POLITICS (State, Local): Ron Calderon, Tom Calderon, Central Basin Municipal Water District: "Subpoena spotlights Southern California water district's projects with Calderon ties"....
* Sacramento Bee: "Subpoena spotlights Southern California water district's projects with Calderon ties" - From the Bee:
One of a flurry of subpoenas delivered after an FBI raid on the Capitol offices of Sen. Ron Calderon last month went to a Southern California water district, seeking documents related to "federal grants and/or funding to include Federal Stimulus dollars." It makes clear that federal investigators want to know more about contracting at the Central Basin Municipal Water District, where Ron's brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, made hundreds of thousands of dollars serving as a consultant for nearly a decade.
Left unsaid is why federal money is a subject of inquiry in what increasingly appears to be a wide-ranging probe of the Calderon family's activities. But two federally funded projects involving the district have drawn scrutiny and allegations of impropriety even as water rates doubled in the last five years.
In one case, Central Basin moved to award a federally funded contract to awhose leadership included Tom Calderon. In the other, Ron Calderon had a hand in postponing an audit of Central Basin's federally funded pipeline project, which had drawn the ire of mayors and water managers in southern
Tom Calderon, whose name also appears in the subpoena, says he had no role in obtaining money for the federal projects or in determining where the money was spent. "I'm not a federal lobbyist," Calderon told The Bee. "I advised the general manager on strategy pertaining to Central Basin, and we met on a weekly basis, and that's what I did. We had a lobbyist in Sacramento and a lobbyist in D.C., and they carried on all the lobbying work, and my role was strictly strategy."
In his interview with The Bee, Tom Calderon strenuously denied having done anything to influence contracting decisions..................