ 2 Bth, “Master Suite”, FLT Wks
                                                                      farm labor statistics, he sur-                                        1-50........................................$4,500
we’d call Labor Day. There         equipped mestizo soldiers                                            Martinez Aguilar, a field man-      2Bd/3Bth, “New Presidential” FLT Wks
are official declarations and      and ragtag Zapotec Indians,        mises that many of his work-      ager who worked there for 15        1-50........................................$5,500
                                                                                                        years but could never get im-                          SOLD
                                                                                                                                            3Bd/3Bth, “Penthouse” Flt Wks 1-50, 14,000
                                                                                                        migration documents. “I tried          LOS CABOS GOLF RESORT:
                                                                                                        everything, but there wasn’t        1Bd/2Bth, Fixed week 1, Platinum Golf
                                                                                                        anything anyone could do to         Membership............................$5,500
                                                                                                        make me legal,” said                1Bd/2Bth, Fixed Week 5, Platinum Golf
                                                                                                        Martinez.                           Membership............................$3,250
                                                                                                            Scaroni expects to re-          1Bd/2Bth, FLT Wks 1-50, Platinum (free
                                                                                                        cover his start-up costs be-        golf) Membership....................$4,500
                                                                                                        cause of the lower wages he               MARINA FIESTA RESORT:
                                                                                                                                            Studio/1Bth, FLT Wks 1-52.......$1500
                                                                                                        pays here, although he says         1Bd/2Bth, Fixed week 16........$3,500
                                                                                                        Mexican workers are less            1Bd/2Bth, Fixed week 11, Lockout....$1900
                                                                                                        productive in their own coun-                     PLAYA GRANDE:
parades in the morning, but        the Mexicans won, against all      ers presented false docu-         try. “At least I know the one       1Bd/2Bth, “Master Suite”, Fixed week
once those are over, the real      odds, against a well-trained       ments.                            thing I don’t have to worry         7..............................................$8500
party starts.                      army of 6,000 troops. Alas,            Frustrated with experts       about is losing my labor force      2Bd/3Bth, “Penthouse” Fixed Week
    Of course, the party           the victory was short-lived;       who say that farmers with la-     because of an immigration           13..........................................$10,000
you’re waiting for is the big-     the following week the French      bor problems should mecha-        raid.”                              1Bd/2 “Master Suite” Fixed week 14...$10,000
gest and best this month: May      captured Puebla and                nize, he plunges his hands into       There are other issues                 PLAYA GRANDE RIDGE:
5, better known as Cinco de        marched on to Mexico City,         side-by-side lettuce plants,      with farms leaving the United       1Bed/2Bth, EOY Even, Wks 1-50,$8775
Mayo. Many Gringos have            where they installed a pup-        pulling out one crisp green       States. Nassif and Thompson         1Bd/2Bth, FLT Wks 1-50........$14,000
                                                                      head and one that is soggy and                                        1Bd/2Bth, Fixed Weeks, 42 or 47....$9,000
the misconception that the         pet emperor. In truth, it took                                       both said food safety could         PUEBLOBONITORESORTLOSCABOS:
fifth of May celebrates Mexi-      another six years before           brown. After his company in-      become a concern because            1Bd/1Bth, “Luxury Suite” Fixed Week
can independence. That’s not       Mexico could get rid of the        vested $1 million in research,    farmers would not have to           8 or 9.......................................$3750
quite right.                       damn Frogs. Still, May 5           he said, “We haven’t come up      follow U.S. regulations when        1Bd/1Bth, “Luxury Suite” Fixed Wk...$3250
    In fact, this fiesta, which    serves as a day to celebrate       with a way to tell a machine      growing crops abroad, also if       0Bd/1Bth, “Junior Suite” Fixed Week
is celebrated in bars all across   that determined victory.           what’s a good head and            U.S. farms become idle,             15...........................................$2,500
the States with 2-for-1 margs,         Whatever the reason for        what’s a bad head.”               those lands are more likely to             PUEBLO BONITO ROSE:
is really about the victory of     American celebration of the            He also dismisses argu-       be developed, which would           1Bd/2Bth, FLT Wks 1-50..........$5,500
an ill-equipped Mexican            holiday, be it solidarity or       ments that he could attract       mean a loss of open space.          1Bd/1Bth, FLT Wks 1-50..........$3,500
army over the French. Many         good plain fun, on May 5 cit-      workers by raising wages,                                             2Bd/2Bth, “Presidential”, WK 52.....$17,500
years ago, the Mexican gov-        ies from California to Texas                                                                              PUEBLO BONITO SUNSET BEACH:
                                                                                                                                            1Bd/2Bth, “Executive Suite” unit, FLT
ernment had borrowed in-
sane amounts of money from
Spain, England and France.
