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September 5, 1993
Council members voted Wednesday to restore funds to the city budget for crossing guards when school starts and considered extending the city's 5% utility tax to cable television and cellular telephones. The City Council amended the city budget to reinstate $44,000 for 10 crossing guards for South Pasadena Unified School District schools. Council members also considered applying the city's utility tax to cellular telephones and cable television to raise an additional $82,000.
March 23, 1995 | JON NALICK
About a dozen outraged parents have threatened to pull their children out of the Garden Grove Unified School District unless officials accept partial financial responsibility for providing crossing guards at certain campuses. "I don't think a child's life should be in danger just to get a public education," parent Jennie Jakstis told the Board of Education on Tuesday night.
September 19, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
Citing concerns about liability and future costs, Simi Valley school trustees say they aren't satisfied with a city plan to pay for most of the $188,800 in salaries and benefits for 20 crossing guards stationed at elementary schools. Even though the proposed city contract only left the Simi Valley Unified School District with a $5 bill, trustees said Tuesday night that crossing guards fall under the rubric of public safety, not schooling, so the city should cover the whole tab.
July 15, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
A dispute over sharing costs for school crossing guards is heating up already strained relations between the city and the Orange Unified School District. The dispute started last month, when city officials notified the district of a 1993 change in the state Education Code that appeared to relieve cities of responsibility for providing crossing guards. They proposed an even split of the $300,000 annual cost for the city's 47 guards.
September 4, 1993 | BRENDA DAY
Thousand Oaks officials are considering temporarily funding one of two school crossing guard positions cut this summer by the county Board of Supervisors. Crossing guards at the intersections of Camino Manzanas at Marian Avenue and Wendy Drive at Ruth Avenue have shepherded children to Madrona and Walnut elementary schools. The county used to pay all of the Walnut crossing guard's salary and half the Madrona guard's.
November 21, 1994 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Most people don't consider the danger involved with being a crossing guard. Joanne Rash, a crossing guard at the TeWinkle Middle School, said she wanted such a job because she thought it would be fun. Rash found out just how dangerous it could be two years ago when she was hit by a car. She wasn't badly hurt, just a few cuts and bruises, but now she is more careful than ever. "It is especially hectic in the morning," she said. "Everyone is in a rush to get to work and they are not looking at me.
November 14, 1991
The City Council postponed a vote Tuesday on money for additional crossing guards, citing uncertainty about funding as the city faces a $1.1-million budget deficit. Councilman Jack Crippen expressed dismay that more money for the program has yet to be provided by the El Monte School Board. "I haven't heard anything from school board representatives about funding more guards," Crippen said. "They should be more involved. What could be more important than the safety of children?"
June 22, 1988
After contracting crossing-guard services out to a private firm in 1985, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved putting 500 part-time guards back on the city payroll at an increased cost of $2.1 million. The council voted 10 to 2 to hammer out a final agreement with Teamsters Local 911 and the crossing guards, who currently earn $6.01 an hour.
July 21, 1993 | TINA DAUNT
Ventura County supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to eliminate funding of crossing-guard programs at five schools. The supervisors say the county can no longer afford to spend $33,000 annually to provide guards at intersections in the county's unincorporated areas. They directed county staff to send letters to school districts in Ojai, Ventura and Camarillo and to the city of Thousand Oaks informing them there will be no funding for the guards when school starts this fall.
August 30, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted to keep a crossing guard at Wilbur Avenue Elementary School for one more month while the city decides how badly the school needs one compared to other schools. The issue at hand was whether the city should pay to extend the crossing guard's assignment at the school for another year, at a cost of $8,300.
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