Thursday, March 30, 2006

Video News Blog: BRATTON CONFLICT ON LAPD CONSENT DECREE?


Los Angeles, CA. Allegations that LAPD Chief William Bratton may have a conflict of interest in the ongoing LAPD Federal Consent decree that is being monitored by his former employer Kroll & Associates are featured in a thirteen minute Full Disclosure Network™ Video News Blog. In the video are Chief Bratton, Councilman Bernard Parks, LAPD Captain Ken Hillman (ret), Assistant Chief David Gascon (ret), and LAPD Inspector General Jeffery Eglash (1998-2003). Available on the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog26.php “Free”, on demand, 24/7 as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™.

In a February 2006 interview with the Full Disclosure Network™, Bratton predicted the Federal Consent Decree mandates would be extended beyond the five-year deadline to comply. Reasons cited were the Department’s failure to develop an experimental and comprehensive computer tracking system for officers, known as Teams II. According to LAPD Captain Ken Hillman, the specifications for the computer system are “pie in the sky”, and that no such computer system exists in the nation or the world.

Hillman went on to say “The problem is that Chief Bratton previously was an Associate with Kroll (International Consultants) and as such he was put in a position to oversee and monitor the implementation of the Federal Consent Decree for LAPD prior to being selected as Chief of Police (LAPD). I don’t know if there is really an incentive for Chief Bratton to get out of the Federal Consent Decree because, in turn, if he were to get the Police Department out of the Federal Consent decree, his friends and Associates at Kroll would no longer have a job with the City of Los Angeles.

Hosted by Leslie Dutton, the Full Disclosure Network™ Video News Blog contains comments from former LAPD Chief and now Councilman Bernard Parks who describes the “useless” ethnic and racial data that is being collected by police officers under the mandate of the Federal Consent Decree and he describes it as a “politically correct” function. Bratton agrees.

Former Assistant LAPD Chief Dave Gascon describes how the 300 best and brightest (police employees) were to be taken off the streets to perform (paper work) functions of the Federal Consent Decree. Chief Bratton defends the use of highly trained personnel, including himself in performing the Court mandated functions. LAPD Inspector General Jeffery Eglash describes how the under the Federal Consent Decree the auditors are now auditing the auditors and “there are a lot of redundancies in the process.”

On November 2, 2000 the elected officials of Los Angeles agreed to a comprehensive court settlement of a civil rights case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against the Los Angeles police department. This settlement agreement is referred to as the LAPD Federal Consent Decree, it was to be in force for five years and if compliance for two consecutive years, the lapd would be relieved of the federal oversight and monitoring costs and procedures. as of this year, that period is up.

The Full Disclosure Network™ public affairs television programs are billed as “the news behind the news” and featured on 43 cable systems and the worldwide Internet website http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. In 2002 the program was presented with a 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.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

INTERNET VIDEO: PARENTS EXPOSE CORRUPT SCHOOL BOARD

Los Angeles, CA. – Angry parents and taxpayers in South Orange County are featured in an eleven minute FULL DISCLOSURE™ Internet video, describing unsafe and unsanitary classrooms, gross fiscal mismanagement and school corruption – all of which sparked their unprecedented campaign in 2005 to recall all seven members of the Capistrano Unified School District. This “Free” video is available “On Demand” 24/7 as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™ and can be accessed from the link in this paragraph.

Featured in the video are three leaders of the CUSD Recall Committee, the grassroots organization that led the campaign to remove all seven CUSD Trustees from office. Tom Russell, official spokesman, Mark Nielsen, campaign research and analysis and Jennifer Beall, campaign organizer, cite many of the unacceptable conditions that led to this “mini-uprising.” The CUSD Recall Committee organized and managed the recall campaign; successfully raising public awareness and collecting more than 177,000 recall petition signatures.

In this preview of the ongoing Full Disclosure Network™ special series, CUSD Recall Committee leaders discuss the many failings of the CUSD Trustees and Superintendent, including:

  • Failure to provide adequate classrooms and facilities for the children
  • Squandering $52,000,000 on a luxurious administration building for themselves.
  • Allocating $130,000,000 to a new high school adjacent to a large, active landfill
  • Ignoring the voter referendum that rejected the controversial “Toxic High” project
  • Entering into suspicious land deals with developers
  • Misusing taxpayer funds and bond proceeds
  • Circumventing the democratic process by appointing Trustees before elections.

