The 2019 legislative session has adjourned, and interim recess has begun. I'm very proud of the work accomplished by the State Legislature in 2019. Problems viewing this E-mail? Please click here.
Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

The 2019 legislative session has adjourned, and interim recess has begun. I'm very proud of the work accomplished by the State Legislature in 2019. We passed a number of important bills to address the housing and homelessness crises, bolster wildfire prevention and response efforts, provide safe and clean drinking water, protect women's rights and much more. Now the legislation is before Governor Gavin Newsom, who has until October 13 to take action.

During the interim recess I will be spending my time in the district, engaging with constituents, organizations and community leaders to collaborate on how we can best help the district through our work in Sacramento next session. If you have ideas for a new law, or a law you feel needs changing, please feel free to reach out to our offices. I also hope you will join us at our next community event, as I would love to meet with you and hear your thoughts and concerns.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar
09/02: Labor Day

Floor Session Only

09/06: Last day to amend bills on the floor
09/09: California Admission Day
09/11: Patriot Day
09/13: Last day for each house to pass bills; Interim Study Recess begins upon adjournment of this day's session
09/16: Mexican Independence Day
09/23: Autumn Begins
09/28: National Public Lands Day (free entrance to National Parks!)
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



Update on 2019 Legislation

September 13 was the last day of the 2019 legislative session. I am very proud of the work we have accomplished this year, and am optimistic that Governor Newsom will act favorably on our bills. He has until October 13 to take action on the legislation pending before him.

Some highlights of the legislative package I carried this year:

  •          SB 208: Consumer Call Protection Act of 2019 - This bill sets a deadline for telecommunications providers to take steps necessary to stop illegal robocall scams known as neighbor spoofing, and also ensures that the CPUC can collaborate with the California Attorney General's Office to support action against illegal robocallers.
  •          SB 305: Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan's Law - This legislation would provide relief, compassion and dignity to Californians during the most vulnerable time of their lives by allowing the use of medical cannabis in healthcare facilities for Californians who are terminally ill.
  •          SB 313: Circus Cruelty Prevention Act - This bill protects wild or exotic animals by prohibiting any person from sponsoring, conducting, operating, or participating in a circus that uses animals.
  •          SB 338: Elder & Disability Justice Policies - By establishing a comprehensive and complete listing of laws protecting seniors and people with disabilities, this bill gives local law enforcement agencies tools to better protect California's most vulnerable populations from harm and abuse.
  •          SB 367: State Coastal Conservancy - This legislation enhances the State Coastal Conservancy's authority to provide grants for the purpose of protecting state's coastal resources and improving public access across the state.           
  •          SB 656: Coronado Bridge Suicide Prevention Initiative - This bill would create an advisory committee to provide input into the selection of a suicide deterrent system for the San Diego-Coronado Bridge.
  •          SB 690: Tijuana River Valley: Funding Prioritization - This bill would encourage the Coastal Conservancy, when granting funds for purposes of addressing transboundary flows and pollution in the Tijuana River Valley, to prioritize those projects identified in the County comprehensive studies required by SB 507 (a bill I authored in 2016), to the extent feasible.
  •          SB 558: Commission on California-Mexico Affairs - This legislation would establish the Commission on California-Mexico Affairs and tasks the commission with improving collaboration between California and Mexico to address matters of particular concern to California.

A Day of Community Engagement and Celebration!

It was an honor to join members of the California Public Utilities Commission Low-Income Oversight Board (LIOB) in San Ysidro for a hearing and public comment about how the LIOB can strengthen its relationship with community-based organizations.  The LIOB serves as a liaison between the CPUC and low-income ratepayers and plays a critical role in helping ensure that our state's energy policies are fair and equitable for consumers who feel changes in cost the most. It was an honor to welcome the board members to the 40th Senate district and amazing to see so many individuals from our community taking part in the public process.

After the hearing, we held a Mexican Independence Day celebration! At the event, we celebrated the holiday, recognized Ambassador Carlos González Gutiérrez for his new role as Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, and enjoyed mariachi and Ballet Folklórico performances by students from San Ysidro High School. Thank you to all who came out to join us for a day of community engagement and celebration!

Second Annual National PTAC Day

September 18 was the second annual National PTAC Day! I was honored to speak at our local event in National City hosted by the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center, as well as meet with small business leaders from our district.

San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center is an economic development program of Southwestern College and our local PTAC. It assists local small businesses with contracting opportunities with federal, state and local government agencies - helping to cycle more tax dollars back into local communities here in California. Our communities need this type of education and support because small businesses are the pillar of our economy.

