Pat's Perspective: October 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018

A Message from Pat

Dear Neighbor,

As the state senator for the 36th District, I’m working hard every day with community members and my legislative colleagues to deliver results for our region. I’m pleased to report that we are making progress.

Last month, Governor Brown signed all my bills that reached his desk this year. I highlight three key bills - all passed with bipartisan support - in my “Legislative Update” below.

On October 2, I partnered with the California Highway Patrol to provide two “Age Well, Drive Smart” driver safety classes in San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Hills. Nearly 500 seniors attended the classes where they learned tips to stay safe. Similar events at Carlsbad and Vista in August drew more than 600. Click here to learn more.

In addition, my work with my colleagues to address long wait times at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has led to the Governor ordering a performance audit, which is a step in the right direction.

Making California’s state government work better for you is a top priority, and I’ll continue to work hard to make progress on issues that matter to our region in a fiscally-responsible manner.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on state-related issues important to you.



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Legislative Update

California State Capitol
California State Capitol

I’m pleased to report that Governor Brown signed all the bills that I’ve authored or co-authored which made it to his desk this year. These bills include:

  • 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 - In partnership with the San Diego Association of Governments, I authored this bill that authorizes San Diego County to establish Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) transportation plans to serve the mobility needs of their communities.
  • SB 1226 - In partnership with the City of Encinitas, I authored this bill that would bring unpermitted accessory dwelling units (“granny flats”) out of the shadows and direct 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.
  • AB 3162 (Friedman) - I co-authored this bill that mandates a one-year initial probationary period for residential treatment facilities and make it clear in law where treatment is occurring. This is a vital step to help curb abuses in the industry.
  • SB 1007 (Hertzberg) - I jointly authored this bill that encourages the construction of additional military and veteran medical centers in California. The bill signing culminates a two-year effort that began last year when I authored similar legislation with Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins. That legislation, SB 197, would have helped a new center at Camp Pendleton built by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. SB 1007 will help similar projects in the future.

To access votes and analyses on bills that are of interest to you, please click here.

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DMV Update

DMV logo

On September 21, the Governor ordered his Department of Finance to conduct a performance audit of the DMV in response to long wait lines and poor customer service. This is a small but much-needed step in the right direction.

While I would have preferred that the audit be conducted by the independent and nonpartisan State Auditor, I applaud any effort to get to the bottom of the DMV’s problems.

The State of California must fix the problems that have led to the long wait times, mounting technology issues, and disturbing reports of more than 23,000 erroneous voter registrations being transmitted to the Secretary of State. Californians deserve better.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Image with white ribbon and pink background signifying “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

Did you know that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? This year, I joined my legislative colleagues to support bipartisan legislation to improve treatment and outreach. They include:

  • SB 945 (Atkins) - Would delete time limits for breast and cervical cancer treatment under the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program and instead require treatment services to continue for the duration of the period of treatment, as long as the individual continues to meet all other eligibility requirements. While the Senate passed the bill, it failed to advance from the Assembly.
  • SB 1034 (Mitchell) - Extends the sunset date - from January 1, 2019 until January 1, 2025 - on existing law that requires health facilities where mammography is performed, if a patient is categorized by the facility as having dense breasts, to provide a specific notice informing the patient that she has dense breasts. The Governor signed this bill.
  • AB 2342 (Burke) - Would require health care service plans, health insurers, and the Department of Health Care Services to provide coverage for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility screening as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Unfortunately, the Governor vetoed the bill as he wants it considered during the budget process.

For more information about breast cancer and on how you can help, click on these links:

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Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Got Drugs?

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 27 aims to provide a safe and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Bring unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications. For more information and to find a location near you, click here.

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Freezing Your Credit Is Now Free

Credit card stock photo

One year after the Equifax security breach, two important steps have been taken to protect your data:

  1. Congress passed a law to eliminate the fee for freezing and unfreezing your credit, which took effect on September 21.
  2. The Governor signed AB 1859 into law, which I supported. This law requires credit reporting agencies to patch known security vulnerabilities.

Safeguarding your credit file is one of the most important things you can do to stop cyber theft. Click here for more information.

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Educational Opportunities

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Senator Bates (front row, left) and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (front row, right) pose for a photo with the 2017-18 Senate Fellows at the State Capitol.)

For College Graduates: Senate Fellows Program
The program offers college graduates a paid, full-time legislative staff position in the State Capitol for 11 months. The program’s primary goals include introducing people with diverse life experiences and backgrounds to the legislative process by providing research and other professional staff assistance to the Senate. To learn more about applying for the 2019-2020 class, click here.

For College Graduates: Coro Southern California Fellows Program
This program equips fellows with the resources they need to understand how decisions are made, how complex policies are shaped, and how to influence meaningful change.

