Eggman introduces bill requiring state to study potential Stockton State University

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SACRAMENTO – On the first day of the new legislative session, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman introduced a bill requiring the state to study the feasibility of establishing a California State University campus in the city of Stockton.

The bill, Assembly Bill 38, directs the Legislative Analyst’s Office to conduct the study and report its findings to the legislature. 

Stockton is the largest city in California without a public university campus in its proximity. The similarly-sized cities of Anaheim and Santa Ana are both within 10 minutes of California State University, Fullerton. Oakland is within half an hour of California State University, East Bay, and a few miles of the University of California, Berkeley, and has a robust public transportation system.

Assemblymember Eggman, D-Stockton, said AB 38 is the first step in a long process, demonstrating both the community’s need and the viability of a new campus in Stockton.

“We know that Stockton is a strong, vibrant city where a public university will thrive,” Eggman said. “We need to make the case to the rest of the state.”

Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County, forecast by the Department of Finance to be the fastest-growing county in the Central Valley over the next few decades. With an estimated population of 700,000, San Joaquin County is expected to grow by another 860,000 people by 2060.

“The state university system will need to expand, and the fastest-growing region in the Central Valley, still underserved by public higher education, is the right place to do so,” Eggman said.