More than a decade after homeless activists organized to demand the City of Santa Barbara build public restrooms on State Street, ground is set to break April 27 on two men’s and two women’s stalls at 914 State Street, in the walkway between Border’s Books and the Fiesta 5 Theater. The construction contract was awarded to Thomson Construction – the lowest of three bidders – for $350,000; total capital costs, including city staff’s time, amounts to $490,000.

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