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December 13, 2007

Curbing The Madness, The OC Tightens Day Laborer Rules

Posted in: Day Laborers, Law enforcement, Jobs

Orange tightens day laborer rules
City officials adopt stringent measures to curb workers’ solicitation.
OC Register
December 11, 2007

ORANGE - New regulations aimed at curbing problems associated with day laborer solicitations will go into effect in one month.

On Tuesday, City Council members approved the ordinances, which will prohibit solicitation on sidewalks next to streets without parking lanes; on private property without the owner’s written permission; and while a solicitor is stopped or standing in a traffic lane, median or driveway apron on a public right of way.

In addition, private property owners who want to run job centers for laborers must get a conditional-use permit through the Planning Commission. The fine for violators will be up to $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second and $1,000 and jail time for the third.

“I’m glad they passed it, but I wish they were more strict about it,” said Edgar Luebben-Rivera, an Orange contractor who testified that day laborers have affected his ability to find work. “It’s a small slap on somebody’s hand.”

A city report mentioned traffic problems, swarming of cars, intimidation of shoppers and public nuisances as problems that occur when day laborers congregate.

The new ordinances piggyback city officials’ decision in October to reinstate a requirement that day laborers at the Resource Center provide two types of identification and fill out federal compliance forms to find work.

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