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Senator Ben Hueso


 
WELCOME

Dear Friend,

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well during this holiday season. While typically the holidays involve gathering with family and friends, I encourage you to please adhere to public health guidelines  and stay home this year.

The surge in California's COVID-19 cases is extremely concerning. As of this week, the ICU capacity in Southern California is at zero percent. It is imperative that we all do our part to stop the spread: stay home when possible, physically distance yourself from others, wear a mask and wash your hands.

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance with a state matter, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Stay safe,

Sincerely,

Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

WELCOME
Events Calendar
12/07:

Convening of 2021-22 Regular Session; Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

12/10: Hanukkah begins
12/18: Hanukkah ends
12/21: Winter Solstice
12/25: Christmas
12/26: Kwanzaa begins
12/31: New Year's Eve
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar

 

IN THE KNOW ...

Update on California's Response to COVID-19

On December 3, Governor Newsom issued a Regional Stay at Home order aimed at stopping the surge of COVID cases and preventing further strain on our hospitals. San Diego and Imperial Counties, as part of the Southern California region, are both currently under this stay-at-home order. For more information on what that means for you, visit www.covid19.ca.gov.

California received its first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine produced by PfizerBioNTech this week. The State will distribute a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine fairly to everyone in California who wants it. California's phased distribution plan  is based on risk and level of exposure, with the first shots going to our health care workers and residents in long-term care settings. The next availability will go to other Californians at high risk of becoming infected or severely ill from COVID-19. The vaccine will be widely available later in 2021.
  

This month, California also introduced CA Notify, a new state exposure notification system. Protect yourself and those around you by signing up to get automatic COVID-19 exposure alerts. Once registered, you will receive alerts only if you come in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus. Your privacy is protected as your identity is not known and your location is not tracked.

For more information and updates, please continue to monitor covid19.ca.gov and tune into the Governor's and Health and Human Services Secretary's public briefings.

2021-2022 Legislative Session Officially Begins

This month, my colleagues and I officially began the 2021-2022 legislative session, convening to discuss priorities for the upcoming year. We will continue to focus on COVID-19 prevention and relief efforts, economic recovery, and other issues facing our state that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

I am proud to share that I have been reappointed Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, as well as member of Banking and Financial Institutions, Natural Resources and Water, Governmental Organization, and Insurance. I was also appointed to the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture. I look forward to continuing to serve as your representative in Sacramento and ensuring our community has a voice in our state's decision-making process.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT ...

Citizen of the Month: Oreda Chin
 

Oreda Chin is the Executive Director of the Imperial Valley Cancer Support Center (IVSC) and is an inspiration to and advocate for so many who are battling cancer in the Imperial Valley.

Cancer survivors need a little more support this year, and Oreda dedicates her time to providing that support and more. In November alone, Oreda and IVSC provided over 15 gasoline cards to their clients, eight Wal-Mart gift cards, six quilts for new patients and distributed 15 turkeys at Thanksgiving.

In December, IVSC hosted a virtual fundraiser to continue to provide vital services to those in need and, so far, have $3500 received from auctioned items. Typically, IVSC hosts an annual holiday party for clients but, due to COVID, Oreda and her team instead prepared stockings and gift bags for cancer patients including those at the Cancer Institute at Pioneers for chemotherapy or treatment.

To date in 2020, IVSC has provided services or support to over 74 new families and 114 existing clients. Oreda says "It's a labor of love and a way for us to provide a little comfort during a time when we can't meet or hug in person. I never knew a hug could be so important until I couldn't give them."

Please join me in thanking Oreda and IVSC for the hope and joy they spread in our community!

Organization of the Month: Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce

The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce is a business development and advocacy organization in our district that plays a pivotal role in the success of so many of our regional businesses. Its focus on critical trade issues and proximity to the US-Mexico border helps provide businesses with resources and access to both local and global markets.

This year, with businesses experiencing unprecedented hurdles, the Chamber has been instrumental in providing COVID-19 resources to Otay Mesa businesses both related to financial assistance and workplace regulations. The Chamber successfully transitioned its MEXPORT trade show to a virtual platform and continues to develop informative seminars and workshops in a virtual environment.

The Otay Mesa business community has been a pillar in sustaining the region's economy due to their manufacturers, mainly food processors and the entire trade stakeholder businesses supporting the Otay Mesa Commercial Port of Entry, ensuring our supply chains continue to function efficiently. We are so fortunate to have such a prosperous business community leading the way in so many binational sectors, and we thank the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce for its vital role in helping this business community thrive!

WHAT'S NEW ...

Covered California Extends Enrollment Deadline to Dec 30 for Jan 1 Coverage

Need health insurance? To help Californians get the care they need during this health crisis, Covered California recently extended the first major Open Enrollment deadline for coverage. Consumers now have through December 30, 2020 to sign-up for coverage that begins on January 1, 2021. Nine out of ten enrollees receive financial help to lower the cost of coverage – you may be eligible too. Enroll by December 30 at CoveredCA.com.

City of San Diego Environmental Justice Survey

The City of San Diego is putting together policies to ensure all San Diego neighborhoods receive equal protection from environmental and health hazards, and access to resources to live a healthy lifestyle. Take the survey to let the city know what's important to you: https://www.sandiego.gov/outreach/environmental-justice-survey

San Diego Blood Bank in Need of Convalescent Plasma to fight COVID-19

If you have recovered from COVID-19, please consider donating plasma to help hospitalized patients. The antibodies in your plasma may help someone in critical condition. Demand is expected to double in the coming months. Learn more at http://sandiegobloodbank.org/donateplasma.


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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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