In the News

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.

December 14, 2017

By State Senator Ben Hueso and Ricardo A. Flores / December 14, 2017

As excerpted from The Star News

Humane and giving as our hearts may be, we see the ill effects of homelessness every day on our streets, especially downtown. The scene is not unfamiliar; however, familiarity does not make it okay.

November 27, 2017

By Katie Schoolov / November 27, 2017

As excerpted from KPBS

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut plan that would repeal several funding tools for affordable housing. San Diegans including local leaders gathered Monday to voice their opposition to the cuts.

November 03, 2017

By Lisa Halverstadt / November 3, 2017

As excerpted from Voice of San Diego

Democrats and homeless advocates have long called on the county to invest more of its ample cash in programs to aid San Diegans struggling with homelessness and mental illness.

State Sen. Ben Hueso is one Democratic leader ratcheting up those pleas in the wake of a deadly hepatitis A outbreak that’s highlighted the region’s homelessness crisis. Hueso claimed at an October press conference that the county’s got plenty of cash to throw at the problem. He zeroed in on money the county gets from Prop. 63, a voter-approved 1 percent tax on millionaires meant to bankroll mental health services.

October 25, 2017

On November 3, 2017, the Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation, chaired by Senator Hueso, will be hosting an informational meeting on Water Quality & Reliability: Tijuana River Valley, Salton Sea and Beyond. Please RSVP by calling (619) 409-7690.

October 12, 2017

By Marty Graham / October 12, 2017

As excerpted from San Diego Reader

With the governor’s signature late Monday (October 9th), $2.1 million in state funding is on its way to the Tijuana River Valley — some of it earmarked to deal with the sewage, trash, and sediment that enters the U.S. along the border.

Senate Bill 507 allocates $500,000 to update the feasibility study for capturing, controlling, and treating the waste and water that currently enters the river valley from Mexico. State senator Ben Hueso and Assemblyman Todd Gloria promised to seek the funding in May.