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Hundreds Rally at SC Villas to Oppose Hospital Changes

March 9, 2015
San Clemente Times: State Senator Pat Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough met with members of the Memorial Care administration, as well as leaders of the nonprofit group, Friday. Both legislators introduced bills into their respective houses last week that would allow the campus to keep its emergency...

OC Legislators Seek Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Colleges from Banning Flags

March 9, 2015
Laguna Niguel – Dana Point Patch: Several Orange County Republican legislators announced their support today for a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit state-funded universities and colleges from banning the U.S. flag, as some student government representatives at UC Irvine tried...

State officials react to UCI flag controversy with constitutional amendment

March 9, 2015
Daily Pilot: State lawmakers Monday announced plans to introduce an amendment to California constitution's that would bar state-funded colleges and universities from banning the American flag on school property.

San Clemente ponders new hospital in case MemorialCare closes ER

March 9, 2015
OC Register - The looming possibility that MemorialCare Health System may shutter its San Clemente hospital and emergency room has led city officials to look at another option: their own, brand-new hospital.

Mission, San Juan Capistrano City Council oppose removing Father Serra statue from Congress

March 4, 2015
OC Register: State Sen. Pat Bates, whose district includes San Juan Capistrano, wrote in a statement that she couldn’t support the resolution. “California's early history can’t be told without him, as he introduced settlements and the Christian faith that have made a profound difference in our...

Bills seek to save San Clemente ER

March 2, 2015
OC Register: Two Orange County legislators introduced bills Monday in Sacramento seeking to let Saddleback Memorial Medical Center San Clemente establish a stand-alone emergency room.

Hospital Debate May Find a Different Path

February 5, 2015
San Clemente Times - Opponents and proponents of proposal to change San Clemente’s hospital campus may have some common ground now that two area legislators have said they would support a bill to allow for free-standing emergency rooms.

San Juan Capistrano examines occupancy laws after blaze

February 4, 2015
OC Register - While the council on Tuesday night approved a resolution asking the state for help, state Sen. Pat Bates was working in Sacramento to examine the issue, which pits safety against access to affordable housing.

Orange County officials appeal for San Clemente hospital solution

February 4, 2015
OC Register - Two Orange County legislators weighed in this week on the possible closure of San Clemente’s community hospital and emergency room as part of a plan by MemorialCare Health System to develop an outpatient medical pavilion in San Clemente. In a statement Monday, State Assemblyman Bill...

Pat Bates Will go to Sacramento For Senate

November 5, 2014
Carlsbad Patch - Orange County Supervisor Patricia “Pat” Bates was elected to the State Senate for the 36th District Tuesday.