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Day-labor crackdown in Redondo Beach is legal, appeals court rules

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Redondo Beach city authorities are entitled to prohibit people from soliciting work or money by approaching motorists in the street.

The 2-1 ruling by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower-court opinion that barring street solicitation interferes with individuals’ 1st and 4th Amendment rights unless alternative sites are identified where the solicitors can speak and assemble freely.

Redondo Beach city leaders were sued by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network after they passed an ordinance in 2004 prohibiting solicitors from city streets.

The appeals court decision that cities are justified in taking such steps to prevent safety hazards and traffic disruptions could encourage other municipalities to ban solicitation on their streets and highways.

Redondo Beach has been particularly aggressive in cracking down on day laborers.

-- Carol J. Williams

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you hire them yourselves you hypocrits

Congrats Redondo Beach. Job well done to preserve your city. Now if only we could get the "fab 15" in L.A. to do something, anything about this problem. Parks, Perry, Zine, LaBonge anybody?

isnt "day laborer" just another term for an illegal sitting on the corner waiting for work...i have no problem with people llooking for jobs...but in west l.a. where i live...you can see groups gather on street corners all over the place waiting for construction or other jobs....then they get picked up or leave...and the area is just full of the trash they left behind...if you are illegal and have no respect for your neighborhoods..then stop wondering why people want you out

I totally agree with Redondo Beach!

There shouldn't be "day laborers on the streets, sidewalks. If the day laborer is legal..he has other means to obtain work...day agencies, EED. There are other alternatives without them loitering .

It is a traffic hazard, personal hazard and quite frankly...lowers the property value of the areas that they congregate and for those who live in the areas, it's a blight and a threat to their safety as well.

When is Santa Monica going to jump on this problem? 11th and 14th streets between the 10 freeway and Colorado (Hello Bourget Brothers) are a magnet for day laborers, trash and feces. This is not racism, this is a fact.

Stop tiptoeing around the problem and address it. Stop being PC and clean up this mess Santa Monica.

At what point do you stop crying racisim and acknowledge there's a serious problem?

Hopefully other Cities will follow.
Thank You Redondo for leading the way

Yea one for the good guys

Now take the next step and bus them all to the border. So long suckers!

It is appropriate and proper to rid the city of day laborers who cause traffic and other problems. Isn't it interesting how for so long, police, courts, and politicians have allowed illegals to have so many more rights than the common citizen!

Good for the City of Redondo..... I suppose dimwits will call this a racial matter. It is one of legality, something the rest of us have to be... legal and protected!

Go Redondo Beach! Other cities should follow in your footsteps!

This is important that the laws be followed. Let's hear it for the judge!!
....who are the National Day Laborer Organizing Network anyway?? pro pro hispanic??

~Is this the first sign of helping Americans getting back to work? That is what we all need to focus on....not "oh my god....that is anti hispanic.....can't do that"

The ruling sounds fair. However, I doubt that it will be applied evenly across the board. Take for example homeless people solicting money at the Freeway offramps or for that matter even Fireman soliciting for charities standing between lanes.

Why do we let foreign countries influence our laws and enforcement of same? Why should we even entertain their challenges?

now if only Home Depot can get rid of the ones hanging out in front of there place.

Fireman standing between lanes soliciting donations? I've yet to see that. And yes, they should use this ordinance to deal with the homeless sitting on the freeway ramps, can't believe how often I see people supporting this by giving them money.

There are day labor centers, very good places to get workers if you need them, there is no need for them to be at 7-11.

Not really a matter of racism but it does not sound good when people post idiotic comments like "bus them to the border." It doesn't help the cause for what's right.

Alright Redondo Beach!! Time to get off your lazy bums and start mowing your own lawms. Start fixing up your own yards. Start remolding your own houses. No more help from the brown man. this is what you wanted. you got it. so stop complaining now.


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