Official Hiring Center for Day Laborers Opens

City officials will open the first official hiring center for day laborers in the San Fernando Valley this morning on a dusty lot in North Hollywood, hoping it will replace the street corners and parking lots where many workers now wait for jobs.

Coordinators of the center on Sherman Way said several workers already have begun stopping by the gathering place, intended to serve 150 to 200 laborers. The site, and a similar center opened last fall in Harbor City, are meant to reduce problems caused by loitering workers.

The North Hollywood center will be operated by two administrators from the city Community Development Department. The program, which will cost the city about $3,500 a month, will provide the men with toilets, free coffee, pastry and English classes.

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