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Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

I hope you and your loved ones are continuing to stay safe and healthy. As we head into the holiday season, please continue to follow public health guidelines including social distancing, washing hands, and limiting gatherings and the number of people at those gatherings.

The State of California has issued guidelines for Halloween strongly discouraging traditional trick-or-treating this year. However, there are plenty of ways you and your family can still safely celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos.

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
10/12: Indigenous Peoples' Day
10/15: Census deadline
10/16: World Food Day
10/24: United Nations Day
10/31: Halloween; Día de los Muertos begins
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



California LifeLine Program Enrollment Event

This month, we partnered with Community Through Hope, the San Diego Food Bank and provider TruConnect to host an enrollment event for the California LifeLine program, which provides discounts for home phone or wireless phone service to households with limited income. Starting in December, the program will be expanded to offer discounted broadband service as an option.

In the 40th Senate District alone, 117,633 constituents are eligible for the LifeLine discount but are not currently enrolled. This program could be immensely helpful, 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.

If you missed the event but would like 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.

Listos California: Emergency Preparedness Campaign

As we continue to experience a devastating wildfire season, it's critical for all Californians to be prepared for these and other emergencies. Listos California is an effort designed by the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, and supported by Catholic Charities, to ready our most-vulnerable populations for disasters and public health emergencies.

Step 1: Get alerts to know what to do. Sign up for local alerts at CalAlerts.Org today.

Step 2: Make a plan to protect your people. Talk with your family, caregiver, and roommates.

Step 3: Pack a Go Bag! Take items like IDs, medication, cash, phone + charger, important documents & pet supplies.

Step 4: Build a Stay Box for when you can't leave home! You don't have to spend a lot of money, just start with what you already have.

Step 5: Help friends & neighbors get ready! Create a network of neighbors, caregivers, or family & exchange contact information.

More information and resources:


Nonprofit of the Year: Samahan Health Centers


As part of the fifth annual California Nonprofit of the Year awards, I have the honor of recognizing Samahan Health Centers, a multi-service health center, as Nonprofit of the Year for the 40th Senate District. Our diversity is our strength in the 40th Senate District, and Samahan Health Centers enhances this by offering high-quality, culturally-sensitive care to those in need.

Samahan Health Centers began in 1973, when a group of volunteer doctors and nurses met to address the lack of culturally- and linguistically-competent health services available to their families and communities. They began providing free primary healthcare to Filipino and Latino patients out of a barber shop in downtown San Diego. The demand for services rapidly grew, and the group realized this effort would take more organization, full-time staff, and a space of their own.

In their commitment to Samahan (a Filipino word for "working together"), they formalized their efforts and created 'Operation Samahan'. Since then, Samahan Health Centers has grown to multiple clinic sites in National City, Mira Mesa, and Rancho Peñasquitos and is recognized as a Federally Qualified Health Center since 2013. It continues to increasingly serve the uninsured and underinsured population of low economic means, many of whom are members of the Filipino American community.

In the past months, Samahan responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by launching an outdoors COVID-19 clinic in the parking lot of its National City health center and has ramped up testing to accommodate more people. Samahan also offers telehealth services; most primary care, dental, and psychiatry patients are now seen either by phone or video conference, except for those who require a face-to-face appointment with their doctor.

I'm grateful to be part of this special public recognition for Samahan and its longstanding support of our community. For more information about the award, please visit my website.

Citizen of the Month: Jacqueline Reynoso

After 12 years, Jacqueline Reynoso is leaving her post as Chief Executive Officer of the National City Chamber of Commerce, and we wish her much success! Throughout her tenure leading the Chamber, Jacqueline has served as a champion of inclusive economic growth, arts and culture, and workforce. She has advocated for National City's economic development initiatives in sustainability, tourism promotion, business development and civic engagement.

Jacqueline has led the Chamber through a lot of "firsts": when she was first hired, she led a campaign to retire the Chamber's building debt so that members and the community could enjoy networking or hold meetings and community events at its headquarters; in 2014 she launched National City's first farmer's market; she led the Chamber to become the first Live Well San Diego partner in San Diego County; she helped the Chamber launch its first Career Pathways to Success Job Fair; and she organized the first binational Craft Beer and Spirits Festival in the San Diego region. She also led the administration of National City's Forgivable Loan Program, its Signage and Facade Improvement Program, and its Business Accelerator Academy.

As if her leadership at the Chamber isn't enough, Jacqueline has also provided her guidance to dozens of community, business and government organizations, including the Southwestern College Mariachi Scholarship Foundation, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, the National City Chamber Foundation, the South Bay Energy Action Collaborative, the San Diego Foundation Regional Vision Council, and many more.

As Chief Executive Officer of the National City Chamber of Commerce, Jacqueline has been incredibly effective in advancing the goals and principles of the organization, and her achievements have earned her the great respect and admiration of all in the community. We are so grateful for your service, Jacqueline!


Helpful Voter Information in the Final Days before Election Day

Earlier this week, we sent an email with important information for voters in the final days before Election Day. If you missed it, be sure to check it out on my website.

California Seniors Can Renew Driver's Licenses without a Trip to the DMV

Californians aged 70 and older with a noncommercial driver's license can now renew online or by mail, avoiding a trip to the California DMV office. Licenses with an expiration date between March 1, 2020 and throughout the COVID-19 emergency are eligible. More info here.

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.
Web site:
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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