Sunday, February 26, 2006

LAPD CHIEF vs POLICE COMMISSION & OFFICER SHOOTINGS


Los Angeles, CA. Who decides whether an officer involved shooting is justified and within Police Policy? And, who is best qualified to determine whether or not a police shooting is within Police Policy?

Full Disclosure Network™ presents an eight-minute video news blog featuring LAPD Chief William Bratton who reveals the conflict between the LAPD and Police Commission over how police policy is interpreted. He relates details of the after the fact decision of the Police Commission regarding the officer involved shooting which killed thirteen year old Devon Brown. This video is available free “On Demand” 24/7 as a public service at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog23.php Viewers are invited to participate in an interactive survey on this hot topic and to leave their comments and participate in the debate.

Summary of Chief Bratton’s response to Leslie Dutton:

  • He described the process by which the LAPD determined the death of Devon Brown was justified and within policy saying it was the same as any other police shooting
  • And, he said this particular investigation was more complex, used forensic methods and was the most comprehensive investigation undertaken.
  • Regarding conflict with the Police Commission’s determination the shooting was unjustified. Bratton said they made a good faith effort.
  • Asked if the Commissioners had the same understanding and specific knowledge and experience to judge police tactics, as he did, he said “No and they are not required to”
  • He gave an overview of the Police Commissioners citing ties to the Christopher (Police Reform) Commission, as former U. S. Attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorney, along with Chairman John Mack (Civil Rights Leader) and a Bank executive. A fifth Commissioner is an automobile dealership executive serves as a Police Reserve Officer.
  • When asked if he worries about officers being discouraged when their actions in the line of duty are ruled unjustified, he said no. Bratton said, he knows they are committed even though they are not getting benefits commensurate with other areas.
  • In response to the question, is the system flawed, should it be changed? Bratton replied “no system is perfect..... it is what it is......it was intended to be fair......I am comfortable.”

Over the past thirteen years Full Disclosure™ programs have been featured on 43 cable systems and since 2004 on the Internet. The programs are billed as “the news behind the news” and have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton as well as the Southern California County Sheriffs and most U.S. Attorneys General and Special Prosecutors involved in Presidential investigations. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs EMMY Award for the series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Internet Video: Latino Power Politics & Immigration



Los Angeles, CA. What role does the Catholic Church play in Latino power politics and the illegal immigration issue? This is one of the questions addressed in an nine (9) minute Internet Video comprised of video clips from Full Disclosure™interviews with Dr. of Chicano Studies, Fernando Guerra of Loyola Marymount University and California Senator Dick Mountjoy. This video is available for viewing free “on demand” 24/7 at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/411-412_Mountjoy.htm as a public service.

When asked about power politics and the Catholic Church, Loyola Marymount University’s Fernando Guerra said “the Cardinal feels a responsibility, as do most of the Church hierarchy, that they have to educate their parishioners on what they believe are important issues” and he went on to say that while the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese, never directly spent money in the campaign against Proposition 187 (1994) they do utilize their resources to try to mobilize Catholics in general and Latinos specifically.

Senator Mountjoy points out the special interests of the U. S. banking industry and how they and the Mexican economy are benefiting from illegal immigration. Also appearing in this video are Nativo Lopez of the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) and Xavier Reyes of CHIRLA who explain why it is important to issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.

Former State Senator Dick Mountjoy, the author of the Save Our License Constitutional Amendment initiative, generally disagreed with Guerra. “I don’t believe the Catholic Church is going to mobilize thousands of people and have them believe that we ought to let people flood in here from around the world illegally.” “This is a matter of their pocketbook. This is a matter of survival, a matter of competing with those illegally here for jobs.” Mountjoy said.


Included in this video with Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton, Senator Mountjoy reacted to video clips with Dr. Fernando Guerra who serves as Director of the Center for the Studies of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Full Disclosure interviews have documented the frustration and confusion of government officials and public agencies over conflicting local and federal policies impacting illegal immigrants.

