Wednesday, November 19, 2014

American Football in Rosarito & Baja


Did you know Football Americano (American-style football) is being played by high school kids in Baja California? We didn't. When we received a press release from Rosarito coach Mike Robles, we were curious. So we sent him a couple questions to be answered and asked for some photos. Looks exciting and we are sure they would love to see you at a game this fall.

BajaVisitor: American football in Baja? How did this come about?



Coach Robles: There have been teams in Baja and throughout Mexico for many years. For the past 4 years I have been collecting, importing and distributing donated equipment for Baja players. So Cal supporters with donations include the Chargers, seven universities, a dozen high schools.



  
BajaVisitor: Coach Robles, can you give us a little background on yourself and how you ended up in Rosarito? 

Coach Robles: I played high school (Wilson Los Angeles, a national power) and college football, Claremont McKenna. I coached high school and college football and baseball for 30 plus years in So Cal, head coach and assistant roles. I was teaching and coaching the previous 3 years in Ensenada (UABC and CETYS).

With the collapse of the highway connecting my home in Bajamar to Ensenada, I decided to look for who I could help in Rosarito. My wife, Kate, and I have owned in Bajamar for 12 years and have lived here full time the past 4 years.


BajaVisitor: Are the rules the same as in the U.S.? How many teams play in Baja and how many games will you play in a season?

Coach Robles:  The rules are the same as USA. In Baja there are over 30 high school, 8 college, and numerous youth teams that play American football. A few compete with teams in So Cal. Teams play about 10 games each season.


 
BajaVisitor: How do we find more information on the team? Where/when do they play? Is there a website?

Coach Robles: The players are from COBACH Primer Ayuntamiento High School Playas de Rosarito. The COBACH system (38 high schools in Baja - 2 in Rosarito) is simular to So Cal Magnet Schools providing for the top public school students in Baja. We have 40 players, ages 15-18, only 5 have ever played American Football.

Our first game is Sept 6, 1PM, Rosarito, Government Sports Complex Stadium (one mile north of Walmart, next to COBACH).

There is a COBACH website:  www.cobachbc.edu.mx/




    
BajaVisitor: Any final thoughts you'd like to pass along?

Coach Robles: We are blessed to have 5 assistant coaches - we are all volunteers - 2 retired Americans who coached football in USA, 1 Mexican vetenarian who played professional soccer in Guadalajara, 1 American working in Rosarito (photographer) who played college football in USA, and one Mexican Dad who played football in USA.

Baja leaders have been helpful with importation of donations- Nicolas Saad/Owner of San Nicholas Hotel, Ensenada and Baja icon, Mariano Escobedo/Director of Baja International Relations, Oscar Escobedo/Director of Baja Tourism, Linda Casillas/Director DIF Rosarito.


Editor's Note: Coach Robles' team (COBACH Primer Ayuntamiento High School Playas de Rosarito) has made it to the the playoffs. They play the weekend of Nov. 21st-23rd at a TBD location.We are sure Coach wouldn't mind more fans, so if you are interested in seeing the game, please email him at marobles14@gmail.com.


 

   

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cabo update for Hurricane Odile

We received this update courtesy of http://www.snellrealestate.com

A I R L I N E  &  A I R P O R T   I N F O

    Commercial airline flights resumed October 8th
    By October 15th, 30 flights are expected to be in operation per day and the number of flights is expected to grow based on demand from travelers. Non-stop flights include:
    October 10:  Atlanta (Delta), San Francisco (United)
    October 15:  Orange County (Southwest)
    October 18: Dallas, Chicago (American), Denver (Southwest), Charlotte (US Air)
    October 23: San Francisco (Virgin)
    October 26: Los Angeles (United), Calgary & Vancouver (WestJet)
    October 31: Dallas, San Diego (Spirit)
    November 1: Denver (Frontier, United)
    December 13: Newark (United)
    Full flight itineraries are expected to return beginning early December.



​I N F R A S T R U C T U R E  &  T O U R I S M

    -As of today, electricity, telephone, internet and potable water supplies have been restored in Los Cabos and Baja California Sur.
    -CFE restored 7,971 damaged power poles, 1,353 damaged transformers, 534 damaged transmission towers and power to 292,000 residents in only 17 days.  A truly notable effort.
   - The Mexican government has made the recovery of Los Cabos, Mexico's third most popular tourism destination, a top priority.
    -Los Cabos welcomes approximately 2 million visitors per year.
    -Cabo welcomed four cruise ships this past weekend from Princess, Holland  America, and the Norwegian cruise lines.
    -Ten more cruise ships are expected to arrive in October with an estimated 18,000 passengers.
    -Los Cabos activities and tours are up and running: fishing fleets, water activities, tours and land activities and more!



G O L F   C O U R S E S:

Area golf courses are moving forward, as well. See below for a status update on local golf courses.

