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Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

I hope you and your family are having a wonderful start to the holiday season. We have much to be thankful for here in the 40th Senate District, and I thank you for continuing to allow me to represent you in our state's capitol. I am very blessed and honored to be your state senator.

Although the Legislature is currently in recess, we have not stopped working on important issues such as wildfire prevention and public safety power shutoffs. We are also spending a lot of time out in the community engaging one-on-one with constituents to learn more about the most pressing issues for our communities.

As always, if you have any questions about anything in this newsletter or need help with a state agency, please do not hesitate to contact our offices.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar
11/02: Dia de los Muertos ends
11/03: Daylight Saving
11/11: Veterans Day
11/21: Great American Smokeout
11/28: Thanksgiving
11/30: Small Business Saturday
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



Public Safety Power Shutoffs Oversight Hearing

This month the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee, which I chair, held an oversight hearing on the recent and ongoing utility public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) to understand more about the impact on customers, how we can minimize those impacts, and what is being done by both the government and utility companies to continue to try to reduce overall fire risk. I am happy to report that Governor Newsom has assembled an impressive interagency team that has been working overtime behind the scenes to respond to these unprecedented events.

I will continue to be on the forefront of this issue as I serve as part of the Senate working group on PSPS. If you have any questions or concerns about utility shutoffs, please do not hesitate to call my office. For more state resources, I'd encourage you to also visit www.response.ca.gov.

Lincoln Acres Elementary Receives Barona Grant

Lincoln Acres Elementary in National City recently received a $5,000 education grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians for its STEAM+ program. Lincoln Acres has been developing a school-wide focus around science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM+) for the past three years, and this grant will be used to further enhance the program by funding 25 stationary LED digital camera microscopes and 40 hand-held, portable digital microscopes.

I joined Barona Tribal Chairman Edwin "Thorpe" Romero to present the $5,000 check to Principal Raymond Ruiz, faculty and students on "National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day." The STEAM+ program at Lincoln Acres Elementary affords students a truly unique and advanced education and I was proud to recommend the school for this grant. A very big thank you to the Barona Band of Mission Indians for investing in our students' success!

El Centro Aquatic Center Finally Open!

I am absolutely ecstatic that the El Centro Aquatic Center is finally open! This incredible collaborative effort between state, county and city gives our community access to a safe place to play during the hot summer months. We have been waiting a long time for this! In 2014, I worked to secure an $11 million bond for the construction of the El Centro Aquatic Center. After five years of careful planning and construction, it is finally ready to receive members of our community. Go for a swim and try it out yourself!

South County Economic Development Council

Thank you to the South County Economic Development Council for allowing me to provide a legislative update this month. Together we are working hard to advance the educational and economic opportunities in the 40th Senate District.

At the meeting, I discussed education in South County, my consumer protection bill to end robocall scams that was signed into law this year, permanent barriers on Coronado Bridge, and how we can get the federal government on board with helping end the Tijuana River Valley transboundary flows and improving water quality in our border regions.


Citizen of the Month: Cindy Gompper-Graves

Our Citizen of the Month for November is Cindy Gompper-Graves, who has served as president and CEO of the South County Economic Development Council since 2003.

Cindy also serves on the CalTrans' Citizen Advisory group, Airport Advisory Group, and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Council board. Prior to working for SCEDC, she was the manager of San Diego County's Trade and Business Office, where she led economic development efforts for the county.

Cindy was instrumental in bringing about the new pedestrian crossing at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, in addition to countless other contributions to the economic prosperity and progression of our region. Her drive and vision make her an asset to the San Diego economy and she will be sorely missed now that she is retiring.

Please join me in thanking Cindy for everything she has done for the San Diego region!

Organization of the Month: Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association

Congratulations to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association, which recently celebrated the San Diego & Arizona Railway's 100th anniversary!

The Centennial Celebration Day was held at the Campo Railroad Park and Museum and featured a reenactment of the driving of the Golden Spike and other activities.

The San Diego and Arizona Railway was a 148-mile short line U.S. railroad founded by San Diego entrepreneur John D. Spreckels. Often called "The Impossible Railroad" due to the logistical challenges involved in its engineering, it linked San Diego with El Centro. From those terminals, passengers could connect with Southern Pacific's transcontinental lines, eliminating the need to first travel north to Los Angeles or Riverside.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 1907; however, numerous delays (including government intervention during World War I) delayed the completion of the line to November 15, 1919.

In honor of this Centennial Celebration, I would like to recognize the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association for their work preserving history and sharing it with the rest of our region. Congratulations and happy 100th anniversary!


Interested in Applying for the Senate Fellows Program?

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 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 2020.

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, 2020.

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 3, 2020. Learn more by visiting the program's website at: https://sfela.senate.ca.gov/home

November 30th is Shop Small Business Saturday

Saturday November 30 is Shop Small Business Saturday! Join the San Diego and Imperial County Small  Business Development Centers, and the National City Chamber of Commerce and support our local businesses. 90% of businesses in the San Diego and Imperial business community are small businesses and they employ 90% of our work force. That's why I encourage everyone to shop small businesses for the holidays and support your local economy! Stop by the National City Chamber of Commerce to kick off Small Business Saturday on November 30 beginning at 10 a.m.

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California State Senator Ben Hueso - 40th 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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