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Update on Maria Ines Orozco Candidacy for Comisario

Update on Maria Ines Orozco Candidacy for Comisario

Ines, Liliana & Horacio being interviewed by media after delivery of paperwork to Guaymas

 

The city of Guaymas has refused to acknowledge the residents of San Carlos once again. This is of course absolutely nothing new. You can see the abandonment of San Carlos all over town, it is not hard to find if you should decide to look. From the garbage all over the streets and beaches that local residents clean up themselves to the unfinished side walk with huge holes in it (next to Thrifty Ice Cream), to the SBPA that has spayed and neutered almost 10,000 animals, to the endless pot holes on the road

David pictured left works for tips filling pot holes

to Loma del Mar. The Loma del Mar road is particularly interesting of late. A local unemployed almost entrepreneurial resident named David, originally from Chiapas, has decided to give himself a job. He has been working for tips and filling pot holes on the Loma del Mar road. Whether you like his work or not you have to admire his effort. He created a job for himself based on the absence of municipal responsibility. Just another fine example of local residents having to fill the shoes and pot holes of an almost completely absent government.

In the fall of 2016 local San Carlos residents began what can be called a grand experiment in Mexican civics. It has been around 23 years since San Carlos residents actually participated in the process of choosing someone to represent the Comisaria of San Carlos in Guaymas. By the 2nd of November Maria Ines Orozco announced her candidacy for Comisario of San Carlos. She spent a great deal of time

November 18th 2016 Office of the Mayor

fulfilling the requirements to be a legitimate candidate for the office. In the third week of November the paper work was delivered to the Palacio in Guaymas. Actually the paper work was delivered to three offices. The office of the mayor, the secretary to the mayor and the office of the city council. The city of Guaymas did not respond. They did not even have the common decency to respond to a native local raised in Guaymas since the age of three and who’s family have been respected residents for decades. I guess she and her family simply don’t have enough money to be paid attention to in the normal fashion. It is sad to report these facts but it is non the less necessary that residents of San Carlos understand that local politicians in Guaymas are so completely used to abusing the rights of citizens that they continue to shit all over their own constitution and deny even themselves what the Mexican constitution guaranteed them.

Click on image for PDF of document

So much blood lost over what is essentially an incredible document. My local friends have educated me greatly on the Mexican constitution. I have written a bit about this wonderful document. Especially the part on Article 39 of the Mexican Constitution. Article 39 states clearly that the power of the pueblo resides in the people and that the people can change their form of government anytime they wish to do so. On the second of November Maria Ines Orozco delivered a document to the city of Guaymas based on her inalienable right as a Mexican citizen. The document she delivered represented the blood and sacrifice of over one million Mexicans who died during the decade long battle of the Mexican Revolution. Out of all the officials from the city of Guaymas, the mayor Lorenzo DeCima, the secretary of the mayor Alan Jaramillo Perez and the entire 22 city councilman and women of Guaymas, not one official responded to the paper work that was delivered. This is how little Guaymas cares about San Carlos, the cash cow that just keeps on giving. Once again the city is in violation of the law but in a country where 95% of crime goes unsolved what is the difference? On the 9th of December (document pictured at left) a formal Denuncia was delivered to the office of “Organo de Control y Evaluacion Gubernamental” located at the palacio in Guaymas. On the 13th of December this same document was also delivered to the “Secretaria de La Contraloria General” in Hermosillo. Ines will eventually speak with Susana Corella, our local federal diputado in Guaymas. It is very likely she will also speak directly to the Governor of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich. This is a political issue and it is clear that the PAN mayor of Guaymas is in violation of the law. The PRI Governor of Sonora has jailed the last PAN Governor for massive money laundering of federal funds and thus she has established herself as one of  Mexico’s ultimate anti corruption governors. I don’t recall the exact amount of money Sonora ex PAN governor Guillermo Padres stole but it is surely in the 10’s of millions of dollars. It is certainly not unreasonable to believe that the current PRI government in Hermosillo will find it very interesting that a PAN mayor, with no past political experience, is denying citizens their constitutionally guaranteed right to self governance of great interest. Maria Ines belongs to no political party and this citizens movement has been completely apolitical up until now but that is gonna change. It seems inevitable that there will be a fight between the two strongest political parties in Mexico over this little bitty Comisaria called San Carlos.

Thus begins what will undoubtedly be a long legal battle that local residents have begun. One local activist is currently in Mexico City consulting constitutional lawyers and preparing the way for the legal battle that lies ahead. It is not hard to imagine that this case could end up in front of the Supreme Court of Mexico. It is fundamental in it’s simplicity regarding Article 39. As I mentioned before it has been decades since residents in San Carlos got politically active. What is clear to me is that this movement will not go away just because the political powers that reside in Guaymas refuse to acknowledge the rights of San Carlos residents. There is a core group of activists that will not let this go and that group is growing. It will take time but I believe eventually a judge will have no other choice but to rule in favor of local residents. If they should refuse that menas modern Mexican politicians from Guaymas continue to deny the blood shed of the revolution itself and what a decade of fighting was really for.

Here is a link to the to the interview Ines, Liliana and Juan Carlos gave to Mega Cable   on the 18th of November. It is interesting to note the questions that were asked of the group by the journalist conducting the interview. It was rather clear who this bullshit MegaCable news network bows down to. Guaymas media is perhaps the yellowest in the country. So many Mexicans from San Carlos and Guaymas have lost site over what their revolution really stood for. Some of them are slowly waking up.

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Who nabbed Paco?

Who nabbed Paco?

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-10-16-48-amAs all of us locals know there are an awful lot of dog lovers in San Carlos. And as many of us also know dog napping is a harsh reality here. That is why I couldn’t let this one go and decided to write a brief story about Paco. On a Friday night, the 9th of December to be exact Paco was frightened by a rather large fire works display over in the Sector Creston. Not far from the new restaurant Chihuahua’s. As many dogs do during fireworks displays Paco bolted. His owners spent the better part of two and half days looking for him. All over San Carlos. They even spoke to a local police officer and gave him a description of Paco. The local cop mentioned that he had heard a guy in Santa Clara had a dog matching Paco’s description last seen in the back of his truck. So my wife Ines actually did a little digging and found the person the police officer was talking about in San Clara. He didn’t have Paco. He was a bit amazed that someone from San Carlos had even gone all the way to Santa Clara to hunt him down to ask. Dog lovers will all understand this, when a friends dog is missing there is little a real friend won’t do to hunt down a missing dog. There is no doubt that Paco ran away of his own free volition. Why it took so long to find him, two and a half days, and where he was found adds quite a bit of doubt as to what was really going on here.

Official dog-napping stats seem a bit hard to find but there are plenty of web sites out there that discuss the issue and how to prevent it. Dog-napping in the U.S. became against the law officially with the passage of The Animal Welfare Act of 1966. Prior to that a great majority of dog-napping cases seem to have been perpetuated by the medical research field. Apparently it is against the law in Mexico as well. Paco certainly wouldn’t be the first dog to be napped in San Carlos. Many will remember the case of Lucky, who was stolen from his owners car that was parked on the east side of the condominums Pilar over by the Estero El Soldado. Lucky’s owner spent a great deal of time and money to get the dog back. The people that had Lucky made a cool two grand on the deal,  no questions asked. I have to wonder if Paco was being held for a reward as well.

After two and half days of frantic searching, face book posts and hundreds of flyers Paco was found via a facebook tip off. Where he was found is what makes me think there was something nefarious going on. Paco was found in an non occupied house on a back street in Via’s de San Carlos. The house had a high fence around it. Paco could have never gotten into the yard of this house by himself. He had to be purposely put there. There was also no other way for him to get out unless someone unlocked the gate, or someone actually picked him up and handed him over to someone on the other side of the gate. That is actually how Paco got out. His owner had to jump the gate pick him up and hand him over to someone on the other side. Remember this house has no one living in it and the gate was locked. As of the printing of this article we don’t know the name of the owner of the house. It is rumored that the owner is a local cop. We are looking into who is the owner of the house on paper via the office of the Catastral in Guaymas.

I think it is pretty clear that who ever found Paco was interested in either stealing him or waiting for the posting of a reward. Was it the cops? Just for giggles I am gonna spend a little more time on this, but bottom line is watch your dog! It might not be a bad idea to invest in one of those GPS tracking collars. That is probably more cost effective and far less stressful than posting flyers all over town and of course in Facebook in hopes of finding him, and then possibly paying a “reward” that is really better called a ransom. Dog nappers are out there!

 

 

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Movimiento Ciudadano moves forward in San Carlos: Maria Ines Orozco announces her candidacy for Comisaria

Lets start this post off with some simple numbers! San Carlos pays no less than 100 million pesos a year to Guaymas in the form of property and other taxes. Actually I have been told that it is probably closer to 150 million pesos annually. San Carlos got back this year 8.5 million pesos. Anyone who thinks this is fair needs to have their head examined! San Carlos is a designated Comisiaria Turistica but you would hardly know that if you looked at the quantity of garbage that is left to rot on our beaches and streets. A lot of people have had enough, grass roots are growing here.

