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Senator Ben Hueso
March 2018 eNewsletter


Dear Friend,

I am pleased to share with you that I have officially introduced our bills for the 2018 legislative session. We are advancing a strong package of legislation that centers on protections for consumers and small businesses, increasing health and economic opportunities for disadvantaged communities, and preserving our precious natural resources such as the Tijuana River Valley and Salton Sea.

March is a very special month for a number of reasons. On March 31, we celebrate Cesar Chavez Day, which honors the legacy of the prominent civil rights and labor movement activist. Join me in honoring Cesar Chavez's life and work by taking some time to volunteer and help our community this holiday.

March is also National Women's History Month. In celebration of this month, I will be honoring Sarah Brite Evans as the 40th Senate District's Woman of the Year at a special ceremony at the State Capitol. Sarah is a true asset to our district. She moves seamlessly between her professional role as one of San Diego Business Journal's "Best of the Bar", to her civic responsibilities, where she serves as Chair of the Board of Management for the Border View YMCA. Please join me in thanking Sarah for all that she has done, and continues to do, to strengthen our community.

I look forward to continuing to represent you in the State Capitol. As always, I encourage you to contact my office should you have any questions or concerns. My staff and I are always ready and willing to help however we can.

Yours very truly,

Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar

6th Annual International Mariachi Festival & Competition (National City)


Woman of the Year Ceremony at the State Capitol


St. Patrick's Day


Spring Recess begins


Cesar Chavez Day

For more legislative dates visit our Legislative Calendar

California Promise Zones Legislation

SB 635 News Conference

Last month, City of San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and I held a joint press conference to highlight my legislation, Senate Bill 635, which was sponsored by the City of San Diego, and will provide state assistance to communities designated as federal "Promise Zones". Promise Zones help low-income communities access critical revitalization money to boost economic activity and job growth, improve educational opportunities and reduce crime. The legislation will also provide priority consideration for eight state tax credits and programs that distribute funding to projects located within both officially-designated Promise Zones and communities that applied to become a Promise Zone. The bill was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by the State Senate in is now making its way through the Assembly.

Mobile Office Hours in City Heights

Senator Hueso's Mobile Office Hours

In February, I held mobile office hours at the City Heights Weingart Library to provide constituents with an easy and accessible way to meet with me to share their thoughts and concerns, find out more information about constituent services, and learn what is happening in the State Legislature. I greatly enjoyed talking with constituents and spending the morning out in the community. I will be continuing these types of events throughout the year, and will send you e-mails with the dates and locations in case you are able to attend. I look forward to meeting with you!

Ceremony Honoring Local Paramedics, EMT and Firefighters

EMT Certifications

Last month, I was humbled to participate in a ceremony at the Imperial County Health Department in El Centro, during which I presented an official certificate on behalf of the California State Senate to five local first responders. The ceremony recognized the honorees for their commitment and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in their service to the residents of Imperial County, and particularly for their efforts in response to a 911 call that took place on December 21, 2017.

The honorees were: Jason Dyer, Paramedic Supervisor for Gold Cross Ambulance Service; Derek Hughes, Paramedic for Gold Cross Ambulance Service; Tim Malancina, EMT for Gold Cross Ambulance Service; Jake Jones, Fire Fighter with El Centro Fire Department; and Chase Adame, Fire Fighter with El Centro Fire Department.

These outstanding individuals deserve recognition for their exemplary life-saving skills, dedication and compassionate care delivered to the residents of Imperial County. I commend and respect them for all that they do for our community and, in this particular instance, for their bravery and refusal to abandon someone in need.


Non-Profit Organization of the Month: Mothers and Men Against Gangs Coalition

Mothers and Men Against Gangs

This month, I would like to recognize Mothers and Men Against Gangs (MAG) Coalition and its founder, Yulil Alonso-Garza, for their important work on mitigating gang presence within the Imperial Valley community and beyond.

The organization was established in January 2013 after the unfortunate and untimely passing of Yulil's son, Martin Alberto Garza, who was an innocent victim of senseless gang violence. The Garza family founded the organization in his memory, turning tragedy into advocacy by providing awareness to help diminish gang violence throughout California. Through MAG, Martin's legacy is changing and saving lives.

Earlier this year, I was honored to co-author ACR 134, a resolution that designated the month of January 2018 as Gang Awareness and Prevention Month in the State of California. The resolution and designation encourages cities and constituents across the state to observe the month with activities aimed at preventing future gang activity, as well as honoring those who tragically lost their lives due to gang activity.

"Our family and MAG Coalition is thankful to God for giving us the strength to do His work. We are thankful for the support of Senator Ben Hueso and his Senate colleagues for approving ACR 134 unanimously", said Yulil Alonso-Garza. "This is just the start and together, we will begin changing lives through the GAP4ALL (Gang Awareness and Prevention for ALL) ongoing campaign. This campaign is needed year around and our goal is to continue to serve all Californians."

Business of the Month: El Centro Area Chamber of Commerce

El Centro Chamber of Commerce

Our Business of the Month for March is the El Centro Area Chamber of Commerce, which works to strengthen and unify the overall economic well-being of Imperial County. The Chamber is a steadfast advocate for business, provides economic leadership, and fosters community pride to facilitate growth, prosperity and quality of life in El Centro and the surrounding region.

The El Centro Area Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization and its membership is composed of business professionals who have joined together to advance the civic, retail, commercial and industrial progress of our community. The Chamber's work is directly related and contributes greatly to the area's economic well-being.

I'd like to extend special kudos to the Chamber's staff members who make it all happen: Darletta D. Willis, Vicki Zamora, Anthony Moreno, and Antoinette Dubey.


2018 Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors of First Responders

The California Alarm Association, in conjunction with San Diego Security Association and the Electronic Security Association, is accepting applications for the 2018 Scholarship for High School Students of First Responders. A total of $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded in California, with each of the 11 California Alarm Association chapter winners being awarded $1,000 and the overall state winner being awarded $4,000. The scholarship is for graduating high school seniors in San Diego County with a parent who is a first responder. Get more information or apply online, or call the California Alarm Association at 800-437-7658. The application deadline is March 30, 2018.

California Community Colleges Help Students Follow Their Dreams with Career Education

Did you know that by the year 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require training beyond high school? While a high school diploma is one milestone on the path to a rewarding career, most jobs of the future will require training beyond high school. Career Education programs are the smart, affordable and accessible ways to get the practical skills needed to land a good-paying job and a meaningful career.

With 114 campuses throughout the state, California Community Colleges offer more than 200 career training programs in new and growing fields. They offer practical, hands-on training in various career options, including: Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Clean Energy, Cybersecurity, Construction, Global Trade, Health, and many more! California Community Colleges have instructors with real-world experience in these industries. Visit CaliforniaCareerEducation.com to learn more.


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

California State Senate Majority Caucus (c) 2018 California State Senate