Rosarito tourist sector businessmen worried over drop in sales

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito

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The drastic drop-off in sales in the tourist sector has started to worry merchants.

Confirmation of the drop in tourism was seen at the end of September, with the reduced number of cyclists participating in the Biannual Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride. In prior events, it took 45 minutes to leave the city due to the number of participants. This time around all had left in 15 minutes. In other words, the number of cyclists was only one-third of those who had come for prior rides.

While some have the hope this was just a seasonal drop-off for winter, others think the effects of crime are now hitting the tourist sector.

The president of COTUCO, who is also an artisan and businessman on Boulevard Popotal, said that starting with September, after a travel alert issued by the US Department of State on hte violence in Baja California, there has been a drastic fall-off of foreign tourists. Rafael Crosthwaite, president of the CCE and also a merchant on boulevard Popotal, agrees with him and added that “we are not even making enough to pay our employees.”

“I think the closing of the San Ysidro border had little affect, I believe it is more a matter of the crime, but it would be correct to wait a little more to confirm that. This weekend will be decisive. We are going to see if the crime is now affecting us,” maintained Javier Rodríguez González, a tourist shop operator.

For the art galleries, the last two months have been economically devastating, as with the drop in American tourism, who are their main customers, their sales fell off more than normal.

“Yes, we are way down in sales. We are waiting for a customer to come so we can pay the rent, but the truth is things have been very quiet after Labor Day,” said Leonel Pineda, a tourist whop operator.

The restaurant sector is also suffering from a drop in sales.

Just as with some of the shop keepers at the artisans market, Norma Gutiérrez Espinoza thinks there are various reasons which caused the drop-off.

One of these are the travel alerts issued by the American government to its citizens, which were derived from the various violent events reported in Baja California.

“Our customers tell us that the alerts are everywhere in the United States. This is impacting us greatly. We have seen very low sales since Labor Day. We recovered a little with the Bike Ride, but not like we had expected. The truth is there were very few participants and we do not know if it was the lack of coordination, because is was very expensive, or because people people fear coming to Rosarito due to the travel alerts.  People are discouraged and I think the earthquake also had some affect,” bemoaned Norma Gutiérrez.

Tourist hotels have reported they had an increase in tourism this year, up until the end of August, but in September and so far in October, tourism has fallen in comparison to the same months in prior years.

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Clues to murder of Rosarito’s Victor Loza found on Facebook

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ensenada.net

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A Facebook conversation which was left open on the victim’s computer was one of the many clues left behind by the presumed murderers of Rosarito businessman Víctor Loza Bazán, when his lover prepared an ambush along with her new boyfriend in an Ensenada Hotel.

This Monday, October 9, 2017, witnesses, videos, photographs and even data produced by the autopsy, showed that even one month before the murder, the two suspected murders were linked to the process.

During a hearing, it was revealed that even though the body of Victor Loza was found September 6, he had been killed the day before, September 5, a little after 3:30PM, when while in his automobile he registered at the Hotel Dubai in Ensenada, on avenida Esmeralda, between Pedro Loyola and Bulevar Costero, accompanied by his lover Erika and her boyfriend, José Roberto.

His arrival in a Mazda SUV, owned by his wife, was recorded on the hotel’s video from different angles, as well as his entrance into Room 22, where after parking his car, the metal garage door was closed at at exactly 3:30PM.

Two hours after arriving, at 5:06PM, the car left the location with two people in it, leaving the victim in the room, who bled out from the 16 knife wounds to his thorax, abdomen and face from his attackers.

The body of Victor Loza was found between sheet covered in blood one day later, by a person who entered to clean the room.

The body was taken to the coroner, where on September 7 there was an autopsy in which an expert he had died between 40 and 45 hours earlier, the time which coincides with the moment he arrived at 3:30PM and the fleeing of his murderers at 5:06PM the afternoon of September 5, 2017.

