Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, March 12, 2009


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Schwarzenegger Appoints Attorneys to State Agencies


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday named Los Angeles attorney Peter Lopez to the California Exposition and State Fair Board of Directors and to the State Athletic Commission.

Lopez, 59,  is a partner with the Century City law firm of Kleinberg, Lopez, Lange, Cuddy and Klein and specializes in entertainment law.

Prior to joining the firm in 1997, Lopez was a partner with Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp.

He earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1971 and he law degree from the same school three years later. He was admitted to the State Bar in 1974.

The California Exposition and State Fair board oversees the annual California State Fair, and the State Athletic Commission regulates professional boxing, professional and amateur kickboxing and professional mixed martial arts. Lopez has served on the commission since 2007.

Both positions require Senate confirmation and the compensation for members of the Athletic Commission is $100 per day. There is no salary for the fair board.

Lopez is a Democrat.

The governor also re-appointed San Francisco attorney Eric Kawamura to the California Housing Partnership Corporation.

Kawamura, 54, has served on the corporation—a private nonprofit organization established in 1988 dedicated to helping government and nonprofit housing agencies preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing for lower income households throughout the state—since 2006.

He has also served  as vice president and general counsel for the West Division of Citibank since 2002. Previously, he served as senior vice president and senior counsel for California Federal Bank from 1986 to 2002 and as an attorney for Wendel, Lawlor, Rosen & Black from 1980 to 1986.

A graduate of Yale University, Kawamura attended UC. Hastings College of the Law and was admitted to the State Bar in 1979.

This position requires Senate confirmation, and there is no salary.

Kawamura is registered decline-to-state.


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