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Families commission designed to help kids

The El Dorado County Local California Children and Families Commission was set up in November 1998, when voters approved Proposition 10.

Proposition 10 initiated a 50-cent-per-pack increase in the state surtax on cigarettes and an equivalent increase in the state surtax on tobacco products to fund anti-smoking and early childhood development programs.

The purpose of the commission is to develop a strategic plan that focuses on the support and improvement of early childhood development within the county. The strategic plan must be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors and then submitted to the state commission.

The nine members of the county commission were appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with some state-mandated spots.

Commission members include: Chair Beth Goodlin-Jones, University of California, Davis; Vicki Barber, county Office of Education; David Solaro, Board of Supervisors; Debra Herr, Black Oak Mine Unified School District; Debra Yip, Children and Families; Gayle Erbe-Hamlin, Public Health Department; Kathleen Burne, Mental Health Department; Jeffery Rabinovitz, Pediatric Associates; and Davina Weiner, attorney.

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