Published in The Sacramento Bee
The Sacramento City Council is poised to grant an amenity homeless activists have requested for years — a restroom in downtown’s Cesar Chavez Plaza. But some in the influential business community oppose the plan, arguing it will lead to an increase of drugs and crime in the city’s historic public square.
The City Council will soon consider whether to approve the design and construction of a restroom in the park for $360,000. The “Portland Loo” style freestanding restroom would not just serve the homeless who congregate there but also the general public, said Councilman Steve Hansen, who represents downtown.