San Carlos has been with out a comisario now for most of the term of Lorenzo DeCima. We did have a comisario for a few months. My self and other local residents had a conversation with him that I wrote about back in June. The conversation went badly for a number of reasons but mostly because the gentleman we spoke to was unclear on what his job was. Lets be clear on what the job of the comisario is first off.

The job of the comisario is to represent the interests of the residents of San Carlos. All residents, Mexican, American, Canadian, etc.

Was our last comisario doing that? Representing all residents of San Carlos? I can tell you that he was not and I would venture to say that many of the past comisarios with exceptions have not really represented the interest of San Carlos. Instead comisarios usually represent the interests of the mayor and the city council. Which often leads to negative out comes for San Carlos. The majority of comisarios in the past have not even been elected in the proper manner and have been “chosen” by the mayor of Guaymas in a manner that is completely illegitimate. Let me be clear. Guaymas does not want a comisario that represents the residents of San Carlos because; Guaymas, usually the mayor, wants and chooses along with the blessing of the 22 city council members a comisario who will shut up and do what they are told.

The comisario of San Carlos is never allowed by the city of Guaymas to petition the state or federal government for the funding of infrastructure. Of course this is precisely what the job of the comisiario is. Guaymas wants none of that! That is why we do not have a comisario at the moment and why local activists have taken it upon themselves to get the ball rolling. This is completely within the rights of all Mexicans. I refer back to Article 39 of the Mexican Constitution for anyone who doubts that local residents have the authority to choose candidates for comisario.

Several weeks ago members of various action committee’s publicly posted what is called a “Convocatorio” or public announcement in spots all over San Carlos. This public announcement calls upon anyone interested in being a prospective candidate to please submit for review their “work plan” among other requirements. A list of the requirements to be a candidate for comisario can be found here.

My wife Maria Ines Orozco Ontiveros has decided to be a candidate. Considering the fact that I am not going to be terribly objective on my opinion, I will go ahead and say it anyway. I don’t know if there is a more honest person in this town for the job than her. If anyone would like to sign her letter of support you can find a copy of this letter at the Athletic Club San Carlos!

Good luck honey I am very proud of you indeed!!

Do you have to belong to an Home Owners Association (HOA) if you don’t want to, especially the Costa Del Mar HOA?

Two weeks ago I was asked by Charlie Woehr a resident at the Costa Del Mar to translate for him during a meeting with his lawyer. Charlie was looking for a lawyer to help him out with the continual problems he has had with the CDM HOA board of directors. He was originally going to speak to a lawyer I had never heard of and then it dawned upon me that he should speak to Alvaro Romero. Alvaro Romero is a local lawyer from Guaymas who is now an expert on HOA law in Sonora as well as an expert on the many shady occurrences that happen in regards to the Costa Del Mar HOA. He became an expert on this subject by taking on several cases, and winning them by the way, for another CDM resident who also is disillusioned, for good reason, with the CDM HOA.

Charlie has a specific problem with the HOA that has caused him much stress. And here in itself is a very large issue. Most people who retire to Mexico would like to lead a stress free life. And actually after a conversation with Alvaro the lawyer this is really what the HOA should do for residents within a community. A properly functioning HOA should make life less stressful for residents, not more stressful. This was made clear to me by Alvaro the lawyer.

Why is Charlie upset with the HOA? Well the current problem stems from the fact that Charlie has his boat parked out in front of his house at the moment. According to Charlie this pissed off Ken Unrein, a current board member. So last year that board member tried to write a new bylaw that says you can’t park a boat in front of your house. Now after reviewing all the information Charlie put forth to Alvaro the lawyer the HOA did not properly pass this by law. But for the sake of argument let’s just say that the HOA did in fact get this new by law about parking boats in front of your house legally put into the by laws of the HOA.

The problem is this.The streets at Costa del Mar are public streets. I am sure many who might read this article and live at CDM are going to disagree with me on that but the fact of the matter is I have painstakingly researched this. I have spoken to inspectors for Control Urbano/ Urban Planing in Guaymas and other lawyers besides Alvaro. The streets of Costa del Mar are in fact public streets. To all of you CDM residents out there who doubt that, you are completely within your right’s to believe what ever you wish to believe. You simply are not correct in your belief but more power to ya. Just because your community is gated and you all paid for the streets to be so nice don’t mean ya own the streets!

Now just because the roads are public though doesn’t mean anyone can simply drive a boat into the CDM and park it in front of some one else’s house. Within Sonoran state law there exists preferential rights for those who live in the Costa del Mar in regards to the streets. Costa del Mar residents should and do have preferential treatment in regards to the streets since they live there. So what that means is that Charlie has according to Sonoran State Law all the right in the world to park his boat in front of his house. No CDM by law can trump a Sonoran state law and no Judge in Sonora can tell him he can’t park his boat there. I forget at the moment how much money in fines the CDM HOA is trying to charge Charlie for legally parking his boat in front of his house. I know it is in the thousands of pesos now and might even be in the 10’s of thousands but what ever the fines the HOA are attempting to impose upon him there is absolutely no reason for Charlie to pay those fines. The HOA has not one legal leg to stand on, and that is from a lawyer who has already beaten the HOA board of directors in several law suits. The HOA can not levy fines against anyone for parking their boat in front of their house. For all those HOA bully’s out there all I can say is welcome to Mexico and Mexican law!! Now the same goes for any lot owner who wishes to sell his lot but is not currently up to date on their HOA fees. The HOA can not stop anyone from legally selling their property because of a lack of payment of HOA fees.

Now that in itself is interesting but here is the real bomb shell. During the consultation with the lawyer Alvaro asked me to ask Charlie one simple question. Do you enjoy living at the Costa del Mar? The clear answer for Charlie was a resounding no and what Alvaro explained to him exactly described what I have written about before and that is HOA syndrome. Alvaro described the situation as so. What the HOA has tried to do is form it’s own kingdom with its own rules. And up until recently it has gotten away with much of that agenda. But over the last few years residents have started to seriously look at what is going on out there and to state it mildly are mad as hell and not going to take it any longer.

Alvaro was specific in regards to how the HOA manages it’s monthly dues payments. Remember the HOA is a non profit organization. As such at the end of each year if the HOA has not spent all the money it has taken in then by law they need to return that money to residents. The HOA to the best of my knowledge does not nor has ever done this. They take the extra money that is left over at the end of the year and put it into interest drawing saving’s accounts. Usually in the name of someone on the board of directors. It is Charlie’s contention that Ken Unrein has many different HOA saving’s accounts in his name. No one really seems to know for sure how many accounts there are and how much money is in these accounts since there is a complete lack of transparency out there in this regard.

Now the real bomb shell is this. Alvaro asked a few very sincere questions to Charlie. The first question was this.

When you bought your house at Costa del Mar did anyone ask you if you wanted to join  the HOA? The answer of course was no. Are you all ready for the bombshell?

It is not mandatory to be a member of the HOA! It is simply assumed that if you purchase a lot or house that you must be a member but in fact it is not mandatory! Now the fact of the matter is that since Charlie has been paying his monthly HOA fees he has  unwittingly joined the HOA even though he has never signed any agreement of membership with them.

The second question is the biggest bombshell of all.

Would you like to no longer be a member of the Costa del Mar HOA?

Charlie answered a resounding yes to this question posed by Alvaro the lawyer. Alvaro explains it very simply. According to Mexican law no one can force you to be a member of an association. Especially if that same association is trying to bully and harass you by making you pay fines that they can not legally impose on you! So all you have to do is write a letter to the HOA board of directors and ask them to vote you out of their HOA! It is that simple. Now if the board of directors refuses to honor your request then you file a formal law suit against them and eventually a judge will have no choice but to rule in your favor. Since as Alvaro has explained it, no one can force you to be a member of any association if you no longer wish to be a member. Boy isn’t the law interesting when you truly understand it.

I wonder how many residents are going to opt out of the CDM HOA once they realize that they don’t have to belong to it?

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  1. Cdm siempre an hecho lo que an queido. De acuerdo a una auditoria que yo les hice hay mas de 25 cuentas de banco. Entre ellas unas de inversiones. Yo estoy pidiendo cuentas por años y hasta hoy no las quieren dar. Lo bueno es que yo ya no pago, porque voy hacer ricos a otros??? Las mesas direcitavas de costa del mar an sido y siguen siendo de lo peor. Tienen engañado a una mayoria, especialmente a los extrangeros. CORRUPTOS. Francisco J. VELEZ lote 13 y 91

  2. Without getting into a discussion of the validity of HOA’s in Mexico (although I venture to guess if you have 3 attorneys you will get 3 opinions on the legality) or the accusations of fraud (hopefully not the case) I would like to ask what happens with shared services if no one joins the HOA and pays their dues. You seem to be suggesting that no one should pay their dues.

    Specifically, if dues are voluntary and no one or very few decide to pay them how do the following expenses get paid?

