Saturday, August 26, 2006

Police Intelligence Failures Unite Gangs & Terrorists? Video Preview (8 min)


Los Angeles, CA. The failure of local law enforcement agencies to gather, monitor and retain intelligence on subversive groups linked to terrorists has created a dangerous climate described in a four-part interview series on gangs, terrorism and immigration.

According to gang specialist and retired Sergeant Richard Valdemar, a 33 year veteran of the L. A. County Sheriff’s Department most law enforcement agencies routinely destroy intelligence records on subversive groups fearing lawsuits filed by Civil Libertarians. He notes that this is happening at a time when criminal gang members and terrorists have already united in an attempt to bomb a local Synagogue in Southern California.

The Full Disclosure Network™ is presenting a FREE eight minute preview from the first two half-hour segments of this special four-part interview. Available FREE, on demand, as a public service.

Summary of Part 1 & 2 of the Valdemar interview:

  • Young people have positive vs negative reactions to police tactics
  • Sheriff's OSS gang program successfully dismantled gangs, elected officials destroyed the program.
  • Sheriffs Department now sending in teams to put out gang fires
  • Criminal illegal aliens are exporting gangs to other countries, smuggling drugs and humans
  • Criminal illegal aliens are producing false documents enabling re-entry to the U.S.
  • Gangs are joining the military, gang graffiti has been found on buildings in Iraq
  • Military is teaching gang members new skills that are used on the streets of the U.S.
  • Police intelligence gathering failure is caused by administration fear of lawsuits by civil libertarians.
  • Local law enforcement no longer has undercover operations of subversive groups
  • Three Strikes law does not apply to criminal illegal aliens.
  • Gang graffiti in airline cargo holds is an invitation for terrorist bombs
  • Need to return to monitoring subversive groups and gang dismantling programs.

The entire four-part interview with Sgt. Richard Valdemar will be featured on 43 cable systems with previews on the Internet at www.fulldisclosure.net. The Full Disclosure Network™ is known as “the news behind the news” and is an independent, educational, public affairs cable program hosted by Leslie Dutton. In 2002 the FDN program was presented with a public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism”. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

L.A. Mayor Brawls for Control of School District: Watch Video (12 min)


Los Angeles, CA Is the multi-billion dollar budget of LAUSD attracting power hungry politicians to the fight for control? Watch the Full Disclosure Network™ special Video News Blog (12 min) featuring the raucous debate over AB 1381 between the major players in the battle for control over the Los Angeles Unified School District. This video is available on demand, 24/7 as a public service.

Those featured in the video are:

  • Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. Mayor
  • Roy Romer, LAUSD Superintendent
  • Gloria Romero, California State Senator
  • Tom Saenz, Chief Counsel to the Mayor
  • Jackie Goldberg, Member, California State Assembly
  • Kevin Reed, LAUSD General Counsel
  • Fabian Nunez, California Assembly Speaker
  • Marlene Cantor, President L.A. Board of Education
  • Scott Folsom, President 10th District PTA
  • Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman
  • Gerry Miller, Chief Legislative Analyst, L.A. City
  • Gene Krischer, Friends of the Children

  • The California State Assembly Bill 1381 was proposed to give power over the funds and the schools to the Los Angeles Mayor and to take power from the elected School Board members. In this video many of the critical points are debated while legal experts predict the legislation is unconstitutional and will be invalidated if approved and signed into law.

    Full Disclosure™ has assembled video clips from a public hearing of the Assembly Public Education Committee, conducted by Chairman Jackie Goldberg, plus clips from the five-hour discussion on this issue by the Los Angeles City Council. Featured are searing debates between angry citizens and the Mayor’s Chief Counsel Tom Saenz and LAUSD General Counsel Kevin Reed.

    LA City Councilman Alex Padilla concludes with the question “This bill is concerned with HOW to take control. But I haven’t heard the answer to the question: ‘Then what?’ Then what will the Mayor do to improve the schools?” This question remains unanswered.

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

    Sunday, August 20, 2006

    CITIZENS FIGHT CITY HALL & NON-VOTER APPROVED COP BONDS: Internet Video (8 min)


    Newport Beach, CA. – Angry citizens and taxpayers in Orange County are featured in an 8 minute FULL DISCLOSURE™ Internet video preview, describing why they have been challenging the proposed financing for construction of a new City Hall using Certificates of Participation (COP) bonds, without voter approval. This video preview is available FREE, on demand, 24/7 as a public service.

    Newporters for Responsible Government (NRG) is formed:
    In an unprecedented campaign attacking the Bond financing mechanism used to side step voter approval and Proposition 13, attorney John Buttolph, Real Estate broker Tom Billings and former “Big Four” accountant turned CFO Chris Harano formed a committee known as the Newporters for Responsible Government (NRG) to qualify a ballot initiative to require all COP Bonds to be approved by the voters. Currently all general obligation bonds must be approved by voters in the State of California.