Over the past thirteen years Full Disclosure™ programs have been billed as “the news behind the news” and are featured on 43 cable systems and the Internet at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. The programs have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton as well as the Southern California County Sheriffs and most U.S. Attorneys General and Special Prosecutors involved in Presidential investigations. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs EMMY Award for the series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism”

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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: 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

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, February 22, 2006

VIDEO BLOGS: "RED HOT" ISSUES SHOWCASED ON CABLE TV


Los Angeles, CA
The Full Disclosure Network™ will showcase three of their most controversial Video News Blogs in a thirty minute Special program on 43 cable television systems starting February 27, 2006. Topics and titles for the three Video Blogs featured in the program are:


· Sheriffs Blame Feds Before Pitchess Jail Riots
· Battle for Billions: Take-Over or Break UP the LAUSD
· Top Cops Debate Three Strikes (Baca vs Bratton)

This Video Blog Special program #9 is moderated by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and features prominent law enforcement officials, debating the “pros and cons” on “Red Hot” Issues of the day. Following each video news blog viewers are invited to participate in an interactive survey by either calling the 1-800-867-7777 Full Disclosure Town Hall (toll free) number or by going to the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ where they can vote leave comments that add to the debate. These Video News Blogs are currently featured on the Full Disclosure Network™ website free “On Demand” 24/7, as a public service.

WATCH VIDEOS NOW…..CLICK ON THE TITLES BELOW

Video News Blog #21 (7:55 min)
Sheriffs Blame Feds Before Pitchess Jail Riots L. A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca, Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and the late Sheriff Sherman Block all reveal how the Federal government’s policies are impacting the local jails and prisons.
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Video News Blog #18 (7:16 min)
Battle for Billions: Take-Over or Break UP the LAUSD Exclusive video clips of prominent officials including City Controller Laura Chick, Cardinal Roger Mahony and LAUSD investigators suggest why major political forces are attempting to win control over the BILLIONS of taxpayers dollars being spent by the Los Angeles Unified
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Video News Blog #20 (8:27 min)
Top Cops Debate Three Strikes (Baca vs Bratton) Politicians announce a drop in the crime statistics, which sets off a debate as to why. Sheriff Leroy Baca says Three Strikes has made a big difference, while LAPD Chief William Bratton says it has not. Author of Three Strikes law former Assemblyman Bill Jones explains the intent and the scope of the law

Clips used in the Full Disclosure™ video blogs are selected from full-length interviews that are featured on 43 cable television systems. Channels and airtimes are available on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ Since 1992 Full Disclosure™ has been billed as ”the news behind the news” and guests have included most of the U. S. Attorneys General, Special Prosecutors and Independent Counsels involved in Presidential Investigations, as well as Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Civil Rights lawyers and citizen activists, journalists and other government officials from local, State and Federal agencies.

Monday, February 20, 2006

CRIMINAL ALIENS EXEMPT FROM THREE STRIKES LAW


Los Angeles, CA. In seven-minute news video blog the Full Disclosure Network™ presents L. A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley, Supervisor Michael Antonovich and Sheriff Leroy Baca describing how criminal aliens are NOT prosecuted under California’s Three Strikes Law. This shocking and revealing video can be viewed on the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog22.php free, “On Demand” 24/7 as a public service.

When criminal aliens have been convicted of a crime in California, they serve their time in prison and then are deported out of the country. But according to law enforcement and elected officials, many if not most, of them come back to California six to ten times, each time they return, they are committing a felony, but are not prosecuted under the Three Strikes Law or by the Federal Government.

D A Steve Cooley told Full Disclosure Network™ host Leslie Dutton, “Our Three Strikes Law does not take into consideration a person’s (illegal) status.” Sheriff Baca tells Dutton in the video blog that the Three Strikes Law applies to serious felonies such as assault, murder, or robbery.

When asked why criminal aliens were not subject to the Three Strikes Law, Supervisor Michael Antonovich described the process as “it’s kind of like ‘Kings X sometimes’.

In this video news blog Sheriff Baca states that there are 40,000 illegal criminals in California State prisons right now and that criminal aliens occupy 23 percent of all the L. A. County jails and is costing taxpayers $170 million per year. Without mentioning the government's failure to prosecute the repeated felonies by these criminal aliens, he went on to say the federal government is only reimbursing for $14 million and should be paying for cost and care of these criminals in our jails.

