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KUSI San Diego: SD County awarded $450,000 in funding for homelessness programs, services

November 18, 2019
Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced Monday that the California Department of Housing and Community Development awarded nearly $500,000 to San Diego County for programs that reduce homelessness.

Orange County Register: Legislative report card promotes truth to protect taxpayers: Jon Coupal

November 17, 2019
Politicians will try all the dance moves they know in an effort to get to the tax-and-spend end zone, but report cards like ours hold them accountable to the people who matter most: the taxpayers who elected them.

Orange County Register: San Clemente's forum on the 241 extension: Three takeaways

November 14, 2019
Officials from Orange County transportation agencies, San Clemente and the state on Wednesday, Nov. 13, updated dozens of the town’s residents on proposals for addressing south county’s traffic needs – including extending the 241 toll road to the 5 Freeway.

San Clemente Times: Caltrans Prepares to Launch Environmental Studies for Toll Road Extension Proposals

November 14, 2019
The city of San Clemente hosted a town hall forum on Wednesday, Nov. 13, to discuss traffic relief in South Orange County.

Orange County Register: The false premises and promises of the push for split roll: Carolyn Cavecche

November 2, 2019
This is just the first step in an effort to eliminate Prop. 13 completely.

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.

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