City to spend $100,000 on day-labor site?

KHOU-11's Doug Miller reports that City Council will take up debate on a controversial $100,000 contract tomorrow:

“We bring the workers off the streets,” said Marc Levinson, Neighborhood Centers Inc. “We bring a place for contractors to come in and match what their needs are with the workers who have the ability to fill those needs.”

But this center for laborers has become a center of controversy because it gets $90,000 a year from Houston’s city government.

The contract is up for a $100,000 renewal, during the same week the president addressed the nation on immigration.

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“I’m guessing somebody wasn’t minding the store, because this is terrible timing. American taxpayers, especially Houstonians, don’t want their taxpayer dollars going for day labor sites. They just don’t want that,” said Houston City Councilmember Michael Berry.

“As a former police officer, I like structure. I like guidelines. I like process,” said Houston City Councilmember Adrian Garcia. “And this is what this item is going to bring to the community.”

The site in question is located in Councilmember Garcia's district.

UPDATE: Councilmembers Sekula-Gibbs, Lawrence, Holm, Berry, and Clutterbuck tagged this item, according to the city's website.

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 05/16/06 10:25 PM | Print |

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