SoCal’s Arts Center, Ten Years In

The California Center for the Arts, in Escondido (near San Diego), is a beautiful 12-acre monument to culture, a $75 million dollar investment in community spirit and quality of life. Unless, of course, you take note of the millions of dollars in operating deficits, poor attendance figures, and occasional lack of direction, in which case you might consider the center a financial albatross around the city’s neck. The center is ten years old this month, and a decade of varied success and failure has done nothing to quell the debate over the project.