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Two California Communities Rank in Top Ten For Livability – English & Spanish

By   /  June 23, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two California communities scored very high on the new 2018 AARP Livability Index. San Francisco lost points for high housing costs, but still scored number one in the nation as a “livable” large city, for its cultural events, walkable neighborhoods, and transportation that is accessible for all. And Berkeley is ranked number 10 […]

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Senator Bates’ Legislation Would Bring ‘Granny Flats’ Out of the Shadows 

By   /  June 21, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  Mayor of Encinitas Testifies in Support of SB 1226 – Catherine S. Blakespear is the mayor of Encinitas. SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Bill 1226, authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), passed out of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on a unanimous vote. SB 1226 would make changes to laws governing residential properties and direct the […]

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Rent Control Measure Makes November Ballot

By   /  June 21, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

It’s official: California voters will have the opportunity this November to repeal a 23-year-old law that prevents cities from capping rental prices on newer properties. On Friday, Secretary of State Alex Padilla confirmed that supporters of a voter initiative calling for repeal of the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act had gathered enough signatures to qualify […]

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Senator Bates Honors “Douglas Landscape Inc.” as 2018 Small Business of the Year 

By   /  June 19, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored Douglas Landscape Inc. as her 2018 Small Business of the Year. Senator Bates recognized the South Orange County landscaping business during the California Small Business Day awards luncheon in Sacramento. “I am proud to honor Douglas Landscape Inc. as my 2018 Small Business of the Year. Owner Douglas […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -The I-15 Nightmare

By   /  June 18, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Traveling I-15 in North San Diego/SW Riverside can be a nightmare. The distance between Temecula and Escondido is only a little over 30 miles, but during rush hour the trip can take well over an hour.  From Deer Springs Road to Old Highway 395, Rice Canyon Road to Pala, rush-hour congestion is the norm. Causes […]

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Senator Bates’ Opioid Education Bill Passes Out of Assembly Business & Professions Committee

By   /  June 15, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Orange County Mother Testifies in Support of SB 1109 SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Assembly Business and Professions Committee approved Senate Bill 1109 authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel). SB 1109 would educate the public, especially those who are involved with youth, by explaining to them the risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opioids. The bill […]

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Record Revenue Shows Tax Hikes are Misguided

By   /  June 14, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and budget conferee, and Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and budget conferee, issued the following joint statement after Sacramento Democrats passed a record-spending 2018-19 state budget on June […]

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Assemblymember Waldron Women Who Harvest

By   /  June 11, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron …With its $46 billion agricultural economy, California is the most productive farm state in the nation. Agriculture is vital for California, and women farmers are central to the continued viability of this critical sector of our economy, including within this region. California’s 40,000 women farmers manage 9.5 million acres with an economic impact […]

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Senator Bates Honors Tri-City Hospital Foundation as Nonprofit of the Year

By   /  June 7, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Senator Bates Honors Tri-City Hospital Foundation as Nonprofit of the Year Glen Newhart, President of the Tri-City Hospital Foundation (right) and Dr. Jim Dagostino, Chairman of the Tri-City Healthcare District (left) pose for a photo with Sen. Bates’ legislative resolution honoring Tri-City Hospital Foundation at the California State Senate Chamber in Sacramento. To request a […]

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Assemblymember Waldron: Public Safety – Job #1

By   /  June 4, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — Loopholes that allow convicted rapists and human traffickers to walk free before completing their sentences must be closed; criminal use and possession of firearms must be reined in. Thousands of cases of sex trafficking are reported in the U.S. each year. Unfortunately, San Diego County has been identified as a major hub […]

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2018 Primary Elections Statewide June 5th

By   /  June 1, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Another election is here and people across California have the opportunity to vote early for the June 5 primary with mail-in ballots starting on Monday. Residents of the state will vote in 2018 for local races like city councils and boards of supervisors, in state races for representatives in the Assembly and Senate and also […]

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Assembly Signals Support for Emergency Hotline for Foster Kids

By   /  May 28, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento, CA – A California State Assembly subcommittee voted Thursday to include in its budget a proposal to create a statewide hotline to help foster parents and children. Comments by Susanna Kniffen (NIFF-en), senior director of child welfare policy at the nonprofit Children Now. Lawmakers in Sacramento signaled support on Thursday for a new statewide, […]

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Waldron: Memorializing a Hometown Hero

By   /  May 28, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron … Naming a portion of the I-15 freeway in Escondido as CAL FIRE Firefighter Cory Iverson Memorial Highway is a step closer to reality with passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 205 last week.   Memorializing the lives of first responders who make the ultimate sacrifice is a necessary, but sad duty for members of […]

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Senate Approves Senator Bates’ Opioid Education Bill

By   /  May 24, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Senate Bill 1109 authored by Senator Patricia Bates(R-Laguna Niguel) passed unanimously off the Senate floor. SB 1109 would educate the public, especially those who are involved with youth, by explaining to them the risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opioids. The bill now heads to the State Assembly for its consideration. “For example, San […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Fire Communities Work Together

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron–  I have been appointed to a new Select Committee on Natural Disaster Response, Recovery and Rebuilding, co-chaired by Assemblymembers Marc Levine, D –Marin, (Santa Rosa Fire), and Monique Limón, D – Santa Barbara (Thomas Fire). Most members represent districts severely impacted by CA wildfires, including Cecilia Aguilar-Curry, D-Winters, (Napa Fire), Dr. Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg (Santa […]

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“Would You Believe? GOP Bill Would Raise Tax Revenue – Democrats Say No”

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

In Case You Missed It: Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers South Orange County, North San Diego County and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.  SACRAMENTO – The Democrat-controlled Senate Governance and Finance Committee recently blocked Senator Patricia Bates’ Senate Bill 1237, commonsense legislation that would […]

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Senator Bates – Senate Democrats Block Prop. 13 Bill

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the Democrat-controlled Senate Governance and Finance Committee rejected her Senate Bill 1237. Her bill would have corrected an outdated interpretation of property “change of ownership” in Proposition 13 relating to taxation of business properties. “Today’s defeat of my bill to strengthen Proposition 13’s tax protections is […]

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Senator Bates Co-hosts Proposition 13 Informational Forum On Friday

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Assemblymember Bill Brough(R-Dana Point), and Chairwoman of the California Board of Equalization Diane Harkey will host an informational forum on Proposition 13. Residents will receive updated information on a proposed constitutional amendment to remove a major taxpayer protection provided under Proposition 13. WHO: Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) Assemblymember Bill Brough (R-Dana Point Chairwoman […]

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Animals Need Our Advocacy Too

By   /  May 14, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Animals Need Our Advocacy Too By Assemblymember Marie Waldron Most of us love animals and want to see that they are treated humanely. That’s why I’m supporting several bills this session that will help ensure the safety and well-being of pets and wildlife. It often falls to first responders to provide life-saving first aid to […]

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Bates and Senator Nielsen Respond to Governor’s May Budget Revision

By   /  May 13, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Senate Republican Leader Bates and Senator Nielsen Respond to Governor’s May Budget Revision SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, responded to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2018-19 budget proposal. The Governor’s May Revision outlines a record breaking $199.3 billion state budget. While […]

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