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Senator Ben Hueso
May 2017 Newsletter


Dear Friend,

The legislative season is underway! I am proud to announce that this year's legislative bills have been moving out of their respective committees with strong bipartisan support. Your phone calls, emails and letters of support have been received with much praise, and I thank you all in advance.

As your State Senator, I encourage you to stay active and participate in the legislative process. There are many important proposals this year that may be important to you or to someone you know. This is a great opportunity to voice your opinion and get involved in your community, school, and/or organizations to positively create change and challenge you to make a difference.

I would also like to take this opportunity to extend warm wishes to all mothers who devote so much time in making everyone's life a better one. Happy Mother's Day!

As always, please feel free to contact my office with any questions you may have.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District


Events Calendar

Select Committee on California-Mexico Affairs


Cinco de Mayo


National Nurses Day


Mother's Day


Armed Forces Day


Harvey Milk Day


Memorial Day

For more legislative dates visit our Legislative Calendar


Senator Hueso Introduces Bill to Prohibit Utility Disconnections for Customers with Life Threatening Medical Conditions

Senator Hueso speaking

State Senator Ben Hueso held a press conference to announce Senate Bill 598 which will prohibit disconnections for nonpayment from customers receiving financial assistance for qualifying life-threatening medical conditions.

During the event, Senator Hueso stated, "The loss of basic utility service brings tremendous hardship and stress to individuals living with life threatening medical conditions. This bill will protect our most vulnerable and guarantee their safety by ensuring their lights stay on."

The volume of annual residential disconnections for nonpayment of electric and gas utility services have risen by 67 percent in five years, from 547,000 in 2010 to 816,000 in 2015. These shutoffs threaten the health of nearly 2 million of California's most vulnerable populations which are mostly children, low-income families, non-English populations, communities of color, infants, elderly and the physically disabled.

SB 598 also proposes a goal to reduce disconnections by 50 percent by 2021.

Senator Hueso's Coronado Bridge Safety Bill Passes Senate Transportation Committee

Senator Hueso speaking on KUSI news

Senator Hueso announced that SB 480 has passed the Senate's Transportation Committee. This bill would appropriate monies from the General Fund to the Department of Transportation to be expended for maintenance costs and the construction of safety barriers on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in the County of San Diego.

After the committee hearing, Senator Hueso expressed, "Although tremendous progress has been made, there is still much more to be done. I am committed to fight for state resources so that our residents can feel safe and secure."

In addition, Hueso has also been diligently working with CalTrans to address and enhance the safety of both the people driving above and the people playing below.

The following is a list of immediate measures that have been taken:

  • As a response to the community's concern of debris from the bridge falling into Chicano Park, CalTrans will be sweeping the road on I-5 connectors every other week (weather permitting).
  • CalTrans is also looking into the possibility of installing a permanent debris fence (i.e. checking weight capacity of the connector barriers).
  • CalTrans is finalizing a study to determine if speeding is a chronic problem on the connectors from I-5 to the Coronado Bridge.
  • CalTrans is working on a safety assessment study to determine the necessary improvements to prevent vehicles from veering off of the road.
  • CalTrans is working on a feasibility study on suicide prevention.

Senator Hueso Appointed by Senate Pro Tem to Nuclear Legislative Working Group

Senator Hueso being interviewed

California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) announced that State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) has been appointed to represent the California State Senate at the National Conference of State Legislators: 2017 Nuclear Legislative Working Group (NLWG). NLWG meetings will provide state legislators with the opportunity to discuss federal and state nuclear energy and waste management policy, meet with federal officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, and share information from other states.

After the appointment, Senator Hueso stated, "This is a great opportunity to develop a positive dialogue with state leaders and help create necessary policies related to the storage and disposal of nuclear waste. I would like to thank Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León for appointing me to the working group and look forward to representing our state."

NLWG has addressed nuclear energy and waste management issues since 1992. Members of the NLWG will meet twice a year. This year's meetings will occur in mid-June and mid-November.

May is American Stroke Month

Together is more than a word, it's a rallying cry; a call to action to join with fellow warriors – family, friends, neighbors and healthcare professionals – to do something as a group that can't be done alone.
Together. It's how we can give our loved ones more quality moments with one another.
Together. It's how we will tackle a leading cause of serious, long-term disability and death.
Together. It's how we will end stroke.

  • Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the U.S.
  • Each year, about as many Americans, have a stroke as a heart attack.
  • Stroke caused more than 133,000 deaths in 2014.
  • After years of decline, recent data shows that stroke mortality has climbed 3 percent.

Most strokes are preventable.

  • High blood pressure is the most important controllable risk factor for stroke.
  • One in three American adults have high blood pressure.
  • About three in four people, who have a first stroke, have blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm Hg.

Stroke is largely treatable.

  • The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover.
  • Stroke patients who received a clot-busting drug within 90 minutes of symptom onset were almost 3 times more likely to recover with little or no disability.
  • 91 percent of stroke patients who were treated with a stent retriever (a mesh tube attached to a wire that's guided through a thin tube catheter) within 2.5 hours of symptom onset recovered with little or no disability.

The American Stroke Association's Together to End Stroke initiative teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to remember the most common signs of stroke. If you spot sudden (F)ace drooping, (A)rm weakness, or (S)peech difficulty, it's (T)ime to call 911.

How many more lives can be saved if everyone who knows how to spot a stroke, passes the knowledge on to others? Let's find out; starting with you.


Senator Hueso Commends Genoveva Aguilar from Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West

Senator Hueso with Genoveva Auilar

This month, Senator Ben Hueso commended Ms. Genoveva Aguilar, organizer at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for her dedication and selfless commitment to the service workers of San Diego County. Ms. Aguilar has been fighting for workers' rights for almost a decade and continues to be an inspirational and remarkable leader to her friends and colleagues alike.

Senator Hueso stated, "Ms. Aguilar has proven dedication and hard work can lead to exceptional results. She has raised the bar in many ways as a trailblazer in our community. I commend and respect her for all that she does."

Team Hueso Celebrates the 95th Anniversary of Calexico Rotary

Calexico Rotary Club

On April 1, 1922, the Calexico Rotary Club was officially established and joined the worldwide network of Rotary International, the world's largest service non-profit organization. Since its inception, the Calexico Rotary has served the City of Calexico by supporting local organizations and doing community service projects. In 1933, the Calexico Rotary Club sponsored the first Rotary Club in Mexicali known back then as Club Rotario Mexicali that later started new clubs in the area.

The Calexico Rotary Club has worked with Mexicali clubs to establish sustainable projects like rebuilding and outfitting a motor home as a Mobil Medical Clinic. They then donated it to the Autonomous University of Baja California, where it remains in use today.

Congratulations to the Calexico Rotary Club and we wish you many more years of continued success!


Senator Hueso Invites Students to Apply for the CA Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarships

On April 1st, the CA Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation's Scholarship Program, now in its third year, will commence taking online applications from eligible students. The program was established to assist deserving students by offering to meet educational expenses. Sixty $1000 scholarships will be awarded this year.

In order to be eligible for scholarship consideration, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full time student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university, OR
  • Be a graduating high school senior with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.
  • Submit a completed online application with all required supplementary documents by the application deadline.

Complete scholarship requirements and details are available at the Foundation's website:

The deadline for submitting the online application and all supporting documentation is June 1, 2017.

San Diego County Water Authority's Live WaterSmart Photo Contest Begins to Celebrate Water Awareness Month

With the start of Water Awareness Month, the San Diego County Water Authority wants to see and share, what water means to the region's residents – how they experience it, use it, appreciate it and know of its importance in everyday activities and their surroundings – through the month-long Live WaterSmart photo contest.

Hosted on Instagram, the contest will offer prizes for something people do every day on social media. Entering is easy – all participants have to do is submit a photo by email to the Water Authority at Participants are invited to use their imaginations in seeing, not just scenes of water, but scenes that may include everything water affects. The Water Authority will confirm the photo submission with the photographer and post it to its Instagram account (@sdcwa) for all the Water Authority's followers to see and vote for with Instagram "likes."

Submissions must include the first and last name of the photographer, the photographer's age and full address, the date and location of the photo, and a description of how the image demonstrates water as an essential part of the photographer's life. The description should not exceed 140 characters. Contest participants must be at least 18 years of age. For other contest rules and more information, go to

Photos can be submitted up to 5 p.m. May 31. Winners will be announced the week of June 5. For more information about how residents and businesses increase their water-use efficiency rain or shine, go to

California State Senator Ben Hueso - Fortieth Senate District
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