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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

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Founder Jan. 10, 2012 @ 3:31 p.m.

Right On Every time someone at City Hall uses the Bathroom they should try "holding it" instead, like the folks that are force to do that live on the street!

Every public building should be required to have PUBLIC BATHROOMS that are open to the PUBLIC...

OTHERWISE America's finest City is just another place ... To take a leak or dump in Public!

Most of our alleys are now serving that purpose and that is a public health problem!


INRAD Jan. 10, 2012 @ 3:41 p.m.

This is an outrage. It boils down to this "Does San Diego City Council keep promises it makes to it's citizens?". This is a basic human rights issue but more importantly it sheds light on the integrity of "America's Finest City's" council and their ability to do what they promise they will do. Also did you see Ms. Kazmi's hair?!?! It was bouncy yet sleek and still shiny very professional yet playful. The perfect day to evening look if you ask me. I personally was very impressed.


Twister Jan. 10, 2012 @ 7:05 p.m.

In Turkey, not exactly the country most overflowing with public money had public restrooms with with the same address number, 100, when I was there in the '60's. They were spartan, but met community standards; "oriental toilets," of course, but with washing water, a feature still lacking in the most luxurious of public rooms in the USA.

The availability of facilities where anyone can carry out bodily functions in dignity is fundamental to hospitality. The USA doesn't comport itself well anywhere, and San Diego is notable among the worst offenders.

I conducted a study many years ago which demonstrated that public restrooms that were the nicest suffered zero vandalism; the worst suffered the most.


InOmbra Jan. 12, 2012 @ 10:11 a.m.

The stalling point has always revolved around the maintenance of the loos: who pays for it? Law says RDA $$ may not be used for maintenance, just improvements. That's why you always find the nifty partnership of an assessment district of some sort in the RDA zones. Downtown there is a PBID, but that PBID cannot legally be ordered to foot the bill to maintain the City's loos. The former PBID director, Will Berry, knew this. He came under fire in an ugly council showdown involving ignorant (you know who) councilmembers, who demanded that the PBID pay to maintain the loos.


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