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The union that represents 11,000 San Diego County government employees is using labor negotiations to push a broad set of policy goals: It wants to vastly expand the county’s welfare program, reform the criminal justice system and create a countywide “sanctuary” policy for immigrants.

Two candidates seeking the interim DA appointment say they won’t run in 2018 in order to keep the race a fair fight. Summer Stephan, the leading candidate for the appointment and in the 2018 race, says the idea that appointing her would bypass voters is “illusory.”

Voters roundly rejected a measure in November that would have greenlit the sprawling Lilac Hills Ranch project near Valley Center. But Accretive Investments, the project’s developers, submitted paperwork last week to San Diego County’s planning department that could keep the project alive.

Project One for All, the county’s commitment to house 1,250 of the most vulnerable homeless San Diegans, has helped get dozens off the streets and drawn praise from even some of the most skeptical local advocates. But the much-celebrated initiative has hit some snags in its early months. Confusion has sometimes plagued its implementation.

In a Q-and-A, County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar talks about the election, her transition into the job and how she hopes to accomplish what she promised during her campaign in the next four years. She said she’ll focus “more on county operations” than her predecessor and suggests that might mean attending fewer community events.

In September, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department began a one-year pilot program that includes four camera-equipped drones. Despite urging from the ACLU that the Sheriff’s Department first seek input from the public and the County Board of Supervisors, it did neither.

If voter registration advantages ever translate into Election Day victories, Democrats and Republicans will each have two seats on the County’s Board of Supervisors. The coastal District 3 would then be where the fight for control over the body will play out. And this year, we have a preview of what those contests might be like.