Saturday, June 10, 2006

Internet Video: Half $ Billion Belmont School Described by Former Legal Counsel (7 min)

Los Angeles, CA Senior Partner with the O'Melveny & Myers lawfirm, Mr. David Cartwright, who served as the outside real estate Counsel to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in the early days of the Belmont Learning Center project, appears in a seven minute Full Disclosure video preview of a one-hour interview at the following URL:

Cartwright explains the history of the project and why there was no prosecution of allegations of waste, fraud and abuse, documented in the reports prepared by LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax. Experts have estimated the unfinished and unoccupied Belmont school has cost a half a $Billion dollars and is under re-construction almost ten years later after a demolition of some of the new buildings located on an earthquake fault.

He also, describes how as legal counsel he charted the course as "part of a project team that was specifically created to start knocking down the barriers to school construction" and explains why the Belmont site, formerly known as the old Los Angeles oil field, was purchased "as is" and why the developer failed to remediate the toxic hazards of methane gas and hydrogen sulfide on the site.

In describing the condemning reports prepared by LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax and the California Joint Legislative Audit committee on Belmont, Cartwright says they were complete works of "fiction". .
He blames school board member David Tokofsky and legal counselors to LAUSD Inspector General for shutting down Belmont construction. Cartwright claimed they didn't "have a clue about school construction or oil and gas." Describing them as having "...a fairly scandalous role in the Belmont project..." "...who have quite reprehensible conduct in this whole affair."

This interview is one of fourteen, hour-long interviews conducted by the Full Disclosure Network, with the major players involved in the planning, financing and development of the notorious Belmont Learning Center. Award winning host and interviewer, Leslie Dutton was presented with a local public affairs Emmy for the 2002 series entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism" featuring law enforcement officials LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca, Police Union Director and LAPD Lt. Ken Hillman and Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas on how they planned to work together to fight terrorism in Los Angeles.

The Full Disclosure programs can be seen on 43 cable systems and the Internet. A listing of cable channels and airtimes is available on the website at :

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