Another California lawmaker, Sen. Tony Mendoza, accused of sexual harassment
From the Merc's KATY MURPHY: "Amid a continued outcry over the treatment of women in California’s Capitol, allegations have surfaced that in late August Sen. Tony Mendoza repeatedly invited a young woman seeking a job in his office back to his apartment."
"The following month, three of the Los Angeles County Democrat’s staffers who knew about or reported the allegations to the Senate Rules Committee were fired Sept. 22 and signed confidentiality agreements, the Sacramento Bee reported."
"It’s the second time in under two weeks that a sitting lawmaker has been named in media reports of misconduct. In late October, the Los Angeles Times revealed that now-Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, a San Fernando Valley Democrat who is part of the leadership team, was secretly disciplined after he was accused of groping a female staff member at an after-work event in 2009 when he was a legislative staffer."
READ MORE about sexual harassment: Attorney: California Senator Fired Capitol Staffers Who Reported Alleged Misconduct With Young Female Colleague -- BEN ADLER, BOB MOFFITT at Capitol Public Radio; How do you report sexual harassment in politics when there's no HR? -- KAI RYSSDAL and SEAN MCHENRY in Marketplace; Investigations under way as state Sen. Tony Mendoza denies improper conduct with female legislative fellow -- LAT's PATRICK MCGREEVY; California Capitol averages three sexual harassment investigations per year -- SacBee's ALEXEI KOSEFF; California's Legislature investigated 31 abuse complaints made over the past decade -- LAT's JOHN MYERS
Four supervisors on Dianne Feinstein's home turf have endorsed Kevin de Leon for Feinstein's Senate seat.
From the Chronicle's RACHEL SWAN: "Four progressive San Francisco supervisors have broken ranks with hometown U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein — the city’s most prominent and long-standing Democratic politician — and instead endorsed her challenger, Kevin de Leon."
From the Press Democrat's KEVIN MCCALLUM: "PG&E contends in a new court filing that a private power line may have started the deadly Tubbs fire that raced through Santa Rosa last month and became the most destructive wildfire in state history."
"The Tubbs fire, which killed 21 people and destroyed more than 4,400 homes in Sonoma County, remains under state investigation. At least 10 lawsuits with more than 100 plaintiffs had been filed last week against PG&E claiming poorly maintained power lines were responsible for Northern California blazes that erupted Oct. 8, including the Tubbs fire."
"But “preliminary investigations suggest that this fire might have been caused by electrical equipment that was owned, installed and maintained by a third party not named in these actions,” PG&E attorneys wrote in a filing Thursday with the Judicial Council of California, the policymaking body of the California courts."
READ MORE on the fires' causes: PG&E says someone else’s wires may have started Tubbs Fire -- The Chronicle's DAVID R. BAKER and EVAN SERNOFFSKY; Should PG&E Shut Off Power During Windstorms to Prevent Fires? -- KQED's LAUREN SOMMER
And now for something completely different: Cremation -- an environmentally friendly approach
From Capitol Weekly's JESSICA HICE: "The environment plays a big part in Capitol legislation, but here’s a topic rarely linked to the environment – cremation."
"Traditional fire-based cremation entails emissions and pollutants."
"But a little-known bill signed by Gov. Brown allows the use of a water-based method called alkaline hydrolysis, which has been used elsewhere since the 19th century."