Press Releases

Celebrating women who have selflessly contributed to their community
March 02, 2017

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) will be honoring outstanding women in celebration of the 2017 Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to exceptional women from his district, on Friday, March 3, 2017.    

The honorees are as follows: (1) Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy; (2) Kathleen Harmon, Community Organizer, Southeast San Diego; (3) Louise Torio, Historical Preservationist for the Villa Montezuma; and (4) Yulil Alonso-Garza, founder of Mothers and Men Against Gangs Coalition in Imperial County.

Improvements a top priority
February 16, 2017

San Diego, CA…  Today, Senator Ben Hueso released a status update on safety improvements to the Coronado Bridge specifically Interstate 5 and State Route 75 highway ramps following the tragic accident which took the lives of four innocent victims and left at least nine people injured on October 15, 2016.   Hueso has been diligently working with Caltrans to address and enhance the safety of both bridge commuters and Chicano park visitors.
 

January 11, 2017

San Diego, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso today introduced Senate Bill 73, which will name the San Salvador as California’s official ship of discovery.  SB 73 will enhance the educational and cultural potential of the San Salvador and spread knowledge about the important role its voyage played in the history of America.  

“This ship played an integral role in California’s history,” expressed Senator Hueso.   “Senate bill 73 will encourage active learning and will promote an appreciation of our rich maritime heritage.” 

Senator to focus on protecting consumers
December 21, 2016

San Diego, CA… California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) announced today that State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) has been reappointed to lead the Senate Energy, Utility, and Communications Committee.   This will be Senator Hueso’s second legislative session serving as Chair.  His jurisdiction covers bills relating to utilities, energy companies, alternative energy development and conservation, and communications development and technology.

September 27, 2016

Sacramento, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), today announced that Governor Brown has signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 745, a bill that helps to bridge the digital divide.   SB 745 extends by four years the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Public Housing Account, and improves the accountability and the reporting of existing programs by the California Public Utilities Commission. 

Bill helps meet growing demand for electric vehicle batteries
September 26, 2016

San Diego, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced that Senate Bill 1074 has been signed into law by the Governor.  This bill helps existing geothermal plants operating in disadvantaged communities by funding innovative minerals extraction techniques at those facilities has made its way to the Governor’s desk.    

September 22, 2016

Sacramento, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), today announced that Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 948 which would eliminate the sunset date of January 1st, 2018 for the pilot program Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans and make it permanent for Californians.  This new law which goes into effect on January 1, 2017 will continue to increase the availability of responsible small dollar installment loans of at least $300 but less than $2,500.
 

September 02, 2016

San Diego, CA…  Senator Ben Hueso today announced that Senate Bill 448 has made its way to the Governor’s office and is awaiting his signature.  Senate Bill 448 provides stronger terms for use by law enforcement to combat online predators.  This measure protects a voter approved initiative which requires all registered sex offenders who committed a felony sex offense and used the internet to commit the crime to disclose all internet identifiers to law enforcement.  

September 01, 2016

San Diego, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced today that Senate Bill 1074 has made its way to the Governor’s desk.  This bill helps existing geothermal plants operating in disadvantaged communities by funding innovative minerals extraction techniques at those facilities has made its way to the Governor’s desk.    

Bill appropriates $1.4 million
September 01, 2016

San Diego, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced today that Senate Bill 859 has made its way to the Governor’s desk.  Senate bill 859, is a budget-related measure containing a proposal that would allocate $1.4 million to the Salton Sea.     

“While we still have a long way to go, every bit of funding for the Salton Sea will help us reach our restoration goals,” stated Senator Hueso.  “I want to thank my colleagues and the state agencies for working with me to secure funding for this precious lake.”