Pat's Perspective: May 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Message from Pat

Dear Friends,

Protecting taxpayers and preserving opportunities for all are major priorities for me in the State Capitol and in the 36th Senate District. My newsletter is one way to inform you of my latest efforts.

I have some legislative developments to report since my last newsletter. While the Senate did not approve a bill I co-authored to allow local governments to regulate sober-living homes, two other bills that I do support moved forward in the Assembly. You can learn more about this issue here.

In addition, the Senate approved legislation that I co-authored to protect first responders from wayward drones, as well as my resolution asking the federal government to move San Onofre’s nuclear waste to a safer location. More legislative updates can be found in this newsletter.

With the days getting longer and the weather warming up, there are more outdoor community events being held in our region. Be sure to check out the “Upcoming Events” section to find one near you.

Thank you for reading my newsletter and as always, please feel free to contact me with your ideas and comments.



North County San Diego Small Business Seminar on May 20

For more information, please see the flyer below or click here.

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Legislative Update

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California State Senate Chambers

The Legislature’s committees are in the midst of considering thousands of bills as a May 27 fiscal deadline approaches. The latest updates on my bills can be found below.

  • SB 1183: provides a property tax exemption for “100 percent” disabled veterans and their spouses. Status: pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
  • SB 1249: repeals the law limiting the amount of money schools can save for emergencies. Status: denied passage by the Senate Education Committee on April 20. See my press release here.
  • SB 1283: requires the state to license and regulate sober living homes. Status: denied passage by the Senate Health Committee on April 20. See my press release here.
  • SB 1323: combats the illegal distribution of fentanyl, which drug cartels use as a cheap substitute for heroin. Status: pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
  • SB 1467: tightens restrictions regarding candidate-controlled ballot measure committees. The bill is in response to the issues raised by the corrupt activities of former Senator Leland Yee. Status: pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
  • SJR 23: urges the federal government to move nuclear waste stored at or near California’s earthquake faults to more remote locations. Status: passed unanimously by the Senate on April 28.
  • SB 807 (authored by Senator Ted Gaines, I’m a co-author): limits the exposure to civil liability of an emergency responder for damaging a drone if the drone was interfering with the delivery of emergency services, such as a plane dropping water on a wildfire. Status: passed unanimously by the Senate on May 5.

Water Project Update

Cadiz Water Project

One of my top priorities is to ensure there is enough water for our communities.

That is why I am pleased to report that a state appellate court upheld six lower court rulings regarding the various approvals and reviews of the Cadiz Water Project. This project is being developed in partnership with the Santa Margarita Water District and other Southern California water agencies.

If the project clears all remaining hurdles, it is projected to add 423 billion gallons of water to Southern California’s limited water supply. That is enough to meet the annual water needs of Carlsbad and Mission Viejo combined. Learn more about the project here.

Affordable Housing for Veterans

veteran’s family in front of their new home

Last month, the California Department of Veterans Affairs announced that nearly 1,000 low-income and homeless veterans and their families will benefit from affordable housing opportunities.

28 new projects throughout California will receive more than $116 million in funding through Proposition 41 and the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program. The latest awards build or rehabilitate 28 developments across California, including Orange and San Diego counties. The 28 developments will provide 2,124 units of housing; 983 of these will be veteran-specific.

Internships Available

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An internship offers college students and interested adults an opportunity to see if public service is right for them. My district offices in Laguna Hills and Encinitas have opportunities to host interns as space permits.

Interns will be able to understand how government works on the state and local levels. Interns will be given a firsthand look into the ways in which government works for the people. Additionally, interns will gain valuable life skills including business and professional etiquette.

For more information, call 949.598.5850 (Laguna Hills office) or 760.642.0809 (Encinitas office). Please share with family and friends who might be interested!

In the News

Senator Bates on Charter Local Edition

Besides this newsletter, there are other ways that I like to keep in touch with you such as interviews and op-eds.

You can watch a 10 minute interview here that I had recently with Brad Pomerance on Charter Local Edition. We talked about political ethics reform and synthetic drugs.

CNN recently published a report on illicit fentanyl use and efforts to address it. I am one of several people CNN interviewed, which you can watch and read here.

I also wrote about California’s “hidden” gas tax in The San Diego Union-Tribune, which you can read here.

Finally, The Orange County Register published a letter that I wrote regarding a legislative effort to undermine local control, which you can find here.

Community Spotlight: Laguna Hills

Laguna Hills’ Civic Center, which is also home to my Orange County District Office
Laguna Hills’ Civic Center, which is also home to my Orange County District Office

Located in South Orange County, the City of Laguna Hills is home to more than 30,000 people. The city is built on one of the major land grants developed during the Rancho Era. Following Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1821, those who had served in the government or who had friends in authority, were given vast lands for cattle grazing.

Rancho Lomas de Santiago, Rancho San Joaquin and Rancho Niguel covered much of the western portion of the Saddleback Valley. In 1842, Don Juan Avila was granted the 13,000 Rancho Niguel on which Laguna Hills is located.

Incorporation efforts began in 1987, and on December 20, 1991, Laguna Hills officially became a city. Today, it hosts many amenities that contribute to a high quality of life, such as the Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills Community Center and numerous parks.

Learn more about Laguna Hills by visiting its government website at, and its chamber of commerce website at

Upcoming Events

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?

Carlsbad: Wild West Fest at Leo Carrillo Ranch

Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Leo Carillo Ranch Historic Park (6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92009)
About: Leo Carrillo Ranch is the stage for a re-creation of the days of the “wild west,” when cowboys ruled. Shop at the trading post, ride the bucking bronco in the Fun Zone, and create a cowboy hat to take home. Real cowboys will demonstrate shoot outs, rope tricks and much more. Plus - pony rides!

