It's been a busy and exciting start to 2018! The State Senate reconvened in early January, and my colleagues and I have already begun tackling some of the most pressing issues in California today, such as gender equality, net neutrality and aid for victimProblems viewing this E-mail? Please click here.
Senator Ben Hueso
February 2018 eNewsletter


Dear Friend,

It's been a busy and exciting start to 2018! The State Senate reconvened in early January, and my colleagues and I have already begun tackling some of the most pressing issues in California today, such as gender equality, net neutrality and aid for victims of environmental disasters. I couldn't be prouder to be representing the 40th Senate District in Sacramento alongside our great state officials and legislators.

My team and I are currently finalizing our legislative package for the year, which will include legislation to help small businesses by making the loan process easier and more transparent. We are also working with the Governor's Office on revising the policy of tax hiring credits for businesses to help incentivize the hiring of veterans, as well as parolees in an effort to reduce the rate of former inmates returning to prison due to a lack of economic opportunities.

I'm also proud to announce that the Senate this week passed my bill, SB 635, California Promise Zones, which would create the Office of the Promise Zone Coordinator within the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. A "Promise Zone" is a special designation by the federal government that helps low-income communities access critical revitalization money and resources.

February also marks Black History Month, which commemorates the history and contributions of African Americans to our nation. This year's theme, "African Americans in Times of War", honors the brave men and women who served their countries in the armed forces, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the American ideals of freedom and democracy.

I look forward to continuing to work on your behalf in the Legislature. As always, if we can be of assistance to you in the district or the Capitol, please do not hesitate to contact my offices.

Yours very truly,

Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar

Last day for bills to be introduced


Presidents' Day


Spring Recess begins


Cesar Chavez Day

For more legislative dates visit our Legislative Calendar

2nd Annual Women's March San Diego

San Diego Women's March

I was proud to partake in this year's Women's March in San Diego alongside an estimated 37,000 participants all of ages, races and genders. The second annual event was held in downtown San Diego at the Waterfront Park on January 20.

This year's theme was "Hear Our Vote", which was meant to engage voters to support women's rights, human rights, social and environmental justice, and to encourage participation in the 2018 midterm elections. It was truly an amazing event, and I was very happy to see so many people take part in the democratic process through peaceful demonstration.

Meeting with BAPAC San Diego

(Pictured from left to right are: Sam Bedwell, Alyce Pipkin-Allen, Ellen Nash and myself.)

In January, I met with the Executive Leadership Team of the San Diego Chapter of the Black Political Association of California (BAPAC SD). The organization's mission is to work for the maximum effective representation of African Americans and all citizens in the political, economic, and educational system of San Diego County. I greatly enjoyed our discussion and look forward to continuing to work with the organization to strengthen the economic, social and political force of the Black community in San Diego County.

National City Chamber of Commerce 108th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner Program

National City Chamber of Commerce 108th Installation and Awards
(Photo Credit: Memo Cavada from Creative Images Photography.)

It was a pleasure attending the National City Chamber of Commerce 108th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner Program in January. The National City Chamber of Commerce represents members in matters related to business, government and community relations. The Chamber helps businesses grow through community partnerships, and works to shape community and economic development in National City. I was honored to administer the oath of office for the Chamber's 2018 Board Members.

13th Annual East County Young Men's Leadership Conference

13th Annual Young Men's Conference

Last month, I attended the 13th Annual East County Young Men's Leadership Conference sponsored by the Brother 2 Brother club of Mount Miguel High School. This year's theme was "Trust the Process: Change, Improvement, Growth, Success." This annual motivational student engagement event aims to empower, educate and promote leadership among young men grades 6 through 12. I was humbled to share my own personal story with the young men in attendance, and encourage each of them to follow their dreams and achieve their fullest potential through hard work and self-discipline.


Nonprofit of the Month: Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek

Groundwork San Diego

This month, I would like to recognize Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek for their outstanding service to the community. The nonprofit organization's mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek is dedicated to restoring the creek and improving the community through habitat-based service learning and youth leadership programs. The organization's long-range vision is to turn the biologically rich area into an accessible resource for all residents - especially children. Please join me in commending them for their invaluable service to the community.


Governor Brown Releases 2018-2019 Budget Proposal

In January, Governor Brown released his 2018-2019 budget proposal, as well as delivered his final State of the State Address. While the budget process will continue through June 2018, one thing is clear: California's fiscal health remains stronger than any time in recent decades.

Under Gov. Brown's leadership, our State's economy continues to grow and, with a proposed $13.5 billion in the Rainy Day Fund, we are better able to budget responsibly, while also having the funding and resources to adequately invest in programs that will facilitate myriad opportunities for residents of the State.

Nominations for Senate District 40 Woman of the Year Award

The annual "Woman of the Year" celebration is returning to the California State Senate, which will be held on the Senate Floor at the State Capitol on March 12, 2018 as part of Women's History Month.

I invite you to nominate women leaders who live in the 40th Senate District and have contributed in significant ways to our community. For more information on the nomination process, please visit our website at


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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