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Senator Patricia Bates Announces Housing Funding for South Orange County
September 14, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) thanked the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for providing funding to the cities of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita to help keep vulnerable families housed. “Ensuring local governments in my district receive their...
Statement on CalChamber’s Appointment of Jennifer Barrera as Next President and CEO
September 3, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), a former small business owner, issued the following statement after the California Chamber of Commerce announced today the appointment of Jennifer Barrera as the organization’s next President and CEO: “I am pleased that CalChamber has selected an...
Times of San Diego: Two Housing Bills Erode Local Democracy and Undermine Single-Family Neighborhoods
September 1, 2021
There is no debate that California faces a housing affordability crisis. We know that it is very costly to rent or buy a home in most parts of the state, especially in the region I represent, which includes northern San Diego and southern Orange counties. Many Californians recognize that increasing...
Sen. Patricia Bates Honors Oceanside’s “The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza” as Small Business of the Year
August 19, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has honored The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza (Privateer) as the 2021 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District. Senator Bates recognized owners Charlie Anderson (father) and Sage Anderson (son) during yesterday’s California Small Business Day...
Bill to Solidify Use of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles Becomes Law
July 19, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that the Governor has signed her Senate Bill 214 to permanently grant the County of Orange the authority to establish a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) transportation plan in Rancho Mission Viejo. “The signing of SB 214 will further encourage...
Assembly Approves Bill to Name Highway after Firefighting Legend Bill Clayton
July 8, 2021
The California State Assembly today unanimously approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to designate a portion of Interstate 5 in Carlsbad as the “CAL FIRE Chief William R. Clayton Memorial Highway.” With the Senate previously approving SCR 12, it will...
Pat's Perspective: Your July Update from Sacramento
July 7, 2021
Dear Neighbor, The past several weeks have been especially busy in Sacramento, as the Legislature voted on several state budget bills and hundreds of other legislation. Most of these bills do not get much public attention, but I take seriously my responsibility to review each bill and weigh the...
Statement on Budget Vote: Spending Spree Today, Hard Decisions Tomorrow
June 28, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate tonight approved a “nearly final” budget agreement between Governor Newsom and legislative Democrats: “The Governor and legislative Democrats have wasted a golden opportunity to ensure California can pay for...
Senator Patricia Bates Champions Gas Tax Relief for Californians
June 24, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has co-signed a letter to Governor Newsom and legislative leaders requesting they enact a “Gas Tax Holiday,” which would provide tax relief to Californians as gas prices continue to rise. A holiday would be a full moratorium on California’s gas excise tax...
Senator Patricia Bates Honors Family Assistance Ministries as Nonprofit of the Year
June 24, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has chosen Orange County’s Family Assistance Ministries as the 2021 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District. This recognition was part of a larger virtual celebration of CalNonprofits ’ “California Nonprofits Day” held yesterday. “Family...
Statement on Budget Vote: California Can Do Better
June 14, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate today approved a 2021-22 budget proposal agreed to by Assembly and Senate Democrats: “Everyone knows the real purpose of today’s vote – it is to ensure the Legislature continues to get paid after June 15. Only...
Pat's Perspective: Memorial Day & State Updates
May 28, 2021
A Message from Pat Dear Neighbor, On Memorial Day, we pay our respects to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have died while serving our nation. While the holiday weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, we must never lose sight of what the day actually means. Whether...
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