Friday, December 30, 2005

Internet Video: Sheriffs, Police Chiefs & Feds Reveal Conflict on Immigration Policy


Los Angeles, CA — The Full Disclosure Network (tm) presents a free (9) nine minute video preview demonstrating the conflict between County Sheriffs, LAPD, and Federal authorities over immigration policy for the past 25 years, Available now on the URL:
http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/409-410-DavidGascon.htm The video is hosted by Leslie Dutton and David Gascon, LAPD Asst. Chief (ret) who offers commentary on the featured video clips of government officials who faced the ongoing dilemma.

In the City of Los Angeles, which at one time declared itself a "sanctuary" for illegal immigrants, former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates describes how an illegals shot and killed police officers while the Department waited for Federal authorities to enforce immigration law at the border and on the streets of Los Angeles.

Former L.A. City Councilman Ernani Bernardi describes how he forced the City Council to withdraw the Santuary resolution.

Full Disclosure interviews are billed as "the news behind the news".
Over the past twelve years they have documented the frustration and confusion of local law enforcement and District INS officials who complained thatlack of cooperation and funding were reasons why U.S.
immigration laws were not effective,

The history of immigration enforcement policies are set forth in a series of two Full Disclosure program featuring the following top law enforcement officials.

L A County Sheriff Lee Baca
The late Sheriff Sherman Block
LAPD Chief Bernard Parks
Assistant LAPD Chief David Gascon (ret),
LAPD Chief Bayan Lewis,
LAPD Chief Daryl Gates,
LAPD Commission President David Cunningham,
LAPD Police Commission President Rick Caruso
Retired L A City Councilman Ernani Bernardi,
LAPD Deputy Chief Art Lopez
Richard Rogers, INS District Director
L A County Supervisor Mike Antonovich.

Video clips were taken from a series of hour long Full Disclosure interviews over several years. The compressed one-hour program is available on the www.fulldisclosure.net website.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

HOW AMERICA INVESTIGATES THE PRESIDENCY


Washington, D.C. December 28, 2005 -- A nine minute Video preview entitled "The Prosecutor & The Presidency" covering how America investigated the Presidency, from Watergate to Whitewater, is now available on The Full Disclosure Network™ website http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/Special_Series.htm. Featured in the video are excerpts from the Full Disclosure Network's two-hour forum videotaped in Washington D.C. on March 6, 2000 and their "Rule of Law" series of interviews with former U. S. Attorneys General and Special and Independent Prosecutors.

Those appearing in the video presentation are: Former U.S. Attorneys General
Dick Thornburgh,
Edwin Meese, III,
Benjamin Civiletti,
Elliot Richardson
Richard Kleindienst
Former U.S. Solicitor General Robert Bork
Asst.U.S. Attorney General Chris Schroeder.

Presidential Prosecutors:
Judge.Ken Starr,
Hon. Lawrence Walsh,
Joe di Genova,
Robert Fiske, and
Craig Gillen

Panelists:
Bob Woodward,
Hon. Shirley Hufstedler
Chesterfield Smith
Leslie Dutton, Moderator

Full Disclosure's Special Series entitled "The Rule of Law" and the two-hour Forum "The Prosecutor & The Presidency" captured on videotape individual interviews with the Presidential prosecutors and U. S. Attorneys General, documenting the cataclysmic struggle among the most powerful American men and women who shaped domestic political policy for over thirty years.

Since 1992, the Full Disclosure Network™ has been billed as "the news behind the news" public affairs cable television program, featured on 40 cable systems and video streamed via the Internet at www.fulldisclosure.net. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented Leslie Dutton with a local public affairs Emmy Award for the series entitled " L.A.'s War Against Terrorism".

Monday, December 26, 2005

VIDEO BLOG: BATTLE OVER L.A. SCHOOL BILLIONS


Los Angeles, CA — In a seven minute video blog, the Full Disclosure Network™ presents shocking and revealing video clips covering financial operations of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Available free, on demand, 24/7 at www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog18.php . The presentation outlines who the major players are supporting the break-up of the School District and those calling for an outside independent audit by L. A. City Controller Laura Chick with a description of the battle brewing between Mayor Antonio Villargiarosa and LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer.

Billed as “the news behind the news”, the prominent officials appearing on this Full Disclosure™ Video Blog™ are: L. A. City Controller Laura Chick, Special Assistant District Attorney Anthony Patchett (ret), Cardinal Roger Mahoney, and Roger Carrick, Special Legal Counsel to the LAUSD Inspector General. The video blog is hosted by Leslie Dutton.

At issue is the high drop-out rate of the District, the multi-billion-dollar LAUSD annual budget and $27 billion dollars in taxpayer funds received by the District over the past seven years from bonds and matching funds intended for school construction. Prosecutors and politicians claim the District is not accountable for the money and Cardinal Roger Mahoney provides a more positive view. The video blog contains exclusive video clips, never before seen by the public.

For the past thirteen years the Full Disclosure Network™ has produced and distributed public affairs television programming to 40 cable systems and the Internet via video streaming at www.fulldisclosure.net . In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognized the Full Disclosure Network™ for the public affairs series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism. Channels and airtimes are listed on the website.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Internet Video: Porno, Homeless & Taxes Under Reagan


Los Angeles, CA. (PRWEB) December 24, 2005 -- The Full Disclosure Network™ has released a Free. six (6) minute Internet video on pornography, homelessness, the tax revolt during the Reagan Administrations that is available 24/7, on demand at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/423_Meese_preview.htm. Featuring Edwin Meese, III who was former U. S. Attorney General from 1985-1988 and Chief of Staff to Governor Reagan in California during the 1970 ‘s the video provides the rationale used by the Reagan administrations to develop public policy on these controversial social issues.


Meese told Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton a new pornography commission could make recommendations for a legislative process. He said the pornography issue, should be revisited now and that a comprehensive evaluation could provide technological means for prosecution, the laws needed, and protections for children.

Ed Meese also describes the California reform legislation of the 1970's that released the mentally ill from warehouses. Critics have blamed these reforms, saying they have contributed to the homeless problem on the streets for the last three decades.

The video clips for this presentation were taken from a one hour interview with Ed Meese, conducted by host Leslie Dutton which have been featured on 40 cable systems and the Internet on the Full Disclosure Network ™ website at www.fulldisclosure.net. Channels and air times, by community are listed on the website.

For the past thirteen years Full Disclosure Network ™ has produced public affairs programs featuring prominent officials who are involved in the development of public policy at the local, state and national level. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented the show with a public affairs Emmy Award for the 2001 Series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism.”

Thursday, December 15, 2005

VIDEO BLOG: PATRIOT ACT vs EDUCATION LOBBY?


Los Angeles, CA — Will the powerful International education lobby be successful in weakening the U. S. Patriot Act? The Full Disclosure Network™ Video Blog entitled "Terrorist Visa Loopholes in U. S. Patriot Act?" covers the crossroads battle waged between the powerful international education lobby and the U. S government over the renewal of provisions in the U. S. Patriot Act pertaining to the security regulations on foreign student visas. This 9 minute video blog is available at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog01.php on demand, 24/7 as a public service. Provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act will expire December 31, 2005 unless renewed by the Congress. The U. S. Senate is expected to begin debate this coming week.

The U. S Department of Homeland Security estimated that 220,000 new foreign students and exchange visitors are expected to enroll in the fall of 2005. In 2001 there were 547,687 foreign students enrolled in U. S. colleges and university. According to a Florida University study the number of foreign students in the United States has grown considerably since the 9/ll attack on the World Trade twin towers.

