Archive for July, 2013

Univision Radio Cuts El Piolin de la Mañana From It s Spanish Speaking Programs Syndicated To 50 Stations

El Piolin cut from Univision Radio after ten years as a Spanish Speaking jockey.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 30, 2013

Los Angeles, CA – On July 22, Spanish Speaking radio host DJ Eddie Sotelo, 43, aka, “El Piolin de la Mañana” aired his last program from Univision KSCA 101.9 FM radio in Los Angeles. Sotelo’s contract was terminated and no explanation from Univision was made, but a spokeswoman confirmed that he was no longer with Univision and would not comment beyond confirming his termination.
Univision also released the following statement including a comment from Sotelo. The Univision statement said, “On Monday, July 22, 2013, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, longtime host of Univision’s morning drive show, “Piolin por la Mañana,” broadcast his final show on Univision Radio. After a ten-year run, Sotelo and Univision have agreed to part company.”
“It’s been a great run with Univision,” said Sotelo, who was recently elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame and whose show was syndicated nationally on over 50 stations.
“We thank Eddie for the contributions that he has made while at Univision Radio,” said Jose Valle, President of Univision Radio, Inc.
Sotelo has not made any further statements about his termination from Univision, but speculation from Univision sources indicate that low ratings and a personal matter not sanctioned by Univision led to his contract being terminated.
The L.A. Times reported that Sotelo was accused of sexual harassment by one his male co-workers. The co-worker was identified as Alberto “Beto” Cortez, a writer and producer who has worked with Sotelo for 10 years.
Cortez apparently wrote a letter to Univision executives on April 16, detailing and alleging that Sotelo had physically, sexually and emotionally harassed him for the last three years.
Univision executives knew about the continued sexual harassment, but failed to act since, Sotelo was popular and generating revenue for Univision.
Sotelo’s attorney denied the allegations and is claiming an extortion attempt by Cortez, according to the L.A. Times.
In 1986, Sotelo at the age of 16 crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. without legal documents. He ended up in Santa Ana, California where his father worked. Sotelo is originally from Ocotlán, Jalisco.
Sotelo has not tweeted since July 20, according to his Twitter account.
Soleto in 2006 became the voice of the undocumented and was allowed by Univision executives to advocate for immigration reform and condemn Wisconsin’s Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner’s (R-WI) bill H.R. 4437 that was approved in 2005, but failed to pass the U.S. Senate. The bill criminalized undocumented immigrants and anyone that would help them.
Shortly after, Sotelo was barred from freely advocating for immigration reform while on the air due to Univision executives believing a loss of advertising dollars from anti-immigrant corporations would stop advertising with Univision.

Eddie Sotelo, aka, “El Piolin de la Mañana” and Alberto Cortez

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Common Council Approves Cabrera’s Appointment To Milwaukee Fire And Police Commission

Cabrera was approved to the Fire and Police Commission by the Milwaukee Common Council with a 14 to 1 vote.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 30, 2013

Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, Carmen Cabrera, a well known Hispanic community activist confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that last week Tuesday, the Milwaukee Common Council voted 14 to 1 to approve the appointment of Attorney Marisabel Cabrera to the Fire and Police Commission. Last Thursday, she was sworn in as a Fire and Police Commissioner.
Carmen stated, “The appointment of Fire and Police Commissioner Marisabel is a great pride to our family and community. She will bring a perspective to the Commission drawing from her community involvement tempered with her legal background.
Marisabel will no doubt be a great role model for those other Latinas seeking to serve their community as well.”
Mayor Tom Barrett appointed Marisabel to the Fire and Police Commission, but the Common Council had to approve the appointment.
Marisabel, is an immigration attorney, a Board member for the Council for the Spanish Speaking, also a member of Voces de la Frontera and American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Marisabel Cabrera

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Palermo Villa To Rehire Eight Fired Pizza Striking Union Supporters

Fired Palermo Pizza workers will get rehired with back-pay after eight months of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision to reinstate them.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 30, 2013

