Complaints that at least 500 foreigners living in ejido Esteban Cantú in Ensenada are illegal

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Vigía.

At least 500 illegal foreigners live in ejido Coronel Esteban Cantú, who work in different businesses and are not investigated by officials from the National Migration Institute (INM).

Accountant Serafín Sánchez Caro, the legal representative of more than 20 societies located in Bahía de Los Ángeles, Santa Rosaliita, Punta Colonet and Ensenada, criticized this lack of federal authority because he represents 29 people who have complied with the requirements but the authorities mentioned have refused to given them permanent residency.

In a document sent to Rodulfo Figueroa Pacheco, federal representative of the INM, he said these illegal people live in the trailer camps called La Joya, Campo Villarino, Lomas del Mar, Rancho Packard, Privada Playa Blanca, Campo Meneses and La Bufadora. Additionally, they all get together in restaurants such as ” Junior’s,” La Marina and the well known commercial center near La Bufadora.

Don’t meet requirements

Sánchez Caro said that those accused fail to comply with the current Immigration Law.

“They are subject to fines of 500 minimum salaries (about US$2,700) per person so they can stay in Mexico and get their temporary immigrant card, or in their case, their permanent residency.” 

“They get the tourist visa by lying. It is known that no foreigner with a tourist permit is allowed to live permanently in Ensenada, much less work in any place in Mexico,” according to what the document said.

In the case of his clients, he assured that his requests for permanent residency follow Articles 52, Section IX, Article 54, Section V of the current immigration law, and Article 139, Section V, of the Regulations of the Immigration Law.

“And even more so, I show that their bank accounts are sufficient to live in Mexico, that they have properties like a home — and have completed their stay in Mexico for more than 5, 6 , 7 and 8 years in accordance with the current Immigration Law.

“You have in your possession the files for each one of them,” pointed out Sánchez Caro in the document directed to Figueroa Pacheco, and which was received last August 12.

He pointed out that foreigners cannot live in Mexico if they do not have a monthly income of 500 minimum salaries, that is to say, approximately US$2,700.

Confirmed outbreak of dengue in La Paz, more than 500 cases

Translated by Fulano from an article in Octavo Día.

La Paz, Baja California Sur – The State Secretary of Health confirmed that the number of cases of dengue in Baja California Sur continue to increase, with La Paz being the municipality most affected, with more than 500 cases so far this year.

In an interview, the Deputy Director of Health Services, Araceli García Rivas, said that the total number of cases in the state has reached 656, of which 526 have been registered in La Paz, and situation has been described as an outbreak of dengue in this state capitol.

She explained that in the last four weeks, the cases have been increasing, with about 60 cases per week confirmed, and the number of total cases in the state, compared with the prior year, have increased more than 600%.

Because of the preceding, she said that fumigation has been increased, and they are about to initiate a third cycle, of ten cycles, which they will carry out continuously in all of the capitol.

She indicated that the fumigation activities have covered 70% of La Paz, and asks the population in participate in cleaning.

She warned that it is important to seek timely medical attention, and she urges the population to get medical services when there are any symptoms, such as a sudden increase in body temperature, headache and red marks on the skin.

She indicated that it is important to address these in a timely manner, above all for the population at greater risk, such as people with diabetes, cancer, hypertension, pregnant women and the elderly.

Lake Chapala real estate agents fined for monopolistic practices

Translated by Fulano from an article in Informador.

MEXICO CITY – The Federal Competition Commission (CFC) imposed a financial fine on 33 real estate agents in the real estate market on the shores of Lake Chapala, for monopolistic practices.

The anti-monopoly agency said that this involves 14 real estate agencies, 15 real estate agents and to independent real estate agents, as well as the Grupo Inmobilario del Lago AC, the group of these real estate agents, and the Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios, Chapala Section AC.

The complaint imposed a total of 24,373,975 pesos (US$1,912,000) in fines, which range from 35,239 pesos to 4,488,577 pesos for each real estate agent, according to the financial capacity and participation of each in the market monopolization.

Through a communication, the CFC said that the full board found that the penalized agents agreed to fix the commission for real estate services, removing any competition between them at a cost to the consumer of their services, which is a violation of Article 9, Section I, of the Federal Law of Economic Competition.

The president of the CFC, Eduardo Pérez Motta, said that “over and above the direct economic impact to the Chapala market, this case constitutes a clear signal that the CFC watches the markets for real estate services all over the country.” He added that his organization, “will not hesitate to impose sanction where it finds monopolistic practices in detriment to the consumer.”

