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Senator Ben Hueso


 
WELCOME

Dear Friend,

I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather and much-needed rain to our state. As we head into the holiday season, please continue to be vigilant in following public health guidelines surrounding the coronavirus, so that we can avoid the surges in cases seen after previous holiday seasons.

October 10 was the deadline for the Governor to sign or veto bills from the 2021 legislative session, and I am proud to share that all eight of my bills were signed into law! My office is currently working on our legislative package for 2022 and welcome your input. If you have any ideas for new state laws or changes to existing laws, please send me a message.

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

Sincerely,

Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District

 

WELCOME
Events Calendar
10/3-10/9: Public Power Week
10/10: Last day for Governor to sign or veto bills
10/11: Indigenous People's Day
10/21: Latina Equal Pay Day
10/24: United Nations Day
10/31: Halloween
   
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar

 

IN THE KNOW ...

Continuation of Rent Relief Program and Modified Eviction Moratorium

California's rent relief program is still active and currently accepting applications. There is no deadline to apply. Apply at HousingIsKey.com or call 833-430-2122. The state's previous eviction protections ended on September 30; however, a modified eviction protection went into effect on October 1 and lasts through March 31, 2022 for those who are eligible for rental assistance. To access these protections, you must apply for rental assistance. Visit housingiskey.com to learn more.

Need Help Paying Your Energy Bill?

The Governor and Legislature established the California Arrearage Payment Program to provide financial assistance to California energy utility customers to help reduce past due energy bill balances accrued during the pandemic. For more information, visit: https://csd.ca.gov/Pages/CAPP.aspx

$35 Million State Grant Supports San Diego's Educational Cultural Complex

This month the community celebrated a $35 million state budget allocation for a new theater and community room at the San Diego College of Continuing Education's Educational Cultural Complex (ECC). This investment was part of the State Legislature's and Governor Newsom's 2021 state budget and will preserve and rehabilitate the ECC, one of southeastern San Diego's only centers for education and arts. This building represents our community and has been a symbol of African American activism for decades. For example, Coretta Scott King's 1983 address at ECC is credited for influencing the decision to create the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Barona Grant Awarded to Cesar Chavez Elementary

Each year the Barona Band of Mission Indians awards scholarships to schools in need in our community. This year I was honored to nominate Cesar Chavez Elementary for a Barona grant to help fund their 5th grade camp that will connect students to natural sciences, outdoor skills and local history.
 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT ...

Citizen of the Month: Carmen Zuñiga Estrada

 

Carmen Zuñiga Estrada is passionate about working with families and the community, especially with youth. Although she is technically retired, you would never know it. She has been working at the Imperial County Office of Education since 2019 and has been a volunteer with the Calexico School District for more than 20 years, supporting various activities like basketball and the prom.

From 2004 to 2010, Carmen served as athletic director of the Calexico Police Athletic League, which was the largest organization in California in the sports of basketball, boxing, and cheerleading. She helped guide 3,700 active children as they learned new sports and the value of teamwork. After the Calexico Police Athletic League closed its doors, Carmen took it upon herself to create the Calexico Parents Athletic Association. She founded this organization because she believes wholeheartedly in the power of sports to help children with health, education, and values. She has grown the organization to include 1,300 active children from all over Imperial Valley. With help from the Imperial Irrigation District, City of Calexico, and IBEW, the Calexico Parents Athletic Association provides two seasons at no cost to participating families. Carmen is grateful to the coaches and families for being united in this program, and the people who have believed in it and continue to believe in it.

Organization of the Month: House of Mexico

This month was the grand opening of the House of Mexico in Balboa Park! In 2019, I was proud to support a $400,000 state budget allocation by Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins for new International Cottages, and this month it all came to fruition.

Despite being one of the early members of Balboa Park's House of Pacific Relations (HPR), Mexico has not had a presence in the park for more than 80 years. After being readmitted to the HPR in 2004, the House of Mexico's team members advocated for a physical building in the park. In 2016, the City Council approved amending Balboa Park's master plan to allow for the construction of five buildings for nine new cottages, including a cottage for the House of Mexico. This month that building officially opened, marking a major step forward in the recognition of the importance of Mexico and its relationship with and influence on San Diego.

The House of Mexico is not just the building itself – it is also a not-for-profit organization that develops and implements ongoing programs to serve the community and reflect its mission to share, celebrate, educate and promote the beauty, history, and culture of Mexico to San Diego residents and visitors. We thank the organization and its team for their tireless advocacy and for making this dream a reality!

 

WHAT'S NEW ...

Pandemic-EBT

Beginning in November, eligible children will begin receiving Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) 2.0 cards in the mail. P-EBT is a federal food program operated by the California Department of Social Services, in partnership with the California Department of Education. The program was established in response to COVID-19-related school and childcare closures, and provides eligible families food benefits in addition to free or reduced-price meals at childcare or school. You do not need to apply to P-EBT. If a child meets the requirements, a card will automatically be mailed to them. Each child will receive their own card. For more information and eligibility, please visit the P-EBT website at ca.p-ebt.org.

Donate Blood, Save Lives

San Diego Blood Bank, like blood centers across the country, is experiencing critically low levels of blood due to a decline in donor turnout. All blood types are needed but particularly O positive blood, as it's the universal donor. It's vitally important that our blood supplies are stable so hospitals are not forced to cancel surgeries or alter treatment for some patients. Please consider making an appointment to donate blood as soon as possible.

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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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