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.

A federal prosecutor gave the first clue Friday to the biggest unanswered question in the campaign finance scandal: What did the wealthy Mexican national who allegedly conspired to illegally fund San Diego elections want?