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WELCOME

Dear Friend,

The legislative session has ended for the year, and I’m proud of all that we accomplished in Sacramento in 2018. My colleagues and I worked very hard to address some of the toughest issues facing California today, including protecting the environment and reducing greenhouse gases, restoring net neutrality and strengthening internet privacy protections, and reforming our justice system. While we wait for Governor Brown to take action on our legislation, I am happy to be back in the district, meeting with constituents, and spending time with family and friends.

September is National Preparedness Month, and I will be hosting emergency preparedness workshops to provide residents with tips for protecting oneself, family and neighbors by planning ahead of natural disasters and emergency situations. In light of the numerous wildfires throughout the state and other natural disasters occurring here and across the country, it is always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected, and I invite you to join me in participating in this year’s National Preparedness Month by taking steps to become better prepared for emergencies.

As always, I encourage you to stay engaged in the legislative process, and please feel free to contact my office should you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District
 

WELCOME
Events Calendar
9/03: Labor Day
9/21: International Day of Peace
9/22: Autumn Equinox (First Day of Fall)
9/28: Native American Day
9/30:

Last day for Governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature before Sept. 1 and in the Governor’s possession on or after Sept. 1

   
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar

 

IN THE KNOW ...

San Diego Green Port Month


Presenting SCR 149 at the September 2018 Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners meeting

Late last month, the Legislature adopted my resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 149, which designates September 2018 as San Diego Green Port Month. This resolution recognizes the innovative solutions and projects that the San Diego Unified Port District has put forth to establish sustainable ports, and also encourages ports across California to follow the shift towards green energy.

The Port of San Diego manages San Diego’s Bayfront, spanning 34 miles and encompassing five different cities, and has contributed billions of dollars to San Diego’s economy. In 2008, the Port District implemented the “Green Port Month Initiative,” pledging to substantially reduce emissions while improving water conservation techniques. Since then, the District’s climate action plan has led to a 56-percent decrease in water usage, 31-percent decrease in energy usage, and 32-percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, working with the local fisherman to create a dockside market, the Port District has been able to support the sustainable, ecosystem-based commercial fishing industry of the San Diego Bay.

The Port District’s contribution to the local economy cannot be overstated, and their continued ingenuity to preserve the beauty of San Diego’s Bayfront should be applauded and used as a model. Please join me in celebrating the Green revolution in the San Diego Port District.


California Census 2020
 


Discussing the census at the monthly BAPAC San Diego meeting, August 2018

Although 2020 may seem far from now, efforts are already underway to ensure that the next federal census goes as smoothly as possible here in California. Data collected by the census determines the number of seats that each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities. Therefore, it is crucial that we as a state do everything possible to achieve an accurate and complete count of all California residents.

To further this goal, the Legislature included funding in the state budget for “California Census 2020,” a statewide outreach and awareness campaign. Governor Brown also created the California Complete Count Committee, a statewide panel of community members that will guide the state’s outreach for the 2020 federal census using strategies to increase the count of all California residents, especially hard-to-count individuals and communities. For more information about the committee and its members from our district, please visit https://census.ca.gov/complete-count-committee/.

As part of the state’s effort, it will be essential to identify “trusted messengers” - individuals, groups, and/or organizations that are established and trusted within the community - that are able to reach hard-to-count and undercounted communities. To inquire about becoming a trusted messenger or otherwise getting involved in the census efforts, you can contact the California Complete Count Offices at info@census.ca.gov or by calling (916) 852-2020.

In early 2019, local field offices will begin to open around the state, and “Complete Count Committees” will be established. The San Diego area office is expected to open in July 2019 and, in addition to helping ensure an accurate count of residents in our district, will also provide new temporary employment opportunities, including both office and field positions. For more information, please visit https://2020census.gov/jobs.

As a member of the Senate Select Committee on 2020 United States Census, I will continue to receive important updates about the state’s efforts, and will be sure to keep you informed as we move forward.


Sailing Aboard the San Salvador Replica Ship
 


Speaking to reporters about the significance of the San Salvador replica and its maiden voyage to Mexico

This past weekend, I was thrilled and honored to embark on the first international voyage of the San Salvador replica ship as it sailed from San Diego to Ensenada and back.

