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October 12, 2017

By Paul Sisson / October 12, 2017

As excerpted from San Diego Union-Tribune

If the county could afford $150 million to help build a new stadium for the Chargers, some politicians say it should be able to spend that same amount on the homeless and public health.

A coalition of local, state and union officials made that argument as they gathered in front of the County Administration Center Thursday to announce what they called an “emergency action plan” that demands funding increases in several areas from staffing to public housing.

October 10, 2017

By Joshua Emerson Smith / October 10, 2017

As excerpted from San Diego Union-Tribune

The effort to prevent sewage from flowing from Tijuana into San Diego County got a small boost Monday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to provide about $2.1 million in funds for the effort.

Senate Bill 507, authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, and Assembly member Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, reallocates one-time funds previously designated for use by San Diego County under the Wildlife, Coastal and Park Land Conservation Act.

October 05, 2017

By State Senator Ben Hueso / October 5, 2017

As excerpted from The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown can bring the wireless revolution to California by signing Senate Bill 649.

Telecommunications access is a necessity in the modern world, so much so that governments around the world pay to subsidize wireless deployment. My legislation, SB 649, does not rely on taxpayers to finance these strategic investments.

August 18, 2017

By Paul Sisson / August 18, 2017

As excerpted from San Diego Union-Tribune

Hueso stood with members of Service Employees International Union Local 221 in San Diego and announced that he recently sent a letter to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Legislative Audit requesting that the panel “determine whether adequate levels of county public health nurses are available to appropriately serve the residents of San Diego County.”

June 15, 2017

Sacramento, CA… Senator Ben Hueso announced today that the State Legislature passed a balanced and on-time 2017-18 State Budget that appropriates record levels of K-12 per-pupil spending, invests in public higher education, saves in the rainy day fund and focuses on significant issues such as improving our roads and transportation, and restoring  childcare increases.  Senator Hueso voted in favor of Assembly Bill 97 which cleared the Senate floor by a vote of 28-10.   


February 21, 2017

State Sen. Ben Hueso visits GMSD to talks about the improvement that are planned for the Coronado Bridge.  Listen in as he shares more about the changes and other traffic precautions that will be installed.

September 22, 2016

Sacramento, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), today announced that Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 948 which would eliminate the sunset date of January 1st, 2018 for the pilot program Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans and make it permanent for Californians.  This new law which goes into effect on January 1, 2017 will continue to increase the availability of responsible small dollar installment loans of at least $300 but less than $2,500.

June 09, 2014

Re "Senate passes bill to make electricity even more expensive" (Dan Walters, June 9): Dan Walters' June 9 broadside against geothermal energy misses the mark in at least two critical ways. For one, the addition of 500 megawatts to the grid from this new and virtually non-emissive baseload energy over the next decade represents a modest amount that would be justified even if it were only to counterbalance an over-reliance on intermittent resources such as wind and solar.

June 03, 2014

The plan to tap the mammoth geothermal potential of the Salton Sea, and to generate a revenue stream to help restore California's largest lake, took a major step last week when the state Senate approved a bill by two Coachella Valley legislators.

May 30, 2014

Legislation authored by state Senator Ben Hueso and co-authored by Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez that calls for the three investor-owned utilities in California to procure 500 megawatts of new geothermal energy generation over the next 10 years cleared the Senate yesterday and will next be taken up by the Assembly. Senate Bill 1139 was approved by a final vote of 21-11 in a marathon floor session that saw the upper chamber vote on 121 separate pieces of legislation.