Seven Burglaries Solved Thanks to Expat Liaison

Seven Burglaries Solved Thanks to Expat Liaison

The combination of expanded duties of the Chapala Municipal Police to include criminal investigations plus the dedication of a new quick-acting liaison to the foreign community has already reaped rewards that could only have been dreamt of before the current Chapala administration took office on October 1, 2015. Having only served in her liaison position for a few months, Gloria Perales already understands some of the most important stress points of the expat community. She meets with American and Canadian service organizations here, as well as with the Lake Chapala Society and the various consulates to regularly listen to the concerns of her constituents. And then she acts.

One of the top issues expats have told her about is the high number of home burglaries in this area. So, she has published her cell phone number, and told people to call her immediately (whatever the hour of the day or night) when there has been a burglary or any other crime against an expat (she speaks English). She then calls Chapala Police Chief Adan directly, and undercover police arrive quickly to investigate. The culprits in seven local burglaries have been caught using this method. This is certainly a change in the right direction from the sleepy after-the-fact actions of the local Ministerio Publico to investigate and solve crimes.

What else is on Perales’ agenda? With the exodus of snowbirds approaching in a few months, and the sad reality of some of their pets being simply released to fend for themselves on the streets, Perales is planning an outreach program with local and Guadalajaran veterinarians to provide no-questions-asked drop-off places for unwanted pets, including medical care for the animals, as needed, and no-kill sanctuaries and adoption services. Local veterinarian Pepe Magaña has already volunteered to assist this program.

Perales realizes that communication is key, not only because there are often language barriers to getting things accomplished, but also because everyone wins when all segments of the community work together. To that end, she wants to start a municipal newsletter. Wouldn’t neighbors want to know the identity of burglary suspects? Print their names and photos. Wouldn’t everyone want to know about the added authority the police now have to conduct investigations? The newsletter could serve as an ongoing forum of information exchange.

All in all, what a great start!

The Lake Chapala Reporter has a sizeable email distribution list of Lake Chapala residents, and has volunteered to be of service to Perales’ office for distributing important information to the expat community in a timely manner. Articles posted on this website can also be viewed as soon as they are published by supplying an email address on the home page of this publication under the section “Want to Stay Current?”

Any expat who is unsure how to solve a problem the city might be able to help with can contact Gloria Perales at:

Chapala City Hall, second floor, Mon – Wed from 9 to 4
Ajijic Delegation, upstairs from the police department by the plaza, Thu – Fri from 9 – 4
PeralesGloriapg1.gp@gmail.com (Note: the email address in the Guadalajara Reporter recently was incorrect)
331-249-8547

 
What a Concept: Healthy Meals Delivered Right to Your Door!

What a Concept: Healthy Meals Delivered Right to Your Door!

LindaIt’s surprising that no one has done this before. Maybe it just took Chef Linda Harley to think of it, and to be able to pull it off.

Her background alone should convince anyone that she can do anything she sets out to do. For starters, she was raised in the Venezuelan Amazon and Orinoco rainforests, making and blowing darts to kill the family dinner. She could blow out a candle at 50 feet with a blow dart. There’s a unique introduction to cuisine.

Then there’s Linda operating a shrimp trawler in the Gulf of Mexico, working for the Mexican government as a translator for its department of fisheries, teaching Dominican Republicans and Middle Easterners about co-op farming, and running a 196,000 acre eco-tourist destination in Venezuela. But it was in Mexico that her interest in Latin American cuisine really blossomed. She learned that it was the Mayans who made corn digestible 4,000 years ago. And the Aztecs – “Emperor Moctezuma had 300 different meals served in the palace at the same time. And that was before they even had livestock,” says Linda. “I was fascinated by how rich the history of food is in Mexico. I would squat with the women to learn how they made it. I had two restaurants in Tulum before there was even electricity, and I was the only female member of their lobster co-op.” Heard enough? Not possible. Fifteen minutes with Linda is just the beginning of a culinary tour of Latin America, to say nothing of learning other amazing things, like how the Orinoco River rises and falls 56 feet every year.

What’s she doing in Ajijic? She wants to build food co-ops, teach authentic Mexican cuisine classes, and help people learn how to eat healthfully again. “One of my challenges is to teach up-and-coming Mexican women that if they continue to strive for a 2-car garage consumer culture, they’re going to lose their heritage, of which their world-class cuisine is a big part. And I want to do that here in Ajijic, where Walmart and McDonalds hasn’t yet taken over traditional Mexican cuisine.” She just arrived in June of this year, after having worked on a deal with the Lake Chapala Society on developing a whole culinary program for the community. While not as extensive as originally planned, the program is still in the works. In the mean time, she decided to begin a much-needed service of making and delivering locally-sourced high-quality meals to peoples’ homes. She calls it Healthy Helpings, and it consists of her home-made north-of-the-border comfort foods, made to fit even special dietary needs and tastes. There’s meatloaf, roast pork dishes, baked chicken, tuna bakes, stuffed peppers – all the foods we miss – with none of the fuss. She’ll even come to peoples’ houses to cook dinners for them there. What a great idea for shut-ins – and for gift-giving. This woman cooks!

For more information, contact:

Linda Harley
376-766-0955
healthyhelpingsajijic@gmail.com
Casa Grande at Constitucion #3 (10 to 2 weekdays)

 
More Options for Online Shopping and Shipping in Mexico

More Options for Online Shopping and Shipping in Mexico

FreeShipping450Amazon has been promoting their AmazonGlobal program since the first of the year. Standard AmazonGlobal service provides $5 shipping and no duties for orders under $50 shipped to Mexico. The details are available in my previous article New Option for Online Shipping to Mexico.” But here are some FREE shipping options.

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Which Mail Center is Right for You?

Which Mail Center is Right for You?

MailboxesThe Lakeside Mailboxes, Etc. mail center has closed, and the Sol y Luna mail center is no longer accepting multiple users per mail box address. So, what are the remaining mail centers’ offerings? Here’s a fresh look and a comparison chart.

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