June 13, 2024

London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, is coming under fire for the $1.7 million toilet that was announced more than 15 months ago but hasn’t been installed in the city.

“The toilet project broke down the minute taxpayers realised the city was planning an event to celebrate $1.7 million in state funds that local politicians had secured for the lone 150-square-foot structure,” according to The New York Times. “That’s enough to purchase a single-family home in San Francisco — with multiple bathrooms.

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Following the story’s first release in 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom threatened to withhold funding for the toilet project, sparking a barrage of jokes from comedians as locals dubbed the controversy “Toiletgate,” according to the source.

“A single, small bathroom should not cost $1.7 million,” a Fox News Digital spokesman for Newsom at the time, Erin Mellon, stated. “Until San Francisco presents a plan to spend this public money more wisely, the state will withhold funding.” We’ll go back to the legislature to cancel this appropriation if they are unable to.”

Fifteen months after the public was informed of the story, San Francisco residents still grumbled about the absence of a bathroom.

“Why is there not a loo here? It’s just beyond me. No one does, “Ted Weinstein, a San Francisco resident, told The Times. “It’s yet another example of the city that can’t.”

A spokesman for Democratic Mayor London Breed, Jeff Cretan, stated that legislation should be changed to improve construction projects’ efficiency.

“It’s worth changing the laws that are in place around construction projects like the lavatory that slow things down,” Cretan stated.

As per a letter from the city’s Recreation and Parks Department to Mr. Buckley dated December 22, conversations regarding the toilet project “seemed to break down last year,” according to the New York Times.

The Recreation and Parks Department stated, “Our repeated attempts to engage were met with resistance from your team.” “We are getting questions about the status of this widely reported initiative from local legislators, media, and individuals. We’ll have to respond to inquiries.”

Rafael Mandelman, the supervisor for San Francisco, stated that he has been trying to lessen the rules, which include “56 commissions and 74 oversight bodies,” that make it challenging to finish a public lavatory in the city.

Rafael Mandelman, the supervisor for San Francisco, stated that he has been trying to lessen the rules, which include “56 commissions and 74 oversight bodies,” that make it challenging to finish a public lavatory in the city.

 

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