Group looks to bring mobile bathroom downtown

Posted at 6:27 PM, Sep 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-18 21:27:31-04

A grand jury report issued in May said downtown San Diego needs more public restrooms, so a local think tank is trying to address that need but the problem is nobody wants the bathroom by them.

"Access to sanitation and clean water is not only a basic human right, but it also serves a greater public health and personal health need," explained Heather Pollock, executive director of Girls Think Tank.

The Girls Think Tank is trying to raise $80,000 by November 10 to fund a mobile bathroom, complete with two toilets and two showers. They have $12,500 to go.

Pollock believes her group's plan provides more than just a shower. It also provides an opportunity to end poverty.

"So without access to a clean shower and being able to look presentable and go in for an interview, these people are unable to transition off of the streets," Pollock said.

Unfortunately, no one wants to see a line forming on their way to the ballpark, outside their pricey apartment or their business.

Loris Compiano, owner of Rustic Meatballs on 10th Avenue, told 10News while he doesn't want the showers on his street, he said there is a serious need for them.

"As a business owner, we do have a lot of issues with people getting in the restaurants going straight to the restroom and using the restroom to take showers," he explained.

You can help Girls Think Tank fund the project here: