Demands State Audit of San Diego County Public Nursing Resources:
State Senator Ben Hueso wrote a letter to the state legislature's Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) requesting an audit of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). Hueso stated the purpose for the audit is to determine whether adequate levels of county public health nurses are available to appropriately serve the needs of San Diego residents. According to the California Department of Health and Human Services, counties must have a maximum of 400 California Children's Service Cases per public nurse. Concerns arose after it became known that the current staffing assignments for San Diego County are at an average of 760 - 1 for the 13,560 active cases, which is almost double the amount of cases per public nurse.
Because Nurses play a critical role to the health and well-being of our community by promoting health and preventing disease, it is essential that the audit answer these key questions.
Earlier last month, Hueso also stated, "Protecting the public's health and safety is government's number one responsibility." He later added, "We have to step in to find out why the County isn't doing its job in addressing these health outbreaks with more nurses, and we cannot continue to turn a blind eye to this gross lack of patient care." Hueso will continue to closely monitor the audit and take steps that will improve health outcomes for the community.
Senator Hueso Condemns Charlottesville Violence and Racism
Following the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, VA between white supremacists and counter-protestors, Senator Hueso, alongside his elected colleagues, was quick to condemn the horrific events that led to multiple injuries and tragically one death. At a news conference following the event, Hueso called groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis "a horrible cancer" that seek to cause pain and destruction to our communities.
Hueso emphasized the importance of our diversity and unity. He added, "We've become the largest economy in the world because of our unity." "These cowardly individuals are working to tear us apart." He emphasized that the root issue causing this destruction must be addressed before healing can begin.
Hueso later stated, he wants his children and all others to be free from racism and discrimination.
Teaming-Up with Outdoor Outreach Program
Senator Hueso teamed-up with the Outdoor Outreach Program and the Boys & Girls Club of Imperial Valley to bring more than 20 kids from Imperial Valley to Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado.
The two days were filled with a variety of beach related activities. The kids participated in kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, and making traditional camp-fire s'more. For many of the kids who participated, it was their first time ever at a beach and their first time interacting with water activities. One of the participants from the trip was vocal about her excitement, stating, "As you know, we are from the desert so we don't get very many opportunities to do stuff like this, and it is an amazing feeling."
For families who live in the Valley, a trip to the coast can be both costly and inaccessible. The event emphasized the need for affordable access to the coast. Hueso called attention to transportation needs and ensuring access to the coast.
At the event, Hueso said to the youth, "If you learn anything from this trip, it is that the coastline belongs to you and your family, no matter where you live. And, we have the responsibility to protect it; because, it belongs to all of us."
Mayor's Breakfast, 2nd Annual Imperial Beach Pier Swim & Paddle
Senator Hueso was one of the 200 participants at the Annual Imperial Beach Mayor's Breakfast and 3K Beach Walk/Run. The breakfast was followed by the 2nd Annual Imperial Beach Pier Swim & Paddle Event.
There were several local organizations and dignitaries that were at the event. The organizations included Imperial Beach Girl Scouts, the Imperial Beach Woman's Club, and the Imperial Beach Historical Society. Among the dignitaries present were Port Commissioner Dan Malcolm, County Supervisor Greg Cox, Assemblymember Todd Gloria and board members from the South Bay Unified School District.
The event celebrated Imperial Beach's 61st birthday as well as the 5th Annual Sun and Sea Festival.