Thursday, May 26, 2005

PUBLIC CORRUPTION & CRIME DEMORALIZE VOTERS

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.

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Friday, May 20, 2005

L.A. Council to Keep Mayor in Check?

RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2004

L. A. COUNCIL TO KEEP MAYOR IN CHECK?
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 www.fulldisclosure.net 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.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

LAPD OWNED BY PARTISANS: Police Union Empowered

Los Angeles, CA According to retired LAPD Captain Kenneth Hillman who also served as a Director of the police union, a small group of partisans were the masterminds who reformed the Los Angeles Police Department. "They own it" said Hillman in describing the partisan politicalization of the LAPD which also resulted in the Los Angeles Police Protective League's own empowerment. Hillman told Leslie Dutton, host of the Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure™ cable and Internet television program, that the ACLU and the Democrats have complete control of the Police Department.


On this part-two of the Full Disclosure™ program, Captain Hillman said that the Police union made a deal with then-candidate for Mayor James Hahn, to support his campaign in exchange for his approving the 3/12 work schedule for the police officers. This was accomplished due to the union's new-found political power, which was brought about by the partisian reforms enacted by the 1992 Proposition "F" and other City Charter changes in the wake of the Rodney King incident.


This part-two will be launched on the Internet starting Friday, May 13, 2005 running 24/7 via video streaming from www.fulldisclosure.net along with a complete listing of the cable channels and airtimes where the programs will be shown for the next six months.


Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton has been conducting interviews with law enforcement officials regarding police politics and public policy since 1992.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

CHIEF OF LAPD: THE MAYOR S MOUTH PIECE

POLITICS DETERMINES POLICE POLICIES



VIDEOTAPE DATE: April 27, 2005

Los Angeles, CA—The Los Angeles Police Department has become so politicized that the Chief of Police is now the Mayor’s mouthpiece, according to retired LAPD Captain Kenneth Hillman who also served as a Director of the L. A Police Protective League. Furthermore, Hillman says that police policy has been changing every time a new Chief is selected, because under City Charter Reform Proposition F, the Mayor now has complete control over removal of the Chief of Police.

On this part-one of a two-part Full Disclosure™ program, Captain Hillman said that a Police Chief used to be protected by a civil service process where the Chief answered to five bosses rather than the Mayor. The program will be launched on the Internet Friday, May 6, 2005 running 24/7 via video streaming from www.fulldisclosure.net along with a complete listing of the cable channels and airtimes where the programs will be shown for the next six months.

Captain Ken Hillman and former LAPD Chief Ed Davis were the only members of LAPD Command Staff to have transitioned from leadership roles in the police labor union, known as the Police Protective League. Hillman describes the reasons why the Police Union became so active following passage of Proposition “F” in 1992. He said the union became powerful out of self-preservation, when the Mayor’s power over the Chief made the Chief become the Mayor’s mouthpiece.

As an example of the politicalization of the LAPD, the retired Captain pointed to the new police policy such as the recent ban on steel flashlights following an incident that happened during the campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles. He cited the need for police officers to use a substantial self-defense tool, but that Chief William Bratton reversed his position during the Mayoral campaign.

Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton has been conducting interviews with law enforcement officials regarding police politics and public policy since 1992. Part-two of the interview with Captain Ken Hillman covering police union politics and campaigns will be released on the internet and cable channels the week of May 11, 2005.