Breakfast Meeting of the Knights of Cortes

March 17, 2021

Today was the three hundred twenty-fifth gathering of the Knight’s of Cortes breakfast group. The meeting was held at the Villa Serena Restaurant. Moderator Robert Schultz, called the meeting to order at 8:20 AM.

Attending were eighteen members and eight guests.  The meeting featured a guest speaker. This morning was a “TOWN HALL” type meeting allowing our members and invited guests to meet the possible PAN Candidate for Mayor of San Jose Del Cabo:

Profesora Lupita Saldana

Campaigning is not allowed in Mexico’s election process until April, so Sr. Saldana expressed her desire to hear from us, the locals…the ExPATS community about what our concerns are. We asked those attending to come prepared to suggest possible concerns and  actions that the municipal government might undertake to make Cabo a better place to live.

Questions ran the full gambit of concerns with water once again being one of the primary reoccurring issues. Srt. Saldania noted that as a currently seated Senator in Mexico City, she has repeatedly attempted to address the needs for water infrastructure improvements.  She contends that the current administration has in place, non-qualified political appointees in management positions within the water department.  

She further noted that this seems to be the problem within several other departments as well.  They are being managed by individuals who are less than qualified. She promised if elected, to replace these individuals with engineers and others who have the needed education and firsthand knowledge and capability to properly manage the problems within several departments.

Additional concerns included zoning and what appears to be a lack of enforcement of the laws regarding Highrise buildings which hare blocking of views by new construction.  Ms Saldania noted that there is a Master Plan that was put into place almost 10 years ago and that she will work diligently to enforce the guidelines established by that civil engineering master plan.

The question of planned project was brought forth.  During our meeting with City Engineers two weeks earlier, they noted five priority project that the current administration wanted to see undertaken.  

The question was brought forth as to why, in as much the Cabo San Lucas area of the City,  which accounts for more than 55% of the total population and 65 % of the Tax revenues, yet only one of the five projects would be to benefit Cabo San Lucas and the other four would be placed with San Jose portion of the city.  

The question was “When will Cabo begin to get it’s fair share of the improvements.  Sr. Saladia referred back to the water and highway situation being largely a Cabo rea improvement

The meeting concluded at 10:45 AM with the awarding of Sr. Saldania with an “Honorary Membership” to the Knights of Cortes, as Lady Lupita Saldania.

Knights of Cortez Meeting of March 3, 2021

The three hundred twenty fourth meeting of the Knights of Cortez took place on March 3, 2021 at the New Cabo Bakery located inside the Pioneer Plaza.  The meeting was called to order by Sir Bob at 8:05 AM.  In attendance were 18 members and one guest, along with four members of the Municipal Government.

Thanks to the efforts of Sir Alex Tapia, we were honored with the attendance of several of the high-ranking officials of the Los Cabos Municipal planning and works department.  Included in the group were the Director of Public works, Arch. Rogelio Magaña, the Municipal Síndico lawyer Alejandro Fernandez Briseño and the Director of Human Settlements in the Municipality Eng. Erasmo Castañeda Alvarez; 

They, along with Arch. Rogelio shared with us the projected plans for several of the future projects that our community needs to provide greater diversity and added cultural aspects to our community. These are projected projects that will require broad support from all areas of the community with everyone cooperation and support. They brought with them a Large TV screen and computer that showed computer created videos of these projects.

Four projects in particular were highlighted in the meeting and can, along with other projects on the drawing boards, be viewed in greter detail at the Los Cabo City web site: https://www.Los Cabos.Gob.Mx 

1. A remodeling of the Central plaza at San José by adding an Arcade alongside the buildings E façade.  New landscape design utilizing various locally indigenous species. There currently is no existing landscape. A major change would be the relocation of current gazebo to the center of the area as well as adding a new fountains. 

2. A Marine Museum. This project would use the existing historical building at the N facade of the secondary plaza where Mi Casa Hotel is currently located at the E facade. 

3. Historical regional records building. This would be a facility where all records would be available to public.  They would be digitalize. Also this facility would be used for a career training area for office space for the curators of the data. 

4. A multiuse Theater, seating 700 people as part of the cultural upgrade for Cabo residents. It would require the demolition of the existing poor plan construction that exist in the current Cultural Center site.           

A question regarding water issue was raised a member.   Arch. Rogelio Magaña replied in general as follows.

The City has 12 wells within the potable water system.  Currently, only 6 are functioning and providing usable water.  He advised that he has personally gone to Mexico City in an attempt to acquire funds to repair the 6 unused wells, but to no avail.  It would appear that the Federal Government which controls the OMSTAPA has embarked upon a project creating another Desalination plant first.

Legislators greenlighted a public-private partnership contract for the 3.9bn-peso desalination plant in Los Cabos municipality and the 1.3bn-peso improvement of the water distribution system in Cabo San Lucas city, congress said in a statement on Thursday. 

The plant was estimated to cost US$50mn, but authorities updated the amount to around US$178mn, without providing a reason for the increase. Also, the original proposal did not include the water distribution improvement. 

 Completion of this project is projected to take approximately 2-3 years for completion.  In the meantime, a moratorium on NEW hotel, condominium and apartment planning or approval is in place.  Several large projects have already been approved, waiting for construction to begin.  These will be allowed to be built as they had been approved prior to the moratorium being put into place.

Bottom line?  We will be experiencing much larger water shortages over the next two years as smaller condominium, apartment and new home construction continues to grow rapidly.

Following breakfast services and some small group conversation, the meeting was closed at 10:40 AM.

The next breakfast meeting of the Knights of Cortez will take place on March 10, 2021 at 8:00 AM and once again at the New Cabo Bakery. Please RSVP your intentions when you receive the Evite.  Due to the governments  COVID 19 requirement placed on the restaurant, Please, we can not accept a “maybe” response.