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October 22, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar on Tuesday called his extramarital relationship with a former staffer a "huge mistake," but said he expects voters will judge him on his accomplishments in the district he represents. Huizar discussed the relationship after attending his first council meeting since he was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit by his former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy. He made his remarks on the same day as the kickoff event for his March 2015 reelection campaign.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Another political aide at Los Angeles City Hall has filed a harassment lawsuit, this time targeting the office of Councilman Mitchell Englander in the San Fernando Valley. A former Englander staffer, who identified herself as Jane Doe in her filing, alleges that a top aide to the councilman repeatedly made inappropriate jokes and sexual comments. She claimed such comments were "rampant" in the lawmaker's office and included improper remarks from the councilman himself. The lawsuit is the second to offer allegations of harassment within a council office in recent weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By David Zahniser
A woman who spent seven years as an aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming the lawmaker waged a "campaign of retaliation" against her after she turned down specific requests for "sexual favors. " Francine Godoy, 34, said in her lawsuit Huizar suggested last year that she run for a seat on the Los Angeles Community College District board. After she agreed to do so, Huizar tied his support for her campaign to sexual activities, according to the lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar said Thursday that he had a "consensual relationship" with a high-level former staffer who has accused him of waging a campaign of sexual harassment and retaliation against her. Francine Godoy, 34, filed a lawsuit saying that Huizar "significantly" cut back her duties and instructed her to work from home after she spurned his advances. Hours later after the suit was filed, Huizar - through a spokesman - called Godoy's claims "false and malicious," saying that her lawsuit contained "fabricated events.
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October 16, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner may have avoided jail time Tuesday under a plea bargain with the state attorney general's office, but he still has to contend with Gloria Allred. Under the agreement accepted in San Diego County Superior Court, Filner must serve three months of home confinement, undergo mental health counseling and give up most of his mayoral pension. During three years of probation, he cannot vote, serve on a jury or possess a firearm. In exchange, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment and two of misdemeanor battery.  In court papers, Filner's victims were described only as Jane Doe 1, 2 and 3. But he still has a legal issue to deal with A llred, who filed a civil lawsuit against Filner on behalf of his former director of communications.  The lawsuit on behalf of Irene McCormack Jackson is still pending and the only one filed against Filner.
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October 15, 2013 | Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
“Not one allegation has even been independently verified or proven in court. But the hysteria that has been created is the hysteria of a lynch mob.” - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, announcing his resignation on Aug. 23, 2013 “Guilty, sir….Guilty, sir….Also guilty, sir.” - Former Mayor Filner, in San Diego County Superior Court, pleading guilty to one felony false imprisonment charge and two misdemeanor battery charges on Oct. 15,...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume
Los Angeles school board President Richard Vladovic apologized Wednesday for abrasive behavior over his career, but again denied accusations released this week of sexual harassment, verbal harassment and retaliation against two unidentified employees. "I violated the district's civility policy along with the board's policy; for that I am truly sorry," Vladovic said in a statement. "I also apologize to any employee who has felt intimidated because of my actions. In my capacity to serve the district I admit to having crossed the line and I intend to never do so again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Law enforcement authorities in Riverside County on Tuesday were seeking the public's help in finding a man who harassed two underage females by making sexually suggestive comments. The separate incidents took place Sept. 30 at Wolf Creek Park in Temecula and began when one of the girls encountered the man around 3:20 p.m.  After the man made his comments, the girl "fled the park frightened but unharmed," the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. About 40 minutes later, another girl came to the park and was approached by the man. "The victim was frightened but was able to flee the park unharmed," department authorities said in a statement.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2013 | Reed Johnson and Meg James
Barely three months ago, Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo's Spanish-language radio career appeared to be derailed. He had lost his popular "Piolín por la Mañana" morning program amid allegations of sexual and emotional harassment by a male co-worker. In the days that followed, six other former co-workers alleged that they too had been harassed by Sotelo, setting off an ongoing legal skirmish. Although Sotelo repeatedly denied the accusations, he and his longtime employer, the powerful media conglomerate Univision Communications Inc., parted ways in July.
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