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State Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon, carry on a family tradition every Thanksgiving.

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Knight Owl

Woodland Hills, CA

#324 Nov 12, 2013

NewsConference: Sen. President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Part 1

NBC4's Conan Nolan in depth interview with one of the most powerful politicians in California. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) is the leader of the California Senate. In this segment, Sen. Steinberg reacts to the scandal involving one of the senators....Ron Calderon...for allegedly taking bribes from an undercover FBI agent.

Part 2

Part 3
Knight Owl

Woodland Hills, CA

#325 Nov 12, 2013
Steinberg makes the rounds to Democrat friendly NBC to try and distance from Calderon.
Problem is Steinberg sold out the Democratic Party and the Environmental when he bent over for Republican Rotsky and Industry's Majestic Reality in exempting a major project from CEQA when it was clear that the Environmental Impact Report was fatally flawed.

It's already tainted Steinberg!

Steinberg: "I'll Be Damned" If Scandal Taints Senate

By Conan Nolan Sunday, Nov 10, 2013


The leader of the California State Senate says
"he will be damned" if the scandal involving Montebello Senator Ronald Calderon taints the reputation of the California legislature.

"It is an ethical body.
I run it in an ethical fashion" said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg
"I have done everything I can these past few weeks to separate the Senate from these allegations"
Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#326 Nov 12, 2013
Sen. Ron Calderon stripped of committee assignments


SACRAMENTO -- Sen. Ronald S. Calderon, who is under investigation by the FBI for alleged bribe-taking, on Tuesday was temporarily stripped of all of his legislative committee assignments pending the outcome of the probe.

The Senate Rules Committee voted 4 to 0 to suspend Calderon's assignments to six panels, including his powerful chairmanship of the Senate Insurance Committee.

The action was taken against the Democratic lawmaker from Montebello on the recommendation of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), who chairs the rules committee

The allegations, however, are serious enough to potentially cloud any interaction the senator might have with colleagues, advocates and the public on issues within a committee’s jurisdiction,” Steinberg said.

Steinberg also said the Senate Ethics Committee is poised to launch its own investigation of Calderon’s conduct as alleged in an FBI affidavit but lawmakers will hold off doing interviews and collecting evidence at the request of the U.S. attorney’s office.

Private attorney William Portanova spoke to federal prosecutors on behalf of the Senate and was told they are at a “sensitive time” in their criminal investigation.

"Any evidence gathering or witness interviews could potentially hinder the investigation at this stage,” Portanova told the rules panel.

Calderon was also suspended from other standing committees, including Environmental Quality, Banking and Financial Institutions, Governmental Organization and the Select Committee on Procurement.

Calderon was also removed Tuesday from his chairmanship of the Senate select committees on Film and Television Industries, which the Rules Committee disbanded because it has not met since it was created.

Other news
Sen. Ron Calderon removed from Latino Caucus executive board
Theolona Ranger

Woodland Hills, CA

#327 Nov 12, 2013
Thanks for the Heads up Trash talk, here's the link

Sen. Ron Calderon removed from Latino Caucus executive board


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.

“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.
“We take these grave allegations seriously.
While we make no judgment as to the veracity,
we have a duty to protect the integrity of a distinguished caucus.”

Lara took the action to remove Calderon from the board “to address all distractions that may impede our progress.” Lara appointed Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona) to fill Calderon’s seat on the executive board.
Lara also removed Calderon as chair of the caucus' Committee on Member Development.

The announcement was made just minutes after the Senate Rules Committee suspended Calderon from his legislative committee assignments.

Calderon blasted his removal from committee assignments.
I am being treated by this committee and some media outlets as if I had,” Calderon said.
“The appropriate action to take would be to allow me to continue the work I was elected to do and to allow me to remain on my committee assignments."
Theolona Ranger

Woodland Hills, CA

#328 Nov 12, 2013
he Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to remove the Los Angeles-area Democrat from all committees.

It’s believed to be the first time the committee has taken such action against a senator.

The Senate Rules Committee also voted to disband the Select Committee on Film and Television, which Calderon headed. Its work was discussed at length in the FBI affidavit.

Being stripped of his committee assignments prevents Calderon from having a say on bills before they are voted on by the full Senate and Assembly.

On Tuesday, an attorney working with the state told the Rules Committee that he had spoken several times with the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles, and that the investigation was at a sensitive point.

