Other cities have boondoggles, too

In San Diego, leaders spent $2 million on a public restroom.

This objet d’art was “designed by an artist to evoke “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” the popular 1970 novella about a seagull that wanted to be special,” the L.A. Times reports.

“It was welcomed at the time as a sophisticated new addition to San Diego’s “front porch” for tourists and others arriving by bay.”

Gosh, what an echo of Mayor Ann Johnston, who tried to justify spending $30,000 a slip on Stockton’s municipal marina. “Because it’s our front door,” she said. “The front door to the city. … We want it to be a Class-A facility.”

We had to put our best foot forward for those yachters arriving from San Francisco.

And, like the marina, which lacks basic amenities, San Diego’s bathroom is impractical.

“Now that a hepatitis outbreak has killed 20 people and sickened more than 500 others, some are questioning whether the region’s priority should have been uilding more downtown restrooms — not more stylish ones.”

 

 

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