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Should L.A.’s Billion Dollar Schools Be Investigated, Prosecuted?

August 24, 2010No Comments

Belmont Learning Center
aka Vista Hermosa aka Edward R. Roybal High School


Los Angeles, CA Recent news reports shed light on the world’s most expensive high schools located in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Cost estimates range from a billion to two billion dollars for just two high schools. The Belmont Learning Center, cost reaching a billion in construction and financing and the Robert F. Kennedy High School over half a billion without financing. The reports set off alarm bells reaching across the nation as School Districts in California were notified this week the State has deferred some $6 billion in subsidies to schools and counties, to assure payments to bondholders will be met. The subsides of $2.9 billion deferred starting September in addition to $3.5 billion deferred in July.

SCHOOL OFFICIALS TOUT BILLION DOLLAR SCHOOL

The 2008 opening of Belmont High School is presented in a Full Disclosure Network seven minute video preview of an on-going cable TV series. Critics describe the billion dollar project built atop an oil field where new and never occupied buildings were ***MKM demolished (watch 5 min video) and then rebuilt but remains only partially finished. The school is now, named Edward R. Roybal High School, to avoid association with the Belmont construction.

BELMONT FRAUD INVESTIGATED BUT NOT PROSECUTED

District Attorney Steve Cooley, the Republican candidate for California Attorney General spent over a million dollars investigating what was described as “fraud, waste and abuse” of taxpayer dollars at Belmont and in 2003 declined prosecution and issued a report entitled “ Lessons Learned” that investigators involved in the process said was a “whitewash”. Watch this ***MKM Full Disclosure video (7 min) featuring clips of D A investigators describing the fiasco that is part of an series of eleven interviews with those involved.

WHO WILL PROSECUTE BILLION DOLLAR SCHOOLS IN CALIFORNIA?

Critics have suggested that Steve Cooley declines to prosecute big dollar crimes and investigates only the easiest corruption cases such as the tiny City of Bell where the L A Times did all the investigation and exposed the players that Cooley is only now “investigating.” And observers are wondering if elected as California Attorney General if Cooley will take a more aggressive stance in prosecuting corruption, waste, fraud and abuse than he has in the past?“fraud, waste and abuse” of taxpayer dollars at Belmont and in 2003 declined prosecution and issued a report entitled “ Lessons Learned” that investigators involved in the process said was a “whitewash”. Watch this ***MKM Full Disclosure video (7 min) featuring clips of D A investigators describing the fiasco that is part of an series of eleven interviews with those involved.

Critics have suggested that Steve Cooley declines to prosecute big dollar crimes and investigates only the easiest corruption cases such as the tiny City of Bell where the L A Times did all the investigation and exposed the players that Cooley is only now “investigating.” And observers are wondering if elected as California Attorney General if Cooley will take a more aggressive stance in prosecuting corruption, waste, fraud and abuse than he has in the past?

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