It all started back in 2000, when a group of Amapas neighbors banded together to protect themselves against aggressive developers who had moved into then-tranquil Amapas with little regard for their new neighbors. And the rest, poco a poco, has become our history.
We celebrated our 17th birthday at ANA’s August Meet-and-Greet, hosted by Steve Ross and Board member Sylvia Toy. Over two dozen ‘hard-core’ summer residents brought appetizers and wine to share. Founding President Susan Wiseman and long-time Board member Rolf Engstrom were recognized for their service with Certificates of Merit, and each shared personal memories of ANA’s founding and evolution.
We had party-hats, balloons, free-flowing Margaritas…and there was cake!
In May, members of your ANA Board met with Mayor Davalos to review the almost two-year history of our reports and requests for help with the undermined Los Pinos pavement. We presented him with an entire file of photos, documents and Proteccion Civil dictamins of risk to the street.
In June, ANA hired local Civil Engineer Antonio Mercurio to analyze the Los Pinos erosion/landslide and prepare a report of observations, conclusions, assessment of risks and hazards, and recommendations. He reported imminent danger, recommended restricted parking and constructing a retaining wall.
In July, ANA submitted Ing. Mercurio’s report, which adds weight and urgency to the Proteccion Civil Dictamens of Risk already on file with City Hall. When the Director of Obras Publicas dismissed Ing. Mercurio’s findings, we sent an official letter to Mayor Davalos, with copies to the relevant City Departments – Obras Publicas, Planning, Proteccion Civil, and Transito – requesting a written response to the report of our Civil Engineer.
Last week we sent a follow-up request. You can find both the English and Spanish versions here at the ANA website, www.amapaspv.com/wp/.
Your ANA is researching other ways to get City Hall attention and action, and reaching out to the local Spanish-language media to bring public awareness and opinion to bear on the Los Pinos problem.
We welcome your suggestions. In the meantime, we’ll keep pushing for official recognition that a significant public safety danger exists and deserves immediate City Hall attention and action.
Phase One of an all-weather sidewalk along the west side of Highway 200, from Conchas Chinas, north to Calle Pulpito, will soon begin construction.
Thanks to Diane & Glenn Walsh, Harris Spiridonides, Richard Lohman, Louise Martin, and other members & friends in Paramount Bay, ANA has the 100,000 pesos necessary to complete Phase One – from Villa Tita to the Macuaz driveway, opposite and north of Paramount Bay. As soon as we receive permission for an off-road staging area, we’ll get to work.
Between rains, ANA Assistant Manager Fernando Hernandez organized and oversaw our crew as they widened the pavement with a new, meter-wide grooved track at the 90 degree turn, just before Villas Loma Linda. As a result, two cars can now pass without trading paint or risking side-view mirrors.