Friday, February 24, 2006

Video on LAUSD's Belmont Demolition: Costs Rising to Half $Billion

Los Angeles, CA In late December 2004 the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) began demolishing approximately one third of the new and never occupied Belmont High School campus which has cost taxpayers $238 million to build with another $110 million for partial demolition and reconstruction.The demolition of Belmont went virtually unnoticed by the Los Angeles news media and the community because it took place just a few days before Christmas when most people were preoccupied wrapping holiday gifts and attending to activities of the season. The LAUSD Facilities Division refused the FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK requests to gain access to the site to videotape the demolition activity. The entire site was blocked off to the public view by chain link fences covered with green tarp and topped with barbed wire—the full perimeter. Some of demolished buildings were built atop an earthquake fault on the 35-acre site in downtown Los Angeles, formerly known as the Los Angeles Oil Field, which is plagued with toxic hazards such as methane gas and hydrogen sulfide. However, the Full Disclosure Cable Television Network was able to shoot aerial video footage of the demolition and will begin showing an exclusive five-minute video, of the destruction of the controversial Belmont High School buildings starting Wednesday, January 19, 2005. The video can be viewed by from this link. Experts estimate that with the cost to remediate the toxic hazards, cost overruns and change orders, the final cost of Belmont (renamed Vista Hermosa) could come to half a billion dollars.

A FREE three (3) minute video presentation of the Full Disclosure Network series entitled, "Belmont: The Black Hole of School Construction" is now available 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

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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