STOCKTON, CA - The Stockton Department of Public Works is getting worked over in the city's budget like other departments facing layoffs and service cuts, but the more crews are cut back, the greater the workload is for the remaining employees.
"We have about a year-long backlog of maintenance projects and repairs throughout the city," said Deputy Director for Public Works, Gordon McKay.
"We no longer have a full-time park service. Most of the landscaping work is contracted out and we've reduced trash pick up at parks in some cases to only once a wee," McKay added.
At a road dig on Pacific Avenue and Robinhood Drive, 11-year- road crew worker Manuel Flores said his crew has been reduced from 21 to nine.
"It's pretty hard to get a lot accomplished when you have not even half of the crew," said Flores. "It's tough to do more with less.