Published on CBS2.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) ― The Los Angeles City Council has approved an ordinance that could be used to require home improvement stores to provide shelter, water and bathrooms for day laborers looking for work.
The ordinance, which passed unanimously, says that big box stores like Home Depot built in the future receive “conditional-use” permits, which would allow city officials to impose the restrictions.
Councilman Bernard Parks who first proposed the ordinance four years ago says it is the first move of many to try to improve conditions for such workers.
A group of day laborers in the council chambers cheered the decision.
Home Depot spokeswoman Kathryn Gallagher expressed her company’s
disappointment, saying the issue is more “complicated than placing mandates on businesses.”