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scolding, really - how about hammering them for being the incompetent people they are - for not being able to prove that they have made any kind of difference except in the pocketbooks of the employees.

When you read figures like today's estimate of the WIC cuts on the federal level -- around $600 million -- and you realize that figure is still short of the First 5 LA hoard, the lack of concern for human services on the part of the agency is appalling.

Here, read this for starters:


Look, spend the money on the poorest kids for healthcare - at least you know it's not, IMO, essentially being embezzled. First 5 has shown NO evidence of positive impact; they refer to evaluation studies that are not even their own.

Wake up California! This agency needs replacing.

there was no information of malfeasance, but the examine said the record-keeping was so bad, there is no way to tell for sure.

I know this might be hard for you to publish, but if you take the shine off an apple and find that it is 75% rotten due to worm infestation, what do you do? You toss the whole thing. In this case, a permanent re-direct to Medi-Cal of all funds appears appropriate.

Connect the Dots: First 5 is a $500 million tax per year DYSFUNCTIONAL waste of money.

1. Audit prompts L.A. County to seek takeover of First 5 LA, October 25, 2011
2. Leader of First 5 LA education agency resigns after heavy criticism , November 11, 2011
3. First 5 LA's embarrassment of riches, First 5 LA has an $800-million surplus, November 16, 2011
4. First 5 LA ex-chief to get sizable severance despite having quit, November 25, 2011 ($240k+ when not allowed by her contract)
http://discussions.latimes.com/20/lanews/la-me-first-five-20111125/10 - the link to the discussions

ACTOR ROB REINER FORCED TO RESIGN (well, him and at least 12 others)

1. Rob Reiner Busted In $23M Conflict Of Interest Scheme - Using Children's Funds To Further His Personal Agenda
http://cctimeswatch.blogspot.com/2006/03/rob-reiner-busted-in-23m-conflict-of_29.html \
2. Meathead Money - Rob Reiner's Additional Million
3. Rob Reiner’s Fraud Based “First 5″; Tens of Millions of $$ Not Accounted For in LA

RIVERSIDE (Riverside Press-Enterprise)
1. Fair bidding?, December 15, 2008
2. Changes urged for 'dysfunctional' First 5 Riverside commission , December 17, 2008
3. First 5 Commission looks at perception of conflict of interest, February 25, 2009
4. Riverside County supervisors want to make First 5 Riverside a county agency, March 17, 2009 (and then they did)

SAN DIEGO (San Diego Union Tribune)
1. Member of First 5 Commission steps down, June 3, 2009
2. Deeper conflicts emerge in First 5 funding, June 4, 2009
3. Glaring conflicts: First 5 grant program needs thorough overhaul, June 5, 2009
4. First 5 tightens funding policies: New bylaws target conflicts of interest, June 30, 2009
5. New rules prompt 9 to quit First 5 advisory panel, August 18, 2009
6. First 5 spending plan has old ties, Sept 13, 2009
7. Fix First 5 – now Use funds on health care, not belly dancing?, Nov 21, 2008

1. Fresno Co. finds it hard to measure First 5's results, Dec. 26, 2009
2. Fresno Co. First 5 faces conflict-of-interest worries, Dec. 27, 2009

1. Not all First 5 grants are helping poor kids, Apr 19, 2008

SACRAMENTO (Sacramento Bee)
1. Kids panels hold $2 billion Sacramento Bee, January 17, 2008
2. Program critics claim abuse, want to seize funds, January 13, 2009

TULARE (Visalia Times-Delta)
1. First 5 spends $18k on invitations for a $486 party, just weeks before election, Apr 21, 2009

CALIFORNIA WATCH - Nonprofit, Nonpartisan - Founded by the Center for Investigative Reporting
1. Children's program balks at $1B in cuts, January 13, 2011
2. Legislature looks to take $1B from First 5, bypass voters, March 10, 2011
3. First 5 commissions sue over state budget, April 12, 2011
4. More First 5 groups challenge state budget , April 14, 2011
5. Brown sends mixed message on First 5 funds, May 19, 2011
6. Pay for ‘First 5’ directors varies widely by county, September 18, 2011
7. Director of First 5 LA resigns following audit, November 11, 2011

• AUDIO] First 5 Consultant receives $200 per hour for listening to radio KFI (May 7, 2010) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3-nP9Hxvjw&fe...!
• Time to End the Children and Families Commission’s Autonomy May 6, 2010 (http://www.fullertonsfuture.org/2010/time-to-end-the-children-and-families-commissions-autonomy/#comment-13984
• [VIDEO] $4 million is spent on a national cartoon show KCRA (11-18-08) - money not supposed to be spent outside of CA
• $200K+ per year First 5 lobbyist Sherry Novick defends First 5 http://www.californiahealthline.org/Features/2009/Prop-1D-Called-Hobsons-Choice-for-Voters.aspx
• Grand Jury report details problems at First 5 Contra Costa http://www.halfwaytoconcord.com/grand-jury-first-five-commission/
• More observation on First 5 LA http://www.laobserved.com/intell/2011/10/health_agency_-_latest_black_e.php
• $200 Million of Calif. Taxpayer's Money Spent With No Accountability http://www.chicagonow.com/publius-forum/2011/10/200-million-of-calif-taxpayers-money-spent-with-no-accountability/

New watchdog website on the First 5 Commissions: www.flopped5.org

We have uncovered that one county First 5 commission appears to have consciously reduced the number of people it informed about 21 times the current lead contamination limit in 6500 toy kits it distributed. They also admitted to not informing the state or the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission of their contaminated toys, which appears to have been a violation of federal and/or state law(s).

This First 5 still has not, since 2004, issued an official press release to notify their general community of this public health crisis and ongoing danger to Contra Costa County's children.

The newspaper there, the Times, still has not covered the story at all, even with publicity in the matter and so we wonder how much the paper receives each year in First 5 advertising dollars, because we feel there can be no other reason they would not cover such an important story.

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