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Meeting # 334 of the Knights Of Cortez

Meeting # 334 of the Knights Of Cortez.   April 28, 2021

Today’s gathering was an OPEN meeting designed to meet one of the Los Cabo mayoral candidates, Profe Oscar Leggs Castro who will be on the municipal ballot of the upcoming June 6th elections.  This, the third “Meet the Candidate” gathering was held at the Villa Serina Restaurant and well attended by 15 members, 13 guests mostly from our sisters of the local “Tomatoes” organization. We had total of 28 attendees plus the candidate and his staff.

The meeting was called to order at 8.15 AM by Sir Bob. After a brief welcome remark, he introduced Sir Sergio Gonzales who then acted as meeting moderator and translator.

Sir Sergio then introduced Nohemi Romero, who discussed the candidates’ previous experiences and credentials. The candidate, known as Profe Leggs, served the community as deputy of District 8 from 2007-June 2008.  He then served a delegate for Cabo San Lucas from 2018-2021 working along with business people and citizens in the areas in the areas of street cleaning and maintenance and public lighting.

Candidate for Mayor of San Jose Del Cabo Profe Oscar Leggs Castro spoke for 22 minutes outlining his plans for the Municipality if elected.  He expressed concerns regarding poor management of potable water, misdirected funds for street repairs, trash and what he referred to as a large increase in stray digs in our streets. His focus was that the City has in place, managers who know little if anything at all about the departments they are hired to manage.  He stated that if elected, he would replace these mangers with individuals who had expertise and training is the areas in question.

An open forum of questions followed Profe Leggs remarks with most concerns expressed focusing upon the lack of water and uncontrolled development.  Profe Leggs responses reinforced his opening remarks.

It was announced that the next Knights of Cortez meeting would be held at Cascadas Beach Grill in the Los Cascadas Hotel on Medino Beach.

Breakfast was served by the wait staff of the restaurant and the meeting was adjourned at 9:50 AM.

Meeting # 334 of the Knights Of Cortez.   April 28, 2021

Today’s gathering was an OPEN meeting designed to meet one of the Los Cabo mayoral candidates, Profe Oscar Leggs Castro who will be on the municipal ballot of the upcoming June 6th elections.  This, the third “Meet the Candidate” gathering was held at the Villa Serina Restaurant and well attended by 15 members, 13 guests mostly from our sisters of the local “Tomatoes” organization. We had total of 28 attendees plus the candidate and his staff.

The meeting was called to order at 8.15 AM by Sir Bob. After a brief welcome remark, he introduced Sir Sergio Gonzales who then acted as meeting moderator and translator.

Sir Sergio then introduced Nohemi Romero, who discussed the candidates’ previous experiences and credentials. The candidate, known as Profe Leggs, served the community as deputy of District 8 from 2007-June 2008.  He then served a delegate for Cabo San Lucas from 2018-2021 working along with business people and citizens in the areas in the areas of street cleaning and maintenance and public lighting.

Candidate for Mayor of San Jose Del Cabo Profe Oscar Leggs Castro spoke for 22 minutes outlining his plans for the Municipality if elected.  He expressed concerns regarding poor management of potable water, misdirected funds for street repairs, trash and what he referred to as a large increase in stray digs in our streets. His focus was that the City has in place, managers who know little if anything at all about the departments they are hired to manage.  He stated that if elected, he would replace these mangers with individuals who had expertise and training is the areas in question.

An open forum of questions followed Profe Leggs remarks with most concerns expressed focusing upon the lack of water and uncontrolled development.  Profe Leggs responses reinforced his opening remarks.

It was announced that the next Knights of Cortez meeting would be held at Cascadas Beach Grill in the Los Cascadas Hotel on Medino Beach.

Breakfast was served by the wait staff of the restaurant and the meeting was adjourned at 9:50 AM.

The March 31st gathering of the Knights of Cortes

The three hundred twenty sixth meeting of the Knights of Cortez took place on March 31, 2021.  Chef Roger Martin opened the Casa Martin Restaurant especially for us. It is located inside the El Nido B & B, which is owned by Sir Gary Morton.

The meeting was called to order by Sir Bob Schultz at 8:15 AM.  In attendance were a total of 38 persons,  18 members and 16 guests, 10 of whom, with the assistance of Sandra Berry and Marilyn Plank,  were members of the Ladies Tomatoes Social group. The additional guest consisted of those noted below.

BAJA SUR GOVERNOR CANDIDATE:

PANCHO PELAYO

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DISTRICT ONE DEPUTY CANDIDATE:

EDA MARIAPALACIOS MARQUEZ

Along with their respective team members consisting of Luis Aragon and Sergio Perez for the Governor Candidate and Gabriella Palacios Marquez, and Arturo Osunam for the District 1 Deputy’s team. The guests for today’s meeting were arranged for by the Coordinators of the Foreign Community in Los Cabo, Nohemi Romero, and Enrique Gonzalez.

We had encouraged each member to bring your spouse, significant other as well as any friends or neighbors who may have an interest in the future of Baja Sur and our community.

Both candidates where introduced by Nohemi Romero who, with the able assistance of Sir Sergio Gonzales, translated the proceedings for the non-Spanish speaking attendees. Each Candidate’s qualifications and past political experience were presented by way of an English language version of their personal political power point presentation.

Following these presentation, both candidates spoke of their visi0on for the future of the Baja Sur and Cabo in general.  It was noted that Cabo is now the leading and most wealth municipality in Mexico and contributes 85% of the total Mexican Federal budget.

