Tuesday, September 28, 2004

COULD LAUSD BELMONT COST HALF BILLION?

Los Angeles, CA “The World’s Most Expensive High School” in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the title of an ongoing television series being broadcast via streaming video at Full Disclosure Network Online.


The programs are also being cablecast on 40 cable systems throughout California. A listing of channels and airtimes can be found on the website at www.fulldisclosure.net by clicking on "TV Channel Guide".

This unique internet TV series produced by the Full Disclosure Network features Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton interviewing the major players involved in the planning, financing, construction and investigations of the controversial Belmont High School development. Billed as investigative journalism, at it’s best, the Belmont series features the key people who were most involved in the controversial public works project and subsequent investigations.

The astoundingly enormous Belmont school site can also be viewed in the attached aerial photograph LAUSD Belmont Learning Center that was included as part of the $1.5 million investigation and report prepared by LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax. The Belmont investigations revealed numerous instances of false billings, kickbacks, waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayers funds but were deemed not prosecutable by Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley.

So far Full Disclosure Network has completed eleven hours of interviews and is planning a two-hour videotaped forum production entitled “Lessons Learned on Belmont School Construction” to be held in the late fall of 2004 or early 2005.

To date the Belmont project is sixty percent completed and has cost California and Los Angeles taxpayers $175 million including $30 million for the 37 acre site formerly known as the Los Angeles oil field that was purchased “AS IS” from Japanese developer Shimizu. LAUSD and oil and gas experts vary in their projected costs for remediation of the toxic substances, estimates range from $14 million to $107 million.

An Additional $110 million has been approved by LAUSD for demolition and construction to complete the project. Not all, but some, of the newly constructed Belmont buildings that were built on top of an earth quake fault and impacted by methane gas and hydrogen sulfide are to be demolished in the Fall of 2004. On Tuesday, June 22, 2004 the LAUSD board approved the project’s environmental impact report, paving the way for completion of the stymied project.

LAUSD financial projections indicate the total cost of Belmont High School could be $300 million, while skeptical observers say they would not be surprised to see the total cost closer to one-half a $BILLION dollars taking into account possible cost overruns and change orders.

Visit our website for more compelling details on this and other interviews in the series titled “The World’s Most Expensive High School

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

SECRET REPORT ON TOXIC HAZARDS AT BELMONT

Los Angeles, CA. District Attorney Steve Cooley has yet to make public the “secret report” he cited as proof there are no environmental risks on the LAUSD million Belmont Learning Center site. According to Ed Scott who served on Cooley’s Task Force investigating Belmont, a member of the District Attorney’s staff hired the consulting company who prepared the report without the guidance from oil, gas, and environmental experts serving on the investigation Task Force.

When asked why the District Attorney would not want to reveal the results of the environmental report, Scott said he was more concerned about why the Task Force experts investigating Belmont never saw the report. Based upon references in Steve Cooley’s 2003 Final Investigative Report on Belmont, Scott said it appears they didn’t actually do soil sampling and soil testing which would determine if methane gas and hydrogen sulfide or other dangerous chemicals and carcinogens are present.

Full Disclosure has requested a copy of the "secret report" from the D.A.'s office and a response is pending.

This part two of the Ed Scott 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 on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 via Streaming Video 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.

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 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. 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 at http://www.fulldisclosure.net via video streaming on demand.

A cable channel guide with airtimes is available here on our website.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

COVER-UP BY LAUSD & D.A. COOLEY, EXPERT SAYS

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.

Friday, September 10, 2004

ASSAULT WEAPON BAN UNENFORCEABLE?

Los Angeles, CA — Firearms expert T. J. Johnston demonstrates, with real assault weapons and sporting weapons why the media and law enforcement could never define exactly what an “assault weapon” is. Johnston uses "illegal" and legal firearms on this television demonstration, to clarify why the assault weapon ban was considered to be impractical and unenforceable by proponents and the opposition.

Our streaming video presentation is a preview of the two, full length FULL DISCLOSURE programs featuring T. J. Johnston and produced by Emmy Award winning Host Leslie Dutton, which is featured on 40 cable systems in California and on the internet, on demand, worldwide 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For channel numbers and airtimes check our website at www.fulldisclosure.net

Saturday, September 04, 2004

PARKS: L.A. CITY $300 MILLION DEFICIT BY JUNE 30, 2005

Los Angeles, CA—In an alarming wake-up call Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks, chair of the Council Budget Committee, predicted that unless all spending is brought under control only an increase in taxes will prevent a $300 million budget shortfall by June 30, 2005. Commenting on part-two of an interview with Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton. Parks said that if spending continues at the current rate, revenue increases from sales tax, business tax and property taxes will be necessary.

Parks also noted the recent Council vote banning big retail developments is sending the wrong message, that big retail businesses should take their sales tax out of town. He also acknowledged the Council vote was influenced by labor unions who opposed non-union businesses. He said that the union influence often results in a vote, contrary to the better interest of the city.

This part 2 is set to air worldwide on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting Tuesday, September 7, 2004 FREE on demand as a public service for 30 days on the PROGRAM page at http://www.fulldisclosure.net (Parts 1 and 2) will also be featured on the L. A. Channel 36 on Monday & Friday, September 6th & 10th from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on 40 other cable systems throughout California listed on the website.



Wednesday, September 01, 2004

CORRUPTION, CRIME & CONFLICTS PLAGUE L.A. POLITICS

Los Angeles, CA—With nearly 40 years experience, former Police Chief and current City Councilman Bernard Parks comments on the most corrupt mayoral administration since the era of recalled Mayor Shaw. In a two part interview with Emmy Award winning FULL DISCLOSURE host Leslie Dutton, Parks commented on the Federal and County Grand Jury investigations of corruption in the current Hahn administration saying that he could not recall when the Mayor’s office had been under such intense scrutiny for such issues as pay-to-play and campaign violations.

Parks noted that during the recent debate on Charter Reform critics warned that having a strong mayor type of government could bring a return to the Shaw era corruption. He said no on one expected it would happen in just a few short years.

Commenting on the conflicting assessments of Mayor Hahn and Police Chief William Bratton. Parks pointed out that while Mayor Hahn maintains L. A. is the safest big city in America, LAPD Chief William Bratton is comparing South Central Los Angeles to Baghdad. He said this conflict is a bad statement for the community and for the tourist industry which is our number one industry.

Referring to LAPD reports of improvements in operations such as “reduced response time” Parks attributes this to changing LAPD definitions rather than actual improvements. He said the community rarely sees patrol cars and they do not get a response while salaries for city employees are going up, along with fees and taxes, and we are cutting their services.

Assessing the major issues facing the city, Parks cited traffic, crime, the economy and education. These are the quality of life issues that resonate with the people.

This Part 1 is set to air worldwide on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting Wednesday, September 1, 2004 FREE on demand as a public service for 30 days on the PROGRAM page at http://www.fulldisclosure.net (Parts 1 and 2) will also be featured on the L. A. Channel 36 on Monday & Friday September 6th & 10th from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. 40 other cable systems throughout California.