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Los Angeles Times: Senate panel advances bill to plug Proposition 13 loophole

January 14, 2016
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said the current law requiring properties be reassessed only when a majority of the ownership changes hands has allowed some owners to phase such changes to avoid triggering the new tax rate.

San Clemente Times: Assembly, Senate Health Committees Shoot Down Free-Standing Emergency Room Bill

January 14, 2016
Trying the legislative route to create a free-standing or satellite emergency room in San Clemente was unsuccessful for local advocates.

Sacramento Bee: AM Alert: Change to Prop. 13 property tax limits back on the table

January 13, 2016
The measure would trigger review when more than 90 percent of ownership interests are sold or transferred to related parties over the course of three years.

Orange County Register: California's schools, roads gain in Gov. Brown's proposed budget

January 8, 2016
“While his budget includes a proposal to improve our state’s bad roads, we must do more to reform government and streamline existing transportation spending to provide the long-term funding that our roads need,” said Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. “Californians should not be burdened with unfair...

Dana Point Times: City of San Clemente Asks Residents to Write to Legislators about Hospital Bills

January 8, 2016
The City Council of San Clemente sent a press release asking area residents to write letters to their legislators in support of Senate Bill 787 (Patricia Bates) and Assembly Bill 911 (Bill Brough), which would authorize a satellite emergency room at the current location of the Saddleback Memorial...

Dana Point Times: Looking Back on 2015: A Year in Review

January 8, 2016
It’s been an eventful 12 months in Dana Point with major changes being made to the downtown Lantern District, plans being laid for the future redevelopment of Doheny Village and the county initiating efforts to find independent contractors to set in place as part of the upcoming Harbor...

San Clemente Times: Support Keeping San Clemente Emergency Room

January 7, 2016
Joining us in our pursuit is Senator Pat Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough, who introduced near-identical legislation in their respective governing bodies to facilitate a dialogue with their colleagues on this important issue.

Sacramento Bee: Senate offers a powerful $2 billion plan to fight homelessness

January 5, 2016
Democrats would do well to listen to Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. Bates sees a need – as does The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board – to spend some money on housing that caters to formerly homeless people who seek drug- and alcohol-free housing.

San Clemente Times: 2015 Year in Review: Look Back on the Stories of the Year

December 31, 2015
The organization Save San Clemente Hospital began exploring new ideas to have a freestanding emergency room in the city, with the support of legislators Sen. Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough, both of whom represent the districts of San Clemente.

Vista Press: Christmas Message 2015

December 22, 2015
The Christmas season is a time of hope, joy and giving, making it one of my favorite times of the year. Yet, recent violent events both abroad and at home have contributed to a sense of unease.