Saturday, July 23, 2005
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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Posted by Full Disclosure Network at 4:07 PM
Saturday, July 16, 2005
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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Posted by Full Disclosure Network at 8:50 AM
Friday, July 08, 2005
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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Posted by Full Disclosure Network at 2:45 PM
Saturday, July 02, 2005
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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Posted by Full Disclosure Network at 2:18 PM