Capitol Alert: Tom Calderon drops bid...

Capitol Alert: Tom Calderon drops bid for California Senate

There are 13 comments on the Sacramento Bee Newspaper story from Oct 23, 2013, titled Capitol Alert: Tom Calderon drops bid for California Senate. In it, Sacramento Bee Newspaper reports that:

Former Assemblyman Tom Calderon has dropped out of the race to replace his brother Ron Calderon in the state Senate next year.

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Wonder why

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Oct 23, 2013
I wonder why this well paid consultant would make this surprising decision? Would it have anything to do with the FBI raids on his brother's Capitol offices? What about the subpoenas to Central Basin Water District where, until recently, he made Big Bucks? Is he still a well paid consultant to the San Gabriel Valley Water Company? Does that company still think that there's tons of water available to supply the proposed Montebello Hills Condo project? The roots to this situation run deep.
Concerned Bystander

Studio City, CA

#2 Oct 23, 2013
I saw an older 42yr post that had a list of politicians who had supported the faltering hillside condo project and were then drummed out of office, and Tom Calderon was on that list.

Will Montebello's current politicos heed that warning? Time will tell.

With all the problems now in Montebello that caused two TV stations to come to the first council meeting after the Mayor's husband's arrest, this plan is probably now dead.

I saw that some are saying that Montebello residential real estate is colder than the Arctic in winter. If Joe Schmoe won't buy a home here, how many 'upper class' people will be willing to shell out Big Bucks for ticky-tacky condos on top of dangerous chemicals in Meth-abello?
Theolona ranger

Norwalk, CA

#3 Oct 25, 2013
PXP can take decades to start the project
Cook-Hill can't
This project is not in the parent company's or the shareholders best interests

Monterey Park, CA

#5 Oct 30, 2013

Early this year, a political fundraising committee connected to the Legislature's Latino Caucus gave $25,000 to a group run by Tom Calderon, the former assemblyman whose brother, Sen. Ron Calderon, had just concluded serving two years as the group's vice chairman.

It was an unusual payment for the Yes We Can political action committee, a fundraising arm of the Latino Caucus that accepts donations from interest groups and gives money to support Latino candidates.

The $25,000 contribution to Tom Calderon's nonprofit organization is the only "civic donation" listed on the committee's expenditures since it formed in 2011.

Ron Calderon, meanwhile, has opened a legal defense fundraising committee to cover expenses related to his "public corruption investigation," and Tom Calderon recently pulled out of the race to replace his brother in the state Senate, leaving Tony Mendoza the front-runner in the race for the 32nd Senate District.

Earlier today, Al Jazeera America announced that it will air tonight an investigation that shows how the FBI "targeted one of California's most powerful lawmakers in an elaborate undercover sting operation." A press release from the cable news organization says that "agents posed as movie studio executives and allegedly made payoffs to the lawmaker." Ron Calderon is the focus of the Al Jazeera piece, multiple Capitol sources said.

Read more here:
Knight Owl

Monterey Park, CA

#6 Oct 31, 2013
Knight Owl

Monterey Park, CA

#7 Oct 31, 2013

On Wednesday, Al Jazeera TV showed reporter Josh Bernstein confronting Calderon and seeking a comment about the allegations.

Said Bernstein to Calderon:“The FBI says you accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for supporting legislation.”

Calderon replied,“That’s … that’s … like I said,‘I’m not going to answer anything right now.’”

Bernstein shot back,“You’re an elected official, in one of the largest states in the country.
Don’t you think the public has a right to hear from you?”

“They hear from me all the time,” Calderon answered.
Knight Owl

Monterey Park, CA

#8 Oct 31, 2013
Oil & Gas $21,950
Newport Beach, CA 92660 $21,100

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America $8,900
AFL-CIO $8,600
National Association of Home Builders $8,300
Knight Owl

Monterey Park, CA

#9 Oct 31, 2013
LA Observed
Al Jazeera breaks story on FBI sting against the Calderon political family

Kevin Roderick: Al Jazeera America calls its scoop on a sealed FBI affidavit that accuses State Sen. Ron Calderon of taking more than $60,000 from phony Hollywood producers in exchange for legislation on better tax credits "an investigation that could become California’s biggest legislative scandal in more than two decades."
Knight Owl

Monterey Park, CA

#10 Oct 31, 2013
Knight Owl

Monterey Park, CA

#11 Oct 31, 2013
FBI: California state senator aided alleged multimillion-dollar fraud

Ronald Calderon influenced legislation that protected a worker's compensation scheme, according to government affidavit

Al Jazeera Investigates the Calderon dynasty

Watch part two of the exclusive Al Jazeera political investigation here.

Capitol Corruption: Inside an FBI Sting (part 2)

October 30, 2013
Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit reveals details of an FBI investigation into California State Senator Ronald Calderon
Calderon Watch

Monterey Park, CA

#12 Oct 31, 2013
Thread on the Calderons- background
Calderon Watch

Monterey Park, CA

#13 Oct 31, 2013
From the link Knight Owl posted above- thanks Owl- what I get for sleeping :)

Until now, Calderon’s alleged behind-the-scenes role in the workers’ compensation payment controversy has never been revealed.

LOS ANGELES — State Sen. Ronald Calderon accepted bribes from a Southern California hospital executive who ran an alleged workers’ compensation scheme that brought the executive tens of millions of dollars, according to a sealed FBI affidavit obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit.

In exchange for payments to family members, Calderon, a Democrat who represents a suburban district here, protected the interests in Sacramento of Michael Drobot, who ran a busy spinal surgery clinic in Long Beach, Calif., the affidavit says. The document says Calderon ensured that changes to state law would not injure Drobot’s lucrative business of providing spinal fusion surgery, which joins two or more vertebrae.

According to the affidavit, Calderon concealed bribe payments from Drobot through his brother, former Assemblyman Thomas Calderon, and his son, Zachary, a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Thomas Calderon received a monthly consulting fee of at least $10,000 from Drobot, plus a one-time payment of $1 million.
The affidavit says Drobot paid $28,000 to Ronald Calderon through his son, who worked a summer job at Drobot’s hospital, although most of the money went directly into the state senator’s bank account.
Calderon Watch

Monterey Park, CA

#14 Oct 31, 2013
some background on FBI Stings

Lots of repeats on the morning news this AM- I'm not the only one who got scooped.

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