Tuesday, July 06, 2004

PUBLIC SCHOOLS & GOVERNMENT VENTURES


Los Angeles, CA—Scott Wildman criticized schools and government entities involved in inappropriate financial dealings during a no-holds barred interview with Leslie Dutton on the Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure program.
Wildman, the former Chair of the California Joint Legislative Audit Committee, condemned the “Joint Venture” concept for schools saying, “the problem is, a school district or any government agency is not really in the business of making money, because there’s a risk whenever you’re in the business of making money. You can’t risk the future of our kids.”

Wildman also pointed out opposition to his Investigation/Audit Reports. “There was considerable influence from members of the legislature, including the then Speaker(Assemblyman Bob Hertzberg) of the legislature, in trying to suppress (Reports) like the one we did on the Hawaiian Gardens Investigation.” Referring to a gambling Casino project financed with public redevelopment funds.

This Part 2 of the Full Disclosure Wildman interview is set to air world-wide on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 on the STREAMING page at http://www.fulldisclosure.net The first 30 days the program will be provided to viewers FREE as a public service and thereafter available online in the program catalog. The program will also be featured on 40 cable systems throughout California for the next six months.

Wildman told Full Disclosure “The State of California needs to be the kind of entity that doesn’t risk the future of these kids, that doesn’t put millions of dollars into harebrained schemes and in the end have nothing for those kids, no school for those kids to go to.”

Full Disclosure hostLeslie Dutton has been conducting a series of interviews entitled “BELMONT: The World's Most Expensive High School". Costs to date for the development are $175 million, which was financed in 1997 with non-voter approved, tax-exempt bonds known as Certificates of Participation (COPs). 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 other toxic substances. On Tuesday, June 22, 2004 the LAUSD board approved the project’s environmental impact report, paving the way for completion of the stymied project.

This program and other Belmont programs can be viewed at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ via video streaming on demand. A cable channel guide with airtimes is available on the website.



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