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A warm welcome for Day Worker Center

Original post made on Nov 25, 2010

"One, two, three!"

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 26, 2010, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 25, 2010 at 7:12 am

How wonderful for these people. Some of us really don't realize how lucky we are. Happy Thanksgiving .


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Posted by M. Zelinski
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Excellent news, and a great addition to the community. Glad to see it finally happen. Welcome!


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Posted by Carl
a resident of The Crossings
on Nov 26, 2010 at 7:54 am

I missed the point of how day laborers contribute to the community other than breaking the law and putting a strain on our schools and health care system. People that hire day laborers are undercutting American businesses and citizens that need work. They are no doubt the same employers that cheat on their taxes and every other civic duty. The Day Worker Center just adds to neighborhood blight.


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Posted by Robin Iwai
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm

"They are no doubt the same employers that cheat on their taxes and every other civic duty."

Dear Carl,

I've hired men and women for household help at the Day Worker Center for the past 10 years. Think what you want of the need for immigration reform in this country, but please refrain from making irrelevant generalizations about the character of the several hundred local residents who hire day workers at the Day Worker Center. Please be assured that cheating on my taxes and not voting in elections are NOT part of my lifestyle nor that of the many other MV, Los Altos, LAH, and Palo Alto homeowners who are in need of affordable occasional labor.

"The Day Worker Center just adds to neighborhood blight."

Please come visit the new center! Where a vacant, cinderblock shell of a building surrounded by rubbish and drug paraphernalia stood abandoned for several years, you will now see a beautifully renovated community center, filled with men and women who are eager to work hard in order to make a better life for themselves and their families. Please stop by Monday through Saturday for a tour, to meet the staff and volunteers, observe an ESL class, or enjoy a cooked-from-scratch hot lunch.


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

@Robin Iwai

Since you have admitted to hiring from the "day worker center" I just have to ask, do you comply with federal law to make sure that the workers you hire are authorized to work in the US? Do you file 1099s and withhold state, federal and unemployment taxes from the wages you pay to these workers? Do you pay into the state workmans compensation fund?

If you don't do this can you explain how you are not a law breaker?


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Posted by Kooky
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Nov 27, 2010 at 10:03 am

Thanks Robin. You just proved that what you consider "affordable labor" to have someone clean your house excludes more costly American workers. You are a lazy hypocrite who can't clean your own house and too cheap to hire a fellow citizen to do the job. By not paying into the system, but rather doing things under the table, you are also a self-admitted criminal like the rest of MV, Los Altos, LAH, and Palo Alto homeowners who are in need of affordable occasional labor.

What a joke. Yeah right. Trying buying a cheaper care or house if you can't afford a legal citizen to clean your for you. You just want something for nothing so you can continue to live it up while you tell every one else how they should be thinking. I hate to be the won to clean up your bathroom.


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Posted by Robin
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm

a lazy hypocrite
too cheap to hire a fellow citizen
not paying into the system
doing things under the table
a self-admitted criminal
want something for nothing
can continue to live it up
you tell every one else how they should be thinking


Wow. Not only have you got me all wrong, you've also just insulted the city council and staff of MV, LA, KAH and PA, as well as the MV Chamber of Commerce, several MV service clubs, many of our city, county, state and federal elected officials, and several hundred other supporters of the Day Worker Center.

Please feel free to think what you want of day workers and those who employ them...but those are some pretty big assumptions you're jumpin' to!

Okay, you can have the last word, I promise to not check back.


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Posted by A. Reader
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I used to see day laborers gather in front of the 7-11 store at the corner of Latham and Escuela streets every day early in the morning. If I want to hire any help, should I go to this new center now? Thanks!


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Posted by A. Reader
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Then what about Walmart? They use overseas Chinese cheap labor undercutting American businesses and citizens that need work? Let's boycott shopping at Walmart!!! ROFLMAO!!! This is funnier than the Cell Tower radiation controversy!!!


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