Pat's Perspective: June 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wildfire Season

readyforwildfire.org
Click here to view a 30 second public service announcement on wildfires.

With wildfire season upon us, California’s firefighters are working hard to prevent fires and to put out fires as they pop up.

CAL FIRE has put together materials to show how we can do our part to minimize the dangers of wildfire. Its website, www.readyforwildfire.org, 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.

My Senate website also has a “Wildfire Information” resource page that you can visit here.

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Legislative Update

California State Capitol
California State Capitol

The Senate voted on approximately 270 bills in the week before the House of Origin deadline on June 1. All of my bills that were on the Senate Floor made it successfully to the Assembly, including:

  • 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 that requires 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 that directs 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.

Unfortunately, the Senate Appropriations Committee withheld two bills regarding residential treatment facilities (RTF). They are:

  • SB 902 – Requires a state and federal criminal background check for operators of RTFs.
  • SB 1290 – Ends the practice of treating people with drug addiction as commodities that can be bought, sold and exploited by RTFs.

While I am disappointed that these two bills will not advance this year, I have co-authored and supported other legislation by my colleagues that would implement reforms.

It is essential that we continue legislative efforts to address the issues raised by RTFs and sober living homes. These issues affect the lives of patients and the communities they live in, and the state cannot afford to keep kicking the can down the road each year. We also need assistance from the federal government to help resolve questions that are beyond the authority of the State of California.

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Nonprofit of the Year

I recently honored San Diego County’s Tri-City Hospital Foundation as the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol. Click here to learn more.

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Environmental Good News

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I am pleased to share news of local projects that will help improve our natural environment and educate the public. They include:

Landfill Diversion Project — North San Diego County
  • Project Partners: Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches
  • Funded in part by CalRecycle
  • Area: 20 miles of coast
  • Beaches: Tamarack, North and South Ponto, Carlsbad State Beach Campground and Beaches; San Elijo State Beaches and Campground; and Cardiff Seaside.
  • Installation: 63 trash/recycle bins made of 100% recycled materials installed in areas where there were no collection bins or inconvenient/ineffective collection bins.
  • Outcomes: Recyclables collected before the project: 30 tons. Recyclables collected during the project: 474 tons.
O’Neill Regional Park — South Orange County
  • Orange County received a $108,272 grant from the California State Parks Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) to expand and renovate the amphitheater, improve access and plant large trees and native habitat landscaping.
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park — South Orange County
  • Orange County received a $376,800 grant from OGALS to construct new outdoor interpretive elements along an existing trail and create native habitats.
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center — South Orange County
  • The City of Dana Point received a $212,000 grant from OGALS to construct a new outdoor classroom with interpretive displays.

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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.

Aliso Viejo: Free Document Shredding & E-Waste Collection

Date: Saturday, June 23
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Soka University (1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656)
About: Shred your sensitive materials to help protect from identity theft and drop off your E-waste for proper recycling during the annual free Document Shredding & E-Waste event. Bring up to 10 standard-sized boxes of paper records for free onsite shredding along with electronic waste such as TVs, computers, monitors, printers and cell phones, etc.
More Information: Click here.

Encinitas: Cancer Survivors Day Celebration

Date: Saturday, June 23
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas (354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024)
About: Scripps Health will host a free public celebration for local cancer survivors, families, friends and the community. The event is part of Scripps’ 27th annual observance of National Cancer Survivors Day. The program is open to anyone affected by cancer, regardless of where treatment was received.
More Information: Click here.

Mission Viejo: Water Safety Day

Date: Saturday, June 23
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: 25800 Montanoso Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
About: Enjoy family activities and crafts. Learn about drowning prevention; see a mock water rescue; and enjoy a day of FREE swimming and splash pad. Food will be available for purchase.
More Information: Click here.

Oceanside: Independence Parade

Date: Saturday, June 30
Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Coast Highway
About: Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and much more during the annual Oceanside Independence Parade.
More Information: Click here.

Dana Point: 4th of July Fireworks Show

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Dana Point Harbor (24650 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Gather family and friends, look towards the skies over Doheny State Beach and experience this patriotic extravaganza. The fireworks are synchronized to a captivating musical score.
More Information: Click here.

Laguna Hills: Fourth of July Celebration

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Community Center & Sports Complex (25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653)
About: Carnival rides and games, live music, patriotic crafts and face painting will all be part of the celebration along with a fabulous fireworks show to conclude the evening. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Seating is not provided so don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas.
More Information: Click here.

Vista: Independence Day Celebration

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: Gates to the Moonlight Amphitheatre open at 5:00 pm, fireworks at 9 p.m.
Location: Brengle Terrace Park / Moonlight Amphitheatre (1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084)
About: Celebrate Independence Day in Vista.
More Information: Click here.

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.
More Information: Click here.

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.

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36th District Highlights

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

  • Honored the fallen at Dana Point’s Memorial Day ceremony. I’m 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.

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 Gibby

  • Welcomed athletes at the Special Olympics San Diego Regional Games in Carlsbad.

Sen. Bates welcomes athletes at the Special Olympics San Diego Regional Games in Carlsbad

  • Thanked the panelists who spoke at my opioid awareness event in Carlsbad. They included Carlsbad Police Officer Julie Martinson; Aaron Byzak; San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan; San Diego Undersheriff Mike Barnett; and Diana Presta.

Sen. Bates thanks the panelists who spoke at her opioid awareness event in Carlsbad. They included Carlsbad Police Officer Julie Martinson; Aaron Byzak; San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan; San Diego Undersheriff Mike Barnett; and Diana Presta

  • Toured San Clemente’s TrafFix Devices, Inc., which manufactures traffic control devices and safety products.

Sen. Bates tours San Clemente’s TrafFix Devices, Inc., which manufactures traffic control devices and safety products

  • Delivered a legislative update to the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce.

Sen. Bates delivers a legislative update to the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce

  • Shared my path to public service with this year’s Senate Fellows. Those interested in becoming Senate Fellows can visit www.csus.edu/calst/programs.

Sen. Bates poses for a photo with this year’s Senate Fellows class after discussing her path to public service with them

  • And more!

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