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  1. A neighbor sent me this....it is a post by Tommy Thompson of Barbara's bazaar on FB today. It is about a lot being developed that is next to one of Tommy's houses on 5 de Mayo (aka Juarez) in Ajijic. It's long but I highlighted the part about the meeting. Hoping you can pass Meeting info along to Amigos del Lago and anyone other group that cares about the environment. Tree Huggers of Ajijic.. help me save a magnificent Primavera from slaughter. At the corner of Calle 5 de Mayo and Calle del Paseo (Malecon Ajijic) the only remaining lot in our area of waterfront is about to be developed. It is a large lot but for some reason the developer wants to remove a magnificent Primavera tree which is sitting right up next to the neighboring wall (to the east). The tree was marked with a red X as were 5 more trees on the lot. Officially only 2 were licensed to be cut (a Mango and a dead Jacaranda). 5 were cut (one mango, the jacaranda, palm, ficus and a huge old Hass avocado that also was right on the property line..not in the way of construction). A neighbor notified Chapala as the trees were falling and apparently they 'fined' the tree service for taking out the palm. (one more than the license allowed). They did not even visit the site apparently or they would have easily seen the stumps of the other trees. Too busy to go out, I was told when I called ...ALSO the ancient Primavera was marked with a red X .. even though the tree service said it was an accident .. that would be a good excuse if it had been cut 'by mistake'.. a fine would be levied and progress could proceed unhindered. I am passing around a petition to Mayor Anaya to PLEASE declare the tree "Patrimony" of Ajijic and prevent construction on or near it that would create a future threat to the tree. I am told that the method of of getting rid of a tree like this is to build very close and then as construction proceeds, revisit Ecology and show that the tree is a threat to the house in order to remove it. Here are photos of how Ricardo and I build right around two 'sister' trees to this one, on the same block. It is called El Nido, because the bedroom of the house literally is in the trees.. Since these trees form DEEP roots, they have little effect on foundations. But that might take the input of an Ecology department .. where are they in this instance? Just look at what can be done .. then contact me, or stop into Barbaras Bazaar and sign the petition. I am asking Mayor Anaya to be "superman" here and save this tree and set an example that building in the area has to start taking existing trees into consideration.. we just can't afford to keep knocking them down with other options are possible. This tree is at least 5 stories high and most likely is more than 75 years old .. NO REASON TO KILL IT.. our environment can't afford the needless loss of mature and important trees like this one..Monday Aug 26 at 12 noon, in the Ayuntamiento building in Chapala there will be the first public meeting of the new Chapala Environmental committee meeting.. that group is supposed to coordinate acceptable environmental practices with the building department and ecology departments .. this would be a good place to start putting those words into action.. wisely building around this magnificent tree! The public is welcome at this committee meeting. Share this with your friends PLEASE. (the last blurry photo was taken a year ago from the neighbors yard.. you can see how full of trees the lot used to be .. compare to the newest view of the same lot)
  2. Amigos del lago has a tree planting program. They are on Facebook and will soon have a web page
  3. Sorry, Ladino is many things but not an English speaking indigenous person. As an adjective it means "astute, tricky, underhanded"; as a language it is the language spoken by Sephardic Jews; it is also a group of people who live in the northern part of Italy (near Bolzano); and in Mexico (but more Central America) it is used to describe a group of people who speak the indigenous language as well as Spanish, but who are not yet assimilated into the main mestizo culture. https://definicion.de/ladino/
  4. Yes to the first, no to the second.
  5. I went yesterday to get my passport after making an appointment online. The process from entering the building to exiting with my first Mexican passport took 2 hours. Being a senior citizen puts you at the front of the line and gives you a 50% discount. It was a streamlined process which impressed me with its efficiency and the politeness of the employees, who must have served over a thousand people that day.
  6. I believe it’s about elections. More voters in Chapala than Ajijic or Riberas. Foreigners can only vote with their wallets.
  7. My experience in fighting city hall is that to get results you have to keep at it until you get them to obey the law. Don’t give up Harry B
  8. I did everything myself and only paid the government fees (around 6000 pesos) and a lawyer who got my lack of criminal record in Mexico City. So I paid less than 10000. I am over 60 and speak Spanish. I coached someone to take the test, whose Spanish is dubious. She passed the test on the second try.
  9. Yes, now you pay at the bank before you go to your appointment.
  10. I was not addressing how to get Mexican citizenship, just how to get a Mexican passport if you are already a citizen.