Apearing in the Video Blog are:
  • Jim White, Legal Counselor UCLA International Student Services
  • Richard Knickerbocker, Constitutional Attorney who represented David Bradford former UCLA Registration Deputy whose landmark 1991 lawsuit Bradford vs U C Regents held that undocumented students were not eligible for benefits, including reduced "in-state" tuition at the California University System, including the Community Colleges.
  • Georgie Anne Geyer, Author and Syndicated Columnist

The Full Disclosure Network™ Video Blogs are featured from the website at www.fulldisclosure.net and are billed as "the news behind the news" addressing current public policies, The Full Disclosure™ Video Blog will start streaming 24/7 on demand on December 16, 2005.

The Full Disclosure™ Video Blogs feature exclusive footage with clips from interviews conducted over the past ten years. Visitors to the website are encouraged to add their comments with additional information to the comments section of the blog to encourage and heighten public awareness on issues of importance. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented a public affairs Emmy Award to Full Disclosure™ Producer/Host Leslie Dutton for the 2001 series entitled "L. A's War Against Terrorism."

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

VIDEO: YAGMAN SAYS SUPREME COURT IS CESSPOOL & HACKS RUN LOS ANGELES


Los Angeles, CA — Civil Rights Attorney Stephen Yagman is featured in a controversial eight minute Internet video on the Full Disclosure Network™ where he takes on the entire justice system at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/yagman.php speaking disparagingly of his fellow attorneys and of the California Supreme Court which he says is basically a “cesspool” consisting of six hacks and one wonderful justice.”

Yagman told Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton that “elected officials should have taken control of the LAPD and seen to it that it functioned properly, without brutality and without corruption.” He said that when they didn’t perform like that the elected officials became potentially liable. He claimed to have filed 1600 lawsuits against the LAPD and the City of Los Angeles because the politicians have failed to take control of the Police Department.

He said “solving the (LAPD) problem is in the hands of the people whom we elect in our representative form of democracy, the Mayor and the City Council members. They have never done it and they’re not doing it now. When asked if it was possible to have responsible government in Los Angeles when the City Council is dominated by a one political party he said he thought the City was “controlled by a mélange of just kind of hacks”.

When Yagman was asked if he would compare himself to a Johnny Cochran or a William Kuntsler, he uses the “f” word to express his opinion and later states that he has never spoken foul word in a court room but that privately, he has a very foul mouth.

The video clips contained in this preview were selected from a one hour cable television interview with Mr. Yagman that has been featured on 40 cable systems and the Internet. Full Disclosure Network™ programs are billed as “the news behind the news” since 1992 and in 2001-2002 was presented with a local public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the series “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” featuring then LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, L. A. City Councilman Mark Ridley Thomas, Lt. Ken Hillman, Director of the LAPD Union and L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

JUSTICE CONFUSED ON NAMES FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Los Angeles, CA.Full Disclosure network™ exposes the conflict between the Federal and State Justice systems over the “Special Order 40” policy and the names used to describe illegal immigrants in a free, ten minute video blog at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog02.php available on demand on the Internet, 24/7.

The video blog features United States Attorney Debra Yang describing what the meaning of the word "status" is, as it relates to illegal immigrants working as airport security at Los Angeles International Airport. Also describing immigration policy and immigrants are three LAPD Police Commission Presidents, Rick Caruso, Edith Perez and David Cunningham, III, plus LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, and INS District Director Richard Rogers. An exclusive audio taped message from L. A. County Superior Court and District Attorney’s office reveals their conflicts and differences of policy when using the words “undocumented, aliens, immigrants and person “out of status.”

The Full DisclosureVideo Blog is moderated by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and demonstrates, with video clips, the dilemma faced by Federal and local law enforcement officials when implementing the “don’t-ask, don’t-tell” LAPD policy known as Special Order 40.

Clips used in the Full DisclosureVideo Blog were taken from full length interviews with law enforcement over the past thirteen years that have bee featured on 40 cable systems and the internet website at www.fulldisclosure.net.

Billed as "the news behind the news" Full Disclosure™ is a public affairs television production best known for the 2001-2001 Emmy Award winning series entitled "L.A.’s War Against Terrorism."

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

PRISON VIOLENCE VIDEO SPARKS SHERIFF’S BLOG DEBATE

Los Angeles, CA.Full Disclosure Network™ takes on “Prison Violence” in a video blog debate between L. A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona over the causes of prison unrest. This six minute video blog features exclusive footage of prisoners rioting in the L. A. County jail system Inmates are shown fighting fiercely, throwing mattresses, chairs, bed frames and makeshift weapons. The Video Blog is available FREE, on demand, 24/7 at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog13.php

Also featured in the video blog is the late Sherman Block who served as Sheriff of L. A. County prior to the administration of Lee Baca. All three Sheriffs go on record as to what they feel is responsible for massive over-crowding of jails and racial unrest among the inmates.

Reasons cited by the Sheriffs for the violence are:

  • Budget shortfalls causing staffing shortages.
  • Growing numbers of criminal illegal immigrants.
  • Conflict of local and U.S. Immigration law enforcement.
  • Revolving door policies allowing 70% of illegal criminal aliens to return to U.S.

Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton is the moderator of this Full Disclosure Network™. Video clips for this debate were selected from full-length interviews with the Sheriffs and which have been shown on 40 cable television systems and video streamed from the internet website www.fulldisclosure.net

Over the past thirteen years Full Disclosure™ programs have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton as well as the Southern California County Sheriffs. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website.

Monday, December 05, 2005

School Corruption Sparks Citizen Revolt


Los Angeles, CA. — Leaders of a California citizens revolt in South Orange County are featured in a nine minute FULL DISCLOSURE™ video blog, describing the school corruption which has sparked their campaign to recall all seven members of the Capistrano Unified School District. The video will be launched on the Internet 24/7, world-wide starting Monday, December 5, 2005.

Citizens from the communities of Alisa Viejo, Coto De Caza, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Los Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano gathered 140,000 signatures in their communities. Their primary complaints about the District Trustees and the Superintendent is, they say, the arrogance, deceit and deliberate concealment of public documents and financial agreements while spending public monies lavishly on themselves. The final straw was when the District proceeded to build a new $35 million Administration building while the children are being taught in decrepit and run down portable classrooms.

Featured in the video blog are leaders from the citizens group called CAPO for Better Representation, comprised of the parents of children attending school in the District, as follows: Chairman Kevin Murphy, a financial services executive, Tom Russell, corporate transactional attorney, Mark Neilsen, software executive, Jennifer Beall, interior designer.

The following actions of the CSUD Trustees and Superintendent were cited by the group as motivating factors for the recall campaign:

  • Failure to provide transparency in financial transactions
  • Failure to comply with state laws governing school construction and the environment
  • Failure to disclose conflict of interests on contracts, bidding and school site selection
  • Failure to conduct the public’s business in open meetings and with public input
  • Failure to give public notice of Trustee actions creating millions in public debt

Hosted by Leslie Dutton, the Full Disclosure Network™ public affairs television programs are featured on 40 cable systems and the worldwide Internet website www.fulldisclosure.net. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” which was presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

Monday, November 28, 2005

BOB WOODWARD DEFENDS HIS SOURCES: VIDEO DEBATE


Los Angeles, CA.Bob Woodward defends the ethics of the news media and the practice of using un-named sources in a six minute Full Disclosure™ Video Blog debate with Edwin Meese, III, the former U. S. Attorney General in the Reagan administration. This free video blog is to be launched 24/7 on the Internet website: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog16.php. starting Monday, November 28, 2005.

Billed as “the news behind the news” this Full Disclosure™ debate begins with prominent Internet Blogger Michael Williams (Master of None) describing how news reporters are seeking exemption from Federal Grand Jury subpoenas to avoid disclosing their sources. Williams also describes how such an exemption could be extended to ordinary citizens such a bloggers, providing an opportunity for widespread abuse.

Ed Meese attacked the use of un-named sources saying that the public could not determine for themselves whether the source was credible. Woodward counters the attack saying that un-named sources are tested for credibility, by the reporters. The Bob Woodward and Ed Meese video clip in this video blog, were taken from the Forum 2000 hosted in Washington D. C. by the Full Disclosure Network™ entitled “The Prosecutor & The Presidency”.

