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Kenosha City officials are carefully planning the development as a technology incubator for startups and firms that want to relocate to Kenosha.

Preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the 102-acre site call for a high-tech business complex, featuring a health and fitness center and an array of other types of offices.

The site, roughly bordered by 52nd Street, 23rd Avenue, 60th Street and 30th Avenue, will also feature the extension of 56th Street and the creation of 27th Court running north and south.

The Plan Commission last week gave the first approval to the plan, which is expected to come before the City Council.

Zohrab Khaligian, the city’s community development specialist, said the plan does not call for retail or manufacturing in the park.

“We didn’t want retail there because it then would compete with what we’re doing with downtown,” he said. “Also, projections show that heavy industry wants to be out near the interstate.”

To create the development, the city has to designate that area as a tax increment financing zone. It plans to allocate revenue from the Amazon TIF to cover construction, infrastructure and services costs.

The city will issue general obligation bonds to cover the difference between the $25.5 million project cost and the $32.5 million redevelopment costs.

Khaligian said completion of the project will take several years, with the financing expected to be paid off in 2029.

TIF is a development tool available to municipalities looking to make an area more attractive for development. Money borrowed under the funding structure is repaid with captured tax revenue from new development on the site.

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A Catholic school volunteer and retired public school teacher is facing 10 counts of child pornography charges after a year long investigation.

Thomas J. DeFazio, 68, of Kenosha, was arrested this week by the investigatory division of Wisconsin Department of Justice. He appeared in and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, the charges are related to 10 specific images found on DeFazio’s computer hard drives. In each of the images, girls described as appearing to be of prepubescent age are posing in clothing, but partially exposed. There are no sex acts depicted in the images described in the complaint.

The criminal complaint states that DeFazio, a retired middle school teacher from the Racine Unified School District, was volunteering at All Saints Catholic School in Kenosha. The principal at the school contacted investigators after staff and school parents became concerned about images DeFazio was liking and commenting on Facebook.

The images depicted girls that appeared to be of middle school age, according to the complaint. The principal spoke with DeFazio, then contacted the state.

Investigators spoke with DeFazio in September 2015, and were given permission to study his computers at that time. DeFazio told investigators, according to the complaint, that he did not believe the images he had on his computer were pornography.

DeFazio’s bond was set at $5,000.

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MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has released details of his budget and the biggest benefactor of tax money will be the Milwaukee Police Department. Vowing to add more police officers to the force, Barrett admitted that his proposal “is sure to upset a lot of people.”

“Not surprisingly, public safety is gonna be, by far, the biggest portion of my budget,” Mayor Barrett said.

A draft released by the Milwaukee Common Council calls for more than 100 new officers and an emphasis on beat cops and traffic enforcement, in addition to eliminating three mandatory furlough days for officers.

A few weeks ago Mayor Barrett indicated his proposal will include $880,000 for body cameras for the Milwaukee Police Department. Barrett said his proposal will assure that MPD will be utilizing 1,200 body cameras.

“The police are obviously a very important part of what we`re trying to do for public safety — but we look at other factors when it comes to public safety as well. How much we`re putting into the programs that will deal with issues like crime prevention, violence reductions, summer jobs,” Mayor Barrett said.

Mayor Barrett also stated that his budget included $11 million dollars aimed at lead abatement.

The budget indicates a little over $4.5 million for lead paint abatement, and the rest for removing lead service lines from over 380 state licensed day care centers. There is money set aside for fixing leaks to water pipes, but no money directed to removing a portion of the 70,000 lead service lines poisoning water at these homes.

“Mayor Tom Barrett once again is attempting to force Milwaukee property owners into paying for removing their side of lead water pipes. We say NO!”, said Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC).

“Mayor Barrett has been in office for over 12 years. He’s been receiving revenue from water fees and placed those revenues in his general fund instead of investing that money towards removing these lead pipes while he’s been in office. In fact, he’s been recently receiving $12 million dollars from fees collected by Milwaukee Water Works. What did he do with this money? We can only guess. But one thing is for sure. He didn’t use this money to remove lead pipes poisoning our families and damaging our children’s growth and mental development,” continued Miranda.

