SOUTHWEST GLENDALE ? A small protest by the group Save Our State forced the brief shutdown of the city's day labor center on San Fernando Road Saturday, after protesters entered the center to confront a prospective employer.
An official at the center closed the gates for at least 15 minutes at about 11 a.m. after Save Our State representative Don Silva and another group member equipped with a video camera walked onto the property and asked a patron not to pick up any of the day laborers. The individual, who did not identify himself, left without hiring anybody after Silva gave him the address of a business that hires out only documented laborers.
"The gates were only closed for a few minutes," said Juan Rodriguez, who manages the center on behalf of Catholic Charities. "We are contracted to run these centers and they are interrupting our contracting duties."