In a Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 photo, San Diego mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer engages in conversation with supporter Lilly Cheng during a campaign event, in San Diego. Faulconer easily topped a field of 11 candidates in a first round of voting by dominating in wealthier neighborhoods north of the freeway. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
You may be wondering why you should care about San Diego's mayoral election if you don't live there. According to Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters, the reason why is that the outcome could be a bell weather of what's to come for California politics.