More self serving comments from Ron's Pie Hole

“While I am defending myself against false allegations and illegal acts committed by a federal agency,
my commitment and resolve to continue providing the best legislative representation and the best services to my constituents remain firm.

Calderon called the committee's vote "profoundly disappointing" and said his commitment to representing his constituents remains firm.

"Removing me from my committee assignments sends a risky and unsuitable message regarding our fundamental constitutional rights and the presumption of innocence," Calderon said.

"I have not been charged or convicted with any unjust doing, yet I am being treated by this committee and some media outlets as if I had."

Calderon and his brothers Charles and Thomas have been prominent members of the caucus for the past two decades.
Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, Ron Calderon's nephew, is also a member of the caucus.

A dozen current and former members of the Caucus from Northern California districts declined to comment on allegations that Calderon accepted bribes in exchange for his support of legislation to expand the film industry's access to tax credits.

A.P follows
U.S. Justice Department officials in Los Angeles, where the case is being investigated, and Sacramento, where the court documents are being filed, have not confirmed publicly that the affidavit is part of their case.

But a government official with direct knowledge of the case who was not authorized to speak publicly and insisted on anonymity confirmed to The Associated Press that the affidavit was “one of our documents.”

It shows that federal authorities have been investigating Calderon and his brother Tom,
a former assemblyman who now works as a lobbyist, since 2007.
The Calderons are part of a potent Southern California political family that has had a member in the Legislature for 30 years.
Another brother, Charles, served in the Senate and Assembly.
Charles’ son, Ian, is an assemblyman.
Montebello Historian

Rosemead, CA

#329 Nov 13, 2013
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said the committee was "...making no judgments about Calderon’s alleged conduct..."

...“Our job here is not to determine whether or not there has been any violation of criminal law,” he said,“Our job is to uphold the standard of conduct of the Senate.”
Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#330 Nov 13, 2013
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said:
"Our job is to uphold the standard of conduct of the Senate.”
Which in his case has ben abhorrent

Calls mount for Ron Calderon's resignation
Mayor of Montebello attends...


lected 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 stood with state Assembly member Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) to demand Calderon's resignation.

"The public must be able to trust their elected officials," Garcia said. "Every day I'm hearing from them:'We don't trust you.' This is sucking the air out of everything we do."

At the news conference, other local leaders complained that Calderon has been absent from parts of his district, which takes in much of southeast Los Angeles County. Downey Mayor Mario Guerra said Calderon has not appeared at an event in his city in more than a year.

Gil Hurtado, the mayor of South Gate, complained that the Calderon investigation is giving a bad name to a region already struggling to redefine itself after the Bell corruption scandal, in which city officials were accused of looting the city treasury to pay themselves excessive salaries. He said it also hurts Latino elected officials.

"We are getting judged based on this," he said.
Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#331 Nov 13, 2013
Their call (to resign) came one day after Calderon was stripped of his legislative committee assignments in response to a federal investigation into whether the lawmaker accepted $88,000 in bribes in exchange for efforts to influence legislation on tax credits for the film industry and on workers' compensation policy.

Garcia, a Democrat who defeated Calderon's brother in the race for the 58th Assembly District, ran on a platform of ousting local corruption.

Ron's Pie Hole speaks self serving blither

In a statement Wednesday, he suggested that calls for his resignation were politically motivated.

(Well duh)

"Sometimes one is better served to act in kindness than in self-righteousness because all politicians live in glass houses," he said.
Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#332 Nov 13, 2013
Comment from CAJusticeForAll

CAJusticeForAll at 3:39 PM November 13, 2013
Calderon has not negotiated for the hundred thousands of dollarslife time pension yet.

So, the public has to wait until he is
promised hefty pension for the rest of his life.

He can go to the prison but not without his pension,
and he will fight until he goes to his grave for the pension
The law is designed to assist law makers to do committed crimes but still get paid via pension !!!

Look at Rizzo at BELL to see how public official mastermind their trick !

Only new law can STOP this kind of abuse !
Theolona Ranger

Woodland Hills, CA

#333 Nov 13, 2013
Political Theater

Elected Officials In Bell Call For State Sen. Ron Calderon To Step Down
November 13, 2013 1:32 PM


BELL ( CBSLA.com )— Assemblymember Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens and several other elected officials Wednesday called for Senator Ron Calderon to step down amid a federal investigation and accusations that he accepted money to promote certain bills.

