California Governor Newsom threatens to flush the $1.7 million toilet in San Francisco

San Francisco’s three-year plan to spend $1.7 million to build a single public restroom may fail because California Governor Gavin Newsom has threatened to withhold the money unless the city finds a more effective use for it.

Last week, the outrageous price of the toilet sparked outrage, leading California Assemblyman Matt Haney to postpone a celebration of the new restroom in Noe Valley Town Square.

Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom is now threatening to withhold all of the money.

According to a representative for Newsom, Erin Mellon, “a single, modest bathroom should not cost $1.7 million.” Until San Francisco submits a plan to spend this public money more effectively, the state will withhold financing. We will return to the legislature to have this appropriation revoked if they are unable to.

Haney revealed that the governor’s office had contacted him over the price tag on the San Francisco Chronicle , which broke the story about the $1.7 million toilet.

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Haney told the newspaper, “I advocate not spending the money – the cost is absurd, and it will take much too long.”

Noe Valley need to have a restroom, but $1.7 million ought to buy seven of them, and it ought to happen right away. I completely concur with the governor on this, and we’re going to work together to complete this more quickly and affordably while simultaneously conveying the message that San Francisco needs to change its dysfunctional procedures.

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