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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.

August 03, 2013

Imperial Valley Press

By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN, Staff Writer | Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013 11:54 am

The Imperial Valley’s public transit system will soon expand, thanks to $3.3 million in state funds.

State Sen. Ben Hueso presented a ceremonial check to the Imperial County Transportation Commission at the construction site of the new Downtown El Centro Bus Transit Terminal on Friday.

July 06, 2013

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are on the verge of passing sweeping legislation to rein in school districts that raise money for construction projects by using an expensive and once-obscure financing tool.

These loans obtained through what are called capital appreciation bonds, brought to light in Poway last summer, promise no payments for decades but later hit taxpayers with high-interest balloon payments that can wind up costing as much as 10 times the original principal, if not more.

June 07, 2013

Are veterans' businesses getting shortchanged?

June 07, 2013

If you've driven back across the Mexican border lately, you know the wait can sometimes take up to three hours. Officials have talked about speeding up this process by adding more lanes or more border agents, but San Diego Senator Ben Hueso hopes to change that with a new enhanced driver's license program for California drivers

May 07, 2013

New State Senator Ben Hueso Visits Calexico’s Neighborhood House
By Mario Conde

On May 7, 2013

Imperial Valley’s representative at the State Senate was here this weekend to meet with local stakeholders.

April 30, 2013

Union Tribune
Government & Politics  

Panel oks new license to speed border crossings
By Michael Gardner

5:16 p.m.April 30, 2013

March 21, 2013

AP / Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Democrats have regained their supermajority in the Senate after the chamber's newest member was sworn in.

Ben Hueso of San Diego left the Assembly after winning the 40th Senate District seat during a special election earlier this month. He replaces another Democrat, Juan Vargas, who won a congressional seat.

March 21, 2013
By Michael Gardner

— It is now officially Senator Ben Hueso.

The San Diego Democrat was formally sworn into his new post Thursday, giving Senate Democrats the two-thirds super-majority required to raise taxes or place measures on the ballot without Republican support.

Gov. Jerry Brown now has 14 days to call a special election to fill Hueso’s Assembly seat. The vote must be held between 126 days and 140 days after Brown’s announcement.

September 27, 2012

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A new law allows judges to protect domestic violence victims by ordering violent offenders to wear GPS anklets in conjunction with their restraining orders.

Kathy's Law, named after Kathy Scharbarth, who was murdered in November, was signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown.