Families in the Baja del Mar subdivision fear for their homes

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

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ROSARITO, Baja California – The feelings of impotence have taken over 60 families who live in the Baja del Mar subdivision, most of them are foreigners who fear they will lose their homes and will be evicted, over the uncertainty in the land ownership. For years they have struggles with court orders and other legal strategies to strip them of their properties.

Roberto Farías, a resident accompanied by several neighbors, explained that Julio Antonio Ochoa intends to fraudulently evict from their homes, purchased more than 20 years ago.

He told that initially they bought from Roberto Vallín, but he mortgaged the land where the homes were being built, and some time later Julio Antonio Ochoa purchased the mortgage. To reach an agreement with the resident families, a trust was created and the families paid 300,000 dollars to supposedly have the mortgage holder terminate his rights.

However, Ochoa took advantage of the fact that the Public Property Registry still showed he was the owner of the property in dispute, and he started new lawsuits which ignored the trust and the signed agreements.

Farías said that even though the civil court in Rosarito recognized the families’ legal possession in several lawsuits filed by the families, last Monday the  Second District Court for Injunctions and Federal Trials ordered the Rosarito judge to to reconsider what is recorded in the Property Registry, which could cause their eviction.

In addition to that, the families face another lawsuit from Ejido Mazatlán, which also claims these lands as theirs.

Patti Bulkeley, another of those affected, made a call to the authorities to prevent their eviction from their homes, above all because many of the victims are elderly and have difficulty dealing with the matter.

She said they are desperate, fell impotent and are fearful because it is difficult to believe that even though they have all the documents which show they legally own the land with a home, they are at risk of losing them to fraud.


Baja California is second in cosmetic surgery clinics with health code violations

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

This month 28 cosmetic surgery clinics were suspended from operations for health code violations in Baja California. Most of those clinics were located in Tijuana, reported the Federal Commission for Protection of Health Risks (Cofepris).

In collaboration with the Federal Health System, a total of 2,083 clinics in Mexico were inspected, and 227 were suspended for failure to meet health standards, most of them in Mexico City and Baja California.

The health code violations identified were operating without a health permit, lack of sanitary conditions, unlicensed personnel, lack of licenses, expired medications and unregistered medical equipment.

Of those clinics suspended in Baja California, two were brought up to standards, six remain suspended and six had administrative faults with medical products, and the rest were suspended and illegal products were seized.


More Mexican migrants arriving in Tijuana seeking US asylum

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Sol de Tijuana.

Tijuana – The rumor that the United States can provide political asylum has not stopped and migrants continue arriving in Tijuana, fleeing the violence. Once again this Saturday there were more than 180 near the San Ysidro border station, waiting to cross into the United States, and to add to the problem, the capacities of the shelters are overwhelmed, and many have to sleep on the street.

As all have the same objective, they have created a list so that when the American authorities come, they enter in the order in which they arrived, although the Americans give priority to foreigners over Mexicans.

Most of the fugitives from violence come from the Southern states of Michoacán, Guerrero and Chiapas. Now there are less foreigners coming, but there are people from Guatemala, Cuba, and some recall seeing people from the Mideast. There are families with babies and small children, but most are adults, who hide from the sun and the news media cameras, and the curious.

Some say the reason whey they are here is that they did not pay extortion money, or because they do not want their children recruited by  the organized crime groups.

At first those who arrived with the intention of asylum settled in front of the entrance into the United States, around 20 feet from the pedestrian crossing in San Ysidro. But this caused a health problem with urine, lack of cleanliness and other reasons. For that reason, they were moved by municipal police, but all they managed to achieve was to move them back a little, about 100 yards from the pedestrian entrance.

The migrants said they will not leave because they could be allowed to enter the US at any moment and do not want to startle their relatives if they are separated when they are called and will not stop trying to get asylum.

Less foreigners and more opportunists

On the money side of this, the municipal authorities say there are less foreigners who are waiting and more opportunists who want to enter the United States.

The director of Migrant Services in Tijuana, Rosarito Lozada Romero, reported that every day they come to count the people and in the late afternoon the come to take those they can to shelters or some place to sleep. Just as of this morning, out of the 141 people they found, a little more than 60 do not want to identify themselves, nor any proof they are fleeing like they said. This places in doubt the truth of some of their stories.