    Cabo del Sol - November 15 - estimated
    Cabo del Sol Ocean - October 1 (Holes 10-15.) Complete course Nov 1 - estimated
    Cabo Real - open
    Chileno Bay - October 31 - estimated
    Club Campestre San Jose - open
    Cabo San Lucas Country Club - October 4
    Diamante Dunes - November 1
    El Dorado - TBD
    Palmilla - December 15 - estimated
    Puerto Los Cabos - open
    Punta Sur - November 27 - estimated
    Querencia - open



H O T E L S:

"The news that has encouraged us the most is that the investments are not going to stop in Los Cabos; rather, hoteliers and owners who may have considered hotel renovations in 2015 are taking this as an opportunity to handle any remodeling now. This will not only allows Los Cabos time to recover but several of our hotels will now be "upgraded" in terms of facilities, landscaping and services. This will further solidify Los Cabos' position as one of the top international and national tourist destinations," said Renato Mendonca, President of the Los Cabos Hotel Association.

Just some of the open Hotels are Bahia Hotel and Beach Club, Hotel California (Todos Santons), Pueblo Bonito Rose, Casa Dorada, Riu Palace, Hacienda Encantada and more. Some others set to open are:

    Tropicana Inn - October 15
    Royal Solaris Los Cabos - November 1
    Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Resort & Spa - November 1
    Barcelo Grand Faro at Los Cabos - November 3
    Secrets Puerto Los Cabos - november 15
    Secrets Marquis Los Cabos - November 15
    The One&Only Palmilla - December 15
    Esperanza - An Auberge Resort - December 15
    Cabo Azul Resort & Spa - January 2015
    ME by Melia Cabo - February 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22nd - Hurricane Odile Updates, Information, Photos

Damage in Mulege


NOTE: This is will be the last post we put on our blog, look to our Facebook or Twitter account for future Hurrican Odile information.

September 21st - Hurricane Odile slammed into the Baja Peninsula on September 14th at night. Significantly damaging Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto and Mulege plus the smaller local communities. There are many reports, updates, photos and information out there so we decided to place some of the information in this blog post which we will update for the next few days.

We will keep contact information at the top followed by a chronological order of information. Most current information first.

Please SCROLL DOWN for all updates (Don't forget to read the other posts from yesterday. They are to the right)


INFORMATION

U.S. State Department’s Overseas Citizen Services at 1-888-407-4747

U.S. Consulate in Tijuana has an email for information/assistance; OdileEmergencyUSC@state.gov

Web: http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/citizen_services/hurricane-odile.html
U.S. Emergency tel: (619) 692-2154

Los Cabos Consular Agency (An extension of the Consulate in Tijuana)
Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur C.P. 23406
Phone:(52)(624)143-3566
Fax: (52)(624)143-6750
E-mail:ConAgencyLosCabos@state.gov

Here is a link with the U.S. Embassy & U.S. Consulates in Mexico: http://www.mexonline.com/embassy.htm

Link to Mexican Embassies in U.S./Canada; http://www.mexonline.com/consulate.htm

Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) Cabo; (624) 143-7869
Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) La Paz; (612) 122-1222

Red Cross Mexico's website; http://www.cruzrojamexicana.org.mx/

General information on Mexico; http://www.mexonline.com/


UPDATES from Twitter, Facebook, Websites plus images
If you have some information you want us to post, email us at bajavisitor@yahoo.com or post to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/BajaVisitor/358106480904147) or our Twitter (https://twitter.com/baja_visitor). Or you can comment at the bottom of this long post.

NOTE: we can not verify everything on this blog, so please check all information, etc.

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DONATE! DONATE! DONATE!
Here's a fundraising campaign for helping the smaller communities in Baja outside the big resorts of Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto. Help us, help them rebuild their homes & lives by putting money directly into their hands; http://www.youcaring.com/other/hurricane-odile-relief-for-the-poor/235896

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Facebook update from http://www.clubsolaris.com
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Video showing Ensenada government supplies in Bahia de los Angeles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t82N2WdZnWc
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Here's another donation site; https://fundly.com/restore-baja-after-hurricane-odile

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Here's another opportunity to donate; http://www.gofundme.com/eveopc

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Another way to help, buy a t-shirt; http://www.booster.com/loscabosrelief
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Former NFL QB in Cabo during hurricane, plans to return and help; http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/21/6724269/former-nfl-qb-kevin-kolb-escapes.html

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URGENT REQUEST

"A Rotary Club in Oregon has just donated the material we need to operate our fogging operation! We desparately need to get this marterial transported to Mulege ASAP. It is located near Bend Oregon and consists of 6 cases, 2 2 1/2gal. boxes per case. Partial acceptance is OK. Anyone in Central/Eastern Washington, Oregon, Northern idaho or Canada planning to head south soon? We can meet you at the locale of your choosing for the sake of convenience. Tons of very positive KARMA awaits the person or persons that steps up. We have had Dengue Fever outbreaks before in mulege that resulted in a fatality. Let us not let history repeat itself. We cannot rely on the Feds this time around. Their resources are streached big time. Thanks for considering this vital mission."

Rotary Club : Randy cell: 916.203.7500 or email: kasakepee@gmail.com

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From the U.S. Embassy in Mexico;

"The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is a top priority of the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy.  U.S. citizens requiring assistance can visit https://tfa.state.gov/ccd, selecting “2014 Hurricane Odile,” and providing as much information as possible.  Phone 1-888-407-4747 (from the United States and Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) or email OdileEmergencyUSC@state.gov for additional information.  To contact the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana, please email ACSTijuana@state.gov or call 011-52 (664) 977-2000.  After hours or on weekends, you can also contact the Consulate’s U.S.-based emergency answering service at (619) 692-2154."

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http://www.wavesforwater.org/

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Here is a message forwarded to us by Posada del Cortes about Loreto;

"La Sierra La GIGANTA did it ́s work!!, it PROTECTS Loreto very good from Odile. It was
strong,....but our COMMUNITY is even STRONGER!, We are Blessed to be part of this
community that worked very hard to recover most of the town in five days. That is why we need
the support of everybody that loves Loreto and SPREAD THE WORD.....LORETO IS 100%
READY TO RECEIVE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS !! We need to work and support the south
baja state working!!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

La Sierra la GIGANTA nos protegió como siempre, en esta ocasión de Odile....Estuvo
fuerte...pero nuestra COMUNIDAD es aún MÁS FUERTE!. Es una B
ENDICIÓN formar parte de esta gran comunidad que ha trabajado mucho para recuperarse casi por completo en CINCO DIAS!.
Es por esto que necesitamos que CORRAN LA VOZ.....¡LORETO ESTÁ AL100!,
¡LISTOS PARA RECIBIRTE A TI Y A TUS AMIGOS!!. Necesitamos apoyar
a la Baja SurTRABAJANDO......Porfavor PASA LA VOZ!!

Thank you
ASOCIACION DE HOTELES DE LORETO, A. C.

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La Sierra La GIGANTA did it ́s work!!, it PROTECTS Loreto very good from Odile. It was
strong,....
but our COMMUNITY is even STRONGER!, We are Blessed to be part of this
community that worked very hard to recover most of the town in five days. That is why we need
the support of everybody that loves Loreto and SPREAD THE WORD.....LORETO IS 100%
READY TO
RECEIVE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS !! We need to work and support the south
baja state working!!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!
La Sierra la GIGANTA nos protegió como siempre, en esta ocasión de Odile....Estuvo
fuerte...pero nuestra COMUNIDAD es aún MÁS FUERTE!. Es una B
ENDICIÓN formar parte
de esta gran comunidad que ha trabajado mucho para recuperarse casi por completo en
CINCO DIAS!.
Es por esto que necesitamos que CORRAN LA VOZ.....
¡LORETO ESTÁ AL
100!,
¡LISTOS PARA RECIBIRTE A TI Y A TUS AMIGOS!!. Necesitamos apoyar
a la Baja Sur
TRABAJANDO......Porfavor PASA LA VOZ!!
Thank you
ASOCIACION DE HOTELES DE LORETO, A. C.


Facebook update from http://esperanza.aubergeresorts.com/
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First hand account - "How Hurricane Odile Turned My Los Cabos Holiday Into Hell"; http://www.ryot.org/odile-la-paz-hell/817085


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Texas tourists overwhelmed by Mexican hospitality; http://www.wfaa.com/story/weather/2014/09/21/hurricane-odile-mexico-cabo-san-lucas-tourists-bellan/15997745/

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Pro surfer Sunny Garcia heading to Baja with supplies
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Princess Cruises cancels port call at Cabo San Lucas; http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2014/09/22/princess-cruises-cancels-cabo-san-lucas-port-call/16045091/


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 21st - Hurricane Odile Updates, Information, Photos

Power lines down in La Paz


September 21st - Hurricane Odile slammed into the Baja Peninsula on September 14th at night. Significantly damaging Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto and Mulege plus the smaller local communities. There are many reports, updates, photos and information out there so we decided to place some of the information in this blog post which we will update for the next few days.

We will keep contact information at the top followed by a chronological order of information. Most current information first.

Please SCROLL DOWN for all updates (Don't forget to read the other posts from yesterday. They are to the right)


INFORMATION

U.S. State Department’s Overseas Citizen Services at 1-888-407-4747

U.S. Consulate in Tijuana has an email for information/assistance; OdileEmergencyUSC@state.gov

Web: http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/citizen_services/hurricane-odile.html
U.S. Emergency tel: (619) 692-2154

Los Cabos Consular Agency (An extension of the Consulate in Tijuana)
Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur C.P. 23406
Phone:(52)(624)143-3566
Fax: (52)(624)143-6750
E-mail:ConAgencyLosCabos@state.gov

Here is a link with the U.S. Embassy & U.S. Consulates in Mexico: http://www.mexonline.com/embassy.htm

Link to Mexican Embassies in U.S./Canada; http://www.mexonline.com/consulate.htm

Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) Cabo; (624) 143-7869
Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) La Paz; (612) 122-1222

Red Cross Mexico's website; http://www.cruzrojamexicana.org.mx/

General information on Mexico; http://www.mexonline.com/


UPDATES from Twitter, Facebook, Websites plus images
If you have some information you want us to post, email us at bajavisitor@yahoo.com or post to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/BajaVisitor/358106480904147) or our Twitter (https://twitter.com/baja_visitor). Or you can comment at the bottom of this long post.

NOTE: we can not verify everything on this blog, so please check all information, etc.