KENOSHA – Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) has finalized the state-mandated Third Friday enrollment count. The initial count shows an enrollment of 21,929 students, a decrease of 332 students when compared to the 2015-2016 Third Friday count of 22,261.

Each September, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires districts to gather and report an enrollment headcount of students receiving primary educational services from the district on the third Friday of the month.

This number is used by the state to determine state revenue limits, which is the amount of funding KUSD is entitled to receive from general state aid and local tax levies.

This overall enrollment decrease was expected as Kenosha Unified continues to experience the effects of a significant decrease in community birth rates that began in 2009-10. Both 2010 and 2011 reported over 200 less births compared to previous years.

This trend is now impacting the early grades of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grade 1, which had a noticeable decrease of 170 students when compared to last year.

The decrease of 179 students at grade 9 is mainly due to an unusually small 8thgrade class in 2015-16. The Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum (KTEC) had the anticipated largest growth of any KUSD school (+147 students) over last year, as they continue their gradual expansion at their KTEC-West campus.

With just shy of 22,000 students, Kenosha Unified is expected to retain its status as the third largest district in the state, trailing Milwaukee Public Schools and the Madison Metropolitan School District.

By Robert Miranda
Editor’s Commentary

It’s been over 23 years since tens of thousands of people in the Milwaukee area experienced an epidemic that caused many people to become sick and force the City of Milwaukee to change how the city treats its water.

Over 23 years since many residents experienced the spread of cryptosporidium, an invisible parasite that was able to get into Milwaukee’s water supply infecting people and causing some to die. It was the largest epidemic of documented waterborne disease in U.S. history.
To fight back against the parasite Milwaukee officials called upon the public to boil the water to prevent the spread of the cryptosporidium epidemic.

As city leaders were calling on all citizens to boil the water, another devastating threat to our health was lying silently in the dark, underground passing on water through a toxic pipe made of lead and poisoning our community. LEAD.

Toxic lead pipes operating during the cryptosporidium crisis in our community, provided the water which passed on cryptosporidium that sickened many Milwaukee residents. The City of Milwaukee recommendation to boil the water to kill the parasite, may have poisoned tens of thousands of children who drank water that was boiled which may have been contaminated with lead or ate food cooked with water that was contaminated with lead.

Boiling water with lead is much more hazardous to your health, because some of the water evaporates during the boiling process, the lead concentration of the water can actually increase as the water is boiled. Many restaurants and homes boiled their water exposing many families and restaurant clients to higher concentrations of lead in their food or drinking water.

There is currently no research or documentation showing what lead water boiled during the cryptosporidium outbreak might have done to our community, but there are plenty of studies that link water coming from lead pipes is not safe to drink and other studies that link lead water pipes as a contributing factor in violent behavior and learning issues in children.

The city spent almost $90 million from 1994 to 1998 to upgrade its two water filtration plants to prevent another outbreak; but what the City of Milwaukee did not do was address the issue of lead service lines or lead lateral pipes. Instead, the City of Milwaukee decided to treat the water with a phosphate designed to provide a protective coating in the lead lateral pipes to prevent lead from leaching into the drinking water. A practice that does not guarantee 100% safe drinking water coming from lead pipes.

23 years later our community may be feeling the aftermath of the cryptosporidium crisis.
By boiling the water to destroy a threat to our health years ago, we may have damaged many children under 6 years old who today are grown young adults who have dropped out of school because of learning issues or are incarcerated because of their inability to reason thus are quick to act out violently; all indications of lead poisoning.

Instead of getting to the root of increased crime and violence in our community, the City of Milwaukee recently pushed for a plan to increase police presence on our streets and send young offenders to boot camp instead of looking at the possibility that the young adults of today might need treatment. The children during the 1990s drinking boiled lead contaminated water have become young adults today who may have been affected and suffer under the shadow of cryptosporidium.

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MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Director Hector Colon has fought many battles in the ring and outside of the ring, but it seems his biggest battle to date is to get reappointed as the head of the Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human services.

The board votes to reappoint Colon this week in the midst of many of Colon’s broad supportive coalition of supporters who are publicly advocating for Colon’s reappointment.