Garcia said her call is not just about the FBI sting that Al Jazeera America reported it had obtained alleging he accepted a bribe from a fake movie agency in order to move ahead with film incentives in the state Senate, KNX1070’s Megan Goldsby reports.

It’s about the way you carry yourself as an individual, what we expect from our leader and what we expect when you’re out there representing us,” she said during a press conference.

Downey Mayor Mario Guerra said he had complained in the past about threats made by Calderon’s office.

“They’ve always been a bully, and we’re just not surprised. When the FBI raided their offices, I said ‘gosh, it’s about time,’” Guerra said.


BELL GARDENS, Calif.(KABC)-- Saying enough is enough, a number of elected officials gathered Wednesday to demand the resignation of embattled state Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello)

"We ask him today to look within himself and look at what is best for the people whom he represents and make the right decision and resign his office," said Garcia.

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo says he spoke to Calderon recently and says he was amazed at his arrogance.

"He mentioned that he was the 'Kennedy of the southeast of L.A.,' and I tell you, you're no Kennedy -- you need to resign," said Crespo.

Eyewitness News was given a statement in which Calderon attacks Assemblymember Garcia, calling her an opportunistic politician.

"This is a legacy that he has built in this community for many years," said political strategist Luis Alvarado. "The elected officials have had to sometimes bow to their power or otherwise they were not going to have any representation in Sacramento."

"Once the trust is gone, it's going to be hard to trust him and believe what he's going to do for us," said Montebello resident Albert Munoz.
Asked if Calderon should leave,
Munoz said "Absolutely."

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/ #!/on-air/as-seen-on/Officials -Demand-Sen--Calderons-Resigna tion/231847361


Knight Owl

Woodland Hills, CA

#334 Nov 14, 2013
The best defense is a good offense, right Ron, Mark?
November 13, 2013
Ron Calderon says FBI asked him to secretly record conversations with Steinberg, de León
Lashing back at federal officials and Senate colleagues, state Sen.
Ron Calderon contended in a federal filing late Wednesday that authorities leaked an FBI affidavit alleging that he took $88,000 in bribes after Calderon refused to participate in a sting operation targeting Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Sen. Kevin de León.
In Wednesday's filing in Sacramento federal court, Calderon contends that FBI agents and federal prosecutors repeatedly pressured him to wear a wire to secretly record conversations with Steinberg and de León.
The document alleges that agents told Calderon that they were investigating Steinberg's financial ties to Michael Drobt, the former chief executive officer of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach.
Calderon, though, said he returned the recording equipment unused.
Soon after, on June 4, the filing says, FBI agents raided Calderon's Capitol office.
Steinberg said in a statement that the filing "is pure fantasy."
De León declined comment.
His office has previously said he was told he is not a target of the investigation.
Late last month, Al Jazeera America posted an FBI affidavit alleging that Calderon took $60,000 in bribes from an FBI agent posing as a film studio owner and $28,000 in bribes from Drobot.
Calderon alleges federal prosecutors attempted to convict him in the press through an orchestrated campaign of "illegal disinformation."
He said in the filing that critical facts regarding the federal government's activities were omitted or misrepresented,
Including that Steinberg and de León were "main targets of the investigation, for which Sen. Calderon was requested to be the FBI's informant."
Calderon also alleges that leaked sealed records are apparently the "modus operandi" for handling high-profile cases by Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Miller's office, including one involving champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was accused of doping.
"The pattern of illegal leaks in cases handled by the AUSA-CDC has grown more brazen over the years culminating in the most flagrant and prejudicial violations yet with respect to Senator Calderon,"
the filing says.
"There is a systematic and systemic pattern of contempt for secrecy rules in (Miller's) cases resulting in the complete corruption of the legal process and character assassination of his targets.
This conduct is deeply disturbing given that (he) purports to represent the public corruption division within the AUSA's office."
Knight Owl

Woodland Hills, CA

#335 Nov 14, 2013
Calderon alleges the release of the sealed records has prejudiced any future grand jury and that he's faced irreparable harm.
It cites Steinberg's comments at a hearing Tuesday where his rules committee stripped Calderon of his committee assignments as well as multiple instances of Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, calling on him to resign his seat.

"Despite the fact that no charges against Senator Calderon have been filed,
Senator Calderon's reputation has been irreparably damaged by the selective and illegal leak of the fabricated FBI affidavit which was ordered sealed," the filing states.
"The presumption of innocence has been turned on its head."

