With summer upon us, I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the warmer weather and longer days.
It is good to be home in the 36th Senate District during July, giving me more time to meet with constituents in Orange and San Diego counties. As my staff and I prepare for the last few hectic weeks of the 2015-16 legislative session in August, listening to the comments of neighbors like you will help me to better represent our district at the State Capitol.
This edition of my newsletter is packed with helpful information for the summer, such as water safety, wildfire prevention and an update on the Zika and West Nile Viruses. By taking the necessary precautions, we can help ensure a safe summer for all.
As always, please feel free to contact one of my offices if my staff and I can be of assistance.
California State Senate Chambers
Governor Brown recently signed two of my bills into law:
- SB 1315 provides flexibility and accountability for counties to approve a budget in a timelier manner. Orange County and the California State Association of Counties supported the bill.
- SB 1360 requires cities that provide law enforcement services to other cities to charge the actual cost of all services rendered. This measure ensures that taxpayer dollars are only spent on services actually received.
Four other bills that I have authored or co-authored are also making their way through the legislative process:
- SB 1137 would make “ransomware” the criminal equivalent of extortion. I am pleased to be a co-author of this bill with Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys). Status: The Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee passed the bill on June 28 and it is pending in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
- SB 1458 would expand a property tax exemption for “100 percent” disabled veterans and their spouses. The Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee passed the bill on June 20 and it is pending in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
- SB 1323 would combat the illegal distribution of fentanyl, which drug cartels use as a cheap substitute for heroin. Status: The Assembly Public Safety Committee passed the bill on June 21 and it is pending in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Last month, I voted for the “No Place Like Home” legislation to provide $2 billion for the housing and treatment of mentally ill Californians. The plan - signed by Governor Brown - now includes new funding negotiated by Republicans to help homeless youth and veterans, along with new accountability measures to ensure funds are spent properly.
The funds will come from Proposition 63, which was passed by voters in 2004 to provide treatment for those with mental illnesses. The plan includes $10 million in funds for transitional housing, shelters and treatment centers for homeless, mentally ill veterans. California is home to the nation’s largest homeless veteran population, many who suffer from mental illness.
Additionally, the plan secures $10 million in funding to provide food, shelter and counseling for California’s homeless youth.
While this plan will not end homelessness in California, it will help more people get back on their feet and improve the quality of life in our communities.
Click here to view a 30 second public service announcement on wildfires.
With the rainy season behind us, the danger of wildfires throughout California increases substantially this time of year.
CAL FIRE has put together materials to help educate Californians on how we can all do our part to minimize the dangers of wildfire. Its website, www.readyforwildfire.org has videos and information on how to safely burn landscape debris, the right way to use equipment to avoid starting wildfires, tips on campfire safety, and more. It also has information on how to prepare your home and family in case a wildfire starts in your area.
It is never too early to be ready. Please visit www.readyforwildfire.org.
Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they can spread dangerous viruses. You have likely seen news reports highlighting the dangers of the Zika and West Nile viruses. If you are concerned and want to learn more about these viruses, see below for informative links.
The CDPH Zika page also includes a link to the California counties where the types of mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus have been detected, and also notes, “To date there has been no local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus in California.”
West Nile Virus
The State of California has a website with information about the West Nile virus, including a map displaying the California counties with “West Nile Virus Activity.”
California’s coast, lakes and rivers are the perfect destination for swimming, fishing and boating. While most of us have a healthy respect for the water, do not forget about the power of Mother Nature when you are enjoying California’s waterways.
To reduce the risks associated with swimming, fishing or boating, the California Department of Water Resources has put together water safety tips for enjoying California’s many waterways.
The California Division of Boating and Waterways’ Wear It California! public awareness campaign also has information about life jacket use for general boating, angling and paddling, as well as tips for finding the best fitting life jacket for children and pets.
Water safety is everyone’s responsibility, so let us all do our part.
Did you know that an average of 22 veterans die by suicide every day? This tragic statistic is simply unacceptable.
No matter what problem a veteran is dealing with, the National Veterans Crisis Line is here to help them. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. The line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and is staffed by trained counselors. You can also learn more about the crisis line by visiting www.veteranscrisisline.net.
On June 22, I honored North County Lifeline - which has offices in Oceanside and Vista - as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District. This recognition was part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol. The San Diego Union-Tribune has more about the award here.
North County Lifeline’s history goes back to the spring of 1970, where a citizen’s committee formed in North San Diego County to address drug issues among local youth. Over the next 46 years, the nonprofit grew to help countless individuals with services including youth development, housing, behavioral health, child abuse prevention and legal mediation.
Executive Director Don Stump visited the Capitol to accept a Senate Resolution on behalf of the nonprofit. Congratulations to the staff, volunteers and friends of North County Lifeline!
Located in South Orange County, the City of Mission Viejo is home to more than 97,000 people. It is considered one of the largest master-planned communities ever built under a single project in the United States.
The land upon which Mission Viejo is developed was part of the 52,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo. The chain of title for the land on which the city sits dates back to July 27, 1769, when a Spaniard named Gaspar de Portola led an expeditionary force from Mexico across southern California.
Today, Mission Viejo is a thriving community with safe neighborhoods and a vibrant culture. The city is home to Saddleback Community College, Mission Hospital (which houses South Orange County’s trauma center), and many other services for residents in the region.
Photo Credit: UC Irvine
On July 6, Marian Bergeson, the first woman to have served in both the State Assembly and Senate, passed away at the age of 90.
