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Look and See, Show and Tell! (Selected Media/Library Exhibits to this blog) [Published 11/11/2013].

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Look and See, Show and Tell! (Selected Media/Library Exhibits to this blog) [Published 11/11/2013].
case-sensitive shortlink ends “-24m,” this title (and date published onto the title), borders and font-style added in 2019, conforming with my practice in more recent years).   (If some other links to Let’s Get Honest posts (within this blog) show up below not functioning check that part of their url reads “psBXH” as here, and not “asPXH” as I noticed just now in some of them.  Thanks//LGH July 11, 2019 during format spruce-up.)


Note. There are multiple font, line-height, and other differences, a factor of how wordpress free domain handles the copy and paste function essential to this blog, as I’m showing and telling factors affecting our family and conciliation courts, and of public interest as, guess who is funding them!

If you are short on time, but familiar with many of these concepts, then just click and look. However, my longsuit is connecting one piece of information to the other, with a view towards ACTING on the information.

Thank you for your patience with the other matters.  Again, remember to Look It Up and Consider the Context at all times. The bulleted items are the uploads.


70 grants here I believe is only about half; the “marriage” half.  There’s also “fatherhood” half allegedly (although the CFDA 93086 doesn’t distinguish one from the other, so the average person couldn’t sort by category and compare the two types from the database itself).

If you are new to this blog, you’ll see lots of charts like these… and be asked to think about their contents. Somewhere around 2012, I discovered “Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports” (a standardized government tool for counting its holdings, that is, cumulative holdings) and realized that looking at those provided more avenues (and probably a more practical one, once mastered) for seeing “whassup” overall, at least getting a grip on what ARE the activities of each branch of government, and how it’s organized (most CAFRs also have good introduction, Notes to the Statements, and many also have Organizational Charts).

Later I learned that the last grantee in that list (National Council on Family Relations — notice “action date” column reads many years earlier than the others) was a major player in pushing marriage, fatherhood, and “Family Impact Seminars” at the university and at the federal (Washington, D.C.) appropriations level; and pre-dates to the 1930s in this field.


Uploaded only 2013; referenced before.  My commentary on this one:

Concepts in this piece, or field may take a bit to process, but shed light on the real estate sector of courthouse corps.  Most of my blog, FYI, deals with more the programming and HHS grants sector — not the real estate and property issues.  But as one of the most profitable sectors around IS in real estate development, it makes NO sense to ignore this aspect (and the conflicts of interest, and financial black holes) when the real estate in question are courthouses.  


This is not my expertise, and may not be yours, but anyone who wishes to have better justice, had better think through this aspect of it — who OWNS and OPERATES the real estate in which judges (OR, in some fields, administrative, outsourced staff!) sign orders that change the flow of kids, and finances?  


I’ve found that the site “johnnypumphandle.com,” however well it did, or didn’t, explain things — has raised most of the critical issues affecting the courts, in detail — and about 10-15 years before it hit the mainstream.  If there’s one area he didn’t cover so much (and I and not enough others did), it’s the issue of the HHS grants affecting the custody processes (macro economics specific to the family courts). 


In short, readers could do a lot worse than to work through the articles on this site, particularly the one where Karen Anderson of Amador County reports (unfortunately, to the California Judicial Council, who were in on this through their AOC) the mis-use of access/visitation and supervised visitation funds in her court case, which involved sexual abuse of children.   IT’s the angle of approach and the evidence she looked at which reflects (badly) on a generation and a few different coalitions of advocacy groups making sure this does NOT take front and center stage of their reform efforts.


In cleaning up the blog, I saw the link to California’s own SEC Report on the Administrative Office of the Courts again, and am now using it as a exhibit to show the growth, expansion, practices, and operations of the AOC of one state’s court system (the nation’s largest) as a guide what to look for in others. That’s a three-post series (one published recently), so I’ll not say much more here.  It’s a BIGGG topic and comprehensive!


