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Poverty in Chapala Municipality Reduced by 6.5%

According to the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL),  the number of people living in poverty in the municipality of Chapala decreased by 6.5% from 2010 to 2015. The poverty rate was reduced from 48.2% to 41.7% during that time, which represents a reduction from 23,539 people to 21,142. For the… Keep Reading


Mayor Proposes 2 Million Pesos for Ajijic Public Works in 2018

A proposal was submitted on December 6th by the mayor of Chapala, Javier Degollado González, during a session of the Budget Committee, whose members are preparing the municipal spending plan for 2018. The proposal included the allocation of two million pesos to fix cobblestones and invest in public works for the Ajijic delegation. During the… Keep Reading


NAFTA Contributing to Mexico’s Soaring Obesity Problem

SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses. William Ruiz Sánchez spends his days grilling burgers and slathering fried hot dogs with pepperoni and cheese at his family’s restaurant. Refrigerators and fire-engine… Keep Reading

Getting Around/News

New Timeline Set for Ajijic Carretera Upgrades

With the original target date of November 30 for completion of the Ajijic Carretera upgrades already passed, the Municipality of Chapala’s Director of Public Works, Engineer Luis Rodrigo Paredes, provided updates today exclusively to the Lake Chapala Reporter. The delays in the construction have primarily been due to the sewer lines along the Carretera being… Keep Reading


Chapala Officially Applies for Pueblo Magico Designation for Ajijic

The municipality of Chapala’s Tourist Director, Habath Alejandro Angel Orozco, confirmed that on Monday, November 20th, he officially applied to the Federal Tourism Secretary for the town of Ajijic to be designated a Pueblo Magico. The next step involves review of the submitted documentation, and issuance of a folio, if accepted. Then, the municipality will… Keep Reading

Getting Around/News/Safety-Crime

Ministerio Publico Warns About Fake Uber Drivers

Yesterday, the Jalisco prosecutor’s office (Ministerio Publico) confirmed the detention of three men who, as part of a criminal organization, committed robberies while pretending to be Uber drivers. This is an increasing problem in areas of high activity of legitimate Uber drivers, such as malls, nightclubs, bars, event halls, and the Guadalajara airport. The criminals… Keep Reading


Ajijic Announces Road Closures for Patron Saints Festivities

The town of Ajijic, in coordination with agencies such as transit, public security, and markets and regulations, will implement a special road operation in the center of the town for eleven days during the patron saint festivities, according to delegate Jesus Ernesto (Chuni) Médeles. The special road operations are intended to restrict traffic on roads… Keep Reading


Government Steps in to Figure Out Ajijic’s Street Vendor Problem

Pedro Rivera Garcia, the Director of Markets of the Municipal Government of Chapala, acknowledged failure regarding the explosion of the number of “ambulantajes” (unofficial street vendors, often traveling from other towns) along Ajijic’s southern Calle Morelos on the weekends, which is blocked off to cars for a cultural and gastronomic walking area for tourists. The… Keep Reading


Chapala Mayor Degollado Fined for Lack of Transparency

The plenary session of the Institute of Transparency, Public Information and Protection of Personal Data of the State of Jalisco (ITEI) decided to fine the Municipal President of Chapala, Javier Degollado González, yesterday for lack of transparency. The fine is 100 times the minimum daily wage of 80 pesos, or 8,000 pesos (about $420 USD).… Keep Reading


Expat Kickoff Tomorrow for “Everyone United for Chapala” Program

As previously reported, this is a program to improve the living conditions of the poorest of the poor in Chapala. There are many dangerous and unsafe living conditions, as well as old people and children sleeping on the bare ground or soggy mattresses, and without decent chairs or tables. This past month, the program committee… Keep Reading

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