Citizens from the communities of Aliso Viejo, Coto De Caza, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano are working together to reform their school district. They have also called upon law enforcement authorities to commence a full and complete investigation into the compelling allegations and evidence of serious crimes, corruption and cover-ups at CUSD.

Hosted by Leslie Dutton, the Full Disclosure Network™ public affairs television programs are featured on 43 cable systems and the worldwide Internet website http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. In 2002 the program was presented with a 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.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

VOTERS DECEIVED BY SLATE CARD MAILERS & PHONEY SAMPLE BALLOTS: INTERNET VIDEO DEBATE


Los Angeles, CA. Full Disclosure Network™ presents an eight-minute Internet video debate from a two-part series covering questionable campaign tactics used to influence voters on issues and candidates. Now available at URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/238-9_slatecardmailers.htm “Free” on demand, 24/7 as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™

Video clips from this two-part cable television series feature Craig Holman, Ph.D, author of Proposition 208, (1996) for the Center for Governmental Studies and former California Senator Dick Mountjoy, who challenge UCLA Law Professor Daniel Lowenstein, a defender of slate card mailers. Lowenstein filed a lawsuit to overturn Prop 208 including the disclosure requirements, on behalf of the slate card mailing operators.

Senator Dick Mountjoy reveals how questionable slate card mailers damaged his 1998 campaign with deceitful tactics and points to examples of the “for profit” slate card campaign mailers that they claim promote phony endorsements that have been bought and paid for by the very people purportedly endorsed.

In part-two Craig Holman exposes how phony sample ballots sent out by California Congresswoman Maxine Waters were prepared by a “for profit” slate card mailing operator, in an attempt to deceive voters. UCLA Law Professor Dan Lowenstein countered, saying that oppressive campaign laws were trying to discredit the mailings. He scoffed that if imitating an Official Sample Ballot is a problem, then it should be made illegal.

“If you take away the deceptiveness of a slate card, you take away the effectiveness of a slate card” said Senator Dick Mountjoy He cited the deceptive mailers targeting senior citizens in his Southern California district. He said the slate card mailings used his image and name to falsely imply he had endorsed those candidates. In fact the candidates had paid for the false endorsements. Click here for transcript of quote.

Over the past fourteen years Full Disclosure™ has produced series of programs involving campaign irregularities, voter registration and election fraud. The programs are featured on 43 cable systems and the Internet. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented host Leslie Dutton with a local public affairs Emmy Award for the series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism.”

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

PARTISIANS CONTROL THE LAPD?



Los Angeles, CA The Full Disclosure Network is re-releasing a full half hour program on the Internet entitled "Partisians Own the LAPD" available as a public service 24/7, "On Demand".

Click here to watch
According to retired LAPD Captain Kenneth Hillman who also served as a Director of the police union, a small group of partisans were the masterminds who reformed the Los Angeles Police Department. "They own it" said Hillman in describing the partisan politicalization of the LAPD which also resulted in the Los Angeles Police Protective League's own empowerment. Hillman told Leslie Dutton, host of the Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure™ cable and Internet television program, that the ACLU and the Democrats have complete control of the Police Department.

On this Full Disclosure™ program that was videotaped in April of 2005, Captain Hillman said that the Police union made a deal with then-candidate for Mayor James Hahn, to support his campaign in exchange for his approving the 3/12 work schedule for the police officers. This was accomplished due to the union's new-found political power, which was brought about by the partisian reforms enacted by the 1992 Proposition "F" and other City Charter changes in the wake of the Rodney King incident.
This program is available on theInternet starting 24/7 via "Free" on Demand as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network.

Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton has been conducting interviews with law enforcement officials regarding police politics and public policy since 1992. She was awarded a local public affairs EMMY Award in 2002 by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the series entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism" featuring LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, Lt. Ken Hillman and Councilman Mark Ridley Thomas.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Guns & Badges for Political Donors, Sheriffs Baca & Carona Debate on Video News Blog



Los Angeles, CA. Watch this eight minute video news blog debate that was originally videotaped in 2005 between Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca. http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog11.php This free video is available "On Demand" 24/7, as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network.

