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Councilman Alex Saab on Tuesday plans to ask the rest of the Downey City Council to join him in demanding the resignation of Sen. Ron Calderon.
Saab said he is seeking Caldero’s resignation “in light of recent revelations and the effects it has had on the citizens of Downey.”
Calderon has been embroiled in controversy since Al-Jazeera America reported last month that he is the subject of a federal investigation for having solicited bribes.
Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia also demanded Calderon’s resignation last week.
Garcia’s statement: “As the unsealed FBI affidavit and subsequent news reports have revealed a legal whirlwind surrounding Senator Ron Calderon, I must speak out. It is with mixed feelings, but with strong conviction that today I ask Senator Calderon to step down from his office to allow this black cloud to be removed from over the Capitol and over the State of California.
“I fully realize that we must respect the presumed innocence of Senator Calderon, but the distraction caused by this case, in my own backyard and its long term implications are detrimental to the fabric of government and to the citizens that the Senator represents.
“Every Legislator takes an oath to faithfully discharge their duties as an elected official. When this pledge is for any reason jeopardized, an officeholder has the duty to step away. I hope Senator Calderon will look within himself and make the proper decision.”
Published: Nov. 7, 2013 – Volume 12 – Issue 30