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Sacramento Bee: Legislature must close corrupting campaign money loophole
April 18, 2016
February’s sentencing of former state Sen. Leland Yee in a political corruption case closed a dark chapter in the history of the Legislature, and also presents an opportunity to close the legal loopholes that may allow such behavior again.
Sacramento Bee: Letters: We must confront fentanyl scourge
March 30, 2016
Re “Potent drug tied to fatal overdoses ” (Page 1A, March 29): Fentanyl has been making headlines nationwide and has contributed to other overdose crises, and potentially contributed to six deaths in Sacramento County. Fentanyl abuse has become a major problem in Orange County, portions of which we...
Orange County Register: Letters: As dangerous as heroin and cocaine
March 18, 2016
Re: “ Potent problem: Fentanyl, a deadly drug used to spike heroin and cocaine, returns to O.C. ” [Front page, March 16]: Jenna Chandler’s article underscores the need to crack down on fentanyl drug trafficking. As her article vividly demonstrates, fentanyl abuse has become a public health problem...
Orange County Register: Even with record state revenue, spending, tax hikes planned this year
January 24, 2016
This promises to be a pivotal year for taxpayers. With special interests and their allies gearing up to push for tax increases at the November ballot box, we will see whether Californians have had enough or will give the green light for more spending.
Vista Press: Christmas Message 2015
December 22, 2015
Published by the Vista Press on December 22, 2015 The Christmas season is a time of hope, joy and giving, making it one of my favorite times of the year. Yet, recent violent events both abroad and at home have contributed to a sense of unease. The terrible shooting earlier this month in San...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Use high-speed rail funds to fix California roads
November 12, 2015
What is more important to you and your neighbors? Better roads for your commute or a high-speed train to San Francisco that continues to escalate in cost? If Sacramento politicians have their way, that answer would be high-speed rail despite ominous signs.
Vista Press: Veterans Day 2015
November 11, 2015
Published by the Vista Press on November 11, 2015 November 11 is Veterans Day, which is observed on the anniversary of the World War I armistice that ended hostilities on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. This day is a time for us to say thank you to our veterans...
Journalist Roundtable -- November 2015 Edition
November 9, 2015
Senator Bates appeared on KOCT-TV Oceanside’s “Journalist Roundtable” on November 5, 2015. She discussed her legislative priorities and other state issues with host Kent Davy, KPBS's Alison St John and The San Diego Union-Tribune's Logan Jenkins. The Senator appears at the 33:30 mark.
San Diego Union-Tribune: California action stripping due process, no help with drought
June 25, 2015
Recently, legislative Democrats approved the final California state budget for 2015-16 with Gov. Jerry Brown’s blessing. While there are some things to like, such as increased funding for K-12 and higher education, there were many provisions that I could not support.
Orange County Register: Don't give CARB more power to punish drivers
June 11, 2015
At the same time that Californians want clean energy, they want it to be affordable and reliable. Wind does not always blow, the sun does not always shine, and these sources are more expensive than traditional ones.
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Los Angeles Times: At least one of several state bills to expand the list of 'violent felonies' in California is likely to die
Senate Bill 75, introduced by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), would have reclassified more than 20 offenses as violent felonies,...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Prison reform: Time to redefine violent crimes, California
It’s time for a vigorous, public debate about which crimes should be designated violent by the state.
Voice of San Diego: San Diego’s Partisan Split on State Gas Tax Hike
“That is a bad deal for drivers in urban areas such as San Diego who have to travel long distances to get to work,” Bates said.