A truly unusual anniversary: It’s been one year since an open letter was distributed in which scores of women detailed allegations of sexual misconduct over a period of years involving lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists and others in the state Capitol community.
The disclosures rocked Sacramento. They came barely a week after the October 2017 allegations of sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein – allegations that have since evolved into criminal investigations and inspired the national #metoo movement.
Over the past the year, much has happened, and not only in New York and Hollywood.
In Sacramento, several lawmakers resigned, legislation was introduced and approved by lawmakers, and Gov. Brown signed into law protections for whistleblowers – including those targeting sexual misconduct.
One thing is certain: The current Capitol culture is different now than it was before October 2017, and the problems of sexual misdeeds are on everyone’s radar.
In today’s episode of Politics on Tap, we met at the Brasserie Capitale to chat with two Sacramento lobbyists deeply familiar with the issue – Samantha Corbin, the founder and executive director of WeSaidEnough; and Caity Maple of the Quintana Cruz firm.
We talked about what has happened since last October and what may happen in the coming year as a new administration is ushered in.