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Hueso: ‘Food Is on Everyone’s Mind’

January 15, 2014

Criticism can sting, yes. But if presented in the right way, it can also shape growth or spur action.

Groups advocating for change — be it gun control, immigration issues or tax reform — have discovered that shining a light on how lawmakers actually cast their votes is a pretty powerful tool. I caught up with California state Sen. Ben Hueso Wednesday to hear his take on one such tool: the new Report on California Food and Farming Legislation.

San Diego-based advocacy coalition honors Senator Ben Hueso

January 09, 2014

On January 9th, the Hunger Advocacy Network hosted a reception at the New Children’s Museum to celebrate the work of its partners and honor Senator Ben Hueso for his work on a bill to reduce hunger among veterans. The No Hunger for Heroes Act (SB134), authored by Hueso and co-sponsored by the Hunger Advocacy Network and the San Diego Hunger Coalition, was signed into law last year. This legislation prevents counties from denying food assistance to unemployed veterans and instructs counties to refer veterans to local offices and training agencies that specifically cater to veteran needs.

Back-seat Driver: Will your car be sporting a computerized license plate?

December 26, 2013

Every year, the Department of Motor Vehicles mails new registration stickers to California vehicle owners, who then head out to their driveway and put the stickers on their car’s license plate.

Thank You: Families grateful for turkeys

November 24, 2013


On behalf of the Neighborhood House and the families who received a turkey donation on Nov. 20; thank you Sen. Ben Hueso. Each family that participated expressed the most sincere gratitude to Sen. Hueso for helping them put a healthy meal on their table this upcoming thanksgiving day.

Sen. Ben Hueso hosts annual Turkey Drive at Neighborhood House of Calexico

November 21, 2013

CALEXICO — Beatriz Nuñez was almost sure her family wasn’t going to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.

With money tight, the Calexico resident didn’t think the traditional meal would be in the budget this year.“My husband is on unemployment and I didn’t think we could afford it,” Nuñez said.

But thanks to Sen. Ben Hueso’s third annual Turkey Drive, Nuñez and 249 other Imperial Valley families will be able to give thanks and gather around turkey-bearing tables.

IVCF honors Valley philanthropists

November 20, 2013

Local philanthropists and volunteers were honored and at Club Lohoo in Heber on Wednesday for their contributions to the Imperial Valley.

“We wanted to recognize folks that have volunteered and given back to their community. So many of these awards are long overdue,” said Bobby Brock, president and chief executive officer of the Imperial Valley Community Foundation.

The luncheon was organized by the IVCF, a philanthropic organization itself. It was a way to say thank you and to recognize the importance of philanthropy.

‘Take A Veteran to School’ event joins generations

November 11, 2013

Inaugural event at Chula Vista High welcomed 40 vets, active duty military

CHULA VISTA — “How hard is boot camp?”

Hard. Really hard.

“What time do you wake up every day?”

Early. Really early.

“What was the most exciting thing that ever happened to you?”

Univision San Diego: Jerry Brown firma ley para veteranos

October 10, 2013

(Entravision) SAN DIEGO – Llega a San Diego el gobernador de California para promulgar una ley que beneficiara los ves de guerra indigentes que viven en el estado. Carlos Gonzales nos sexplica (video).

Reuters: California governor signs bills to tackle state's water crisis

October 08, 2013

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed more than a dozen bills aimed at improving access to water in the state, where drought is common and tension is high over the competing needs of residents, agriculture and the environment.

San Diego UT: Brown signs bill to boost SD 'toilet-to-tap' plans

October 08, 2013

SACRAMENTO — In a rare signing message, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday came out forcefully in favor of a San Diego County Water Authority push to turn wastewater into drinking water dubbed by critics as “toilet-to-tap.”

Carried by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, the measure directs state agencies to start the process of bringing uniformity to water reuse rules. It gives the Department of Public Health, working with the State Water Resources Control, until Sept. 1, 2016 to issue a draft feasibility report.