During her release from the Legislature for being charged with sexual harassment in February – and facing renewed attacks in her re-election – assistant Cristina Garcia jumped back into the fight today and sent out a press release in which she said :
Although one investigation did not substantiate the most serious allegations against her, she found that Garcia, a Democrat of Bell Gardens, violated the "sexual harassment" of the assembly by "general and pervasive". using vulgar language in conversation with their staff. It also turned out that she had employees who performed personal tasks and denounced elected officials. (Garcia recently admitted that she named homosexual former spokesman John Perez.)
Speaker Anthony Rendon moved quickly to reduce Garcia's clout and remove her from all committee memberships. Rendon also requires Garcia to participate in sensitivity training sessions and sessions to learn more about the Assembly's harassment and violence prevention policy.
"Our members are responsible for treating members, employees, colleagues and the entire Capitol community with respect and respect." Disappointingly, this was not always the case at AssemblyMember Garcia, "Rendon said in a statement.
Garcia's press release contained an apology "for cases in which my language usage was less professional."
"I assure you all that I have learned from this experience and will do everything in my power to make up my past Nothing is more important to me than protecting the health and safety of the people I represent, and I know that I can only serve my constituents effectively if the employees and colleagues at work feel well and respected. That's the climate I want to build and maintain, "Garcia said.
The investigation did not corroborate the complaints that Garcia drank heavily at work, played bottle-spinning with the staff, and squeezed an employee's butt. But it is unclear how thorough the investigation was. It ended without interviewing four former employees who accused Garcia of misconduct, according to a letter from the meeting's chief administrator to Dan Gilleon, the prosecutor's lawyer. The letter says Gilleon advised his clients not to participate, an assertion he questioned.
"My clients have been and are ready to cooperate as long as the Assembly is ready to take the simplest and simplest steps to ensure the investigation is fair and does not allow for retaliation," Gilleon wrote in an e-mail to the Assembly, which he shared with CALmatters.
The Sacramento Bee reported that Daniel Fierro, who accused Garcia of groping him in a softball game, gave the assembly names of witnesses who were never interviewed. He told the bee that he intended to challenge the findings of the congregation.
All this means that this story is probably not over yet.