The Port must grapple with a fundamental question as it considers the proposals for the future of Seaport Village: How much say should a single developer have over public land? It also must consider what’s suitable for public waterfront property in the first place, whether each plan is consistent with the Port’s vision and what’s best for its budget.

The Port has decided to let developers shape major overhauls of Seaport Village and Harbor Island before it finalizes a comprehensive master plan for the waterfront. That means it is private developers, not public officials, who are framing the discussion of the bay’s future.

Civic San Diego is one step closer to completing an important development project in southeastern San Diego, but some in the community aren’t pleased with the process that led the organization to choose a developer. The complaints are stirring up the same issues that have kept Civic San Diego from expanding its authority outside of downtown for years. Namely, many in the community just don’t trust the organization.

One of Ed Harris’ first acts as a city councilman in 2014 was to stage a protest against a city plan to add density near a planned trolley stop in Bay Park. Now, Harris is running for mayor and talking up the need to build new housing near transit – just what the proposal he opposed intended to do. In an interview, he said he’s changed his perspective.