Horton Plaza has been kind of a mess for years now as construction crews, behind a fence, have been working on what is supposed to be the premier public gathering spot in the city.

If you have peeked through the fence, however, you might have been stunned by the various amenities, carve-outs, stages, etc. The work is taking so long because they’re building so many things.

The goal is to have 200 events a year there — a rival to the other new public space, the County’s Waterfront Park.

But as Kinsee Morlan found, local arts groups are not sure they’ll be able to afford the new digs after getting sticker shock from inquiries. City officials and their partners say they’re just trying to figure out the market. Morlan offers a great update on the progress so far and the park’s potential.

Too Much Water Is the Cost of Being Great at Water

Recently, Voice of San Diego’s Ry Rivard revealed that, because of the emphasis on conservation, a new desalination plant and a dysfunctional relationship with the Metropolitan Water District, the San Diego County Water Authority was dumping fully treated water into a reservoir, where, if we want to ever use it, we’d have to treat it again.

Now, the Water Authority’s Board Chairman Mark Weston has written up a response to the story. He blames the state’s across-the-board water conservation mandate. San Diego, after all, has been conserving water and creating new supplies for years, so we shouldn’t have had to cut.

“It forced residents who had invested in supplies to use dramatically less, forcing up the per-unit price of water so agencies could still cover the costs of keeping their systems running reliably. It also increased challenges for businesses to expand even though they use water very efficiently,” Weston writes.

That’s a long way of saying that they expected us to buy a lot more water than we did, so they had to raise the price to pay the bills and dump some extra supplies.

The Inevitable Craft Beer Lecture About Selling Out

There’s been a lot of developments in the local craft beer scene lately: Ballast Point and Saint Archer sold to big corporations, Green Flash and Stone have opened faraway outlets and places like Ballast Point and Alesmith have gotten help from the city to expand here locally.

Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch says not all those developments should be celebrated.

In an op-ed in the Union-Tribune this weekend, Koch says selling to bigger companies is bad and that Stone won’t do that.

“When a craft brewer sells out to Big Beer, not only are they handing over control of their company’s future (irrespective of the requisite “We’re Not Changing Anything” press release), their brand is transformed overnight from being a positive force for growing the craft segment into a tool fighting against the brewers who choose to remain solely dedicated to the craft category,” he writes. (Koch is listed as the CEO of Stone in the op-ed, though he said he was resigning from that role in September.)

Here’s a more sympathetic take from Alesmith’s Peter Zien.

More News

• A former San Diego police officer has sued the department for allegedly being pushed out after he raised concerns about profiling. Here’s some of our investigative work about the departments troubles with the issue. (Union-Tribune)

• With mobile homes being cleared out from Mission Bay’s De Anza Cove and another plot, planning is underway for what to do with them. The U-T has an interesting piece about how restoring part of the marsh that used to define the entire area.

“Most of the park will remain just as it is today, but environmentalists, city officials and community leaders are analyzing and haggling over how to restore as many as 170 acres of marshland in the park’s northeast corner near Pacific Beach,” the paper reports.

Wildfire risk in February, obviously.

• Here’s a pretty nice shot of Sunset Cliffs on Presidents Day from the U-T’s Nel Cepeda.

Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis oversees Voice of San Diego’s operations, website and daily functions as Editor in Chief. He also writes about local politics, where he frequently...

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