Arturo Davalos Peña was sworn in today as the new mayor of Puerto Vallarta in an open-air ceremony at Los Arcos de Malecòn.
Attending the event was Enrique Ramos, the tourism director for the state of Jalisco, and Judge Roberto Rodriguez.
During the ceremony, the newly sworn in mayor told the crowd that everyone has something to contribute to the greatness of the city and that he would continue the work that was started three years ago by the previous mayor, both members of the Citizens Movement political party.
The mayor said that since the Citizens Movement party was swept into power three years ago the city streets are safer, better lit, more certified beaches, and more road improvements and paving, along with more families living in better housing and receiving better education.
The major made a commitment to improving services, especially paying attention to garbage services that have plagued the city for most of the year and have left the streets littered and a bad impression of the city to tens of thousands of tourists.
Davalos Peña said that his administration’s platform is based on honesty, simplicity, job creation, justice, and an emphasis on the citizens of Puerto Vallarta and zero tolerance for the mistreatment of people.
The mayor seemed to acknowledge recent issues brought to the forefront by LGBT business leaders, mainly the increased complaints of discrimination of gay and lesbian tourists. The mayor said the Puerto Vallarta needed to recapture its identity of inclusiveness, a place for all visitors, one port and one destination for everyone.
Davalos Peña will officially take office on Thursday, October 1, 2015 and server 3 years as the elected mayor of Puerto Vallarta.