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On March 12 of this year, Alan Bersin, chairman of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, wrote Mayor Jerry Sanders to confirm that the authority would assign a top-level executive "to help resolve issues surrounding the Sunroad Enterprises building near Montgomery Field." In May, that executive tried to lobby the Federal Aviation Administration to re-route air traffic so Sunroad could keep its building at the illegal 180 feet. On January 29, Bersin had filed his statement of economic interests (SEI) with the city. It showed that Bersin had invested up to $1 million in a limited liability company that owned a building at 3860 Calle Fortunada. That building is 5 minutes from the controversial Sunroad structure. Since the Sunroad building would enhance the value of the building in which he invested, did Bersin have a conflict of interest? Or had he sold his interest in the LLC before he committed an executive to lobby the FCC? Bersin did not respond to questions Thursday. While he was San Diego schools superintendent in the late 1990s, Bersin had championed the city-subsidized ballpark -- a questionable position for a so-called educator. But his family had real estate in the area of the ballpark. A year-old rumor that Bersin will run for city attorney has surfaced again in recent days.

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Anonymous Oct. 19, 2007 @ 8:46 a.m.

Don, Hmmmmm this ones a stretch... You're wordsmithing title gives the reader an impression the buildings are next door to each other. But in fact, they're "driving" miles apart, and as the crow flys, probably a mile or more. The Bersin building is on the landing approach pattern, where the Sunroad structure is in a hazardous takeoff vector. Nevertheless, with nearby interests in such proximity to Montgomery Field, Bersin should have recused himself. I guess your point was more of the same ole politics in San Diego.

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Don Bauder Oct. 19, 2007 @ 10:46 a.m.

I think Bersin should have recused himself (if he still has an investment in the building, and I am quite sure he does) or at least made his monetary interest public at the time. In loaning the executive to lobby the FAA, Bersin stood to gain monetarily. Best, Don Bauder

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