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Pat's Perspective: June 2016
June 16, 2016
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Budget Update | Legislative Update | Sober Living Homes | PTSD Month Aims to Broaden Awareness | Small Business of the Year | National Scholars | Community Spotlight: Vista | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
San Diego Union-Tribune: The truth behind California's hidden gas tax
May 2, 2016
When Californians pay gas taxes at the pump, we expect that money to go toward California’s roads and bridges. Unfortunately, this is not entirely the case.
Orange County Register: Letters: Legislature undermining local control
April 27, 2016
Re: “Don’t put AQMD under CARB’s thumb” [Opinion, April 21]: The Register’s Editorial Board is absolutely correct regarding an effort by some in the Legislature to take more power away from local governments. As a member of the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee, I voted against Senate Bill...
Coast News Group: Minimum wage will worsen opportunity inequality
April 22, 2016
When Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new law to increase the minimum wage 50 percent by 2022, it was hailed by some as an historic achievement that will reduce income inequality. But I fear that when the law is fully implemented, income inequality will remain virtually unchanged while making opportunity inequality even worse.
Sacramento Bee: Legislature must close corrupting campaign money loophole
April 18, 2016
February’s sentencing of former state Sen. Leland Yee in a political corruption case closed a dark chapter in the history of the Legislature, and also presents an opportunity to close the legal loopholes that may allow such behavior again.
Sacramento Bee: Letters: We must confront fentanyl scourge
March 30, 2016
Re “Potent drug tied to fatal overdoses ” (Page 1A, March 29): Fentanyl has been making headlines nationwide and has contributed to other overdose crises, and potentially contributed to six deaths in Sacramento County. Fentanyl abuse has become a major problem in Orange County, portions of which we...
Orange County Register: Letters: As dangerous as heroin and cocaine
March 18, 2016
Re: “ Potent problem: Fentanyl, a deadly drug used to spike heroin and cocaine, returns to O.C. ” [Front page, March 16]: Jenna Chandler’s article underscores the need to crack down on fentanyl drug trafficking. As her article vividly demonstrates, fentanyl abuse has become a public health problem...
Orange County Register: Even with record state revenue, spending, tax hikes planned this year
January 24, 2016
This promises to be a pivotal year for taxpayers. With special interests and their allies gearing up to push for tax increases at the November ballot box, we will see whether Californians have had enough or will give the green light for more spending.
Vista Press: Christmas Message 2015
December 22, 2015
Published by the Vista Press on December 22, 2015 The Christmas season is a time of hope, joy and giving, making it one of my favorite times of the year. Yet, recent violent events both abroad and at home have contributed to a sense of unease. The terrible shooting earlier this month in San...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Use high-speed rail funds to fix California roads
November 12, 2015
What is more important to you and your neighbors? Better roads for your commute or a high-speed train to San Francisco that continues to escalate in cost? If Sacramento politicians have their way, that answer would be high-speed rail despite ominous signs.
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Los Angeles Times: California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shelves single-payer healthcare bill, calling it 'woefully incomplete'
“Speaker Rendon says that SB 562 is ‘woefully incomplete.’ California State Senate Republicans agree,” Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-...
San Jose Mercury News: Single-payer health care put on hold in California as leader calls bill 'woefully incomplete'
Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, issued a brief statement, saying only that California Republican senators agreed with...
Associated Press: $125B state budget approved
“It’s corrosive to continue to break promises,” said Senate Minority Leader Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. “Californians were promised better schools...