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November 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- In a rare break from silence, state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) on Friday criticized another lawmaker for repeatedly calling on him to resign in the face of an FBI investigation into corruption in the Capitol. Calderon does not plan to resign, said spokesman Mario Beltran. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) said on Nov. 1 that Calderon should resign from office “to allow this black cloud to be removed from over the Capitol and over the state of California.” Garcia repeated her call a couple of more times, most recently on Wednesday when she said a recommendation by Senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg that Calderon be suspended from his committee assignments did not go far enough.
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April 2, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
A refresher course in avoiding illegal corruption is being planned for state senators and their staffs. That can't hurt. But it's unlikely to clean up any dirty legislators. Illegal corruption is not a redundancy. There's also legal corruption. Legislators, members of Congress and local politicians everywhere are influenced by campaign contributions from private interests, whether the money comes from unions, insurers, oil companies or casino-operating Indian tribes, to name just a handful of corrupting cash cows.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Chris Megerian and Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- As federal agents searched lawmakers' offices on Tuesday, Sen. Lou Correa expressed concern that the probe would taint the entire Legislature. “When you have this kind of event, it can raise questions,” said Correa (D-Santa Ana). Indeed, questions are swirling in the Capitol after hours of searches. IN DEPTH: Calderon targeted by FBI Agents visited the offices of Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and the Latino Caucus, then departed after dark with multiple boxes and plastic cases.
OPINION
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Many Californians are outraged that state Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick D. Wright, all of whom have been either accused or convicted of crimes, will continue to collect their $95,291 annual salaries while they're suspended from their jobs. It's a paid vacation, critics complain. On the public dime. In response, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced an amendment to the state Constitution on Friday - the same day he and his fellow senators suspended their colleagues - that would allow the Senate or Assembly to withhold compensation in the future when a legislator is suspended.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
News broke last week that federal agents are investigating state Sen. Ron Calderon, searching his office and questioning city officials in Los Angeles County. But there's no shortage of shady activity that is perfectly legal, says George Skelton in his Monday column .  "Using a broad definition of corruption, there's plenty of it going on legally today," he writes. "There may be little if any bribery or graft, but there are subtler influences of moneyed special interests that corrupt decision-making.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate's ethics panel will delay its investigation into Sen. Ronald S. Calderon to avoid interfering with a federal prosecution of the lawmaker on corruption charges, the panel's chairman said Tuesday. The Senate Legislative Ethics Committee announced the change after it met behind closed doors Tuesday to look into whether Calderon's actions violated Senate standards that would require his suspension or expulsion from the Senate. Calderon on Sunday took a paid leave of absence to prepare his defense against federal charges that he accepted nearly $100,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent and medical company owner to affect legislation on film tax credits and workers' compensation charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate's Committee on Legislative Ethics is scheduled Thursday to meet for the first time in two decades, as the panel prepares to look into allegations of misconduct by a sitting lawmaker - Democratic Sen. Ronald S. Calderon of Montebello. The six-member panel is scheduled to convene in closed session for what is billed as an “organizational meeting” that includes a briefing on the hiring of a special counsel to review Calderon's case and determine whether he broke any rules of the Legislature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Officials for the state Senate said Wednesday that a second office searched by FBI agents the day before was an overflow office for state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), not the office of the Latino Legislative Caucus as previously announced . Senate Sergeant at Arms Tony Beard Jr. had said Tuesday that the caucus offices in the Legislative Office Building were searched along with the main office of Calderon in the Capitol. The search took place in an overflow room Calderon maintained in Room 592 at the Legislative Office Building, not Room 511, where the caucus operates, according to Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) has raised $28,000 for his legal defense fund as he faces an FBI investigation into allegations that he accepted bribes in exchange for action on legislation. He had paid $25,000 of the money, as of Dec. 31, to high-profile defense attorney Mark Geragos. The biggest donation, $7,500, came from utility company Pacific Gas & Electric, with another $5,000 from a group called Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy. Major donors to the latter group include the Anheuser Busch Cos., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Chevron Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon was stripped of his legislative committee assignments Tuesday pending the outcome of a federal investigation into allegations that he took $88,000 in bribes. Calderon, a Montebello Democrat, also lost a leadership post with the Legislature's Latino Caucus. The suspension of Calderon by his peers came on the same day the state ethics watchdog agency opened hearings on allegations that Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) laundered $40,000 in campaign contributions to benefit his brother's Assembly campaign.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
The state Senate voted Friday to suspend Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick D. Wright. This was the right decision, of course. But it's still a lose-lose-lose situation.  The senators will continue to receive their $95,291 annual salaries until they are convicted and expelled, resign or are termed out. No $163 per diem payments, though. Yee, who was indicted this week on charges related to correction and conspiracy to traffic guns, and Calderon, indicted last month on charges of bribery and corruption, are termed out this year.
