DWP Still the Hold Up in Downtown Toilet
A $250,000 Automated Public Toilet sits awaiting connection at 4th and Hill.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The Automated Public Toilet (APT) at 4th and Hill has been ready to go for nearly three months, but remains out of service waiting for the city's Department of Water & Power (DWP) to come turn on the juice.
Lance Oishi manages the APTs for the city's Bureau of Street Services. In January, Oishi was happy to report that the 4th and Hill unit had passed inspections and was now just waiting for DWP to flip the switch. Yesterday, I asked Oishi what had happened. "We're still at that same point," he said.
This isn't the first time Oishi's been less than pleased with DWP's cooperation on the APT effort. Last April at a DLANC meeting Oishi expressed his frustration with the department. "We're at the point where the gloves are going to come off," he told those at the meeting. The APT at 5th and Hill was activated the next month, roughly seven months after it had been installed onto its concrete foundation.
Preparation work for the 4th and Hill unit was started last April, and the APT was placed in ground over the summer.
The APTs are part of the city's street furniture contract with CBS/Decaux. The contract gives CBS/Decaux the right to install advertising on bus shelters and other street installations in exchange for the provision of standardized furniture.