“Many of them are residents of Tijuana, we have detected there are no lack of people who are selling positions in line, and they are selling spaces. When the authorities arrive, they say they just arrived, so we check them out, we offer them plane or bus tickets, and in this manner we can detect of they are recent arrivals or have been here for some time,” she said.


American tourist shot at a Cancun discotheque

Translated by Fulano from an article in Sipse.com.

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CANCÚN, Quintana Roo – Around 3AM Friday, June 17, 2016, there was a report to the emergency 066 number fo a person wounded by a gun at a hotel in the hotel zone.

According to personnel at the Fiesta Americana Hotel, the young man wounded was a guest from Texas.

The tourist had two wounds in his back, with the bullet entering and exiting, and paramedics from the Life clinic were called immediately. The youth refused to be taken to any hospital in the city.

When interviewed by police, he said he was attacked inside the Dady O discotheque, which is located at kilometer 9 on boulevard Kukulcán, in the bathroom area.

When ministerial police came to the location of the attack, they were denied entrance to the property.


Elderly American couple dies when hit by large wave in Los Cabos

Translated be Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.

La Paz. Baja California Sur (BCS). – This Thursday, Civil Protection reported on the death of an elderly American couple in Los Cabos, who were hit by a large wave as they walked on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, and were killed.

The head of the agency, Juan Carlos Guevara, reported that the victims were two elderly persons who died Wednesday, identified as Nancy and Richard Culpepper.

The events happened when both were walking by the edge of the beach in Cabo San Lucas, on the Pacific Ocean side, when a large wave hit them and dragged them into the sea.

The woman was pulled from the water still alive by Mexican sailors, however she died as she reached the pier.

The man died at sea and authorities managed to recover his body.


Innocent man murdered in La Paz

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú .

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La Paz, B.C.S. – The gunfire from high powered weapons broke the silence in the second section of Colonia 8 de Octubre and 100’s of people came out on the streets. It was at Mar de Cortés and Chametla, “there is a dead man, it’s don Javier, yes, the elderly retired man, but he had nothing to do with drugs, he was a man without problems, the hit men made a mistake again, like in the past,” was told the reporter by several people who surrounded the area affected by this new blow to the city, where an innocent man was murdered and others were wounded of whom there is no knowledge of their past.

It was at 10:30PM, within a few minutes of that time, when there was a loud noise which could be  heard over most of the colonia. Nobody could say what happened, only that they knew there were a lot of bullets flying for more than one minute.

It was until some people started to say how they did not want to listen, but in hushed voices the rumor started to circulate, “they killed don Javier, a 70-year old man, the poor man had nothing to do with this and he was shot.”

The wounded man was Alavar Jesús Olacha Hirales, “El Chuyín,” 48 years old and originally from La Paz, and who lived in Zacatal and Mar de Cortés, in colonia 8 de Octubre, first section and who was a construction worker and painter.

Don Javier lay dead from the bullets, inside a green Cherokee. It was not known if he owned it, but he was inside on the driver’s side. His relatives said they had seen him, but he was already dead.

It was very late, and everybody was inside their homes. They did not see nor hear any other vehicle. Others said they don’t know, but you could see the fear in their faces. I will keep your name secret, the reporter told them, but tell me what you saw.

“No sir, we live here, we know how things work, so it is better to say nothing, we are telling you right when we said we did not see nor hear anything, that is how we protect ourselves.”

It was the third murder of the day, and the 8th in less than 72 hours, and the number of wounded increased. Even so, at the time to print this story, Central Command received another report of a shooting south of the city, in colonia Camino Real.


Baja Secretary of Tourism will impose more security for the Baja 1000

Translated by Fulano from an article in Jornadabc.mx.

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Tijuana, June 9, 2016 – The State Secretary of Tourism (Secture), will place a new regulation on the Baja 1000 race which will be held next November in Ensenada. The regulation will seek to reinforce some security measures for this extreme sport.

