Thursday, August 19, 2004

FROM Full Disclosure’s ARCHIVES 2003 :: LAPD POLITICS & THE MAYOR

Los Angeles, CA — From the Full Disclosure Archives historical interviews on timely topics which relate to current affairs, THESE are MUST SEE programs, for the content, which predicted what is happening right now. Released TODAY August 19, 2004, for viewing on the website at www.fulldisclosure.net.

According to retired LAPD Assistant Chief David Gascon, Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn wanted to become mayor and needed to get the Rampart scandal behind him right away. “That is why he told the Council the Federal Consent Decree was in the City’s best interest.”

“James Hahn pushed the L. A. City Council to adopt an agreement that will cost millions of dollars and hundreds of police officers” Gascon told Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton in a program that was originally cablecast in 2003. Gascon’s 2003 prediction of costs and officers required to comply with the Federal Consent Decree has proved accurate, as the Los Angeles City Council Budget Committee has struggled the past two years to provide necessary funding to meet the Court’s demand. LAPD Chief William Bratton has confirmed the cost will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars and 300 police officers are assigned to implement the monitoring process.

When asked if L. A. Police Chiefs were vulnerable (to political pressure) LAPD Assistant (retired) Chief Dave Gascon told Full Disclosure Network™ , "A Police Chief cannot say "No" to the Mayor. The Police Chief will do whatever the Mayor or the Mayor's staff tells him to do. It was very difficult watching that, especially when there was conflict. But I've seen it develop over the last five years and I've seen it get to the point now where I think it is totally unacceptable."

In his interview with Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton, Gascon asserts that the City Council had a similar agenda as they were looking for an easy way out and the Federal Consent Decree presented that opportunity. According to Gascon. “It was pure politics”. “They were looking for a way to “reform” the LAPD”. When asked if the Council knew how much it would cost Gascon replied “they didn’t have a clue and did not even ask”.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

IRS Propaganda on Belmont Bonds?


Los Angeles, CA—Critical reports of the Belmont Learning Center were labeled as “Propaganda” by Dominic Shambra, former Director of Planning & Development for the LAUSD. On this Part 2 of the Emmy Award winning FULL DISCLOSURE cable TV program, Shambra singled out a letter from the Internal Revenue Service challenging the tax-exempt status of the Certificate of Participation bonds sold for Belmont. Shambra said that the IRS wrote “the same type of propaganda” that was used by David Koff of the Hotel & Restaurant Workers Union and Scott Wildman, Chair of the California Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

As for the allegations of conflict of interest by LAUSD outside legal counsel David Cartwright and his law firm, O’Melveny & Myers, Shambra said, “I trusted them completely. We were fully aware. In fact, I can actually say that Dave was probably the toughest of the negotiators on Kajima” (the developer and client of O’Melveny & Myers). With regard to the earthquake fault over which the Belmont school project was built, Shambra said, “We actually knew that there was an earthquake fault. The law says if it’s an active fault, recognized fault, you cannot build the building on top of that fault. That’s an inactive fault. So they don’t have to tear down those buildings.”

This second half of the Dominic Shambra interview is set to air worldwide on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting Thursday, August 5, 2004 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, and 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, LAUSD legal counsel, and LAUSD administrators 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 (COPs). 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.