In The News Archive

Los Angeles Times: California lawmakers to weigh harsher penalties for sex offenders who remove their GPS trackers

January 10, 2017
A bill reintroduced by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Nigel) would make it a felony for a person to tamper with any monitoring device affixed as a condition of parole, community supervision or probation.

Orange County Register: After racist vandalism at Pavion Park, Mission Viejo gathers to answer hate with love

January 10, 2017
Mission Viejo city leaders, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials, representatives of Rep. Mimi Walters and state Sen. Patricia Bates, and Rabbi Peter Levi, the Anti-Defamation League’s regional director in Orange County, also were in attendance.

Associated Press: California enlists Eric Holder to defend against Trump

January 5, 2017
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, called Holder's hiring "a waste," noting that the state Department of Justice has a staff of 4,300 people and an annual budget of $830 million.

San Francisco Chronicle: California Legislature hires Eric Holder to fend off Trump

January 4, 2017
State Republicans called the move a political stunt and questioned why outside counsel is needed given the attorney general’s office serves as the state’s legal team and the Legislature has an office of its own legislative lawyers.

San Clemente Times: Triton Football Parades Down Del Mar

December 22, 2016
Only in San Clemente can you find the type of passion and community support that was on display down Avenida Del Mar on Wednesday afternoon.

Orange County Register: Parade of champions: San Clemente celebrates Triton football’s first CIF State title

December 22, 2016
The last time Brandon Reaves saw this many people going crazy on the sidelines, he was returning a punt a stunning 54 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the CIF high school state Division 1-A football championship in Sacramento.

Orange County Register: Where to find the merry and jolly in the Saddleback area

December 7, 2016
For those looking to dive into community issues, state Sen. Patricia Bates will host a public holiday open house at the Laguna Hills Civic Center, 24035 El Toro Road, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

NBC Bay Area: New Penalty Proposed for Parolees Who Disable GPS Trackers

November 23, 2016
“They really need to spend some time back in prison,” state senator Pat Bates said. She represents the 36th Senate district which includes Orange and San Diego counties.

Orange County Register: Road funding hits Sacramento traffic jam

November 11, 2016
Patricia Bates, a Republican from Laguna Niguel who sits on the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, says this tax “is the biggest ongoing funding source for the high-speed rail boondoggle, a project that will cost at least $64 billion and will burden future generations of taxpayers.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Officials hold town hall to address sober-living homes

October 5, 2016
State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and other elected officials held the forum to gather input on new legislation that could give cities some regulatory power over the homes, which are now unregulated if they have six or fewer residents.