A Message from Pat
Senate Chamber, California State Capitol
The Legislature passed several bills on mostly partisan votes that I believe will endanger public safety. These include:
Golden State Stimulus
As part of the 2021-22 state budget, the Legislature approved providing $8 billion in “Golden State Stimulus” checks for many Californians with an income of $75,000 or less. Recipients who meet the eligibility requirements would receive anywhere from $500-$1,100, depending on their filing status.
Metrolink Service Update
Metrolink has announced that Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County line service will not operate between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and Oceanside stations from September 16 through October 3. The closure is necessary to complete urgent track work and ensure the ongoing safe operation of the rail line. For the latest updates go to www.metrolinktrains.com.
Litter continues to be a major problem for many of our communities and I have urged the Governor’s administration to improve trash removal from state highways and other state property.
Property Tax Postponement Program
The State Controller’s Property Tax Postponement Program allows homeowners who are seniors, are blind, or have a disability to defer current-year property taxes on their principal residence if they meet certain criteria, including at least 40 percent equity in the home and an annual household income of $45,810 or less (among other requirements).
Small Business of the Year
Congratulations to Oceanside’s “The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza,” the 2021 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District. The Privateer represents the best attributes of a small business – local roots, independently owned, and a commitment to the community.
36th District Highlights
In addition to many meetings, briefings, and other Senate activities, I also: