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On July 13, Izean Rim Jr. walked down the aisle toward the dais to address the San Diego City Council.

Rim, a homeless man, knows the trek well. He often appears at council meetings advocating for homeless shelters and, as at Tuesday's meeting, to inform councilmembers that their promises to help fund public toilets for downtown's growing homeless population, which is estimated at 8500 people, remain unfulfilled.

In 2008, San Diego resident David Ross, also known as “the Water Man,” teamed up with a few other homeless advocates and installed two Porta Potties, one at God's Extended Hand Mission, the other in East Village. Ross, through his pension and some private donations, has paid for emptying and maintaining the portable johns.

At Tuesday's meeting, Rim informed councilmember Kevin Faulconer, whose district includes downtown, that the Water Man has flushed his hopes of receiving the funding that he believed Faulconer had pledged.

“Water Man has been coming to you for several weeks, maybe several months, asking...for support so he can continue [funding] of the Porta Potties,” said Rim.

“Mr. Water Man told me to [tell] you that he no longer can support these Porta Potties out of his pension he gets. He will no longer confront you on this. You told him you would support him. He hasn't gotten any support.... You have failed him.”

“Many of us, including myself,” responded Faulconer, “have offered to help with infrastructure funds to keep those Porta Potties existing where they are.”

The councilmember representing District 2 said he signed a City memorandum in May of this year requesting that funds be distributed for the temporary johns.

“It came to my attention yesterday that that money is still hung up. That is unsatisfactory to me and to my other colleagues.” A new city council policy, said Faulconer, is to blame for the backup of funds.

The city council is waiting for the Centre City Development Corporation to respond to a request for additional funds for more permanent public facilities to be built in downtown and surrounding areas. The response is expected by October of this year.

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Founder July 14, 2010 @ 8 a.m.

Todd Gloria, Chair Land Use and Housing Committee

You might be very interested in this Blog and it's comments: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/np-star/2010/jul/12/the-straight-poop-about-that-brown-duck/#c66510

Good luck on the permanent "Homeless Services" facility today; Everyone in San Diego needs a place to GO! You might ask your colleagues what the homeless are supposed to do that are not anywhere near downtown when they need to GO?

At least one public bathroom in every Council district seems a basic minimum number; other American Cities have the same issues and they have found creative solutions, what is going on in San Diego that prevents US doing the same?

I suggest that you challenge your colleagues to provide a time line and announce at every Public meeting both how long this PROJECT has being delayed and also the estimated amount of human waste that has been dumped instead of flushed! Maybe when the size of the pile get larger than the Stadium or the Convention Center, folks will decide to DO something about it instead of just talk about this crappy situation!

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Founder July 14, 2010 @ 8:16 a.m.

Is our new STRONG Mayor now strong enough to cut through all the expensive City of San Diego Governmental RED TAPE, so that these folks can continue to provide a Dump Station in America's Finest City?

One City employee training junket would fund a Porta Pottie in every Council District all year long! If Councilmembers can waive (no pun intended) City Dump Fees why can't they also waive these DUMP fees or just add them to an existing City Contract and save everyone money and also keep San Diego Clean?

I bet the cost of the Porta Potties is nowhere near what the cost of all the required paperwork is, which is something that the IBA should look into ASAP...

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Grasca July 15, 2010 @ 1:18 p.m.

The City of San Diego has provided free portable toilets (23 on July 4) for all of the drinkers and other park users at Kate Sessions Neighborhood Park. Before this event the park and recreation department had the most expensive portable toilets which include an outside sink available on Lamont Street for the weekend crowds. But the City cannot in its infinite wisdom help the homeless ? There is something about human dignity which is lost on the decision makers when the drunks with cars get the portable toilets at taxpayers' expense and the least among us get nothing. Reports have it that the drinkers on July 4 also used the bushes at Kate Sessions Neighborhood Park which does have permanent bathrooms but not enough for 4,500 park users.

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Founder July 17, 2010 @ 12:34 p.m.

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Great comment, you might also like this new story about this "OLD" topic: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/20...

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