Pat's Perspective

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A Message from Pat

Dear Neighbor,

Summer means more sun, warmer weather, and unfortunately wildfire danger.

Unprecedented wildfires in our state in recent years means we must be vigilant to help reduce risk.

Earlier this year, the Governor released a report explaining the threats to our state posed by wildfires. The Legislature must address these threats sooner rather than later. I will continue to work with my colleagues to pass responsible solutions that protect communities, fire victims, ratepayers, and our energy infrastructure. I encourage everyone to read the report to get a sense of the complexity of the issues facing the state.

I also encourage everyone who lives in areas at risk of wildfires to do what they can to protect their homes. It is never too early to be ready. Please visit www.readyforwildfire.org for tips.

On a lighter note, there are a lot of fun events coming up this summer, including Independence Day celebrations. Check the “Upcoming Events” section to find a selection of events near you!

Sincerely,

Pat

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State Budget

The Legislature approved the 2019-20 state budget on June 13th. Despite a budget surplus of $22 billion, the record $215 billion budget framework is contingent on more costly tax increases. Click here to learn more.

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Apply for the Citizens Redistricting Commission

California Citizens Redistricting Commission: “Fair Representation - Democracy At Work!”

Every 10 years, after the federal census, California must redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect the new population data.

In 2008, California’s voters approved Proposition 11 which created a non-partisan redistricting commission. If you are a registered voter and meet eligibility requirements, you can apply to serve on the Citizens Redistricting Commission! Members are paid $300 for each day of commission work, plus reimbursement for work-related expenses.

The application period for new Commission members began on June 10, 2019, and will run through August 9, 2019. Click here to learn more.

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Legislative Update

The decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
California State Capitol

I’m pleased that six more bills important to our region have won bipartisan approval in the Senate and are now in the Assembly for consideration. Click on the links below to learn more about each bill.

  • SB 141 - Requiring all inmates convicted of a sexually violent offense to be administered a comprehensive risk assessment before their parole hearing.
  • SB 465 - Ensuring local governments continue to receive funding for offsite emergency response planning and training related to the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
  • SB 541 - Improving school safety by requiring schools to conduct age-appropriate drills.
  • SB 589 - Stopping the exploitation of vulnerable people seeking addiction treatment.
  • SB 679 - Streamlining the process for licensed professional clinical counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers in other states to become licensed in California.
  • SB 746 - Ensuring that more cancer patients have access to potentially lifesaving devices.

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In the News

  • The Coast News Group recently published my commentary on San Onofre’s nuclear waste titled “On San Onofre, feds need to do their job, but so does California.” Click here to read it.
  • In addition, the Coast News Group highlighted my efforts to address marketing deception in the rehab industry. Click here to read the article.
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times highlighted my legislation to close a campaign finance loophole that allows people to circumvent contribution limits. Click on the preceding links to learn more.

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Caltrans Customer Service Requests

Caltrans logo

If you see potholes, trash, homeless encampments, or other public safety concerns on state roads and highways, you can submit a service request at https://csr.dot.ca.gov. Once the request has been received you will receive updates on the status.

You may also call 949.936.3400 24 hours day, seven days a week to report road hazards.

However, if the situation is a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately.

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Energy Update

Tens of thousands of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers may continue to see a High Usage Charge (HUC) on their bills after the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) denied SDG&E’s request to have the state-mandated charge eliminated or suspended.

I am very disappointed by the CPUC’s decision as many residents are struggling to pay ever-increasing energy bills. I will continue to fight for affordable and reliable energy for every Californian.

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Nonprofit of the Year

Sen. Bates presents a Senate resolution to South County Outreach’s leadership at the State Capitol.

I recently honored Orange County’s South County Outreach (SCO) as the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District. SCO provides many services to those in need. For example, its food pantry distributes over 800,000 pounds of food and keeps nearly 2,500 children fed annually.

The Nonprofit of the Year recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol. Click here to learn more.

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ScholarShare

ScholarShare 529 logo and State Treasurer seal.

