California State Senator Is Targeted in FBI Searches

Patrick McGreevy et al., Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2013

FBI agents searched offices in the Capitol on Tuesday—the first such raid in 25 years—serving warrants and carting away evidence in what law enforcement officials said was a corruption probe that began in Los Angeles County.

As the agents combed the offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and the Latino Legislative Caucus into the evening, a federal law enforcement source said Calderon, a member of the caucus, was “the focus of the investigation.” Authorities would not say what they were seeking or disclose the nature of the investigation.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said only that a court order prevented any further public disclosure about the matter and the agency was “taking evidence respective to an ongoing investigation.”

In the 1980s, some 30 federal agents descended on the Capitol at the end of a corruption sting that became known as Shrimpscam, after legislators were lured into sponsoring fake legislation by undercover law enforcement officials offering bribes. About a dozen officials went to prison on charges including racketeering, extortion and mail fraud.

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Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Sacramento, said the investigation began in the federal agency’s central California district, which includes Los Angeles. She declined to provide more details.

Other law enforcement sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said the raids were part of a public corruption investigation in Los Angeles County.

Calderon attorney Mark Geragos called the probe a sham.

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Geragos said he plans to go to court to ask that anything taken from the senator’s office be returned. Asked about the search of caucus records, Geragos said: “They were desperate to try to justify their … investigation.”

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The senator has been a controversial figure in the Capitol.

In 2010, after he voted to support an environmental waiver for a football stadium proposed in the city of Industry, Calderon was one of a few lawmakers to accept tickets to a Lakers playoff game from the stadium developer, Majestic Realty.

He previously came under scrutiny for his handling of his legal defense fund, which was set up to cover costs stemming from a vote recount in 2006. Calderon spent thousands of dollars from the defense account on a fundraiser, golf outings and a private airplane service.

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Before Tuesday’s raid, the FBI had talked with at least one official in Los Angeles about contracts at a local water agency awarded to one of Calderon’s brothers.

Ron Calderon has authored legislation on behalf of the agency, the Central Basin Municipal Water District.

Michael J. Franchek, a vice president at EcoGreen Services LLC, said Tuesday that an FBI agent had interviewed him twice since March.

Among the topics discussed was business awarded to Tom Calderon, who has been paid up to $140,000 a year by the water board for consulting services.

Franchek said he talked to the agents about a federal stimulus grant to Central Basin.

The water agency officials held competitive bidding and chose a firm called Water2Save to work on the project. Tom Calderon also has a consulting contract with Water2Save.

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  • Hunter Morrow

    A hispanic politician being corrupt? Ay cariba! Say it isn’t so, Jose. Say it isn’t so!
    Only White men should be allowed to vote and hold office.

    • The__Bobster

      Corruption works better for the ugly brown squat monsters when they can steal the gringo’s money.

      • White Mom in WDC

        Right on. More if these raids must take place. Wherever you have gringo money close to the border, you have got a plethora of Jose’s wanting to loot.

    • me

      They’re bringing the corruption of the Mexican government with them. It’s just another ‘bonus’ of the Mestizo invasion.

  • ed

    gee! you mean there could be some corruption in the government?

    I keep hearing about public service in all those speeches. Were they lying?

    Has Diogenes been seen lately? Was he still looking?

  • Invictus_1

    California has been ruled by corrupt politicians since its beginning, with only a few decades of above-board governing. I’ve read the details of California history AND my sister worked for a senator in the 70s and 80s. The reason in general is to be found in the unique event of California history. The state was established and organized during a mad scramble for gold and the huge population influxes over a very short time period. Even so, the California that exists today is taking on the style of corruption that typifies Mexico. Guess why?

    • itdoesnotmatter

      SoCal and San Joaquin Valley ARE Mexico.
      Graft, corruption, elected brown officials, [crooks], barrios filled with non-English speakers, their gangs and ruined schools. All that is Mexico can be found here.

  • bigone4u

    I can’t wait for the cries of “racism” to erupt. Mexicans feel a sense of entitlement to hire their friends and relatives when they take office. It’s the same in Texas, but Texans seem to be resigned to it. As whites are minimized in numbers, “white” law, the product of thinking going back thousands of years, is replaced by the law of the jungle and the golden rule: He who has the gold rules.

    • White Mom in WDC

      Texas should just secede

  • The__Bobster

    Got Mestizos? Got corruption……and stupidity.

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/bell-california-hispanic-mayors-defense

    Bell, California Hispanic Mayor’s Defense: Ignorance Of The Law…And Illiteracy!
    By James Fulford on March 29, 2013 at 2:58am

    I’ve written that coverage of the corruption in Bell, California under-emphasizes the Hispanic players—his kind of theft is routine in Mexico—but this was a surprise.

    Mayor Oscar Hernandez can’t read or write:
    27 March 2013

    Last week’s convictions, on public-corruption charges, of five former city council members in the small Los Angeles County town of Bell suggest that mediocrity, ignorance, and incompetence are sufficient qualities for holding office in Southern California. Ex-mayor Oscar Hernandez, for instance, claimed to be too stupid to have understood the crimes that he committed. His lawyer, Stanley Friedman, argued that the former mayor, who is illiterate, could not have known that his $100,000 annual salary was larger than the $673 per month ($8,076 per year) legal maximum for the part-time position. Thus, Hernandez’s financial advisers must have misled him. “We elect people who have a good heart, someone who can listen to your problems and look you in the eye,” Friedman told jurors. “There are a lot of elected officials who may not be the most scholarly. We had a vice president of the United States who didn’t know how to spell potato.” [More]

    • Hunter Morrow

      Friedman, huh?
      I don’t know what the Renaissance is going to be, but it won’t be kosher.

  • NotBillClinton

    Crime stats have always been subject to odd distorting influences. We’d be just as well
    off to get a good sampling of honest impressions from cops on actual partrol, bartenders,
    criminals, taxi drivers, hair stylists, etc. To the extent crime has shrunk, it is probably the
    sense of lots and lots of covert video surveillance that has caused it—that and the realization of what DNA analysis can prove. A Police State is not exactly a solution to street crime.

  • ZB

    More Mexicans/Mexican-Americans in US = More corruption.
    Simple as that.

    • me

      But the media and the ‘officials’ will try and lump it under ‘White’ crime.

  • Greg Thomas

    Welcome to mexico.

  • Bobby

    Nothing strange here at all. Because of the massive generational brainwashing European -Americans received concerning their supposed role in, racism, inequality, human rights, etcetc., so-called minority polticians can have a field ay and indeed in California ARE HAVING A FIELD DAY, when it comes to getting away with criminality and abusing their oaths of office. In city after city, Mexicans in office in California have been busted committing ever kind of crime. It’s only going to get worse, when the demographics swing even more in their favor.
    The day and age of the city politician working honestly at his or her job till retirment, IS OVER. Only a sharp, brave, and demanding public can stop this trend. But, if you have millions of people in a state that know they are in it without permission, they won’t support the citizens efforts to clean things up. In fact, in places like Los Angeles, hispanic, mexican polticians, have used the massive illegal population to get their way by threatening citizens with this demographic. Everyone who listens to the radio or reads the papers in Califorinia knows who these people are, but it doesn’t matter.