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Senator Ben Hueso
July 2017 Newsletter


Dear Friend,

Independence Day is a special time to celebrate our great nation. During this time, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our men and women in uniform for everything they do to protect and serve our country. I am proud to represent the 40th Senatorial District where many of our hardworking service people live with their families.

As your State Senator, I will continue to work hard for the health and safety of our families. We have much to be thankful for, but it is my continued goal to do as much as I can to fight for the resources necessary to further improve our quality of life.

I look forward to working with my colleagues and all of you to move our 2017 legislative package on to the Governor's desk. As always, please feel free to contact my office with any questions you may have.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar

Beginning of Fiscal Year


Independence Day


Parents' Day

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Legislative Calendar

Signing of the 2017-18 State Budget

State Senator Ben Hueso announced that the Governor signed a balanced 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 increasing childcare reimbursement rates. Senator Hueso voted in favor of the Budget Act of 2017, AB 97, which cleared the Senate floor by a vote of 28-10.

During the final vote, Senator Hueso expressed, "I appreciate all of those who worked hard to pass a responsible and financially prudent budget that includes the legislature's top priorities. Our focus continues to be reflective of our constituents' needs, while investing in our state's roads and transportation goals. Today's passage demonstrates a commitment to our well-being and our future."

Highlights of the 2017-18 State Budget include:

  • Total General Fund spending of $125 billion.
  • Adds nearly $3 billion to education for a total of $74.5 billion.
  • $2.8 billion towards improving transportation infrastructure and roads.
  • Proposition 56, the new voter approved tobacco revenue will direct $546 million towards healthcare access.
  • El Centro CHP office will receive $30.4 million for the design-build phase of their area office.
  • Veteran resource centers will receive an additional $5 million.
  • Childcare reimbursement rates will be increased by up to 16%.
  • Tijuana River Valley will receive a re-appropriation of $2.1 million.
  • Denti-Cal benefits will be restored for the first time in nearly a decade.

Senior Scam Stopper Workshop

Senior Scam Stopper Workshop

Senator Hueso hosted a Senior Scam Stopper Workshop in Chula Vista to help seniors learn how to protect themselves, their families and caregivers. Seniors had the opportunity to hear firsthand from various State and County departments on what new trends scammers are using to take advantage of innocent individuals.

During the presentation, the office of Senator Hueso expressed, "We need to be aware of our surroundings at all times. This informational workshop will help seniors and their caregivers protect themselves and the resources that are in place to help."

Panelists included staff from the State of California Department of Insurance, Department of Consumers Affairs Contractors State License Board, California Bureau of Automotive Repair and the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

Salton Sea Legislation Successfully Passes Assembly Committee

Salton Sea

Senator Ben Hueso and the Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, announced that the Salton Sea policy bills successfully passed out of committee. The legislative proposals would establish both a strategy and funding mechanism to mitigate air quality, public health and threats to ecological habitats surrounding the Salton Sea.

During the committee hearing, Senator Hueso stated, "Addressing the challenges affecting the Salton Sea requires creative solutions and a collaborative effort, which is why I am thrilled that Senate Bill 615, restoration of the Salton Sea and Senate Bill 701 the Salton Sea Obligations Act of 2018, both successfully passed the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. The restoration of the Salton Sea has been a top priority for me and I look forward to working with my colleagues to secure the funding necessary to protect this natural habitat."

SB 615, the Salton Sea Restoration Plan would codify the California Natural Resources Agency's 10 year mitigation plan. SB 701, the Salton Sea Obligations Act of 2018 would create a $500 million dollar bond to fund the aforementioned plan.

Assemblymember Garcia expressed at the committee, "Senator Hueso and I have committed to passing a comprehensive plan to mitigate the Salton Sea. This Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee success brings us closer to achieving that goal. The region surrounding the Salton Sea is ripe with renewable energy opportunities and potential economic drivers. We must remain innovative and leverage all available resources. For example, I am proud to have been able to incorporate $30 million sea mitigation funding into AB 18, (E. Garcia, 2017) a California Park Bond initiative currently moving through the legislature."


40th Senate District Business of the Year

40th District Business of the Year

Mariscos El Pulpo Restaurant is located in the community of Barrio Logan and was honored as California's 40th Senate District Business of the Year. El Pulpo brings a fresh, innovative style to traditional mariscos (seafood) cuisine. In choosing the name El Pulpo, literally meaning "octopus", restauranteurs Mo Sadighian and Alberto Macias serve the finest pulpo in San Diego. Their continued mission is to offer friendly and fun service and create a gathering place for all to enjoy a unique style of seafood.

The owners strongly believe in encouraging their culinary staff to be creative and push the boundaries with the preparation of all their entrees.

Their goal is simple as they believe in creating a sense of community within a community and satisfaction through their food and service.

I would like to thank El Pulpo staff and owners for all of their hard work and wish them continued success.


California Competes Tax Credit Presentation in El Centro and Chula Vista

Join senior officials from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ) for a free business development presentation in your area and get first-hand instructions on how to apply for the California Competes Tax Credit application.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
11 - 12:00 p.m.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
503 E. Danenberg Drive|
El Centro, CA 92243
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
2:30- 3:30 pm
City of Chula Vista Council Chambers
276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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California State Senator Ben Hueso - Fortieth Senate District
Representing portions of San Diego County and all of Imperial County.
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Contact: Senator Ben Hueso
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4035
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4040
Fax: (916) 651-4940
Chula Vista Office
303 H Street., Suite 200
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: (619) 409-7690
Fax: (619) 409-7688
El Centro
1224 State Street, Suite D
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: (760) 335-3442
Fax: (760) 335-3444

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