City may require sites for laborers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Home Depot officials have said they are willing to work with the city on developing a program to accommodate the workers and reduce the impact on neighboring communities. But they say they also want flexibility in any ordinance. City officials said they believe that can be accommodated through a conditional-use permit procedure. Councilman Richard Alarcon said it has been a long-standing problem since the city established the first day worker site in the San Fernando Valley. “This will help us recognize in the beginning a potential problem,” Alarcon said. “It is a problem we have at every home improvement store, and this will let us deal with it up front, before the stores open.” The council action calls for the City Attorney’s Office to return with a final measure within 45 days. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A plan to require large home improvement stores to set aside space for day laborers moved ahead Friday as the Los Angeles City Council asked for a final ordinance. “This is a citywide problem and rather than try to go back and retroactively fix the issue, we should deal with the stores before they open,” Councilman Bernard Parks said. Under the measure, all home improvement stores with more than 100,000 square feet of space will be required to set aside space for day laborers that includes plumbing facilities. Parks said that while he appreciates the economic development that comes with the stores, he has had a problem with a Home Depot in his district that has said the city must deal with the day workers who gather at the site, seeking jobs. last_img read more