Monday, June 17, 2013
At least Sac has the good sense not to join the lawsuit. First 5 already gave them $133 million to pay for these or similar services last year, so there is a clear precedent for the move of funds and hence these reductions.
But here's what every voter should know about the First 5 system: Unlike EVERY OTHER organization in CA, First 5 has a legal exception to the conflict of interest law - that means people sitting on their Commission Boards can and generally DO receive the lion's share of the funds (Oh yes they DO!!!). That's why they are suing. It's not to preserve what they claim the voters intended, it's to preserve their own personal pet programs.
"Karen Scott, executive director of First 5 San Bernardino, said her commission has no litigation plans." Why? ... perhaps this quote from another Executive Director is why: From Contra Costa's February minutes: " Sean Casey: We don’t have any real argument against it which is why we’re really stressing the other piece. Sure, take the money..."
So add to that Rob Reiner, the originator of Prop 10, supports the $1 billion move - if he thought it were illegal, he'd be up in arms (and he is not) so why sue since the law allows the move?
Well, this way the commissioners get to spend as much OF THE TAXPAYERS' money as they want to try to save funds for mainly THEIR OWN agencies.
This IS what happens when you write into a law that the foxes can guard and eat from the hen house - and the Prop 10 law does just that.
At least the state is not willing to let poor kids DIE.
On the other hand, at those First 5's who have joined the lawsuit, the Commissioners are fighting to do just that.
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