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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.


September 26, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Hunters in California will no longer be able to use dogs to hunt bears and bobcats under one of several bills Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Wednesday that relate to the state Department of Fish and Game.

Another changes the composition of the California Fish and Game Commission in the wake of a controversy over the former commission president's killing of a mountain lion in Idaho. A third bill lets the department contract with nonprofit conservation groups to manage state-owned lands.

September 26, 2012

Advocates for animal welfare came out ahead of California hunters Wednesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a hard-fought bill banning the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats.

Both sides had lobbied lawmakers and the governor tirelessly over SB1221 by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), which will take effect Jan. 1. While there are exceptions for aggressive animals and research, the bill makes it illegal in most cases to use packs of dogs to chase bears and bobcats into trees, where hunters shoot them.