▪ Ron Calderon is elected to the 30th Senate District from Montebello.
▪ Calderon asks Michael Drobot, an influential hospital executive, to hire his son for $10,000 a summer so he would “have enough money to pay his college tuition,” according to an FBI affidavit.
▪ Ron Calderon and an undercover agent talk about introducing legislation to lower the threshold for the state’s film tax credit. Calderon asks the agent to hire his daughter. The agent asks Calderon to hire his “girlfriend,” also an undercover agent, and Calderon later sends the following email to agent and agent/girlfriend: “Congratulations! Looking forward to working with you.”
▪ Undercover agent mails $25,000 check to former Democratic Assemblyman Tom Calderon’s Californians for Diversity. Tom and Ron Calderon are brothers.
▪ FBI raids the Capitol and searches two offices of Ron Calderon.
▪ Al Jazeera America publishes a leaked, 124-page affidavit alleging Ron Calderon accepted about $88,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent posing as a film studio owner and a Southern California hospital executive during a wide-ranging probe.
▪ Lawmakers take the extraordinary step of removing Ron Calderon from the California Film Commission, a post he was entitled to hold until the end of his term.
▪ Lawmakers remove Ron Calderon from key legislative posts, including four policy committees and the board of the Latino Caucus. Also, civic leaders in his southeast Los Angeles district ask for Ron Calderon’s resignation.
▪ Ron Calderon charges in a federal filing that authorities leaked the affidavit against him after Calderon refused to participate in a sting operation targeting then-Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Sen. Kevin de León, now the Senate leader.
▪ A grand jury indicts Ron Calderon on 24 criminal charges that allege he took nearly $100,000 in bribes in exchange for efforts to influence legislation. Calderon faces a maximum sentence of 396 years if convicted. Tom Calderon is also indicted on money laundering charges.
▪ Ron Calderon pleads not guilty to corruption charges and is freed after posting a $50,000 bond.
▪ Ron Calderon takes an indefinite leave of absence while fighting felony charges. He continues to receive his full legislative pay.
▪ Ron Calderon is suspended from the upper chamber, with pay, on a 28-1 vote.
▪ Ron Calderon leaves office due to term limits.
▪ California voters overwhelmingly approve Proposition 50, which amends the state constitution to allow lawmakers to suspend their colleagues without pay or benefits.
▪ Tom Calderon pleads guilty to one count of money laundering in the corruption case involving him and his brother.
▪ Ron Calderon indicates he will plead guilty to one count of mail fraud.
Compiled by Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller