LOS MEDANOS SOUTH
- Solar lot for sale in Los Medanos South EDR.
- Includes septic and pad. Asking $2500 obo
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By Mike Madriaga, San Diego Reader.
Oct. 20, 2017
When the Baja 1000 races roll around next month (November 14–18), some Americans crossing into Mexico might be in for a big surprise. Recently, travelers crossing through the San Ysidro, Otay, Tecate, and Mexicali borders in their RVs have reportedly been denied entrance into Mexico; others had the option of paying a new $52 fee.
Getting a permit through this Mexican national bank is possible, but “The process is long and confusing, and everything is in Spanish.”
“This is a new [temporary import permit] rule that just started being enforced for travelers going to Baja California,” said Jennifer Kramer from Discover Baja Travel Club. “[Until recently] Baja used to be a ‘free zone’ for vehicle importation permits [and were] exempt from regulations that are in place for U.S. citizens traveling into mainland Mexico.”
“Snow” and her husband drove down from Canada last month in their 40-foot motorhome that was pulling a 1997 Jeep Wrangler. Both of them are retired and during this time of year they stay warm at the tip of the peninsula.
“[We] only read about the new rules on RVs a matter of days prior to our scheduled crossing,” she said, “[and we] decided to wing it and try [to enter Mexico] without a [permit].”
They entered through Tecate and “they didn’t mention anything about the [permit, but] they asked for the ownership on both vehicles and checked that the [vehicle identification] numbers matched the vehicles on our ownership [papers], which matched our [registration] and passports.”
They crossed at Tecate without paying $104 (the cost of two permits plus a deposit for the Jeep) and drove the 1000 miles to their winter home in San José del Cabo.
Not all RVs enter into Baja California as easily, though. “[Worst case,] you will get turned away at the border crossing into Mexico and not be allowed into the country,” Kramer said, if the aduanas (Mexican customs) ask for your permit and you don’t have one.
Kramer’s parents started Discover Baja Travel Club 26 years ago, and she’s been involved with the company ever since. In the past five years she has been the marketing director for the company, which handles Mexican auto insurance, FMM tourist permits, temporary importation permits, and Mexican fishing licenses. “We stay up-to-date with everything happening in Baja and are often the first to let U.S. citizens know about new rules, regulations, and news.”
Kramer said the new towing rules started about a month ago and that “unfortunately the Mexican government doesn’t have anything in writing about the new regulations.” She said that through “multiple conversations with aduanas and immigration at all land ports of entry,” the new regulations are effective immediately and are as follows:
Motorhomes not towing anything are able to get a temporary import permit good for ten years. Motorhomes towing vehicles will need to get the ten-year permit on the motorhome and a six-month permit on the vehicle. The vehicle will have to leave the country within six months or the deposit will be forfeited.
Motorhomes towing accessories (for example, trailers that contain motorcycles or jet skis) will only be issued a six-month permit but will not have to make a deposit. Trucks towing fifth wheels and camper trailers will have to get two permits — a six-month permit for the truck and a ten-year permit on the trailer. A deposit will be required for the truck (depending on the value of the vehicle but normally ranges from $200 to $600) but will be refunded when you exit the country and return your permit.
Trucks towing utility trailers or toys do not need to get any permits. All boats over 14.7 ft. are required to get a ten-year permit. Many of the travelers are posting comments of disbelief on their social media forums regarding the new laws because many of them haven’t been told about the permits when entering into Baja in their RVs in the past couple of weeks. Others are saying, “I told you so” and posting both Kramer’s website and a link to a national bank of Mexico, Banjercito. A permit can be purchased for approximately $52 from Banjercito.
Kramer’s website can also handle the paperwork for an additional fee. “Many of our members prefer to have us handle their paperwork, as the rules are complicated,” she said. “The process is long and confusing, and everything is in Spanish.”
When I asked Snow what she and her hubby would do if they asked for their permits upon entering into Mexico, she said, “I was planning to be a dumb blonde gringa if that happened and hope we could do it on the spot.… I think maybe you can [purchase the permits] at the Banjercito [at the border] if needed.”
Kramer’s website also states another law that will affect a lot of visitors and businesses: “A vehicle [that’s not an RV] can no longer tow another vehicle into Mexico (i.e., a truck cannot tow a car into Mexico). If you need to tow another vehicle, we recommend that you have someone drive the second vehicle across the border if possible and then hook up to tow the vehicle once across the border.”
