Pat's Perspective: June 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Orange County Office

To better serve South Orange County residents living in the 36th Senate District, I have moved our OC district office to inside the Laguna Hills Civic Center.

Our new office is much easier to find as it is across the street from the Laguna Hills Mall and is very accessible via I-5. The office address is:

24031 El Toro Road
Suite 201A
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Phone Number: 949.598.5850
Fax Number: 949.598.5855

Our San Diego County office in Carlsbad remains the same for the moment, but we are in the process of finding a new location to better serve constituents.

In the meantime, my staff and I look forward to serving our Orange County residents in our new OC location!

Laguna Hills Civic CenterLaguna Hills Civic Center

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South County Senior Summit

South County Senior Summit Banner

I’m partnering with Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett to hold this FREE summit for seniors on July 24.

The summit will offer important information for seniors, caregivers, and family members. Also, a complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided! Featured speakers include Michael Schrader, the CEO of CalOptima; Dr. Kerry Burnight, Professor at UC Irvine’s Department of Geriatric Medicine; and many more!

Space is limited, so please call 1.800.510.2020 to reserve your spot by July 17. We look forward to seeing you there!

View our public service announcement here.

View our event flyer here.

The details:

Date: Friday, July 24, 2015
Location: Laguna Woods Village Clubhouse 3 (23822 Avenida Sevilla, Laguna Woods, CA 92637)
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Budget Update

California Budget BannerOn June 19, the budget deal between Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s majority party was approved.

The final budget is marginally better than a previous plan, but still gives a false sense of security to Californians that our state is back on track. This budget will spend a record $267 billion, which is $13 billion more than last year’s budget. While I am glad that it protects some priorities such as K-12 and higher education, it unwisely plants the seeds for a future budget disaster by creating new spending obligations that will surely balloon in future years.

Furthermore, the budget needlessly expands government, such as creating new “water sheriffs” that will do little to address California’s drought, while failing to remove the school reserve cap that hinders the ability of local districts to best help their students.

To highlight the budget’s major shortcomings, Governor Brown has called for two special legislative sessions to address two issues left unaddressed in the budget - funding for transportation infrastructure and health care. I believe funding for California’s crumbling roads and highways should be a priority, not High-Speed Rail. Stay tuned as negotiations continue on those issues.

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Legislative Update

Senate Floor SessionThe first week of June was extremely busy, where the Senate had to vote on almost 300 bills to meet the “House of Origin” legislative deadline. This is the deadline to send most bills from the Senate to the Assembly, and vice versa.

One of the bills worth noting was Senate Bill 350, which I believe would raise energy prices and give an unelected bureaucracy more power to control our economy. You can read more of my thoughts in an op-ed I wrote for the Orange County Register at this link.

Another bill, SB 406, would expand the Family Leave Act to businesses employing 25 or more employees. While caring for family members is a good thing, mandating small businesses to comply with this costly mandate would significantly raise costs and may lead to job losses. You can view my floor speech here. The Senate passed both SB 350 and 406 without bipartisan support and are now in the Assembly for consideration.

On a positive note for job creators and entrepreneurs, the Senate did approve SB 251, which would limit the number of frivolous lawsuits that unscrupulous lawyers can threaten or file against businesses regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. It would give businesses 90 days to resolve any violations without being subject to penalties or lawsuit costs. SB 251 is now in the Assembly.

As for my own legislation, I presented three bills and two resolutions earlier this month. SB 257 (Gold Star Family license plate personalization), SB 479 (autism services), SCR 63 (Stroke Awareness Month), SCR 70 (Student Safety Month), and SB 722 (GPS removal: felony) all passed off the floor unanimously. You can read more about my GPS bill in the following section.

To learn more about my 2015 legislative package, please visit my website.

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Senate Approves GPS Removal Bill

GPS braceletThe State Senate has unanimously approved my bill that would crack down on convicted sex offenders who remove or disable their GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking devices. Preventing senseless tragedies in our communities is not a partisan issue and I hope our Assembly colleagues will agree and send my bill to Governor Brown’s desk this year.

A killing spree in Orange County that left at least four women dead demonstrated the need for tighter penalties for the removal of a GPS device. In 2012, two men on release from state prison for prior convictions of child molestation cut off their state-mandated GPS ankle bracelets and left California by bus.

When the police caught up to the pair, the penalty they received for removing the devices was minor. One offender was sentenced to ten months in prison and the other received just eight months. After their release, four women were found dead and the two men were arrested for the murders they committed.

SB 722 would apply to sex offenders convicted of the most egregious sex crimes, including rape, spousal rape, and continuous sexual abuse of a child, and I am proud to have the Senate’s support.

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Small Business of the Year

The Coffee Importers logoOn June 10, I honored Dana Point’s “Coffee Importers” as the 2015 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District.

The Coffee Importers embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of pursuing a great idea and seeing it become a reality. Jim Miller, the Coffee Importers’ owner, deserves enormous credit for not only providing good coffee to his customers, but also for his strong civic engagement that was a driving force in the revitalization of the Dana Point Harbor. The harbor is now a stronger recreational resource for South Orange County because of people like Jim.

