July 1st 2019

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Approve Ordinance to Establish First 5 Sonoma County as an Independent Public Agency

As of July 1, 2019, First 5 Sonoma County will operate as a public agency separate from the County of Sonoma. This change will provide increased administrative efficiency and will allow the Commission to be more nimble and responsive to community needs. First 5's primary revenue source is a statewide tobacco tax, established by Prop. 10, a 1998 voter initiative.  As the Prop. 10 tax revenue declines due to fewer Californians smoking, First 5 commissions at the state and county levels are exploring other avenues for sustaining critical systems that support children during the first five years. The change to First 5 Sonoma County's structure is intended to support greater long-term sustainability of the Commission's strategic investments in programs and services for children, 0-5.

 

February 19th 2019

Draft of Ordinance to Establish First 5 Sonoma County as an Independent Public Agency

The First 5 Sonoma County Commission and the Department of Health Services are planning to request approval of an ordinance amending Ordinance Number 5142 (establishing the Sonoma County Children and Families First Commission) as amended by Ordinance Numbers 5236, 5807, and 5881, to establish First 5 Sonoma County Commission as an independent public agency and establish Commission membership, terms, powers, and duties.