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Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2005 4:14 am | Updated: 7:52 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Feasibility reports examining recommendations to deal with Chandler’s day labor problems will be presented to the City Council on Aug. 25, officials said.

City staff has been studying recommendations by the Human Relations Commission and is putting together the reports that will include possible ways to implement the measures. The reports will focus on the pros and cons of each suggestion as well as how much each will cost, said Leah Powell, the city’s liaison to the commission.

Those recommendations revolve around how to push the day labor practice, which seems to occur mainly along Arizona Avenue through downtown Chandler, to a privately funded day labor center located nearby.

The recommendations being studied include:

• Restricting parking or stopping along Arizona Avenue during certain time periods.

• "No loitering" or "no trespassing" signs in certain problem locations, such as a public parking lot just south of Boston Street and Arizona Avenue.

• Advertising the center’s services and locations.

• English classes for workers.

• Including laborers in managing the center.

• Issuing identification badges showing a worker’s association with the center.

While some of the recommendations fall on the church-sponsored Light and Life Day Labor Center, others, such as parking and stopping restrictions and antiloitering and trespassing signs, involve city departments, said assistant city manager Pat McDermott.

Mesa police last week started citing laborers and drivers who pick them up as part of a crackdown near Gilbert and Broadway roads.

Such tactics have been suggested in Chandler to get day laborers off Arizona Avenue.

"I don’t know if I have an opinion on that right now," Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn said.

He said such efforts may just shift day laborers to other areas, taking the associated problems with them.

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