IMPORTANT UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS RELIEF RESOURCES FROM SENATOR BEN HUESO
We are available to assist you! To protect public health and slow the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), our physical offices are temporarily closed. However, we are working remotely to continue to serve you. For assistance please fill out the contact form on our website or call (619) 409-7690. Please leave your name, phone number and reason for your call, and we will get back to you as soon as possible, but no later than within 24 hours.
Please be safe and healthy, everyone. We are in this together.
Senator, 40th District
To stay up to date on the state's efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, please visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/
CALIFORNIA'S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
If you're not an essential worker, you should be staying home. That is the best way we can help keep our essential workers healthy and able to deliver the services we all rely on. To every health care worker, first responder, educator, and so many more: THANK YOU!
UPDATE ON EMERGENCY FUNDING FROM STATE LEGISLATURE
On March 16, in an unprecedented move in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Senate and Assembly, in a concurrent resolution (ACR 189), voted to recess both houses of the California Legislature until April 13. Before adjourning, the Legislature passed, and the Governor subsequently signed, two budget bills (SB 89 and SB 117) to provide $500 million in General Fund monies and authorizes increases up to $1 billion to help the state fight COVID-19. The funding will be used to:
- Increase hospital bed capacity and purchase medical equipment;
- Protect hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities most vulnerable to spread of the disease;
- Provide lifesaving services to Californians who are isolating;
- Support local governments in an effort to reduce the spread in homeless populations and provide safe beds for those experiencing homelessness;
- Fund the cleaning of childcare facilities that remain open.
In addition, the budget package authorizes $100 million in Proposition 98 General Fund monies for personal protective equipment, cleaning for schools that remain open, and allowing schools to maintain funding despite service disruptions.
So far, the money has been allocated in the following ways:
- $150 million for local emergency homelessness actions;
- $42 million to expand California's healthcare infrastructure and secure equipment and services to support California's response to COVID-19;
- $30 million to lease and operate two facilities and to expand the state's hospital capacity.
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference to provide an update on the state's efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. During the press conference, the governor highlighted that the state needs 50,000 more hospital beds to meet coronavirus surge, as well as at least a billion gloves and hundreds of millions of gowns, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). He also highlighted the deployment of the National Guard to assist with food banks and other humanitarian needs. Below are some other recent updates:
California To Limit Beach, Park Access To Slow Coronavirus (KPBS):
California Puts Jury Trials On Hold Over Coronavirus Fears (KPBS):
Trump to delay deadline to acquire Real ID due to coronavirus (The Hill):
FREE MEALS FOR CHILDREN (Updated for Spring Break)
There are many sites throughout the 40th Senate District that are providing free meals for children while schools are closed. Click here or on the graphic below to access a map with all of the locations of sites in our district. For more information, please visit the County of San Diego's website
OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS BLOOD DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS
One of the unfortunate repercussions of coronavirus is that blood banks are not receiving nearly enough donations! Because the San Diego Blood Bank typically is able to host drives at workplaces and schools (which are closed now), they are overwhelmed in their own offices and need our help.
For those who are healthy and willing, the San Diego Blood Bank has a great need for volunteers to help in their lobbies, canteens and mobile drives. Here is a link to info and on-line application.
Our office is working to identify a location in the district where we can host a drive. Please stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, please consider donating your time. If you would like to set up an appointment to donate blood at their offices in the coming weeks, please visit their website.
SPECIAL SUPERMARKET HOURS
Supermarkets have made special hours specifically for seniors and other vulnerable populations to shop their stores. Please call individual stores for more information.
COMPLETE YOUR 2020 CENSUS!
Looking for things to do during the stay-at-home order? You can submit your 2020 Census right now without leaving your house, or even your couch! Head to https://my2020census.gov to submit your survey online.
For more information, including for locations of handwashing stations, community sector support, and more, please visit San Diego County's website or Imperial County Public Health Department's website.