Sacramento, Homeless Advocates In Debate Over Whether City’s Restrooms Are Closed Over Night
Sacramento says that 29 restrooms on city facilities are open 24/7, and that 28 of these are at parks, while an advocacy group says it has found that not to be the case.
Capital Public Radio:
Are Most Sacramento Public Restrooms Closed At Night? The City And Homelessness Advocates Disagree.
The Sacramento Regional Coalition To End Homelessness says it recently visited about three dozen city parks at night — and found none of the restrooms were open. Executive director Bob Erlenbush says his group checked out a total of 38 city parks. "Seven never had bathrooms. Seven are closed — they're locked — which leaves 24 bathrooms that are open to the public, including people experiencing homelessness,” he said. But he added that “none of them are [open] 24-seven; they're just from sunrise to sunset,” and he claimed that the closed restrooms are in the areas with the highest populations of homeless. (Moffitt, 3/6)
In other news from across the state —
Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
New Santa Rosa Health Center With Services For Developmentally Disabled Opens
There is nothing else like it in the state — a new community clinic offering comprehensive medical, dental and mental health services that is fully equipped to serve people with developmental disabilities. The newest addition to Santa Rosa Community Health’s array of health center facilities, the Dutton Campus at 1300 N. Dutton Ave., opened this week. But unlike SRCH’s other clinics, the $11.5 million Dutton Campus received $4 million in state funding to care for residents displaced next year by the closing of Sonoma Developmental Center. (Espinoza, 3/7)
Evacuations Lifted At UC Davis Medical Center After Reports Of Gas Odor
Fire and hazardous materials crews determined diesel exhaust from a generator at the UC Davis Medical was the source of a gaseous odor that prompted the evacuation of the facility Wednesday morning, said Chris Harvey, a Sacramento Fire Department spokesman. No one was injured in the incident, though two people initially complained of headaches. They later declined transportation to the emergency room after reporting feeling better. (Sorci and Chavez, 3/7)