Pat's Perspective: August 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Message from Pat

Dear Neighbor,

The Legislature will re-assemble in Sacramento on August 21, setting off a four-week marathon towards September 15, the last day to send regular legislation this year to the governor. Over the next month, I will be voting on hundreds of bills that could affect our pocketbooks and quality of life.

I will also be cheering on the Santa Margarita Little League team as they compete in the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania. The Santa Margarita boys are the only team representing California in the 16-team tournament.

They and all the other boys and girls playing sports represent what is good about America. They come from different backgrounds but are all united by a love of sport. They are learning the values of teamwork and respect for others, which are needed now more than ever given the racism and violence we saw recently in Virginia. We cannot change the past, but we can shape a more positive future by teaching our young people to respect all others.

As always, feel free to contact me on state legislation important to you. Constituent feedback is vital to making sure that I can best represent the 36th Senate District at the State Capitol.



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Property Tax Assistance

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The California State Controller’s Property Tax Postponement (PTP) program allows homeowners who are seniors, blind, or have a disability to apply to defer payment of property taxes on their principal residence.

The applicant must own the home and occupy it as their primary residence, as well as have annual income of $35,500 or less, and have 40 percent equity in the property.

To learn more, click here or call 1.800.952.5661.

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Back to School Season

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It’s back to school season for students and parents. It’s never too late to help prepare your kids for maximum success.

Visit this website to learn tips such as backpack safety, playground safety and teen driving.

One of my top priorities is ensuring that our public schools have the resources and flexibility they need to best serve our students. That is why I have co-authored measures such as Senate Bill 590, which would have restored the full ability of school districts to save money for a rainy day. I have also urged the governor to expedite voter-approved school bond money to help modernize and build new schools for students.


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Legislative Update

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California State Senate Chambers

In recent weeks, the governor signed one of my bills into law and vetoed another.

The governor signed Senate Bill 466, which allows rental car companies to use global positioning system (GPS) technology to locate one of their rental cars if it becomes the subject of an AMBER Alert. An AMBER Alert is a warning system to help find kidnapped children. The new law additionally provides that law enforcement be contacted if a rental car company finds that one of their vehicles is the subject of an AMBER Alert.

Regrettably, the governor vetoed Senate Bill 246, which would have provided additional property tax relief for people who become severely and permanently disabled before the age of 55. The bill would have allowed a homeowner granted an initial base-year property tax valuation transfer claim due to disability to make a second base-year value transfer after they reach the age of 55.

The governor’s reasoning for his veto was that SB 246, “would result in unknown long-term costs to the General Fund.” However, the Board of Equalization estimated that the bill would have only cost the state $5,000, which is nominal compared to many other bill proposals this year.

Finally, I introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 71 that proclaims September 9, 2017, as “Ocean Institute Day.” This is in honor of the Ocean Institute’s 40th anniversary and its fabulous work to educate visitors about the ocean environment.

For the latest updates on my legislation, please click here.

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OCTA Bus Service - Proposed Changes

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The Orange County Transportation Agency (OCTA) is proposing changes to its bus service to better meet demand.

The proposed service plan for February 2018 improves evening, weekday and weekend service on several routes and reduces service on others with low demand. In addition, service on some Stationlink and express routes will be reduced or eliminated due to low ridership. Services and resources can be reallocated to high-demand areas to reduce travel times and serve more people.

To view the proposed changes, click here. If you would like to share your opinion on the changes, please attend a South Orange County community meeting on Wednesday, August 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, 92653.

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The 5 Realign Project

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Starting Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 3 a.m. and continuing through 12 p.m. Monday, September 25, all southbound lanes of I-5 and I-805 near the Mexican border will be closed to traffic south of SR-905.

Detours will be provided for destinations south of SR-905 (residences, business, etc.), however, vehicular access into Mexico through the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry will be closed. For vehicles wanting to enter Mexico during this time, a detour to the Otay Land Port of Entry will also be in place. Northbound travelers (pedestrian and vehicular) crossing the border from Mexico and southbound pedestrians crossing the border into Mexico will be unaffected.

To learn more, please go to

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USS Rafael Peralta

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The USS Rafael Peralta (Photo Credit: U.S. Navy)

On July 29, one of the U.S. Navy’s newest ships was commissioned in a ceremony at San Diego’s Naval Air Station North Island - the USS Rafael Peralta.

The ship is named in honor of Marine Corp Sgt. Rafael Peralta. During the second battle of Fallujah, he smothered a grenade with his body, killing him but saving the lives of his fellow Marines.

Sgt. Peralta was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. with his family as a teenager. He graduated from Morse High School in San Diego in 1997 and joined the Marines in 2000. He became an American citizen while serving in the Marines.

Sgt. Peralta’s legacy of heroism and sacrifice now lives on in the ship that bears his name. As long as our military has the spirit of people like Sgt. Peralta, America will remain strong and free.

For more information about the ship, click here.

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Oceanside - California Cultural District

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Congratulations to Oceanside, which was recently chosen by The California Arts Council as one of 14 “cultural districts” in a new statewide program.

The program highlights thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within California. Learn more about the Oceanside Cultural District here.

