Dear Lisa: Are Non-Profit Financials Available?

Dear Lisa: Are Non-Profit Financials Available?

 

Dear Lisa, There are many charitable organizations Lakeside, and I want to contribute to some of them. But how do I know how much of the contributions actually go to the stated services? Don’t these charities have to report their finances? – Susan Dear Susan, See my article on this subject from last year here….

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ACC: US Election Won’t Affect US-MX Business Relations

ACC: US Election Won’t Affect US-MX Business Relations

 

The relationship between Mexico and the United States is stronger than ever, and will not be affected by US’s election process, says the president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico (ACC) “We are optimistic that this will remain nothing more than an anecdote from the past,” said José María Zas at the 99th Assembly of the chamber,…

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Medical Tourism in Mexico Costing Canada Plenty

Medical Tourism in Mexico Costing Canada Plenty

 

Millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent in Canada repairing botched stomach-shrinking surgeries performed outside the country, suggests new research into the growing phenomenon of bariatric medical tourism. Researchers who surveyed Alberta surgeons estimate that that province alone is spending a minimum of $560,000 annually treating complications in people who have traveled to Mexico and other…

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Summary of Lakeside Bazaars and Consignment Shops

Summary of Lakeside Bazaars and Consignment Shops

 

When I lived in the US, I didn’t know anyone who shopped at second-hand stores, except women who liked vintage looks. I didn’t shop in those stores. It seemed very déclassé, partly because there was such pressure to buy at the trendy malls and stay current. Not so here. We’re more practical. And, it seems…

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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

US Financial Institutions Cancelling Foreign Residents’ Accounts

US Financial Institutions Cancelling Foreign Residents’ Accounts

 

US income taxes change every year, usually as a result of laws passed the previous year. And, this year is no different. The most significant change is the previously reported link between tax compliance and US passport issuance and renewal. This was a line item included in the highway funding bill President Obama signed on…

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Tlaquepaque’s Police Chief and Deputy Resign Following Police Assassinations

Tlaquepaque’s Police Chief and Deputy Resign Following Police Assassinations

 

The army and state police have taken over responsibility for security in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, following yesterday’s assassination of three municipal police officers. Mayor María Elena Limón said personnel of those forces are now conducting patrols in the municipality of some 5 million residents, which is situated within the Guadalajara metropolitan area. The three officers, a…

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Dear Lisa: How Do You Ship Items From Ebay?

Dear Lisa: How Do You Ship Items From Ebay?

 

Dear Lisa, I hear you have a pretty good shipping deal when importing items from the US. How does that work? – Curious Dear Curious, As far as deals go, the best shipping deal from the US is Amazon’s free international shipping program, called AmazonGlobal. But, the order has to be over $65 USD, and only…

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Zika Virus: World Health Organization Declares Public Health Emergency

Zika Virus: World Health Organization Declares Public Health Emergency

 

Up until now, most reports regarding the Zika virus have indicated that the mosquito-borne virus causes fairly mild flu-like symptoms and conjunctivitis and rash. But some very disturbing trends are emerging that point to serious congenital defects, like microcephaly (small head). Some health experts are saying that the Zika virus could be even more dangerous than the dreaded Ebola virus because some victims remain symptom-free. .

Jalisco’s Secretary of Health Jaime Augustín González announced the first confirmed case of the Zika virus on January 22, 2016, so it’s already here.

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Pian Thai Restaurant – REAL Thai Food created by a REAL Thai Chef

Pian Thai Restaurant – REAL Thai Food created by a REAL Thai Chef

 

One of the great mysteries of living at Lakeside is why it has been so difficult to find a Chinese, Thai, or Japanese restaurant worth visiting. There have been a number of new attempts, and some were at least edible in the early going. But oriental restaurants always seem to fall to internal squabbling by owners, new…

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