After last year, you may not want to hear this, but in California another election year has already arrived.
The reason is that under the top two primary in a one-party-dominant state, ultimate outcomes in 2018 will be largely determined by the makeup of the candidate field in the primary. And for potential candidates, the time is almost at hand to decide whether to enter the field.
At the statewide level, what this means is that at all eyes should be on San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Not only may he be the only potential Republican candidate with a strong chance to advance out of the top-two primary, but whether he is in or out will likely determine whether any Democrat other than Gavin Newsom has a chance to win in November 2018.