Contra Costa Votes To Keep First 5 Out of County Rule
The Contra Costa County board of supervisors voted not to make the county's First 5 commission a government department, thwarting a recommendation from a grand jury. The grand jury report concluded that First 5 members could be engaged in conflict-of-interest practices. The board will request a yearly report from the commission as a way to increase oversight. First 5 uses tobacco tax revenue to fund early childhood health and education programs.
- "Contra Costa Declines To Fold Tobacco-Tax Commission Into County Government" (Vorderbrueggen, Contra Costa Times, 7/28).