You will see Baca & Carona explaining their policies on taking political contributions from Reserve Deputies, Under Sheriffs and personnel in their Departments. The Full Disclosure Network™ is providing this video news blog worldwide on our web site at www.fulldisclosure.net.

Moderating the debate is Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton who interviewed both Baca and Carona in separate hour-long interviews covering many important subjects as well as the Sheriff’s policies on giving guns and badges to political donor. Please participate in our interactive poll at the end of the video.
Mike Carona explains why he issues a gun and badge to ordinary citizens and his policy on accepting political campaign contributions from those very same people. Then Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca describes his policy on accepting campaign contributions from his Under Sheriffs, Deputies and Department personnel.

Video clips for this blog were selected from a series of full length programs which are featured on 43 cable television systems. 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.

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Monday, March 13, 2006

Don Mullinax, LAUSD Inspector General On Audits & Investigations: Internet Video Preview 8 minutes



Los Angeles, CA. While serving as Inspector General of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Don Mullinax was responsible for the comprehensive Belmont Learning Center investigation and audit report. Under his direction, the Inspector General's Office produced volumes of reports and audits of the LAUSD. The Inspector General made a number of referrals to District Attorney for prosecution on the waste, fraud and abuse found on the Belmont project. L.A County District Attorney Steve Cooley declined to prosecute and instead authored his own Report on Belmont, which found no wrong doing. The D.A.'s Report was labelled a "white wash" report by former Blemont investigators including Anthony Patchett, who headed the Belmont Task Force while serving as Assistant Special District Attorney.

In this eight minute Internet Video preview, available free, 24/7, "On Demand" at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/381-2Mullinax.htm as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network (tm) Mullinax describes his audits and his frustration when many of his recommendations were not acted upon.

Full Disclosure questioned him about the mysterious LAUSD Financial Corporation, which is purportedly an independent public benefit corporation set up to finance major multi-million dollar projects for the District. He stated that he had no knowledge of the corporation but that he would look into the matter and report back to Full Disclosure Network™ .

When asked about the working atmosphere of the Inspector General's Office, specifically if he had been pressured to change any of his Audit and Investigation Reports, he said he had never received pressure from Board Members but admitted that his office as been the target of intimidation by district administrators and now is required by the Board to report to them on any such activities on a quarterly basis.

In the summer of 2005 Mullinax left the LAUSD to work for Deloitte Touche a large accounting firm, based in Los Angeles. Although he was unsuccessful his efforts to generate prosecutions on the big dollar crimes outlined in his Belmont Report, he left a legacy of documentation which serves as a constant reminder of the ongoing and never ending battle to seek accounability for the Billions of tax dollars spent by the LAUSD.

This hour-long interview with Mullinax was videotaped in December of 2003,

Sunday, March 12, 2006

LAPD Chief Bratton on Controversial Issues: Watch Internet Video News Preview


Los Angeles, CA. In an eight-minute Internet video preview of a Full Disclosure Network™ interview LAPD Chief William Bratton covers controversial issues and reveals his surprising predictions. This free video is available for viewing “On Demand” 24/7 at the URL http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/450-1_Bratton_preview.php¨ as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™.

In this no-holds-barred interview conducted by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton, Chief Bratton provides his perspective on the following controversial issues:

  • The future of the costly Federal Consent Decree
  • Special Order 40: Prohibits LAPD officers asking anyone if they are here legally
  • Politicizing of the LAPD and politics of the budget process.
  • New York versus L.A. on “homeless” issues and “dumping” homeless on skid row
  • Police pursuits, officer-involved shootings
  • Police Commission vs “Use of Force Board” on the Devon Brown shooting
  • Issuing Concealed Weapon Permits (CCWs) to individuals

Chief Bratton told Full Disclosure ™ even though after five years the Federal Consent Decree was supposed to go away, much of the mandated operations would become a permanent part of the department’s operations. Four years ago he predicted the cost of the Federal Consent Decree would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars for a five year period. Now, he says that it should be looked at as an “investment” as much of it will remain in place, even after the Federal Judge finds the Department in compliance.

