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Fu n , Fo o d , F r i e n d s h i p , H e a l t h & H a p p i n e s s

It' s Time fo r Wine & Go o d Times !






etc. We must be gluttons for punishment, but enjoy it either way and we hope you do too. In each edition of the new Baja Good Life magazine, we will try to include the latest in pertaining to living, working in Baja, but also as much fun as possible. Afterall, we are here to have a good time and enjoy our lives to the fullest. In this edition we outline some new Rachel and John Pack, owners of the Baja Good update with Sentry, our state govLife Club and Baja Good Life magazine publishers. ernment and the new IRS ruling on the fideicomiso, as well as fishing, Well we're at it again. Seems no the Chatarra Project and lots and matter what else we do, we always lots of amazing entertainment we come back to publishing. I guess have lineup for the coming season. you always come back to what you Thanks for giving us the opporlove and Rachel and I love pubtunity to publish for you and lishing and everything it requires; please always give us your writing, design, distribution, sales, thoughts and feedback.

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THE LATEST ar panel prices and rising electric rates in the region. Mertifer Solar, a Portuguese firm helping to develop the Aura Solar plant, aims to do continued business in Mexico and throughout Latin America, according to the release from Suntech. "The construction of Latin America's largest PV plant confirms our best expectations for 2013," Martifer CEO Henrique Rodrigues said in a statement. "This is an emblematic project for Martifer Solar, in a region that, due to its irradiation characteristics, finds solar electricity as a viable and more competitive alternative, when compared with non-renewable energy sources. We consider Mexico as a key market in Martifer Solar's internationLARGEST SOLAR PLANT IN alization strategy." Already under construction, the LATIN AMERICA NEARING Aura Solar Plant is expected to be completed in August of this year. When it's finished the plant will proCOMPLETION IN L A PAZ duce about 82 gigawatt hours of solar a year and offset more than 60,000 Amanda H. Miller tons of Co2 emissions, according to the Suntech release. watt array to be the first of many solar The project could be the launch Construction on the largest solar photovoltaic array in Latin America is plants in Mexico and the rest of Latin point for all of the international comAmerica during the next decade. getting underway in Mexico. panies involved I developing it for fu"Aura Solar has broken ground in The 30-megawatt Aura Solar plant ture opportunities in Latin America. in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico the PV sector," said Hector Olea, "We are very excited to supply the is the country's first utility-scale solar CEO of Gauss Energia, a Mexican panels for the largest solar field in firm that is developing the project. installation with a power purchase Latin America," said E.L. McDaniel, "And it is paving the way for future agreement with the federal power director of Suntech America. "With company, according to a release from projects in the field." Mexico's excellent sunlight and strong Olea said the Mexican solar market renewable energy demand, we expect Suntech. The Chinese solar module manufac- is expected to grow rapidly, develop- to see excellent growth of PV in the turer will supply 132,000 solar panels ing upward of 2,000 megawatts of region." solar capacity in the country by 2020. for the project. The opportunity for solar in Mexico All of the businesses involved in deand other parts of Latin America resveloping, constructing and managing ults from a combination of lower solthe solar array expect this 30-megaBaja Good Life Club


were expected to show up. The preliminary vote count placed Francisco Vega (47.1%) in front of Castro Trenti (44.1%). Soon after the announcement of the preliminary count, the PRI demanded a recount of the votes. The recount uncovered some irregularities, especially in Tijuana District 10, but the 25,000 vote difference could not be compensated as a result of the recount. PAN claimed that the recount was illegal since the procedure is done only if the two candidates are separated by less than 1% of the votes. Despite this post-election unrest, the PANPRD candidate emerged victorious B AJA CALIFORNIA' S NEW as the PRI candidate conceded defeat. Vega de Lamadrid became memGOVERNOR FRANCISCO ber of PAN in 1989 and he won his first elections in 1998 when he beA ura Catalina Raducan KIKO VEGA came mayor ofTijuana. He comBGLC Staff Writer peted for the gubernatorial nominations in 2001 and 2007, but he Sunday, July 7 was an important of the votes. Inaccurate polling has a long his- was unsuccessful. In 2009, he beday in Baja California as citizens tory in Baja California, and at the came involved on a national level elected their new governor. The as a member of the Committees on beginning of the campaign, two two main contenders were Fernando Castro Trenti (PRI) and polls placed PRI in the lead, giving Transportation, Population, Borders and Migration Affairs, and of Francisco Vega de Lamadrid (PAN Fernando Castro Trenti either 1 point (Explora) or even 12 points the Commission to Strengthen and PRD coalition). Federalism. (Testa Marketing) ahead ofVega. In early February, it was anThis victory of Francisco Vega nounced that PAN and PRD would The campaign was dotted with de Lamadrid continues the 24 form an alliance against PRI. This various accusation of illegal acts leveled against the two main can- year-long domination of PAN over strategy was used in the past as a didates and their relatives or asso- Baja California. This event boosts means to prevent PRI from winthe confidence of PAN in the afterning gubernatorial seats. At the be- ciates. On the PRI side, Castro ginning of March, Francisco Vega Trenti's brother, Francisco, was ac- math of lost presidential elections. cused of having accepted payoffs The new governor is expected to de Lamadrid won the upper hand immediately focus on improving from a drug cartel while on the over his main opponent for the public education, creating jobs, gubernatorial nomination, HĂŠctor PAN side, Vega was accused of having gathered a fortune illicitly and reducing violence. Osuna Jaime. Both of them were while he was mayor ofTijuana. former mayors ofTijuana. On As the election day drew closer it March 10, it was clear that Vega was obvious that the turnout would would compete in elections as he be low; only around 40% of voters won the nomination with 73.33% 5

THE LATEST NEW S E NTRI PASS UPDATES whole process easier and cheaper as the sticker currently costs $25. Pending applications and appointments for receiving stickers will be cancelled. People who submitted their application through the Official U.S. Government Website (GOES) will receive a refund for the $25. On July 27, 2013, the U.S. Cus- The downside is that the refund toms and Border Protection anmay take up to six months to pronounced that it will not issue cess. People who already have the windshield decal stickers anymore. sticker can remove it from the This modification makes the windshield.

