California Legislator Resigns as Assembly to Open Hearings on Sexual Harassment

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California State Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra has resigned after being accused of sexual misconduct. (Photo: California State Assembly)

Under investigation for sexual misconduct, Southern California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, announced Monday that he was resigning, effective immediately. Meanwhile, the Senate Rules Committee also voted Monday to remove Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, from his leadership posts following allegations he'd sexually harassed staff members. Bocanegra and Mendoza have both denied the allegations. The moves come as a separate panel begins a series of public hearings Tuesday on how to improve a Capitol culture that some women say allows for pervasive sexual harassment and abuse. We'll preview the hearings.  


Katie Orr, Sacramento politics and government reporter, KQED News

Laura Friedman, member representing the 43rd District, California State Assembly