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Source: George Dodd prepared for showdown w/ DCA on Tuesday

By Zach Arnold | June 24, 2012

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On Friday, we reported that George Dodd was out as Executive Director of the California State Athletic Commission. After the Department of Consumer Affairs illegally threatened Dodd with personal liability for any CSAC debt, the outcome was fixed. In addition, we reported on Sunday that new Governor Brown commission appointee Brian Edwards was also a goner.

What hasn’t been discussed are the terms of DCA’s ousting of George Dodd. The folks in Sacramento thought that him cleaning out his desk was going to be the end of this process.

According to a source with knowledge of Tuesday’s DCA hearing in South El Monte, George Dodd is set to force the DCA into a public hearing about his job performance. Despite the outcome being a fait accompli, the source claims that Dodd will make the internal issues regarding CSAC & DCA business a public affair despite the DCA/CSAC having a closed session before announcing Dodd’s job termination on Tuesday.

Should Dodd go through with the public hearing request on Tuesday, our educated guess is that we will get, at the very least, a small glimpse into the politics regarding how the DCA controls manages CSAC and why they are making the political moves they currently are. In previous posts about the DCA/CSAC civil war, we have brought up the potential scenario of the DCA sunsetting the CSAC so that they could possibly take over all CSAC duties in secret. Such a scenario would mean that all decisions made by DCA would not be disclosed publicly. This would include budgeting affairs, licensing, drug testing, and matchmaking. Given all of the potential outcomes of this civil war, DCA moving everything into secret would absolutely be the worst case scenario for combat sports in California. If you think that the current situation is politically charged, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

In regards to the departure of Brian Edwards from CSAC, the belief on the ground is that he got out of dodge because he wanted no part of being involved in the start of this civil war. Once the insolvency letter by DCA was sent to the CSAC board members, that was enough for him.

If that doesn’t pique your interest, this might. According to a source on background, Governor Jerry Brown recently was ready to appoint two new people to CSAC. In order for those appointments to go through, they have to go through powerful state senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg in Sacramento. The source claims that Steinberg, who is on the Senate Rules & Public Safety committees, has been advised by the Department of Consumer Affairs to hold off on the appointments.

As for the man (Brian Stiger) who appointed George Dodd to the DCA, Stiger was moved from the state level of DCA to the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs branch in January of 2012.

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