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Robert Vallem

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  1. Wanted: An used electric kiln working or not! I might consider a gas kiln as well. If it's working, I need to see it work, open boxes to expose possible wiring problems, continuously glowing elements etc ... if I am going to pay for it. Free non-working kilns are desirable also. Answer this ad and I will call you.
  2. Drivers License Renewal with facilitator

    I just got my Mexican License today, my 70th birthday!!! What a breeze. Why so easy? I used Eduardo to drive and translate for me. I got his name off a Chapala.com blog from back in 2014. We left early for Guadalajara and battled traffic but he knew the way even around lots of construction that was going on and he helped me to go to the head of every line (about 6 stations for finger prints, test-touch screen in English, pictures etc...), there were may people in front of me but I was over 55 or what ever and we shot through till the end where we waited for the license to be printed out. About 1 1/2 hours in all. We stopped for lunch at the Plaza food court at El Tapatios, had a giant burrito, very good $55 pesos! All-in-all quick and painless. I would recommnend this to anyone who does not speak Spanish well! $500 pesos and lunch! Nice guy, good driver and English, been doing this for years. Eduardo, Cell: 045 331 134 8492. [I had all the correct Passport, CURP, DIF discount card, Phone bill, and Permanent Visa] Good Luck, Bob!
  3. Mexican Drivers Licence

    I just got my Mexican License today, my 70th birthday!!! What a breeze. Why so easy? I used Eduardo to drive and translate for me. I got his name off a Chapala.com blog from back in 2014. We left early for Guadalajara and battled traffic but he knew the way even around lots of construction that was going on and he helped me to go to the head of every line (about 6 stations for finger prints, test-touch screen in English, pictures etc...), there were may people in front of me but I was over 55 or what ever and we shot through till the end where we waited for the license to be printed out. About 1 1/2 hours in all. We stopped for lunch at the Plaza food court at El Tapatios, had a giant burrito, very good $55 pesos! All-in-all quick and painless. I would recommnend this to anyone who does not speak Spanish well! $500 pesos and lunch! Nice guy, good driver and English, been doing this for years. Eduardo, Cell: 045 331 134 8492.
  4. Hacienda del Lago?

    Hello again -- Yes, there is a 45 day waiting period while the mayor has time to enforce the law. If he does not then we (our lawyer) can go to a federal judge and get a court order to pressure him to do something, at what cost to him I am not sure? He may be waiting for that, then he can say he was forced to close them. It will be expensive. The mayor thinks this is going to be happening a lot in the future, he says you have to live with it, that is progress. He said in a recent article he will be changing the zoning to allow things like the 6 (actually 8) story construction in La Floresta during the next year. I believe he wants to be mayor another term and see these kind of changes take place, his vision does not include a 'pueblo magico' but a little guadalajara. Enjoy your week leading up to the new year.
  5. Hacienda del Lago?

    Hello -- I live next door to the new Hacienda del Lago. I along with 32 other neighbors (half Mexicans) signed a complaint petition and submitted it 3 months before they opened (about the time they put up the HDL Cooming Soon sign). The mayor said he supported us at a meeting we requested and he would not let then open. When they applied for licenses, they we denied and we were given copies of a legal document drafted by the City of Chapala, spelling out that ZONING had been violated. They had 5 days to respond to the government and did nothing. This street is a historic area a half block from the lake and is zoned for residential, green areas and a low density tourist hotel (quiet B&B type). Medium density hotels with a restaurant/bar/spa are not allowed here. When they did open and started running ads for holiday dinners with live music our lawyer submitted a second request to shut then down. Under pressure the mayor drafted a closure letter and someone sent 4 inspectors to do something? The hotel was tipped off because they removed all signs of being open and employees along with the hair salon who has been operating there illegally for 5-6 months. But not this day. So we have been sending photos and emails and making phone calls for 3 weeks but the mayor has done nothing, in fact his Director of Regulations who is supposed to close them has told us he doesn't read anything we have been sending him. The only one who can give the order is the mayor. The entire city hall is on vacation until January. Members of our group who have fought hard the whole time are selling there houses and moving away, exhausted from a fight that is winning legally but not getting the results we need. I to am looking into selling and a respected real estate broker has said, to my surprise, that this will not effect the selling price. Just ask the person living behind La Bodega who had dropped the price of his house from 180k to now 135K this week? I hope the same thing happens to those who support this business. I am leaving because my wife is sick and can't seem to get well, wonder why? Two night with live music till at least midnight planned for New Years! We are going to stay in a local B&B for our sanity start looking for somewhere else to live after that. Zoning regulations can be obtained from the planning department like anywhere else, by going to citry hall and requesting them, you pay a fee $100 pesos or so and come back the next day to pick them up. I have only seen the ones pertaining to my house because that is all we requested. A map and the description of zone H3, my block but lakefront is H2 and a bit more restricted. The site of the old HDL along Ocampo is zoned for business and residential (mixed). The problem is as always here, no enforcement of the laws.
  6. Dr. Jose Ricardo Heredia Granadea

    Dr. José Ricardo Heredia Granados passed away just before his vacation to the states to visit family and friends. A mass is at the big church in Chapala at 7 pm tonight. He was a friend, his touch and his smile were magic. He can not be replaced but he can be remembered at least for as long as I live. Many feel the same way and I will see them all tonight with tears and flowers in hand.
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