Ronald S. Calderon v US Complaint, Nov. 13, 2013

Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#336 Nov 14, 2013


Calderon lashes out at Garcia; says 'all politicians live in glass houses'

As a group of civic leaders from southeast Los Angeles began a press conference this morning to call for Sen. Ron Calderon's resignation, the besieged state senator released a statement blasting Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia for organizing the event and saying "what has happened to me could happen to anyone in public office."

"In politics one expects politicians to act in their own interests. But it is still shocking to me when a politician acts out in such an opportunistic way as in the actions taken by Cristina Garcia. Without knowing the full story and waiting to hear all the facts in this case, she has assumed the role of judge and jury by calling for my resignation," says the statement from Calderon, a Montebello Democrat.

Garcia is the only state legislator to call for Calderon's resignation since an FBI affidavit made public last month alleged he's accepted $88,000 in bribes. Today Garcia gathered with the mayors of Norwalk, Montebello, Downey and Pico Rivera, as well as city council members from Bell and Commerce, to again ask Calderon to step down.

Garcia has a long-standing feud with the Calderon family; she beat the senator's brother Tom Calderon in her race for Assembly last year.

"During her campaign for State Assembly she said time and again that she was not a politician. She told the voters that she was going to be different. Soon after her election she confessed to the voters that she lied about having a PhD. She said that she made a mistake and was sorry for misleading the public about her qualifications. She asked the voters to give her the benefit of the doubt and to judge her on her actions as their new Assemblywoman," Calderon's statement today said.

During her campaign for Assembly last year, Garcia told the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper that she had finished coursework for a PhD but did not yet have the degree, contrary to the way she had portrayed herself.

"I take full responsibility for using the term PhD instead of PhD candidate in my campaign literature. For that I humbly apologize and ask for the forgiveness and understanding of all the voters of the 58th Assembly District," Garcia said, according to the local newspaper.
Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#337 Nov 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine (on recess) for Hump Day


With the Los Angeles City Clowncil Central Committee on Recess this week, we focus our bloggin attention on the latest, breaking news regarding the Montebello's (CD 14 East) Calderon Political Family Scandal.

But while the Clowncil plays, the news regarding the FBI Bribery Sting of Montebello (CD 14 East) State Senator Ron Calderon,(and its connection to a certain "LA City Councilman"), continues to break.
This morning at 11 AM, in front of the Bell Bardens City Hall, a number of Southeast LA Elective Officials will join Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia in calling upon the embattled Senator Calderon to resign. Assemblywoman Garcia's call for Senator Calderon's resignation, drew a sharp rebuke from Senator Calderon's Spokeshole Mario Beltran, who in the past, garnered a Special Mayor Sam Ass Clown Award for his less than gracious comments, posted below, directed at the freshman Assemblywoman.

Garcia the 33 year old that for the first time in her life became a Democrat last year and lied to the democratic voteres that she's been a democrat all her life!!! The DUI convict that makes bad decissions and put other at risk. The Garcia that's a lesbian and "only needs the votes of the woman" the Garcia that devided a community (Bell) and took over a city because it's her way or the highway!
That comment should give you an idea how politics are played in Southeast LA and how mush the Calderon Political Clique hates Garcia for beating Tom Calderon for the Assembly Seat that she now holds.
Its also true that Southeast LA Politics can become outright weird as witness in this bizarre event out of the City of Bell Gardens (** and there is a political connection to a current "LA City Councilman").

The now out-going Bell Gardens City Councilman Infanzon, is a current staffer for CD 1 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Gil Cedillo and was noted for being a Calderon supporter.
Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#338 Nov 14, 2013

By Randy Economy and Brian Hews

The calls for embattled California State Senator Ronald Calderon to resign from office ramped up on Wednesday morning as Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia was joined by more than 20 different local elected officials at a press conference held outside of Bell Gardens City Hall.

Garcia is the first member of the California State Legislature to demand Calderon’s resignation from office after it was revealed several months ago by Hews Media Group-Community Newspapers and other media outlets that the Senator is the focal point of a massive corruption investigation by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Garcia said at the press conference that was attended by more than 40 reporters from all over California that Calderon “needs to resign in the best interest of the community and for the good of the State legislature.”