To accompany (introduce) this upload, I want to upload a SINGLE numbered fund, relating to the Conciliation code, and I have blogged this one.  From the California Department of Finance, under “Accounting” “Index” etc.  I’ll put the same link below the explanation again:

You can google search these, but I recommend looking through the state finance department site (OR, one could also I suppose call ’em upee

CA.GOVDepartment of Finance SealWelcome to the State of California Department of Finance

http://www.dof.ca.gov/accounting/manual_of_state_funds/

“This manual is updated periodically as funds are created and / or deleted. In addition, you will note that some of the pages include a ‘Revision Date’. This ‘Revision Date’ was added to the template in April, 1998. Any Fund Manual additions or revisions after that time will reflect the date of addition or revision to the Manual. Write-ups completed prior to April, 1998 will not contain a ‘Revision Date’ as there is no history when the addition or revision was made. If you have any specific update information to be included in the manual you may contact the FSCU Hotline at fscuhotline@dof.ca.gov or by phone at (916) 324-0385.”

A few parts (again, from the BUDGET — not a CAFR assets/fund total….)

Domestic Violence Training and Education Fund 0642 Public Health, Department of FCS (pdf * – 64K)
Family Law Trust Fund 0587 Judicial Branch FCS (pdf * – 16K)

Yrs given are:  2011-12 // 12-13 // 13-14.  For Fund 0587, numbers stated in thousands, we see at the beginning of those years (respectively), $1.760 million; $1.836 million and then suddenly 13-14, it’s about half as much, $969K ($0.969 million).  Moreover, that “FCS” also links to other Judicial Branch fund (as an FYI)

I WANT TO POST THE 1-page form from the California Manual of Funds, for this Fund 0587.  Notice it tells us classification, when it was started (1997, replacing a prior 1992 one bottom of page) and other RELEVANT details.  Conciliation Code 1852 is listed (search this point), which also gives the Judicial Council the right to delegate control of this fund to another and that IF the fund is abolished and barring other determinations, what’s in it goes back to the general fund.  I also am about to post a simple listing (from that manual) of ALL funds by number ,at least those accessible on the California Dept. of Finance website in this manual:

FAMILY LAW TRUST FUND ACCOUNT #0587

Restitution Fund 0214 Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, California FCS (pdf * – 4K)
Registry of Charitable Trusts Fund 3088 Justice, Department of FCS (pdf * – 24K)

(I’m interested in Fund 3088 because I use that lookup site so much!)

Immediate and Critical Needs Account, State Court Facilities Construction Fund 3138 Judicial Branch FCS (pdf * – 16K)
Judicial Administration Efficiency and Modernization Fund 0556 Judicial Branch FCS (pdf * – 16K)
Juvenile Justice Account, Local Revenue Fund 2011 3181 State-Local Realignment, 2011 FCS (pdf * – 43K)
Juvenile Justice Growth Special Account, Law Enforcement Services Growth Subaccount 3230 State-Local Realignment, 2011 FCS (pdf * – 43K)
Juvenile Justice Subaccount, Law Enforcement Services Account 3225 State-Local Realignment, 2011 FCS (pdf * – 43K)
Juvenile Reentry Grant Special Account, Juvenile Justice Subaccount 3226 State-Local Realignment, 2011 FCS (pdf * – 43K)
Juvenile Reentry Grant Subaccount, Juvenile Justice Account 3194 State-Local Realignment, 2011 FCS (pdf * – 43K)

(obviously this is NOT all the funds, showing on this particular budget index.  More exist…).

Consider the next set — I remember when California was threatening to close many parks, because they were broke.  They were soliciting donations. Then someone (who worked in Parks and Rec) blew the whistle about $54 million sitting around in two different funds.  There’d been a coverup, heads rolled (department leadership stepdown), public embarrassment, back to business as usual.

I wonder if anyone, even a common every day Jane Doe or Joe Blow — might’ve found them in some funds like this– that’s 4 different funds for “State Parks.”

