Pat's Perspective: July 2018

Monday, July 23, 2018

July 26: Veterans Resource Fair

 photos of active duty troops with American flag, two military veterans, and American flags

Military veterans, their families, and the public are invited to attend a Veterans Resource Fair that I am sponsoring at Oceanside’s Veterans Association of North County (1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92058) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

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Budget Update

Governor Brown has signed the 2018-19 state budget into law.
Spending in the new budget adds up to $201 billion from all state funds in 2018-19, the first time spending has exceeded the $200 billion threshold. This includes General Fund spending of nearly $139 billion, an increase of about $13.6 billion (11 percent) over last year’s budget. Compared to the Governor’s 2011-12 budget, General Fund spending has increased by more than $52 billion (nearly 61 percent).
Click here to read my thoughts on the budget and click here to read highlights and analysis. The official budget can be found at

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San Onofre Update

The decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

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

The continued storage of nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) poses an ongoing danger to our region. I am continuing to work with federal, state, and local officials on responsibly addressing the issue.
The California State Lands Commission has released a draft environmental impact report (EIR) on the SONGS Units 2 and 3 Decommissioning Project. Two public hearings will be held on the draft EIR in August:

  • San Diego County: 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Oceanside City Hall, Civic Center Library Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside.
  • Orange County: 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Holiday Inn Express San Clemente, North Pier Ballroom, 35 Via Pico Plaza, San Clemente.

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Legislative Update

California State Capitol

California State Capitol

Four bills that I have authored this year and earned bipartisan support in the Senate will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee in August. Click on the bill numbers below to learn more about each one.

  • SB 1109 - In partnership with San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, I authored this bill that educates the public, especially those who are involved with youth, by explaining to them the risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opioids.
  • SB 1151 - Authorizes San Diego County to establish Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) transportation plans to serve the mobility needs of their communities.
  • SB 1203 - In partnership with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, I authored this bill to require K-12 schools to have procedures and policies for conducting active threat drills.
  • SB 1226 - In partnership with the City of Encinitas, I authored this bill directing the California Building Standards Commission to adopt a building standard that would clarify the authority for a local building official to permit an existing residential unit based on the date of construction.
    Click here to read an opinion piece in the San Diego Union-Tribune that I co-authored with Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear explaining our support for SB 1226.

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Protecting Consumer Privacy

stock photo of a computer screen with the word “security” on it

I am pleased to help pass a bipartisan measure (Assembly Bill 375) that will give Californians some of the strongest consumer privacy protections in the nation. The Governor signed the bill into law last month and will take effect in 2020.
The law secures the following consumer rights:

  • To request that a business disclose the categories and specific personal information it collects about the consumer.
  • To request deletion of personal information, and requires the business to comply upon receipt of a verified request.
  • To request a business that collects a consumer’s personal information make disclosures about the individual’s personal information and the purposes for which it is used.
  • To request that a business that sells personal information, or discloses it for a business purpose, identifies the third parties to which the information was sold or disclosed.
  • Prohibits a business from selling the personal information of minors under 16 years old.

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Addressing Homelessness

stock photo of a homeless person

Homelessness is a serious issue in our region where decisive and compassionate action is needed. That is why I voted to support SB 1206 that enacts the “No Place Like Home Act of 2018” and submits it to the voters for their consideration at the November 6, 2018, general election.
If approved by the voters, the $2 billion revenue bond would be used to fund the building or rehabilitation of housing projects for people who are homeless and mentally ill.
I also authored SB 392 this year that would provide grants to non-profit organizations that assist individuals receiving welfare benefits in achieving economic independence. It would require that such organizations maintain a sober environment for the people they serve.
Finally, I am in support of AB 448, a bipartisan bill that would establish the Orange County Housing Trust, a joint powers authority tasked with funding housing specifically to alleviate homelessness. Click here to learn more about this bill to address homelessness.

