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Maywood councilman’s status under review by D.A.’s office

MAYWOOD — The question of whether newly elected City Councilman Sergio Calderon can retain his council seat while at the same time presiding as president of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California is under review, according to a spokesperson at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Integrity Division.

“I have great respect for the district attorney’s office,” Calderon said Jan. 4. “All I can do is wait and see.”

Calderon said he had not heard or received any notice from the county or state.

Attention turned to Calderon amid reports that a second Water Replenishment District board member, Carson Mayor Albert Robles, faces possible removal by the state from the water district board.

Deputy State Attorney General Lawrence Daniels issued a written ruling late last year that Robles is in violation of a state law concerning conflicting offices.

Calderon, employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District, served as Maywood city clerk the past two years, but his election to the City Council could put him in conflict with the Water Replenishment District, which sets replenishment rates for both public and private water providers.

A similar situation occurred when Calderon sought public office in Maywood several years ago, at which time he decided not to run for City Council.

Elected to the Division 4 of the Lakewood-based Water Replenishment District of Southern California in November 2006, Calderon is now serving his second term.

That division includes the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, Montebello South Gate and Vernon. Division 4, also includes portions of Downey, Los Angeles, Monterrey Park as well as unincorporated areas of East Los Angeles, Walnut Park, Florence Firestone and Belvedere.

Calderon was the top vote-getter in the Nov. 3 municipal election as he and businessman Ramon Medina ousted incumbents Oscar Magaña and then-Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Guardado.

Calderon and Medina teamed with now-Mayor Thomas Martin and Councilman Ricardo Villarreal to form a new council majority.

Pedro Carrillo, who served as interim city manager in Bell after the Robert Rizzo scandal of 2010, was named temporary administrator in Maywood.