While this was going on, at the now dead victim’s home, his family had noticed his absence, even though his wife was traveling. One of his children recalled that the last day he was seen was September 4, but could not see where he had returned home, but did not view that as important at the time. On September 5, there was no signs of Victor all day long and the next day. Worried about his absence and that he had not called, his son decided to go looking for him in Rosarito where they lived, but was unsuccessful.

On Tuesday, September 5, he found a Facebook conversation on Victor’s computer when Victor had left open and which had messages from Erika, the women he knew was his father’s lover, and with whom he knew he had a relationship for around 15 years.

On the computer, he read how the businessman had agreed with the woman to meet her in Ensenada and there were messages on September 5 where they agreed to meet at the Oxxo that is not far from the Hotel Dubai on avenida Pedro Loyola. These messages ended when Victor posted that he was at the traffic light.

After reading the messages, Victor’s son contacted Erika on Facebook to ask if his father was with her, and then he told her he already knew he was with her and to please tell his father to call him. There was no response.

One day later, on Wednesday, September 6, Erika responded and told him that 3 or 4 days earlier Victor had told her he was meeting somebody at the bus station and then he would be going to San Felipe and she had not seen him since.

On Thursday, Victor’s wife returned from her trip and saw her husband and her Mazda which he drove, but was registered to her, were not there.

On Friday she filed a missing persons report on her husband with the deputy prosecutor in Rosarito, and on Saturday she received a call from an Ensenada police officer telling her she should come to Ensenada to see body they thought was her husband.

On that same day, after recognizing the body, she filed a complaint for murder and car theft.

Meanwhile, police had interviewed witnesses, collected evidence and videos from the hotel, which were added to the Facebook conversation and allowed them to locate the two presumed murderers, Erika the businessman’s lover and her boyfriend José Roberto.

The vehicle was also recovered

With the evidence collected and other evidence, the Public Minister obtained an arrest warrant and both were captured. They were formally charged the next day and this Monday, October 9, were formally joined to the judicial process.

This was despite the fact their defense lawyer tried to have the witnesses identifying the murderers from photographs of the couple thrown out as evidence because there was no defense attorney present at the time. However, the judge said the argument to disqualify their identification was was absurd, as it was a part of the investigation used to charge them.

This Monday, both of the accused murderers remain imprisoned for the crime of murder and car theft. The prosecutor has asked for three months to continue with the investigation, including any criminal records of the couple. The trial is set for January 9, 2018.

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High impact crimes in Rosarito are viewed as challenge to the police by criminals

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito

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The latest violent events against Rosarito citizens, based upon the level of violence the criminals are using to murder their victims and and impunity in committing those murders in broad daylight in heavily transited areas, are viewed as a challenge to police authority.

Some Rosarito residents have conjectured that these latest crimes — the Popotla leader, the director of the taxi guild in Primo Tapia and his companion in broad daylight and in front of the state and municipal government buildings, as well as the rage and spectacle of decapitating and dismembering a body and tossing the remains in central locations emblematic of Rosarito — represent a challenge by organized crime against the adviser on public safety for Rosarito, Julián Leyzaola, and the new police chief Lt. Adrián Hernández Pérez.

In spite of the last changes made by Mayor Mirna Rincón Vargas of the commanders, they bemoan the fact that the murders, far from decreasing, have been increasing. This has brought the attention of the news media and citizens for the manner in which these crimes are being committed.

On the other hand, citizens are questioning the work by the state Attorney General to solve murders in general, but above all the murders of those people who have left their mark on the community for their work. This is in reference to Daney Angulo Sánchez, Liciano Rivera Delgado, Luis Sánchez Cabral and Victor Loza Bazán, among others.

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Indigenous women in Mexico have limited access to health services

Translated by Fulano from an article in JornadaBC.mx

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Mexico City, September 8, 2017 – Affiliation with health services does not assure an effective access for indigenous women. For this reason, that sector of the population has twice to risk of dying from preventable illnesses than the rest of the women in Mexico.