Dozens of people wrote in favor of Colon and many spoke on his behalf during a county committee meeting that voted against his reappointment last week. Several county board members spoke as well, saying they were torn going into next week’s vote because their constituents wanted them to vote no.
Those supporting Colon include current and former state and local elected officials such as Mayor Tom Barrett, District Attorney John Chisholm, and former Gov. Jim Doyle, leaders of community and advocacy organizations such as the Urban League of Milwaukee and Disability Rights Wisconsin, business leaders, and residents. As well, Colon has received editorial endorsements from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Milwaukee Courier, and the Wisconsin Gazette.

A last minute deal was negotiated and is on the table according to County Supervisor Peggy West.

The terms of the deal included a compromise in the number of years Colon would serve as head of the county DHH from four years to two years.

“The matter is in Abele’s hands,” said West.

As of print time at the Spanish Journal the county board has not voted on the matter.

Milwaukee – The Riverwest Cooperative Alliance, along with presenting sponsor Summit Credit Union, announces Co-op Fest 2016, scheduled for October 8, 2016.

The festival, happening in locations throughout the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee, will feature workshops, panels and discussions on all aspects of the cooperative movement, as well as food, music and fun. It builds on the success of RCA’s first Co-op Fest in 2013, which was attended by over 200 people.

This year’s theme, “Our Cooperative Communities” reflects both the desire to celebrate two important milestones—the five and 15 year anniversaries of the Riverwest Public House and Riverwest Food Co-op & Cafe, respectively—and acknowledge the continued challenges the local cooperative movement faces as it works for racial, economic and environmental justice.

The day’s workshops and panels will be loosely organized into Co-op Basics, oriented toward those new to cooperatives; Centering Justice, focusing on issues of access and social, racial, and economic justice; and Co-op Economics, examining the contributions of local cooperatives to community and economic development in Milwaukee.

Ann Reynolds of the UW Center for Cooperatives will be giving a lunch keynote, and representatives of local cooperative organizations will be tabling throughout the day. The day ends with a happy hour celebration at the Riverwest Public House, the state’s only cooperatively-owned bar.           

The RCA invites cooperative businesses and organizations from around the region to get involved by tabling at the event. Information on registration and tabling can be found on Co-op Fest website (www.rca.coop/fest).

Individual attendance is $20 ($15 if pre-registering online). Volunteer opportunities are available for those unable to afford the cost. The Pink House Studio will also be hosting free childcare for attendees.

In addition to Riverwest Cooperative Alliance and Summit Credit Union, other sponsors include Riverwest Co-op Grocery & Cafe, Outpost Natural Foods, Brewery Credit Union, CommonGround Healthcare Cooperative, Riverwest Investment Cooperative and New Barons Brewing Cooperative.

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Milwaukee this week with the Consulate of Mexico. The agreement establishes an ongoing collaboration between these entities to provide Mexican nationals with information, guidance and access to resources on the prevention of discrimination in the workplace regardless of immigration status. Mexican Consul Julián Adem Díaz de León and Milwaukee Area Office Director Rosemary Fox signed the agreement.

“The signing of this MOU renews our collaborative relationship with the Mexican consulate to provide the opportunity for ongoing education, outreach and service by EEOC to Mexican nationals in our area,” said Fox. “EEOC is committed to stopping and remedying unlawful employment discrimination against immigrant, migrant and other vulnerable workers.”

Each year during the last week of August and early September, these partners join forces with workers’ rights groups, faith-based and community organizations and local unions, which either host or help, sponsor informational workshops, educational sessions and other special events.

Labor Rights Week is a collaborative effort between embassies, their consulates and government agencies’ district offices to increase awareness and inform workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities under U.S. labor laws. This MOU exemplifies the overall intent of EEOC and the Mexican consulate to continue the efforts to assist the community.

EEOC’s Milwaukee Area Office is responsible for processing discrimination charges, administrative enforcement and the conduct of agency litigation in Wisconsin and Iowa.

EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination. Further information is available at www.eeoc.gov.

Milwaukee – of the 70,000 lead service lines that distribute toxic drinking water through out Milwaukee, a little over 30,000 of them are located in the south and west side of Milwaukee.

