Saturday, April 28, 2007

SCHOOL AUDITORS & INVESTIGATORS SPEAK OUT ON LACK OF BIG DOLLAR PROSECUTIONS: Video (8 min)


Los Angeles, CA . School auditors and investigators speak out about their disappointment over the failure of prosecutors to file charges for big dollar crimes documented by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Office of Inspector General. In a Full Disclosure Network® nine minute video news blog some of the most egregious investigations undertaken by the Inspector General's office are revealed, including the notorious Belmont Learning Center. The video is available free, on demand, 24/7, as a public service. Viewers are asked to respond in to survey questions and leave their comments for an online discussion.

Here are a few issues discussed in the video:

  • Former LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax responds to Full Disclosure® when asked what why no prosecutions resulted from his extensive reports of waste, fraud and abuse on the still incomplete $330 million Belmont Learning Center. Mullinax said he was disappointed "after having spent almost three years of my life working on that report, other reports and on the District Attorney's Belmont Task Force on Belmont."
  • Anthony Patchett who headed the D.A.'s investigation on Belmont said "Don Mullinax did an outstanding job. He found a lot of fraud and corruption. It's just the fact that when he took those cases to the District Attorney's office, they chose not to go forward with them. They'll go ahead and they'll prosecute the small crimes under $15,000, but for the other crimes that Mr. Mullinax has found, they still have that blind eye towards that".
  • According tothen Interim Inspector General Jerry Thornton some of the problems have been resolved but investigations are ongoing. "If you are looking at lower level employees, if you're looking at people that manage cafeterias and people that do the grounds work, we could do this for the next 15 years and nobody would ever say anything to us. But when you elevate your investigations up to the hierarchy of an organization like this, you're always going to meet resistance. Everybody's for accountability until you hold them accountable", he said.
  • Investigator Karen Sexton told Full Disclosure® how an adult school contractor and other unnamed individuals were never prosecuted when the Inspector General's investigation found classes that didn't exist, ghost students and people working double assignments. She said the only outcome of the investigation was "they no longer work for the District" because the contractor's contract was not renewed."
  • Bob Williams , promoted to Acting Deputy Inspector General following the departure of Don Mullinax, told Full Disclosure® the BB Bond investigation resulted in auditors finding $600 million that was spent on different things (click here to see PAGE 4 of the BB Bond follow-up report) that went to the actual contractors as opposed to the projects. When asked what the outcome of BB Bond investigation was, the supervising investigator told Full Disclosure® "the outcome basically, was nothing."
  • (note LAUSD removed the BB Bond follow-up report from their website following this orignal release)

The Full Disclosure Network®, billed as "the news behind the news", has been producing a series of video news blogs for the Internet using video clips from television interviews and events featuring prominent leaders who involved in the school construction, planning, development and investigations of the L. A. Unified School District and Belmont Learning Center. The videos are featured on 43 cable television systems and video streamed over the Internet from http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ . In 2002 the Full Disclosure® program , hosted by Leslie Dutton, was presented with a local public affairs Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Ultimate Gang Solution Near? Watch Video

Los Angeles, CA. – Is the ultimate gang solution near? In a FREE thirteen minute FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK® video news blog Steve Ipsen, President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys and Jerry Thompson, retired Sheriffs Deputy say yes and they describe the process. The courts could require juvenile offenders to wear GPS tracking devices thus deterring adult gang members from recruiting them into unlawful and violent activities, according to Ipsen, the result would be “divide and conquer the gangs”. The FDN video news blog is moderated by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and available FREE, 24/7, on demand, as a public service.

The biggest break ever in the war against gangs is ready to be employed. So says 20 year veteran prosecutor Steve Ipsen, all that is needed is for law enforcement and judicial officials is to endorse the use of new technology available for a GPS tacking system and a few modifications to the California Penal Code. Thompson confirms the technology is here and already being deployed for similar uses.

Among the novel uses for the device in fighting gang crimes and a proposal on how to pay for it:

  • Change Penal Code: Adult gang members found using juveniles would be guilty of a felony
  • Send juvenile gang members to a 2 week boot camp to learn about “Three Strikes Law”
  • Send juveniles to 1 week boot camp to learn how GPS tracking systems sounds alarm to monitors when curfews are violated, they skip school, fail to show up for work assignments or even wander into rival gang territory
  • The cost of the GPS devices and monitoring service could be paid by taxing released criminals and parolees $50 per year for Drivers Licenses
  • Parolees could be monitored as well, so if suspected of a particular crime their location could be verified and they could be arrested or removed from suspicion

Following the video viewers are asked to vote on the following survey questions:

  • Should the State be authorized to place tracking devices on known gang juveniles?
  • Should the parole system use tracking technology?
  • Do you fear technology could threaten civil rights?