Dana Point: Doheny Blues Festival

Date: May 21 and 22
Time: Doors open at 10:00 a.m. for Gold ticket holders, 10:15 a.m. for VIP ticket holders, and 11:00 a.m. for General Admission daily.
Location: Doheny State Beach (25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: From Grammy winners to music legends, Doheny has been host to many of the top names in rock, soul and blues music.

Encinitas: Foodie Fest Encinitas

Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: LumberYard Shopping District (937 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024)
About: Blending the best of North County food, art and music. Fifteen chefs demonstrate how to prepare farm-to-table fare on three different stages, six chefs compete in a TV style Best of the Foodie Fest Competition and 30+ restaurants serve up gourmet tastes. With interactive fun for kids. Benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Mission Viejo Film Festival

Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Kaleidoscope Center (27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92691)
About: Created by brothers Grant and Tyler Voss, the Mission Viejo Film Festival is a showcase for impassioned filmmakers of all ages throughout Orange County that supports a great cause. All proceeds from the festival will benefit City of Hope.

San Juan Capistrano: Homefront America Field of Honor

Date: May 22 - 30
Time: All day
Location: Los Rios Park (31831 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675)
About: This Memorial Day, Homefront America will transform Los Rios Historic Park, San Juan Capistrano, into a beautiful Field of Honor® display of U.S. flags. There is no charge to appreciate the Field of Honor. Bring the entire family to celebrate and honor those who have and continue to sacrifice so much for the freedoms we enjoy.

Vista: Senior Health and Fitness Expo

Date: Wednesday, May 25
Time: 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Gloria McClellan Senior Center (1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084)
About: Numerous activities including a lap swim, yoga class, smartphone apps class and more.

Laguna Niguel: Music & Arts Festival

Date: Friday, May 27
Time: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Location: Crown Valley Park, Amphitheater (29751 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677)
About: Middle and high school bands are invited to “Showcase their talents” by performing in 30-minute sets. Bands will have 15 minutes to breakdown and to set up. A total of four bands will be selected to perform. The Habit truck will feature burgers, fries and drinks!

Laguna Hills: Memorial Day Half Marathon

Date: Monday, May 30
Time: All day
Location: 25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 (race starts by the Laguna Hills Mall and ends at the Laguna Hills Community Center)
About: Runners of all skill levels are welcome to participate in the event of their choice, the Half Marathon (13.1 miles), 5K run/walk (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles) or kids run (1/2 miles).

Rancho Santa Margarita: RanchoFest 2016

Date: June 3 - 5
Location: RSM Central Park (30842 La Miranda, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688)
About: Kids fun zone, live music, food booths and more.

Oceanside: USA Surfing Championships

Date: June 9 - 12
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: North Harbor Jetty, Oceanside
About: This is the USA Championships for adult longboard, SUP and adaptive divisions. Sponsored by Surfing America, Inc.

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!

Rancho Santa Margarita: Free Blood Pressure Screening

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Bell Tower Regional Community Center (22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688)
More Information: 949.216.9700

San Juan Capistrano: Farmers Market

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. (spring and summer)
Location: Yorba Street between El Camino Real and Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano
About: The Old Capistrano Certified Farmers Market promotes a healthy lifestyle by providing fresh fruits, vegetables and other farm products to shoppers.

Note: While my office strives to include accurate information at the time of publication, events are subject to change by the organizers/sponsors.

36th District Highlights

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

  • Co-hosted a regional town hall on sober living homes with Assembly Members Bill Brough and Matthew Harper in Laguna Hills. You can read more about it here.

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  • Delivered an update on state efforts regarding sober living homes at the LARMAC Ladera Ranch Town Hall.

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  • Helped Genentech unveil San Diego County’s largest non-utility solar installation in Oceanside. It will produce enough solar energy in its lifetime to power nearly 12,000 average California homes for one year! Photo courtesy of Genentech.

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  • Welcomed students and parents from San Clemente’s Our Lady of Fatima Parish School. They asked a lot of good questions about the Senate!

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  • Met with members of the California Restaurant Association and talked about the economy and job creation.

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  • Discussed housing issues with members of the Orange County Association of Realtors.

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  • Shared my pathway to public service with the ladies of the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee.

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  • Congratulated Julie Hernandez of Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside for being named San Diego County’s Youth of the Year.

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  • Participated in the Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito’s “April Affair” to help reach out to survivors of sexual assault and others in need. I’m pictured with Mistress of Ceremony Pat Brown (left) and event chair Roberta Waterman (right).

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  • Honored Kevin Evans (center) for his 27 years of service as Dana Point’s Director of Community Services and Parks. Assemblyman Bill Brough (left) and I wished him a happy retirement.

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  • Taped an interview on the National Asian American Coalition’s “Owning a Piece of America” show with host Faith Bautista and Senator Janet Nguyen. We discussed jobs, the economy and political empowerment.

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  • And much more!

On my behalf, my office staff also:

  • Honored Martha Daniel (left), an Aliso Viejo resident, for being selected as the 2016 Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District Office. Kristy Khachigian, my Orange County field representative, is pictured at right.

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  • Participated in the “Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow” conference in Irvine, which included panel discussions on how investing in young children strengthens businesses and communities in Orange County. Pictured below is keynote speaker Ken Thrasher, the board chairman of Compli, a software solution provider.

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  • Attended the San Diego District Attorney’s Annual Luncheon.
  • Attended the Best of North County event in Carlsbad.
  • Attended the SBA-OC Hispanic Chamber small business awards event in Anaheim.
  • Attended a meeting in Santa Ana on emergency medical services and the closing of Saddleback Memorial Hospital.
  • Helped coordinate interviews of Southern California applicants to the Senate Fellowship program at Los Angeles International Airport.
  • And much more!

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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