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November 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) has been removed from the executive board of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the group's chairman said Tuesday. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) noted it has been a banner year for the caucus he chairs, which won approval of several immigration bills including one allowing driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the country illegally. “Unfortunately, recent allegations against one of our caucus members, Sen. Ron Calderon, threaten to overshadow our accomplishments and undermine the integrity of the caucus as a whole,” Lara said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) has been removed from the executive board of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the group's chairman said Tuesday. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) noted it has been a banner year for the caucus he chairs, which won approval of several immigration bills including one allowing driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the country illegally. “Unfortunately, recent allegations against one of our caucus members, Sen. Ron Calderon, threaten to overshadow our accomplishments and undermine the integrity of the caucus as a whole,” Lara said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A group of activists representing gun owners said Thursday that they may launch recall campaigns against a handful of Democratic lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles), over the passage of several gun-control laws this year. A final decision on which lawmakers will be targeted is weeks away, according to Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. He said Tim Knight, who was part of a successful recall effort in Colorado, is advising Californians on a strategy, along with experts such as Jennifer Kerns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A nonprofit group formed by former Assemblyman Tom Calderon received $25,000 this year from a group tied to the California Latino Legislative Caucus just after his brother, Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) ended a term as vice chairman of the caucus. The contribution is raising eyebrows around the Capitol. It was made by a political committee called “Yes We Can” to Californians for Diversity, a nonprofit group whose last tax filing, for 2011, listed Tom Calderon as president and said he received $2,500 in compensation from it that year.
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)
OPINION
February 18, 2007 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
YOU GO, Loretta Sanchez. Just keep walking away from that Congressional Hispanic Caucus. No, not just because of the nasty name caucus chief Rep. Joe Baca allegedly called you. But because you'll be undermining a political practice that will increasingly hurt Mexican American statewide candidates in the most politically powerful states in the nation. From all accounts, Rep. Sanchez's public feud with Baca is highly personal. (She says he called her a "whore."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2002 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Legislature's Democratic Latino caucus, angry that Gov. Gray Davis vetoed legislation to permit some illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, is taking the extraordinary step of not endorsing their fellow Democrat for reelection, several legislators said Friday. Latino members of the Senate and Assembly circulated a letter Friday, informing Davis of their decision and saying that they are "unable" to endorse him because of the vetoes.
NEWS
November 29, 1993 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A contingent of Latino lawmakers in the Legislature is flexing its political muscle for the first time in many years, and all signs indicate that the trend will continue. The all-Democrat, mostly Southern Californian Latino caucus--buoyed this year by an increase from seven to 11 members--played a key role in political fights over immigration and the proposed breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1998
Re "Alarcon Asks for Unity Without Disavowing Mailer," June 23. Well, well, its pretty easy for [Richard] Alarcon to call for unity after the election results are in. Sadly, it's a call that comes to late. It is unfortunate that Alarcon did not have the decency to disavow Sen. Richard Polanco's mailer and call for unity prior to the election. Isn't it ironic that Polanco and the Latino Caucus, who have for years been decrying, justifiably, I might add, the race-baiting tactics of Republicans and their various strategies (i.e.
OPINION
September 12, 2004 | Anthony York, Anthony York is editor of Political Pulse, a newsletter on state politics.
When the bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain California driver's licenses passed the state Senate just minutes before the deadline, activists in the gallery began to chant. "Cedillo, bomaye! Cedillo, bomaye!" The chant, a thank you to state Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) for sponsoring the bill, was similar to one that Zairians showered on Muhammad Ali as the boxer prepared for his 1974 fight with George Foreman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A group of activists representing gun owners said Thursday that they may launch recall campaigns against a handful of Democratic lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles), over the passage of several gun-control laws this year. A final decision on which lawmakers will be targeted is weeks away, according to Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. He said Tim Knight, who was part of a successful recall effort in Colorado, is advising Californians on a strategy, along with experts such as Jennifer Kerns.
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
June 4, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Anthony York
This post has been updated. See below for details. SACRAMENTO -- FBI agents who raided the office of California state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) on Tuesday afternoon also raided the offices of the legislative Latino caucus, Capitol officials said. Tony Beard, chief sergeant at arms for the state Senate, issued a statement Tuesday evening:  "This afternoon, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation served search warrants in the State Capitol at the office of Senator Ron Calderon and in the Legislative Office Building at the Latino Legislative Caucus office," it said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Anthony York and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - FBI agents searched offices in the Capitol on Tuesday - the first such raid in 25 years - serving warrants and carting away evidence in what law enforcement officials said was a corruption probe that began in Los Angeles County. As the agents combed the offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and the Latino Legislative Caucus into the evening, a federal law enforcement source said Calderon, a member of the caucus, was "the focus of the investigation.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The lady, if there was any doubt, is a rock star. “Little sleepy, but I am so thrilled to be here with you today,” said Michelle Obama, looking not the least bit sleepy as she stepped onstage to address the African American caucus Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after she brought down the house on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. “Love you! Love you so much!” The love was returned at high volume - in whoops, claps, hollers and cowbells.
OPINION
February 18, 2007 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
YOU GO, Loretta Sanchez. Just keep walking away from that Congressional Hispanic Caucus. No, not just because of the nasty name caucus chief Rep. Joe Baca allegedly called you. But because you'll be undermining a political practice that will increasingly hurt Mexican American statewide candidates in the most politically powerful states in the nation. From all accounts, Rep. Sanchez's public feud with Baca is highly personal. (She says he called her a "whore."
NEWS
June 10, 1993
Latino lawmakers led by Assemblyman Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles) have voiced their support for the fight by San Gabriel Valley cities against the governor's proposal to shift more property tax revenue from local government to the state. Polanco, whose district includes portions of north Los Angeles and Hollywood, and eight other Latino legislators say they will vote as a bloc against Gov. Pete Wilson's 1993-94 budget proposal to take another $2.
OPINION
October 9, 2002
I just watched the (only?) debate between Gov. Gray Davis and Bill Simon (Oct. 8). I am struck by how adept both candidates seemed at dancing around any direct response to a question and falling back on canned campaign rhetoric. I think they are sending us a message, and I propose we send one back--vote for anyone else! Pat Johnson Ventura I enjoyed listening to the gubernatorial debate Monday. Both candidates bragged and whined quite a bit and didn't say all that much about where they stood on many issues.
OPINION
September 18, 2004
I was left amused after reading Anthony York's Sept. 12 Opinion article, "Latinos in Legislature Run a Risk." His main point accuses the Latino leaders as "more concerned about pushing their own ethnic interests than those of California as a whole." The reason we have a Latino caucus, a black caucus and, hopefully, in the near future, when they have larger numbers in the Legislature, an Asian caucus, is to assure that ethnic issues are addressed in the interest of those ethnic communities.
OPINION
September 12, 2004 | Anthony York, Anthony York is editor of Political Pulse, a newsletter on state politics.
When the bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain California driver's licenses passed the state Senate just minutes before the deadline, activists in the gallery began to chant. "Cedillo, bomaye! Cedillo, bomaye!" The chant, a thank you to state Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) for sponsoring the bill, was similar to one that Zairians showered on Muhammad Ali as the boxer prepared for his 1974 fight with George Foreman.
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