    Sewage
    Road repair
    Pool maintenance
    Electricity for neighborhood lighting
    Trash collection
    Guards for the front gate
    Gardeners for common areas
    I’m sure I’m missing some other shared services but you get the point.

    If the HOA is disbanded I’m pretty sure Guaymas won’t be rushing in to maintain the roads or keep the sewage pump working. I shudder to think what CDM would be like when the shit backs up because no one is maintaining the sewage pump system. If we don’t have trash bins will the trash company go door to door to pick up trash weekly?

    If some people in the neighborhood decide they want to share expenses to keep these things running can they exclude those people who don’t want to pay dues from using these facilities? If so that would solve the problem. If the law allows them to quit the HOA I guess the people that don’t want to pay dues can choose not to and they can find other solutions to these services.

    Just curious.

  3. El problema no an sido las cuotas. El problema a sido el mal manejo.

    The isued is not the fee. Is the bad administration and clarity.

  4. just curious, you missed the whole point. the point here is how the HOA is run. owners do not want to be harassed when your retired or working. they need to learn to lead first.
    leadership and common sense,its a requirement.
    the board members here in CDM have cost CDM member at least 50 thousand dollars in the last 5 years for lawyers and fines .
    MR NICE GUY.

  5. It seems to me like the HOA board could spend our money better way than passing rules and regulations that are silly and illegal. The comment by the Mexican lawyer that CDM’s streets are public does not seem far off to me. I live in an HOA in the United States also and the streets are also city owned. With that being said finding people for parking trailers in front of their own homes, denying people access unless they have a parking permit to park on a public street, and dictating what types of vehicles are allowed to enter is just setting themselves up for more losing lawsuits. The cost of which will be paid by us paying members.

  6. There were a number of points made in the article…a key one is encouraging people not to belong the HOA. I find that suggestion disturbing.

    It seems to me that there are always going to be arguments against the “current” board. A volunteer position. If in fact there is theft it should be proven and they should be prosecuted. More likely there is a dispute as to how dues should be spent and that they made bad decisions. That may or may not be true depending on your point of view. Rather than accuse them of fraud until proof is brought forward I prefer to believe it is simply a difference of opinion.

    I can understand that for some people parking regulations will be annoying and possibly outside the authority of the HOA. The board acted on the bylaw passed by the assembly at the time. If it was passed illegally then it should be struck down. I’m not trying to defend the actions of the board on any specific action but keep in mind that they are volunteers and hopefully acting in a way that best suits the majority of homeowners. Personally I don’t care if someone parks their boat in front of their house but I can see that if everyone has a boat and parks it in front of their house it could be a real problem for our narrow streets. Furthermore why stop there? Why not allow RV’s in the development?

    So…is an HOA a valid entity? Can it enforce any rules? Can it force people to pay for shared services? If some neighbors don’t want to pay regardless of their reason should they be allowed to share in the services provided by the HOA?

  7. I agree and would like to thank the board members for their volunteered time and well-meaning efforts. And I also agree it would be a disturbing thought of everyone opting out of the HOA. I don’t see that completely happening. I would like to think that most people are sensible enough to understand that in order to keep CDM functioning, clean, and beautiful that dues need to be paid. And they obviously have not had any problems collecting enough dues to fight lawsuits that they have been advised they cannot win that cost tens of thousands of dollars and still managed to stock away a sizable reserve fund. I’ve only been an owner in CDM for about three years now, but I first seen the place about 10 years ago and it has improved greatly. When I first seen it, it had houses that seemed to be abandoned with overgrown yards. The streets were horrible. All in all I was really not impressed. For this we have the board, and paying members to thank. But I also feel like the problems with Francisco could’ve been avoided had they just sat down and listened to his concerns and grievances in the beginning. I also feel that some of the things on the current ballot are completely silly and stem from a couple of uptight fussy board members that are acting like old women. To prohibit ATVs and side-by-sides from entering CDM is just out right fun hating. I would like to propose on the next ballot that we vote to take away their rascal scooters, and break up their sewing circles. I’m also not a fan of their rental policy proposals. On average my house has only managed to rent out two months out of the year. That usually works out to just keep my dues, taxes, maintenance and upkeep paid. I don’t feel like my rental impact is greater than someone occupying their home for the majority of the year. To propose a rental impact fee “To be determined by the board” is just handing them a blank check. The sole purpose of which is to discourage and stop renters. As far as boats and RVs being parked on the street, I agree it would be a problem if everyone started doing it and on a long-term basis. But it hasn’t been a problem that I have noticed up to this point. Again I think this is coming from a couple of fussy board members getting their granny panties in a bunch over one or maybe two boats parked on the street. I would just hate to see CDM become a piled on bunch of regulations and bureaucracy. And I really wouldn’t want them assigning a security force that goes door-to-door asking the nature of the guest occupying our homes.

  8. Here is the issue at heart. If a HOA continues to harass a resident why should the resident continue to belong to said HOA?

    It is clear that Charlie has not publicly explained all of the harassment that he has endured via the HOA board of directors. Remember he was actually illegally threatened by the comandante (chief of Police) at the behest of the Board of Directors!

    I don’t think Charlie wants to not pay his HOA monthly fees but when it is clear that the roads are public and the HOA has no legal authority to fine someone because their boat is parked in front of their house then that is clearly an abuse.

    Gary seems to think that the roads may be private roads. I can assure you that there is no debate on this subject with everyone I have spoken to. I would implore other HOA residents to ask the city of Guaymas themselves who owns the roads. If the city owns the roads then this fine of now 100,000 pesos that the HOA is trying to charge Charlie is nothing more than extortion.

    If I were being extorted by the HOA I would have myself removed from it. I would venture to guess that so would anyone else.

  9. Mr. Admin…
    I do not have an opinion on who owns the road. Nor do I really care. But I do know who pays to maintain them. And if you look at the title of your article it is clearly about people choosing to not to belong to the HOA. You have often taken the stance that HOA’s are a problem.
    Harassment of any kind is unacceptable. If you take the position that HOA’s have the right to charge for shared services and have the right to pass rules that benefit everyone than you have to accept rules that you may not find acceptable but you have to go with the majority rule on such issues….called democracy. Break the rules and there are consequences. If on the other hand you take the position that HOA’s are voluntary and that they cannot impose dues, fees, assessments or rules (as you seem to) then no rule or fees are acceptable.
    Please comment on what you think the role of an HOA should be. I would love to hear your opinion as to what fees are acceptable to bill out. And is it your opinion that if you don’t like some expenditures or rules passed by the assembly that you should be able to sue or opt out of the HOA? If the latter is the case than I suggest that you don’t purchase a house in a development that has an HOA.

    As I mentioned earlier I don’t really have an issue with parking a boat on the street…except that if everyone does it it becomes an issue. It would seem your opinion is that should everyone be allowed to park their boat in the street. Wonderful. But as I asked earlier should they be allowed to park their RV in the street too?

    For the record I would like to know if you think HOA’s should even exist? Do you think they serve any tangible purpose?

    Finally, I am a believer in two sides to every story. Rarely in a fight is there one side that is totally in the right and the other side totally in the wrong. Before you tell me a story contradicting that I know there are cases where one side is wrong…but in this case and the others that you have reported on in the past I can see arguments on both sides. Your stories in the past regarding CDM clearly show you have a bias and you are certainly entitled to it. But they don’t tell the whole story.

  10. I’ve heard that an HOA is different than a condominium. Can you clarify? As a condominium, we do our best to adhere to Sonoran Law 293 which apples to both vertical and horizontal condos. We have our translated By-laws filed along with our A.C. (Associacion Civil) who is our Administrator for the condo. Are you saying that we cannot regulate parking on our streets, IF it’s more restrictive than Sonoran Law? Someday we are hoping there could be a San Carlos Condominium Association where any/all condo. [board] members could participate to share knowledge to benefit ALL of us. We all reinvent the wheel with all the various issues that come up. Maybe we could even have an Abocado/Notario advise us. As of now, we all just do our own thing.

  11. Gary you seem like a very reasonable guy. It’s too bad you don’t have time to volunteer on the board.

  12. i know there are differences between shared wall condos like playa blanca and homes such as costa del mar. i am ignorant of the big differences between the two though.

  13. I think that some board members will use the HOA as a bully pulpit. I think that is pretty clear on how some people feel out there and there is of course over whelming evidence to support that claim.

    Certainly there should be an HOA that takes care of common ground. But unfortunately too often the HOA’s become used as a means to make money. Read up on HOA Syndrome, it is fascinating.

    I am very biased on my opinion of several CDM HOA board members. The bias comes from my personal experiences interviewing them and others who had to deal with them.

    This recent article simply comes from the fact that I was asked to help Charlie find a lawyer and translate for him. I think Charlie was forced to find a lawyer and defend him self from frivolous fines. I don’t see anyone really understanding what for me is the big issue. You can not make a by law that would, forgive the expression, trump a state law.