Those agents fined have 30 days to file an appeal with the CFC.

Those fined:

• Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios, Sección Chapala
• Arquitectura Armónica
• Buen Clima Realty
• Ajijic Property Trust
• Casa México MLS, Bienes Raíces
• Chapala Realty
• Continental Realty
• Eager y Asociados
• Hernández Realty Group
• Interlago Real Estate
• Laguna Real Estate
• Properties by the Lake
• Descon Realty
• Luis Fernando Rojas Arias
• Inmobiliaria El Tépalo
• Sandra Elizabeth Allin Brisco
• Dixie Lee Ann Nicholson

San Diego man arrested in Cabo San Lucas for aggressive behavior

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur – A foreigner identified as Carsten Kenneth Hanson, 50 years old, was arrested when he became aggressive and hit the parking gate guard bar at the Plaza Bonita parking lot with his pick-up.

The office of police headquarters in Los Cabos reported that at 8:30AM this Wednesday, there was a report of a man with a very aggressive attitude towards the guard at the plaza located on bulevar Cárdenas y Morelos.

Once at the location, the municipal police interviewed Javier, 32 years old, in charge of the parking toll booth at the plaza, who told them the foreigner arrived in his Chevrolet pick-up, and when he was told he could not enter the parking lot, he became aggressive.

After insulting the security guard, the foreigner forced his way into the parking lot, damaging the parking gate guard bar, and then went into an office at the plaza, where then police went to arrest him.

The foreigner, originally from San Diego, California, was arrested and placed in the public jail.

Scuba tank explodes in Cozumel, worker dies

Translated by Fulano from an article in Sipse.com.

COZUMEL, Quintana Roo – A person identified as Juan, died yesterday as he was filling a diving air tank. The cylinder exploded and this caused injuries that first required the amputation of the right leg, and later caused his death.

According to the State Judicial police commander, Ángel Antonio Román Vázquez, the explosion occurred at 2:30PM in the dive shop at he Scuba Club Cozumel tourist complex, in the north hotel zone, while the victim was working on the tanks, that is, he was calibrating, cleaning, maintaining and filling the air tanks for diving.

Mexican official from the federal Attorney General is being investigated for stolen vehicle

Translated by Fulano from an article in Rosarito En la Noticia.

Mexicali – An official from the Federal Public Minister in Ensenada is under investigation for the crime of providing a stolen vehicle, which she gave to one of her daughters, which is considered a serious crime for also falsifying official documents.

This involves clerk Laura Mireina López Houdson, an official with the Federal Attorney General, whose daughter was arrested on June 30 in possession of a stolen SUV while traveling on boulevard Costero in Ensenada.

This case is linked to an investigation of the theft of a Nitro luxury SUV being carried out by the Baja California state Attorney General against nine state Preventative Police officers.

Mireina Márquez López, a student of education, 22 years old, was arrested at the malecon where she said that her mother was a federal official, and she had left her at work with orders to pick up her brothers at college.

In addition, the young lady said she has had the SUV for eight months and showed a document saying the SUV was seized in August, 2013 for a supposed federal investigation of “Yonque El Turco,” where it remained for several years. The document was false and the investigation was related to a person arrested for drug trafficking.

While Mireina Márquez was freed with the payment of 6,000 pesos (US$500) bail, for possession of a stolen vehicle, her mother Laura Mireina López is the subject of an investigation for providing a stolen vehicle.

The scarlet red luxury SUV, with slate grey interior and with a list price of 334,000 pesos (US$26,500), was stolen the night of June 30, 2009 from a residence in Tijuana by state police doing a supposed investigation of federal crimes.

In addition to the investigation by the office of Internal Affairs of the State Secretary of Public Safety, the police officers are the subjects of an investigation for this crime, and among them is a commander who was fired from the police department for having an outstanding arrest warrant for organized crime.

American attacked and robbed in El Centenario

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú.

La Paz, B.C.S. – In one more violent act against the foreign community that lives in the area of El Centenario, yesterday municipal police arrested Giberto Avilés Espinoza, alias “EL GILILLO,” who was clearly identified as the person who moments earlier had broken into the home where he attacked a foreigner with a knife in a robbery attempt.

The robbery was reported tot he emergency number yesterday at 6PM, and police from the Special Immediate Reaction Group arrived at the home located at Calle 15 and Palo de Arco, in the Lomas del Centenario subdivision.

When they arrived, the police saw a person leave a home running, and they arrested him.

