Pat's Perspective: October 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Message from Pat

Dear Neighbor,

During the three weeks leading up to the end of the 2017 legislative session on September 15th, there were almost 1,000 bills acted upon by both the Senate and Assembly.

Senators introduced 817 bills this year. Of those, 326 were sent to Governor Brown. Assembly members introduced 1,733 bills this year. Of those, 650 were sent to the governor. He has until October 15th to sign or veto bills.

Some of these bills will have a significant impact on our communities, such as the “sanctuary” state measure that you can read more about in the next section. The marathon of legislation that was passed in recent weeks proves that elections have consequences - who sits in the state Legislature and governor’s office determine what bills live or die.

With the Legislature set to reconvene in Sacramento in January, I am now spending most of my time in the 36th Senate District meeting constituents and attending community events. It’s an opportunity to share my perspective on state government with constituents and to listen to their priorities.

I am considering bill ideas to present next year. If you have an idea to improve our state, please send me an e-mail at My staff and I will follow-up with you if we need more information.



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Opioid and Heroin Crisis Town Hall

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I co-hosted an Opioid and Heroin Crisis Town Hall with Assemblyman Bill Brough on October 2. The event in San Juan Capistrano featured community leaders, health care professionals, law enforcement personnel and parents discussing the crisis affecting our communities.

You can watch the town hall here.

For more information about opioid prevention and treatment resources, please visit these links:

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October 28: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Got Drugs?

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Bring unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications. Click here to find a location near you.

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“Sanctuary” State

Protect Neighborhoods, Not Criminals, #NoOn54

As you may know, the Legislature approved an amended version of the “sanctuary” state bill (Senate Bill 54). Governor Brown has signed this bill. SB 54 will restrict local law enforcement’s ability to interact with federal authorities responsible for immigration enforcement.

Click here to learn why I opposed SB 54.

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Legislative Update

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California State Senate Chambers

Here are a few significant legislative developments in the last few days of the 2017 legislative session:

  • A bill to create government-sanctioned drug dens (AB 186) failed by two votes in the Senate. Learn more here.

  • The full Senate did not vote on AB 1250 that would make it extremely difficult for county governments to partner with the non-profit and private sectors to provide essential services at a lower cost. Learn more here.

  • The Legislature approved a housing package that includes bills that I believe will make housing construction more expensive. Learn more here. For example, one of the housing bills will add a mandate to pay “prevailing wage” for new housing projects. According to a study commissioned by the California Homebuilding Foundation, imposing “prevailing wage” would increase overall construction costs by “37% or $32 per square foot of residential space” and add an average $84,000 to the cost of building a new home in California.

  • The Legislature approved a bill I co-authored (SB 45) that will help level the election playing field. Learn more here.

  • Despite earning unanimous support in the Senate, a bill I jointly authored with Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to help build medical facilities for injured troops and veterans failed to pass in the Assembly. The Assembly Appropriations Committee placed the bill in its “Suspense File” on July 19th, where it has remained since.

For the latest updates on my legislation, please click here.

For the latest updates on which bills Governor Brown has signed or vetoed, click here.

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San Onofre Update

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The decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Photo Credit: Southern California Edison.

Under a settlement filed in court in August, Southern California Edison agreed to spend up to $4 million to hire a team of experts to develop plans to relocate San Onofre’s nuclear waste elsewhere. This team must be assembled and hired within the next five months, and will examine the feasibility of moving San Onofre’s waste to Arizona. Learn more here.

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Transportation Update

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Orange County

To help relieve congestion, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is developing a long range transportation plan for the county, called Designing Tomorrow 2040. Help OCTA plan for the future of transportation by taking a quick survey here.

San Diego County

The Legislature approved Assembly Bill 805 that would change the governing structure of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). It would concentrate decision-making over all regional transportation funds in San Diego County into the hands of its largest cities.

I am very concerned that San Diego County residents in the 36th Senate District would be deprived from having a meaningful voice in shaping transportation solutions within their communities. The bill is currently with Governor Brown for his consideration. Click here for more information.

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Selective Service System

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A draft is the mandatory enrollment of individuals into the armed forces. Although the U.S. military has been an all-volunteer force since 1973, the government maintains the ability to start a draft in case of a national emergency. The Selective Service System is the agency responsible for the draft.

California has one of the lowest Selective Service System registration compliance rates in the nation. California law requires selective service registration for state student financial aid, including Cal Grants.

Almost all men 18-25 who are U.S. citizens or are immigrants living in the U.S. are required to register with Selective Service. Men in the U.S. on student, visitor or diplomatic visas and women are not required to register. For more information, please visit

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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?

Aliso Viejo: Annual Founder’s Day Fair - A Day at the Ranch

Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Aliso Viejo Ranch (100 Park Avenue, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656)
About: The Founder’s Day Fair features interactive historical and art exhibits, local entertainment, community booths, pony rides, a petting zoo, old-fashioned family games, inflatables, amusements and food. Event entry is free, with nominal fees for food and certain activities.

