Monday, October 27, 2014

The Week of Legacy Week at SJSU in 2014 - Follow-Up on Lucia Jimenez and The Issues of Solar Energy on Campus

So how did you think my Legacy Week (10/13-17) shaped up? Well, a mixed bag is my answer. So here's my explanation, divided into two parts in one blog...


Two surveillance videos - That is all what it took for me to uncover why a Mexican national died while in the hands of Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Yet it is viewed from Santa Clara County, California, nearly 1000 miles (1600 kilometers) from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond, British Columbia. I first told readers about how hard it was to watch the surveillance tapes obtained by a Canadian television station on October 11, 2014.

Vancouver, British Columbia, television station CHAN-DT, currently known as Global BC, first reported on the death of Lucia Jimenez at YVR back in December 2013. Two exclusive videos in were then surfaced on Global BC's website in October 2014 - the first on October 1, and the second on October 2. When I first described her on my blog, it was hard to watch in addition to the video containing graphic content, noting that neither Univision, Telemundo, or their associated networks were able to report on what was going on affecting Hispanic-Americans or Hispanic-Canadians.

But what Global BC never knew about was the reaction that occurred far outside BC, as the topic of immigration in the United States are still ongoing.

After my blog, some San Jose State University (SJSU) students from both the MOSAIC and from groups that were part of the Legacy Week rally outside Clark Hall near the Tommy John statues could not even believe that the death of Jimenez, who was trying to seek refuge, may be something that is hard to watch. It is still unknown why Jimenez wanted to opt for Canada instead of the United States. It is still possible that she was trying to escape the war against drug cartels that has been ongoing in Mexico for many years.

Among SJSU students and staff, no comments were made at this point on the issue of immigration from Mexico or any Latin American country to either the United States or Canada now that the issue on immigration from Mexico or any Latin American country have surfaced with the shocking video posted first by Global BC. It is still unknown whether SJSU students do plan a rally in support of immigration issues in North America on the main campus of SJSU.


During the SJSU Legacy Rally held outside Clark Hall, a student named Willie Santos wanted to start a club called "Solar For All" and his belief on why he wanted to specifically want everyone to save on electricity costs. His three statements include affordability, the use of taxing oil companies that do business in California, and attempting to make solar a big business including to make thousands of new jobs plus enough wages to make a living and raise a family. Santos' speaking on solar has caught my attention, and in turn, I continued to investigate on solar companies, which I'll write up in a future blog.

Unknowingly to Santos, however, there could be some support from a Bay Area-based company, which a representative wants to speak to him directly, who he is a former SJSU student and one of the tenants that lived in the former Joshua House before it was torn down. The former Joshua House tenant was not the only person that was on the scene. I also met another representative of the same company, but based out of the Morgan Hill offices instead of the East Bay. I met that representative only a few weeks ago, who turns out to be the brother of one of my friends that does not live far from my San Martin nest, of which my family's property has been frequently the subject of vandalism by people who spray-painted the wall.

But for a solar company that has a big presence in Morgan Hill, I've seen it frequently and they'll find out what I'm referring to...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Linkedin Requests (Short Blog, Statement); Update on Two of my Blogs

Here are some of what I've been up to lately...


It's not common for some of my Facebook friends to request me to have a LinkedIn account. But the requests have been more ramped up lately.

In the last few months, I've been receiving requests from some of my Facebook friends for me to join LinkedIn, which is a social professional networking site based in the Bay Area. The first time that I've been requested to join LinkedIn was back in September 2013, according to e-mail requests that I've been watching on my Gmail account.

Another person, who is a DJ that has family in San Jose, but is based in Las Vegas, also sent me a request, who goes by his name called Nicholas Camp, also NikkoC, or his current stage name, Hamsterdamm. He sent me a request in late-February 2014, according to my e-mail records.

