E-Newsletter

 
WELCOME

Dear Friend,

I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day celebrating with family and friends.

July was another productive month in Sacramento, as we continued to fine tune the details of our state budget with Governor Newsom. I’ve included more information about some of the budget highlights in this eNewsletter.

July 15 commenced a month-long legislative recess. When we return, the Legislature will conclude reviewing and voting on bills, and those that pass will be sent to the Governor for his consideration. The Governor will then have until October 10 to sign or veto any legislation. I am very proud of the bills my office has worked on this year, including legislation to create a California-Mexico Border Commission, enhance educational opportunities for incarcerated students, establish an annual California Farmworker Day, and more.

As always, if we can be of assistance to you in the district or the Capitol, please do not hesitate to contact my offices.

Sincerely,

Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

WELCOME
Events Calendar
7/2: Independence Day observed
7/4: Independence Day
7/14: Last day for policy committees to meet and report bills.
7/15: Summer recess begins upon adjournment of this day’s session, provided Budget Bill has been passed.
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar

 

IN THE KNOW ...

Eviction Moratorium Extended Through Sept. 30, 2021

Part of the state budget package that my colleagues and I passed, and the Governor recently signed into law, is legislation that extends the state’s eviction moratorium through September 30, 2021 and fully pays rent debt for low-income Californians who have suffered economic hardship due to the pandemic. If you have questions about how to access this rental assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my offices. You can find more information about the programs and resources available to you at http://housingiskey.com.

Golden State Stimulus

With the new state budget signed into law, nearly two-thirds of Californians now qualify for a stimulus check of $600, and qualified families with kids will receive an additional $500. Most people who qualify do not need to do anything other than file their 2020 taxes. For more information, please visit the Franchise Tax Board website or call my offices.

Investing in California’s Broadband Infrastructure

The broadband trailer bill, SB 156, which was also signed into law this month, is a $6 billion investment to expand the state’s broadband fiber infrastructure and increase internet connectivity for families and businesses, especially in underserved communities. Learn more here.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT ...

Nonprofit of the Month: City Heights Community Fridge

 

The City Heights Community Fridge is a mutual aid collective that works to combat food insecurity in our community by providing accessible food, meals and basic need items through a local pantry and fridge. The pantry and fridge are accessible 24/7 and are supported by generous donations from community members, local businesses and nonprofit organizations. Anyone can take items, and anyone can stock it with new items.

This innovative organization is run by passionate young adults in City Heights who have worked very hard to ensure this site complies with all local regulations and has a consistent stream of donations to keep it running year-round. Their work has been more critical now than ever, with so much food insecurity being caused by the pandemic. The City Heights Community Fridge current site is located at 3772 Wilson Ave. The team is working on expanding throughout our community and establishing a new fridge in City Heights.

Citizen of the Month: Efrain Ibarra, Jr.

Efrain Ibarra, Jr. currently serves as the Assistant Director for the South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC). At SCEDC he supports and participates in organizing, planning and executing projects such as the Business Outreach program, Rapid Response Layoff Transition program, Economic Summit and the Government Officials Reception held annually. He is also the Binational Affairs Director, Co-Chairs the South, Central and East San Diego County CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies), and provides IT support.

Efrain and his coworkers at SCEDC work to encourage economic development in South San Diego, and engage with their partners in the northern portion of Baja California to nurture binational business growth. The recovery of the border region will be key to California’s economic recovery, and Efrain and his team are at the forefront of making that happen. Efrain represents SCEDC at CANACO (Tijuana’s Chamber of Commerce), City of Tijuana Economic Development Council, Tijuana Economic and Industrial Development Council, Tecate Economic Development Council, Rosarito Economic Development Council, and Ensenada Economic Development Council, to promote South San Diego County and the Baja region in the binational and international arena.

In his spare time, Efrain has volunteered at food banks throughout the pandemic to make sure his neighbors have food on the table during these uncertain times. He is a board member of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Preparatory) Southern California, a member of the Latino American Political Association, and Founding Board Member of Baja’s Uniendo Sueños non-profit organization.

WHAT'S NEW ...

Flex Alerts and Tips for Energy Conservation

As summer heats up, we will continue to see flex alerts issued by the California Independent System Operator. This is essentially a call for voluntary reduction in electricity consumption to help reduce pressure on the grid. When a flex alert is issued, you can help by using energy earlier in the day to reduce the overall demand during the evening hours. Try to close window coverings, charge electronic devices, pre-cool your house, and use major appliances prior to 4 pm. For more information on flex alerts and tips for conserving energy, please visit www.flexalert.org.

Help Prevent Wildfires Caused by People

The recent increase in wildfire activity in our state is a reminder and warning for Californians to take steps to prevent sparking a wildfire. Check out tips from CalFire on how to prevent wildfires when using outdoor equipment, target shooting, burning debris, camping and more at www.ReadyforWildfire.org.

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