Customer Base Most Likely Exposed To Business Improvement Districts Toxic Lead Pipe Lateral Fresh Water

The City of Milwaukee is facing pressure by FLAC, local residents and a growing concern by area business owners after learning that lead toxic pipes laterals are still used for freshwater flow into their businesses.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 28, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) learned that Southside residents, businesses, restaurants, neighborhood bars and nightclubs located in Business Improvement Districts continue to use federally banned toxic lead pipe laterals for freshwater flow into homes and businesses for decades. Unknowingly most customers that patronize these Southside businesses could be exposed with levels of lead poisoning that could be harmful to health. The City of Milwaukee doesn’t regularly check for toxic levels of lead, not even on a monthly basis or conducts constant monitoring to determine, if lead is actually mixing with the freshwater flow. These toxic lead pipe laterals should all be removed as soon as possible to eliminate the potential of long term lead poisoning.
Last week, the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) called for the City of Milwaukee and Mayor Tom Barret to begin the removal process of all toxic lead pipe laterals within the city limits. Southside 12th District Alderman José G. Pérez including fellow aldermen haven’t scheduled any informational forums to discuss the removal of such toxic lead pipe laterals from homes and local businesses.
Robert Miranda, the spokesman for FLAC released the following statement, “Alderman José Pérez has yet to make a statement on this very important issue. He hasn’t called for removing these lead pipe hazards and he hasn’t sent any message from his office urging caution to residents on 13th street about the water. Lead is a very dangerous toxin to children. Perez being silent on this matter is a disservice to his constituents.”
According to Miranda, city bureaucrats are recommending for residents to use water filters as a band-aid solution to reduce contaminants, but the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t test filters to check, if it reduces toxic lead in water. The actual solution is to remove the toxic lead pipe laterals from homes.
Unfortunately, residents pay for safe city freshwater to flow into their homes, but the delivery process is through a federally banned toxic lead pipe lateral.
HNNUSA with Miranda’s cooperation have provided Business Improvement District corridors in the Southside including some residential addresses of the 70,000 homes that have toxic lead pipe laterals, which data from the Milwaukee Department of Public Works and Milwaukee Water Works has released. A City of Milwaukee map showing properties with lead service line from water main to crub stop includes most Milwaukee aldermanic districts except two that have toxic lead pipe laterals today.

Find City of Milwaukee properties with lead pipe laterals by address at http://goo.gl/poY5yv

Editor’s note: With Summerfest opening on Wednesday, many are wondering, if freshwater actually flows to the grounds through toxic lead pipe laterals? City officials haven’t confirmed, if toxic lead pipe latarals were used at the Summerfest grounds in 1968.
Should thousands of festival goers drink the water at the Summerfest grounds? Thousands of festivalgoers will be visiting the City of Festivals venue now that more than 100 outdoor festivals will take place during the Summer and many will visit area bars, nightclubs and restaurants, will they be exposed to the freshwater that flows through toxic lead pipe latarals? Mostly likely the chances are that they will and those who drink water from outdoor bobblers and cold water fountains will be exposed to freshwater delivered by toxic lead pipe laterals as well.
Worth mentioning, Robert Miranda from FLAC told HNNUSA that a new study released in April 2016 claims to have found a link between the high murder rates and the use of lead water pipes in U.S. cities. Scientists at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley analysed homicide rates and the cities’ use of lead pipes to distribute drinking water.
Although the use of lead pipes was halted in the United States in 1986, many cities in the US, including Milwaukee, still have lead pipes in operation distributing water to homes.
The study was published by James J. Feigenbaum of Harvard University and Christopher Muller of the University of California, Berkeley in the journal Explorations in Economic History. It says that on average “cities that used lead water pipes had homicide rates that were twenty-four per cent higher than cities that did not.”
Previous studies have said that the use of lead can lead to lower IQs amongst children and higher rates of violent crime after people were exposed to lead in air pollution. The report added that the acidity levels in the water can also change how much lead is dissolved in it — and how much is ingested.
The study says: “Even if lead removal will not reduce crime, it will remove a dangerous toxin from the environment. Other strategies to reduce crime may not have similarly positive side effects.
The study says, “We found evidence broadly consistent with the prediction that more lead will leach into more acidic water and increase the homicide rates of cities with low-pH water and lead service pipes.”
The Huffington Post reports that “Feigenbaum and Muller compiled historical information on pipe materials in 545 cities from 1921 to 1936, and after controlling for a variety of demographic factors, found that “cities that used lead pipes had between 14 and 36 percent higher homicide rates than cities that did not.”