Data released by Milwaukee officials gives a breakdown of the number of lead service lines in each Milwaukee aldermanic district.

According to the information, leading the list is Aldermanic District 15, represented by Alderman Tony Zielinski.

Zilenski’s district has 9,452 lead service lines in operation.

Aldermanic District 10, represented by Alderman Michael Murphy comes in a close second with 9,166 lead service lines in operation.

Last week, professor scientist Dr. Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech University, spoke at Marquette University as the keynote speaker during a water quality conference sponsored by the University.

During his speech Dr. Edwards stated that it would be wrong to say that water flowing through lead pipes is 100% safe. He added that he wouldn’t drink water coming from lead pipes.

Combined, the following aldermanic districts have over 30,000 lead pipes.

Aldermanic District 15, 9,452, Alderman Tony Zielinski.

Aldermanic District 12, 5,585, Alderman Jose G. Perez.

Aldermanic District 10; 9,166, Alderman Michael Murphy.

Aldermanic District  8,   6,361, Alderman Bob Donovan.

MILWAUKEE — Potawatomi Hotel & Casino announced on Wednesday, September 7th the City of Milwaukee’s MKE Plays initiative as its 2016 Heart of Canal Street Charity of Choice.

The MKE Plays initiative will receive the first $100,000 raised during this year’s Heart of Canal Street campaign. The program was selected because of its focus on an emerging need in the community – helping develop safe spaces for children and their families in Milwaukee’s most compromised neighborhoods.

Alderman Michael Murphy said in a statement the funds will be used to renovate the playground at Witkowiak Park, located near 4th and Mitchell.

“The generosity of the Potawatomi is truly humbling, and it will have a tremendously positive impact on the children and families in the neighborhood who like to use the playground,” Alderman Murphy said in a statement. “I speak for the city of Milwaukee in extending my heartfelt thanks to the Potawatomi and the Heart of Canal Street for this very generous gift to the community.”

MKE Plays is a city-led initiative aimed at renovating 12 of Milwaukee’s most dilapidated playgrounds in an effort to encourage children to play and exercise and to combat childhood obesity.

MKE Plays was selected by Heart of Canal Street based on its focus on developing safe spaces for children and families in some of the city’s most compromised neighborhoods.

According to the statement from the city of Milwaukee, Witkowiak Park was last renovated in 1998. It will be completed in 2017 as one of 14 parks to be improved as part of the MKE Plays program.

Heart of Canal Street is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s signature community program benefitting children’s charities throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The majority of funds are raised through the Canal Street bingo game, played during each bingo session at the casino through Dec. 15. Half of the cost of the $3 or $7 game goes to the Heart of Canal Street fund and half goes to the winner of that game. Thirty-one children’s charities will benefit from the program in 2016.

Since its inception in 1994, the Heart of Canal Street program has made over 550 donations totaling nearly $16 million. In 2015, 31 children’s charities in southeastern Wisconsin shared in funds totaling more than $1 million.

Milwaukee – Alderman Bob Donovan expressed concerns about comments made by Mayor Barrett “concerning the safety of drinking water service for hundreds of thousands of Milwaukee residents.”

Donovan is planning to schedule meetings of the Public Safety Committee to discuss this potentially dangerous situation involving Milwaukee’s water supply and will be inviting the Mayor to speak on the matter.

“According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, during a public forum on drinking water at the Marquette University Law School this morning, the mayor said anyone living in a Milwaukee residence constructed prior to 1951 should consider getting a faucet filter that can remove lead from drinking water”, said Donovan in a statement released by his office.

Donovan states that after a scientist and professor from Virginia Tech spoke at the Marquette University water conference, Donovan Donovan could not ignore the statement made by the scientist who said “no one should consider Milwaukee’s water 100% safe to drink as long as lead pipes are present.”

“To the mayor and the administration: Why aren’t we warning residents about this danger?”, said Donovan

“The public safety of our citizens is paramount, and I will be inviting the mayor to come before the Public Safety Committee to explain this situation in detail”, Donovan continued.

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Milwaukee – Property owners of tens of thousands of Milwaukee homes built before 1951 should install faucet filters capable of removing lead from drinking water, declared Mayor Tom Barrett this week.

