During a gubernatorial debate on Jan. 13, 2018, fellow Democrats Antonio Villaraigosa and John Chiang challenged Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's claims of eductional progress in San Francisco. Video courtesy of ABC7 and KPCC.
Republican businessman John Cox, a candidate for governor in California, said he supports a wall on the border with Mexico and allowing immigrants in the state to fill agricultural jobs. He appeared at a debate with five other candidates at USC on Jan. 13, 2018. Video courtesy ABC7 and KPCC.
Renters and other advocates came to the California Capitol Jan. 11, 2018 to support expansion of local rent control laws. They protested during a committee hearing in the Assembly, but lawmakers killed the bill they supported.
Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 11, 2018 in Sacramento. Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile and California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon were among the speakers. Gov. Jerry Brown was ill and cancelled his appearance.
Senate President pro tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, said on December 14, 2017 that he is working to make changes in how sexual harassment complaints have been handled in the California Legislature.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla says "we have more work to do" to change the culture that allows sexual harassment and abuse. He was interviewed Tuesday night at the California Hall of Fame ceremonies.
Sacramento lobbyist Pamela Lopez said Monday, December 4, 2017, that Assemblyman Matt Dababneh cornered her in a hotel bathroom last year and masturbated in front of her. Dababneh has denied the allegation.