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Dear Editor

Dear Editor:

On Monday evening, October 16, a woman and permanent resident of San Miguel was assaulted and injured during an attempted robbery and carjacking in the La Comer parking lot.

Then, less than 36 hours after the incident, and following extensive coverage by local social-media news outlets, high-ranking city government representative Gonzalo González went on the radio to publicly deny that the attack took place. He based his remarks on the fact a denuncia (crime report) had not been filed with the Ministerio Público. (At the time that was so; however, the victim did file a report that same day.)

How disappointing and demoralizing that Gonzalez’s public remarks came a mere six days after San Miguel’s new mayor, Luis Alberto Villarreal, took office and pledged in his inaugural address to make the municipality a safer place for all. We hope his declaration was not an empty promise.

As productive and caring citizens, we have a right to expect that our leaders will work together with all Sanmiguelenses in order to reduce crime and corruption and improve our municipality’s quality of life. Strong, positive leadership requires that our elected officials acknowledge these pressing problems and confront the realities in order to find viable solutions.

In other words, the citizens of San Miguel want a city government that takes the reins and works with all Sanmiguelenses—both Mexicans and expatriates—to reach this goal!

With a new administration and a newly appointed secretary of security, we have an opportunity for a fresh start. So we implore our city leaders to sit down with community organizers, NGO boards, local business people, and journalists to begin figuring out how to solve obvious and pressing problems—including public safety, crime, traffic, parking, sewage treatment, and public services—in order to preserve our city’s treasured heritage and ensure its present and future well-being.


David Bossman and Kate Frank Cohen

Administrators, Facebook page: More Security in San Miguel de Allende


Irma Rosado and Kate Frank Cohen

Steering Committee members, Sanmiguelenses Unidos A.C.


Noe de la Flor and David Bossman,

Administrators, More Security in San Miguel de Allende



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