This is one of six day labor centers funded by L.A. at a cost of $1,000,000 annually, located at Sherman Way right off of Radford, in North Hollywood (about 1/2 mile east of Laural Canyon Bl). I remember when it was announced at its opening circa 1990, that it would get all the day laborers off of all the streets in the San Fernando valley. When the site was visited in 2004, it looked more like a recreation center. There were only about four people chatting and enjoying some refreshments. I saw no labor activity.
Here is some archived information written when the center first opened.
The longest-organized CHIRLA sites in the city are those in North Hollywood and Harbor City - the original hiring halls set up by the City of Los Angeles in 1989. Today, they provide a vision of what finding day labor job can be like. The North Hollywood site, off Sherman Way, has a drive-through area where contractors can pull up to do their hiring. Farther inside the big triangular lot, an open area with an awning shelters workers as they play checkers, talk and drink coffee. A portable building provides space for literacy classes and a tiny office with computers.
Day Laborers negotiating with illegal contractor in West Valley
Urinating in public is common among day laborers
Typical San Fernando Valley scene of day laborers standing around on major streets.
After 14 years of the Day Labor Center, here is what you see daily in the San Fernando Valley:
Day laborers show contempt