Monday, July 28, 2008

BELMONT OPENS: Toxic Or Not? L A's Officials Tout The $Billion Dollar School (Video Preview 7 min)


Los Angeles, CA The Full Disclosure Network® presents a seven minute preview video from a two-part series entitled “Belmont Opens: Toxic or Not?” The billion dollar high school that was built on top of the “old Los Angeles Oil Field” is about to open to students for the first time since this controversial school construction project began almost two decades ago. Renamed for the third time, Belmont is now called Edward Roybal High School.

The new two-part series features LAUSD Officials touting the partial completion of the Belmont project and showcases the $20 billion dollar expansion program of the District as part of a “kick off” ceremony for the National School Construction week. Noteably missing from the program was any references to the presence of an earthquake fault, deadly hydrogen sulfide and methane gases that plagued and delayed the construction project for so many years.

Featured in these latest two segments of an on-going series on the school are:

  • David L. Brewer, LAUSD Superintendent of Schools
  • Monica Garcia, President LAUSD Board of Education
  • Yolie Flores Aguilar, Member LAUSD Board of Education
  • Scott Wildman, former Chair, California State Legislative Audit Committee
  • Kaye Kilburn, MD, Ralph Edgington Chair, Keck USC School of Medicine
  • Anthony Patchett, Head DA Belmont Task Force Investigation
  • Guy Mahula, LAUSD Chief Facilities Executive
  • Ed Reyes, Los Angeles City Councilman
  • Scott Braxton, Principal Roybal (Belmont) High School
  • Scott Folsom, LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee, PTA Official
  • Caprice Young, former LAUSD Board President
  • Patricia McPherson, President Grassroots Coalition
  • Manny Maldana, Community Activist and Candidate for State Assembly
  • George Buzzetti, Community Activist

This series is to be featured on 47 cable systems and the Internet and is to be featured on DCTV public channels in Washington D.C.. A complete listing of channels and airtimes, by community can be found from this link.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Emmy Nom For Full Disclosure Cable TV Series: Feds Nail OC Sheriff Carona: Justice or Abuse: Internet Video Preview (5 min)


The Full Disclosure Network® 2007 four-part cable TV series covering the Federal prosecution of Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona has been nominated for an L.A. Area Emmy Award in the Informational, Public Affairs Series category (50% or more In Studio). A five minute video preview of the nominated series entitled "Feds Nail OC Sheriff: Justice Or Abuse" is available for viewing here .


This series was sponsored and originally featured on Charter Communications Cable system in Glendale and distributed to 45 cable systems. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will announce the Emmy winners in all categories at an Awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at the Leonard Goldenson Theater.

Included in the series is an exclusive interview with Sheriff Mike Carona only days after his arraignment in Federal Court. Other experts on the subject of Federal Prosecutions, procedures and sentencing who describe the possible fate of the Sheriff are:
  • Anthony Patchett, Special Assistant L. A. District Attorney(ret)
  • Stan Goldman, Professor Loyola Law School and Media consultant
  • Jan L.Handzlik, former Federal Prosecutor, Partner Howrey, LLP.
  • Mark Allenbaugh, former Staff Attorney U.S. Sentencing Guidlines Commission & partner with Allenbaugh & Samini lawfirm.

Among the issues covered in the series are:

  • Tactics of the Federal Prosecutors,
  • Role and impact of the media in tainting the jury pool,
  • Federal sentences and plea bargaining process.

This is the second time Full Disclosure Network® has been nominated for the prestigious L.A Area Emmy Award. In 2002 the Series on L.A.’s War Against Terrorism won the Emmy in the same category and was the first time ever that an independently produced, public access program had been honored, besting other nominees from KNBC, KTLA and KOCE at the time.

Since 1992 the Full Disclosure Network® has been produced by Emmy Award winning 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.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

KEN REICH ON L.A. TIMES COVERAGE OF ISRAELI – PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: Watch Video Here (27 min)

Los Angeles, CA The Full Disclosure Network® is re-releasing part one of a two-part interview with noted journalist, Ken Reich a long time staff writer with the Los Angeles Times, who passed away on Monday, June 30, 2008. This part-one of the 2002 interview covers the issue of bias of the Times coverage of the Israeli—Palestinian conflict and was originally featured on 45 cable television systems but is now being made available for the first time on the Internet. Watch the full show here (27 min)

Ken Reich first joined the Los Angeles Times staff in 1965, and during his 39 year career he served as a general assignment reporter, a political writer, a lead Olympics writer, Atlanta Bureau Chief and even Editor of the Op Ed page. He started out covering the Presidential campaigns of Eugene McCarthy and George Wallace, and went on to cover Jimmy Carter’s campaign in 1976. He had a distinguished academic career and travelled extensively to the Far East, India, Oman, Baharan, and United Arab Emirates. He visited 79 countries throughout the world.

Ken Reich appeared on numerous Full Disclosure® programs to defend and explain how the Los Angeles Times covers some of the most important issues of the day. Here are few of the questions fielded by Ken Reich in this program.

  • Are Times reporters required to have knowledge of the people and the area they are covering?
  • When assigning a reporter to cover the Holy Land, who decides what they should cover? Are their stories scrutinized for choice of words, coloring of the article?
  • How is it a Times reporter refers to a “suicide bomber” while administration officials refer to the same incident as a “homicide bomber”?
  • Is there a need to have “equal” coverage to the Palestinian point of view?
  • How is the Jewish community receiving the Times coverage of the conflict?