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Orange County Register: Another view of the governor's 'State of the State'
February 2, 2018
Gov. Jerry Brown recently delivered his final “State of the State” address to the Legislature. Whether you agree or disagree with his policies, he will leave a deep legacy of public service in our state that will be felt for decades to come.
Coast News Group: Affordable housing critical to North County's future
January 19, 2018
North County is a great place to live, but it is not immune to California’s housing crisis. We know that it is very costly to rent or buy a home in the area. While the positive attributes of our region are a major factor in driving prices much higher than the national average, the simple truth is that housing supply is not keeping up with demand.
Coast News Group: Lower sentences for gun criminals?
November 2, 2017
The recent massacre in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of at least 59 people has again rekindled an emotional conversation on gun control. As a mother and grandmother, I grieve for those killed and pray for the recovery of the wounded. I share an interest in reducing gun violence as such violence has no place in our society.
Orange County Register: Letters: Go Santa Margarita
August 17, 2017
Re: “Santa Margarita Little League wins West Regional to earn World Series berth” [News, Aug. 13]: As the Little League World Series gets underway, I will be cheering for the Santa Margarita team and I hope all Californians will rally behind them. I am proud of what the Santa Margarita boys have...
Orange County Register: Too soon for county vote centers
June 25, 2017
I support the recent unanimous decision by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to put the brakes on a proposal attempting to create vote centers in limited areas of the county. It was the right decision at the right time. Had the supervisors approved this plan, it would have increased the likelihood of voter fraud in upcoming elections — especially when you consider the wide array of relaxed voting standards recently enacted into law.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Single-payer health plan full of false promises
June 15, 2017
The catch is that this plan would be run by the same state government struggling to fund basic services. Embracing a fantasy that promises everything to everybody, the Senate recently passed Senate Bill 562, which would create a government-run health care monopoly that would essentially outlaw private health insurance.
Times of San Diego: Separating Fact from Fiction in The $52 Billion Gas Tax Increase
May 2, 2017
The largest gas tax increase in California’s history is now law following Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature last Friday. As a strong opponent of the legislation, I urge California’s drivers to learn the facts and to hold accountable those who voted for the tax. Here’s my analysis of the Democratic majority’s claims and the facts behind Senate Bill 1.
Orange County Register: Orange County drivers are no winners in Sacramento backroom deal
April 28, 2017
In recent days, Orange County drivers have heard from some people about how everyone will benefit greatly from the transportation finance bill (Senate Bill 1) that the California Legislature approved this month. More money for road repairs and a constitutional “guarantee” to protect new transportation tax dollars. What’s not to like?
Separating Fact from Fiction on New Gas and Car Taxes
April 25, 2017
As Governor Brown prepares to sign Senate Bill 1 into law that contains the largest gas tax increase in California’s history, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today pushed back on certain claims regarding the bill’s purported virtues. As a strong opponent of SB 1, Bates...
Sacramento Bee: Letters: A step to limit big money in politics
March 9, 2017
Re “Lawmakers raised big money for ballot measures – but didn’t spend much of it” (Data Tracker, March 3): The article by The Sacramento Bee’s Jim Miller highlights the need to close loopholes that allow politicians to skirt individual campaign-contribution limits. I authored Senate Bill 1467 last...
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Dana Point Times: Senator Patricia Bates Names Donna Kalez 'Woman of the Year'
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has honored Donna Kalez, the managing partner of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, as the...
CNBC: California's $77 billion 'bullet train to nowhere' faces a murky future as political opposition ramps up
“It's crazy time with this thing," said Pat Bates, the Republican leader in the state Senate. "Every time we get a new report it's more money and...
OC Register: Rehab Riviera: Addiction advertising can trick you to death
Sen. Pat Bates and Rep. Sharon Quirk-Silva and others have introduced bills aiming at cleaning up the industry.