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Corruption charges nothing new to cities of southeast Los Angeles County



State Sen. Ron Calderon is the latest politician from southeast Los Angeles County to face charges of corruption.
State Sen. Ron Calderon is the latest politician from southeast Los Angeles County to face charges of corruption.
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State Sen. Ron Calderon is the latest politician from southeast Los Angeles County to face charges of corruption.
In the past decade, officials from Huntington Park, South Gate, Lynwood, Cudahy, Bell and Vernon have all faced public corruption charges.
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The tiny cities of southeast Los Angeles County are fairly unremarkable, home to busy freeways and warehouses, but when it comes to stories of political corruption, they're notorious. 

The indictments of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and his brother Tom Calderon are just the latest in a string of bribery, money laundering and corruption cases to hit the area bordered by the 110 and 710 freeways to the west and east, and by the 10 and 105 freeways to the north and south. 

Calderon is accused of accepting $100,000 in cash bribes as well as trips on private planes, meals at gourmet restaurants and rounds of golf at high-end resorts. He also used his political position to arrange for jobs for his two children -- jobs his son and daughter essentially did not perform. Meanwhile, more than 60 percent of his Senate district has an annual income of $75,000 or less, according to data provided by Calderon's office. 

RELATED: KPCC's coverage of the FBI investigation of Ron Calderon

Calderon's arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

Calderon’s 30th Senate District includes the areas of Huntington Park, South Gate, Bell, Cudahy and a sliver of Maywood. All of those communities have experienced political corruption cases in the past decade: