LOS ANGELES COUNTY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FIRST – PROPOSITION 10 COMMISSION NOTES TO BASIC FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2009
NOTE 1 – ORGANIZATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
With passage of a ballot initiative in November 1998, California (the “State”) voters approved the establishment of the Los Angeles County Children and Families First – Proposition 10 Commission (the “Commission”), a component unit of Los Angeles County. A nine-member Board of Commissioners governs the Commission. The Commission was created by and ultimately is under the authority of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, in accordance with California State Law, through its
the Board of Commissioners and its ability to remove the a public entity legally separate and apart from the County.
commissioners at will.
The initiative, Proposition 10,
mandated an additional 50-cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes and a comparable increase in the tax tobacco products and required that the new funds be used on programs focused exclusively childhood development for children prenatal up to five years of age.
Following the directive of Proposition 10 to fund programs at the community level, each of the State’s 58 counties created a Proposition 10 Commission as well as a trust fund to receive Proposition 10 revenues. In Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance in December 1998 to establish the Los Angeles County Children and Families First – Proposition 10 Commission, and in May 1999, the Commission held its first meeting, elected officers and established a number of ad hoc committees to address organizational and planning issues. The Commissioners and others who were involved in the effort regarded Proposition 10 as an extraordinary and unprecedented opportunity to begin making a difference in the lives of pregnant women, young children and their families, and to do so at a point in their lives when it can make the most difference. In August 2002, the Commission introduced a new branding identity, First 5 LA, to signify the importance of the first five years of life.
The Commission’s mission statement is “To optimize the development and well-being of all children, from the prenatal stage until their fifth birthday by increasing resources, ensuring access to services, and improving the abilities to families, communities and providers of services.”
Upon termination of the Commission, all assets of the Commission shall be returned to the State of California. The liabilities of the Commission shall not become liabilities of the County upon either termination of the Commission or the liquidation or disposition of the Commission’s remaining assets.
Basis of Accounting and Measurement Focus
Government-wide Financial Statements
Government-wide financial statements consist of the statement of net assets and the statement of activities. These statements are presented on an economic resources measurement focus. All economic resources and obligations of the reporting government are reported in the financial statements.