ScholarShare 529 serves as California’s offical state-sponsored 529 college savings plan.

It provides families with a valuable tool that offers a diverse set of low-cost investment options, tax-deferred growth, and withdrawals free from state and federal taxes when used for qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition, fees and books.

Click here to learn more and to open an account.

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Upcoming Events

The events below are just a sample of what’s happening in our beautiful district. While my office strives to include accurate information at the time of publication, event details are subject to change by their organizers.

San Diego County Fair

Date: Now until July 4
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014)
About: The 2019 San Diego County Fair invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
More Information: Click here.

Orange County Fair

Date: July 12 - August 11
Location: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
About: The 2019 OC Fair features 23 days of food, entertainment, and agriculture. This year’s theme is “Acres of Fun!”
More Information: Click here.

Oceanside: Independence Parade

Date: June 29
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: The parade starts in front of the 101 Cafe (Coast Highway at Wisconsin Avenue) at 10:00 am and works its way north with the first unit of the parade reaching City Hall around 10:15 am.
About: Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars, and much more as we pay tribute to our nation, Hometown Heroes, our city, and our local businesses.
More Information: Click here.

Aliso Viejo: 4th of July Family Bike Parade & Celebration

Date: July 4
Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: 26800 Aliso Viejo Parkway, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
About: Along with a fun bike ride, enjoy a community celebration of carnival games, a giant slide, obstacle course, rock wall, face painting, DJ and “gamemaster.”
More Information: Click here.

Dana Point: 4th of July Fireworks Show

Date: July 4
Time: 9 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Location: Dana Point Harbor (24650 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Gather the family and friends and look towards the skies over Doheny State Beach and experience this patriotic extravaganza. FREE bus service from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm to Dana Point Harbor. Bus pick-up to the harbor located on Golden Lantern, north side between Acapulco and Stonehill, with limited parking at Dana Hills High School and surrounding streets in that area.
More Information: Click here.

Laguna Hills: Fourth of July Celebration!

Date: July 4
Time: 4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Community Center & Sports Complex (25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653)
About: Carnival rides and games, live music, and patriotic crafts will all be part of the celebration, along with a fabulous fireworks show to conclude the evening. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Seating is not provided, so don’t forget your lawn chairs and umbrellas!
More Information: Click here.

Laguna Niguel: 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

Date: July 4
Time: 9 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park (28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677)
About: Fireworks will begin promptly at 9 p.m. over the lake at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Limited parking on La Paz Road and limited access in Laguna Niguel Regional Park (entry fees apply).
More Information: Click here.

San Clemente: July 4th Fireworks

Date: July 4
Time: 9 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: San Clemente Pier (622 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672)
More Information: Click here.

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36th District Highlights

In addition to many meetings, briefings and other Senate activities, I also:

  • Attended a Memorial Day ceremony in Laguna Niguel where city officials and American Legion members placed a wreath at a plaque honoring all who served in the Armed Forces. The ceremony hosted veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Senator Bates with city officials and American Legion members

  • Met with OC Sheriff Don Barnes (right) at the State Capitol to discuss issues facing local law enforcement.

OC Sheriff Don Barnes at State Capitol

  • Honored the work of the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC) at my Laguna Hills office. OCIAC brings together members from law enforcement, fire, health, the private sector, and faith groups to help stop violent attacks before they happen.

Picture with OCIAC

  • Met Saddleback College’s student government representatives who were at the Capitol to discuss campus safety and mental health issues affecting students.

Picture with Saddleback College student government representatives

  • Welcomed students and parents from Mission Viejo Christian School. They were in Sacramento to learn more about California’s history and government.

Mission Viejo Christian School students

  • Participated in a discussion with Orange and San Diego County realtors on how the Legislature can help make homeownership more affordable in California.

Picture from discussion with Orange and San Diego County realtors

  • Welcomed friends from SeaWorld San Diego during their annual visit to the State Capitol.

Senator Bates welcoming friends from SeaWorld San Diego

  • And more!

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