Alan Bersin, who’s held several high-profile public jobs and is current chairman of the board that manages Lindbergh Field, apparently is mulling a run at the job now held by City Attorney Michael Aguirre.
According to several published reports, Bersin is making inquiries about the decision to run for the job that has become a lightning rod of controversy since Aguirre took office in December 2004.
Called for a comment, a spokeswoman for Bersin said he was out of town, and doesn’t have anything to add to what has already been printed.
The chairman of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority board, Bersin and two other board members stand to lose their annual salary of about $171,000 following the adoption this month of new law that eliminates that pay, replacing it with a maximum of about $25,000 per year.
Before being appointed as authority chairman by Mayor Jerry Sanders, Bersin was secretary of education under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before that, Bersin made headlines and ruffled lots of feathers as the superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, implementing a plan that emphasized minimum standards for math and language skills.
Unhappy with Bersin’s management style, the SDUSD board bought out Bersin’s contract before it ended.
Before his seven-year tenure at the school district, Bersin served as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California in San Diego.
, Mike Allen