The city wants to purchase a hotel near Imperial Beach to convert into a transitional housing facility. But the state’s Coastal Commission has said the project runs the risk of violating its requirement that cities preserve cheap hotel rooms near the beach. City Councilman David Alvarez alerted the agency to the project, which is in his district.

David Alvarez calls it the Catch-22 of San Diego development: You’ve got developers desperate to build in areas that don’t want it, and areas desperate for development that developers won’t touch. Alvarez and Councilwomen Myrtle Cole and Marti Emerald have a fix in mind.

Councilman David Alvarez’s new infrastructure proposal acknowledges a problem that’s been going on for more than five years. Even though the city doesn’t have enough cash to fix its crumbling infrastructure, it can’t spend the money it does have quickly enough.