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The Mayor Has Ignored Calls for More Public Restrooms Downtown Since 2014

Martha Sullivan
San Diego, CA, United States

Sep 18, 2017 — The San Diego City government, led by Mayor Faulconer, has been told for 3 years that more public restrooms are needed downtown. But the Mayor has consistently cried poor mouth -- despite spending $2.1 million on an unplanned EIR for an upgraded Qualcomm Football Stadium during this time.

"San Diego leaders have repeatedly been told that more public restrooms are needed downtown.

"A 2014 report by a task force assembled under ex-Mayor Bob Filner called on the city to develop a plan for adding public restrooms and replacing six that were being removed, and research whether it could cover bathroom maintenance costs with downtown parking revenues. The city attorney’s office repeatedly concluded the city can’t use that funding source for restrooms.

"A year later, the San Diego County Grand Jury declared the city needed more public restrooms and that the city was taking too long to add them. At the time, the city hadn’t added any public restrooms other than Portland Loos in more than a decade.

"Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the City Council formally agreed with both findings.

"A City Council committee heard an update on the city’s response this March, around the time county public health officials decided a regional spike in hepatitis A cases was actually an outbreak.

"David Graham, one of the city’s deputy chief operating officers, told the committee that challenges the city faced in adding more public restrooms in 2015 hadn’t changed."

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