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More sex harassment history behind Todd Gloria’s Capitol campaign cash

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and Bob Hertzberg cited for acts of legislator misconduct

Not the first time one of Gloria's Sacramento campaign contributors has been ensnarled in a legislative sexual harassment case.
Not the first time one of Gloria's Sacramento campaign contributors has been ensnarled in a legislative sexual harassment case.

A controversial Los Angeles legislator turned lobbyist is among the latest big donors to Assembly Democrat Todd Gloria's bid to become San Diego mayor, city campaign finance records show.

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, an Assembly Democrat who quit office in December 2017 following a spate of sexual harassment charges lodged against him by two legislative staffers, gave Gloria's 2020 mayoral campaign $1150 on September 12 of this year, according to a September 13 disclosure filing.

Ridley-Thomas denied the allegations, maintaining his resignation was for health reasons.

Ridley-Thomas denied the allegations, maintaining his resignation was for health reasons. But a subsequent report by the Assembly Rules Committee concluded in January of last year that the lawmaker "more likely than not" made an unwanted sexual advance to the unidentified worker in August 2016, according to a Los Angeles Times dispatch of January 16, 2019.

"The woman described the incident as Ridley-Thomas attempting to forcibly kiss her and said she could feel his erect penis against her leg," per a document released by the Assembly cited by the paper.

Another Capitol employee alleged that the legislator had "shook her hand and lingered too long and winked at her in a way that made her feel uncomfortable," according to the Times account.

Ridley-Thomas’s attorney Nancy Sheehan complained that the investigation was stacked against her client.

Senate Democrat Robert Hertzberg kicked in $1050 to Gloria's mayoral fund.

"During my 30 years of employment law practice, which has included conducting workplace investigations and defending cases based on workplace investigations, I would be hard-pressed to recall a more prejudicial complaint and investigative process than this one," Sheehan told the paper.

After quitting the Assembly, Ridley-Thomas, son of L.A. county supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, now running for L.A. city council, registered as a lobbyist, doing business as Millennial Advisors.

But he ran into more controversy when he was fired in January 2019 by the Los Angeles Unified School District on the same day the Assembly released its sexual misconduct policy conclusions.

GOP ex-Assemblywoman Linda Halderman claimed Hertzberg "pinned her in his arms and thrust his groin into her."

A 2018 Times account had earlier noted that Ridley-Scott had been fired by the University of Southern California as a professor of social work and public policy "amid questions about his appointment and a $100,000 donation to the school from his father's campaign funds."

It isn't the first time one of Gloria's Sacramento campaign contributors has been ensnarled in a legislative sexual harassment case.

As reported here in August of last year, state Senate Democrat Robert Hertzberg, who kicked in $1050 to Gloria's mayoral fund on January 10, 2019, had been reprimanded in March 2018 by the Senate Rules Committee for excessive hugging.

"The investigation did confirm that Hertzberg intimately hugged an unnamed female senator the day she was sworn into the upper house in 2014, but he did not repeat the behavior after she told him to stop, and that his embraces crossed a line for another woman lawmaker the following year," the Sacramento Bee reported.

"You cannot solve the problem by asking someone if a hug is unwelcome or welcome because a person may not feel comfortable telling you it is unwelcome," the committee wrote Hertzberg in a March 8 letter, per the account.

"Any further similar behavior will result in the Rules Committee recommending more severe discipline."

GOP ex-Assemblywoman Linda Halderman claimed Hertzberg "pinned her in his arms and thrust his groin into her," according to the Bee. "Two sitting lawmakers came forward and said Hertzberg's hugs crossed a line for them, too."

"All my life, a hug has been a way of greeting friends and colleagues – a gesture of warmth and kindness and a reflection of my exuberance," Hertzberg said in a statement by way of apology.

The Gloria campaign refunded Hertzberg's money on June 30, 2019, the final day of the city's first-half annual reporting period.

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Not the first time one of Gloria's Sacramento campaign contributors has been ensnarled in a legislative sexual harassment case.
Not the first time one of Gloria's Sacramento campaign contributors has been ensnarled in a legislative sexual harassment case.

A controversial Los Angeles legislator turned lobbyist is among the latest big donors to Assembly Democrat Todd Gloria's bid to become San Diego mayor, city campaign finance records show.

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, an Assembly Democrat who quit office in December 2017 following a spate of sexual harassment charges lodged against him by two legislative staffers, gave Gloria's 2020 mayoral campaign $1150 on September 12 of this year, according to a September 13 disclosure filing.

