Pat's Perspective: March 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

High-Speed Rail Update

Conceptual rendering of the California High-Speed Rail project.
Conceptual rendering of the California High-Speed Rail project.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently released a business plan containing more bad news for taxpayers: the projected cost has jumped another 20 percent to $77 billion and the opening date has been pushed back four years to 2033. This is more evidence that the high-speed rail project is a financial train wreck for taxpayers.

I’m committed to doing what I can to stop additional tax dollars from being spent on the project as they could be used instead on more critical priorities such as road repairs.

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Woman of the Year

From left to right: Sen. Bates; Donna Kalez, the 36th Senate District Woman of the Year; Sen. Connie Leyva, Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus; and Sen. Toni Atkins, the Senate pro Tem designate
From left to right: Sen. Bates; Donna Kalez, the 36th Senate District Woman of the Year; Sen. Connie Leyva, Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus; and Sen. Toni Atkins, the Senate pro Tem designate.

On March 12th, I honored Donna Kalez, the managing partner of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, as the 36th Senate District’s Woman of the Year. Her work to promote environmentally responsible sportfishing and whale watching exemplifies California’s entrepreneurial spirit. Click here to learn more.

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California’s Water Future

stock photo of water drop falling into a body of water

California’s voters approved Proposition 1 in 2014 to increase water storage. Yet four years later and with the state possibly facing another drought, none of the money has been spent for storage. Click here to learn more.

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Tax Relief for Families and Small Businesses

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It’s no secret that California imposes high taxes on small businesses and middle class families, which makes it more expensive to succeed here than in other states. That’s why I’ve co-authored AB 1922 - the California Competitiveness and Innovation Act. It would:

  • Reduce the state personal income tax rate for middle class individuals and families;
  • Eliminate the franchise tax on small businesses; and
  • Double the $7,000 homeowners’ property tax exemption.

This bill would make California more competitive with other states and is supported by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the National Federation of Independent Business. It will be heard in an Assembly committee in the near future. Click here to learn more.

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A Conversation on Taxes

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Please join me, Assemblyman Bill Brough and Carolyn Cavecche of the Orange County Taxpayers Association on March 28 in Laguna Niguel for an update on Proposition 13 and proposals for a split roll tax. We will discuss how these proposals will affect businesses in California. Click here for details.

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Addressing Impacts of Natural Disasters and Climate Change

California State Capitol
California State Capitol

It’s critical we take strong action to protect all Californians from the threat of natural disasters and climate change. I’m partnering with other legislative leaders and Gov. Brown to enhance the resiliency of communities. Click here to learn more.

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In the News

Sen. Patricia Bates. Photo Credit: Jim Coit.
Sen. Patricia Bates. Photo Credit: Jim Coit.

I’m a proud graduate of Occidental College and I’m honored to be featured in their Winter 2018 magazine. Click here to learn more about my background and what inspired me to get involved in public service.

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California Conservation Corps

California Conservation Corps logo

The California Conservation Corps provides young men and women 18 to 25 years old a year of paid service to the State of California. During their year of service, corpsmembers work on environmental projects and respond to natural and man-made disasters. Through this work, they gain skills and experience that lead to meaningful careers. Click here to learn more and to apply.

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Scholar Dollars

Scholar Dollars logo

Support the extracurricular and enrichment programs you care about at your local public schools with the 2018 Scholar Dollars Grant Program.

Starting on March 12, 2018, community members over the age of 18 will have the opportunity to vote for their school once per day. The program will award more than $300,000 to California’s K-8 public and charter schools this year. 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.

Online: Mortgage Help Workshop

Date: Tuesday, March 20
Time: 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Location: Online
About: Join the nonprofit Homeownership OC and the Legal Aid Society of OC for a free online workshop on various Keep Your Home California mortgage assistance programs, loan modifications and more.
More Information: Click here.

Dana Point: Community Electronic Waste Day

Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Monarch Bay Plaza parking lot (32840 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Monarch Bay Plaza is sponsoring this event to safely dispose your old computers, printers, monitors, cell phones, TVs and more for free.
More Information: Click here.