This decision was taken as a result of the risks that were associated with the sticker. Unfortunately, the cars of SENTRI members were sometimes targeted by individuals with illegal intentions. So the removal of stickers will not only make members’ life easier, but it will also eliminate all these risks. Of course, this change will affect the stickers only as the cars will continue to be registered and inspected.


If you, as an American national who does not have Mexican citizenship, were contemplating the purchase of property in Mexico then congratulations! Things just got a lot easier for you. You have probably heard of the horrors associated with the ridiculously rigid rules of property purchases in Mexico, especially for Americans and the IRS! You may also be aware of the fact that any US citizen who owns a residential property in the “restricted zone” Baja Good Life Club




near the coast or border in Mexico, is required to possess a bank trust dubbed “fideicomiso” in which a Mexican bank operates as the trustee and the property owner being the beneficiary. The trust originally had a term of 50-years and can be renewed at will thereafter. Simply put, any non-Mexican who wanted to purchase property in Mexico along the coast or border, was previously required to use fideicomiso and file Form 3520 Annual Return to Report Transactions with Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts and Form 3520A – Annual Information Return of Foreign Trust with U.S. 6

Owner, will no longer be required to file these forms. Now it appears that gone are the days of such complexities and seemingly unreasonable high expenses on the part ofAmerican property buyers in Mexico. The change of rules has come into play after the IRS which was involved in a rather lengthy discussion with the concerned administration, decided in favor of formally acknowledging that fideicomiso would no longer be deemed a “trust” under the existing tax code. So - the bottom line would be that the IRS no longer considers fideicomiso a trust.

The new rule has carved the way for a smoother and more efficient platform wherein the fideicomiso will be set up by the bank to possess the title of the property, which then can be transferred or sold at any given point of time without even requiring any involvement of the bank. With the fideicomiso considered as a trust by the IRS, property owners were previously bound to comply with all the filing obligations and fees associated with a trust. However, you don’t have to sweat over any such complications anymore. As per an official statement from the recently issued Rev. Rul 2013-14 has confirmed that the tax group is in no mood to challenge the Mexican trusts, read a statement from KMPG, a renowned tax and accounting firm. "Although the IRS in late 2012 issued a private letter ruling... that reaches the same conclusion as today's revenue ruling, Rev. Rul. 2013-14 constitutes published guidance that all taxpayers can rely on," said the experts at KMPG in a statement []. Apparently, the IRS pondered over three different tactics that people in America can resort to for purchasing a residential property through the fideicomiso 1. Making the purchase with a US based limited liability company (LLC), 2. Through a C corporation, 3. Direct individual purchase.

After a prolonged evaluation of the technicalities associated with all the three scenarios, IRS finally reached the conclusion that the Mexican trust do not qualify as a trust - at least not in IRS’ books. So, the crux of the matter would be that US taxpayer can continue holding their Mexican real estates residential or not - through fideicomisos; albeit without requiring the complications associated with the US foreign trust reporting rules. There’s a catch though - apparently there’s a loophole in the ruling that may prevent it from being applied if the Mexican trust owns more than the residential property. Similar will be the outcome if the trust’s activities are not limited to only holding the title to the property in question. However, it is worth mentioning that an overwhelming majority of buyers do not use fideicomiso that way. Incidentally, this new ruling happens to be just the latest amongst a number of positive developments for US-based Mexican-property buyers. Earlier in April this year, the Mexican House of Congress approved an amendment to Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution. If signed into law, the amendment allows foreigners to own property directly within the restricted zone, without the need of a fideicomiso. The bill was sent to the Mexican Senate for approval. If approved, the bill will be sent to the President for his approval. The measure, needless to say, faced stiff opposition on multiple fronts and still awaiting the Congressional approval. The details of the Rev. Rul. 2013-14 can be accessed from this link [] 7

In Baja! Submitted by Ed to RECFin

by Aura Catalina Raducan

The Skipjack tuna comes in close to the coast this time ofthe yeari to spawn. After they spawn the fish hang out to feed for a while before returning out to sea for the winter.

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Think 'Fishing' and Baja immediately comes to mind. You just can't help it, the seas of Baja are positively teeming with fish. Fishing in Baja has become such a popular activity, that it seems a crime to spend a vacation there without even attempting to go fishing. Baja is lucky to be situated between two abundant bodies of water: the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Mexicans have enjoyed the benefits of the vast Pacific Ocean, as it is brimming with sea creatures of every kind and shape. Not to be outdone by the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Cortez is said to be the most biologically diverse water form on Earth. With oceans and seas such as these, no wonder fishing has become a major source of livelihood for Mexicans living in Baja. Aside from being a source of living, fishing in Baja is as much a sport. Many tourists have come to Baja for the sole purpose of getting out their fishing reels and getting that perfect catch. Some approach it in a more competitive manner, while others see it as more of a hobby. The Baja seas are ready for either type of fishermen. If anyone would say that fishing is boring, then they obviously hadn't tried fishing in Baja yet. There is so much diversity in the Sea of Cortez, you'll never know what you're actually catching. The fish range from marlin, tuna, snapper, swordfish and dorados, and some of the fish are enormous. The yellowtail tuna could weigh up to 400 lbs. and they are not even the biggest fish out there. In terms of fishing, this has really reached the extreme. This is the main reason tourists can't get enough of fishing

