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March 25, 2021
A Message from Pat Dear Neighbor, It has been a year since California imposed strict lockdown measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no sugarcoating the fact that the lockdown has imposed enormous economic and emotional costs on most Californians. Even more tragic is that more than 56,000...
March 15, 2021
“Vallie Gilley’s efforts to serve her community during these challenging times make her a worthy honoree,” said Senator Bates. “Through her work as a chef, entrepreneur, and non-profit leader, Vallie has uplifted Oceanside by helping to address hunger and improve the environment. I am proud to highlight her inspiring work in the California Legislature.”
March 9, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his “State of the State” speech: “The speech appropriately recognized those who have lost their lives and the hard work of our health care professionals and frontline workers during the...
March 8, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) thanked the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for awarding more than $20 million to Orange and San Diego Counties to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 cases among individuals who are homeless. “I appreciate the...
March 5, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) thanked the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for its recent announcements of providing more grants to San Diego and Orange Counties to increase affordable housing. “Ensuring local governments in my district receive their share...
March 2, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced Senate Bill 668 in partnership with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to delay the implementation date of a provision of Proposition 19 (2020) from February 16, 2021, to February 16, 2023. The delay would apply...
March 1, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has reintroduced legislation to correct an outdated interpretation of property “change of ownership” that has been part of the long running debate around commercial property and Proposition 13 (the 1978 initiative that limited...
February 25, 2021
Independent contracting and freelancing work have been under assault in California for years because, among other things, it interferes with unionizing efforts. California passed a law in 2019 that significantly hurt worker freedom (Assembly Bill 5) and Congress could pass a similar law this year (...
February 18, 2021
Today, Democrats on the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee approved Governor Newsom’s proposal to change state law retroactively to hand over $35 million to the partisan political firm SKDK, who simultaneously campaigned to elect President Biden last year and conducted “voter outreach.”...
February 17, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has reintroduced “Brandon’s Law” ( Senate Bill 434 ) to prohibit an operator of rehabilitation treatment facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services. The new bipartisan bill is identical to last year...
February 12, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 to designate a portion of State Route 15 near the community of Rainbow in San Diego County as the “CAL FIRE Chief William R. Clayton Memorial Highway.” Chief Clayton, who passed away in...
February 11, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) thanked the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) today for awarding a $4.2 million Local Housing Trust Fund grant to the Orange County Housing Finance Trust (OCHFT) to create new affordable housing units. “I thank the Department...