Hosted by Leslie Dutton, the Full Disclosure™ cable television programs have been featured on 40 cable systems for the past thirteen years and the worldwide Internet website www.fulldisclosure.net since 2004. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism.” Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

CBS VETERAN DEBUNKS "RIGHT WING" CLAIM OF NEWS BIAS

Los Angeles, CA — “Polling shows great support and (public) belief in the way the American press does its job” and claims to the contrary are coming from a “right wing” perception that is promoted by folks like Brent Bozell and the Media Research Center, according to former CBS News correspondent, Professor Murray Fromson, of the USC Annenberg School of Communications. Fromson was interviewed on the Full Disclosure Network™ , October 28, 2005. A free eight minute video featuring highlights of the Fromson interview will be launched on the Internet website: www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/441-442fromson.php starting Tuesday, November 22nd via streaming media 24/7.

Professor Fromson a long time friend and associate of television legends Walter Cronkite, Eric Severeid and Dan Rather, also debunked the term “media bias” in comments made in this two-part, hour-long interview on the Full Disclosure Network™ to be featured on 40 cable systems and the internet over the next six weeks. Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton asked Professor Fromson to respond to video clips from a previous interview with media critic Brent Bozell.

  • As a former Vietnam War news correspondent, Fromson related his personal experience and compared it to U. S. efforts in Iraq saying “we are not going to bring Democracy to Iraq….not in our lifetime”
  • He minimized (Internet) bloggers as media watch dogs, saying "they have no journalist training and their reliability is suspect."
  • He denied that journalists in the media were ideologs citing they are trained not to be emotional.
  • Reporters and journalists are one in the same and it is acceptable for them to participate in news analysis on stories that they have written.
  • It is the role of government to balance out the inequities. Differences between the political left and right spring from the Mc Carthy era where "lefties" "liberals" "Communists" and "Socialists" were singled out for "holding views different from the existing government."

Full Disclosure™ host Leslie Dutton has been conducting interviews for the past thirteen bringing “the news behind the news” to viewers on 40 cable systems. In 2002 the Full Disclosure™ program was presented with an Emmy Award for a public affairs series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” which was presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Left vs. Right Journalism



Los Angeles, CA.
In a nine minute video blog USC Professor Murray Fromson, formerly with CBS news and AP argues “What’s wrong with the Left?…That’s what I want to know. The whole hunt for communists, pro communists, socialists, liberals, lefties as if there is something unpatriotic about Americans who express a point of view that is different from the existing policy of the government." This debate between the network veteran and media critic Brent Bozell television commentator on FOX News Channel is set to be launched as a video blog on the Full Disclosure Network™ Internet website www.fulldisclosure.net on Monday, November 14, 2005, world wide 24/7 free on demand.

Bozell, president of the Media Research Center described as unscrupulous news reporters who step over the line when they participate in news analysis or become a part of the stories they have written. Fromson disagreed with Bozell saying that reporters and journalists are basically the same except journalists are trained not to be emotional. In describing the left vs. right journalism feud, Fromson said he felt there was “a hang over from the McCarthy period, from the hearings in the House Un-American Activities committee.”

Fromson who served as a news correspondent during the Vietnam war rebutted Bozell, who maintains that the public no longer trusts the news media and that reporters are biased. Each offers a contrasting view on investigative journalists and their motives. Video clips for this debate were taken from two separate, one-hour interviews with Bozell and Fromson and is moderated by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton whose Full Disclosure Network™ is featured on 40 cable television systems for the past twelve years and video streamed over the Internet for the past two years. Send your request for updated cable channels and airtimes listings in your community.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

MINI-DOCUMENTARY ON INTERNET COVERS
FULL DISCLOSURE™



Los Angeles, CA. The Full Disclosure Network™ is launching a free eight minute “Mini Documentary” video on the Internet website www.fulldisclosure.net on Monday, November 7, 2005. The video provides a background and commentary on this “alternative news” network that has been billed as “the news behind the news” and is distributed to 40 cable systems and video streamed world-wide from the Internet.

This eight minute “Mini Documentary” features video clips from some of the more controversial Full Disclosure™ shows over the past twelve years along with comments from prominent officials who have appeared on this independent news program and who are listed below:

L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley
Ramona Ripston, Executive Director ACLU,
LAPD Chief William Bratton
Larry Flynt, Publisher Hustler Magazine
Former U. S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, III
L. A. County Sheriff Lee Baca
Stephen Yagman, Civil Rights Attorney
L. A. Councilman Bernard Parks
Nativo Lopez, President MAPA
LAPD Assistant Chief David Gascon (ret)
David Cartwright, Sr. Partner, O’Melveny & Myers
Don Mullinax, LAUSD Inspector General
Roger Carrick, Special Legal Counsel LAUSD Inspector General,
James B. Reidy, Jr. Professor Emeritus L.A. Pierce College
Kathy Dreyfuss, ACLU Staff Attorney

In 1992 the independent Full Disclosure Network™ program began it’s unorthodox climb to prominence, starting on one public access cable channel in Santa Monica, expanding throughout California to world-wide presence on the Internet. On August 29, 2005 www.fulldisclosure.net was listed number 25 in the top 100 websites by pubsub.com, ahead of many major mainstream news organization websites. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented host Leslie Dutton with a public affairs Emmy Award for the 2001 Series entitled “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism”.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Network Media Doomed by Bias?


Los Angeles, CA—According to Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center, “all the surveys show overwhelmingly the public believes (a) the media are biased, (b) believes it’s a liberal bias and (c) doesn’t trust reporters to give the news.” In a two part Full Disclosure interview to be featured on 40 cable systems and video streamed on the internet website www.fulldisclosure.net Mr. Bozell said “the American public is onto the press.”

A five minute preview of the Full Disclosure™ interview with Brent Bozell will be launched on the internet starting Monday, October 31, 2005 via streaming media. In this two-part interview with host Leslie Dutton, Bozell points out that the first publication to expose Valerie Plame as a CIA agent was not Bob Novak or Time Magazine but The Nation, a liberal organization and he says this fact has never been reported by the news media.

Also in the Full Disclosure™ interview Bozell describes the biased media coverage of the Bush-Kerry 2004 Presidential campaign citing the news media failure to investigate John Kerry’s 1971 testimony before the U. S. Senate where he claimed to have “participated in the burning of villages, the raping of women, and the killing of children”. He then speculates why didn’t (the news media) ask Kerry, Did you rape women? Did you burn villages? Did you kill children? “I think the American people would like to know.” He went on to say that was far more important than where George W. Bush was for two weeks on vacation in 1971. Bozell then challenged anyone to check the record books in the (2004) campaign saying nobody investigated the Kerry testimony before the U. S. Senate.

Part-two of this program will be released to cable stations on November 7, 2005 and is set to air world-wide on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the internet from the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/

Full Disclosure™ host Leslie Dutton has been conducting interviews for the past thirteen years bringing “the news behind the news” to viewers on 40 cable systems. In 2002 the Full Disclosure™ program was presented with an Emmy Award for a public affairs series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” which was presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

NEWS BLACK OUT ON SCHOOL BOND VOTE SCAM


Los Angeles, CA. Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has raised the possibility of a legal challenge for the misuse of bond funds by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on the latest Full Disclosure Network™ video blog to be launched on the Internet website http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ on Monday, October 17, 2005.

