Pat's Perspective: February 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

A Message from Pat

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe that the first day of spring is fast approaching with the memories of Christmas and New Year’s still fresh in my mind. While we cannot slow down or speed up time to suit our circumstances, we do have a choice in making the most of every precious moment we have.

Over the past few months, my Capitol staff and I have been busy putting together my legislative package for this year. You can read more about it in this newsletter.

Meanwhile, my district staff is working hard to respond to constituent requests and preparing for the South Orange County Senior Day that I will co-host on March 11. If you know family and friends who might be interested in attending, please forward this e-mail to them!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. As always, please contact my office if I can be of assistance on a state issue.


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Legislative Update

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California State Senate Chambers

February 19 was the last day to introduce regular bills. Senators introduced 667 Senate Bills this year and Assembly Members introduced 1,326 in their house. The total number of bills introduced so far in both houses for the two-year legislative session is 4,347. Given the number of bills introduced each year, I take seriously my responsibility to introduce bills that address issues important to our state and district. These bills include:

  • SB 901: streamlines the environmental mitigation of state-sponsored transportation projects to save time and money;
  • SB 1183: provides a property tax exemption for spouses of disabled veterans;
  • SB 1237: repeals the law limiting the amount of money schools can save for emergencies;
  • SB 1283: requires the state to license and regulate sober living homes;
  • SB 1323: combats the illegal distribution of fentanyl, which drug cartels use as a cheap substitute for heroin;
  • SB 1415: fast-tracks water supply projects when the governor proclaims a state of emergency.
  • SB 1467: closes a loophole on the amount of money that politicians can collect for their ballot measure committees. The bill is in response to the issues raised by the corrupt activities of former Senator Leland Yee.

Various Senate committees will consider these bills in the weeks to come. I look forward to giving you updates on their progress in future newsletters.

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Zika Virus

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The spread of the “Zika” virus in Central and South America has understandably raised concerns about its spread to the United States. Here are the facts:

According to the California Department of Public Health, Zika is transmitted by mosquitoes not native to California. However, since 2011 non-native mosquitoes that carry the virus have been detected in several California counties. A mosquito can only transmit the Zika virus after it bites a person who has this virus in their blood. Thus far in California, Zika virus infections have been documented only in a few people who were infected while travelling outside the United States. To date there has been no transmission of Zika virus in California.

Zika virus is not spread through casual contact such as touching or kissing a person with the virus. There have been reports of microcephaly in newborns and Guillain-Barré syndrome in others in areas with Zika outbreaks. Whether Zika virus infection causes microcephaly or Guillain-Barré syndrome is still not clear and awaits further studies.

For the latest updates, please visit the websites of the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Job Opportunities

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Those interested in working for the State of California can visit its recently improved jobs website,, to search for job openings and to apply. Applicants start by creating an account. With an account, you can take civil service examinations, store different versions of your application, apply for vacancies at 150 departments, track your application status and save your resume all in one place.

Job seekers may also want to visit “CalJOBS” at to search for more opportunities in both the public and private sectors. CalJOBS is maintained by the state’s Employment Development Department.

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Free Tax Preparation

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With tax season heating up, free tax return preparation is available for qualifying taxpayers.

IRS-certified volunteers can help people with household incomes of $54,000 or less prepare and electronically file a basic tax return for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. To find a VITA site near you, visit

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Pat in the News

Senator Bates on Time Warner Cable’s “Sacramento Report”
Senator Bates on Time Warner Cable’s “Sacramento Report”

On January 19, I taped a brief interview on Time Warner Cable’s “Sacramento Report” with host Steve Swatt. We discussed California’s transportation funding challenges. You can view the video here.

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Community Spotlight: Oceanside

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Oceanside Pier

Located in North San Diego County, the City of Oceanside is home to more than 174,000 people. Situated right next to the Pacific Ocean, the city boasts fabulous views and numerous opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

Incorporated in 1888, Oceanside is a classic California beach community that has sandy beaches, a historic wooden pier and a friendly harbor village. The city’s location makes it ideal for traveling to several world famous attractions in Southern California, such as LEGOLAND, Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo.

USA Today has rated Oceanside’s weather as the second most ideal climate in the United States. With an average temperature of 70 degrees and a year-round sunny climate, it is easy to see why!

Learn more about the city by visiting its government website at and its tourism website at

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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.

Mission Viejo: South Orange County Senior Day
(Sponsored by Senator Bates and Assembly Member Bill Brough)

Date: Friday, March 11, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Norman Murray Senior Center (24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692)
About: A resource fair for senior citizens including complimentary breakfast and lunch.

Encinitas: Encinitas Station Farmers Market

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Downtown Encinitas - 600 S Vulcan Avenue, 92024
About: The market is comprised of 40+ vendors selling local farm fresh produce, specialty meats and cheeses, and flowers in addition to an array of artisan products including breads and gluten-free goods. There will even be gelato to cure that sweet tooth!

Rancho Santa Margarita: Free Blood Pressure Screening

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Bell Tower Regional Community Center (22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688)

Vista: Health & Safety Fair

Date: Saturday, February 27
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Vista Village Center on Main Street
About: Join firefighters and climb on a fire engine, tune your bicycle, witness skateboard demos and more.

Encinitas: Acoustic Showcase

Date: Sunday, February 28
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Encinitas Library (540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024)
About: Featuring Nathan James. For over 12 years, he has successfully made his living solely on specializing in his passion of blues and American roots music.

