Press Releases

March 25, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The annual “Woman of the Year” celebration returned to the California State Legislature as part of Women’s History Month, albeit in a virtual capacity this year due to COVID-19 safety measures. Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) recognized Sylvia Campa as 2021 Woman of the Year for the 40th Senate District.

March 24, 2021

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) legislation to create a new California Border Commission received unanimous approval yesterday from the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization. SB 684 requires a restructuring of California-Mexico border affairs under one public stakeholder commission to improve efficiency, maximize resources, and increase community input.

February 25, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) is joined by Project Rebound Consortium and Michelson Center for Public Policy in announcing the introduction of SB 416, a bill that would amend California Penal Code to protect incarcerated students’ access to face-to-face instruction provided by quality nonprofit and regionally-accredited higher education providers.

February 17, 2021

Imperial Valley, CA – February 17, 2021 – Senator Ben Hueso today announced that he has selected Calexico resident Rudolph “Rudy” Villalobos as 2020 Veteran of the Year for the 40th Senate District.

“Rudy is not only a highly-decorated veteran,” said Sen. Hueso. “He is a role model for all who meet him, and has contributed immensely to the prosperity of our nation through both his military and civilian service.”

“Ryan’s Law” would provide compassionate access for those most in need during end-of-life care
February 04, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) was joined by 11 of his colleagues today in introducing a bill to provide compassionate access to medical cannabis in healthcare facilities for Californians who are terminally ill. Senate Bill No. 311, known as “Ryan’s Law,” would require that hospitals and certain types of healthcare facilities in the State of California allow a terminally-ill patient to use medical cannabis for treatment and/or pain relief.

Senator Hueso selected the organization for its commitment to providing community-centered care for the underserved in the South Bay
October 27, 2020

National City, CA – Samahan Health Centers, a multi-service health center, has been selected as Nonprofit of the Year for California’s 40th Senate District. Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) nominated the organization for the fifth annual California Nonprofit of the Year awards, being celebrated virtually this year.

October 01, 2020

Sacramento, CA – October 1, 2020 – In his final actions on legislation passed this session, California Governor Gavin Newsom last night signed into law Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) bill requiring the California Environmental Protection Agency to create a Watershed Action Plan for the Tijuana River Valley.

July 10, 2020

SAN DIEGO – California State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) yesterday convened a half-day meeting at the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant between officials from both sides of the border to discuss the binational efforts that are underway to stem the flow of toxic wastewater in the Tijuana River Valley.

March 06, 2020

Each year my office honors women of all ages, backgrounds and interests, who are passionate about and committed to empowering and improving their communities. Typically this ceremony takes place in March during Women's History Month but this year was postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. While we cannot celebrate these inspirational women in person, we want to virtually recognize them here.

Giveaways provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need in the 40th Senate District
November 26, 2019

San Diego, CA – November 26, 2019 – State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) kicked off the holiday season by hosting 12 turkey drive events across the 40th Senate District, providing Thanksgiving meals to approximately 700 families in need throughout San Diego and Imperial counties.