Press Releases

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.
 

Senate Bill addresses sewage spill disaster
June 13, 2017

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso and Principal Co-Author Assemblymember Todd Gloria today presented before the State Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, Senate Bill 507 which will reallocate $2.1 million for the restoration and recovery efforts associated with the Tijuana River Valley (TJRV).   The legislative proposal unanimously passed 9-0 and is now headed to Senate Appropriations.

Senate Bill to address sewage spill disaster
May 11, 2017

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso today introduced a bill which will reallocate $2.1 million for the restoration and recovery efforts associated with the Tijuana River Valley (TJRV).   Senate Bill 507 will also update the priority action areas of the TJRV Recovery Strategy to determine the flow of wastewater and runoff and conduct a Tijuana River Main Channel Water Quality Protection Feasibility Study.  

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.