Promoting Educational Opportunities in the 40th District

Two incredible nonprofit organizations in the 40th Senate District recently received substantial grants from AT&T to continue their noble work in our community. Last year, AT&T donated approximately $120.7 million to advance their mission of improving access to education and training to strengthen communities around the world. Their mission is to increase high school graduation rates to 90 percent by 2020.

When asked which organizations I thought were deserving of the awards, I immediately thought of Barrio Logan College Institute and ABC Youth Foundation.

Barrio Logan College Institute prepares students to be the first person in their family to go college. The organization's College Success Program matches students to the right college, connects them to financial aid, and provides support throughout school until graduation. As a result of the tireless work by staff and students alike, 100 percent of Barrio Logan College Institute's high school graduates have enrolled in colleges and universities across the country!  

ABC Youth Foundation was recognized as the 40th District Nonprofit of the Year in 2019, and empowers youth to face challenges with courage and dignity by providing summer and after-school tutoring and boxing classes. This organization truly enhances the quality of life in the central San Diego community and instills pride and courage in each individual associated with it.


Citizen of the Month: Officer Alfred Gascon

Correctional officers put their safety on the line every day to serve in our state prisons, but Officer Alfred Gascon's heroism went above and beyond the call of duty.

On June 7 on his way home from his final shift at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, as he was preparing to embark on a new chapter at Calipatria State Prison, Officer Gascon encountered a horrific two-car accident. Without giving it a second thought, he rushed to the scene to help the people involved. After checking on the first driver, who was trapped in his vehicle but did not appear to be injured, Officer Gascon ran to the second car, which was severely damaged. The driver was still inside and unconscious, and witnesses told him that there was a passenger missing. Officer Gascon searched the nearby field and canal and saw what appeared to be a body. He pulled the victim from the water and, detecting no pulse, immediately began CPR until he found a pulse. He then raced back to the first vehicle, where the driver was still trapped and smoke had begun billowing from under the hood. He used a fire extinguisher to break through the rear window and help the driver out of the car. He then returned to the second vehicle and continued helping the victims until paramedics arrived on the scene.

Officer Alfred Gascon is a true hero and his valor and bravery deserve the highest commendation. Thank you, Officer Gascon, for your unparalleled service both on and off the clock!

Nonprofit of the Month: San Diego Canyonlands

This month I would like to highlight the incredible work being done by San Diego Canyonlands and their local groups of volunteers engaged in grassroots stewardship of canyons and creeks throughout San Diego County. San Diego Canyonlands works to preserve high water quality, San Diego native biodiversity, quality of life, recreational opportunities and collaboration of communities.

In such a unique area as San Diego - a major urban metropolitan area with a plethora of natural open spaces - the hundreds of canyons and creek habitats play a critical role in the filtration of air and water.  San Diego Canyonlands promotes, protects and restores these natural habitats by providing education, and ongoing community involvement and collaboration. The organization also works to facilitate opportunities to utilize canyons as "nature classrooms" so youth can learn about San Diego's unique wildlife and ecosystems through hands-on experiences.

You can see evidence of San Diego Canyonlands' great work throughout San Diego County, including right here in the 40th Senate District. The organization completed a City Heights Loop trail project that added a wonderful 5-mile nature trail system to four City Heights canyons.

Thank you, San Diego Canyonlands, for your dedication to environmental stewardship and protection of our beautiful canyons and creeks!


Census 2020 Jobs

Join the 2020 Census team today! The US Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office and supervisory staff. The success of the census is crucial for all of our benefit - please help our community in any way you can! For more information, please visit

MTS Free Ride Day on October 2

On October 2, MTS is hosting the second annual Free Ride Day, opening up their whole system to show how MTS can change the way that San Diego moves. All fixed route MTS buses and all three Trolley lines will be free to ride. Last year, more than 53,000 trips were taken on the region's first-ever Free Ride Day, and MTS is looking to break that record this year! For more information, please visit

Covered California Open Enrollment Begins October 15

Mark Your Calendar! Open Enrollment for Covered California begins October 15. Health care is now accessible to even more individuals and families. The state allocated a billion dollars in the budget to expand Covered California financial assistance to more Californians. Health care in California is now more affordable than ever before. Open enrollment for the Covered California program will be available Oct 15 through January 15, for coverage starting in January 2020. Learn more at


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California State Senator Ben Hueso - Fortieth Senate District
Representing portions of San Diego County and all of Imperial County.
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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
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