As it searches for unaccounted-for funds, deals with an FBI probe and fights various lawsuits, Central Basin has spent as much as 26 percent of its budget on attorneys.
The State Senate committee retains a prominent legal firm to help dig through the federal investigation into State Sen. Ron Calderon.
The Fair Political Practices Commission seeks clarity on a donation made by a PAC run by the Latino Caucus to a nonprofit tied to Ron and Tom Calderon.
California's political watchdog agency has declined to open an investigation into a lawmaker whose name has surfaced in a federal investigation of a state senator.
The water district transferred $2.7 million into a secret trust fund set up to create an EIR for a water project. One board member called it a "slush fund."
A federal judge has ordered the government to respond to allegations by state Sen. Calderon that the FBI retaliated against him for not cooperating in a sting. Read the order here.
State Senator Ron Calderon's allegations come in a federal complaint, which accuses the FBI of retaliating against him for his refusal to participate in a sting.