Saturday, December 29, 2007
L.A. Cable Channel 36
Sunday Dec. 30th Part One 8 p.m. Part Two 8:30 p.m.
Monday Dec 31st Part One 4 p.m . Part Two 4:30 p.m
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watch 8 min video preview here
According to Craig Holman, of the Center for Governmental Studies and retired California Senator Dick Mountjoy (R.-Monrovia) “for profit” slate card campaign mailers are deceiving voters with phony endorsements that have been bought and paid for by the very people purportedly endorsed.
PART 1: Senator Mountjoy and Craig Holman take on UCLA Professor of Law Daniel Lowenstein who defended the mailers and filed a lawsuit to overturn Prop 208 (1996) including the disclosure requirements. Weighing in against the mailers Senator Dick Mountjoy cited how the questionable slate card mailers damaged his 1998 campaign. The debate is moderated by Leslie Dutton and was originally videotaped in 1998 and the same campaign tactics are used today.
PART 2: Craig Holman exposes how phony sample ballots sent out by California Congresswoman Maxine Waters which 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 (ret). Mountjoy cited the deceptive mailers targeting senior citizens in his Southern California district. He said the slate cards mailings used his image and name to falsely imply that he had endorsed the candidates. In fact the candidates had paid for the false endorsements. Click here for transcript of quote.
Full Disclosure Network® has been billed as "the news behind the news" for the past fifteen years and is produced by Leslie Dutton & T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded a local public affairs Emmy for the Full Disclosure® Series “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” featuring LAPD Chief Parks, Lt. Ken Hillman, Sheriff Baca and Councilman Mark-Ridley Thomas.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The release of this new collection coincides with the announcement on Friday, December 14, 2007 by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that he will declare a “fiscal emergency” in January 2008. In his announcement, Schwartzenneger pointed to a dramatic escalation in the budget deficit (40 % or $14 billion) over previous projections by economists just a few weeks ago. Associated Press reported that state spending has increased by 40% since Schwarznegger took office in 2004. And according to the Reason Foundation and California Debt Advisory Board, bonded indebtedness has dramatically increased over the last decade.
REVEALING HOW STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS BOND $$ BILLIONS:
Videos on Bond issues in the Full Disclosure® Collection:
* Secret School Bonds Create Billions in Debt
* Mysterious School Financing Revealed
* Budget Buster Bond Defended
* Bond Brokers Bilk Taxpayers for Billions
* News Blackout On School Bond Vote
* Auditors Speak Out on Lack of Prosecution
* Voters Fooled by Bogus Bonds
* Bonds: Government’s Credit Card
Click here to watch 3 min video
Officials and experts appearing in the video collection:
* Senator Don Perata California Senate President Pro-Tem
* David Tokofsky, LAUSD Board Member
* Kathleen Connell, California State Controller (1995-2004)
* Don Mullinax, former Inspector General L.A. Unified School District
* B. Scott Minerd, CEO Guggenheim Partners, Asset Management
* Edwin Meese, III, Former U. S. Attorney General & Chief of Staff Governor Reagan
* Jon Coupal, President Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
* James Mc Nulty, Chairman of the Board, Parsons Corporation
* Dr. Adrian Moore, V.P. Research of the Reason Foundation
* Keith Richman, Former, Legislator & Pres. Calif. Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility
* Carl DeMaio, President Performance Institute
* Jerry Thornton, Inspector General Los Angeles Unified School District
Known as “the news behind the news” Full Disclosure Network® cable television programs are featured on 45 cable systems and the Internet since 1992 and produced by host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Full Disclosure® special series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local Emmy Award for public affairs, informational series. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ . #####
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Exclusive: Television Interview With Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona (Online Video Preview 10 min)
WATCH THE PREVIEW HERE NOW
· Circumstances of his indictment, and arraignment
· Media coverage of the case ,
· Prosecutor tactics
· The Sheriff’s prospects in the upcoming trial.
Featured in the interview programs are:
· Mike Carona, Sheriff Orange County
· Anthony Patchett, Former Special Assistant Los Angeles District Attorney
· Stanley Goldman, Professor Loyola Law School
· Leslie Dutton: Moderator
Known as “the news behind the news” Full Disclosure Network® cable television programs are featured on 45 cable systems and the Internet since 1992 and produced by host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Full Disclosure® special series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local Emmy Award for a public affairs, informational series. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/
Saturday, December 08, 2007
The two-part program is moderated by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and features six short videos with Top Cops, three of which debate the “pros and cons” on the most controversial law enforcement issues of the day. Three other videos cover the growing battle over who controls public schools and multi-billions of dollars from taxpayers.
Here are the air-times for the programs: The videos also can be viewed here on the Internet, Just click on each of the title links below:
L A Channel 36: 8-9 pm Sunday 4-5 pm Monday
Sunday, December 9th 8:00 p.m. Part 1
December 9th 8:30 p.m. Part 2
Monday, December 10th 4:00 p.m. Part 1
December 10th 4:30 p.m. Part 2
Click Here for List of Other Channels & Airtimes by Community
TO WATCH VIDEOS NOW CLICK ON TITLES BELOW
Video News Blog #21 (7:55 min)
Video News Blog #22 (7 min)
Video News Blog #18 (7:16 min)
Video News Blog #24.(12 min)
Video News Blog #25 (6 min)
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
The FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK® presents an eight minute Video News Blog featuring clips from exclusive post arraignment interviews with the Sheriff, spokesman from the U. S. Attorney’s office, Special Assistant District Attorney, and Chairman of the Orange County Republican Party. Here is a sampling of some of the questions raised:
- Why is this a Federal Case?
