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Sacramento Bee Highlights Senator Patricia Bates’ Effort to Address Homelessness

By   /  January 7, 2016  /  1 Comment

Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee’s Editorial Board published an editorial on homelessness that highlighted Senate Bill 659 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel). The bill, which has bipartisan support, would spend existing tax dollars on programs that pairs resources with accountability. The Bee’s editorial states:

“Democrats would do well to listen to Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. Bates sees a need – as does The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board – to spend some money on housing that caters to formerly homeless people who seek drug- and alcohol-free housing.”

Addressing homelessness is one of Bates’ legislative priorities, a desire rooted in her prior work as a Los Angeles County social worker operating in some of the county’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. The editorial highlighted her bill as part of a broader discussion of a $2 billion plan to fight homelessness that Bates’ Senate colleagues introduced on Monday. She is encouraged by the basic outline of the plan and looks forward to considering it as further details are fleshed out in the months ahead.

The Senate Committee on Human Services will consider SB 659 in the near future. Date and time have yet to be officially determined.

Senator Patricia C. Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers southern Orange County, northern San Diego County and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.




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  1. Carolyn Minnott says:

    What has being done now in 2019 to deal with homeless in San Clemente?

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