Submitted by Ed to RECFin

in Baja. What seems to start out as a laid-back fishing expedition could turn into an exciting ride as you try to reel in that monster. It is never predictable, and is highly exhilarating. Vacationers in Baja can engage

equally satisfying catches. If you are out for some shallow water fishing, you can expect to catch the following species of fish: spotted bay bass, barracuda, sierra, leopard grouper, triggerfish and the yellowtail. If you are deep water

Marine Park where commercial fishing is illegal. The whole area located between Isla del Carmen and Isla Catalan is currently under protection. Since the climate is more tropical as compared with the north side, warm water species are prevalent: yellowtail, sierra, grouper, dorado, snapper, tuna, sailfish, cabrilla, and marlin. Cabo San Lucas has become famous worldwide as a fishing spot due to its almost legendary blue marlin that can reach a length of up to 16 feet. Other common species of fish are black sea bass, pargo, cabrilla, corvina, sierra, grouper, and yellowfin tuna. To make the most of your trip go to Banco San Jaime, 29 km. southwest or Banco Golden Gate, 31 km. west of Cabo Falso. Fishing from a boat in Mexico requires a permit and Mexican in different types of fishing. For a fishing, you'll be expected to catch boat insurance if you bring your more experiential activity, tourists the following: black skipjack, dor- own boat along. Fishing from engage in spearfishing. This is per- ado, yellowfin tuna, sailfish and shore does not require a license. In haps one of the most exciting form the snapper. some areas there are fishing reof fishing, since you would have to As you enter Baja California and strictions or catch and release go diving to actually get the catch travel south, the first fishing spots policies. Baja is a definite fisherof the day. Imagine diving into the are in Ensenada: BahĂ­a de Todos man's paradise. When you fish in ocean depths, and waiting for that Santos, Isla San Geronimo, Punta Baja, you will find out that, insea bass to pass by. When it does, Colonet, and Isla San Martin. The deed, there are many other fish in you react with lightning quickness most common fish species in this the sea. as you spear the fish and bring it area are yellowtail, pacific barup to the surface. Primal? Yes. Ex- racuda, white seabass, lingcod, hilarating? Most definitely. Spear- California halibut, calico bass, fishing is one of the more visceral rockfish, sand bass, and occasionexperiences of fishing in Baja, as ally, dorado, striped marlin, and you can get up close with the fish yellowfin tuna. In Ensenada, the of the sea. fishing season is at its peak If you are interested in the more between June and mid-September. traditional way of fishing, then The fishing is considerably better you can rent a boat, or charter a in the south of the peninsula bepanga or larger boat and go out in- cause of the impressive sea life dito the open sea at the crack of versity that is present in the waters Brent Currier in Loreto brings in a couple ofnice dawn. You could go deep or shal- around Baja Sur. This is the case Dorado during an annual Loreto fishing tournament. low fishing, and you can get particularly in Loreto Bay National 9

ENTERTAINMENT San Felipe’s Incredible

Each year the Baja Good Life Club books some of the best musical talent available, across Baja California, Mexico and the western United States, and the 201 3-201 4 season will be the best year to date. Come join us for an amazing dinner and show with the best entertainment in Baja.


The Language Archives

Thursday, October 1 7 Friday, October 1 8

{ } The Language Archives is a play by Julia Cho, an American

playwright and television writer who has won national awards for her work.


- 2004 L. Arnold Weissberger Award

- 2005 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award - 2005 Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists

- 2009 Blackburn Prize for The Language Archive.

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Calling all you theatre lovers! The Gertrude Pearlman Theatre Group from Punta Banda Ensenada will perform “The Language Archives”. THE STORY: George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. Closer to home, though, language is failing him. He doesn’t know what to say to his wife, Mary, to keep her from leaving him, and he doesn’t recognize the deep feelings that his lab assistant, Emma, has for him. REVIEWS: “However whimsical—even fantastic—it becomes, it affirms life no matter how melancholy.” —Bloomberg News. “[THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE's] dialogue is a tour de force… the gulf between what’s said and what isn’t is rarely described and traversed with as much power as it is here. What makes this achievement more significant still is that the play itself is in no way ordinary… passionate… wise and wonderful.” —Talkin’ Broadway. “Uniquely blends absurdist farce with sentimental comedy.” —LA Times. “Quirky, but ravishingly well-written piece that is smart, funny, deep and tender.” —OC Weekly.

Zombrina and The

The Neverbe Brothers


Thursday, October 24 Friday, October 25

Wednesday, October 30 Zombrina and The Franentones are actually The Baja Boys and Lady Susan transformed to perform with a new look and new music playlist for the Baja Good Life Club Halloween Fright Night on October 30. The Baja Boys and Lady Susan have been a San Felipe local favorite and winners of the 201 3 Best Band. They play a variety of classic rock and many other favorites of the past, however when the take the stage as Zombrina and The Frankentones the look and music change to a much more sinister sound sure to scare the fun out of you.


The Neverbe Brothers is music Americana at it’s best, featuring two of the most loved musicians in the region playing together like never before. Both artists have a fan base they have grown independent of each other over the years and on occasion have graced the stage together. However, during the summer when things we hot, these two got together to create something even hotter; The Neverbe Brothers. Together they will be performing some old classics, with a Neverbe Brother flavor as well as several original arrangements, that they will debut for the first time. For those of you that have become fans of either of these two artists, whether because of their unique stylings, or their energy and fun this will be a new reason to love em’, for those of you that have never seen them perform, you are in for a treat.