    Charlie parks his boat on a dead end street in front of his house and then some board members go nuts and now he supposedly owes them 100,000 pesos in fines? If the board continues to try to push through by laws that contradict state law then I think that a resident should have every right to opt out of the HOA. From what I understand there is a fairly large percentage now of non payers out there now.

    Based on my experience with HOA’s in San Carlos I would absolutely never what to belong to one!!

  14. This letter is just in from Francisco!! Looks like the HOA is going to appeal a judges ruling and spend more HOA money on a losing proposition!

    MI NOMBRE ES FRANCISCO J. VELEZ

    jueves, 3 de noviembre de 2016

    11:56 a. m.

    DESDE 2003 QUE COMPRÉ MI PRIMERA PROPIEDAD EN CDM, ME DI CUENTA DEL ABUSO DE LOS DIRECTIVOS. MAS SIN EMBARGO PAGUE MIS CUOTAS ORDINARIAS Y EXTRAORDINARIAS. CANSADO DE VER LOS ABUSOS Y DESPUÉS DE HABER TRATADO, DE DESPERTAR LA IGNORANCIA DE LOS RESIDENTES HOY POR HOY SIGUE LA MISMA SITUACIÓN.

    YO COMENCÉ PIDIENDO CUENTAS, QUERÍA VER EN QUE SE ESTABA GASTANDO MI DINERO, COMO TODO BUEN CONTADOR, (ESTA FUE MI CARRERA EN LA UNIVERSIDAD DE SONORA). SOLICITE INFORMACIÓN DE DISTINTAS MANERAS, TALES COMO; VERBALMENTE, ASÍ MISMO ME PIDIERON QUE LO HICIERA POR ESCRITO, Y ASÍ LO HICE, Y NO HUBO RESPUESTA. DESESPERADO LO TUVE QUE HACER POR MEDIO DE UN NOTARIO PÚBLICO Y AUN ASÍ NO ME ENTREGARON INFORMACIÓN. TUVE QUE LLEGAR A DEMANDAR Y HAN HECHO CASO OMISO, PERO LA JUSTICIA SE ENCARGARÁ DE ESCLARECER, TODAS LAS IRREGULARIDADES.

    ES TRISTE QUE HAN ENGAÑADO A LA MAYORÍA DE LOS RESIDENTES DE CDM, ESPECIALMENTE A LOS EXTRANJEROS. SIEMPRE QUISE DESPERTARLOS Y HOY POR HOY, LA MAYORÍA SIGUE INDIFERENTES E INCRÉDULOS.

    HOY ESTE DÍA EL JUEZ CONFIRMÓ LA MULTA A CDM POR NO CUMPLIR CON LA SENTENCIA Y APARTE DE ESO ESTARÁ DANDO AVISO AL MINISTERIO PÚBLICO, PARA OBLIGARLOS A CUMPLIR LA SENTENCIA (RENDICIÓN DE CUENTAS). OBVIAMENTE ESTO NO SE LES INFORMARÁ EN LA REUNIÓN, ESTO ES DE LAS COSAS QUE UDS., RESIDENTES NO SE DAN CUENTA POR OBVIAS RAZONES.

    CDM HA TENIDO LOS MEJORES ABOGADOS, SIN EMBARGO, ESTO NO LA LIBERA DE LA MAGNITUD DE SUS PROBLEMAS. ES ENTENDIBLE QUE CUALQUIER ABOGADO LE DIRÁ A CDM “SÍ, YO TE AYUDO” Y PROMETEN RESOLVERLES LOS PROBLEMAS, PERO LOS MISMOS ABOGADOS SABEN QUE ESO ES IMPOSIBLE Y EN LO QUE SON “PERAS O MANZANAS”, ELLOS COBRAN SUS ELEVADOS HONORARIOS.

    POR OTRA PARTE, HAN APELADO LA SENTENCIA DEL JUEZ; DEL CASO DE GASTOS Y COSTAS, QUE ILUSOS. DE NUEVO RESULTARÁ EN MÁS GASTO DE HONORARIOS Y SERVICIOS PARA LOS ABOGADOS.

    MUY PRONTO ESTARÁN LAS DEMANDAS PENALES, EN CONTRA DE LOS SEÑORES, KEN, ESCOTT Y DIANA CIMETTA…QUIERO VER DE QUÉ MANERA COMPRUEBAN SUS IRREGULARIDADES.

    PD. ADJUNTO ENCONTRARÁ EL COMPROBANTE DE RESOLUCIÓN DE JUEZ, DE MULTA Y ENVIÓ DE CASO AL MINISTERIO PUBLICO, POR DESACATO.

    FJV.

    I BOUGHT MY FIRST PROPERTY IN CDM, IN 2003, AND RIGHT AWAY I REALIZED ABUSE OF DIRECTORS. HOWEVER I CONTINUED TO PAY MY ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY´S DUES. SICK AND TIRED OF ABUSES AND AFTER TRIED TO WAKE IGNORANCE OF THE RESIDENTS, UP TO DATE RESIDENTS STILL ARE IN THE SAME SITUATION.

    I STARTED ASKING FOR MONEY´S MANAGEMENT, I WANTED TO SEE IN WHAT THEY WERE SPENDING MY MONEY, LIKE ALL GOOD COUNTER (THIS WAS MY CAREER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SONORA). I DID INFORMATION REQUEST IN SO DIFFERENT WAYS SUCH AS; VERBALLY, AND ALSO THEY ASKED ME TO DO IT IN WRITING, SO I DID, AND I GOT NO RESPONSE. DESPERATE I HAD TO DID IT THROUGH A NOTARY PUBLIC AND STILL NO INFORMATION WAS GIVEN TO ME. I HAD TO GET TO SUE AND IGNORE HAVE DONE, BUT JUSTICE WILL CLARIFY, ALL THE IRREGULARITIES.

    SADLY THEY HAVE FOOLED TO MOST RESIDENTS IN CDM, ESPECIALLY FOREIGN. ALWAYS I WANTED TO AWAKE RESIDENTS ABOUT THIS CIRCUMSTANCES BUT UNTIL TODAY, MOST ARE STILL CARELESS AND UNBELIEVING ABOUT THESE SITUATIONS.

    TODAY THE JUDGE CONFIRMED THE CDM FINED FOR NOT COMPLY WITH THAT JUDGMENT AND THE JUDGE WILL BE GIVING NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR, TO FORCE THEM TO COMPLY WITH THE JUDGMENT (ACCOUNTABILITY INFORMATION). THIS OBVIOUSLY WILL NOT BE INFORMED IN THE MEETING (NOV 5TH), THIS IS THE THINGS THAT RESIDENTS WILL NOT REALIZE FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.

    CDM HAS HAD THE BEST LAWYERS, HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT ENOUGH TO SET IT FREE OF THE MAGNITUDE OF ITS LEGAL PROBLEMS. UNDERSTANDABLY, ANY LAWYER WILL TELL CDM “YES, I CAN HELP YOU” AND PROMISE TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS, BUT THE SAME LAWYERS KNOW THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE AND THEY WILL RECEIVE THEIR HIGH FEES, AGAIN.

    MOREOVER, THEY HAVE APPEALED THE JUDGE’S RULING; CASE OF EXPENSES AND COSTS. WHICH WILL RESULT SPENDING IN FEES AND SERVICES FOR LAWYERS.

    WILL SOON CRIMINAL CLAIMS, AGAINST KEN, SCOTT AND DIANA CIMETTA … I WANT TO SEE HOW THEY WILL DEAL WITH THE IRREGULARITIES DETECTED.

    P.S. ATTACHMENT: PROOF OF RESOLUTION OF JUDGE FINE AND SENDING CASE TO THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR.

    FJV.

  15. Still curious. Could someone tell me if the issue of rules, fees, fines, parking rules etc. etc. matter if the property were actually private and not owned by Guaymas? Essentially a privately owned condominium project?

  16. You will be happy to learn that all is good in CDM now. Everyone seemed happy with the decisions that came from the meeting today. CDM does have the right to impose rules and fines within the law and is in fact the owner of the land, roads, services etc. An amicable settlement has been arranged regarding the use of our roads and it was all done when everyone got to have their say without the threat of lawsuits. Reasonable people acting reasonably.

  17. fine was forgiven and no one can park trailers and rv’s in the hood. a pleasant and logical conclusion. issues of the HOA rights are resolved.

  18. The board made it very clear on their position on the issues up for vote last weekend. Having them count the votes therefore seems like a conflict of interest. I also find it very odd that after four days they are unable to give us any results of the vote even though it’s only 100 and some odd votes to Count.

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Dead Body Found in Container in Guaymas with Drug Cartel Message Written on It

narcotambo-en-guaymasOn Thursday the 29th of September a “Narcotambo” or 55 gallon sealed container was found left on 9th street in Guaymas. The duct taped sealed container was left by a drug cartel and had a message taped to the outside of it. There was a body inside. This would be the second time in two weeks that a drug cartel has left a message on the streets of Guaymas. Last week there was two Narcomantas found in Guaymas. On was left on the bridge to Mira Mar narcomanta-guaymasand it is unclear where the other was found. There seem to be few media reports of these incidents and it is sometimes very hard to find a report on the exact words that were written in these messages. Things seem to be getting worse in Guaymas at the moment and that means things are probably worse here in San Carlos as well.

