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Bocanegra groping case brings calls for Valley lawmaker to quit — and silence from him

By in Press Enterprise on November 2, 2017

By Kevin Modesti

ARLETA >> From the sounds of it, Raul Bocanegra doesn’t plan to let a sexual misconduct scandal slow him down. As Bocanegra’s own career has shown, though, it might not be up to him.

The revelation last week that the California assemblyman from the northeast San Fernando Valley was disciplined in 2009 for groping a capitol staff colleague at a Sacramento nightclub has prompted public calls for him to resign — and questions about his political future if he doesn’t.

California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Arleta, has apologized for his behavior in a 2009 incident in which a legislative staffer said he groped her. (File photo)

Wednesday, about a dozen demonstrators from Assembly District 39 descended on Bocanegra’s office in Arleta, talking about their own experiences with sexual harassment in the workplace, encouraging more women to speak up about the problem, and delivering a message to members of the Democrat’s staff that his apology is insufficient.

This came a day after the Daily News editorial board (which operates separately from the news reporting staff) published an editorial saying, “In light of this revelation, Bocanegra cannot be taken seriously as a representative of the people who elected him without this knowledge, and we ask that he step down immediately.”

Bocanegra has refused to entertain such suggestions.

Asked this week if Bocanegra would resign or drop his bid for re-election in 2018 — or has even considered stepping aside — spokesman Luis Sanchez referred a reporter to a statement his office issued Friday and said “we will not be commenting further.”

Among other emailed questions the spokesman declined to answer was whether Bocanegra could assure District 39 residents that his misconduct toward Elise Flynn Gyore, when he was chief of staff to Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes and she was an aide to state Sen. Ron Calderon, is the only time he […]    

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