In this ten minute video blog, moderated by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton questions were raised as to the legality of the LAUSD use and method of repayment of non-voter approved Certificates of Participation (COP) bonds currently amounting to almost one billion dollars that funded the notorious Belmont Learning Center and other unknown projects. Others appearing on the video blog with Coupal, discussing little known facts about the LAUSD and the proposed $3.95 billion bond (Measure Y) on the November 2005 ballot are:

David Tokofsky: L. A. School Board Member reveals the LAUSD undisclosed plan to use proceeds from the $3.95 billion bond (Measure Y) to pay off non-voter approved bonds called COPS, Certificates of Participation. (These little known bonds were used to build the now $400 million Belmont Learning Complex after the LAUSD Bond oversight committee objected to using the BB Bonds for the controversial Belmont project.) Also he describes how the District intends to “swap funds” to free up money for salaries and benefits, books and supplies where COPS cannot be used

Jon Coupal: President Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. He told Full Disclosure™ that his organization would consider legal action if the LAUSD attempted to use general obligation bond money to retire the outstanding Certificates of Participation (COPS).He also described the LAUSD as the “poster child for school mismanagement and bad use of taxpayer funds” and that his organization removed their representative from the LAUSD BB Bond oversight committee because the District has a practice of “outright lying” to the oversight committee.

Don Mullinax: Former LAUSD Inspector General told Full Disclosure™ that after six years the District is still paying off the Certificates of Participation (COPS) on Belmont after the new and never occupied buildings were demolished in December 2004. He added that LAUSD has approximately $1 billion in outstanding COPS.

Anthony Patchett: Former Special Assistant District Attorney, Head of the Belmont Task force Investigation of LAUSD’s Belmont Learning Complex disclosed that ($17 million ) of COPS were used for the retail portion of the project in violation of IRS rules. Patchett was removed as Head of the Task Force after submitting a draft indictment and scheduled a Grand Jury. D.A. Steve Cooley, issued his own report, later claiming there was no wrong doing. Experts are now predicting the unfinished Belmont will cost over half a billion dollars and will never be safe for use as a school due to the toxic hazards, even after remediation which could cost up to $114 million.

Visitors to the Full Disclosure™ video blog are invited to participate in an Interactive survey on the topics and to leave comments for discussion on the blog. Full-length programs can be seen on 40 cable systems and on the Internet. A channel guide and airtimes where the programs are featured on regular times slots can be viewed on the website.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

VIDEO BLOGS ON HOT ISSUES MOVE TO CABLE TV


Los Angeles, CA. On October 6, 2005 the Emmy Award winning FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK™ is releasing a Video Blog Special two-part series to 40 cable television systems. This Special features short video blogs on Hot Issues that are currently featured only on the Internet from their website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. Effective immediately cable viewers are invited to participate in an interactive survey on each Hot Issue via 1-800-867-7777 toll free number or on the Internet website where bloggers are posting comments and sparking further debate.

FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK™ is billed as “the news behind the news”, the new Video Blog Special promises to live up to that reputation as it consists of six Hot Issue video blogs on topics largley ignored by the mainstream news media. Each of the six Hot Issues are presented in five to eight minute video clips from exclusive FULL DISCLOSURE™ interviews with prominent public officials and experts who are actually involved in the topic being discussed.

TO WATCH THE VIDEO BLOGS NOW JUST CLICK ON THE TITLES BELOW

FULL DISCLOSURE™ VIDEO BLOG SPECIALPROGRAM #434

SCHOOL BONDS & PUBLIC FINANCE MALFEASANCE
  • Video Blog #8. (5 min) Mysterious School Financing Disclosed. (10:45 min) L.A. Unified School Board member Tokofsky reveals multi $billion dollar unorthodox public finance scheme. Features 3 minute audio of un-televised Board vote to issue $50 million in non-voter approved Certificates of Participation (COP) Bonds.

  • Video Blog #9. (6:40 min) Budget Buster Bond Defended. Los Angeles Unified School District to net $27 billion in bonds and state matching funds in 7 year period with voter approval of 2005 $3.95 bond measure. California taxpayers contributing half these funds, while L. A. property owners pay double with property taxes. Tokovsky describes how the money is used.

  • Video Blog #12 (8:24 min) Bond Brokers Bilk Taxpayers for Secret Billions? State Controller Kathleen Connell, Jon Coupal of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers, LAUSD Board Member David Tokofsky and former D.A. Prosecutor Anthony Patchett spill the beans on the how the district is able to access $billions of dollars in bonds.
FULL DISCLOSURE™ VIDEO BLOG SPECIAL #435

ILLEGALS, SHERIFFS, CAMPAIGN POLITICS

  • Video Blog #10. LAPD, Sheriffs vs FEDS on Illegal Aliens (8 min) The pros and cons of having law enforcement officers arrest criminal illegal immigrants. Featuring former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates, LAPD Commission Presidents Edith Perez and Rick Caruso, and Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona.

  • Video Blog #11. Sheriffs Debate Guns & Badges for Political Donors (7:48 Min) L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca and Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona describe their policies of giving guns and badges to political campaign contributors. One accepts political contributions from Department staff and Deputies the other rejects them.


  • Video Blog #13 Exclusive Jail RiotVideo, Policy Debate on Illegal Criminal Inmates (5:45 min) Graphic jail riot video, shows the racial unrest among criminal illegal immigrants and massive overcrowding in So. California jails. Also features L. A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, the late Sheriff Sherman Block and Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona venting their frustration over the revolving door policy which permits 70% of deported criminals to return time and again.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

BOND BROKERS BILK TAXPAYERS FOR SECRET BILLIONS?


Los Angeles, CA., Ever since Proposition 13 was approved by the California voters in 1978, there has been a Constitutional provision that public indebtedness must be approved by the voters. In spite of this fact local and regional public officials have been authorizing and issuing billions in controversial, non-voter approved, tax exempt bonds known as COPs, Certificates of Participation. They have been doing so upon the advice of their bond counsels, bond brokers and underwriters all of whom are paid handsome fees for each approved transaction.

This controversial public finance practice is the topic of an eight minute video blog debate to be released on the Internet on Monday, September 26, 2005 by the Full Disclosure Network™ on the website at www.fulldisclosure.net.

Featured in the debate are:

State Controller Kathleen Connell
(ret), who says most voters think they have the right to approve public indebtedness when in fact that could not be farther from the truth. “Since the 1980’s governments and schools have been issuingCOPs without voter approval”.

Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association: Describes the role of the bond brokers and bond counsels who advise public agencies to issue Certificates of Participation because they make sizable commissions and fees for handling the bond transactions. These fees are paid before the bond money ever reaches the public agencies.

David Tokofsky, LAUSD Board Member: Says the school district legal counsel and bond counsel advised the Board members to issue the bonds without voter approval and he defended the practice saying the voters elected him and therefore the did approve of the bonds, through his vote, representing them.

Anthony Patchett former Belmont Learning Center bond fraud prosecutor described the Certificates of Participation Bonds as “a pyramid scheme” where the voters are totally in the dark. The money is borrowed, the brokers and bond counsel paid and more bonds are issued to pay off the bond previous bonds.

Moderating the debate is Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton
Video clips for this blog were selected from a series of full-length programs which are featured on 40 cable television systems. Over the past three years Full Disclosure™ has interviewed the people involved in the financing of school projects, including the planners, developers, investigators and prosecutors on the Belmont bond fraud investigation. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

SHERIFFS DEBATE: BADGES & GUNS FOR DONORS?


Los Angeles, CA. Internet video bloggers and just plain surfers will be able to watch a debate between Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca who are featured in a eight minute Full Disclosure™ video blog explaining their policies on taking political contributions from Reserve Deputies, Under Sheriffs and personnel in their Departments.

On Monday, September 19, 2005 Full Disclosure Network™ will launch this video blog via streaming media Internet, worldwide on their web site at www.fulldisclosure.net. Moderating the debate is Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton.
Mike Carona explains why he issues a gun and badge to ordinary citizens and his policy on accepting political campaign contributions from those very same people. Then Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca describes his policy on accepting campaign contributions from his Under Sheriffs, Deputies and Department personnel.

Video clips for this blog were selected from a series of full length programs which are featured on 40 cable television systems. Over the past thirteen years Full Disclosure™ programs have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton as well as the Southern California County Sheriffs. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website..

