Governor Appoints 2 to SCIF Board

Governor Pete Wilson has filled two seats on the board of directors of the State Compensation Insurance Fund.

The Governor reappointed Eppie Johnson of Sacramento, who has served on the board since 1986. He is the chairperson of Eppie's Restaurants, a restaurant chain he has owned and operated since 1964. Johnson also is past president of the California Restaurant Association. His term on the board lasts until January 15, 1999.

Arthur Kassel of Beverly Hills was appointed by the Governor to fill a vacancy with an unexpired term. Kassel is president of the Beverly Hills Publishing Company and Video Group and chairperson of the Beverly Hills Gun Club, a firearms safety and security training academy he founded in 1981. The Beverly Hills Gun Club has been insured by State Fund for eight years.

Kassel has served as executive assistant to the Mayor of Los Angeles and was a member of the Los Angeles County Delinquency and Crime Commission. He also served for five years as the chairperson of the state Narcotic Addict Evaluation Authority and a member of the California Board of Corrections.

Kassel's term expires January 15, 1995. He replaces Etta Allen of Greenbrae, whom the Governor appointed to the Board of Directors of the State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business, and Industrial Development Corporation (SAFE-BIDCO).

State Fund's board of directors consists of five members appointed by the Governor. Board members must be holders of policies from State Fund or employees of policyholders, and one member must be a representative of organized labor.

The Director of DIR serves as a sixth, non-voting member.