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November 1, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State Assemblywoman Christina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) called Friday for state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) to resign after a cable TV network reported allegations that he accepted $40,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent as part of a sting operation. The allegations were contained in what Al Jazeera America reported was a sealed FBI affidavit it obtained.  “It is with mixed feelings, but with strong conviction that today I ask Sen. Calderon to step down from his office to allow this black cloud to be removed from over the Capitol and over the state of California,” Garcia said in a statement.
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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.
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June 21, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Two weeks after the FBI raided the offices of state Sen. Ronald Calderon, officials confirmed Friday there has been a shakeup of the lawmaker's staff. Rocky Rushing, Calderon's longtime chief of staff, said Friday that he decided to leave the office for another assignment with the state Senate. “I requested to be transferred from Senator Calderon's office and the request was granted,” Rushing said in an email to The Times. “I look forward to continuing my career of public service with the Legislature.” The loss of his chief of staff is but the latest setback for Calderon, a Democrat from Montebello, whose offices  were raided June 4 by FBI agents who carted off boxes of documents as part of a public corruption probe.
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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.
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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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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.
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October 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Federal investigators probing the activities of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) have asked other lawmakers about proposals he made to expand tax credits for the film industry, officials said Wednesday. Calderon pushed to extend tax breaks to productions of less than $1 million. He and family members received a total of $10,800 in campaign contributions from an independent producer who could have benefited from the change Calderon advocated. FBI agents raided Calderon's Capitol office in June and seized documents as part of an investigation into his finances.
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January 16, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The chairman of the state Senate's ethics panel looking into actions of Sen. Ronald S. Calderon said Thursday that allegations against the Democratic lawmaker contained in a leaked FBI affidavit are troubling if true. Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside) convened the first meeting of the Committee on Legislative Ethics behind closed doors Thursday morning and members received a briefing on committee powers as well as the Legislature's standards of conduct. The panel has been tasked with looking at allegations, contained in a leaked FBI affidavit, that Calderon took $88,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent and a businessman to affect legislation to extend film-industry tax credits and to change workers' compensation laws.
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.
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August 22, 2013
Talk with Times reporter Hector Becerra at 9 a.m. about the  latest in the FBI's investigation of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) that this month saw subpoenas served to the Central Basin Municipal Water District. One subpoena sought documents related to a groundwater storage plan that was the subject of long-running legal battle in southeast Los Angeles County. Investigators also are seeking personnel records for the water district's former general manager, Art Aguilar, and two elected directors, Art Chacon and Robert Apodaca.
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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)
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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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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.
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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)
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February 21, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said the Senate Democratic Caucus agreed Friday to ask Sen. Ronald Calderon to resign or take a leave of absence, and if he refuses, the Senate would move to suspend him pending the outcome of the criminal case. Calderon, a Democrat from Montebello, was charged Friday with 24 federal counts involving the taking of $100,000 in bribes to affect legislation. Steinberg said in a statement that he values the legal process and the principle that people are innocent until proven guilty.
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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
June 4, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Chris Megerian
A lawyer for California state Sen. Ron Calderon, whose office was searched by federal authorities on Tuesday, is denying that his client has done anything wrong. “The only one so far who has done anything improper is the government,” said the attorney, Mark Geragos. Geragos has made a name for himself as a criminal defense lawyer for high-profile clients such as Chris Brown, Gary Condit and Scott Peterson. IN DEPTH: Calderon targeted by FBI On Tuesday, he said federal authorities are "out of control" and "should be ashamed of themselves.
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June 7, 2013 | By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Ever since federal agents searched the office of Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), everyone in the Capitol has been waiting for another shoe to drop. But William J. Portanova, a defense lawyer and former prosecutor who is working with the Senate, said people shouldn't hold their breath. He predicted “a long calm after the storm” of Tuesday's search. “These things have a rhythm to them,” Portanova said. “Right now we've seen one wave. It's kind of hard to read what the rhythm of the waves is until you have at least one more.” Indeed, federal probes can be lengthy endeavors, and sometimes they end quietly.
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