DEL MAR — The board that governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds will once again be down a director unless the governor makes an appointment within the next few weeks.
In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointments secretary, David Lizerbram stated he would not seek an additional term as a member of the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors when his current service ends Jan.15, 2015.
Lizerbram, who was appointed in August 2011, said it was “a great pleasure and a privilege to serve” as a director, describing the state-owned facility as “one of the jewels” of California.
“I’m honored to have played a small part in its long history of providing educational and entertaining programming, along with community service, to the residents of San Diego County and beyond,” Lizerbram wrote.
He said his professional and charitable commitments in the next year prevent him from continuing to serve.
An attorney specializing in trademark, copyright and business law, he founded Lizerbram and Associates in 2005.
He also serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Music Foundation and is co-founder of the Craft Beer Association of San Diego, a think-tank focused on promoting San Diego County’s craft beer industry.
His resignation was announced at the Dec. 16 meeting by board President Fred Schenk, who said his colleague would be recognized and honored during his final meeting Jan.6.
“There’s no need for anything special,” Lizerbram said.
His departure opens the door for the possible appointment of former Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu, who has interviewed with the governor’s office for a seat on the board. She has been recommended by 22nd DAA board members and local politicians, including state Assembly leader Toni Atkins.
From 2011 to 2014 the nine-member board operated with less than a full slate of directors. Brown appointed Kathlyn Mead to the last vacant seat in June, but about four months later, Ruben Barrales resigned.
About three weeks later, on Oct. 22, Richard Valdez was named to fill his seat.