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Assemblyman Hueso Announces Legislation To Limit School Bonds.

September 20, 2012

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego assemblyman today announced plans to introduce legislation to place restrictions on the terms of school district construction bonds.

The bill by Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, stems from a furor over a capital appreciation bond issued by the Poway Unified School District that leaves taxpayers in that area on the hook for paying back $981 million over 40 years, in exchange for borrowing $105 million to construct school facilities.

Mother urges governor to sign 'Kathy's Law'

September 12, 2012

A Carlsbad mother is seeking the public's help in urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill into law that she believes would have prevented her daughter's death.

"She filed a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend after he stalked her and sent threatening emails. Seven days after she filed the restraining order, she was dead," said Ginny Scharbarth. She is the mother of 34-year-old Kathy Scharbarth, who was strangled in her home last year on the night before Thanksgiving.

Hueso Wants Walmart Approval Reviewed

August 08, 2012

Assemblyman Ben Hueso is seeking a state probe into a San Diego city permit for a Walmart neighborhood grocery at the old Farmer's Market east of downtown.

Hueso sent a confidential memo to a legislative audit committee on June 6, three days after The Watchdog reported about two five-figure political contributions given by Walmart to Mayor Jerry Sanders' pension ballot measure — one at the beginning of the market approval process and one at the end.

San Diego CITD signs alliance memorandum with CANEMEXA

August 07, 2012

The San Diego CITD at Southwestern College signed a ceremonial strategic alliance memorandum with the Camara de Negocios Mexico-Americana (CANEMEXA) on July 18.

CANEMEXA, a local chamber of commerce, provides support for Mexican-American businesses in the South Bay region of San Diego County. The ceremonial strategic alliance memorandum, signed by San Diego CITD Director Victor Castillo, and CANEMEXA Founder and Board of Directors President Hector Molina formalizes support for business owners in the region that are looking to expand into the international marketplace.

Panel Cuts Pay of Brown, Others

May 31, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers who have carved billions from programs serving students, the poor and disabled will also have to get by on less.

The California Citizens Compensation Commission Thursday voted 5-1 to cut the annual pay of the governor, lawmakers and constitutional officers by 5 percent starting Dec. 3. Brown has proposed an equivalent cut for state workers.


Assembly OK's GPS bill named for Carlsbad mom

May 30, 2012

The state Assembly approved a bill Wednesday that would permit judges to allow suspected perpetrators of domestic violence to be fitted with GPS monitoring devices if a restraining order has been issued against them.

The bill is named “Kathy’s Law,” in honor of Kathleen Scharbarth, a 34-year-old mother from Carlsbad who was killed in November.


Bill adds qualifications for Fish & Game president

May 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state Assembly approved new restrictions governing who can be appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday as part of the ongoing fallout over the former president's killing of a mountain lion in Idaho.

Lawmakers approved AB2609 by Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, on a 55-22 vote, sending it to the Senate.


Pink Slips Prompt Protests

March 11, 2012

Parents, teachers and education employees protested after the San Diego Unified School District sent out about 1600 pink slips. Chris Chan spoke with State Assemblyman Ben Hueso and teacher David Erving about the long-term changes expected for public education in California.


Hundreds March In Protest Of Education Cuts

March 10, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- About 200 people marched through the streets of downtown San Diego on Saturday in protest of what could be crippling cuts to local schools.

Taylor Fullylove, a senior at Hoover High School, participated in Saturday's march. Her face was completely painted with a bold message, which read, "I love art."


A common-sense idea for state, motorists

February 24, 2012

It doesn’t happen often enough in Sacramento, but occasionally a bill pops up that makes good sense and deserves swift passage. Such is the case with legislation introduced this week by Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, to authorize private companies to manage and operate the rapidly deteriorating rest stops along California’s highways and interstate freeways.