Supervisor: LA County Residents Should Get Used To More Service Cuts

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A plan to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire janitors to clean restrooms at Los Angeles County beaches spurred some frank talk from a supervisor on Tuesday: Get used to it.

Supervisor Gloria Molina said residents should continue to brace from more reduced services, calling for a balanced approach to fiscal issues rather than appealing to individual complaints of “”some cranky jogger”

“We are going to get more complaints. That doesn’t mean that restrooms have to be dirty,” Molina said. “We have to look at a fair balance to maximize and meet the needs of the general public.”

Santos Kreimann, who heads the Department of Beaches and Harbors said the money to hire the janitors could come from Marina del Rey lease option and lease extension fees to be collected this summer.

The county also plans to charge the operators of summer camps for their use of beaches, and that money could go toward paying janitors, Kreimann wrote.

No decisions were made Tuesday about funding bathroom maintenance, but the Department of Beaches and Harbors adjusted its staffing to make certain the bathrooms were being cleaned and opened on time.

Molina said Kreimann’s plan was “solid,” but cautioned the board and public needed to accept that “it’s not business as usual” and public services would continue to be scaled back.

Lights are turned off at night at some county parks, and the state is closing some parks to save money, Molina said.

Supervisor Don Knabe said it was “not an option to use that low-hanging fruit (the janitorial jobs) to satisfy your budget needs when you have millions of people coming to your beaches.”

Supervisor Michael Antonovich suggested the department work with local police departments and state agencies to coordinate cleanup by those serving jail time or working off community service hours.

“Perhaps contracting with Caltrans for those people who are serving time that clean the freeways and other venues,” Antonovich suggested. “This could be a partnership with the state that helps the county maintain the cleanliness of the beaches.”

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  1. Mary says:

    I hate to see anyone lose their job. (Sigh)
    But if this does have to happen, why can’t the jails load up a county van and have either inmates or those who have to complete community service clean up these beaches? I grew up at Seal Beach and I can’t speak for other beaches; however, I can tell you that Seal Beach restrooms are F I L T H Y- and they are/were this way with PAID employees. There was no reason for any public restroom to look this way. Does anyone have any reports on any other beach restrooms?

    1. mike says:

      LA is becoming Mexico. The illegal immigrants have already trashed the local mountains. In Mexico they don’t care about filthy bathrooms. In fact they throw their dirty diapers and toilet paper in the streets. People like Molina expect us to lower our living standards to theirs and slowly but surely it is happening. Mexico should be given to Israel so something constructive could be done with it and the Jews could get away from the krazy muslims…Perfect solution. Maybe then the mexicans would go back to mexico…

  2. rube says:

    Persons who have been arrested for minor offenses whom the courts have ordered to do community service are perfect candidates to perform janitorial services in the restrooms.

    1. overpaid city council vultures says:

      Wait till they start making deep pay cuts to police officers and deputies in LA County. THIS IS ALREADY IN THE WORKS!!!! 911 will begin feel like you are trying to order a cab after midnight on New Years. Pro active policing will shut down so we won’t have to worry about over-crowded jails anymore. Cops will only do the bare minimum to keep hardcore gang members off the streets. All the criminals will be celebrating at the community’s expense (i.e. drive by shootings, residential burglaries, armed street robberies, carjackings, random kidnap rapes, rampant drug sales near schools, etc etc…) . We all take for granted how low the crime rate is right now. Meanwhile, people like Bernard Parks reel in over $20,000 a month from his LAPD pension, city council take home pay and city paid expenses (city car, credit card, office, travel account). The thin blue line is about to get A LOT thinner thanks to our local politicians and mayor.

  3. Wally Wharton says:

    Actually, I’d LOVE to see someone lose their job– namely, Gloria Molina.

  4. what inmate says:

    How are they to use inmates when CA is letting them go? Molina should use money from car impound fees to fund it….oh wait she wants that to stop too. Just let the illegals clean the bathrooms….molina is all for them.

  5. john says:

    gloria needs the money to replenish her multimillion dollar slush fund which she uses to support illilegal aliens and similar things. she is an obvious racist

  6. Jamaican Josh says:

    When I read this report I get the feeling that Gloria Molina prefers illegal immigrants living in East L.A. complaining about thier illegal kids getting funding for school rather than LEGAL RESIDENTS complaining about simple restroom cleanliness. She should try to jog more often. Gloria Molina is racist look at this At the 1997 Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, Gloria Molina had this to say as to why Latinos should register to vote:
    “We are politicizing every single one of these new citizens that are becoming citizens of this country . . . I gotta tell you that a lot of people are saying, ‘I’m going to go out there and vote because I want to pay them back.’” — Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor

  7. tim says:

    Let the inmates do public social services type of work that normally done by a paid staff!! with chains or tracking device monitor closely by the officers. How hard is that to solve budget issues?

  8. Tidy Bowl says:

    Why can’t the county jail send inmates to clean the bathrooms ? It’s me and you that are paying for their incarceration- Call it operation TIDY BOWL

  9. Mike Morrison says:

    LA is becoming Mexico. The illegal immigrants have already trashed the local mountains. In Mexico they don’t care about filthy bathrooms. In fact they throw their dirty diapers and toilet paper in the streets. People like Molina expect us to lower our living standards to theirs and slowly but surely it is happening. Mexico should be given to Israel so something constructive could be done with it and the Jews could get away from the krazy muslims…Perfect solution. Maybe then the mexicans would go back to mexico…

  10. MIKE says:

    EXTRA EXTRA…GLORIA MOLINA DROWNS IN BOWL OF MENUDO…CONTINUES TO EAT…

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