- Who is involved and why?
- How high up did approval of the indictment go?
- Was it President Bush?
- Was Carona’s policy to enforce immigration laws locally a conflict for the Feds?
- Why did the Feds indict Carona’s wife?
- Was the purpose of the indictment to force the Sheriff to resign?
- Did local politicians want to select his replacement?
FEATURED IN THE VIDEO NEWS BLOG ARE:
Mike Carona, Sheriff Orange County
Anthony Patchett, Former Special Assistant Los Angeles District Attorney
Thom Mrozek, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney
Scott Baugh, Chairman Orange County Republican Party
Leslie Dutton: Moderator
VIEWERS ARE ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ONLINE OPINION SURVEY & TO LEAVE THEIR COMMENTS FOR DISCUSSION.
These program s are featured on 45 cable systems and the Internet since 1992 and produced by host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Full Disclosure® special series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local Emmy Award for a public affairs, informational series. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Please note the air times and dates on L.A. Cable Channel 36
- PART 1 8 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2007
4 p.m. Monday, December 2, 2007
- PART 2 8:30 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2007
4:30 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2007
Videos available here on Internet click on the title links below.
News Black Out Bond Vote Scam Jarvis Taxpayers & David Tokofsky (LAUSD)
Concealed Weapon Permits? Sheriff Leroy Baca vs Sheriff Mike Carona
Left vs Right Journalism Brent Bozell vs Murray Fromson (CBS retired)
Bob Woodward vs Edwin Meese, III on use of un-named Sources
School Corruption Sparks Citizen Revolt in California
Mini Documentary on the "FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK"
Full Disclosure Network® has been billed as "the news behind the news" for the past fifteen years and is produced by Leslie Dutton & T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded a local public affairs Emmy for the Full Disclosure® Series “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” featuring LAPD Chief Parks, Lt. Ken Hillman, Sheriff Baca and Councilman Mark-Ridley Thomas.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
L. A Cable Channel 36:
Nov. 25th Sunday, at 8 p.m. Part 1 8:30 p.m. Part 2
Nov. 26th Monday, at 4 p.m. Part 1 4:30 p.m. Part 2
For a list of other air times & cable channels (click here)
These two-half hour programs feature six short video news blogs on Hot Issues that have been featured only on the Internet. Following each program cable TV viewers are invited to participate in an interactive survey on each Hot Issue via 1-800-867-7777 toll free number or on the Internet website where bloggers are posting comments and sparking further debate.
OR CLICK ON THE TITLES BELOW TO WATCH VIDEO BLOGS ON LINE:
SCHOOL BONDS & PUBLIC FINANCE (Part 1)
- Video Blog #8. (5 min) Mysterious School Financing Disclosed. (10:45 min) L.A. Unified School Board member David Tokofsky describes the LAUSD multi $billion dollar public financing plan. Features 3 minute audio of un-televised Board vote to issue $50 million in non-voter approved Certificates of Participation (COP) Bonds.
- Video Blog #9. (6:40 min) Budget Buster Bond Defended. Los Angeles Unified School District to net $27 billion in bonds and state matching funds in 7 year period with voter approval of 2005 $3.95 bond measure. California taxpayers contributing half these funds, while L. A. property owners pay again with property taxes. Tokovsky describes how the money is used.
- Video Blog #12 (8:24 min) Bond Brokers Bilk Taxpayers for Secret Billions? State Controller Kathleen Connell, Jon Coupal of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers, LAUSD Board Member David Tokofsky and former D.A. Prosecutor Anthony Patchett spill the beans on the how the district is able to access $billions of dollars in bonds.
- Video Blog #10. LAPD, Sheriffs vs FEDS on Illegal Aliens (8 min) The pros and cons of having law enforcement officers arrest criminal illegal immigrants. Featuring former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates, LAPD Commission Presidents Edith Perez and Rick Caruso, and Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona.
- Video Blog #11. Sheriffs Debate Guns & Badges for Political Donors(7:48 Min) L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca and Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona describe their policies of giving guns and badges to political campaign contributors. One accepts political contributions from Department staff and Deputies the other rejects them.
- Video Blog #13 Exclusive Jail Riot Video, Policy Debate on Illegal Criminal Inmates (5:45 min) Graphic jail riot video, shows the racial unrest among criminal illegal immigrants and massive overcrowding in So. California jails. Also features L. A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, the late Sheriff Sherman Block and Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona venting their frustration over the revolving door policy which permits 70% of deported criminals to return time and again.
Known as "the news behind the news" Full Disclosure Network® cable television programs are featured on 45 cable systems and the Internet since 1992. Produced by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton & Producer T. J. Johnston, in 2002 the Full Disclosure® special series "L. A.''s War Against Terrorism" was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local Emmy Award for a public affairs, informational series. Channels and air times and a complete program listing can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This five minute video reveals: the fact Judge Wilson recently dismissed six out of 19 counts of tax evasion and fraud after the jury found Yagman guilty on all counts and features Loyola Law School Professor Stanley Goldman, providing legal background and commentary. The Court Order, issued by Judge Wilson on August 17, 2007 was never reported in the mainstream media, nor was it posted on the U. S. Attorney’s website along with a usual press release. This extraordinary development was only found on the http://www.patterico.com/ website.
