Press Releases

June 18, 2018

Sacramento, CA – June 18, 2018 – As part of the State Legislature’s 2018-2019 State Budget, Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) helped secure millions of dollars in State funding for much-needed improvements in the 40th Senate District, including water quality projects, construction of public facilities and workforce development programs.

June 14, 2018

Sacramento, CA - June 14, 2018 - Senator Ben Hueso announced today that the State Legislature passed a balanced and on-time 2018-19 State Budget. As the fifth largest economy in the world, this budget continues our economic progress while planning for future economic uncertainties by setting aside the maximum financial reserve the law allows.

Senator Hueso provides update on safety measures for the Bridge and Chicano Park
June 07, 2018

San Diego, CA – June 7, 2018 – Caltrans District 11 has issued its Final Coronado Bridge Physical Suicide Deterrent System Feasibility Study Report, which determined that there are a number of physical suicide deterrent systems that could be suitable for the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, including netting, fencing and glass barriers. For more information, and/or to read the full study, please visit:

South San Diego community development agency selected for its “history of working with the people, for the people”
June 06, 2018

Sacramento, CA – June 6, 2018 – The third annual California Nonprofits Day was celebrated today at the State Capitol in Sacramento, honoring organizations statewide as Nonprofits of the Year. Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) recognized Casa Familiar, a community development agency in San Ysidro, as the 40th Senate District’s honoree.

Senator Hueso led push for State action to address continual flow of raw sewage and wastewater from Tijuana to San Diego County
May 14, 2018

San Diego, CA – May 14, 2018 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that the State has issued a 60-day notice of intent to sue the US Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) for violations of the Clean Water Act. The decision comes after Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) called upon the Governor and Attorney General to enter into a lawsuit against the USIBWC for its failure to adequately address cross-border pollution at the Tijuana River Valley.

This year’s theme, “The Students We Share,” focused on binational cooperation on education
May 08, 2018

Sacramento, CA – May 8, 2018 – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and the Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation today hosted an informational hearing titled “The Students We Share: A Discussion on Expanding Educational Opportunities for Trans-border Students.” The hearing involved a discussion between officials from Mexico and California regarding the growing challenges (e.g., language barriers, cultural differences, and education system disparities) faced by students who attend school on both sides of the US-Mexico border at different times during their educationa

EnergySource Minerals’ project will create well-paying jobs in Imperial Valley
May 04, 2018

Imperial Valley, CA – May 4, 2018 – Senator Ben Hueso (D-Imperial County) today announced a $2.5 million grant for a new geothermal project by EnergySource Minerals, LLC titled “Well to Wheels Lithium Design” located in Imperial Valley. The project will greatly benefit the local economy and community, and may create a domestic source of lithium and other minerals to help meet California’s growing demand for electric grid stabilization and electric vehicle components.

Senator Hueso’s legislation would increase effectiveness of case management efforts
April 26, 2018

Sacramento, CA – April 26, 2018 – A bill authored by California State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) that would impose greater reporting requirements on the State with regards to childhood lead exposure has received the unanimous approval of the Senate Health Committee, an important step in ensuring appropriate case management data related to children who have been exposed to lead. Senate Bill No. 1097 cleared the policy committee yesterday with a 9-0 vote and now advances to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senator Hueso’s SB 1365 would prioritize funding for coastal education programs
April 24, 2018

Sacramento, CA – April 24, 2018 – State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) secured the unanimous approval of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee for his bill that seeks to increase public awareness about issues affecting the coast and spread knowledge about the need to mitigate human impact. The legislation, SB 1365, now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Bill aims to help law enforcement better identify instances of elder abuse crimes
April 23, 2018

Sacramento, CA – April 23, 2018 – The California State Senate today voted in favor of legislation authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) that would assist law enforcement officers in properly identifying instances of elder abuse crimes. Senate Bill No. 1191 received unanimous support and now heads to the Assembly for consideration.