State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) is under pressure from colleagues to resign, but the timing of any such action could play havoc with this year’s election and its costs, officials say. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has given Calderon until March 3 to resign or take a leave of absence in response to his recent indictment on 24 counts involving the alleged acceptance of nearly $100,000 in bribes. If Calderon does not do one or the other by Monday, he could face a Senate vote suspending him from office.
Calderon represents the 30th Senate District but is prevented by term limits from running for reelection this year in the redrawn district which has been renumbered as the 32nd District.
The deadline is March 7 for candidates to file to run for the redrawn district.
But if Calderon were to resign or be expelled before then, the governor would have to call a special election to fill out the remaining few months of his term in the old 30th District. That special election would be held concurrently with the normal election to fill the new 32ndDistrict seat for another four years.