California’s small businesses are the lifeblood of the state’s economy. There are approximately 3.5 million small businesses in California, which account for 99 percent of the state’s employers and employ 52 percent of the workforce.

You can learn more about the Coffee Importers and the Small Business of the Year award by clicking here.

The Coffee Importers logo
I’m with Jim Miller, the owner of the Coffee Importers, and his wife Michelle at the California Small Business Day lunch in Sacramento on June 10th.

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Good News for the Environment

Seacliff Open Space PreserveGood news for Northern San Diego County - the Seacliff Open Space Preserve has now been established after five years of restoration.

The preserve consists of 2.87 acres along the south side of the mouth of the San Luis Rey River just west of Interstate 5 and east of the AT&SF Railroad tracks. The preserve was set aside as mitigation for the adjoining Seacliff residential community. The San Diego Habitat Conservancy will manage the preserve to protect sensitive species such as the white-tailed kite and the California gnatcatcher.

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Oceanside Coast Highway Open House

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Oceanside Coast Highway Corridor Study - Community Open House

Thursday, June 25, 2015
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Oceanside City Hall - Library Community Meeting Room
300 North Coast Highway, Oceanside

If you use the Coast Highway, this upcoming meeting offers you the opportunity to provide your input on the Oceanside Coast Highway Corridor Study. As a user, your continued input and feedback is critical to the success of this project.

The purpose of the meeting will be to present project alternatives for segments along the Coast Highway and to obtain the community’s input on these alternatives. There will also be an update on the study’s progress and highlights from previous community meetings.

This workshop is designed to be interactive in order to hear from the community and ensure the community’s input is incorporated in the study. Multiple stations will be set up around the room for participants to visit and obtain information and comment on project alternatives.

For more information, click here.

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Financial Elder Abuse

Image and information courtesy of the Orange County Community Foundation
Image and information courtesy of the Orange County Community Foundation

June 15 marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an issue that is becoming more and more prevalent in society today, but not talked about nearly enough. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, nearly one in 10 people over the age of 65 experience some form of abuse. This is unacceptable.

As a result of learning about such information, I authored Senate Bill 473 earlier this year, which ensures transparency for California’s families. By creating a publicly accessible website with the information about those who have committed abuse against elder and dependent adults, Californians will have another tool to select the best caregiver for their loved ones.

Furthermore, as financial fraud is one of the fastest growing forms of elder abuse, here are some steps we can all take to stay safe:

  1. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com to request a free copy of your credit report
  2. Visit www.dmachoice.org to remove your name from direct-mail lists
  3. If you’re on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/privacy to learn its privacy policy
  4. Remove the name of deceased individuals from mailing lists by visiting https://www.ims-dm.com/cgi/ddnc.php
  5. Opt out of pre-approved credit offers by visiting www.optoutprescreen.com
  6. Remove e-mail addresses from internet or e-mail ads by visiting www.dmachoice.org
  7. Remove your name from telemarketing lists by visiting www.donotcall.gov.

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Work for Warriors Program

Work for Warriors logo

Work for Warriors (WFW) is a state and federally-funded jobs placement program for veterans.

WFW’s goal is to increase the operational readiness of the California National Guard by reducing unemployment and underemployment in the ranks. Unfortunately, unemployment and homeless rates among members of the National Guard and Reserves in California remain high.

WFW partners with companies and organizations who submit job postings to the site. The program’s success is derived from these partnerships with employers throughout the state.

To learn more about WFW, find a job, or hire a vet, please visit its website at www.workforwarriors.org.

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Helping the Homeless

Homelessness

I am pleased to announce that the California Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded grants to three organizations in Northern San Diego County to address homelessness.

The organizations are:

 Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego (Carlsbad)  $150,000
 Community Resource Center (Encinitas)  $125,000
 Solutions for Change (Vista)  $98,963

The grants come from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program, which requires assisting individuals and families to achieve economic and social independence. Counseling, substance abuse treatment, and job preparation are among the many supportive services available to program participants. As a former social worker, I believe these types of services will go a long way towards significantly reducing homelessness in California.

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Internships Available

“Interns Wanted” signI am seeking interns for my Carlsbad district office. This is a great opportunity for college students and interested adults who are thinking about public service.

Interns will be able to understand how government works and the power of civic engagement for both local and state issues. Interns will be given a firsthand look into the bill-making process and the ways in which government works for the people. Additionally, interns will gain valuable life skills including business and professional etiquette.

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Upcoming Events

The events below are just a taste of what’s happening in our beautiful district. Do you have an event that you would like me to include in my newsletter?

Del Mar: San Diego County Fair

Date: Now thru July 5
Time: Varies
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014)
About: The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.4 million visitors a year.

Costa Mesa: Orange County Fair

Date: Now thru August 16
Time: Varies
Location: OC Fair & Event Center (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
About: The OC Fair is celebrating 125 years this year with the theme “One Big Party.” Since its quaint beginnings in 1889, the OC Fair has grown to a 23-day extravaganza that welcomes more than 1.3 million guests every summer.