This happens because in these communities health care services are not available, lack the quality needed, or lack the capacity to resolve, and this represents a violation of the rights to health for this population. Other factors are low education levels and poor housing conditions.

This was the conclusion of the report, “The Right of Healthcare for Indigenous Women in Mexico.” This was a national analysis of cases from the perspective of human rights prepared jointly by the National Commission for Human Rights and the Center for Investigation and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology.

Diabetes and cirrhosis, both preventable illnesses, are the first and second causes of death for women who live in indigenous municipalities. The gaps in health are most evident in maternal mortality rates, as indigenous women have twice the death rate during pregnancy, child birth or postpartum, when compared to women who do not live in these communities. Among the women of the Sierra Tarahumara, in Chihuahua, they have four times the risk of death from these causes.

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John Moreno: Righteous Cheater

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú.

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Just as Juan Ángel Trasviña Aguilar turned out to be a “righteous environmentalist” who was a real “pig”…John Moreno turned out to be a “righteous cheater,” after the style of “Chucho el Roto,” an astute thief and great swindler during the era of President Porfirio Díaz. His narrative, which he uses to justify his criminality, was a supposed struggle for the dispossessed. Undoubtedly an ingenious argument for his sensibilities and the social base he managed to momentarily gather.

John Moreno, the righteous cheater, left prison on bail, an economic guarantee, a legal situation which does not mean he has been found innocent. It means he will continue the criminal process for the crimes of dispossession for which he is accused.

Intentionally, the interests behind John Moreno, have wanted to minimize their legal problems, the supposed abuse of the tourist development “Tres Santos,” a private enterprise which naturally is within all its rights to defend its legitimate interests. The “righteous cheater’s” problem is that other people also have filed complaints against him. The case of Canadian Cara Singleton is the most notorious, but here are others who have been affected and surely there will be more. There is the  matter of the “El Guayabito” property, whose owners have also demanded justice against the righteous cheater with the ritualistic mane.

As for John Moreno, the universe speaks to him to act in its name, the atoms connect with him cosmically, so he launched into his manifest destiny, to seek justice among the millions of dollars of investments and underprivileged groups, among foreigners with beach homes and exploited construction workers, among real estate traitors and original landowners, and well, if a few dollars end up in his hands for the “cause” that is not too bad. After all, shampoo and hair conditioner are not cheap and he needs to care for his hair to maintain his energy, just like the character “El Flanigan,” portrayed by the unequaled actor Héctor Suarez.

The case of John Moreno is not suspended, much less concluded. He will continue with the penal process until its conclusion. He is  not the victim, on the contrary, he is very cynical, nor is he a social leader whose political struggles over time are connected with the lower classes. He is not an environmentalist cleaning the seas of plastic, protecting any species in danger of extinction or even a promoter of environmental education. He is really just like “El Flanigan,” who lives to take advantage.

John Moreno “El Flanigan Fifi,” should be an example of what Baja Califoria Sur should not be in matters of legal security of private property. This is to say, it should be clear that the conflicts over property rights should be addressed by competent courts to be resolved, and not be made a political and social struggle as a form of resolution.

Above all — and I say this to some politicians who support him — how come so far I do not know of any leftists with university degrees, or academics, who do not have good homes and their good vehicles nor assets which at time have been made into collective ownership.

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Clandestine drug grave with more than 150 remains found in Tijuana

Translated by Fulano from an article in Proceso.com.

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MEXICO CITY – Activists looking for missing relatives reported the discovery of a drug grave with around 150 human remains near a property contiguous with a place called “La Gallera,” in colonia Maclovio Rojas, in Tijuana, Baja California.

Fernando Oceguera Flores, president of the United Association of the Missing in Baja California, said they have still not established how many bodies have been found, among the femurs, skulls, arms and teeth and others which need to be DNA tested.

He detailed that it was thanks to information provided by a person who was arrested two months ago that they found the grave site, together with the science division of the federal Attorney General, the Deputy Prosecutor for Organized Crime and the Gendarmes and a team from the Federal Police.