Screen Shot below is from Uniobregon a web site with more info on the name of the victim who was found inside the container. It is reported below that the victim was tortured before he was shot and then dismembered. The message on the container is reported to say that if local authorities do not stop their operations in the region someone will be executed everyday.

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What do Lorenzo DeCima Mayor of Guaymas and Pena Nieto President of Mexico have in common? Incompetence and inability to lead comes to mind!

There are a few parallels between what is going on in Guaymas municipal government and what is going in the federal government in Mexico City. Even though Lorenzo DeCima is a PAN political hack he has a few things in common with Pena Nieto, Mexico’s worst president in modern history. Number one on the list is very low approval ratings, I have yet to find anyone in Guaymas that thinks Lorezno is doing a good job. Ask anyone on the street about Pena Nieto and there you will have it.  Now the other thing that is pissing a lot of people off, yours truly included, is that Lorenzo has a complete lack of respect for San Carlos. San Carlos is not even mentioned in the most recent state of the city report by Guaymas. We don’t exist in any other form except when it is time to pay property taxes! Now this is nothing new really since most all Mayors of Guaymas have disrespected San Carlos and it’s huge financial contributions to Guaymas in one form or another from refusing to fund development projects to an out right falsification of the San Carlos Comisiaria budget to funnel pesos directly into their pockets. At least the last mayor of Guaymas had the balls to actually come here and listen to what people said. I actually had a chance to be there and got a bit of video on that meeting and there was at least one person at the meeting that literally tried to crawl up the ass of then mayor Otto Claussen. Now I don’t think that meeting stopped Otto for one second from raping the Comisaría budget to help build his white house in Marina Vista but HEY, he did show up! Lorenzo is awol!

I endlessly think about San Carlos financials and in my desire to inform locals I am starting to frame my speech on San Carlos financials in a different manor but before I get to the soap box I think it important to reveal what one of my good friends and advisor to the Comite Pro Municipio 73, Victor Parra Maldonado divulged to us in a meeting last week that really put some things into perspective “for all of us who have been on the; San Carlos needs to be it’s own city/Municipio band wagon for a few years now.”

And you can believe that this info is now firmly rooted in my speech. It goes something like this, and just to be clear Mexico has 2440 municipios or municipalities divided between 31 states, according to Wikipedia, and it is important to note that San Carlos is technically a Comisaría which  translates to Police Station in Spanish. So yes we all live in a police station here in San Carlos. Point being that San Carlos is not it’s own city.

I got my hair cut at Maru’s the other day so I had a chance to give my speech while sitting on the throne, it goes something like this.

me: Hey did you know we don’t have a comisario at the moment. Sometimes people know this many times they do not. I think Maru didn’t know that and I explained that he came in the back door and out the back door he went!

recipient of my speech: No I didn’t know that.

me: Ya that means that the ultimate authority in San Carlos is now none other than the Comandante. Comandante in Spanish directly translates to fucking corrupt chief of police. (Donal Trump is the master of few words so after I say that I usually say something like) NOT GOOD  NOT GOOD!

me: Take a guess at how much money San Carlos pays to Guaymas each year via tax revenues, alcohol permits, ect…..100 million pesos a year minimum, yep that is right residents of San Carlos pay 100 million pesos a year in taxes to Guaymas and do you know how much San Carlos gets back from that?

recipient of my speech: No……..

me: We get back around 8.5 million pesos depending on how much money Guaymas steals from our budget. Now lets count to 10, that is easy right. In ten years San Carlos has paid $1,000,000,000 that is billion with a capital B mind you pesos to Guaymas. Now look around you and tell me if you see $1,000,000,000 pesos worth of investment in San Carlos? (At this point you can usually start to see a range of emotions in the eyes and or facial expressions of the speech recipient. I have seen rage, disgust, indignation, cynicism and anger, sometimes all at the same time)

Now what is new in my speech is what Victor uncovered just a couple of weeks ago while he was doing research on comisarías in Mexico. And this is truly interesting. San Carlos is the only comisaría in the whole country, yes in all 31 states and 2440 municipalities San Carlos is the ONLY Comisaría Touristica in the whole damn country!

San Carlos is the only comisaría in the whole country, yes in all 31 states and 2440 municipalities San Carlos is the ONLY Comisaría Touristica in the whole damn country!

Now I have yet to find out how many comisarías there are in Mexico but the fact that we are the only one that has a tourist designation means that we, San Carlos are the most important comisaría in the whole nation. What that also means is that ever other tourist designated area in Mexico is it’s own city. Which means they keep their taxes and they administrate their area with no meddling from other areas. In my speech on municipios I always include this little tid bit about the Valley of Orizaba down in the great and unfortunately very violent state of Vera Cruz. I have a good friend down there who lives in Orizaba, a town that is located at the base of North Americas third largest peak, a mountain well worth the climb! The valley is spectacular and is about 25 kilometers long. About the distance between San Carlos and Guaymas. Now get this, within these 25 kilometers there are 18 different municipios! That is hard to imagine really, from here to Guaymas you would travel through 18 distinct cities, each with it’s own police force, court house ect.

Which leads me to finally say what the hell is San Carlos waiting for. Then I get the standard reply from at least 50% of my speech recipients which is.

Guaymas will never allow San Carlos to be it’s own city!

My reply is simple when I am told that. Read Article 39 of the Mexican Constitution. It is enlightening. It states pretty much that any pueblo or small town can say fuck you to who ever is repressing them and change their form of government when ever they decide. It is an inalienable right. I have yet to have a speech recipient disagree with me.

Lorenzo DeCima and all the crooked city council members in Guaymas may not understand this yet but there is a perfect storm brewing in San Carlos and there is a call for a new comisiario. One who is choosen by the people of San Carlos for the people of San Carlos, a comisario who will represent the people of San Carlos and one who will actually have a reasonable budget proposal that aims to accomplish some modest improvements to the town. If these activists and the people of San Carlos get blown off yet again by Guaymas there might soon be a visit to the Governors office. Our Governor is PRI and Lorenzo is PAN.

It is not a far stretch to think that San Carlos, the most important Comisaría Touristica in the whole damn country might, just get a little more respect if it takes it’s case directly to the Governor. The Comite Pro Municipio 73 has a rather large file of all the things Guaymas is supposed to do legally for San Carlos yet refuses to do. The file grows each month and with each addition of information or abuse committed by Guaymas against San Carlos the legal justification for San Carlos becoming it’s own Municipio will become harder to deny.

Security is the last thing on the minds of Politicians in Guaymas; and it is with great regret I must say that San Carlos is less secure than ever

Security is the last thing on the minds of Politicians in Guaymas; and it is with great regret I must say that San Carlos is less secure than ever

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Julio Alfonso Alfonso was born in Cuba in 1921 and first came to Guaymas in 1945 to play for the Guaymas Ostioneros baseball team in the now extinct Pacific Coast Baseball League. Here Alfonso stayed for the rest of his life. He married a local girl and startedscreen-shot-2016-09-20-at-9-45-18-pm a family. One of the family members became a grand dancer here in Guaymas and started a poplar dance studio. On the 15th of September the grand daughter of Julio Alfonso Alfonso, Marcela Chavez Alfonso lost her life, and that of her unborn child, abruptly with 5 gunshots to the back during an attempted robbery of the Santander Bank in Guaymas. She left behind two children, a loving husband and family. Five or six others were reported injured in the shoot out. Out of respect for the family of Marcela Alfonso the Independencia party El Grito” in Guaymas held every 15 of September to commemorate Mexico’s independence from Spain was cancelled. In a rare moment of clarity the mayor of Guaymas actually made the right call but I reckon it was for the wrong reason. Certainly he does not wish to be questioned on the lack of security in Guaymas. Not that the local press would actually question him but local activists might. And that would be a messy affair and make for lots of unfavorable you tube videos to be posted on faceboimagesok. Damn good idea to cancel El Grito for sure!

What is striking about the whole incident besides the complete horror of it all is how long it took police to get on the scene. In some of the pictures posted on line you can clearly see a bunch of bystanders standing around the injured and dead, no police in site. In the picture above you can see a man in an orange shirt. He is actually holding Marcelas daughter who was in her arms when she was shot to death. On the 16 of September, the day after, I was invited to participate in a radio program on Radio Visa 90.1 F.M with host Jorge Carrizales to discuss the recent publication of the City of Guaymas Informe or state of city report. During a commercial break Jorge told us how he was receiving, just moments after the shooting, Whats App texts from listeners to the program who noticed that rather than responding to the robbery police were in local OXXO’s purchasing time for their cell phones. The last thing local cops want to do is respond to a local shoot out while it is still happening. How else can you explain the fact that almost none of these shoot outs are solved. Why are there no security cameras on the streets of Guaymas and San Carlos? The answer is actually quite simple. The current batch of incompetent local politicians and police don’t give a fuck about security in Guaymas or San Carlos. What the city council and Mayor of Guaymas gives a shit about is looking good. Thus you will see many many wonderful pictures of Lorenzo DeCima out and about looking very Mayoral. Just after the hurricane I saw a ridiculous picture of our local Mayor with a chain saw cutting apart a fallen tree! Good job Lorenzo, single-handedly  putting Guaymas back in order.

