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Hollywood accounting is very good at spending all the money on the gross level but never show any net.


State oversight sought for preschool program

By David M. Drucker, Sacramento Bureau

A lawmaker is scheduled to introduce legislation today to provide state oversight for Hollywood director Rob Reiner's much-heralded, but yet-to-be-implemented universal preschool program.
The program -- funded by Proposition 10's 50-cent-a-pack cigarette tax approved by voters in 1998 -- was supposed to make preschool available for disadvantaged children, but has yet to pay for a single child's education -- despite securing almost $3.5 billion in revenue.

The bill is being authored by Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, D-Oakland. Chan was unavailable for comment Monday.

A recent state audit slammed the universal preschool program, the brainchild of actor-director and political activist Reiner, for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on travel and administrative expenses, but nothing on educating children.

First Five California, as it is known, was also intended to raise money for children's health care and child-development programs. And, in fact, tobacco-tax revenues have been spent for those purposes.

Chan and Reiner, responding to the audit's criticism of the preschool portion of First Five, are scheduled to appear together today in Oakland to introduce the bill that addresses its recommendations.

"I look forward to working with Assemblywoman Chan, the Legislature and the governor to institute these reforms," Reiner said Monday in a published statement.

If passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the bill would ensure that the "First Five" commissions created in each county to administer universal preschool are more accountable and transparent to the public, according to Chan's office.

The bill also aims to control administrative costs, eliminate the conflicts of interest of First Five commission board members and streamline contracting practices.

Staff Writer Troy Anderson contributed to this report.

David M. Drucker, (916) 442-5096 [email protected]
 

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Yep...3.5 Billion Taxpayer dollars in.......nothing out.Sounds very dim to me as well.Must be those "Administrative Costs."
 

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That's Meathead for ya.
 

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:funny_pos Yep, ol' Archie had him pegged.
 

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Uhhhhhhhhhh........ok......

3.5 BILLION.And nada to show for it...and nobody is screaming for blood?
 
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