A mental health crisis in these juvenile institutions, which increased events of suicidal thoughts, signs or attempts, or acts of self-mutilation by 119% in 2020, revealed the multiple irregularities and the underlying problems of this model for minors.
Outside the Santiago Veve Calzada School, in Fajardo, a ninth-grade student walks with her mother. It is noon and the three schools that run on this campus on an “interlocking” model are changing shifts. The youngster took the Baseline diagnostic test, which seeks to measure the academic lag of students. When asked about the process, the youngster simply shakes her head, as if to say no. Her mother asks hers to speak up and describe her experience.
Just over a mile of coastline separates Pocita Julio Barroso Valentín and Kikita Beach from the most exclusive beaches on the grounds of the Embassy Suites Hotel and the controlled access neighborhoods of the Dorado del Mar residential complex. All those beaches are in the Higuillar neighborhood in Dorado. “La Pocita” and Kikita Beach, located in the Mameyal sector, see their main access gate closed at 6 p.m., as dictated by a municipal ordinance that went into effect in 2018, after residents of the area demanded peace at night. Some residences in the area known as “La Pocita” in the Mameyal sector are for sale for between $60,000 and $100,000, as I saw on property sales pages. A cyclone fence with a green mesh defines the other reality, to the west of Mameyal, where the beaches of the Embassy Suites Hotel and Dorado del Mar are located.
The corporation’s first reliability report confirms that it took almost twice as long to restore power to customers in its first quarter of operations, compared to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.
The residents of the El Álamo neighborhood in Guaynabo, near the Los Frailes stream, have lived with epic flooding-related problems. After Hurricane María, the situation got worse. As a result of these floods, the municipality, under a court ruling issued after the neighbors sued, must have an excavator ready in the area every time it rains, said Mayor Ángel Pérez Otero. About 10 houses in the Meliá León sector, which are close to the creek, have also been affected by floods for more than three decades, according to resident Maritza Rosas, who has lived there for 62 years. The municipality, part of the San Juan Metro Area, has a mitigation project submitted for the consideration of the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency (COR3) to build a new bridge, which would solve the problems caused by the floods. The existing bridge, which connects to the complex comprising about 200 houses, backs up quickly because of its low height, the Mayor said.