In The News Archive

OC Register: 500 attend South Orange County Senior Day in Mission Viejo

March 14, 2016
About 500 people attended South Orange County Senior Day on Friday morning at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center to learn about issues facing local seniors, an organizer said.

San Clemente Times: MemorialCare Announces San Clemente Hospital to Close May 31

March 3, 2016
In a joint statement, Bates and Brough stated they were disappointed with the hospital’s decision.

Orange County Register: Saddleback Memorial's San Clemente hospital to close May 31; how many will be affected?

March 3, 2016
San Clemente’s 73-bed community hospital will close May 31 because of declining patient numbers and legislative constraints, its owners said Wednesday.

Saddleback Memorial closing San Clemente hospital by May

March 3, 2016
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Hills, and Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-San Juan Capistrano, had pushed legislation that would have allowed Saddleback to put a satellite emergency department on the hospital campus, but the bill couldn’t get out of committee.

Long Beach Post: State Senators Push for Funding for Human Trafficking Victims

February 29, 2016
Senator Janet Nguyen is joining forces with her senate colleagues in an effort to increase the comprehensive services offered to the victims of human trafficking. Together the senators are calling for a $15 million budget that would serve over 600 victims a year and provide them with case...

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report: Breasts, Beer and the Shrimp Boy Clean-Up

February 29, 2016
State Sen. Patricia Bates weighed in on the conviction of her former colleague, Leland Yee, on corruption charges by introducing SB 1467, closing what she calls a major loophole in campaign contribution limits.

Los Angeles Times: Ex-state Sen. Leland Yee gets 5 years in prison in corruption case

February 24, 2016
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said Wednesday that the Yee case shows the need for stronger controls of campaign financing. She has introduced a bill aimed at closing a loophole in campaign finance law that was exploited by Yee.

San Jose Mercury News: Former state Sen. Leland Yee sentenced to prison

February 24, 2016
Legislators responded to the sentencing Wednesday with further calls for reform -- state Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, introduced a bill directed at Yee's conduct to close a loophole that allows the skirting of campaign contribution limits.

Los Angeles Times: Valentine's Day date who vanished inspires a bill seeking a tougher penalty for body dumping

February 19, 2016
Responding to the case of a woman whose body was found in Cleveland National Forest two months after she disappeared following a Valentine's Day night out in Costa Mesa, state Sen. Janet Nguyen introduced a bill Wednesday that could increase the penalty for moving a corpse with intent to conceal it.

Orange County Register: San Clemente code blue

January 26, 2016
This crisis was worsened earlier this month when the California Assembly and Senate health committees pulled the plug on legislation to allow a stand-alone emergency room in San Clemente. The bills were Assembly Bill 911, by Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point; and Senate Bill 787, by state Sen...