Conflict of Interest? The 2001 video clip of Stephen Yagman describing his friendship with Judge Wilson, raises questions as to whether or not their friendship posed a conflict or if it had been properly disclosed to the prosecutors.
VIEWERS ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN AN OPINION SURVEY:Following the online video, viewers are asked to vote in an opinion poll on the following questions:
- Do you think that Judge Wilson should have recused himself from the trial of his friend Stephen Yagman? Yes or no.
- Do you think the media and the press deliberately did not report Judge Wilson’s acquittal of several counts against Yagman? Yes or no.
- Are there sufficient checks and balances in the judicial systems to assure judicial integrity? Yes or no.
Known as “the news behind the news” Full Disclosure Network® television programs are featured on 45 cable systems and the Internet since 1992 and produced by host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Full Disclosure® special series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local Emmy Award for a public affairs, informational series. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ . #####
Friday, November 09, 2007
The interview, conducted by Leslie Dutton, took place in the Sheriff’s office on November 8, 2007, just two days following his arraignment in Federal Court. Carona discussed the pressures and forces at play that impacted his decisions.
Although defendants involved in Federal prosecutions are normally advised, not to make public statements, Carona explained why he was willing to talk to Full Disclosure Network®. The entire two-part program featuring Carona’s interview along with commentary from legal and law enforcement experts is to be released to 45 cable systems and on the Internet within the next ten days. Here is a link to the listing of channels and airtimes by community.
Full Disclosure Network® cable and Internet television programs are produced by Emmy Award winning Host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston and billed as “the news behind the news” for the past fifteen years. The programs feature local, state and national law enforcement officials, civic leaders, experts and activists to provide information on critical issues that often to do not get covered, in-depth, on commercial television.
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Monday, November 05, 2007
How Did Belmont Cost the L A Unified School District A Half $Billion? DVD Documentary Series (Preview 7 min)
Los Angeles, CA. Learn how the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) managed to spend over a half a Billion dollars building the still incomplete (2007) Belmont Learning Center, renamed Vista Hermosa. Now available in a Documentary Collectors Series of 23 DVDs. Watch 7 min preview here.
From start to finish, find out how the L.A. Unified School District got into this mess and hear the participants offer their opinions regarding who was responsible.
- Planning & Development
- Legal & Financing
- Toxic hazards
- Investigation of fraud.
- Purchase of land
- Failure to prosecute crimes
Each DVD contains two-part interviews with the major players involved, and the series includes two summary programs: “The Best of Belmont” and “The Black Hole of School Construction” and include exclusive footage of the December 2004 demolition of 60 percent of the brand new, never occupied buildings. Click here for a downloadable flyer listing all those interviewed is available here.
Produced by Emmy Award winning Host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston, the series was videotaped originally for cable television and aired on 45 cable systems in California.
The DVDs are available individually or as a set with special prices for institutional organizations. For individual or institutional savings contact Full Disclosure Network® Executive offices at (310) 822-4449 or http://www.fulldisclosure.net/
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Los Angeles, CA. Orange County Mike Carona and Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca explain their policies on giving guns and badges to poltical donors in an eight minute (8) Full Disclosure Network® video news blog that is being re-released on Saturday, November 3, 2007 on the website. You can view the debate FREE by clicking on this link
- Both Carona and Baca describe political donations made to their campaigns by Reserve Deputies, Under Sheriffs and personnel in their Departments. The Moderator for the debate is Emmy Award winning host Full Disclosure Network® Leslie Dutton. The video clips compiled are from previous full-length interviews with the Sheriffs.
- 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.
- Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca describes his policy on accepting campaign contributions from his Under Sheriffs, Deputies and Department personnel.
This video news blog and 50 others are featured on 45 cable television systems and are produced by Host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston. Over the past fifteen years Full Disclosure Network® (FDN) presented "the news behind the news", exploring police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton. In 2000 FDN interviewed all but one former U.S. Attorney General and the Special Prosecutors who have been involved in Presidential investigations. A Cable channel listing by community and air times is available on the website.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
- Should the public and the media question the Police Commission's decision to unanimously reappoint Chief Bratton to a second five year term, in the middle the internal investigation?
- Should the media have questioned Bratton's performance evaluation more extensively?
- Did any media report what happened to the FBI Investigation of the police misconduct in MacArthur Park?
- Was the final report on Mac Arthur Park delayed? Why?
- Did the news organizations press the LAPD for release of the Final Report?
- Does political control of the police department jeopardize media access to information and ability to cover events?
- Will there be live media coverage of Chief Bratton being sworn into office by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for a second five-year term on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at the LAPD Police Academy?
The full two-part Full Disclosure Network® series will be aired on L.A. Cable Channel 36 from 8-9 p.m. this Sunday and repeat on Monday from 4-5 p.m. and will be shown on 45 cable systems throughout California over the next several weeks.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
L. A. CABLE CHANNEL 36
Oct. 14th Sunday 8-9 p.m.
Oct 15th Monday 4-5 p.m.
Or Click on the links below
Watch Here: PART 1 AND PART 2 (28:30 min ea) Check Other Channels & Airtimes
LAPD Chief William Bratton:
LAPD Captain Kenneth Hillman (ret):
Here are a few observations made by Hillman in this two part series:
- LAPD policy changes every time a new Chief is selected, because under City Charter Reform Proposition “F”
- The Mayor now has complete control over removal of the Chief of Police.
