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2016 and Earlier
Orange County Register: Another view of the governor's 'State of the State'
February 2, 2018
Gov. Jerry Brown recently delivered his final “State of the State” address to the Legislature. Whether you agree or disagree with his policies, he will leave a deep legacy of public service in our state that will be felt for decades to come.
Coast News Group: Affordable housing critical to North County's future
January 19, 2018
North County is a great place to live, but it is not immune to California’s housing crisis. We know that it is very costly to rent or buy a home in the area. While the positive attributes of our region are a major factor in driving prices much higher than the national average, the simple truth is that housing supply is not keeping up with demand.
Orange County Register: Letters: As dangerous as heroin and cocaine
March 18, 2016
Re: “ Potent problem: Fentanyl, a deadly drug used to spike heroin and cocaine, returns to O.C. ” [Front page, March 16]: Jenna Chandler’s article underscores the need to crack down on fentanyl drug trafficking. As her article vividly demonstrates, fentanyl abuse has become a public health problem...
Orange County Register: Even with record state revenue, spending, tax hikes planned this year
January 24, 2016
This promises to be a pivotal year for taxpayers. With special interests and their allies gearing up to push for tax increases at the November ballot box, we will see whether Californians have had enough or will give the green light for more spending.
Vista Press: Christmas Message 2015
December 22, 2015
Published by the Vista Press on 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. The terrible shooting earlier this month in San...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Use high-speed rail funds to fix California roads
November 12, 2015
What is more important to you and your neighbors? Better roads for your commute or a high-speed train to San Francisco that continues to escalate in cost? If Sacramento politicians have their way, that answer would be high-speed rail despite ominous signs.
Vista Press: Veterans Day 2015
November 11, 2015
Published by the Vista Press on November 11, 2015 November 11 is Veterans Day, which is observed on the anniversary of the World War I armistice that ended hostilities on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. This day is a time for us to say thank you to our veterans...
Journalist Roundtable -- November 2015 Edition
November 9, 2015
Senator Bates appeared on KOCT-TV Oceanside’s “Journalist Roundtable” on November 5, 2015. She discussed her legislative priorities and other state issues with host Kent Davy, KPBS's Alison St John and The San Diego Union-Tribune's Logan Jenkins. The Senator appears at the 33:30 mark.
San Diego Union-Tribune: California action stripping due process, no help with drought
June 25, 2015
Recently, legislative Democrats approved the final California state budget for 2015-16 with Gov. Jerry Brown’s blessing. While there are some things to like, such as increased funding for K-12 and higher education, there were many provisions that I could not support.
Orange County Register: Don't give CARB more power to punish drivers
June 11, 2015
At the same time that Californians want clean energy, they want it to be affordable and reliable. Wind does not always blow, the sun does not always shine, and these sources are more expensive than traditional ones.
Sacramento Bee: Letters to the Editor: Revive bill on hash oil labs
June 10, 2015
Re “Hash oil burns are exploding danger” (Page 1A, June 7): Hudson Sangree’s article underscores the need to crack down on illegal hash oil labs. These labs are ticking time bombs that could maim or kill not just the hash oil makers, but anyone in close proximity to them, including children. Hash...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Desalination makes sense for Orange County
March 12, 2015
Desalinated water makes sense for coastal California cities, especially for those in Southern California. The Huntington Beach project is a key component to the region declaring its independence from drought conditions and reducing its dependence on statewide water sources.
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