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Orange County Register: Costa Mesa hearing: Lawmakers talk up plans, need for overhauling addiction treatment industry
October 31, 2019
Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, has been working on the issue for years, pushing for criminal background checks and bans on false advertising. Lawmakers plan to offer a comprehensive overhaul of the rehab industry to the governor next year.
Orange County Register: Unveiling of clock tower marks start of $330 million Dana Point Harbor renovation
October 29, 2019
On Oct. 29, 2018, the county inked an agreement with Dana Point Harbor Partners on a 66-year lease for the harbor, setting the stage for a long-sought-after renovation.
Coast News: Local leaders racing to address bluff concerns
October 25, 2019
Active bluffs along the state’s coastline, especially in San Diego County, are a growing concern for residents and elected officials.
San Clemente Times: Sen. Bates Announces Additional State Funding to Address Homelessness
October 24, 2019
To help address homelessness, Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded $2.5 million to Orange and San Diego counties to fund various programs.
ABC Los Angeles: OC fentanyl bust: 18 pounds seized in Santa Ana - enough for 4M doses
October 22, 2019
Over the last four years, the Orange County Sheriff's Department has sponsored legislation with California Sen. Pat Bates, proposing the penalties for trafficking fentanyl be like those for trafficking cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.
Los Angeles Times: Fentanyl seizures in O.C. set to double for third year in a row, sheriff says
October 18, 2019
The sheriff’s department has worked with state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to push for legislation to pursue illegal fentanyl distributors.
KPBS San Diego: State Awards San Diego County $1.4M To Combat Homelessness
October 16, 2019
Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced Wednesday that San Diego County will receive $1.4 million in state funding for programs combating homelessness.
KFI Los Angeles: OC Awarded $1.1 Million in State Funding for Homelessness
October 16, 2019
Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced today that Orange County will receive $1.1 million in state funding for programs combating homelessness.
Orange County Register: California governor signs some addiction treatment reform measures, rejects others
October 15, 2019
Four bills aiming to clean up California’s notoriously under-regulated addiction treatment industry landed on the governor’s desk last month — a meatier batch than had ever made it through the Sacramento sausage grinder before.
Fox Sacramento: Governor Newsom Signs Bill Evaluating School Lockdown Drills
October 13, 2019
The bi-partisan bill, SB 541, by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge) will require the California Department of Education to report on the use of existing lockdown drills in K-12 public schools.
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