Los Angeles, CA— David Cartwright, Senior Partner of O’Melveny & Myers, who served as outside counsel to LAUSD on the Belmont Learning Center development told Full Disclosure that the LAUSD Inspector General, his legal counselors and Board member David Tokofsky caused the costly shut-down of the Belmont Learning Center project. He also claimed “they didn’t have a clue about school construction or oil and gas”.
In this two-part interview with Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton, David Cartwright described the LAUSD legal actions on the controversial Belmont Learning Center project and the circumstances leading to dismissal of the law suit against him and O’Melveny & Myers. The program is set to air world-wide on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting on Monday, June 14, 2004 on the STREAMING page at http://www.fulldisclosure.net For the first 30 days the program will be provided to viewers FREE as a public service and thereafter available on DVD, VHS and transcripts, online from the program catalog.
Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton is conducting an on-going series ( eight to date) of one-hour interviews entitled “BELMONT: The World's Most Expensive High School". The interviews have revealed costs for the development were $175 million, which was financed in 1997 with non-voter approved, tax-exempt bonds known as Certificates of Participation (COP's). The Los Angeles Unified School Board has already approved an additional $110 million for remediation of environment hazards on the Belmont campus, which was built on top of one thousand closed oil wells and is plagued with methane gas and hydrogen sulfide. The LAUSD Facilities and Safety committees recently held hearings to pave the way for completion of the Belmont campus.
You can view this interview and other Belmont programs at our website at our website http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ via media streaming media and on 40 cable channels throughout California. A cable channel guide with airtimes is available on the website. (6/10/04) In addition to the Inspector General, DAVID CARTWRIGHT, LAUSD outside counsel