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OC Register: Road connecting San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano opens

August 14, 2016
More than 50 years after it appeared as a line on an Orange County map, a transportation link described by officials as the biggest Orange County Public Works project ever is a reality.

Sacramento Bee: Assembly panel blocks bill toughening penalties for fentanyl traffickers

August 11, 2016
Senate Bill 1323, introduced by Sens. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and Bob Huff, R-San Dimas, would have added fentanyl to a list of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, that carry additional prison time based on the weight of the drug sold.

Los Angeles Times: Measure to stiffen penalties for fentanyl trafficking is shelved

August 11, 2016
The bill by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Nigel) would have added a sentencing enhancement of up to 10 years for those convicted of trafficking the drug, putting it on par with punishments for certain crimes involving heroin and cocaine.

Associated Press: Parks Promised to Poor Neighborhoods Unbuilt Years Later

August 10, 2016
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, replied Tuesday: “It’s really important to design a planning process that delivers a park on time.”