Thursday, July 29, 2004

No Bidding on Belmont Costs?

Los Angeles, CA—According to Dominic Shambra, former Director of Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Unified School District, there was no competitive bidding for the Belmont Learning Center contract. “It was a request for proposal and it wasn’t one that asked for a bid.”  In this Part 1 of a 2  part interview, Shambra told Emmy Award winning FULL DISCLOSURE host Leslie Dutton about his role. “I was one of five on the committee that recommended (the developer/contractor) to the Board of Education.”  “My responsibility was to coordinate for the District those activities which were done by lawyers, the business people.” And, in response to his battles with the oversight committee members, Shambra said he wore a railroad engineer’s cap to one meeting because they said I was railroading this whole project.  We were very strong and we were very aggressive and we stood up for what we believed.”

This Part 1 of the Full Disclosure interview with Dominic Shambra is set to air worldwide on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting Thursday, July 29nd on the PROGRAM page at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ for the first 30 days the program will be provided to viewers FREE as a public service, an available thereafter online in the program catalog.  The program will also be featured on 40 cable systems throughout California for the next six months.  

 
Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton has been conducting a series of interviews with local prosecutors and investigators involved in the Belmont Learning Center investigations.  The series is 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 (COP's).  The Los Angeles Unified School Board has already approved an additional $110 million for remediation of environmental hazards on the Belmont campus, which was built on top of 1,000 closed oil wells and is plagued with methane gas and hydrogen sulfide. 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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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Prosecutors: Elected vs: appointed

PROSECUTORS: Elected vs Appointed WHAT IS PUBLIC JUSTICE?

Los Angeles, CA—U.S. Attorney Debra Yang describes the public justice system as "doing the right thing for the public, encapsulating what issues are facing the public" Appearing on the Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure public affairs program in a two-part interview Yang was asked about the differences between local prosecutors and the U. S. Attorney. She said by not being elected to her position she is free to do justice because she does not have to raise funds and does not have to ask the community to support an election campaign.


This Part 1 of the Full Disclosure interview with Debra Yang is set to air world-wide on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting on Tuesday, July 14, 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.


Yang also noted that when local and state prosecutors decline to prosecute cases, the U. S. Attorney can become involved if there is Federal money or laws involved. She pointed out that the U.S. Attorney has a tremendous amount of discretion over what kinds of crimes to address, what kinds of cases to bring and the like.


Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton has been conducting a series of interviews with local prosecutors and investigators involved in the Belmont Learning Center investigations. The series is 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 (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. 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.



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.