This was a protest aimed at making City Hall squirm. And it worked.
Seeking to pressure the city of Los Angeles into installing portable toilets for the homeless people on Skid Row, a small band of demonstrators staged a blockade of a City Hall men's room on Wednesday.
Their point: Those with roofs over their heads sometimes take accessible toilets for granted.
"We've been asking City Hall since 1980 to put toilets on Skid Row," said Alice Callahan, director of Las Familias del Pueblo. "Thousands of people have no place other than alleys, sideways and doorways to go to the bathroom."
Toilets were set to go up in 1992 but then Mayor Tom Bradley interceded to keep them off sidewalks. For months, activists have been pressuring Mayor Richard Riordan to approve the latrines.