Cops set for protest at Home Depot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “We’re giving away this country and nobody seems to understand it,” said Jacquelyn Wilson, 58, a retired office worker from Burbank. “Is there going to be an INS agent there?” she asked the council, drawing applause from the audience. But Burbank officials say the center will cut loitering and littering problems attributed to day laborers throughout the city by setting up a single site for them to congregate. “The day laborers – whether they’re legal or illegal – will need to be managed in some fashion in an effort to keep our streets in the immediate vicinity of Home Depot as safe as possible, as clean as possible and as reasonably operational as possible,” Mayor Jef Vander Borght said just before the vote. In 2004, the council voted 4-1 to approve the project, for which Home Depot will pay $94,000 annually for maintenance and operation, officials said. In Glendale, there have been problems with some laborers standing at the entrance to the Home Depot parking lot, instead of at the centers set up for them. When Glendale city officials tried to enforce an ordinance that barred laborers from soliciting work from city streets, the workers sued, and a judge ruled the ordinance violated First Amendment rights to free speech. The city has appealed the decision and doesn’t expect to get a ruling for at least six months, said Ann Maurer, a Glendale senior assistant city attorney handling the case. Meanwhile, tensions have been brewing over the centers. Saturday, anti-illegal-immigrant groups held a national day of protest called “Stop the Invasion.” One of the more rowdy protests and counterprotests occurred in Glendale, said Chris Newman, the legal programs coordinator for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. There were no injuries or arrests. “It signifies an escalation on the part of anti-immigration groups,” Newman said. “It represents a repugnant form of demagoguery where anti-immigration groups are picking on one of most vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our community.” Newman said the centers help keep day laborers out of harm’s way and offer shade, sanitary conditions and an orderly hiring process. 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 – Fearing unruly protests against a controversial day-laborer center at Home Depot, police plan to be out in force today when the home improvement store opens. Officials expect the Burbank City Council’s approval of the center late Tuesday to result in protests like those in neighboring Glendale. “We’ll be prepared to make sure that peace is kept,” said police Sgt. Jay Jette. “And that, if there are any demonstrations, that they stay within the guidelines of the law.” The council gave the OK for nonprofit Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Inc. to operate and manage the center at 1190 S. Flower St. Residents lambasted city officials at the packed and sometimes raucous council meeting, saying the facility would help illegal immigrants. last_img read more


first_imgGardai investigating the death of a Co Donegal father-of-four say they have received “useful information” from the public after an appeal for witnesses.The late Kieran CallaghanInvestigators would not elaborate on the nature of the information following the death of Kieran Callaghan.Detectives initially believed Mr Callaghan, who will be buried today, died from natural causes after being found at his home in Roshine, Churchill at 1.30pm last Sunday. However a post mortem by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy on Monday forced Gardai to admit that the death was suspicious.It is understood that Mr Callaghan suffered a blow to the head before he died.Gardai appealed to anybody who may have seen the 50 year old between Thursday, July 4th and Sunday, July 7th to contact them.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said he was pleased with how the investigation was proceeding. However, he stressed that no arrests have been made.Inspector Harrison said he could not elaborate on the nature of the information received so far by the investigation team.“We have received the assistance of a number of people and they have been interviewed about the matter.“We have received some useful information so far but we would appeal to anyone else who saw Mr Callaghan between the 4th and the 7th of July to come forward.“We are still keeping an open mind as to the circumstances of his death but we are very pleased at the number of people who have come forward to assist us,” he said. It is understood Mr Callaghan, an employee with Glenveagh National Park, suffered a head injury before he was found dead at his home.He will be buried later today following funeral mass at noon at St Colmcille’s Church, Glendowan, followed by burial in Templedouglas Cemetery.The late Mr Callaghan is survived by his wife Geraldine, daughters Sarah and Tara and sons Rory and Ethan.GARDAI RECEIVE ‘USEFUL INFORMATION’ AFTER APPEAL IN DEATH PROBE was last modified: July 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ChurchilldeathInspector Michael HarrisonKieran Callaghanlast_img read more