Over the past thirteen years Full Disclosure™ programs have been billed as “the news behind the news” and are featured on 43 cable systems and the Internet at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. The programs have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton as well as the Southern California County Sheriffs and most U.S. Attorneys General and Special Prosecutors involved in Presidential investigations. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs EMMY Award for the series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism

Thursday, February 16, 2006

VIDEO BLOGS TO REVEAL INSIDERS "TRUTH" ON CABLE TV NETWORK



Los Angeles, CA The Full Disclosure Network™ will feature a thirty minute Video Blog Special program on 43 cable television systems starting February 20 2006. Topics and titles for the three Videos featuring insiders revealing "truth" are:

*Bob Woodward vs Edwin Meese, III using Un-named Sources
*School Corruption Sparks Citizen Revolt in California
*Mini Documentary on the “FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK”

This Video Blog Special program #8 is moderated by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and features prominent officials, citizens and experts revealing “TRUTH” on issues being discussed. Following the video the viewers are invited to participate in an interactive survey by either calling the 1-800-867-7777 Full Disclosure Town Hall (toll free) number or by going to the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ where they can vote and post their comments or add information to the debate. These Video Blogs are currently featured on the website free “On Demand” 24/7.

TO WATCH THE VIDEOS NOW…..CLICK ON THE TITLES BELOW

· Video Blog #16. (5:45 min) Woodward Defends Unnamed Sources. Journalist Bob Woodward debates, former U. S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, III on the use of unnamed sources, videotaped at the Full Disclosure Forum 2000 in Washington D.C.
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Video Blog #17. (9:35 min) School Corruption Sparks Citizen Revolt Corruption issues surrounding the Capistrano Unified School District Trustees create suspicion and mistrust when they vote to spend $35 million on new administration building while children must use portable classrooms.

· Video (8:00 min) Mini Documentary on Full Disclosure Network™ featuring some of the most prominent guests who have appeared on the Emmy Award winning program compare the nightly news casts to those of full disclosure. selected controversial video clips highlight this entertaining, short documentary and features the following:

· Bernard Parks, L.A. City Councilman
· Ramona Ripston, ACLU’ of So. California
· Larry Flynt, Hustler Magazine
· Edwin Meese, III former .S. Attorney General

Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff
· Stephen Yagman, Civil Rights Attorney
· Steve Cooley, District Attorney L. A. County
· David Gascon, LAPD Asst. Chief (ret.)
· Roger Carrick, Legal Counsel to LAUSD Inspector General
· David Cartwright, O’Melveny & Myers
· Leslie Dutton, Full Disclosure Host
· James B. Reidy, Jr., Professor Emeritus, L. A. Pierce College.

Clips used in the Full Disclosure™ video blogs are selected from full-length interviews that are featured on 43 cable television systems. Channels and airtimes are available on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ Since 1992 guests have included most of the U. S. Attorneys General, Special Prosecutors and Independent Counsels involved in Presidential Investigations, as well as Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Civil Rights lawyers and citizen activists, journalists and other government officials from local, State and Federal agencies.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

SHERIFF BACA EXPLAINS: DEPUTIES CAN BE SOCIAL WORKERS & USE FORCE, PLUS THE COMPTON SHOOT OUT


Los Angeles, CA. February 14, 2006 L.A.County Sheriff Lee Baca explains how his Deputies can deal with unruly, intoxicated people with use of force, while acting as social workers. In a five (5) minute Internet Video on the Full Disclosure Network™ available on the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/425_baca_preview.htm free "on Demand" 24/7, as a public service.

In the video Baca describes himself as a "Social Worker Sheriff. Baca's comments were made in the first segment of the program covering "use of force" policy changes within the department since the well publicized shooting incident in the City of Compton where 120 rounds were fired at an unarmed suspect. When asked by host Leslie Dutton, how his deputies win respect for their authority if they use a “social worker” approach when dealing with drunken, unruly people in a public places, Baca responded, “ there have to be exceptions.”
He went on to say that when an unruly person, under the influence of drugs is a threat to themselves and society at large you cannot use the “social worker” approach.

The Full Disclosure Network™ interview with Baca consists of three segments covering the following topics:
  • 1st Segment: “Social Worker” Sheriffs, use of force policy changes and deputy discretion.
  • 2nd Segment: Complete details of the Compton shoot-out and Sheriff Baca’s policy on issuing Concealed Weapon Permits
  • 3rd Segment: Hiring policies, Federal Consent Decrees and changes in hiring standards and Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy program and the Terrorist Reserve unit.