They showed him to Peter Hodges, 67 years old, who clearly identified him. He told the municipal police that moments earlier he had entered his home where he threatened him with a knife, demanding money.

But he struggled with the thief and since he didn’t get what he came for, he took a key ring that was on a table and then ran away.

For this reason, Gilberto Avilés Espinoza was searched and the keys indicated by the foreigner were found. Hodges told the police he will file a formal complaint with the Pubic Minister.

The thief, known as as “El Azote de El Centenario” [The Scourge of El Centenario] with a long history, was sent to the police jail, where he remained.

Three tons of dog shit picked up from La Paz beaches per year

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.

La Paz, Baja California Sur – With the conversion of the malecon in La Paz to municipal property, fines will be started for owners of dogs who use the beaches like a litter box, as the problem is becoming worse and filthier, according to Aarón Condes de la Torre, coordinator for the Federal Maritime Zone in La Paz.

With the malecon becoming a municipal asset, a regulation will be created that not only prohibits dogs from defecating on the beaches, but will also fine dog owners several times the daily minimum wage. The municipality of La Paz has asked the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources to go ahead with the procedures to remove the beaches from federal territory before the end of the administration of Mayor Esthela Ponce Beltrán, and establishing regulations on the use of the malecon, which will have legal backing.

Dogs defecating on the beaches and dog owners who do nothing about it is a phenomenon which increases “daily,” said Condes de la Torre, who explained that workers charged with cleaning the malecon beaches find up to a dozen dog droppings daily.

Unfortunately, bemoaned the Zofemat coordinator in La Paz, “they are mostly local residents who fail to collect their dogs droppings,” while on the other hand he pointed out that foreign visitors follow the custom of collecting their dogs fecal matter in bags, to then dispose of it in trash baskets.

This failure to pick up after one’s dog is not only seen at the malecon, but causes problems in districts like El Sargento, and particularly the beach at La Ventana and at playa Agua Caliente.

Gilberto Avilés García, in charge of beach cleaning at El Sargento, says that every day he and his team find up to 10 piles of dog shit at each beach, and it is only the Mexican pet owners who fail to clean up after their dogs. “The Americans no,” he says, “for they come and bring their bag, pick up the feces and place it in trash cans.”

Also, says Avilés García, he has been bitten by dogs while their owners are present without them intervening, and even with police intervention, the animal owners have not apologized or changed their hygiene habits.

“They don’t do anything to admonish the dog or apologize to anybody …” He said that the beaches are public and he is not going to tell them were to take the dogs to shit.

It is estimated that dog droppings weigh on average one-half pound, and it can be calculated that just at the malecon, La Ventana and Agua Caliente, Zofemat personnel pick up about 18 pounds of dog poop per day on the La Paz beaches. This amounts to 530 pounds in a month and up to three tons in a year.

Mexican federal consumer protection agency closes businesses in Puerto Vallarta

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

GUADALAJARA. – The federal consumer protection agency (PROFECO) placed seals suspending 15 businesses in Puerto Vallarta, among them hotels, restaurants, bars, timeshares and self service department and electronics stores. However, the sanctioned businesses were not identified.

All the sanctioned businesses violated federal consumer protection laws, reported PROFECO representative, Gabriela Vázquez, who led an operation in the vacation center on Sunday.

Among the laws not complied with most frequently are: not showing prices, not respecting the prices displayed, adding conditions to purchases, not showing the characteristics of the product or service, and a lack of a contract on procedures registered with the federal agency.

The operation included 30 businesses which have received frequent complaints from consumers, which were tested and 15 did not comply with the law and were suspended from activities. They have five days to fix the legal violations in order to have the sanctions removed or else monetary fines will be applied, said the official.

The representative reported that these operations will be permanent in Puerto Vallarta, because of the constant complaints from consumers, and urged that complaints be made to PROFECO of abuses or irregularities in businesses, according to the press release.

US issues new travel warning on Mexico

LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country.

U.S. citizens have been the target of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states. For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued January 9, 2014, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.

This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued January 9, 2014, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.

General Conditions:

Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that organized criminal groups have targeted U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes.

Nevertheless, U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter organized criminal groups that engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico. The groups themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity. Crime and violence are serious problems and can occur anywhere. U.S. citizens have fallen victim to criminal activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking, and highway robbery. While many of those killed in organized crime-related violence have themselves been involved in criminal activity, innocent persons have also been killed. The number of U.S. citizens reported to the Department of State as murdered in Mexico was 71 in 2012 and 81 in 2013.

Gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have taken place in towns and cities in many parts of Mexico. Gun battles have occurred in broad daylight on streets and in other public venues, such as restaurants and clubs. During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area. Criminal organizations have used stolen cars, buses, and trucks to create roadblocks on major thoroughfares, preventing the military and police from responding to criminal activity. The location and timing of future armed engagements is unpredictable. We recommend that you defer travel to the areas specifically identified in this Travel Warning and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the other areas for which advisories are in effect.

The number of kidnappings throughout Mexico is of particular concern and appears to be on the rise. According to statistics published by the Mexican Secretaria de Gobernacion (SEGOB), in 2013 kidnappings nationwide increased 20 percent over the previous year. While kidnappings can occur anywhere, according to SEGOB, during this timeframe, the states with the highest numbers of kidnappings were Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Michoacán, Estado de Mexico, and Morelos. Additionally, according to a widely publicized study by the agency responsible for national statistics (INEGI, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography), Mexico suffered an estimated 105,682 kidnappings in 2012; only 1,317 were reported to the police. Police have been implicated in some of these incidents. Both local and expatriate communities have been victimized. Nearly 70 kidnappings of U.S. citizens were reported to the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Mexico between January and June of 2014.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to lower their personal profiles and to avoid displaying indicators of wealth such as expensive or expensive-looking jewelry, watches, or cameras. U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain awareness of their surroundings and avoid situations in which they may be isolated or stand out as potential victims.

Kidnappings in Mexico have included traditional, “express,” and “virtual” kidnappings. Victims of traditional kidnappings are physically abducted and held captive until a ransom is paid for release. “Express” kidnappings are those in which a victim is abducted for a short time and forced to withdraw money, usually from an ATM, then released. A “virtual” kidnapping is an extortion-by-deception scheme wherein a victim is contacted by phone and convinced to isolate themselves from family and friends until a ransom is paid. The victim is coerced (by threat of violence) to remain isolated and to provide phone numbers for the victim’s family or loved ones. The victim’s family is then contacted and a ransom for the “kidnapped” extracted. Recently, some travelers to Mexico staying at hotels as guests have been targets of such “virtual” kidnapping schemes.

Of particular safety concern are casinos, sportsbooks, or other gambling establishments and adult entertainment establishments. U.S. government personnel are specifically prohibited from patronizing these establishments in the states of Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas.

Carjacking and highway robbery are serious problems in many parts of the border region, and U.S. citizens have been murdered in such incidents. Most victims who complied with carjackers’ demands have reported that they were not physically harmed. Carjackers have shot at vehicles that have attempted to flee. Incidents have occurred during the day and at night, and carjackers have used a variety of techniques, including roadblocks, bumping/moving vehicles to force them to stop, and running vehicles off the road at high speeds. There are indications that criminals target newer and larger vehicles, especially dark-colored SUVs. However, even drivers of old sedans and buses coming from the United States have been targeted. While violent incidents can occur anywhere and at any time, they most frequently occur at night and on isolated roads. To reduce risk when traveling by road, we strongly urge you to travel between cities throughout Mexico only during daylight hours, to avoid isolated roads, and to use toll roads (“cuotas”) whenever possible.

The Mexican government has deployed federal police and military personnel throughout the country as part of its efforts to combat organized criminal groups. U.S. citizens traveling on Mexican roads and highways by car or bus may encounter government checkpoints, staffed by military or law enforcement personnel. In some places, criminal organizations have erected their own unauthorized checkpoints, at times wearing police and military uniforms, and have killed or abducted motorists who have failed to stop at them. You should cooperate at all checkpoints.

The Department imposes restrictions on U.S. government employees’ travel in Mexico. Since July 2010, USG employees are prohibited from driving on non-official travel from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior of Mexico or Central America. One exception is that personal travel by motor vehicle is permitted on Highway 15 toll road between Hermosillo and Nogales during daylight hours.

U.S. government personnel and their families are prohibited from personal travel to all areas to which it is advised to “defer non-essential travel”. When travel for official purposes is essential, it is conducted with extensive security precautions. U.S. government personnel and their families are allowed to travel for personal reasons to the areas where no advisory is in effect or where the advisory is to exercise caution. While the general public is not forbidden from visiting places categorized under “defer non-essential travel,” U.S. government personnel will not be able to respond quickly to an emergency situation in those areas due to security precautions that must be taken by U.S. government personnel to travel to those areas.

See the travel alert for state specific warnings HERE.