In this two-part Full Disclosure Network™ interview Bratton was asked about the decision of the Police Commission to overrule his recommendation on the Devon Brown shooting where they found the shooting to be “out of policy” and the department “Use of Force Board” found it to be “in policy”. Bratton explained the Police Commissioners, who sit in judgment on officer involved shootings and “use of force” incidents, are not required to have knowledge or experience in police operations, but that they made a “good faith” effort in this case.

The full one hour Bratton interview, will appear on 43 cable systems over the next six months. The eight-minute preview will be available on the Internet, indefinitely on the http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ website.

Since 1992 the Full Disclosure Network™ cable television programs have focused on law enforcement policy at the local, state and nation level. All LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to Chief Bratton have appeared on the program as well as most of the former U. S. Attorneys General, Special and Independent Presidential Prosecutors . In 2002 a Special Series featuring Los Angeles officials, 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.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Video News Blog: CARDINAL MAHONY’s LATINO AGENDA?


Los Angeles, CA. The Full Disclosure Network™ presents a six minute Video News Blog containing exclusive video clips from interviews with Cardinal Roger Mahony, Fernando Guerra, Ph.D Loyola Marymount University and former California Senator Dick Mountjoy debating illegal immigration and Latino activism. This video news blog is available Free “On Demand” 24/7 at the URL: http:/www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog25.php provided as a public service by the Full Disclosure Network™.

Cardinal Roger Mahony: Describes his ideas on how to discourage Mexican and Central American immigrants from coming to the United States illegally. He describes his views on providing for the needs of illegal immigrants and more.

Fernando Guerra, Ph.D: As the Director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, he commented on how Cardinal Mahony has activated the Catholic Church’s role in the public policy arena. He also describes the motivating factors behind the Catholic “Latino” agenda.

Calif. Senator Dick Mountjoy (ret): Strongly disagrees with the suggestion that Latinos will follow political dictates of a (Catholic Church) that has a “lilberal agenda”.

Hosted by Leslie Dutton, the Full Disclosure Network™ public affairs television programs are billed as “the news behind the news” and featured on 43 cable systems and the worldwide Internet website http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 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.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

SCHOOL DISTRICT AVOIDS FULL DISCLOSURE

Marlene Draper, President CUSD Board of Trustees
We will respond “through our own communications system and, as necessary and appropriate, through our legal counsel"


Orange County, CA Why is the Capistrano Unified School District , refusing to answer Full Disclosure’s questions about allegations and evidence of mismanagement, deceit and corruption that led to an unprecedented campaign to recall all seven School District Trustees?


Over the past fourteen years, the producers at the Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure Network have taken pride in our investigations and when presenting both sides of every issue, as voiced by the participants themselves.

We strive for full explanations on the issues at hand in an objective and unbiased manner. And yet for months the Capistrano Unified School District officials have refused every opportunity offered by Full Disclosure to present their side openly, on the air about the recall, and the allegations prompting it.

The attached letter documents the number of times Full Disclosure Network contacted the CUSD administration and each of the Trustees, only to be rebuked and refused every time. Even Mr. Smollar, the CUSD Communications Director, who is paid specifically to provide public information to the media, has refused to comment to Full Disclosure. Why?

In their attached letter, the CUSD has declared they will only speak through their legal counsel. Why would a public agency refuse public disclosure and only provide information through their own communication system and only comment through their lawyer? Why won’t these government officials answer the troubling allegations that were raised in this Video News Blog at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog17.php

Full Disclosure wants to hear from the CUSD on the issues raised. Here is the letter we got in response to our certified letters to all the Trustees and Administration.

Monday, March 06, 2006

D.A. Cooley On Public Crime & Corruption: Internet Video



Los Angeles CA. In a ten mintue Internet Video preview of the Full Disclosure interview County District Attorney Steve Cooley talked about the progress of his office of public integrity and observed that "Los Angeles has a long history of corruption" and that because his office is doing a good job of prosecuting corruption, it gives the appearance that there is plenty more yet to be addressed. This Internet video preview is available for viewing Free "On Demand" at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/387-8_Cooley.htm as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network 24/7.

