Calderon is accused of accepting and soliciting 100 thousand dollars in bribes. He was arraigned today in federal court on 24 counts including bribery and money laundering. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said, for now, his party is going to hold off on expelling Calderon from office.
“Senator Calderon has been accused of very serious crimes,” Steinberg said. “But he hasn’t been convicted of anything. And, thus, expulsion would be premature.”
Steinberg defended his decision not to take similar action against Democratic Senator Rod Wright. Wright was recently convicted of eight felonies for voter fraud and perjury after a jury found he lied about whether he lives within his district. Steinberg said the circumstances of the cases are different.
“I considered each of these situations on their merits,” he said. “And in my view, at the time, and now, suspending Senator Wright was not a recommendation that I felt was the right one to make to my colleagues.”
But Steinberg said if Wright loses his current appeal he will no longer be able to serve in the state Senate.
The state senator from San Diego who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Friday has released a statement regarding the incident.
Measures that would create tougher campaign finance disclosure laws are heading to the governor's desk.
Health care advocates are concerned about a California law that allows the state to claim assets of deceased people who received health care through Medi-Cal.
UPDATE: Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have released a new $7.2 billion water bond proposal, but there's no deal yet. To buy more time, lawmakers have extended Monday's key election deadline by 48 hours.
California senators approved a bill encouraging schools to educate students about Barack Obama's election in the context of past discrimination.