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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.
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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- A narrow hallway in California's Capitol became the staging ground for more than a dozen reporters and cameramen seeking answers about the FBI's search of Sen. Ron Calderon's office on Tuesday. Authorities have declined to explain the reason for the search, which extended to the office of the California Legislature's Latino caucus . People entering and exiting Calderon's office ignored questions from the media and did not identify themselves. Two doors to the office were locked, and Tony Beard, the Senate sergeant-at-arms, asked reporters to stop knocking.
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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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 | By Phil Willon and Patrick McGreevy
Six days after the FBI served a search warrant at his offices, state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) broke his silence on the federal investigation Monday, vowing that it would not sidetrack his legislative agenda.  "My family and I have gone through a lot the last several days," Calderon told a group of reporters gathered in the hallway outside the Senate chambers on his first day back to work since the raid. "It's been very stressful, very hard on all of us. We're all anxious to put this behind us and carry on a normal life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
June 4, 2013 | By Paige St. John and Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- FBI agents raided the office of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and at least one other location in the California state Capitol on Tuesday to gather evidence for an investigation, law enforcement officials said.  “FBI agents are executing a search warrant at the Capitol building,” said Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman. She said all information related to the nature of the search was sealed and the agency could not discuss it. “The affidavit in support is under seal and we are prohibited from commenting,” she said.  IN DEPTH: Calderon targeted by FBI Sources with knowledge of the probe said the search of Calderon's office is part of a wider public corruption investigation in Los Angeles County.
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, 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
November 17, 2013 | Patrick McGreevy
A federal allegation that state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon tried to hide a $25,000 bribe in a charity run by his brother has shed light on the use of nonprofits by California legislators to collect cash out of public view. Some nonprofits, set up with the stated purpose of aiding a charitable or social cause, are also being used to benefit an elected official's career, public image or personal finances, say advocates for open government. Several current and former California politicians or their relatives have established nonprofits in recent years.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 | By Phil Willon and Patrick McGreevy
Six days after the FBI served a search warrant at his offices, state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) broke his silence on the federal investigation Monday, vowing that it would not sidetrack his legislative agenda.  "My family and I have gone through a lot the last several days," Calderon told a group of reporters gathered in the hallway outside the Senate chambers on his first day back to work since the raid. "It's been very stressful, very hard on all of us. We're all anxious to put this behind us and carry on a normal life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - When federal agents raided state Sen. Ron Calderon's Capitol office last week, it jogged memories of the FBI's sweeping Shrimpscam sting 25 years ago. Fourteen politicos - legislators, lobbyists, staffers - were convicted in the scandal that prompted voters to impose term limits on elected state officials. We still don't know, as of this writing, precisely what the latest raid was all about. All we really know is that agents carted off several boxes. It apparently involved a U.S. attorney's suspicion about Calderon, a Democrat from Montebello, and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon.
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 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.
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