Monday, January 23, 2006

Belmont: the Black Hole of School Construction

Los Angeles, CA. A FREE three (3) minute video presentation of the Full Disclosure Network™ series entitled, “Belmont: The Black Hole of School Construction” will be available starting Monday; January 23, 2006 on the Internet at the URL: and can be accessed “On Demand” 24/7, as a public service. This preview of a new two-part series, features exclusive video footage of all the major players involved in the planning, development, financing and investigations of the notorious Belmont Learning Center, in the L. A. Unified School District, they are:

  • Steve Cooley , L.A. County District Attorney
  • Jim McConnell, LAUSD Cheif Facilities Executive
  • Anthony Patchett, Belmont Prosecutor, Special Asst. D.A. (ret)
  • Don Mullinax, Inspector General L.A. Unified School District
  • Roger Carrick. Special Legal Counsel to Inspector General
  • Scott Wildman. Chair. CA Legislative Audit Committee
  • Dominic Shambra, Dir. Planning & Development LAUSD
  • David Cartwright, Sr. Partner O'Melveny & Myers
  • Dr. Kaye Kilburn, USC Keck School of Medicine, Edgington Chair

The still incomplete public school is now estimated to have cost almost a half a billion dollars after seven years of investigations, lawsuits and controversy. When the Los Angeles news media ceased covering the Belmont Learning Center debacle the Full Disclosure Network™ (FDN) jumped at the opportunity to cover the story, on videotape, as a PUBLIC SERVICE. Belmont was only 60% complete and had an estimated cost of $175 million to $228 million. Most public officials and the news media had pronounced the project a “dead issue". That could not have been farther from the truth.

Following the LAUSD Board vote to complete the Belmot project costs continue to escalate. Demolition of the new and never occupied buildings located on an earthquake fault and costly re-reconstruction began in December of 2004. A one hundred-thirty-two million dollar million remediation for the methane and hydrogen sulfide gases has been planned but as of December 2005, not yet approved by the State of California.

Just fifteen days after the 2005 Full Disclosure Network™ series entitled “Belmont: The Black Hole of School Construction” was shown on Southern California Cable channels, Jim Mc Connell announced his intention to leave the LAUSD. As Chief Executive of the Facilities Division Mc Connell was featured in the FDN series saying, “the days of Belmont are over”. However, mistaken he was, as the days of Belmont were far from finished.

Here are a few of the revelations in Belmont: The Black Hole of school construction:

  • What lawsuit blocked BB Bond funds from being used to build Belmont?
  • Why was the site (an old oil field) purchased “as is”?
  • How did LAUSD Raise the first $92 million to pay for Belmont?
  • Why was construction on Belmont stopped when only 60% complete?
  • Who stopped the construction?
  • LAUSD had to change State laws to win approval for Belmont, why?

Full Disclosure network™ produces public affairs programming, billed as “the news behind the news” since 1992. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented a public affairs Emmy to host Leslie Dutton for the special series entitled “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism. Featured on over 40 cable systems and the Internet, worldwide on , Channels and air times are listed on the website

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