Regarding the racers and their families driving in with their RVs and loaded trailers come mid-November, “Usually the participants in the Baja 1000 get special permission to be a part of the event without getting [permits, along with other special treatment],” Kramer said.
Spectators for the Baja 1000’s 50th anniversary might not have such clout, though: they are advised to have all of the proper paperwork in order when crossing into Mexico.
Just a quick reminder that Tuesday, February 14 is the annual Las Hermanas Valentine’s Day Brunch. Start time is 9:30 a.m. Same place as always: Crones’ Cove, EDR, Los Viajeros Norte, #31-13 off of Rd 23. Bring yourselves and your appetite. Sharron will be tending the Bloody Baja Bar. If that’s not your cup of tea…bring your own tea. Get in touch with one of the gals from LVS or LVN if you have any questions.
This year we will be selling RAFFLE TICKETS to help support the new HOSPITAL that is underway in LOS ARCOS area. Tickets are $5 or 100p each. We hope that everyone will plan on purchasing at least one ticket for the cause. Prizes are HUGELY terrific. Probably the best prizes on the Baja. Many, many people will tell you that they are.
You will be so happy if you win one off these prizes:
A gas stove (perfect for a solar casita),
A low-energy electric refrigerator (perfect for a solar casita),
A low-energy television set (perfect for a solar casita).
😉 Please help the women of the Los Arcos area by supporting this cause.
Set your sites on Tuesday, February 14! The sisters of LVS and LVN will, once again, bring you a morning of good food and camaraderie to celebrate V-Day! Start time is 9:30 a.m. Same place as always: Crones’ Cove, EDR, Los Viajeros Norte, #31-13 off of Rd 23. Bring yourselves and your appetite. Lynda and Sharron will host the “Bloody Baja” table, so, if that’s not your cup of tea…bring your own tea. Get in touch with one of the gals from LVS or LVN if you have any questions.
PS Some gals have indicated that they want to contribute something to the feast. If you have something special you would like to prepare, great! But, if not, no worries! Just bring yourself!
Donations– This year we will be taking donations to go toward the San Felipe International Hospital. Local sources report that six women from the Los Arcos area died in childbirth last year because of insufficient local medical care.
LOS MEDANOS SOUTH
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Monday, 1/9/2017, noon
Just returned from a run into town. Forget trying to get fuel at the Saltito Pemex station. All pumps there are closed. The Ejido Pemex was running all pumps. However, the line was six or seven deep on all pumps. It is hard to tell how long that will last. The Pemex just beyond Los Arcos and across from OXXO was totally closed. Kip and Nell were going downtown and said they would report on that situation. Kip said she had heard airport road Pemex was closed.
The water station around the corner from OXXO (just past Los Arcos) is open. The Zgas propane main station is also open. I ran into Cesar (delivery for Zgas) and he said they will continue to run until they run out of diesel for the trucks and propane to fill the trucks. He also said they would remain open to fill small, individual tanks until their station ran out of propane.
Sunrunner Mail said they would also be effected. Their courier lives in Mexicali. Consequently, all depends on whether they are able to get fuel in Mexicali.
Businesses and restaurant owners I spoke with this morning say they will stay open until they run out of supplies or until employees and customers stop coming.
We can probably expect trash collection services to be suspended if this goes on very long.
As I write this, I hope everyone has made provisions for gas, water, propane and basic essentials. This protest over the gas price hike could last a day, a week, or a month. Nevertheless, it never hurts to be prepared for the worst. And, to check in with one another to be sure we are all holding up okay.
If anyone has any new information, you are encouraged to share it here or on our FB page.
Sources say protestors may be blocking the access of distribution points to the fuel tankers. Therefore, making protests at the various individual gas stations redundant after they run out of gas. It still remains unclear how long this protest will last. My personal advice continues: be safe and fill up with fuel now. Also, if you require any services that involve delivery to your home (water, Zgas, etc), do it NOW because it will effect them as well. Just saying.
Gasolina Roja is now at approximately $4/gallon as compared with approximately $3.25 in December.
Rumor from a reliable source has indicated that the protests over the gas hikes may spread to San Felipe. This would mean blockades preventing customers from accessing the pumps. It is unclear as to whether the station at the corner of Saltito and Highway 5 and the station in the Ejido will be targeted. It is also unclear how long the blockades will last. My advice–take it or leave it–fill up with gas tonight or tomorrow and then plan on standing in solidarity with the locals and the Mexican people. Current inflation, gas price hikes caused by deregulation of the gas industries, the devaluation of the peso, and uncertainty about isolationist policies emanating from the new administration to the north are creating very difficult conditions for the Mexican people.
