Monday, January 12, 2009

L.A. Budget & Finance Committee Scuttles Hearing on Public Cable Access Funding


Los Angeles, CA According to David R. Hernandez, president of the Los Angeles Public Access Coalition (LAPAC) the City Council Committee on Budget and Finance deliberately avoided a confrontation with the public when they failed to schedule a public hearing for this Monday, January 12th to consider funding for a designated public cable access channel.

It is believed the extraordinary publicity generated by the Los Angeles Times Patt Morrison column and front page coverage by Reed Johnson and Fox 11 News was responsible for the delay. ABC Nightline Special to air on Wedesday, Jan 14th 11:30 p.m.

Hernandez announced on the LAPAC Blog today, that Common Cause has joined the battle to save public access and sent out a massive Email appeal to their members, nationwide, to facilitate Email letters to Attorney General Gerry Brown and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to seek injunctive relief under the Business and Professions Code 17200 Section 3 (Unfair Business Practices)against Time Warner Cable for loss of 12 channels and studios.

Here is the Video News Blog, where Full Disclosure Network first revealed the eminent demise of “public access” cable television channels. Featuring L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl with David Hernandez, describing the 2007 (DIVCA) legislation that enabled the Cities to take seize control of the public access TV.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

L A Mayor's Gang Money Controlled By Anonymous Committee: Watch Video Here (11 min)

Los Angeles, CA. According to a December 23, 2008 report written by Daniel Heimpel, Investigative Journalist in the L A Weekly publication L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa’s new gang prevention and intervention program is going to protect the identity of fifty individuals who will be deciding which non-profit gang organizations will get generous city grants for prevention and intervention activities, only in the high violence areas of the City.

The Full Disclosure Network® presents an eleven minute exclusive video news blog revealing how approximately $24 million taxpayer dollars will be doled out to groups that have both gang members and former gang members on their staffs. The area targeted is the high violence areas of the city, according to the City's new Gang Czar. When told that the committee selecting the gang organizations to receive grants was going to remain anonymous Heimpel described the plan as "fishy".

Appearing in the video:

  • Rev. Jeff Carr, Gang Czar and Los Angeles Deputy Mayor

  • Daniel Heimpel, L A Weekly Investigative Journalist

  • Leslie Dutton, Host, Full Disclosure Network

In the video Heimpel describes his interview with Rev. Jeff Carr and his response to the questions raised about the unusual procedures being used the Mayors office to select the grant recipients, which any effort toward providing transparency.

Rev. Carr describes the Mayor’s gang program and the prevention and intervention strategies and reassures Full Disclosure that the young adults working in the program would include persons who have been incarcerated but who have been redeemed.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Ed Asner Attacks Progressive LA City Council on Public Access Demise

Los Angeles CA Full Disclosure Network® presents a nine minute video news blog with Ed Asner who appears to attack the "progressive" members of the Los Angeles City Council and challenges them to stop the neglect of the public cable access television channels and to start funding the facilities here in the heart of the media world and Hollywood California. Asner, was especially critical of the City's practice of diverting the vast majority of $25 million in annual cable franchise fees, paid by the cable operators, into the city's general fund rather than supporting the public access channels, as it was intended

Ed Asner is considered one of the most prominent activist actors of his time. He has emerged as the second political powerhouse to voice concern about government actions that would destroy America's public access cable television system, joining Stanley Sheinbaum, the former UC Regent and President of the L A Police Commission who has been waging a campaign to convince the California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, to file for injunctive relief to stop the closing of the Time Warner Cable public access channels in Los Angeles.

Without opposition from the Mayor or the City Council of Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable has shut down public access cable channels in I.A. as of January 1, 2009. The City has failed to designate or provide for even one public access channel to fill the void, while approving a plan to retain four government controlled public cable channels.

Asner, who won seven Emmy awards for his “Lou Grant” TV series focusing on the news gathering and reporting operations, tells Full Disclosure of his concern that the “Progressive" members of the L. A. City Council have lost their way and forgotten about the importance of free expression and the public's right to public "venting" their issues of concern.