Sunday, July 29, 2007

Toxic L.A. School Belmont Is Back On L A Cable Channel 36 TONIGHT Sunday & Monday




Los Angeles, CA. Due to popular demand and continuing revelations of methane gas and hydrogen sulfide on new development sites in Los Angeles, the Full Disclosure Network® is re-running the two-part series entitled, “Belmont: The Black Hole of School Construction” to be featured tonight on
  • 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

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Drug Cartels Take Over Local Cities, Illegal Immigration, Corruption & More: L A Cable Channel 36 Sunday & Monday

Los Angeles, CA. According to 33 year veteran gang specialist and retired L.A. Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Valdemar, Mexican drug cartels have infiltrated city councils and political campaigns in many small cities in Los Angeles County. A four-part Full Disclosure Network® cable TV series with Valdemar covers the impact of the Mexican Mafia gangs, drug cartels and illegal aliens in American cities.

Part 3 & 4 of the series with Sgt. Richard Valdemar will be featured on LA Cable Channel 36 this Sunday, July 22nd as follows:

  • 8:00 p.m. Drug Cartels Take Over Local Cities (Part 3)
  • 8:30 p.m. Corruption and Illegal Immigration (Part 4)

Will repeat on Monday July 23rd as follows:

Internet Previews are available from the links above. The entire four-part series with Sgt. Richard Valdemar is being featured on 43 cable systems. Available FREE on the internet, 24/7, on demand, as a public service. Other channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

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 local public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism”. Previews of the full programs are featured on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/

Sunday, July 15, 2007

LAUSD BELMONT REVELATIONS & AMERICANS NO MORE: TONIGHT ON CABLE TV


Los Angeles, CA A television special “Best of Full Disclosure®” featuring two historical programs on L.A. Cable Channel 36 tonight, Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 8-9 p.m. and will be repeated again on Monday, July 16th from 4-5 p.m. These programs are also featured on 43 other cable tv systems and available 24/7, on demand, as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network®

PART One 8 to 8:30 p.m. : Revelations are made about costly Belmont Learning Center school construction project in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Renamed Vista Hermosa or Central High #11, it is located on a 35 acre site known as the "Old Los Angeles Oil Field" in downtown Los Angeles and was purchased "as is" and appraised as if it were not contaminated, according to former Special Assistant DA Anthony Patchett who was head the Belmont Task Force investigation. Streaming video of related interviews can be found on the Belmont page. Featured in this program along with Patchett are:

  • Steve Cooley, L.A. District Attorney, explains why there was no Belmont prosecution
  • Dominick Shambra, LAUSD Director of Planning & Development (retired) “there was no competitive bidding on Belmont…it was a request for proposal”
  • David Cartwright, Sr. Partner O’Melveny & Myers (outside counsel to LAUSD) “we were to knock down the barriers to school construction”
  • Roger Carrick, Special Counsel to LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax “what we found was waste, fraud and abuse”

Demolition Video: 5 minute video featuring exclusive Full Disclosure® footage of the almost secret and never publicized demolition of the brand new and never occupied Belmont Learning Center buildings. According to experts, LAUSD has spent approximately 1/2 $billion on this still incomplete project that began in 1992.

AMERICANS NO MORE: GEORGIE ANNE GEYER

Part Two 8:30 to 9 P.m.
Nationally syndicated columnist and author Georgie Anne Geyer made predictions of the demise of American Citizenship in a 1996 television interview. She described these predictions also in her book entitled “Americans No More”. The entire thirty minute interview is available FREE "on Demand", 24/7 at the URL: : http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/182_Geyer.htm as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network® . Some of the issues raised by Ms. Geyer in the interview are:
  • Civic responsibility is undermined by political far left and far right
  • Demands for taxpayer benefits to illegals
  • Presidential duty to secure U.S. Borders
  • Southern California is ungovernable (1996)
  • Non Citizens are voting all over the country

Known as “the news behind the news” and hosted by Leslie Dutton the 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 air times can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYERS TO WATCHDOG THE OC SHERIFF & DISTRICT ATTORNEY? Video News Blog (9 min)

Los Angeles, CA. – Is it time for Civil Rights lawyers to start watchdogging the Orange County Sheriff and District Attorney? Sheriff Mike Carona says NO. In a nine minute FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK® video news blog, Sheriff Mike Carona points out there have been no police beatings or riots in Orange County as there were in L.A.

Appearing in the video with Sheriff Carona are ACLU Jail Project Director Mary Tiedeman, Civilian Police Monitor, Merrick Bobb and Mike Gennaco Chief Attorney of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, Office of Independent Review who all describe what they are doing in Los Angeles.

Sheriff Carona takes on the issue point by point and is adamant that the move to form a Citizen Review Commission in Orange County is totally unnecessary. The FDN video news blog is moderated Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and available FREE, 24/7, on demand and provided as a public service.