Rio Samaya Band

Michael J. Dwyer

Thursday, San Felipe – November 1 4 Friday, San Felipe – November 1 5 Saturday, Ensenada - November 1 6 Sunday, Rosarito Beach - November 1 7

Thursday, November 21 Friday, November 22 For more than 3 decades Mike has been playing guitar and singing the music that inspired him. Today, as a singersongwriter Mike’s style gravitates toward Americana acoustic. Mike’s lyrics are thoughtful, engaging and whimsical. The late 1 970’s and early 1 980’s found Mike touring in a rock n roll band called Heirborn. Throughout the 1 980’s Mike would align himself in various musical incarnations such as the LehnenDwyer Band and The Paradise Highway Band. As a solo artist Mike is known to have an easy, open, playful manner with his audience often times coaxing the crowd to join in to singing along with the more familiar tunes in his repertoire. Mike mixes it up with a generous portion of cover tunes by artists such as the Eagles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and many more artists that had an influence on our culture and our lives. find out more about Mike on his Facebook page

Pancho and Sal are based in Vancouver, Canada. Pancho was born in San Jorge, Argentina.His compositions reflect influences of flamenco and other folk rhythms. After years of exchange with other musicians, his original music has a wide diversity of styles. Sal, who was born in England and raised in Canada, met Pancho in Cuzco, Peru, and from then on together as a family and musical duo have established a name for themselves. Sal compliments the music with her vocals, accordion, shakers, chachas, bombo and guitar. Travelling with music is what Pancho and Sal do. The whole experience of being full time musicians has not only improved their act, but has added to the show giving you a sensation of moving around without moving from your seat. You will experience songs in Spanish, English and French with a variety of instruments; like guitar, ukulele, charango, drum, accordion and flutes, A very interesting and promising show.

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Craig Yarbrough

Summer Januaries

Thursday, December 5 Friday, December 6

Thursday, December 1 2 Friday, December 1 3

Craig is a classical guitarist extraordinaire. His repertoire includes the finest classical guitar music along with elegant arrangements of popular music. Craig holds a Master’s Degree from Arizona State University (where he studied classical guitar performance with Frank Koonce) and a Bachelor in Arts from University of New Orleans, where he studied with John Rankin and Elias Barreiro. Craig is the founder and Executive Director of Grand Canyon Guitar Society.

The Summer Januaries are a musical duo comprised of guitarist/vocalist Sean Michael Robinson, and fiddler/vocalist Rachel Erin Sage. They formed in the summer of 201 1 , playing traditional American and Irish fiddle tunes and began injecting these fiddle tunes into densely harmonized arrangements that soon defined their sound.





Guitarist and songwriter Sean Michael Robinson has recorded and released five full-length albums, and also composed and directed the music for half a dozen plays, most notably Riddled, co-written with Marya Sea Kaminsky, and Anne Frank: Superstar, critical darling of the 201 1 Orlando Fringe Festival. Fiddler and songwriter Rachel Erin Sage is a recovering classical musician that has been called a “violinist extraordinaire” by Victory Music. She has appeared on dozens of albums and compilations, most recently on a tribute to songwriter Ron Davies. Visit their website for more information.


Miss Shevaughn &

Tony Norris

Yuma Wray

Thursday, January 2 Friday, January 3

Thursday, December 1 9 Friday, December 20

No western entertainer does it all with the warmth and wit of Tony Norris. Based in Flagstaff, Arizona, he is a regular at storytelling festivals, cowboy poetry gatherings, schools, campfires, and corporate conferences. Young and old alike are captivated by his homespun charm and rich tenor voice. With the accompaniment of his big Martin guitar and healthy doses of humor, he invites the adventurous spirit in each of us to leave the everyday world behind and journey into the old West. Performing solo his concerts are for those who want to hear the old songs, learn about the West, relax and have a good time. Visit his website for more information.

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray is not a folk duo. Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray is an Americana Rock Trio blending well-traveled vintage warmth with the exuberance synonymous with Rock & Roll. Known for the intensity of their live show, hauntingly emotive songs and evocative imagery, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray has an almost impossibly large and dynamic sound.


Miss Shevaughn is often compared to Emmylou Harris and Joni Mitchell, not only for her effortless shimmering vocals, but for authenticity of performance and intimacy of storytelling. Yuma Wray weaves these tales into dynamic guitar-driven sonic magic with splashes of Ennio Morricone and bursts of Jimmy Page inspired power. Visit their website for more information.

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Somebody Famous

Lucky & Wild

Thursday, January 9 Friday, January 1 0

Thursday, January 1 6 Friday, January 1 7

Ingredients: One famous actress, four female prison inmates (all innocent, of course), two prison guards, one rubber chicken, two doughnuts, one filthy theater, a pinch of “drama therapy”, 78 tarot cards, 95 million dollars, a modicum of mayhem, and a one-armed bandit. Directions: Mix ingredients. Do not be alarmed if mirth results. Garnish with overlapping lemon slices and parsley sprigs. Yield: 53 servings. Serve family style, if preferred. A play by D.M. Larson.

Lucky & Wild, a new band on the scene, earned immediate online attention as the featured artist on with the release of their first single ‘Wrecking Ball.’ L&W followed up, releasing the ‘Maniacs EP’ which hastily reached the No. 4 spot on Purevolume’s most downloaded releases in July 201 1 . Lucky & Wild most recently performed with GLEE actor Corey Monteith’s band as well as participated on Purevolume’s ‘All About You Tour.’ Lucky & Wild was most recently featured at the Macbeth Footwear Artist of the month for January 201 2 for their new releases. Although Lucky & Wild is a new band, songwriting and performing is nothing new for the young artists. Drew Grethel, Sean Sobash, and Ed Larsen grew up as neighbors in a small beach town outside of San Diego performing music in a vast array of projects. Lucky & Wild represents over a decade of Drew, Sean, and Ed’s undying friendship, through the thick and the thin of growing up, L&W is the culmination of their past, and soon to be present. Get more information on the website.



