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Cabo San Lucas Par Vial Projects To Be Accelerated - In order to minimize the effects of the construction work on area businesses, local residents and tourists, double shifts will be used as of August 15. Starting on Aug. 15, the double shifts will be used on the construction projects on the street and utility improvements on the so called Par Vial project in CSL. The objective of the double shifts is to reduce the time it will take to finish the improvements, minimize the inconvenience and effects on the area's residents, merchants and tourists. - M. E. Martinez, mavericktradingco[-at-], 045-811-300-9067, Cabo San Lucas

Tourism Down, Hotel Occupancy Falls By 63% - Tourism in Mexico's Beach Resorts continues to fall. Mexico attributes decrease in tourism to the U.S.A.'s economic crisis; in Los Cabos, the taxi-tourist transportation conflict hits hard. The summer months have seen the contraction of tourism in Mexico's beach destinations by as much as 52% compared to 2007. The resorts that report the highest decreases are Los Cabos, Loreto, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Huatulco and Cancun. In Cabo the reduction compared to last year is 14% according to the Mexico's Secretary of Tourism.

The ongoing, never ending conflict in Los Cabos between the Tourist Transportation companies and the Taxi Operators has affected its image, tourism businesses-especially hotels, restaurants, boat rental companies, ecotours and car rental agencies. Mexico and International newspapers, and internet web sites continue to report that foreign tourists have abandonded Los Cabos taking a negative image with them and claiming that they will not return. "We don't see that there is a demand for tourism in Cabo for the latter part of the year. The impact of all of the protests has definitely affected Los Cabos and it can affect others," expressed Sallie Rawlings, Director of Communications of Travel Impressions.

This week Federal, State, and Municipal authorities met to draw up what they hope is a final solution to the conflict, details will be released this coming week. - Mario E. Martinez, mavericktradingco[-at-], 045-811-300-9067, Cabo San Lucas

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Comments, Questions and Answers

Can Someone Take An Envelope To Todos Santos? - I have an envelope containing a few ounces of small electronic parts I need to get from the US to Todos Santos. Can anyone carry it down for me? I can mail it to you and arrange for someone to pick it up in TS. - Alan Thompson, alan[-at-], 805 598 7908, Todos Santos

Update on Mexicana Airlines Cancellations (Courtesy, Baja Pony Express) - When I read on BPE that Mexicana has canceled all flights from Sacramento to Los Cabos for the months of September and October I called them to see about their November flights. They plan to resume this route in November. Thank you for the heads up! If you hear anything different, please post here! - Lori

Police Update - Recently I met new Comandante Rogelio Lizardi and he “elected” me to be the liaison with the English speaking community (don’t ask me why), he wanted to relay that if there’s any crime to report it to Policia Minesterial, or directly to me. Today (8-9-08) he stopped by my office with a red gas powered lawn motor (in really nice condition!!), and a car battery asking if anyone was claiming this stolen recently. I told him I don’t know, and he suggested that I post this on the Onion just in case. - Bill, info[-at-],, 044-612-132-4710, Pescadero

Robbery In The Huertas and Costco - Well, after 10 yrs in the beautiful, tranquil huertas of Pescadero, the rateros hit. Saturday night, 9th July they pulled the palo de arco and nasty palm leaf stems out of the fence - wired up the top two strands of barbed wire and wired down the bottom two strands (this is heavy barbed wire, stretched with a real stretcher). Snipped the points off agave plants and dug up a few more and made a nice little rat hole through the fence. Stole my 60W (2'x2') solar panel off the boat palapa roof c/w small charge controller and cable with plug to charge my boat batteries. Of course they stole two batteries which were sitting out (waiting to be recycled). They're just stupid pendejos, but our paradise has been compromised.

The other break in was in the Costco parking lot. Broke the truck lock stole my briefcase with ckbooks, facturas, personal info etc - digital camera...What did Costco management say?? "Well, they only target gringo vehicles as they know locals have nothing to steal"!! Nice!

Guess we're just going to have to barricade ourselves in - just like the States - maybe get gun permits? Mace? Land Mines? - Mike Carter, mike[-at-], 1450444, Pescadero

Happiest 60th Birthday D J!!! - Birthdays are an opportunity to reconnect with those we care about. Even though we are far apart, I'm with you in spirit on your special day, August 21st! Remembering you on your birthday and always, your little (and younger!) sis in Carlsbad. Love you bro... - Kay Ruby, redruby1954[-at-]

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Pet Corner

Gita Comes Home! - After a full week of worry, Gita, our cat who went missing late July, came home to our casita in Todos Santos-- just in time for her to make the trip North to California! Alan and I took three Mexican-born-and bred cats with us back to our home in Placerville, CA, in early August. We now have an even dozen, 10 of whom were rescues from Todos Santos and Pescadero (Gita was just a few weeks old when she was left in a box with her brother Curly on the doorstep of Dr. Franzoni on a morning I just happened to have a Vet appointment. What's a couple more :) They are all happy cats, enjoying the Gold Country canyon they now call home.

