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LA Times: State solar users would lose savings if proposal is OKd; SolarCity describes 'catastrophic' future

September 26, 2015

Tired of growing electricity bills, Miguel Espinoza decided to turn to the sun, rather than the grid, for power.

The Inglewood resident signed in March with solar leasing giant SolarCity to fix his electric bills at $130 a month — down from the $250 to $300 he had been paying.

Those savings, however, would eventually evaporate if state regulators approve proposals from California utilities to charge solar users more for their connection to the grid.

"This thing would be worthless to me," Espinoza said.

KUSI News: State senators want CA to divest itself of all Donald Trump ties

July 10, 2015

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - Should the state of California try to limit free speech?

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has angered a lot of people with his comments about illegal immigrants.

Calling some of them rapists and drug addicts, Trump admonished the U.S. for letting illegal immigrants into the county with its lax immigration policy.

On Thursday, a group of California state lawmakers, including San Diego Senator Marty Block, introduced a resolution blasting the Republican presidential hopeful.

LA Times: An unreasonable restriction on the right to vote

June 11, 2015

By the Times Editorial Board

One of the most fundamental rights of an American citizen is the right to vote. And though not nearly as many citizens take part in elections as we'd like, no one should be stripped of that right without clear cause. But thousands of Californians with developmental disabilities have been barred from voting without full consideration of their capabilities and, according to a complaint filed with the Justice Department, likely in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

SF Chronicle: To avoid UC tuition hikes, Legislature should look at SB15

December 04, 2014

A new twist in the long-running saga of UC tuition emerged this week, as the state Senate unveiled a plan to increase higher education funding.

The proposal, SB15, is generous — it would cost between $342 million and $434 million through 2018. By providing enough money to eliminate the need for tuition hikes, funding more Cal Grant scholarships, and funding more spots for students at both UC and CSU, SB15 is an answer to many of the state’s long-running concerns about the high cost and low capacity in higher education. But there is, as always, a catch.

New law allows California community colleges to offer 4-year degrees

October 09, 2014

California Economy Reporting
By Michelle Bergmann

Starting next fall California’s community colleges will take a step up in higher education. As part of a pilot program, 15 selected community colleges will offer four-year bachelor degrees in specialty fields like information management, technology or dental hygiene.

“That’s fantastic! I wish that program was going around when I was a freshman,” said Alex Carter a third-year student at Santa Monica City College studying digital media and art history.

New Water Test Could Quickly Reopen Closed Beaches

August 01, 2014

Times of San Diego

Posted by Chris Jennewein

San Diego political, business and environmental leaders rallied Friday to urge passage of a state Senate bill that would allow use of a new four-hour water test to more quickly reopen beaches closed by pollution.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Marty Block, would allow local heath officers to use a new polymerase chain reaction testing method that is approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The current tests take at least 24 hours and sometimes as long as 96 hours.

Alicia Silverstone Backs Resolution to End Animal Testing

July 16, 2014


by Natalia Galbetti July 16, 2014

Alicia Silverstone is standing by her home state of California as it fights against animal testing.

The actress, whose best selling books ‘The Kind Life’ and ‘The Kind Mama’ promote a vegan and cruelty free lifestyle, joined the organization Cruelty Free International’s campaign to end animal testing in the United States.

California community colleges may soon offer bachelor’s degrees

June 21, 2014

By Josh Dulaney, The Daily Breeze
Posted: 06/21/14, 7:28 PM PDT |

Up to 15 community colleges could start offering a bachelor’s degree next year under a bill working its way through the state Assembly.

Senate Bill 850, introduced by state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, would authorize California Community Colleges, in consultation with the California State University and University of California systems, to launch the baccalaureate degree pilot program Jan. 1.