In The News

Sacramento Bee: An unfortunate either-or choice in the fight against homelessness

December 21, 2015
Sen. Pat Bates, an Orange County Republican, has one of the more interesting bills, Senate Bill 659. Bates, who was moved by her visits to Saint John’s and by her work decades ago as a social worker in Los Angeles, seeks to shift some money toward programs that insist on sobriety.

San Clemente Times: Medical Bills: Emergency Room Legislation to be Heard in January

December 18, 2015
Key figures in the effort to keep a hospital, or at least an emergency room, in San Clemente met Wednesday to update the public on the progress of keeping the city’s only hospital, Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, operational.

Orange County Register: City mulls rezoning as solution to ER woes

December 18, 2015
State Sen. Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough said at a community forum Dec. 9 in San Clemente that bills they authored on behalf of the city and MemorialCare face stiff opposition. Hearings are set for Jan. 12 and 13 in Sacramento. The bills’ authors are urging the community to be heard.

Orange County Register: DA to seek death penalty in case of GPS-monitored sex offender accused of killing four women

December 14, 2015
Prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty against an Anaheim man suspected of kidnapping, raping and killing four women, drawing renewed attention to a case that raised concerns about the effectiveness of GPS monitoring of sex offenders.

Dana Point Times: Dedicating the District: Lantern District Ribbon Cutting Held Nov. 16

November 20, 2015
The city of Dana Point commemorated an important milestone in its long-awaited Town Center Plan revitalization project on Monday with an official ribbon cutting at the recently-completed upcoast Lantern District gateway.

Capistrano Dispatch: South County Officials, Community Celebrate Completion of Interchange

October 12, 2015
After roughly two and a half years of construction, improvements to the Ortega Highway Interchange at Interstate 5 in San Juan Capistrano finally opened to traffic on Sept. 4.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Fallbrook close to rebuilding Camp Pendleton schools

October 6, 2015
The law — co-authored by state Sen. Pat Bates, whose district includes North San Diego County — says it’s the state legislature’s intent to provide assistance to school districts in the 2015-2016 school year to meet the matching share requirement.

Fallbook/Bonsall Village News: Governor signs bill to modernize schools serving military families -- includes Mary Fay Pendleton and San Onofre

October 5, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced yesterday, Fri., October 2, that Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 111 by Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) into law, a measure that will help secure federal funding for California schools serving military families.

Capital Public Radio: Brown Signs Use-Of-Force, Racial-Profiling Bills, Vetoes Harsher Sentences

October 5, 2015
Brown vetoed a bill by Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would make it a felony for sex offenders on parole to remove or tamper with their GPS tracking devices. Bates cited four murders in Orange County as the reason for the bill and said she was “very disappointed” with the veto.

Associated Press: Gov. Brown vetoes bill aimed at sex offenders who cut GPS devices

October 5, 2015
Under the bill sponsored by Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, sex offenders would face up to three years in state prison for cutting off their GPS tracking devices.