Sac County Democrats Push for Ethics Reform

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Sacramento's Democratic Party is calling for change after two sexual harassment claims were filed against city leaders.

The first was against Mayor Kevin Johnson. Back in May, a former aide claimed he sexually harassed her multiple times over several months at city hall.

The second is against Vice Mayor Allen Warren. Earlier this week, his former aide claimed the same thing -- sexual harassment.

The party is calling for the creation of an independent city ethics commission that would investigate public officials and hold them accountable for any wrongdoing.

"This isn't' an attack against any specific member, but what we do want is to have accountability in our city government," Democratic Party Chair Kerri Asbury said. "It's been talked about, but it's time to move and actually put it forward. I really don't see any reason not to support it. Why wouldn't you?"

Asbury says the time is now for county to act, considering all the allegations being put forward.

"We want our resources for the city and our staff to feel protected and respected where they work," she said.

Asbury says other cities, such as Oakland and Los Angeles, have formed effective ethics commissions with real power, enabling them to request documents and hand out subpoenas.

"If they really found something atrocious they could take it to the DA ... to the attorney general if needed," she added.

The mayor's office wouldn't comment on camera but issued this statement:

"Mayor Johnson strongly supports ethics reform. There has been a committee working on it for months and we hope to announce something shortly."

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