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    The California Senate is set to vote June 16 to formally name Sen. Kevin de León its next leader. De León, D-Los Angeles, emerged from a closed-door Democratic caucus Wednesday and said that “by acclamation” his colleagues chose him as the next Senate president pro tem. The move essentially formalizes a decision Senate leaders announced in January. Sen. Darrell Steinberg, the current leader, will remain in his position until the end of November, said his spokesman Rhys Williams.

    – Laurel Rosenhall

The Buzz: It’s not easy being a Calderon these days

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Calderon candidates had

a tough day at the polls

This time, it didn’t pay to be a Calderon.

Incumbency and name recognition, generally believed to be strong predictors of electoral success, did little in Tuesday’s primary election to help two members of the dynastic Los Angeles-area Calderon family.

Freshman Assemblyman Ian Calderon placed behind a GOP challenger in a district in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 20 percentage points. He will face Republican Rita Topalian in the Nov. 4 general election.

Ian’s father, Charles Calderon, a former lawmaker running to be a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, was clobbered by litigator Carol Rose. He got a third of the vote.

Voters may have been swayed by recent headlines. A federal investigation has led to indictments for former Assemblyman Tom Calderon and now-suspended state Sen. Ron Calderon, Charles’ brothers and Ian’s uncles.

While neither Ian nor Charles was named or implicated in the criminal probe, Tuesday’s results hint at some collateral damage. At the least, the Calderon name now risks conjuring some unsavory connotations.

– Jeremy B. White

Worth repeating

“The ballot designation helped, no doubt about that.”

DAVID EVANS, virtually unknown Republican, noting the label, “chief financial officer,” contributed to his surprisingly strong showing in the race for state controller

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