Friday, April 21, 2006

TOXIC SCHOOL SITE GETS OK FROM STATE WATCHDOGS: Free Internet Video


Los Angeles, CA.

FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK(tm) presents a full half-hour program covering the role of the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) engaging in a public relations campaign to enable the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to complete a massive public school project on a notorious toxic and hazardous site. The DTSC action was seen as a way to help LAUSD justify the $1/2 billion dollar expenditure of taxpayer funds on the doomed Belmont Learning Center Complex.


Watch this Free 24 min video http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/417_BelmontSafe.htm that features exclusive video clips from a January 19, 2005 DTSC community hearing, including testimony from experts. This is one of two-part Full Disclosure cable and internet TV program reveals what some people feel is a conspiracy to hide government wrong doing . Featured on 43 cable systems and the Internet "On Demand" 24/7.

The Belmont Learning Center Complex (recently renamed Central High #11 or Vista Hermosa) is located on a 35-acre site in downtown Los Angeles, formerly known as the Los Angeles Oil Field. The site is plagued by toxic hazards such as methane gas and hydrogen sulfide that are considered a highly dangerous threat to children, teachers and others who are exposed.

Shown on the Full Disclosure video is Hamid Saebfar, DTSC Division Chief (School Property Evaluation/Clean Up), lauding the long standing cooperation between his agency and the LAUSD. His remarks were refuted by Anthony Patchett, former Head of the Environmental Crimes Division, Office of L. A County District Attorney who also served as Chief of the Belmont investigation “Nothing could be further from the truth” he told Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton. Patchett went on to say DTSC has been out of the loop on Belmont since 1991. They are supposed to be a watchdog agency but instead are now promoting the LAUSD “passive” remediation plan, which in the case of volatile organic chemicals (VOC) contamination, that can never be remediated due to close proximity of groundwater.

Also, responding to the danger posed by hydrogen sulfide and earthquake faults was Dr. Debra Otis, Sr. Toxicologist for the DTSC and Dr. Kaye H. Kilburn (MD), noted author, who holds the Ralph Edgington Chair, Keck School of Medicine at USC. Dr. Kilburn commented on chemical brain injuries and described the 1992 earthquake at Long Beach and Wilmington where permanent and irreversible brain damage occurred to employees and school children who were exposed. Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton has been conducting a series of interviews entitled “BELMONT: The World's Most Expensive High School". Visit our cable channel guide for airtimes available in your area where our programs are broadcast weekly for viewing on television.

Billed as "the news behind the news" FULL DISCLOSURE (tm) is hosted Lesile Dutton 2002 winner of the local Emmy Award for Public Affairs Series entitled "L.A.'s War against Terrorism." In 2004 and 2005 Full Disclosure covered the Belmont fiasco and was featured in a 14 part special series of programs entitled "Belmont: The World's Most Expensive High School" and "Belmont: The Black Hole of Public School Construction".

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