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Sonoma County Human Services Commission shuts down

By BRETT WILKISON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The disbanded Sonoma County Human Services Commission had its curtain call Tuesday before the Board of Supervisors.

The panel was established 33 years ago to oversee and distribute county funding for community groups serving the needy.

Supervisors eliminated the 12-member commission and its staff in budget hearings this year. They transferred oversight of $300,000, about half the commission’s current annual allocation for grants to 26 community groups, plus $80,000 in administrative dollars to the county’s Community Development Commission.

Nonprofit partners and commission members have cheered the last-minute move to save the grant funding while expressing sadness at the panel’s dissolution.

“Our nation is only as good as how we treat our most vulnerable citizens,” Ann McGee, the commission chairwoman, said after Tuesday’s ceremony.

Five current appointees and a former commission staff member were on hand to receive the board’s recognition.





4 Responses to “Sonoma County Human Services Commission shuts down”

  1. Jim Judd says:

    Wow… allowing us private citizens the opportunity to decide where are charity should go. What a novel thought!

    Just possibly… a hint of moving in the right direction?

    @ Pearl… love it!

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  2. Pearl Alquileres says:

    12 people that will no longer be handing out our hard earned tax dollars.

    Just the thought of it sends a tear running down my leg!

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  3. Patrick Band says:

    The Human Services Commission went a long way over the past 33 years to help community non-profits leverage funds and provide critical services to our most needy residents. Although a portion of the funding will continue to be provided through Community Development, the Commission will be missed.

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  4. Dan Delgado says:

    “Our nation is only as good as how we treat our most vulnerable citizens,” Ann McGee, the commission chairwoman, said after Tuesday’s ceremony.

    A lovely sentiment indeed, and perhaps a message best delivered to the public safety employees who have no problem draining most government revenue to fund their pay and pension packages. Notwithstanding, government should not be in the wealth redistribution business. There are core government services we all require. Leave the rest to charities and the private sector.

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