June is typically a busy month in Sacramento, and this year was no different.Problems viewing this E-mail? Please click here.
Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

June is typically a busy month in Sacramento, and this year was no different. My colleagues and I worked tirelessly to craft the annual state budget, and continued to fine tune other important legislative proposals through the committee and floor processes

Of course, this month is also significant because June 15 marked the official state reopening. With more Californians getting vaccinated, and transmission and hospitalization rates falling, we can now safely move past physical distancing, business capacity limits, and the county tier system. Additionally, mask guidance has been relaxed for many situations. While this is a significant milestone in our recovery, please continue to exercise caution, especially if you have not been vaccinated.

As always, if you have any questions 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
6/4: Last day to pass bills out of house of origin
6/6: D-Day
6/7: Committee meetings may resume
6/14: National Flag Day
6/15: Budget must be passed by midnight
6/19: Juneteenth
6/20: Father's Day; Summer Solstice
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



California State Budget 2021-2022

My colleagues in the Legislature and I have passed the state budget for 2021-2022. This year's agreement is designed to help California build back boldly while protecting state finances from the next inevitable downturn.

Highlights of the package include:

  • Legislation to extend the state's eviction moratorium through September 30, 2021 and fully pay rent debt for low-income Californians who have suffered economic hardship due to the pandemic
  • $8.1 billion in direct relief to Californians who make less than $75,000 annually
  • $1.5 Billion in grants for small businesses and nonprofits
  • $1 billion over multiple years for various wildfire prevention and response efforts
  • $3.7 billion over three years for needed climate resiliency investments

The budget package also included significant funding I worked to secure for projects in the 40th Senate District:

  • $1.4 million to Jewish Family Service of San Diego for a Universal Basic Income pilot program in Paradise Hills, San Ysidro, National City and Encanto
  • $1 million for library books, equipment, and computers for Imperial County public library system
  • $2.4 million for the Logan Heights Library

For more information on the 2021 Budget Act, visit www.ebudget.ca.gov

EDD Announces Work Search Requirement for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced this month that, starting July 11, 2021, unemployment benefits recipients must begin looking for work to maintain their eligibility.

This requirement to search for work has historically been part of the unemployment insurance program but, due to extenuating circumstances of the pandemic and related job losses, it has been suspended in California since March 2020. Now that the state is reopening, Californians will be required to once again search for work in order to continue receiving benefits.

EDD will be sending notices to claimants to inform them of this update, and explain what it means for them. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my offices.

Stop the Bleed Training Event

One of the bills (SB 687) I am proud to be carrying this session would require certain public and private buildings to maintain trauma kits on their premises. SB 687 would also require proper training on how to use the equipment in the trauma kits, and how to respond during a traumatic emergency.

This month, I held a Stop the Bleed training event in Sacramento with Dr. Amy Liepert of UC San Diego Health, where attendees learned standard response procedures to heavy bleeding, including how to correctly apply pressure to wounds, how to use tourniquets, and how to pack wounds to stop or slow bleeding when wounds are large. In traumatic medical emergencies, timing is critical. By learning vital measures to aid trauma victims, we can all be empowered to save lives if tragedy strikes.

I encourage you to take some time today to learn about how to get trained, how to get equipment, or how to get involved in spreading awareness.


Nonprofit of the Year: Imperial Valley Food Bank


I am thrilled to recognize Imperial Valley Food Bank (IVFB) as Nonprofit of the Year for the 40th District! This extraordinary organization has continuously gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 emergency, serving more people and distributing more nutrition than ever in its 30-year history.

IVFB has been serving the Imperial Valley region since 1991, and was a beacon of hope for so many in the community even before COVID-19. Pandemic-related layoffs and business closures mean that IVFB is seeing more clients than ever before, and they have worked tirelessly to meet the surge in demand. In 2020, IVFB staff and volunteers distributed 8 million pounds of food and served up to 29,000 residents (up from 5 million pounds and 18,000 residents pre-pandemic).

IVFB's staff of 14 never ceased operations even when the rest of the state sheltered in place, and worked not only in the office, but also out in the community, to ensure our neighbors had food and other essentials. They created new distribution models to protect the safety of both clients and employees, and added distribution sites as local agencies ceased their feeding operations. In addition to nutrition, they helped local agencies distribute hand sanitizer, disinfectant, masks and face shields to hard-to-access, low-income populations. And, as first responders, IVFB continues to work with the County Emergency Operations Center.

Read more about IVFB's herculean efforts, and the 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year awards, on my website.

Citizen of the Month: Dr. Ward Andrus

Dr. Ward Andrus has been the superintendent for Central Union High School District (CUHSD) since 2019, and in just two years has made a lasting impact on countless students. Prior to moving to El Centro, Dr. Andrus worked in Northern California in K-12 districts, Placer County Office of Education and, in his early years, Salt Lake City as a teacher. He was unanimously approved by the CUHSD Board in 2019 to take the helm and has transformed the school district in that time.

I had the pleasure of meeting with him on a recent trip to Imperial Valley and touring the Construction Lab at Central Union High School. I was delighted to see state funds going to such a great purpose, and was especially impressed with Dr. Andrus' passion.

It was clear to me how devoted Dr. Andrus is to his students, and how hard he works to ensure they have an enriching educational experience. Despite the hardships of the last year, he has remained focused on making sure CUHSD students stay engaged and challenged. Whatever the moment has called for, Dr. Andrus has stepped up to the plate. He helped remotely provide meals when the pandemic started and worked hard to get students safely back to in-person learning.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Andrus for his dedication to providing our students with a top-notch education and helping them reach their dreams.


Practice Fireworks Safety this Fourth of July!

As you prepare to enjoy the July 4 holiday, remember that fireworks can spark fires. In fact, in certain areas of the state, fireworks are illegal because of the serious damage and millions of dollars in property loss that occur each year from wildfires sparked by fireworks. Check your local ordinances to find out if fireworks are illegal where you live, or if certain "Safe and Sane" fireworks are allowed. For more info on fireworks safety, visit CalFire's website.

Digital Vaccine Records Now Available

This month the Department of Public Health and Department of Technology unveiled the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record, a convenient way for Californians to access their vaccination record from the state immunization registry systems. Visit myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov to access yours.

Want to receive these updates in real time? Follow me on social media: Twitter | Instagram

  Download as a pdf  

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

California State Senate Majority Caucus (c) 2021 California State Senate