Just as summer break has ended and students are heading back to school, the legislature's summer recess has ended and my colleagues and I are back in Sacramento for the final month of the legislative session.Problems viewing this E-mail? Please click here.
Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

Just as summer break has ended and students are heading back to school, the legislature's summer recess has ended and my colleagues and I are back in Sacramento for the final month of the legislative session.

Although it doesn't seem far away, we still have much work to do before the session ends on September 13. Between now and then, the Legislature will conclude reviewing and voting on bills, and those that pass will be sent to the Governor for his consideration. The Governor will then have until October 13 to sign or veto any legislation. I am very proud of the bills my office has worked on in 2019, including legislation to promote public health, protect consumers and vulnerable communities, and further our state's energy policies and goals.

As always, if we can be of assistance to you in the district or the Capitol, please do not hesitate to contact my offices.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar
07/04: Independence Day

Last day for policy committees to hear and report fiscal bills to fiscal committees.

07/12: Last day for policy committees to meet and report bills. Summer recess begins upon adjournment of this day's session.
07/18: Mandela Day
08/06: National Night Out
08/12: Legislature reconvenes from Summer recess
8/25: National Park Service Day (take advantage of free entrance to National Parks!)
8/26: Women's Equality Day
8/30: Last day for fiscal committees to meet and report bills to Floor
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



Census 2020 Preparations

California is investing heavily in the success of the 2020 Census, pooling resources across the state to ensure that we have an accurate and complete count. In San Diego and Imperial Counties, regional efforts are already underway to encourage everyone to be counted.

A complete and accurate census count is crucial to ensure our district, region, and all of California receive federal funding and representation. The federal government uses the census count to determine how to allocate over $800 billion per year in funding to state and local governments. That money goes toward critical programs that support education, housing, health and transportation services in our community. Out of these funds, California receives about $76 billion per year based on population data.

Outreach efforts in our region focus on supporting and encouraging traditionally hard-to-count communities to participate in the census. A variety of factors make communities hard to count, including unemployment, low Internet access, and limited English proficiency.

It's important that everyone commit to being counted in 2020 and encourage friends, family, and neighbors to do the same. If you have Internet access and your neighbor does not, lend a hand and help them fill out the form or use your computer. The success of the census is crucial for all of our benefit, so please try to help our community in any way you can - whether it is encouraging your friends to participate, assisting someone through the online process, or providing your input at public comment sessions.

Additionally, the US Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country. Jobs include census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. Citizen. For more information, please visit https://2020census.gov/en/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020).

Developing a Binational Identity Through Cross-Border Tourism

On August 7, the Senate Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation hosted an informational hearing on the current challenges and opportunities for enhancing cross-border tourism, including the "two-nation vacation", educational exchange programs and medical tourism. The hearing, called "Developing a Binational Identity Through Cross-Border Tourism," produced a robust discussion about how collaboration between California and Mexico can benefit us both economically and culturally. As Chair of this Select Committee, I was very impressed by the novel and innovative ideas presented, and am excited to see how our two nations can continue to work together on this and other issues. We are stronger when we work together!

California LifeLine's Free Phone & Free Service

Our office recently partnered with TruConnect at six different locations throughout District 40 to provide free phones and free service to residents in both San Diego and Imperial Counties through the state's "California Lifeline" program.

The California LifeLine Program is a state program that provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to eligible households. The program's discounts help consumers lower the cost of their phone bills. If you missed our events this month, you can still apply to get connected. To learn if you and your household qualify, please visit http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=2752#qualify

National Night Out 2019

National Night Out took place on August 6th, and communities throughout our district - and the nation - celebrated this annual family-friendly evening aimed at fostering positive community-law enforcement relations and promoting neighborhood safety. Our office participated in the National City Police Department's 15th Annual National Night Out, which was a free community event with cookouts, bike rodeo, face painting, arts and crafts, lawn games, a Movie in the Park and more. The National City Police Department also hosted a number of safety, educational displays, and demonstrations at the event.


Citizen of the Month: Melissa Sacalamitao

It is my pleasure to recognize Melissa Sacalamitao, Site Supervisor for the South Bay Family YMCA's Early Enrichment Center, as Citizen of the Month. And, because a leader is only as good as her team, her team members Elizabeth DaSilva, Melissa Palomo, Monique Marasigan and Monique Yamsuan for the incredible effort, care and joy they put into supporting our children every day!

These remarkable women, through their work with these children, lay the foundation for the future of this district. And because of their efforts, our future is very bright. High-quality early care and education like the YMCA's Early Enrichment Center does so much for our community, and early childhood education centers like YMCA's stellar program ensure parents can continue to work and earn wages that keep families strong.

As a Quality Preschool Initiative site with the San Diego County Office of Education, YMCA's teachers receive some of the highest scores in San Diego County. They have received amazing recognition for their work in safe and engaging learning environments and effective teacher-to-child interactions just to name a few categories in which they have been recognized for excellence. It is for this reason that thanks is owed to the YMCA staff here, as well as to all of the families for giving your children this opportunity in this outstanding program.

On behalf of the California State Senate, I commend and recognize Melissa and her team for their dedicated work in early childhood education that has favorably impacted the lives of countless students and will positively aid them throughout their lifetime.

Organization of the Month: Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

Pictured with Helen Palomino, LCSW, CEO of Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

This month, I want to honor The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert (CRCD) as our Organization of the Month in recognition of the impactful and life-changing services they have provided since 2006. CRCD is the only non-profit, community-based organization providing cancer Patient Navigation to individuals in the Imperial Valley community. They work with adults living in Imperial County who have a cancer diagnosis, as well as children and families that have children with cancer in the Imperial County.

CRCD's mission is to "provide a guiding hand and compassionate heart to cancer patients and their families through services that educate, guide, support, and empower the patient through the cancer journey." For example, CRCD helps cancer patients who are in emotional distress, do not understand their diagnosis or treatment plan, are unfamiliar with the cancer healthcare system, and/or are uninformed regarding their insurance coverage. Their Patient Navigation program is a truly comprehensive and innovative service, ensuring a positive effect for both the patients and clinical teams. CRCD strives to improve the quality of service and has expanded its programs to meet the multiple and growing needs of the community.

Thank you, Cancer Resource Center of the Desert, for your incredible efforts in guiding, educating, empowering and supporting local cancer patients throughout their battle with the disease.


CalSavers Program Has Officially Launched!

CalSavers has officially launched! CalSavers is the state's retirement savings program designed to help Californians retire with ease. The program is governed by the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board, and is the result of SB 1234 that was passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Brown in 2016.

CalSavers was designed to help Californians who work for small businesses in the state that do not offer a retirement savings program. For more information, please visit https://www.calsavers.com/.

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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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