“Today we are practicing our First Amendment Rights as elected officials to call on the immediate resignation of State Senator Calderon,” Garcia said with nearly two dozen elected officials standing at her side.

“While we respect Senator Calderon, the detrimental effect and disturbance of the investigation are affecting the fabric of our Democracy,” Garcia said.

“Our community has suffered. We are trying diligently to regain the confidence of our citizens to restore integrity in our local governments and to move forward,” Garcia said.“The dark clouds that this case puts us under put all of us in jeopardy,” she stressed.

“All of us as elected officials have taken an Oath to uphold the laws of our office and this state and country.

“I fully realize that we must respect the presumed innocence of Senator Calderon, but the distraction caused by this case, in my own backyard and its long term implications are detrimental to the fabric of government and to the citizens that the Senator represents,” Garcia continued.

“Last week I requested the Senator’s resignation. Serving the public is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.
It is my hope, that with the Senator stepping away, we can begin to restore faith in government and faith in our elected leaders and remove the black cloud over our backyard, the Capitol, and the State of California,” she stressed in a follow up statement.

Joining Garcia at event were some of the most powerful and influential local elected officials in the district in which Calderon represents.

Calling for Calderon’s resignation was Norwalk Mayor Luigi Vernola, Downey Mayor Mario Guerra, Pico Rivera Mayor Pro-Tem Brent Tesoro, Bell City Councilman Ali Salah, Commerce City Councilman Denise Robles, Downey City Councilman Alex Saab, Bell City Councilman Nestor Valencia, Bell Gardens City Councilmembers Jennifer Rodriguez, Montebello Unified School Board Member Gerri Guzman, Central Basin Water District Director Leticia Vasquez, Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo Camacho, South Gate Mayor Gill Hurtado.

“I want to thank our elected officials for coming out here and having the united voice asking for the resignation of Senator Calderon,” Garcia said.

Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#339 Nov 14, 2013
Monday, November 04, 2013
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday
Los Angeles CD 14 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Jose Huizar is linked to the Calderon Scandal.
Was Huizar one of the two "public officials" being investigated before the FBI Los Angeles Office directed their investigated resources on the Montebello (CD 14 East) Political Family?



But what makes this latest angle in the Calderon Bribery Scandal most interesting, is the passage near the bottom of Page 10 of the Aljezzera America leaked FBI Affidavit, that notes the FBI Los Angeles previous investigation of two "public officials". Could "Mr. Rocky Patel's" outreach to the "Dear Charro/ Princeton Graduate", had been predicated on previous information obtain in another investigation?

Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#340 Nov 14, 2013
LA City Hall Connection to the Senator Calderon Bribery Scheme
The Political Thunderstorm that is the State Senator Ron Calderon Bribery Scandal cast its shadow on an unnamed LA City Clowncil Central Committee Member as we play a bloggin,
"Who was It?"

The looming Senator Calderon Bribery Scandal is about to drench an unnamed City Clowncil Central Committee Member (current or past).

Would Montebello (CD 14 East) State Senator Ron Calderon please name the Los Angeles City Clowncil Central Committee Member cited in the FBI Affidavit as the potential recipient of payola?

In today's edition of the... Daily News),
former blogger, turned print scribe Dakota Smith discloses a passage from the FBI Affidavit that links a "Los Angeles City Councilman" to the alleged group of fiscal beneficiaries of Senator Calderon "Pay to Play Scheme" as we note below ..........


According to the affidavit, Calderon “mentioned several different accounts into which he was considering having the (agent) deposit the remaining money:
Californians for Diversity,
Senator de Leon,
Ronald Calderon for Controller,
Ronald Calderon Officeholder,
and a Los Angeles City Councilman).”

“The (agent) told (Calderon) to spell out where he wanted the money to go on a piece of paper and the (agent) would do it,” the document states.
Some money was eventually transferred to Californians for Diversity,
the affidavit later indicates.
The “councilman” is not mentioned again in the document.

........ so simply, who was it?

Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#341 Nov 14, 2013
As the Sacramento and Local Political Establishments reels from the latest Nefarious Allegations involving the Montebello (aka "CD 14 East") Calderon Political Family, we disclose the supposed, enabling link of possible CD 14 City Council Candidate, State Senator Kevin De Leon, to this politically explosive scandal ........ and its not good.

What political (via state fiscal) price will enabling fellow State Senator Ron Calderon's alleged schemes, cost Kevin De Leon, in regards to his future political aspirations?

