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Orange County Register: South Orange County Community College District celebrates its golden anniversary
March 2, 2017
The South Orange County Community College District celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Board of Trustees meeting, Feb. 27, at Saddleback College.
Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report
February 24, 2017
Sen. Pat Bates and Sen. Joel Anderson both expressed outrage after their colleague, Sen. Janet Nguyen, was removed from the Senate chamber after criticizing a former Democratic lawmaker over his stance on the Vietnam War.
Sacramento Bee: California senator removed from floor after criticizing late lawmaker Tom Hayden
February 23, 2017
“This sad episode is a textbook case of men trying to silence a woman whose views they did not like,” Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said in a statement.
The Daily Californian: State legislators may modify Prop. 57, expand definition of violent crimes
February 22, 2017
State Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, authored SB 75 to modify Proposition 57, which passed in November and increased the likelihood of parole for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes.
Patch: Bill Would Limit Early Parole For Crimes Like Rape, Arson, Abuse and Murder For Hire
February 18, 2017
State Sen. Patricia Bates Thursday revealed a list of crimes that would be covered under a bill that seeks to modify Prop. 57, which increased opportunities for parole of nonviolent felons and to allow judges, not prosecutors, to decide if some juveniles can be charged as adults.
San Clemente Times: SC Chamber Installs New Board, Hands Out Awards
February 17, 2017
State Sen. Pat Bates served as master of ceremonies for the event.
My News L.A.: Sen. Bates' bill adds heinous crimes called legally 'violent'
February 16, 2017
State Sen. Patricia Bates revealed a list of crimes Thursday that would be covered under a bill that seeks to modify Prop. 57, which increased opportunities for parole of nonviolent felons and to allow judges, not prosecutors, to decide if some juveniles can be charged as adults.
Public CEO: California Lawmakers Seek to Revise Parole Reform Law
February 7, 2017
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, wants protections against possible early release of sex criminals and other violent felons written into law.
Los Angeles Times: What is a 'violent crime'? For California's new parole law, the definition is murky -- and it matters
January 27, 2017
State Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), who filed a bill to reclassify more than 20 offenses as violent felonies, said there must be a public discussion about the criminal charges she is proposing to add to the list, such as inflicting injury on a child or assaulting an officer with a deadly...
Wall Street Journal: California Governor Takes Defiant Tone
January 25, 2017
Some Republican lawmakers warned that a confrontational stance would only hurt the state. "It is critical for California's leaders to pursue cooperation instead of confrontation with the new presidential administration," said State Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel.
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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...