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Ron Calderon announces leave from California state Senate




State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, sits at his desk during the first Senate session of the new year at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Jan. 6 2014.  Calderon, whose Sacramento offices were raided by the FBI in June, had his assigned seat in the Senate chambers moved from front-and center to a far corner, next to a vacant desk.  He also has been stripped of all committee assignments in the wake of an investigation for allegedly accepting nearly $90,000 from an undercover FBI agent. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, sits at his desk during the first Senate session of the new year at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Jan. 6 2014. Calderon, whose Sacramento offices were raided by the FBI in June, had his assigned seat in the Senate chambers moved from front-and center to a far corner, next to a vacant desk. He also has been stripped of all committee assignments in the wake of an investigation for allegedly accepting nearly $90,000 from an undercover FBI agent. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Last night, state Senator Ron Calderon announced that he's taking a leave of absence.

The Democrat from Montebello faces federal corruption charges alleging he took kickbacks while in office and is currently awaiting trial.

Here with more on what this leave of absence means for Sacramento, is KPCC's political reporter, Frank Stoltze.