- He explains why the Police Union became so powerful following the Rodney King Riots
- Describes the reforms brought on by the Christopher Commission
- Points to the Charter Amendment Proposition “F” in 1992 that changed the Chief's position from a Civil Service postition to a political appointment.
- The police union became powerful out of self-preservation and need to protect officers rights.
- The Mayor who now controls the appointments of Police Commissioners and the Chief.
- The role of the Police Union in electing the Mayor
- The promises the Mayor made to get the Union endorsement
- The 3 day work week (12 hour days) for officers once the Mayor was elected
Over the past fifteen years Full Disclosure® programs have been billed as “the news behind the news” and are featured on 45 cable systems and the Internet at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. The programs are produced by Emmy Award winning Host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston and sponsored by the Citizens Protection Alliance, a non-profit, educational organization.
Since 1992 the 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 and most U.S. Attorneys General and Special Prosecutors involved in Presidential investigations. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs EMMY Award for the series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” featuring LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, Sheriff Leroy Baca, LAPPL Director Ken Hillman and Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Los Angeles, CA Full Disclosure Network® presents a FREE seven (7) minute Internet video preview of a two part cab;e TV series covering the controversial reappointment of Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, to a second five year term, amid the ongoing investigation of the “May Day Melee” in Mac Arthur Park. Click here to watch the video.
The Full Disclosure® series features Donald Zachary, Director and Legal Counsel for the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNA) and Xavier Hermosillo a former TV and Radio personality who serves as an LAPD Disciplinary Hearing Officer. The series is hosted by Leslie Dutton.
Here are some of the issues covered in the series and the preview:
- Concerns regarding the process and questionable reappointment of Chief Bratton prior to the release of the May Day Investigation Report.
- The troubling long delay in releasing the LAPD’s Mac Arthur Park Investigation Report on the “May Day Melee”.
- Mistreatment and inordinate control of media personnel during public events.
- Perceived management and system failures within the Department that contributed to damages, physical injuries and city liability.
- Political corruption contributing to LAPD failures
Monday, October 01, 2007
"Parents Declare War on Their School " (Episodes 1-2)
"Citizens Provoke DA Raids on District" (Episodes 3-4)
"Local Officials Speak Out: Trustees Step Aside" (Episodes 5-6)
(Episode #7) Three Video News Blogs (on one DVD) includes the following:
Video News Blog #1: " School Corruption Sparks Citizen Revolt"
Video News Blog #2: "Recall Election Corrupted: Parents Expose"
- Video News Blog #3: "Has the OC Registrar Broken Down?"
Sunday, September 30, 2007
WATCH THESE EXCLUSIVE SHOWS TONIGHT & MONDAY ON:
L.A. Cable Channel 36
Sunday, Sept, 30th 8-9 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1st 4-5 p.m.
- Sheriff Leroy Baca
- Mark Rosenbaum, ACLU’s Legal Director
- Mary Tiedeman ACLU Jail Project Director
- Captain Tim Cornell, LASD Inmate Reception Center
- Mike Gennaco, Chief Attorney LASD Office of Independent Review
- Merrick Bobb, Pres. Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC)
Highlights from the two programs are:
- Explicit details of the numerous problems encountered by both the ACLU monitors and the L.A. County Sheriffs Department are provided in depth.
- Inmate Riots On Video: jail disturbances on video are featured in the FDN preview and series, to demonstrate the circumstances that exist from time to time and explanations for the cause are provided.
- Three Civilian Monitors for the Sheriff: The Board of Supervisors already was contracting with Merrick Bobb of PARC, who describes his goal to make law enforcement “effective”.
- IG Mike Gennaco explains how and why the Sheriff formed the Office of Independent Review with funding from L. A. County Board of Supervisors
- Roy Burns, former head of ALADS comments on the impact of policies developed by the monitors.
Billed as "the news behind the news" the Full Disclosure Network® is an independent, educational, public affairs cable program sponsored by the Citizens Protection Alliance. Produced by host Leslie Dutton and T.J. Johnston the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented FDN with a 2001 Emmy Award for the public affairs series entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism". Channels and airtimes. For the past fifteen years FDN has covered critical public policy issues, in-depth, that are often ignored by the mainstream media.
Monday, September 24, 2007
- Keith Richman, M.D., President California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility
- B. Scott Minerd, CEO Guggenheim Partners, Asset Management
- Dr. Adrian Moore, Vice President for Research, Reason Foundation
- Carl DeMaio, President Performance Institute
- Jack Ehnes, CEO CAL-STRS (Teachers Retirement System)
Here are a few of the points made in the video presentation:
- "Government is issuing more and more bonds to pay for important infrastructure projects such as dams, bridges, roads, etc. which should be paid for with current taxes. Instead the money is being spent for other things and our government is asking voters to approve debt, so they can keep on spending."
- "Each California household will pay $1200 to $1600 per year to cover the cost of pension and healthcare benefits for public employee retirees."
- "The un-funded liability for pensions and healthcare benefits for retired public employees in California is three times the current total outstanding debt, all the bonds."
Since 1992 the Full Disclosure Network® (FDN) programs have been billed as "the news behind the news" and produced by Emmy Award winning Host Leslie Dutton and T. J. Johnston. The FDN programs are featured on 45 cable systems and the Internet website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented a local public affairs Emmy Award to Leslie Dutton for the series L.A.'s WAR AGAINST TERRORISM. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Public Safety Pensions & Union Politics: Sheriff vs County Supervisor (Internet Video Preview 8 min)
Orange County, CA. The Full Disclosure Network ® presents two half-hour cable TV programs in an on-going series covering the escalating Public Pension Crisis. These latest episodes concern the Orange County California battle over public safety employees retroactive pension benefits granted by the Board of Supervisors in 2002. Watch this 8 minute video preview (click here).