                                   to New Mexico will perform
                                   their own battle reenactments
                                   before hitting the bars. A few
                                                                        School Information                                                  Wks 1-50................................$4,900
                                                                                                                                            2Bd/2Bth, “Presidential” 1-50..$12,900
                                                                      What do we look like, an information booth?                           100 YEAR LEASE 3Bd/3Bth,
Mexico made promises to            years ago, this author found       We get bombarded with enquires about where to stick                   “Penthouse Suite” Wks 1-50....$22,500
pay it back, but France got        himself in San Diego in the        your kids if you want to live in Cabo, so here you go. Call                 SOL MAR BEACH CLUB:
tired of waiting for those pay-    midst of a Cinco de Mayo           these schools direct. These are local private schools with            2Bd/2Bth, “Penthouse”, Fixed week 4..$7900
ments. Suspecting the truth,       celebration. The U.S. Postal       English programs. And if you have a school that you want to           1Bd/2Bth, Fixed week 10.........$4900
which was that Mexico didn’t       Service had even printed up                                                                              1 Bd/2Bth, Fixed Week 12........$7500
                                                                      list here, contact carrie@gringogazette.com                           Studio/1Bth, Fixed weeks 8 or 9..$2750 each
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Would You Like                                                             There are other plant and

Algae With That
                                                                       microbial sources that contain
                                                                       complete proteins, like soy,
                                                                       quinoa, hempseed and ama-
Smoothie?                                                              ranth, but spirulina’s big selling
                                                                       point is that it has no flavor of
                                                                       its own, so you can add it to
  A new organic juice bar in San Jose                                  your smoothie without chok-
brews healthy green drinks packed with,                                ing down something that tastes
yes, protein-rich algae                                                healthy. (Although it is an
                                               BY BESS EATON           alarmingly vibrant shade of
                                                                       blue-green.)
                                                                           On Cocomo’s menu, all
    A new juice bar opened up      Cocomo’s proprietors are bet-       the drinks’ names are inspired
last week in the Costa Azul        ting it will be a hit here, too.    by nearby surf haunts, an ode
plaza on the fourlane across the       It’s kind of like getting an    to the proprietors— hubby’s
street from the surf beaches,      extra shot of espresso at           a big surfer, heading to the
Costa Azul and Acapulquito.        Starbucks, except spirulina is,     world competition in Portugal
Cocomo’s Spirulina Juice Bar       well, an algae. And similar to      this October if he can. There’s
sells natural, organic juices      the type of protein found in meat   the La Roca Vegilicious, named
sweetened with bananas or          or eggs, this blue-green algae      after The Rock surf break,
honey. (No sugar here.) The        contains all the amino acids that   which is made with carrots,
novelty, besides the all-organic   the body needs to form a com-       beets, ginger and celery. AZip-
produce, is a “boost” of           plete protein. Its use dates bck    per Zapper is made with kiwi,
spirulina, which supposedly        to ancient times, and it’s being    strawberry, pineapple and or-
provides your total daily pro-     investigated now by some re-        ange. You can also create your
tein requirement. A common         searchers as a partial remedy       own combos with any of the
juice bar feature in the States,   for world hunger. Yum.              fruits and veggies available on
                                                                       the menu. Imagine, you can
                                                                       cover all your nutritional bases
                                                                       with a single fruit smoothie.        rock massage joint insist the      tween supervising the juice
                                                                           Holly, the owner, and            spirulina smoothie is a perfect    bar, he works at one of the
                                                                       Jergen, the day manager, do          way to complete their pamper-      many Baja outdoor excursion
                                                                       make it a point to warn the          ing.                               companies. He’s also busy
                                                                       wary not to get turned off by            The juice bar is owned by      training and trying to drum up
                                                                       the drink’s colors as they mix       a Canadian who hails from          sponsorships so that he can
                                                                       the smoothies. All of them turn      Ontario, Holly Bishop, and her     make it to Portugal for the
                                                                       green except for the Ship-           husband, Pablo Bonillo. This       World Games in October this
                                                                       wrecks Berry Bust— the blue-         health conscious couple was        year. He’s got an interview in
                                                                       berries overwhelm the green.         married three years ago, right     the next Planeta Surf magazine,
                                                                           And if a smoothie doesn’t        across the street on               for you surfer dudes out there.
                                                                       hold you over until the next         Acapulquito Beach. They live           The couple’s extreme
                                                                       meal, the bar also serves or-        on Gringo Hill (so named for       sports pedigree should help
                                                                       ganic snacks (all “made with a       its residents) with their two      attract some of the local
                                                                       good vibe,” according to the         young daughters, Moana,            surfers after they drag them-
   The new juice bar is right next door to the new taco place          menu) like home-made muf-            who’s two, and Coral, known        selves out of the water, and
   with the picture of the hot girls, in the Costa Azul plaza on       fins, granola and hummus.            as Coco, just shy of her first     it’s just in time for the surf
                           the fourlane.                               Customers from the nearby hot        birthday. The juice bar is their   season at San Jose. You can
                                                                                                            namesake.                          reach Holly and Pablo at
                                                                                                                Bishop, 23, is a former pro-   bajawaters@hotmail.com.
                                                                                                            fessional snowboard racer          Cocomo’s is open from 8 am
                                                                                                            who stopped competing to           to 6 pm daily. Smoothies will
                                                                                                            have children and to support       run you 35 to 50 pesos—
                                                                                                            her husband’s quest to make it     Starbuck’s prices, but in-
                                                                                                            into the surfing World Games       stead of espresso, you’re
                                                                                                            in the long board category.        paying to stock up on your
                                                                                                            Pablo, 29, has qualified for the   RDA of protein and vitamins.
