In the News

July 30, 2020

"California has set ambitious goals for recycling and other environmental priorities, and meeting them requires innovative and cost-effective solutions," said Senator Ben Hueso (D-40), who has advocated for Caltrans to test this material. "Using waste plastic that was otherwise destined for a landfill will not only reduce the cost of road repair and construction, but also increase the strength and durability of our roads."

February 27, 2020

By Senator Ben Hueso / February 27, 2020
By not offering these tax incentives, what message is California sending to our military retirees, who have put their lives on the line to keep us safe? Apparently not a welcoming one, as we are losing military veterans to other states at an alarming rate.

July 05, 2019

By Senator Ben Hueso / July 5, 2019

As excerpted from Coronado Eagle & Journal

California shares more than 140 miles of our southern border with Mexico, and the flow of goods and people across the border have been critical to California’s success as the fifth largest economy. Our close proximity and shared values have resulted in one of the strongest economic, cultural, and social regions in the world. Trade between California and Mexico yields $70 billion per year.

April 23, 2018

On May 8, 2018, the Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation, chaired by Senator Hueso, will be hosting an informational meeting on Expanding Educational Opportunities for Trans-Border Students. Please RSVP by calling (619) 409-7690

March 16, 2018

By Sandra Dibble / March 16, 2018

As excerpted from San Diego Union-Tribune

Saying cross-border flows of sewage and other contaminants threaten area beaches and one of California’s few remaining salt marshes, state Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) Friday called on Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to take legal action against the federal government to bring more focus and resources to protect the region.

March 01, 2018

By Felicia Alvarez / March 1, 2018

As excerpted from Sacramento News & Review

Latino students continue to fall between the cracks of California’s education system despite composing 51 percent of the state’s overall student population, according to a study from the western division of the Education Trust.

The report found that the number of Latinos receiving associate’s and bachelor’s degrees doubled over the last decade, yet Latino adults continue to be “the least likely to have a college degree.” The percentage of adults graduating college in that category only rose by 1 percent from 2005 to 2015.

State Sen. Ben Hueso said that California’s localized tax funding system for schools has created a “modern segregation system.” Hueso is a San Diego Democrat who leads the Latino Legislative Caucus.

“A working-class family can only afford a cheaper home—that means your school district gets less funding,” Hueso said in a phone interview. “If we really want to make education equal in the state, every system has to get the same money on a per-pupil basis.”

February 09, 2018

By Ed Lenderman / February 9, 2018

As excerpted from KUSI News

State Senator Ben Hueso (D-CA, 40th District) and Mayor Kevin Faulconer are pushing a bill through the state legislature that would greatly assist California’s most under-served neighborhoods, including San Diego’s, in getting federal funding.

Friday’s press conference highlighted State Senator Ben Hueso’s legislation, Senate Bill 635, which was sponsored by the City of San Diego, and will provide state assistance to communities designated as federal “Promise Zones” in their efforts to receive critical federal revitalization resources, as well as provide priority consideration for eight state tax credits and programs that distribute funding to entities and projects located within both officially-designated Promise Zones and communities that applied to become a Promise Zones.

February 09, 2018

By Debbie L. Sklar / February 9, 2018

As excerpted from Times of San Diego

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and state Sen. Ben Hueso Friday pushed for passage of a senate bill assisting the creation of federal “promise zones” aimed at improving blighted urban, rural and tribal communities.

The bill, SB 635, was co-sponsored by the city of San Diego.

“A child’s zip code should never determine that individual’s destiny,” Hueso said at a joint news conference with Faulconer. “However, oftentimes the community that a child grows up in impacts their odds of graduating high school, health outcomes, and lifetime economic opportunities.

February 05, 2018

By California Air Resources Board / February 5, 2018

As excerpted from California Air Resources Board

The California Air Resources Board announced today that it is partnering with Comité Cívico del Valle Inc. (CCV) to take a proactive role in promoting community science to assess local air quality. The partnership consists of a $160,000 contract to evaluate and improve the performance of CCV’s existing community-led air monitoring network in Imperial Valley, a community heavily impacted by air pollution.

January 12, 2018

By Marisa Agha / January 12, 2018

As excerpted from Voice of San Diego

Sen. Ben Hueso’s effort to create a state coordinator who can steer federal funds to communities designated as high-poverty moved forward this week. The initiative’s aim is to boost job growth, educational opportunities, public health efforts and reduce violent crime.