On Thursday, January 8, 2015 Chancellor Gene Block hosted the Los Angeles Area Public Higher Education Dinner at the Chancellor’s Residence with guest of honor State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León. As head of the state Senate, Senator de León has a critical role in the California budget process. Senator de León is the author of Senate Bill 15, which proposes a budget strategy for the University of California and the California State University Systems that provides additional funding, incentives for graduation and support for enrollment growth. Also, attending the dinner were CSU Los Angeles President William Covino, CSU Northridge President Dianne Harrison, CSU Dominquez Hills President Willie Hagan and Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez. Each President/Chancellor was accompanied by the head of their Government Relations unit.