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Golfing For Breast Cancer                                            and lack of information.
                                                                         Seeing this news release,
                                                                     Dan Palka (dubbed “ATM
  Thanks to a new U.S. partnership, Cabo                             Dan” in Cabo) of
fundraisers start donating to the Komen                              Cardtronics Mexico jumped
Foundation to benefit Mexican women                                  on the chance to organize a
                                                                     pink ribbon fundraiser. He
                                        BY PHIL ANTHROPE             contacted the Susan G.
                                                                     Komen Foundation in the
    Golf tournaments to raise    combat breast cancer in             United States to see if it
money and tout local busi-       Mexico through the Univer-          would be possible to raise
nesses are nothing new in this   sity of Texas’ M.D. Ander-          money for Komen that would
town, but Houston-based          son Cancer Center and the           be earmarked for breast can-             Cruising in an ultra light plane north of La Paz looking for
Cardtronics Mexico’s one-        Komen Foundation. Judg-             cer resources in Baja Sur.           the first whale sharks of the ’08 season, we caught a cool
day tournament in June is        ing by the statistics, it’s about   His own mother died from             snap of Los Islotes. Located on the north end of Isla Partida,
going to benefit a new cause.    time.                               breast cancer, and although          approximately 30 miles north of the city of La Paz, this small
Not another charity, but a          In Mexico and Latin              he is familiar with many of the      volcanic monument is home to nesting sea birds and a per-
long-established U.S. char-      America, breast cancer is the       charities in Cabo— including         manent colony of over 200 sea lions.
ity that’s reaching across the   second leading cause of can-        Amigos de los Ninos, which               Famous for its aquatic life, divers and snorkelers alike visit
border to help Mexican           cer-related deaths among            will receive half of the funds       here to dive and swim with the lions. The females and pups
women: the Susan G. Komen        women. It’s estimated that          raised at the golf tourna-           will cruise by and sometimes blow bubbles at you, as if to
for the Cure Foundation, a       4,200 Mexican women die             ment— he wanted to raise             say, you can’t catch me. The big males may sit on the rocks
501 (c)3 that works hard al-     each year from breast can-          funds for something other            barking or effortlessly glide by watching over the harem. They
locating funds for breast can-   cer, and those numbers are          than kids or barrio handouts,        seem so friendly that sometimes it’s hard to think of them as
cer research in the U.S.         on the rise. Mexico’s first         which get a lot of press down        wild animals. But be careful— the males bite.
    In March, the First Ladies   lady, Margarita Zavala,             here but ignore the root                 You can visit this small outcropping in the Sea of Cortez
of Mexico and the U.S.           blamed the high incidence of        causes of poverty and ill            by boat from tour operators in different locations as well as
made public a partnership to     breast cancer, and late-stage       health in poorer neighbor-           from in town. Club Cantamar in Pichilingue offers excursions
offer medical resources to       diagnosis, on poor education        hoods.                               for divers, snorkelers and kayakers.

                                                                                                                                                So half the funds raised at
                                                                                                                                            the one-day tournament,
                                                                                                                                            which will be held at Cabo
                                                                                                                                            Real on Sunday, June 22, will
                                                                                                                                            go to Komen, who will dis-
                                                                                                                                            perse the funds back to Baja
                                                                                                                                            Sur through the new U.S./
                                                                                                                                            Mexico partnership. The
                                                                                                                                            tourney’s partners include
                                                                                                                                            Gigglin Marlin, which will
                                                                                                                                            host the post-party, and
                                                                                                                                            Pacifico.
                                                                                                                                                Palka, the director of
                                                                                                                                            Baja sales for Cardtronics, is
                                                                                                                                            gearing the fundraiser to-
                                                                                                                                            wards the many hotels and
                                                                                                                                            businesses that have
                                                                                                                                            Cardtronics ATMs in them
                                                                                                                                            (including The Westin, Casa
                                                                                                                                            Dorado, Cabo Villas, Ma-
                                                                                                                                            rina Fiesta, Gigglin Marlin,
                                                                                                                                            Solomon’s Landing, Baja
                                                                                                                                            Cantina, ME Cabo, and all
                                                                                                                                            local OXXOs). In that way,
                                                                                                                                            he hopes to make fundraising
                                                                                                                                            a part of company tradition,
                                                                                                                                            both in Mexico and the
                                                                                                                                            States. But the tournament’s
                                                                                                                                            open to anyone with a club,
                                                                                                                                            (or 14), and there should be
                                                                                                                                            plenty of goodies raffled off
                                                                                                                                            by all the big-name busi-
                                                                                                                                            nesses Cardtronics is in ca-
                                                                                                                                            hoots with.
                                                                                                                                                This isn’t Palka’s first ex-
                                                                                                                                            perience raising money in
                                                                                                                                            Cabo; in 1992, he helped
                                                                                                                                            sponsor spring break events
                                                                                                                                            for charity, where the ex-
                                                                                                                                            change would be something
                                                                                                                                            like three hours of booze for
                                                                                                                                            10 donated articles of cloth-
                                                                                                                                            ing. (Not a bad deal for
                                                                                                                                            spring breakers, who are al-
                                                                                                                                            ways looking for new ways
                                                                                                                                            to get drunk and un-
                                                                                                                                            dressed.) At this event, he
                                                                                                                                            hopes for a sell out of 36
                                                                                                                                            teams.
