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Melanie Mason

Melanie Mason covers state government and politics in Sacramento. She first began working for the Los Angeles Times in 2011 in Washington, D.C., where she covered money and politics during the 2012 presidential campaign. She is originally from Los Angeles and is a graduate of Georgetown University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was facing sexual harassment investigation when he took USC professor job

When Sebastian Ridley-Thomas stepped down from the California Legislature in 2017, he faced two accusations of sexual harassment, according to sources and documents reviewed by The Times.

Ex-Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, under legislative investigation on sexual misconduct allegations, sues lobbyist for defamation

Former Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills) filed a defamation suit against a lobbyist who publicly accused him in December of forcing her into a bathroom and masturbating in front of her during a party in Las Vegas.

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