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My News LA: OC Housing Trust Receives $4.2 Million Grant

February 11, 2021
“I thank the Department of Housing and Community Development for awarding vital funding to Orange County to help reduce homelessness,” said state Sen. Senator Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, vice chair of the Senate Housing Committee.

Orange County Register: State legislators call for more communication on Gov. Newsom’s vaccine plans

February 9, 2021
When the state in late January announced the rollout of a new website to register for COVID-19 vaccinations, it came as a surprise to some local health officials, who were still working out the bugs in their own scheduling systems and weren’t sure how the two would work together.

Epoch Times: California Legislators Request Help for EDD Fraud Victims

February 7, 2021
California legislators warn many unsuspecting state residents will be further burdened by fraudulent unemployment claims if Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t intervene to fix problems at the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD).

NBC-TV Sacramento: How are decisions to close businesses being made in California?

February 3, 2021
Many of the businesses that have had to adjust under these California restrictions are either struggling or have gone under. So when public officials say a business must close or adjust its services, how are those decisions being made?

KUSI San Diego: Senator partners with San Diego DA on legislation to keep SVP hearings public

January 26, 2021
A state senator, with the backing of San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, announced Tuesday the re-introduction of legislation aimed at keeping court hearings for Sexually Violent Predators open to the public.

Coast News: North County legislators comment on governor’s proposed K-12 budget

January 22, 2021
Four state lawmakers shared their thoughts, outlined below, about the governor’s proposal.

Capistrano Dispatch: Former Sheriff and Dana Point Resident Sandra Hutchens Dies after Cancer Battle

January 5, 2021
Her leadership experience helped set her apart in the field of nine finalists that were being considered for the job, according to state Senator and then-Fifth District Supervisor Pat Bates.

Orange County Register: Former Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens dies after lengthy cancer battle

January 4, 2021
“It was also joyful to be in her presence,” Bates recalled. “She was so respectful, but unwavering. She was body and spirit involved in what she did.”

Orange County Register: Local prosecutors plead for more state help probing massive fraud by prisoners

December 27, 2020
“With unemployment-related scams proliferating throughout California, there is no excuse for the EDD to continue to include full Social Security numbers on unsecured mail,” said Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, a co-author on the bill.

Orange County Register: Fentanyl bill reintroduced in California Legislature as overdose deaths surge

December 22, 2020
Proposal from state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, seeks to coordinate state and local response to deadly influx of synthetic opioid.