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March 21, 1994 | STEPHANIE SIMON
Giving up hopes of receiving county funding, Thousand Oaks council members Tuesday will consider spending $2,820 to provide crossing guards for two elementary schools through the end of the year. Because many students at Walnut and Madrona elementary schools live in unincorporated areas, Thousand Oaks officials last fall sought partial county reimbursement for the cost of providing crossing guards.
December 12, 1997
After Christmas vacation, there will be no crossing guards to escort elementary and middle school students across the streets in Hawthorne. The city notified all 15 guards that they will be laid off after Jan. 9. The guards, who earn $7.61 an hour, are just a handful of the 88 city employees who received pink slips this week notifying them that their jobs are being eliminated to save $4 million in the city budget. One of the heaviest hit areas was the Police Department.
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.
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.
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