                                                                                                                                                The Houston-based
                                                                                                                                            Cardtronics 32,000 ATMs
                                                                                                                                            are concentrated mainly in the
                                                                                                                                            U.S., but they’re trying to
                                                                                                                                            break into the Mexico mar-
                                                                                                                                            ket hard and fast, with 1,500
                                                                                                                                            ATMs currently— and more
                                                                                                                                            in store, after brokering a
                                                                                                                                            corporate contract with
                                                                                                                                            Oxxo. (If you’ve ever been
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                  Restaurant Guide
                  Re    ran   uid
 We have arduously eaten                                                 Chicken Thighs. Everything from           or call Mercedes cell 1586900.           Marquez de Leon & Belisario
 our way through every           Cabo San Lucas                          the Catch of the Day, to Chili            Apostolis. Delicious fresh fish,         Dominguez, La Paz. Ph. 128 4647
 restaurant in Southern Baja                                             Rellenos, to Lobster Quesadillas, to      lamb, and other traditional Greek        $
                                 Baja Cantina. Marina waterside          the Vegetarian’s favorite.
 for you, and jotted down        dining overlooking luxurious                                                      foods, including fresh steamed           Che Che Chino. Small Gourmet
 an accurate description of                                              Enjoy Portabello Fajitas in this          clams, fresh catch of the day, lamb      Chinese food restaurant. 49 peso
                                 yachts. Mexican specialties,
 many of them here.                                                      quaint, Mexican atmosphere. Also          or pastas. The oils, homemade            combos, 49 peso shrimp dish,
                                 seafood, pizza and more. Happy
                                                                         serving a family Brunch every             breads and secret ingredients have       chicken, beef, pork or shimp
 MC is for Master Card           hour all day. Open 7 a.m.- midnight
                                                                         Sunday. Located on Hidalgo Street,        been in this authentic Greek fam-        Teriyaki, family packages, home
 V is for Visa                   every day. MC/V. Ph. 143-1591 $$
                                                                         along “Restaurant Row”. Open daily        ily for years. Very affordable with      delivery, A/C. 5 de Febrero street
 AE is for American              www.bajacantina.net
                                                                         for breakfast, lunch, and dinner,         main entrees $10-$35. Huge wine          # 72 between Abasolo and
   Express                       Caborey Dinner Cruise. Enjoy            except Monday, open at 3 PM. For
                                 a world-class dining experience                                                   list and domestic beer and cock-         Belisario Dominguez, one block
 The price ranges break                                                  reservations call 624-143-7424, or        tails. Open Daily 12-11pm. Large         from the malecon. Ph. (612) 123-
                                 while taking in the natural beauty
 down like this:                                                         just stop by. $$                          group reservation 17-26-442. Chef        3793 $
                                 of the Sea of Cortez in our triple
 $ - Average Entrees $7                                                  Brennan's Bar & Grill at                  Apostolis also has catering ser-         El Patron Bayside Grill &
                                 deck catamaran. Choose between
 $$ - Average Entrees $15                                                Castillo Blarney Inn. Enjoy a won-        vices. Behind Blockbuster in San         Cantina La Paz’z favorite eatery,
                                 the scrumptious chateaubriand, the
 $$$ - Average Entrees 22                                                derful Cabo Bay view. International       Jose. Across the street from the         serving the best Angus Burgers,
                                 delicate sea bass or shrimp bathed
 $$$$ Yikes!!                                                            cuisine with a Mexican touch. A           soccer park.$$                           Steaks, Chops, Seafood, Salads,
                                 in white wine sauce, or the chicken
 If any restaurant would                                                 Royal dining experience. Next to                                                   Pizza and what a VIEW, enjoy our
                                 cordon bleu. At the end of your
 like to be included here,       meal enjoy an international Latin-
                                                                         the Pedregal, on the road to the           La Paz                                  homegrown Mojitos and outdoor
 please call David Flores                                                Sunset Beach resort. Libertad                                                      Cantina… voted best of La Paz.
                                 flavoured dance show. Daily                                                       Baja Biscuits. Home cooking
 at 044 624 121 1214 and                                                 Steet. Reservations: 143-72-99.                                                    612 125 9977 Open 1:00PM Lunch
                                 cruises depart at 6 PM and con-                                                   serving biscuits & gravy, gourmet
 he will zip right out with                                              Open Monday to Saturday 8:00 am                                                    & Dinner DAILY. Plaza Vista
                                 clude at 8:30 PM. For reservations,                                               quiche, breakfast burritos,
 his tasting fork and bib.                                               to 11:00 pm, Sundays 8:00am to                                                     Coral below the lighthouse or 3
                                 phone 143-8060 & 143-8260                                                         homemade cinnamon rolls, &
                                                                         6:00 pm. $$                                                                        blocks from Los Arcos Hotel.
