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September 28, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded a $150,000 Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grant to the City of San Juan Capistrano to help create more housing supply. “I am pleased to see the City of...
September 24, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after a fatal deputy-involved shooting occurred yesterday in San Clemente: “Yesterday was a sad day for our community. As we mourn the life of Kurt Reinhold and express our concern about his death and concern for the deputies...
September 19, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “I'm very saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Ginsburg. While she is best known for her advocacy of justice and equality, her friendships...
September 10, 2020
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill 934 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) into law that will 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). “I thank the...
September 1, 2020
On a partisan vote, the California State Senate on Sunday rejected an amendment from Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to Assembly Bill 323 (Rubio) that would have significantly helped community newspapers keep their doors open for the long-term. Instead, the Senate passed AB 323 that will...
August 28, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today: “I am currently self-isolating in Sacramento after a Senate colleague tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. I took a test for the virus and learned today that I have tested negative. “Due to public health...
August 25, 2020
The California State Assembly today approved Senate Bill 934 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on a 75 to 0 vote that would eliminate filing fees for non-profit organizations applying for a state tax exemption. It will go to Governor Newsom for his consideration. Senator Bates authored SB...
August 17, 2020
Dear Neighbor, The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has issued a statewide “Flex Alert,” a call for voluntary electricity conservation, that began on Sunday and extending through Wednesday. The Flex Alerts are in effect from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Consumers should be prepared for...
August 10, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grants to the cities of San Clemente ($300,000) and Rancho Santa Margarita ($150,000) to help create more housing supply. “...
August 4, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) applauded the recent announcement that California’s program to help residents safely dispose of their unwanted medicines has been expanded throughout the state. Thanks to a $3 million grant from the California Department of Health Care Services, an...
July 30, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded $6 million to organizations in Orange and San Diego counties to help Californians with low incomes become or remain homeowners. “The economic disaster...
July 29, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today 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 appreciate the efforts of the California...