Category: AD39

Senator Bob Hertzberg Reprimanded For Hugging Staffers

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Former Assemblywoman Linda Halderman alleged that he gave her an unwanted embrace in 2010 that she considered to be assault.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, was reprimanded by the state Senate for hugging fellow legislators and staffers, according to documents released Thursday, and he said that while there was no illicit intent behind his actions, he will respect the reprimand.

“Even so, I understand that I cannot control how a hug is received, and that not everyone has the ability to speak up about the unwelcome behavior,” Hertzberg said. “It is my responsibility to be mindful of this, and to respect the Rules Committee’s request to not initiate hugs.”

An investigation into Hertzberg’s behavior began in December when a former Assemblywoman, Linda Halderman, alleged that he gave her an unwanted embrace in 2010 that she considered an assault. That led two other legislators to express concern about Hertzberg’s penchant for hugging.

Hertzberg noted the investigation found that “the claim brought forward in December was not supported.” He also sent a letter to his Senate colleagues, explaining that hugging “has been my way of greening friends and colleagues” his whole life, and he considers them “a gesture of warmth and kindness and a reflection of my exuberance.”

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra Concedes AD39 Race to Patty Lopez

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From http://www.postperiodical.com/assemblyman-raul-bocanegra-concedes-race-patty-lopez/

Patty Lopez, a mostly unknown candidate from San Fernando, has defeated incumbent Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), according to the official election results released Monday.

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Lopez led by 182 votes on election night and won by 467 votes with provisional and mail-in ballots counted. Bocanegra said he will not ask for a recount.

“While the vote tally is incredibly close, it is clear that my opponent will be victorious by the narrowest of margins,” he said. “Although many residents and community leaders throughout the 39th Assembly District have urged me to undertake a recount, I do not want to put the state — and particularly the residents of the northeast San Fernando Valley — through such a costly and time-consuming process.”

The result shocked the political establishment from Los Angeles to Sacramento. Bocanegra, a first-term candidate, was considered a strong candidate for Assembly speaker. He won his primary by nearly 40 points and collected more than $600,000 in campaign contributions this year.

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