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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.

October 08, 2013

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a flood of bills aimed at improving water quality and reliability in California, including a controversial measure introduced in the middle of a dispute between water agencies in Los Angeles County.

The governor signed AB 240, which requires three mutual water companies in Maywood, and others elsewhere, to comply with open-meeting and record rules that apply to public agencies. The bill also states the Legislature's intent "to create a public agency that can consolidate drinking water services" in Maywood.

October 03, 2013

$16 BILLION Interest amount required for capital appreciation bond packages in state

Sacramento

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation to rein in a type of financing tool that critics say saddles taxpayers for decades with huge interest costs that far exceed the original amount raised for school construction projects.

The legislation was sparked by reports that Poway Unified School District used capital appreciation bonds to raise $105 million, but its taxpayers will have to repay about 10 times that much when the interest is added in.

October 02, 2013


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El senador estatal Ben Hueso y el asambleista Manuel Perez encabezaron una comitiva procedente de Sacramento la cual realizo una gira por diversas plantas de energia renovable en el Valle Imperial, asi como el area de Salton Sea

October 02, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation that radically curbs school bond practices that have come under criticism for the last year or so.

Brown signed AB 182, jointly sponsored by local state Sen. Ben Hueso and Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, which places far stricter limits on the type of bond sales school and community college districts can engage in.

October 02, 2013

California should bring all its resources to bear to support renewable energy development and restoration efforts at the Salton Sea, said a top state lawmaker while touring the area Tuesday.

October 01, 2013

State legislators toured renewable energy facilities at the Salton Sea on Tuesday to see firsthand renewable energy investments in the area.

It was the third visit to the Salton Sea by lawmakers in less than a year. Whereas the previous two stakeholder meetings focused on environmental restoration of the Salton Sea, the focus Tuesday was on the Salton Sea’s renewable energy resources as potential economic and environmental solutions while helping California meet its renewable energy requirements.

September 28, 2013

Hunger is a serious problem in America today. Because of the Great Recession, and slower-than-expected economic recovery, approximately 50 million people nationwide — including one in five children — regularly struggle against hunger.

September 20, 2013

by Ben Hueso

Hunger is a serious problem in America today.

Due to the Great Recession, and slower-than-expected economic recovery, approximately 50 million people nationwide – including one in five children – regularly struggle against hunger.

September 13, 2013

by Ben Hueso and Marty Block

A federal court order has created a crisis in California prisons. While the clock is ticking, Democratic and Republican legislative leaders and the governor now stand together behind a long-term solution to chronic overcrowding in our prisons.