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Senator Ben Hueso


 
WELCOME

Dear Friend,

I hope you and loved ones are doing well during these challenging times. While June is normally a time for celebration - from graduations to Juneteenth, Father's Day to the first day of summer - this year's events have been under much different circumstances. I hope you were able to enjoy these special holidays regardless.

This month was exceptionally busy for the Legislature, as we returned to the Capitol to consider legislative proposals and negotiate the state budget. I am proud that the budget we agreed upon protects core services such as education, healthcare, social safety nets, and emergency preparedness and response - while also investing in our state's small businesses harmed by the pandemic.

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.

Sincerely,

Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

WELCOME
Events Calendar
6/5: Last day for policy committees to hear and report to the floor non-fiscal bills introduced in their house. Last day for policy committees to meet prior to June 8.
6/15: Budget Bill must be passed by midnight.
6/19: Juneteenth
6/19: Last day for fiscal committees to hear and report to the floor bills introduced in their house. Last day for fiscal committees to meet prior to June 29.
6/20: Summer Solstice (Summer begins)
6/21: Father's Day
6/22-
6/26:
Floor Session Only. No committees, other than conference or Rules committees, may meet for any purpose.
6/25: Last day for a legislative measure to qualify for the November 3 General Election ballot.
6/26: Last day for each house to pass bills introduced in that house.
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar

 

IN THE KNOW ...

Legislative Deadline and Budget Passed

I'm proud to announce we have finalized this year's state budget and Governor Gavin Newsom has signed it into law. The pandemic has caused unprecedented economic fallout in our nation, and California is no different. However, thanks to a decade of prudent budgeting and saving record reserves, our state is in better financial shape than it could have been and is better positioned to recover economically. This year's state budget is intended to build upon those years of pragmatic fiscal planning and set California on a stable path of economic recovery.

On Friday June 26th, we reached an important milestone in the Senate – the last day to hear bills introduced in our chamber. I'm happy to share my bills listed below that were approved by the Senate and will now be considered by the Assembly:

SB 1238 – Road Repairs: Plastics Recyclables: This bill seeks to mitigate the state's unrecycled plastic surplus by asking the Department of Transportation to conduct a study assessing the feasibility, cost effectiveness and lifecycle environmental benefits of including recycled plastics in asphalt used for the construction and repair of a state highway or road. This idea was brought to us by students from Bonita Vista High School right here in the 40th Senate District!

SB 1301 – Tijuana River Valley Watershed: This bill would require the San Diego River Conservancy to create a Binational Watershed Management Plan for the Tijuana River Valley. Through a binational watershed management plan, we can create an ecosystem-based strategy to conserve, restore, and protect the Tijuana River Valley and enhance the overall health of the watershed while addressing transboundary flows of pollution across the border through goals, timelines, and potential action items.

SB 1403 – Home Weatherization for low-income customers: SB 1403 will ensure more of California's low-income families benefit from energy savings assistance in the form of energy efficiency upgrades to their home, including weatherization and appliance replacement. These energy efficiency upgrades will help to reduce energy utility bills, increase a family's quality of life and comfort, support economic development, and advance the state's efforts to achieve its climate goals.

Caltrans Seeking Public Input on Coronado Bridge Suicide Deterrent Project

The Coronado Bridge is getting closer to finally having a permanent suicide barrier. This is a project that I have been deeply involved in for years, and I am happy to see that it is moving along through the environmental review phase. Last year, I fought for and secured $5 million in the state budget for this project, as well as authored SB 656 to create an advisory committee that will help select the final design (signed into law in October 2019). This advisory committee has been convened and held its first meeting in May.

Caltrans recently held a public scoping meeting on the project (recording is available online) and is currently accepting public input through July 14, 2020. The public/interested stakeholders are encouraged to share with Caltrans their opinions, ideas, questions, and/or concerns regarding the project. These comments will help shape the project and will contribute to the development of the Draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Assessment. To find more info, go to the District 11 Caltrans website at https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-11/current-projects/coronadobridge.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT ...

Every year on June 19th, people of all races, nationalities and backgrounds join together to celebrate Juneteenth, the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Today, Juneteenth is both a day for reflection – to acknowledge this period of history which has distinctly shaped and continues to impact society – and for rejoicing and honoring the achievements of African Americans.

Here in Senate District 40, we are fortunate to have such incredible diversity, and it is what makes our community truly special. In honor of Juneteenth 2020, I want to share with you two black-owned small businesses in our district that are worthy of recognition not only for their achievements in business, but also for their contributions back to the communities that support them.

More Life Liquid

More Life Liquid is a plant-based juice and health food store in Bonita that seeks to educate the community on the importance of raising their health consciousness. It began in 2018 after owner Ashley Donaldson found her own health transformation and sought to share her newfound wisdom with her community. Now, she and her team give back to the community far beyond what they offer in-store.

Recently, More Life Liquid has launched "The Abundance Project," an initiative to educate and empower the black community through conscious living with the ultimate goal of economic independence and self-realization. The Abundance Project directly benefits Paving Great Futures Org. striving to rehabilitate the marginalized and at risk communities of San Diego by fostering their economic, social and political development.

They recently hosted the first Abundance Drive Thru this month and will host the second event on July 11, where they plan to give out 300 Abundance Bags. Each bag provides a plant-based meal and juice, as well as abundance tools to help attendees cultivate body, mind and spirit.

Thank you, More Life Liquid, for all you do to raise the health consciousness of residents of the 40th District and beyond.

Arts-Rec by 9FIVE

Arts-Rec by 9FIVE is located in the heart of Barrio Logan and is a small skate shop with big community presence. Opened in 2018, the boutique works with local artists and businesses to make collaborative products that are truly representative of the spirit of our region. Their location is not only a store front, but also has a skate ramp that serves as a gathering place for many youth in our community. They host skate competitions, demos with professional skateboarders, free book signings, and premier videos by local film makers and videographers on their outdoor movie screen. Additionally, they have recently expanded to build a venue for local artists and musicians to display their work and host shows.

Arts-Rec embodies so much of the incredible sense of culture and community here in Barrio Logan. I'm very grateful for everything they do to give back, and the way in which they do it – through music, arts and recreation!

WHAT'S NEW ...

Blood Banks in Need of Donations

The need for blood is on the rise as local hospitals start ramping up elective surgeries. Save local lives in our community by making an appointment at one of six convenient donor centers. Visit www.sandiegobloodbank.org/GiveLife or call (619) 400-8251. Safety measures are in place. Please note that you must make an appointment to donate.

GSA Work Near San Ysidro Port of Entry June 28-July 3

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has announced a series of planned overnight lane closures near the intersection of Camino de la Plaza and Camiones Way at the San Ysidro Port of Entry for five consecutive nights from June 28 to July 3. The work includes installation of new traffic light fixtures, roadway signage and road restriping and will impact the southbound I-5 & I-805 Camino de la Plaza offramps. Southbound traffic through the San Ysidro crossing into Mexico will remain open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the detour. Please plan ahead for potential delays and be sure to monitor media and traffic reports.

Read the full press release with details about each night's closures here: www.gsa.gov/node/135871.

Information about California's response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on my website at https://sd40.senate.ca.gov/covid-19-resources.

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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
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1224 State Street, Suite D
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: (760) 335-3442
Fax: (760) 335-3444


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