Unlike Korenstein and Fields, Castro chose to leave the board rather than run for re-election this year. She’s almost certain to be replaced by Jose Huizar, a 32-year-old land-use attorney endorsed by both Riordan and much of the Latino political establishment. Could Huizar be the key to Riordan‘s getting what he wants? And what exactly does Riordan want -- besides better schools?
Valerie Fields, still stung by the mayor’s abandonment, puts it bluntly: “He would like Romer to quit, and then he could move in as superintendent.”
Maybe. Yet becoming superintendent is a bit like being the genie of the lamp. You have all that power, but must bend it to the wishes of your master -- in this case, the Board of Education. If Riordan can somehow maintain his influence after leaving office, he‘s already just where he probably prefers to be.
But even if Superintendent Riordan is an unlikely scenario, it’s one heck of a campaign theme.