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Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

As another year comes to a close, I like to take the opportunity to reflect on everything for which I am grateful. Being your representative in the State Senate is certainly something I treasure, and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Our legislative planning for the 2019 session is in full swing, and we have been actively meeting with local leaders and community members in the remaining time before returning to Sacramento. As always, if you have any questions or need any support from my office, please do not hesitate to e-mail or call my staff.

I wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season filled with joy and meaning!


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar
12/01: Chula Vista Starlight Parade
12/03: Swearing in day
12/02: First evening of Hanukkah
12/25 Christmas Day
12/26 First day of Kwanzaa
12/31 New Year's Eve
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drives

This year my office kicked off the holiday season by hosting six turkey drive events over the course of one week, providing turkeys to approximately 350 families in need throughout San Diego and Imperial counties.

I look forward to this season each year because it is such an amazing reminder of the generosity of our community. As a legislator, my biggest priorities are helping families in need and working to secure the resources necessary to improve the quality of life for my constituents. I am grateful for moments like these when I am able to assist families beyond the realm of policy, and I thank all of our partners for their outpouring of support. This holiday season, I encourage everyone to find ways to help those in your community who might be experiencing hardships.

South Bay Community Services in Chula Vista

Catholic Charities in El Centro

Casa Familiar in San Ysidro

Mountain Health & Community Services in Campo

National City Host Lions Club – playing soccer before a delicious meal!

Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego

Swearing-in Ceremony


On December 3, I was officially sworn-in for my third term as your state senator. I am beyond humbled and grateful for the opportunity to continue to represent you in our state legislature, and I pledge to always fight for the values and interests of the 40th Senate District.

I entered public service because I saw a need for advocacy on many levels, including reaffirming our principles of equality and the protection of rights for all Californians. I am proud of the work we have done to date, and am excited to continue our progress in the years ahead.

Latino Caucus Leadership Transition

It has been a true honor serving the past two years as the Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, of which I have been a member since my first year in Sacramento. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chair and am proud of what we achieved. Under my leadership, more than $150 million in funding was approved for caucus priorities, including $90 million for 2020 Census outreach efforts and $28 million for safe drinking water programs. I am humbled to be able to pass the gavel to my dear friend and colleague from San Diego, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. For the past two years, she has served alongside me as Vice Chair, and I am excited to see where her new leadership takes our caucus.

Smythe Elementary Technology Center Open House

Dylan Jaff, one of my district representatives, presents State Senate certificates to Smythe Elementary and International Game Technology

On December 14, my office participated in Smythe Elementary's Technology Center Open House, where the school showcased new equipment donated for their computer lab and technology programs. The school received 44 Google Chromebook computers with education software installed, two Google Chromebook computer charging carts, a Sony 70-inch TV for teacher instruction, and a projector with screen and mount installer. Resources like these are vital in order to give our students the best possible education, and I look forward to seeing all that can be accomplished in this computer lab.


Citizen of the Month: Jessica Solorio


For Citizen of the Month this December, I wanted to highlight the amazing work that Jessica Solorio of El Centro has been doing to support and provide for her community. Jessica is the founder of Spread the Love Charity, a local nonprofit organization located in Imperial Valley that provides various products and services to homeless individuals. The nonprofit organizes volunteers who offer their time, donations, food, clothing and more to help out their less-fortunate neighbors.

Jessica is a native of Imperial Valley and graduate of Southwest High School in El Centro.  In addition to her work at Spread the Love Charity, Jessica has served on the board of directors for the Sister Evelyn Mourey Center, as a member of the Soroptimist International in El Centro, and a foster youth mentor through Court Appointed Special Advocates in the county.

Thank you, Jessica, for your compassion and commitment to spreading the love in the Imperial Valley!

Nonprofit of the Month: San Diego Coffee Training Institute

Savannah Phillips, SDCTI's lead barista instructor and the founder of San Diego Coffee Training Institute with recent scholarship students from Second Chance who completed the Barista Training program

The San Diego Coffee Training Institute (SDCTI) is a very special nonprofit organization in our district and deserving of recognition as December's Nonprofit of the Month. SDCTI is the first Specialty Coffee Association Certified campus in San Diego and the only one in the country that is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. SDCTI works to help at-risk and vulnerable San Diegans learn the skills necessary to find work in the local coffee industry.

They achieve this by offering certification through the Specialty Coffee Association to individuals interested in becoming baristas. All of the tuition fees paid by students taking any of their offered courses are then used to fund the programming costs for students from various marginalized populations in the San Diego area, including youth aging out of foster care, homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. Beyond equipping these students with the necessary skills to retain employment, SDCTI also assists them with job placement through strategic partnerships with other local community organizations. One such program is Second Chance, which helps to provide skills and job placement for people recently released from incarceration.

Please join me in recognizing SDCTI for their commendable mission to "empower and elevate vulnerable populations to self-sufficiency through the advancement of coffee!"


Interested in applying to be a California Senate Fellow?

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019-2020 California Senate Fellows Program. The program is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country, and provides college graduates with an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff members at the state Capitol in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2019.

Being a Fellow provides an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process. Fellows experience a broad range of activities conducted in Senate offices, including researching public policy issues, helping develop legislative proposals, and assisting with constituent inquiries and casework. Applicants must be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a four-year college or university by September 1, 2019.

If you are interested in working as a legislative staffer, or know someone who is, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for the program. Applications are being accepted until February 11, 2019. Learn more by visiting the program's website at:

Donate to the San Diego Blood Bank This Holiday Season

It's the season of giving life and thousands of people in Southern California need donated blood each day to live longer, healthier and happier. The most difficult time to ensure a safe blood supply is the holiday season due to people traveling and schools being out of session.

When you give blood, you're saving the lives of up to three people when our community needs it most. Is there a better gift this holiday season than the gift of life? During San Diego Cares (November 15 to January 15), join San Diego Blood Bank in saving lives across Southern California.

  • December 1 to December 15: San Diego Blood Bank is partnering with San Diego Food Bank to provide meals to families in need. Receive points when you give blood at any donor center or mobile drive and donate those points to the San Diego Food Bank. Your donation will provide 10 meals to local families in need.
  • December 16 to January 6: Give blood at any donor center or mobile drive and receive a limited-edition holiday t-shirt, while supplies last.

For more information and/or to make an appointment, please visit

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Open through January 15

Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has begun and continues through January 15, 2019. If you are currently uninsured, I encourage you to take advantage of this open enrollment period.

In response to a recent federal court decision, Covered California has extended the application deadline for insurance that will start on Jan. 1, 2019. Those applications are now being accepted through Friday, December 21, 2018. If you miss this first deadline, you can still enroll between Dec. 22 and Jan. 15, and will see your coverage start on Feb. 1.

You can find out what healthcare programs under the ACA you qualify for and apply by visiting

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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:
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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