Senator Hueso Introduces Bill to Prohibit Utility Disconnections for Customers with Life Threatening Medical Conditions
State Senator Ben Hueso held a press conference to announce Senate Bill 598 which will prohibit disconnections for nonpayment from customers receiving financial assistance for qualifying life-threatening medical conditions.
During the event, Senator Hueso stated, "The loss of basic utility service brings tremendous hardship and stress to individuals living with life threatening medical conditions. This bill will protect our most vulnerable and guarantee their safety by ensuring their lights stay on."
The volume of annual residential disconnections for nonpayment of electric and gas utility services have risen by 67 percent in five years, from 547,000 in 2010 to 816,000 in 2015. These shutoffs threaten the health of nearly 2 million of California's most vulnerable populations which are mostly children, low-income families, non-English populations, communities of color, infants, elderly and the physically disabled.
SB 598 also proposes a goal to reduce disconnections by 50 percent by 2021.
Senator Hueso's Coronado Bridge Safety Bill Passes Senate Transportation Committee
Senator Hueso announced that SB 480 has passed the Senate's Transportation Committee. This bill would appropriate monies from the General Fund to the Department of Transportation to be expended for maintenance costs and the construction of safety barriers on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in the County of San Diego.
After the committee hearing, Senator Hueso expressed, "Although tremendous progress has been made, there is still much more to be done. I am committed to fight for state resources so that our residents can feel safe and secure."
In addition, Hueso has also been diligently working with CalTrans to address and enhance the safety of both the people driving above and the people playing below.
The following is a list of immediate measures that have been taken:
- As a response to the community's concern of debris from the bridge falling into Chicano Park, CalTrans will be sweeping the road on I-5 connectors every other week (weather permitting).
- CalTrans is also looking into the possibility of installing a permanent debris fence (i.e. checking weight capacity of the connector barriers).
- CalTrans is finalizing a study to determine if speeding is a chronic problem on the connectors from I-5 to the Coronado Bridge.
- CalTrans is working on a safety assessment study to determine the necessary improvements to prevent vehicles from veering off of the road.
- CalTrans is working on a feasibility study on suicide prevention.
Senator Hueso Appointed by Senate Pro Tem to Nuclear Legislative Working Group
California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) announced that State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) has been appointed to represent the California State Senate at the National Conference of State Legislators: 2017 Nuclear Legislative Working Group (NLWG). NLWG meetings will provide state legislators with the opportunity to discuss federal and state nuclear energy and waste management policy, meet with federal officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, and share information from other states.
After the appointment, Senator Hueso stated, "This is a great opportunity to develop a positive dialogue with state leaders and help create necessary policies related to the storage and disposal of nuclear waste. I would like to thank Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León for appointing me to the working group and look forward to representing our state."
NLWG has addressed nuclear energy and waste management issues since 1992. Members of the NLWG will meet twice a year. This year's meetings will occur in mid-June and mid-November.
May is American Stroke Month
Together is more than a word, it's a rallying cry; a call to action to join with fellow warriors – family, friends, neighbors and healthcare professionals – to do something as a group that can't be done alone.
Together. It's how we can give our loved ones more quality moments with one another.
Together. It's how we will tackle a leading cause of serious, long-term disability and death.
Together. It's how we will end stroke.
- Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the U.S.
- Each year, about as many Americans, have a stroke as a heart attack.
- Stroke caused more than 133,000 deaths in 2014.
- After years of decline, recent data shows that stroke mortality has climbed 3 percent.
Most strokes are preventable.
- High blood pressure is the most important controllable risk factor for stroke.
- One in three American adults have high blood pressure.
- About three in four people, who have a first stroke, have blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm Hg.
Stroke is largely treatable.
- The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover.
- Stroke patients who received a clot-busting drug within 90 minutes of symptom onset were almost 3 times more likely to recover with little or no disability.
- 91 percent of stroke patients who were treated with a stent retriever (a mesh tube attached to a wire that's guided through a thin tube catheter) within 2.5 hours of symptom onset recovered with little or no disability.
The American Stroke Association's Together to End Stroke initiative teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to remember the most common signs of stroke. If you spot sudden (F)ace drooping, (A)rm weakness, or (S)peech difficulty, it's (T)ime to call 911.
How many more lives can be saved if everyone who knows how to spot a stroke, passes the knowledge on to others? Let's find out; starting with you.