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Small Business of the Year

Senator Bates presents a Senate Resolution to Douglas Matranga and his wife, Melinda Matranga

Senator Bates presents a Senate Resolution to Douglas Matranga (owner of Douglas Landscape, Inc.) and his wife, Melinda Matranga. Photo Credit: Lorie Shelley, California State Senate.

I’m proud to honor Douglas Landscape, Inc. as the 2018 Small Business of the Year. Congratulations to owner Douglas Matranga and his employees for their hard work to serve their customers by providing water efficient and attractive landscaping. Click here to learn more.

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Environmental Good News

I am pleased to share news of local projects that will help promote conservation. They include:
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park - Aliso Viejo

  • Orange County received a $127,701 grant from the California State Parks Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) to provide wildlife area interpretive field trips and activities at the park.

City of Dana Point

  • The city received a $12,500 grant from OGALS to renovate a trail by creating a scenic overlook and realigning/extending the trail to create a loop.

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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.

San Clemente: Ocean Festival

Date: July 21 and 22
Time: All day
Location: San Clemente Pier
About: The festival is celebrating 42 years of “The Greatest Show on Surf!” Come see the thrilling competitions of many ironman water and land events including the ever-popular dory boat races, 5K beach run, and one-mile ocean swim.

Mission Viejo: Boots, Beer & BBQ

Date: Sunday, July 22
Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Norman P. Murray Community Center (24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692)
About: An event benefitting the Headquarters Battalion of the 1st Marine Division.
More Information: Elaine Baker at 949.770.9758.

Laguna Niguel: Crown Valley Park Tier III Groundbreaking Ceremony

Date: Tuesday, July 31
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Crown Valley Park (29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, 92677)
About: Join the Mayor and City Council to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Crown Valley Park Tier III Construction Project (Community Center and Pool Refurbishment). Light refreshments will be served.

Aliso Viejo: Furry Friends Pet Fair

Date: Saturday, August 4
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center (29 Santa Barbara Drive, Aliso Viejo, 92656)
About: Pet exams, low-cost vaccinations, micro-chipping, and more.

Oceanside: 13th Annual North County Health & Wellness Fair

Date: Thursday, August 9
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Oceanside Civic Center Plaza (300 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, 92054)
About: The North County Health Fair is FREE to the public and a great way to receive information, meet a new health specialist, take advantage of free screenings, and to learn more about healthy living.

Carlsbad Music Festival

Date: August 24 - 26
Location: St. Michael’s By the Sea (2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 92008)
About: The festival features 60+ performances of creative music of all kinds. The event includes ticketed Mainstage Concerts, dozens of FREE outdoor concerts, food trucks, and an artisan market.

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36th District Highlights

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

·        Visited Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, where I congratulated Tri-City Hospital Foundation as the Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District for its work to enhance health care quality and access. I also discussed the medical center and its ongoing goal to advance innovative health care programs.

Sen. Bates at Dana Point’s Memorial Day ceremony. She is with Board of Equalization Chairwoman Diane Harkey; VFW Post 9934 Commander Wayne Yost; Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett; and Dana Point City Councilman Paul Wyatt. Photo Credit: Alan GibbySen. Bates at Dana Point’s Memorial Day ceremony. She is with Board of Equalization Chairwoman Diane Harkey; VFW Post 9934 Commander Wayne Yost; Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett; and Dana Point City Councilman Paul Wyatt. Photo Credit: Alan Gibby

·        Met Alyssa (Orange County) and Hannah (San Diego County) as part of Girl Scouts Day at the Capitol! They joined Girl Scouts throughout California to learn more about state government and how to enhance civic engagement.

Sen. Bates with Girl Scouts

·        Welcomed newly sworn-in Senator Ling Ling Chang to Sacramento. Senator Chang represents Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties. Photo Credit: Lorie Shelley, California State Senate.

Sen. Bates with Sen. Chang

·        And more!

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