|News vans camp overnight outside the Montebello office of Senator Ron Calderon, June 4, 2013.|
Howdy friends and neighbors of the hills!
Hooey, the temperature in Montebello is on the rise and I'm not just talking about the weather!
Yesterday, the FBI raided the Sacramento office of Senator Ron Calderon (Dem. Montebello). The internet has been buzzing with reports from news agencies all over California and the story has been picked up by CNN and the Huffington Post. The photo above shows t.v. news vans from Channels 2, 9, 4 and 7. (The office was closed but I guess the tv folks wanted to stake out a good spot for their morning broadcasts.)
The Los Angeles Times has been printing out new "updates" or related stories just about every couple of hours. According to the LA Times:
A day after FBI agents raided the Capitol office of Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), local officials from Southern California said they have been interviewed by federal agents about the senator’s connection to a local water board. LA Times: Calderon family's ties to Central Basin water board probed by FBI
The "connection" refers to former Montebello City Planning Commissioner, Tom Calderon, Senator Ron Calderon's brother. Tom Calderon was a consultant to the Central Basin Municipal Water District.
Los Cerritos Community News has been following this "Calderon Connection" for several years now and had this to say:
Records obtained by Los Cerritos Community Newspaper from Central Basin Municipal Water District via a public records request show that Tom Calderon, brother of California State Senator Ronald Calderon, and their company The Calderon Group, was paid in excess of $11,000 per month, over $438,000, in “Government Consulting” fees between 2009 and 2013.
LCCN: Dirty Water: Calderon’s Cashed in on Relationships at Water Agency
Now you may be asking yourself, "What does this have to do with the Montebello hills?"
The water for the proposed Montebello Hills Specific Plan would be supplied by the San Gabriel Valley Water Company.
Hhhhmmm, remember this LA Times story from 2009?
Opponents have questioned the chairman of the city Planning Commission over his work as a paid consultant for the San Gabriel Valley Water Co., which would supply the development with more than 800 acre-feet of water annually. Tom Calderon, the chairman, has denied any conflict of interest.
LA Times: Opposing sides on Montebello project find common ground: City Hall turmoil
Channel 2 News sent a reporter to Senator Calderon's Montebello residence. A car with official state plates was parked in the driveway but nobody answered the door. Surprise, surprise.
Something tells me this is gonna be a long, hot summer here in Montebello.