Saturday, January 07, 2006

INTERNET VIDEO: SCHOOL AUDIT TO REVEAL $BILLIONS

Los Angeles, CA—Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick has dropped some clues as to how she would approach an audit of the massive Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in a one hour interview with Full Disclosure™ host Leslie Dutton. A free eight (8) minute preview offers a glimpse into the aggressive tactics to be used by Chick who is serving the last 3-1/2 years of her second term. The preview is available on the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/446-7_chick_preview.php as a public service, 24/7, on demand.

Controller Chick described the multi-billion dollar annual budget of the school district and cited the need to assure the public the money was being used properly. Full Disclosure™ has reported on previous programs the LAUSD has received $27 Billion in local bonds and state matching funds over the past seven years, while enrollment in the district was declining.

Among the potential audit items and issues discussed by Laura Chick in the 8 minute preview are:
  • Necessity for the school district to disclose the amount of interest paid for financing the controversial and incomplete Belmont Learning Complex. Belmont was funded by $92 million in Certificates of Participation (COPS) bonds six years ago, without a vote of the people, Chick said the taxpayers deserve to know what the money was used for.
  • She expressed concerns about the separation of Church and State with regard to allegations received by Belmont prosecutor Anthony Patchett that LAUSD had been donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to various Catholic church charities. She indicated an audit should reveal what benefit the public was getting for such an expenditure and it should be disclosed what the Catholic church was doing for the LAUSD.
  • What caused her to drop her support of former Mayor James Hahn for re-election following her audits of the Los Angeles Airport and Harbor Commission contracts where “Pay to Play” issues were raised.
  • Need for the public to communicate to the LAUSD Board Members about the need for an audit.
Full Disclosure™ public affairs programs are billed as “the news behind the news” and have been featured for the past thirteen years on 40 cable systems and video streamed on the Internet worldwide on the website www.fulldisclosure.net In 2002 the Full Disclosure™ program was presented with an Emmy Award for a public affairs series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” which was presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

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