Laguna Niguel: Oso Creek Trail - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Guests may park at the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station located at 28200 Forbes Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677)
About: Celebrate the newest addition to Laguna Niguel’s trail system: a new 0.7 mile multi-use riding/hiking trail segment along Oso Creek.
More Information: 949.362.4315

San Diego: Wells Fargo’s “NeighborhoodLIFT” Program

Date: March 4 and 5
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom, (1 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101)
About: Prospective homebuyers can find out if they qualify for the “NeighborhoodLIFT” down payment assistance program and reserve funds for 60 days - even if they have not yet found a property. Information about home and renovation financing, homebuyer education and virtual home tours will also be available.
More Information: 415.537.8238

Oceanside: Tango on the Beach

Date: Saturday, March 5
Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Pacific Street Linear Park (112 The Strand South, Oceanside, CA 92054)
About: Tango on the Beach is a favorite for visitors and locals alike. Head over to the Pacific Street Linear Park outdoor pavilion just across the street from the beach at sunset. Enjoy Tango music and an introductory Tango dance lesson. This event is open to all skill levels.

Dana Point: Festival of Whales Parade

Date: Saturday, March 5
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Pacific Coast Highway and Selva Road
About: Parade begins promptly at 10 a.m. with a route along Pacific Coast Highway from Selva Road to Golden Lantern in Dana Point. Floats, giant parade balloons, marching bands and more!

Oceanside: Western Surfing Association Championship Tour

Date: Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13
Time: 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Saturday)
Location: Oceanside Harbor Beach - South Jetty
About: This is a surfing competition to qualify young competitors to the West Coast Championships, U.S. Championships, Prime Events and any World Team Events.

San Juan Capistrano: Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire

Date: Saturday, March 12
Time: Parade starts at 11 a.m., Faire runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Downtown San Juan Capistrano
About: The Swallows Day Parade is part of the much larger Fiesta de las Golondrinas or Festival of the Swallows. The Fiesta de las Golondrinas is tied to the return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph’s Day.

Dana Point: Free Community Electronic Waste Day

Date: Saturday, March 19
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Monarch Bay Plaza parking lot - Pacific Coast Highway at Crown Valley Parkway (32840 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Monarch Bay Plaza is sponsoring a Free Community Electronic Waste Day to safely dispose of old computers, printers, monitors, cell phones, TVs and more!

Carlsbad: KIA Classic

Date: March 24 thru March 27
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort (7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011)
About: The Kia Classic features a full 144-player field competing for a $1.7 million purse at Aviara Golf Club. Each player will be playing 72 holes in total on this 18-hole course. Come watch 2015 champion Cristie Kerr, defend her title against Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis and many more.

San Clemente: Sensational Springtacular

Date: Saturday, March 26
Time: 7 a.m.
Location: Vista Hermosa Sports Park (987 Ave Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92673)
About: Pancake breakfast, egg hunt and other activities.

Vista: Affordable Pet Licensing, Vaccination Event

Date: Saturday, March 26
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Brengle Terrace Park (1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92083)
About: San Diego Humane Society will be on site providing affordable vaccinations and microchips. If you are a resident of Oceanside or Vista, you can stop by to renew or purchase a new license (late fees will be waived - unless previously issued an Administrative Citation).

San Diego: Veterans Transition Summit

Date: Monday, March 28
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
About: Summit presented by Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity. Featuring speakers, a resume workshop and mock interviews.

Aliso Viejo: Meet the Mayor

Date: Thursday, March 31
Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Aliso Viejo Conference Center (31 Santa Barbara Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656)
About: Come and meet Mayor Mike Munzing. Hosted by the Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce and free to the public.

Dana Point: Free Community Shred Day

Date: Saturday, April 16
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Monarch Bay Plaza parking lot - Pacific Coast Highway at Crown Valley Parkway (32840 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Watch your documents being shredded and know that the paper remnants will be recycled. Services provided by Paper Recycling & Shredding Specialists - licensed/bonded/insured, cross-cut shred for better destruction of documents. On-site destruction takes only minutes.

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 my many meetings, briefings, and other Senate activities, I also:

  • Met with members of the Orange County Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. From left to right, I’m with Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Bucknum, Ramona Acosta and Jamie Hackwith.

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  • Led the Pledge of Allegiance for the South Orange County Economic Coalition at their lunch event.

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  • Congratulated Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Bucknum with a Senate certificate in recognition of her being an honoree of Age Well Senior Services at its recent Captain’s Ball. Wendy was honored for her advocacy for senior citizens and her work on last year’s Senior Summit.

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  • Presented a $5,000 education grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians to Oceanside’s Coastal Academy. The money will help provide technology and materials to educate Coastal Academy’s students.

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  • Welcomed Senator Janet Nguyen’s son, Tommy, onto the Senate floor.

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  • Met with foster youth from the district. They were representing California Youth Connection and met with my staff to discuss important issues to foster youth. From left to right, I’m pictured with Luis, Ricardo and Johnny.

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  • And much more!

On my behalf, my office staff also:

  • Participated in the ribbon cutting of Family Assistance Ministries’ new satellite office in San Juan Capistrano with SJC Mayor Pro Tem Kerry Ferguson (center) and representatives from the offices of Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Assembly Member Bill Brough and Congressman Darrell Issa. My Orange County Field Representative, Kristy Khachigian, is pictured second from right.

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  • Introduced Senate Bill 1323 to combat fentanyl drug trafficking. My Senate Fellow, Alex Khan (left) introduced the bill in Sacramento on my behalf as I was in Orange County attending a meeting.

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  • Attended the 30th anniversary celebration of Vista’s Heaviland Landscape Management at Karl Strauss Brewery.
  • Participated in a legislative roundtable featuring Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and organized by the Association of California Cities - Orange County.
  • Attended the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County luncheon in San Diego.
  • Met with Congressman Darrell Issa’s staff to discuss regional issues.
  • Attended the OC Government Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast in Irvine.
  • And much more!

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Senator Patricia Bates
State Capitol, Room 4048
Sacramento, California 95814