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Orange County Register: Letters: How is Prop. 63 money being spent?
October 5, 2016
Re: “Where has $17 billion in California mental-health funds gone?” [Opinion, Sept. 18]: I share the desire of the Register’s editorial board in ensuring that the $17 billion generated by California’s Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) is spent effectively. Last month, the Legislature...
Orange County Register: Imprisoned felons could determine outcome of local elections
August 29, 2016
As a former social worker, I believe in giving people second chances. But allowing felons to vote while still behind bars? That makes no sense.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Letters: Close the loopholes on contribution limits
August 26, 2016
In response to the U-T’s editorial, “ The problem with California ballot measure committees ” (Aug. 24), the editorial board is right about the need to close loopholes that allow politicians to skirt individual contribution limits. I authored Senate Bill 1467 that would limit the use of ballot...
Orange County Register: Letters: Hit the brakes on term limit extension
July 26, 2016
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is considering placing a measure on this November’s ballot that would ostensibly “strengthen” term limits. The board should reject this self-serving reform proposal crafted “by, for, and on behalf of Supervisor Shawn Nelson” because it is deceptive.
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...
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Washington Post: In California, a direct -- if expensive -- resistance to President Trump's Washington
“There is a lot of talk about how progressive the session was, but I feel it was very regressive,” said State Sen. Patricia Bates, the chamber’s...
Coastline Pilot: Aliso Creek estuary once had 14 acres of wetlands; now, there’s a plan to restore some of them
The project has caught the attention of state Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and county supervisor Lisa Bartlett, whose fifth district includes...
Los Angeles Times: Gov. Brown gives judges discretion over when to lengthen prison sentences in gun crimes
The governor drew criticism Wednesday from state Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel for signing the measure a...