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.  

Guests:

Katie Orr, Sacramento politics and government reporter, KQED News

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

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