The Full Disclosure Network™ (FDN) cable and Internet television programs have focused on law enforcement policy at the local, state and nation level for the past thirteen years. In 2002 a Special FDN Series featuring Baca, entitled “ L.A.’s War Against Terrorism”, received a local Emmy Award for public affairs/informational programming from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Channels and airtimes are available on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

TOP COPS DEBATE THREE STRIKES IMPACT ON CRIME


Los Angeles, CA. Has the Three Strikes law in California had any impact in the reduction of crime? In an eight-minute video news blog Sheriff Leroy Baca and LAPD Chief William Bratton strongly disagree. The Full Disclosure Network™ has produced the debate between the two TOP COPS in L. A. and which is available “Free On Demand”, 24/7 as a public service at the Internet URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog21.phpAlso featured in the video blog is Three Strikes author, former California Assemblyman Bill Jones and L. A. Mayor Antonio Villargairosa.

Baca tells Full Disclosure Network™ host Leslie Dutton, that the Three Strikes law has been tremendously important and effective, resulting in the downside of serious and violent criminal behavior. In contrast LAPD Chief Bratton attributed the drop in crime to “good police work” saying he opposes the Three Strikes law, favoring supervised judges and prosecutors to deal with the sentencing of criminals. When asked if the Three Strikes law had any impact at all on crime reduction in the City, Bratton said no.

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s study 80,000 second strikers and 7,500 third strikers have been prosecuted under the Three Strikes law, resulting in 43,000 inmates incarcerated, representing 26 percent of the total prison population.

Former Assemblyman Bill Jones explains the history of the Three Strikes law and its intent to stop the revolving door for repeat offenders who were responsible for 60 to 70 percent of violent crimes.

Over the past thirteen years Full Disclosure™ programs have been featured on 43 cable systems and the Internet. The programs have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton as well as the Southern California County Sheriffs and most U.S. Attorneys General and Special Prosecutors involved in Presidential investigations. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs EMMY Award for the series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism

Thursday, February 09, 2006

HOT TOPIC VIDEO BLOGS TO BE FEATURED ON CABLE TV



DATE: February 9, 2006

Los Angeles, CA The Full Disclosure Network™ will feature three short Video Blogs on 43 cable television systems starting February 15, 2006. The Hot Topics covered in the video blog debates are:

  • School Bond Vote Scam
  • Right vs Left Journalism
  • Concealed Weapon Permits?

This Video Blog Special program is moderated by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and features prominent officials and experts on the subjects addressed. Following the video the viewers are invited to participate in an interactive survey by either calling the 1-800-867-7777 Full Disclosure Town Hall (toll free) number orby going to the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ where they can vote and post their comments or add information to the debate. These Video Blogs are currently featured on the website free “On Demand” 24/7.


Full Disclosure Network™ has been billed as “the news behind the news” for the past thirteen years. Cable channels and airtimes are posted on the website. A description of the video blog, guest and topics is listed below with a direct link to view it on the website.


TO WATCH THE VIDEO BLOGS NOW JUST CLICK ON THE TITLES BELOW

Full Disclosure™ VIDEO BLOG SPECIAL #7 PROGRAM #438


· Video Blog #15. (8:58 min) Left vs Right Journalism CBS veteran Murray Fromson debates Brent Bozell of the Conservative Media Research Center on Ethics in Journalism. Their contrasting views demonstrate the different political opinions held by each side.
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Video Blog #14. (9:54 min) News Black-Out On School Bond Vote Scam L.A. School Board Member David Tokofsky spills the beans on how the District plans to spend
$4 Billion in School Bonds while Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. says he thinks it may be illegal to use the money that way.

· Video Blog #3 (4:56 min) Concealed Weapon Permits: Sheriffs Baca & Carona Debate Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca and Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona offer their contrasting and conflicting views on issuing CCWs (Concealed Weapon Permits) to citizens.


Clips used in the Full Disclosure™ video blogs are selected from full-length interviews that are featured on 43 cable television systems. Since 1992 guests have included most of the U. S. Attorneys General, Special Prosecutors and Independent Counsels involved in Presidential Investigations, as well as Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Civil Rights lawyers and citizen activists, journalists and other government officials from local, State and Federal agencies.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

SHERIFFS BLAME FEDS BEFORE PRISON RIOTS


Los Angeles, CA — In a new six-minute video news blog taped just before the Feb. 4th prison riot at the L. A. County Pitchess Detention Center, Sheriff Leroy Baca told the Full Disclosure Network™ that the Federal Government “should pay more attention to the (illegal alien) criminals in our jails and reimburse us for the cost”. Available “Free On Demand”, 24/7 as a public service at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog20.php Baca said if they want us to do their work, they should pay for the cost. “It is a political issue with the Federal Government and local government”, he said.