- Supervisor John Moorlach who is leading the battle to rescind the “retroactive” portion of pension benefits granted to Deputies and District Attorney’s personnel who have already retired.
- Sheriff Mike Carona. Defends his Deputies while suggesting that Supervisor Moorlach's motive could nothing more than an adverse reaction to the Deputies Union campaign against him.
- Mario Mainero, Chief of Staff and legal advisor to Moorlach describes his role in the controversy.
The programs are hosted by Leslie Dutton and featured on 45 cable systems. An eight minute Internet video preview is available (Click Here) on 24/7, on demand from the Full Disclosure® website as a public service.
MAJOR ISSUES RAISED
DEPUTIES PAID TWICE? Supervisor John Moorlach describes state legislation sponsored by public employee unions that enabled public safety employees to receive “retroactive” pension benefits, saying it amounted to being “paid twice for services rendered.” Other Constitutional violations are cited.
BENEFIT ENHANCEMENT: Sheriff Mike Carona explains that the legislation was intended to provide “a benefit enhancement to aid recruiting and retention” of badly needed public safety employees. And, the Board of Supervisors knew the risk and liability before they approved the benefits.
BLINDING GREED? Moorlach claims the reason public safety unions pushed for overly generous benefits is because the Deputies say to themselves “I deserve this” and he says “they are not thinking about the other services that will have to be cut…. “other public services for the homeless, welfare, healthcare and layoffs, people will have to stand I line” he said.
DRACONIAN TACTICS: Sheriff Carona takes issue “with the way he (Moorlach) is going about this”. He says both he and Moorlach were opposed by the public safety union but describes Moorlach’s actions as retaliation and Draconian tactics, by also threatening to take away the Harbor Patrol duties from the Sheriff’s Department, creating a Citizens Oversight Commission for the Sheriff’s Department and removing Department control of a Special Needs Funding Account.
RIGHT THING TO DO ? While John Moorlach describes the move to rescind retroactive benefits as “the right thing to do”, Sheriff Carona describes John Moorlach’s actions as a: full frontal assault against the Deputies” and that it “is not good Statesmanship” saying “He should not be using his authority (as Supervisor) to take it out on them.”
RULE OF LAW: Mario Mainero, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Moolach, cites the Sections of the Constitution where the pension benefits could be considered unlawful and states that this is a “Rule of Law” issue
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Sunday On Cable TV: LAPD Chief Bratton on Guns, Shootings, Homeless & Police Policy (Internet Video Preview 8 min)
Sunday, September 2nd 8-9 p.m.
Monday, September 3rd, 4-5 p.m.
A free eight minute video preview is available for viewing "On Demand" 24/7 (click here to watch) this public service of the Full Disclosure Network®. In addition the Bratton interview is being featured on 45 other cable systems. The no-holds-barred interview is conducted by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and reveals his most candid and remarkable response to troublesome issues that have been plaguing the LAPD for years. Here are just a few short quotes from Chief Bratton:
- Homeless Policy in L.A. :............ "It's a national disgrace"
- Ongoing Federal Consent Decree Costs: ........."Nobody really knows"
- Special Order 40: .........."LAPD officers cannot ask people if they are here legally "
- Politicizing the LAPD: "If the Mayor says we are to meet (certain) demands, is that politics?"
- Police Commission overruling the Department on Devon Brown shooting: ...... "So be it"
- Is Police Commission process on Officer involved shootings fair?: ..... "It is what it is".
- Does he worry about officer morale when shootings are determined out-of policy? ..... "No I don't"
- Issuing Concealed Weapon Permits (CCWs):...... "I am a strong gun control advocate"
Chief Bratton told Full Disclosure® even though after five years the Federal Consent Decree was supposed to go away if the LAPD was in compliance, much of the mandated operations would become a permanent part of the department's operations. Four years ago, on Full Disclosure® he predicted the cost of the Federal Consent Decree could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars for a five year period. In this new interview he says that it should be looked upon as an investment.
The Chief also comments on qualifications of the (Mayor appointed) Police Commissioners who have the power to overrule his recommendations, such as on the Devon Brown shooting and when the Department's "Use of Force Board" found it to be "in policy". Bratton explained that 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, that they make a good faith decision.
Since 1992 many of the Full Disclosure Network® cable television programs have focused on law enforcement policy at the local, state and national level. All LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to Chief Bratton have appeared on the program. Other law enforcement officials featured include L.A. County District Attorneys Steve Cooley and Gil Garcetti, L. A. County and Orange County Sheriffs and most of the former U. S. Attorneys General, Special and Independent Presidential Prosecutors,
The Full Disclosure® program is produced by Leslie Dutton and T. J. Johnston and sponsored by the Citizens Protection Alliance, a non-profit, educational organization. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented host Dutton with a local Emmy for the public affairs series featuring Los Angeles law enforcement and city officials, entitled " L.A.'s War Against Terrorism". Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Full Disclosure Network®(FDN) is releasing the latest two episodes (Part 5 and 6) covering the history and new developments in Capistrano Unfied School District (CUSD) controversy along with a FREE eight minute Internet video preview (click here to view) of the on-going cable tv series on the real life grassroots campaign to recall or replace all seven of the elected CUSD Trustees.
