First 5 Sonoma County Commission

First 5 Sonoma County Commission

The Commission consists of 9 members authorized to administer and allocate Sonoma County’s Prop. 10 funds. Commissioners represent county government, including the Department of Health Services and Human Services Departments, as well as community-based organizations, K-12 education, healthcare and the private sector.
Proposition 10 – The Children and Families Act of 1998
In November 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, the California Children and Families First Initiative, which added a 50-cent per pack tax on cigarettes and tobacco products. As per the Act, the intent of Proposition 10 is to “facilitate the creation and implementation of an integrated, comprehensive, and collaborative system of information and services to enhance optimal early childhood development and to ensure that children are ready to enter school.”
Eighty percent of the tax revenue is disbursed based on birth rate to the 58 counties in California to promote the early health, learning, and family support for children from the prenatal stage through five years of age.
Since 1999, First 5 Sonoma County has invested resources towards achieving the four outcomes below, as aligned with the four strategic results of the Proposition 10 mandate:


Current Commissioners

James Gore

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, 4th District