Reuters – The Mexican government’s announcement that it will hike gasoline prices by up as much as one-fifth next month has prompted economists to begin raising 2017 inflation forecasts, putting the central bank’s target rate in increasing doubt.
Mexican bank Banorte hiked its 2017 inflation outlook to 4.7 percent from 4.3 percent after the finance ministry said on Tuesday that new January price ceilings would be 14.2 percent to 20.1 percent above December’s highest recorded prices.
Brokerage Finamex, which will soon revise upward its 4.5 percent inflation forecast for 2017, said the fuel price hikes would increase the consumer price index by 0.8 percent in the first half of January compared with the last half of December.
Mexico’s central bank this month hiked interest rates for a fifth time this year to curb inflation that is already running above the central bank’s 3 percent target. Inflation has been fanned by a slump in the peso currency following Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential victory.
“The challenge for monetary policy in 2017 is enormous,” Finamex said in a client note, forecasting that central bank rate hikes will continue into next year.
Brokerage Vector said it would raise its inflation forecast for January, but it did not say by how much.
Invitations to a Mexico City protest and a gasoline boycott circulated on social networks, while Concamin, a Mexican industry association, expressed concern that the move would create added headwinds for local businesses.
Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade defended the fuel price hike, arguing that keeping gasoline costs artificially low following an increase in international oil prices was too expensive for public finances.
“We couldn’t keep doing it,” he said on television.
Oil prices have surged about 50 percent this year after plunging to multi-year lows in January.
In the first half of December, annual inflation accelerated to 3.48 percent, its fastest pace in two years. The central bank raised interest rates to 5.75 percent this month, the highest since April 2009.
The bank expects inflation to accelerate further in 2017 without exceeding its 4 percent tolerance ceiling.
Inflation concerns aside, some economists saw a silver lining to the gas price rise, which is part of a program to end decades of government-set prices at the pump.
“Despite the distortions generated by this increase, the gasoline price liberalization is part of the country’s efforts to incentivize the free market, even though it would have been better to do it gradually,” Banorte said.
(Reporting by Alexandra Alper, Veronica Gomez, Paulina Osorio, Miguel Angel Gutierrez and Roberto Aguilar; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
Just a little update on the EDR dog park.
The dog park appears to be approximately an acre or s0 of flat, sandy ground with about a 10 foot chain-link fence all around the exterior. There is an “unleashing/leashing up area” at the entrance. A bench and an assortment of pooper scoopers and bags are located on the far fence. There is a goodly amount of space to throw balls and frisbees. Please be advised that there is NO separate small dog area. Extra caution should be maintained if you own a small dog. We were not aware of anyone monitoring the area while we were there.
(Note: The rules are clearly posted in English. It might not be a bad idea to have these rules posted in Spanish, as well, since 1.) we are in Mexico and, 2.) we do get Spanish-speaking visitors to EDR. It might also be helpful if the sign included a contact number.)
The rules read as follows:
If you are a dog owner, you probably know that dog parks have gained in popularity over the last few decades. They can be found in almost every city in the United States. RV parks are even including them in their park designs. Dog parks offer dogs a chance to get much needed exercise-sans leashes-in the company of their owners and other dogs. They also afford dog owners the chance to meet and greet others who share their love of dogs. They can vary in size and design from several hundred acres of hiking trails to less than an acre. You can find them on designated beaches or mountain areas and in downtown city parks. There can be no doubt that they have added an extra special ingredient to the lives of many dogs.
Now, homeowners at El Dorado Ranch can also boast their very own dog park. Located the “Camino Nuevo Gate,” at the end of electric road on the south side of EDR, it is open from 6 a.m. until dusk.
Before rushing out with Fifi and Fido to check it out, here are a few things you might want to consider—especially if you are new to dog parks. (Thanks to dog training professionals and American Veterinary Medical Association for the information contained herein.)
Its important to remember that people can spread some diseases (such as mange, ringworm, kennel cough and canine influenza) from dog to dog through shared brushes, collars, bedding, etc. or by petting or handling an infected dog before petting or handling another dog.
Canine distemper is caused by a very contagious virus. Puppies and dogs usually become infected through virus particles in the air or in the respiratory secretions of infected dogs. Infected dogs typically develop runny eyes, fever, snotty nose, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and paralysis. It is often fatal.
