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October 21, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) received the Orange County Sheriff’s Award from Sheriff Don Barnes yesterday at a surprise informal ceremony during a Division Commanders’ briefing with high-level command staff in Santa Ana. The Sheriff gives the award to individuals who have made a...
October 15, 2021
Dear Neighbor, There is more significant progress to report regarding the oil spill that originated off the coast of Orange County. Scroll down to learn more. A U.S. Coast Guard officer works alongside contractors to remove tar balls from shores in Oceanside Harbor Beach, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo...
October 12, 2021
Dear Neighbor, Significant progress has been made towards containing and cleaning up the oil spill that originated off the coast of Orange County. Here are the facts: More than 1,600 people are conducting response operations; 5,544 gallons of crude oil have been recovered by vessel; Approximately...
October 6, 2021
Dear Neighbor, The oil spill off the coast of Orange County is of great concern to all of us. The spill has affected an area from Huntington Beach to Dana Point. The U.S. Coast Guard is doing everything possible to contain the spill, but more coastal areas may be affected in the days ahead. Crude...
October 4, 2021
“The oil spill off the coast of Orange County is devastating and my office is in contact with appropriate agencies to ensure that our region has the resources it needs to respond. “The state has closed fishing from Warner Ave. in Huntington Beach to Crown Valley Parkway in Dana Point and extending...
October 1, 2021
A Message from Pat Dear Neighbor, The California Legislature ended the 2021 regular session on September 10 and will reconvene in January. The Governor has until October 10 to decide whether to sign or veto more than 700 bills on his desk. Some bills of significance did not make it to the Governor...
October 1, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the Governor has approved legislation she authored called “Brandon’s Law” ( Senate Bill 434 ). This law will take effect on January 1, 2022, and prohibits an operator of rehabilitation treatment facilities from providing any form of...
September 29, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the Governor has signed her Senate Bill 248 into law. Written in partnership with San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan, SB 248 removes a perverse incentive for sexually violent predators (SVPs) to commit felonies while civilly...
September 27, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) thanked the California State Coastal Conservancy for approving a $200,000 grant to the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) to enhance and restore approximately 4.6 acres of riparian upland habitat at Ocean Knoll Canyon in Encinitas. “I thank the Conservancy for...
September 22, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) thanked the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CAL FIRE) for funding local fire prevention projects that will help protect communities across California. “California must do everything it can to reduce the risk of wildfires and I am...
September 22, 2021
The Senate Rules Committee led by Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has appointed Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to serve as a member of the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC). She will serve on the commission until January 1, 2023. “It is an honor...
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...