Tuesday, September 14, 2004


Los Angeles, CA. District Attorney Steve Cooley and officials of the Los Angeles Unified School District are still covering up criminal behavior and dangerous conditions, according to Ed Scott, a former member of the D.A.’s Belmont Task Force investigation of the ongoing Belmont High School construction project.

In a two-part interview on Full Disclosure, Scott pointed out that although his name and those of other experts were used in the District Attorney’s March 2003 Final Investigative Report on Belmont “at no time did anybody from the District Attorney’s office ask us to review the findings of this report or ask us to concur with the findings of this report.”

In describing the Belmont investigation Scott said that the LAUSD removed consultants who questioned operations and procedures and replaced them with people who would produce desired results.

This part one of a two part interview with Leslie Dutton on the Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure is set to air world-wide on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 on the website 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 online in the program catalog. The program will also be featured on 40 cable systems throughout California for the next six months. Click here to access our cable channel guide with airtimes.

Full Disclosure host Leslie 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. The Los Angeles Unified School Board has already approved an additional $110 million for demolition, reconstruction and completion of the Belmont campus, which was built on top of one thousand closed oil wells and is plagued with methane gas and hydrogen sulfide.. Unbudgeted remediation cost estimates vary from $14 million to $107 million. 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 on our website http://www.fulldisclosure.net via video streaming on demand.


  1. it is hard to believe that one high school could cost so much money and take so long to build. When is enough, enough already?

  2. LAUSD is finally building schools in a District that hasn't seen schools in almost 50 years. Belmont is of the past. It's time to move on and focus on the positive: Students are getting the seats they deserve, schools are less crowded and kids are returning to their neighborhoods and getting off buses. This school board wouldn't approve a new school on the old Belmont site if it wasn't safe. Move on!

  3. The previous comment obviously came from LAUSD. There was no defense of the $300,000,000 (and rising) price tag for Belmont. Just think how many schools we could have had if the money had been spent properly.

  4. How can the LAUSD continue to develop this site (as "Vista Hermosa") when it is already known for its dangerous contamination? How much of our money are they going to continue to waste on this black hole?