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June 03, 2020
 
WELCOME

Dear Friend,

Spring has sprung, and our legislative session has picked up speed! This month, my colleagues and I passed important legislative packages aimed at assisting renters and landlords with unpaid rent, laying groundwork and funding to get our children safely back to in-person instruction, and more. We passed resolutions condemning the rise in violence and acts of hatred against members of the AAPI community, and recognizing March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

This month, we celebrate Women’s History Month. Women have been hit disproportionately hard by job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many essential front-line jobs are also dominated by women. This year, let us renew our commitment to working toward gender parity and reaffirm that women are essential - now and always!

We also observe Cesar Chavez Day in March, which honors the legacy of the prominent civil rights and labor movement activist. I encourage you to join me in honoring Cesar Chavez's life and work by taking some time to volunteer and help our community this holiday.

As always, if you have questions or need assistance with a state matter, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Stay safe,

Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

WELCOME
Events Calendar
3/8: International Women’s Day
3/14: Daylight Savings Time starts
3/17: St. Patrick’s Day
3/20: Vernal Equinox (Spring begins)
3/23: National Ag Day
3/24: Equal Pay Day
3/25: Spring Recess begins upon adjournment of session
3/31: Cesar Chavez Day observed
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar

 

IN THE KNOW ...

California's COVID-19 Rent Relief and Utility Assistance

This month, the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program opened applications to help low-income Californians through the payment of unpaid rent to landlords. This funding will help millions of residents with unpaid rent, future rent, and utility assistance. To learn more, please visit housingiskey.com.

Assistance is being administered through different programs depending on where you reside, for the 40th Senate District residents:

When in doubt, the best place to start is housingiskey.com

Update on California’s Vaccination Efforts

The State is expecting a significant increase in COVID-19 vaccine supply. Starting April 1, individuals aged 50 and older will be eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated. Individuals 16 and older will be eligible to make an appointment starting on April 15.

California continues to make great strides in vaccinating residents and leads with equity in mind. The state this month announced that it set aside 40 percent of vaccine doses for the hardest-hit communities, as well as announced the inclusion of an equity metric in reopening plans to help ensure our most-vulnerable populations are not overlooked. Learn more and stay up to date at covid19.ca.gov.

Getting Children Safely Back in the Classroom

This month, the Legislature and Governor enacted new legislation to help speed up the safe return of children to in-person learning. AB 86 allocates $6.6 billion to public schools throughout the state to empower them to develop and implement comprehensive plans to reopen schools, as well as expand programs to address the social-emotional, mental health and academic needs of students. Additionally, the legislation codifies the state’s 10-percent allotment of vaccine supply dedicated to education workers, as well as data reporting requirements. It also provides $25 million in funding for the State Safe Schools Team. For more info about returning to in-person instruction and California’s Safe Schools for All Plan, please visit schools.covid19.ca.gov.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT ...

Woman of the Year 2021: Sylvia Campa

 

I am honored to recognize Chula Vista resident Sylvia Campa as 40th Senate District Woman of the Year for 2021. Sylvia is a renaissance woman of community volunteerism. She uses her skills and experience to form neighborhood groups that assist each other in everything from nutrition to medications to outdoor cleanups.

Having a daughter with autism, Sylvia also advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities. She speaks widely at conferences throughout the country for parents of children with developmental disabilities. She presented on conservatorship at the 2020 Convention for Disability Voices United and has also traveled to Sacramento to meet with Capitol staff, lending her voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.

Sylvia founded the Liberacion e Independencia de Familias Excepcionales and partnered with Coalition for Elder & Disability Rights to support legislation to protect vulnerable adults from forced isolation. She lives in Eastlake, California, loves nature, and is a landscape designer.

Sylvia is the kind of neighbor everyone wishes they had, and I’m honored to recognize her as Woman of the Year for the 40th Senate District.

Organization of the Month: San Ysidro Health

San Ysidro Health has been providing high-quality, accessible and affordable healthcare services to our community for more than 50 years. What began as a small organization founded by seven mothers looking for medical care for their children has now blossomed into a vast and integrated healthcare network with 107,000 lives in its care. In the last year, it merged with Mountain Health to add sites in Campo, Alpine, Santee, Jamul, City Heights, Sherman Heights and Escondido. What makes San Ysidro Health special is its tireless devotion to serving working families and the underserved.

While its work has always been critical to our community, San Ysidro Health has proven to be a vital lifeline during COVID-19 due to the disparate impacts on our region. It has gone above and beyond its mandate throughout the pandemic, immediately pivoting to serve patients via telehealth, performing COVID testing and vaccinations, and even turning some of its clinics into food distribution sites to help patients beyond the realm of medicine. My deepest gratitude goes out to every member of the San Ysidro Health team for their bravery throughout the pandemic and their steadfast dedication to caring for our residents.

WHAT'S NEW ...

Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines Extended

The State tax filing and payment deadline has been extended to May 17, 2021, as has the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) deadline for federal filings. This extension is automatic for individual filers whose 2020 tax returns and payments were originally due on April 15, 2021; taxpayers do not need to contact the state Franchise Tax Board or IRS to qualify for the new deadline.

While the deadline has been extended, I encourage you to file as soon as possible if you are expecting a refund so that you can receive some relief.

Alzheimer’s Association Educational Resources

The Alzheimer’s Association offers free bilingual education programs focused on Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving, communication and more. Find out more about these learning opportunities via phone at (619) 329-1297 or email cbtrujillo@alz.org. For other programs and services, please visit www.alz.org/CRF.

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