HBPA And Racine Fiesta Committee Cancels Three-day Summer Festival For 2015

Three-day Mexican and Tejano music festival in Racine County has been canceled, according to organizers.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 24, 2015

Racine, WI – On Tuesday, the Hispanic Professionals Business Association (HBOA) and Racine Fiesta Committee have decided to cancel this year’s Mexican and Tejano three-day festival, according to Wally Rendon, the executive director of the Racine Fiesta. Rendon posted on his Facebook account, “…Like several other festivals around here and other places, our funding sources began to dwindle, last year we lost one of our major sponsors so we had limited dollars to work with.
Our three-day festival last year had an attendance of less than 1000 people…So, we barely broke even in our 2014 Fiesta.
We will see what the future (2016) brings. In the meantime, please support other local Tejano festivals.”
In 2012, the Racine Fiesta, previously known as the Racine Mexican Fiesta had to cancel the summer festival after the non-profit organization were almost scammed by a fake music band promoter who promised to bring an array of groups. Days before the event, organizers discovered the scam.
In 2011, Fiesta organizers had to invest more funds than they had planned when the music venue focusing on regional Mexican music had to be change at least seven days before the August 12-14, 2011 lakefront festival. Luis Enrique Martínez from L.E.M. Marketing and Productions in Milwaukee had entered into a contract agreement to bring Bobby Pulido and at least 22 Mexican groups in a package deal to Fiesta Mexicana, but Fiesta organizers discovered that Martinez was allegedly trying to scam the organizers.

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Pedro Fregoso Jr. Representing Mexican Consulate Big Blunder Over Alleged Retraction/Settlement Letter To Chicago Businessman

Ancel Glink law firm associate Attorney Pedro Fregoso Jr. under fire for sending out a retraction/settlement letter in behalf of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago to businessman. Ancel Glink law firm now retracts blunder made by Fregoso.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 23, 2015

Chicago, IL – On Thursday, Vicente C. Serrano, 750 AM radio host for the Sin Censura Spanish language program in Chicago reported, that the Ancel Glink law firm has now retracted a retraction/settlement letter sent out by Attorney Pedro Fregoso Jr. on behalf of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago asking $350,000 in settlement for damages. Attorney Fregoso sent out the letter on March 11 to Adolfo Vega, owner of the Bodega, Ltd. alleging that Vega recorded a conversation of several Mexican Consulate workers who were requesting donations for the Grito event in 2014. Vega released the telephone recorded conversations to Serrano who then aired it in his program last September 2014. In the conversation, a Consulate staff worker attempts to get Vega to donate funds to the Grito event by suggesting Vega to commit fraud by making the funds directly to the National Museum of Mexican Art and then its Director Carlos Tortolero, the former President of the Fiestas Patrias would give him a receipt showing that he donated funds to the museum, which is non-proft. Tortolero would then apply those funds directly to the Fiestas Patrias, which the Consulate would benefit and Vega could claim on his federal taxes that he donated funds to the non-profit museum instead to Fiesta Patrias, so he could get a tax credit.
What the Consulate staff workers were doing is actually illegal under U.S. federal law and the Consulate workers could be facing federal charges for conspiracy to commit federal income tax fraud while representing a foreign government. Both of the Consulate workers could be facing deportation as well, if charged and convicted for trying to commit fraud in the U.S.
Vega was accused by the Consulate workers of recording their conversation illegally under the Illinois Eavesdropping Act. But the Eavesdropping Act does not apply, if a crime was being committed and if the Consulate workers made those calls from the Mexican Consulate in Chicago on behalf of Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias.
The whole Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago debacle and scandal began last year after Mexican nationals and Serrano requested for Consul Jiménez Macias to release El Grito event funds that were provided by the Mexican government. Consul Jiménez Macias has refused.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) was able to confirm, that Tortolero never received any funds from the inappropriate actions by the Consulate staff workers. Tortolero released the Fiestas Patrias fiscal report to HNNUSA and no entry was made to show the total amount that the Mexican government gave the Consulate. Tortolero says, that he doesn’t know how much the Consulate received from the Mexican government. The Mexican Consulate in Chicago generates more than $5M per year from Mexican nationals for services.
HNNUSA first posted the Fiestas Patrias fiscal report and the three page letter from Attorney Fregoso. The HNNUSA posting went viral and people, including organizations began to criticize the Ancel Glink law firm for trying to get Vega and Serrano to pay $350,000 to keep Fregoso from filing a defamation lawsuit on behalf of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago.
Now, the law firm of Ancel Glink is saying, that it is representing both of the Mexican Consulate workers instead of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, according to Serrano.
In 2014, two Consulate workers, Alfonso Rosas Joule, in charge of Community Organizations for the Consulate and Ricardo Duran Peña, the Consulate Office Coordinator were requesting up to $10,000 of sponsorships for the Grito event on behalf of Consul General Jiménez Macias.
The latest issue has prompted Mexican nationals in the tri-state area to allege corruption within the Consulate for a lack of transparency and want to oust Consul Jiménez Macias.
HNNUSA has made numerous attempts to contact Attorney Fregoso and Consul Jiménez Macias about the defamation and eavesdropping debacle and latest scandal, but they have not responded.

