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Orange County Register: 1-year delay in newspaper labor changes wins lawmakers' approval

August 31, 2020
A bill granting the newspaper industry an extra year to meet new labor standards passed its final legislative hurdle, gaining Assembly approval Monday, Aug. 31.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Family sues state, city, others over Encinitas bluff collapse that killed three

August 27, 2020
Aside from the suit, the deaths also prompted proposed state legislation that, had it passed, would have required the California Coastal Commission to approve projects designed to protect against coastal erosion in Orange and San Diego counties.

Times of San Diego: San Diego Habitat for Humanity Gets $1M for Homeownership Development

July 31, 2020
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced Friday the California Department of Housing and Community Development awarded $6 million to organizations in San Diego and Orange counties to help Californians with low incomes become or remain homeowners.

KPBS San Diego: State Senator Announces $433,775 in Funding For Young Adult Housing

July 29, 2020
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced Wednesday that the California Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded $433,775 in funding to San Diego and Orange counties to help house young adults who are at-risk of becoming homeless.

Coast News: State distributing federal COVID funds to North County cities

July 27, 2020
“One of my top priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic is fighting to ensure local governments receive their fair share of public resources,” Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), vice-chair of the senate appropriations committee, said in a statement.

OC Register: Just so you know, there's no loophole in Proposition 13

July 26, 2020
Proponents of a measure to change Proposition 13 use the word “loophole” all the time to describe what is actually a provision of the state constitution, put there by voters, intentionally, in June 1978.

Orange County Register: A bill to block agencies from extending the 241 Toll Road is stalled in state Assembly

July 21, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is holding up discussions on a bill that would block at the state level agencies from considering the extension of the 241 Toll Road south of Oso Parkway in Mission Viejo.

OC Register: The fight over the 241 Toll Road spills over to California Legislature

July 3, 2020
The fight over the future of the 241 Toll Road isn’t totally over yet.

Voice of OC: Toll Road Officials Keep Battling Efforts to Drop South OC Toll Road Extension, Defend Financial Health

June 29, 2020
Back in March, South Orange County toll road officials seemed to back off a handful of controversial proposals to extend a south county toll road in favor of extending an existing, non-tolled road in the area for traffic relief.

San Diego Union-Tribune: State funds $9.2 million for local veterans housing

June 27, 2020
State Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said the award will fund two developments in her district, including the Post 310 project and $10 million North Harbor Village project in Orange County.

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