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Author Hayden, Tom.
Title Tom Hayden Belmont Learning Complex Investigation collection, 1983-2002.
LOCATION CALL # STATUS
 Special Collections & Archives  BLC  no.45 AV    IN LIBRARY
 Special Collections & Archives  BLC  no.46 AV    IN LIBRARY
 Stored Special Collections & Archives  BLC  no.1    IN LIBRARY
 Stored Special Collections & Archives  BLC  no.2    IN LIBRARY
 Stored Special Collections & Archives  BLC  no.3    IN LIBRARY
 Stored Special Collections & Archives  BLC  no.4    IN LIBRARY
 Stored Special Collections & Archives  BLC  no.5    IN LIBRARY
 Stored Special Collections & Archives  BLC  no.6    IN LIBRARY
 Stored Special Collections & Archives  BLC  no.7    IN LIBRARY
 Stored Special Collections & Archives  BLC  no.8    IN LIBRARY

  
Description 17.93 linear ft.
Access The collection is open for research use.
Summary Contains Senator Hayden's papers regarding the funding, construction, health and safety, and other areas of investigation related to Los Angeles Unified School District's Belmont Learning Center. It includes correspondence, memoranda, news articles, reports, architectural diagrams, and construction documents, as well as audio and video tapes of hearings and meetings of state and local officials. Hayden also collected information on other schools with problems related to on-site toxins, including Jefferson Middle School, South Gate Middle and High Schools, Towne Avenue Elementary School, John Francis Polytechnic High School, Cahuenga Elementary School and Gratts Elementary School. The collection documents LAUSD's attempts to purchase the Ambassador Hotel for use as a high school, and construction of an elementary school on a polluted site at the Playa Vista development in Marina del Rey.
The Belmont Learning Complex (BLC) was established in an effort to relieve overcrowding in schools west of Downtown Los Angeles, as well as to provide a neighborhood school for students who were bused long distances (primarily to the San Fernando Valley). In September and November 1998, State Senator Tom Hayden chaired hearings of the Senate Natural Resources Committee into the issue of toxic pollution in urban schools, focusing attention on what had become widely known as the "Belmont fiasco." The State Joint Legislative Audit Committee also held hearings, and presented reports about misuse of funds, disregard for student safety and health, and other persistent problems in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
Note Tom Hayden served in the California State Assembly from 1982-1992, and as a State Senator from 1992-2000. In September and November 1998 he chaired hearings of the Senate Natural Resources Committee into the issue of toxic pollution in urban schools, focusing attention on what had become widely known as the "Belmont fiasco." In his official capacity as hearings chair, Hayden collected documents regarding the funding, construction, health and saftey concerns, and investigations related to LAUSD's Belmont Learning Center, and other school sties with problems related to on-site toxins.
Gift; Tom Hayden; 2000.
Subject Belmont Learning Complex (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Archives.
Los Angeles Unified School District -- Archives.
School buildings -- Environmental aspects -- California -- Los Angeles.
Construction on contaminated sites -- California -- Los Angeles.
Related Names Belmont Learning Complex (Los Angeles, Calif.)
OCLC number 759608121