  11. Amigos del Lago, A.C. Is a registered non-profit which has been active in preserving the lakeside for many years. You may be confusing them with the Chimalli Axixic, an informal committee that has little to show after 8 months of asking for, and receiving, over 100,000 pesos from the ex-pat communinity. The Amigos del Lago has an amparo, injunction, against the Hotel Chapinaya (Montelago) and their lawyer, whose specialty is urban planning and development) is waiting to receive documents on ALL of the above mentioned planned developments. That said, every citizen or legal resident has the right to live in a way that is healthy and decent. This is covered by the Mexican Constitution.
  12. Not yet, we have to fight it. We may not stop it all but the perfect is the enemy of the good, as Voltaire used to say.
  13. Google citas sre register make an appointment download bank payment sheet and pay at the bank take it and and your carta de naturalización and a copy of it show up get your passport simple
  14. It seems that Hotel Boutique casa del Lago is not the Pepsi mansion but the large estate next door at 34 Independencia. Plans are for a marina (dredging the lake) as well.
  15. I have to add these to the list: 14.- Condominio Olas altas 15.- Condominio Lomas Alta 16- Los Aulotes 17.- Hotel Butique Floresta 18.- Condominio Cumbres de Chula Vista 19.- Fraccionamiento San Nicolas
  16. The following list of developments is being investigated by the lawyer for Amigos del Lago, to verify the legality of the zoning, ecological studies, and building permits required by law. Many of them were "regularized" administratively, ie, the government officials rubber stamped them. The large (72 room and 25 villa) hotel on Chapinaya already has an injunction to stop building, but the Chapala government has yet to enforce it. 1.-Tres Cañadas 2.-Dommira Residencial 3.- Condominio Centro Laguna 4.- Tepetate 5.-Fraccionamiento Universidad 6.- Condominio Alebrijes en Ajijic 7.- Parcela 156z1p/14 Uso De Suelo Mixto Distrital Atotonilquillo 8.-Hotel Boutique Casa Del Lago Ajijic (I believe this is planned at the old Pepsi mansion on the malecon) 9.- Vista Del Condor 10.-Etapa 4 Del Fraccionamiento Cumbres De Chula Vista 11.- Rancho del Oro 12.- Condominio Loma Ancha 13.- Condominio Entorno Laguna Amigos del Lago is looking for people who are interested in preserving our lakeside's health and sustainablity. If you are interested in joining, please PM me. Thank you
  17. You could try getting Doña Cuca (the lady in the truck who sells tamales, etc and has a loudspeaker) to blast it in all the neighborhoods she goes to, and she goes all over. She will happily do it for you, a small donation would be in line. Good luck.
  18. http://semanariolaguna.com/44585/ Ramon is a neighbor of mine, and sick of seeing trash on the bike path (which he helped make during the previous administration) bought a wheelbarrow and got some brooms etc and started cleaning. I admire him because most people (ex-pats and locals) complain, but few do something about it. By law we are responsible for our sidewalk and street in front of our houses, but many people don't ccomply. If you see him cleaning, give him a thumbs up. A great guy.
  19. I think it’s a great idea to build an eco-friendly home in this area. It would be a first (as far as I know) but could serve as an example for the younger, more environmentally aware people who are moving here fir the lifestyle and who can work from home. There are many groups and movements , mostly Mexican, who would welcome your ideas and the University of Guadalajara has many experts willing to provide information on how to do it .
  20. An article in the local paper putting responsibility for this illegal mega project at Moy Anaya’s door . Amigos del Lago met yesterday and will join the injunction against construction which will eventually find the president of Chapala in contempt and eventually removal from his position. A ver.....
  21. Wyndham has informed that they had some talks with the developers but are not involved in any way with this project.
  22. We appreciate you reaching out with your concern on this matter. We share your concern for ensuring all building codes and needs are met, and we assure you that these matters are reviewed by numerous appropriate teams and departments. Our brands that fall under Wyndham Destinations include vacation ownership, vacation rental and exchange properties. If the location you are concerned about is a hotel, this may be under construction by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. If you’d like to bring this concern to their attention, you can reach them at 1-800-466-1589.
  23. I sent this to Wyndham destinations in Facebook and tweeted it I don’t know if your CEO,Michael Brown reads these posts but I would like to report that where I live, Chapala Jalisco, the hotel complex being built under the Wyndham Destinations name is being built without the proper permits, environmental studies or adequate infrastructure such as garbage traffic studies water etc. There is an injunction against this project but in the face of it they continue to build I am a loyal customer of Wyndham and am very disappointed about this behavior the CEO is Michael Brown pls tweet and comment on their Facebook page
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