I hope you are having a wonderful start to spring. This month is a very exciting time in the State Legislature, as we hold committee hearings on proposed legislation to fine tune policies that are moving through the legislative process.Problems viewing this E-mail? Please click here.
Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

I hope you are having a wonderful start to spring. This month is a very exciting time in the State Legislature, as we hold committee hearings on proposed legislation to fine tune policies that are moving through the legislative process.

April is National Autism Awareness Month. This designation provides an opportunity to promote autism awareness and acceptance, as well as to draw attention to the tens of thousands of people diagnosed with autism each year. I introduced a resolution in the State Senate to officially recognize April as Autism Awareness Month in California and encourage Californians to show their support for autism awareness.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or need assistance with state-related issues, please do not hesitate to call my offices and we will do everything we can to help.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar
04/02: World Autism Awareness Day
04/07: World Health Day
04/10: Dolores Huerta Day
04/11 Spring recess begins
04/15 Tax Day
04/19 Passover begins
04/21 Easter
04/22 Legislature reconvenes from Spring recess
04/26 Last day for policy committees to hear and report to fiscal committees fiscal bills introduced in their house
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



Caltrans Litter Cleanup in the South Bay

My staff and I had a great time this month with Caltrans District 11 San Diego & Imperial Counties clearing litter along the highway in the South Bay and learning more about the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Through the Adopt-A-Highway program, individuals, organizations, or businesses are invited to adopt and maintain stretches of roadway, ramps and lots. Participation can include removing litter, planting trees or wildflowers, removing graffiti, controlling vegetation and more. For more information, contact your Adopt-a-Highway coordinator listed here: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/adopt/coordinators.htm

Please also be sure to exercise caution when transporting loads between the US-Mexico border to keep dangerous debris from falling onto the roadway! #DontTrashSanDiego

California Association of Local Conservation Corps 2019 Capitol Champion Award

             With Anne Bernstein of the Urban Corps of San Diego County

I am honored to receive the 2019 Capitol Champion Award from the California Association of Local Conservation Corps (CALCC).

CALCC represents 13 statewide certified Local Conservation Corps, which are individual, regional, nonprofit organizations. Each Local Conservation Corps works to preserve and protect the environment while providing job skills training and educational opportunities to young men and women. The first Local Conservation Corps was formed 30 years ago and, since that time, more than 40,000 young adults have participated.

I'm very grateful for the work of our state's certified Local Conservation Corps that provide more opportunities for youth to learn and participate in communities through environmental work.

One Year Until the Census Begins!

Across California, communities are getting organized for Census 2020. The statewide kickoff took place on Tuesday, April 2, with regional events across the state. The results of the upcoming 2020 Census is critically important to the economic and political strength of California. The State is making a historic investment in Census outreach to ensure every resident gets counted once and in the right place. There are a variety of temporary jobs available, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff. If you are interested in applying for one of these jobs to help California have a complete count, please visit: www.2020census.gov/jobs. You can earn extra income by helping your community!


Citizen of the Month: Brenna Pangelinan

Congratulations to Brenna Pangelinan, who was recently appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the State Board of Education! Brenna was chosen out of a field of 12 semi-finalists and three finalists to be appointed as the student voting member of California's Board of Education. This is an incredible accomplishment for a person of any age, but is even more spectacular for a 16-year-old.

Brenna has been athletics commissioner for the Eastlake High School Associated Student Body since 2018, was champions council member for the 'Nothing But Nets' UN Foundation Campaign, and team captain of the Eastlake High School Water Polo Team from 2017 to 2018. She was also the student board member of the Sweetwater Union High School District in 2018, and founder of the Eastlake High Mental Health Task Force.

Please join me in congratulating Brenna on this impressive achievement and wishing her the very best in her new role!

Nonprofit of the Month: Autism Support of Imperial County

For Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to highlight an incredible organization in our district that provides a support group for parents and family members of individuals with autism. Autism Support of Imperial County has provided families and the community with information about Autism spectrum disorder for over 25 years.

The local nonprofit fundraises and hosts events to provide families with experiences that most children with autism are unable to handle under normal conditions. Activities include movie nights, pool parties, dance classes, bowling and more. Socialization is a major roadblock for many of those suffering from autism, so these events are extremely important to them from childhood and beyond. The organization also hosts autism awareness events, including their annual Tee Off for Autism Golf Tournament, and the annual Steven Hilfiker Autism Awareness High School baseball game.

Thank you to Autism Support of Imperial County for their many efforts to provide services and support for individuals and family members of those with Autism spectrum disorder. Your impact on our community is truly invaluable.


California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation 2019 Scholarship Program

The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation (CLLCF) is accepting applications for its scholarship program, which was established to assist deserving students by offering financial assistance to help meet educational expenses. At least thirty-five $5,000 scholarships will be awarded this year. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2019. For eligibility requirements and/or to apply, please visit https://www.cllcf.org/scholarship-program.

April is National Donate Life Month

Each April celebrates National Donate Life Month to focus national attention on organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation, to share the importance of registering your decision to be a donor, honor deceased and living donors, and celebrate the lifesaving and healing gift of transplantation. This National Donate Life Month, we ask you to consider your role in this lifesaving and healing journey, and how you can inspire others to provide hope through donor registration and living donation. Not a donor? Sign up at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org, or check "YES" the next time you are at any California DMV. Already a donor? Great! We hope you will share your choice to be a donor with your friend, family, and community.


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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

California State Senate Majority Caucus (c) 2019 California State Senate