Yet, the best reporting on the Southeast LA Political Dynasty has been undertaken by the Los Cerritos News tandem of Brian Hews and Randy Economy, who's latest expose links (via audio recordings) State Assembly Speaker John Perez to the deepening scandal.


For another local state elected official, State Senator Kevin De Leon (**who was the subject of his own FBI Search Warrant), the report by Aljazzera America (with attached FBI Affidavit), casts him in the uncomfortable political light of being an enabler (for the right political price) for his fellow State Senate Colleague.

Further, the page posted below from the Affidavit, may have some legal repercussions for the possible CD 14 City Council Candidate.
In his own scheme to "buy" the support of Senator Calderon to retain State Senator Ricardo Lara as the leader of the Latino Caucus,
Senator De Leon may have violated various state laws by promising Senator Calderon a future "monetary public asset" ( paid commission appointment) for a political purpose.

Thus, he may have dealt himself into becoming the latest, potential political casualty of the Calderon Political Family's nefarious dealings ( and Senator De Leon wonder why this blogger is so cynical, kinda like my thoughts of him becoming the next CD 14 City Councilman)---
Scott Johnson in CD 14.

see for affidavit page

The one deal that may derail State Senator Kevin De Leon's future political aspiration.
Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#342 Nov 14, 2013
Mike Sprague, Whittier Daily News Yesterday
good read

excerpts not posted already above

In an emailed statement from a spokesman, Steinberg, D-Sacramento defended himself.
“This is obviously in response to the action the Rules Committee and I took to temporarily remove Senator Calderon from Senate committees,” the statement said.“The filing is pure fantasy.”

De Leon did not return an email seeking comment.

The public must be able to trust their elected officials to do the right thing,” said Downey Mayor Mario Guerra, whose City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to ask Calderon, D-Montebello to resign.

“Ron Calderon has violated the public’s trust and does not deserve to represent the
honest, hard working people of this district,” Guerra said.“The residents not only deserve an apology,
they deserve someone with the courage to do what’s right no matter what.”
Guerra said he would run for Calderon’s seat in 2014, when Calderon is termed out.

Garcia said the Assembly and Senate leaders haven’t told her to stop her effort to get Calderon to resign.
“Steinberg told me to follow my heart,” she said.

Pico Rivera Councilmen Gustavo Camacho and Brent Tercero both were present, and also called on Calderon to resign.
“I think the Southeast Los Angeles community has experienced quite a bit of scandal and corruption,” Tercero said.“I understand the senator has yet to be charged with anything.
But even the air of suspicion brings concerns.”
Trash Talk

Woodland Hills, CA

#343 Nov 14, 2013
Crime Scene: Weeding out the rats in the corruption corridor

By Frank Girardot, Pasadena Star-News

State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, a Bell Gardens Democrat, arranged the event.
As she put it: enough is enough when it comes to the assortment of alleged crooks, bag men and sleazeballs that have represented the tiny communities sandwiched between the Los Angeles River and the Long Beach Freeway.

“All of us have seen firsthand what scandal and corruption has done to our communities,” she said.“We’ve seen how our citizens have lost faith and trust in their own government.
Though we have been working diligently to regain the public’s trust and move our cities forward, the dark cloud that this case puts us under, puts our work in jeopardy.”

• John Noguez, former mayor of Huntington Park, awaits trial in a corruption scheme that involved fixing property taxes for friends.

WHAT ARE JACK HADJANIANS TIES TO NOGUEZ, and Senator De Leon et all??? And the Calderons?

Senate Rules Committee.
There, with little discussion,
a group of four senators stripped Calderon of his power to raise money, while making it very clear they were not judging him.

They also said they were shocked that a member of the august body that is our state Senate could be linked to such egregious corruption allegations.
The outrage came off as if it had been scripted for “Casablanca.”

Shocked- Shocked Theolona ranger from Casablanca

Not so with Garcia and her cohorts. Each said they hope to turn things around in their communities by eliminating corruption and impropriety. There was no shock, just anger.

Downey’s City Council took a step in that direction by voting 5-0 Tuesday for a resolution calling for Calderon to resign.

Perhaps someday soon we’ll be calling the corruption corridor the sunshine corridor. First, it’s up to the FBI to get rid of the real rats.

Frank C. Girardot is the editor of the Pasadena Star-News.

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