Ron Calderon

State Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), shown at his desk in January, on Monday was given one week to resign or take a leave of absence, or face a Senate vote to suspend him. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / January 6, 2014)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 24, 2014, 4:45 p.m.

SACRAMENTO – Senate leaders said Monday they will give Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) one week, until March 3, to either resign or take a leave of absence, after which he will face a possible Senate vote to suspend him from office.

“I think it is fair that we give Sen. Calderon a chance to consider the request we made” last Friday, said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). “We are being very deliberative.”

Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar said he is willing to go along with the Democrats’ move to give Calderon some time to act.

“Certainly, giving time to let some of the issues run their course with Sen. Calderon, who is not here today, is something we are willing to go along with the pro tem on, as long as action is coming soon,” Huff told reporters.

Some Republicans want swift action not only on Calderon but also to expel Sen. Roderick Wright (D- Inglewood), who was convicted last month of eight felonies, including perjury and voter fraud. Prosecutors said Wright lied about living in his Senate district when he was elected and voted there.

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