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Los Angeles Times: California Senate GOP leader: Release Capitol whistleblowers from non-disclosure agreements
December 13, 2017
California Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates is wading into the sexual harassment debate that has swept up the Capitol and is calling on her Democratic colleagues to allow whistleblowers to speak out by releasing them from non-disclosure agreements.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Peek at North County community events
December 12, 2017
Chris Stidman, left, president of the United Health Foundation and State Sen. Patricia Bates, center, met with Sgt. Major Julio Meza Nov. 30 at Camp Pendleton to announce a $150,000 grant to increase capacity and enhance the curriculum of the Fisher Children’s Center on base.
San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego's Toni Atkins is tapped as the first woman leader of the California State Senate
December 7, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, issued a laudatory statement about the announcement and described a cooperative working relationship with her Senate colleague.
Coast News Group: $102 million effort aims to restore lagoon
December 1, 2017
Gibson and a throng of state, regional and local officials — including Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear and State Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) — gathered at the lagoon’s nature center to break ground on a historic restoration of the nearly 1,000-acre reserve.
Orange County Register: Legislative Report Card ignores the spin, exposes the truth
October 29, 2017
In 2017, the California Legislature launched a sustained and withering assault on middle-class taxpayers.
Voice of San Diego: Here's Each Local Lawmaker's "Thing" in Sacramento
October 27, 2017
Together, San Diego’s delegation to the state Capitol has written hundreds of bills that address everything from obscure rules for trusts and estates to diapers to human trafficking.
Orange County Register: Plan decades in the works to restore Aliso Creek estuary moves forward in Laguna Beach
October 21, 2017
Bartlett and Bates both spoke in support of the project.
Orange County Register: California's gun safety sham
October 19, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, for one, recognizes the hypocrisy. She told the Los Angeles Times, “In light of the Las Vegas massacre, it makes no sense for the governor to sign a bill that would give judges the ability to reduce sentences for criminals who use guns. … Any...
Los Angeles Times: Female lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists speak out on 'pervasive' harassment in California's Capitol
October 17, 2017
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said she supports “efforts to stop perpetrators of sexual harassment and their enablers.” She encouraged people who have been harassed to come forward.
Washington Post: In California, a direct -- if expensive -- resistance to President Trump's Washington
October 16, 2017
“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 Republican leader. “Our low- and middle-income folks are going to see the cost of living go way up — and we’re already there.”
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Orange County Register: State audit exposes south Orange County sewage agency's sloppy accounting
“This state audit validates how SOCWA has been mismanaged over several years,” reads a joint statement from state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel...
Dana Point Times: Senator Patricia Bates Names Donna Kalez 'Woman of the Year'
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has honored Donna Kalez, the managing partner of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, as the...
CNBC: California's $77 billion 'bullet train to nowhere' faces a murky future as political opposition ramps up
“It's crazy time with this thing," said Pat Bates, the Republican leader in the state Senate. "Every time we get a new report it's more money and...