Pat's Perspective: May 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A Message from Pat

Dear Neighbor,

Californians stand united with all those affected by the recent horrific shooting at the Chabad of Poway and against the hate that caused it.

Our condolences are with the families and friends of the victims. While the shooting was a day of shock and grief, Californians are also deeply thankful for the first responders who captured the suspect. Their bravery undoubtedly saved lives.

Attacks such as those targeting Jews in Poway, Christians in Sri Lanka, and Muslims in New Zealand seek to turn people of different beliefs against one another, but such hate will not prevail.

The freedom to worship or not worship is one of our country’s most precious freedoms, and no attack can ever take that freedom away from the people.

As your representative in the California State Senate, please feel free to contact one of my offices if my staff and I can be of assistance. My office is here to serve the residents of the 36th Senate District.



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Wildfire Season

Link to PSA
Click here to view a 30 second public service announcement on wildfires.

With wildfire season coming up, 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,, 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

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

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Legislative Update

The decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
California State Capitol

Here are some updates on my bills:

  • The Senate Public Safety Committee approved Senate Bill 141 that would improve the safety of California’s communities by requiring all inmates convicted of a sexually violent offense to be administered a comprehensive risk assessment before their parole hearing. Click here to learn more.

  • The Senate Health Committee approved Senate Bill 589 that would prohibit an operator of addiction treatment facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services. Click here to learn more.

  • The Health Committee also approved Senate Bill 746 to require health care insurance providers, that already cover chemotherapy or radiation therapy, to cover anticancer medical devices as of January 1, 2020.

  • The Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee approved Senate Bill 679 that would streamline the process for licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs), marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), and clinical social workers (LCSWs) in other states to become licensed in California. Click here to learn more.

  • The Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments refused to support Senate Bill 401 that would have closed a major loophole that allows elected officials and candidates to avoid contribution limits. Click here to learn more.

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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.

While the lion’s share of media attention is focused on Washington, D.C., what happens in Sacramento can also have a lasting effect on our communities. One such issue is ensuring that local governments continue to receive funding for offsite emergency response planning and training related to the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

The federal government must do its job to remove SONGS’ waste from the region, but the state government should also do what it can to help communities with emergency preparedness. I am pleased to report that my bill to help with that preparedness has advanced in the Senate. Click here to learn more.

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Homeowner Settlement Update

I recently asked Governor Newsom not to appeal a court ruling directing the state to provide $331 million to help financially distressed homeowners. Click here to read my request and click here to learn more about this issue from a non-partisan publication.

The money was obtained from a settlement agreement in a 2012 lawsuit over unfair lending practices. It was intended to provide legal aid, foreclosure hotlines, consumer education, and efforts to combat financial fraud. Instead, the state used the money for unrelated purposes.

The $331 million should be used as it was intended – to help homeowners.

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Freedom to Work Independently

“Life is a beautiful ride, April is National Donate Life Month.”)
Sen. Bates speaking at a State Capitol press conference on a bill to protect independent contractors.

Did you know 1 in 10 U.S. workers is an independent contractor?

In California, a court ruling called the Dynamex decision puts hair stylists, writers, drivers, and insurance agents at risk of not being able to choose independent contract work. I co-authored Senator Shannon Grove’s Senate Bill 238 to allow independent contractors to stay in business. We were proud to stand with the contractors who traveled to Sacramento on April 24th to testify in support of our bill.

This should not be a partisan issue, but the Senate Labor Committee rejected SB 238 on a partisan vote. While I am frustrated that the bill did not pass, I will continue to fight for Californians who want the flexibility to choose when, where, and how much they work.

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In the News

The Los Angeles Times published my letter discussing some of the challenges facing the DMV. The DMV is dealing with many problems, but having people question the integrity of our election system should not be one of them. Click here to read the letter.

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Unclaimed Property

Unclaimed Property image

Is the state holding money in your name? 48 million properties worth a total of $9.3 billion are available for claiming from the State Controller’s office.

California’s Unclaimed Property Law requires banks, insurance companies, corporations, and certain other entities to report and submit their customers’ property to the State Controller when there has been no activity for a period of time (generally three years).

Click here to find out if the Controller is protecting property in your name.

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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: Soka University’s International Festival

Date: May 4
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Soka University (1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656)
About: Enjoy 700 musicians and dancers performing on four stages, and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors.

Rancho Santa Margarita: ZeroTrash RSM

Date: May 4
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Cinepolis/Panera Courtyard (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688)
About: ZeroTrash Rancho Santa Margarita is a volunteer group that meets on the first Saturday of each month to rally together to rid the community of litter. All are welcome: parents, children, students, friends, neighbors - anyone interested in keeping RSM clean! ZeroTrash provides the pickers and bags.

Vista: Free Legal Clinic

Date: May 7
Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Vista County Library (700 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista CA 92084)
About: This free legal clinic is sponsored by the San Diego County Library and the North County Bar Association. Attorneys will assist people in the following areas of law: family, civil, criminal, debt collection, bankruptcy, immigration. People will be seen on a first come, first served basis.

Oceanside: Operation Appreciation

Date: May 18
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Downtown Oceanside (near the corner of Pier View Way and Coast Highway)
About: The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce will bring the business community and area residents together to provide a day of recognition to all active-duty military stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and nearby military bases. Thousands of active duty military, their family and dependents are treated to a day of free food, entertainment, and a fun zone for kids.

Vista Strawberry Festival

Date: May 26
Time: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: 127 Main Street, Vista CA 92084
About: Vista was once the unofficial “Strawberry Capital of the World.” In the 1960’s and 1970’s, during peak season, strawberries were shipped from Vista all over the United States, as well as internationally. The Vista Strawberry Festival was created in 2010 to celebrate its history with the beautiful berry!

Mission Viejo: Memorial Day Ceremony

Date: May 27
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: Mission Viejo Civic Center (200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691)
About: Join in honoring those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The ceremony begins at 8:30 am, followed by a reception where refreshments will be served.

San Clemente: Memorial Day Remembrance

Date: May 27
Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Marine Monument Semper Fi Park (Pier Bowl, San Clemente, CA 92672)
About: The events honors all branches of the United States Military at the Marine Monument, in Park Semper Fi overlooking the San Clemente Pier and ocean. All service members welcome.

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36th District Highlights

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

  • Hosted South OC Senior Day in Mission Viejo with Assemblyman Bill Brough that connected senior citizens and family members with vital community resources. Thanks to everyone who attended!

Pictures from OC Senior Day

  • Met Special Olympics athlete Debi Anderson (right) and Grants and Government Relations Manager Trang Nguyen to discuss the importance of protecting Special Olympics. I support efforts to protect opportunities for people with disabilities!

Picture with Debi Anderson and Trang Nguyen

  • Presented a joint legislative resolution to Dana Point Mayor Joe Muller congratulating the city on its 30th anniversary.

Picture with Dana Point Mayor Joe Muller

  • Congratulated Mara Waynick of Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad for being named a California Youth of the Year finalist for her terrific work in the community!

Picture of Senator Bates with Mara Waynick

  • Met with SD 36 resident Helen Haig and Deacon Daniel Aydenian of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church during the annual Armenian Genocide commemorative events at the Capitol.

Picture of Senator Bates with Helen Haig and Deacon Daniel Aydenian

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