In the News

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.

September 10, 2013

Fast-moving technology and slow-moving bureaucracies may stop them from ever becoming widely adopted, but electronic license plates aren't as far-fetched as they might sound


September 04, 2013

Despite attempts by Democratic Senators Rod Wright (D – Inglewood) and Leland Yee (D – San Francisco) to derail the bill, California tenants scored a huge victory yesterday with the passage of AB 1229. The bill seeks to overturn the disastrous Palmer appellate court case which jeopardized local inclusionary housing programs across the state. Over 150 California jurisdictions have inclusionary housing laws, which condition approval of private developments on the provision of affordable housing. These laws are essential to expanding the supply of affordable rental housing in California.

September 04, 2013

Poway residents were outraged last year to find out $100 million the school district borrowed in bonds for construction and repair projects would cost them $1 billion in repayments over 40 years.

Now, a bill introduced by a San Diego legislator to limit this kind of expensive borrowing has passed both the Assembly and the Senate and awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

September 03, 2013

Following complaints from privacy groups, California lawmakers on Friday suspended legislation to embed radio-frequency identification chips, or RFIDs, in its driver’s licenses and state identification cards.

September 01, 2013

SACRAMENTO — An independent state watchdog has put the Department of Veterans Affairs on notice: prove yourselves.

In a report called “An Agenda for Veterans: The State’s Turn to Serve,” the nonpartisan Little Hoover Commission took the department to task for being too slow to improve services and recommends that lawmakers closely monitor the progress it promised in return for millions in new funding.

“California can do better, and to honor those who have sacrificed for the many, it must do better,” the report concludes.

August 09, 2013

by Ben Hueso

Our county's main economic sectors—defense and military, tourism, and research and manufacturing—depend on an abundance of clean water to conduct business, attract customers and retain staff. Countywide our coastal areas, beaches, estuaries, rivers, streams and bays enhance the quality of life and well being for San Diegans, as well as greatly improving the aesthetics of our neighborhoods.

August 07, 2013

By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 12:19 am

Old perceptions die hard for Imperial Valley residents, and we’re no different. We believe that some of our state and federal representatives have been really good over the years, and some could have been better.

Often one of the biggest markers and measures of success is just how visible that representative is in the community, an especially important concept for our state and federal reps as they often call cities far outside the Valley as their homes and bases of operations.

August 06, 2013

Imperial Valley Press

By ALEXIS RANGEL, Staff Writer | Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 4:40 pm

HOLTVILLE — State Sen. Ben Hueso recognized Barbara Worth Resort & Country Club cook Samuel Zamora for his heroic efforts at the resort’s Mother’s Day brunch in May, at which Zamora saved the life of a choking customer.

Hueso joined local dignitaries and the resort’s owners Friday at a ceremony at the resort, where they thanked Zamora for his bravery.

Hueso presented Zamora with a certificate of recognition.

August 04, 2013

Imperial Valley Press

By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013 12:59 am

HEBER — Months of meetings, outreach and petitions paid off for Heber on Friday, when state Sen. Ben Hueso, state and local officials unveiled safety beacons for a crosswalk in the community.

Solar-powered, flashing safety lights and school crosswalk signs will be installed at the intersection of State Route 86 and Heber Avenue, the first of their kind in the Imperial Valley.