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March 28, 2014 | By Karin Klein
Should society punish people based on the severity of the allegations against them, or only on the severity of the crimes for which they are convicted? The answer should be pretty clear in an innocent-until-proven-guilty nation, but that's not how things unfolded this week when state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was arrested for alleged corruption and conspiracy to aid in a supposed gun-running scheme that was actually an FBI sting. That very day, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown called on three scandal-plagued state senators to resign on Friday, speaking out for the first time on a series of criminal cases that have sapped Democrats' power in the Capitol and tarnished the Legislature's image. Brown's statement comes hours after the Senate voted to suspend Sens. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) and Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood). “Given the extraordinary circumstances of these cases - and today's unprecedented suspensions - the best way to restore public confidence is for these senators to resign," Brown said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican leader Robert Huff of Diamond Bar said Thursday he has introduced a resolution calling for the immediate suspension of Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) a day after Yee was arrested by the FBI on public corruption charges. The resolution comes a day after Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) called on Yee to resign or face a Senate vote to be suspended with pay.  “We need to act decisively in order to begin restoring the public's trust,” Huff said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate Democrats on Monday blocked two resolutions that would have suspended Sens. Ronald Calderon and Roderick Wright, who have taken voluntary leaves of absences pending the outcome of criminal charges they are facing. Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar introduced the resolutions, saying the Senate should vote to suspend Calderon and Wright to formalize that they cannot come back to work without Senate approval. “This resolution will help to eliminate the distractions that exist in the Senate,” Huff said of the Wright measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- While under investigation for allegedly taking bribes last year, state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) openly accepted $6,827 in legal gifts, including concert and fight tickets, expensive meals and travel from special interests, and a golf game from a group that investigators say was part of a criminal conspiracy, records show. The nonprofit group Californians for Diversity, which is controlled by the senator's brother, former Assemblyman Thomas Calderon, spent $265 to provide Sen. Calderon with a game of golf in September 2013, the lawmaker reported in his annual statement of economic interests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Federal agents wheeled boxes out of California state Sen. Ron Calderon's Capitol office after dark on Tuesday night and exited through the garage , ending the first such raid in nearly three decades. The agents spent hours in Calderon's office before leaving with three cardboard boxes and multiple plastic cases. A few boxes were rolled to a freight elevator on metal dollies. Two women carried a plastic folding table, and a man held a worn black briefcase. IN DEPTH: Calderon targeted by FBI The agents declined to identify themselves, but law enforcement officials confirmed that the FBI had searched Calderon's office . The office of the Latino caucus was also searched on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Senate leaders said Monday they will give Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D- Montebello ) one week, until March 3, to either resign or take a leave of absence, after which he will face a possible Senate vote to suspend him from office. “I think it is fair that we give Sen. Calderon a chance to consider the request we made” last Friday, said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). “We are being very deliberative.” Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar said he is willing to go along with the Democrats' move to give Calderon some time to act. “Certainly, giving time to let some of the issues run their course with Sen. Calderon, who is not here today, is something we are willing to go along with the pro tem on, as long as action is coming soon,” Huff told reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate's ethics panel will delay its investigation into Sen. Ronald S. Calderon to avoid interfering with a federal prosecution of the lawmaker on corruption charges, the panel's chairman said Tuesday. The Senate Legislative Ethics Committee announced the change after it met behind closed doors Tuesday to look into whether Calderon's actions violated Senate standards that would require his suspension or expulsion from the Senate. Calderon on Sunday took a paid leave of absence to prepare his defense against federal charges that he accepted nearly $100,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent and medical company owner to affect legislation on film tax credits and workers' compensation charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon said he is taking a paid leave of absence while he fights federal corruption charges, a departure that will cost Senate Democrats in the Legislature their supermajority and endanger some policy priorities of Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown. Calderon made the request Sunday evening, and it was granted by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). "I will be seeking a voluntary leave of absence," Calderon said in a statement.
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