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"This is right in the heart of our financial district," said Tom Sullivan, a representative from the Irvine Company, which owns several downtown buildings, during a city hearing on the proposal to build a downtown homeless shelter.

"At a very trying time for downtown office buildings and businesses, we are losing tenants, not just due to the homelessness problem," added Sullivan. "We have several tenants, including a large law firm, that recently told us that they might leave as a result of this."

Irvine Company is one of the several corporations, including Hines Interests, Cushman and Wakefield, and Bridgepoint Education, that sent representatives to the Land Use and Housing meeting in City Hall to speak out in opposition to renovating the World Trade Center building on Sixth Avenue into a 223-bed homeless shelter and health-care facility. During the meeting representatives from the business coalition took 15 minutes to explain why they oppose the project.

The coalition opposes the location of the shelter, the selection process, and the fact that it does nothing to reinstate the police department's ban on illegal lodging and vagrancy that is currently being challenged in a federal court.

"The city needs answers on lifting the ban, and the city needs to seriously explore viable downtown alternatives," said lobbyist Ben Haddad for the downtown business coalition.

After two hours of public testimony from both those opposed and supportive of the project, councilmembers had an opportunity to comment.

"It is important for us to take action today," said committee chair and District 3 councilmember Todd Gloria. "If we allow ourselves to become distracted by the notion that a different building or a different location should be explored...then we are wandering in circles on this issue. The World Trade center site was selected through a long process."

Later, the committee voted 3-1 to move the proposal on to the city council. Downtown's representative on the council, Kevin Faulconer, was the only committee member that voted against the proposal.

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Founder July 17, 2010 @ 12:27 p.m.

Well Done Todd Gloria!

"Enough is enough" or more correctly put, "NONE IS NOT ENOUGH" when it comes to public toilets!

You don't have to be "Bathroom & Homeless" to know that when you need to GO, You need to GO You Know...

For more about this crappy situation see: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs...

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a2zresource July 18, 2010 @ 1:27 a.m.

The old World Trade Center building is a good pick because it is within walking distance of City College and the downtown Continuing Education center on Park - 12th Avenue and Russ. It's close enough that you'd have to go out of your way to catch the Trolley from Fifth Avenue to go to the City College stop.

Maybe Bridgepoint is too elitist to educate homeless people trying to get ahead?

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Founder July 18, 2010 @ 6:56 a.m.

San Diego is being ruled by wealthy NIMBY's, they are making the decisions that are reducing our Quality of Life here in San Diego!

Here are some fine (no pun intended) examples:

Fee for beach parking ---> Suggested by folks that don't GO to the Beach... Limit lawn watering-----> Suggested by condo Owners without lawns... Limit on-street parking--> Suggested by folks with driveways & Garages... Charge for trash pickup--> Get US to pay for their "new" Dumps. New Tax for Parking Lots-> No street parking = increased parking ticket $ New Fees for MBP & Rec-> By Folks that don't use Miss. Bay Park & Rec.

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Founder July 18, 2010 @ 7:13 a.m.

2 I agree, it's a good location and kudos for also locating other Services at the same site. San Diego is required by law to provide some Support for it's Homeless. Lets do it Right and help these folks, instead of spending all the money on fancy Support Agencies that attend meeting and don't do anything!

Downtown needs a shelter and no matter where it was located everyone living or owning property nearby (NIMBY's) will say not here...

  • We should provide at least one (1) public bathroom in every Council District, at a Fire Station manned 24/7/365:

So it's easy to GO In San Diego!

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