SACRAMENTO -- State Sen.
"Unfortunately, recent allegations against one of our caucus members, Sen. Ron Calderon, threaten to overshadow our accomplishments and undermine the integrity of the caucus as a whole," Lara said. "We take these grave allegations seriously. While we make no judgment as to the veracity, we have a duty to protect the integrity of a distinguished caucus."
Calderon has not been charged with any crime. However, the U.S. attorney’s office is investigating allegations that he accepted $60,000 in bribes from an undercover
Lara took the action to remove Calderon from the board “to address all distractions that may impede our progress.” Lara appointed Sen.
The announcement was made just minutes after the
Calderon blasted his removal from committee assignments. "I have not been charged or convicted with any unjust doing, yet I am being treated by this committee and some media outlets as if I had," Calderon said. "The appropriate action to take would be to allow me to continue the work I was elected to do and to allow me to remain on my committee assignments."