Baca went on to tell Full Disclosure Network™ host Leslie Dutton, that the Feds should “focus on the criminals; it would require investing billions of dollars in their own agents to stop criminal aliens from re-entering the nation once they have been deported”. He said 70 percent of the criminal illegal aliens who are incarcerated in the County jails have been deported four and five times, only to return again illegally.

Also appearing in the video news blog is Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona who suggests that undocumented criminals should be transferred out of the local jails to the Federal system to deal with the immigration issues.

Baca has come under fire for segregating African-American and Hispanic inmates to quell the unrest. In a historical video clip, the late Sheriff Sherman Block describes how he segregated prisoners due to the overcrowding and dangerous conditions in the county jails.

Also included in this video is exclusive footage of inmates rioting at L. A. County’s Pitchess Detention Center in an earlier violence outbreak in 1996. This six-minute video blog actually shows the racial unrest caused by massive over-crowding in Southern California jails. Inmates are shown fighting fiercely, throwing mattresses, chairs, bed frames and anything they can get their hands on to use as a weapon.

Video clips for this news blog were selected from full-length interviews with the Sheriffs that are featured on 43 cable television systems and the Internet. Over the past thirteen years Full Disclosure™ programs have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton as well as the Southern California County Sheriffs. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs EMMY Award for the series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism

Saturday, February 04, 2006

PITCHESS DETENTION CENTER RIOT

Los Angeles, CA. This six minute video blog features exclusive footage of prisoners rioting in the Pitchess Dentention Center, L. A. County jail system. Inmates are shown fighting fiercely, throwing mattresses, chairs, bed frames and makeshift weapons. The Video Blog is available FREE, on demand, 24/7 at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog13.php

Also featured in the video blog is L. A County Sheriff Leroy Baca, Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and the late L. A. County Sheriff Sherman Block . All three Sheriffs are on record as to what they feel is responsible for massive over-crowding of jails and racial unrest among the inmates.
Reasons cited by the Sheriffs for the violence are:
Budget shortfalls causing staffing shortages.
Growing numbers of criminal illegal immigrants.
Conflict of local and U.S. Immigration law enforcement.
Revolving door policies allowing 70% of illegal criminal aliens to return to U.S.
Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton is the moderator of this Full Disclosure Network™. Video clips for this debate were selected from full-length interviews with the Sheriffs and which have been shown on 40 cable television systems and video streamed from the internet website www.fulldisclosure.net
Over the past thirteen years Full Disclosure™ programs have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton as well as the Southern California County Sheriffs. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website.

Friday, February 03, 2006

SCHOOL BONDS BUSTING BUDGETS?


Los Angeles, CA., Ever since Proposition 13 was approved by the California voters in 1978, there has been a Constitutional provision that public indebtedness must be approved by the voters. In spite of this fact local and regional public officials have been authorizing and issuing billions in controversial, non-voter approved, tax exempt bonds known as COPs, Certificates of Participation. They have been doing so upon the advice of their bond counsels, bond brokers and underwriters all of whom are paid handsome fees for each approved transaction.

This controversial public finance practice is the topic of an eight minute video blog debate available on the Internet on "free on Demand", 24/7 as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™.

Featured in the debate are:
State Controller Kathleen Connell (ret), who says most voters think they have the right to approve public indebtedness when in fact that could not be farther from the truth. “Since the 1980’s governments and schools have been issuing COPs without voter approval”.
Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association: Describes the role of the bond brokers and bond counsels who advise public agencies to issue Certificates of Participation because they make sizable commissions and fees for handling the bond transactions. These fees are paid before the bond money ever reaches the public agencies.
David Tokofsky, LAUSD Board Member: Says the school district legal counsel and bond counsel advised the Board members to issue the bonds without voter approval and he defended the practice saying the voters elected him and therefore the did approve of the bonds, through his vote, representing them.

Anthony Patchett former Belmont Learning Center bond fraud prosecutor described the Certificates of Participation Bonds as “a pyramid scheme” where the voters are totally in the dark. The money is borrowed, the brokers and bond counsel paid and more bonds are issued to pay off the bond previous bonds.

