February 6, 2009

Assemblymember Block Announces Study on New CSU Campus in Chula Vista

Career educator thinks new campus a boon to community

Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) today announced the introduction of Assembly Bill (AB) 24, a proposal to study the feasibility of a new, 24th California State University (CSU) Campus in Chula Vista

“Higher education and has a tremendous, positive impact on a community,” said Assemblymember Marty Block. “With a new University in Chula Vista, local students wouldn’t have to leave home and we could create new jobs for people in the district.”

The bill itself does not mandate any expenditure of state funds—instead it would require Trustees of the California State University to conduct a study about the feasibility of a California State University satellite program, and ultimately, an independent California State University campus, at Chula Vista. The study would need to be underway by January 1, 2011.

California is currently trapped in one of the worst financial crises in recent memory. Assemblymember Block believes that construction of such a campus could help stimulate the economy by providing high-paying, local jobs. It would also ease the burden on students in the district by giving them closer-to-home education options.

“The idea of a new CSU in Chula Vista is definitely an idea worth exploring,” said Assemblymember Block. “In this difficult budget time, we need outside-the-box ideas to solve our economic and education needs.”

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