RELEASE DATE: May 30, 2004
PUBLIC CORRUPTION & CRIME DEMORALIZE VOTERS
Videotaped May 12, 2005
Los Angeles, CA—On the second-half of the Full Disclosure Network™ cable and Internet television program, Councilman Bernard Parks compared the recent dismal 27 percent voter turn-out in the L. A. Mayor’s race to a 67 percent turn-out in the democracy of Iraq. Parks observed that voters in Los Angeles are apparently voting with their feet, by saying they are not going to participate because government is not working for them.
The former LAPD Chief Parks who is a 40-year government veteran cited reasons for the recent voter disillusionment
(1) $3 million slush fund scandal in the Department of Water & Power that was used to polish the image of Mayor James Hahn and for fundraisers for candidates at the council level.
(2) The politicalization of the Police Department to promote the Mayor’s policies and views and manipulation of crime statistics for political purposes.
(3) A costly LAPD Federal Consent Decree that asks police officers to create a survey form to validate that they are violating civil rights. Parks says this “makes no sense.”
(4) L. A. Airport contractors being forced to financially contribute to the Mayor’s campaign against the grass roots Secession movement under threat of loosing their contracts.
(5) And on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Belmont Learning Center debacle, Parks said no one in private business could squander $300 million and then just wander away, without being held accountable.
This second-half of the Bernard Parks interview is set to be launched from the www.fulldisclosure.net website on Monday, May 30, 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.
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.