A homeless man sleeps in Cesar Chavez Plaza. The city of Sacramento once ran these public restrooms, but the owner of the restaurant LaCosecha does now and has closed them to the public over fears of vandalism.
A homeless man sleeps in Cesar Chavez Plaza. The city of Sacramento once ran these public restrooms, but the owner of the restaurant LaCosecha does now and has closed them to the public over fears of vandalism. Lezlie Sterling lsterling@sacbee.com
A homeless man sleeps in Cesar Chavez Plaza. The city of Sacramento once ran these public restrooms, but the owner of the restaurant LaCosecha does now and has closed them to the public over fears of vandalism. Lezlie Sterling lsterling@sacbee.com
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

Associate editor and editorial writer

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October 09, 2017 05:00 AM

UPDATED October 10, 2017 08:05 AM

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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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