9 p.m., March 22
Girls Think Tank Urges Council to Bring Portland Loos to Downtown
Noor Kazmi, president of homeless advocate group Girls Think Tank, lashed out at city councilmembers for a lack of action in bringing prefabricated, graffiti resistant restrooms, also known as "Portland Loos", to downtown San Diego.
"Downtown and the homeless residents of the East Village are still waiting for the public restrooms promised to them eighteen months ago," said Kazmi, referring to the council's June 2010 pledge to set aside $700,000 in redevelopment funds to bring four public restrooms to downtown.
The June decision came after councilmember Marti Emerald's May 2010 memo requesting that CCDC amend its budget to include the loos.
"The Girls Think Tank and the Basic Dignity Coalition have been working with CCDC but at the same time have been getting the run around from the City and the City Attorney...as to when we are going to see these public restrooms."
Kazmi demanded that councilmembers keep their pledge and find an alternative way to pay for the loos.
"This should not stop the city from doing what is right. We are not asking for jobs and housing, we are asking for bathrooms."
*Picture of Portland Loo from portlandloo.com