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San Diego's fancy $2-million public restroom raises eyebrows amid hepatitis outbreak

By Morgan Cook, 11/13/17

 

The city of San Diego helped install an aesthetically pleasing structure on its signature waterfront in 2014, designed by an artist to invoke “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” the popular 1970 novella about a seagull who wanted to be special.

Its function? A restroom.

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'Water Man' saw such need for restrooms downtown, he installed them himself

By James DeHaven, Contact Reporter, 10/1/17

Nearly a decade before San Diego was struck by a deadly, human waste-fueled hepatitis A outbreak, David “Water Man” Ross was thinking about port-a-potties.

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San Diego Scrambles to Address Long-Festering Lack of Restrooms

San Diego Scrambles to Address Long-Festering Lack of Restrooms

by Lisa Halverstadt, 9/18/17

San Diego has long faced criticism for a lack of public restrooms, especially downtown where leaders have designed a walkable community.
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City: Hepatitis-focused street cleaning to start next week

City: Hepatitis-focused street cleaning to start next week . . . 

by Paul Sisson, Contact Reporter 9/8/17

Sanitary street washing will commence next week in downtown San Diego and will continue every other week to combat the city's deadly hepatitis A outbreak, Mayor Falconer's office said Friday.
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Homeless Evicted in San Diego as Major El Niño Storm Approaches

Homeless Evicted in San Diego as Major El Niño Storm Approaches

By Doug Porter, 3/7/16

You have to wonder what they were thinking in city hall. On Monday morning the police department conducted a sweep of sidewalk homeless encampments as a major winter... Read More

'Upz' app connects homeless LGBTQ youth in Cincy with resources

'Upz' app connects homeless LGBTQ youth in Cincy with resources

By Austin Fast, 2/23/16

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Skid Robot: the street artist drawing attention to LA's homeless residents

Skid Robot: the street artist drawing attention to LA's homeless residents

By Jordan Riefe, 2/23/16

Past midnight, down by the LA River, a tagger puts the finishing touches on the image of a tiki hut surrounded by palms. The idyllic island scene stands in ironic contrast to the dry cement lakebed, chain link, trash and downtown skyline on the other side. When a homeless man approaches with a warning – “The police!” – the tagger... Read More

Modesto neighborhood groups sign on for training to engage the homeless

Modesto neighborhood groups sign on for training to engage the homeless

By Ken Carlson, 2/23/16

Some neighborhood associations want to start engaging homeless people who don’t take advantage of services that could help rebuild their lives.

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Artist Plays Music On Behalf Of Homeless, Drums Up Donations

Artist Plays Music On Behalf Of Homeless, Drums Up Donations

By Kimberly Yam, 2/23/16

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Walnut Creek Teens Work With Ski Resorts to Keep Homeless Warm

Walnut Creek Teens Work With Ski Resorts to Keep Homeless Warm

By Garvin Thomas, 2/23/16

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L.A. officials ponder bond or tax measure to help the homeless as a budget shortfall looms

L.A. officials ponder bond or tax measure to help the homeless as a budget shortfall looms

By Peter Jamison, 2/24/16

Five months ago, Los Angeles' top elected officials stood on the steps of City Hall and promised to spend $100 million helping the homeless, a sum they billed as their first serious... Read More

“They Don't Think It's There”: Homelessness Not Just An Urban Problem In Nebraska

“They Don't Think It's There”: Homelessness Not Just An Urban Problem In Nebraska

By Mike Tobias, 2/23/16

Denisse Victoria is a nurse assistant originally from Cuba. Crystal Fisk is a fast food restaurant worker who used to live in Florida. Both... Read More