Press Releases

Senator Hueso Takes Oath of Office for Senate District 40

Hueso to serve new term on the Senate for the 2015-2016 legislative session
December 01, 2014

(Sacramento, CA) – In a ceremony at the State Capitol on Monday, December 1st, 2014, Senator Ben Hueso took the oath of office for the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, a new term on the Senate for Hueso. Senate session was called to order by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and remarks were delivered by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff. 

Upon adjournment of session, Senator Hueso issued the following statement:

Senator Hueso Helps Secure $3.3 Million for Salton Sea Species Conservation Habitat Project

November 21, 2014

(Sacramento, CA) – During a November 20 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $26 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitats throughout California. The funds for all these projects come from bond initiatives approved by voters to help preserve and protect California's natural resources. The approved grants include $3.3 million for Salton Sea species and habitat conservation. 

Senator Hueso hosts Turkey Drive in Calexico and El Centro

November 20, 2014

(Imperial Valley, CA) – This Monday, November 24, Senator Ben Hueso will host his second annual “Turkey Club” giveaway at the Neighborhood House of Calexico and Catholic Charities in El Centro. Senator Hueso will be distributing turkeys to over 1,000 families in need throughout Senate District 40. Donations kindly provided by Northgate Market, Food 4 Less, Tapatio Auto and Truck Wrecking, Inc., Vazquez Truckline, and Otay Auto Auction.

Senator Hueso to Host HolidayTurkey Drives in San Diego

November 20, 2014

(San Diego, CA) – This Tuesday, November 25, Senator Ben Hueso will host his fourth annual “Turkey Club” giveaway at Barrio Logan MAAC Project and South Bay Community Services in Chula Vista. Senator Hueso will be distributing turkeys to over 1,000 families in need throughout Senate District 40. Donations kindly provided by Northgate Market, Vallarta Supermarket, Karina’s Restaurant and California American Water Company.

Senator Hueso Secures $11 Million Bond for El Centro Aquatic Center

October 17, 2014

(El Centro, CA) – After a long wait and continuous uncertainty over an $11 million bond for the construction of the El Centro Aquatic Center, the state’s Department of Finance recently announced that those funds have been finally approved. With this funding, the City of El Centro can carry out its plans to build out the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sports Pavilion/Adams Park area with an aquatic center, replacing The Plunge, the old city pool demolished nearly 10 years ago.

Governor Brown Signs Hueso Bill to Facilitate Trade and Goods Movement

SB 1228 will provide infrastructure improvements along regional and federal trade corridors
October 02, 2014

(San Diego, CA) – A measure to provide infrastructure improvements along regional and federal trade corridors, authored by State Senator Ben Hueso, was signed by Governor Brown. SB 1228 maintains the Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF), which was set to expire fiscal year 2015-16. A press conference to discuss the bill will be held on Friday, October 3 at Cesar Chavez Park. 

Senator Ben Hueso Leads Economic Roundtable Discussion in Imperial Valley

September 05, 2014

(El Centro, CA) – After the unveiling of the newest project addition to the Imperial County workforce, Senator Ben Hueso spearheaded an economic roundtable discussion with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ) and the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC). Senator Hueso focused the meeting on new project incentives, including market tax credits and renewable energy opportunities for the region.

Senator Ben Hueso Unveils New Ethanol Project in Imperial Valley

California Ethanol & Power Awarded $3.1 Million Tax Credit from California Competes Program
September 04, 2014

 (Imperial, CA) – This past June, California Ethanol & Power (CE&P), LLC was awarded a $3.1 million income tax credit as part of the California Competes program, administered by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). CE&P was selected as one of 31 companies recommended to the California Competes Tax Credit Committee from a highly competitive pool of almost 400 applicants.

Senator Hueso’s Bill to Increase State Funded Grant Caps

SB 1292 will guarantee more resources to provide clean water to disadvantaged communities
August 21, 2014

Sacramento, CA) – Senate Bill 1292 will increase the maximum amount of construction grants awarded for projects serving a severely disadvantaged community under the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund from $3 million to $5 million. The current $3 million cap does not reflect the increased cost of living experienced in California since the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund was established.

Governor Brown Signs Commercial Real Estate Transactions Bill

August 19, 2014

SB 1171 to require disclosures that reduce conflict of interest 

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Hueso announced today the successful approval from the Governor on his bill to promote consumer protection and enhance ethical dealings for small business owners involved in commercial real estate transactions.