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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.
Mendoza's colleagues could discipline him Thursday

State senators met behind closed doors Wednesday to hear the full results of an independent investigation into sexual harassment claims against state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia).

Sexual misconduct allegations leave a swath of Los Angeles County without representation in the Capitol

Residents of a swath of southeastern Los Angeles County lack representation in both the state Senate and Assembly. Their legislators, Garcia and state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), have both gone on leave after facing public allegations of harassment.

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