Here are some of the Sheriff Carona's concerns:

  • Another layer of bureaucracy. According to Carona, his administration has worked tirelessly to engage citizens in his operation. There are already several civilian organizations currently reviewing his department’s policies and procedures.
  • The Orange County Grand Jury: The current Grand Jury is empowered with full legal authority to investigate and bring charges against the Sheriff Department and any officer or employee of that organization.
  • Sheriff's Advisory Boards are already providing oversight and input
  • OC Human Relations Commission is already in place and could be assigned additional oversight to law enforcement without forming another new agency of lawyers.

Following the video VIEWERS ARE ASKED TO VOTE on the following survey questions:

  • Do you think that the move to have more civilian monitoring is a move to give the politicians more control over the sheriff’s department?
  • Is this just a political ploy to criticize law enforcement?
  • Does your community law enforcement need to be monitored by a citizens review board?

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 air times can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

L. A. MAYOR SEX SCANDAL LURES CRIME VICTIMS TO LA TIMES “RIP OFF” Watch Internet Video (8 min)


Los Angeles, CA. On the Fourth of July, victims of an unarmed robbery were captured on videotape during commission of the crimes. The perpetrator of the crimes repeatedly abuses the victims as the FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK® videotapes the entire proceedings and interviews witnesses. On the video it is explained how the victims were lured to the scene of the crime by the Los Angeles Times splashy coverage of the L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa sex scandal on the front page. This eight-minute, FULL DISCLOSURE® Video News Blog is available free on the Internet website.

Here are a few highlights from the Video News Blog:

  • Perpetrator: The “Unarmed Robber” in this series of crimes is actually a newspaper vending machine where Los Angeles Times newspapers are offered for sale to readers who are willing to put two quarters into a malfunctioning the machine.
  • The Victims: Are local residents and beach goers near the corner of Washington Blvd. and Dell Street in Venice, California.
  • Witnesses: Grocery store clerks tell FULL DISCLOSURE’S® host Leslie Dutton that the L.A. Times vending machine has not worked for years. They say that their customers complain of about the machine taking their quarters want them to "fix" the machine, even though it belongs to the L. A. Times.
  • The Victims: Offer their thoughts and suggestions as to how to rectify the situation. One victim. hits the machine and tries to tilt it over to get it to work, Another describes how file a Superior Court complaint against the L. A. Times, in order for people to get their money back.

Following the video VIEWERS ARE ASKED TO VOTE on survey questions regarding malfunctioning newspaper vending machines and what to do about it.

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/.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

INVESTIGATION CLOUDS BRATTON REAPPOINTMENT: Watch Video (8 min)



Los Angeles, CA. -- A former TV and Radio personality who also served as a LAPD Disciplinary Hearing Officer, alleges the Police Commission is participating in a “cover up” of responsibility for the police beatings that occurred in Mac Arthur Park during the immigrant rally on May Day. FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK® presents an eight minute Video News Blog featuring Xavier Hermosillo's remarks and in sharp contrast the comments from LAPD Police Commission President John Mack and former Police Commission President Edith Perez. The video is available for viewing on the Internet 24/7, on demand as a public service.

Here are a few highlights from the Video News Blog:

  • Xavier Hermosillo, maintains the Commission used a much different process to evaluate former Chief Bernard Parks than they did with Bill Bratton and they did so out of the public eye.
  • John Mack, current President of the Police Commission praises Bratton as “a man of the 21st Century”.
  • Edith Perez: Former President of the Commission describes the thorough evaluation process used when considering Chief Willie Williams for re-appointment.
  • Police Shootings & Beatings: Hermosillo points out major incidents that happened on Bratton’s watch, citing the Devon Brown shooting, Susie Pena shooting and the Stanley Miller flashlight beating.
  • Xavier Hermosillo says that Bratton is blaming others for what should be his responsibility, citing his own phone call to NYPD where he claims they verified one hundred flashlight beating incidents in New York, while Bratton was Chief.
  • Corruption, in the City of Los Angeles, is what Hermosillo says has led to the current situation and he blames Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who has the ultimate responsibility for appointing a Chief.

VIEWERS MAY PARTICIPATE IN AN ONLINE SURVEY BY CASTING THEIR VOTES ON THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

  • Do you think the Los Angeles Police Commission merely rubberstamped Bratton’s reappointment because Mayor Villaraigosa wanted Bratton to remain as chief?
  • Do you agree that Bill Bratton should serve another five year term as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department?
  • Do you think it was proper to reappoint Chief Bratton while the May 1st “May Day Melee” is still under investigation?
  • Why do you think the Los Angeles media has become silent after suffering abuse at the hands of the LAPD

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/.