Monthly Archives: November 2006

20 November – Mexican Revolution

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, which ended the 30+ year rule of dictator Porfirio Diaz. Read more about the revolution on or on

Here in Todos Santos, the event is celebrated with a parade through town by the school children. The parade begins at the bank and ends at the baseball stadium. Other events happen at the stadium. November 20th is a national holiday and all government offices, banks and many businesses are closed.

Building on the Dunes and Adios Gretchen and Melch

Last night, I spoke with one of the locals who is spearheading the drive to prevent homes from being built on the dunes in the Todos Santos area. He told me that the battle is nearly lost and the government will not step up to protect the fragile eco-system and the part the dunes play in it. He also told me that one building permit has already been granted to Ed Ogden Gutierrez, who some of you may recall once headed a local real estate company and originally sold the dune lots. If this is true, it is indeed very sad.

I was informed that there are building restrictions, including a 20 meter offset from the peak of the dune and a height limitation. But no matter what the limitations are, damage will be done to the dunes if people build near them. Native grasses will be trampled and no one knows how this will effect them and their part in holding the dunes together.

On a happier note, last night was a pot luck going away party for Gretchen and Melch. They are moving to England to enjoy the cold wet winter. It seemed that most of Todos Santos’ ex-pats attended the party. Sorry, no photos.

Galería On·cé Again, Sergio and More Highway Trouble

Let’s try that photo gallery opening announcement again:

Galería On·
Grand Opening – Tuesday, November 21, 5 p.m., wine and hors d’oeuves. New photography gallery on Calle Hidalgo near the corner of Militar, across from Los Adobes. Featuring the photography of Jack Hamilton and Howard Ekman.

Also, late yesterday evening, a large semi-trailer, hauling enormous date palm trees, lost the trees on Highway 19 near Elias Calles and blocked both lanes of traffic for a long time. The people I got the info from, turned around and spent the night in Cabo San Lucas. So remember, Highway 19 is dangerous and not dependable. Imagine if you were on your way to the airport and something like this happened.

Hurricane Sergio is now only a tropical storm and seems about to wander aimlessly while weakening…check for more info.

Sergio, Bank Hours, Galería On·cé and Bicycles

First of all, that pesky Hurricane Sergio appears to be holding together and continues to head in our direction. Our new photo gallery, Galería On·, is having an opening reception on Tuesday November 21 and it seems like it will be a wet party if Sergio continues in his current state and direction. Ni modo!

In a move that only full time residents will truly appreciate, beginning Tuesday, November 21, our local Banorte bank will be extending its hours, closing at 4 pm instead of 2 pm. Now that’s real magic!!!

Finally, on Sunday, November 19, there will be a huge bicycle entourage leaving La Paz and pedaling to Todos Santos. They leave at 8 am and the trip is expected to take 5 hours, mas o menos. Hopefully I can get some photos.

Can This Be Real?

Two items of amazing note – first there is yet another late season storm inching it’s way north toward Baja. What is going on? More info: National Hurricane Service  – Sergio

And yes, Virginia, there really is electricity in some homes in Las Tunas. Not all, not yet. But this is a start.

“Old Mexico” raises ugly head in Oaxaca crisis

The problems of mainland Mexcio seem far away from us here on the frontier, in Baja. But all is not well in the southern Mexican states. Worthwhile reading from Reuters by way of Yahoo:

But the Mexico of corruption, poverty and brutality, lingers just below the surface in large swathes of the country, ready to burst forth.

Restaurants, Sueno Tropical and Emergency Numbers

Today on the street, a friend commented that I should explain what happened with Sueno Tropical. So, quoted from the October 2006 issue of El Calendario:

Also missing in action is Sueño Tropical. Ross and Claudia have retired to enjoy the good life after many years of hard work “down on the farm.” The palo de arco shack that served as their tienda in Pescadero has been torn down and there are no known plans for a new one. Autumn, winter and spring just won’t be the same without all those fresh fruits, herbs and veggies that we all took for granted.

There are rumors that someone really wants to open an organic market here in town, but so far nothing.

Pizza My Heart pizzaria closed before it ever opened. Apparently the owner got in over his head. However, supposedly other pizza options are still in the works. We do have a new restaurant on Highway 19 at the south end of town, Los Almuerzos. It’s in the building that Carmen Priede Schubert owns, the same one that once sported signage reading “Vegitarian Real Estate.”

Finally, the emergency phone number that we have been publishing in El Calendario for over a year goes unanswered when called. This was the one number to call to reach police, fire and medical help. Another friend says she was told to use the 066 number (like 911 in the US) but this connects you to emergency assistance in La Paz. Seems like there should be a number here in Todos Santos. When we find it, we will be sure to let you know what it is.

The weather has warmed up over the last few days. Nights are still below 70 but not as cool as they were and the days are hot in the sun. Sadly, the ocean has been mostly flat lately too. Except at Los Cerritos. Where are those northwest swells?