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Baja California Sur’s (And Todos Santos’) Long Term Issues

You have heard me complain about water in my neighborhood. It’s still the same, either the delivery system isn’t functioning correctly or the guy who is supposed to manually open and shut the valves isn’t working because he is drunk or the water utility is trying to deliver too little water to too many homes at the same time, resulting in very low pressure and low water flow, pressure so low that water won’t come out of a garden spigot. And our home storage tanks are rarely full and we never truly know if we will get water delivery on the days we are scheduled. This makes it really hard to organize and know when to shower, wash clothes or water plants. Yet the municipal water authorities in La Paz have granted the right to 23,000 gallons a day to the new Tres Santos development, yep, the very same developers who stated in public that they would not use a single drop of municipal water in their development. But I digress….

Mike Brozda has recently posted a superior look at the potentially devastating issues that Baja California Sur (and Todos Santos) are facing. It’s a long article, very well researched and executed, and worthy of your time to read.

Boiling Points: Overdrawn Aquifers, Scarce Surface Water, Mega-Developments, Controversial Desalination Plants and “Zombie” Gold Mines Superheat Debate in the Desert

Did those topics catch your attention? They should. Read the entire, well written article: Water Pressures In Baja California

Unbelievable Fall Weather – Tropical Cyclones In November

Tell me it isn’t so! We started the hurricane season in May with one of the strongest and earliest storms on record and now we seem set to end the season on the same note, with soon to be Hurricane Sandra coming way too close for comfort. I don’t know about you but I just finished clearing all the weeds from my yard after the many summer rains and was looking forward to increasingly cooler and drier weather. We will know more in the next 24-48 hours, but it looks like Sandra is going to impact our area going into the Thanksgiving weekend. Thank you very much, I’ll have a hurricane with my turkey! :(

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Tropical Storm Sandra - Nov. 24, 2015

This from Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters:

Tropical Storm Sandra formed on Tuesday morning in the record-warm Pacific waters off the south coast of Mexico, about 570 miles south of Manzanillo. Sandra joins last week’s Tropical Storm Rick as one of the latest-forming tropical storms in the history of the Eastern Pacific. Since accurate records began in 1949 (with higher-quality satellite records beginning in 1971), the Eastern Pacific has seen only six tropical storms form after November 18: December 5, 1983 (Winnie), November 27, 1971 (Sharon), November 27, 1951 (Unnamed), November 24, 2015 (Sandra), November 20, 2011 (Kenneth), and November 19, 2015 (Rick). None of these storms hit land. If Sandra hits land, it will be the latest landfalling Eastern Pacific storm on record… If Sandra does reach Category 2 strength, it will be the strongest Eastern Pacific hurricane known to exist so late in the year. All of the six cyclones above were tropical storms or Category 1 hurricanes except for Kenneth, which hit Category 4 strength on November 24, 2011. Kenneth is the latest-occurring major hurricane in Eastern Pacific records.

Mid-November 2015 Weather And Bug Update

The summer like weather has lingered a long time. It hasn’t been terrible but still the days have been very hot in the sun and the nights, while coolish, have not been cool enough to rid us of the infestation of “bo-bos” or biting midges AKA noseeums. And the mosquitoes have hung around too.

Last night, Nov. 16, that all changed. The winds blew hard from the north (and are still blowing very hard from the north today) and the temps dropped strongly down to 58F in Pescadero and supposedly 65F in Todos Santos. The current humidity is 38% so even though the air temp is in the low 80s F, it feels cool. It was cool this morning and there were NO bo-bos nor mosquitoes bothering me when I walked the dog today.

Maybe, just maybe, summer has finally left Todos Santos for the year 2015.

Updated “Tres Santos” Article From Viviane Mahieux

Viviane Mahieux is actively ensuring that the word gets out in print about the “mindful” Tres Santos development in Todos Santos, Baja. Over the weekend, local fishermen blockaded access to Punta Lobos and the Tres Santos construction site. Apparently it’s going to take civil disobedience to convince people in power that a grave error has been made in the permitting process for this project.

Resistance is growing in Todos Santos, Baja California, to a tourism and University campus mega-development of 4,500 homes that claims to be ‘free range and locally sourced’, writes Viviane Mahieux. It has already grossly disfigured one of Mexico most gorgeous beaches, while locals fear it will drain their aquifers and obliterate a harmonious community.

Nothing Mindful About Tres Santos / CSU Development In Todos Santos Baja

 

Yet Another Disturbing Video Of The Effects Of Tres Santos’ Construction On Local Fishermen

Sadly, I believe the effects of the ongoing construction will only get worse.