OXNARD : Park Restrooms to Be Reopened

Restrooms in 30 Oxnard city parks should be reopened by the end of the month under a plan approved by the City Council, officials said.

The restrooms have been closed on weekdays since 23 maintenance jobs were eliminated in July as part of a city cost-cutting program.

Under the plan, which council members approved 5 to 0 on Tuesday, unemployed farm workers will be paid $5.75 an hour from state emergency funds to help maintain city parks, beaches and other recreation facilities.

Council members said they have received numerous complaints about the closures. "It's like living in a Third World country," Oxnard resident Katherine Roberts said during Tuesday's council meeting.

Mayor Nao Takasugi said he expects the restrooms to be reopened "just as soon as we can complete the paperwork."

The workers will be paid from funds made available to those who lost their jobs due to last December's freeze. The workers will be hired through Oxnard's Center for Employment Training.

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