State Park Contingent Fund 0952 Parks and Recreation, Department of FCS (pdf * – 13K)
State Parks and Recreation Fund 0392 Parks and Recreation, Department of FCS (pdf * – 13K)
State Parks Protection Fund 8076 Parks and Recreation, Department of FCS (pdf * – 13K)
State Parks Revenue Incentive Subaccount, State Parks and Recreation Fund 3238 Parks and Recreation, Department of FCS (pdf * – 13K)
State Trial Court Improvement and Modernization Fund 0159 Judicial Branch FCS (pdf * – 16K)
Unallocated Account, California Children and Families Trust Fund 0639 Children and Families Commission, California FCS (pdf * – 12K)
Unallocated Account, Cigarette and Tobacco Products Surtax Fund 0236 Public Health, Department of FCS (pdf * – 64K)

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November 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

My Media/Library Uploads Retrospective– but First, The Context! (Published 11/11/2013).

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My Media/Library Uploads Retrospective– but First, The Context! (Published 11/11/2013). (WordPress-generated, case-sensitive shortlink ends “-23e”) this title & published date added 2019.
To provide generic, one-click access or a drop-down menu to my own Media Library (=things I felt worthwhile enough not to bury in the archives), I have posted here some links to selected posts or uploads from the 4+ years of this blog. (similar, but not identical concept — there’s a long side-bar widget with similar title).

As I tend to combine “reflect and investigate,” this process helped me distill basic language and themes, which are being parsed out to different posts.  I also aim to shorten posts to 5,000-6,000 words (including quotes).  As I was a novice blogger (starting pretty much with this one!) the earlier ones, with so much cut and paste, font-changes and just too much to say (essentially I was learning and posting notes on the entire field, at once) can be hard to handle!

But Summary, First!

I have a lot to say, it has some complexity, and after spending several days on this post (not sure if that meant improving it!) including consistent formatting code issues and revisions, I’m just splitting it in two.  This section’s “show and tell” segments on the economic matters really sets the context for the other links, which are subsidiary.  Each segment is probably about 5,500 words.

However this post still outlines, from better teachers than myself, how anyone can see, and prove from understanding those “Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports”, the accumulated-wealth of our federal AND state governments, the practice of crying “broke” when they aren’t, which then highlights that we have been massively deluded, redirected, and deceived into the process have been believing major lies about the nature, and with this the purpose, of our own government, for decades.  With the exception of those who have been diligently exposing it, which hardly attracts major funding and approval from the engines of commerce that depend on those lies.

Every government (or religion) is going to use propaganda to consolidate and unify people under its umbrella and for its cause.  However some are worse than others, and this one needs to be recognized, and spat out.

ALSO, Unlike many who report, in general on the CAFRs and accumulated wealth factor, I’m also a woman, a mother, an individual — who was dragged with children, then without children, through the court system that’s the subject of this blog.

So I am seeking, and finding, how to apply that knowledge to THIS problem of the courts.  Knowledge of government financing (and how to understand it) is valuable.  It is also leverage with legislators and taxpayers, with policymakers (who set budgets) regarding the courts, and adds credibility to any discussion — even if the person speaking doesn’t work in the academic elite dedicated to these matters.

In investigating these courts, for a change with some better signals and clues (than the DV agencies or “Mothers of Lost Children” “No Way Out But One” and/or Lundy Bancroft [The Batterer as Parent”] and friends crowd was providing) it was immediately obvious the elephant in the family law system was the conciliation courts, who with the related nonprofits, were focused on the were federal incentives, and demands, to states driving the welfare system. Finding this material also sheds lights on how come, if I could (and reported), these individuals didn’t (or didn’t report).

This factor, and the slush fund factors HAS been reported right along — but not well enough publicized or explained enough; apparently the understanding didn’t catch fire and start some appropriate fires to burn up the falsehoods coming from groups who want a piece of the training pie.  One reason it didn’t “catch fire” is so much distracting, less relevant and intentionally de-railing publicity DID catch fire took its place, with a different focus and intent — a focus on the precisely those things which sell causes and get coverage; the story line; the human tragedies, and the victims.  And that’s not the type of reporting that leads to focused understanding of the situation — it’s situational, it’s personal, and it’s transient.

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