Legislative Jewish Caucus chair Marty Block: Hanukkah, celebrating freedom, is still relevant

December 17, 2014

State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) issued the following statement about the contemporary meaning of Hanukkah as chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus from Washington, D.C., where he is attending the White House Hanukkah reception on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

“Hanukkah, the ancient Hebrew Festival of Lights, takes on new meaning today as the dark forces of oppression and intolerance continue to threaten peace around the world.

Senate Democrats Unveil Plan for Higher Education In California SB 15 Proposals Will Help Students Access, Afford, and Finish College

December 02, 2014

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senate Democrats announced a comprehensive plan to improve access to a higher education in California and help students afford college and finish their degrees.  
Senate Bill 15 boosts funding for University of California and California State University to support enrollment growth, provide more course offerings, and increase student support services.

LINK: Fact Sheet on SB 15: A Plan for Higher Education in California

LINK: Charts about Higher Education

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.


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