Monday, January 30, 2006

SHOULD LOCAL POLICE ARREST ILLEGALS?: INTERNET VIDEO


Los Angeles, CA— In the City of Los Angeles, which at one time declared itself a “sanctuary” for illegal immigrants, in 1979 LAPD Chief Daryl Gates instituted a policy known as “Special Order 40” that prohibited local police officers from enforcing U. S. Immigration laws. The Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure Network™ is re-releasing an exclusive nine minute Internet video where Gates and other high ranking L. A. County officials describe conditions which led to this now controversial policy. Available at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/409-410-DavidGascon.htm “free on demand” 24/7 as a public service.

Appearing on the Internet Video with Leslie Dutton, 2002 Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure™ producer/host are:
  • Assistant LAPD Chief David J. Gascon (ret) who provides commentary on Special Order 40 policy with reasons why it should now be reconsidered in light of 9/11. He points out that we will not be able to count on Washington D. C. to protect us from terrorists.
  • Former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates who describes the Calif. Attorney General opinion that held once illegal immigrants were in the country for a period of time, local police were not to approach them. He also describes how the LAPD lost a female officer who was also a mother, had been shot in the face and killed by an illegal immigrant.
  • Former LAPD Chief Bayan Lewis: describes how illegals had been rounded up in “sweeps” and that fear within the illegal immigrant community kept them from reporting crimes.
  • L. A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca: reveals that 23% of the county jails are filled with illegal aliens, 70% of which return to jail 4 or 5 times after deportation.
  • L. A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich: describes how Sheriff Deputy March was murdered by an illegal immigrant by the name of Garcia who had been deported three times, having served no time for the crimes he committed, he returned to the U. S. and murdered Deputy March.
  • L.A. P. D. Deputy Chief Art Lopez explains that Los Angeles is a melting pot and “the city fathers, the City Council and the Police Commission has spoken that we want to provide services to everybody, regardless of their undocumented status. Unless they break the law, then we’re not going to report things to the INS.”
Video clips for this preview were taken from a special two-part series produced by the Emmy award winning Full Disclosure™ cable and Internet program that can be seen on over 40 cable systems and on the website at www.fulldisclosure.net.

Friday, January 27, 2006

SHERIFF DEBATES LAPD SPECIAL ORDER 40 ON IMMIGRATION LAW


Los Angeles, CA. January 27, 2006 --Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates and LA Police Commission Presidents Edith Perez and Rick Caruso are featured in a "free" eight minute video blog the LAPD Special Order 40 which prohibits local law enforcement officers from enforcing U. S. immigration law. This eight minute presentation is available on the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog10.php "on Demand" 24/7 as a public service.

This fast moving debate LAPD Chief Daryl Gates (ret) explains why he enacted the Special Order 40 policy in 1979 and two former Presidents of the Los Angeles Police Commission, Edith Perez and Rick Caruso describe the reasoning behind the "don't ask, don't tell, don't arrest" policy which started in Los Angeles and has spread to many major cities throughout the United States.
Other contributing factors behind the controversial policy cited were lack of resources to enforce U.S. immigration laws and fear that illegal immigrants may not report crimes or serve as witnesses if police officers are enforcing immigration laws.

Sheriff Mike Carona describes his plans to enact a new program in Orange County to cross-train, and cross-deputize his Deputies so they can enforce U. S. immigration laws. He says this program will allow the Deaprtment to have access to the Federal criminal data base with the expectation they will arrest and prosecute criminal illegal aliens who return to the U. S. after deportation.

Video clips for this blog were selected from a series of Full Disclosure™ programs hosted by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton on the issue of Immigration Policy over the last ten years. The programs were originally featured on 40 cable systems and video streamed from http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ worldwide on the Internet where cable channels are listed by community and air times.

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: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/444-5_belmontblackhole_preview.php 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 http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ , Channels and air times are listed on the website

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

INTERNET VIDEO: SHERIFFS DEBATE ARMING CITIZENS


Los Angeles, CA. The Full Disclosure Network™ is presenting a FREE five (5) minute Internet video blog featuring L. A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca and Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona debating the issue of issuing concealed weapon permits to citizens. The video is available on the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog3.php ,”On Demand”, 24/7 as a public service.

The striking contrast in law enforcement policy governing Concealed Weapon Permits (CCWs) comes into focus on this five minute Full Disclosure™ video blog where the two Sheriffs explain their conflicting policies and criteria for issuing CCWs, and their basic fundamental disagreement in the concept of arming citizens.

When asked by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton, if she could personally obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit in their county, Baca and Carona provided sharply differing responses.

It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in California without a permit. Permits are issued by the local Sheriff or Police Chief. The criteria for obtaining a CCW permit is based upon the local official law enforcement official’s own policy. In most of the United States “Right to Carry” laws have been enacted.
Full Disclosure Network’s ™ regular cable and Internet television programs are featured on 40 cable television systems and video streamed on the Internet. Channels and airtimes are listed by community from the website.

The Full Disclosure™ is billed as “the news behind the news”. In 2002 host Leslie Dutton was presented with a local public affairs Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the series entitled “L.A.’s Ward Against Terrorism”. Dutton has been conducting interviews for the past thirteen years with local, state and national law enforcement officials in order to inform the public on critical police policies and procedures.

Monday, January 16, 2006

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE BENEFITS THREATEN CITY SERVICES


Los Angeles, CA — Are public employee unions harming the City of Los Angeles with their ever increasing demands for more benefits and higher wages? A “Free” three (3) minute FULL DISCLOSURE™ video blog features L. A. City Controller Laura Chick warning that city services are in jeopardy as public employee benefit packages continue rising. The video is available at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlog/VideoBlog19.php and can be accessed “On Demand” 24/7, as a public service.

