Tom Calderon, shown in 2002, spoke out Wednesday to defend his actions as a subpoena sought his water agency records.

Tom Calderon mum on subpoena; denies wrongdoing with water district

Published: Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 21, 2013 - 7:42 am

In his first comments since an FBI raid on his brother's legislative offices, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon denied Wednesday any wrongdoing in his work for a Southern California water agency he has advised.

FBI agents raided offices belonging to Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, two weeks ago. Tom Calderon, who is Ron's brother, told The Bee in an interview on Wednesday that he had "no idea" what the agents were searching for.

When asked whether he has been contacted by the FBI or the U.S. attorney's office, Tom Calderon declined to comment. "I'm not going to talk about that," Calderon said. "It's a complicated issue."

A subpoena recently served to the Central Basin Municipal Water District, a Los Angeles-area water agency which Tom Calderon served for years as a paid consultant, seeks "all files, documents and records" that relate to Calderon and others affiliated with the agency.

That brought fresh attention to allegations that Calderon helped steer a contract to a firm, Water2Save, for which he is a board member. Calderon dismissed the notion that he had any role in contracting decisions at the Central Basin Municipal Water District. "You know, the enemies of Central Basin, I'm sure, have talked to people and are making allegations of what my role was, but my role is my role," Calderon said. "I didn't make any decisions over there, I didn't advise the board directly. They made all the decisions."

Tom's two brothers, Ron and former Assemblyman Charles Calderon, served in the Legislature and carried legislation that would have affected the water district. Tom Calderon said he did not communicate with his brothers about the bills.

Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543. Follow him on Twitter @CapitolAlert.

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