San Ramón expats discuss security with U.S. diplomat

Visiting diplomat Arturo Valenzuela and U.S. Ambassador Anne Slaughter Andrew met with the San Ramón-based Community Action Alliance Wednesday to discuss crime and security concerns.

In addition to expats, local politicians, chamber of commerce members and police attended the session at the Escazú residence of the ambassador.

Valenzuela. a Latin expert, is U.S. assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs.

Ambassador Andrew and Assistant Secretary Valenzuela were scheduled to meet with President Laura Chinchilla immediately after the meeting to discuss a range of issues upon which the U.S. and Costa Rica collaborate, including security.

This is the latest outreach effort by the U.S. Embassy and follows on the heels of an embassy-sponsored speaking tour that took place in late September by community policing specialist Arturo Venegas, Jr. in San Ramón, Quepos, Dominical and Jacó.

The Community Action Alliance is one of several expat groups that have organized to address issues of special interest to foreigners here.

Valenzuela was visiting Nicaragua Thursday.

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