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

Federal Bureau of Investigation 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, Calderon declined to comment.

"I'm not going to talk about that," Calderon said. "It's a complicated issue."

Calderon's name appears on a subpoena recently served to the Central Basin Municipal Water District, a Los Angeles-area water agency which Calderon served for years as a paid consultant.

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."

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

PHOTO: California State Senator Ron Calderon, from left, talks with California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, while former state assemblyman Tom Calderon talks with a friend at a memorial service for Tom's wife Marcella Calderon at the Montebello Applied Technology Center High School in Montebello on January 14, 2012. Los Angeles Times/Genaro Molina.


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