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San Diego Union-Tribune: DA’s Office: Judge closes another hearing for sexually violent predator

December 11, 2020
In its news release, the District Attorney’s Office noted it is again working with State Sen. Patricia Bates, whose district covers a swath of North County, to pass legislation ensuring the public’s right to attend evidentiary hearings for sexually violent predators.

Times of San Diego: DA’s Office to Re-Introduce Legislation to Keep SVP Court Hearings Public

December 10, 2020
SB 1023, introduced earlier this year by Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel and sponsored by the local DA’s Office, would prohibit those proceedings from being closed to the public “unless compelling and extraordinary circumstances justify” closing the courtroom.

Orange County Register: Sober living, addiction treatment conflicts return to lawmakers' crosshairs

December 5, 2020
In the same spirit, state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, will reintroduce “Brandon’s Law,” which would prohibit rehabs from false advertising and marketing.

Patch: Bates Announces Housing Grant For Laguna Niguel

November 27, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates announced that Laguna Niguel will receive a $300,000 grant to look into ways to increase housing supply.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Housing grants announced for Encinitas, Oceanside

November 16, 2020
The announcement was made by Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, a member of the Senate Housing Committee.

San Clemente Times: Orange, San Diego Counties Receive $4 Million in New Housing Funding

November 12, 2020
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced this week that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) awarded more than $4 million to fund housing-related projects to local governments in the counties of Orange and San Diego.

CNBC: California's Covid rules mean lengthy Disneyland closure and more pressure for Disney earnings and local economy

November 12, 2020
Republican State Senator Patricia Bates, who represents southern Orange and North San Diego counties, visited Disneyland a few weeks ago and told CNBC that she was “really quite impressed” with the safety measures that the company has put in place at the parks.

Times of San Diego: State Senator Announces $2.5 Million In State Housing Funds for Local Projects

November 9, 2020
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said the California Department of Housing and Community Development allocated more than $4 million for housing projects in San Diego and Orange counties, including $1,979,966 for the County of San Diego for new construction of rental housing and homebuyer...

San Diego Union-Tribune: Local nonprofits honored by state legislators

November 8, 2020
California’s state legislators have made their selections choosing their “Nonprofit of the Year.” This annual honor asks legislators to spotlight one exceptional nonprofit.

Dana Point Times: Sen. Bates Earns High CalChamber Score for Efforts to Protect Jobs

October 30, 2020
The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) has awarded Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) a high score in its 2020 Vote Record on issues important to the state’s job creators.