Harry B here - Nomames you are happily 100% wrong. Once you have a valid visa the mexican constitution guarantees you almost all the rights of a mexican citizen. You may not vote. You may not engage in political campaigns. In fact the municipality has encouraged expats to sign petitions relating to their quality of life. Mexicans are so pessimistic about their governments that they are very bad about signing petitions. So when there is a petition with a couple of hundred signatures, it makes a big impact. For the tianguis project we had 300 signatures. Getting this or any other project started requires a show of community support. We have done a number of petitions with mixed signers. hector knew about the Plaza work. They just didn't tell him the details nor give him more than 45 minutes notice of the start. They were just holding off to the last minute to accrue interest. As far as we can tell the money was there since last July? Hector says, in this case Chapala is responsible. The municipality applies to the state for money. The state applies to the fed for matching and when approved funding comes to the municipality for the work to be done.. I've never heard of the state doing work in a municipality. i.e. the carretera lights are on the state highway and therefore owned by the state. I'd be happy to help. it's what I do!