Wild Ride

Jo Elless

Thursday, J anuary 22

Thursday, February 6 Friday, February 7

WiLD RiDE Acoustic Show features Shelli Calhoon on vocals & Rex Gibson on guitar & vocals. Shelli spent 1 1 years performing with fellow Columbus OH natives Jay Demarcus and Gary Levox & Grammy and CMT Award winners Rascal Flatts. Shelli has performed across the country & is known for her amazing voice & energy on stage. Rex is a veteran guitarist / singer, song, comedy & jingle writer. Rex has performed and lived the beach scenes in Belize CA & Gulf Shores Alabama. Rex also spent 1 2 years onstage at Dollywood in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee performing with Dolly Parton. Shelli and Rex are currently performing the Resorts & Casinos of Southwest AZ & Southern CA. Set-list Includes: Patsy Cline, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Melissa Etheridge, Janis Joplin, CCR, Gladys Knight, Merle Haggard, Judds, Hank Williams, George Strait & more. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Jo studied saxophone at the prestigious Boston Conservatory. She held the baritone saxophone chair in Phil Wilson’s Rainbow Band, as well as Back Bay Brass and the Contemporary Wind Orchestra. She has studied with such prestigious artists as Greg Banaszak, Ken Radnofsky, and Fred Lipsius, many others. Her first album, “I’ll See You in Hell, etc.”, was recorded during her senior year at Berklee. This summer, Jo performed at the Sunset Strip Music Festival. She is currently on tour this fall on both coasts including a stop in San Felipe Baja. Jo has performed with artists such as the Union Station Swing Band, the Hollywood Wind Ensemble, Esperanza Spalding, the Damn Well Please Organ Trio, Neara Russell, Kai Clark, Jake Hertzog, Mai Tamura, Madi Diaz, Mojo Stone, the Samantha Ronson Band, and others. She has spent the past few years traveling between her home in Pawleys Island, SC & Santa Monica, CA. She was has been featured in the Saxophone Journal several times in the 201 1 year and received national attention for her new album, “Copley Inbound”. Visit her website for more information.

Friday, January 22

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Missy Andersen

Tribal Baroque

Thursday, February 1 3 Friday, February 1 4

Thursday, February 20 Friday, February 21

Missy likens her musical approach to Soul dipped in Blues. While you wrap your head around that description, consider the early influence of Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, The Staples Singers and Teddy Pendergrass. Teenaged Missy released a single which led to a string of club dates opening for the Grammy Award winning American soul and gospel singer, Cissy Houston. Missy’s music career had taken root, and it continued to evolve as she fronted local bands and did professional studio sessions as a background vocalist. Missy Andersen is a two-time San Diego Music Awards nominee and a recent former-board member of the nonprofit Blues Lovers United of San Diego, (BLUSD) an affiliate of the national Blues Foundation. She and Heine are lead presenters in its nationally renowned Blues In The Schools (BITS) program. Heine Andersen is also the Music Director for BLUSD’s 201 1 grant program workshop, BITS’ Blues Guitar Workshop for Instructors.

Oscar Winning World Music Duo “Tribal Baroque:, a unique and amazing duo that use countertenor and coloratura soprano vocals, Thoth and Lila’Angelique create miniature operas based on love and devotion, accompanied by ritual theater, dance, foot-percussion, and violins. The San Diego Readers says “The duo, former SDSU astronomy student S.K. Thoth and singer/violinist Lila’Angelique, will showcase their virtuosity on the violin and opera singing, along with beautifully choreographed tribal dancing. Lila describes their music as ‘A combination of opposites: raw, howling singing, feet stomping rhythm, faces painted, breasts flopping, wild original costumes, ecstatic spiritual dancing combined with highly developed musical phrases, perfect pitch, Bulgarian-style operatic soprano and countertenor vocals, and classically influenced violin.’ The duo won an Academy Award in 2002, for Documentary on a Short Subject, with a short film called Thoth, about Thoth’s life as a performer in New York city and the life commitment that he has made to his craft.”


The Bajabugs

The Tumbleweeds

Thursday, March 6 Friday, March 7

Thursday, March 20 Friday, March 21

The Beatles with a BANG !!! For more than a decade The Bajabugs has been entertaining west coast audiences. Founded by bassist and singer Hector Penalosa of the Zeros (also a recipient of ‘ The Lifetime Achievement Award ‘ given to him by the San Diego Music Foundation in 201 0), the band currently includes Xavier Anaya also a founding member ) on lead guitar and vocals, Jeremiah Silva on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Nick ‘ Nico ‘ Peters on drums and vocals. The Bajabugs are messengers who deliver ” the rock n’ roll energy and spirit ” of The Beatles music directly to the listener. The Bajabugs play over a hundred Beatles’ tunes and can perform the Beatles non-stop for up to 4 hours! They have performed many prestigious events including the Beatles’ conventions at The Scottish Rite Center in San Diego and the Pasadena Convention Center, The Olympic Training Center, Welcoming To Arms at the San Diego Naval Hospital, as well as many popular music venues.

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The Tumbleweeds began as a duo on the Williams – Grand Canyon railway. They never could have dreamed that eight years later they’d find themselves in New Mexico joined by some of the best musicians in the state. But a dream it is for each one of the Tumbleweeds to share the joy of traditional Country, Western Swing and Honky Tonk with music lovers of all ages. The blues influenced Texas fiddling of Joe Carter perfectly complements his singing style. Jordan Ripley’s bell like voice and swing era phrasing will delight you as she strums the banjo. Byron Ripley expertly thumps away on rhythm guitar, and together with the rock solid Jay Rosenblum on bass and Diamond Tom Walker on drums, they lay down a strong infectious beat. And no western group would be complete without the high lonesome and rollicking steel guitar of Johnny “Speedbump” Feldman. The Tumbleweeds would love to bring their fun, danceable music to your party, restaurant or beer joint! Visit their website for more information information

10th Annual San

Baja Snake

Felipe Folk Festival

Thursday, May 8 Friday, May 9

ONE DAY ONLY San Felipe, Campo Ocotillo Lodge - March 22

Baja Snake is ambient instrumental desert music. The music of the living desert. Transports you to the night of the shifting sands. Evokes the deepest howls of arid moonlight. Chills you way, way out. Formed in 201 2 by multi-instrumentalists BT Franklin and Nicholas DiBiase, Baja Snake creates soundscapes that are enveloping, transportative, and timeless. Artistically heightened music that is the perfect backdrop for your daily activities, yet also deeply rewards close listening. read more on their Facebook page.

