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Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

I hope you enjoyed a restful and meaningful Veterans Day. The holiday gives us the opportunity to say thank you to the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. It is important, though, that we show our gratitude each and every day. As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and senator representing San Diego, which is home to a large number of service members, veterans issues are an important part of my legislative work. I am committed to taking care of those who have sacrificed so much to keep our nation safe, and providing them with the necessary resources and connections to transition back to civilian life.

This month, we also reflect on all the things for which we are grateful. Each year at Thanksgiving my office hosts turkey giveaways across the district. This year we will be providing turkeys to more than 250 families in need. I always look forward to this time of year, as it is such an amazing reminder of the generosity of our community. We have much to be thankful for here in the 40th Senate District, and I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar
11/06: Election Day
11/11: Veterans Day (Observed on 11/12)
11/22: Thanksgiving
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



Flu Shot Clinic in National City

I recently teamed up with La Maestra Community Health Centers in National City to host a flu shot clinic, through which we provided free vaccinations for 50 patients. I even received my own vaccination while at the event! The best way to prevent getting the flu is by staying current with annual flu vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends yearly flu vaccinations for people 6 months and older. Getting vaccinated can also help to protect those around you, including people who are more vulnerable to contracting serious flu illness, such as infants, young children, seniors and individuals with certain chronic health conditions.

Caregiver Workshop in Logan Heights

Last month at the Logan Heights Library, I joined with the Southern Caregiver Resource Center to host a free educational workshop called "Caring for the Carer." The event was geared toward caregivers of adults living with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and other such illnesses that require someone to assist the patient on a regular basis. Participants learned about topics relevant to caregivers, heard answers to their most important questions, improved their communications skills, and acquired new techniques to maintain better health.

We often times forget that these illnesses affect many more people than just those who receive the diagnosis. It is extremely important that we find more ways to support caregivers as they help others. This is one reason why I fought to pass Senate Bill 1292 this past legislative session. This new law will help California assess the impact of Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias on the demographics most heavily affected in an effort to craft solutions tailored to those groups, including their caregivers.

Honoring our Local Heroes

In October, I was proud to host a ceremony honoring the Region VI Strike Team from Imperial Valley who courageously helped battle the Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California this summer. The Mendocino Complex Fire is considered the largest pair of wildfires in California's history. Firefighters from the Region VI Strike Team went above and beyond their call of duty, and are more than deserving of this special honor and recognition. These heroic individuals spent long periods of time away from their families and loved ones, selflessly putting themselves in harm's way to help fellow Californians in a time of dire need. This was a sacrifice that they were more than willing to make, and we are grateful beyond words for their service.

Meeting with Students in our District

Education is one of my biggest priorities as a legislator, and I'm especially grateful when I'm able to meet with students in person and talk about the challenges and opportunities they are facing. I recently had the chance to visit Monarch School, which is a K-12 comprehensive school in our district that is designed to educate homeless youth through a public-private partnership. I joined the San Diego County Optometric Society, VSP Mobile Eyes, and volunteer optometrists as they provided eye exams and new glasses to Monarch School students at no cost.

I also enjoyed a recent visit to Kennedy Middle School to take part in their Red Ribbon Week activities. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign in the country, and is held annually in October. During the week, which was October 23-31 this year, participating schools organize anti-drug events and contests, educate students about the risks associated with drug use, and more. It is an important tradition and one that I look forward to participating in each year.


Citizen of the Month: JoAnn Fields

Last month was Filipino National Heritage Month, and I had the pleasure of taking part in some of the activities in and around our district. Filipino Americans are the largest Asian American ethnic group in San Diego, and are an integral part of the 40th Senate District. I want to recognize one of the most involved members of our district's Filipino community as November's Citizen of the Month: JoAnn Fields.

JoAnn is incredibly active and engaged in advocacy on all levels, providing a voice for Filipinos and other Asian Pacific Islanders in our region. Currently, she serves on the board of the Asian American Journalist Association - San Diego Chapter, is the Public Relations Director for the Asian Pacific Islander Initiative, as well as works with the Ground-Up Youth Foundation and Pacific Islander Festival Association. JoAnn is also the founder of the Lumpia Club - a Filipino American professionals advocacy network, and writes for the Filipino Press in National City.