The latest person to have sent me a LinkedIn request was Westley LaPorte, who is the person behind two Kickstarter projects, PhoneSoap and Luma Lamp. I not only have backed those two projects, but also four more projects on Kickstarter, plus a couple more on Indiegogo. I plan to write more on both the Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects in two phases including one on both the PhoneSoap and Luma Lamp; they will be up by the 25th of each month (the first one is on 10/25). When the blogs are up, I'll make the announcements on my social media pages.

I do personally appreciate those people sending in requests for me to have a LinkedIn account. However, I am currently in progress of my English major at San Jose State University (SJSU), which will be my priority. I am fortunate to say that I will have a LinkedIn account in the future, but I won't say when I will have one. I plan to announce only in one or more of my social media pages when my LinkedIn account is actually up so do follow me on Twitter and Instagram as well.


Normally, when I write up blogs, I typically average only 10 views per blog. But some of my blogs have been notable because my blog writing has scored a lot of views.

When I wrote on the blog on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) 30-foot bus that was scheduled to roll-out, I have received over 100 views, the most of any kind in my history of writing blogs so far, as well as one of my first blogs to reach past the 100 mark. My social media pages have contributed to the unusual amount of views.

Another blog, which was on my own words on Alejandro Reyes, who is also known as DJ Alex Reyes, have received over 20 views in a 24-hour period. I have also received some rather wonderful praise from Reyes himself, despite not knowing when Reyes was diagnosed with Cerebal Palsy.

Original Work: Kyle Chak
Twitter/Instagram: @KyleSChak

Sunday, October 12, 2014

DJ Alex Reyes in My Own Words - My Part of the Story on My Type of a Neurological Disorder

You may have seen him on the streets, or at parties. You probably have seen him on local Bay Area television. So what about his great talent and the talk about prevention of identity theft?

The man real name is Alejandro Reyes, or otherwise commonly known as DJ Alex Reyes. A longtime Fremont resident, his great ability to be a cameraman and his DJ ability puts him as one of the great talents that I think anyone can connect with.

Long before I met Reyes, I tend to be a bit confused on what to do next. I was concerned for example of identity theft, especially when purchasing items online with my debit card. Watching promos of Reyes made me think of how the Investigative Unit makes me aware of what I would need to be aware of. Reyes would also make my day special the moment that I first saw him.


So how did I manage to be aware of what I'm doing? Well, long before I met Reyes, I always have watched investigative reports on frauds, scams, corruptions, the political powers, and so on. That was my first foray into what my next scenario might do next. One of the most memorable reports exposed in the investigative unit is San Jose's public money, how it was spent, how people are abusing the use of funds, and one of my most memorable things, the tough questions to San Jose mayor Chuck Reed on the misuse of the data that even the city council wanted him the ask. Jenna Susko, one of the Investigative Unit reporters, has tackled that part, and eventually has won her honor.

When Tony Kovaleski, another one of the Investigative Unit reporters, looked on the issue of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), I decided to then further my writing by investigating the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and how in particular that their 511 online system is not giving out accurate fare information, and why BART chose a fare system that is not in line with Bay Area transit agencies that accept the Clipper card. Some readers may still be speculating after my write-up on whether BART has any plans to change their fare system to be in line with many Bay Area transit agencies.

The first sign of a person named Alex Reyes that I did see while surfing the web appeared in a local news report. In 2012, the Investigative Unit interviewed Reyes on the dangers of identity theft that affected him. A promo that included "We Investigate" in July 2013 also featured Alex.

The biggest piece of the puzzle never came in until somewhere in 2014, when a mysterious message appeared on my Facebook named Alejandro Reyes, and at first, I never knew who he was until my message on Instagram reminds anyone to not send messages if you were not friends on Facebook. The reason why I said that is for my safety of the Internet use, which I feared another identity theft on my page.

Eventually, Reyes and I got together for the first time on October 3, 2014 at his place, where he and I got together for lunch.


I read the article from Alex Reyes who told readers that he does have a neurological disorder type of disability. For Reyes, he revealed to the American Disc Jockey Association that he has Cerebral Palsy, a disorder that could spell some communication trouble and social barriers. However, his passion for his music and whatever he loves to do has continued and despite his Cerebal Palsy diagnosis. It is still not known when he was diagnosed with Cerebal Palsy.

