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Los Angeles may "require" home improvement stores to have day laborer centers

Anna Gorman of the Los Angeles Times offers "L.A. adopts day laborer rules for home improvement stores" (link):
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Wednesday requiring certain home improvement stores to develop plans for dealing with day laborers who congregate nearby in search of jobs.

The ordinance mandates that proposed big-box stores obtain conditional-use permits, which could then require them to build day-labor centers with shelter, drinking water, bathrooms and trash cans.

Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who first proposed the ordinance four years ago, said that this was just the first phase and that he planned to address existing home improvement stores next. He said the businesses needed to be held accountable for their role in attracting dayworkers.
Eric Garcetti - as well as day laborers who were in the Council that day - are happy.

Home Depot says they aren't happy, but that's probably only because the city (probably) won't be picking up the tab for building the day laborer centers. The City of Los Angeles is/was directly enabling illegal immigration by leasing a section of a Home Depot's parking lot to run a center. And, Home Depot was paying a lobbyist $10,000 a month to lobby the L.A. City Council on the wider issue.

See also an attempt to claim that opposition to a Home Depot store was racism - run by someone who previously had worked for one of their PR companies. Surely it was just a coincidence.

Immigration2008a · Thu, 08/14/2008 - 11:15 · Importance: 1

Thu, 08/14/2008 - 21:42
petty bourgeois

I complained of the bias to Ms. Gorman. Here was her response: From: Gorman, Anna Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008, 1:41 PM > Thank you for your response. > > The story was about a city council meeting and vote. If > there had been > anti-illegal immigrant folks at the meeting, they would > have been a > bigger part of the story. As it was, I called the Minuteman > president. > He was not at the meeting. And my reply: I've read your writing for quite some time, and you don't even feign objectivity, nor do you ever recite the singular fact that these people are criminals, and they are being hired by more criminals. I may as well be reading PRAVDA or GRANMA instead of your paper. How does it feel to be a supporter of the exploitation of poor mexicans? Most Americans want these people deported, not coddled. You writing is that of the fringe, out-of-touch leftist kind. Your excuse is also pretty pathetic and shows just how little effort you place in obtaining a differing point of view. You have zero objectivity, and thus, zero credibility as "journalist." Write all the illegal invader sob stories you want--I won't be reading them. Your brand of "journalism" will not be able to withstand the light of public scrutiny for much longer, and the LAT is like the Titanic that could not see the iceberg before it sank. I celebrate each time the circulation numbers plummet, and there will certainly be more of that as long as your patently obvious bias is printed.

Fri, 08/15/2008 - 02:36
Mark

Home Depot will be praising this. They know damn well it's one stop shopping for contractors for supplies and cheap labor.

Fri, 08/15/2008 - 05:14
JinLA

Well done Petty, Well done.

Fri, 08/15/2008 - 08:20
bob

so, let's get this right.... the largely hispanic los angeles city council is enacting "laws" to help those who are breaking laws. anna sees no irony in this. what happens if these businesses choose to ignore these laws in the same manner that they are ignored by the mexican invaders?

Fri, 08/15/2008 - 15:41
Chell
papermay.com

There must be some sensible law already that could protect businesses from this sort of criminal exploitation. Not that some of said businesses don't do their share of exploiting both illegal aliens and the American public.