Finishing touches on 350 peso foreign tourist tax in Baja California Sur

Translated by Fulano from an article in VizcainoHoy.com.

After the hotel operators in Los Cabos refused to collect the 350 peso tax on foreign tourists approved by congress in 2017, saying that this tax “would make Los Cabos lose competitiveness”, the state government is about to sign an agreement with Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico and Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares, to collect it at air terminals when the tourist departs.

Governor Carlos Mendoza announced that this tax will be included in the proposed 2019 fiscal package that will be sent shortly to the state congress and trusted that the deputies will have the common sense to support this measure, addressing “the imperative need” of the state to get financial resources. The incoming undersecretary of revenues for the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that there will no longer be extraordinary financial resources for the states, and that local governments will have to “scratch it up with their own nails”.

Mendoza Davis stressed the importance of increasing tax collections to address such elementary items such as health and education, which could not be met without additional income.

On the causes that led to the refusal of the Los Cabos hotel operators to collect this tax in their hotels, the governor said that according to them their customers could not distinguish between what was the cost of the lodging and the tax; they have their arguments, he noted.

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Man involved in kidnappings in Mexico deported by the US to Tijuana

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

TIJUANA, Baja California, October 16, 2018 – Felipe Pérez Landa, nicknamed “El Sureño,” and believed to be a member to a kidnapping band “Los Rojos,” was turned over to the federal Attorney General yesterday afternoon.

“El Sureño was arrested Sunday as he drive on Interstate 8 in San Diego County after leaving a bull riding event.

The presumed kidnapper was deported today at the El Chaparral border crossing, after living illegally in the United States.

He is also implicated in the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43

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Baja 1000 suspended and Score International fined US$27,000

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Vigia.

Score International was fined more than 500,000 pesos and as a precautionary measure, to guarantee payment, there is a temporary suspension of the Score Baja 1000 race.

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency levied the sanction because in the last offroad race the course went through protected areas of the Valle de los Cirios.

Among the damages caused was the destruction of lophocereus schottii cacti, which are a protected species.

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A health crisis looms over Los Cabos

Translated by Fulano from an article in Peninsular Digital.

Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.- A health crisis looms over Los Cabos, where raw sewage runs permanently through the streets and flies ravage the neighborhoods, a situation that must be added to the potholes that make fluid transit through the main roads impossible.

In view of the ills already described above, organized civil society and businessmen from the downtown Cabo San Lucas will carry out a cleaning campaign on October 13 at 7AM in the morning, inviting the entire population to join in this activity, which seeks to alleviate the situation that exists here.

“The campaign will be with manual sweeping, washing streets and disinfection, as well as what is necessary to meet the tourist influx season in the best way and with the best attitude” said the group “Friends of Cabo San Lucas AC.”

“The truth is that I’ve been here in Los Cabos for years, and I’ve never had to live with or see such a precarious situation in Los Cabos. Wherever you turn there are rivers of raw sewage, children getting sick in the stomach,” said Diana Sepúlveda, head of a well-known pharmacy in the center of Cabo San Lucas.

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Investigating major case of corruption by Rosarito municipal judge and police in case of clandestine party

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

Another mega corruption scandal as placed the Rosarito municipal administration under public scrutiny.

Now Municipal Judge Ramón Celestino Medrano Aguilar and a group of municipal police, including the downtown Rosarito police station commander, are accused of an extortion plan for their own benefit to free those arrested at the clandestine party on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

The impudence was so great, that the Municipal Attorney did not even find records for the more than 50 adults arrested at the party, much less records of the more than 100 minors in the holding cells at the police station. A mass arrest that left no trace.

The early investigation results by the municipal attorney show that the municipal judge on duty, in complicity with municipal police, collected a mordida to free the adults and some cases also for the minors, without depositing the money in the municipal coffers.

In spite of the fact the arrests occurred while the party was occuring, not one adult was presented to the public minister for corruption of minors.

In fact, the municipal coffers have no record of any payments for administrative fines for the more than 50 adults arrested at the clandestine party, according to the municipal attorney.

As a part of the investigation, the municipal attorney called for statements from those involved and also demanded a report from the Court Coordinator, David Rivera Hernández.

Under the premise that the acts of corruption will be tolerated, Mayor Mirna Rincón Vargas instructed the municipal attorney to thoroughly investigate the case and identify those responsible.

