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Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia).
Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia). (Steve Yeater / Associated Press)

State Sen. Tony Mendoza has been under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment, but new documents released Friday show he was warned in 2010 by a personnel manager that his habit of hugging staff members “comes with peril,” and he should stop.

Mendoza is currently under investigation for inappropriate behavior with three former staffers, including former aide Haley Myers, who complained in 2010 about the same behavior described in the documents released Friday. The name of the complainant is redacted from the documents, which were part of a decade’s worth of complaints involving the Legislature.

Mendoza was a member of the Assembly when the staffer told Assembly Compliance Officer Lynda Roper that she felt “uncomfortable about Mendoza’s behavior” around her, including “flirtatious” text messages, hugging and one-on-one dinners. She said she feared for her job if she refused the invitations.

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This week, we've all been focused on the tragedy in Vegas -- and we should be. But meanwhile, the House passed HR 36 - a...

Posted by Katie Hill for Congress on Friday, October 6, 2017

Abortion rights organization NARAL is endorsing Democrat Katie Hill’s bid to represent the Antelope Valley’s 25th Congressional  District, citing her willingness to discuss her own experience with an unplanned pregnancy as a teenager.

“She will not just be [a] Congresswoman women and families can rely on,  she will be a passionate and dedicated champion for our rights,” the organization said in a statement.

Hill has openly talked about what it was like to weigh getting an abortion at the age of 18. Hill spoke about the experience, which ended in a miscarriage, in a video posted to her campaign's Facebook page in October after the House approved a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks.

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Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), center, joins mayors from across California to announce legislation for homelessness funding.
Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), center, joins mayors from across California to announce legislation for homelessness funding. (Liam Dillon / Los Angeles Times)

The mayors of California’s 11 largest cities are pushing for $1.5 billion in state money to address homelessness.

“Homelessness is the single biggest quality of life challenge we face in our cities,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who is leading the group of big-city mayors. “Cities cannot do it alone.”

The pitch comes in new state legislation, Assembly Bill 3171, which would require local governments to match the state dollars, resulting in $3 billion to fund homeless shelters, rental assistance, permanent housing and other efforts.

A political nonprofit working to elect scientists to Congress announced Wednesday it has reserved just over $1 million in broadcast television air time in the Los Angeles in the two weeks leading up to June’s primary. 

314 Action, a 501(c)(4) social welfare group, has endorsed a trio of Democratic House candidates who are running in three different crowded and competitive Orange County races to win seats currently held by Republicans.

The group is planning on spending between $5 million and $7 million to support its endorsed candidates during the midterm election, said executive director Joshua Morrow.

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Candidates Doug Applegate, Sara Jacobs, Stever Kerr, Mike Levin and Christina Prejean participate in a debate at San Juan Hills High School.
Candidates Doug Applegate, Sara Jacobs, Stever Kerr, Mike Levin and Christina Prejean participate in a debate at San Juan Hills High School. (Nick Argo / For the Times)

Five Democrats looking to replace retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa squared off at a debate in San Juan Capistrano on Tuesday night, struggling to differentiate themselves in a crowded and open race.

At least nine candidates are running in the primary and for most of the evening the five Democrats agreed on the issues, from opposing new toll lanes in the district to embracing the need for more gun control.

One touchy topic caused a rift: Would the candidates vote for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to become Speaker if Democrats win control of the House?

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Rachel Payne is running in Orange County.
Rachel Payne is running in Orange County. (Rachel Payne for Congress)

Abortion-rights group Emily’s List has thrown its weight behind two more Democrats challenging GOP incumbents in California.

The group announced Wednesday that it’s endorsing Rachel Payne’s candidacy against Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in Orange County, and Virginia Madueño in the race to unseat Rep. Jeff Denham in the Central Valley.

In a statement announcing the endorsements, President Stephanie Schriock highlighted Madueño’s background as a small town mayor and business owner, and Payne’s leadership in the tech industry.

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Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia)
Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) (Steve Yeater)

State Sen. Tony Mendoza “more likely than not” behaved in a flirtatious or sexually suggestive manner toward staffers, a Senate investigation found.

The four-page summary report released late Tuesday afternoon described the findings by two outside law firms tasked with investigating allegations that Mendoza had made unwanted advances to female aides while he served as an Assembly member from 2006 to 2012 and as a senator from 2014 to the present.

Investigators spoke to 47 witnesses, including Mendoza, who was interviewed twice, according to the report.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein is urging President Trump to back her gun-control legislation rather than have the administration try to do it alone.

Feinstein, the original author of the nation's assault weapons ban, proposed legislation to ban devices that make semiautomatic weapons work more like automatic weapons after 59 people were killed and more than 500 others were injured at a Las Vegas country music festival, but the measure stalled soon after she put it forward.

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