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Combating the Heroin Epidemic

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

My Assembly Bill 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Act helps to combat the growth of heroin and Opioid abuse throughout California. Heroin, a cheaper equivalent to Opioids, has become widely available, and unfortunately, California is now ground zero in this escalating epidemic. Heroin use has increased across the United States in all […]

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28 Children Rescued, 500 People Arrested in Statewide Human Trafficking Raids

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Nearly 500 people were arrested in a new crackdown on human trafficking in San Diego and other California cities during raids that also led to the rescue of more than 50 victims. Law enforcement authorities reported Wednesday they had rescued 28 children, some of whom had been reported missing, and also 27 adults who had been coerced into prostitution. […]

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How Will California Clean its Air?

By   /  February 4, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

LOS ANGELES – Southern California has long been plagued with dirty air – so dirty that clean-air advocates claim the entire South Coast basin has never been in full compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. But today, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is to vote on developing a long-term plan for better […]

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Jimbo’s…Naturally! January Business of the Month

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

Through my Business of the Month program, I seek to encourage local small businesses that support and enhance the quality of life in the beautiful 75th Assembly District. This month I would like to salute Jimbo’s…Naturally!, a San Diego company that goes out of its way to enhance the local community and improve our quality […]

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Senator Bates & Nguyen Introduce “Repatriate, Rebuild and Repave” Bill

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

Tax Proceeds from U.S. Corporate Foreign Earnings Would Go to Transportation… SACRAMENTO – Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) announced today that they will introduce legislation that could help fund California’s transportation infrastructure with foreign earnings from U.S.-based multinational corporations. Should congressional leaders and the president reach an agreement on the […]

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Assembly Back to Work

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

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has appointed me to serve on six committees for the new two-year session. I’m excited to be re-appointed to Health Committee and address many issues important to my district, including access and affordable health insurance, Medi-Cal and Denti-Cal, clinics, mental health treatment and long-term care facilities. My experience as a city […]

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Assemblymember Rocky Chávez Responds to The State of The State Address

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) issued a statement on the State of the State Address: “Today, there was a clear difference between the Governor’s message of moving forward for the betterment of all people and the divisive language of the Pro Tempore and Lieutenant Governor.” “The Governor’s message was clear that democracy depends on […]

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Senator Bates’ Statement on Governor’s State of the State Address

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 State of the State address to the California Legislature:“The governor is absolutely right when he said that ‘When California does well, America does well.’ That is why it is critical for California’s leaders to pursue cooperation instead […]

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Assemblymember Waldron Announces Committee Assignments

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

Assembly Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron Appointed to Committees SACRAMENTO-Assembly Member Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, today announced that she has been named to the following committees for the 2017-2018 session: •  Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, Vice Chair Assembly Ethics Health Local Government, Vice Chair •  Assembly Rules Governmental  Organization “It’s great to receive […]

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Assemblymember Chávez-Vice-Chair of Assembly Veteran Affairs Committee & K-12 Education Committee

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

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) today was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Veteran Affairs Committee and the Vice-Chair of the Assembly K-12 Education Committee. “It is truly an honor to be named the Vice-Chair to two committees that are very near and dear to my heart,” said Chávez. “One of my promises […]

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Career Training for Job Growth

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

The best way to reduce poverty is by bringing more of our citizens into the workforce. While government subsidies can help to overcome temporary setbacks, the only permanent way to increase overall prosperity is through permanent, well-paying jobs. Unfortunately, many Californians are now struggling to secure good jobs, even though many jobs are available. In […]

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Assemblymember Chávez Reacts to Assembly Vote on Attorney General Nominee Xavier Becerra

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

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) today reacted to the Assembly vote on Attorney General Nominee Xavier Becerra. “We clearly saw the lines drawn during today’s vote on Attorney General nominee Xavier Becerra,” said Chávez. “From what I know, Congressman Becerra is a qualified candidate and I have been unable to find any ethical or […]

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California’s Water Outlook Is Brighter, but….

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

Though it’s still early, this year’s storms have brought increased precipitation, including heavy snowfall in the Sierras. Our real problem isn’t lack of rain, it’s a lack of water storage capacity. Despite voter approval of the $7.1 billion water bond in 2014, including $2.7 billion earmarked for new dams and reservoirs, few projects are currently […]

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Assemblymember Rocky Chávez Responds To Governor Brown’s 2017-2018 Draft Budget

By   /  January 13, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) today announced his response to Governor Brown’s draft budget for 2017-2018. “We have made strides in California to get education funding back to pre-recession levels,” said Chávez. “Education is the pathway to jobs and if the people of California have good jobs they can make a good living and […]

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Senator Bates’ Statement on Governor’s 2017-18 Budget

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

 SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 budget proposal: “Given national economic conditions and pending policy changes in Washington, D.C., it’s prudent that the budget has embraced a relatively cautious approach. The state must be extra vigilant in its spending and California would be better […]

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Assemblymember Chávez Responds To Gov. Brown 2017-2018 Draft Budget

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

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) today announced his response to Governor Brown’s draft budget for 2017-2018. “We have made strides in California to get education funding back to pre-recession levels,” said Chávez. “Education is the pathway to jobs and if the people of California have good jobs they can make a good living and […]

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Senator Patricia Bates Encourages College Seniors and Grads to Apply for Senate Fellowships

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced the availability of applications for the 2017-18 California Senate Fellows program. Former fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges and local elected officials. “Serving as a Senate fellow is a fabulous opportunity to gain first-hand experience in politics in the capital of […]

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New Law Regarding Pets

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

A new law went into effect Jan. 1 that protects good Samaritans from being held criminally liable if they break into a locked vehicle to rescue an animal in distress. County Animal Services says there are certain things to keep in mind before anyone breaks into a vehicle to free a pet. First, it is […]

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California’s Capitol; A State Treasure

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

Working in the Capitol building is a wonderful privilege.  The building is much more than just a seat of government; it’s a living museum of California history. California’s state capital was permanently moved to Sacramento in 1854, after temporarily locating in other cities including Vallejo, San Jose and Benicia. The current capitol building was completed […]

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Senator Patricia Bates’ Statement on Legislature Hiring Eric Holder as Outside Counsel

By   /  January 4, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding the news that legislative Democrats have hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them in potential legal disputes with the incoming Trump administration: “California already has an Attorney General’s office charged with defending the state and its laws. That office […]

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