An Update from ANA on CALLE SANTA BARBARA

An Update from ANA on CALLE SANTA BARBARA

Do you know where you were on August 10, 2021? For those of us who spend the summers in Puerto Vallarta, it is a day we will all remember. That afternoon the excavation occurring on Calle Santa Barbara in preparation for the new development called Serena – came violently crashing down. Thankfully there was no loss of life; however, the landslide significantly disrupted the lives of those who live and work on that street. Businesses were closed for several months, some neighbors have not had water for nearly five months, employees have had their incomes significantly reduced, and no one can use the street to access the other side.

On Wednesday, January 5th a meeting was planned between Susanna Carreño, local journalist and activist from Radio Universidad Puerto Vallarta 104.3, to conduct interviews with those people and businesses who were impacted by the landslide on Calle Santa Barbara. Even though she was late in arriving, the extra time gave ANA an opportunity to share common information with the nearly 40 attendees.

One Interview Leads to Two

At approximately 1:16 pm Susana Carreño arrived and explained her late arrival as a result of her spending time with the Federal Secretary of Environment & Natural Resources (SEMARNATMaría Luisa Albores González who had spent the previous days with representatives of Districts 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10 regarding ecological issues in the city. Amapas is a part of District 9. Susana’s meetings with Mexican President Lopez Obrador had brought the attention of ecological issues and corruption to his attention. She shared there was to be a video with English subtitles of what has happened in the area. 

Susana Carreño shared with the group that the Secretary of SEMARNAT had completed her analysis and diagnosis of the problems in Puerto Vallarta. There was now a dictamen from the Department of Disaster Prevention that there was to not be any other buildings here. The Secretary of SEMARNAT will return to Puerto Vallarta on February 28, 2022. Susana offered to get us a meeting with the Mayor and SEAPAL at which point she immediately contacted the director of SEAPAL via cell phone. He offered to attend the meeting in session.

Director of SEAPAL, Engineer Salvador Llamas, arrived at 2:20 pm and was greeted to a round of applause by the remaining attendees. Robert Howell greeted him cordially and reminded him that we had yet to hear any response to the Manifesto we had sent to the City nearly three months ago. He also asked if it was true that the person who contributed to the problem – the landslide – was indeed expected to fix the problem. Robert requested a response from the Mayor and the acceptance of our Civil Engineer to

represent the neighborhood in any repairs. Llamas later confirmed that the City is looking into several

ways in which to get the work completed on Calle Santa Barbara in a quicker manner. This could include

alternative repair contracts under City direction.

While there was no money to fix Calle Santa Barbara when this new administration came into office, this week the City has finished securing estimates from SEAPAL, IZZY, TELMEX, CFE, and Obras Públicas regarding the work that needs to be done in the area. The next step will be to get an estimate from different construction companies as to the costs of redoing Calle Santa Barbara by Villa Serena.

Initially the work had begun by the developer; however, the developer stopped the work when he filed a lawsuit against SEMARNAT. The City has also filed a lawsuit against Villa Serena. The winner of these lawsuits will determine who is financially responsible for the repairs of Calle Santa Barbara. Once the work is approved it will take at least five months to complete.

Since significant damage occurred to the surrounding infrastructure in the area, Salvador Llamas made a compromise with the neighbors. The water pipes will be connected within 5 weeks. When the final work of the street is finished, the City will need to temporarily cut the service to add it properly to the street works.

NEXT STEPS: 

  • Calle Santa Barbara will be fixed. Initially, it may only be for pedestrian use but it may not stay this way forever.
  • Neighbors on Calle Santa Barbara should expect the reconnection of the water pipes within 5 weeks – approximately February 5th. However, it is important to realize that the current water issues in the city will still exist.
  • As part of the meeting held with the Federal Secretary of SEMARNAT Llamas shared that building construction and their environmental impact will be reviewed directly by the Secretary of the Environment, in order to avoid local corruption.

A Kinder Gentler Highway Experience

What motivates people to drive cautiously?  In Vallarta the focus of driving is to keep on moving.  Stop signs are guidelines and offered up as suggestions to take a moment and pause.  If the intent is to make people slow down then the topes (speed bumps) are the only way to influence driving behavior.  Why?  Topes can cause significant harm to a vehicle, which is a prized possession, and must be cared for.

Therefore, that is why topes are used so frequently throughout the city.  They work! What doesn’t work is relying on driver’s good intentions, especially when it comes to driving on Highway 200 – the Carretera. Everyone loves zooming up and down the highway and the feeling that they are driving up the Pacific Coast Highway.  Same beautiful waters, but a whole lot more pedestrians. Safety was the number one issue for ANA members.  It includes home and personal safety.  Whether you own or rent, walk or drive, it is important for everyone to be able to cross the highway. 