Reyes is not the only person that I know of that has a type of neurological disorder. In the summer of 1998, I was on my family vacation in Hong Kong. My mom and aunt ordered me to take a trip, across the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, to the Kowloon area to see a psychologist. The psychologist did an examination on me, which my mom and aunt claimed that I was going to get a flu shot, which in reality, it was not.

As soon as I got back from Hong Kong at that time, a release from the Morgan Hill Unified School District soon uncovered my psychologist's findings. The report indicates that I do have a type of neurological disorder associated with autism. That was my biggest trouble of learning in my life, which meant an unknown future for me at the time the report was released.

Since my fifth grade, I have gotten out of trouble starting to behave better in my elementary school in Morgan Hill, but my disabilities have a questionable future, even continuing into middle school at Britton. However, my improvement in my behavior occurred in two stages, which began in my fifth grade. The second milestone in my behavior improvement occured at the beginning of high school at Live Oak in Morgan Hill, which I learned to mature even a lot better than I did in middle school, with a special thanks to my aide who guided me the way out of big trouble.

My first foray into use of public transit occurred near my end of high school and the beginning of my college years, when in late-May 2007, I started taking BART from Fremont to the Oakland Colosseum station for my first ever baseball game. A short time after I first got my Clipper card (which was then called TransLink), I evenutually graduated from Live Oak High School. However, my use of public transit never came into frequent use until I started going to San Jose State University (SJSU). My neurological disorder, as well as being nervous, has continued to have some type of barrier that prevents me from doing all that I want.

Even with my type of neurological disorder today, similar to what Reyes have but in a slightly different mode, I have made some improvements on how I took transit, now with the addition of my SJSU Tower Card's EcoPass that allows me to ride VTA's buses and light rail. However, as of today, I continue to use my Clipper card as a backup in case my EcoPass is absent or if my trips do call for destinations outside of VTA's service area.


I view Alex Reyes as a special type of person with a disability, but has a great passion for whatever he loves to do. Reyes and I have shared experiences with how his take on identity theft has affected me. The application of my experience on identity theft was definitely something that I take more seriously than before, thanks in part to Reye's motivation. The only time that I have experienced such a breach on identity theft is when my bank called me to let me know that there was a security breach, just as I was about to purchase new books for my learning at SJSU. I would be given a new debit/ATM card to keep hackers at bay. It was my scary moment, but Reyes has kept me in check.

Reyes has plenty of stuff at his arsenal ready to DJ at places that are open, so when I have time, I'll try to drop a visit to the booth. Perhaps when he might have time, he could see himself in a variety of places of what makes the Bay Area a great place to explore, such as the First Pleasanton Wednesdays and the Gilroy Garlic Festival - two of the places among my favorite place to entertain myself; the latter is also a few miles from my home nest in San Martin. But who knows when he is definitely on the scene - I'll probably have to check it out whenever DJ Alex Reyes is there.

EDITORS NOTE: Alejandro Reyes, also commonly known as DJ Alex Reyes, is connectable on social media - you can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also connect with him on his official website.

Original Work: Kyle Chak
Twitter/Instagram: @KyleSChak
NOTE: I am also connectable on YouTube, SoundCloud, and many more. You can inquire with me at any time for more info.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Mystery Death of of a Mexican National at YVR - But any help for migrants between Canada and the United States? And what about the Bay Area?

This was was one of the stories that caught the attention of many Mexicans living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Most topics about Latinos, including Mexicans, often made national headlines on U.S.-based networks such as Telemundo and Univision, plus some local newscasts in Spanish in the United States. Most often, they cover everything from violence to finance, sports to weather, and anything in between that affects Latinos.

But in this blog, I am finding that the topic that is disused here is something that Americans could be discussing - a Mexican national, waiting to be deported from Canada to it's native country, ended a life in tragedy. This is a topic that never made headlines on major Spanish networks in the United States. In addition, I am also finding that undocumented workers are finding lesser services in Canada than in the United States. That also raised my eyebrows on whether Canadians could offer help to those that escaped their native country because of the ongoing drug violence in comparison to the United States.