The head of Secture, Oscar Escobedo Carignan, admitted there is a lack of legislation regarding the races and that he will seek to again to raise the issue with the state congress, as he did two years ago.

He said it is certain that many accidents occur from a lack of security measures and scrutiny over the kinds of businesses which organize these events, and it is also certain than spectators act imprudently.

“I the race which was held last weekend, we unfortunately lost a human life, the people wait until the police pass by to once again go past the security tapes,” added Escobedo Carignan.

He said he would present a series of proposals to the state congress regarding the race organizers and the the type of security they provide, or if they use pre-established race routes used before or were agreed to in advance.

In the case of the Baja 500 last week, which a child died, the head of Secture said the race truck driver had a guilty conscience and approached the child’s father to apologize, and the father admitted they had went past the security ribbons.

Escobedo Carignan reiterated that in addition to presenting legislative proposals in this matter, his agency will propose new regulations for the Baja 1000 to be held in November, including fixing some of the bleachers for the Baja 300 to be held in September.

The official repeated that this incident was unfortunate, but insisted that the spectators have to understand that this is a dangerous sport and they must respect the security measures to prevent these situations from repeating.


Woman tortured by the Mexican police is freed after four years of injustice

Translated by Fulano from an article in Jornadabc.mx.

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Mexico City, June 8, 2016 – The decision by a judge in Northern Mexico to acquit Yecenia Armenta Graciano, mother of two children, a set her free today puts an end to four long years of injustice, said Amnesty International.

Yecenia Armenta Graciano was arbitrarily arrested by the Sinaloa ministerial police on July 10, 2012, and was beaten, almost asphyxiated and raped over 15 hours of torture, until she was forced to “confess” her participation in the murder of her husband.

“The incredible cruelty of the torture suffered by Yecenia is a part of the daily activities of Mexican police, who routinely present illegal evidence in criminal investigations all over the country. Being set free today give a ray of hope for those people unjustly incarcerated in Mexico,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, director of Amnesty International Americas.

Those who tortured Yecenia come from the same institution which presented the accusation against her. In spite of solid evidence provided by national and international experts which proved the torture Yecenia suffered, and a recommendation from the National Commission on Human Rights, the Sinaloa Attorney General insisted upon accusing Yecenia of a serious crime.

“The fact that none of Yecenia’s torturers have set foot in jail shows the lack of independence of the authorities in this case. The perpetrators of these despicable acts should be tried under the law and Yecenia should receive reparations for the damages she suffered.”

Amnesty International has carried out campaigns in support of several cases of torture survivors all over the country. Yecenia is a part of a group of brave women who have started a national campaign called, “Breaking the Silence” about sexual violence and other forms of torture they have suffered.


United States Consulate warns of abusive practices at Los Cabos hospitals

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.

Los Cabos, Baja California Sur – In the last few years, the United States Consulate in Tijuana has received numerous complaints from American citizens regarding to Los Cabos health centers. As a result, the Unite States government urges its official visitors and Americans to the tourist destination in Baja California Sur to avoid using medical services which do not appear on the list created by the Consulate.

Last April 19, Mexican federal authorities ordered the following hospitals to suspend operations and cease admission of new patients due to the “repeated reports of predatory business practices and billings:”

1.- Cabo Médica Integral, S. de RL. de C. V. and/or Hospital de One World.
2.- Hospital Amerimed San José del Cabo SA de C. V. (Cabo San Lucas).
3.- St. Josephs, S de RL de C. y/o Centro Médico de San Lucas.
4.- hospital Amerimed San José del Cabo SA de C. V (San José del Cabo).

It should be recalled this is not the first occasion these types of complaints were made, especially for excessive charges to American tourists at Los Cabos hospitals. At the beginning of last May, the United States State Department published and alert to not go to those health centers, and the Mexican federal consumer protection agency placed seals suspending them in some cases for failure to exhibit their prices to the public.

