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Catholics step up fight to keep Serra statue

May 9, 2015
Daily Pilot: State Sen. Pat Bates (R-San Juan Capistrano) drafted an amendment to Lara's proposal that calls for a funding source for the Ride statue to be found, through private money, before the Serra statue could be moved.

OC Register: Legislation to keep south O.C. emergency room delayed

May 1, 2015
A movement to keep emergency medical services alive in San Clemente continues, despite postponement last week of state legislation to allow a freestanding emergency room in Orange County’s southernmost city.

Sex offender GPS monitoring bills sail through state committees

April 28, 2015
OC Register: A bill by state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, to increase prison time for sex offenders who disable a GPS bracelet passed unanimously through the Senate public safety committee.

After sex offenders accused of killing 4 women, state bill would crack down on those who tamper with GPS monitors

April 23, 2015
OC Register: Offenders currently face a mandatory six months in jail for removing or disabling GPS bracelets. But under a bill introduced this year by state Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel, they could face up to three years in prison.

O.C. legislators propose tougher penalties for criminals that ditch GPS trackers

April 23, 2015
My News LA: Bates wants to make it a felony for convicted sex offenders who slip out of or disable Global Positioning System devices.

Senate barely approves Sally Ride statue

April 13, 2015
U-T San Diego: Senators rejected a proposal by Bates on Monday to place Serra’s statue at Mission San Juan Capistrano, should it be removed from Statuary Hall.

Woman of the Year touts giving 'from my heart'

April 7, 2015
OC Register: Carole Allen, a longtime Laguna Niguel resident, has a laundry list of accolades with bragging rights. …She added one more this March: 36th Senate District Woman of the Year, awarded by state Sen. Patricia Bates.

Bravo: Woman of the Year from Laguna Niguel

March 26, 2015
Carole Allen, a member of the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee, has been named woman of the year by state Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel.

MemorialCare to continue study on hospital transformation

March 26, 2015
OC Register: The operator of San Clemente’s 73-bed community hospital announced Thursday that it will continue a feasibility study on replacing the hospital with a comprehensive outpatient facility to see whether it’s possible to maintain emergency services as part of the transformation.

Carlsbad parents tutored on web

March 26, 2015
U-T San Diego: More than 200 concerned parents attended a forum in Carlsbad Thursday night aimed at addressing the growing problem of students using social media to bully others and make threats.