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Melody Gutierrez

Melody Gutierrez covers state government and politics in Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she covered politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the state Legislature, education and sports for the Sacramento Bee. Her first reporting job was for the newspaper in her hometown of Twentynine Palms while she was in high school. She graduated from Chico State. With an emphasis on watchdog reporting, she has written award-winning stories on wasteful spending, pension spiking, rape kit backlogs and failures in the foster care system, some of which prompted state audits and legislative changes.
Ex-assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas likely made unwanted sexual advances on Capitol employee, investigation finds

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was the subject of two sexual harassment complaints at the time he suddenly stepped down from the Assembly in 2017 citing health issues.

California candidates and elected officials could use campaign funds to pay for child care under new bill

Lawmakers say allowing candidates and elected officials to use their campaign funds to pay for child care would increase gender parity in public office.

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