Carlsbad: EGGstravaganza Spring Festival

Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Poinsettia Park (6600 Hidden Valley Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92011)
About: Carlsbad’s largest egg hunt features the Egg Scramble activity where kids race to collect candy-filled eggs among several other fun activities, including face painting, crafts, soak the bunny, cookie decorating, fun zones, and more.
More Information: Click here.

Oceanside: Annual City of Oceanside Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Mance Buchanon Park (425 College Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92057)
About: There will be four egg hunt areas arranged by age. There will be food vendors, a fire engine and magic show.
More Information: Click here.

San Clemente: Sensational Springtacular & Splashtacular!

Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Vista Hermosa Sports Park (987 Vista Hermosa, Meadows Event Field, San Clemente, CA 92028)
About: Fun activities, games, and food for the family to enjoy, for a nominal fee.
More Information: Click here.

San Juan Capistrano: Spring Eggstravaganza

Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Los Rios Park (Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675)
About: Activities include egg hunts, face painting, a holiday puppet show, petting zoo, crafts, games, photo opportunity with the bunny, free popcorn and free hot dogs. Pre-registration is not required.
More Information: Click here.

Vista: Brengle Terrace Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Brengle Terrace Park (1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084)
About: A free Easter egg hunt for families.
More Information: Click here.

Aliso Viejo: Aquatic Center Grand Re-Opening & Spring Kick-Off

Date: Saturday, April 7
Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center (29 Santa Barbara Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656)
About: A fun-filled celebration featuring free entry, swimming, swim lessons, bouncers, game booths, drowning prevention education and more!
More Information: Click here.

Dana Point: Community Shred Day

Date: Saturday, April 21
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Monarch Bay Plaza parking lot (32840 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Monarch Bay Plaza is sponsoring this event to help shred your sensitive documents for free.
More Information: Click here.

Laguna Niguel: Earth Day Celebration

Date: Saturday, April 21
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Crown Valley Community Park (29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677)
About: “Go Green” and volunteer to plant, weed and clean up the Niguel Botanical Preserve.
More Information: Click here.

Irvine: Housing Resource Fair

Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Lakeview Senior Center (20 Lake Drive, Irvine, CA 92604)
About: Join Homeownership OC and the Legal Aid Society of OC for a free housing resource fair and meet with HUD housing counselors to get no cost nonprofit help with your mortgage, credit, Pace or Hero Loan, or reverse mortgage.
More Information: Click here.

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36th District Highlights

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

  • Hosted the annual South OC Senior Day resource event with Assemblyman Bill Brough in Mission Viejo. Seniors received valuable information and resources from organizations such as UCI Mind and UC Irvine’s School of Nursing. Thank you to Bonnie Elliott of Short & Sweet Photography for the great photos! View more photos here.

Sen. Bates with UC Irvine School of Nursing staff and studentsa senior citizen receiving a blood pressure check
seniors learning tips on how to better use a computer tabletUCI MIND panel of experts discussing brain health

  • Discussed California’s high housing costs and ideas to lower them with the San Diego County Apartment Association in Carlsbad.

Sen. Bates discusses California’s high housing costs with members of the San Diego County Apartment Association in Carlsbad

  • Welcomed students and staff from Encinitas’ La Costa Heights Elementary School to the Senate Chamber.

Sen. Bates poses for a photo with students and staff from Encinitas’ La Costa Heights Elementary School inside the Senate Chamber.

  • Met with members of the California School Boards Association during their Sacramento Legislative Action Day.

Sen. Bates poses for a photo in her Sacramento office with members of the California School Boards Association during their Sacramento Legislative Action Day.

  • Spoke to members of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce during their annual Sacramento trip.
  • Participated in the Dana Point Festival of Whales Parade.
  • Delivered welcoming remarks to the California Physical Therapy Association who were in Sacramento for their annual lobbying day.
  • Met with TechNet in Sacramento to discuss issues facing the technology and innovation economy.
  • And more!

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