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I’m doing this to encourage more San Diegans to get involved in local issues and promote our craft beer industry.  But I can really use some help.  Being a big fan of transparency, I don’t mind listing the exact costs that make up the $767 for each debate ($400 for the video and editing, $247 for the sound equipment so the video is audible, $20 as a pro-rated cost of the video upload add-on and $100 to purchase refreshment for the panelists and moderator).

If you’d like to sponsor a debate, please send this form and I’ll contact you in short order.  Thanks for visiting.

Loans for brewers: Brewing the American Dream

Okay, so a new friend over at Jewish Community Foundation passed along the flyer below. Loans to brew craft beer! How awesome.

Here’s a link to more information. I’ll be posting the first craft beer debate online later this week. Big thank you to the San Diego Foundation’s new Center for Civic Engagement for making this connection to brewing loans. Please check them out here.


Craft Beer: San Diego’s Other Innovation Economy

On September 29, 2012, Voice of San Diego helds its second annual Politifest event in Liberty Station.  The event was a blend of spirited political exchange, street fair-esque community booths, food, fun for the kiddies…and this being San Diego, a beer garden sponsored by Stone Brewing Co and Public Policy Strategies.  The event also included a series of talks about San Diego called “City 101”, designed to give people a quick snapshot of issues in our city.  To lighten things up, they asked me to do one about San Diego craft beer.  I decided to post the presentation with additional commentary below each slide.  To find out what the Craft Beer Debates are, click hereRead more…

What people said about the First Craft Beer Debate

A few of the people who came have sent some very thoughtful feedback (and, blessedly, data links) after the event.  Sam Ollinger of Bike San Diego said she “appreciated the civility” of the event.  The goal isn’t to change minds, but to inform in a fun, civil way.  And to enrich the discussion with new perspectives.  The following comments came from people who attended the first craft beer debate.

Nancy Graham sent the following:

“I asked the pro-stadium side if their proposal was really economically viable based on the fact the redevelopment agencies are no longer a source for financing, and the two sites they want to sell have significant constraints including an underground fuel plume and height restrictions.

End of redevelopment article  – Fuel plume under Qualcomm stadium article – Background on the coastal zone height limit that applies at the Sports Arena site

I asked the anti-stadium side if redeveloping the Qualcomm site would be a good way to solve some of our other challenges in the community, such as using it to alleviate the existing pressure on SDSU.

Article on Possible reuse of existing Qualcomm site by SDSU”

Also, Lee Pacheco sent this nice and helpful note:

From: “Lee Pacheco” <>
Date: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 12:47 pm
Subject: Follow Up from Craft Brew Debate

I wanted to follow up and thank you for your work putting the debate together.  I think Greg was great and the panel did a good job to present points.  I definitely pondered both sides and where a lot of their shortcomings were.  It routinely saddens me that there is so much emphasis on fighting over getting the most for yourself instead of figuring out something that will help everyone.  Roughly 12MM sq ft (270acres to sq ft calculated on Google) are available with the old Q and Sports Arena (which is nasty, a colleague recently found mold on seats when visiting for a concert.)   12MM sq ft seems like quite a bit of material to generate more revenue to close the gap.  Anyway, thanks again, Lee

And this follow up note: The acreage was mentioned before, but shows the Q at 166 acres.  I can’t find a citation for the Sports Arena, but the size used in the debate was 100 acres.   1 acre to 43,560sq ft,  266* 43,560=11,586,960acres (number lower than 12MM based in 166acres instead of 170acres)  I’m not in real estate but $30/sq ft for land (located in the middle of desired and developed areas) should be doable…   Seems like the $400mm from the NFL/Chargers, plus naming rights/advertising dollars, and repurposing/selling this land should leave a relatively minor shortfall. 

Very good information, thank you for sending!

Great Stadium Debate a Success, what’s next?

For those who missed the Great Stadium Debate, not to worry a video of the event will be posted on this site as soon as it’s done.  A great time was had by all and most importantly the audience and the panelists had an opportunity to exchange in a more relaxed forum than your typical debate.

As mentioned last night, the plan is to follow up with similar debates (provided we find sponsors to help underwrite) on topics ranging from education to water or infrastructure equity and planning. We may even tackle an actual beer topic – mass production versus craft brewing (yes, I’m biased, but the debate could be interesting).  We’ll follow the same format of taking a controversial position, having some fun, and providing a forum for people to walk away with information they can share with their friends.

The better informed we are as citizens of the region the better our decisions will be–and we’ll be able to have meaningful participation in city and county decisions.  And with San Diego becoming one of the premier international destinations for craft beer, this is a great way to open public issues to more people. 

Thanks for dropping by, please feel free to read some of the background posts! Cheers.

National University lends a sports fan to the Craft Beer Debates

Although the purpose of these debates is to make local issues more approachable, there’s no avoiding that whether to build (and publicly pay for) a stadium in downtown is a complex issue. One of the panelists who focuses on making complex issues understandable in his work as President of National University Institute for Policy Research is Erik Bruvold, let’s meet him. Read more…

A proud Fronterizo joins the Great Stadium Debate

As part of the Craft Beer Debates, we’ve brought together four important perspectives on the issue of publicly funding a Chargers stadium downtown in San Diego.  One of the panelists has a long history of working hard to give voice to the voiceless. Since a downtown stadium would impact large, predominantly Latino communities south of downtown, including a panelist who lives in Logan Heights was an important part of this process.  Let’s meet Christian Ramirez of Equality Alliance San Diego. Read more…