Coffee & Headlines • January 14, 2022

From today’s broadcast:


Local government makes a last-minute decision to vaccinate leftovers. Go today!

There are 20,000 AstraZeneca doses still available for today’s vaccination campaigns.

No, those free government Covid tests are not for you to be able to travel or get cocktails!

It’s illegal for employers to expect their workers to pay for their own Covid-19 tests, says Secretary of Labor.

Local government is keeping a close eye on restaurant/bars that operate after midnight as new mandates kick into place today.

There is a 50% percent progress on the Insurgentes St. bridge.  

Río Cuale neighborhood, concerned about potential flooding due to the upgrades at Rivera Cuale condominiums.

Mayor Michel inaugurates new walkway in Colonia Benito Juárez.


Discover How To Love Forever thanks to a locally-produced podcast (IN ENGLISH)!

LISTEN to their first episode on Spotify!


No, it’s not 5D! It’s a vibrant, thriving neighborhood with something for just about everyone!


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One thought on “Coffee & Headlines • January 14, 2022

  1. Q

    Hola Paco,

    The Colonia 5 de diciembre is named for the birth date of the Puerto Vallarta Ejido: Dec. 5, 1929.

    More background that was cut-and-pasted from various sources:
    An “ejido” is an area of communal land used for agriculture, on which community members individually farm designated parcels. These community members, or “ejidatarios”, don’t actually own the land, but are allowed to use it indefinitely. They can pass their rights on to their children.
    By the early twentieth century, big companies and land barons had acquired large areas of land in Mexico, and the peasant farmers often had to lease their land from these rich owners. This condition of “landlessness” was one of the causes of the Mexican Revolution (1910 – 1920).
    After the revolution, the ejido system was created as part of the agrarian land reform. Across Mexico, the government expropriated areas of land from the wealthy owners and made them available to the petitioning ejidatarios.
    In the case of Puerto Vallarta, most of the area was owned by the “Union en Cuale” silver mining company, controlled by the American, Alfred Geist. Geist sold land only in large plots at prices that were quite high for the time and otherwise leased the land on short-term leases. To remedy this situation and to enable the municipality of Puerto Vallarta to develop, the citizens petitioned the government for an ejido land grant based on the new constitutional provisions.
    Against corporate wishes, the government expropriated 2,808 hectares of land from the Union en Cuale company to establish the Puerto Vallarta ejido holding. The date was December 5th, 1929.

    I found an extensive PDF document about PV history, written by a lecturer from the University of Guadalajara. It states that on December 5th, 1929, the Mexican Government expropriated local lands from the mining company “Union en Cuale” to grant them to the PV farmers (thanks to the agriculture reform implemented after the revolution). This allowed them to build their own homes and have their own land for agricultural purposes and to stop paying taxes to the company’s owners. That’s the reason behind the name of the neighborhood.
    This is the link, and the document is in Spanish.


    Janice 🙂


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