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  1. I don't think this town hall is needed if you only got 5 people responding. The municipal transitos cannot really do anything until after the city council approves the traffic laws, scheduled for December 6th, allowing the municipal transitos to actually issue traffic tickets. Right now, they can't. If there are any complaints about transitios, they have to be directed to the State of Jalisco transitos, who haven't been invited to the meeting, and don't need to since they're only going to be in control for another few weeks. In other words, this is a meeting without a reason. What's the point here?
  2. I met with Attorney Spencer McMullen today. CURP numbers are OPTIONAL on prescriptions for anything.
  3. See what I mean about this webboard? I don't know why I bother. Come to think of it, I won't. I made all this info available in "open" articles, meaning no one had to had a subscription to read them. Because it was for the good of the community. And just look at you guys. Unbelievable. Not logging in again ever. Uggghhh.
  4. No one interested in the answers? They've been on my website since yesterday evening.
  5. Mainecoons, you're wrong on many counts. But, I know how this webboard works, and I'm just not going to get sucked in.
  6. The presenter has emailed me this evening. She plans to send me answers tomorrow to questions asked at today's presentation, plus all relevant legal documents. I plan to send a newsletter out to my email distribution list as soon as I have all the info. Please advise if you want to be on the email list.
  7. Lisa Jorgensen here. Here's the editorial I wrote this evening. Most of us expats are not Mexican citizens, which means we can’t vote, which means politicians can ignore us if they want to. If we make ourselves so disliked that the last thing they want to do is listen to us or talk to us, we will lose our voice and our ability to shape our futures here. That is why today’s discourteous interaction with the developers of a modern complex was not only embarrassing, but counterproductive. The shoutouts from the back rows, the guffaws, the chronic woe-is-us negativism—the self-righteous belligerence of some in the audience will certainly give pause to other groups contemplating bringing significant issues before us. We just aren’t civil enough—we, ironically, who think we have the advanced civilization. And because of that, we’re losing our voice. How do I know? Because we’ve lost part of our voice already. Remember the Lake Chapala Society’s Town Meetings? They brought traffic commandants and immigration officials to have some meaningful exchange of information with us. I was there at each one, and I came away incredulous at the rudeness of some members of the audience. They refused to sit down and listen. They came with chips on their shoulders, and were determined that everyone should hear their bellyaching. They ruined it for all of us. The result? No more Town Meetings. And, frankly, it was the one program the Lake Chapala Society had that I thought was relevant to today’s modern expats. Whether the complex being presented today is a good idea or not is beside the point this evening. These are serious business people with a plan. They presented the plan to the Municipality of Chapala, who gave them the green light. Our job today was to learn. If we want to fight city hall, we should take it up with city hall. I encourage you to start a committee (of courteous people) to talk with city hall. If I were them, I’m not so sure how responsive I’d be, given our inability to be civil. We seem to forget that we are guests here. Feel free to write a Letter to the Editor at info@LakeChapalaReporter.com. All thoughtful submissions will be published.
  8. FYI - there's a new Lake Chapala website that's like Angie's List in the States. It's a place for area residents to comment on local businesses and services. Only a few people have shared their experiences so far, though. It'll be great community resource when more people contribute. The rip-offs will have to improve or close down! LakeChapalaList.com.
  9. Does anyone know of a graphics designer and printer of commercial signs and awnings Lakeside? I've been using the shop next to Hole in One, but am looking for an alternative.
  10. Thanks, guys. I appreciate the kudos. Half the articles are free, and half can only be read by subscription. There are no local ads, so it remains impartial. Let me know what you think.
  11. Mainecoons - Do you know why there is a permissions problem viewing the photo I attached? I'm not allowed to see it, either. Regarding the long delays, a coujple people did bring that up. They said they'd get the peoples' names and help find out why there were those delays. I suppose it could be because there's a new chief (Lira). They did say they're making some changes.
  12. Ricardo Vera Lira, the new chief of Guadalajara’s Instituto Nacionál de Migración (INM), led a presentation to clarify the new immigration laws to an audience of approximately 40 expatriate attendees on the evening of Thursday, August 22nd at the Instituto Terranova school in West Ajijic. Also in attendance was Chapala INM chief Juan Carlos Galvan, along with a handful of other INM representatives. See attached photo. After a welcoming introduction, Vera turned the microphone over to Doris Mitchell of the Guadalajara INM, who, in English, delivered an hour-long presentation on the various new immigration laws and visas, followed by a lengthy question-and-answer session. This approach seemed more effective than previous local meetings with INM officials, which were conducted in Spanish with English translators. The remaining communication misfires were largely the result of some expats’ failure to formulate clear questions, ignorance of even the basics of the new immigration laws, persistence in airing their personal experiences and grievances, and even at one point rising to the front of the audience to conduct a mini-presentation on their own experience nationalizing their car, which was irrelevant to the topics being addressed. The INM staff was gracious and helpful in their responses, even volunteering to intervene in specific cases. They stressed that, although their role was primarily one of enforcement of the national immigration laws, they saw the need to also be advocates on expats’ behalf to the larger federal immigration community. They noted the concerns expressed in this meeting for that purpose. The most pressing area of concern was the higher income requirements for the new immigration visas. Members of the audience predicted an increasing economic slump because expats are selling their homes and leaving because of the new laws. The higher income requirements for the new visas are exacerbated by the new requirement that the only way to continue living in Mexico on a Residente Temporal visa indefinitely is to return to the country of origin and qualify for the new higher income levels when applying for a new visa. Being “grandfathered” into a Residente Permanente visa is also seen as problematic because of the restriction of Permanentes not owning foreign vehicles. Many expats therefore feel that they will hit a legal wall after four years as a Residente Temporal that they can’t afford to climb, and that they must return to their home country or find another country with immigration laws that better fit their needs. The meeting was also visited by LCP Jaime Nicolás Padilla Ramos, a cabinet member of Chapala’s Mayor Joaquin Huerta. He stated, on behalf of the mayor, that he wants to check if it’s possible for all the mayors of the region to send a letter to the federal congress to try to reduce the immigrants’ income requirements. He will try to do that during the next few months when they have their official meetings. The mayor’s office recognizes that Lakeside needs its retirees to stay to help grow the economy.
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