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DONATE! DONATE! DONATE!
Here's a fundraising campaign for helping the smaller communities in Baja outside the big resorts of Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto. Help us, help them rebuild their homes & lives by putting money directly into their hands; http://www.youcaring.com/other/hurricane-odile-relief-for-the-poor/235896

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From http://ifrc.org/

"México D.F. 17 September, 2014.- The Mexican Red Cross has announced the opening of its donation collection centres in the states of Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora, Nayarit, and Jalisco, as well as at Wal Mart department stores to help those affected in the state of Southern, Baja California, following the path of Hurricane Odile.

The Mexican Red Cross sent a first shipment of 2,000 food parcels to the city of Los Cabos to support those affected. There are around 500 volunteers working in the area who have come from the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Jalisco, Sonora, Nayarit as well as National Headquarters to help.

Additionally volunteers are working to complete damage evaluations in Southern Baja California and if necessary further donation collection centres will be open at Mexican Red Cross headquarters and in the rest of the states of the country in order to reinforce the humanitarian aid being delivered.

The members of the Mexican Red Cross participating in the response to support the civilian population are specialist in collapsed structures, damage evaluations, pre-hospital care, logistics support in shelters and collection centres. Mexican Red Cross is working closely with federal authorities, Civil Protection, the Governors Secretariat, the Mexican Marines and Army, to deliver the aid to the people affected as quickly as possible.

The above mentioned states that have opened donation collection centres in the Pacific zone of the country will be receiving the following articles: canned tuna and sardines, rice, beans, sugar, salt, coffee , noodle soup, lentils, canned vegetables, mayonnaise, cooking oil, cookies, powdered chocolate and powdered milk.

Mexican Red Cross will also be receiving cleaning articles such as soap, buckets, brushes, dusters, brooms, towels, detergent, and personal hygiene items among them, toilet paper, feminine towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, hand soap, shaving razors.

Mexican Red Cross calls on the civil society to help “our brothers in misfortune” from any part of the country through the bank account in Bancomer 0404040406 and through the Clave Interbancaria 1218000404040406-2. In this way ensure assistance for those who need it the most as quickly as possible."


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Facebook update about San Juanico from https://www.facebook.com/scorpionbayhotel
 
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Facebook post about Cabo Surf Hotel from http://mikedoylesurfschool.com/
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Amessage from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico;

"Message from the US Embassy in Mexico....U.S. citizens considering departing from the Los Cabos area should do so as soon as possible. Evacuation operations from the Los Cabos area of Baja California Sur continue. A limited number of flights are expected to leave on Sunday, September 21. Officials at Los Cabos airport report that commercial flight operations may be suspended in the next few days to give priority to humanitarian and reconstruction efforts. Anyone considering departing from the Los Cabos airport should do so as soon as possible or be prepared to travel to the airport in La Paz... The road between Los Cabos and La Paz is open and fuel is available but cash is required for purchases and few ATM machines are working....Flights are leaving from the La Paz airport and additional flights are being added as demand rises. Local infrastructure in La Paz including roads and restaurants are in good condition. U.S. citizens in La Paz should remain there and not travel to Los Cabos due to functioning infrastructure and good flight options....Flights from both the Los Cabos and La Paz airports are primarily to other cities in Mexico, where travelers can book flights to the United States. U.S. Consular officers are available in these Mexican airports to assist U.S. travelers with the rest of their journey back to the United States.

 U.S. citizens are strongly discouraged from taking Highway One north from Los Cabos to Tijuana for the time-being; while the road is technically open, numerous wash-outs, a gasoline shortage, and other obstacles make the journey on this highway dangerous and arduous. Cash is required for purchase and few ATM machines are working.

U.S. citizens wishing to provide charitable assistance to victims in Baja Sur should note that complicated customs and clearance requirements govern such assistance if originating abroad. The most efficient way to provide assistance and disaster relief is through cash contributions to the charity of your choice, earmarked for Hurricane Odile disaster relief."

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Firsthand account; https://medium.com/@lolovanhorn/hurricane-odile-hits-cabo-with-me-in-it-2a76bbc79624

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White House petition to help Baja; https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/help-mexico-after-its-most-recent-catastrophe-especially-those-us-citizens-who-are-there-and/Mq15sPK2

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Tropical Storm Polo turning away from Baja

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 20th - Hurricane Odile Updates, Information, Photos

Cabo's airport


September 20th - Hurricane Odile slammed into the Baja Peninsula on September 14th at night. Significantly damaging Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto and Mulege plus the smaller local communities. There are many reports, updates, photos and information out there so we decided to place some of the information in this blog post which we will update for the next few days.

We will keep contact information at the top followed by a chronological order of information. Most current information first.

Please SCROLL DOWN for all updates (Don't forget to read the other posts from yesterday. They are to the right)


INFORMATION

U.S. State Department’s Overseas Citizen Services at 1-888-407-4747

U.S. Consulate in Tijuana has an email for information/assistance; OdileEmergencyUSC@state.gov

Web: http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/citizen_services/hurricane-odile.html
U.S. Emergency tel: (619) 692-2154

Los Cabos Consular Agency (An extension of the Consulate in Tijuana)
Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur C.P. 23406
Phone:(52)(624)143-3566
Fax: (52)(624)143-6750
E-mail:ConAgencyLosCabos@state.gov

Here is a link with the U.S. Embassy & U.S. Consulates in Mexico: http://www.mexonline.com/embassy.htm

Link to Mexican Embassies in U.S./Canada; http://www.mexonline.com/consulate.htm

Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) Cabo; (624) 143-7869
Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) La Paz; (612) 122-1222

Red Cross Mexico's website; http://www.cruzrojamexicana.org.mx/

General information on Mexico; http://www.mexonline.com/


UPDATES from Twitter, Facebook, Websites plus images
If you have some information you want us to post, email us at bajavisitor@yahoo.com or post to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/BajaVisitor/358106480904147) or our Twitter (https://twitter.com/baja_visitor). Or you can comment at the bottom of this long post.

