County Supervisor Dave Roberts, who’s running for re-election, says he won’t take a position on SANDAG’s proposed sales tax increase because it’s too controversial. His opponent, Republican Kristin Gaspar, says the controversy is precisely why she opposes the measure.

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.

Four years ago, under sustained criticism, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors cut in half a program that let each supervisor dole out $2 million a year to nonprofits. Now the supervisors want the other $1 million apiece back.