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Gov. Brown picks lobbyist, money man for California State Athletic Commission

By Zach Arnold | May 9, 2013

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Details from this press release:

John Carvelli, 51, of Newport Beach, has been appointed to the California State Athletic Commission. Carvelli has been executive vice president at LIBERTY Dental Plan since 2004. He was president of Medimanager Inc. from 1999 to 2003 and a health care consultant at Empire Pacific LLC from 1995 to 1999. He is a member of the Team 100 Food for Kids Board of Directors and the Parents Television Council Advisory Board. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Carvelli is a Republican.

Here is his bio from the PTC:

John is a Director and EVP of the Liberty Dental group of companies. Liberty Dental is a dental managed care insurance company.

John recently completed a multi-year project as President and director of the former Lincoln Hospital Medical Center, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA. The project included the management and work-out of one of the oldest and largest community clinic organizations known as Clinica Medica Familiar.

In 1996 Carvelli established Empire Pacific, LLC, a business and public affairs consulting company. Empire Pacific and affiliates, provide business and public affairs services for healthcare, financial and information technology companies.

Carvelli has been active in numerous political, legislative and campaign activities for approximately 25 years. He served as a press aide to former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey and for a member of the California State Assembly in 1986, John served as manager of a CA statewide political campaign for Lt. Governor. Carvelli was a delegate to the CA State Republican Party and is the Chairman Emeritus of the ‘400 Club of the Republican Party of Orange County.

In 1984, Carvelli received a BA degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, D.C., Carvelli also worked for the Republican National Committee and in The House of Representatives.

During the 1980’s, John took part in a fact-finding mission in war torn Nicaragua with the National Conservative Foundation.

John and his wife Kate and three daughters, live in Newport Beach, CA.

The three things you need to know on John Carvelli: 1) he’s rich, really rich; 2) he’s a lobbyist & wheeler ‘n dealer for many years in politics; 3) he’s being brought on board to help out with analyzing the finances for the California State Athletic Commission. Given his lobbyist background, Carvelli will have a better understanding of how the stooges at the Department of Consumer Affairs operate. CSAC is DCA’s puppet.

For further proof of Carvelli’s background as a wheeler ‘n dealer, here’s his lobbyist profile regarding working on issues related to Medi-Cal:

John is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Foundation for Science, Health and the Environment (IFSHE). IFSHE is a non-profit corporation engaged in scientific research through Department of Defense and Department of Interior awarded contracts.

He’s been a money man for a long time. Read this June 1993 Los Angeles Times article regarding Carvelli’s ventures into the card club/casino world to see how deep the pockets are.

Carvelli is mentioned in this April 14th Sacramento Bee piece titled “Dental program for poor children improving.”

Dental managed care plans that came under fire last year for failing to treat large numbers of poor children in Sacramento and Los Angeles counties have made significant strides toward getting those children into dentists’ chairs, according to a report submitted to the state Legislature last week.

In a February 2012 story, the Sacramento Bee highlighted problems with the local managed care dental system, featuring stories of children who waited months or years to receive treatment for broken or badly decayed teeth. State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, called on the Department of Health Care Services to take “immediate steps” to fix the situation.

The key name here is Steinberg. Obviously, Carvelli is on Steinberg’s political radar screen when it comes to Carvelli’s business. Without Steinberg’s support, Carvelli isn’t even placed in the position that he is with the CSAC appointment. It also means that whatever the Capitol wants done in terms of votes on the CSAC board, Carvelli will follow with the political program or else he will get jettisoned out like Gene Hernandez & Mike Munoz, two honorable guys who stood up to the bureaucrats and got kicked out for their efforts.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

CSAC 7-board panel: John Frierson (Chairman – Los Angeles), Dr. VanBuren Ross Lemons (Sacramento), Dr. Christopher Giza (UCLA), Dean Grafilo (SEIU guy/California Medical Association, Sacramento), Mary Lehman (former boxer, attorney in San Diego), Martha Shen-Urquidez (long-time lawyer with Los Angeles Housing Authority/Chinese businesswoman), and now John Carvelli (money man & lobbyist in Southern California).

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2 Responses to “Gov. Brown picks lobbyist, money man for California State Athletic Commission”

  1. RST says:

    I’ve never met Jerry Brown personally, but I know people who have worked with him. Dana Carvey does an ace imitation.

  2. […] state athletic commissions have made a lot of bad headlines lately. California is a train wreck. New York’s commission has quite a reputation for handling medicals of fighters & issues […]


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