sexual harassment

Hundreds of California lawmakers and Sacramento politicos partied hard at last night (Thursday) at the annual Tribal Bash.  That's the big "welcome back" celebration thrown by Natvie American tribes at the start of each yer's legislative session.  But this year, amid the #MeToo movement, organizers made some pretty big changes -- even at the very last minute.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

The California Senate has rolled out a new process for handling complaints of sexual harassment that the chamber's leader is calling unprecedented.  But it's not drawing universal praise, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


Another California lawmaker faces allegations of inappropriate behavior.  This time, it's Democratic state Senator Bob Hertzberg of Los Angeles.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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California lawmakers leading a review of sexual harassment policies - including a lawmaker from the IE - proposed their first change, following an outcry over widspread misconduct in Sacramento.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Two women say California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, a Democrat representing parts of the San Fernando Valley, sexually harassed them - including one who claims the lawmaker assaulted her in a bathroom druing a Las Vegas party.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports - and we should note:  This story contains graphic language.


The California Legislature has paid out nearly $2 million for sexual harassment complaints over the past 25 years.  They involve seventeen elected officials or key aides.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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You could practically hear hundreds of jaws drop in the California Capitol during this week's Assembly hearing on sexual harassment ... when staff told lawmakers they don't keep track of victim's complaints.  But Capital Public Radios' Ben Adler reports there's no legal requirement to do so - for the Legislature, or any other California employer.

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California state Senator Tony Mendoza is going on the offensive in denying sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him.  The Democrat sent a letter to supporters this week blaming the media for his predicament.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The same room where sexual harassment was discussed by lawmakers in a hearing at the California state Capitol earlier this week is the same room where sexual harassment training took place earlier this year.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports people in the building say the current way of training is part of the Capitol's problem.

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Outrage over pervasive sexual misconduct at the California state Capitol is culminating in hearings to change rules that women say have allowed abuses.  Capital Public Radios' Ben Bradford reports the Assembly is undertaking a tricky, public self-reform that began with a hearing yesterday (Tuesday).

California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra has resigned, effective immediately, after multiple women alleged he groped them or made unwanted sexual advances.  And a California state Senator was stripped of his committee chairships yesterday, as attention on what is called a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in the state Capitol continues. 

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Does an elected official accused of sexual harassment deserve due process before being forced out of office? There is a fierce debate over that question at the state capital where Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra and Senator Tony Mendoza are facing calls to resign after media reports of inappropriate behavior. KVCR's Rick Dulock opens this story produced by Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

L.A. Assemblyman Accused And Will Resign

Nov 21, 2017

The "Me Too" movement has claimed its first California Lawmaker at the State Capital. KVCR's Rick Dulock introduces this story produced by Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

Leaders in the California state Senate say an outside firm will investigate all future sexual harassment complaints.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

As a second woman alleges that she was a victim of sexual misconduct by Los Angeles County Democratic state Senator Tony Mendoza, the California state Senate has announced it will hire an outside law firm to investigate all complaints of sexual harassment in state government, and to recommend disciplinary measures.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent


Claims of sexual harassment in the state Capitol have prompted an independent investigation and legislative hearings later this month. This morning (Thursday), the Associated Press reports that the California Legislature has already paid out well more than half a million dollars in the last five years to settle harassment and other claims.  All of this comes as the California state Senate is getting ready to choose a new leader. Among those vying for the job is Chino Democratic state Senator Connie Leyva. In her first term in the legislature, Sen.

A California Assemblyman is the first lawmaker to be named in the sexual harassment scandal sweeping through the state Capitol.  A legislative staffer says Democrat Raul Bocanegra of the San Fernando Valley groped her at a public event eight years ago.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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Women in California politics protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the state Capitol distrust the response from legislative leaders.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on what they would like to see change.

More than 140 women this week signed a letter about pervasive sexual harassment in the California Legislature, but only a handful have ever taken their complaints to higher-ups.  They say the Capitol's review policies don't go far enough to protect women, and that accusing elected officials could mean risking their reputations and their jobs.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola reports on the Legislature's complaint process, and why so few women are using it.

Legislature Toughens California Sexual Assault Laws

Dec 28, 2016

California lawmakers passed new sexual assault laws after a Stanford student served 3 months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.  Capital Public Radio's Ja'Nel Johnson reports.

The California Senate has passed new rules to crack down on sexual harassment, violence, and low pay in the janitorial industry.  A bill passed yesterday (Thursday) would require companies providing janitorial services to register with the state and offer sexual harassment training.  The bill passed with bipartisan support, in spite of the protests of the protests of an Inland Empire legislator.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.