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  1. Not really a second location but the "original" location is still there on the west side. Owners of the new store stress that they have nothing to do with the older store and the staff, products, size, etc. of the new store reflect an entirely different approach to the paint business. Obviously a independently owned franchise store much like a Truper hardware store. Alan
  2. Nope, it's in Riberas del Pilar at the intersection of San Luis and the highway on the mountain side. Across from the Templo del Pilar, Ladron's vet clinic, and Friends of the Animals store. By the way, it is Sherwin Williams not Sherman. Alan
  3. There is a guy at the Ajijic tianguis who always has a selection of them. Alan
  4. Large projects might change ownership multiple times before they get completed due to funky financing. Many projects always have a slightly unfinished look to them (like rebar sticking up) because, if still unfinished, I've been told the taxes are lower. It can be hard to tell if a place is under construction or so old that it's falling down...they look similar. Alan
  5. Carry the card in your vehicle as proof of registration. They say the card will be replaced after a few years but you still have to pay to renew it every year and carry that receipt in you vehicle as well. Cops can no longer spot an expired sticker or stop you for not having a sticker visible but proof of payment for registration is required if you get stopped for anything else. Alan
  6. Generally speaking, folks around here who complain about costs going up are in a bit of a bubble. Costs are going up everywhere...simple as that. You can now sell your home in anyplace in the US or Canada for probably four times what you paid for it just a few years ago. That's good but the home you could have bought in this area five years ago now costs double that amount. As to the costs for basics here , it is the same as anyplace else in Mexico. Less that at beach resorts and more than less desirable places. Just like in our home state of Colorado. You can sell your home in Boulder for over a million and buy a similar place in Sterling for about 1/3rd of that...but then what do you have? A home in a town that has very little appeal for the average person from Boulder. Same around here. Even a town like Jocotepec, which is only thirty minutes from Chapala, has very few rentals and very few amenities compared to Ajijic, San Antonio, or Chapala. As a result some things are a little cheaper. Workers, if you can find them, will work for less. A home to buy in Joco proper will be a little less if you can find one. But things like utilities, gas, taxes, clothes, restaurants, building materials, etc. are the same cost and choices are fewer. What we consider to be the biggest impact on quality of life is the increase in traffic. Some (maybe most) of the increase in traffic is being driven by folks from Guadalajara who have begun to buy weekend homes, just visit for weekends, or have moved here permanently. Bad traffic here is nothing like the real city traffic and since Guadalajara is spreading south at an amazing rate, folks can live here and get to many places in the city easier than driving across town in Guad. And like everywhere, folks can now work from home in many cases so many are doing just that...even gringos, who are not the traditional retirees, are coming here because of that ability. Still an amazing place and you'll find people here who have lived in San Miguel de Allende, coastal resorts, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, on boats, etc. There must be a reason. Alan
  7. I agree as to the need to get it done. There are probably more homes lakeside that don't save sanitary sewers connected than those that do. Very few water treatment plants and homes are close together so not much room for leach fields. That means not infrequent septic tank pumping. For that reason there are many homes that run gray water from washing machines, kitchen sinks, dishwashers, etc. right out on the street. That adds to pot hole problems, mosquito problems, bad smell from stagnant water, and just looks bad. I just don't think that the proposed solution is ever going to fly. Come up with a better funding method, a better logistical plan, more details for individual homeowners based on their particular situations, and have a public vote before proceeding. If the streets are torn up anyway just go ahead and fix the potholes, street transitions, and rainwater drainage issues and maybe even the fresh water supply pipes. Alan
  8. There was a Chapala government sponsored meeting yesterday which was to discuss the sewer issue in Riberas. Lots of officials from San Antonio, Chapala, SIMAPA, etc. and lots of glad-handing. I think about 150 folks in attendance all hoping, but not really expecting, a real plan could be the result. The property owners would have to pay one half of the cost in advance and within forty days before construction could begin. Fees based on property size. Plans call for a water treatment plant near the lake probably near San Lucas or San Mateo streets. Plans call for all of the streets to be torn up at the same time so the project can be completed in six months (?.) No plans to do water pipe delivery improvements, pot hole repairs, or rainwater runoff improvements. No mention of improving transitions between the highway and local streets. No mention of how folks who have septic tanks in backyards or under the house are going to get tied into the pipes in the streets. I'm guessing at their own expense and inconvenience. Basically it seemed to me to be a political ploy so they can say they tried to do the right thing. A better plan would be start