NOTE: we can not verify everything on this blog, so please check all information, etc.

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DONATE! DONATE! DONATE!
Here's a fundraising campaign for helping the smaller communities in Baja outside the big resorts of Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto. Help us, help them rebuild their homes & lives by putting money directly into their hands; http://www.youcaring.com/other/hurricane-odile-relief-for-the-poor/235896

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According to the National Hurricane Center;

"Since comprehensive weather records began in 1950, only one other hurricane in that part of the world has been this strong at landfall, 1967’s Hurricane Olivia."

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A harrowing 40-hour bus ride from hurricane-ravaged Mexico to O.C.; http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-bus-ride-hurricane-mexico-20140920-story.html

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Pool at La Concha Hotel
La Paz update from Jonathan Roldan's blog; http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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"Drove yesterday from Mulege--which has gas at Pemex south of town but bank & ATM closed w/ power still out--to Guerrero Negro. Gas available all towns except San Ignacio, bank & ATM open Sta. Rosalia. The only treacherous water on road was vado at San Ignacio where stream ran over pickup's bumper on bed of rocks/boulders covering road; too deep for passenger cars. Major road repairs with wait times encountered only north of Vizcaino, where large chunks of NB lane broke away, one carrying Los Pinos semi now lodged drivers' side down in muck at the bottom. Huge soil-moving operation underway there, wait time an hour or so with muggy heat and abundant flies." Update from Linda Peters in Bahia Concepcion
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Photos and description of driving south down the peninsula
This is near San Ignacio - http://surfskibaja.blogspot.mx/
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Quite a feat....

"An airlift involving military transport planes and commercial airliners evacuated more than 18,000 tourists in the last two days, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexican secretary of communications and transport, told the Associated Press."

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Facebook update from http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com/

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Facebook post from http://www.cabowineclub.com

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Update from the Red Cross

"BACK FROM BAJA Thousands of U.S. tourists are coming back to the United States after dealing with the destruction Hurricane Odile did to the Baja Peninsula and Red Cross disaster workers are meeting their planes to offer support as they arrive back in the country.
In Houston, the Red Cross provided support to more than 360 passengers on one flight, making sure they had something to eat, comfort kits containing personal hygiene items, and health and mental health support. Another flight arrived late in the evening and the Red Cross provided meals to those on board.
The Red Cross is also supporting passengers on flights going into the airport in Phoenix, and is working with officials to support those returning to other locations if necessary.
MEXICO RESPONSE Odile hit the Baja Peninsula earlier this week, impacting those who live in its path and at least 15,000 tourists who were vacationing. Anyone trying to locate or check in on a U.S. citizen in Baja can contact the State Department’s Overseas Citizen Services at 1-888-407-4747.
The storm has left more than 80 percent of the population in Los Cabos and La Paz without electrical power, damaged roadways and closed ports. The Mexican Red Cross has opened collection centers in several states to help those affected and sent the first shipment of 2,000 food parcels to the city of Los Cabos to support people impacted by the storm.
There are about 500 disaster workers who have come from all over Mexico to help. The volunteers, 120 of whom are paramedics, are providing basic medical check-ups and delivering food to people housed in shelters.
The members of the Mexican Red Cross participating in the response are specialists in collapsed structures, damage evaluations, pre-hospital care, logistics support in shelters and collection centers. The Mexican Red Cross is working closely with federal authorities, Civil Protection, the Governors Secretariat, the Mexican Marines and Army, to deliver the aid to the people affected as quickly as possible. Another storm, Hurricane Polo, is threatening the Mexican state of Guerrero, where at least 120 Mexican Red Cross volunteers are prepositioned to act if needed. "

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Clean up in Loreto from https://www.radarpolitico.com.mx

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Hurricane in Cabo still has Bay Area families frantic
http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/With-Cabo-cut-off-by-hurricane-Bay-Area-families-5768007.php
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"no damage at all in Asuncion..just cleaning up the dust and sand that blew in and dead plants...the highway into here by all the ranchos outside of Vizcaino is in pieces as the water from la sierra made the whole valley a lake...never been so much water coming down...it was still running in some spots yesterday. No trucks can drive on it as the remaining bits of pavement look like they could fall in any time...very unstable in parts.

As I understand it, San Ignacio is very bad...the entrance underwater still and you have to cross in a panga to get to the village. The square is fine. I hear Ignacio Springs got it bad but it is hearsay from people here who have family in San Ignacio. The Oasis Hotel on the highway got very flooded."

