Pat's Perspective: February 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Message from Pat

Dear Neighbor,

As your state senator, I’m committed to making progress on issues important to our communities in Orange and San Diego counties. In this issue, I’m pleased to highlight progress on some of the issues that my colleagues and I are working on.

I’ve also included resources and highlights that may be of interest to you. If I can be of assistance on state issues, feel free to contact my office by clicking here.



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Early Release for Sex Offenders?

“California must consider earlier parole for sex offenders, judge rules,” - Los Angeles Times. #FIX57

A state judge recently ruled that California must consider earlier parole for thousands of sex offenders. This would put every community at risk.

Governor Brown promised voters that all sex offenders would be excluded if they approved his 2016 ballot measure (Prop. 57) to allow consideration of earlier parole for most state prisoners. Promises made must be promises kept. In this case, public safety depends on it.

I opposed Prop. 57 and I introduced legislation last year that would have ensured no early release for sex offenders and other dangerous criminals. Unfortunately, the legislative majority party blocked it. I will continue to fight for a solution to protect every community.

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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Stock photo of prescription bottle and opioid pills

Education is one of the most powerful weapons which we can use to reduce opioid-related tragedies.

I’m proud to partner with San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan on Senate Bill 1109 to require better training for physicians and more information for patients. Click here to learn more.

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State of the State

Gov. Brown delivers his state of the state speech inside the Assembly’s chambers. Photo Credit: Governor’s Office.
Gov. Brown delivers his state of the state speech inside the Assembly’s chambers. Photo Credit: Governor’s Office.

Governor Brown recently delivered his final “State of the State” address to the Legislature. Click here to read my thoughts in a commentary I wrote for the Orange County Register.

I also wrote a commentary for the Coast News Group on addressing California’s high housing costs.

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Creating a Safer Workplace for All

California State Capitol
California State Capitol

Governor Brown has signed the Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act (AB 403) that I have co-authored with Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez. This law is a step in the right direction to create a safer work environment for everyone.

The bill prohibits a legislator or legislative employee from using their authority to threaten any person to prevent them from reporting improper behavior. Click here to learn more.

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Championing Small Businesses

“Come in, We’re Open” business sign

I recently earned a 100 percent score from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) on its 2017 legislative score card. The NFIB is one of the nation’s leading advocates for small business owners.

California has become increasingly unaffordable for many small businesses and I’m committed to working with advocates such as NFIB to improve the state’s business climate.

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High-Speed Rail Audit

Stock image of a calculator, pen and currency

State lawmakers recently approved an audit of California’s high-speed rail project with the goal of understanding whether the project can be completed on time and without more cost increases.

An audit on the high-speed rail boondoggle is a step in the right direction. Click here to learn more.

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San Onofre Update

The decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Photo Credit: Southern California Edison.
The decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Photo Credit: Southern California Edison.

On January 30th, Southern California Edison and consumer parties submitted a settlement agreement to the California Public Utilities Commission regarding issues and costs associated with the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant. If approved by the commission, the agreement would bring to conclusion the commission’s proceeding regarding San Onofre by revising the prior settlement it approved in 2014. Click here to learn more.

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California Tax Donations

When you file your state taxes this year, you will notice on your tax form that you have the opportunity to donate to more than 20 funds such as the California Senior Legislature (senior citizen advocacy), breast cancer research, and wildlife rehabilitation.

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Upcoming Events

The events below are just a sample of what’s happening in our beautiful district. While my office strives to include accurate information at the time of publication, event details are subject to change by their organizers.

Mission Viejo: Discussion on Cannabis Legalization

Date: Wednesday, February 28
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Mission Viejo Christian Church (27192 Jeronimo Road, Mission Viejo, CA 92692)
About: My office is co-hosting a public discussion on the impact of cannabis legalization. The discussion will feature presentations from experts.

Oceanside: Coffee with a Cop

Date: Thursday, February 22
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Sprouts Farmers Markets (471 College Blvd., Oceanside, CA 92057)
About: Come enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with Oceanside police officers.