with a treatment plant and connect the blocks nearest to the plant first, get things working correctly, and expand out from there so street access is not so adversely affected. Paying for it could come from a state fund, since Guadalajara draws water from the lake, or federal fund since the lake and it's shore are federal properties. Even if residents were to pay part, it should be a special assessment added to the annual property taxes over a period of years with an end date based on projected revenues from the increase. Lastly, residents should have a vote before anything that expensive and intrusive is begun. NOBODY trusts the local government to get the job done by residents paying in advance. Neither do we expect it to be done in a timely manner. Nobody expects it to work correctly when (if) completed. Nobody thinks the government will respond when complaints about these issues are voiced. This is just based on previous experience with local government entities. Alan
  9. I was not aware that any kind of deposit insurance is available. Even though it doesn't cover a large amount, it is better than nothing! I'm sure making a claim and then collecting is far from easy but I also think there are really not that many problems with lost deposits. Anyway, thanks for the heads up. Alan
  10. Most New Balance shoes, except for sandals, have the Mexican size in cm as well as the US size on the underside of the shoe tongue. Mine are 10 and 28. There are instances where 1/2 sizes are not available (for instance in either 9 1/2 or 27 1/2 for instance. Just not as common here i guess. But if you find a cm size in a New Balance shoe you currently have try ordering that size again in cm and it should work. There is a variance in sizes between brands so it becomes a bit more of a crap shoot if you don't have a shoe to go by. Alan
  11. IMHO the current Mexican admin is no worse that all which have come before when it comes to stability. Many opinions here are based on whether those in power tend to lean left or right to coincide with leanings of authors. I will offer to agree with Tom's recent post about how to handle money here. Leave all but a little in a savings account in your bank back in Canada or US. Peso accounts do offer better interest rates but that's because the peso is not very stable. I lived here in 1972 when the rate was 12.5 pesos to one dollar and twenty years later it was 3,000 P to $. The in '94 the government removed three zeros and it went to 3P to $ overnight. Now it's about 20P to $ and has been that for about four years (under current prez.) Just bring a debit card and use ATM's and many NOB banks even refund fees to your account. Have credit card for online and major purchases and pay off charges at the end of the month. Don't keep lots of money in debit card checking account to limit chances of theft if card is lost or stolen. Move your money from savings to checking as needed. There is no government insurance for losses incurred at any Mexican bank and there have been stories of folks who just lost funds because of account inactivity. Alan
  12. I also have found New Balance is the only brand that has a good selection (for really wide feet) of shoes that are comfortable for me. I have bought so many through the years that I'm comfortable buying them online. I just go on Amazon Mexico and have them delivered in just a few days. I checked the store in Guad and they had nothing in stock of my size so be sure to check before heading into the city. Their prices were basically the same as online. I did find that online prices can vary according to size based (I think) on popularity and availability... Alan
  13. Most (possibly all) of the "standing gray water" in Riberas is not the fault of the water table but the allowed process of connecting the washing machine and dishwasher to a simple gravity drain to the street. It is a mess and can start to smell funky if left standing. It also eventually ends up in the lake. The thinking seems to be that the actual septic tanks will then need to be pumped less often. None of them have a leach field as there is not room to do that in most cases. The advantage Riberas has is that since it is mostly lower in elevation the wells that service it almost never run out of water. Many subdivisions (like Los Cumbres) that are way up the hill, are still not able to drill a well because there is not enough mountain ground water up that high. They bring in water trucks to fill the aljibes. Generally all wells around here have sandy water and everybody has a system in place to deal with it. Some cotos and fracs have their own wells and do a little filtering before delivery to homes some don't. During the dry months you'll notice more water issues as well levels drop. One of the many charms of small town Mexican life that some folks aren't inclined to deal with. Alan
  14. Upstairs could be a restaurant like Pancho's has. I'm not sure there will be steps to get to the main floor. Basement level isn't for customers. Also have to think that not everything here is designed for the senior gringos. We get to choose where we spend money and the owners get to choose how they design and build. I never understood why most of the new homes (condos and singles) seem to have two levels. I know land is expensive but costs could be recouped by charging a little more for homes on one level that were built with the relatively wealthy expats in mind. I mean, senior locals don't like stairs either! Alan
  15. To resolve the mystery...according to a construction foreman at the site, it is going to be a bodega much like Pancho's. Underneath will be unloading and storage. Parking in front. Traffic worse. Alan
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