 The stretch of highway that divides the Amapas community twists and turns and allows vehicles to accelerate and decelerate at amazing speeds.  Quite often there are multi-denominational prayer services held at the blind intersections where requests for heavenly assistance can be overheard.  Please, oh please, make sure the oncoming vehicle is not accelerating as I enter the highway.  Pedestrians and drivers pray to  their respective divinities. Wouldn’t it be great if we all just slowed down?  What if every time we saw a pedestrian trying to cross the highway we stopped and let him/her do so?  What if we were driving slow enough to allow another vehicle to merge in front of us?  What if we all just got along? All possibilities.  All dreams.  What is our reality?

Step 1 – ANA Survey and Results

ANA has existed for 18 years.  For many of those years ANA has had the same four goals – responsible development, security/safety, infrastructure, and building community.  It was time to take stock of where we are now.

Fifteen percent of ANA’s membership responded which is considered a favorable response rate.  The results of ANA’s 2019 survey were as follows using a forced-choice method:

 

1st – Security/Safety of self and property at 42% 2nd – Responsible Development at 32%
3rd – Infrastructure at 17% 4th – Building Community at 11%

 

This survey was the first step in developing ANA’s Five Year Plan.  Step two included the President’s Round Table scheduled on March 25th.

Membership in the Amapas Neighborhood Association

We hope you enjoying yourselves after Semana Santa.  Whether you’re up north or still in Puerto Vallarta please make sure you have renewed your membership.  Why is your membership important?  ANA is a community-based non-profit organization.  We rely upon your membership fees and/or your donations to do the good work normally associated with city services.  Many of us come and/or move to Mexico because we are attracted by the easy life style and lower cost of living.  However, as we spend more time here our expectations for many of the conveniences and services from up north become more desirable.  ANA does not receive any financial support from the city for all of the work we do.  We could wait until our colonia’s needs came up on the city’s radar to get our streets paved and potholes fixed or we can work collaboratively with the city, ANA members, and donors to get the work done.  We’ve chosen the latter approach which has been a very successful one.

What does every member get for 1500 pesos/year?  You get to participate in a community organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Amapas colonia.  Your support helps ANA run its office, foster relationships and connections with important city officials in the police, tourism, ecology, public works, and ___ departments.  ANA has also helped members with CFE, SEAPAL, and security companies.  Could you do that on your own?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

To date, ANA has 16 full building members and 56 individual members:

 

Brisa Lunar/Casa Lupe Escondido
Estrella Del Mar Las Hortensias
La Cima I La Cima III
Las Moradas Monte Vista
Renaissance Selvamar
Terraza Del Mar Villas Macuaz
Villa Tizoc Villas Loma Linda
Vista Amapas Vista Romantica
   

Thanks to all of you for the continued support you offer to your neighborhood organization.

ANA brings our neighbors together to create a community by holding monthly Meet and Greet events, and two large social events (Dinner Dance, and Mariachis, Margaritas, and More) throughout the year.  We seek input from our members through the President Walk Abouts, the Survey, the President’s Round Table, and Consultation meetings.  We want to hear what you have to say.

If you’re not a member, please join today to support and add your voice to the strongest community organization in the Puerto Vallarta community.

Official call general meeting 2019

Based on the bylaws of its constitutive, by means of this notice all members are summoned to a GENERAL MEETING which will take place at TASTE, Callejon de la Igualdad 129, Puerto Vallarta on February 16th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. if required quorum can´t be reached, then a second call shall convene at 10:30 a.m. Find attached the oficial call.

Bylaws Modifications 2018

There were six revisions to ANA’s Bylaws made at the Extraordinary Meeting.  Here is a brief summary.

  • A full building member (FBM) is now identified as a type of member of the Association.
  • ANA’s four main goals are Responsible Development, Security, Infrastructure and Creation of Community.
  • There are three different kinds of fees: ordinary, voluntary, and extraordinary.
  • During an Ordinary Meeting, such as ANA’s Annual Meeting, a minimum quorum can be established at the second call.
  • Minimum requirements established to serve on the ANA Board –
    • Must reside in PV a minimum of six months
    • Must be a member in good standing
    • Must have been a member for at least a year
    • Must have a good reputation
    • To be considered for Board President, the member must have served on the Board for at least a year
  • ANA has two legal representatives – the President and Treasurer.

If you would like to see a full versión of ANA’s ByLaws, please stop by the office and Viviana will give you a copy.