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Misc. For Sale/Wanted

Art Supplies For Sale. - Chimayo Easel by Best Easels $200 USD; Unprimed, HW Cotton Canvas, approx 4yds; $20 USD, 2 Deep Edge, Primed Canvas-covered Mahogany Art Panels, 24”x24”, $50 USD/ea; Quilting Frame, $10; Logan ProAm 3000 hand held mat cutter w/ replacement blades, $30 USD; Hitachi Slide Compound Miter Saw, $150; Lincoln 100 Amp portable arc welder $125.00USD. Alicia or Don, 145-0862 - Alicia Dufaux, cafe.dlicia[-at-], 145-0862

Starband Skyedge Modem - Starband SkyEdge Modem for internet with Starband service. This is there top of the line modem.. One year old. $450.00. New $600.00. The modem is configured and ready to use. - Terry Mcbride, tleemcbride[-at-], 612 -149-2743, Pescadero

Handsome Pine Wardrobe For Sale - Antique Wardrobe, circa late1800’s, perfect extra storage, 61”w x 77”h x 23”d, To see photo, click on
$600 USD. Call Don or Alicia at 145-0862 or come by Café D’licia.
- Alicia Dufaux, cafe.dlicia[-at-], 145-0862, Todos Santos

Power Tools For Sale. - Lincoln 100 Amp portable arc welder $125.00USD; Monarch 3hp gasoline powered water pump $ 80.00USD; Hitachi Slide Compound Miter Saw, $150. Call Don at 044-612-104-7278 or come by Café D’licia - Don Mitchell, kiwimay1999[-at-], 145-0862, Todos Santos

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Vehicles/Boats for Sale

Vehicles For Sale. - 1999 Jeep Wranger, low miles, good condition, soft top w/hard top available, $10,500 USD. 1991 Toyota Previa, high miles but good maintenance record, $1500 USD. Lastly a true Baja vehicle: Rough and Rugged 1984 Jeep CJ7, $3,500 USD. Call Don, 044-612-104-7278 or come by Café D’licia. - Don Mitchell, kiwimay1999[-at-], 044-612-104-7278, Todos Santos

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Rentals Available/Wanted

Rent A Beautiful Little House In Pescadero In Front Of An Organic Orchard And The Pacific Ocean - I am renting my house for ONLY $290 dlls the week or $160 the weekend from August to October. Features 2 bdr, 1 bathr, a 1 1/2 acre lot to relax around plus two beautiful terraces. No one around to bother you and only a mile away from Cerritos Beach Club. - Antonio Mendez, purplemister[-at-], 612 1524053, Pescadero

Las Playitas Vacation Rental - Beautiful and unique palapa home for rent in the lush and secluded area of Las Playitas. Located approx. 8 miles north of Todos Santos, 2.5 miles no. of La Pastora Surf break. Full amentities, including sat. t.v.. This lovely home has 180 degree unobstructed ocean view and is home to many species of birds, cactus and wildlife. Please see website for details and photos - Laura Rio, mcelroysurfboard[-at-],, cell 044 612 141 1986

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Real Estate For Sale

Property For Sale - 1743M2 lot in Pescadero. Large mango, mature guava, both produce fruit in season. 5 large, 50 small well established palms, with working drip irrigation system.$100,000, no agents. Call or e-mail for photos. dtutko1[-at-] or stevetutko[-at-], Pescadero

Las Brisas Lot For Sale. - Beautiful lot next to Café D’licia with mature tropical landscaping, 946 M2, 7 minute walk to beach, irrigation water onsite, all utilities available. To see photos, click on $135,000 USD. Call Don or Alicia at 145-0862 or come by Café D’licia! - Alicia Dufaux, cafe.dlicia[-at-], 145-0862, Todos Santos

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Sales and Services

You Got Mail !!! - Update #1) Baja Bell weekly incoming mail from USA service... thank you for all the inquiries we received !! To clarify= 1 mailbox cost $405 pesos per month (paid 3 months ahead= $1215 pesos by main Primary Client). The Primary Client can decide if he wants this mailbox Private (only for himself and/or 2 other family members), or if he wants to Share the mailbox with 2 other friends/neighbors. We are expecting to ship mail from San Diego as soon as we receive all incoming magazines, and have them here in Pescadero 3 days later.

Many of you asked if you can send mail or FedEx or USPS Express Mail from Pescadero-Todos Santos, and the answer is YES. If we have enough outgoing mail, then we can set up a weekly day when all outgoing mail will be shipped to San Diego and given to FedEx or USPS, usually 3 days after leaving Pescadero. But in order to make any of the above happen we need 5 more mail box participants in order to cover all preliminary costs, and give an EXCELLENT service !!

