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January 15, 2021
At this time in Orange County, the COVID-19 vaccine is only available at the Disneyland site and by appointment only. Any resident age 65 and older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, there are 3,000 appointments available per day. Appointments can be made on Othena.com...
January 8, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 budget proposal : “I welcome the Governor’s budget efforts to strengthen public health, speed up vaccine distribution, and reopen our schools, which cannot come soon enough for...
January 4, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement after learning of the passing today of former Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens: “With deep sadness I learned of the passing of my friend, Sheriff Hutchens, who was an incredible public servant of the highest ethical...
January 4, 2021
The article “San Diego Scientist Gets Closer to Understanding Why the Coast Collapses” highlights important information about coastal cliff collapses. Unfortunately, the article gives the impression that my legislative effort to prevent further collapses is all about building private seawalls. The...
December 22, 2020
A Message from Pat | Federal COVID-19 Relief Bill | Quick Updates | Resources for Workers and Families | Resources for Small Businesses | DMV Update
December 21, 2020
With street fentanyl surging in the western U.S. and causing thousands of deaths , Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has reintroduced legislation to create a task force to improve Southern California’s response. Authored in partnership with Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, Senate Bill 75...
December 14, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) sent a letter signed by senators of both parties to Governor Gavin Newsom last Friday evening asking him to “reclassify restaurants as essential businesses, and adopt the industry’s protocols that would allow restaurants to operate safely.” The text of the...
December 11, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that she has co-authored the bipartisan “Keep California Working Act” that would provide $2.6 billion to help small businesses affected by COVID-19. “As we await the distribution of a vaccine and more aid from the federal government, the...
December 10, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that she has co-authored bipartisan legislation this week to protect Californians applying for unemployment benefits from identity theft. Senate Bill 58 would require the Employment Development Department (EDD) to end immediately the practice of...
December 8, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grants to the cities of Dana Point ($150,000) and Mission Viejo ($300,000) to help create more housing supply. “My thanks go to...
December 3, 2020
Dear Neighbor, The National Weather Service has issued a “Red Flag Warning” and “High Wind Watch” for parts of Orange and San Diego counties from Wednesday, December 2, at 6 p.m. through Saturday, December 5, at 10 p.m. Due to weather conditions, power providers may need to shut off power (a Public...
December 3, 2020
Published by the Sacramento Bee on December 3, 2020