“Please note that the hotels and tourist centers in Los Cabos could have existing contracts with some of these hospitals and may be unaware of the recent measures by the Mexican federal government to close them. In case you need medical assistance, you can ask your hotel to arrange treatment at a facility on the list published by the Consulate…United States citizens should be aware of their rights under Mexican law. Most Mexican health centers require payment “in advance” before performing any procedure. Most of the hospitals in Mexico do not accept United States’ national medical insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, and only accept payments in cash, credit or debit card, or bank transfers. We encourage visitors to obtain as much information as possible about the facilities and medical personnel when considering surgeries or other procedures. When it is possible, patients should travel with a family member or another responsible person,” reads the United States Consulate web page.

It also say it has documented cases of complaints about Los Cabos hospitals for refusing treatment until paid, price gouging, not providing a detailed list of charges, retaining United States passports, obstructing necessary medical evacuations, giving monetary incentives to ambulances to deliver patients to specific hospitals, and holding patients in the hospitals against their will while awaiting payment.

“We recommend that American citizens who travel to México or who reside there, register with the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Program, which provides the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest embassy or consulate contact you in case of emergency. If you do not have internet access, you can register directly at the nearest American embassy or consulate,” it says.



If I return to Honduras, the gangs will kill me

Translated by Fulano from an article in La Jornada Baja California.

Tijuana, June 1, 2016 – For the past seven days, Honduran adolescent Carlos Daniel Valladares has been in the Salvation Army shelter in colonia Libertad, hoping that the Grupo Beta, from the National Immigration Institute, will take him to the US Immigration offices at the San Ysidro border, where he intends to ask for asylum in the United States, fleeing from the threat of death from the Mara Salvatrucha gang.

He is 16 years old, and he and his family had been harassed by gangs in San Pedro Sula, his city of origin, from where he left almost two months ago to save his life. He is a part of the hundreds of foreigners in the past weeks who have arrived in Tijuana who, just like him, will ask for refuge in the United States.

While he plays “Jenga” with a group of Africans originally from Senegal, who arrived at this border to ask for refuge in the United States, which is a matter brought before the American authorities by the other foreigners, he has to await for the immigration authorities to make a decision.

The adolescent, who agreed to tell his story to La Jornada, Baja California, said that the issue is that Africans and Haitians continue to arrive, who have priority, meanwhile he has to wait.

“I have not been treated poorly here (at the Salvation Army), but I want to know what is going to happen with me. I miss my mother and my siblings and want to see my father. In addition, I cannot return to Honduras because the gangs are going to kill me,” he said.

At 16, Carlos Daniel had to make the decision to leave his mother and his siblings and leave San Pedro Sula, as the gangs wanted to recruit him and when he refused they put a death sentence on him.

The adolescent admitted that his problems were inherited from one of his uncles, who was a member of the Mara Salvatrucha and was murdered by the same gangsters, the same fate other members of this family met.

Carlos Daniel also witnesses the death of a friend, also named Carlos, who when he refused to join the gang was murdered, because “with the gangs there is not other path than jail or death, and I did not want that.”

The Mara Salvatrucha took away his mother’s house, who had to flee with his three little siblings and stay hidden in a town in Honduras, because the gangs took over that home.

“I don’t even know where to find my mother and my siblings,” said Carlos Daniel, who at that moment could not hold back his tears and insisted that the only thing he wanted is to ask for asylum in the United States to live with his father, Marvin Guilermo Valladares, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The youth said he had not come travelling with the Haitians nor Africans, but he met them at the San Ysidro border station. When the Grupo Beta arrived they took him to the shelter along with them, who certainly are now in the United States processing their asylum requests.

Carlos Daniel said that in order to reach Mexico, he had to cross Guatemala, where more than once he was the victim of the police who stole his money — some 3,000 Quetzales, about 4,500 pesos (US$250). He had to give it to the police every time they stopped him.

Once he stepped foot on Mexican soil, he had the same fate. He had to get onto the train called “La Bestia,” where he saw “many ugly things” and was assaulted by the Mexican gangs, who did not report him to their Honduran allies.

Once in Mexican territory, Carlos Daniel had his cell phone and backpack stolen, and so he had no papers with him, making the trip to Tijuana difficult, one month and 20 days after leaving San Pedro Sula.

He agreed that he had no other remedy than to finish his trip to the border where he also has an uncertain future. The only thing he knows is he cannot return to Honduras because the gangs which dominate Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula will kill him.