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State Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother have ties to local water district (Updated)

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The Sacramento offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, were searched by the FBI this week. The FBI would not disclose the reason for the investigation.

California state Sen. Ron Calderon, whose Sacramento offices were raided Tuesday by the FBI, has personal and legislative ties to the Central Basin Municipal Water District — a public agency that is also under federal scrutiny.
 
The former owner of a Southern California water conservation consulting firm says he was sought out twice this year by the FBI for information about the water district, which serves various cities in southeast L.A. County, including Calderon's base in Montebello.

In recent years, Calderon introduced a bill that would have benefited the district and argued against another piece of legislation that the agency opposed. 

All the while, the water district was paying consulting fees to Calderon's brother, former California state legislator Tom Calderon.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: FBI raid not a surprise in Sacramento, DCFS needs more social workers, USC parking plan delayed

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The Sacramento Bee reports that folks are not surprised that state Sen. Ron Calderon's office received a visit from federal authorities.

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Today is Thursday, June 6, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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The Sacramento Bee finds not many people were surprised when state Sen. Ron Calderon's office was raided by the FBI. "He has definitely been a public official who enjoys the perks of being a public official," according to a rep for Common Cause. Capitol Alert also clarifies that federal authorities did not search the Latino Legislative Caucus office.

The Calderon investigation was also the subject of last night's Which Way, LA?

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House conservatives weigh in on Senate immigration bill

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Freshman Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Redding) says it might be easier to pass immigration reform in pieces

Conservative House Republicans raked the Senate immigration proposal over the coals at a lunch meeting Wednesday. The meeting featured one of the orchestrators of that bill, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. 

The closed door meeting of the Republican Study Group reportedly produced no fireworks, but lots of criticism. Most want to see tougher language on border security. The lawmakers in the Study Group also debated whether immigration reform should be tackled issue by issue.

California Central Valley Congressman Jeff Denham is a member of the Study Group. He's a big picture guy and says he believes "very strongly we have to have a comprehensive bill. There are too many different pieces to this that affect different segments of California." Pieces like temporary visas for both agricultural and high tech workers, for example.

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Updated: FBI raids offices of California state Sen. Ron Calderon (map, chart)

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A pair of FBI agent are let into the Capitol office of state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, by Senate Chief Sgt.-at-Arms Tony Beard, center, after a search warrant was served Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

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An FBI agent carries out a box as he leaves the Capitol office of State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 4, 2013.


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Update 11:59 a.m.: Latino Caucus office wasn't searched by FBI

Officials with the California state Legislature previously said that the offices of the Latino Caucus were searched by the FBI Tuesday, along with state Sen. Ron Calderon's office, but state Senate Chief Sergeant-at-Arms Tony Beard issued a statement Wednesday saying that both offices searched belong to Calderon.

Calderon’s second office is in the state-owned Legislative Office Building, across the street from his other office in the State Capitol. Many legislators have second offices in the Legislative Office Building.

Beard said in a statement that the reason one of the offices was mistakenly identified as belonging to the Latino Caucus was due to an outdated room number roster — the Caucus moved into new offices earlier this year, according to Beard.

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The FBI raided state Sen. Ron Calderon's office, as well as the office of the Latino Caucus Tuesday afternoon. An attorney for Calderon says the feds don't have a case.

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Wednesday, June 5, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The FBI raided the offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon and the Latino Caucus Tuesday afternoon. Mark Geragos, Calderon's attorney, said the feds "have no case, so what they do is they leak the sealed information in an effort to hassle innocent people, and that's all the comment I have." Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press

President Obama will host Chinese President Xi Jinping at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage this weekend. "The White House proposed the informal summit in hopes the two leaders can establish a personal rapport early in Xi's tenure and discuss — without the pageantry of a state visit," reports the Los Angeles Times. Sunnylands.

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