For nine years now, the San Felipe Folk Festival has been a modest gathering of musicians and music lovers to enjoy the sounds of yesteryear and today. This annual San Felipe music staple is a place where "Mountain Folk" come and perform for people who enjoy bluegrass, folk, old-time, acoustic, outdoor, critters and mountain music! Each year the event

has grown as more music lovers find out about the event. This

Baja Snake is influenced by : The serene eeriness of the desert at midnight The smell of Sonoran rain about to come down The sound of nocturnal creatures creeping across the sands The faraway cry of an owl The whisper of underbrush waving in the low wind The redemptive glimmer of dawn pouring across the dust

year, our 1 0th Anniversary is gearing to be our biggest festival to date; featuring musicians from California, Arizona, New Mexico and old Mexico...this will be a great family fun time, so bring be sure and join us Saturday March 22.


It' s B aj a Wine S e as o n !

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As Mexican wines are awarded prize after prize in opulent “milk-drinker”, as they refused to obey the 200 day lent ceremonies at international imposed by the Russian Orevents, few people know thodox Church. The mothat it all started with a lokans understood the pohandful of adventurous mistential of the place they sionaries and some odd imsettled in, so after 50 years migrants that were more in from the reformation war, the habit of drinking milk they revived the tradition of rather than wine. small-scale winemaking. Let us travel back to the late Fast forward to our days, 18th century when José today Baja California proLoriente, a Dominican misduces 90% of all wines in sionary, founded Misión Mexico. All of it comes Santo Tomás de Aquino. from three areas: Valley of Over the next decades, the Guadalupe, the San Vicente inhabitants who settled Valley, and the Santo Tomás Posing at the Santo Tomas Bodega in Ensenada l-r Don, Marilyn, around the mission would, Valley. The quality of the Ruth, Butch, Kay, John and John. Photo by Rachel Pack unbeknownst to them or to wine produced here results anybody else, establish the from three unique features: starting point of a long tradition of wine production. In granite soils, warm weather, and cool breezes that come 1834, other priests picked up small-scale winemaking in from the Pacific Ocean. The red wine varieties that are the neighboring Mision de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe produced in this microclimate include Cabernet Sauvigndel Norte. on, Ruby Cabernet, Zinfandel Grenache, and Mission. The As the reformation war was waged in Mexico, the tides white wine varieties include Chenin Blanc, Palomino, turned against winemaking as well. In 1857, the Catholic Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Saint Emilion and Church was stripped of Malaga. most of its holdings, inOf course, the most iconic cluding the land that was winery in Baja will always used for growing vines. be Bodegas Santo Tomas. The missions were abanIn additional to its outstanddoned and no wine was to ing history, the winery be produced in the area boasts several award-winuntil 1888 when Santo Toning wines, among which mas Mission was sold to a the Alisio Chardonnay, the private company. This Tempranillo, and the Cabercompany established the net. first large-scale, now famL.A. Cetto, another winery ous winery called Bowith a long tradition, was degas de Santo Tomas. established in 1926 by an Shortly after the turn of Italian citizen. Today, L.A. the century, the Mexican Miguel, owner ofFuentes Winery proudly poses with his fine Cetto has become the boutique wines. The smile is the joy he gets from guests enjoying lots government accepted a biggest producer of wine in group of Russian immig- and lots oftastes ;-) Photo by John Pack Mexico and one of the rants who were opposed to serving in the military for reli- biggest in Latin America with an output of around one milgious reasons. The molokans called themselves "true Spir- lion cases of wine each year. Its most popular varieties initual Christians", but the literal translation of their name is clude Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Petit Sirah, 21

Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon gious San Francisco InterBlanc, Viognier, national Wine Competition. Chardonnay, and MoscaIn 2011, Bodegas Santo Totel. mas received a double gold One of the most apprecimedal for the 2006 Cabernet ated Mexican wines in the / Merlot, Unico. This year, world come from Monte Chateau Chamou won the Xanic, a winery that made bronze medal for the 2006 a name for itself in about Merlot, El Gran Tinto. two decades. Monte XanThe L.A. Cetto Nebbiolo ic produces, among othwine has received over the ers, Cabernet Sauvignon, years about 82 prizes on the Cabernet Franc, Merlot, American continent and in Petit Verdot, Malbec, Europe, most recently at the Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Berliner Wein Trophy in Chardonnay, and Chenin Germany where it won a Miguel explains the organic farming techniques ofhis winery. Blanc. gold medal. Its Petite Sirah Photo by Rachel Pack Chateau Camou is also a is equally successful having recently established winery that is getting a lot of internaalready gathered about 80 prizes. tional attention. Only three years after its creation, in 1998, The best moment to get acquainted with the wines of Baja Chateau Camou won its first medal at Challenge Internais during the Fiestas de la Vendimia (Vintage Festival) that tional du Vin in Bordeax, France. Its most appreciated takes place in Ensenada every August. On this occasion, wine is Vino Tinto, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Caber- all wineries, big and small, organize wine tasting sessions, net Franc and Merlot. gourmet dinners, various kinds of competitions, concerts, Casa de Piedra is not that focused on quantity, but rather and tours of their facilities. La Noche de Cofradía is a speon quality. This is why their red Vino de Piedra and white cial event during which at least 30 wineries join forces and Piedra de Sol, which are considered two of the best wines organize wine pairing dinners. in Mexico, are so hard to come by and quite expensive. In the past decades, enotourism has developed considerHowever, the quality will more than compensate the addi- ably, especially in the area that is now known as Ruta del tional cost. Vino (Wine Route). The route connects the port of EnsenWines from Baja California received numerous recogniada with over 50 wineries. The area also offers numerous tions around the globe, including at the particularly presti- dining options, hotels, museums, and other kinds of tourist attractions. With the help of the Autonomous University of Baja California, Ensenada hosts its own wine competition. Under the slogan “Mexico – the land of the wine” this international contest rewards the best wines selected from among the competitors. With such variety of wines and rich tradition, the Wine Route provides the experience of a lifetime. While few places in the world can match up to the microclimate that seems perfect for high-end wines, nothing would have been achieved without the courage of the first settlers and the dedication of the wine masters of our days. Overlooking a winery in Guadalupe Valley. Baja Good Life Club