Milw., WI – On Tuesday, Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) announced that Palermo Villa, Inc. (Palermo’s Pizza) under a settlement agreement with the fired striking workers, eight of 100 striking workers (union supporters) that were terminated for attempting to organize a union at the company will finally get rehired (reinstated) with back-pay totaling ten of thousands of dollars. “Palermo’s Pizza has also agreed to post a notice to employees that they will no longer violate federal labor law,” VDLF wrote in an e-mail news release.
VDLF reported that the settlement agreement, negotiated as a result of charges brought by the Palermo Workers Union, requires Palermo Villa, Inc. to immediately offer all eight employees the opportunity to return to their previous jobs; award a lump sum payment for back pay to all eight employees within two weeks; post a notice inside the factory explaining that Palermo’s will commit to not breaking the law again when it comes to workers rights to form a union. The notice to current employees will also outline the terms of the settlement agreement, and must be posted in multiple languages for 60 days.
In a released statement, CEO Giacomo Fallucca said, “We have reluctantly agreed to this settlement, despite believing that the facts strongly support our position,” said Palermo President and CEO Giacomo Fallucca. “We do not admit to any fault in this negotiated settlement, but it’s time to move forward and let the voices of our workers be heard.” He noted that Palermo’s has long supported giving its employees the right to vote on this important issue and reiterated that the company will respect whatever decision the workers make in a fair and legal election.
There are at least another 92 fired striking Palermo Pizza employees who supported and signed a petition to form a union that Palermo Villa’s administrators won’t reinstate pending confirmation of their legal status to work in the country. Further negotiations between the fired workers, VDLF, and a union representing the terminated Palermo workers who are mostly Hispanics is ongoing.
VDLF confirmed that there is a pending NLRB settlement with BG Staffing, a temp agency that was the employer for numerous fired union supporters.
The NLRB is currently investigating recent charges that Palermo’s illegally fired an African-American employee who was engaged in pro-union activity at work.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to open an investigation into Palermo’s refusal to release federally mandated records of injuries which have been requested by a lawfully designated representative of numerous employees.
Palermo’s has so far refused requests from elected officials to provide evidence that they fulfilled promises to create family supporting jobs with some of the $48 million in taxpayer money they have received in recent years, including loans they received via the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

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Teenage Girls Taken Into Protection After FBI Nationwide Prostitution Sting

100 suspects, mostly women were taken into custody for prostition operations using teenagers.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 30, 2013

Milw., WI – On Monday, Acting Special Agent in Charge Patricia M. Ferrick for the Milwaukee FBI Division announced a nationwide recovery of teenage girls and young female adults that were lured into prostitution. At least 100 suspects, mostly women were arrested in Wisconsin during the federal sting called “Operation Cross Country VII” (OCC7).
Ten teenage girls from Wisconsin were recovered, 6 were from Milwaukee, 2 from Madison, 1 from West Allis and 1 from Oakcreek were taken off the streets. “All the women and girls were offered to be connected with a variety of services within the community, such as job training, housing, counseling, and medical and education assistance,” according to Special Agent Ferrick.
The young female adults told authorities that they were lured and forced into prostitution as junveniles by women and handled by pimps who were included in the 100 arrests by feds and 21 local, county and state law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Eastern and Western Wisconsin, Milwaukee County District Attorney and the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Other recoveries were in:

● San Francisco, 12 recoveries
● Detroit, 10 recoveries
● Denver, 9
● New Haven and New Orleans, 6 recoveries and
● San Diego, 5 recoveries.