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FBI Offers $100K Reward For Information Leading To The Arrest Of Shanika S. Minor

24-year-old Milwaukee double homicide suspect added to the Ten Most Wanted FBI fugitives list, Shanika S. Minor is considered armed and dangerous, a $100,000 reward leading to her arrest has been offered by the FBI.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Newtork U.S.A.

June 28, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – Shanika S. Minor, 24, is wanted for the alleged March 6, 2016 Milwaukee murder of Tamecca Lashae Perry, 23, originally from Chicago, who was nine months pregnant. Minor has been placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Minor has been charged with 1st-degree intentional homicide and 1st-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child. If convicted of both felony homicide charges, Minor is facing two consecutive life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Milwaukee County criminal complaint says, that Minor invaded the apartment where Perry was staying and fatally shot her in front of Perry’s boyfriend, Minor’s mother and Perry’s children over a loud music dispute. Perry was about 39 to 40 weeks pregnant, according to the criminal complaint.The FBI says, Minor allegedly shot Perry, who then collapsed inside her residence and died in front of her two children. The Perry’s unborn child, due within a week, also died before emergency medical personnel arrived.The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Minor.
Minor may have contact with people in Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, and possibly Georgia. Minor’s last known address was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Additionally, Minor does not have any history of prior travel outside of the United States or any contact with individuals residing internationally, according to the FBI.

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Wauwatosa Cop Fatally Shot Man In Madison Park, Both Are Afro-Americans

Wauwatosa cop might have turned his body camera on before fatally shooting a 25-year-old man inside his vehicle who had a handgun.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 28, 2016

Wauwatosa, WI – The family of Jay Anderson, 25, are mourning his death after a Wauwatosa police officer shot him while inside his vehicle. Both the Wauwatosa police officer and Anderson are Afro-Americans, according to the investigation by the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD).
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has learned that a Wauwatosa police officer spotted Anderson on June 23 alone at the Madison Park and when he approached the suspicious vehicle to investigate as a routine check, the officer noticed Anderson had a handgun inside the vehicle. The officer attempted to turn his body camera on as he managed to fire multiple shots at Anderson who later died at the scene.
MPD is reviewing possible video footage from the Wauwatosa officer body camera, if in fact he was able to turn the body camera on before he fired at Anderson. Earlier preliminary reports indicated that the officer saw Anderson with a gun inside his car and he fired at Anderson for fear of his life.
No information has been released by MPD to confirm whether Anderson had actually pointed a handgun at the Wauwatosa officer, but an inside source from the Wauwatosa Police Department indicated, video footage of the deadly incident could have been recorded by the officer involved. The video would definitely determine, if Anderson actually had threaten, was reaching or pointed the handgun at the officer moments before he was killed. The officer was not injured and no confirmation has been released, if Anderson did fired his handgun.
The Wauwatosa Police Department has at least three Afro-American police officers.

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Milwaukee Lead Pipe Lateral Scandal Ignites Campaign For City To Remove Toxic Hazard From Homes

The City of Milwaukee, Common Council and Mayor Tom Barrett are facing the biggest scandal to hit City Hall in decades, the lead pipe toxic laterals being used in at least 70,000 area homes.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 27, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – Today, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the Milwaukee Common Council are facing the biggest lead pipe laterals toxic poisoning scandal to hit City Hall in decades. At least 70,000 homes in the City of Milwaukee still have the federal banned lead pipe toxic laterals connected to homes allowing fresh water to flow into homes for bathing, washing and drinking.
Last week, the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) called for Mayor Barrett to suspend all street and sidewalk construction in areas where 70,000 homes with lead pipe laterals are still being used for fresh water flow into residential areas. FLAC requested that city officials test those areas with lead pipe laterals where construction is taking place to see, if a protective phosphorus compound introduced into the water flow to serve as a protective cover to prevent lead from getting into the fresh water flow is still intact and has not been loosen causing a health lead toxic hazard. It seems that the City hasn’t been complying and residents in street construction zones have not been notified before repairs began. Water flow into most homes in the street construction zones hasn’t been tested in a weekly basis to determine how much lead is contaminating the drinking residential water.
In the Southside of Milwaukee, Alderman José G. Pérez hasn’t even informed the residents along S. 13 Street between W. Rogers and W. Becher Streets of the potential lead pipe hazards and possible lead poisoning of the water. Alderman Pérez including fellow aldermen haven’t even decided to schedule public forums in aldermanic districts to inform their residents of the lead toxic lateral pipes connected to the area homes.
The lead pipe toxic laterals should be replaced as soon as possible and taxpayers should contact City Hall and let their aldermen to provide funding to begin to remove the lead toxic pipes from homes. Will the City of Milwaukee continue to cover up the lead pipe toxic lateral scandal, its practice to stall the removal of toxic pipes and to allowed to poison Taxpayers? Taxpayers should demand for the City to replace the toxic lead pipe laterals as soon as possible.

