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Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

As August draws to a close, so does our legislative business for the 2020 session. This year we have tackled some of the biggest challenges our state has faced to date – from COVID-19 and its devastating health and economic repercussions, to racial justice reforms, to the housing and eviction crises. We have worked hard to invest in our economic recovery, as well as bolster our emergency preparedness and response.

I want to also remind everyone that, as we continue to see extreme heat and dangerous fire conditions across the state, it is vital that all Californians take steps to prepare for and prevent sparking fires. You can learn more by visiting ReadyforWildfire.org. My absolute deepest gratitude to all the firefighters and first responders working to protect our homes and loved ones.

As always, and especially now, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office if you have any questions about the state's response to COVID-19 or any other state issue.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar
8/18: Last day for policy committees to meet and report bills
8/18: Women's Equality Day
8/21: Last day for fiscal committees to meet and report bills
8/24-31: Floor Session only. No committees, other than conference and Rules committees, may meet for any purpose.
8/25: Last day to amend bills on the Floor
8/26: 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment
8/27: Last day to amend bills on the floor for Chaptering purposes only
8/31: Last day for each house to pass bills, except bills that take effect Immediately or bills in Extraordinary Session. Final recess begins upon adjournment.
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



40th Senate District Women of the Year 2020

Each year, my office honors women of all ages, backgrounds and interests, who are passionate about and committed to empowering and improving their communities. Typically this ceremony takes place in March during Women's History Month, but this year was postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. While we cannot celebrate these inspirational women in person, we want to virtually recognize them here.

From health and education, to social justice, to philanthropy, this remarkable group of honorees has contributed immensely to making our district a better place to live. I extend my most heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of them. They are among a group of successful and talented women who are truly making an impact on the lives of all Californians. Congratulations to all those selected for this year's "Women of the Year" for the 40th Senate District!

To see the list of honorees, please visit my website at https://sd40.senate.ca.gov/WOTY-2020.

Need Assistance with Your Unemployment Claim?

With the state experiencing record levels of unemployment, the California Employment Development Department has received more than 6 million claims. The EDD has been hiring and continues to hire additional call center employees to meet the historic call volume. However, I know how frustrating the exorbitant wait times have become, and it is inexcusable that so many are still waiting to receive their benefits.

Please know that my staff and I are here to assist you during these unprecedented times. If you live in the 40th Senate District and are having trouble reaching the EDD to start your claim or discuss an existing claim, please give us a call and we will do everything we can to help. For our San Diego County constituents, please call (619) 409-7690. For Imperial County constituents, please call (760) 335-3442.

Not sure if you are a resident of the 40th Senate District? You can check here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/. If you live in another district, please contact your representative and they can assist you, as well.

Your Immediate Participation is Needed in the 2020 Census!

In an effort to disenfranchise historically underrepresented communities, Federal officials have moved up the last day of the Census count from October 31 to September 30! That is a full month less to have our communities counted.

Your participation in the 2020 Census is more critical than ever to ensure your community receives the funding and representation you deserve for the next 10 years. Funding for schools, roads, social services, health care and so much more depends on your voice being heard in the 2020 Census. Go to www.my2020census.gov to fill out your Census survey online today. You can also call any of these three numbers to complete your census over the phone.

  • English: 844-330-2020
  • Spanish: 844-468-2020
  • TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020

Citizen of the Month: Araceli Villa

Araceli is a San Ysidro native and a pillar in her community. For many years, she has been a passionate volunteer with Love Thy Neighbor, a local nonprofit serving the less fortunate, after being on the receiving end needing help at one point.

Araceli dedicates her time serving the community through several nonprofits including as a board member with Love Thy Neighbor. She and her husband Ricardo deliver nutrition to hundreds of families a week on both sides of the border. For over a year, Araceli delivered thousands of pounds of food to senior citizens in the South Bay, and she also assists several senior citizens by taking them to doctor appointments and even grocery shopping.

For the past several years, Araceli has organized a "Día Del Niño" events at low-income schools in Tijuana where volunteers deliver school supplies, toys and food for kids in need. In 2019, she assisted in organizing a group of 25 teens for a week-long acting working shop in Chula Vista with actor Jose Yenque. For an entire year, she organized a group of teen girls From San Ysidro to take a game coding class and brought access to technology where these kids would not have access.

The list of incredible contributions go on, and I am truly in awe of Araceli's selfless spirit of giving. Please join me in thanking Araceli for her devotion to helping those in need in our community.

Nonprofit of the Month: Kitchens for Good

Kitchens for Good is in the business of second chances. This innovative nonprofit helps those with troubled pasts or complex life circumstances by equipping them with employment training and life skills needed to have meaningful careers. Kitchen for Good's Culinary Apprenticeship program engages individuals overcoming histories of homelessness, incarceration, and substance abuse as they work toward a Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate and start careers in the culinary industry. Apprentices prepare healthy meals for San Diegans using surplus and cosmetically-imperfect produce from wholesalers and farmers. Through this model, program participants gain culinary and hospitality training, as well as help better their community by fighting food waste and hunger. Many apprentices have experienced hunger themselves, and are motivated to give back during their culinary education.

Kitchens for Good operates Project Nourish; a hunger-relief meal program feeding people without access to affordable, nutritious food: children, low income families, seniors, and the unsheltered.  With the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19, Kitchens for Good rapidly scaled its hunger relief program to meet the growing need of food assistance in the region, preparing and distributing more than 145,000 heat-and-eat meals from March to August. To support the heightened food insecurity that remains due to the prolonged crisis, Kitchens for Good will prepare 288,000 nutritious heat-and-eat meals in the next 12 months to feed approximately 20,000 food-insecure San Diegans.

Kitchens for Good's hunger-relief meals are distributed in partnership with other social services agencies that provide wraparound services to at-risk populations throughout San Diego County, including My Brother's Keeper, Jewish Family Services, The Nile Sisters, City Heights CDC, among others. While many food relief organizations, pantries, and food banks supply staple foods to be prepared by clients at home, Kitchens for Good is one of few local organizations preparing and distributing heat-and-eat meals, thereby meeting the needs of people regardless of their capacity to prepare meals.  The meal production is also supported by a robust volunteer program in which 10-15 volunteers a day are spread out working to package and label all meals.

Kitchens for Good is making a world of a difference for so many and really living-up to its motto that "all food has power and that all people have potential." Congratulations and keep-up the great work!


Great Plates Delivered senior meal program extended through Sept 9

The state-funded program "Great Plates Delivered: Home Meals for Seniors," has been extended through September 9, 2020. This is great news for San Diego County seniors in need of food assistance, and the small businesses employed to prepare the meals.

The program is run by San Diego County, which initially rolled it out in May and is still accepting applications for enrollment from qualified individuals. "Great Plates Delivered: Home Meals for Seniors" is available for older adults who are unable to obtain or prepare their own meals, and do not participate in other federally-funded programs (e.g., Cal Fresh or senior nutrition program/home delivered meals). Eligible individuals will be assigned a restaurant, which will provide three daily meals per person, delivered at one time each day for the duration of the program, which now runs through September 9. Program capacity is limited so be sure to apply as soon as possible.

For more information on eligibility and program details, or to complete the application online, please click here. You can also call the County Aging & Independence Services Call Center at (800) 339-4661 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

COVID-19 Special Enrollment for Covered California – Enroll Now!

If your income has been reduced or you lost your job or your health insurance due to the coronavirus crisis, Covered California can help. Learn more or apply today by visiting https://covrdca.com/3027IjD or calling (800) 300-1506.

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

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