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Second member of state boxing panel quits

October 1, 2009 | 12:59 pm

A second member of the state commission that regulates boxing and mixed martial arts has resigned within a week.
Howard Rose, a Beverly Hills talent agent who has also worked as a boxing promoter, notified state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) in a letter Tuesday that he was stepping down from the California State Athletic Commission immediately. He did not offer an explanation, saying only that he was “very proud” of the commission’s accomplishments.

Last week, the commission’s chairman, Timothy Noonan, submitted his resignation to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Steinberg had said the Senate would not confirm the governor’s reappointments of Noonan and another commissioner, Peter Lopez, in effect forcing them out by the end of the year. Noonan said he was quitting because the state Department of Consumer Affairs, the commission’s parent agency, had rejected board members’ choice for a new executive officer.
The resignations follow stories in The Times last month that detailed how commissioners obtained free admission for themselves, relatives, friends and associates to events they regulate. The articles also documented regulatory and administrative failures at the agency.

The Fair Political Practices Commission, which enforces state ethics laws, is investigating the free admissions.

-- Michael Rothfeld in Sacramento

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