Encinitas: Moonlight Beach Bash

Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Moonlight Beach (400 B St, Encinitas, CA 92024)
About: Moonlight Beach Fest celebrates Encinitas life to the fullest, bringing together arts and beach culture.

Laguna Niguel: Fall Boutique & Crafts Faire

Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Sea Country Center (24602 Aliso Creek Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677)
About: More than seventy-five vendors will be selling unique, handcrafted items.

San Clemente: Third Annual Shopping Extravaganza

Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Outlets at San Clemente (101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92672)
About: An event to raise funds for local charities.

San Juan Capistrano: 21st Annual Vintage Food & Wine Festival

Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Location: Mission San Juan Capistrano (26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675)
About: The Vintage Food & Wine Festival showcases the best of San Juan Capistrano!

Oceanside: Senior Expo

Date: Thursday, October 12
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: 300 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
About: This free event will feature over 60 health-related businesses, non-profits and senior organizations.

Carlsbad: Public Safety Open House

Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: 5750 Orion St., Carlsbad, CA 92010
About: Displays will feature fire, police and public works vehicles, prevention and preparedness, emergency services information, CSI equipment and technology, trauma intervention and volunteerism.

Vista: Fall Festival Alta Vista Gardens

Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Alta Vista Botanical Gardens (1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084)
About: The day’s activities include crafts, games, face painting, worms and compost, music and dance for the kids - and best of all, the event is FREE!

San Clemente: Hunger Walk

Date: Sunday, October 15
Time: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA 92672
About: Bring friends and family to support a good cause to help feed the hungry in South Orange County.

Dana Point: Bulky Item Drop Off Event

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Dana Hills High School (33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Bulky Item Clean Up events give residents a chance to drop off their bulky items for free instead of taking them to the landfill.

Mission Viejo: 29th Annual Walk Against Drugs and 10th Annual South County Disaster Preparedness Expo

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Mission Viejo High School (25025 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691)
About: This event unites the City and Sheriff’s Department with our local schools, businesses, residents and community groups to share an important message with students and families.

Oceanside: Fire Department Open House

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Fire Station 7 (3350 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058)
About: Bring your family to the annual Open House at Fire Station #7 in Oceanside. Get an up-close look at all the tools used by our firefighters, learn CPR, safety precedures, and more.

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 many meetings, briefings, and other Senate activities, I also:

  • Honored Santa Margarita Little League’s team for their amazing accomplishments this year. They were the only team to represent California in the Little League World Series!

Image of Senator Bates with Santa Margarita Little League

Image of Senator Bates with others

  • Met with the North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Carlsbad regarding small business and economic development issues.

Image of Senator Bates sitting at a table with others

  • Delivered a legislative update to the South Orange County Economic Coalition in Laguna Hills.

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  • Showed my support to the organizers and participants of the South Orange County Job Fair at the San Clemente Outlets.

Image of Senator Bates at the South Orange County Job Fair

  • Presented the Marian Bergeson Lifetime Achievement Award to Senator Janet Nguyen (seated, 2nd from left) in Newport Beach.

Image of Senator Bates at the Marian Bergeson Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Gave my perspective on the 2017 legislative session to the Laguna Niguel Rotary.

Image of Senator Bates with the Laguna Niguel Rotary

  • Attended the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships 40th Anniversary event in Dana Point.

Image of Senator Bates at an event in Dana Point

  • Shared my story of becoming involved in government at a Sacramento event hosted by the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA).

Image of Senator Bates with APAPA

  • Presented Cade MacLean with a certificate recognizing his fabulous achievement of earning a scholarship from the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce. He is now attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Image of Senator Bates presenting Cade MacLean with a certificate

  • Presented Alberto Barrera with a certificate of appreciation for his hard work interning in my Laguna Hills office. He graduated from UC Irvine this year.

Image of Senator Bates presenting Alberto Barrera with a certificate

  • Brought my Orange and San Diego County district staff to Sacramento for meetings and to observe a Senate floor session in person.

Image of Senator Bates with District staff

  • Met with small business owners in my Encinitas district office organized by the California Small Business Association.
  • And more!

On my behalf, my staff also:

  • Attended the dedication of the Konrad A. Reuland Memorial Field at St. John’s Episcopal School in Rancho Santa Margarita. A St. John’s alumnus from the class of 2001, and a former National Football League player, Konrad Reuland passed away unexpectedly last year due to a brain aneurysm. Rhonda Reardon of my Laguna Hills office (2nd from right) represented me. Photo Credit: Takata Photo & Design.

Image from dedication of the Konrad A. Reuland Memorial Field

  • Participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rancho Santa Margarita location of GrabbaGreen, which serves healthy fast food. Photo Credit: Takata Photo & Design.

Image from the GrabbaGreen ribbon cutting event

  • Honored Corporal Kevin Apencuxil and Sergeant Jose Eduardo Salcido for being recognized as outstanding Marines in Mission Viejo.

Image from Mission Viejo Recognition event

  • And more!

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

To contact me, you can send a message on my website or mail a letter to:

Senator Patricia Bates
State Capitol, Room 305
Sacramento, California 95814

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