The Buzz: For Calderon campaigns, it’s all in the family

05/05/2014 12:00 AM

05/05/2014 6:33 AM

Sometimes it pays to be part of a political dynasty. Literally.

Former lawmaker Charles Calderon has gotten $60,000 in loans for his campaign to become a Los Angeles Superior Court judge from a single source: his son Ian Calderon, a first-term assemblyman who is the fourth Calderon in the last decade to hold a seat in the Legislature.

There are no dollar limits on donations to a judicial campaign, and there’s no rule prohibiting one family member from giving directly to another. “At the end of the day he’s my father, and I don’t think anyone would have a problem with me helping out my father,” Ian Calderon told The Bee. “I want to do whatever I can to help him be successful.”

This isn’t the first time inter-Calderon generosity has shown up on official filings. Charles and his brother Ron, a suspended senator currently battling federal charges, used campaign funds to buy each other Christmas gifts.

Ian and Charles have escaped unscathed from a scandal that has engulfed other members of the family of Democrats. Charles’ younger brothers, Tom and Ron, are facing federal bribery (Ron) and money-laundering (Ron and Tom) charges.

– Jeremy B. White


Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris and families of fallen peace officers will attend the annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony, an annual event recognizing officers who have died on duty. Thirteen names will be added to the monument on Capitol Mall, including eight who were killed last year. Brown and Harris will join the walk of honor, starting at 10:30 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol, then speak at the enrollment ceremony at 11 a.m.

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