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Sexual harassment in the CA Capitol: Latest on Bocanegra resignation, Mendoza suspension and Assembly hearing




A view of the California State Capitol February 19, 2009 in Sacramento, California.
A view of the California State Capitol February 19, 2009 in Sacramento, California.
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After weeks of sexual misconduct allegations in the California legislature leading to the resignation of Assemblyman Bocanegra and suspension of state Senator Mendoza, the Assembly is having a hearing today to review its sexual harassment policies.

The harassment reporting and investigation process has been criticized by some women in California politics as cumbersome, slow and inefficient.

Meanwhile, Senate leader Kevin De León has called for an independent investigation. De León has faced some criticism for having shared a house with Mendoza, though he’s said he was unaware of Mendoza’s misconduct.

What will be discussed in today’s public Assembly hearing? What does this mean going forward for sexual misconduct complaints in the California legislature? 

Guest:

Melody Gutierrez, political reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle; she’s been following this story; she tweets @Melody Gutierrez