Thursday, August 23, 2007

ELECTED OFFICIALS JOIN CALL FOR OC SCHOOL TRUSTEES TO STEP DOWN: Internet Video Preview (8 min)

Orange County, CA: A growing number of elected officials are joining with parents, taxpayers and citizens who have been frustrated with the leadership of their local School Board. and are now calling for "Old Guard" Trustees to step down or be recalled. The political revolt taking place in South Orange County provides a text book case for how a citizens campaign can successfully conduct an orderly revolution, using the democratic process.

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

Guns & Badges For Sheriff's Donors?: Exclusive Internet Video Debate (8 min)



Los Angeles, CA. Full Disclosure Network ® (FDN) is re-releasing an eight minute Video News Blog featuring L. A . County Sheriff Leroy Baca and Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona. This video news blog showcases each Sheriff's policy on some of the most controversial issues facing elected law enforcement leaders today. The video debate entitled "Guns & Badges for Donors?" and is moderated by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and is available 24/7, on demand from the website, as a public service of FDN.



  • 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

Karl Rove & The La Raza Connection: Full Disclosure ® Internet Video (11 min)



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.

COMMON GOALS?
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

L. A. District Attorney & Sheriff Politics Kill Gangs, Drugs & Immigration Conference

DISTRICT ATTORNEY STEVE COOLEY
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.
The scheduled instructors who were to conduct the training are top experts in their field and long-time POST certified instructors, recognized by the California Commission on Police Standards & Training (POST) and representatives from the Orange County District Attorney's Gang Injunction programs and Asian Gang Investigators. In addition, the U. S. Border Patrol was to make a presentation on border violence.
  • 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

L.A. Mayor's Battle For Power: Sunday on Cable LA Channel 36: Internet Preview (7 min)



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:

  1. Consolidation of power in an appointed Superintendent
  2. Setting up a new bureaucracy known as the “Council of Mayors”
  3. 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

Full Disclosure's Hot Topics Featured on L.A. Cable TV Channel 36 (Sunday & Monday)



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:

Unarmed Robbery?
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

PUBLIC PENSIONS AND THE RULE OF LAW

Los Angeles, CA. Is it morally right to rescind public safety pension benefits? And is it immoral for elected officials to ignore the RULE OF LAW where the California Constitution prohibits unlawful “Gifts of Public Funds”? The Full Disclosure Network® presents a thirteen minute video news blog debate on these explosive legal and political issues taking place in Orange County, California. Featured in the video is John Moorlach, Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Mike Carona and Mario Mainero, Chief of Staff and legal advisor to Moorlach. The debate is moderated by host Leslie Dutton and featured 24/7, on demand from the Full Disclosure® website. Here are just a few highlights from the Video News Blog:
  • 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.