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Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

While our work in Sacramento ends in September, October is still an exciting month for the Legislature, as it contains a deadline (October 15) for the Governor to sign or veto legislation.

The "recess" also allows me to spend much more time in the district, meeting and talking with constituents like yourself about what matters most to our community.

As I reflect on this year's legislative session, I am particularly proud of several pieces of legislation that were passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Brown, including 15 bills aimed at helping increase the supply and affordability of housing in California. The package of legislation provided funding for affordable housing, reduced regulations, boosted construction and strengthened existing housing laws.

I am also very proud to tell you that a number of bills I authored were signed into law by the Governor, including legislation to aid restoration efforts at both the Salton Sea and Tijuana River Valley.

As always, I encourage you to contact my office should you have any questions or concerns that you would like to voice. My staff and I are always ready and willing to help however we can.

Yours very truly,

Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

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Restoring our Salton Sea

Restoring our Salton Sea

One of the bills I authored that was signed into law by the Governor is SB 615. The Salton Sea Restoration Act will create efficiencies for construction facilities to separate fresh water from highly saline water for the purposes of implementing restoration activities. The legislation also recognizes the role of the State Water Resources Control Board in the restoration of the Salton Sea.

Furthermore, in a separate bill that was also signed into law, the Legislature approved $4 billion of bond funding for parks and water infrastructure. Of the total funding proposed, $200 million is set aside specifically for Salton Sea restoration efforts, including projects that provide air quality and habitat benefits. The legislation, SB 5, will require voter approval on the 2018 budget.

Tijuana River Valley Cleanup Legislation

Tijuana River Valley Cleanup Legislation

Governor Brown also signed into law my Tijuana River Valley legislation, which will reallocate $2.1 million for development at, and restoration of, the Tijuana River Valley. The law, which became effective immediately upon Governor Brown's signature, also updates the priority action areas of the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Strategy to determine the flow of wastewater and runoff, as well as conduct a Tijuana River Main Channel Water Quality Protection Feasibility Study.

As you may recall, in February 2017, one of the largest sewage spills on record occurred in the Tijuana River Valley and lasted 17 days, during which time more than 28 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Tijuana River Valley from Mexico. The beaches from Imperial Beach to Coronado closed due to high levels of pollution.

Reducing Utility Shutoffs for Californians

Reducing Utility Shutoffs for Californians

I am very proud to share with you that another piece of legislation I introduced, SB 598: Universal Access to Utility Service: Reducing Utility Shutoffs was signed into law by Governor Brown. This legislation will ensure greater accountability and monitoring of utility customer service disconnections in California by requiring the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in each gas and electrical corporation general rate case to, among other things, conduct an assessment of and properly identify the impact of any proposed increase in rates on disconnections for nonpayment. It also prohibits disconnections due to non-payment for customers with qualifying life-threatening medical conditions.

While utility disconnections significantly impact ratepayers, information on the rate of disconnections is not currently provided by a utility to the CPUC when a rate change is considered. This information is vital to understanding how rates currently impact utility customers, including the rate of disconnections for non-payment, and how an increase will make it more difficult for customers to avoid disconnection.


Drs. Kim Dickson

Drs. Matt

South Bay Urgent Care

Please join me in recognizing the outstanding work of Drs. Matt & Kim Dickson in opening South Bay Urgent Care, a new urgent care facility that services Imperial Beach and the surrounding South Bay community. The Imperial Beach couple both have backgrounds as Family Medicine and ER physicians and are bringing a much-needed business to our community.

The urgent care center has eight examining rooms, a state-of-the-art digital x-ray imaging machine, electronic medical record capability, a large nurses' station, a lab and a procedure room. The facility provides services that members of the community previously would have had to go to an emergency room to receive.

The Dicksons bought the 7,500 square foot building two years ago and have strived to make the building welcoming with wood countertops and lots of art. In fact, the Dicksons purchased Imperial Beach photos from local artist William Willis and had an entire wall wallpapered with a photo of the Imperial Beach pier. The couple met in medical school and have been working together ever since. They have been married for 16 years and together for 20.


Earthquake Safety and Preparedness

An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth caused by the shifting of rock beneath the earth's surface. They can strike without warning, at any time of year, day or night. In the U.S., 45 states and territories are at moderate to very-high risk of earthquakes. In light of the recent earthquakes in Mexico and elsewhere, it's highly important for Southern Californians to learn what to do to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Because of the unpredictability of these natural disasters, actions beforehand to secure or remove items that could become hazardous projectiles should be a priority. You should also identify areas away from windows and objects that could fall on you. One of the most important steps you can take before an earthquake is to create a family plan - including where to meet and how to communicate - with multiple methods and scenarios.

During an earthquake, in most situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you: "Drop, Cover and Hold On". This means dropping down to the ground, covering your head and neck with your arms to help prevent injuries from falling debris, and crawling under a sturdy table or desk for more protection.

For more information about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake, as well as for safety checklists and other resources, please visit www.redcross.org and www.ready.gov/earthquakes.

Applications are now being accepted for the 8th CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program!

The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program recognizes leadership and innovation among small businesses that take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, promote climate friendly practices, and integrate sustainability throughout their business operations. Since 2009, the program has recognized more than 130 California businesses and organizations for exemplary environmental leadership. The application period for the 2017 program is now open!

To learn more about previous winners and the awards program, please visit: http://www.coolcalifornia.org/small-business-awards


California State Senator Ben Hueso - Fortieth Senate District
Representing portions of San Diego County and all of Imperial County.
Web site: http://sd40.senate.ca.gov/
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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