                                 La Casa Country offers tasty                                                      strawberry waffles. Open 8 am - 12:30
                                 entrees of Prime Steaks and                                                       pm Wed-Sat. 1251 Belizario               www.elpatronbarandgrill.com
                                 Mexica food, all server in a friendly     San Jose                                Dominguez near corner of 5 de Mayo,
                                 Western atmosphere. Open daily          7 Seas Restaurant. Fine dining            one block from malecon. (612) 155-       Los Barriles, East Cape
                                 for lunch and dinner 1 pm to 11 pm.     with the best view in town. Open          9619 $                                   El Barrilito. Local's favorite,
                                 Located on Lazaro Cardenas Ave.         air restaurant steps away from the        Rancho Viejo. Arrachera tacos,           offering a world of flavors in one
                                 across the street from Mc. Donalds      ocean. Watch the surf from your           Carne asada, American Cuts,              cozy place. Cowboy food (steaks,
                                 $$.                                     table. Sea food specialties - Great       Menudo, Pozole. CarneAsada by the        BBQ, kebabs), Sushi, Seafood,
                                 Lucky’s Cabo Grill, formerly La         wine list - Fantastic desserts.           kilo, to eat here or to go, $120 pesos   Pasta & Mexican delights.
                                 Parrillada, offers all you can eat      Good experience guaranteed. You           w/salsa & tortillas. Arrachera $170      Weekly Specials. Martini Bar. At
                                 platters of mouth watering Baby-        will be back! Located at Cabo Surf.       kilo. Breakfast your choice of eggs      the "Y" road to El Cardonal. Open
                                 Back Pork Ribs, Sirloin Steak, and      To reserve call 14 22676 ext 307          $30 pesos. Open 24 hrs. Corner of        10am - 10pm. $


                                 That’s impressive when you              plenty of cash to dispense,
GOLFING...                       consider the fee, which is              making them a little more
continued from page 63           about $3 U.S. per transac-              user-friendly than the bank
                                 tion. We can’t help but won-            ATMs in Mexico that run out
to the mainland, you know        der if the average Mexican              of cash on holidays and
you can’t walk a block in        buying a soda at the corner             weekends.
most places without bump-        Oxxo will ante up the cash                   As it settles into its niche
ing into an Oxxo— there are      for convenience. Gringos                in Cabo and Mexico’s other
some         4,500,       and    sure are— Cardtronics has               resort towns, Cardtronics
Cardtronics will be plopping     been doing brisk business               wants to prove it’s got heart
their ATMs in all of ‘em.) We    with the ATMs in resort lo-             by focusing on fundraising
just bet they let Cardtronics    cations. One ATM in Cancun              efforts that invite local people
beat them into a bloody          did something like 400 trans-           (Mexican and Gringo) to give
stump to get that deal. Each     actions in a day.                       a little something back to their
location gets a cut of the ac-       Explaining their success,           communities. And when in
tion on those ATMs.              Palka cites the relative safety         Cabo, what better forum to
    According to the Mexico      of the Cardtronics ATM,                 raise cash and foster good-                    The new magazine Upsouth and Casa de Vieja, an
arm of the company’s mission     which is swipe-only, prevent-           will than on the golf course?               upscale clothing boutique in the Palmilla mall, hosted a
statement, they focus on “re-    ing the tourist uh-oh of get-                For more information                   fashion show in Tiendas de Palmilla on April 18.
sort areas, border towns and     ting an ATM card snagged in             about the upcoming tourna-                     Designer Pepa Pombo debuted her summer ’08 col-
the major metro areas” and       the machine. And of course,             ment and entry fees for teams,              lection. A Colombian by birth but a self-proclaimed
claim to be the 6th largest      his job is to make sure the             contact Dan Palka at                        “Mexican at heart,” Pombo began her career as a de-
ATM deployer in Mexico.          ATMs are working and have               eliteatms@hotmail.com.                      signer by combining her art studies with a passion for
                                                                                                                     knitting.
                                                                                                                        The art school side of Pombo is readily apparent in
                                                                                                                     her challenging use of color. She uses two very similar
                                                                                                                     tones, for example teal or plum, and the colors’ close-
                                                                                                                     ness of tone acts to enhance movement in the material.
                                                                                                                     Her signature works are embroidered using only one rib-
                                                                                                                     bon. This, according to Pombo, gives an almost liquid
                                                                                                                     feeling to the clothes and allows the piece to work as a
                                                                                                                     whole, flowing sensually over the body like water. Each
                                                                                                                     piece is hand stitched and hand embroidered.
                                                                                                                        The event was well attended by the “distinctive side
                                                                                                                     of Cabo”, as Upsouth’s slogan proclaims. Models ex-
                                                                                                                     hibited Pepe Pombo’s summer collection, working the
                                                                                                                     patio. Wine was served in fish bowl size glasses and
                                                                                                                     gossip and clothes chatter abounded. Ladies whistled,
                                                                                                                     fondled the material and asked to see the magic trick of
                                                                                                                     the tunic that turns into a wrap. As a tunic with pants, the
                                                                                                                     design is 60’s influenced, but with a flip over your head,
                                                                                                                     you can use it as a wrap. The crowd favorites were an
                                                                                                                     undulating silver-blue tunic and a fabulous gold-white two
                                                                                                                     piece skirt outfit.
