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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.

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.