Audio recording of Alfonso Rosas Joule, in charge of Community Organizations for the Consulate http://alturl.com/tt8a5

Illinois Eavesdropping Act section that exempts a person from an illegal act to record a conversation, if the person suspects a criminal act is about to be committed.

Editors note:

Vicente C. Serrano from Sin Censura Radio program has announced that on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, a major protest calling for transparency of all events and El Grito 2014 sponsored by the Mexican Consulate will take place in front of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago beginning at 11:00 a.m., 204 S. Ashland Ave. People are invited to attend to participate and call on Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias to release information about how much funds the Mexican government gave the Consulate for the Grito event.

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Mexican Federal Police And Military Massacred 16 Unarmed Civilians In Apatzingán

A Federal Police supervisor ordered his officers to shoot and kill unarmed civilians, referring to the victims as dogs not worth living.

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

April 22, 2015

Apatzingán, Michoacán, Mexico – New evidence, testimony from dozens of witnesses and victims of police abuse, including a video and a report released by Aristegui News, Proceso and Univision alleged that the Mexican Federal Police and military were involved in the massacre of 16 unarmed civilians during two incidents beginning on early January 6, 2015. On January 6, 2015, Mexican Federal Police opened fire on dozens of unarmed civilians who were at the Apatzingán City Hall seeking justice and protesting a federal government order to disarm a security armed protection community civil defense group.
A group of civilian leaders had received communication that more than 20 Federal Police units were heading into the city and that it was believed that a group of the Caballeros Templarios, a criminal drug cartel were planning to attack the civilian security forces. The civilians leaders decided not to arm themselves, so that federal authorities would conceive that they were criminals. That decision turned out to be one of the deadliest chain of events for several days that resulted in the murder of 16 civilians and dozens of injured people, including 11 missing. 44 civilians were arrested by the corrupt authorities.
In a news conference after the incident in Apatzingán, Alfredo Castillo, the Michoacan Security Commissioner appointed by President Enrique Peña Nieto claimed that a group of armed civilian security forces attacked Federal Police and were repelled. For the last four months, Castillo and Peña Nieto’s narco-government had engaged in false information about what actually happened at Apatzingán until the latest report and video released by the three news reporting agencies exposed that it was the Federal Police and military who fired upon the unarmed civil security forces and civilians.
Witnesses say, that civilians were gunned down in cold blood and a family with teenagers was massacre by Federal Police despite pleas for help and shouting at police that they were unarmed. Another witness said, a man was brutally executed by Federal Police after he surrendered.
The lasted revelation of the mass murder at Apatzingán by Federal Police and the military has forced the Mexican National Commission who oversees the Federal Police to launch an investigation to the alleged massacre at Apatzingán. Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, the Minister of Interior Relations confirmed that an investigation has been initiated to look into the allegations of a massacre by Federal Police.
Castillo told a media outlet during an interview that he hadn’t fully seen the newly released video of the massacre in Apatzingán. Apparently, Castillo is now implicated in a cover-up and knowing of the massacre or had even approved the use of deadly force.
Medical staff and a doctor in charge at the Ramon Ponce Alvarez General Hospital at Apatzingán told the investigative news agencies that Federal Police and the military wouldn’t allowed wounded civilians to be treated and wounded civilians were left at scenes to bleed to death. The video released by the three news agencies show a man still alive, moving and bleeding without authorities providing any effort to render aid for hours. The doctor confirmed, that the military wouldn’t allow for the wounded to he transported to other near by hospitals for treatment and some wounded civilians as a result had died.
In another massacre, Federal Police and the Military allegedly were involved with corrupt Iguala and Cocula municipal police in the murder of six people, including students and in the disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa missing students.
The current allegations that the Mexican Federal Police and military have been involved in multiple massacres has created a division between corrupt and non-corrupt PRI party members who have joined bipartisan support to condemn the massacre and are pushing for justice. President Peña Nieto is from the PRI political party.

News video of the January Apatzingán massacre https://youtu.be/IHqx8WBpOOU

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More than $10,776 Raised For Fabela’s Funeral And Support For Surviving Son

Friends of the late Victor Fabela have managed to raise nearly $11K.

