Laborer problem will get worse
Regarding the new Home Depot, I think having another home
improvement center in the city is fine.
The problem with the day laborers will exist, just as it does
today, at the U-Haul (Alameda Avenue and Victory Boulevard).
There are constant complaints from the surrounding businesses
regarding the day laborers defecating, urinating, and drinking in
I have personally seen day laborers urinating in plain view of the
public in front of a business’s window.
The poor person inside her office has to see men urinating on her
window while she is working.
The city should not allow another haven for this activity by
creating a “day labor center” at the new Home Depot site.
This will attract a larger group than the U-Haul location and
overtax the police to handle a problem created by the city itself.
There are daily calls for service regarding this issue already at
the U-Haul. There are also other issues currently regarding the day
labor movement and the Saveourstate.org group.
There have been very large protests (300-plus people) at Home
Depots in the San Gabriel valley requiring a very large contingent of
police officers from all surrounding police agencies to handle the
Does the City Council really want this kind of problem in
I can foresee numerous problems at this new location regarding the
It’s great that so many large apartment buildings are in the
center of Burbank, but all the supermarkets and drug stores are
relegated to the outskirts of downtown and we have to traverse acres
of parking lots to reach them.
We desperately need a drugstore downtown, where we can get
practical things like over-the-counter drugs, soap, toilet tissue and
get films developed. It needn’t be a huge multi-checkout stand with
big parking lots.
Rite Aid has a store in Grand Central Station and there
is also a food market in the station. Long’s Drugs has a mid-size
store in downtown Brentwood. There is a mid-size supermarket in the
Ala Moana shopping center in downtown Honolulu. There is a Vons
market in the lower level of the parking structure at the Westside
It’s great that there are so many apartments in the heart of
downtown, but our most basic needs cannot be met without using a car.
We need some place where we can take our collapsible shopping carts
to haul our groceries home.