Laguna Niguel: Summer Concert in the Courtyard

Date: Friday, June 26
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Sea Country Senior and Community Center (24602 Aliso Creek Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677)
About: Ohio Trio Plus Band, a live Motown band will perform in the center’s beautiful courtyard. Once a month, on Fridays, the courtyard becomes a social hub bringing together the adult community with live music and delicious refreshments.

Encinitas: Leucadia’s Music Festival

Date: Saturday, June 27
Time: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: 860 N Coast Hwy 101, Leucadia Roadside Park, Encinitas, CA 92024
About: Walk, bike or skate to Leucadia Roadside Park with family and friends to hear Mattson 2, Peter Sprague, Nancarrow, Trouble in the Wind, Inspired & the Sleep and more of the best bands in town. There will be a surfboard raffle, kids art, beer garden for 21+ and good vibes for all ages.

Oceanside: 21st Annual Independence Parade

Date: Saturday, June 27
Time: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Coast Highway between Wisconsin and Civic Center
About: Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars, and much more. The theme this year is “Legends and Legacies.”

Vista: San Diego Scottish Highland Games

Date: June 27 and 28
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (both days)
Location: Brengle Terrace Park (1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084)
About: Featuring traditional games, children’s activities, bagpiping, and more, the Scottish Highland Games have something for everyone to enjoy.

Dana Point: Doheny Surf Festival

Date: June 27 and 28
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Doheny State Beach (25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Live Music, Surf Demonstrations, Environmental Education, Surf Legends and Tandem Exhibition.

San Juan Capistrano: Carnival

Date: July 3 and 4
Time: 5 p.m. (July 3) and 12 p.m. (July 4)
Location: San Juan Capistrano Sports Park Complex (259256 Camino Del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675)
About: The City of San Juan Capistrano and Christiansen Amusements is set to hold a two day carnival complete with thrill rides for children, teens and adults along with a game midway. There will be ample parking. Security will be on-site to ensure the safety of those attending the carnival.

Mission Viejo: 4th of July Street Faire & Fireworks Spectacular

Date: July 4
Time: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Olympiad Road between Marguerite Parkway & Melinda Road, Mission Viejo
About: A free all-day music and crafts event celebrating our nation’s independence. The fun-filled event features food and game booths operated by local service organizations, crafters, merchandise, musical performers, and vivid fireworks.

San Clemente: July 4th Fireworks Show

Date: Saturday, July 4
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: City of San Clemente Pier, San Clemente, CA 90672
About: Celebrate Independence Day at the pier. The fireworks display can also be seen from many beaches and hilltop areas in and around San Clemente.

Carlsbad: 3rd Annual Carlsbad Grand Prix

Date: July 19
Time: All day
Location: Course loops through Armada Drive and Fleet Street in Carlsbad
About: This all day event includes free viewing and a Healthy Lifestyle expo open to the public, including music, food, bike rodeo, games, plus more fun things for families to check out, hang around, and enjoy!

Encinitas: Classic Car Nights

Date: July 16, August 20, and September 17
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: S. Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street, Encinitas
About: The streets of Downtown Encinitas will be rockin’ and rollin’ when Encinitas Classic Car Nights comes to Downtown Encinitas.

Laguna Woods: South County Senior Summit (Co-Sponsored by Senator Bates)

Date: Friday, July 24
Time: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Laguna Woods Village Clubhouse 3 (23822 Avenida Sevilla, Laguna Woods, CA 92637)
About: Senator Bates is co-sponsoring this FREE summit with Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, which will feature important information for seniors, caregivers, and family members. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.
More Information: Call 1.800.510.2020 to RSVP.

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:

Senator Bates with Mickey and Pluto
Met with Mickey and Pluto for Disneyland Day at the Capitol. The Disneyland Resort is Orange County’s largest employer and is responsible for more than $5.7 billion in annual economic activity throughout Southern California, supporting 28,000 regional jobs.

Senator Bates at a CA Legislative Women's Caucus event
Met with California First Lady Anne Gust Brown (sitting, fourth from left) and Nancy McFadden, the Executive Secretary to Governor Jerry Brown (standing, far left) during a California Legislative Women’s Caucus event.

Senator Bates meeting with local members of the CTA
Met with local members of the California Teachers Association regarding K-12 school funding.

Senator Bates meeting with representatives from CSU San Marcos
Discussed higher education issues with representatives from California State University San Marcos.

On my behalf, my office staff also:

  • Attended the Escondido Chamber of Commerce’s presentation of a new economic study on energy costs and state energy policies affecting the San Diego region
  • Attended the Mira Costa College/San Diego Small Business Development Council Luncheon
  • Attended the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Borders Presentation, which covered transportation impacts, cross-country dialogue, and other topics
  • Discussed rail corridor issues in Northern San Diego County with local officials
  • Attended a community event on Alzheimer’s Disease and research in Laguna Niguel
  • Attended the City Infrastructure Summit in Costa Mesa
  • Participated in a planning meeting for the upcoming South County Senior Summit
  • And much more!

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To learn more about my work in the Senate, please “follow” me on Twitter and “like” me on Facebook.

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

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