Ok you made it! You managed to maneuver through the Mexican immirgation maze and now have your new visa, permanent or temporary resident. Felicidades!
Now you think you should get a locally plated car and being fearful of the lack of reliable car histories in México, you want a new car (or maybe you are willing to chance a not-so-old used car.) Hey many US cars are made in México for US, Korean, Japanese and German manufacturers so no big deal right?
Same cars, same assembly lines big difference in safety features but same price. Something is not right with this picture. Be sure to read this Fox News story before committing to any car made in México for sale in México.
México’s Booming Car Industry Selling Unsafe Cars
The Todos Santos 2014 Film Festival could use some help, some monetary help that is. To this end they are having an event today at the Teatro Marques de Leon in the center of Todos Santos hoping to attract more contributors and to showcase this year’s and past year’s Todos Santos Film Festival.
Please join the all of us here at the Festival de Cine, Saturday November 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm, for Movie and Wine at the Marquez de Leon Theatre. This is a special thank you for our Friends of the Cine, Sponsors, and Volunteers!
We will be showing:
• Teaser Trailers of our upcoming Jovenes en Video (Youth in Video), “LosTrapiches” short fiction film, currently in post-production
• Encore Presentation of “La Ahorcadita”
• Claymation Shorts (Made summer of 2013 by Jovenes en Video)
• Sneak peek film of the 11th Festival
Wine will be served by Perla of Gastrovino, with wine provided by La Bodega of Todos Santos and Sierra Laguna Vineyards, for a taste of the flavors they will be serving up during the 11th Festival in February.
Please stop by the festival table and renew your membership with us. We also encourage you to review our new advertising packages and other sponsorship options for you and your business to partner with the Todos Santos Film
As México’s middle class grows (and it is growing rapidly) the demand is rising for a college education. One problem: not enough slots in universities for all the qualified students. Public education here in Baja Sur is borderline pathetic but obviously it is better in the more populated urban areas. Peña Nieto is addressing the systemic flaws in México’s public education system but still many hardworking students with good grades will be denied a higher education at public institutions.
The schools are so crowded, admissions have been restricted to those students with the highest grades and entrance exam scores. And private universities, prohibitively expensive for most families and often of terrible quality, are an option for few.
Mexico: Lack Of University Spots “Cut Short The Dreams Of So Many”
I was almost ready to cut whoever decides these road construction matters some slack but no longer. To bring you up to date, there is a major bypass being built so that commercial traffic can avoid the center of Todos Santos. It begins a couple of kilometers outside of town on the La Paz (north) side and ends 3-4 kilometers on the Cabo (south) side of Todos Santos. This major bypass has to be very near completion after all this time.
In the last few weeks, the powers that be decided to rip up the 2 miles of 2 lane highway on the south side of town and put in a very rough dirt detour, this just as our tourist season is coming into force. Buses and semi-trailers are forced to take this dirt detour with its potholes and deep vados. Needless to say, traffic backs up rather quickly and it can take as long as 15 minutes just to get back to the paved highway again depending on what type of vehicles are in front of you. (Rumors are flying around town that the Punta Lobos development people, MIRA Group, had some influence over this decision to expand the last 2 lane segment.)
So people from Pescadero and points south are reluctant to come to Todos Santos and people from Todos Santos are reluctant to go south. So far tour buses don’t seem to have cancelled their visits to Todos Santos but last time the highway was ripped up like this, they eventually did cancel Todos Santos tours to the great demise of local businesses.
Why rant about it? Because as my friend Andy so astutely noted, why didn’t they wait until the bypass was completed before destroying the paved 2 lane road? If they had, the commercial traffic could avoid the dirt detour and life would flow so much easier.
Don’t you wonder who is making these astute construction decisions?
What in the world is going on with the Playitas road construction project in Todos Santos? After months of on again off again uncertainty, machinery and men were present and working on Monday, November 11. They put down about 200 meters of rough asphalt. They didn’t put the final finish on the surface. And that’s all they did!
No one showed up Tuesday through Friday so we are left with a partially asphalted 200 meter stretch. They also did nothing to repair the water damage to the base foundation and left a very rough 3-5 meters at the lowest point of one of the dips (vados) in the roads. Everyone is avoiding it by driving in the oncoming traffic lane. How long before that results in a major head on collision?
My friend Karin said it looked to her like they ran out of asphalt. Or maybe the asphalt machine is broken? Quien sabe?