1. A California lawmaker known as Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), who has also been at the forefront of California’s #MeToo Movement, has been accused of groping a former legislative staff member.
– A man name Daniel Fierro, said that Garcia cornered him at a legislative softball game in 2014, stroked his back, squeezed his back and attempted to grab his crotch as he escaped
2. Fierro said he came forward because he heard others may have had similar experiences with Garcia.
– He said he did not want any lack of Garcia’s credibility to stop the issue of sexual misconduct
from being addressed, but he still felt it was necessary to point out this alleged hypocrisy
– He added that his mandatory sexual harassment training had never included examples where the victim was a man and the perpetrator was a woman, so he “didn’t have a way to frame it” in his mind.”
3. Garcia says she has “zero recollection of engaging in inappropriate behavior and such behavior is inconsistent with (her) values.”
– An outside firm is currently investigating the incident
4. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon made the following statement regarding the investigation:
– “I trust that while the investigation proceeds Assemblymember Garcia will respond appropriately and in a way that fortifies the Legislature’s effort to create a new climate. As in other cases, while the investigation moves forward, I am also asking Assembly Human Resources to reach out to Assemblymember Garcia’s staff to ensure they feel safe in their work environment.”
5. Another unnamed lobbyist from Sacramento, said Garcia cornered him at a fundraiser in May 2017, made a graphic sexual proposal, and tried to grab his crotch.
6. Garcia, along with 146 other women, published an open letter last October slamming a “pervasive” culture of harassment in California politics
– Garcia also heads the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, which has been pushing for an overhaul of sexual harassment policies