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  1. I just don't hear any of it anymore, praise or condemnation, since nothing changes.  For less than $200 US a year in property taxes I figure I buy some group of 4 a nice dinner at in some conference city where they contract for municipal services we don't want or need.

    What I get tired of is the whining.  Add $275 more to your tax bill and then spend it on your own street fixing potholes lots of guys know how to do that work.   Or for $100 pesos a week hire a neighbor kid to put clean bags in the abandoned wastecans on poles on your street and they can take them ut on trash day too.  That was another poorly executed cleanup plan with no funding. My next expenditure on my street is going to be painting the poles grey or brown over the "art" kittie cat faces or butterflies or bows from a couple years back art effort.  Those things look terrible all weathered.

    I got tired of being disappointed.

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  2. There are companies which do this as a business.  Find some Guadalajara facebook pages like MexPatGuadalajara and ask there.  It would be a topic at this time of year as the medical students come in and leave.  It is not usual in the Lake Chapala area to have to provide this but is regular business elsewhere.

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  3. Moved, changed, resurrected...all reasons to have the administrator archive posts older than say a year.  You can still get the old info just prevents misunderstandings.  That said the Chapala Government Facebook pages are very informative.  Or the newspaper.  


    Yes many say - oh my privacy etc... well yes, maybe, probably.  However "they" already know all that info about you. 

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  4. Many expats do not realize just how well-to-do citizens of the area are, both expat and Mexican households, and they reflect many stratas of society.  As for electing someone to do your bidding that change isn't going to happen becuase those political candidates and opportunities are decided years ahead as rewards for support and cooperation. It is very much who  you know and what you did for them.  Terrible but not changing as long as there are families with members in the pipeline awaiting their turn at the treasury.


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  5. Profeco is the BBB which I hadn't thought was of any use in the US.  Except for places where Angie's List is very active the recourse is small claims court in the US.  If you haven't $800 pesos for a consult then gas and time in the city are your only options and those expenses are unrecoverable.  Like many we have just walked away making sure everyone we know is told about the behavior.  But then we've never had $1500 US at stake without a contract and a quarter total payment agreement.

    This is your second need for a Profeco type of solution.  That is unusual and I am sorry for your poor luck.  I wish you better luck in the future.

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    Since my FedEx package doesn't say AJIJIC MX am I correct thinking that the package has not left Guadalajra and is in the Guad "local FedEx station"


    Monday, 05/20/201906:35GUADALAJARA MX
    At the local FedEx station
    Sunday, 05/19/201911:14GUADALAJARA MX
    At the local FedEx station
    Saturday, 05/18/201902:26GUADALAJARA MX
    At the local FedEx station
    At the local FedEx station
    Friday, 05/17/201919:56GUADALAJARA MX
    In transit
    In transit
    The package is available to be checked by customs
    In destination classification station
    04:36MEMPHIS, TN
    It left the FedEx station
    04:20MEMPHIS, TN
    In transit
    01:10MEMPHIS, TN
    In transit
    Thursday, 05/16/201923:16MEMPHIS, TN
    The package arrived at FedEx facilities
    Shipping information sent to FedEx
    16:01ROCKY RIVER, OH
    The package was collected by FedEx
    Presented in FedEx office

  7. We went in last night, Friday, at 7.  Music so loud we could not hear the waiter.  Asked for mule drink, nope. Asked for 3 different beers, Nope.  Asked for Ice Tea, Nope.  Finally asked for what he could bring us.  A Equis light and a Corona.  No label on the Corona which generally means its been in the cooler for ages.   Then he started to tell me what wasn't available on the menu we were done.   There were 4 of us.  Music still too loud after asking it to be dialed down a bit.  Other couple we knew came and decided to get their pizza to go. Because of the music.   So 6 people, figure 250-350 pesos spending each left.  That's a big hit in the register.  We left and went to Tango.  Drove by after dinner. 6 people in the place, band still cranking it out loudly.  You would think an owner present under those circumstances would adjust the band a bit.  No drinks tells me the finances are hurting.  Otherwise if you missed a delivery a 6 pack of each beer on your menu isn't hard to manage.  Who knows with the mule drinks.  But no ice tea is inexcusable - it is flavored water. We definitely won't be back.

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  8. a great article. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/04/david-frum-how-much-immigration-is-too-much/583252/


    I. The Wave That’s Still Building

    Through much of the 20th century, the United States received comparatively few immigrants. In the 60 years from 1915 until 1975, nearly a human lifetime, the United States admitted fewer immigrants than arrived, legally and illegally, in the single decade of the 1990s.

    If you grew up in the 1950s, the 1960s, or even the 1970s, heavy immigration seemed mostly a chapter from the American past, narrated to the nostalgic strains of The Godfather or Fiddler on the Roof. The Ellis Island immigrant-inspection station—through which flowed the ancestors of so many of today’s Americans—closed in 1954. It reopened as a museum in 1990.

    Yet rather than fading into history, immigration has only been accelerating. From 1990 to 2015, 44 million people left the global South to find new homes in the global North. They came from Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

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