A Plastic Bottle Waste Awareness Project

by Kimberly Byrne

When Rachel and John Pack planned to cover 850-miles from San Felipe Baja California to Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur on foot, during summer - they had a vision for it. They knew it would be tough - after all, very few people had ever tried it before. In fact, if they could make it, Rachel would be the first women in recorded history to have ever done so! But the couple has always been at the forefront of doing adventures for a cause, and this time the cause was just too powerful to leave behind any traces of weakness in their mind. They wanted to raise awareness about the challenges associated with chil-

dren charities, especially during the summer months. So, did they make it? YES! Of course they did! It was a long, tiresome journey that took them a good 74-days; but as much rewarding as well! So, that’s the Pack couple we are talking about. Environmentalist, social worker, adventurist, adrenaline junkies, owner of one of the most popular social clubs in Baja California - you name it, and they have done it all! But despite their previous achievements, when the couple planned on a 600 miles-voyage from San Felipe to

Group ofBaja Good Life Club members help move the frame from Steve Sherrods workshop the John & Rachel's house.

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La Paz in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, few of their friends and family were surprised. However, they were literally shocked upon hearing the latter part of the plan! “In the Cortez, during summer? In a boat made of plastic bottles? Are you......,” that was the typical reaction the couple would get every time they shared the plan with someone. But, it hardly mattered! Even though the couple had always been known for their never-ceasing thirst for adrenaline rush, the purpose behind their bold decision to embark on this rather challenging journey was not only to get some kick out of it. No - it was

Local wrecking yard owner Francisco gives a thumbs up to his donation with his crew, Rachel and John.

John Pack waves from the Chatarra shortly after the first float. Photo by Victor Rodrigues Ratliff.

something much bigger. They had a vision! The Chatarra Project, as they named it, was aimed at spreading awareness in both Spanish and English on the damage of plastic waste and how to help reduce and or eliminate the problem. Obviously, buying a new boat would not help their cause in any way - that’s why they took the sensible, albeit a little bold decision to go for plastic bottles. They were backed by the members of the Baja Good Life Club (BGL Club), which the couple themselves founded to enhance the lives of their members by providing exclusive dis-

counts, events and activities, and by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information about living, working and playing in Baja, California. The Chatarra Project was planned with three separate objectives. John and Rachel wanted the first to be aimed at raising awareness regarding the increasing presence of trash on the Baja and to get people involved in taking care of the fragile peninsular ecosystems. Apart from that, the couple also wanted to bring forth and support a group of people in each individual communities across the region to help keep their respective

areas as clean as possible. And last but not the least; they looked forward to establish a Clean Baja Day - a day dedicated to the encouraging and educating the inhabitants of Baja - young and old - the importance of keeping the area clean and pollution free. But apparently, all these efforts did not mitigate the couple’s hunger to do more for promoting their vision for a cleaner and healthier world! They had to take it to the next level to spread the awareness! And in a bid to accomplish that objective, John and Rachel embarked on a path that very few - perhaps none - had ever attempted in the past.

Karen Hubbell cleans and organizes a few thousand plastic bottles and does it with a smile.

Steve Sherrod shows John the paddle wheel design.


Kathy Ober donates nylon bags and life vest for the project.

The couple relentlessly worked with other club members to build a boat using only chatarra, meaning junk materials (mostly plastic bottles) infamous for their adverse impact on the environment. While their vision was optimistics and appreciable, the task was rather a Herculean one - especially considering the season they picked for the voyage. Even the most experienced sailors prefer not to be in that part of the Sea of Cortez during

John dumpster dives to collect plastic bottles. Fortunately, this was the bin provided by San Felipe Disposal, so it only had bottles in it.

the summer unless they really have to. However, that did not deter the couples courageous vision. So they continued their work on the project for three months and managed to build two boats. But it seems as if fate had some other plans - may be for the better, or may be for the worse! The first boat only went a short distance before its pedal drive failed, while the second boat, despite being close to perfect on mul-

Rachel poses on the Chatarra after adding addition bags ofbottles.

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tiple fronts (including speed and ability to float), was not just strong enough to endure the harsh weather condition in the Sea of Cortez for 600 miles. To their disappointment, John and Rachel had to abandon their plan for the time being. But if you thought that their plans to promote environmental consciousness through unique and fun means had hit a dead end, you certainly don’t know the Packs!

The Chatarra hood with all the sponsor logos that Rachel hand painted.

So, what are they planning to do, you ask? Well, here’s an excerpt from their official blog: “We are now focusing our attention on the second goal of creating a fun event for everyone that emphasizes plastic bottle recycling in an exciting family fun way”. So, what family fun are they talking about? Well - the couple along with the other members of the Baja Good Life Club

are planning to create an annual event called the Chatarra Bottle Boat Race - a race from the shore to a buoy in the bay and back to the shore. The boats can be any size, any design so long as they are made from recycled materials and are either human powered or

wind powered. The first edition of this highly anticipated fun-race has been scheduled on 20-March-2014! Now, hold your breath! To make this competition even more interesting, the Packs and the Baja Good Life Club has announced an award of $10,000 pesos in cash and prizes for the winners of the race. For further information, stay tuned to their website:

The Chatarra launch party/John's 49th birthday at Rosita's Restaurant, owned by Martin Romo, one the biggest contributors to a clean Baja.


