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Former State Senator Faces 20 Years After Pleading Guilty To Taking Bribes
Ron Calderon, a former state senator from Montebello, is expected to plead guilty today to allegations that he'd taken bribes while in office, reports L.A. Weekly. The charges against Calderon could land him in prison for 20 years. But his lawyers say that, as part of the plea, they want him to serve no more than 70 months. In a deal made with prosecutors, Calderon will plead guilty to mail fraud. The charge encompasses a number of violations that Calderon had committed while in office. In one incident he'd agreed to push for legislation that would benefit the owner of a Long Beach Hospital, as long as the owner hired Calderon's son as a paid intern. Calderon also advocated a tax break for producers of small-budget films; he took up this position after being courted by a group of film executives who were actually FBI agents working undercover. In this incident Calderon also demanded that one of the executives hire his daughter.
Former state assemblyman Tom Calderon, Ron's brother, pleaded guilty last week to allegations that he was laundering money on Ron's behalf. The charges mark a steep fall for the once-mighty Calderon political dynasty, according to the L.A. Times. Ron, Tom, along with older brother Charles, rose from Montebello to become notable power players in the political sphere. "Known for a ruthless style of political hardball and audacious fundraising, the brothers were masters of leverage, using others' wants and weaknesses to their advantage," said the Times.
In 2014, the Whittier Daily News reported that Charles, a former assemblyman, had directed $40,000 in campaign funds to to his son Ian for "Web-consulting services." Reporters found no evidence of an internet presence, however. In 2015 the Fair Political Practices Commission said that it couldn't find "sufficient evidence"of wrong doing on Charles' part, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.