It’s fucking bullshit and I have remained silent far to long on the amount of crime that takes place in Guaymas/San Carlos. I think us San Carlenos are living in a bubble that is about to burst wide open. We have been lulled into a false feeling of security since there have not been any recent murders or official reports of shoot outs here locally. Official is the key word here.

 

If you follow local Guaymas events you find that someone is pretty much disappeared or flat out murdered once a week in Guaymas or Empalme or Vicam. Shoot outs on the streets of Guaymas also occur with a frequency that if accurately reported on would astound us all.  I quit writing about all of this quite a while ago.  It has simply become to common an occurrence here. I have become accustomed to the new norm just as I have become accustomed to the fact that there are virtually no dorado left in the Sea of Cortes. Just as I have become accustomed to the fact that soon the La Vaquita Marina, the small Sea of Cortes harbor porpoise will most likely be extinct withing a decade. I have redefined my definition of San Carlos to include a certain amount of drug cartel violence just as sport fisherman each year increasingly finds themselves having to redefine what a “good day” of fishing is. Twenty five years ago when I first moved here a sport fisherman could define a good day of fishing as catching dorado a few miles off shore. You might have to go out to the reef, a round trip journey of 20 nautical miles, to fill the cooler with dorado. You would certainly release a bill fish or two on that same day. A current definition of a “good day” of fishing is after trolling 50 to 60 nautical miles I actually caught one bull dorado that weighed 15 pounds well, that was better than getting skunked, that was a pretty good day.

Our lack of a comisario here in San Carlos is yet another good example of how bad things have gotten and how the current situation seems to be the norm. The way our comisaria is supposed to work is that the comisario should be in charge of San Carlos. The comandante or chief of police in San Carlos should be under the authority of who ever the comisario is at the time. The comisario of San Carlos should also be elected by the city council of Guaymas and to be considered as a candidate for the office a development project must be submitted. A person becomes comisario based on a set of criteria including their development proposal. Then the proposal should also receive funding. Well over the decades as the comisario has become less and less relevant to San Carlos the new supreme authority here is the comandante or chief of police. I recently wrote a piece on how our last comandante was certainly bribed by the Costa del Mar HOA board of directors to hassle a CDM resident for questioning the authority of the HOA.  What that means it that we have someone who is guaranteed to be completely corrupt and completely for sale running the show here.

The supreme authority in San Carlos should not be the Chief of Police, this is a recipe for continued disaster.

Not to say that other comisarios have not been corrupt in the past either. I have heard plenty of stories of comisarios taking bribes over the years and other stories of comisarios refusing to be bribed. But the point is at the moment San Carlos has no comisario and the comandante and local police that work here in San Carlos have zero oversight. The following story is a fine example of what I mean. Even though the incident I am about to tell you was reported in by phone I can pretty much guarantee that there was no official report written on the call in. Thus officially the following incident never took place and thus officially San Carlos is a pretty safe place to live.

“Unofficially” at the beginning of the month a friend of mine who lives in the Ranchitos was sitting on his terraza while a small white Volkswagen was being chased by a Ford pick up truck. A passenger in the ford pick up truck was shooting at the Volkswagen with a pistol. Yes a real pistol. Not unlike any bad C rated hollywood movie you might watch on Netflick staring Adam Sandler or some other shitty actor. Mind you this all took place in broad day light. The problem is that this actually happened yet no body ever heard about it happening and thus if there was no report of it happening then, well…. it never really happened.

My friend immediately called the office of the comandante. He was told by the gal who answered the phone to stay inside his house. Wow there is some seriously great advise! No cops responded to the call. This isn’t bullshit, these events are real. Remember we have three measly patrol cars in San Carlos and mostly what these guys do is extort tourists for traffic violations. During the high tourist season in July, if you were so inclined and wanted to watch San Carlos’s finest in action, all you had to do was hang out in front of the Modelo Cerveceria right in front of the CI Banco to watch as luckless tourists were escorted to the automatic teller to pay their fines in cash to our local “Policia Turistica”. Serve and Protect baby, Serve and Protect!!

I am told by sources that the amount of drug dealing that goes on in the ranchitos has escalated in recent months. Not many people even know that the reason the fire station was closed here in San Carlos had less to do with funding and more to do with the fact that a local drug cartel was selling a shit load of “Crystal” right next to the fire station. After a dude got whacked right next to the Bombero Tecate Six it was decided it was too dangerous for the fireman to stay there so they left. Yep, the cops don’t do shit here for security of the community. It is common knowledge that during summer the robbery rate of houses in San Carlos increases by many factors. The local cops know when people are out of town, after all they are on endless patrol, that is what they do, they drive around town yet they never seem to ever catch any of the thieves. How can any of this be? Everybody knows this to be true yet we continue to allow it to happen.

Don’t believe for a minute that San Carlos is any safer than it was compared to July of last year when bodies were turning up by Nacapuli Canyon, shoot outs were happening on a monthly basis and drug dealers were dropping like fly’s, it was Bloody July. I would say that what ever agreement was drawn up between local cartels and the cops. You know the agreement that, “we the local authority, the good guys with the guns in uniform that is, will leave you, the bad guy narco cartel sicarios with the guns alone here in San Carlos as long as you,

  1. Stop having shoot outs here on the streets, I mean for Christ’s sake it’s a god damn “Zona Turistica” here!
  2. No more dumping of bodies in the desert within the border of San Carlos. I mean come on, don’t be so fucking lazy, dump the bodies a little farther away from where you live will ya!

It is only a question of time before that truce comes to an end because somebody didn’t get the fucking memo!

One last indicator of “Que tan jodidos somos aqui en San Carlos/Guaymas.”  Perhaps many of you are unfamiliar with thnarcomanta-guaymase term “narcomanta.” A narcomanta is a message, written on a piece of cloth or tarp and then displayed in a public area. The message is usually directed at the government or someone in government or law enforcement. Often the message is displayed over a bridge crossing. Narcomantas are associated with drug cartels and in the north specifically with the Zetas Cartel. This morning at 4:40 a.m. an anonymous call was placed to authorities in Guaymas calling attention to the first narcomanta that I am aware of to ever be placed over the Mira Mar bridge in Guaymas. There were actually two narcomantas and I have been unable to get the complete text of both of them. One of the narcomanta was condemning a local police chief for being in bed with drug dealers. Wow there is a revelation for us all.

Viva Mexico Cabrones!

 

 

3 Responses to Security is the last thing on the minds of Politicians in Guaymas; and it is with great regret I must say that San Carlos is less secure than ever

  1. Just read your post.Was thinking of moving out of Trumpland(I’m in AZ).Sounds like the”fourth estate”exists down there too.Anything improve since the post or has it become Zetaland?Maybe no difference in the long haul.

  2. As far as violence in San Carlos, “things” have improved. But Guaymas and Empalme and the areas around here are still quite bad. I have been out of town for a month or so and have not been paying attention to the level of cartel violence lately. I still believe that much of the violence is not published in media outlets.

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A meeting with Mayor Lorenzo DeCima is coming shortly; It won’t be pretty

First and foremost I would like to thank the individual who graciously donated a considerable amount of money to the Comite Pro Municipio 73. You have no idea how much you have helped the movement move foreward.

 

In my last post I talked about the state of the city annual report that Guaymas has now been published, here is the link, primer-informe-de-gobierno-lorenzo-de-cima and how local residents of San Carlos are going to publish their own state of the city address for San Carlos.  I  suggest anyone who knows anything about accounting take a look at it. The report has received harsh critique from many locals. The counter state of the city report has moved forward and soon will be ready to publish. When it is completed I will publish it in full but will not have time to translate it. A cheesy google translation will have to suffice for those who don’t speak Spanish and I have been told the document will be lengthy.

 

The knew news is that on the 24 of August the Comite Pro Municipio 73  submitted a letter to mayor Lorenzo DeCima demanding a meeting with him to discuss issues of great importance to San Carlos. The letter was signed by dozens of San Carlos residents. The mayor legally had 5 days to respond to the letter. Needless to say as I type this post Lorenzo DeCima has refused to answer the letter, which incidentally is a violation of Mexican law. Thank you Lorenzo! Why is Lorenzo afraid to meet with a few residents of San Carlos? Come on Lorenzo, even Otto Claussen came to San Carlos and spoke with locals, it is time to man up!!