ABOVE: Rachel getting ready to take Chatarra II out for a spin.

BELOW: The whole gang joins in to move Chatarra from the house to the playa. The Chatarra weighed approx. 600lbs.

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Obesity in Mexico is a relatively new problem, having been widespread since the 1980s with the introduction of processed food into much of the Mexican food market. Prior to that, dietary issues were limited to under and malnutrition, which is still a problem in various parts of the country. Following trends already ongoing in other parts of the world, Mexicans have been foregoing traditional whole grains and vegetables in favor of a diet with more animal products, more fat, more sugar and more salt, much of which is a consequence of processed foods. Mexican obesity fact by Wikipedia.

In Mexico it is estimated that the cost to the health sector by obesity and overweight in the population reach 150,000 million pesos for 2017, so Lout said Carlos Lopez, executive vice president and CEO of Productos Medix. Obesity is the most prevalent diseases in the world, 160,000 people die each year in the world and every person with this condition creates medical overruns of about $ 30,000, Lopez stressed under the Health Day 2013. In Mexico, 23.5% of children unBaja Good Life Club

der five are overweight and 9.8% are obese, with these figures, the country ranks as the first children's population with this disease, according to the World Health Organization ( WHO ) . The population over 20 years, 35.5% are overweight and 37.5% obese, so it is important to address the problem from filing overweight to cut the road to obesity, said Carlos Lopez. Obesity and overweight is a risk factor for developing other diseases, over 60% of this population 30

has hypertension, 60 to 90% have sleep apnea, as is the main triggers for diabetes. Mexico spends 7% of the budget for health to address obesity, overweight families with members spend between 22% and 34%, and three in four hospital beds are occupied by patients with obesity-related diseases, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Overweight mortality is 12 times higher in young people 25-35 years, 25% of work disability are obesity-related diseases. An employee with discomforts arising from obesity and poor nutrition may actually decrease your productivity up to 50%, according to data Ysonut, European food company. The Trust for America's Health estimated that an investment of approximately $ 10 per person per year, creating systems for prevention of obesity would accomplish a saving of 16,000 million dollars in health spending in just five years. To address the problem the Ministry of Health and launched the Move program and get in waist, with the aim of generating an updated and organized social movement to promote healthy lifestyles through food guidance activities and promotion of physical activity.

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MONOPOLY private capital to join public policies ... without going as far as concessions” said Cesar Camacho, chairman of Pena Nieto's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The move would mark the first major market reshuffle in 75 years. Back in 1938 all components of Mexico’s energy chain - from proMexico’s President wants to amend the constitution and allow duction to distribution – were foreigners to cash-in on the coun- made the legal property of the Mexican people, after President try’s oil profits. The move could help attract billions from such oil Lázaro Cárdenas took its fields majors as ExxonMobil and Royal back from 17 US and British companies and changed the nation’s Dutch Shell and provide cheaper constitution. energy for all Mexicans. The changes would also disUnder the plan by President Enrique Pena Nieto, articles in Mex- mantle today’s monopoly of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, which ico’s constitution forbidding private sector contracts and limit- in turn would “provide cheaper ening the country’s energy sector to ergy for all Mexicans,” Mr. Nieto said. state-run companies need to be amended, the Financial Times (FT) They would also boost oil production to 3 million barrels per day reports. If approved by congress, the bill by 2018 and 3.5 million barrels per will offer profit-sharing contracts day by 2025. Gas production, currather than production-sharing con- rently at 5.8 billion cubic feet, tracts, the President added. While would increase to 8 billion cubic the state would retain ownership of feet by 2018 and 10.4 billion cubic Mexico’s oil reserves – estimated feet by 2025, as EL Financiero at 13.87 billion barrels – it would newspaper reports. also offer cash-profits incentives to Investors are reacting positively companies like BP, Chevron, Ex- to the prospect, as the move could signal long-term economic gains xonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell. “In no way it is a privatization. It for all sides, as the location is safer, cheaper, and more developed is opening up the possibility for than Arctic exploration. 32

Mexico is in a similar predicament to many of its oil-rich Latin American neighbors. Reserves in Venezuela, for example, are among the world’s largest, but production and output are on the decline. “We require capital, technology and know-how so it's necessary to associate ourselves with those who have it,” Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquín Coldwell said at the press conference. In 2004, at peak production, Mexico was producing 3.8 million barrels per day. Recently, however, production has dropped below 3 million barrels, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Russian companies Rosneft and Gazprom have both been expanding their reach in gulf oil ventures, in Venezuela and the US respectively, and may look to partner with

Latin America’s second largest economy. Peña Nieto hopes more privatesector cooperation will reverse the more than eight year production slump, but some experts do not think the measures go far enough. “It might be an improvement on the current legal setup, but I don't know if it's going to be enough to make Mexico attractive at a global level. It may be too cautious,” Marcelo Mereles, a partner at Mexico City-based energy consultancy EnergeA, told Reuters. US-Mexico electricity trade currently accounts for less than a hundredth of a perfect of US electricity use. Electricity export isn't as lucrative as oil, but Southern US energy groups may look to expand their reach if the sector opens up.


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Featuring new SENTRI Pass update, IRS ruling on fideicomiso, The Chatarra Project, Fishing in Baja, Wine Tasting in Baja, and introduction t...

#52 - Baja Good Life Magazine  

Featuring new SENTRI Pass update, IRS ruling on fideicomiso, The Chatarra Project, Fishing in Baja, Wine Tasting in Baja, and introduction t...