Orange County, CA (PRWEB) August 27, 2007
The Full Disclosure Network® Cable TV Series covering the CUSD Recall controversy is focusing now on the growing number of elected officials who are joining with parents, taxpayers and citizens who have been frustrated with the leadership of their local School Board in South Orange County. The Recall leaders and officials are now calling for the "Old Guard" Trustees to step down or be recalled. The political revolt taking place offers a text book case on how a citizens campaign could be successful in waging an orderly revolution to bring about school reform, using the democratic process.
- New Episodes #5 #6 Reveal Latest Developments:
The Full Disclosure Network® (FDN) is releasing the latest two episodes (Part 5 and 6) covering the history and new developments in Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) controversy along with a FREE eight minute Internet video preview. The video features excerpts from the on-going cable tv series covering the real life grassroots campaign to recall or replace all seven of the elected CUSD Trustees. The preview is available for viewing 24/7, on demand as a public service of FDN at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Programs/498.php
- Citizens Recall Movement Not Deterred By Set Back:
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
- Elected Officials Call For Trustees To Step Down:
Latest Full Disclosure® episodes are 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.
- Historic School Reform Battle Documented:
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. The entire CUSD Recall Series is available for purchase on DVDs from the Full Disclosure website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net .
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
CUSD AVOIDED FULL DISCLOSURE® :
One of the major obstacles encountered by the recall leaders was 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 documented in previous FDN episodes and in correspondence attached file to this press release and posted on the CUSD FDN website URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Program_Details/School_District_Avoids_Full_Disclosure.html page along with the most recent email from Beverly DiNicola, Dir. of Communications for CUSD, rejecting our requests for interviews.
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 entitled: L.A.'s War Against Terrorism. Channels and Air-times for the programs can be found on the website at URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Channels/channelsINDEX.htm