Oceguera Flores said that the property is being guarded by the federal police, and they will continue with their search efforts until the site is completely cleaned of human remains.

The activist said that federal police were fully committed to lead the operation and the corresponding investigations to identify the bodies.

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Mexico’s consumer protection agency suspends Blue Net Hospital in Cabo San Lucas

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.

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Los Cabos, Baja California Sur – The Federal Consumer Protection Agency’s Baja California Sur (Profeco) office placed suspension seals on the Blue Net de Cabo San Lucas Hospital for violations of consumer protection laws, according to Profeco representative  Isaías González Nava.

The federal official said they received a complaint from tourists, who said they were financially affected, and their priorities is to defend the laws so transactions can be efficient and made with confidence.

“We acted immediately and went ahead and suspended the private hospital from providing services. We found they were not using the services contract registered with Profeco, which impacts the pocketbooks of hospital patients,” he said.

As in the rest of the state, as in this tourist destination, Mexican and foreign tourists are provided attention so they can have a pleasant stay and not be financially impacted, make intelligent purchases of articles and services. He stressed that the United States has issued an alert to tourists who travel to Mexico to go to Profeco if they are dissatisfied with the services they receive. As such, Profeco has received complaints and is providing confidence to those who visit Mexico.

The Blue Net Hospital is located at kilometer 6.3 on the Transpeninsular Highway, in colonia Cabo Bello.

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Demand permanent presence of Navy in Popotla

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito

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Worried due to the increase in violence in Popotla, the result of a territorial dispute over the transfer of drugs, merchants in the area demanded the permanent presence of the Mexican Navy.

The petition was motivated by the mega operations a few weeks ago, where the Navy was deployed in Popotla and inhibited some of the violent events.

“It was a very good operation. The violence calmed down a little as did the fights between the groups, but we need there to be a permanent presence because the violence will return again,” said one of the few restaurateurs who is in favor having the Navy presence in the area.

Those complaining said that recently the violence in Popotla has increased to levels never before seen. Although many of the violent events are not reported, they cause fear among the residents and merchants who are aware of the situation.

“What is published in the news media cannot be compared with what is really happening here in Popotla. We have seen very ugly acts of violence, body parts laying around, dead bodies in boats, fights between gangs fighting over the territory…

Popotla continues being the location were everything is moved by sea, and many people use the boats,” complained a resident.

In spite of the presence of the military checkpoint on the free road, the violent events have not diminished in Popotla, until a few weeks ago the Navy carried out the mega operation.

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A 2015 report revealed that 43% of all alcohol consumed in Mexico is illegal

Tourists injuries from adulterated alcohol prompt more inspections of Mexican bars and restaurants

Due to increasing reports of tourists suffering from adulterated alcohol poisoning, as well as from hotels, bars and nightclubs watering down their products (or selling outdated alcoholic beverages), these establishments will undergo several revisions by the COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk, a regulatory body of the Mexican government).

A recent (January 2017) and internationally-publicized case is that of Abbey Conner, a 20-year-old woman from Wisconsin, who was found brain dead floating in a Playa del Carmen hotel pool next to her brother after they went out the night prior and had a couple of drinks with a group of men. Her family alleges that the alcohol must have been adulterated and that this is common in hotels from the zone.

A 2015 report from Mexico’s Tax Administration revealed that 43% of all alcohol consumed in the country is illegal, produced under unregulated procedures resulting in potentially hazardous mixtures.

According to a report [2017] by the COFEPRIS, Mexican health authorities have seized more than 1.4 million gallons of adulterated alcohol since 2010. Such numbers are not only from small local establishments, but also from hotels and other entertainment areas.

The mixtures they make with this type of alcohol can worsen people’s health in minutes; both their safety and well-being are in danger. They can lose consciousness, harm themselves and even die; without even knowing what they did. This can be corroborated by interviews and hospital records of nearly a dozen travelers and relatives of people who have died or were injured in the resorts.

Sol Mexico News

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