Moderating the debate is Emmy Award winning host Leslie DuttonVideo clips for this blog were selected from a series of full-length programs which are featured on 40 cable television systems. Over the past thirteen years FULL DISCLOSURE programs have been featured on 40 cable systems and now on the Internet. Cable channels and air times can be found on the website at www.fulldisclosure.net

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

POLITICAL PATRONAGE PAID WITH PUBLIC BOND MONEY


Los Angeles, CA. Secret bonds known as COPs (Certificates of Participation) are being used by California cities, counties and school districts "to get a lot of cash up front to pay off their political patronage friends and then stick future generations of taxpayers without any voter approval of this long-tem debt.” So says John Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association in a six-minute preview of a two-part (one hour) interview on the Full Disclosure Network™ program. To view this Internet video “free on demand” go to the URL http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/436-7_Bond_Money.php where it is available 24/7, as a public service. Some of the points made in the video are:

  • When asked how taxpayers could be denied their right to vote on public indebtedness, Coupal said: “The law has been carefully crafted by those that have a vested interest in the process, those being in local governments, the political and elected officials, the bureaucrats and of course the bond business, the bond underwriters, the bond counsels and bond marketers. They have a cottage industry and they get a lot of money out of it. The last thing they want is some voter approval process to screw it up.”

  • When asked to respond to Los Angeles Unified School Board Member David Tokofsky's claim that the LAUSD's issuance of COP bonds has never been challenged (for legality). John Coupal said “I think it would be something we would consider doing. I mean, we have always looked at COP bonds as a potential area for litigation because we believe, certainly in spirit, they violate the voter approval requirements mandated by the California Constitution (and Proposition 13).

  • When asked why the LAUSD always seems to be out of money? Coupal said “the L.A. Unified School District has a budget that’s higher, that’s greater than 20 states, it’s huge, it’s monolithic. It is just a massive entity that we believe has ill-served the parents and children of the City of Los Angeles. If one adds not only the operational funds, which works out to over $10,000 per student, per year, but adds on top of that the capital revenues available to them, the children of this district should be getting a Cadillac education and of clearly they are not”…. the L. A. Unified School District continues to be a poster child for mismanagement and bad use of taxpayer funds.”

Billed as “the news behind the news” Full Disclosure Network™ programs are hosted by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and featured on 40 cable television systems and the Internet at www.fulldisclosure.net Over the past thirteen years the Full Disclosure Network ™ programs have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website.

INTERNET VIDEO: OC SHERIFF DISMISSES DETRACTORS, FORGES AHEAD


Los Angeles, CA. -- In a two-part interview with the Full Disclosure Network™ Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona takes on the hot issues surrounding his administration, dismissing the dogged coverage of the L. A. Times and extolling the virtues of new programs making his Department more effective. From the interview, a ten minute preview is now available on the Internet covering the following:

  • LOCAL ENFORCEMENT OF U.S. IMMIGRATION LAWS
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES NEGATIVE COVERAGE
  • HOW TO DEAL WITH SEXUAL PREDATORS

To watch the preview go to the URL: http://fulldisclosure.net/flash/432-3_OC_Sheriff.php where it is available “free on demand”, 24/7, as a public service. Here is a brief summary of the preview:

  • Carona explains how he dealt with immigrants rights groups who oppose local police enforcement of immigration laws. He tells how “cross deputizing” will allow his Department to focus on career criminal aliens. He is happy that his department is not “handcuffed” with a Special Order 40 such as the LAPD and that by arresting previously deported criminal aliens the entire community is much safer. He pointed out that 14% of the Orange County jails are undocumented criminals and due to State prison overcrowding they have been unable to move prisoners to the State facilities.

  • When asked about the L. A. Times coverage of the controversy over making political donors Reserve Deputies, Carona explained “Unlike the L. A. Times, he appreciates the opportunity for FULL DISCLOSURE. He says that 122,000 hours of volunteer time was donated by Sheriff Reserve Deputies who were trained. He stated that it was not an issue as to whether or not the Reserves were trained or had background checks. The issue was one of timing and when those Deputies were to receive the training.

  • As for sexual predators Corona says that parents need to be educated and informed on the whereabouts of these dangerous criminals who are mostly repeat offenders who cannot change their behavior. And he praises modern technology has developed monitoring system to identify criminal locations to prevent children from danger.

Billed as “the news behind the news” Full Disclosure™ programs are featured on 40 cable television systems and the Internet. Over the past thirteen years the Full Disclosure Network ™ have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton as well as the Southern California County Sheriffs. Cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website.