Senator Patricia Bates

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded $6 million to organizations in Orange and San Diego counties to help Californians with low incomes become or remain homeowners. “The economic disaster caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized the dream …continue reading

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has awarded state funding to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Oceanside Police Department to reduce alcohol-related crime in their jurisdictions. Both public safety agencies operate in the 36th Senate District, which is represented …continue reading

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded funding to Orange and San Diego counties to help house young adults who are at-risk of becoming homeless. “I thank the California Department of Housing and Community Development for awarding vital funding …continue reading

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement regarding the events over the past week in the U.S. regarding George Floyd’s death: “The deeply troubling death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has rightly sparked outrage and demands for justice across the nation. Most who have engaged in protests over …continue reading

Governor Newsom announced that some California retail businesses can reopen with some modifications by the end of this week. He also announced that Laguna Beach and San Clemente city-run beaches will be allowed to reopen to the public this week. Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the statement below in …continue reading

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Governor Newsom announced that he is closing all beaches in Orange County: “I have supported most of the Governor’s efforts to manage California’s COVID-19 response, but I strongly disagree with today’s order targeting only Orange County. At a time when …continue reading

The Senate Public Safety Committee rejected Senate Bill 710 (“Keeping California Safe Act”) authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have alleviated the unintended and dangerous consequences of recent criminal justice reforms enacted in California. “The Legislature passed on a golden opportunity to fix the flaws in well-meaning …continue reading

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020-21 budget proposal: “I give the Governor credit for increasing Rainy Day Fund reserves, investing in teacher training, and enhancing the state’s emergency response capabilities to deal with threats such as wildfires. “It is also encouraging that …continue reading

The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee rejected on a partisan vote Senate Bill 57 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have restored “opt-in” voter registration at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). “Given that the Secretary of State’s office and the DMV have underplayed well-documented problems …continue reading