Jewish Caucus chair expresses sorrow over weekend tragedy at Jewish facilities

April 14, 2014

Senator Marty Block (SD-39), chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, today issued the following statement regarding the weekend shootings at a Jewish retirement home and a Jewish community center in Overland Park, KS, a suburb outside Kansas City, MO:

“The California Legislative Jewish Caucus is outraged and deeply saddened by the horrific and senseless acts of evil that engulfed the Kansas Jewish Community on the eve of the Passover holiday.

Block urges national ban on cosmetic animal testing

April 07, 2014

SJR 22 approved by State Senate and heads to Assembly;
Mayim Bialik ‘Big Bang Theory’ actress, Cruelty Free International supporter endorses SJR 22

SACRAMENTO – California’s Senate today approved a measure by State Senator Marty Block (SD-39) that urges the U.S to join California, the European Union (EU), and the countries of Norway, India, and Israel in banning animal testing of cosmetic products.

Block: Jewish Caucus wants Donnelly apology

March 06, 2014

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Marty Block, chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, today issued the following statement regarding Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s recent outrageous rant:

“Assemblyman Tim Donnelly owes an apology to the millions impacted by the Holocaust and to countless American heroes and their families who battled evil during World War II. His odious trivialization of Adolph Hitler’s brutalities mocks their sacrifice.”


Automatic voter registration among three bills making it easier for Californians to vote

February 20, 2014

SACRAMENTO –  A measure to make voter registration automatic when applying for new or renewed drivers’ licenses, identification cards or permits was introduced recently along with two other bills to make it easier to vote by mail and encourage juvenile hall youth to register and vote.

The three proposals, introduced by Senator Marty Block (SD-39) come after a number of states have enacted laws placing obstacles on the right to vote, especially threatening the voting rights of students, minorities, the poor and the elderly.

Block’s measures include:

Free Cash for College workshops run through March 1 at area high schools

January 24, 2014

High school seniors, local elected officials and San Diego School District representatives gathered today with one message for students, “There is money for college and there are people to help you get it.”

In a unified effort to encourage seniors to find “cash for college” local educators and elected officials announced their efforts to promote 13 upcoming financial aid workshops in San Diego County schools with a special “promotional” incentive – a $1,000 Cash for College scholarship offered to one student at each workshop.

Block: 'We face more than one kind of drought'

January 22, 2014

“The Governor began his speech by celebrating the creation of one million new jobs in California. Unfortunately a skills gap exists that keeps many of these jobs vacant.

“Gov. Brown urged prudence warning of economic uncertainty caused by the drought – but we face more than one kind of drought. Like crops in California’s central valley, the supply of highly sought after, highly skilled workers has dried up in many parts of the state.

Block aims to improve care for elderly in residential care facilities, prohibit reprisals for 911 calls

January 13, 2014

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Marty Block (SD-39) today announced he will introduce legislation to reform the decades-old laws regulating oversight of residential care facilities (RCFEs) in California.

“Over the past few years, 27 San Diego County seniors have died because of injuries and neglect suffered in residential care facilities,” Block said. “That is a shameful and unconscionable record.”


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