Just a few months after Measure L passed, the City Council and mayor are considering holding a special election that will go directly against the will of the voters. This will undermine our democracy and turn a blind eye to the very reason we needed Measure L in the first place.

Emails obtained by VOSD reveal that top SANDAG officials were told the agency’s economic forecasts — and therefore its Measure A numbers — were way off almost a year before the 2016 election. Instead of acting, the agency continued to rely on numbers they’d been told were faulty, misleading voters in the process and keeping important information from potential watchdogs.

Labor and community groups successfully sponsored Measure K, which will require the top two candidates in the June primary to face a runoff in November, when the electorate more accurately reflects the progressive tilt of our region. This victory, more than that of any single candidate, will change the face of city government.

Local school board elections saw unprecedented spending this season from the state’s biggest charter school advocacy group, California Charter Schools Association, as well as heavy spending from teachers unions, as both sides vied for more control over the local boards of education that determine which charter schools are allowed to operate.