“I strongly urge anyone who lives in a home built before 1950-’51 to get a filter,” Barrett said at a public forum on drinking water held at Marquette University Law School.

About 70,000 city residences, receive water from street mains through a lead pipe known as a lateral.

In the 12th Aldermanic District there are 5,585 homes impacted by lead laterals poisoning the water.

Milwaukee Water Works treats Lake Michigan long used as the source water for the city with corrosion control measures designed to prevent leaching of lead from lead pipes to prevent contamination of drinking water. However, during a presentation at the public forum on drinking water held at Marquette University Law School, the scientist who helped expose the crisis in Flint, Michigan stated that the corrosion control measures the city does is not a 100% guarantee of clean water.

“As long as the lead pipe is there, no one should consider the water safe” to drink, said Marc Edwards, a professor of environmental and civil engineering at Virginia Tech. Edwards has led independent investigations of lead contamination of drinking water in Flint, Mich., and Washington, D.C.

The Milwaukee Water Works has requested that residents of older homes flush their water especially, if a faucet has not been used for six hours or longer, such as overnight.

Flushing water out of a kitchen faucet for a few minutes before using it for drinking or cooking also can reduce the risk of contamination, but it does not eliminate it, Edwards said.

Edwards said Wednesday that the costly replacement of all lead laterals in Milwaukee could take 20 or 30 years, or longer. As an interim measure to protect public health, Edwards recommended use of filters at kitchen taps to remove the lead.

Use of the filter will prevent lead poisoning until lead water pipes can be replaced throughout the city, Edwards said.

Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban said it would cost at least $2.1 million for the city to purchase one $30 filter for each of the 70,000 residences served by a lead lateral.
Flint officials distribute filters to the public at no cost.

Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan said that he would schedule a meeting of the Common Council’s Public Safety Committee to discuss the safety of drinking water. In a statement, Donovan questioned why Barrett had not previously warned residents about the danger of lead in water.

The city owns the lateral from the water main to the property line; the property owner is responsible for the section between the property line and the residence.

The community group Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) sent City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett a letter requesting that he direct the Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) and Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) cease partial lead service line removal (PLSLR) in Milwaukee.

PLSLR is done when Milwaukee DPW work crews removes part of lead service lines the city says its responsible for, but leaves the rest of the lead service line on private property in tact.

“Studies in recent years have pointed out that the practice of partial lead service line removal has had “unintended consequences”, said FLAC spokesperson Robert Miranda. “The partial replacement technique can backfire and substantially increase lead levels for months or longer according to studies done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

FLAC states that removing the city portion of the lead service line, the disturbance of the pipe, because of cutting and shaking, can contribute to lead leaching into the water for months.

New EPA and CDC findings point out that partial replacement of lead service lines may be linked to an increased incidence of high blood lead levels in children.

Lead is a neurotoxin linked to lower IQ and behavioral issues when consumed by children and has proven to leach from lead pipes leading delivering water into older homes in Milwaukee built before 1950.

In a meeting with Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) members in June 2016, city officials stated that they have taken precautions against one concern PLSLR causes when two different metals are connected together causing what is referred to the “galvanic effect”. DPW insulates the two different pipes preventing a battery like effect from happening.

“However, when pressed to answer what precautions have been taken to prevent leaching of lead when lead pipes are disturbed during the cutting and jostling of lead pipes during the partial removal, the bureaucrats were unable to provide an answer”, said Miranda.

“The City of Milwaukee must enact a moratorium on partial lead service line replacement immediately in the interest of public health like they did when they halted water main removal in areas with homes that have lead service lines. At worst, the partial replacement technique can backfire and substantially increase lead levels for months or longer”, Miranda said.

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New Kenosha County Director of Park Operations Matt Collins’ first large-scale project is overseeing the KD Park project.

Work has begun at the park, also known as West End Park, temporarily closing it to the public. KD Park, 8530 352nd Ave., is located on the boundary between the Towns of Randall and Wheatland, adjacent to the Village of Twin Lakes.

The project includes the the development of roadways, parking lots, and storm water management features as part of Kenosha County’s WDNR Stewardship Grant award. The grant is a shared 50-50 match between the state and Kenosha County with a total project cost of $525,000.

