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Senator Ben Hueso


 
WELCOME

Dear Friend,

The 2019 legislative session is underway, and I have officially introduced our legislative package for the year. The bills that I am carrying focus on consumer protections, environmental stewardship, and increasing economic opportunities for at-risk and underserved communities.

In February, we celebrate Black History Month, which commemorates the history and endless contributions of African Americans to our country. This year's theme, "Black Migrations," emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and social realities, focusing especially on the twentieth century through today.

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.

Sincerely,

Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

WELCOME
Events Calendar
02/01: National Wear Red Day
02/05: Lunar New Year
02/14: Valentine's Day
02/18 President's Day
02/22 Last day for bills to be introduced
   
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar

 

IN THE KNOW ...

It's Time for a Four-Year University in Chula Vista

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Earlier this month, Assemblymember Shirley Weber and I made an official request to the state budget chairs of both houses of the State Legislature to invest $2 million toward strengthening recruiting efforts for a four-year university in Chula Vista. Our local institutions are at maximum capacity and experiencing higher-than-ever application numbers. We must explore additional location options, and the City of Chula Vista has already designated 375 acres in the Otay Lakes area to attract California's next top university. Our local city leaders are fully committed to this endeavor, but we need the support of the state in order to make our dream a reality, and I have made this a priority in my work on the state budget.

Consumer Call Protection Act of 2019

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Did you know that Southern California is the hardest hit region in the country when it comes to robocalls? You probably receive these weekly, or even multiple times a day. Oftentimes, the number will appear with a local area code or other number that seems familiar, known as "neighbor spoofing." In 2017, Americans received over 30 billion robocalls, and experts estimate that between 30 and 40 percent of these calls were scams.

One of the bills that I have introduced for the 2019 legislative session, the Consumer Call Protection Act (SB 208), aims to stop "neighbor spoofing" by setting a deadline for telecommunications providers to implement specific protocols recommended by an FCC task force to stop these illegal robocall scams, while also ensuring that the CPUC can collaborate with the California Attorney General's Office to support action against illegal robocallers.

Public Health Champion Award from The Utility Reform Network (TURN)

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I was honored to be awarded the Public Health Champion Award by The Utility Reform Network (TURN) for my work on behalf of California ratepayers. TURN is the leading voice for consumers in the utility industry, and works to hold utility corporations accountable by demanding fair rates, cleaner energy and strong consumer protections.

I have worked with TURN for many years on legislation benefiting consumers and protecting ratepayers, and I look forward to building upon the progress we have already made.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT ...

Citizen of the Month: Donna G. Hendrix

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February's citizen of the month is Donna Hendrix, a longtime resident of Jamul who has done a tremendous amount of work in the community.

Donna has been actively involved with the East County Family YMCA Board of Management for more than 25 years. She and her late husband, Bill, are such an integral part of the Y that, after Bill's unfortunate passing in 2015, the Hendrix Youth and Teen Center was created at the McGrath Family YMCA. The Hendrix Youth and Teen Center allows the Y to offer more programs and scholarships, and expand Teen Leadership Training programs.

Donna also runs Hillside Ranch, a 55-acre piece of rural land in Jamul that she and her husband built literally from the ground up. When they purchased the property in 1971, it was just scorched land with rusted farm equipment, a small house, and a grove of charred oak and pine trees - the result of the Laguna Fire. The couple was inspired to turn the rugged property into a working ranch and that is exactly what they did. Hillside Ranch even now has a vineyard and winery that will soon be producing wine!

Donna's commitment to turning around Hillside Ranch for the better is matched by her desire to do the same for her community. Her kindness and generosity will ensure that East County is a wonderful place for current and future generations.

Business of the Month: Filipino Press

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This month, I want to honor the Filipino Press for all of their incredible work on behalf of the Filipino and other Asian Pacific Islanders communities in our region. The Filipino Press has been the leading source of news for the Filipino community in San Diego and Southern California since opening in 1986.

Located in National City, the paper distributes to highly-populated Filipino communities, such as National City, Mira Mesa, East Lake, Chula Vista and Escondido. President/CEO Susan De Los Santos and her team have an undeniable passion for journalism that shows in the quality product, great service and engaging community events that they create.

Please join me in congratulating the Filipino Press on being the widest read Filipino community paper in our area, and wishing them continued success in future endeavors!

WHAT'S NEW ...

Imperial Beach Resident Leadership Academy

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Are you an Imperial Beach resident looking to get more involved in your community? The Imperial Beach Collaborative is partnering with South Bay Community Services to facilitate a free multi-week Resident Leadership Academy focused on community leadership, crime prevention and safety, land use and active transportation, and making healthy decisions.

The Resident Leadership Academy empowers people with the knowledge, tools, strategies, and commitment to make positive changes at the neighborhood level, increasing the quality of life of all residents.

This 16-week course will meet every Wednesday beginning on March 6th and will be facilitated by South Bay Community Services at the Reach Out to Families Resource Center (1237 Elder Avenue, Imperial Beach, 91932) from 9:00-11:30 a.m. For registration and more contact information, please reach out to Cyndi Gonzales at (619) 361-5677 or (619) 495-6055. Registration is now open.

Free Tax Filing Services by United Way of San Diego County and 2-1-1 San Diego

With tax season just around the corner, it is important to make use of available resources to better equip ourselves through this strenuous process, which is why I would like to provide you with some potential resources for filing your taxes this year.

United Way of San Diego County is partnering with 2-1-1 San Diego to provide free tax filing services, both State and Federal, for qualifying individuals within San Diego County. Eligible applicants can file either in person or online. Households earning less than $54,000 are eligible to file in person by calling 2-1-1 San Diego going online to schedule an appointment at a site near you. Appointments can be made for multiple languages as needed. Additionally, applicants in a household earning less than $66,000 can also file online by visiting myfreetaxes.org. All that is needed to file are a photo identification, social security card (OR ITIN), income documents (including any W2s or 1099s), bank account information for direct deposit, student tuition or student loan interest statements, and dates of health coverage.

For more information on this program, visit www.myfreetaxes.org

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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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