Sunday, September 11, 2005

ILLEGAL SCHOOL BONDS? SECRET MEETINGS? DECLINING ENROLLMENT??

Los Angeles, CA. Was it legal for the Los Angeles Unified School District to issue $1 Billion plus in non-voter approved bonds in semi-secret meetings over the past several years? And, who advised them to do so? Did anyone challenge the LAUSD actions? The answer to these and many other questions is included in a two-part, one-hour interview by Full Disclosure™ host Leslie Dutton, to be featured on 40 cable systems and on the internet via streaming media beginning Monday, September 12, 2005.


The Full Disclosure Network™ will video stream a four and a half minute (4:30) video preview on the www.fulldisclosure.net website containing comments from David Tokofsky on the following :



  • Declining enrollment in the LAUSD is merely a temporary phenomenon and illegal immigration is a factor to be considered when planning the cost of running and building schools .

  • LAUSD regularly issues non-voter approved, tax-exempt bonds, known as Certificates of Participation (COPs) even though Proposition 13 mandated a vote of the people on public indebtedness.

  • The controversial and obscure process of how the Board of Education issues tax-exempt bonds was a advised by LAUSD legal counsel and the District’s bond counsel (who charges a fee on bond transactions).

  • LAUSD has never been faced with a legal challenge on any of the non-voter approved COP bond issuances

  • Nor have the transactions been challenged by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which supports Proposition 13.

  • According to L.A. County Office of Education and LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax the school district has up to $1 Billion in outstanding COPs. A fact, of which the public is generally unaware and will have to be repaid from the General Fund.



    For the past two years Full Disclosure Network™ has produced a number of hour-long interviews with the key leaders involved in the Los Angeles Unified School District development, financing, planning, including the controversial Belmont Learning Center Complex. A complete listing of channels and airtimes can be found on our website at: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Channels/channelsINDEX.htm


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Saturday, September 03, 2005

SHERIFF & LAPD CONFLICT ON ARRESTING ILLEGALS


Los Angeles, CA. The pros and cons of having local law enforcement officers uphold U. S. immigration law is the topic of an eight (8) minute video blog debate between Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and the LAPD officials who developed the controversial Special Order 40, which prohibits Los Angeles Police officers from asking if a person is in the country legally.

On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 Full Disclosure Network™ will launch its latest video blog on the Internet, worldwide with a fast-moving debate between Sheriff Carona, LAPD Chief Daryl Gates (ret) and two former Presidents of the Los Angeles Police Commission, Edith Perez and Rick Caruso.
Daryl Gates, Edith Perez and Rick Caruso defend the LAPD Special Order 40, which was enacted by Gates in 1979 and offer their perspective, citing lack of resources to enforce U.S. immigration laws and fear that illegal immigrants may not report crimes or serve as witnesses if police officers are enforcing immigration laws.

Mike Carona explains the new Orange County Sheriff Department program to cross-train, and cross-deputize his Sheriff Deputies so they can enforce U. S. immigration laws. This will allow them to have access to the Federal criminal data base with the expectation they will arrest and prosecute criminal illegal aliens who return to the U. S. after deportation.

Video clips for this blog were selected from a series of Full Disclosure™ programs hosted by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton on the issue of Immigration Policy over the last ten years. The programs were originally featured on 40 cable systems and video streamed from www.fulldisclosure.net worldwide on the Internet where cable channels are listed by community and air times .

Friday, August 26, 2005

BUDGET BUSTER BOND DEFENDED


Los Angeles, CA. In what could only be characterized as a “Budget Buster Bond” all California taxpayers will be providing matching funds for a $3.95 billion L.A. Unified School District bond measure on the 2005 November ballot, if passed by the voters. The proposed bond is addressed in a seven minute video blog which will start streaming from the Full Disclosure Network™ website on Monday, August 29th, 2005.



Featured in the Full Disclosure™ video blog are:


David Tokofsky LAUSD School Board Member who defends how the $3.95 billion bond is to be used along with his proposed “Parcel Tax”.


Steve Cooley L. A. County District Attorney describes the LAUSD history on the Belmont Learning Complex project as “The worst public works disaster in the history of the country, for school construction”


Don Mullinax, as LAUSD Inspector General cited the District’s failure to implement his recommendations for an “Ethics Training Program” for some 80,000 LAUSD employees as a major problem.


Roger Carrick Special Legal Counsel to the Inspector General cites the vast amounts waste, fraud and abuse found in the LAUSD Belmont investigations.



Video clips for this blog were selected from a series of hour-long interviews with key players from the L. A. Unified School District, the District Attorney's office and Board of Education. The interviews were conducted by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton. The full interviews were featured on 40 cable systems and video streamed from www.fulldisclosure.net . worldwide on the Internet where cable channels are listed by community and air times .


The Full Disclosure Network™ is conducting an on going series for cable television programs featuring prominent leaders who are involved in school construction, planning, financing, development and investigations pertaining to the Los Angeles Unified School District.


Saturday, August 20, 2005

BLOGGING VIDEOS TO BE FEATURED ON CABLE T.V.


Date: August 21, 2005

Los Angeles, CA
. On Monday August 22, 2005 the Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure Network™ is releasing a special four-part series to cable television systems featuring twelve short video blogs and Special Reports that were originally produced exclusively for the Internet and are currently being video streamed from the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net.

Each of the four Full Disclosure™ half-hour programs contains three video blogs on controversial and topical issues, ranging from five to ten minutes in length. For the first time ever, these Internet-exclusive blogs, will become available to the public on cable channels, DVD, VHS or transcripts listed on the website. The titles and topic of the video blogs are:

Video Blog Topics:
Program Numbers: #426-427


Blog #3. Concealed Weapon Permits Debate (5 min) L. A. County Sheriff Baca and Orange County Sheriff Mike Corona debate policy on issuing CCW Permits.

Blog #2. Feds & Cops Parse Names for Immigrants (9:51 min) LAPD Chiefs, Sheriffs and INS officials on the growing conflict between local and federal enforcement.

Special Report: Sheriff’s Compton Shoot Out (9 min) Exclusive footage of L. A. County Sheriff Baca’s explanation on the Compton Sheriff’s Shoot Out.

Blog #1. Terrorist Visa Loopholes (8:21 min) On the crossroads battle over immigration and how the powerful education lobby influences U. S. Immigration Policy.

Blog #4. Secret School Bonds Create Billions Public Debt. (7.30 min) LAUSD School Bonds issued without voter approval approach a billion dollars in outstanding debt

Blog #5. IRS Relents to School District Clout (9.30 min) IRS waives penalty and sanctions for school district’s illegal use of non-voter approved bonds,
Program Numbers #428-429

Blog #5. IRS Relents to School District Clout (9.30 min) IRS waives penalty and sanctions for school district’s illegal use of non-voter approved bonds,

Blog #6. Prosecutor Attacks FDN on School Bond Cover-up Blog. (8.23 Min) Former D.A. Prosecutor on Belmont Learning Center rebuts School District and Legal Counsel.

Blog #7. School Auditors & Investigators Speak Out on Lack of Prosecution (9 min) for big dollar crimes in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Special Report: D.A.’s Failure to Prosecute on Belmont Learning Center (9 min) Preview with Anthony Patchett, Head D.A.’s Task Force Investigation on Belmont.

Special Report: 2004 Belmont Demolition (5 min) Media Black-Out of the $330 million LAUSD Belmont Learning Center demolition at Christmas-time

Blog #4. Secret School Bonds Create Billions Public Debt. (7.30 min) LAUSD School Bonds issued without voter approval approach a billion dollars in outstanding debt

Full Disclosure™ host Leslie Dutton moderates the blogging programs. Cable viewers are encouraged to call a toll free number 1-800-867-7777 to leave their comments and votes on issues. Cable channel guide is listed by community and air times on the website.

