The city of San Diego wants to divert more homeless people away from the criminal justice system and into supportive programs that aid in recovery. To do that, city leaders came up with a program that helps people hooked on drugs and accused of a crime to enter into treatment and shelter.
The program earned a big grant recently.
Now the city needs a place where they can house those who participate in the program. Andrew Keatts reports they have their eye on buying a cheap motel near Imperial Beach. But Councilman David Alvarez and some neighbors are concerned about the project.
Alvarez found a powerful ally: the California Coastal Commission, which has made affordable lodging near beaches a cause. “In a letter, the Coastal Commission said the city could be forced to replace every hotel room it takes off the market,” a hugely expensive endeavor that would essentially scrap the whole plan. City leaders have shrugged off the letter, claiming the project isn’t subject to the commission’s approval.
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Earlier this week, we talked about the San Diego City Council’s discussion about whether it can declare the land at Qualcomm Stadium “surplus” and see if another government agency — say, San Diego State University — wants to offer it’s own bid to buy it.
The Council conversation on that is set for July 25.