Bi-Partisan Sexual Harassment

Sexual Misconduct in California’s Capitol Is Difficult to Escape
New York Times By Jess Bidgood, Miriam Jordan and Adam Nagourney Oct. 29, 2017
SACRAMENTO — There were the demeaning personal chores she said her boss assigned her, like buying a shower curtain and blankets. And there was the time that he appeared at the door of his apartment with his pants open, she said, exposing himself to her when she went to pick him up for a vote.

These articles on sexual abuse, assault and harassment are presented for information only. In California, if you have been a victim, call 800-529-5908 for a free, confidential consultation on your rights.
– Deborah Barron, Attorney

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An assemblyman tried to force himself on her. Here’s what she’d tell him if she could
BY PAULA TREAT Special to The Bee December 31, 2017

I’ve spent 43 years in politics, which may make me the dean of women lobbyists in Sacramento. I’ve had my share of #MeToo moments, but one stands out because it changed my life.

I had become interested in politics in the late 1960s and got my start in Washington in 1975 working for Rep. Harold ‘Bizz’ Johnson, a gentleman and a powerhouse who delivered for his Northern California district.

Then I became a lobbyist and learned to deal with often being the only woman in the room. Once, I walked into the office of the chief of staff of a powerful congressional committee, who told me: “I do my work on the golf course or the mattress. What’s it going to be?” More

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Will Resign Amid Sexual-Harassment Scandal

CBS Sacramento – August 23, 2013

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Mayor Bob Filner agreed Friday to resign on Aug. 30, bowing to enormous pressure after lurid sexual harassment allegations brought by at least 17 women eroded his support after just nine months on the job.

The City Council voted 7-0 on a deal that ends a political stalemate after more than a dozen women publicly identified themselves as targets of unwanted advances, including touching, forcible kisses and lurid comments. More

With the retirement of Alex Kozinski, the Weinstein effect hits the federal courts.

The New Republic by Jeet Heer – December 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, where he served as chief justice from 2007 to 2014, Kozinski has been one of the most influential American jurists. Appointed by Ronald Reagan, Kozinski has been a staunch defender of civil liberties. Now, amid an investigation of multiple complaints of sexual misconduct, many of which come from former clerks, Kozinski is retiring. “It grieves me to learn that I caused any of my clerks to feel uncomfortable; this was never my intent,” Kozinski said in a statement. “For this I sincerely apologize.” More

Stephen Colbert Doesn’t Think Much of Al Franken’s Apologies

New York Times By Giovanni Russonello – November 17, 2017

NEW YORK CITY The “Late Show” host was utterly unsatisfied by the senator’s initial apology to Leeann Tweeden, who said Mr. Franken kissed her without consent and posed for a photograph groping her as she slept. Mr. Franken said the photo was meant to be funny.

“O.K., ‘intended to be funny but wasn’t?’ No. Your movie ‘Stuart Saves His Family’ was intended to be funny but wasn’t. That photo was intended to embarrass her — that’s why he did it while she was asleep. Nobody goes up to their buddy when he’s awake and says, ‘Hey, can I draw a penis on your forehead?’” — STEPHEN COLBERT
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Christine Pelosi discusses ongoing sexual misconduct scandals

ABC7
SAN FRANCISO Democratic Party strategist and daughter of House Minority Leader Nanci Pelosi stopped by ABC7 News Friday to discuss the ongoing sexual misconduct scandals plaguing the U.S. Government, Hollywood, and various workplaces around the country.

She made a bold statement at California’s State Capitol saying, “Because what everybody here knows is that we have rapists in this building, we have molesters among us.” More

Report: California Legislature’s Sexual Harassment Settlements Total Nearly $2 Million

Capital Public Radio by Chris Nichols – December 1, 2017
The California Legislature has paid out $1.9 million for sexual harassment complaints involving 17 staffers or key aides over the past 25 years. That’s according to a comprehensive report by Ryan Hughes of Tuple Legal, a nonprofit political research firm in Los Angeles.

The payout figure is nearly twice what’s been reported in the media.

Hughes, a former Capitol staffer, spoke on Capital Public Radio’s Insight program on Friday about why he decided to shed light on the Legislature’s secretive settlements.

“Among female staffers, there’s this informal list of legislators and staffers that they didn’t ever want to be in a room with,” Hughes said. “As you’re having these conversations, there was just a sense of hopelessness that that’s how it was and that’s how it would always be. So, frankly, I’m happy that the Legislature is finally having to come to grips with this.” More