California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon stands in front of a white building.

On Monday two women accused California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh of sexually harassing them. This comes on the heels of Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra’s resignation after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the Assembly “will keep working to change the climate in the Capitol to stop sexual harassment and abuse.” Rendon joins us to talk about the Assembly’s moves to address sexual harassment, and other issues, including how the repeal of DACA and the Republicans’ new tax plan will affect California. He recently tweeted that the tax plan “puts the screws to California — plain and simple.”

Guests:

Anthony Rendon, assemblyman and speaker, California State Assembly

 

Speaker Anthony Rendon on Tax Plan, Sexual Harassment Claims Against Assemblymembers 6 December,2017Michael Krasny

  • Skip Conrad

    It seems ironic that the Speaker claims the feds are putting the screws to California with the federal tax plan, while the state is screwing the people of California with new taxes like the gas tax.

  • John

    Liberal California should get the crews put to it plain and simple. All the federal tax dollars need to stop coming here to support illegal immigrants

    • marte48

      Illegal immigrants are far more abused and exploited than legal ones. Employers should be jailed for hiring them.

      • Curious

        Millions of illegals don’t work.

      • Kurt thialfad

        Then adopt eVerify.

        • Another Mike

          Growers insulate themselves by getting work crews via labor contractors. The labor contractors have little to lose from hiring illegal aliens beside some old school buses and porta-potties. And the growers can plausibly deny they knew their work crew was illegal.

      • jurgispilis

        That’s why illegal immigration is – duh – illegal.

    • Rattus Norvegicus

      California sends billions of dollars more to the federal government than it receives in federal government spending.

      • John

        Yeah I knew some liberal would have their smart mouth a flappin’ They send money they earned from fly over country that you elitist left coast liberals look down on and some of those taxes are from Californians who do not support the illegal immigrant first policies. And then there things like Northridge, Loma Prieta, Oroville Dam widlfires etc you think CA paid for those all out of their pockets?

  • marte48

    When I and two other women complained about chronic vulgar language by one particular male employee, we were immediately fired. Three lawyers that I consulted explained that because we were contract employees, we were not covered by the laws against sexual harassment. The DFEH and EEOC were also not helpful, and claimed that they were 2 years backlogged in investigating these types of complaints.

  • marte48

    I applaud California’s attempt to save DACA and assist undocumented refugees.

    • Curious

      Illegals are a huge drain on this country both socially and economically and must be deported.

  • Kurt thialfad

    Regarding DACA, Speaker Rendon clearly stated “There are people who were born here and have all the rights … blah-blah”. Did I hear wrong (i.e. mishear)?
    DACA recipients were not born here – by definition.

    • Curious

      Now you are quibbling with facts! Not fair!

      • Kurt thialfad

        me or him?

        • Curious

          I am warning you that libs don’t deal well with facts.

    • RealityCheck SantaCruz

      He seems a bit confused on that fact.

  • Curious

    Gee, it seems that dems are never swayed by donations etc. What pure souls!

  • Bill_Woods

    Refresher: Prop 209 barred racial discrimination in UC admissions.

    • Another Mike

      Replaced in many instances with enhanced recruitment of the truly disadvantaged.

      • Bill_Woods

        Which is great. ‘Affirmative action’ done right.
        “Mend it, don’t end it”, to use a phrase of the day.

  • Curious

    Oops, Tony!

    In June 2017, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon singlehandedly prevented a single-payer health care bill, SB 562, to be put up for a vote in the State Assembly after the State Senate passed it. Rendon called the bill “wholly incomplete,” but his decision halted the processes that would have enabled its completion. In California, the Democratic Party holds a supermajority in the State Legislature and the governorship, providing a straightforward path to enact progressive policies.

    Rendon’s and other establishment Democrats’ excuses for shutting down the bill were riddled with hypocrisy and lies. Since 2012, Rendon and top California Democrats have received over $2.2 million in campaign donations from the pharmaceutical and health care industries. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown would face national embarrassment if he vetoed the bill, as former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had done twice before.

    • Rattus Norvegicus

      I would suggest you listen to his critique of the bill in this interview. He makes a very good case that this was NOT a serious bill.

  • Another Mike

    Gun control does not work to prevent/reduce homicide and assault, so the Democrats’ solution is more gun control. This is a victory of ideology over common sense as bad as anything the GOP can come up with.

  • RealityCheck SantaCruz

    If Rendon’s parents are counting on deducting their mortgage payments on their taxes, they’re doing it wrong. If you’re retired, the house should long since have been paid off. Odds are he just made that up.

Host

Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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