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Assemblyman Ian Calderon faces fines for not disclosing income

Assemblyman Ian Calderon faces fines for not disclosing income
Democratic Assembly members, from left, Anthony Rendon of Lakewood, Ian Calderon, of Whittier, Rob Bonta of Alameda and Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles, huddle during an Assembly session last year. Ian Calderon has agreed to pay fines for not disclosing income. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

There is more legal trouble for the once politically powerful Calderon family.

State Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) has agreed to pay $600 in fines to the state ethics agency for three counts of failing to properly disclose tens of thousands of dollars in income he received from his father, former Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon.

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Ian Calderon was up to a year and a half late in meeting legal requirements to report $41,990 in income for his work for the Charles Calderon for Assembly 2010 campaign committee, according to a report released Monday by enforcement staff of the state Fair Political Practices Commission. The panel will meet Nov. 20 to consider approving its staff recommendation to impose the fines.

The case stems from a May 2012 complaint by Whittier resident Francisco Santana as Ian Calderon was running for election to the state Assembly. Calderon was a former field representative for then-Assemblyman Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina).

As a legislative aide and candidate, Ian Calderon was required to disclose his income, but the reports he filed initially left off payments of $41,990 from his father's campaign for "information technology costs," according to disclosure forms it filed with the secretary of state's office.

The complaint by Santana also alleged Ian Calderon failed to report gifts from his father that included trips to Pebble Beach and Hawaii, but the agreement to pay penalties makes no mention of those allegations.

The administrative fines are minor compared to the federal felony indictments returned this year against Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon.

Ronald S. Calderon, who is charged with accepting bribes for official favors, and Tom, who is charged with money laundering, are brothers of Charles and uncles to Ian. The family has had members serve in the state Legislature since 1983.

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