Ridley-Thomas denied the allegations, maintaining his resignation was for health reasons.

Ridley-Thomas denied the allegations, maintaining his resignation was for health reasons. But a subsequent report by the Assembly Rules Committee concluded in January of last year that the lawmaker "more likely than not" made an unwanted sexual advance to the unidentified worker in August 2016, according to a Los Angeles Times dispatch of January 16, 2019.

"The woman described the incident as Ridley-Thomas attempting to forcibly kiss her and said she could feel his erect penis against her leg," per a document released by the Assembly cited by the paper.

Another Capitol employee alleged that the legislator had "shook her hand and lingered too long and winked at her in a way that made her feel uncomfortable," according to the Times account.

Ridley-Thomas’s attorney Nancy Sheehan complained that the investigation was stacked against her client.

Senate Democrat Robert Hertzberg kicked in $1050 to Gloria's mayoral fund.

"During my 30 years of employment law practice, which has included conducting workplace investigations and defending cases based on workplace investigations, I would be hard-pressed to recall a more prejudicial complaint and investigative process than this one," Sheehan told the paper.

After quitting the Assembly, Ridley-Thomas, son of L.A. county supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, now running for L.A. city council, registered as a lobbyist, doing business as Millennial Advisors.

But he ran into more controversy when he was fired in January 2019 by the Los Angeles Unified School District on the same day the Assembly released its sexual misconduct policy conclusions.

GOP ex-Assemblywoman Linda Halderman claimed Hertzberg "pinned her in his arms and thrust his groin into her."

A 2018 Times account had earlier noted that Ridley-Scott had been fired by the University of Southern California as a professor of social work and public policy "amid questions about his appointment and a $100,000 donation to the school from his father's campaign funds."

It isn't the first time one of Gloria's Sacramento campaign contributors has been ensnarled in a legislative sexual harassment case.

As reported here in August of last year, state Senate Democrat Robert Hertzberg, who kicked in $1050 to Gloria's mayoral fund on January 10, 2019, had been reprimanded in March 2018 by the Senate Rules Committee for excessive hugging.

"The investigation did confirm that Hertzberg intimately hugged an unnamed female senator the day she was sworn into the upper house in 2014, but he did not repeat the behavior after she told him to stop, and that his embraces crossed a line for another woman lawmaker the following year," the Sacramento Bee reported.

"You cannot solve the problem by asking someone if a hug is unwelcome or welcome because a person may not feel comfortable telling you it is unwelcome," the committee wrote Hertzberg in a March 8 letter, per the account.

"Any further similar behavior will result in the Rules Committee recommending more severe discipline."

GOP ex-Assemblywoman Linda Halderman claimed Hertzberg "pinned her in his arms and thrust his groin into her," according to the Bee. "Two sitting lawmakers came forward and said Hertzberg's hugs crossed a line for them, too."

"All my life, a hug has been a way of greeting friends and colleagues – a gesture of warmth and kindness and a reflection of my exuberance," Hertzberg said in a statement by way of apology.

The Gloria campaign refunded Hertzberg's money on June 30, 2019, the final day of the city's first-half annual reporting period.

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Campaign contributions from groin-thrusting huggers are not as bad as campaign contributions from developers who are thanking you for voting to put Proposition E on the ballot to get rid of the longstanding 30-foot coastal height limit law in the Sports Arena/Midway area. Well, that's my opinion. Vote No on E and prevent San Diego beaches from getting walled off by high-rise towers.

Sept. 15, 2020

It's odd that certain candidates attract certain supporters (Trump's supporters all seem to be criminals). But does it matter? Is there a law against it?

If a mass murderer takes a liking to a candidate that I also like, should I abandon that candidate? I'm not sure of the point of this article.

Sept. 19, 2020

The one and only reason to vote for anyone but Todd Gloria is that Gloria voted to buy the SDG&E building. He and the City Attorney and everyone else who pushed this fraud through should be arrested and charged. They all belong in jail. I learned in the first week of Real Estate School that you must do due diligence. Anyone with more than a single digit IQ would never buy an asbestos filled building "as is" and pay more than the appraised value for it. I knew politicians were arrogant and stupid but San Diego has always had more than their fair share.

Sept. 20, 2020

I see Todd Gloryhole is funding a lot of attack ads on Bry. He is one sad sack. I wonder if he has ever mowed a lawn or done anything other than be the useless lifetime politician he is. Glad I don't live in San Diego city limits. If he wins that will totally suck.

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