In the News

December 14, 2017

By State Senator Ben Hueso and Ricardo A. Flores / December 14, 2017

As excerpted from The Star News

Humane and giving as our hearts may be, we see the ill effects of homelessness every day on our streets, especially downtown. The scene is not unfamiliar; however, familiarity does not make it okay.

October 25, 2017

On November 3, 2017, the Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation, chaired by Senator Hueso, will be hosting an informational meeting on Water Quality & Reliability: Tijuana River Valley, Salton Sea and Beyond. Please RSVP by calling (619) 409-7690.

June 15, 2017

Sacramento, CA… Senator Ben Hueso announced today that the State Legislature passed a balanced and on-time 2017-18 State Budget that appropriates record levels of K-12 per-pupil spending, invests in public higher education, saves in the rainy day fund and focuses on significant issues such as improving our roads and transportation, and restoring  childcare increases.  Senator Hueso voted in favor of Assembly Bill 97 which cleared the Senate floor by a vote of 28-10.   


February 21, 2017

State Sen. Ben Hueso visits GMSD to talks about the improvement that are planned for the Coronado Bridge.  Listen in as he shares more about the changes and other traffic precautions that will be installed.

September 22, 2016

Sacramento, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), today announced that Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 948 which would eliminate the sunset date of January 1st, 2018 for the pilot program Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans and make it permanent for Californians.  This new law which goes into effect on January 1, 2017 will continue to increase the availability of responsible small dollar installment loans of at least $300 but less than $2,500.

June 09, 2014

Re "Senate passes bill to make electricity even more expensive" (Dan Walters, June 9): Dan Walters' June 9 broadside against geothermal energy misses the mark in at least two critical ways. For one, the addition of 500 megawatts to the grid from this new and virtually non-emissive baseload energy over the next decade represents a modest amount that would be justified even if it were only to counterbalance an over-reliance on intermittent resources such as wind and solar.

June 03, 2014

The plan to tap the mammoth geothermal potential of the Salton Sea, and to generate a revenue stream to help restore California's largest lake, took a major step last week when the state Senate approved a bill by two Coachella Valley legislators.

May 30, 2014

Legislation authored by state Senator Ben Hueso and co-authored by Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez that calls for the three investor-owned utilities in California to procure 500 megawatts of new geothermal energy generation over the next 10 years cleared the Senate yesterday and will next be taken up by the Assembly. Senate Bill 1139 was approved by a final vote of 21-11 in a marathon floor session that saw the upper chamber vote on 121 separate pieces of legislation.

May 21, 2014

The drought-driven quest to put a new water bond before California voters has fluctuated over the last few weeks, marked by new measures appearing, old ones evaporating and legislators shifting allegiances.

Lawmakers have introduced no fewer than nine water bond proposals, all vying to replace the $11.1 billion measure that is scheduled for the November ballot but widely believed to have little chance of passage.

May 16, 2014

State Sen. Ben Hueso and Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez on Friday will try to rally support for legislation that would boost geothermal energy production.

Senate Bill 1139, which the Senate is expected to debate next week, would require that energy retail sellers and local publicly owned electric utilities have more geothermal energy in their renewable energy portfolios.