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Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

We have officially concluded the 2018 session, and my office had a very successful year with our legislative package. The Legislature passed all of my bills, and Governor Jerry Brown signed them all into law. The legislation that I authored will help our state deal with the impacts of climate change and meet energy goals, expand research efforts for Alzheimer's disease, improve access to our justice system, provide critical resources for underserved communities, and much more.

While our work in Sacramento has concluded for this legislative year, I remain unwavering in my commitment to addressing the issues impacting our district, and look forward to continuing to meet with community members to hear what is most important to you.

As always, I encourage you to contact my office should you have any questions or concerns. My staff and I are eager to help however we can.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar
10/02: International Day of Non-Violence
10/03: Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Chula Vista
10/08: Indigenous Peoples' Day (Native American Day)

Red Ribbon Week

For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



2018 Senator of the Year Award from Alzheimer's Association

One piece of legislation I authored this past session that I am particularly proud of is Senate Bill 1292. This bill requires the California Department of Public Health to update its research data to quantify the burden of Alzheimer's disease on demographics that experience significantly higher disease prevalence rates, including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Pacific Islanders and women. The new law has been very well received in the Alzheimer's community - so much so that the statewide leadership of the national Alzheimer's Association has honored me as 2018 Senator of the Year.

We must expand research of these at-risk groups in order to determine what efforts may alleviate the human burden and economic costs of those affected. Our state is uniquely positioned to combat this inequity with increased data collection within our diverse communities. By expanding research efforts to better understand why these groups are diagnosed at higher rates, we will be better able to craft solutions specifically tailored to those most greatly affected.

Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Chula Vista

Early this month I hosted an emergency preparedness workshop in Chula Vista. We partnered with St. Paul's Senior Services, American Medical Response and AT&T to provide tips and strategies to seniors for protecting themselves, their family and neighbors by planning ahead of natural disasters and other emergency situations. Attendees received CPR and tourniquet training, and each took home an emergency preparedness kit containing supplies commonly needed in an emergency.

As the climate changes, California is becoming much more vulnerable to disasters, as we've seen most recently with the record temperatures and wildfires across the state this summer. The need for emergency preparedness and planning has never been clearer. Our state's emergency managers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMT/paramedics, and other emergency responders do an incredible job of keeping us safe, but they can't do it alone. We must all embrace our individual responsibility to be prepared.

First Annual National PTAC Day 2018

The first annual National PTAC Day took place on September 26. On this day, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) around the country hosted events to celebrate the contracting success stories of small businesses that have received training and technical assistance from their local PTACs. I was honored to speak at our local event in National City hosted by the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center, as well as meet with small business leaders from our district. The inaugural event titled "Marketing Your Business Effectively to the Government" involved a panel discussion and networking event with representatives from government agencies, prime contractors and small businesses.

San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center is an economic development program of Southwestern College and our local PTAC. It assists local small businesses with contracting opportunities with federal, state and local government agencies - helping to cycle more tax dollars back into local communities here in California.

At the event I presented an official California State Senate resolution to the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center for its distinguished record of public service and immeasurable contributions to the advancement of small businesses in the greater San Diego community and throughout the State of California. Our communities need this type of education and support because small businesses are the pillar of our economy.

Visiting Calexico High School

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Calexico High School and speaking with students who are learning English as a second language. We discussed the importance of studying English in order to accomplish future goals, and I encouraged the students to seek a higher education and work hard to realize their dreams. I was also humbled to share stories from my own upbringing and studies.

Meeting with youth in my district is always such a great experience for me, and I often find that they teach me more than I could hope to teach them. I'd like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all the students at Calexico High School who took the time to share their morning with me.


Citizen of the Month: Carlos Varela, Esq.

Our citizen of the month for October is Carlos Varela, Esq. Carlos currently serves as chief prosecutor for the South Bay Division at the San Diego District Attorney's Office, and was recently appointed to a judgeship with the San Diego County Superior Court.

Over his impressive 20 years in public service, Carlos has distinguished himself through his dedication to his profession, as well as his zealous pursuit of justice on behalf of crime victims. Carlos is a graduate of California Western School of Law and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego. His dedication and commitment to the San Diego community is apparent to everyone he meets, and will make him an exceptional judge who will serve Californians with honor and distinction.

Please join me in congratulating Carlos Varela, Esq. for this incredible accomplishment and milestone in his career!

Business of the Month: Seaside Candy

Seaside Candy in Imperial Beach has been serving candy and old-fashioned charm since opening in 2013. The owner, Angela Frank, is inspired by nostalgic sweets from a simpler time. In 2015, she brought in her good friend and colleague, Joann Barrows, and together they have worked to develop an inviting space for the community to enjoy the beauty of South Bay San Diego.

Imperial Beach is known for its artistic and coastal vibe, and Seaside Candy embodies the city's culture and sense of community through and through. The owners' commitment to improving the local economy goes further than their own store. Seaside Candy sources many of their products from local artisans in Imperial Beach, ensuring that the shop's success is linked with that of other small businesses in the area.

Seaside Candy has continuously grown since its opening, and is one of the shining examples of small businesses making a big impact in our district.

Please join me in recognizing Seaside Candy as business of the month and thanking them for making South Bay even sweeter!


California Community Reinvestment Grants Program

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has organized a series of workshops throughout the state to solicit input on its new California Community Reinvestment Grants Program. The program will provide grants to community-based non-profit organizations and local health departments to provide a range of services for communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies, including:

  • Job placement
  • Mental health treatment
  • Substance use disorder treatment
  • System navigation services
  • Legal services to address barriers to reentry
  • Linkages to medical care

GoBiz is encouraging representatives from local health departments, community based-nonprofit organizations, community leaders and other stakeholders to attend.

For a full list of workshop locations, please visit: http://business.ca.gov/Portals/0/Files/CalCRG-Workshop-Flyer-October-November-2018.pdf and, for more information on the Community Reinvestment Grants program, please visit: http://www.business.ca.gov/CalCRG

Donate Blood to the San Diego Blood Bank

I am helping the San Diego Blood Bank celebrate generous, courageous and dedicated donors this fall. I invite you and your friends to join us in extending an arm for something greater than yourself and donate blood today. During your visit, share a selfie on social media with #DonateASelfie to encourage your community to join you in saving lives. You could make the difference. To find a list of San Diego Blood Bank donor centers and mobile drives, please visit: https://mysdbb.org/#/ScheduleAppointment

San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan

SANDAG is seeking public input for the development of San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan. This will be a big-picture vision for how our region will grow over the next 30 years, including an implementation plan to make it happen.

You can share your thoughts by taking an online survey at www.SDForward.com/survey . The comments will be used by the SANDAG Board to help develop draft scenarios for further review. Submissions are being accepted through October 31.

By participating, you can help shape the future of our region.

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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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