Controller Chick describes the extent of the City’s liability for LAPD pensions, saying that costs for the retired police officers is as much as it is for the working officers who are out on the street. And, she added this is a factor limiting the city’s ability to hire more officers.

Additionally, Chick pointed out municipal bankruptcies, such as threatened in the City of San Diego, warning that something must be done to identify where the money will come from to pay for growing public employee benefit packages.

At the conclusion of the video presentation moderated by host Leslie Dutton, viewers are asked to participate in an interactive survey and for their opinions on solutions to the growing demand for higher public employee benefit packages.

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 web site 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 web site.

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.

Friday, January 06, 2006

INTERNET VIDEO: Activist Judges Make "End Run" for More Power

January 9, 2006 -- According to Edwin Meese, III Attorney General (1985-1989) activist judges in the U.S. Courts have been expanding their roles by taking over state and local functions, operating state prisons, school boards and mental institutions. A free five minute preview of part one of a two- part interview is now available at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/422_Meese_preview.htm
on demand, 24/7 as a public service.

On the Full Disclosure Network™ cable and Internet television program, Edwin Meese, III who served as the U. S. Attorney General in the Reagan Administration, told Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton that the Courts are not suited or qualified to supervise (prisons, school boards, and mental institutions) it causes confusion as to who is responsible for those functions.

  • Other topics discussed are:
  • U. S. Attorney’s role in the War on Terrorism.
  • Illegal immigration and the U. S. Attorney's discretionary powers.
  • Large conglomerate law firms and their role in controlling government policy and business.

Known as "the news behind the news" the Full Disclosure Network™ (FDN) has produced and distributed public affairs cable television programming to 40 cable systems since 1992. In 2002 the FDN Special Series entitled “ L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” received an local Emmy Award for Public Affairs and Informational programming from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

INTERNET VIDEO: ASSAULT WEAPONS: WHAT THE MEDIA WON’T TELL YOU Exclusive: Video (5 minutes)


Los Angeles, CA. In a free five (5) minute Full Disclosure Network™ Internet video firearms expert T.J. Johnston explains the difference between an “assault weapon” and a “sporting firearm”. The video is available 24/7, on demand as a public service at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/391tjjohnston.htm. Using actual firearms, Johnston explains the confusion in identifying “legal” versus “illegal” firearms and demonstrates proper firearm safety.

As longtime NRA Master Training Counselor, T. J. Johnston explains the history of the California assault weapon ban that spread across the nation. Although the news media and law enforcement have had a difficult time determining what an assault Weapon is, under the law, they waged an unsuccessful battle to extend the Federal Assault weapon ban in September 2004. The California ban is still in effect but is rarely enforced. According to Johnston the California law is used mostly as an enhancement to impose harsher penalties for those who commit crimes with banned firearms.

Hosted by Leslie Dutton, the Full Disclosure Network™ is billed as “the news behind the news” public affairs television programs are featured on 40 cable systems and the worldwide Internet website www.fulldisclosure.net. In 2002 Dutton was presented with a local public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism”. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

VIDEO BLOG: SECRET PUBLIC DEBT CREATED BY "COP" SCHOOL BONDS


Los Angeles, CA -- The Full Disclosure Network (tm) is presenting a seven (7) minute video blog, revealing that "Secret School Bonds" are creating billions in California public debt at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog4.htm These bonds, called COPs (Certificates of Participation) are issued by school districts without a vote of the people, circumventing the 1978 California Proposition 13 impacting property taxes, which mandated voter approval on public indebtedness.

While investigating the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) the almost half a billion dollar Belmont Learning Center fiasco, the Full Disclosure Network™ (FDN) discovered a secret public financing operation whereby the LAUSD quietly issues COPs, non-voter approved, tax-exempt bonds.

Former State Controller Kathleen Connell tells FDN that unsuspecting taxpayers think they have a right to approve public debt, and that is not the case. She describes the extensive use of COPs for unknown and undefined purposes, by school districts following the passage of a Constitutional Amendment called Proposition 13 in 1978. The new provision mandated voter approval for public debt incurred on property taxes, but has been circumvented by school districts who were advised by bond counsels.

This seven (7) minute video blog is available from the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog4.htm and features national, state and local figures who reveal and comment on the use of these questionable public debt instruments, known as Certificates of Participation (COPs)they are:

California State Controller Kathleen Connell (1995-2003)
LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax
LAUSD Chief Facilities Executive Jim Mc Connell,
Anthony Patchett special district attorney and head of the L. A County D.A.’s Belmont investigation
Edwin Meese, III , U.S. Attorney General (1985-88),

Anthony Patchett describes the LAUSD financing operation as a “pyramid scheme to defraud the voters” and Jim Mc Connell confirms the existence of a secret public benefit corporation saying the LAUSD Land Bank is funded by Certificates of Participation (COP) bonds.Also LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax describes the extent of outstanding liability to the LAUSD and former U. S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, III described the COP bond financing process as a "gimmick" to fool the taxpayers.

This seven minute Full Disclosure Network (tm)video presentation is billed as "the news behind the news" and is made possible by video streaming 24/7, Free, on demand, from the www.fulldisclosure.net website. An Interactive survey for viewers to cast votes and make comments on the controversial public financing operations is included on the streaming page.

Since December 1992 the Full Disclosure Network™ (FDN) has produced and distributed public affairs cable television programming to 40 cable systems. In 2002 the FDN Special Series entitled “ L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” received an local Emmy Award for Public Affairs and Informational programming from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.