The San Salvador replica ship was built at Spanish Landing in San Diego between 2011 and 2015 by the Maritime Museum of San Diego and approximately 500 volunteers - including me and my staff! In pursuit of its mission to serve as the community memory of our seafaring experience, the Maritime Museum of San Diego sought to build a full-sized, fully-functional, and historically-accurate replica of the San Salvador to create a living link between California’s past and present. It has been in use since 2015 but, until now, had never ventured to Mexico - the country from which the ship departed in 1542 under the direction of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. The original San Salvador then sailed to the San Diego Bay, and Cabrillo claimed the area for the King of Spain. You can read more about the history of the San Salvador here: https://sdmaritime.org/visit/the-ships/san-salvador/

In 2016, I introduced SCR 153, a measure that commemorates the Maritime Museum of San Diego for constructing and operating the San Salvador replica. The resolution also recognizes the Maritime Museum for its dedication to preserving, interpreting, and teaching the rich maritime history of California. This year, my colleagues in the Legislature and I were able to secure $1.5 million in state monies to build a new visitor center at the Maritime Museum site and convert one of the ships into a “maritime-themed play ship” for kids. I’m proud to support the Maritime Museum, and to help preserve and educate the public on the historic voyage of the San Salvador.
 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT ...


Citizen of the Month: Adam Conn
 

For Adam Conn, making sure children get to school safely doesn't just mean helping them at crosswalks. The Heber Elementary School crossing guard is regarded by many in the community as a hero for going above and beyond to help students, including providing them with water to keep cool during the hot summer months. When temperatures in the Imperial Valley hit triple digits, Mr. Conn used his own money to purchase bottled waters that he made available to students on their trek to and from school. Parents, teachers and students alike have expressed their gratitude for Mr. Conn and his compassionate actions.

Not only does he help students stay hydrated, Mr. Conn is also the first face that many students see on their way to and from class. With a smile and an assuring voice, he helps brighten days while getting children safely to school and back home. Please join me in commending Adam Conn for his dedication and compassion, and thank him for being a true role model for the students of our district.


Business of the Month: Eli’s Peruvian Kitchen
 

Thanking Head Chef Elizabeth Mostacero for a delicious meal!

Nestled along El Cajon Boulevard near Colina Del Sol Park, Eli’s Peruvian Kitchen is a true cultural and culinary gem in our district. Founder and Head Chef Elizabeth Mostacero created the restaurant to provide diners with authentic, traditional flavors found in Lima, Peru. She and her team believe in serving only fresh food and therefore offer dishes “menu style,” where plates are served until ingredients for the day run out.

I am a big fan of Peruvian food, and could not pass up the chance to enjoy it in San Diego and support a small business in our district. I was beyond impressed with the food, service and culture at the restaurant. It is one of the many incredible examples from our district of how small businesses contribute to a community’s identity. I am very proud of the diversity found in Senate District 40 - it is part of what makes our district so special and unique.

Please join me in commending Eli’s Peruvian Restaurant for their hard work over the years and wishing them continued success!
 

WHAT'S NEW ...


California Property Tax Postponement Program
 

Do you or someone you know need help keeping up with residential property tax payments? If so, I want to let you know about a program offered by the State of California that provides tax deferment for some vulnerable homeowners. The Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program allows many homeowners who are seniors, are blind or have a disability to defer payment of property taxes on a primary residence. Applicants must also meet income, equity, and additional requirements, and the deferred taxes will accrue simple interest. Applications are now being accepted, and more information is available at https://www.sco.ca.gov/ardtax_prop_tax_postponement.html or by calling (800) 952-5661.
 

Help San Diego Meet its Climate Action Plan Goals
 

The City of San Diego recently launched an eight-week social media campaign - #ItStartsWithOne - that encourages residents to help the city meet its Climate Action Plan goals.

As part of the effort, the city will be offering residents simple tips on how to conserve resources and create a more sustainable community. They are asking San Diegans to make one small change per week to reduce our impact on the planet. For more information, please visit https://www.sandiego.gov/insidesd/itstartswithone.

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