Days After Rep. Bill Seitz’s Demeaning Comments, a Female Staffer in the Ohio House of Representatives Reports a Pattern of Incidents in an Ongoing, Hostile Workplace
The City of Bakersfield continues to refuse to fulfill our lawful records requests, keeping the public in the dark about council members’ backroom dealings with powerful Realtor lobbyists to kill Property Assessed Clean Energy.
The Ohio House Administrative Office’s Jason Parsons told us, “I’m not sure that’s a public record.” We asked for a call back when he found out, but that never happened.
Newly-produced emails show the strong sway Sam Randazzo, a lobbyist for large industrial users of coal power, has had on Ohio wind-energy foe Rep. Bill Seitz’s efforts to keep the state’s strict property line setbacks in place.
Bakersfield City Council members could have saved taxpayers thousands of dollars in lawyers and staff costs if they had just agreed to “cure and correct” their alleged Brown Act violation and hold a full public revote on the PACE program last year.
Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz recently made comments about women that many people found to be degrading and offensive. Speaker Cliff Rosenberger swiftly accepted a public apology from Seitz, though the behavior occurred less than a week after House members attended a sexual harassment seminar.
Last month, we sent a letter to Speaker Cliff Rosenberger that asked two questions concerning the conduct of Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz. We’ve gotten no response, so we’re going to his district. Watch for our mobile billboard this week!
Jimmy Yee’s records detail extensive contact with Kern County officials and point strongly in the direction of a public records act violation and state-prohibited “serial” meetings.
Seitz’s comments took place in Columbus not far from the Statehouse on January 23 — only days after Ohio House GOP caucus members were required by the Speaker to attend a mandatory seminar on avoiding sexual harassment led by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
As the District Attorney starts her probe, we encourage her to ensure that any money from the now-infamous “political cover” grant application by the Bakersfield Association of Realtors (BAR) was used properly.