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California Community College Districts Show Overwhelming Interest in Developing Four-Year Degree Programs

November 19, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Community Colleges today announced that thirty-six districts- half of all districts in the system- submitted letters of intent to the state Chancellor’s Office indicating their desire to host a baccalaureate degree program, signaling strong support for legislation signed by the governor this fall authorizing the system to award bachelor’s degrees as part of a limited pilot program.

Landmark Legislation Changes Face of California Higher Education Community College Four-Year Degrees Good News for Students, Businesses and Taxpayers

September 29, 2014

Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure – SB 850 – by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) allowing community colleges for the first time ever to offer four-year degrees; it was the third time Block had proposed similar legislation.

District attorneys urge passage of bills adding new enforcement tools against human trafficking

August 11, 2014

SACRAMENTO – District attorneys from San Diego and Riverside counties today urged passage of two bills in the fight against human trafficking (HT). The measures – SB 473 and SB 939 – authored by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) would elevate the crime of human trafficking to the same level as other gang offenses and sex crimes. Both are subject to a final vote by the Legislature this week.

Beach safety, recreation, economy take center stage at event urging passage of rapid beach water testing

August 01, 2014

Area officials, environmentalists and business leaders today urged passage of  legislation by Senator Marty Block (SD-39) permitting county public health officials to use an “early alert” test that would allow same day test results of beach water quality.

California Legislative Jewish Caucus Condemns Hamas Terrorist Aggression and Supports Israel’s Right to Self-Defense; Calls on US to Facilitate Cessation of Hostilities

July 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Recognizing the many ties that inexorably bind the state of California to the nation of Israel, the California Legislative Jewish Caucus issues the following statement today:

“We stand with Israel.

“The California Legislative Jewish Caucus extends our solidarity and support for the people of Israel. We pray for their safety during these difficult times.

“We condemn the actions of Hamas; a U.S. designated terrorist organization, whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel.

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