Using the city as a classroom, Coro Fellows learn through interactions with private, public, and nonprofit decision-makers and work as a group to develop critical thinking, analytical, governance and leadership skills. Coro is now accepting applications for the Fellows class of 2019-2020, due January 9, 2019. Click here to learn more.

For High School Students: Edison Scholars Program
High school seniors who dream of making a difference in the world through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) studies are invited to apply to Edison International’s $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program. 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.

Mission Viejo: 4th Annual Veterans Resource Fair (Co-Sponsored by Senator Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough)

Date: Saturday, November 10
Time: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Saddleback College Baseball Stadium (28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692)
About: The fair will have organizations serving military veterans and their families, and a softball game featuring veterans with disabilities. All are welcome and admission is FREE.

Carlsbad: Trail Volunteer Event

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Harbor Drive Trail
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. Residents can bring e-waste, green waste, large appliances, furniture, and other bulky items that don’t fit in a normal waste container.

Dana Point: Bulky Item Drop Off Event

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Dana Hills High School (33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 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. Residents can bring e-waste, green waste, large appliances, furniture, and other bulky items that don’t fit in a normal waste container.

Rancho Santa Margarita: Halloween Family Festival

Date: Wednesday, October 31
Time: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Central Park (30842 La Miranda, Rancho Santa Margarita, 92688)
About: Enjoy spooktacular fun at the Halloween Family Festival, hosted in partnership by SAMLARC, the City of RSM and the RSM Chamber of Commerce. Entrance is complimentary.

Vista: Trick or Treat Halloween

Date: Wednesday, October 31
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: City of Vista Civic Center (200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, 92084)
About: Kid-friendly, FREE event. Kids crafts, treats, fire & sheriff engines, squad cars on display and more.

Laguna Niguel: Flu Shot Clinic

Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Sea Country Senior and Community Center (24602 Aliso Creek Rd. Laguna Niguel, 92677)
About: Date subject to change pending availability of vaccine. Flu shot vaccines will be available at Sea Country on a first come, first serve basis, while supplies last. Please call 949.425.5151 prior to November 1 to confirm availability of the vaccine.

Mission Viejo: Flu Shot Clinic

Date: Friday, November 2
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center (24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, 92692)
About: Flu Shots are for people 18+. Drive through shots available for the mobility impaired. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Aliso Viejo: Community Health Fair & Flu Shot Clinic

Date: Saturday, November 3
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Aliso Viejo Library (1 Journey, Aliso Viejo, 92656)
About: Enjoy a host of health screenings, health-related vendors and free flu shots while supplies last in the courtyard of the Aliso Viejo Library.

Oceanside: Fall Festival

Date: Saturday, November 3
Time: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Heritage Park (220 Peyri Drive, Oceanside, 92058)
About: The Fall Festival at Heritage Park will include Music, Food and a Chili Cook-off. Sponsored by: Friends of Oceanside Parks and City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation.

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair

Date: Sunday, November 18
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Along Highway 101 from D to J Streets (from the 7/11 Store to Hansen’s Shop)
About: The Fall Street Fair is a one day event, continuous since 1989, children’s rides, two stages of live entertainment and food and drink refreshments provide an attractive setting for the public.

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36th District Highlights

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

  • Presented a $5,000 grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians to Encinitas’ Flora Vista Elementary School. The school will use the grant that I sponsored to purchase three MacBook Pros for 5th and 6th grade students. Click here to learn more.

Sen. Bates presenting a grant

  • Accepted a “Rose” award from the Orange County Taxpayers Association at their annual “Roses and Radishes”dinner for my efforts to protect taxpayers. I’m proud to have received the award from Kristen Camuglia, the chair of the South Orange County Economic Coalition.

Sen. Bates accepting an award

  • Did an interview about the DMV backlog and other state issues on KUSI-TV’s “Good Morning San Diego” show.

Sen. Bates on Good Morning San Diego

  • Met with Angela Kelly of the The Peggy Lillis Foundation to discuss how California can increase the public reporting of the superbug Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which affected Angela’s family.

Sen. Bates with Angela Kelly

  • Participated in the Mayor’s Breakfast of Compassion hosted by the Laguna Niguel Interfaith Council. I appreciate the work of Laguna Niguel Mayor Elaine Gennawey and the Council to bring people together to help address the needs of the community.

Sen. Bates at the Mayor’s Breakfast of Compassion

  • Hosted the “Age Well, Drive Smart” driver safety course taught by the California Highway Patrol in San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Hills. I’m with San Juan Capistrano Mayor Pro Tem Brian Maryott in the 2nd picture below. Click here to learn more.

Sen. Bates at the “Age Well, Drive Smart” driver safety course
Sen. Bates at the “Age Well, Drive Smart” driver safety course

  • And more!

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