Fortunately, there is an effective vaccine to protect your dog from this deadly disease. The canine distemper vaccine is considered a “core” vaccine and is recommended for every dog.
Canine influenza is caused by the canine influenza virus. It is a relatively new disease in dogs. Because most dogs have not been exposed to the virus, their immune systems are not able to fully respond to the virus and many of them will become infected when they are exposed. Canine influenza is spread through respiratory secretions, contaminated objects (including surfaces, bowls, collars and leashes). The virus can survive for up to 48 hours on surfaces, up to 24 hours on clothing, and up to 12 hours on people’s hands.
Dogs can be shedding the virus before they even show signs of illness, which means an apparently healthy dog can still infect other dogs. Dogs with canine influenza develop coughing, a fever and a snotty nose, which are the same signs observed when a dog has kennel cough.
There is a vaccine for canine influenza, BUT AT THIS TIME IT IS NOT recommended for every dog. Consult a Stateside veterinarian to determine if the canine influenza vaccine is recommended for your dog.
Parvo is caused by the canine parvovirus type 2. The virus is very contagious and attacks the gastrointestinal system, causing fever, vomiting and severe, often bloody, diarrhea. It is spread by direct contact between dogs as well as by contaminated stool, surfaces, bowls, collars, leashes, equipment, and the hands and clothing of people. It can also survive in the soil for years, making the virus hard to kill. Treating parvo can be very expensive and many dogs die from parvo despite intensive treatment.
Fortunately, there is a vaccine for parvo. It is considered a “core” vaccine and is recommended for every dog.
External parasites, such as ticks, fleas and mange, are fairly common dog problems. Ticks from the environment, fleas from other dogs and the environment, and mange from other dogs pose risks at dog gatherings. Ticks can transmit diseases (see tick-borne diseases below). Fleas can transmit some types of tapeworms as well as some diseases, and they may end up infesting your home and yard if they hitchhike home on your dog(s).
There are many approved products available to effectively prevent and treat external parasites on dogs. Consult your Stateside veterinarian about the best product for your dog.
Cheyletiella mites cause “walking dandruff” on dogs (itching and flaky skin on the dog’s trunk). They are spread from dog to dog by direct contact, and may require more aggressive treatment than fleas.
Some fertilizers and pesticides can be toxic to dogs. Avoid letting your pet walk, run, play or roam in areas that have recently been treated with fertilizers or pesticides.
Fungal organisms in the soil can infect dogs when they eat or sniff contaminated soil. Dogs can also be infected through the skin, especially through a skin wound. The types of fungus seen vary throughout the U.S.: histoplasmosis is more common in the Eastern and Central U.S.; blastomycosis is more common in the Southeast, Southcentral and Midwest regions; cryptococcosis is more common in the Pacific Northwest region; and coccidioidomycosis is more common in the Southwest U.S. Histoplasmosis can be spread by bird or bat droppings.
In general, the fungus infects the body through the respiratory tract and causes fever, coughing, lethargy and flu-like or pneumonia-like signs. If eaten, digestive problems (e.g., pain, diarrhea) can occur. Immunosuppressed dogs (dogs whose immune systems are weakened because of disease or certain medications) are much more likely to become infected with these fungi and develop disease.
Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes and can cause coughing, lethargy, difficulty breathing, heart disease and death. Fortunately, there are many approved products to prevent heartworm infection. Consult your veterinarian about the best product for your dog.
Heatstroke is a big risk during warm and hot weather. Remember that your dog is always wearing a fur coat and they are usually warmer than you are. A temperature that seems only a little warm to a person can be too hot for a dog. Add to that the fact that dogs at dog gatherings are often active and playing, and the heat could become deadly for your dog. Never leave your pet in the car on warm days. Even a 70°F day can be too hot in a car. Short-nosed breeds, such as pugs, Boston Terriers, boxers, bulldogs, etc. are more prone to heatstroke and breathing problems because they don’t pant as effectively as breeds with normal-length noses.
Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting and drooling, anxiousness, weakness, abnormal gum color (darker red or even purple), collapse and death.
Any dog showing signs of heatstroke should be immediately taken to a shaded area and cooled with cold, wet towels that are wrung out and rewetted every few minutes. Running cool water over the dog’s body and quickly wiping it away (so the water absorbs the skin’s heat and is immediately wiped away) can also help. Transport the dog to a veterinarian immediately, because heatstroke can rapidly become deadly.