Viewers are also invited to participate in the video news blog discussion by posting comments below the streaming video. 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/.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

ARE JAILS INTENDED TO BE PUNISHMENT? SHERIFFS DEBATE: Video News Blog 8 minutes

Los Angeles, CA: In an eight minute Video News Blog the Full Disclosure Network™ presents a dynamic exchange of views about whether jail time should be considered punishment, featuring video clips from recent interviews with Los Angeles Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Jernigan, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Merrick Bobb the renowned police reformer, formerly with the Christopher Commission. The video is moderated by host Leslie Dutton and is available for viewing FREE on the Internet on demand, 24/7 as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™. The video news blogs and full interviews are also featured on 43 cable systems and available on DVD.

Here are a few points made during this debate:

  • Sheriffs SGT. PAUL JERNIGAN: “Jail is not supposed to be pleasant, it is supposed to rehabilitate the people that are going to change their lives once they decide, jail is not for me.”
  • SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO, (Maricopa County, AZ): Describes the 140 degree heat in the Korean War tents where he houses his inmates on the Arizona desert. He says,“It gets hot out but I don’t care. Our men and women who are fighting in Irag (have the same conditions). He says the inmates complain about the meals that cost 30 cents a day, they tell him they hate the food, but he says he doesn’t care. “I hope they never come back….NEVER COME BACK”.
  • MERRICK BOBB, (Renowned Police Reformer): Says, “with due respect to the Sheriff, it is not the jailers role to punish an individual.....they cannot be mean, thoughtless, they must provide basic human needs” He says the role of the jailer is “to provide food, shelter, mental care, access to lawyers and whatever the law subscribes”.

Following the video news debate viewers are asked to participate in an online survey by casting their vote on questions pertaining to the issue. They are also asked to leave their comments and to join in the online blog discussion of the issue.

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/ Produced by Leslie Dutton and T. J. Johnston, the program was presented with a public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the public affairs series entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism". Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Cardinal Mahony: The Politics of Religion..CableTV/Internet Video (28 min)


Los Angeles, CA Is it acceptable for Cardinal Roger Mahony to instruct his Priests, Bishops and Catholic lay workers to defy U. S. Immigration Laws in hopes of derailing or influencing immigration reform legislation? Full Disclosure Network™ presents the striking but contrasting views of Cardinal Mahony and International Radio Broadcaster Stan Interrante, of the “Catholic News & Views”, (St. Joseph Radio) are featured in a 28 minute Internet Video, avalible free “on demand” 24/7, for a limited time as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™.


A few quotes from the program:

  • Cardinal Mahony: “My concern, in our community, is to reach out with Pastoral care to those (immigrants) that are here. The Church is not the Border Patrol. I cannot be too concerned on how they got here, they are here.”


  • Interrante: The Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2241 states “Political authorities for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridicial conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption”


  • Cardinal Mahony: “Nobody wants to leave their homeland, they (immigrants) are only doing it because they cannot afford to take care of their families and so it is out of desperation that they leave.”


  • Interrante: “The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2429 states that anyone has the right of economic inititiative, but qualifies this by stating ‘He (the immigrant) should seek to observe the regulations issued by legitimate authority for the sake of the common good.’ And that would apply to the Cardinal and anyone who under his jurisdiction, for example, the clergy. The Church is very clear about that.


  • Cardinal Mahony: “ Nobody, that I know, who lives in a middle class family is picking peaches in the Central Valley, washing dishes in the hotels and restaurants, making beds in the hotels. So our economy has developed to rely upon this kind of work force.”


  • Interrante: “We often hear ‘Illegal immigration is necessary for our economy.’ The Catechism of the Catholc Church addresses the issue of a just wage in paragraph 2436, stating simply ‘it is unjust not to pay the social security contributions required by legitimate authority.’ We have an underground economy which is flourishing largely, to a tremendous extent because of illegal immigration. …We have employers exploiting immigrants, paying them low wages. We have many benefits that they proffer from that they don’t contribute to in taxes. Both of those conditions are unjust.”
Moderated by Leslie Dutton, the Full Disclosure Network™ is an independent public affairs television program, billed as “the news behind the news” and featured on 43 cable systems and the worldwide Internet at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.