    Contributing factors that prompted the NRG actions to challenge the City Hall are:

    • Project approved before receiving public input
    • Unsatisfactory location for community access
    • Objections to the size of the project
    • Financing method circumvented public approval

    Orange County Registrar Questioned on Handling Petitions

    • Suspicious handling of petitions by the OC Registrar raised concerns
    • Petitions submitted to Registrar were deemed inadequate
    • City fails to place measure on the ballot
    • Watch Ten Minute Video on Registrar/Petition Process Irregularities
    • Citizens document problems with OC Registrar
    • Problems with voter data base
    • Question election integrity
    • Disqualifying authentic voter signatures
    • Non responsive Officials, Registrar & Board of Supervisors

    City Hall Project Halted, Registrar of Voters to be Investigated.
    Following the NRG committees petition campaign, Newport City Council temporarily stopped the project from going forward, to allow citizen input. While the project and the financing are still pending, a citizens oversight committee is studying the issue, with the goal of winning public support. Simultaneously, the Orange County Board of Supervisors has ordered an investigation of the Registrar of Voters regarding the handling of Recall petitions in nearby Capistrano Unified School District.

    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/. A lengthy series on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Belmont Learning Center focused on the use of COP Bonds in 2004-2005. And, 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.

    Watch Video on Half Billion Dollar School in Los Angeles: Belmont: The Black Hole of School Construction


    Los Angeles, CA. The Full Disclosure Network™ presents a three (3) minute video preview of a two-part series entitled, “Belmont: The Black Hole of School Construction” available FREE on the Internet at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/444-5_belmontblackhole_preview.php “On Demand” 24/7, as a public service.

    This preview of a special series exposes the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Belmont Learning Center fiasco with exclusive video footage of all the major players involved in the planning, development, financing and investigations of the most notorious school construction project in the United States, they are:

    • Steve Cooley , L.A. County District Attorney
    • Jim McConnell, LAUSD Chief Facilities Executive
    • Anthony Patchett, Belmont Prosecutor, Special Assistant. 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, Director of 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 first 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 are 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?

    The 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

    Sunday, August 13, 2006

    Video: Gangs & Terrorists Threaten Airports....Video News Blog (7 min)


    Los Angeles, CA. In a seven minute Full Disclosure Network™ Video News Blog United States Attorney Debra Yang and retired L. A. County Sheriff Sergeant Richard Valdemar discuss the problems of gang members and illegal foreign nationals working as airport baggage handlers and in high security areas of airports and who have access to the tarmacs and commercial airliners. This video is available FREE, on demand, 24/7 as a public service.

    Airport Security Scrambles
    While U. S. airport security officials are scrambling to confiscate toiletries, baby formula and personal beverages from airline passengers, it would appear an even greater danger lurks behind the scenes in airline operations.


    Terrorist Access to Airports
    One suspect recently arrested in the terrorist plot to bomb airliners bound for the United States, was reported to have full access to Heathrow Airport. The real threat of terrorist acts being perpetrated by gang members and foreign nationals working for the airlines has not drawn much media attention, yet experts have expressed concern and airline management contend they cannot inquire as to an applicant's affiliation with a gang or any other organization.

    Richard Valdemar, retired after 33 years with the L. A. County Sheriff’s Department OSS gang detail. He describes some the following concerns about airport safety:
    • Drug oriented, rival gangs employed by airlines, having access to the cargo holds.
    • Rival gang signs have been found present inside the cargo holds
    • Danger of guns and gang shoot-outs in close proximity to the airplanes
    • Lack of background checks by airlines
    • Hiring of foreign nationals, illegal immigrants for baggage handling

    U.S. Attorney Debra Yang told Full Disclosure Network™ (FDN) that 80 illegal immigrants were arrested (and prosecuted) who worked at Los Angeles International Airport, after 9/11 for the following:

    • Falsifying employment documents
    • Unreported prior criminal convictions
    • Falsely claiming resident and citizenship status
    • Working in security positions without proper background checks

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


    Wednesday, August 09, 2006

    Full Disclosure Network™ Wants Due Process & Hearing on Public Cable Channel Ouster (6 min Video News Blog)


    Los Angeles, CA Full Disclosure Network™ presents a six minute Video News Blog featuring a chronology of events leading up to the abrupt termination of the Emmy Award winning public affairs program from the L. A. CityView Cable Channel 35 last June. Host Leslie Dutton appeals to viewers of the program on public cable channels and the Internet to join in the campaign to find out the real reasons why the public service program was terminated.