Find City of Milwaukee properties with lead pipe laterals by address at http://goo.gl/poY5yv

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Motorcycle Driver Struck On W. Greenfield In Milwaukee’s Southside

Biker hospitalized after accident.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 26, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – On Saturday, a biker was hospitalized after being struck in the morning by a vehicle at the 2200 block of W. Greenfield Ave., according to police. The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene. The vehicle sustained front damage on impact and the motorcycle was damaged as well.
According to Katrina Todd, who knows the injured biker says, that he survived the accident, but suffered a broken arm, leg and pelvis and has several skull fractures as well. He went through several surgeries and will go through several more.
The biker apparently had just bought the motorcycle a day before the accident and wasn’t wearing a helmet, according to Todd. He will be restricted to a wheelchair as he gradually recovers.

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Puerto Rico’s Assembly Approved Bill To Privatize Hotel Tourist Beaches And Prohibit Public Access

Gringo land grab bill: Hotel billionaire owners to be allowed to privatized Puerto Rico beaches and prohibit public access under PC 2853, a bill pass by Puerto Rico’s Assembly Chamber.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 26, 2016

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Today Puerto Rico is a facing a $72 billion dollar deficit owed to major creditors and the U.S. On June 13, legislative Representatives in the Puerto Rico’s Assembly Chamber voted 44 in favor, Representative José Luis Báez Rivera voted no and 6 others were absent to approve Chamber Project 2853 (PC 2853), which would allow hotel billionaires along coastal beaches to lease and privatized the beaches and prohibit public access. The project creates the Ecotourism Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico under the direction of the Secretary of Natural Resources to approve 30-year leases for franchises, permits and licenses for private use or personal use unless the beaches are turned over to the Free Associated State of Puerto Rico or a municipality after a lease terminates and no longer renewed.
The hotel locations and beaches affected are in Vieques, Culebra, Isla Verde, Condado, Isabela, Lajas, Cabo Rojo, Guánica, Ríncon and the Puerto Rico Senate just approved sections of La Parguera en Lejas to be leased for private tourist use and destination, sections privatized will prohibit public access.

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Milwaukee’s Carromatic Sold Alleged Lemon Vehicle For Twice Its Blue Book Value Plus Interest Credit Rate At 24.99%

24-year-old woman has alleged, that she was sold a lemon costing her more than $26,000 with a credit finance contract interest at 24.99%, but the Blue book car prices only valued the vehicle for $5,000.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 25, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – On Friday, a 24-year-old woman confirmed that she will do everything possible to get her $2,000 cash down for a Ford Focus 2012, which turned out to a very expensive lemon vehicle to own. She contacted Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) to publicly expose the bad service that she received at Carromatic, 5801 S. 27th Street in Milwaukee, an auto sales business out of Chicago (Car Outlet) that is known to sell vehicles for more than three to four times their worth value due to a high interest rate alone and low income customers and undocumented immigrants who can’t easily get a car finance by a bank or another financial institution fall victim to this type of high interest financial entities.
The woman returned the vehicle several weeks after she had it for several months and the transmission gave out. She made two $414.00 monthly payments on the finance contract that was approved by Total Finance an affiliate to Carromatic.
HNNUSA contacted Nery Valladares, the Sales Manager at Carromatic who confirmed that in fact the woman had returned the vehicle several weeks ago. She was offered a replacement vehicle or get the vehicle fixed, but she wanted a more expensive vehicle, which Valladares says, it couldn’t be done because it cost more.
The woman says, she returned the vehicle and after she couldn’t resolve her lemon dilemma, she decided that she didn’t want the lemon anymore and wanted a refund of her cash down payment of $2,000 and to terminate the $26,047.96 financial contract, since she returned the vehicle before the time expired to do so.
According to Valladares, Total Finance and Carromatic have not made a determination on the lemon vehicle and her financial contract. Here’s the breakdown of the vehicle’s actual value and how much Carromatic and Total Finance will profit from the credit contract to finance the Ford Focus. Carromatic sold the lemon Ford Focus 2012 with more than 124,000 miles for more than $10,000 with an credit interest rate at 24.99% totalling $26,047.96 after 58 car payments, the Blue book value of the vehicle is only $5,000 and what is also questionable, whoever filled out the Total Finance contract at Carromatic, they didn’t add no insurance coverage for the buyer and allowed her to actually drive out of the Carromatic auto sales lot…Ouch!
The 24-year-old woman was sure taken for a ride and she now wants to prevent the same lemon mishap from happening to someone else. She did confirm, that she will seek legal action as well.
HNNUSA did provide several days for Carromatic to solve the Ford Focus lemon dilemma with the buyer, but it hasn’t yet made any decision to do so.

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