Following was a q& A period. Sir Davis Larson spoke of the advancements already taking place in the Baja Sur especially in the areas of online administration. He further mentioned the need to address the major growth taking place especially in the El Tazel area of Cabo. Water, sewer and CFE electrical shortages would appear to be far behind the growth that is taking place.   

Sir Sergio Gonzalez also mentioned that even though the Cabo San Lucas area produced more than 60 % of the Baja Sur revenues sent to Mexico City, the area seems lacking in being provided a full returning share of money for improvements.  He stated that a disproportionate amount of tax money is returned to LA Paz and San Jose, while Cabo trails badly in the mix.

Sir Bob Schultz spoke of the need for the expat community to be heard by the local and state government.  He noted that although many of the expat community may be unable to vote, they do vote by investing a great deal of money into the community.

At the conclusion of his comments, Sir Bob presented honorary membership in the Knights of Cortes  to each candidate anas well as Nohemi Romero and Enrique Gonzalez..  Sir Bob asked that when the candidates where elected, they might not forget us, but visit the members whenever they are in Cabo.  Pancho Pelayo promised the membership that that would in fact be the case.

At the conclusion of the formal meeting of the Knights of Cortes, breakfast was served while several one-on-one conversation took place.  At 10:40 AM, Sir Bob formally called the meeting concluded.

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.

Breakfast with the Knights, January 11, 2017

Stoplight Restaurant, Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.

There were 17 members of the Knights of Cortés  attending the breakfast meeting this morning, January 11, 2017.  Breakfast was delicious and well priced.

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Stoplight Restaurant
Av. Adolfo López Mateos, in front of “Plásticos del Pacífico”,
near Office Depot, Colonia Arenal, Cabo San Lucas.
Phone: (624) 688-2040
Open: Daily 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
www.loscabosguide.com/stoplight/

Map for breakfast at the Swiss Bakery

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The meeting with the Delegado is at 9:00 a.m. I am suggesting that we arrive by 8:45 am to be ready to start on time.

Peter Straub has agreed to  prepare a special breakfast, after the meeting with the Delegado.   Menu: Scrambled Eggs or Omelettes,  with ham, cheese, mushrooms, etc.,  plus fruit,  pastries, and coffee, at his old Swiss Bakery, located near the Delegación.

I suggest parking in the delegation lot and walking to The Swiss Bakery after the meeting.

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Sergio Monterroso Accounting

At the April 13, 2016 breakfast meeting Sergio will talk about the state of the current economy in Mexico and projected outlook in the near future.

Resumé – CV – Sergio

• Undergraduate degrees; B.S. in Accounting and B.B.A. in Business Administration from (PUC) Pacific Union College
• Golden Gate University (San Francisco) – graduate school of business (corporate taxation)
• UFM Universidad de Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala) – graduate school of business (Economics) and (Value Based Management)
• CPA in public practice 20+ years, (Tax Manager, Audit Manager) Partner in multi-office CPA firm
• Specialized AICPA certificate in Governmental Accounting and Auditing
• CFO for private health care company – Products for Life, Inc. (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
• Corporate Controller (Retail and Travel Division) XEROX corporation (Guatemala City)
•SVMC Consulting – private client based consulting, taxation, financial planning, audit compliance

Email:  sergiovmonterroso@yahoo.com>

 

Breakfast March 16, 2016

Admiral Arturo Lopez Sosa, Cabo San Lucas Naval base.
Contralmirante Arturo Lopez Sosa,  Sector Naval, Cabo San Lucas

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Maritime Emergencies:
Tel: 624-105-1110 – VHF Channel 16

Link to photos from the Search and Rescue training exercise held in 2010.  www.joetysonphotography.com/mexican-navy-search-and-rescue-training/

PDF file for the presentation by Admiral Lopez Sosa. Be patient, the file is slow to load.   www.loscabosmagazine.com/navy/#/1/

Promotional Video of the Mexican Navy posted on YouTube
https://youtu.be/OY7nwGIRZDU

Breakfast 09 March 2016

Estrella Restaurant at Welk Resort. Chris Sands gave an informative presentation on the history of Los Cabos.

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For more information on Los Cabos history visit OldCabo.com a site built and managed by Joseph A, Tyson and Los Cabos Magazine.

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Article by Chris Sands on the history of Los Cabos.

Pirates, Paradise, and the Pericú – Mapping the rich, complicated history of Los Cabos – Los Cabos Magazine, Issue 42.
http://www.loscabosmagazine.com/2015/12/pirates-paradise-and-the-pericu-mapping-the-rich-complicated-history-of-los-cabos/

 

Report on Mexico Auto Registration

This is a long one, but I think important to read and understand what is going on here in Mexico.  Some will say Bull shit, can’t happen. OK then just place in junk mail. But this is the law right from the horses mouth so to speak.  Spent several house in TJ just  before I came back. Attached is a report of what I was told.  By: Bob Schultz

MEXICO AUTO REGISTRATION

As many of you are aware, I recently went back to the US to take care of some personal matters. As I was driving,  I stopped at the SAT Office in TJ to see if I could assertain the latest facts regarding importing of US and Canadian registerd autos.  They seemed as confused as the rest of us but I think I did glean some useful information and facts.
Read the complete report here:
http://www.knightsofcortes.com/mexico-auto-registration/