Steve Cooley defended his decision not to indict or to call a Grand Jury investigation on the Belmont Learning Center even though there were volumes of documented Reports fromt he Inspector General citing waste, fraud and abuse. He said there was no evidence of any crime and that former Special Assistant District Attorney Anthony Patchett and the LAUSD Inspector General had failed to name any names or ask for indictments. When asked if it was a crime for the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers to represent both the LAUSD and the Belmont Contractor/Developer, Cooley said that the LAUSD may have unwittingly signed a waiver, absolving the law firm of conflict of interest.

This two-part interview was videotaped in 2004 and was included, in part, in a special historical series entitled "Belmont the World's Most Expensive High School". Since 2003 Full Disclosure has interviewed all the key players involved in the planning, development, financing and investigations of the Belmont Learning Center.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Internet Video: School Investigator Reveals "Culture of Corruption" In Los Angeles


Los Angeles, CA. A ten minute Full Disclosure Network™ Internet video reveals that powerful interests and a "lack of courage" on the part of the District Attorney were to blame for preventing prosecutions in the Belmont Learning Center corruption investigation. This is according to Roger Carrick, former Special Legal Counsel to the Los Angeles Unified School District Inspector General. The video is available FREE “On Demand” at URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/393-4Carrick.htm as a public service, 24/7.

Roger Carrick, who also served on the District Attorney's Task Force Investigation of the Belmont Learning Center told Full Disclosure Network™ the following:


  • "Los Angeles has developed a culture of extreme corruption when it comes to high dollar projects" and the Belmont Learning Center is an example of that.

  • Carrick refutes the claim made by District Attorney Steve Cooley that his office did not prosecute because his investigators never named names, presented a "draft indictment", or presented any evidence of a crime.

    Carrick, said that Cooley's statement was a "false statement" and says that he himself named names when he wrote the Inspector General's Report and that it was generally known in the investigation that a “draft indictment” had been prepared by the District Attorney’s office.

  • He also describes the intense pressure surrounding the investigation. "We felt a lot of pressure. A number of the companies that were under investigation hired public relations firms…a lot of these large entities did everything they could to create an atmosphere so that it would be difficult for the facts to come out."


Full Disclosure Network™ has interviewed all the major players involved in the planning, financing, development and investigation of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Belmont Learning Center since 2003. The school, never completed, has been renamed “Vista Hermosa”. While it has never been occupied and was partially demolished in the winter of 2004-5, the costs have escalated to approximately one half a billion dollars. Reconstruction of the demolished buildings is to begin in March 2006 in concert with remediation of the toxic methane and hydrogen sulfide gases which are present on the site.


Full Disclosure Network's™ two-part interview with Roger Carrick was originally videotaped in 2004 as a part of a historical series on the LAUSD Belmont project. It has been featured on 43 Cable systems and the Internet at the website http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. Cable channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

In 2002 host Leslie Dutton was presented with a local public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the series “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” featuring the Chief of Police Bernard Parks, Police Union Director Lt. Kenneth Hillman and L. A City Councilman Mark Ridley Thomas and L. A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Internet Video: State Watchdog Looses Bite on Toxic L.A. School Site: Half Billion Belmont


Los Angeles, CA. The California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) has quietly waged a public relations campaign on behalf and in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in order to win public support for completing the controversial $1/2 billion dollar Belmont Learning Complex. Exclusive video clips of the January 19, 2005 DTSC community hearing, along with testimony from experts are featured in a two-part Full Disclosure Network cable and internet TV program.

The entire 30 minute program (part 1) is available for viewing free, "On Denand" 24/7 from the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/416_whydestroybelmont.htm as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network and is featured on 43 cable systems.

Belmont Learning 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 Outiz, 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 Network 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.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

LAUSD Political Clout Backs Down the IRS



Los Angeles, CA . What kind of political power could force the Internal Revenue Service to eat their own words?

