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Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

I'm excited to announce that 17 bills I authored are heading to the Assembly floor. These bills range from environmental issues to ensuring everyone has access to high-speed internet. I feel SB 1359 is an important bill. It would prevent law enforcement from citing drivers whose license plate sticker was stolen as long as the driver's registration is current. SB 1169 will retire the toll on the South Bay Expressway and transfer maintenance and improvements to Caltrans. SB 1181 is a bill that is focused on the environmental cleanup of used tires. Used tires from California are sold in Mexico. Those tires are not only unsafe, but they are not disposed of properly. They often end up in the Tijuana River Watershed or New River, making their way into the state as trash. All too often, lawmakers hear the concerns of citizens that state agencies don't include them in important decisions that will affect their community. SB 1213 will mandate state agencies to include community-based organizations when it comes to shaping state policy. Read more about all of my bills here.

On another note, San Diego State University inaugurated the Oaxaca Center for Mesoamerican Studies in Oaxaca, Mexico. The center will provide the study of indigenous languages, gastronomical traditions, and ethnographic research.

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and I were in Imperial County recently to talk to the community about lithium investments and listen to their concerns. I am proud to say that the issues I have been trying to address for years are finally happening. From geothermal development, Salton Sea restoration, and lithium development, I have worked hard with other state lawmakers to ensure these issues have been addressed. I am proud to say Imperial County is starting to see the fruits of our labors. The issues I have been addressing for years from geothermal development to Salton Sea restoration and lithium development are finally being realized. I have worked hard with other state lawmakers to bring about these results.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District


Events Calendar
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.
5/23-5/27: Floor session only.
5/27: Last day for bills to be passed out of the house of origin.
5/30: Memorial Day.
6/15: Budget bill must be passed by midnight.
6/30: Last day for a legislative measure to qualify for the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



SDSU Oaxaca Center for Mesoamerican Studies Inaugurated

Left to right: Dr. Cristina Alfaro (San Diego State University Vice President of International Affairs), Assemblymember Jose Medina, Senator Ben Hueso, Ana Molina-Rodriguez (SDSU Deputy Chief-of-Staff), Charlotte Ochiqui (SDSU Alumni Association President)

After decades of research and collaboration between San Diego State University and local organizations in Oaxaca, SDSU has committed to a more visible, physical, and integrated presence. The new SDSU Oaxaca Center for Mesoamerican Studies provides faculty and students with classrooms, office space, outdoor spaces, and administrative personnel to support ongoing programming, research, and collaborations with colleagues in Oaxaca. The curriculum will include the study of indigenous languages, gastronomical traditions, and ethnographic research.

Oaxaca is home to more than 16 different indigenous groups that make up roughly 48% of the population. The most commonly spoken indigenous languages are Zapotec, Mixtec, Mazatec, Mixe, and Chinotec.

The SDSU Oaxaca Center for Mesoamerican Studies was inaugurated on May 18th, and was followed by a research symposium in partnership with the Alfredo Harp Helu Foundation and the Juan de Cordova Research Library. I am humbled to have been a part of the inauguration and share in this historic occasion.

Lithium Valley Talks

I joined Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia in Calipatria recently to meet with local stakeholders to talk about the lithium investments Governor Newsom unveiled in his revised May budget proposal. The Governor is proposing millions in investment to train a local workforce and lithium extraction at Lithium Valley, near the Salton Sea. That would include $80 million for the San Diego State University campus in Brawley, which would develop and train a workforce. As of now, the budget by Newsom proposes an 80/20 split with 80 percent of revenues developed by lithium extraction going back into the Imperial County and the other 20 percent going to Salton Sea restoration projects. We listened to the communities' concerns, and we are working with the Governor's office to ensure people get a fair share of the revenues they deserve.


Nonprofit of the Month: Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center


Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center's historic 7.85-acre property in National City, California serves as an interactive, indoor-outdoor classroom for children and adults from around San Diego County. Olivewood's purpose is to build healthy families and a healthy environment. Programs including science-based environmental education and nutrition lessons, hands-on gardening and cooking classes, and job skills and leadership development programs for youth, adults, and families. Since 2010, Olivewood has hosted over 120,000 visits through programs, classes, and tours.

Olivewood's core programs include science and nutrition based field trips for elementary students, Cooking for Salad® classes and Kitchentstas programs for adults and high school Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Garden to Kitchen leadership development programs for high school students. Olivewood also supports hundreds and volunteers and interns annually. To learn more about the organization, please click here.

Citizen of the Month: Natasha T. Salgado

Natasha T. Salgado serves as the Community Engagement and Small Business Program Manager for Logan Heights Community Development Corporation. Throughout her years with the organization, she has worked towards advancing socio-economic equity and opportunity for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and community members in the Logan Heights, Historic Barrio District, and San Diego Promise Zone neighborhoods. She also serves as the San Diego Promise Zone Economic Activities Co-chair, City of San Diego Small Business Advisory Board Vice-Chair, and most recently sits as a member for Mission Driven Finance's Advisory Committee. In 2021, Natasha was selected to be among 24 power-building leaders from San Diego and Sacramento for the 2021 Rockwood Leadership Institute's Building Power Fellowship, as well as chosen for the San Diego Leadership Alliance's fellows class of 2022. To learn more about the Logan Heights Community Development Corporation, please click here.


Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 40

I selected San Diego-based House of Mexico as the 2022 California Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 40. They provide on-going programs, which create a bridge to multicultural understanding by sharing, celebrating education, and promoting the beautiful art, culture and history of Mexico. Read more about them here.


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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
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Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4040
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