For the time being, Municipal Judge Medrano has been suspended during th‌e investigation.

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Warning of a large drop in tourism for Cancún for 2019

Translated by Fulano from an article in Reportur.com.

September 16, 2018 – Cancún recorded an 18% drop in passenger demand for 2019, and one cannot cover the Sun with a finger and only give happy figures to the authorities, said the CEO of Apple Leisure Group, Alex Zozaya, who emphasized, according to Quadratin, that Quintana Roo is enduring a crisis.

The head of the largest tourism group in the United States and the largest American hotel operator in the Caribbean, said that the State Secretary of Tourism, Marisol Vanegas, “appears to be dedicated to giving good news to the state governor, and does not like to give out bad news.”

Since August, 2017, he added,I have been telling Tourism Secretary Marisol Vanegas that we are in a crisis and we are continuing to cover the Sun with a finger, and continue saying no, it is not true. We are driving looking into the rear view mirror, we are saying look at those 2017 statistics. In that sense, he said there is no reason to even look at the 2018 numbers, but for 2019 there is an 18% drop in passenger demand for Cancún.

He reported that each time he told the state Tourism Secretary that the sector is experiencing a problem, she only says that everything is fine, when not only is it evident that tourist numbers are falling, but so is the average room rate, as good customers are being substituted for cheaper ones, as has been reported in Reportur.mx.

He said that at the national level, tourism has fallen off 5% and for next Winter they are seeing a worse picture.

“It is clear there is a problem and we want to say nothing is happening here,” as he also stated that the high income tourist does not come to a destination if there are crime problems, even if the room is free. Lower income tourists are coming because room rates are dropping.

The first thing which has to be done to address this problem, he said, is the admit it exists, and stop pretending that nothing is happening. Once that is recognized, we have to act and do so in a united manner,” and there is the big problem we have to do with the government, and the governor is very aware of this.” He said the issues which need to be urgently addressed are crime, seaweed, promotions and publicity.

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AMLO says he will not fight with Trump over the border wall

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

GUAYMAS, Sonora, September 22, 2018 – Although he said that the immigration problem will not be resolved by building walls, president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador clarified that he will not fight with US President Donald Trump over the matter, even when he is “being confrontational.”

“I don’t want a confrontation with the United States government, even if they are being provocative, I am not going to fall victim to any provocation. There are many who want us to fight with everyone, we are not going to fight with President Donald Trump, love and peace,” he said.

“I need to come to the presidency on December 1 to start working on these matters. We are looking for an agreement, seeking and understanding, that there be a friendly relationship with the United States government,” he assured.

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Tijuana police continue to extort tourists

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Sol de Tijuana.

Tijuana – In spite of efforts from tourist authorities and municipal police, foreign tourists continue being extortion victims by Tijuana municipal police.

An American tourist told El Sol de Tijuana that this week he entered Tijuana at the Eastern entrance and was approached by municipal police who told him he had “suspicious face.” They then searched him and took US$100 dollars from his wallet.

“After they took the US$100 dollars, they took me in a police patrol to my dentist. They knew I had not committed any crime, they only wanted to steal my money,” said the visitor, who asked to remain anonymous.

The president of the Tijuana Tourist and Conventions Committee, Francisco Villegas Peralta, admitted they have been unable to eliminate extortion of foreign tourists by Tijuana municipal police officers.

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There are at least 300 charlatan plastic surgeons in Tijuana

Translated by Fulano from an article in Uniradio Informa.

TIJUANA – In Tijuana there are only 54 certified plastic surgeons, although it is estimates there are around 300 “charlatans” who after completing simple internet courses are carrying out surgeries in Tijuana which could end up killing their patients, said certified plastic surgeon Camina Cárdenas.

“It took a year when I studied to be a plastic surgeon. First there was seven years of medical school, a national exam, a huge funnel where more than 10,000 people applied for no more than 2,000 positions, and in my specialty, there were no more than 400 places,” said the plastic surgeon, who said it took more than 10,000 hours of study, between classrooms and operating rooms.

She said that these “surgeons,” some of them doctors, others are veterinarians and dentists, or in the worse case not even doctors, advertise all over offering cosmetic surgeries, such as liposuction and breast augmentations, at prices much less than a professional, and in a desire to not spend more money, people fall victim to their statements and agree to the surgeries.

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