Continuing her impressive accolades, JoAnn has served on the executive board of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, and has received a number of awards including Filipina Women's Network Top 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S., Urban League of San Diego County's Top 40 Under 40, Latino/a Unity Coalition Leadership Award, among others.

JoAnn is mother to four wonderful young adults - Johnathen, Darius, Jevon and Kamry - and credits family as her motivation to be involved in the community. Please join me in thanking JoAnn for her myriad contributions to helping our community prosper and for promoting cultural diversity in the 40th Senate District!

Business of the Month: City Farmers Nursery

City Farmers Nursey is a family-owned garden center and nursery in our district, and is November's business of the month in recognition of their ingenious operations that reduce waste and contribute to our region's climate and energy goals. Owned and run by Farmer Bill Tall, his family and staff, the nursery sits on a 1.5-acre lot in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. Nearly everything on the property is either living and/or growing, like the plants and chickens, or is reused and repurposed, such as the wall signs and ornaments. City Farmers Nursery strives to make each purchase and all plant maintenance as ecologically sound as possible, as well as works to promote change within its industry toward sustainable products that create jobs and help the planet.

City Farmers Nursery is one of the best recycling businesses in the state, and we are lucky to have them right here in our district. Please join me in congratulating them on their hard-earned success over the years and wishing them the best of luck in their future endeavors!


This Veterans Day, EDD highlights job resources available to veterans looking for employment opportunities

Here in California, 1.7 million veterans call the Golden State home. On this Veterans Day, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) highlights employment services, workshops, and tools available to veterans looking for new jobs. According to EDD, California is expected to add 1.9 million jobs between 2016 and 2026 and many of them are in fast-growing industries well suited for veteran skills.

I encourage you to visit EDD's 2018 Veterans Day webpage (https://www.edd.ca.gov/jobs_and_training/veterans-day-2018.htm) that highlights veteran employment services, employment data, and success stories that showcase veterans who took advantage of available programs and the employers who hired them.

EDD's website (www.edd.ca.gov) also has valuable information and resources for veterans and employers, including:

  • Local America's Job Center of California locations - veteran representatives at these statewide offices provide job search assistance to veterans. EDD representatives also work with employers to help match their employment needs with qualified veterans.
  • CalJOBS - California's online job matching system, connects employers and employment-seeking veterans throughout the state.
  • "Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet" job and resource fairs - a long-running series of fairs held across the state that directly connect employers who have job openings with veterans looking for employment.

Renew Your Vehicle Registration at DMV Now Self-Service Terminals

You can now get your vehicle registration and license plate sticker instantly when you renew using the DMV Now Self-Service Terminal available at certain grocery stores, DMV offices, libraries and more. To conduct a transaction, individuals need their vehicle registration renewal notice or most recent vehicle registration card. Instructions are provided in English and Spanish. DMV Now Self-Service Terminals are now available at 13 greater San Diego locations. To find one near you, please visit: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/sst_map

California Arts Council Grant Programs Open Now

The California Arts Council is awarding $21.3 million to arts and culture projects supporting access, equity, and inclusion; community vibrancy; and arts learning in the 2018-19 grant season-$5 million more than in the prior fiscal year. Applications are open for 14 of the agency's grant programs, with funding available for youth programs, creative projects, and operating support. Grants are intended to strengthen the capacity of organizations providing arts engagement to all of California's residents, including students, veterans, communities of color, low-income and rural communities, system-engaged youth, individuals with disabilities, formerly incarcerated individuals, and more. Find your fit and apply today by visiting http://www.arts.ca.gov/programs/

Find Out if you Qualify for Discounted Internet Service

California Emerging Technology Fund is a California non-profit that helps qualified households sign-up for low-cost Internet at home.  If you or someone you know would like to find out if they are eligible, please visit: http://www.internetforallnow.org/. Having a home Internet connection can help you stay in touch with family, find a job, connect with your healthcare professional or assist your children with schoolwork. Educators interested in helping students and their parents learn about low-cost, affordable Internet can find a toolkit here: http://www.internetforallnow.org/educators_toolkit

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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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