- While the CUSD recall petitions (2006) were disqualified from the ballot under unusual circumstances, the organizers and citizens went on to defeat three of the incumbent Trustees in the next regularly scheduled election (2007). The Trustees were replaced by candidates supported by the Recall Committee. However, the four remaining “Old Guard” Trustees are now being accused of undermining the efforts of citizens and the new Trustees to truly reform the District and restore accountability
- Latest episodes to be cablecast during the first two weeks of September throughout California. The recall leaders are now joined by elected officials from many small cities in the District who describe their own horror stories of dealing with the former Superintendent James Fleming who recently resigned. A short time after his resignation, he was then indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury for alleged use of taxpayers funds to prevent the recall petition from qualifying for the ballot.
- The FDN series on CUSD documents the historic battle to reform the District starting in 2005 up to present. In all there are six, half-hour Full Disclosure® programs and three Video News Blog on the Internet each reporting step by step, the citizens struggle to regain control of their school district.
Elected officials are featured in the episodes calling for the "old guard" Trustees to step down or to face another recall election are:
- Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Thompson, City of Rancho Santa Margarita
- Tom Russell, CUSD Recall Leader
- Mayor Tony Beall, City of Rancho Santa Margarita and CUSD Recall Leader
- Mayor Carmen Cave, City of Aliso Viejo
- Councilman Mark Neilson, City of San Juan Capistrano & Recall Leader
- Trustee Anna Bryson, Vice Pres. CUSD Board (newly elected)
- Mayor Gail Reavis, City of Mission Viejo
- Trustee Ellen Addinizio, CUSD Board (newly elected)
- Councilman Lon Uso, City of San Juan Capistrano
- Councilman Steve Knoblock, City of San Clemente
One of the major obstacles encountered by the recall leaders was the difficulty in gaining media attention to the problem due to refusal of the District and the Trustees to be interviewed. Indeed, the Full Disclosure Network® encountered fierce resistence as well, when the CUSD Administration and Trustees steadfastly denied interview requests. This fact is doumented in previous FDN episodes and in correspondence posted on the CUSD FDN website page and most recent email rejecting our requests for interviews from the new Director of Communications.
The Full Disclosure Network® (FDN) is known as “the news behind the news” covering, in-depth, important issues the mainstream media often ignores. As an independently produced and privately funded cable access program FDN is currently featured on 45 cable systems in the State of California and on the Internet as a public service. Producers of the program are host Leslie Dutton and T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented FDN with a local public affairs Emmy Award for the series "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism". Channels and Airtimes for the programs can be found on the website.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
- Sheriff 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
- Sheriff Lee Baca describes his policy on accepting campaign contributions from his Under Sheriffs, Deputies and Department personnel.
Video clips used in this blog were selected from a series of full length programs with the Sheriffs. Over the past fifteen years FDN programs have been billed as "the news behind the news" as they have explored police policies, politics, public education, corruption and reform. As an example, other prominent interviews conducted by the Full Disclosure Network ® have included all LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton, Sheriffs Sherman Block and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In 1999-2000 interviews included all but one of the former U.S. Attorney Generals (Meese,Thornburgh, Richardson, Kleindienst, Bork, Civiletti) and Special and Independent Prosecutors (Cox, Starr, Walsh, Robert Fiske, Jr.) who were involved in Presidential investigations.
The Full Disclosure® programs are featured on 45 cable television systems and short previews are available FREE on the Internet where cable channels are listed by community and air times on the website.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Los Angeles, CA In an eleven minute Video News Blog, the Full Disclosure Network® presents "the news behind the news" the last day of the National Council of La Raza convention in Los Angeles on July 11, 2006. This video reveals the Karl Rove, White House connection to multi-national corporate sponsors behind the National Council of La Raza.
Roves remarks on video offer possible explanations as to why he was designated to represent the White House and provides insight in to the Hispanic strategy to support sympathy for an "open border" policy. Also, the multi-national Corporate leaders describe their common goals with the National Council of La Raza (non-profit social,activist groups) Full Disclosure® discovered the co-ordinated effort of these forces at the NCLR convention where speakers and delegates describe the exciting prospect of nurturing, cultivating and encouraging the populous Hispanic forces in America to push for the following:
- Merging the United States, Mexico and Canada into an economic union, Open Borders.
- Free flow of capital, goods, labor, and services.
- North American Economic Union aka "a common market economy."
To compete with the European Common Market.
THE NEWS BEHIND THE NEWS:You judge for yourself by watching Full Disclosure Network's® coverage of the National Council of La Raza Convention. This video contains excerpts of presentations the mainstream media failed to cover.
Included in the video are:
- Excerpts from Karl Rove, White House strategist on the Administration's failed Immigration reform policy.
- Corporate sponsors of the event pitching to the Hispanic audience.
- Reaction from a sampling of attendees representing Latino and migrant rights organizations.
- Video clips interviews with the Nativo Lopez, president of MAPA a prominent retired Hispanic law enforcement official. L. A. County Sheriff's Sergeant Richard Valdemar (ret).
Known as "the news behind the news" the Full Disclosure Network® is featured on 43 cable television systemsand streamed on the Internet at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented host Leslie Dutton with an Emmy for the 2001 public affairs series entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism". In 2000 the first Full Disclosure Forum was held in Washington D.C. entitled "The Prosecutor & The Presidency" featuring former U. S. Attorneys General and Special and Independent Prosecutors on how America investigates the Presidency.
