Court strikes day-labor law

Court strikes day labor law

Each morning Jesús Ballesteros rose early to be one of the first to get to work so that he could support his family.

Ballesteros reaches the Arden area Home Depot at 7 a.m. and then waits, sometimes a long time, until someone who needs his services as a gardener, carpenter, masonry, or anything else requested.

"We have no choice, our only way of earning a living is waiting for someone to come to hire us, but sometimes it does not happen in a day, otherwise we would not survive," said Ballesteros, 28, and father of two young children.

The Ninth Circuit Board of Appeals ruled last week that jornaleros like Ballesteros in 50 cities can continue their job search on the streets after striking down a Redondo Beach city ordinance.