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Residents Asked to Conserve: Flex Alert Issued Across California

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

The week’s hot temperatures are expected to drive up people’s use of air conditioners, which can strain the power grid. The California Independent System Operation Corporation (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert on Monday, asking California residents to voluntarily conserve electricity through Wednesday evening as a heat wave sweeps through the state. Cal ISO, the state’s […]

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Recycling Centers Continue To Struggle, Driving California Recycling Rates Down

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

In a state that prides itself as a global leader in protecting the environment, recycling rates for beverage containers have dropped to their lowest point in almost a decade amid the continued closing of centers that pay for bottles and cans and the fallout from changes to California’s recycling program. Beyond the environmental concerns, the financial effects […]

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The People’s Right to Recall

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

The two-thirds super-majority held by Democrats in Sacramento has allowed them to pass the largest gasoline tax increase in state history. This huge tax and fee increase has proven to be extremely unpopular. Recent polls suggest that 58% of registered voters disapprove. In fact, 72% of the Inland Empire, which is part of my district, […]

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California Ranks 37th in Nation for Child Well-Being

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

LOS ANGELES – California has made major strides in getting kids insured, but still ranks only 37th in the nation for overall child well-being due to persistent pockets of poverty, according to the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book, out today from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Researchers found across the country, unemployment is low – […]

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GEAR UP, An Education Success Story

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  Assemblymember Marie Waldron …. As the mother of a high school student, education has always been one of my top concerns. That’s why I’m so encouraged by “GEAR UP” — Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. That’s a long name for a beneficial program that has helped almost one million low-income students in […]

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Rural California Suffers Most If Policymakers Slash Medi-Cal – Also In Spanish

By   /  June 8, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s rural areas have gained the most from the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act – and also have the most to lose if massive cuts are made to Medi-Cal – as it is known in the state. A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families said the […]

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Senator Bates Honors “Oceanside Therapy Group” as Small Business of the Year

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored Oceanside Therapy Group (OTG) as the 2017 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District. Bates recognized owners Joshua and Rebekah Van Orden during the California Small Business Day awards lunch in Sacramento. “Oceanside Therapy Group exemplifies the best qualities of a successful small […]

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Healthcare is Costly, Never Free

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

$400 billion dollars is the projected cost of a new government run healthcare plan proposed in Sacramento. That is twice the state’s budget! Costing around $22,000 for every employed person in California – that’s a massive new tax to pay for “free” healthcare for all! Senate Bill 562, by Senator Ricardo Lara (D – Bell […]

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Examples of Felons Shielded by Sanctuary Bill

By   /  June 3, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Thanks to your help, our petition to stop California from becoming a sanctuary state has nearly 50,000 signatures. I believe that if we get to 100,000 our impact will be impossible to ignore in the Capitol. I will personally bring the signatures to Governor Brown. It’s important to look at real life examples to better understand […]

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California Medical Aid-In-Dying Law Marks One-Year Anniversary

By   /  June 2, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

California’s landmark aid-in-dying law took effect a year ago Thursday – and advocates say it is working as intended, giving mentally competent, terminally ill people the option to get a prescription for drugs that can end their lives peacefully. There are no statistics on how many people have chosen this option, but more than 500 […]

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Job Creator Workforce Development Bill Moves to Senate

By   /  May 30, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

A California Chamber of Commerce-supported education bill aiming to increase the pool of skilled workers has passed the Assembly with unanimous support. AB 669 (Berman; D-Palo Alto) extends the Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) program within the California Community College system through July 1, 2023. The bill will ensure that the program continues to provide […]

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“If You Think Health Care Is Expensive Now Just Wait Until It’s Free”… Assembly Member Waldron

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  State and National  /  2 Comments

Government run healthcare, known as “single payer” proposed for CA under SB 562 will cost $400 BILLION A YEAR! More than twice the entire state budget! This means every Californian would pay around $10,500/year to the state for “free” healthcare. Since not everyone works, the cost per working person will actually be more! It applies […]

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Honoring California’s Peace Officers

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

The annual ceremony at the California Peace Officer’s Memorial honoring officers killed in the line of duty was held in Capitol Park in Sacramento last week.  Over 3,000 men and women in uniform traveled to Sacramento to attend, including Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials.  The ceremony which includes a […]

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State Senate Committee Presses Pause on 5G Wireless Bill

By   /  May 19, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Opponents of a bill intended to smooth the way for the rollout of next-generation cell technology are cautiously optimistic – after a key committee put the measure on hold on Monday. The state Senate finance committee put Senate Bill 649 in the suspense file – in the face of vocal opposition from […]

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Senate Republican Leaders Respond to Governor’s May Revise

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Brown’s revised 2017-18 budget proposal(link is external): Senate Republican Leader Bates: “After giving Californians a lemon of a gas and car tax […]

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The Clock Is Ticking

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

This year over 2,800 bills, an excessive number in my view, were introduced in Sacramento. Many have a fiscal impact, which means they must be referred to the Appropriations Committee, the last stop for fiscal bills before they are presented to the full Assembly or Senate for a final floor vote. With so many bills […]

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Assemblywoman Marie Waldron

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

    Everyone will agree it is not affordable to live and work in California anymore! Families and businesses are struggling to make ends meet to pay increasing mortgages, increasing food costs, increasing tuition, taxes and fees. Just passing the highest gas tax in state history, Sacramento politicians are tone deaf to the concerns of […]

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Are Your Kids’ Toys Spying On Your Family?

By   /  May 11, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, CA. — A bill to make sure your kids’ toys aren’t spying on them will have its first hearing before the state Senate Judiciary Committee was held this week. The so-called Teddy Bears and Toasters Act would require manufacturers of smart toys and devices to install privacy protections and notify consumers about what it […]

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Senate Committee Approves Sen. Bates’ Bill to Help Homeless Adults and Children

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Human Services Committee today approved Senate Bill 232 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to help move families out of poverty through a holistic approach that addresses the root problems of their individual circumstances.“I am encouraged by the committee’s approval of my bill to help anti-poverty organizations that want […]

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Transparency In Government Is Not Optional

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Recently, the California State Auditor revealed that the Office of the President of the University of California did not disclose to the UC Board of Regents, to the Legislature or the public that it was holding $175 million in reserve funds for fiscal year 2015-16. The report reveals that the Office of the President asked […]

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