Pat's Perspective: February 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019

A Message from Pat

Dear Neighbor,

Committee hearings at the State Capitol are beginning in earnest with the introduction of hundreds of new bills for the 2019-20 legislative session. These bills include some that I’ve authored, which you can learn more in my legislative update below.

On a personal note, I will give the keys to the Senate Republican Leader’s office to Senator Shannon Grove on March 1. It is an honor to serve as leader over the last two years to ensure that all voices across the political spectrum were heard in the California State Senate. You can read more about the transition here.

I look forward to continuing my work to champion the residents of South Orange and North San Diego counties. We need to continue to make bipartisan progress on issues such as tackling the opioid crisis, keeping communities safe, and making California more affordable for all. That is what I have worked hard to do over the past four years, and what I will continue to do for the next four.



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State of the State

On February 12th, Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his first State of the State address to the California Legislature at the State Capitol. Click here to read my thoughts.

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Legislative Update

Picture of Senator Bates on the Senate Floor
Senator Bates officially submits legislation to the Senate Desk on January 24th to help save lives from the dangers of an opioid called fentanyl. Click here to learn more.

The last day for bills to be introduced in the Legislature is February 22. Here is a brief summary of some of the additional bills that I have authored or co-authored this month:

Preventing Fentanyl-Related Tragedies
Senate Bill 161 would help protect Californians from the dangers of an opioid called fentanyl and pursue illegal distributors. In December 2018, federal health officials named fentanyl America’s deadliest drug and has officially surpassed heroin. Click here to learn more.

Exempting Military Retirement Pay from State Income Tax
Assembly Bill 427 (Brough) would exempt military retirement pay from state income tax. California is one of the few states that fully tax this pay, causing the state to lose veterans to states that don’t tax it.

Screening for Sexually Violent Predators
Senate Bill 141 would require that all inmates convicted of a sexually violent offense be administered a mental health evaluation before release. The evaluation would ensure that released inmates with diagnosable mental disorders can receive the voluntary treatment they need in a secure state hospital before their final release.

Providing Relief to Renters
Senate Bill 248 (Glazer) would increase California’s renter’s credit for the first time in 40 years and make it fully refundable so that even renters who have no tax obligation could receive the maximum refund. Under the bill, eligible households with children would receive a $434 refund; households without children would receive $220. The renter’s credit has not seen an increase since 1979.

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Homelessness Update

I’m pleased to report that the state has awarded the San Diego City and County Continuum of Care an $18.8 million grant to help the homeless and those who are at imminent risk of homelessness.

This grant comes from the California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, which has awarded $500 million in block grants to address homelessness in the state. Click here to learn more.

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Orange County Text-to-911

Orange County law enforcement and fire dispatch centers are now equipped with Text-to-911 to allow the hearing impaired, speech impaired or those in an emergency situation who are unable to make a phone call reach emergency services dispatchers by text message. Click here to learn more.

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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: Oso Fit Community Health Fair & 5K Fun Run

Date: February 23
Time: 7:30a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center & Village Green (24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692)
About: The Community Health fair will showcase more than 60 vendors in the wellness industry and inspire you to get fit! The event will feature a quarter and half mile Kids Walk/Run for children of all abilities. Community Health Fair is free.

Oceanside: Free Tax Preparation Event

Date: February 23
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Civic Center Library (330 N Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054)
About: Prepare and file your Federal and State income taxes for free with the Turbo Tax Free File Program. Volunteers and experts will be on-hand to provide assistance to qualified individuals. For more information and to make an appointment, call 1.888.268.1666.

Vista: Family Fit and Fun Day

Date: February 23
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Cinépolis (25 Main St, Vista, 92083)
About: The event features fire and police displays, free health screenings, a wellness expo, and more.

Oceanside: Enlisted Recognition Reception

Date: February 28
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: 1617 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92058
About: The Oceanside Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee created the Enlisted Recognition Program in 2001 as a way for the business community to recognize the excellence of local enlisted personnel. This event is open to the public.

Dana Point Festival of Whales

Date: March 2, 3, 9, and 10
Location: Dana Point Harbor
About: The Festival of Whales celebrates the return of the migratory gray whale to our coastal waters. Spring brings many other types of marine life to our waters, making it the perfect time to see nature’s splendor on the sea.

Dana Point: Free Community Electronic Waste Day

Date: March 30
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Monarch Bay Plaza (32840 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Monarch Bay Plaza is sponsoring a free event to safely dispose of old computers, printers, monitors, cell phones, TVs and more.

Carlsbad 5000

Date: April 6 and 7
Location: Carlsbad Village
About: Known as the World’s Fastest 5K, the Carlsbad 5000 promises a fast oceanfront course, healthy competition, and an energetic atmosphere for participants of all ages and paces.

Dana Point: Free Community Shred Day

Date: April 27
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Monarch Bay Plaza (32840 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Monarch Bay Plaza is sponsoring a free event to shred your sensitive documents. Services provided by Paper Recycling and Shredding Specialists – licensed, bonded, and insured. Watch your documents being cross-cut shred for better destruction. Certificate of destruction available upon request. LIMIT: Maximum of 5 Banker Boxes per person.

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36th District Highlights

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

  • Hosted a meeting of South Orange County local government officials in Laguna Hills. We discussed issues affecting their communities and how the state can constructively engage. Photo Credit: Mission Viejo Mayor Greg Raths.

Picture of meeting with the South Orange County local government officials

  • Hosted a meeting in Laguna Hills with representatives from local chambers of commerce. We discussed new laws, potential legislation, and issues affecting local employers.

Picture of meeting in Laguna Hills with representatives from local chambers of commerce.

  • Wore red on February 4th to increase women’s heart health awareness. Photo Credit: Lorie Shelley, California State Senate.

Picture of Senators on the Senate Floor

  • Met UPS West Region President Charlene Thomas. We had a good discussion about the delivery industry and the economy. I'm inspired by her trailblazing rise to leadership.

Picture of Senator Bates and UPS West Region President Charlene Thomas.

  • And more!

On my behalf, my staff also:

  • Presented a Senate resolution to San Juan Hills High School and its Head Athletic Trainer, Micah Ohlen (center), for being awarded the “Safe Sports School Award” from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Micah and the SJHHS community are doing fantastic work to keep their student-athletes safe and healthy!

    Joining Micah is Rob Frith (left), SJHHS athletic director; and Dr. Ky Kugler, a Chapman University professor representing NATA.

Picture of Senator Bates and UPS West Region President Charlene Thomas.

  • And more!

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