Any time unfamiliar dogs and/or dogs with different temperaments are mixed, there is a risk of conflict and injury. Bite wounds should be immediately evaluated by a veterinarian and efforts should be made to determine the rabies vaccination status of the biting dog. Overweight dogs and dogs accustomed to more sedentary lifestyles should be encouraged to become more active, but excessive activity can put them at risk of injury to joints, bones or muscles. If your dog is overweight and/or you plan to increase its activity level, consult with your Stateside veterinarian about the best plan to get your dog active with the least risk of injury.
Intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms lay eggs that are passed in the dog’s stool and infect other dogs when they eat contaminated soil, lick contaminated fur or paws, or drink water contaminated with the stool from infected dogs. Tapeworms are spread when dogs eat fleas, lice, or rodents infected with tapeworms.
These worms can cause malnutrition (because they steal nutrients as food is being digested) and diarrhea, and hookworms can cause blood loss. There are many products available to treat worms, and you should consult your Stateside veterinarian for the appropriate products for your pets.
Coccidia and Giardia are single-celled parasites that damage the lining of the intestine. Dogs can become infected with coccidia by eating infected soil or licking contaminated paws or fur. Puppies are at the highest risk of infection and illness.
Kennel cough can be caused by a combination of viruses and bacteria. It is very contagious and your dog can become infected if it comes into contact with an infected dog. Dogs with kennel cough may not seem ill in the early stages of the disease but they can still infect other dogs. Most commonly, dogs with kennel cough will have a snotty nose and a dry, hacking cough.
There are vaccines for kennel cough, but not all dogs need to receive the vaccine. Consult your Stateside veterinarian about whether or not the kennel cough (Bordetella) vaccine is right for your dog.
Leptospirosis is caused by species of the Leptospira bacteria. The bacteria are shed in the urine of infected animals, and animals and people usually become infected by drinking contaminated water or coming into contact with contaminated soil or food. Dogs infected with Leptospira may develop fever, muscle weakness, vomiting, lethargy, abdominal pain, and kidney or liver failure. There is a vaccine for leptospirosis; consult your veterinarian about whether or not the vaccine is appropriate for your dog. Some canine distemper combination vaccines include a Leptospira vaccine.
Any mammal is capable of being infected with the virus that causes rabies. Most dog parks and organized dog gatherings require proof of rabies vaccination, but some do not. Rabies is caused by the rabies virus and is 100% fatal in animals once they start to show signs of disease. The virus is spread by saliva, either by a bite from an infected animal or by saliva contaminating a skin wound. In addition, any contact with wildlife (including bats) can introduce the risk of rabies infection. Raccoons, skunks and other wild animals can carry the rabies virus and may be present in areas where dogs gather.
Fortunately, rabies infection is preventable with vaccination. Many local and state governments require regular rabies vaccination for dogs.
Wildlife mixing with dogs can increase the risk of diseases, such as rabies and plague, as well as the risk of injury. In some areas of the U.S., prairie dogs often invade dog parks. Prairie dogs carry fleas that can carry the bacteria that causes plague. Skunks, raccoons, foxes, feral cats and pigs, and other wildlife can also carry rabies and other diseases that can infect dogs. Feral dogs present disease and injury risks.
Although its name suggests it’s a worm, ringworm is actually due to fungal infection of the skin. It can be spread by contact with an infected dog, its bedding or something that has come in contact with the infected dog. The fungus can also survive in the soil. Ringworm gets its name because it often causes circular patches of hair loss. Some dogs will excessively scratch the areas, while others may not be itchy. Many dogs will recover without treatment, but they are often treated to prevent them from spreading the infection to other dogs or to people.
A variety of diseases that can infect dogs are spread by ticks, including Lyme disease and many others. Some diseases are more common in specific areas of the U.S. These diseases can cause anemia (blood loss), lameness, weakness, lethargy, organ failure, and even death. The best way to prevent these diseases is to prevent tick bites. There are many products available that reduce tick bites and kill ticks on dogs; consult your Stateside veterinarian about the best product for your dog. Check your dog for ticks after any outside dog gatherings and remove the tick(s) as soon as possible.
Toxic plants can cause a variety of illnesses. Some ornamental plants can be very toxic to animals. Cocoa mulch is also toxic to dogs. For more information about toxic plants, visit the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center Web site.