SUPERIOR COURT HEARS ORAL ARGUMENTS ON THE LEGALITY OF AB 99

State Legislature’s bill by-passed California voters in an attempt to take $1 billion from Children and Families Commissions throughout the state

FRESNO, CA – The Fresno Superior Court heard oral arguments yesterday on the legality of AB 99 in response to the lawsuit filed by the First 5 California county commissions against Governor Jerry Brown. The state Legislature passed AB 99, which circumvents voters and transfers $1 billion of voter-approved Proposition10, tobacco tax revenue, from local health and early education programs for young children to a new state fund that was created to help close the state’s continuing budget gap.

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2011 Children and Youth Summit

Healthy Families, Healthy Futures!

Join Orange County Supervisor Patricia Bates for a morning focused on building healthy families and healthy futures. All parents are invited free of charge. Michael Ruane, executive director of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County will share about helping your children grow up healthy and ready to succeed. Expert panelists will share their ideas and experience on the following topics:

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COMMISSION FORCED TO CUT MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF BUDGET FOR CRITICAL CHILDREN’S HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SAFETY NET PROGRAMS

Responds to $51.4 million Loss of Funds Due to State Raid on Prop 10 Dollars

MAY 4, 2011 (IRVINE, CA) – The Children and Families Commission of Orange County held a public hearing today to consider the annual budget for Fiscal Year 2011/12. The Commission was forced to consider two budget scenarios because of the Governor and State Legislators approval of AB 99 that takes $1 billion from Proposition 10 to help bridge the State’s budget gap. Orange County’s share is $51.4 million, or 173% of its total annual revenue.

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ESSENTIALS FOR YOUNG LIVES® DONATION DRIVE KICK-OFF IN ORANGE COUNTY

County-wide effort to collect essential items begins April 30 at Irvine Spectrum Center®

April 25, 2011 (Irvine, CA) – The 4th Annual Essentials for Young Lives® donation drive kicks off Saturday, April 30 in honor of Mother’s Day, at Irvine Spectrum Center®. HomeAid’s Essentials for Young Lives is a community-wide effort to collect “essential” baby items for homeless mothers and their infants, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County.

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SHERIFF SANDRA HUTCHENS TO CHAIR 2011 ESSENTIALS FOR YOUNG LIVES DONATION DRIVE

County-Wide Campaign Collects Items for Homeless Families with Children

February 22, 2011 (Anaheim, CA) – Today HomeAid Orange County announced Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will Chair their 2011 Essentials for Young Lives Donation Drive in Orange County. Organized by HomeAid, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, the annual campaign will take place the week before Mother’s Day, May 2-6, and will collect essential items such as diapers and other baby supplies.

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