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

April 22, 2015

Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, fundraising organizers and friends for the late Victor Fabela, 29, reported that more than $10,776 has been raised in support of Fabela’s son and to help pay for Victor’s funeral expenses.
A fundraising event on Tuesday at the Delaware House Dance Studio raised at least $5K, a Gofundme fund raised another $5,176 in three days and on Saturday, the Latin American Motorcycle Association in Milwaukee reported that it also had raised at least $600 for Fabela’s funeral expenses.
Fabela is originally from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, including a member of the Pulaski Boyz Motorcycle Association. He was well known in the Salsa dancing and performing social circles in both the Milwaukee and Chicago area.
Fabela died on early Saturday in a motorcycle accident while driving in the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago. According to the Illinois State Police, Fabela lost controlled of his motorcycle and crashed on the freeway. No other vehicle was involved. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
He is survived by a 5-year-old son.

Victor Fabela’s funeral services will be held at the Marin Funeral Home, 2744 W. 51st Street (and California Ave.) in Chicago, Illinois from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

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25-year-old Man Reported Fatally Shot In Milwaukee’s Southside

Neighbors on Monday night called police after multiple shot were fired at the 800 block of W. Hayes Ave.

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

April 21, 2015

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Police on Monday night found Randall R. Radtke, 25, fatally shot outside a home in the 800 block of W. Hayes Ave. Neighbors in the area called police after hearing multiple shots fired before 11:00 p.m.
Police have an ongoing homicide investigation.

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Milwaukee Common Council Denies Approval Of Terra’s Bar Liquor License And Votes Against Food Truck Ban Measure

Several incidents at the Terra Restaurant and Bar led to a non-renewal of the Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses by the Milwaukee Common. In another measure, the Common Council voted 10 to 4 and 1 excused vote to deny a Food Truck ban ordinance on most of the 11th and parts of the 13th Aldermanic Districts.

