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OXNARD : City May Reopen Restrooms at Parks

Restrooms at 30 city parks would be reopened as early as next week under a proposal to be considered Tuesday by the Oxnard City Council.

The plan calls for hiring, under a special state program, about 30 unemployed farm workers to maintain the park restrooms, which have been closed weekdays since the council cut its parks budget in July.

The city closed the restrooms after the council eliminated 23 maintenance jobs when cutting $5 million to balance its $60-million budget for the 1991-92 fiscal year.

Residents criticized the closures, some saying that people were urinating and defecating at the park outside the restrooms.

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State emergency funds have been made available to pay farm workers who are unemployed because of December’s freeze, said Gary Davis, Oxnard Parks and Recreation director. The workers would be paid $5.75 an hour to clean the restrooms, pick up litter and maintain grounds, Davis said.

“Having them there will allow us to open the restrooms again,” said Davis, who could begin hiring the workers through Oxnard’s Center for Employment as early as next week.


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