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NIMBY Group Loses Anti-Day Worker Center Appeal
by Eye on Mountain View
Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM
The Day Worker Center of Mountain View owns property at 113 Escuela Avenue and has a conditional-use permit approved by the city's zoning administrator. Neighbors of the new location for day worker support appealed the granting of that permission, and went so far as to call for the help of a right-wing extremist group that has sued other California cities for supporting day laborer centers.

Top photo: Good News! Happy on May 12, Raging Grannies receive the news that the City Council unanimously rejected the NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) neighbors' appeal of the Day Worker Center use permit.

The Day Worker Center of Mountain View has safely operated an award-winning program that serves the latino immigrant population of that city since 1996.

But that hasn't stopped neighbors of a new location for day worker support from appealing the Center's conditional use permit. They even summoned help from a right-wing extremist group called "Judicial Watch" that has sued other California cities for supporting day worker centers.
Judicial Watch carries topic on its website such a "Open Borders Puts Public Health at Risk" and "Mexican Incursions, Border Violence Exposed".

The good news is: the City Council decided unanimously on May 12 to allow the center to use the property, turning down the local Not In My Back Yard group's appeal.

An outspoken opponent of the new location for the Center, Brad Kellar, told the Mountain View Voice that Judicial Watch is concerned that the Day Worker Center facility may support undocumented workers and employers of undocumented workers. He added that local cities may be using citizens' tax dollars to support these activities. In appeals to the City Council on May 12, members of the appellate group raised the specter of law suits against the city, attempting to use scare tactics in their desperation to get a veto of the Center's use permit. Kellar said that Judicial Watch has been following Mountain View and its Day Worker Center over the last year, and would be meeting with Mountain View residents as part of a campaign to "bust sanctuary cities".

Mountain View, though not an official "sanctuary city" has found that its residents clearly support the existence of the Day Worker Center. Participants at the City Council meeting of May 12 came out overwhelmingly in support of the city's zoning administrator's position granting the use permit for the location on Escuela Avenue.

The Day Worker Center of Mountain View is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving the day laborer community in Mountain View, Los Altos, and other surrounding communities. It is a community center for immigrants providing language classes and support. Both men and women day workers find temporary employment matches through the Center. Members of the Raging Grannies Action League attended the May 12 City Council meeting to speak and sing on behalf of the day workers, pointing out that that by preventing the exploitation of workers the Center serves the entire community.

Maria Marroquin, director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, said that Judicial Watch has already sued other California cities for supporting day worker centers and lost.

§Maria Marroquin
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM

Director of the Day Worker Center and member of the Raging Grannies, Maria Marroquin, waits her turn to address the City Council
§Raging Granny addresses the City Council
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM

§Raging Grannies Swing into Action
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM

§Singing at City Council
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM

Song to Support Day Workers
(tune: This Little Light of Mine)

Day Workers are Working Hard, give them our support
Day Workers are Working Hard, give them our support
Day Workers are Working Hard, give them our support
Help them out, help them out, help them out

Good for our community, give them our support
Good for our community, give them our support
Good for our community, give them our support
Lend a hand, lend a hand, lend a hand

They clean up our neighborhoods, not the opposite
They clean up our neighborhoods, not the opposite
They clean up our neighborhoods, not the opposite
This we know, this we know, this we know

We are one community, here in Mountain View
We are one community, here in Mountain View
We are one community, here in Mountain View
And we're proud, yes we're proud, WE ARE proud!
§City traffic manager counters NIMBY neighbor's concerns
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM

§NIMBY folks present
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM

NIMBY neighbors mostly alluded to traffic concerns when addressing the Council, but when questioned outside chambers talked about lack of "respect for the law" referring to undocumented workers.
§Former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM

Spoke out on behalf of the Day Worker Center.
§A Raging Granny takes careful notes
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM

§a Neighbor FOR the Day Worker Center
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM

He lives in the immediate vicinity of the proposed new location and says that the Day Worker Center will only bring good things to the neighborhood
§What will the decision be?
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM

§Celebrating the decision just outside the chamber
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM

§Raging Granny Frying Pan Message
by R. Robertson Wednesday May 13th, 2009 12:44 AM


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by indybay reader
Thursday May 14th, 2009 1:58 PM
Who knew such racism was fermenting in Mountain View? Shame on the folks who would call in a national organization known for their anti-immigrant stance to support them! And then to say "it's all about traffic concerns". I heard they asked that the day workers be required to wear uniforms and pick up trash on the street nearby too. So they can look upon them as lesser beings? The neighborhood group's undoing is their own.