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Senator Patricia Bates Honors Mission Viejo’s "Smart Cups" as Small Business of the Year
July 8, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that “ Smart Cups ” in Mission Viejo is her 2020 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District. “Smart Cups embodies the qualities of innovation and hard work that define California’s small businesses, especially during these...
Senate Approves Legislation to Protect San Clemente from Toll Road Extension
June 26, 2020
The California State Senate today approved Senate Bill 1373 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would enshrine into law that no toll road extension will go through the City of San Clemente. “I thank Senate Democrats and Republicans for approving my bill to keep San Clemente and other...
Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Allow Legal Discrimination
June 24, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate approved Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 (Weber): “I cannot in good conscience support a measure that would enshrine into law the soft bigotry of low expectations. ACA 5 would be a step back from achieving...
Senate Approves Measure to Eliminate Filing Fees for Non-Profits
June 24, 2020
The California State Senate today approved Senate Bill 934 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would eliminate filing fees for non-profit organizations applying for a state tax exemption. Senator Bates authored SB 934 in partnership with the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). “SB 934 will help...
State Funding to Provide More Housing to Veterans in San Diego and Orange Counties
June 22, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the State of California has awarded almost $20 million to help house military veterans in San Diego and Orange counties who are or at risk of becoming homeless. “Our military veterans have made significant sacrifices to serve our country...
Sen. Patricia Bates Announces State Grants to Improve Public Safety
June 18, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has awarded state funding to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Oceanside Police Department to reduce alcohol-related crime in their jurisdictions. Both public safety...
Pat's Perspective: June 2020
June 17, 2020
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | COVID-19 Update | San Onofre Update | Legislative Update | State Budget Update | Environmental Good News
Statement on California Budget Vote
June 15, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate today approved a 2020-21 budget proposal agreed to by Assembly and Senate Democrats: “Today’s budget vote was a sham. It is window dressing at best because it is a budget that can be dramatically amended in the...
Orange County Register: Sen. Bates’ legislation helped lead to agreement: Letters
June 11, 2020
Re “New emergency agreement for San Onofre provides millions to local governments” (News, June 4):
Sen. Patricia Bates Announces State Funding Grants to Help House At-Risk Youth
June 9, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded funding to Orange and San Diego counties to help house young adults who are at-risk of becoming homeless. “I thank the California Department of Housing and...
Los Angeles Times: Letters to the Editor: Our choice on coastal erosion shouldn't be 'managed retreat' vs. seawalls
June 5, 2020
More people will die from bluff collapses if nothing is done. Unfortunately, the Coastal Commission has become the commission of “no” to virtually any strategy besides managed retreat.
Agreement Approved to Protect Emergency Preparedness at San Onofre Nuclear Plant
June 4, 2020
Legislation introduced by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) last year to protect emergency preparedness at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has helped ratify an agreement this week among stakeholders. The ratified agreement means that Senator Bates’ bill is no...
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