The project, Collins said, will improve access to the nearly 350-acre park, which contains a 39-acre lake, and is seen as the first phase of the park’s development.

“This will get people closer to that lake and can potentially mean more non-motorized watercraft activities,” Collins said.

The park is anticipated to reopen in November.

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Frank Elementary School in Kenosha is seeking additional police patrols because of a series of fights outside the building.

Kenosha Police were called to the area around the school eight times this week for a series of incidents, including one fight that may have included dozens of people.

In a series of police reports, officers said they were called for a report of a large fight at school dismissal time at about 3:20 p.m. People reported fighting on the south side of the school, with “reports of bricks and wood being thrown.”

Although people at the scene — with the exception of school employees — shared little information with police, a security video from a nearby convenience store showed “a large altercation.”

One report described a gathering of “about 100 people” in the area of 57th Street and 18th Avenue.

Tanya Ruder, spokeswoman for Kenosha Unified School District, said the fight did not directly involve the school — which had let students out about five to 10 minutes earlier — but staff gathered any children who were still on school property inside. School staff reported about 30 people being involved in the altercation.

Ruder said there was additional security at the school, and that will continue for some weeks.

A father of two Frank students said the only way to protect school children “in this neighborhood” is to walk them to and from school.

“You know that coming into this area: If you want to make sure your kids are safe, you have to walk with them,” he said. “I stay with my kids wherever they go.”

MILWAUKEE —State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff was among about 10 people who were arrested this week near where a man was shot and killed by an officer earlier this month.

“They’re arresting a state representative, and they’re also arresting an observer from ACLU for doing absolutely nothing,” witness Diamellia Williams is heard saying in a video archived from a Facebook Live session from North 44th Street and West Auer Avenue.

State Representative Brostoff said he was in the Sherman Park neighborhood speaking with residents in an attempt to keep the peace.

Brostoff represents Wisconsin’s 19th District in the Assembly.

Sgt. Tim Gauerke said police began receiving complaints at about 8 p.m. about a group of people congregating in the Sherman Park area. In the area people were standing around at is a memorial for Sylville Smith, the 23-year-old shot after a traffic stop earlier this month.

About 30 to 40 people were told to disperse, Gauerke said. Authorities waited about 20 minutes before again asking the crowd to leave. Some left the area, but others refused, and officers began to make arrests.

Some of the crowd became disorderly and resistant and were also arrested, Gauerke said.

Milwaukee police said Wednesday officers arrested three men for failing to follow police instructions.

The state Department of Justice is investigating Smith’s shooting. Police said he turned toward an officer with a gun in his hand before he was shot.

Milwaukee: At a news event in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park Neighborhood elected officials and community leaders spoke out about revelations that the jobs agency created by Governor Walker, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), misrepresented its impact on jobs in the area.

Speakers at the event included elected officials such as State Representative LaTonya Johnson, State Representative Evan Goyke, State Representative David Bowen, and Alderman Chevy Johnson. The event also included community leaders such as Reverend Willie Brisco, President of WISDOM, and Martha De La Rosa, Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin revealed late last week that Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) claimed only to create 483 jobs in the economically depressed Sherman Park neighborhood, the scene of civil unrest ten days ago. However, Citizen Action research discovered that the small number of jobs claimed by the WEDC were not created in Sherman Park, but in exurbs like Hartland.

WEDC CEO David Hogan responded to Citizen Action research today, but admits that WEDC impact map inaccurately attributed jobs to Sherman Park that were created in other areas such as western Waukesha County. Hogan said in his response: When the physical address data cannot be precisely plotted, such as when a P.O. Box is provided, the system generates an approximate location.

That is what happened with the companies identified by Citizen Action. This statement constitutes an admission that WEDC does not even have accurate records of where its tax credits, loans, and grants are supposedly creating jobs. In one case the jobs were created 25 miles to the west in Harland. The response suggests that this was only a problem with an impact map on the website, but in fact WEDC written profile of what jobs were supposedly created in Assembly District 18 contains the same errors.

