Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, March 30, 2009


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Schwarzenegger Appoints Attorneys to State Boards


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of  Pasadena attorney Victoria R. Pearson to the New Motor Vehicle Board, and Sacramento attorney Rebecca Downing to the Dental Board of California.

Pearson, 40, has served as chief operating officer and general counsel for the Rusnak Auto Group since 2006.

Prior to that, Pearson was in private practice as a real estate attorney from 2000 to 2006 and was the executive director for Washington Ceasefire— nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing gun violence in Washington state through education, research, and advocacy—from 1995 to 1996.

A graduate of USC, Peason earned her law degree from Gonzaga University and a Masters of Environmental Laws degree from George Washington University. She is licensed to practice in California, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Pearson is register decline-to-state.

The New Motor Vehicle Board, formerly known as the New Car Dealers Policy and Appeals Board, is a program within the Department of Motor Vehicles charged with creating a broad statutory framework and forum for regulating and settling disputes in the new vehicle industry.

Appointment to the board does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

Downing, 49, has served as the chief compliance officer and chief legal officer for Western Health Advantage since 2005.

She previously served as general counsel for Landmark Healthcare from 2002 to 2004 and as the executive director for the California Chiropractic Association from 1995 to 2002.

From 1993 to 1995, she was an attorney for Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton.

Downing is a Democrat.

The Dental Board of California’s stated mission is to protect and promote the health and safety of consumers by licensing those dental health care professionals who demonstrate competency, taking action to enforce compliance with the Dental Practice Act and the laws of the State of California, and enhancing the education of licentiates and consumers.

Board members receive $100 per diem, and appointment to the board does not require Senate confirmation.


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