Another Fabulous “First Five” F-up

The Face of First Five: Go ahead, keep blogging. Just more work for me.

FFFF has documented how the Orange County version of Meathead Rob Reiner’s First Five Commission known as “The OC Children and Families Commission” has squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past several years on PR and lobbying contracts to political operatives. We have shared how the Riverside County chapter of the Tax and Redistribute Society was busted for numerous conflicts of interest and was finally corralled by the RC Board of Supervisors. Here’s a link generously provided by Friend “Max” to a news report in May about the Contra Costa County Grand Jury about more misbehavin’ by their First Five Commission.

The key recommendation is the employment, by competitive bid, of an independent external auditor (i.e. not hired by the staff and Chairman with a wink and a nod) to clean up the cronyism and self-interest.

I really have to wonder what would happen if all 58 county grand juries did their jobs vis-a-vis the First Five Commissions. Would a single county emerge unscathed from political corruption and “jobs for the boys” kickdowns of the sort we’ve seen right here in OC? Or Riverside? Or Contra Costa?

Doubtful. The corruption is probably endemic.

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  1. #1 by Gravy Boat on June 24, 2010

    The County has a Performance Auditor. Can anyone say sic ’em.

  2. #2 by Max on June 24, 2010

    He Grover – thanks for the clear stories down there – the link is off right now for some reason.

    Here’s the county Grand Jury reports page – it’s #1007 – Hopefully the blog will be back up soon so you all can see what people up north think about the First 5 and this report:

  3. #3 by Max on June 24, 2010

    Here’s another link about it – three articles have surfaced so far – –

  4. #4 by gerbil jerbal on June 24, 2010

    Matt Cunningham outed sex-abuse victims.

  5. #5 by Balthasar on June 24, 2010

    The Jerbals of the world are results of the “program”, so go after the “program” not the Jerbals.

  6. #6 by junior on June 25, 2010

    I hope that conservative politicians, bloggers and lobbyists take every dime of rotten Prop 10 money they can get – otherwise that money will go to liberal politicians, bloggers and lobbyists.

    As Balthasar said, “.. go after the program ..” – not those taking advantage of it.

  7. #7 by Fullerton Rudy on June 25, 2010

    If you take the money you are not a conservative, you are a liberal politician/blogger/lobbyist/whore. Now go away.

  8. #8 by Max on June 25, 2010

    well here’s another link for you guys then if you want to do that:

    Senator Dave Cox has been tracking their problems for a while. I am guessing he’d be interested in knowing about ol’ Cuningham’s bills.

  9. #9 by Max on June 25, 2010

    Here’s the next story in the First 5 Contra Costa series

    Looks like the site is undergoing some maintenance… so if not tonight, tomorrow

  10. #10 by Max on June 27, 2010

    More Contra Costa First Five

    Hey ya’ll –

    the local rag got it together just enough to show how ignorant they are of the First 5 situation:


    The comments are just stellar!

  11. #11 by Ruben on March 12, 2012

    Come see what’s up these days at the First 5 commissions, including that one of them distributed lead contaminated toys and then did not tell everyone:

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