Monday, August 13, 2007
FULL DISCLOSURE® IS SPONSORED BY THE CITIZENS PROTECTION ALLIANCE A NON-PROFIT, EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION
Los Angeles, CA Organizers of the September 5-7th law enforcement training conference on “Gangs, Drugs, & Immigration” scheduled to be held at the Westin Los Angeles Bonaventure Hotel, have announced the event has been cancelled due to political infighting attributed to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. This was to have been the first-ever law enforcement training conference sponsored by citizens for both prosecutors and law enforcement officers.
- L.A. D.A. Office Interferes: "We were unable to muster support and cooperation from the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department (LASD) who had pledged to participate in the event,” claims conference organizer T. J. Johnston, Executive Director of the Citizens Protection Alliance. He said the problems started when the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office raised objections to the event.
- Conflict With The L.A. County District Attorney? Johnston said the first indication of dissention came on June 21st when the CPA received an E-mail from Sheriff Leroy Baca’s staff raising the issue of a possible “conflict” with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office and the ADDA, another co-sponsoring organization. “The L. A. County Sheriff's Department (LASD) had pledged to promote the conference via their internal communication system known as ‘JDIC’, but once the L. A. County District Attorney’s conflict surfaced, Sheriff Baca's support quickly evaporated.” Johnston said
L.A.D.A.'s Interference Cited By CPA's Johnston:
- “The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office contacted the California Commission on Police Officer & Training (POST), and in a series of email messages, falsely stated that the conference did not have the support of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and raised concerns about the 'legitimacy' of the seminar,” Johnston said.
- Two District Attorney (automobile fraud) Investigators from the DA’s Commerce Office appeared at the CPA office on Friday, July 5th flashing badges to find out who provided the e-mail list of L A. District Attorneys regarding the sending out of the announcements of the law enforcement training conference. They claimed the taxpayer funded e-mail list was “private”.
- The second week in July Baca’s Chief of Staff verbally notified the CPA that Sheriff Baca was withdrawing all support and participation from the event.
- In addition to the CPA--a non-profit community organization--the four other organizations letters of support and co-sponsorship are listed here: Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the California District Attorney’s Association and the Deputy District Attorney’s Association
"Even though the Orange County Sheriff and the two District Attorney’s Associations continued their co-sponsorship, LASD’s withdrawal effectively killed the conference by cancelling their support to obtain the POST credentials. Therefore the conference has been cancelled due to the D.A.'s interference and the LASD's unexplained withdrawal of their sponsorship and support." Johnston said. # # # #
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Los Angeles, CA On Sunday, August 12, 2007 from 8-9 p.m. L.A. Cable Channel 36 will feature the two-part Full Disclosure® series on the historic attempt to take over of the Los Angeles Unified School District and it will be repeated on Monday, August 13, from 4-5 p.m.
The series features Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his Chief Legal Counsel Tom Saenz as they are confronted with raucous opposition, led by then LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer in a State Assembly hearing and presentations before the L. A. C ity Council.Opponents have described the Mayor's actions as "power grab” involving billions of taxpayers dollars intended for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Although the Mayor's take-over plan fell victim in an historic court battle with the LAUSD, the breath taking legislative struggle for power was recorded in this special Full Disclosure Network® cable television series featuring all the major players. The series is also being re-run on 45 cable sytems. A FREE seven minute video preview of the two-part series is available here 24/7, on demand, as a public service.Issues that are hotly debated in this two-part special program are the major components addressed in AB 1381 sponsored by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez:
- Consolidation of power in an appointed Superintendent
- Setting up a new bureaucracy known as the “Council of Mayors”
- Control through the Mayor’s Community Partnership
Those featured in the video are:
- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
- Roy Romer, LAUSD Superintendent
- Gloria Romero, 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
- Bernard Parks, Los Angeles City Council
- Marebelle Delatorre, City of San Fernando Council Member
Other highlights include:
- 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.
- The complete one hour, two-part special Full Disclosure™ series features behind the scenes skirmishes not reported by the mainstream media, that including portions of a letter from Fresno Mayor Autry and major players involved in the power struggle.
- Assembly Education Committee Chairperson Jackie Goldberg loses control of the meeting to members of the audience who object to statements made by State Senator Gloria Romero and the Mayor’s Chief Legal Counsel.
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.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Los Angeles, CA In a Sunday Cable TV Special on L A Channel 36, the Full Disclosure Network® is featuring a series of short videos (8 min each) on the following Hot Topics tcovering issues the mainstream media ignores: All of these videos were produced for Internet Television but are also distributed to 45 cable systems as well.
Watch The Videos on TV Sunday 8-9 p.m. Monday 4-5 p.m. L.A. Cable Channel 36 or Here on the Internet Links Provided:
L.A. Times Vending Machine lures victims with Mayor Sex Scandal Story
"Half Billion Dollar Belmont" Demolition Video
Brand new, never occupied school quietly demolished at Christmas time.
Chief Bratton’s reappointment clouded by investigation
Former Radio TV Reporter & Hearing Officer blasts the Chief
The Notorius Stephen Yagman on the LAPD and the Judiciary
The most controversial Civil Rights Attorney speaks out on “the system”
Civil Rights Attorneys to Monitor Orange County Sheriff/DA?
