Clean Up the Capitol
Michael Bracamontes Releases Plan to Address Sexual Harassment in Capitol
San Francisco, CA – Democratic candidate for governor Michael Bracamontes released a plan to address the rash of sexual harassment and assault allegations unfolding in the state’s capitol. The plan, aptly named, “Clean Up the Capitol” calls for structural changes in how sexual assaults and harassment allegations are reported in the California Legislature.
“It is absolutely imperative that every woman walking into our state capitol feels safe going to work,” said Michael Bracamontes. “We have to change the culture that allowed these abuses to take place and go unaccounted for. If elected governor, I will aggressively pursue structural changes to ensure that every woman working in public service is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Read Michael’s five point plan to bring about much needed change to the capitol:
- One system to track all investigations and complaints. Currently there are two separate legislative bodies keeping track of the investigations into harassment and assault allegations. It makes absolutely no sense when lobbyists and lawmakers regularly work with both bodies of government. We need one system to track all investigations and complaints.
- Track ALL complaints, not just pending investigations. As it stands, the California Legislature only tracks investigations, not complaints. In order to properly protect women from predators, we need to have one system to track all complaints from both bodies of government.
- True, Independent Investigation. We must appoint an independent investigator to look into all complaints and pending investigations. Currently, only two people have the power in the California Assembly to decide which complaints they deem worthy of an investigation. They cannot be considered impartial as they work for the Assembly. There will never be public confidence with internal investigations if those investigating have a financial or personal stake in the matter.
- Keep Records for Duration of Service. As it stands, the California Assembly is only required to keep records of allegations for six years, even though many lawmakers serve up to twelve years. The system should keep all allegations active for at least twelve years, and possibly more if term limits are increased by voters.
- Protect Women Who Report Abuses. Many women fear retaliation at work if they come forward with allegations of sexual harassment or assault. We must protect women who report incidents to their supervisors, and give them the ability to anonymously report abuses if they so choose. I support current efforts in the California Legislature to create an anonymous hotline, but we must go even further and provide whistleblower protections to those who report abuses.