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OC Supervisor Bates Announces Bid for State Senate

At a San Clemente speaking engagement Thursday, Pat Bates told the crows she's formed her campaign committee and will be running for the California Senate.

­Orange County 5th District Supervisor Pat Bates announced Thursday she's joining the 2014 State Senate race in the newly-formed 36th district.

Bates spoke Thursday at a meeting of the San Clemente Exchange Club, a service organization that gathers twice a month at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course, to make the official announcement and to tout her record as supervisor.

Bates, a Republican, won't be racing against fellow party-member Mark Wyland who now represents the 38th district—he's termed out after this year.

The 38th now runs south through Encinitas; San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano are its only Orange County cities and form the northernmost end of the district, according to state electoral maps.

After 2014, however, redistricting goes into effect, and the 38th will become the 36th senatorial district, adding Dana Point, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Coto de Caza and Las Flores into the fold, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

Bates said she felt she needed to run for state office to combat legislation like the California's recent takeback of redevelopment agency money. She said state actions like that leave cities with unfunded mandates, like affordable housing quotas.

Bates talked about her achievements at the county level including reforming the human resources division, negotiating with unions to save money, and helping to institute the Orange County Sheriff's Department overtime policies that saved the county $25 million.

In other Board of Supervisors news, Bates said the Board is in negotiations with a new county CEO candidate and hopes to hire the candidate within a month.

The last CEO submitted his resignation after a compensation and sexual harassment scandal involving the county human resources department.

In addition to her time as county supervisor, Bates served as mayor of Laguna Niguel in the ‘90s and in the California State Assembly.

JustUs February 08, 2013 at 08:00 PM
She's going to end up being the Diane Feinstein of Orange County. Don't these people ever understand when it's time to move aside and let the young turks take over? Go spend your time with your grandkids that you always talk about, Pat. That's what grandmothers do. Please, leave us alone. You've worn out your welcome based on your performance, or lack thereof, as a Supervisor. But thanks for your service anyway.
Dan Avery February 19, 2013 at 05:35 AM
There was a time in this country when The Dumb and the Willfully Ignorant worked on assembly lines and wanted nothing more when they got off work other than "Miller Time," a woman with a retarded sense of morality, and a double=wide they could call "home." Then can downsizing, outsourcing, Bush the Second's devaluation of the dollar, and the economic collapse of 2008. Now The Dumb and the Willfully Ignorant are unemployable so they spend their days comment on the Patch. Even when the article deals with topics they know nothing of; they live to spew their ignorance and hatred. They don't use their real names because they claim speaking your mind can be dangerous. Tell that to Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X, Nathan Hale, Thomas Paine... They are cowards and like all cowards they bully if you point out their complete lack of logic. They ruin online communication and any chance we may have had to learn from each other. They will continue to do so until we stand up and shout them down.
Jim Gardner March 21, 2013 at 03:43 PM
People in South Orange County should remember that Pat Bates was a moving force behind expanding Musick Jail, allowing the Jail to be used for dangerous illegal felons under the auspices of the federal ICE program, and then getting approval to build a new jail on the grounds that is specifically designed with cells for maximum security inmates. She also has been opposed to building an animal shelter in South Orange County, and continues the fiction that the high kill County shelter located in Orange will be replaced by a new modern facility, a promise she makes every year and 50 years later we are still using the same shelter. Remember that when she comes asking for your vote.
Frank H. Robles March 21, 2013 at 07:57 PM
So why is Encintas, lumped in with South O.C. Don't we have enought people in North County to next our own District...???
Dan Avery March 21, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Comments come from all over Southern California, Frank.

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