                                                                                                                        Pepa Pomba’s collections can be found in California,
                                                                                                                     Colorado, Tennessee, Bogotá, Columbia and Mexico
                                                                                                                     City.

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Havana Supper Club in San Jose       Location: across from the park      Lounge style restaurant and bar.     Location: On Sunset beach, but                    Daline Jones and pianist Diego
will host its annual JAMMIN’         on Hidalgo Street                   Tango dancers on Thur., 8:00 pm      unless you have a reservation,                    Rámirez
jazz clinic on Weds., April 30       Live music and open mic Wed.,       for 3 times., Electric Funny,        you can’t get past security. La                   Fun in the Sun! Surfing, Whale
from 1pm to 4pm at Casa Sueno.       Thurs., and Fri., with Tavo &       Passion and Fire, Flamenco,          Frida Restaurant - Pianist                        watching, ATV & Jetski Tours
It’s free to interested musicians.   Mara 7:30 to 10:30pm                Smooth Jazz & much more.             Ricardo Ramirez Fri & Sat from
They’re selling tee-shirts and       Los Cucas Band Fri., 7:30 to        Violin and Electric Acoustic         7:00 to 9:00 pm., Traditional                     San Jose
accepting contributions now.         10:30 pm. Karoeke with Carlos       Guitar Daniel Siqueiros Wed 8:00     Mexican singer Luna Itzel                             RED Wine Bar
Doors at 6, music at 8:30 pm.        Limon Fri. and Sat. 1030 to 2       with two sets of 40 min.             performs with Ramirez Weds.,                      Phone: 143-5645
The clinic (JoinAnd Mentor           am. Piano and guitar duet           Tel: 143-1466                        Thur., Fri., Sat from 8:00 to                     Location: Plaza Behind Mega in
Musicians In Need) offers local      Mauricio and Moses Sun., 7:30          Wamango                           10:00pm. La Nao Restaurant -                      Hotel Zone.
musicians the chance to learn        to10:30 pm                          Location: On the Marina side of      Trio Ornelas on Mon from 7:00                     Live DJ: Thursday (80’s music),
from pros outside the area. Call     Tel: 143-7077                       the Tesoro Hotel                     to 9:00 pm. The Bistro - Trio                     Friday (electronic music) and
Havana’s at 142-2603 for info.          Las Varitas                      Piano singer Mauricio and Guitar     Ornelas on Tue., Fri., & Sat.,                    Saturday (POP music)
                                     Location: Behind the fire           player Moses in Duet, perform        7:00 to 9:00 pm.                                  Hours Monday and Tuesday
Downtown Centro                      department 1 block from             Mexican and English popular          Tel: 142-9999 / Conciert Carolina                 from 2:00 pm to 12:00 am
    Giggling Marlin Bar and          Banamex. Traditional Mexican        tunes nightly.                                                                         Wednesday from 2:00 pm till
Grille                               music. Popular local hangout            Mambo Café                       On the Fourlane                                   2:00 am, Thursday, Fridays, and
Location: Boulevard Marina           with a younger crowed.              Location: Boulevard Marina,          Highway                                           Saturday from 2:00 pm till 4:00
Party and Dance Show nightly.        Tue.- Sun. 9 pm to 4am.             next to Tesoro Hotel. Latin dance        Latitude 22 The                               am. Wednesdays 50% discount
Be prepared to join in and           Tue Lady’s Night                    joint that fills up on weekends.     Roadhouse                                         on all bottles from 8:00 pm to
participate in the fun.              Tel: 143-9999                       Cumbia, salsa, merenge music.        Located off the north frontage                    11:00 pm
Shows start at 7:30 pm and              Romeo & Julieta                  Tue., Wed., & Sun. 9 pm - 3 am.      road to the fourlane west of                          Cantina El Moro
continue all night long.             Location: At the Pedregal           Thur., Fri., & Sat. 9pm - 4 am.      Costco.Canadian Peter Bacon                       Location: DowntownArt Gallery
    Hard Rock Café                   entrance. Italian restaurant with   Tel: 143 1484                        plays piano and sings. Thurs.,                    District
Location: Blvd Marina Plaza          pianist nightly. 4-11 pm.              Corsarios                         Fri., and Sat.                                    Open Tues – Sat.
Bonita Mall on the main drag.        Tel: 143-022                        Location: Marina Boardwalk               Fiesta Americana Hotel                        Tues & Wed: DJ with rock music
Rock and Roll Live Bands. Thur.,        Hemingway’s Cigar &              near the Marina Fiesta Hotel.        Location: Cabo del Sol, on the                    and drink specials Thursday and
Fri., & Sat. 10 pm till closing.     Tequila Lounge                      Saxophone soloist Pancho             fourlane.                                         Saturday nights: live rock bank
Live Rock & DJ Fri from 10:00 -      Location: Back entrance on          Francis performs Jazzy               Salon Rosatto. Susie Q and Trio.                  “Abandon” Friday night:
12:00 pm.                            Guerrero Street, across from        standards.                           Wednesday Jazz Nights 7:00 pm                     Electronica with DJ Freddy
www.hardrock.com                     Cabo Wabo                           Wed., Thurs., and Fri. 6:30 pm to    - 10 pm                                               Spicey Coopers
Tel: 143-3779                        Open Monday through Saturday        9:30 pm                                  Puerta Vieja                                  Location: DowntownArt Gallery
    Rips Bar and Grill               from 8:30 am till Midnight                                               Location: km 6.3 on the fourlane.                 District
Location: Plaza de los Mariachis     Every Night from 7:00 pm to         Medano Beach and                     Keyboard and bass player. Tue.-                   Every Thursday: Live music with
on main drag below Cabo Wabo.        11:00 pm special requests DJ        Area                                 Sat. 7:00 to 10:00 pm. James                      “Pulpos en su Tinta”. The
Piano Vocalist Wendy Tosoff          Troba Cubana every Saturday at          The Office                       Martinez on the guitar. Mon. 7:00                 owner’s band, is a combination
performs upbeat popular tunes        8:00 – 10:30 Live Cuban Trova       Location: Medano Beach.              to 10:00 pm. Villa Serena                         between rumba, flamenco,
ranging from 70’s styles to          www.jnjcompany.com                  Jazz trio plays from Fri, Sat,       Restaurant Tues., Wed., Thu.,                     classic English rock, salsa,
current music. Every Thursday        Tel. 143 9845                       Sun, Mon, Tue and Wen7-10            Fri., Sat., Sun., Jaime Martinez                  ballads and bolero. Very Latin,
night from 8:30 - 10:30 pm.                                              pm,. Mexican party, Mariachi,        on the guitar 7:00 to 10:00 pm                    great crowd. Every Friday: Retro
Tel: 14 32667                        On the Marina                       folkloric dance Thur, 7:00 to 9:15   Tel: 104-3252 Linda                               Nights. Classic Rock With
    Desperados Bar and                   Amarone Restaurant              pm                                                                                     “Kilometro” 70s 80s rock and
Restaurant                           Location: in the mall.              Tel: 143-3464                        Near Todos Santos                                 funk
Location: On the corner of           Music, with Trio and Jazz pianist       Baja Cantina Beach                   Cerritos Beach Club &                             Tropicana
Morelos and Niños Heroes.            Diego Ramirez & various             Club                                 Surf                                              Location: Downtown
Salsa Dance Show “Habano             musicians Tues., Thur.,. 8:00 to    Location: On Medano Beach.           Free shuttle round-trip from Cabo                 Monday to Sunday 7- 9:30 pm
Sweet”, and “Batucada” on            10:30 pm; Singer Daline Jones       Family restaurant.                   San Lucas call 624 1434850                        Grupo Voces; a quartet with a
Weds.,10 pm to 2 am Rock in          performs with Diego Ramirez,        Eliseo Esquivel, Ricardo and         10 minutes south of Todos Santos                  Mariachi spirit, playing all kinds
any language with the Band “La       Fri., & Sat from 8:00 to 10:30 pm   friends. Duo playing guitar,         Km 64.5 Hwy 19                                    of Mexican music.
Flaca” Fri. And Sat. 10 to 3 pm      Tel: 105-1035                       piano, sax, soft music and Indian    Fri, Sat and Sun Live Music from                  Monday 8:30-12 pm Grupo
Tel: 143-4331                           Barometro                        flute. Italian and Mexican music     3:00 to 6:00 pm, Fri Guitarist                    Cubano Tropicana Cuban music,
    Miguel Locos Grill and           Location: On the marina front,      Mon., Tues.Wend, Thur, Fri, Sat      David Hutcheson, Sat Flamenco                     instrumental music
Cantina                              next to the mall.                   and Sun. 7 – 11                      guitarist, violinist Daniel                       Wednesday 7-10:30 pm From

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                                                                                Dorado kicked into gear all       than normal, but just like the
                                                                            along the East Cape. A few            dorado and billfish that showed
                                                                            quality (40+ pounds) fish were        up outside at the 88 Spot,
                                                                            taken on the 88 SPOT. Most            these fish are normally pretty
                                                                            were taken on trolled lures with      dormant until later in May or
    Fishing in all of the report-     yellowtail. Even with the in-         a wide range of color patterns.       June. However, I’ve been
ing areas seemed to be on the         shore action being good, many         A dead seal provided cover            watching water temps and the
upswing, but they all suffered        of the pangas are targeting           that made it easy to find the         sargasso weed is building up
from too much of something.           marlin since they are so close        dorado for several days- live         north of town.
    La Paz and East Cape ac-          right now.                            bait was the winning combina-              Wham! Sure enough, boats
tion was definitely better until         San Jose                           tion.                                 early in the week got into both
too much wind dampened the                Eric Brictson: Gordo                  Multiple catches of striped       species big time with some
action.                               Banks , Desteladera to                marlin were recorded by a             great battles on light tackle and
         San Jose and Cabo            Vinorama, was the very best           number of boats. Several              some anglers getting their first
San Lucas found plenty of fish        area for billfish. Scores of strip-   boats ran out of room for flags       dorado and marlin. So, it was
but they had gorged on too            ers were seen free jumping and        on their outriggers in the double     a good grab bag...yellowtail in
much squid and weren’t inter-         tailing on the surface. Most          digits including one boat with a      the morning then grand slam
ested in eating anything with a       hook ups were on live bait; the       14 fish day. Trolled ballyhoo         with a dorado or marlin in the
hook in it.                           marlin were just not that inter-      produced many hookups.                afternoon!
