Friday, May 20, 2005

L.A. Council to Keep Mayor in Check?

RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2004

Videotaped May 12, 2005

Los Angeles, CA—City Councilman Bernard Parks who serves as the Chairman of the powerful City Budget Committee says there is a need for the City Council play greater role in screening the Mayor’s appointments to powerful Commissions in order to avert possible conflict of interests, as occurred in James Hahn administration.

With nearly 40 years of government experience, the former Police Chief Bernard Parks commented on the need for higher scrutiny of the Mayor’s actions such as seeking political endorsements from Neighborhood Councils who are funded with taxpayer dollars. Parks said that Mayoral endorsements by city funded groups certainly should raise a question of ethics.

In a no-holds barred interview on the Full Disclosure Network™ public affairs cable and Internet television program Parks commented on the most corrupt mayoral administration since the era of recalled Mayor Shaw. The first half of this two-part interview is set to be launched from the website on Monday, May 23, 2005. An eight minute preview of highlights can be viewed 24/7 and the entire program will be shown on cable systems for the next six months.

Parks also noted the L. A. City Council has for the first time approved a budget policy document prohibiting any new government programs without providing for funding. He also stated that a fiscal crisis was averted this year when the City took in an extraordinary amount of money from property tax transfers that prevented any budget cut-backs. And, in fact, Parks said this year’s budget was the best in five or six years, with no cuts, increases in service and even increases in personnel.

Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton has been conducting interviews covering political corruption and government accountability for the past thirteen years. In 2002 the Full Disclosure series “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” received a Southern California Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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