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Upcoming Events

The events below are just a sample of what’s happening in our beautiful district. Do you have an event that you would like me to include in my newsletter? Please let me know by sending me a message on my website.

Carlsbad Music Festival

Date: August 25 - 27
Location: St. Michael’s by the Sea (2775 Carlsbad Blvd.) and Magee Park (258 Beech Ave.) in Carlsbad
About: The Festival programming is an eclectic mix of creative and adventurous music ranging from contemporary classical, to indie rock, to world music, to electronic, to jazz, to musicians who work across genres.

Laguna Niguel: Coffee with a Cop

Date: Wednesday, September 6
Time: 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Location: Plumeria Café (23811 Aliso Creek Road, Suite 122, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677)
About: Join your neighbors and deputies for coffee and conversation! No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the deputies in your neighborhood!

Rancho Santa Margarita: Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Date: Wednesday, September 6
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Bell Tower Regional Community Center (22232 El Paseo Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688)
About: Cats only please from 6:30-7:00. Dogs and cats ok from 7:00-8:30.

Dana Point: Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival

Date: September 8 - 10
Time: First event begins 6 p.m. on September 8
Location: Dana Point Harbor
About: History comes alive, as crews from each ship, along with historical re-enactors, engage the public in cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, ship tours, and much more.

Carlsbad Brewfest

Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Holiday Park (3400 Pio Pico Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008)
About: There’ll be 25 craft breweries with 50+ of the finest craft beers. Musical entertainment, food trucks, games, and more.

Mission Viejo: Drive-through Document Shred Event

Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Mission Viejo High School Parking Lot (25025 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo, CA, 92691)
About: Bring up to 10 file-size boxes of sensitive documents for immediate shredding. Documents must be free from notebooks, bindings, binder clips and paperclips.

Aliso Viejo: Trails & Creek Cleanup

Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Aliso Viejo Ranch (100 Park Avenue, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656)
About: Help clean the environment. Complimentary refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

Oceanside Harbor Days

Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Oceanside Harbor
About: This is an annual event including arts and crafts, fishing derby, food and vendor booths, Nail & Sail Competition, pirates, Tiki Swim, and much more!

San Clemente: SC Open Skate Contest

Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: To be determined
Location: Ralphs Skate Court (241 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, CA 92673)
About: The City of San Clemente’s SC OPEN Skate Contest is an annual event that is designed to promote and support skateboarding in San Clemente. The event is open to all ages, male and females.

Vista: Viking Festival

Date: September 23 and 24
Location: Norway Hall (2006 East Vista Way, Vista, CA, 92084)
About: Living history, unique foods, Scandinavian heritage and more.

Encinitas: Oktoberfest

Date: Sunday, October 1
Time: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas
About: Free admission. Event features food, beer and family friendly activities.

San Juan Capistrano: Farmers Market

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Yorba Street between El Camino Real and Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
About: The Old Capistrano Certified Farmers Market promotes a healthy lifestyle by providing fresh fruits, vegetables and other farm products to shoppers.

Note: While my office strives to include accurate information at the time of publication, events are subject to change by the organizers/sponsors.

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36th District Highlights

In addition to many meetings, briefings, and other Senate activities, I also:

  • Presented Ryan Maloney (right) with a Senate resolution in recognition of his fabulous accomplishments. Ryan graduated from San Marcos High School this year and was a finalist for the Prudential award for top youth volunteer in California. His mother, Annette, is to my right.

    Ryan has used his experience living with Type 1 diabetes to educate people about the disease, help raise $75,000 for a cure and provide encouragement to others living with chronic illnesses. California has a bright future thanks to young people like Ryan!

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  • Toured Alcon’s eye care manufacturing facility in Irvine. I’m committed to doing what I can to encourage the creation of more manufacturing jobs in California.

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  • Offered my perspective on “single-payer” health care at a panel discussion in Laguna Niguel. You can learn more about my perspective here.

Images from health care panel discussion

  • Honored Abigail Gore, my 2016-17 Senate Fellow, for her hard work over the past year in my Sacramento office. She is now beginning her first year of law school at the University of Oregon. Abigail’s parents, Robert and Anita, joined us on the Senate Floor.

    For more information about the Senate Fellows Program, click here. Photo Credit: Lorie Shelley, CA State Senate.

Senator Bates honoring Abigail Gore

  • And more!

On my behalf, my staff also:

  • Participated in the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Meeting. Rhonda Reardon (left) represented me. She is with Laguna Niguel Councilwomen Elaine Gennawey (center) and Laurie Davies (right).

Image from Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Meeting

  • Participated in the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon cutting event for One Stop Toner and Inkjet, and in the ribbon cuttings of several other businesses throughout Orange and San Diego counties.

Image from the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce's ribbon cutting event

  • Recognized intern Alexander Vitenson for his work in my Encinitas district office. I am very grateful for his service! Interns gain valuable experience and job skills that help prepare them for future success.

Photo of intern Alexander Vitenson

  • And more!

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To learn more about my work in the Senate, please “follow” me on Twitter and Facebook.

To contact me, you can send a message on my website or mail a letter to:

Senator Patricia Bates
State Capitol, Room 305
Sacramento, California 95814

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