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Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has reintroduced legislation to correct an outdated interpretation of property “change of ownership” that has been part of the long running debate around commercial property and Proposition 13 (the 1978 initiative that limited property tax increases). “Proposition 13 ensures that property …continue reading

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Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) thanked the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) today for awarding a $4.2 million Local Housing Trust Fund grant to the Orange County Housing Finance Trust (OCHFT) to create new affordable housing units. “I thank the Department of Housing and Community Development for …continue reading

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Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has reintroduced legislation in partnership with San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan to extend the presumption of openness that exists in California courtrooms to proceedings under the Sexually Violent Predator Act. They initiated a similar effort last year but had …continue reading

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Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has introduced Senate Bill 214 to permanently grant the County of Orange the authority to establish a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) transportation plan in Rancho Mission Viejo. “We can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Orange County with the increased use of neighborhood electric vehicles,” said …continue reading

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Sheriff Don Barnes, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Please see the statement below from Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of former Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. In November 2012, Sheriff Hutchens was diagnosed with breast cancer. She courageously fought this disease while …continue reading

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Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that she has co-authored bipartisan legislation this week to protect Californians applying for unemployment benefits from identity theft. Senate Bill 58 would require the Employment Development Department (EDD) to end immediately the practice of including full Social Security numbers on its most frequently mailed …continue reading

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Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded more than $4 million to local governments in Orange and San Diego Counties to fund housing-related projects. “I am pleased that the Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded more …continue reading

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Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), the Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom issued a sweeping executive order today concerning climate change: “Policies to successfully address climate change require informed input from the people’s representatives in the Legislature. My legislative colleagues …continue reading

Top Ten Stories for September 20 through September 26 included unemployment (three articles!), an earthquake, and a suspected DUI. Top Ten Stories for September 20 through September 26 are the most-read stories at Orange County Breeze over the last week (excluding weather forecasts and events): Unemployment benefits paid to California …continue reading

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Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) applauded the recent announcement that California’s program to help residents safely dispose of their unwanted medicines has been expanded throughout the state. Thanks to a $3 million grant from the California Department of Health Care Services, an additional 320 drug disposal bins are now available …continue reading