 

It was recently announced in some of the media sites that Guaymas pays to produce propaganda for the city that some how the city of Guaymas has gotten it’s grubby mitts on a hold of 40 million pesos of either state or federal funding for development projects within the Municipio This press release may or may not be true but guess what?  Not one single centavo of that money, if it ever were to be allocated would be spent on anything in San Carlos. To add a little insult to injury it was also recently brought to my attention that the city of Guaymas generated 540,000 pesos in revenue due to the renewal of 9 alcohol permits in San Carlos. Not one centavo of this money will stay in San Carlos to improve anything. The money is gone like the wind.

I will remind everyone that San Carlos is still without a Comisario and here of course is where it will get interesting. Local acitivist’s and residents seem to be drawing a line in the sand over the Comisario issue. It remains to be seen what activists might do should the city of Guaymas choose to defy Mexican law and illegally impose yet another Comisario on San Carlos with out the proper protocol or requirements full filled.

So as San Carlos drifts along through life aimlessly with no one at the helm, no real security,  no help what so ever from the authorities that be and of course no money what so ever to make any kind of real improvements to the city I would not be surprised if while driving into town on any give day in the future if one should find the main road blocked leading into San Carlos; it might just have has something to due with all this!

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Hurricane Newton wreaks havoc in Guaymas and San Carlos

Hurricane Newton wreaks havoc in Guaymas and San Carlos

 

In the 26 years I have lived here I don’t believe I have ever seen real category 1 hurricane force winds, until hurricane Newton that is. Hurricane Newton certainly wasn’t a hurricane Jimena, but it was close. Wind meters at Marina Real were reported to register gusts of 70 knots. I thought I was pretty good to go for this storm. Our mono hull was brought in from the bay and securely tied town to C dock at Marina San Carlos. Our panga was secure on J dock and I installed an automatic bilge pump switch the morning before the storm hit to keep the boat from sinking at the dock. Our trimaran was on it’s trailer at the Marina Seca work yard getting some serious repairs to it’s port hull. The boat was facing East and there in lied the problem. It was also the first boat in the yard and located right next to the arroyo. Surely a 70 knot gust of wind tipped it over on its trailer windsplitter-on-sideand that was that. The boat was ultimately stable as it lied on it’s port hull. I lost about two months of work on her and for good measure have some extra damage to repair. I consider myself lucky actually. Many boats did not do nearly as well as Windsplitter. Two long time San Carlos charter boats were blown off their mooring’s. Bravo one of the first steel live aboard dive charter boats in San Carlos, built and captained by Vicente Castro, broke loose and ended up crashing into a stone dock on the west side of the bay. It looks like it won’t be salvaged and will be a complete loss. Musicat, the custom catamaran bravo-1that Bob Kuntz built here in San Carlos in the late 90’s ended up just north of Bravo. It remains to be seen whether the boat is repairable. The owner has not been seen in San Carlos for well over a year now.

musicat-ontherocksThere were about 15 boats that were knocked off their stands in the Marina Seca San Carlos. Several of them may be irreparable. There were far to many tangled masts, cracked hulls and complete dismastings for anyone’s liking. Marina Real also has plenty of carnage in their dry storage lot. It would appear there were 5 boats sunk at the Fonatur Marina Singlar in Guaymas and the most tragic of all an Ensenada Shrimp boat bound for Mazatlan tried to seek refuge from the storm in Cabo San Lucas but were apparently denied access to the API dock. The boat left port, capsized and all crew were reported dead. Two bodies washed up on the beach and three crew are still missing. One of the crew members was from Guaymas.newton-marina-seca-san-carlos

Electricity was restored to much San Carlos within 36 hours of the storm hitting but some in the Sector Bahia have endured much longer with out. Water has been another matter with some residents going up to 5 days or longer without water.

The toll on marine life is hard to judge. Many marine birds have died and at the moment we are trying to find someone to help us rehabilitate an injured pelican. At 2 a.m. in the morning I finally deemed it safe enough to drive down to the Marina San Carlos and double check all of our boats at the dock. It was stranded-pelicanthen I saw the pelican huddled down in the middle of the road right in front of Hambone. By the morning the pelican had moved to the large puddle in front of Castaway Kids and as I type this out our feathery friend is in the back yard of a vacant house down the street from us. We are looking for someone preferably with a house on Manglares who might be interested in hosting the bird. Drop me an email if anyone out there has some spare time on their hands!! vince@sancarlos.tv

I wish I could have been out and about sooner and gotten a decent report out for everyone far quicker. Newton will not be forgotten easily.

 

 

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  1. I’ve been reading your story and pictures of the hurricane. How devastating! I’m curious how the pelican is doing.

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Guaymas is about to have it’s yearly “informe”: A state of the city address if you will, Residents of San Carlos are producing their own “informe” for Guaymas

Guaymas is about to have it’s yearly “informe”: A state of the city address if you will, Residents of San Carlos are producing their own “informe” for Guaymas

 

Municpio 74 round

It is summer time and it is hot as hell out there on the streets of Guaymas and San Carlos. It is about to get hotter and I don’t mean in the sense of temperature. As I have documented in the past residents of San Carlos are “MAD AS HELL AND NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY LONGER” if you will; regarding the way in which our township or comisaria is governed. I wrote two recent articles within the last few months, one about a meeting between our new Comisario and the Pro Municpio 73 Comite and the other on an issue with the Comandante of San Carlos and how he illegally harassed a Costa del Mar resident. Both of these instances were addressed by the Comite Pro Municipio 73 in one form or another.

It appears that the comisario has recently resigned his post as comisario and that we have a new comandante. This coming week members of the Comite 73 will be trying to find out exactly what is going on with the comisario. Did he resign was he fired? No one really knows for sure but he is definitely not in the office anymore. Did it have anything to do with the fact that a member of the Comite 73 recorded the conversation during the meeting and published part of it on facebook?

While this is interesting and of great interest to San Carlos residents what will happen next is by far more important. I wrote in my last article on our most recent comsiario that he was chosen in an illegal manner. I have been informed by the Comite 73 that it will be unacceptable if the next comisario is chosen in the same way. What the Comite 73 plans on doing about that remains to be seen but it is clear that if Guaymas try’s to violate the rules on choosing a comisario lawsuits may be filed.

On the 15th of the month Guaymas is going to have its state of the city address. It is obvious to me and others that Guaymas is going to sugar coat the living shit out of what is going on within the municipio. So with that said the Comite Pro Municipio 73 is creating a legal document that will state what is the true state of the Comisaria of San Carlos. This as you can imagine will not be a sugar coated legal document. The document will include the illegal manner in which we are charged for water, the illegal manner in which we had the last comisario shoved down our throat, the illegal manner in which we are charged for public lighting yet the ranchitos has no public lighting. And then of course there are the other problems, trash pick up, endless extortion of the tourist population by the local police and what about any ideas from anyone esle?

I was asked to translate and Publish this letter for the English speaking community that was written by Juan Carlos Gonzales so here it is. If anyone would like to put in their two cents you can email Juan Carlos at the address at the end of the letter.

Municpio 74 round

SAN CARLOS SONORA MEXICO GUAYMAS 1 August 2016

COMITE PRO MUNICIPIO 73/PRO TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE 73

CALLING OUT & INVITING: THE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF SAN CARLOS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN GENERAL TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY AND IN A WAY TO AGREE PACIFICALLY, BUT ABOVE ALL LEGITIMATELY AND LEGALLY IN THE NEED TO PREPARE A legal document that aims to prevent the current political SOCIATAL DETERIORATION  we suffer as a group,
THIS DETERIORATION HAS ITS ROOTS AND IS LOCATED IN PRIMARY AUTHORITY, SUCH AUTHORITY IS GUAYMAS PRIMARY CITY HALL-21 CITY COUNCILMAN and mayor. They all proved an INABILITY TO RULE WITH EQUITY AND JUSTICE AND DUE TO AFFECT DIRECTLY TO CIVILIANS TO REFUSE AND NOT PROVIDE BASIC SERVICES IN SAN CARLOS THAT CITY LAW IS OBLIGED TO PROVIDE TO THE CIVILIAN POPULATION OF SAN CARLOS.

THAT IS WHY WE INVITE ANYONE TO DOCUMENT WITH AUDIO OR VIDEO OR PHOTO , that graphically AND ACCURATELY SHOWS ALL OF THE IRREGULARITIES AND OMISSIONS that OCCUR in San Carlos on a day by day, night after night BASIS.
BACKWARDNESS AND INJUSTICE are reflected in inefficient AND NON EXISISENT UTILITIES THAT DIRECTLY AFFECT OUR QUALITY OF LIFE AND TRANQUILITY EVERY DAY. THIS LEAVES US UNPROTECTED AND WE DECLARE unnecessarily A SITUATION OF INCREASINGLY HIGHER RISK.