Marian was a trailblazing political icon who exemplified the very best in public service. She was a strong champion of education and transportation and worked well with others - including those who disagreed with her. Her warm personality won her the admiration of many.
I am blessed to have known Marian as a friend, as she was instrumental in helping me and many other women in running for public office. One of my happiest memories was Marian swearing me in as an Orange County Supervisor in 2007 (pictured below). My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
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?
Costa Mesa: Orange County Fair
Date: July 15 - August 14
Location: 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
About: The Orange County Fair offers something for everyone. Visit its website for a menu of things to do.
Laguna Niguel: Female Empowerment Initiative
Date: Thursday, July 21
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: City Hall Community Room (30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677)
About: Get Safe will present information regarding safe dating, healthy relationships, campus safety, warning signs of violence, social and party safety, sexual harassment and self-defense techniques. This presentation is intended for college bound and high school students.
Aliso Viejo National Night Out
Date: Friday, July 22
Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Aliso Viejo Town Center Grand Park (City Lights Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656)
About: Join the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for their National Night Out event on Friday, July 22 at the Aliso Viejo Town Center Grand Park. Meet the men and women who are keeping your city safe while enjoying live music and lots of family fun!
Oceanside: Tango on the Beach
Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: 112 The Strand South, Oceanside, CA 92054
About: Tango by 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. We don’t believe in two left feet.
Vista BBQ Classic
Date: July 29 and 30
Location: Historic Downtown Vista
About: The Vista BBQ Classic is an official Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event in Historic Downtown Vista. For the past 7 years, teams have traveled from all over the state to compete for prize money, trophies, points and bragging rights.
Mission Viejo: Family Luau Lunch
Date: Sunday, July 31
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center (24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692)
About: Join the Senior Citizen Activities Committee for a festive family luau. Delicious food, fun and games for the entire family included! A $5 advanced ticket purchase is required.
Rancho Santa Margarita: Summer Concert Series
Date: Each Sunday through August 14
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Central Park (30842 La Miranda, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688)
About: Rancho Santa Margarita’s favorite summer tradition is back for its 10th season in Central Park.
Dana Point: Summer Concert Series
Date: Every Sunday through August 21
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Sea Terrace Park (Pacific Coast Highway at Niguel Road, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Two headlining bands playing for 90 minutes each. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Laguna Hills: National Night Out
Date: Tuesday, August 2
Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Community Center & Sports Complex (25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653)
About: Music, games and fun! Laguna Hills Police Services invites you and your family to be part of a night out against crime. National Night Out will be celebrated by millions of people throughout the country in an effort to promote unity and safety in our communities.
San Clemente: Beach Concert: Common Sense
Date: Wednesday, August 4
Time: 6 p.m. to Sunset
Location: North of the San Clemente Pier
Dana Point Harbor 50-Year Time Capsule Celebration
Date: August 29
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Baby Beach (34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Please join for the festivities at Dana Point Harbor’s Baby Beach when the time capsule’s contents will revealed - exactly 50 years after the signature event.
Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Holiday Park Carlsbad (3400 Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008)
About: Tickets to the event are $40, in advance, and may be purchased online and give you the opportunity to sample beers from more than 30 local, regional, and national breweries.
Encinitas Station Farmers Market
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Downtown Encinitas (600 S Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 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!
San Juan Capistrano Farmers Market
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Yorba Street between Camino Capistrano & El Camino Real in downtown San Juan Capistrano, one block south of Mission San Juan Capistrano.
About: The Old Capistrano Certified Farmers Market promotes a healthy lifestyle by providing fresh fruits, vegetables and other farm products to customers.
Note: While my office strives to include accurate information at the time of publication, events are subject to change by the organizers/sponsors.
In addition to my many meetings, briefings, and other Senate activities, I also:
- Met His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet after an address to the State Legislature. The Dalai Lama visited the State Capitol at the invitation of Senator Janet Nguyen.
- Helped present Senate Bill 985 with Senator Tom Berryhill (2nd right) to make it simpler for employers and employees to adopt “alternative workweeks,” such as four 10-hour days. While a Senate committee didn’t approve our bill this year, we will continue to champion the idea.
- And much more!
On my behalf, my staff also:
- Commemorated the grand re-opening of Carlsbad’s Dove Library. Matthew Phy from my Encinitas office presented a certificate to Carlsbad Library and Cultural Arts Director Heather Pizutto.
- Helped break ground for a new Children’s Paradise preschool in Oceanside. Matthew Phy (in green helmet) delivered remarks.
- Celebrated the opening of Filomena’s Italian Kitchen in Laguna Niguel. Rhonda Reardon (right) and Ashley Bonetto (2nd right) from my Laguna Hills office presented a certificate to the owners.
- Attended the opening of Fresh Brothers pizza restaurant in Laguna Niguel.
- Recognized the achievements of the eighth grade graduates of Capistrano Valley Christian Schools. Rhonda Reardon presented certificates to (from left to right) Makaela Curammeng, Salutatorian; Stefan Purgason, Salutatorian; and Joshua Sears, Valedictorian.
- Attended the “2016 Education in Review & Outlook” event hosted by the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation and South Orange County Economic Coalition.
- Attended the opening of the Veterans Business Outreach Center at MiraCosta College’s facility in Carlsbad.
- Participated in a Building Industry Association meeting in Irvine on the future of Orange County Development.
- And much more!
To contact me, you can send a message on my website or mail a letter to:
Senator Patricia Bates
State Capitol, Room 4048
Sacramento, California 95814