Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein told party officials Saturday morning that the sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the federal government and state legislatures across the country could lead to a wave of new women lawmakers not seen in decades.
“I predict based on what I see out there that we are going to have another Year of the Woman,” Feinstein said, referencing the year she was first elected to Congress alongside many other women in 1992.
Feinstein, who seldom appears at state party functions, spoke Saturday morning to the Women’s Caucus at the California Democratic Party Executive Board meeting in Millbrae. She’s facing an intra-party fight for reelection next year against state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León of Los Angeles.
California's Senate leader on Friday expanded an effort to transfer sexual harassment investigations to outside experts, while taking action to remove a Los Angeles lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior from an influential committee chairmanship.
The decision by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) comes less than one day after the latest accusation against Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia). Mendoza would be suspended from his chairmanship of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, as well as other "boards and commissions" pending the outcome of an investigation, according to a statement from De León's office.
The Senate Rules Committee would be asked to formally approve that action later this month.
GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a big Trump supporter who has been trying to bend the president’s ear on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has spent $12,545 at Trump International Hotel this year, most of it for a June fundraiser in the hotel’s Franklin Study.
Rohrabacher’s campaign was fourth in spending at Trump companies nationwide, according to the Post. Topping the list was the president himself, whose campaign spent $534,864 at his company’s properties.
Chris Keena feels obliged to explain: He really is a Republican — honest! — before launching his critique of the Republican tax bill that just passed the House.
“I don’t believe in trickle-down theory,” said the 70-year-old retired attorney from Irvine. “The money they save — I’ve seen it in business — the money they save at the top, they keep at the top. It doesn’t trickle down.
“I hate to sound like a radical,” he went on, “and I guess it doesn’t go with being a Republican, but it’s a reality. There are a lot of people struggling here. The image is everyone is fat and happy. They’re not. They’re not.”
California’s House Republicans took another tough vote Thursday, with most opting to approve a tax overhaul expected to cost many Californians more in taxes. Several of the Republicans said they supported the bill because they think a compromise with the Senate will make it better.
“I don’t know if they’re going to make it better, but we’ll see,” said Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale), who is among the Republicans considered vulnerable in next year’s election and voted in favor of the House bill. “There are some things in the Senate bill I like, there are some things in there that I don’t like.”
Supporting a bill in hopes that the Senate will improve it is similar to the tactic the Republicans tried in the spring when they attempted to push through a controversial effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. But the Senate never mustered enough support to pass a healthcare bill, leaving all 14 California Republicans with a “yes” vote on their record and nothing to show for it.
Facing an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior with women who worked in his legislative office, state Sen. Tony Mendoza on Thursday criticized the current system of review as “opaque and unjust” and said he supports reforms.
The Democratic lawmaker from Artesia also acknowledged in a statement that in 2010 he faced concerns about his behavior from a female aide. He did not provide details about those concerns.
The Sacramento Bee later reported that a former aide named Haley Myers brought forward concerns that year about what she considered sexual harassment, including late-night text messages and invitations to one-on-one dinners.
Insisting on a "unified course of action" on sexual harassment and abuse allegations in Sacramento, women in the California Legislature on Thursday suggested a broad investigation by outside experts and a town-hall style meeting to air the concerns in public.
"Our actions must be bold, transformative and unified," said the statement issued by the Legislative Women's Caucus. "Now is not the time to play politics."
The audit of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) had been requested by legislators including Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).
“The action of UCOP in interfering with the Legislature’s attempt to provide greater financial transparency is not only deeply disappointing but also undermines the Legislature’s trust in the University of California’s leadership,” he said.
California officials proposed new rules Thursday for the growing, transporting and sale of marijuana when the state begins issuing licenses in January, and industry officials said the regulations and hefty fees are a mixed bag.
The regulations, which are subject to public hearings before they are finalized, do not limit the size of cannabis farms, but require every plant to be traced from farm to sale. Security will be required at farms, trucks and pot shops, and cannabis cannot be marketed toward minors.
The license application fee for sellers and others will be $1,000 annually, but there are additional license fees of $4,000 to $72,000 charged to retailers based on how much they sell.