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Register to vote for elections on May 19 and June 2

Original post made by Sandy, Mohr Park, on Apr 30, 2009

I was speaking to one of my neighbors the other day about the upcoming elections and she said she had not yet received her sample ballot. I encouraged her to check her voter registration status.

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Posted by yikes123
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 30, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Here's a one shot summary of everything that is 100% verifiably TRUE about First 5 and Prop 1D (from IRS docs, state audited financials and the First 5 databases)

For starters:

First 5 has $2 BILLION+ ONLY because it took 2 years+ for most of them to do their strategic plan AND they were not allowed to spend the funds coming in until they did.

It was NOT due to good planning! They were forced to save it and spend it slowly per their strategic plans. There is no budget impact because they will use what they have in the bank to fund the 5 years of temporary sharing that they are being asked to do.

So, who can a person believe at FIRST 5 ?

1. Not First 5 commissioners, since IMO they "self deal". For a clear example, check out Riverside First 5, whose Commissioners raked in 75%+ of all program funds in FY 07/08 – at least one resigned – and they had to restructure! See for more info. Julia Glick was the reporter. Check out your local First 5 to see just how true this is!

2. Not the First 5 lobbyist, Sherry Novick. She received over $1 MILLION of First 5 funds - $200K of which went into her pension account - IRS Form 990s say so! If Prop 1D passes, it cuts her off from receiving any new funds.

ALSO – audited financials show that First 5 does NOT spend responsibly:

1. First 5 spent over $100 MILLION on private evaluation consultants!

They are on track to spend $500 MILLION on evaluation within 15 years

And $1 BILLION+ within 25 years! Where's the beef? Where's the results? Nada!


First 5 spent $500 MILLION+ on ADULTS in a program called CARES.

They gave Master's degree holders up to $5,000 just to stay in their jobs!

Not a documented penny went to children 0 to 5! This money went up in smoke?!

Please look into it!
here's how: google san diego first 5 evaluation report, CARES database, First 5 California financial reports, First 5 Association and Califonia Children and Families Foundation IRS Form 990s (CA state atty gen and

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Posted by John Adams
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on May 1, 2009 at 9:00 am

Keep it Simple:

If you don't want to increase your own taxes, VOTE NO on everything May 19 and June 2.

If you want to feel good about spanking legislators on the pinkie you can vote yes on 1F, but it won't really do much.

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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2009 at 9:33 am

Is there even a First 5 around here? Closest I can find on Google is Hayward...

Doesn't matter which way you vote!

Just vote!!!

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Posted by yikes123
a resident of Downtown
on May 2, 2009 at 9:55 am

Contra Costa First 5 and Alameda First 5

but there is another point there: how much goes to kids in your neighborhood - that's a damn good question