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Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

It's hard to believe fall is already here! This month we have reached an important milestone in the legislative year. The end of September is the deadline for the Governor to sign or veto bills. I'm very proud of the important legislation we were able to pass despite the numerous challenges we faced. I thank our President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins for her incredible leadership, and Governor Gavin Newsom for his support in enacting our legislation including bills that provide immediate protections for frontline workers, boost housing production to tackle the affordability crisis, bolster California's climate leadership, and much more.

I also want to remind everyone that California is in peak wildfire season, and we are seeing some of the most destructive wildfires to date over just a handful of weeks. Please continue to be vigilant as we experience hot and dry conditions, and plan ahead by packing an emergency kit and go-bag just in case. My deepest gratitude to all the heroic men and women risking their lives everyday as they battle the perilous blazes throughout our state.

As always, if you have any questions about anything in this eNewsletter or need assistance with a state matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to my offices.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

Events Calendar
9/7: Labor Day
9/11: Patriot Day and National Day of Service & Remembrance
9/17 Constitution/Citizenship Day
9/22: Autumnal Equinox (Autumn begins)
9/26: National Public Lands Day
9/30: Last Day for Governor to sign or veto bills
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



California LifeLine Program

Earlier this month, I hosted a teleconference on "Telemedicine: Racial Disparities, Access to Care, and Affordable Prescription Drugs." Among the many topics we discussed was the California LifeLine program, which provides discounts for home phone or wireless phone service to households with limited income.

I was shocked to find out that, in the 40th Senate District alone, 117,633 constituents are eligible for the LifeLine discount but are not currently enrolled. This program could help so may people, especially now, when so many are staying at home and needing service more than ever to access online doctor's appointments and other essential services while remaining safe.

The California LifeLine program is administered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This discount can be as much as $23 per month, and each household must choose to apply the discount to one home phone plan or one wireless plan. Californians can apply to the LifeLine program by contacting a participating phone company and asking for the California Lifeline discount.

For more information about the program and participation, you can visit the CPUC's website for the California LifeLine program at the following link:, or you can call the California LifeLine Call Center at 1-866-272-0349.

Sign up to be a Poll Worker, Register to Vote, and Other Election Resources

The November 2020 election is a little over a month away! This year's election, like so many other things in 2020, is unprecedented and poses challenges that require us to work together to overcome.

On Tuesday, October 6 at 11am, I will be hosting a virtual town hall with San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu. I hope you will tune in as we discuss how-tos and resources for navigating this year's unique election cycle. The town hall will be livestreamed on my website at

If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to take a moment today to register to vote, or double check your existing registration. For more info, visit or your local county registrar's website.

While some voters are choosing to mail in their ballots, we know that many others prefer to physically vote at their polling place on Election Day. Because of the coronavirus pandemic and many potential poll workers being in higher-risk populations, local elections officials are in need of dedicated volunteers to serve on the front lines of democracy as poll workers this fall. Learn more or sign up at


Citizen of the Month: Josie Hamada

This month, we are recognizing Josie Hamada as our Citizen of the Month! Josie is a fixture in the Imperial Beach community and is widely admired for her skills in community organization.

After retiring from the San Ysidro School District, Josie has not stopped working to better our region. She belonged to the San Ysidro Women's Club in San Ysidro for 17 years and now is an integral part of the Imperial Beach Woman's Club, as well. To Josie, the most important thing for an organization is how it interacts with citizenship to support in any way it can. With that in mind, Josie makes sure the Imperial Beach Woman's Club is well-informed and represented at local meetings such as the Imperial Beach Collaborative Group, where businesses, elected officials, nonprofits and the community at large gather each month. She also supports the Mayor's Breakfast Swim & Paddle event, which takes place annually except this year due to COVID-19.

Since Imperial Beach is a military town and Josie is from a military family, she came-up with the idea to send holiday cards to our military members who are overseas. The first year, she and supporters sent around 500 letters and this has grown to about 3,000 per year since then. She also supports the city's D-Day commemoration each year, during which the community gathers on November 11th with its military organizations, VFW, American Legion and Fleet reserve to honor the fallen and continue to support the overseas military. Coming together for this project is very meaningful to Josie because her stepdad was at D-Day and survived, but sadly passed away four years ago.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has put many of these projects on hold or forced them to be held virtually, that has not stopped Josie from continuing full-speed with her community involvement. When the city began its COVID-19 response this spring, she was asked to join the Mayor's COVID-19 Task Force, and serves as a representative of the High-Risk Subcommittee supporting seniors and people with disabilities.

Please join me in recognizing and thanking Josie Hamada for all she does to give back to our community!

Organization of the Month: SunCoast Market Co-Op

I want to highlight a very cool movement happening in the South Bay as our September 2020 Organization of the Month. SunCoast Market Co-op is a grassroots effort to open a community-owned cooperative grocery store in Imperial Beach. If you don't already know about cooperatives, they are owned and controlled by community members, not outside investors, and put community benefit at the core of their purpose.

Cooperative grocery stores often serve as retail outlets for local and environmentally-friendly farms and businesses that may not be large enough to have their products carried in larger chain stores. This means cooperatives can help food dollars stay local and create good paying jobs for the community, thereby strengthening local economies. Because co-ops are built through community member investment and participation, the stores reflect actual community needs, keeping both costs and waste low.

I'm so excited to have a project like this underway in our district, and I wish the members the best of luck as they continue forward in this campaign to bring a cooperative grocery store to Imperial Beach!


Census Deadline Extended: Your Immediate Participation is Needed!

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 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

Governor Launches California Climate Action Corps

This month the Governor launched the California Climate Action Corps, the first statewide corps of its kind in the nation. This exciting new initiative led by California Volunteers, Office of the Governor, aims to empower all Californians to take meaningful action against the impacts of climate change. Volunteer opportunities will roll-out in the coming months. To learn more, visit

Information about California's response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on my website at

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California State Senator Ben Hueso - 40th 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
Fax: (760) 335-3444

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