No riots or police abuse incidents, OC Sheriff Carona questions the proposal
Full Disclosure Network® is billed as “the news behind the news” after each of the video news blogs viewers are invited to participate in a online survey on the topics and to leave their comments and debate the issue. A cable channel guide is listed by community and air times on the website. In 2002 Leslie Dutton, host of the program was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a local public affairs Emmy Award for the series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” featuring LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, L. A . Sheriff Leroy Baca, LAPD Captain Ken Hillman and L. A. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
- Rescind Retroactive Benefits: The Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved John Moorlach’s proposal to start legal proceedings to rescind retroactive pension benefit for Sheriffs Deputies.
- Untruthful Argument: Sheriff Carona says while he is not a lawyer, all the records he has indicate the Sheriffs Deputies and D A Investigators paid into the pension fund along with the county and that the Board of Supervisors was fully aware of the risk assessment and how to pay the full cost and that the points made (by Moorlach) are not truthful.
- Why Just Public Safety Pensions? Moorlach explains that other public employees agreed to have the retroactive pension benefits deducted from their pay checks and he claims that no new debt was incurred by their benefits.
- Pension Benefits Needed: According to Carona to attract good employees in one of the toughest hiring markets 3% at age 50 benefits were needed to recruit top professional law enforcement.
- Not A Recruiting Tool: Moorlach counters saying that if anything the 3% at 50 is only encouraging deputies to retire and go double dip in another public agency.
REBUTTALS ENCOURAGED: Viewers are invited to participate by posting their comments in the section below on the video page. Known as “the news behind the news” Full Disclosure Network® cable television programs are featured on 43 cable systems and the Internet since 1992. In 2002 the Full Disclosure® special series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local Emmy Award for a public affairs, informational series. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Blogs/www.fulldisclosure.net.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
- L. A. Cable Channel 36
- Sunday, July 29th Part-One at 8 p.m. Part-Two at 8:30 p.m.
- Monday; July 30th, Part One at 4 p.m. Part 2 at 4:30 p.m.
For Internet viewers an exclusive, free ten minute video on the toxic conditions at Belmont can be seen on “On Demand” 24/7, as a public service. Tonight's cable TV presentation features exclusive video footage of all the major players involved in the planning, development, financing and investigations of the half a billion dollar, notorious Belmont Learning Center, in the L. A. Unified School District, (LAUSD) that was built on top of the old Los Angeles oil field.
Belmont Players Featured In The Cable Series:
Steve Cooley , L.A. County District Attorney
David Cartwright, Sr. Partner O'Melveny & Myers, (former outside legal counsel to LAUSD)
Jim McConnell, LAUSD Cheif Facilities Executive
Anthony Patchett, Belmont Prosecutor, Special Asst. D.A. (ret)
Jerry Thornton, LAUSD Interim Inspector General
Don Mullinax, Inspector General L.A. Unified School District
Roger Carrick. Special Legal Counsel to Inspector General
Scott Wildman. Former Chairman CA Legislative Audit Committee
Dominic Shambra, Director Planning & Development LAUSD
Dr. Kaye Kilburn, USC Keck School of Medicine, Edgington Chair (transcript)
Ed Scott, Oil and Gas Expert, Licensed Environmental Assessor
Also offering their comments on the Belmont series are:
Michael Schneider, former President California Board of Accountancy
Tony Beall, Mayor Rancho Santa Margarita, Leader CUSD Recall Trustees Committee
Still incomplete the Belmont public school is now estimated to have cost almost a half a billion dollars after questionable remediation of toxic gases, seven years of investigations, lawsuits and controversy. In the early 2000's the Los Angeles news media ceased covering the Belmont Learning Center debacle, the LAUSD renamed the school "Vista Hermosa" and began plans to to redesign the project. The Full Disclosure Network® (FDN) began documenting the history of the project by interviewing each of the major players at a time when Belmont was only 60% complete and had an estimated cost of $175 million to $228 million at that point in 2003.
"Dead Issue": Most public officials and the news media had pronounced the project a “dead issue" and so did the mainstream media that had ceased following the day to day and on going planning for a new phase. In December of 2004 the Full Disclosure Network® was the only media to cover the demolition in a five minute video of the brand new and never occupied Belmont school buildings being destroyed.
Denied Access to the Site: When LAUSD officials denied FDN access to the site to videotape the demolition, an airplane was rented to capture the costly demolition on tape, noting the dozens of new and unused large airconditioning units were removed and taken by the contractors after having been placed on the roofs by costly helicopters.
A $132 million remediation for methane and hydrogen sulfide gases was planned but it is still uncertain if that has taken place and approval by Department of Toxic Substance Control, State of California was delayed for unknown reasons.
Facilities Chief McConnell Resigns: Following the release Full Disclosure Network's® 2005 series entitled “Belmont: The Black Hole of School Construction” LAUSD's Jim Mc Connell resigned. 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 still to this day, far from finished.
Revelations on the Belmont Project:
- What lawsuit blocked BB Bond funds from being used to build Belmont?
- Why was the site (an old oil field) purchased “as is”?
- How did LAUSD Raise the first $92 million to pay for Belmont?
- Why was construction on Belmont stopped when only 60% complete?
- Who stopped the construction?
- LAUSD had to change State laws to win approval for Belmont, why?
Full Disclosure network® programs are billed as “the news behind the news” for the past fifteen years. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented a local public affairs Emmy to host Leslie Dutton for the special series entitled “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism." Featured on over 45 cable systems and the Internet, worldwide on http://www.fulldisclosure.net/, Channels and air times are listed on the website