Soooo, if you want to sign up please contact me ASAP, and don't forget to tell your friends and neighbors. - Bill, info[-at-],, 044-612-132-4710, Pescadero

Bilingual/English Home School? - Certified secondary English teacher with high school age children looking bilingual/English home school network in Todos Santos or Cabo. - Deborah Morey, moreydeb[-at-], 406-788-2732

Dig/Dive/Plunge Into The Mysteries - In the Seeds Of Civilization novels, a Seattle aerospace engineer and his team of amateur investigators follow a trail of strange artifacts in a search of the truth about the age and origin of Earth’s earliest civilizations. Each new investigation reveals clues that are truly “out of this world!”

Tractrix, Tsubute and Triangle give adventure-lovers a glimpse of real life archaeological mysteries—the ancient Maya of Mexico, Japan’s submerged Yonaguni Monument and the “lost city of Cuba,” discovered in 2000 by a Canadian salvage team. Order the series in El Tecolote Libros in Todos Santos or at any online book store. Signed copies may also be ordered directly from the author’s Web site at, Martha Archer, pr[-at-], Todos Santos

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Quote of the Day: " I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn't in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I'd learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself. " - Jesse Owens (1913-1980), American Athlete, 4 time Gold Medalist in Track and Field at the 1936 Olympic Games

Community Calendar
Denotes New or Updated Onion Item This Week
Cabo Mil Happy Hour - 6 :00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. 96.3 FM, In English.
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, Live music by Dalina Jones and Diego Ramirez, 3 to 6 P.M.
Basilfields 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.Colegio Militar near Marquez de Leon
Tennis, Elias Calles, contact Leslie leslie.light1[-at-]
Dinner And A Movie Night at Buena Vida - Dinner 6:00, Movie 8:30 - 612-134-3100, Todos Santos
Basilfields 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Colegio Militar near Marquez de Leon
Tennis, Elias Calles, contact Leslie leslie.light1[-at-]
Smoke Out Fish and Chicken, and Open Mike Night - 8 P.M., The Sandbar, Pescadero.
Zandro's Ashtanga Yoga - 9.00 A.M. Donations, La Arca , Todos Santos
Basilfields 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Colegio Militar, near Marquez de Leon
Music by Shawn & Cowboy, Hotel California, Todos Santos
Live Reggae music from KL. 9:00 P.M. - 1:00 A.M. The Sandbar, Pescadero
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, live music by Dave Hutcheson and Dave de la Valle, 3 to 6 P.M.
Music by Flashback - 8 P.M., Hotel California, Todos Santos
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, Music by Daniel Siqueiros, 3 to 6 P.M.
Tennis, Elias Calles, contact Leslie leslie.light1[-at-]


Monday, Sept. 01- Labor Day (U.S.)
Tuesday, Sept. 16 - Mexican Independence Day (Mex.)
Sunday, Oct. 12 -Dharma Talks with Robert Hall, M.D. resume
Sunday, Oct. 12 - Día de la Raza (Mex.)
Monday, Oct. 13 - Columbus Day (U.S.)
Friday, Oct. 17-19 - ALMA Fishing tournament, Buena Vista
Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2 - Día de los Muertos (Mex.)
Sunday, Nov. 2 - Daylight Savings Time Ends (U.S.)
Tuesday, Nov 11 - Veteran's Day (U.S.)
Saturday, Nov. 15 - East Cape Guild “Gala” Fund Raising Event, Los Barriles
Sunday, Nov. 16 - Asoc. De Artes, (co-sponsor) 1st Art Festival, San Antonio
Thursday, Nov. 20: Mexican Revolution Day (Mex.)
Thursday, Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
Saturday, Nov. 29 - 11:00 - 3:00 Palapa Society's Annual Tiangus
Saturday, Nov. 29 - East Cape Guild “Baja Ha Ha” Golf Tournament
Friday, Dec. 12 - Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Mex.)
Saturday, Dec. 13 - ALMA Rummage Sale, Los Barriles
Sunday, Dec. 14 - Asoc. De Artes – Mural Tour, Los Barriles
Tuesday, Dec. 16 - Las Posadas (Mex.)
Thursday, Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Thursday, Jan. 1 - New Year's Day
Sunday, Jan. 18 - Asoc. De Artes “Casas de Artes” Tour, Los Barriles
Saturday, Feb. 14 - Rotary Club “Valentine Run”, Los Barriles
Sunday, Feb. 22 - 15th Annual Todos Santos Historic House Tour
Sunday, Feb. 22 - Asoc. De Artes “Artist Studio Tour”, Los Barriles
March 5-8 - Sexto Festival de Cine de Todos Santos - Leonardo
Thursday, Mar. 26-29 - Baja Shakespeare , “Comedy of Errors” Rancho Buena Vista
Sunday, Mar. 29 - Asoc. De Artes 16th Annual “Festival de Artes” Rancho B.V.
Wednesday, Apr. 22 - Rotary Club & UVERDE – “Earth Day” celebration
Monday, Jun. 8 - ALMA rummage Sale, Los Barriles
Sunday, Jun. 14 - ALMA Spay & Neuter Clinic, Los Barriles

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