A nine (9) minute Full Disclosure Network video blog reveals how, big lawfirms, political connections and $Billions in state and local bond funds persuaded the IRS to back down from their scathing indictment of the Los Angeles Unified School District for illegal use of non-voter approved, tax exempt bonds call Certificates of Participation (COPs). The video is avaliable at this link: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog5.htm free "On Demand" 24/7, as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network .

$92 million of these COP Bonds were used to build the LAUSD Belmont Learning Center . In December of 2004 the brand new and never occupied campus was partially demolished and is now being rebuilt, with costs estimated by experts to be exceeding half a billion dollars and rising.

The Full Disclosure Network discovered a series of letters sent by the Internal Revenue Service to the LAUSD in 2001 and 2002 regarding the illegal use of the $92 million in COPs (non-voter approved, tax-exempt bonds,) issued in 1997 to build the controversial Belmont Learning Center for a retail development to be located underneath the school.
  • The first IRS mult-page letter dated 2001 cited the school district for multiple violations.
  • The second letter dated 2002 authorized serious penalties for "a deliberate attempt(by the LAUSD) to provide misleading valuations and statements that could be considered in addressing any issuer liability for IRC penalties".
  • A third letter surprisingly reversed the first two letters, subject to further reporting.
Featured on this 9 minute video blog are:

Anthony Patchett, former head of the DA's Belmont Task Force explains how influential lawyers employed by LAUSD have the ability to sway even the most powerful federal agencies.

Dominick Shambra: Director of Planning & Development for LAUSD Belmont project describes the IRS correspondence with the LAUSD.

David Cartwright, Sr. Partner, O'Melveny & Myers, outside legal counsel to LAUSD claims the IRS found no wrong doing in the Belmont project.

Edwin Meese, III former U. S. Attorney General defines large conglomerate law firms and impact on government and public policies.

Since 1992, the Full Disclosure Network has been billed as "the news behind the news". A special series produced interviews with the key players in the notorious LAUSD Belmont Learning Center project continues to this day, documenting what has become known as
"The Worlds Most Expensive High School". In 2002 host Leslie Dutton received a local public affairs Emmy for the Special Series entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism" from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Video News Blog: Citizen Revolt Widens as Recall Corrupted


Los Angeles, CA. Leaders of a California citizens revolt in South Orange County are launching a new assault against what they claim is a corrupted recall process that unfairly invalidated thousands of signatures submitted in a campaign to recall all seven members of the Board of Trustees of the Capistrano Unified School District.

In a Video News Blog at URL: http:/www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog24.php describing how the Orange County Registrar’s office imposed arbitrary rules and regulations that favored and protected the Trustees while processing the petitions, are four members of the CUSD Recall committee; Tom Russell, spokesperson, Jennifer Beall, Kathy Goff and Constance Lee, Ph D. The video is available free “On Demand” 24/7 as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™.

The CUSD Recall Committee has submitted reports requesting investigations of the Orange County Registrar's handling of the recall petitions to the Secretary of State, Attorney General, Board of Supervisors, District Attorney and the County Grand Jury. They are also requesting the petitions be taken into protective custody to protect the voters rights, while the issue of a corrupted process is being investigated. 1) Registrar Inspection Report on Recall Petitions 2) Recall Committee Press Release on Registrar 3) Recall Committee Release on DA Investigation

Citizens from the communities of Aliso Viejo, Coto De Caza, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Los Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano comprising the school district, submitted more than 177,000 signatures on their petitions. The following actions of the Orange County Registrar’s office cited by the group as reasons for an investigation:

  • Unauthorized extension for beginning the petition verification process.
  • Lack of standard verification process for voter registration
  • Failure to provide tally sheets and other means to verify accuracy of count
  • Rescinding official representations given to, and relied upon by, petition circulators/disqualifying valid signatures

Full Disclosure made numerous attempts to inteview Neal Kelley, Acting Registrar for Orange County and others involved. Mr. Kelley referred the requests his Director of Communications who sent an Email that said they were declining all interviews and stood behind their certification process 100%.

Hosted by Leslie Dutton, the Full Disclosure Network™ public affairs television programs are billed as “the news behind the news” and featured on 43 cable systems and the worldwide Internet website http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for a series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism”. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.