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Mayor resists parking meter reactivation

Chapala Mayor Moisés Anaya is determined to fight tooth and nail to prevent the reactivation of the city’s parking meter system.

Just over a week ago, city hall officials strung up large banners along Paseo Ramón Corona to “welcome” visitors with the news that there is no charge for parking in that area.

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Anaya told the Guadalajara Reporter that although the MK Ideas-Comers business conglomerate won a lawsuit allowing it to fix and operate meters installed in the downtown area, his administration is resisting the company’s demands to issue a business license and credentials for its employees. In addition, the firm is being refused permission to paint lines marking parking spaces within the zone designated under a 2011 concession contract signed with the local government.

“We’re going to continue fighting,” Anaya stated firmly. “Times have changed. The apparatus has become obsolete. There are better ways to operate a parking system nowadays.”

Nonetheless, the mayor suggested that he might be open to working out new contract terms with MK Ideas-Comers, including payment of a 44.6-million-peso penalty claimed in a separate suit.

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