On September 18, the Master Development Plan for Todos Santos, Pescadero and surrounding areas including Los Cerritos, was formally presented to the community. The meeting had been scheduled for 5 pm at the local high school, but changed at the last minute to 7 pm. Luckily I was able to post signs alerting people to the change. Many attendees thought they would be able to ask questions and voice opinions about the plan, but that was not the purpose of the meeting. It was only to present the plan and start the countdown towards making it law. There have been a lot of rumblings about the fairness and evenhandedness of the plan in the time since then. I don’t really know its current status but I keep hearing rumors that the plan will most likely not be implemented as it currently stands. It is said that some powerful local Mexican groups are against the final document.
At any rate, here are some photos from that meeting.
That’s Profe. Salvador interviewing Victor Castro, the mayor of La Paz.
The restless crowd milling about outside, waiting for it to begin.
There were large maps, coffee, cookies and DVDs available.
The meeting comes to order. From left to right the people present are: Arq. Ramiro Davila C. from the firm developing the plan, Arq. Marco Antonio Dominguez Valles from the municipal government, Ing. Jose Manuel Haro Sanchez also from the municipal government, Profr. Victor Manuel Castro Cosio the mayor of La Paz, Ing. Pablo Cota Nunez the director of urbaning planning in La Paz, and M.C. Maria Elena Yee Savin the president of the local development committee in Todos Santos.
Arq. Ramiro Davila C. walking us through the plan.
Sergio, recording everything!
The room was nearly full with concerned residents but Q & A was not allowed.