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

MYSTERIOUS SCHOOL FINANCING DISCLOSED


Internet exclusive: On Full Disclosure™ Video Blog

Los Angeles, CA. In a ten minute video blog featured on the Full Disclosure Network™ website via streaming video starting Monday, August 15, 2005 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board member David Tokofsky disclosed the existence of an unknown school financing operation which has been concealed from the public eye apparently to avoid scrutiny.

  • In this video blog Tokofsky describes the process whereby LAUSD Board members, acting as the members of a public benefit corporation called "LAUSD Financing Corporation", approved the execution, sale and delivery of untold millions of dollars in Certificates of Participation (COPs) bonds which are non-voter approved, long term public indebtedness. An exact number of these financing corporations controlled by the LAUSD is unknown by both Tokofsky and Full Disclosure™ at this time.
  • Tokofsky describes the authority of the mysterious “Financing Corporation” and “Land Bank” which were set up by the LAUSD for the purpose of purchasing land for school sites and various other needs, including hundreds of millions for computer technology.
  • Full Disclosure™ asked David Tokofsky why KLCS, the public television channel owned and operated by LAUSD, had turned off the television cameras and all coverage of a three-minute simultaneous meeting of the LAUSD Financing Corporation and a second public benefit organization known as the Administration Building Financing Corporation that was held on April 22, 2004 just after a Special Meeting of the Board was adjourned.
  • Also featured in the video blog is a three-minute audio tape of a simultaneous meeting of the LAUSD Financing Corporation and Administration Building Financing Corporation which documents the casual attitude of the Board. In this brief meeting the Board quickly dispensed with perfunctory “no objection” votes, without discussion or debate authorizing "the execution, sale and delivery of $50 million in refunding Certificates of Participation (COPs)" in one resolution .
  • A second resolution was quickly passed immediately following the first action authorizing an untold number of COP bonds identified only by the words “certain number" and "certain documents" and "certain actions". When one Board member was missing a copy of the second resolution, it was revealed by an undisclosed voice, on the tape, that the matter was pertaining to "Beaudry from Taxable to Tax-exempt". It would appear this action was authorizing the tax exempt status of Bonds for the $180 million Administration Building that was originally financed with taxable bonds. This transaction was the target of an investigation by LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax and was referred to District Attorney Steve Cooley for prosecution, which he once again declined as with the other referrals for prosecution on the Belmont Learning Complex.

    Video clips for this blog were selected from an hour-long interview with Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton. The full program will be distributed via streaming video on the Internet world wide and on Cable channels which are listed by community and air times on the website soon.

    The Full Disclosure Network™ has been producing a series of video blogs for the Internet using video clips from television interviews and events featuring prominent leaders who are involved in the school construction, planning, development and investigations of the L. A. Unified School District and Belmont Learning Center. The video blogs and television programs are featured on 40 cable television systems and video streamed over the Internet from www.fulldisclosure.net

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Monday, August 08, 2005

SCHOOL AUDITORS & INVESTIGATORS SPEAK OUT ON LACK OF BIG DOLLAR PROSECUTIONS


Los Angeles, CA. School auditors and investigators describe their disappointment over the failure of prosecutors to file charges for the big dollar crimes that were documented by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Office of Inspector General. In a nine minute video blog featured on Full Disclosure Network™ website starting Monday, August 8, 2005 the investigators describe some of the most egregious investigations undertaken by the Inspector General’s office.

Former Inspector General Don Mullinax responded to Full Disclosure™ when asked what he thought about the fact there were no prosecutions resulting from his extensive reports of waste, fraud and abuse on the still incomplete $330 million Belmont Learning Center. Mullinax said he was disappointed "after having spent almost three years of my life working on that report, other reports and on the District Attorney’s Belmont Task Force on Belmont."

Anthony Patchett who headed the D.A.'s investigation on Belmont said "Don Mullinax did an outstanding job. He found a lot of fraud and corruption. It’s just the fact that when he took those cases to the District Attorney’s office, they chose not to go forward with them. They’ll go ahead and they’ll prosecute the small crimes under $15,000, but for the other crimes that Mr. Mullinax has found, they still have that blind eye towards that".

According to Interim Inspector General Jerry Thornton some of the problems have been resolved but investigations are ongoing. “If you are looking at lower level employees, if you’re looking at people that manage cafeterias and people that do the grounds work, we could do this for the next 15 years and nobody would ever say anything to us. But when you elevate your investigations up to the hierarchy of an organization like this, you’re always going to meet resistance. Everybody’s for accountability until you hold them accountable”, he said.

Investigator Karen Sexton told Full Disclosure™ about the investigation of the adult schools whose contractor and other unnamed individuals were never prosecuted when the Inspector General's investigation found classes that didn't exist, ghost students and people working double assignements. She said the only outcome of the investigation was "they no longer work for the District and the contract was not renewed."

Bob Williams, promoted to Acting Deputy Inspector General following the departure of Don Mullinax, told Full Disclosure™ the BB Bond investigation resulted in auditors finding $600 million that was spent on different things (click here to see PAGE 4 of the BB Bond follow-up report) that went to the actual contractors as opposed to the projects. When asked what the outcome of BB Bond investigation was, the supervising investigator told Full Disclosure™ “the outcome basically, was nothing.”

The Full Disclosure Network™ has been producing a series of video blogs for the Internet using video clips from television interviews and events featuring prominent leaders who involved in the school construction, planning, development and investigations of the L. A. Unified School District and Belmont Learning Center. The video blogs and television programs are featured on 40 cable television systems and video streamed over the Internet from www.fulldisclosure.net . In 2002 the Full Disclosure™ program was presented with a local public affairs Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

SCHOOL BOND $$$ WHERE DOES IT GO?….WHERE WILL IT END?


Los Angeles Unified School Bonds
1997 BB Bonds $2.4 Billion
2000 K Bonds $3.48 Billion
2004 R Bonds $3.85 Billion
2005 Bonds $3.95 Billion

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Running Total $13.8 Billion

Los Angeles, CA. In December of 2003 Jim McConnell chief executive for Facilities/Operations of the Los Angeles Unified School District appeared on the Full Disclosure television program to promote an $8 billion school expansion program that has since been upgraded to $15 billion in 2005.

Full Disclosure Network™ is releasing a nine (9) minute video presentation containing excerpts from the Mc Connell 2003 interview that will begin running on the Internet via streaming video starting Thursday, August 4, 2005 on the www.fulldisclosure.net website.

In the presentation Mc Connell defends the no-bid contract awarded on the controversial Santee Dairy property saying “it was a good business deal.” And when asked how he handles the powerful and politically connected people who want to influence the multi-billion dollar expansion program, he says that he has no trouble with that at all.

During the one hour interview, hosted by Leslie Dutton, McConnell was asked about declining birth rates in Los Angeles he again defended the school expansion plans saying they are warranted and projected growth is based upon fluctuating numbers of school-age children coming to LAUSD. He further explained the intricacies of state funding which requires use of a formula allowing for increasing projections for growth to obtain maximum matching funds.

When questioned about the little known LAUSD Finance Corporation, a non-profit, public benefit corporation set up by LAUSD, McConnell stated it is considered to be a "Land Bank" that holds resources from non-voter approved bonds known as Certificates of Participation (COPs) for “undefined projects and future land purchases by the District.” When asked why the media had not ever reported on LAUSD Financing Corporation which was formed in 2000McConnell said that further details as to how it operates is available from the General Counsel of the Board of Education.