Update from Shari at http://www.bahiaasuncion.com/php/

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"Drove to Guerrero Negro yesterday, kept a log (ask me if you want to see it) of road conditions and gas availability, but in summary: only place out of gas was San Ignacio; difficulty in getting thru water on road at San Ignacio only--stream running up to license plate over bed of rocks on roadway, hard to pass w/out 4-wheel drive and in high vehicle; major road repair work with long wait times north of Vizcaiino where chunks of highway broke away in northbound lane, one carrying a big Los Pinos truck with it, now drivers' side down in mud at bottom of cavity. The wait featured sticky heat and abundant flies."

Post from Baja Nomad

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Facebook update from https://www.facebook.com/piscessportfishingcabo

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Bridge at Caduaño in the East Cape
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Good news; Missing American Vanessa Ivy Perilman reported found by her sister.

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Tourists from Los Angeles tell their story; http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/SoCal-Residents-Return-Home-From-Storm-Ravaged-Baja-California-275849611.html

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130 tons of supplies being unloaded in La Paz
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According to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana;

"U.S. citizens wishing to provide charitable assistance to victims in Baja Sur should note that complicated customs and clearance requirements govern such assistance if originating abroad.  The most efficient way to provide assistance and disaster relief is through cash combinations to the charity of your choice, earmarked for Hurricane Odile disaster relief."

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Facebook post from https://www.facebook.com/CaboCindy
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Update from Lopez Mateos;

"9 of the new wood electric poles are up.
Only 12 more to go. Then string the line after the carriers are put on.
So still no electricity.

Did get cell phones working about noon today.

Water was on for about 1/2 hour last night and off again and off all day today, so don't know what is going on there.

Gas station is shut down because the pump was destroyed by the wind so have to go to Insurgentes for purified water and fuel.

Infinitum TelMex internet started again yesterday and I was able to get my Hughes Net dish re-aligned yesterday, so am up and running with the generator.

A few of tthe side streets have dried up and off, but not many. Still a very muddy mess getting around and of course the lake is at the entrance to town. . .

Shrimp season is in full swing but Mag Bay is not fishable with all the arroyo run off and debris in the water. Probably another 5 days for that to clear up."

From Baja Nomad

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Friday, September 19, 2014

September 19th - Hurricane Odile Updates, Information, Photos

Bridge washed out on Hwy 1


September 19th - Hurricane Odile slammed into the Baja Peninsula on September 14th at night. Significantly damaging Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto and Mulege plus the smaller local communities. There are many reports, updates, photos and information out there so we decided to place some of the information in this blog post which we will update for the next few days.

We will keep contact information at the top followed by a chronological order of information. Most current information first.

Please SCROLL DOWN for all updates (Don't forget to read the other posts from yesterday. They are to the right)


INFORMATION

U.S. State Department’s Overseas Citizen Services at 1-888-407-4747

U.S. Consulate in Tijuana has an email for information/assistance; OdileEmergencyUSC@state.gov

Web: http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/citizen_services/hurricane-odile.html
U.S. Emergency tel: (619) 692-2154

Los Cabos Consular Agency (An extension of the Consulate in Tijuana)
Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur C.P. 23406
Phone:(52)(624)143-3566
Fax: (52)(624)143-6750
E-mail:ConAgencyLosCabos@state.gov

Here is a link with the U.S. Embassy & U.S. Consulates in Mexico: http://www.mexonline.com/embassy.htm

Link to Mexican Embassies in U.S./Canada; http://www.mexonline.com/consulate.htm

Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) Cabo; (624) 143-7869
Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) La Paz; (612) 122-1222

Red Cross Mexico's website; http://www.cruzrojamexicana.org.mx/


UPDATES from Twitter, Facebook, Websites plus images
If you have some information you want us to post, email us at bajavisitor@yahoo.com or post to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/BajaVisitor/358106480904147) or our Twitter (https://twitter.com/baja_visitor). Or you can comment at the bottom of this long post.

NOTE: we can not verify everything on this blog, so please check all information, etc.

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DONATE
Here's a fundraising campaign for the poor in Baja outside the big resorts; http://www.youcaring.com/other/hurricane-odile-relief-for-the-poor/235896

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Update from Gringo Gazette - Sept. 19th

  • San Quintin - missed completely, no impact, no rain. San Quintin Fishing Tournament still on schedule.
  • Hwy 1 flooded at Catavina.
  • Hwy 1 flooded at Vizcaino.
  • Mulege - Houses wiped away, no electricity or gas, roads are flooded and covered with mud. Two stores are open Pangueno and Ayluths.
  • LA Bay - The Village is ok but the road is closed due to flooding.
  • Loreto - Most power, water and phones are restored. Trees and power lines down. Military cleaning up. Driver made it from La Paz to Loreto yesterday. Road passable but one lane in places. They are bussing people from Cabo to Loreto to fly back to the US.
  • Ivan of Santa Rosalia Baja Sur - "We are OK, but the hurricane Odile passed over here Sept 15 all night, We won't have water until 2 weeks more, and some people lost their roofs.  The hurricane was one of the most destructive over the last years on Baja."
  • Los Barriles - Water across the Buenas Aires Arroyo has stopped flowing. Concrete road is passable with some cracks. Lots of downed trees and trash everywhere. Gas rationing at the local Pemex station.
  • There is a collapsed bridge south of Los Barriles so the road to San Jose is impassable as of right now. 