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

April 21, 2015

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Common Council voted on a 14-1 excused vote to approved the Common Council Licensing Committee recommendation not to approve the Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses to Jenny Contreras, 35, and Juan Contreras, owners of the Terra Restaurant and Bar at 600 S. 6th Street. In an appeal for reconsideration, Attorney Douglas J. Phebus representing the Contreras’s said, that Jenny was new at managing the bar and had now made efforts to change how she managed the bar. Some of the members of the Common Council disagreed and claimed that the Contreras’s lack of taking responsibility and for Juan not even making an effort to help an 18-year-old woman who was knocked out unconsciously by her boyfriend, a visiting nephew from Texas related to Juan and not cooperating with an officer’s request to release a surveillance video recording of the assault inside the bar resulted in denial of their liquor license.
On April 6, the Milwaukee Common Council Licensing Committee members on a vote of 4-1 denied renewal of the Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses to Jenny and Juan Contreras. The Licenses Committee cited bad management skills of the business for denying the Contreras to continue to operate the business. Alderman José G. Pérez opposed granting the renewal of their Class B Tavern license citing several incidents.
Attorney Victor Arellano who represented the Contreras’s during the Licensing Committee hearing had claimed that “Ald. Pérez went to the owner of the place and mentioned he had a couple of buyers and so, now we know why he is not in support of Jenny Contreras” getting her license renewed. The 600 S. 6th Street property is owned by Pedro and Gloria Castillo, who owe $13,215 in taxes for 2014 and the property where Terra Restaurant is located is assessed at $429K. Arellano alleged Ald. Pérez had an interest for the Contreras not to get their liquor license renewed. Ald. Pérez who was present did not dispute Arellano’s allegation.
According to police reports, police were called to the Terra Restaurant on July 17, 2014 around 11:20 a.m. after someone (a service provider) called to report a young female unconscious in front of the bar. Police say, that Juan Contreras was seen pulling on the female’s arm in a bar video. It was later determined when police viewed a surveillance video from inside the bar, that Juan, a male cousin of his from Texas and an 18-year-old girlfriend of the cousin, including an unidentified person had been drinking for hours and serving drinks after 3:00 a.m. The video caught the girlfriend hit Juan’s cousin and in returned, the boyfriend knocked her out for three minutes.
The video was viewed at the time by a Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Anderson and Jenny Contreras. Police arrested Juan Contreras for not rendering aid to the girl and his cousin for assaulting his girlfriend, including the girl for underage drinking and fighting. A court hearing on that underage drinking case is scheduled for April 23.
Juan was accused of allowing a minor and his cousin at the bar after hours and serving drinks. The Contreras refused to release the bar video to police and contacted Arellano who advised them not to release the video to police unless they had a warrant. A Licensing Committee member said, that it is the first time that they have heard a liquor license holder has ever refused to cooperate with police by not releasing the video. Police obtained a warrant to confiscate the video, but it was erased after seven days, according to the video system.
The second incident happened on February 3, 2015, when a Milwaukee police sergeant noticed a crowd at the Terra Restaurant and Bar after the bar closed at 2:00 a.m. The Contreras were cited in that incident as well for having over 14 people at the bar and several still drinking, according to police. The Terra Restaurant and Bar bartender admitted to police that they usually closed at 2:20 a.m. when the law requires the bar to close at 2:00 a.m.
The Committee members were not to happy that Juan Contreras didn’t even called 911 after his cousin’s girlfriend was criminally assaulted and left in the floor. Juan didn’t attend the hearing, but his wife said that Juan had a kidney transplant about a year ago and wasn’t feeling to well to be at the hearing. Alderman T. Anthony Zeilinski, Chairman of the Licensing Committee couldn’t understand how Juan had a kidney transplant and was drinking, but couldn’t attend the hearing to renew a liquor license. The rest of the Committee members determined that the Contreras’s badly managed the business, which indicated that it wasn’t anyone’s business how they ran the business after hours, according to the hearing.
Jenny Contreras told the Committee members that she did know that she couldn’t have people or family at the bar drinking after the bar closed. All business bar or restaurant owners who are approved to have a Class B Tavern license in the City of Milwaukee know the restrictions and hours they can legally operate and serve liquor.
Jenny and Juan Contreras to beat the City of Milwaukee liquor licensing system they separated the bar from the restaurant last year by placing a door between them and got a Class-B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses for the bar now called Pachangas Bar and Grill. The Contreras continue to operate Pachangas, despite being singled out by the Licensing Committee for mismanagement of the same bar under Terra Restaurant and Bar and denied a liquor license for it on April 6.
Jenny and Juan Contreras are the owners of MC Multiservicios and Tax Service located at the 1000 block of S. César E. Chávez Drive.
In March 2013, Attorney Victor Arellano, 69, was reprimanded by the Office of Lawyers Regulation for making false statements. He was disciplined by the State Supreme Court judge for two counts, misrepresenting information (lying) to investigators and for soliciting to represent one of the complainants when she didn’t request representation. Arellano had to pay $10,240.13, but kept his license to practice law.
On February 28, 2011, the OLR filed a 14 count misconduct case seeking to revoke Arellano’s law license. Arellano was accused by four women, including Marilyn Figueroa who testified that in 2000 he solicited to represent her and then staring up a sexual relationship in violation of attorney’s rules of conduct. He also was accused of starting sexual relationships with three other women while representing them in various cases.
The Licensing Committee minutes state, that “Officer Michael Anderson – He investigated the July 18th incident. A service worker observed a woman unconscious on the floor with the applicant’s husband, Mr. Contreras, sweeping up glass. The worker then called 911. After police arrived, the applicant then arrived on premises and gave them access to the security camera footage. He observed four individuals on premise drinking. When he arrived, Mr. Contreras was on premise with intoxicated individuals. There was broken glass and spilled items on the floor. All individuals were uncooperative. The applicant arrived on premise and offered access to security cameras. The video showed that Mr. Contreras allowed patrons in after bar close time. The video also showed patrons drinking after 3 AM. The woman who was assaulted and knocked out was 18 years old.
Ald. Perez present at the table. He has concerns with the application because of drinking after hours, minors in the establishment, an assault occurring, and the lack of action taken after the assault. He is also concerned that both police incidents occurred within the first year of operation.”

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Javier López Fatally Shot While Driving In Milwaukee’s Southside

López was driving his SUV when he was fatally shot on early Sunday.

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

April 19, 2015

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Police reported that a 29-year-old man was shot adound 3:00 a.m. while driving his SUV in the Southside. The victim was identified as Javier López, 29, who is originally from Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
When López was fatally shot he crashed into the side of a building at the 1300 block of W. Holt Ave. Police are reviewing surveillance cameras from a grocery store across from where he crashed.
No suspects have been arrested in connection with López homicide.
Friends of López stopped by on Sunday afternoon to place a makeshift memorial with candles. They say that López was a nice person and didn’t bother people and hardly went out on the club scene. They say that he will be greatly missed and hope police find the person or persons who killed López.
López was a popular local promoter for Trafikando Music Entertainment, booked artists and gigs in the Milwaukee area.

Raw video taken about a minute after Javier López was fatally shot through the window while driving and then crashed into a building. https://youtu.be/lmuq1uffaak

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