   Cabo San Lucas                     ested in lures. Yellowfin tuna        Some strippers were taken                  As well for my fleet out of
     George Landrum: Early            were more scattered and the           about two miles out but most          Muertos, early in the week, the
in the week the billfish bite was     bite had slowed and then rolled       are from 5 to 20+ miles out.          big bite at La Reyna north of       Jill Stevens of Alpine CA with
good at Punta Gorda in the            over to black skipjack. The           Some early season wahoo               Cerralvo Island continued to          big yellowtail taken on live
afternoon, but on Wednesday           few tuna that were being found        were taken on trolled lures.          kick out those monster yellow-      sardine north Cerralvo Island
they suddenly showed up in            are once again farther offshore.          Inshore a good number of          tail with boats taking 2-6 of the
pods of three to 15 fish from             Although the water tem-           small (5-10 pounds) roosters          big fish each. Outside at the 88    the week. The counts did not
one to four miles from the arch.      peratures are warmer, the wa-         have started to show as the si-       and a few spots in the channel      look good but that’s because
The problem was that the fish         ter has been off colored. A few       erra mackerel have moved out.         around buoys or clumps of           a lot of these fish, especially the
were not very interested in           more dorado are appearing in          Early morning seems best, with        grass, dorado were milling and      pargo, would take anglers to
cabillitos. The marlin that were      the daily fish counts but most        top water plugs and flies work-       ready to eat like hungry            the rocks. So, lots of hook ups,
hungry preferred mackerel.            are in sizes up to 25 pounds          ing well.                             wolves!                             but not so many fish brought
Being off-the-feed was prob-          and are being found by troll-            La Paz                                  Then the winds came up...      into the boats. Lots of action!
ably due to them feeding all          ing lures.                                Jonathan Roldan: The                   We’ve been living on bor-          It’s a warm 95 now! Break
night during the full moon phase          Sierra action highlighted the     week started off with a bang.         rowed time the last few weeks       out the shorts!
on 12-inch squid; almost ev-          inshore from Westin Regina to         The sound you heard was the           with not much in the way of         Thanks to our reporters this
ery species of fish caught this       Chileno. Live sardina ac-             sound of fish exploding at all        winds, but late in the week, the    week:
week was stuffed with them.           counted for most of the action,       points. The yellowtail (20-50         seasonal winds we normally          Cabo San Lucas:
     The tuna bite in our area        though casting jigs, rapalas and      pounds) continued to rip at the       have started blowing making it      George & Mary Landrum
dropped off again although a          hoochies was also working.            El Bajo Seamount north of             downright uncomfortable if not      www.flyhooker.com and
few boats were able to get into       The average sized sierra was          Espiritu Santo Island. Sardines       impossible to get out to some       Eric Brictson
small pods of porpoise that           two -three pounds, with a few         worked, but if you had the big-       of the big fish spots.              www.gordobanks.com
were holding football sized fish.     five pounders and some small          ger caballitos it was almost in-           That meant back to inshore     East Cape:
Most of them were found to            sized roosterfish mixed in.           stant ‘bendo’ as fish fought for      fishing.                            Bob Moran
the south at a distance of 10             Yellowtail snapper up to          the baits.                                 So...roosters, sierra, ca-     www.eastcapetackle.com
miles and a few more were             eight pounds are striking on              The             surprising        brilla, big eye jacks, jack cre-    La Paz:
found around the 1150 area.           sardinas on the shallow rocky         thing...dorado in the channel as      valle, bonito, skipjack punctu-     Jonathan Roldan’s Tailhunter
Catches of dorado from 12-            reef areas in depths of fifty feet    well as marlin! This is a first for   ated by big pargo were the          International www.tailhunter-
15 pounds increased. Most of          or less. Off the deeper rock          the year. Again...way earlier         game toward the latter part of      international.com
the fish were found in the same       piles, the Mexican bonito have
areas as the striped marlin and       continued to dominate the ac-
were also plugged on squid.           tion, with only an occasional
     Inshore: Large numbers of        amberjack, huachinango or
small roosterfish pounding the        cabrilla mixed in.
small cabillitos are still close to       An unusual catch this week
the beach on the Pacific side         was a handful of nice sized hali-
between the arch and the light-       but weighing up 25 pounds by
house. The average size was           surf fishermen around La
five pounds, but a few larger         Playita and the estuary. The
ones, to about 15 pounds,             anglers were using mullet and
were caught in the same area          sardina for bait.
every day. One angler tied into           East Cape
a very large sierra (weighing             Bob Moran: Several windy
about 20 pounds) in this area.        days recently have made fish-
There have been some nice             ing a little rough. The yellowfin
pargo in the 20-30 pound class        tuna have been spotty on the
showing off of the rocky points       East Cape though some good
and slow-trolled live bait has        fish have been taken farther
been the key for the larger           south outside Cabo Pulmo.
ones. Adding to the excitement        The yellowfin were holding
is the possibility of hooking up      deep and live bait seemed to
to some of the 30-40 pound            be the best bet.




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