    COMMUNITY OUTCRY:
    Appearing in this video news blog are community leaders who testified in support of the Full Disclosure Network™ at a July 27, 2006 meeting of the Los Angeles Municipal Access Policy Board that oversees operations of CityView Channel 35. The video features clips of their requests for a full investigation and hearing. Those testifying are:

    • Don Schultz, past president Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, & Homeowers Association
    • David Hernandez, North Hollywood Neighborhood Association
    • Dave Bradford, Silverlake/Echo Park Resident
    • Gil Wong, member Lakeview Terrace Improvement Assn.
    • Leslie Dutton, Producer/Host of the Full Disclosure Network™

    PROGRAMMING PROVIDED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE
    Since 1992 the Full Disclosure™ program has been featured on CityView Channel 35, without cost to the City, as a public service at the request of various City Departments, agencies and Council members. The Full Disclosure Network™ is an educational, non-profit organization. In 2002, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented host Leslie Dutton with a public affairs Emmy Award for their series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism”, featuring LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, LAPD Lt. Ken Hillman, L.A. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca, covering how government agencies would work together following 9/11.


    VIEWERS URGED TO HELP
    At the conclusion of this video news blog the Full Disclosure Network™ requests viewers to call the following people and ask why the program was removed from the channel.

    • Tony Ighani Station Manager at 213-485-7561
    • Bernard Parks, Council District 8 at 213-473-7008


    CONFLICTING TERMINATION LETTERS?
    This June 14, 2006 termination letter clearly states the immediate termination was due to “contentious content” while an Email sent by Councilman Bernard Parks to Producer Leslie Dutton contradicted the letter, stating he had not pulled his sponsorship of the program. It is hoped that the real reasons will be revealed at a full hearing on the matter to be held in October.

    The Full Disclosure Network™ can be seen on 43 cable systems and the Internet. Billed as “the news behind the news” programs feature critical issues rarely addressed in depth in the regular news media.

    Sunday, August 06, 2006

    NEWPORT BEACH: THE REAL “OC”: Watch Video Preview (12 minutes)

    Los Angeles, CA. Is the city of Newport Beach the sexy, Shangri-La depicted in the Real OC TV program? Or is it like every other city—struggling with bureaucracy, political infighting and beleaguered city services? Full Disclosure Network™, presents “the news behind the news” in a 12 minute video preview of a two-part interview with Newport Beach Mayor Don Webb, to find out what the real Newport Beach is really like.

    Mayor Webb offers a behind the scenes political history of this popular beach resort on this its 100th birthday. He also shares with Full Disclosure™ the struggles of the city to remain progressive and modern while under pressure not to over-develop and destroy its leisure quality of life.

    Responding to questions from Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton, Mayor Webb revealed that the current city council is made up of several people who have a background in real estate development and public financing. In fact, Mayor Webb admits he has been accused of being pro-development. But, then he is adamant that he is equally concerned about protecting the quality of life in Newport Beach.

    This is the first of a four part-Full Disclosure™ series on the City of Newport Beach, it’s history, centennial, politics and future and is to be featured on 43 cable systems and the Internet at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented an Emmy Award for the Full Disclosure Series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” featuring City officials from Los Angeles on how they planned to work together to wage the war on terror.

    Tuesday, August 01, 2006

    Arrest Illegals? Top Cops & Officials Disagree: Watch (8 min video)


    Los Angeles, CA. The pros and cons of local police enforcing U. S. immigration law is the topic of a FREE eight (8) minute video news blog debate between Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and the LAPD officials who developed the controversial Special Order 40, which prohibits Los Angeles Police officers from asking if a person is in the country legally. Available 24/7, on demand as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™

    Viewer Survey & Comments:
    Following this fast-moving debate is a Full Disclosure™ online viewer survey and comment section on this controversial topic. Immediate survey results posted after each vote is cast.

    Officials Explain Their Policies:
    Participating in the debate is Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, LAPD Chief Daryl Gates (ret) and two former Presidents of the Los Angeles Police Commission, Edith Perez and Rick Caruso who defend the LAPD Special Order 40, enacted by Gates in 1979.

    L.A. Officials Blame Lack of Resources:
    These officials offer their explanations for non-enforcement of U. S. Immigration laws, citing lack of resources and fear that illegal immigrants will not report crimes or serve as witnesses if police officers are enforcing immigration laws.

    Orange County to Train Deputies for Enforcement:
    Sheriff Mike Carona describes the new Orange County Department's program to cross-train, and cross-deputize Deputies so they can enforce U. S. immigration laws. This will allow them 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.

    Law Enforcement Series:
    Video clips for this video news blog were selected from a series of Full Disclosure™ programs on the issue of Immigration Policy over the last ten years. The programs were originally featured on 43 cable systems and video streamed from http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ worldwide on the Internet where cable channels are listed by community and air times .

    Emmy Award Winning Programs:
    In 2002 Full Disclosure™ host Leslie Dutton was presented with a public affairs Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the series entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism" featuring LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, LAPD Lt. Ken Hillman, Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, and L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca.