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November 13, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Elected leaders from across southeast Los Angeles County called Wednesday for state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) to step down amid a federal corruption investigation, saying that it is hurting their efforts to regain voters' trust after a series of scandals in the region.  At a news conference in Bell Gardens, council members from the cities of Bell, Commerce and Downey and the mayors of Downey, Montebello, Norwalk and South Gate...
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March 26, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg called on Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) Wednesday to resign from the Senate or face swift suspension by his colleagues, after the San Francisco senator was indicted on arms trafficking and public corruption charges. "We're going to demand that Leland Yee -- yes, innocent until proven guilty -- leave the Senate and leave it now," Steinberg said at a news conference in his office, where he was flanked by 14 fellow Democratic senators.
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February 24, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon, who was indicted last week on corruption charges and accused of taking $100,000 in bribes, is expected to surrender Monday to federal authorities and appear for arraignment in federal court, his attorney said. Calderon, 56, faces 24 counts of fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and aiding in the filing of false tax returns. Federal authorities allege that Calderon (D-Montebello)
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
November 6, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said Wednesday that embattled state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) should be temporarily removed as chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee while he faces a federal bribery probe . The investigation, detailed last week in a television report by Al Jazeera America, includes allegations that Calderon accepted $88,000 in bribes in exchange for his help in influencing legislation....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- California state Sen. Ron Calderon, whose Capitol office was raided by the FBI on Tuesday, represents much more than just a chunk of the Los Angeles area. He's also part of a political dynasty stretching back three decades -- a member of his family has held a seat in the California Legislature every year since 1983.   Calderon (D-Montebello) was the last of his three brothers to arrive in the Capitol, winning an Assembly seat in 2002 and replacing his brother Tom. IN DEPTH: Calderon targeted by FBI In 2006 he moved to the state Senate, opening up his Assembly seat for his brother Charles, who had previously served in the Senate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
State Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted in a sweeping corruption case, accused of taking about $100,000 in bribes.  Federal authorities allege that Calderon (D-Montebello) took the bribes from a Long Beach hospital official as well as people connected to what he believed was a Hollywood studio. In fact, the studio was an FBI front and the business associates were FBI agents. Authorities claim Calderon received cash bribes, trips and dinners in exchange for "official acts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Richard Winton
The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles on Friday painted a picture of government for sale as he announced that state Sen. Ron Calderon had been indicted on suspicion of taking roughly $100,000 in bribes, meals and trips in exchange for favorable legislation. Calderon, a Montebello Democrat, who faces up to 395 years in prison, allegedly took kickbacks from former Long Beach hospital operator Michael Drobot, who perpetrated one of the largest healthcare fraud schemes in California history, U.S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Former Democratic state Assemblyman Tom Calderon has decided not to run next year for the state Senate seat being vacated by his brother, Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), friends and associates said Wednesday. The decision was not a surprise to many watching the campaign, including former campaign advisors who noted he had raised little money for the election. In June, the FBI served search warrants on the office of Sen. Ron Calderon as part of a public corruption investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Hector Becerra and Richard Winton
Federal prosecutors have served a subpoena for contracts, emails and other documents from the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which has come under scrutiny amid an FBI probe of state Sen. Ron Calderon. Law enforcement sources on Friday confirmed issuing the subpoena, which one district official said included requests for records that include documents related to contracts awarded by the water district, invoices, purchase orders, voicemails and information related to how officials there accepted or rejected bids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon said Sunday that he was taking a paid leave of absence while he fights federal corruptions charges, costing the Senate Democrats their supermajority and potentially affecting their ability to pass some of their priority bills for months. The Democrat from Montebello was charged last week with accepting nearly $100,000 in bribes as well as gourmet meals and high-priced golf games in exchange for actions on legislation. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Victoria Kim and Patrick McGreevy
State Sen.  Ronald S. Calderon , indicted last week on corruption charges and accused of taking $100,000 in bribes, pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday afternoon. Calderon was taken into custody Monday morning after surrendering to authorities. He is expected to be released on a $50,000 surety bond, signed by his wife.  Calderon, 56, faces 24 counts of fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and aiding in the filing of false tax returns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Richard Winton
State Sen.  Ronald S. Calderon   (D-Montebello) was taken into custody Monday after surrendering to federal authorities in Los Angeles, officials announced. Calderon, who was indicted last week on corruption charges and accused of taking $100,000 in bribes, is scheduled to appear for arraignment in federal court later in the day, according to the U.S. attorney's office. He faces 24 counts of fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and aiding in the filing of false tax returns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - For a while it looked like the state Legislature was shedding its reputation as a political punching bag, its ratings in public opinion polls climbing out of the cellar as the budget crisis eased and the economy began to recover. Then federal authorities announced criminal charges against state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) and his brother Tom Calderon, a former lawmaker, on Friday. The senator is accused of fraud, money laundering and taking nearly $100,000 in bribes in return for pushing to expand tax credits for the film industry and opposing certain workers' compensation legislation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
State Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted in a sweeping corruption case, accused of taking about $100,000 in bribes.  Federal authorities allege that Calderon (D-Montebello) took the bribes from a Long Beach hospital official as well as people connected to what he believed was a Hollywood studio. In fact, the studio was an FBI front and the business associates were FBI agents. Authorities claim Calderon received cash bribes, trips and dinners in exchange for "official acts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Scott Glover and Hector Becerra
State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon hopped on a Las Vegas-bound plane last spring for a meeting with an independent film executive and one of the man's investors. But the appointment at the Bellagio hotel took an immediate unexpected turn for the Southern California lawmaker, according to court records. The businessmen Calderon expected to meet were actually FBI agents with an unsettling message: He was under investigation for public corruption, and he could either cooperate with authorities or face the consequences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Anthony York and Chris Megerian
This post has been updated. See below for details. SACRAMENTO - A day after FBI agents raided the Capitol office of Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), local officials from Southern California said they have been interviewed by federal agents about the senator's connection to a local water board . While the U.S. Attorney's office on Wednesday remained mum about the focus of the investigation, the Central Basin Municipal Water District has been at the center of a number of controversies for years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Expense reports filed over a decade of the Calderon family's engagement in the California Legislature sheds light on the variety of ways political funds can be spent. The expenses include $1 million spent at golf resorts, $220,000 on steak dinners, $4,000 for cigars, and $325 for a set of false eyelashes. The filings also show $1.3 million charged on credit cards, where expenses are not itemized and the monthly bill sometimes topped $27,000. The reports, filed with the California secretary of State's office, cover 23 political accounts active since 2000 for former Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon, his brothers Sen. Ron Calderon and former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, and Charles' son Assemblyman Ian Calderon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Richard Winton
The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles on Friday painted a picture of government for sale as he announced that state Sen. Ron Calderon had been indicted on suspicion of taking roughly $100,000 in bribes, meals and trips in exchange for favorable legislation. Calderon, a Montebello Democrat, who faces up to 395 years in prison, allegedly took kickbacks from former Long Beach hospital operator Michael Drobot, who perpetrated one of the largest healthcare fraud schemes in California history, U.S. Atty.
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