It was December 2013, at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond, British Columbia. A woman, who is a Mexican national, going by the name of Lucia Vega Jimenez, was taken into custody in the Vancouver metro area at YVR by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), located at an undisclosed location within YVR. Jimenez was waiting to be deported back to Mexico.

But at one point, on December 20, 2013, Lucia Jimenez mysteriously died while in custody. At that time, no one ever knew what happened to Jimenez. That is, until Burnaby, British Columbia-based CHAN-DT, which is now called Global BC, started to ask the tough questions about what exactly happened. At that time, Mexican-Canadians were angry at the CBSA, and an corner's inquest was issued at the request of the BC Corners Service in late-February.

For several months, Global BC uncovered what was going on at the time of Jimenez's death at YVR. The first video of how Jimenez died debuted on October 1, 2014, during Global BC's News Hour when anchor Chris Gailus and his fellow team were shocked on what he saw. That video uncovered a 40-minute gap between the first part and the second part of the scene. The latter showed some disturbing images, showing two subjects checking on Jimenez and were frightened to see what was going on. Subsequent reports uncovered that there were frightening 911 tapes, and that Mexicans living in Vancouver wanted to speak on behalf of Lucia Jimenez as part of the corners inquest, but were denied, according to one resident who spoke with Global BC. The findings by Global BC were shocking, but in particular uncovering even more questions of why the CBSA failed to check Lucia Jimenez every 30 minutes as required.

The next day, a second video, also released by Global BC, surfaced on what was going on the day before Jimenez's death. That video showed what exactly happened the day before Lucia Jimenez died. The CBSA wanted to not release the videos shown on Global News' website, citing "security concerns", but never said a word on what it was. One of the likely possibilities was that the CBSA would possibly never release that video to the public because of a possible embarrassment among insiders, news stations, and the general public.


In the United States, there are some services that were meant to help undocumented workers achieve their dream. Approximately 950 miles to the south of Vancouver, BC, at San Jose State University (SJSU), their MOSAIC unit discussed about a service meant to help undocumented workers. A long discussion ensued between participants and MOSAIC presenters on the DREAM Act, who were also involved in viewing YouTube videos on such issues. A search on YouTube turns out a lot of videos giving viewer input on what was going on.

I personally have never recalled any services that were meant to help undocumented workers from Mexico trying to get a better life in Canada. Mexicans living in Vancouver do probably want to change that, after I viewed several Global BC news reports. In comparison to the United States, Canada currently does not offer the same level of service meant to help undocumented workers, if any.

From what I've seen in my entire life, headlines on immigration in the United States in the English language are not usually covered in local newscasts, such as for example, the time of when I watched KNTV (NBC Bay Area) reporter Damian Trujillo on local issues affecting immigration in the United States, as well as his life on the fields. However, I have never seen him covering the the subject of such immigration from Mexico to Canada and the reactions/effects that part of the issue has in the Bay Area.

After viewing the video posted by Global BC, I still do question what Lucia Jimenez could have been offered if an act similar to the DREAM Act in the U.S. could have been implemented, and if any, what offers does Canada have for Jimenez. That is what Canada would have to decide, and CBSA would need to get involved. On both sides of the border, however, Mexicans and Latinos living in both Canada and the United States may have plenty to talk about, and that could include the Bay Area. The city of San Jose, California, for instance, has a large Hispanic population among the nearly one million people living in the Bay Area's biggest city. Vancouver, BC, on the other hand, has less population than San Jose or even nearby San Francisco overall, and has a handful of Hispanic population living in the Vancouver metropolitan area.

So after all the videos were surfaced by Global BC on the death of Lucia Jimenez, even I was shocked of what happened.

Question to Readers (please explain by comment, e-mail or Tweet): What reaction do you have after seeing video posted by Global BC? Would justice be needed for Jimenez?

Original Work: Kyle Chak
Twitter: @KyleSChak