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Update from Gringo Gazette - Sept. 18th

* 3 people dead. 2 were high executives from El Boleo mine who tried to cross a road flooded by a river, another one died of a heart attack.
* Nearly 50,000 people moved from Los Cabos to La Paz.
* 1,000 people waiting at the La Paz airport to leave. There are no commercial flights available but Volarís and Interjet are sending planes free of charge.
* Electricity is restored at 70% north of La Paz and 40% in La Paz. It will take around 2 to 3 weeks to restore power in Los Cabos. Almost 3,000 high tensión poles are down or damaged. Airport, hospitals and shelters have electricity with power plants.
* Cabo airport is fully working. 300 vehicles and around 1,000 electricity company (CFE) workers were brought here in addition to the 1,000 we already have.
* The heads of tourism, civil protection and fonatur are here and they all say they will stay until everything is sorted out.
* Over 3,000 soldiers, sailors and federal gendarmerie are here since yesterday.
* Neighbors have built barricades in every street for protection while convoys of armed cops and soldiers patroling at night.
* 7 people where jailed last night for looting.
* Cabo Mil is reporting to the army.Terminal at San Jose del Cabo airport.


Pueblo Bonita Blanca from  enjoygram account
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Hurricane polo not expected to make landfall on Baja. There will be rain though
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From Cabo Villas Beach Resort;

"Hurricane Odile Update

We are sorry for the delay in getting this Information on the website. We have been working with very limited internet since the storm.

Here is the status of Cabo Villas Beach Resort and Spa:

Power and water in Cabo are being restored over the next 3-5 days. Massive federal aid is already here and infrastructure is rapidly being repaired. Cabo Villas Beach Resort got very lucky. We lost only some glass and suffered leaking and fairly normal storm damage.

Our action plan is as follows:

We believe we can have 80 units up and running by Oct 1st. The remaining units will be ready for occupancy by Oct 15th. We will have the upper pool running by next week and this lower pool the week following. The Baja Cantina Beach Club is opening on Monday the 22nd of September.
It appears that flights from the USA will be available by the end of the month. We will be ready. At this point it appears that we will be able to accommodate most all bookings, except of course those confirmed for the present time through the 26th of this month as airlift is being reestablished and the airport is undergoing repairs from the storm. The airlines will ultimately determine the final Schedule for all of us.
The staff has been amazing. From our beloved GM and heads of departments to our staff, and even guests that were here on site through the storm volunteering their services, we have already made incredible progress! We will be the first resort to open in Cabo!
Stay tuned for daily updates.
Thanks and God Bless. "


Aamzing cel phone footage of hotel room flooding in Cabo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpxyM-Vtfxw

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Aid center opened at Captain Tony's in Cabo - http://www.piscesgroupcabo.com/

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Stranded tourists make it home
http://www.cbs8.com/story/26573815/emotional-return-to-san-diego-for-stranded-tourists-in-odile


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Scretary of Tourism in Todos Santos

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Message from Celia Diaz at http://www.mexonline.com/bemcc.htm

"Thank you.  Yes we are in the process of sending aid to Baja Sur.  We were told they are only accepting aid through the Mexican Military.  We have a private airplane ready to take off with water and portable generators.  We are working with the military in Ensenada to send aid.  I will keep you posted."

"Let me know if anyone wants to make a donation.  There is a pilot by the name of Mccleland standing by to take the donations to Mexico.  The Military at Ensenada is standing by to accept donations of water, and non perishable food items, generators, etc.

The president of Mexico sent several military airplanes to evacuate the tourist from that area to Tijuana and Mexico city.

Anyone that needs help can call us and we will contact the military in Ensenada, they are standing by to help anyone in need."
 
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Update from Lily at http://www.gofundme.com/ekf82g

"Good morning, my mom left yesterday because apparently the roads are open as of now. But the situation in Mulege is bad. There's no electricity, there's mud everywhere, and LOTS of mosquitoes. Also, food is becoming scarce. Thankfully, a lot of people that care about Mulege are traveling down there now to help and take food and water with them. So now I'm just waiting for the funds we collected to be transferred to me so I can send it to Mulege."

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Facebook update for San Ignacio area from https://www.facebook.com/bajanomad
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Possible missing person? Here's the email we received today.




"My sister arrived in Cabo on Friday, 9/12/2014 from Los Angeles.   She had a connecting flight in San Francisco.    We have not heard from her since.
 
Name: Vanessa Ivy Perilman 
DOB 8/09/1980
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, PA
Last known location: Cabo airport on 9/12/2014
Contact info: She was staying with her boyfriend, Roberto Goo (found his last name on Facebook).   We think he lives a little outside of Cabo.  We are unsure.  The possible address of where she is staying is Colonia Rosarito, Street Chinook, Cabo san Lucas.
 
Other names we found from Vanessa's Facebook page as possible contacts in Cabo are Moises Lopez Solis and Carlos Altamirano.  
 
