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Sac Bee: Capitol Alert’s top 15 stories of 2015

December 20, 2015

A story about Senator Block’s bill to allow community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees made the list at Number 6.

BY ALEXEI KOSEFF

Sac Bee: California gives local colleges a new role

December 07, 2015

By Dan Walters

With some fanfare, state Sen. Marty Block delivered a symbolic check last week to a San Diego-area community college.

It was for $350,000 to help San Diego Mesa College offer four-year degrees in health information management in accordance with legislation that Block authored last year.

The fanfare reflected, in part, Block’s somewhat embattled political position.

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.