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, according to the L.A. Times.
In June, the FBI served search warrants on the office of Sen. Ron Calderon as part of a public corruption investigation.
In August, the FBI served a second round of subpoenas on the Central Basin Municipal Water District seeking documents on agency officials and contracts connected to Tom Calderon, who had been paid $750,000 in consulting fees by the district since 2004.
The latest subpoena sought records for Calderon Group, a consulting firm owned by Tom Calderon.
The water district, which has been issued at least two federal subpoenas for records, has contracted with a subsidiary of Anaheim-based Willdan Group to conduct the agency’s fiscal operations. The LA Times reported earlier this year that the subsidiary, Willdan Financial Services, was one of several companies whose records were subpoenaed from the water district.
Willdan Group hired Anaheim City Councilwoman Kris Murray as senior vice president of business development and government affairs in 2011, just weeks before Willdan Financial Services won the contract to run the water district’s fiscal operations. The company has made several campaign contributions to water district board members.
Sen. Ron Calderon and a third brother, former Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-Whittier), had weighed in against legislation opposed by the water district while it was paying Tom Calderon.
The second generation of Calderons joined the Legislature with the Assembly election in 2012 of Charles’ son, Ian Calderon, 28, D-Whittier, in a district that also includes Buena Park in Orange County. Ian Calderon attended high school in Orange County and won election to the Assembly last year. Anaheim City Councilman Jordan Brandman is Ian Calderon’s district director.
We clearly need to get rid of this bunch of career politicians sooner rather than later…