Vanessa is 5'8", skinny, freckles, brown hair, big personality, long dark brown hair and brown eyes.   She was traveling to Cabo to surf.  She is an avid surfer.  She was surfing "zippers".
My name: Blair Perilman
Relation: sister
Contact info: bperilman@gmail.com
415-595-0536

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24,000 boxes of supplies arriving in La Paz this morning
http://www.bcsnoticias.mx/arriba-pichilingue-buque-el-zapoteco-con-24-mil-despensas/

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"Re: Bahia Concepcion: Playa Coco's road in is flooded, there's minor storm damage tlo some houses at El Burro, El Coyote houses are ok but road into South Beach blocked where sand covers rock and road where it curves out to water's edge. Buenaventura is ok and open for business, as is Sanispac,m but most other restaurants remain closed. Haven't yet made it into Mulege but heard that some places have power, El Penguino has groceries, Saul's is badly flooded, gas stations have gas. New bridge is out."

Update from Linda Peters in Bahia Concepcion

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Just received this short message from Todos Santos
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UPDATE 9:55 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19:

Rescue flight out of Loreto: Alaska Airlines will send a 737 rescue flight to take customers out of Loreto on Friday, Sept. 19, on top of today’s previously scheduled flight out of Loreto operated by Horizon Air. The special rescue flight, Alaska Airlines Flight 9661, is scheduled to land in Loreto about 2 p.m. local time and will depart about 3 p.m. It is expected to arrive about 4 p.m. in Los Angeles. Check the current flight status at: www.alaskaair.com/flightstatus

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"This was a positive post I saw on FB today …gives me hope!

Rick AntillonHEART FOR CABO
IMPORTANT ANNOUMNCEMENT!!!!

I just off the phone with a good Mexican friend Jay Vazquez that is at ground zero. He has been spending a lot of time on the streets of Cabo. We spoke for an hour and this is what he told me. Very good news. Also my girlfriend spoke to her aunt that lives by Soriana in San Lucas who confirmed this information is true.

1) The stories of gangs driving the streets with machetes and guns is highly exagerated. He said he has heard of some isolated incidents of a few home robberies and that was it. He said that the streets have been peaceful. No riots or fires. He has not seen one vehicle driving around with gangs in it. He told me that some of the Mexicans out of fear have spread exaggerated stories of multiple home break in's which in turn the gringos heard which in turn made the gringos scared to death leading them to barracade their neighborhoods especially when they see other people doing it. Yes some homes have been brokren into. It's caused a wide spread panic out of fear of danger that doesn't even exist. My friend has been moving freely around San Lucas and San Jose each day and has not seen any violence or gangs. That doesn't go to say that he is seeing everything so if you have actual 'facts' of anything else and are confident of the information please report it but only if you know it's not gossip created out of fear.

2) 14 prisoners broke out of jail but they did not start gangs. They simple broke out and are no where to be found but they are not running gangs.

3) The looting at Costco went like this. Costco told their employees and families that they could go in and take the necessities they need with military patrol overseeing the area. When other locals saw this they felt that they should be able to join in and proceeded to get what they wanted which caused it to be disorderly but not violent. The military could not really stop them without shooting so they let people take things and even things that they really didn't need like tvs. However it was not a forced violent entry and started off with the permission of Costco. This has been the case with some other businesses as well. It's not to discredit the fact that some stores have actually been broken and looted in Los Cabos.

4) He said the basic needs are water and food. So we must continue to raise funds to donate to legitimate organizations that will deliver them asap!

5) He is seeing CFE starting to put up temporary power and phone lines. Some areas he is being told will have electricity in 3-4 days but not all areas

6) He is seeing more and more military come in steadily and restoring order

7) He said the government is doing a great job in making things happen very quickly

8) Roads between San Jose and San Lucas are clear and safe to travel

9) He said he is feeling peace where ever he goes and no sense of fear

I think it's important we spread this news while still telling our friends and families there to be alert in protecting their areas as there will still be those that will steal and take advantage of the situation.

Help is on the way and people will be fed and have water. Continue to pray because the prayers are working and continue to pray for this next hurricane to go west as it seems to be headed that way more and more very second."


Los Cabos post from Baja Nomad
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People waiting in line at a Pemex gas station in Cabo
Courtesy of http://www.utsandiego.com/photos/2014/sep/18/1444444/



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"Friday 2:45am
Copters flying over woke me up, Internet seems a little better, less traffic?
Anyway, just miserable down here, some of my workers showed up for clean up yesterday, all very concerned bout looting andthebad element, security here and development seem to really be patrolling at night, the 2 gunshots were supposedly from an owner that saw a gang of ten looters crossing fence that is down next to golf cours next door.
Heard 2600 people at San Jose airport trying to get out, only 1 terminal partly operational?
Gas if the have it, 1 gallon limit, line more than 1 km.
Shelters serving food 3x a day, radio gives locations, Pena here 2x last 3 days.
House fairly well gutted outside, all dedris in lot net door, getting things ready for polo, after Odile polo looks like I non event, but I'm buttoning up anyway, radio has said nothing about Polo at all.
Was told power could be 10 days? If so that would be two weeks, I'm not that confident.
Water supposed to start returning today to some areas?
Military check points, people told don't be driving with stuff if you can't prove it's yours.
Best of luck too all, it's miserably hot and humid, but feeling luckier the more I see. "
 
Los Cabos post from Baja Nomad
 
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Here's the latest from Travel Agent Central; http://www.travelagentcentral.com/baja-california-cabo-san-lucas/los-cabos-continues-evacuate-following-hurricane-odile-47918


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