first_img He said the group might also go to the Inland Empire to protest at the homes of employers of illegal immigrants. As controversy grows, more centers are expected, said Pablo Alvarado, the coordinator for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. The city of Los Angeles is set to open such centers in Canoga Park, Van Nuys and a third location later this year, he said. In addition, Los Angeles officials are considering an ordinance that would require home-improvement centers to create shelters for day laborers. At the same time, federal legislation is being considered that would prohibit cities from requiring home-improvement stores to build day-laborer centers, Alvarado said. Outside the Burbank center, Crispin Vargas, a 30-year-old man from Mexico, said he and others like him are only looking for work to feed themselves and their families. “We’re all human beings,” the undocumented worker and father of two said. “We all have the same needs.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – A Home Depot with a controversial day-laborer center opened Thursday without a hitch, but an anti-immigration group promised to show up sometime later to express its disapproval. City officials and police had prepared for protesters at the Flower Street site after a contentious City Council meeting this week about the issue. But when the 1,500-square-foot center opened, the only people who showed up were men looking for work. The center, operated by nonprofit Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Inc., will be orderly and workers will sign up for a job lottery, said the program coordinator, Juan Rodriguez. Names of those coming after 6:30 a.m. will be put on a first-come, first-served waiting list for jobs. “It’s a good thing for workers,” said Rodriguez, adding that, at Catholic Charities’ similar site in Glendale, 70 percent of the laborers find jobs. “It gives them the sense that they can be successful at finding work. They’re not looking for a handout.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Burbank City Council members, who gave the final OK for the new center Tuesday night, said they believe the facility will help cut loitering and littering attributed to day laborers. Some Burbank residents were critical, saying the facility will help illegal immigrants. Such centers have aroused tensions, with anti-immigrant groups holding a national day of protest last Saturday. One of the rowdier protests occurred in Glendale. “The expectation has been that if there’s going to be a rally, it’s going to be Saturday,” Burbank Assistant City Manager Mike Flad said. “We’ll feel better after this weekend – after the first weekend the store is open – because that’s when the protests or rallies have taken place.” Joseph Turner, founder and executive director of Save Our State, said his group likely will protest the Burbank center next week rather than Saturday, when rain is probable. Protesters will be on hand soon to film the license plates of employers of illegal immigrants to post on the Save Our State Web site, said Turner, whose group organized the Glendale protest and some others. “We’re definitely going to be out there in the near future,” he said of the Burbank site. “We’re not going to let this issue drop at all.” last_img read more