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7/29: Activists give Upland a plan for dealing with the day labor site issue
Released 02 August 2009  By Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer

Activists give Upland a plan for dealing with the day labor site issue
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/29/2009 04:42:40 PM PDT

UPLAND - Local Minuteman Project activists have introduced plans to prevent the formation of day labor sites in the city.
Raymond Herrera, national rally spokesman for the Minuteman Project, and local activist Robin Hvidston proposed a way for the city to deal with the day labor issue.

The city passed an ordinance in March to keep the workers from gathering in the Home Depot parking lot on Mountain Avenue and on the property of any other business.

Since the ordinance was implemented, the workers relocated to sidewalks outside of Home Depot.

The Minuteman's ordinance - which they introduced at Monday night's City Council meeting - would require workers and businesses to obtain a business license or permit to do business in the city.

Workers without a permit or license would be in violation of city law and could be removed from the public sidewalk, Herrera said.

"My thinking is to draw everyone in under one umbrella and be inclusive of everybody," Herrera said.

E-verify would also be used to ensure the hiring of documented workers. E-verify is an Internet-based program that allows employers to electronically determine the employment eligibility of new hires.

"The (plan) I gave them in this respect is contractors, developers, sub-contractors and businesses in the city of Upland in the private sector must use E-verify to obtain their licence and to obtain their permit," Herrera said.

Mayor John Pomierski said he has yet to look over the activists' plan, but favors the idea of getting something implemented to keep people from standing at day-labor sites within the city.

"They don't have insurance, they don't have a business license, they don't have overhead and normal costs of running a business, and we're not keeping it fair and protecting our business when we allow that kind of stuff to go on," Pomierski said.
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