WE KNOW THE BAD GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMISSARIO OF SAN CARLOS, AND THE MASTER MINDS BEHIND THE BAD GOVERNANCE OF GUAYMaS, THE city councilman and mayor. They have breached WHAT MAKES THE LAW IN ARTICLE 115 CONSTITUTIONAL AND HAVE DENIED THE RESIDENTS OF SAN CARLOS OUR RIGHTS AS MEXICANS WHICH ARE GIVEN TO US BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED MEXICAN STATES. THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAYMAS ALSO BREACHES THE INTERNATIONAL TREATY ON HUMAN RIGHTS THAT FORCES AND MAKES RESPONSIBLE THE CITY GOVERNMENT TO  give us BASIC SERVICES NEEDED FOR A HEALTHY LIVING TOGETHER. THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAYMAS DOES THIS BY MEANS OF OF CORRUPTION, OMISSION, and ineptitude INCURRED CONTEMPT AGAINST THE CITIZENSHIP OF SAN CARLOS.

THE MUNICIPALITY OF THE CITY COUNCIL IN GUAYMAS girders-21 aldermen-SINDICO- Mayor HAVE PROVEN FOR DECADES disinterest, ABANDONMENT, NEGLIGENCE AND ESPECIALLY IMPUNITY IN THEIR OBLIGATION TO OBEY THE MEXICAN LAW, AND TREATY’S IN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS.

WE THE PUBLIC HAVE BEEN DENIED VIA mismanagement FOR DECADES BASIC SERVICES BY PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS IN GUAYMAS.

THIS IS NOW UNACCEPTABLE BY THE PEOPLE, THE CITY COUNCIL HAS NOT TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS LACK OF ATTENTION. WE HAVE BEEN DENIED THE RIGHT, AMONG OTHERS, TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE ELECTION OF OUR COMISSARIO.
WE HAVE BEEN DENIED, PUBLIC SAFETY, WE HAVE BEEN DENIED A FIRE DEPARTMENT, good Police, Paramedics.
SAN CARLOS HAS NO FIRE STATION! THAT IS GREATER recklessness.
STREET LIGHTING DOES NOT EXIST IN SECTORS  LIKE LOS Ranchitos, YET WE PAY FOR THESE SERVICES IN OUR ELECTRIC BILLS EACH MONTH.

COMPLETE AND PARTIAL ABSENCE OF GARBAGE COLLECTION IN BEACHES AND OTHER SECTIONS OF SAN CARLOS.

SAN CARLSO SUFFERS FROM POOR DRAINAGE AND WATER AND SEWAGE TREATMENT.
IT IS WORTH REMEMBERING THAT for hours, days, weeks, months, WE ARE deprived us of the vital liquid WATER while still WE ARE PAYING FOR water bills that are 5 TIMES more than what is legal. This defies all logic and is A CRIME OF STATE.  AND THAT WE ARE IN THE DESERT AND RECENTLY THE PRIVATIZATION FOR CUTTING OFF WATER SERVICES TO FAMILIES IN LOS RANCHITOS WHO ARE OVER CHARGED FOR THE SERVICE. ALL OF THIS IS GENERATING public health problems, THE WATER COMPANY IS justifying THEIR ACTIONS with ineptitude and CLAIM THAT SERVICES ARE CUT FOR LACK OF PAYMENTS, WHEN THEY FORGET THAT WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT ISSUE. AND THAT THE STATE BY LAW IS MANDATED TO give us our inalienable right stipulated in Article 4 of the Constitution.

WE HAVE BEEN EXCESSIVELY AND FRAUDULENTLY CHARGED LIKE THE FAMOUS DAP THAT EXISTS IN THE STREET LIGHTING AND ABUSES AND FINES IN THE WATER THAT ARE far from legitimate and legal.

THE CITY COUNCIL TO speculated RECOVERY OF INVESTMENT COLLAPSING property taxes.

STREETS ARE NOT PAVED IN SAN CARLOS YET THERE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN FUNDING FOR THIS, THESE ARE THE SO CALLED GHOST STREETS.,  ONLY THE BOULEVARD MANLIO FABIO BELTRONES IS PAVED, LEAVING THE REST OF SAN CARLOS WITHOUT THAT RIGHT.

THIS IS A PRIMARY NEED SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE THE PARTICIPATION OF ALL AND EVERY RESIDENTS OF SAN CARLOS. RESIDENTS OF SAN CARLOS HAVE THEIR LEGITIMATE RIGHT TO ACHIEVE OUR MORAL LAW LEGAL AND IMPROVE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE, as established by Article 39 CONSTITUTIONAL. THAT IS WHY WE SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THIS EFFORT OF THE BRAVE CITIZENS WHOSE PARTICIPATION IS TO CURB GOVERNMENT ABUSES AND RECOVER OUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND THE WELFARE OF OUR FAMILIES OF SAN CARLOS.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ALL KNOW THAT WE HAVE 15 DAYS FROM THIS DATE TO COLLECT ALL INFORMATION THAT WE CAN TO SHOW AND TO PROVIDE AS A GROUP OF TO OUR ADVISERS AND LAWYERS WHO are working hard to make this initiative VIABLE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION

JUAN CARLOS GONZALEZ.
SANCARLOSINDEPENDIENTE @ GMAIL.COM

 

7 Responses to Guaymas is about to have it’s yearly “informe”: A state of the city address if you will, Residents of San Carlos are producing their own “informe” for Guaymas

  1. No veo tanto razones para estar quejando, y este documento no representa los sentimientos mios, o la mayoria de mis amigo que gozan una buena vida viviendo en San Carlos.

    I do not see the reasons to be complaining and this document does not represent my feelings or those of my friends who enjoy a good life living in San Carlos

  2. Pues que te puedo decir Jeff. He vivido en San Carlos 25 anos. La experiencia que la gente tiene en San Carlos son muy distintas dependiendo del nivel socioeconómico y donde vive. Dependiendo en si son jubilados o pretadores de servicios.

    Well Jeff I would say that simply because you do not see the reasons for complaints certainly does not mean there there are not many. The experience you have in San Carlos I believe depends on many factors. Where you live, what is your socioeconomic situation, do you speak Spanish, are you Mexican, are you a gringo etc. I will give you a great example. Three years ago an tourist walked out of a local bar here, hopped in their car and lite a joint. One of our local “Policia Turistica’s” observed all this stopped the woman and promptly extorted 1500 dollars from her by telling her she could go to jail for her horrible offense. Well Mexican law states that anything less than 5 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor. When the tourist found this out they went to the MP in Guaymas. To no avail of course.

    Lets say you live in the Ranchitos sector and you pay 5 to 200 times more for water than you are supposed to be paying and you can go weeks sometimes with out service yet you receive your bill on time every month and you pay even though you don’t get the services you pay for. Don’t forget that San Carlos and Guaymas loose 65% of the water that they pump through the ancient infrastructure here. That in itself, considering we live in a desert environment, should be a crime.

    Here is the issue in a nut shell. San Carlos pays 100 million pesos a year in taxes to Guaymas and gets back between 8 and 9 million to maintain one of the supposedly hottest tourist destinations in the state of Sonora. Take a close look at the malecon and you will see what I mean, it is a disgrace.

    I have never stated in any of the media I have produced that I do not enjoy living in San Carlos or that I don’t enjoy a good living. But I don’t enjoy shitty governance by the local politicians who seem each year to simply be crooks. Yes that is right crooks that steel public funds that should be invested in the town that we live in.

    That needs to change. I hope I get to see it!

  3. thanks for that Alex. I would say the most important thing is to participate in the process. When San Carlos begins to break away from Guaymas the town will need all the registered voters to actually sign petitions and participate in the process. It will not be easy but Article 39 of the Mexican Constitution clearly states that the power of any town lies within its residents and those residents have the inalienable right to change their form of government when they decide. Actually here is an article written by a friend of mine about the process of how San Carlos can break away from Guaymas.

    http://sancarlos.tv/how-why-san-carlos-should-break-away-from-guaymas/

    I have the original version in Spanish if you would prefer that as well Alex, I can email it to you. Thanks for the comment!!

    Saludos

    V

  4. Thanks Vince, all of your information and investigations are helpful.
    I think that things will stay the same and nothing will change because I don’t think the gringo community will stand together against anything that will be confrontational.
    The gringos here complain about almost anything and everything but there is little fight from them.
    That is too bad for them but they will continue to pay whatever it takes to maintain what they want from Mexico, which isn’t a bad thing.
    Good luck and keep on writing.

  5. Actually we have received some great support lately from the Gringo sector, or at least one Gringo in particular. I am about to write a detailed post on the subject but I can tell you that a local American donated a substantial amount of money to the Comite Pro Municipio 73. The money that was donated has been incredibly helpful and is still going a long long way. The money has helped produce legal documents and the endless number of copies send out as well as pay gas expenses for the endless trips to Guaymas and Hermosillo for the growing number of San Carlos residents who are no longer going to take shit from Guaymas!! There is now a core group of about 10 individuals who are now forming their own Committees. Soon they will be reaching a critical mass.

    I had a meeting yesterday and I can assure you that very soon the powers that be in Guaymas are gonna have a heart attack when realize what is about to come about!!

    Thanks for the comment!!

    V

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