Friday, March 11, 2005

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION: WASTE, FRAUD & ABUSE?

"Best of Belmont" video series from Full Disclosure Network™

Los Angeles, CA - Starting Monday, March 14, 2005 Full Disclosure Network™ will video stream a special 30 minute Internet and cable television program entitled "BEST OF BELMONT" featuring excerpts from revealing interviews with the major players involved in the planning, development, financing and investigations of the Belmont Learning Center, the most notorious and costly school construction project , located in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The video will be launched from the www.fulldisclosure.net website and will be distributed to 40 cable channels statewide.

Belmont Learning Center, recently renamed Vista Hermosa or Central High #11, was built on a 35 acre site where approximately 1000 closed oil wells are located on top of an earthquake fault. The site is known as the old Los Angeles Oil Field (Click here to view a photo of the Oil Field Site) The new and never occupied buildings were partially demolished in 2004 after costing $330 million. Experts predict the total cost could come to $1/2 billion.

Among the major players featured on the video are LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax who documented volumes of waste, fraud and abuse on the Belmont construction project and David Cartwright, Sr. Partner of O’Melveny & Myers who served as outside legal counsel to the LAUSD. Also appearing are District Attorney Steve Cooley, Special Legal Counsel to LAUSD Inspector General Roger Carrick, Dominick Shambra former LAUSD Director of Planning and Development and Scott Wildman who served as Chairman of the California Joint Legislative Audit Committee and Anthony Patchett, Special Deputy D.A. who headed the Belmont investigation.

Additionally, the program contains a Special Report with exclusive video footage of the demolition of Belmont which took place in December of 2004. The LAUSD refused to allow Full Disclosure™ cameras on the site to record the demolition , making it necessary to obtain aerial footage from a private airplane.

To view this program and other programs in the series “Belmont the World’s Most Expensive High School” please visit www.fulldisclosure.net where you can also check the Channel Listings with air times and channels for cable stations by community.

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