With the holiday season upon us, it can be a busy time for many and our office is no exception. Our legislative planning for the 2018 session is well under way, and we are actively meeting with local leaders and brainstorming ways to continue improving ouProblems viewing this E-mail? Please click here.
Senator Ben Hueso
December Newsletter


Dear Friend,

With the holiday season upon us, it can be a busy time for many and our office is no exception. Our legislative planning for the 2018 session is well under way, and we are actively meeting with local leaders and brainstorming ways to continue improving our district and state. We are also taking time during the legislative recess to meet with constituents and find ways to help make life a little easier for those who might be struggling right now.

In the spirit of the holidays, I'd like to share a personal story with you. When I was young, I thought my family was one of the least fortunate families in the community. My father was a social worker for a nonprofit in San Diego, and he came up with an idea to collect contributions and give out several turkeys in the community. I got to experience this as a child and thought it was a wonderful thing that my father did. Along the way, I also learned that there were a lot more people in the community who were less fortunate than we were. This really stuck with me and taught me that, while it is certainly important to spend time with your family during the holidays, it is equally important to do something for your neighbors if you are able. This holiday season, I encourage each of you to think of ways you can help those in your community who might be experiencing hardships.

We have much to be thankful for, but it is my continued goal as your State Senator to fight for the resources necessary to further improve our quality of life.

Yours very truly,

Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar

Chula Vista Starlight Parade


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


First evening of Hanukkah


Christmas Day


First day of Kwanzaa

For more legislative dates visit our Legislative Calendar

Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaways in the 40th Senate District

Granger Turkey Event

Last Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I hosted a district-wide turkey drive event, through which I distributed approximately 500 turkeys and trimmings to families throughout Senate District 40 for their Thanksgiving meals.

As a legislator, my biggest priorities are helping families in need and working to secure the resources necessary to improve quality of life for our constituents. I am grateful for moments like these when I have the opportunity to assist families beyond the realm of policy. This generous community effort proves that we certainly have much to be thankful for here in District 40, and I am very grateful for the outpouring of support we received for this year's turkey drive.

Federal Tax Reform and Affordable Housing in California

Affordable Housing Press Conference

Earlier this week, I joined a group of activists and other elected officials in calling for opposition to a provision included in the U.S. House of Representatives' tax reform bill that jeopardizes the funding sources available for affordable rental housing projects here in San Diego. H.R. 1, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," would effectively end 4-percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds, which have created or preserved more than 10,500 affordable rental housing units in the City of San Diego since 1997, according to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee Project List. Eliminating these tax credits would be devastating to our community, and I urge you to call your U.S. representatives in the House and Senate to voice your opposition to this proposal.

Water Quality & Reliability: TJRV, Salton Sea and Beyond

Water Quality Meeting

In early November, the Senate Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation, which I chair, held an informational meeting in Imperial Beach that involved discussions between elected officials, government agencies, and other stakeholders, focusing on the Tijuana River Valley (TJRV), the Salton Sea, and how the power of collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico can result in significant progress with water quality and supply issues on both sides of the border.

For decades, the TJRV and the Salton Sea have been riddled with water quality and public health problems. While projects are underway, a lot more needs to be done. This meeting provided updates on federal and state governments' activities on both sides of the border. The discussion centered on how collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico can, and does, work by looking at successful, bi-national water projects that have developed recently: Minute 323 to the Mexican Water Treaty of 1944 (Colorado River water supply) and the Otay Mesa Water District water conveyance project with Mexico (an almost 4-mile water pipeline from the San Diego/Tijuana border). Following this meeting, I am optimistic about the future of these environmental jewels and will continue to fight alongside my colleagues to ensure that adequate resources and efforts are prioritized for these areas.


2017 Governor's Historic Preservation Award Recipients

I am very proud to share that three of the recipients of the 2017 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards are from San Diego:

  • La Neighbor: A Settlement House in Logan Heights
  • The Galleon San Salvador: Creating a Seaworthy Replica of California's Ship of Origin
  • Carmen Lucas, a Kwaaymii Laguna Indian from San Diego County

The Governor's Historic Preservation Awards are presented annually under the sponsorship of the California Office of Historic Preservation and California State Parks to projects, individuals, and organizations whose contributions demonstrate significant achievements in preserving the heritage of California. The award recipients reflect the broad scope of preservation endeavors taking place in California, from restoring historic structures, to innovative uses of technology, to preserving treasured resources, traditions, and histories. For more information about the Awards program, as well as this year's winners, please visit: http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24513

Dr. Luz Tristan of Calexico

Dr. Tristan

Dr. Luz Tristan is a pediatrician who has served her community for more than 23 years. Two years ago, as a pilot program, she started a health care program in Calexico for underserved, low-income children with obesity, and had paid every single expense (rent, payroll, electricity, gym equipment, etc.) including attorneys, accountants and the business plan preparation from her own pocket, as well as dedicated countless hours to the children at no charge. At age 51, Dr. Tristan is also an athlete cyclist who rides countless miles per week and helps other sports aficionados.

Dr. Tristan helps support a Calexico business called Studio Fit, which provides health and wellness services free of charge to 75 juveniles who are of low income and need to learn healthy living and exercise programs. Dr. Tristan is the pediatrician who free of charge, leads the program helping the children with medical issues and often refers them to specialists, as many have disabilities.

We are very thankful for everything that Dr. Tristan does, and commend her for her tireless work serving her community.


Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Open through January 31st

Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has begun and continues through January 31st, 2018. If you are currently uninsured, I encourage you to take advantage of this open enrollment period. You can find out what healthcare programs under the ACA you qualify for and apply by visiting http://www.coveredca.com/apply/.

Reminder: Applications are still 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 open through December 4, 2017. 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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