The Full Disclosure Network™ has interviewed many of the key people involved in the planning, construction, financing and investigations of the LAUSD Belmont Learning Center which has never been occupied and to date has cost $330 million, was partially demolished in December 2004 and scheduled for remediation and reconstruction soon, with an estimated total cost of approximately half a billion dollars. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented a local public affairs EMMY award to host Leslie Dutton for her 2001. # # # # #

Saturday, July 23, 2005

SECRET SCHOOL BONDS SPARK VIDEO BLOG REBUTTAL.....From Former Prosecutor


Los Angeles, CA. Former Special Assistant L. A. County D. A. Anthony Patchett, who headed the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Belmont Learning Center investigation has attacked the Full Disclosure Network™ video blog citing certain statements which he says indicate there was an “intent” by the LAUSD to violate federal and/or state laws governing the finance and construction of public schools.

Patchett presents his response in a 8 minute 23 second rebuttal video blog that is to be released on the www.fulldisclosure.net website on Monday, July 25, 2005. The former prosecutor's rebuttal statements seeks to substantiate his views that the school district violated state law and or the Internal Revenue Service Codes, referring to statements made in a Full Disclosure interview with David Cartwright, Sr. Partner, O’Melveny & Myers who served as the LAUSD outside legal counsel and Dominick Shambra who was Director of Planning and Development for the still incomplete controversial Belmont project.

In the Full Disclosure video blog Cartwright & Shambra claim that no crime was committed after spending non-voter approved, tax-exempt Certificates of Participation, known as COPs bonds for the design, construction and fixtures to be used by a private enterprise retail development that never materialized. Out of a total $92 million, approximately $72 million of the COP bonds, issued for Belmont, are still outstanding. David Cartwright claimed that private sector sources paid for the retail portion.

The retail portion of the publicly financed project was to be located underneath the Belmont Learning Center which has never been occupied, has cost taxpayers $330 million, was partially demolished in December 2004, slated for remediation of toxic hazards and is soon to be reconstructed.

Patchett rebutted Cartwright and Shambra’s claims saying “If you look at what occurred in the Belmont Learning Complex, using $17 million dollars of COP money to fund the project and then to say well we haven’t committed a crime because we don’t really have retail. However, the money has been spent, it’s just like in any other crime, if you steal money or you if take money with a certain intent, their intent here was to build a retail structure. That is what has occurred they used the money”

In his rebuttal Patchett said “That’s how they were finally able to escape from the grasp of the IRS. The LAUSD indicated, well we have never put a retail structure in there, we put a frame. So now what we are going to do is we are going to build, exclusively a school. And then I say, ‘if you build exclusively a school you violated the law because, you didn’t give the contract to the lowest bidder (as required by state law).’ They ended up giving it to the highest bidder, which, as I have indicated, took a bid of $95 million which was the highest bid and its on it’s way to half a billion dollars.”

Featured in this rebuttal video blog are: Anthony Patchett, Dominick Shambra & David Cartwright, moderated by Full Disclosure Network™ host Leslie Dutton. Both the original video blog and the rebuttal blog are featured on the www.fulldisclosure.net website.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

IRS RELENTS TO SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOUT


Los Angeles, CA . A new 9 minute video blog to be released on Monday, July 18 th , 2005 on the internet website www.fulldisclosure.net reveals the enormous financial clout wielded by the Los Angeles Unified School District and how that clout was used to manipulate the IRS, fending off penalties for violations of Internal Revenue Codes for illegal use of tax-exempt bonds.

The Full Disclosure Network™ discovered a series of letters sent by the Internal Revenue Service to the LAUSD in 2001 and 2002 regarding the illegal use of $92 million in non-voter approved, tax-exempt bonds, known as Certificates of Participation (COPs), issued in 1997 to build the controversial Belmont Learning Center. The school project has cost to date $330 million, has never been occupied and was partially demolished in December 2004. Reconstruction plans are underway.

The first IRS letter dated 2001 cited the school district for violations. The second letter dated 2002 mandated serious penalties for “a deliberate attempt to provide misleading valuations and statements that could be considered in addressing any issuer liability for IRC penalties.” A third letter in 2002, reversed the first two letters, subject to further reporting.

Featured on this 9 minute video blog are: 

Anthony Patchett, former head of the DA's Belmont Task Force explains how influential lawyers employed by LAUSD have the ability to sway even the most powerful federal agencies.

Dominick Shambra: Director of Planning & Development for LAUSD Belmont project describes the IRS correspondence with the LAUSD.

David Cartwright, Sr. Partner, O'Melveny & Myers, outside legal counsel to LAUSD claims the IRS found no wrong doing in the Belmont project.

Edwin Meese, III former U. S. Attorney General defines large conglomerate law firms and impact on government and public policies.

Since December 2004, the Full Disclosure Network™ has produced and distributed over 14 hours of interviews with the key players in the LAUSD Belmont Learning Center scandal. In 2002 a Special Series entitled “ L.A.'s War Against Terrorism” received an Emmy Award for Public Affairs and Informational programming from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Friday, July 08, 2005

SECRET SCHOOL BONDS CREATE $ BILLIONS IN PUBLIC DEBT


Los Angeles, CA. While investigating the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) $330 million Belmont Learning Center fiasco, the Full Disclosure Network™ discovered a secret public financing operation whereby they quietly issue non-voter approved, tax-exempt bonds, mounting billions in public debt, and which is passed on to unsuspecting taxpayers for undefined projects .

The seven minute video blog, features clips from national, state and local figures including:

Edwin Meese, III, U.S. Attorney General (1985-88)

California State Controller Kathleen Connell (1995-2003)

Anthony Patchett special district attorney and head of the L. A County D.A.’s Belmont investigation

LAUSD Chief Facilities Executive Jim Mc Connell,

LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax,

Anthony Patchett describes the LAUSD financing operation as a “pyramid scheme to defraud the voters” and Jim Mc Connell confirms the existence of a secret public benefit corporation saying the LAUSD Land Bank is funded by Certificates of Participation (COP) bonds. Also LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax describes the extent of outstanding liability to the LAUSD and former State Controller Kathleen Connell said the use of COP bonds is a way to circumvent Proposition 13, which mandated voter approval for public indebtedness. Ed Meese describes the secret bond financing process as a “gimmick” to fool the taxpayers.

The Secret School Bonds video blog is to be released on Internet on Monday, July 11, 2005. This seven minute video presentation is made possible by video streaming from the www.fulldisclosure.net website and features an Interactive survey for viewers to cast votes and make comments on the controversial public financing operations.

Since December 2004, the Full Disclosure Network™ has produced and distributed over 14 hours of interviews with the key players in the LAUSD Belmont Learning Center scandal. In 2002 a Special Series entitled “ L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” received an Emmy Award for Public Affairs and Informational programming from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. .

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

LAW ENFORCEMENT vs “SOCIAL WORKER” SHERIFFS


L. A. County’s Lee Baca says he is a “social worker” sheriff

Los Angeles, CA. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca tells Full Disclosure Network™ “We are a social service agency and I am viewed as a social service sheriff.” Baca’s comments were made in the first segment of the program covering “use of force” policy changes within the department since the well publicized shooting incident in the City of Compton where 120 rounds were fired at an unarmed suspect.

When asked by host Leslie Dutton, how his deputies win respect for their authority if they use a “social worker” approach when dealing with drunken, unruly people in a public places, Baca responded, “ there have to be exceptions.” He went on to say that when an unruly person, under the influence of drugs is a threat to themselves and society at large you cannot use the “social worker” approach.

The Full Disclosure Network™ interview with Baca consists of three segments covering the following topics:

1st Segment: “Social Worker” Sheriffs, use of force policy changes and deputy discretion.

2nd Segment: Complete details of the Compton shoot-out and Sheriff Baca’s policy on issuing Concealed Weapon Permits

3rd Segment: Hiring policies, Federal Consent Decrees and changes in hiring standards and Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy program and the Terrorist Reserve unit.

A FREE five minute streaming video of this first segment will be launched on the www.fulldisclosure.net website on Monday, July 4, 2005 and will be featured 24/7 on the 40 cable systems as part of the entire interview. A listing of channels and airtimes can be found by community on the website.