The Sherman Park neighborhood and other communities in Milwaukee urban core have borne the brunt of the outsourcing and deindustrialization that has taken place since the 1970s. WEDC actually claims to have created more jobs in up scale Waukesha County than in Milwaukee County, despite the much greater need for expanded opportunity.

WEDC inability to track the locations of the jobs it claims to create is a symptom of a bankrupt economic strategy. It is clear that Sherman Park and other economically devastated areas like it have been abandoned by Governor Walker’s failed economic policies,  said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Now that the dust has settled in Sherman Park, we need public interventions at the scale necessary to truly guarantee full opportunity for everyone in our great state.

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Milwaukee – Visite nuestra Mesa en Mexican Fiesta para un autógrafo y fotografía con nuestro staff y talentos invitados.

El campeón de Boxeo Luis Cuba Arias estará con nosotros en Mexican Fiesta!

Venga y conozca en persona al campeón de boxeo Luis Cuba Arias, quien  estará firmado autógrafos en nuestra mesa de Mundomax en Mexican Fiesta este Viernes 26 y sábado 27 de agosto de 3pm a 5pm de la tarde.

También venga y conozca al cantante y compositor Jourdan Westenberg, Brendan Berndt y Jairius Stolar integrantes de la banda de rock cristina“This Hearth I surrender”  quien estar con nosotros de 6-8pm, estos tres jóvenes locales se ha unido para darle un mensaje positivollenos de esperanza y victoria  a nuestra juventud, ellos están promoviendo su sencillo” “I’ll be with You”.

Además el sábado de 5pm a 7pm podrá tomarse fotografías con Mariella Godinez-Munoz nuestra presentadora del programa Hoy Wisconsin Today.

Los espramos con toda su familia, estaremos regalando muchos premios!

Milwaukee – Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton were among many Milwaukee residents and community leaders attending the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) Town Hall meeting this past week.

FLAC spokesperson and Spanish Journal editor, Robert Miranda gave a power point presentation giving details about the 70,000 led water pipes operating in Milwaukee.

“Milwaukee city officials are correct when they say that our water system is safe” said Miranda. “Where the water becomes contaminated is when it is delivered through one of the 70,000 leap pipes connecting from our home to the city water main.”

Miranda pointed out that homes built before 1951 are more than likely to have lead service lines (LSL).

During his presentation Miranda highlighted that lead in the water of these homes is more likely than not coming from lead pipes and plumbing components leaching lead into the drinking water.

Lead is a metal with no known biological benefit to humans. Too much lead can damage various systems of the body including the nervous and reproductive systems and the kidneys, and it can cause high blood pressure and anemia. Lead accumulates in the bones and lead poisoning may be diagnosed from a blue line around the gums. Lead is especially harmful to the developing brains of fetuses and young children and to pregnant women. Lead interferes with the metabolism of calcium and Vitamin D. High blood lead levels in children can cause consequences which may be irreversible including learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and mental retardation. At very high levels, lead can cause convulsions, coma and death.

The City of Milwaukee uses a compound in the water called orthophosphate which acts as a corrosion inhibitor by forming a protective film on the interior of lead pipes. This film protects the pipe material from the corrosive effects of water, which reduces or eliminates the potential for lead leaching into the water.

Miranda states however that the City of Milwaukee cannot guarantee that water flowing though any of the 70,000 home with lead service lines is safe.

“The City of Milwaukee is dealing with a Russian roulette type of situation here. Lead leaching in water can happen anytime. It can happen when there is construction going on out front of your home. It can happen when pipes in the street are disturbed because of street construction. Lead leaches in the water when the water is stagnant in the lead pipes for 6 or more hours. Bottom line, these pipes must be removed”, said Miranda.

The group plans to host a Town Hall meeting in the Southside in September. Meanwhile Miranda stares that the best way to protect your family is to buy bottle water or a filtration system that removes lead from the water.

Miranda offered the following suggestions to prevent lead poisoning from water.

– Run your water and only use it when it is very cold for drinking and cooking. Miranda says if possible avoid preparing baby formula with tap water.

– Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap as lead dissolves more easily into hot water.

– Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.

– Get your child tested. Contact your local health department or healthcare provider to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about exposure.

– Identify if your plumbing fixtures contain lead. New brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free,” may contribute lead to drinking water.