7.2 Earthquake Shakes Acapulco

Mexican girl with surfboard on coast of Guerrero, Mexico.

The quake originated near Tecepan, Guerrero this morning. The USGS reports that the epicenter was 14 miles below the earth’s surface.  According to USGS, “The April 2014 earthquake occurred within the “Guerrero Seismic Gap” – an approximately 200 km long segment of the Cocos-North America plate boundary identified to have experienced no significant earthquakes since 1911 (M 7.6).” Mexico City felt the quake, with buildings swaying, but so far there have been no reports of serious damage from the capitol. […]

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Tenacatita Update: Gates Down!

For those of you who have been following the Tenacatita story…The gates (which have blocked free access to the beach since 2010) are down! An article at Informador.com verifies that the gates have been removed (via legal government action). I’ve heard rumors that the people of Rebalsito are at the beach celebrating with a band. I have yet to verify that, but below you can see a picture of the dismantled gate. Evidently this is the work of the new […]

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CNN Reports on Canonization of "First Mexican Saint"

CNN incorrectly reports : “Pope Francis canonized the first saints of his papacy — including the first ever honored from Colombia and Mexico.” He did indeed canonize Laura Montoya of Colombia and María Guadalupe García Zavala of Mexico, but the cannon already includes María Natividad de Jesús Sacramento Venegas, who was born in Zapotlanejo, Mexico, in 1868 and canonized in 2001. Not to mention, uh, Juan Diego and all these other male Mexican saints. In fact, check out a 2002 CNN article […]

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The Return of Noticias

  It’s been awhile, but I’m gonna start cranking these out again . . . at lest that’s what I’m telling myself. Policias – The governor of the state of Mexico has ordered 12 municipalities around Mexico City to stop issuing traffic tickets until they comply with a law passed last year that prohibits male traffic cops from issuing traffic tickets in that state.  Some are skeptical it will have the intended effect of reducing corruption in the long term, […]

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Oil Platform Explodes in Gulf

    CNN reports that 11 people have been hospitalized after an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico exploded and then caught fire. Slick sounds relatively small compared to BP horror. More info here.

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¡Obamanos!

The Obama Administration has instituted a policy that will make a deportation waiver and two-year work permit available to certain undocumented Americans ages 16-30 who are in school, have a high school or equivalent diploma, or have served in the military.  According to the Christian Science Monitor as many as 800,000 undocumented teenagers and young adults, who are in reality more Estadounidense than Mexicano, might be spared the fate of struggling to get by in an unfamiliar language and culture […]

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Election News

Codo sent me a cool link with poll results for the upcoming Presidential Race. It looks like the PRI may be back in the saddle again. Frankly I’m more interested in the state elections this year, as the results in Jalisco may determine the fate of Tenacatita. (Rumor has it that if the rightwing PAN candidate Fernando Guzman becomes governor, he’ll do everything in his power to make sure that his cronies from Rodenas are able to turn our favorite […]

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Tenacatita Protesters Attacked

On May 21st, residents of El Rebalsito traveled six hours to Guadalajara by bus to protest the illegal occupation of Tenacatita. The protesters planned to peacefully march to the site where Televisa would be interviewing  Fernando Guzman, the conservative PAN party’s candidate for governor of Jalisco. During Guzman’s term as secretary of the government he consistently supported the Rodenas plan to build a private resort on the public beach and he turned a blind eye to the violent acts of […]

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Earthquake!

As the Associated Press reports, an earthquake hit Mexico today. The epicenter was 11 miles below the state of Guerrero, and the quake was felt in Mexico City, where buildings swayed. Now anxiously trying to get a hold of my “sainted mother”, who lives in San Miguel de Allende. I’m hoping my friends Mark and Jazmin have not yet returned to their Guerrero home. Stay tuned. If you are in Mexico and can report on the subject, we’d love to […]

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Bienvenidos!

In addition to slaving away on the upcoming 14th (!) edition of The People’s Guide to Mexico, we have finally made the leap to the 21st century (or thereabouts) with a new website. As you can see, we are now live at thepeoplesguidetomexico.com; our archives can still be plumbed at our old site, peoplesguide.com. Lorena has been burning the proverbial midnight oil and endlessly harassing our tireless and talented Web guru Kelly, who, in addition to giving us a new […]

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