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Alleged Pacific Drug Cartel Queen Avila Beltrán Freed From A U.S. Federal Prison

Avila Beltrán will be deported to Mexico where she is facing additional charges for using elicit drug money to operate a criminal organization, according to her attorney in Mexico.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 29, 2013

Miami, FL – On Monday, a U.S. District Court of Southern Florida judge decided that Sandra Avila Beltrán, 52, aka, “Pacific Drug Cartel Queen” has served her time and ordered her release. Avila Beltrán was extradited to the U.S. in August and pled guilty to a plea agreement with federal prosecutors for harbouring her boyfriend, a convicted drug dealer. The Milenio Newspaper reported that Avila Beltrán’s Mexican attorney Jorge Alfonso Espino Santillan had said, Mexican federal authorities are expected to arrest his client for using drug money to operate an alleged criminal organization once she returns to Mexico. Mexican federal prosecutors have filed charges in a federal court in the state of Jalisco, according Santillan.
She is facing charges for using elicit drug money to buy multiple million dollar life insurance policies and at least three properties, the Milenio reported.
Avila Beltrán was previously indicted in the U.S. for alleged charges of organized crime and importing large quantities of cocaine to the U.S. for distribution. She was wanted in the U.S. for importing at least 9.6 tons of cocaine in 2001.
She was arrested in Mexico City in 2007 for organized crime and drug trafficking, but was acquitted in 2010 by a Mexican federal judge.
In 2001, she paid several million dollars in ransom for her son’s release after he was kidnapped in Mexico drawing attention to the ransom playoff by Mexican federal authorities.
Avila Beltrán also paid to have a cosmetic doctor perform botox treatments while she was incarcerated.
Avila Betrán was considered ruthless for her tactics used against rival drug cartel members. She is the niece of Miguel Angel Félix Gallardo, who is now serving a 40 year sentence in the U.S. for the homicide of a U.S. DEA agent in 1984.
In January 2010, her great uncle Juan José Quintero Payán, 69, was extradited to the U.S. for drug trafficing, using drug money to invest in U.S. real estate and laundering money, according to a federal indictment.

In December 2011, Payán who was the founder of the Juarez Cartel was sentenced to 18 years in prison and fined $250,000 by a federal judge in San Antonio, Texas.

Sandra Avila Beltrán

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Kitchen Grease Fire Shuts South Side Honey Dip Donuts Down

Popular donut place in Milwaukee’s South Side is closed until Monday, police say.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 27, 2013

Milw., WI – On Saturday, the Honey Dip Donuts restaurant at the 800 block of S. Layton Blvd. was temporarily closed after a grease fire was reported just before 8:00 p.m., according to police. Police say, no one was reported injured and the grease fire was under control. Honey Dip Donuts is expected to open by Monday.

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Milwaukee’s First Latino Carnaval 2013 Parade And Festival

More than a thousand participated in the First Latino Carnaval in Milwaukee’s south side.

By H. Nelson Goodson

July 27, 2013

Milw., WI – On Saturday, the First Latino Carnaval parade and music festival with more than one thousand participants began at the 1100 block of W. National Ave. and made its way eastbound to the lakefront, ending at the Wherehouse Night Club festival grounds, 818 S. Water St. At the Wherehouse grounds, food, music and other events continued until late afternoon.
The 58 degree and cloudy cool weather didn’t keep the hundreds of festivalgoers from attending. Saturday’s Latino Carnaval grand parade was part of a week long celebration of Latino cultures represented in Milwaukee, according to Juan Carlos Ruiz, this year’s coordinator of the Latino Carnaval and Grand Parade. Ruiz said, the event was sponsored by 34 partners that included JCS Consulting Solutions, LLC and other institutions, organizations, businesses and community groups to present a diversity of cultures and a celebration of their rich folkloric cultures that includes a variety of flavors of food, music and dance combined to bring a “Carnaval” celebration setting from each of the Latino Amercian countries represented in Milwaukee. This year’s Latino Carnaval honorary Queen title went to Maria Monreal-Cameron, according to Ruiz.
The Latino Carnaval (LC) held a Salsa and Bachata dance competition at the event and the 1st place winners were Beth Weinrich and Jason Weinrich who won a trip to Mexico, according to Daniel Balderas, an LC Committee member.
This year’s organizing committee for the Latino Carnaval (Carnival) were, Amber Rivard, Jaime Bernabe, Karen Valeria V., Paul Mueller, Daniel Balderas, Toni Ordoñez-Hodge, Barbara Leigh, Kathleen End, Julio Pabon and Adam Smith.

Juan Carlos Ruiz

Photos: HNG/HNNUSA

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