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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.

City weighs option of opening its own hospital if emergency room closes

March 18, 2015
OC Register: He said MemorialCare supports state legislation introduced by Sen. Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough to permit a standalone San Clemente ER or allow the planned pavilion’s 24/7 advanced urgent care to accept 911 patients.

State Legislators Announce Legislation that Prohibits State Funded Colleges from Banning the US Flag

March 10, 2015
California Channel: Senator Pat Bates, who represents California’s 36th District also shared her thoughts on the Senate Constitutional Amendment, “Our veterans and active-duty personnel have fought hard to protect the ideals of freedom and equality that the American flag stands for, and that is why...

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.

U.S. flag back on display at UC Irvine after override of 'misguided' student council ban

March 9, 2015
OC Register: Late Friday, Sacramento weighed in. State Senators Janet Nguyen and Pat Bates, along with Assemblyman Don Wagner and other state leaders, announced they were considering introducing a Senate constitutional amendment on Monday to prevent state universities from banning the flag.

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...