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Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

April was an exciting month for the Imperial Valley and lithium production. U.S Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited the north end of Imperial County to listen to community members and stakeholders regarding the future of lithium mining around the Salton Sea. Her visit is proof that lithium production has the potential to make us world players in lithium battery production. Just as exciting, a new company, named Statevolt, announced plans to build a $4 billion giga-factory  in the Imperial County to produce lithium batteries. The plant will be one of the largest in North America, but more importantly, is set to produce an estimated 2,500-needed jobs. The company has a goal to fill 95% of those jobs with local residents.

I am also proud to announce that I am working with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia to help secure $80 million in funding for the STEM facility at the San Diego State University – Brawley campus. This facility could serve as training for the workforce for lithium and geothermal production.

Things are ramping up in Sacramento as my bills are being heard in the policy committees. My bills will set up EV charging stations in land ports of entry, help San Diego County meet its housing goals, and decrease tire flows in the Tijuana River Valley. If you would like to learn more, please do not hesitate to contact my office or website at sd40.senate.ca.gov.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District


Events Calendar
4/2: Equal Pay Day
4/3: National Library Week begins
4/7: Spring Recess begins upon adjournment of session
4/18: Tax Day
4/18: Legislature Reconvenes from Spring Recess
4/29: Last day for policy committees to hear fiscal bills introduced in their house.
4/7: Spring Recess begins upon adjournment of session
4/18: Tax Day
4/18: Legislature Reconvenes from Spring Recess
4/29: Last day for policy committees to hear fiscal bills introduced in their house
5/6: Last day for policy committees to hear and report to the floor non-fiscal bills introduced in their house.
5/13: Last day for policy committees to meet prior to May 31.
5/20: Last day for fiscal committees to hear and report to the Floor bills introduced in their house. Last day for fiscal committees to meet prior to May 31.
5/23-27: Floor Session only. No committee, other than conference or Rules, may meet for any purpose.
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



Arts and culture investment

Earlier this month, the City of San Diego announced it will launch its first cultural planning process to guide the city's investments in arts and culture in every community. "The Creative City" will start in June and is expected to conclude in 2024. What the city will accomplish is a 7- to 10-year policy and planning framework that aligns the city's cultural investments with larger priorities of San Diego communities. This initiative is important in continuing to support our local artists, as well as providing equity and inclusion for all San Diegans. Read more about the initiative here.

First Latina justice on the California Supreme Court

I am proud to say that the first Latina justice on the California Supreme Court is from my district. The Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed Justice Patricia Guerrero, just a few weeks ago, and then sworn in by Governor Gavin Newsom. Justice Guerrero is from the Imperial Valley, born to immigrant parents from Mexico. She has wide-ranging experience as a trial court judge, partner at a major law firm and Assistant U.S. Attorney. Congratulations to her for being a great role model for Latina women!


Nonprofit of the Month: Dietitian Cooks


Instead of allowing good food to go to waste, Britany Rodarte founded Dietitian Cooks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health equity in San Diego. The organization takes donated excess produce, which was either grown at home or store-bought, and provides it to the families who need it. During the pandemic, Dietitian Cooks started the Produce for the People program, which further extends the organization's goal of providing public education and increasing food access utilizing sustainable systems. Go here for more information on Dietitian Cooks.


Citizen of the Month: Fred Sotelo

As a co-founder of Cerveza XTECA and Xteca Coffee, Fred Sotelo has been running a business, but also serving the community with volunteer work. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors for YMCA of San Diego County. He previously served as the Chair of the Jackie Robinson YMCA and as Mayoral appointee to both the City of San Diego's Gang Prevention & Intervention Commission - and the Citizens Police Review board. Mr. Sotelo was formerly the CFO at Global Source Energy and is the Chairman and Founder of Toltec Media. He currently leads the San Diego Latino Professionals Network. Through his experience and volunteerism, Mr. Sotelo has fundraised in collaboration with other organizations, often times hosting toy drives and other community events. More recently, SDLP has hosted a toy drive to support the Jackie Robinson YMCA's largest Christmas toy drive.



2022 California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship Program

The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation is receiving scholarship applications. The Foundation will award $250,000 in scholarship funds to eligible students accepted into or currently attending an accredited college or university. Each student awarded a scholarship will receive $5,000. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2022. To apply or for more information go to www.cllcf.org

SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program

Starting May 1st, anyone 18-years-old and younger can ride for free in San Diego County with the San Diego Regional Planning Agency's Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program. SANDAG has teamed-up with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, North County Transit District, and the County of San Diego to connect youth to school, jobs, entertainment, and more. Youth can get unlimited rides on the bus, Trolley, COASTER, and SPRINTER through June 2023 with a Youth PRONTO account. Go here for more information.

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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
1021 O Street, Suite 7340
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
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El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: (760) 335-3442
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