Senator Ben Hueso & AT&T Present $45,000 Grant to Urban Corps of San Diego County
Senator Ben Hueso presented Urban Corps of San Diego with a $45,000 grant on behalf of AT&T. The funding will go towards the Corps-to-Career program - supporting at-risk youth by keeping them on track with their educational and vocational goals.
During the presentation Senator Hueso stated, "Urban Corps provides life-changing services and experiences for San Diego youth. While giving our young people the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond the classroom, Urban Corps is also improving our city. I'm proud to join AT&T to support this organization and help bolster the work they do in our community."
The Corps-to-Career program provides students with career guidance, one-on-one case management and counselling, life skills workshops, help with resume writing, job placement and post-secondary transition assistance. These services give continuity and direction for young people who are enrolled in the Corps-to-Career program and who work on public service projects such as recycling, tree planting, graffiti removal and habitat restoration throughout San Diego. The program ensures that participants stay on course with their professional and educational goals while at Urban Corps and after graduation.
Senator Hueso Introduces Bill to Combat Online Human Trafficking
Senator Ben Hueso introduced legislation to combat online human trafficking by protecting a voter approved initiative that requires registered sex offenders to report all internet identifiers to law enforcement.
"In this growing internet era, we must make every effort to protect people from the dangers of the net by requiring registered sex offenders to disclose all internet identifiers," expressed Senator Hueso. "We have learned that human trafficking has become increasingly easier and has now moved online. In just two years, California's anti-trafficking task forces initiated 2,552 investigations, identified 1,277 victims and arrested 1,798 individuals. Of the total amount of individuals trafficked 72 percent were Americans. We need to take this problem very seriously."
In November of 2012, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 35, also known as the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act (CASE Act). The Act is the most popular initiative in the State's history with an overwhelming 81 percent support. In April 2015, the courts issued an opinion requiring the legislature to clarify a section of Proposition 35 or it would be struck down. Senate Bill 448 provides stronger terms for use by law enforcement to combat online predators.
Senator Hueso Attends Opening of the Sun and Sea Festival
Senator Hueso attended Mayor Serg Dedina's Inaugural Imperial Beach Pier Swim and Paddle, followed by the Mayor's Breakfast, a tradition before the opening day of the Sun and Sea Festival.
Over 100 swimmers and paddlers, including Senator Hueso, participated in the 1.5 mile stretch around the Imperial Beach Pier. Senator Hueso recognized volunteers for their efforts in preparing the Sun and Sea Festival, which featured sandcastle sculptors and a community parade.