The Full Disclosure Network™ cable and Internet television programs have focused on law enforcement policy at the local, state and nation level for the past thirteen years. In 2002 a Special Series featuring Baca and entitled “ L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” received a local Emmy Award for public affairs/informational programming from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

SHERIFF’S POLITICS, ORGANIZED CRIME & MORE

L. A. County Sheriff Lee Baca talks about the challenge

Los Angeles, CA . According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca the politics of being Sheriff in one of the nation's largest counties is one where he often is challenged by elected officials from some 40 contract cities, the Metropolitian Transit Authority and nine Community Colleges when ever problems happen. On this Part-one of a two part Full Disclosure Network™ interview Baca tells Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton that unlike an appointed Police Chief he has flexibility as Sheriff to change policy, because he does not have to go through a chain of command, to a police commission or even a city council and mayor whenever problems happen.

The Baca interview, is to be released on cable channels & the Internet on Monday, June 27, 2005 A five minute streaming video preview will be featured on www.fulldisclosure.net .

Sheriff Baca was questioned about Russian organized crime in West Hollywood where the FBI has targeted investigations of Medi-Cal fraud and money laundering operations. Baca told Full Disclosure Network™ organized crime is a concern because L. A. County has the largest immigrant population in the United States. “Thus there is organized crime among the Russian communities, the Armenian, Middle Eastern and certainly in the Asian communities”.

Other issues discussed in-depth in this interview are:

-Federal Court mandates for hiring more women deputies

-Voluntary racial and ethnic data collection to deter racial profiling by deputies

-Special Order 40 and enforcement of Federal immigration laws

-Federal Government fails to pay for Sheriffs and Police incarcerating illegal immigrants

Part-two of this interview will be released the week of July 4 th on the Internet and on 40 cable systems. A listing of channels and airtimes can be found by community by clicking here.

The Full Disclosure Network™ cable and Internet television programs have focused on law enforcement policy at the local, state and national level for the past thirteen years. In 2002 a Special Series featuring Sheriff Baca, LAPD Chief Bernard Parks entitled “ L.A.'s War Against Terrorism” received a local Emmy Award for public affairs/informational programming from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

CONCEALED WEAPONS? SHERIFFS BACA & CARONA DEBATE

Release date: June 19, 2005

Los Angeles, CA. The striking contrast in law enforcement policy governing Concealed Weapon Permits (CCWs) comes into focus on a five minute Full Disclosure™ video blog to be launched on the world-wide Internet Monday, June 20, 2005 at the www.fulldisclosure.net website.

This video blog features Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona explaining their conflicting policies and criteria for issuing CCWs. The fundamental disagreement on the process is presented here and can be viewed 24/7 from the Full Disclosure Network™ website.(which can be watched by clicking on this link). Following the five minute video, viewers are invited to respond to a three question survey and to offer their comments, which will appear on the video blog page the following week.

When asked by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton, if she could personally obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit in their county Sheriffs Baca and Carona provided sharply differing responses, demonstrating the conflict in policy. It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in California without a permit. Permits are issued by the local Sheriff or Police Chief. The criteria for obtaining a CCW permit is based upon the local official law enforcement official’s own policy. In most of the United States “Right to Carry” laws have been enacted.

Full Disclosure Network’s ™ regular cable and Internet television programs are featured on 40 cable television systems and video streamed on the Internet. Channels and airtimes are listed by community from the website.

Full Disclosure™ host Leslie Dutton has been conducting interviews for the past thirteen years with local, state and national law enforcement officials in order to inform the public on critical police policies and procedures.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE ON COMPTON SHOOT-OUT

Los Angeles, CA. L. A. County Sheriff Lee Baca describes the Compton California shoot-out and suspensions involving thirteen Deputy Sheriffs in an exclusive Full Disclosure™ one-hour interview with Emmy award winning host Leslie Dutton videotaped on Thursday, June 9, 2005.
An eight minute video preview containing Baca’s detailed explanation of shooting, reprimands, policy changes and community relations tactics can be viewed on the world-wide Internet (Free on demand) at www.fulldisclosure.net website starting Wednesday, June 15, 2005 for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Among the policy changes Baca describes in the Full Disclosure™ preview are:

  • Approaching vehicles will now be handled by “Special Weapons Teams” instead of patrol deputies with pistols.
  • Changed shooting policy so no more shooting at moving vehicles
  • New policy: “don’t rush in to danger”
  • Department and Deputies admit the problem
  • Stronger community based policing program
  • Go door to door to survey neighborhood on how to increase safety.

Full Disclosure Network’s ™ entire hour-long interview with Baca is to be released on the Internet week of June 27, 2005 and will be featured on 40 cable television systems. Channels and airtimes listed by community are also available from the website.


Full Disclosure™ host Leslie Dutton has been conducting interviews for the past thirteen years with local, state and national law enforcement officials in order to inform the public on critical police policies and procedures.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Reagan Revolution Revived?

Ed Meese on Tax Limits, Pornography & Mental Health Reforms



Los Angeles, CA . According to former U. S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, III, the Reagan Tax Revolution including California's Proposition 13 are being circumvented when government uses such debt gimmicks as non-voter approved tax-exempt bonds, known as Certificates of Participation (COPs) and Tax Revenue Anticipation Bonds (TRANS) to raise revenues for the ever increasing annual spending. This part-two of the Meese interview will be launched on the Full Disclosure Network™ cable network starting Monday, June 13th on 40 cable systems for the next six months.

Meese who served as Chief of Staff to California Governor Ronald Reagan and during the Reagan Presidential Administration, told Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton there needs to be a comprehensive look at the state of pornography, 20 years after his 1985 Commission in light of the Internet. This review should evaluate the technological means for prosecution, the laws needed, and protections for the children. Meese also said a new commission on Internet pornography could make recommendations for the legislative process.

In the third segment of this Part-two Ed Meese describes the 1970's California reform legislation which released the mentally ill from warehouses and who some say have contributed to the homeless problem on the streets for the next three decades.

A FREE six minute preview of this part one of the two- part interview with will be featured via streaming video on the Full Disclosure Network ™ website at www.fulldisclosure.net and the complete thirty minute interview will shown on cable television systems. Channels and air times, by community are listed on the website.

Topics covered in Part-one of this interview were:

-U. S. Attorney's role in the War on Terrorism

-Illegal Immigration and the U. S. Attorney's discretionary powers.

-Large conglomerate law firms and their role in controlling government policy and business.


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Thursday, June 02, 2005

ED MEESE: U.S. Justice Corrupted by Ideology

Los Angeles, CA. Major political powers are using the U.S. Justice system to attain political goals because they are unable to enact legislation to promote their agenda. According to former U. S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, III, these forces are making an “end run” around elected representatives by using the judicial appointment process to win controversial and ideological court decisions rather than interpreting laws.

In a two-part interview on the Full Disclosure Network™ cable and Internet television program, the former U. S. Attorney General in the Reagan Administration, told Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton that activist judges in the U.S. Courts are expanding their roles by taking over state and local functions, operating state prisons, school boards and mental institutions. He noted the Courts are not suited or qualified for this activity and it causes confusion as to who is responsible for those functions.”

A FREE five minute preview of this part one of the two- part interview with will be featured via streaming video on the Full Disclosure Network ™ website at www.fulldisclosure.net starting Monday June 6, 2005 and will be distributed to cable television systems for the next six months.

Other topics covered in this first half-hour of the interview are:

  • U. S. Attorney’s role in the War on Terrorism.
  • Illegal immigration and the U. S. Attorney's discretionary powers.
  • Large conglomerate law firms and their role in controlling government policy and business.

    Part-two of the interview will be released June 13th and will include the following:
  • The tax limitation revolution: side-tracked by non-voter approved bonds?
  • The Attorney Generals 1985 Commission on Pornography, is it time for another one?
  • Did the mental health legislative reforms of the 1970’s cause homelessness of the next three decades?

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