Press Releases

City of San Diego-sponsored bill would provide state resources for disadvantaged communities designated within federal Promise Zones
February 09, 2018

San Diego, CA – February 9, 2018 – Senator Hueso (40th District) and City of San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer held a joint press conference today to highlight Sen. Hueso’s legislation, Senate Bill 635, which was sponsored by the City of San Diego, and will provide state assistance to communities designated as federal “Promise Zones” in their efforts to receive critical federal revitalization resources.

Award recognizes the Senator for his work on SB 598
January 29, 2018

Sacramento, CA – January 29, 2018 – The Utility Reform Network (TURN) will host its annual Legislative Consumer Champions reception today in Sacramento, during which it will honor Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) with its Utilities for All Champion Award. Senator Hueso is being recognized for his work on legislation that protects millions of California ratepayers struggling to avoid disconnection by ensuring greater accountability and monitoring of utility customer service disconnections in California.
 

January 25, 2018

San Diego, CA – January 25, 2018 – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address on January 25, 2018:
 
“It is difficult to imagine California without Jerry Brown as Governor. After more than 45 years in public service, Gov. Brown is serving the last year of his term, and our State is undeniably in a better position than it was when he took office.
 

State agency seeks new ideas to rescue the Salton Sea
December 08, 2017

Imperial Valley, CA – December 8, 2017 – The California Natural Resources Agency today issued a Request for Information (RFI) focused on the importation of water to the Salton Sea. The purpose of this RFI is to attract new ideas that will complement current statewide recovery efforts.

The RFI can be found on the Natural Resource Agency’s website at: http://resources.ca.gov/salton-sea/. The submission period is open through March 9, 2018.

Law facilitates restoration efforts to combat residual impacts from years of a degrading sea
October 16, 2017

San Diego, CA – October 16, 2017 – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) is proud to announce that his legislation, Senate Bill 615: Salton Sea Restoration Act, was signed into law last night by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. The law will create efficiencies for construction facilities to separate fresh water from highly saline water for the purposes of implementing restoration activities. It also recognizes the role of the State Water Resources Control Board in the restoration of the Salton Sea.  
 

October 09, 2017

San Diego, CA – October 9, 2017 – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) is proud to announce that his legislation, Senate Bill 507: Tijuana River Valley, was signed into law Friday by Governor Brown. The law, which became effective immediately upon Governor Brown’s signature, reallocates $2.1 million for development at and restoration of the Tijuana River Valley.
 

Senator Hueso’s legislation protects State’s most vulnerable populations
September 29, 2017

San Diego, CA – September 29, 2017 – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) is proud to announce that Senate Bill 598: Universal Access to Utility Service: Reducing Utility Shutoffs, was signed into law by Governor Brown. This legislation will ensure greater accountability and monitoring of utility customer service disconnections in California.
 

September 15, 2017

San Diego, CA – September 15, 2017 – The California State Legislature this week voted unanimously to pass Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) Tijuana River Valley legislation, which will reallocate $2.1 million for development at and restoration of the Tijuana River Valley. The legislation also updates the priority action areas of the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Strategy to determine the flow of wastewater and runoff, as well as conduct a Tijuana River Main Channel Water Quality Protection Feasibility Study.
 

September 15, 2017

San Diego, CA – September 15, 2017 – The California State Legislature held its final vote Wednesday to approve SB 615: Salton Sea Restoration Act, authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego). The bill passed both houses with bipartisan support and is now on its way to the Governor for action.
 

Senator Hueso’s SB 357 now heads to Governor’s desk
September 13, 2017

San Diego, CA – September 13, 2017 – A bill authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) that would instruct the director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to establish an international trade and investment office in Mexico has passed both houses of the state legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, and is now heading to the Governor’s office for his signature or veto.