To Richard Barrera, his roles as a San Diego Unified trustee and leader within the local labor movement don’t conflict – they complement each other perfectly. On the school board, Barrera led a deal to hire more union workers for school construction projects, helped elect union-backed school board members and selected Cindy Marten as superintendent without a public search.

The scramble to replace the mayor begins. Labor leader not so high on Nathan Fletcher. Mike Aguirre jumps in. Veterans struggling to pay for UC San Diego.