Dana Point: Ocean Institute - Girls in Ocean Science Conferences

Date: Saturday, February 24 (Middle School) and Saturday, March 17 (High School)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
About: Top female scientists will be visiting Ocean Institute to mentor the next generation, inspiring middle and high school girls towards futures in science and technology. Each day-long program includes hands-on experience in the Ocean Institute’s labs and aboard their research vessel, the R/V Sea Explorer.

San Clemente: 90th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Saturday, February 24
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Ole Hanson Beach Club (105 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA 92672)
About: The City of San Clemente Celebrates their 90th Anniversary (1928-2018) on San Clemente Day! To commemorate the great history and traditions of the City there will be open houses, historians, and discounts at City facilities including free recreation swim at the Ole Hanson Beach Club.

Mission Viejo: Oso Fit - Mission Viejo Community Health Fair & 5K Fun Run

Date: Saturday, March 3
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center (24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA, 92692)
About: The event is an extension of the annual Community Health Fair and in honor of Mission Viejo’s 30th anniversary celebration this year. The Community Health Fair features something for all ages including a host of free screenings.

Dana Point: Festival of Whales

Date: March 3, 4, 10 and 11
Location: Dana Point Harbor
About: The festival celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan-size event. This annual celebration draws more than 100,000 visitors from around the world to Dana Point each year during the height of the Gray Whale Watching season.

Rancho Santa Margarita: Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
About: Low-cost dog & cat health care clinic. Vaccinations, microchipping, flea & tick control, and if time allows, nail trims.

Online: Mortgage Help Workshop

Date: Tuesday, March 20
Time: 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Location: Online
About: Join the nonprofit Homeownership OC and the Legal Aid Society of OC for a free online workshop on various Keep Your Home California mortgage assistance programs, loan modifications and more.

Dana Point: Community Electronic Waste Day

Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Monarch Bay Plaza parking lot (32840 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Monarch Bay Plaza is sponsoring this event to safely dispose your old computers, printers, monitors, cell phones, TVs and more for free.

Dana Point: Community Shred Day

Date: Saturday, April 21
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Monarch Bay Plaza parking lot (32840 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Monarch Bay Plaza is sponsoring this event to help shred your sensitive documents for free.

Irvine: Housing Resource Fair

Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Lakeview Senior Center (20 Lake Drive, Irvine, CA 92604)
About: Join Homeownership OC and the Legal Aid Society of OC for a free housing resource fair and meet with HUD housing counselors to get no cost nonprofit help with your mortgage, credit, Pace or Hero Loan, or reverse mortgage.

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36th District Highlights

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

  • Visited Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge School to learn more about the work it does to prepare its students for success!

Sen. Bates with staff members and a student of Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge School.

  • Presented a legislative resolution to Bob Johnson, who recently retired as Mission Viejo High School’s football coach. He has more wins than any high school or community college coach in Orange County football history.

Sen. Bates with retired Mission Viejo High School football coach Bob Johnson and members of the current football team.

  • Hosted a discussion in Carlsbad on California’s high housing costs.

Sen. Bates delivers remarks at a housing discussion in Carlsbad.

  • Delivered remarks at the Small Business Development Center’s Connecting to Capital Expo in Oceanside.

Sen. Bates delivers remarks at the Small Business Development Center’s Connecting to Capital Expo in Oceanside.)

  • Participated in the Public Policy Institute of California’s (PPIC) annual event in Sacramento that brings together California’s legislative leaders for a conversation on state issues. (Photo Credit: PPIC). Click here to learn more.

Sen. Bates discusses state issues with moderator Mark Baldassare, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon at a Public Policy Institute of California event in Sacramento

  • Gave a brief interview with Telemundo on what I thought about the PPIC event.

Sen. Bates is interviewed by Sacramento’s Telemundo TV station after the Public Policy Institute of California event on state issues.)

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